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Bin O' Shame 2015

1. Oriental Courage SK. Finished 01.15.2015


2. Quaker Swan by Jackye Derhay Renahy of A Mon Ami Pierre. Finished 01.23.2015


3. Adeline Ogier 1873 by GiGi R. Finished 01.28.2015


4. Love Letters by The Chocolate Cat. Finished 01.29.2015


5. Love Letters by Papillon Creations. Finished Saturday, January 31, 2015.


6. Teacup Kitty Cat by Margaret Sherry. Finished 02.13.2015


7. Summer Glory by Linda Culp Calhoun for Leisure Arts magazine. Finished Sunday, 02.15.2015


8. Oriental Fortune by Dimensions/Creative Accents. Finished Monday, 03.02.2015


9. Checkered Love by M Designs. Finished Friday, 03.06.2015


10. Tartan Thistle needlecase by Textile Heritage Collection. Finished Friday, 03.06.2015


11. Rennie Mackintosh kit from Quick and Easy magazine. Finished Sunday 03.08.2015


12. Peacock sampler by 123 Citrouille. Finished Monday, March 30, 2015.


13. Popcorn kit from Quick and Easy Cross Stitch magazine. Finished Tuesday, March 31, 2015


14. Souffle card kit from the UK Cross Stitch Card Shop issue 46. Finished Wednesday, April 1, 2015.


15. Brittercup Designs Spring Welcome Banner. Finished Tuesday, April 7, 2015.


16. Autumn by LHN. Finished Friday, April 10, 2015


17. Seaside Retreat by Blackbird Designs. Finished Friday, May 1, 2015


18. Quaker d'Halloween by Jardin Prive. Finished Wednesday, May 27, 2015.


19. Fall Leaves by Country Cottage Needleworks. Finished Friday, May 29, 2015


20. CCN's Ice Cream Sundae. Finished Tuesday, June 23, 2015.


21. SanMan Originals Winter Side. Finished Wednesday, June 24, 2015.


22. Plum Street Samplers Ghoul. Finished Friday, June 26, 2015.


Non Bin O' Shame Finishes 2015

1. Spock's Burial Robe Embroidery. From the book Star Trek: Explore Strange New Worlds of Crafting. Finished Friday 02.27.2015

2. Mardi Gras (exclusive Member Only chart) by Sandra Dering of SanMan Originals. Finished Saturday 02.28.2015

3. Happy Bunny Bunny Day by The Trilogy. Finished Monday 03.16.2015

4. Phoenix Quaker (partial piece) by A Mon Ami Pierre. Finished Sunday, 03.21.2015

5. Art Deco bookmark finish by Cross Stitch Crazy (UK). Finished Thursday, March 26, 2015

6. Bluebird by Blackbird Designs. Finished Saturday, April 18, 2015

7. Gentle Stitches by Shakespeare’s Peddler Finished Saturday, April 25, 2015

8. Three Crowns ornament by Little House Needleworks. Finished Monday, May 12, 2015

9. June: a year in chalk by Hands On Designs. Finished Sunday, June 7, 2015

10. Teal Butterfly Tuck by SanMan Originals. Finished Thursday, June 11, 2015

Finishes Since Blog Start

1. Year 2008 finishes -10

2. Year 2009 finishes- 21

3. Year 2010 finishes- 49

4. Year 2011 finishes- 26

5. Year 2012 finishes- 35

6. Year 2013 finishes- 7

7. Year 2014 finishes- 19

8. Year 2015 finishes-

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Another Blackbird

Greetings from brain damagingly hot Lost Vegas! Hope everyone is trying to stay cool. It's very difficult here in the desert. Temps during the day are hovering between 109 and 111. It's 'cooled down', if one can call it that, to a high of 106 today. Get out the parkas! Winter is coming! :P

I picked this one up as its' also got nice cool colors to work with. It is yet another offering from the Bin O'Shame. I am on track to make this one #23, provided I don't wander off and do something else. I have been very good about keeping on track this year, but with the goal so close, I may just get bored with it and flit off to something else. Let's hope not, though! :) I really would love to make that goal. After I make that goal, I may take a break from stitching for a bit to give myself a rest. No sense in getting carpal tunnel!

Well, at any rate, here is the newest offering: 


Design: Summer Basket (2009 Loose Feathers #38)

Designer: Blackbird Designs

Fabric: 28 count Cashel linen in Legacy  by Picture This Plus

Fibers Used: Crescent Colours cotton thread in Blue Beadboard, Hydrangea, Little House Brown, Poblano Pepper, Spun Sugar, Summer Spray, and Tomatillo

Stitcher's Notes: Converted called for threads to those already in stash. Start date unknown.


As of Sunday, June 21, 2015:


As of Sunday, June 28, 2015:




Well, I had best be off. I need to go to the store for more cooking supplies. So far today, I have managed to make peach jam, protein bars, salsa and egg salad. All from scratch, naturally. Hope everyone has a great week!

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Respectfully submitted,

C. 






Saturday, June 27, 2015

Top Secret Twenty Two

Thanks to an online stitcher friends, I was able to complete #22 from the Bin O'Shame. I had thought to add the Endless Knot in some of the spaces in the piece, but DH and I decided to leave it as it is. It is very clean and uncluttered and we prefer it that way. 

This is my most personal piece that I have ever stitched on, other than the flag that I have in the  Bin O'Shame that is earmarked for my father. I am hoping to get to that one soon, as that is another 'soul wound' that needs to be healed up a wee bit more. 

Well, at any rate, here it is. #22:


Design: Ghoul (A 2008 design). Ravens taken from the September/October 2010 Just Cross Stitch Halloween issue, page 29. Designed also by Paulette Stewart of Plum Street Samplers. Leaves the ravens are sitting on were free formed by me. Pomegranates taken from Kreuzstitch and fillet pattern of Grisons  circa, 1927

Designer: Paulette Stewart of Plum Street Samplers

Fabric: 32 count Belfast linen in Legacy  by Picture This Plus, from their Crystal line. 

Fibers Used:   Access Commodities Soie d'Alger in Noir, 3224, and 3842.

Stitcher's Notes: Project originally started Tuesday, September 2, 2015.  This was originally a Halloween/Fall type design. Turned into a memorial sampler for our only child. Crystal Legacy used to invoke the feeling of frost that has landed on parchment paper. Pomegranates stitched in place of the original acorns. In ancient Greece, pomegranates were considered the fruit of the dead and were said to have sprung from the blood of Adonis


As of (late) Sunday, June 21, 2015:



Finished as of (late) Friday, June 26, 2015:




Well, I had best be off. I have a ton of stuff to do today. And with the Bin O'Shame there is certainly no rest for the wicked. :)

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! :)

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Respectfully submitted,

C. 


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Blackjack!

Well, it looks as if my  Bin O'Shame WIP Wednesday project turned into a finish. Not that I am complaining! The last post concerning this evening's finish was on Monday, July 27, 2010. Almost five years ago! I remember pulling this one out ever now and again, but it really just didn't grab me at the time. So, back into the  Bin O'Shame it went. It's been between 109 and 111 here lately in Las Vegas, and the colors are so cool and refreshing. I got this one out after last night's clean up from the Ice Cream Sundae finish. I grabbed about three pieces as I wasn't sure which one I wanted to do. This is the one that 'made the cut'. I am not sure how I am going to finish this as of yet. I will probably frame it like the others, however, I will have to wait closer to Christmas time for an appropriate frame. 

Well, here it is! Number 21! 



Design: Winter Side (Message Board Member freebie from 2007).


Designer: Sandra Dering of SanMan Originals


Fabric: 28 count blueberry jobelan


Fibers: Needle Necessities #109 Blue Bayou; DMC Six Strand Embroidery Floss Art. 117 in B5200, 157, 161, 898, 939, and 962. 

Bling Used: DMC Light Effects metallic floss in #E825 Blue Sapphire. Kreinik metallic thread #4 White.  Mill Hill beads in #00168, 00479, and 02014. Silver metallic snowflakes from unknown manufacturer. Carrot nose hand made by Sandra Dering of SanMan Originals

Stitcher's Notes: This is the last of the four in the series. This project makes #21 from the  Bin O'Shame  project for this year. 


As Of The Last Blog Update On Monday, July 27, 2010:


As Of Early AM Wednesday, June 24, 2015:


Finished Early PM Wednesday, June 24, 2015:





Well, I had best be off. It's cleanup time again. Hope everyone had a good hump day today! 


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Respectfully submitted,

C. 


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Takedown Twenty Finish!

I did it! I managed to power through and get this latest finish under my belt in record time. It took a day and a half to wrap things up and I am so pleased with the outcome. This also means that I am 5 more projects from the  Bin O'Shame  to make my goal of 25 for the year. WooHoo!

Well, here it is #20 from the  Bin O'Shame :





Design: Ice Cream Sundae (Country Cottage Chart No. Nineteen)

Designer: Nikki Lehman of Country Cottage Needleworks

Fabric: 28 count cream lugana 

Fibers: DMC Six Strand Embroidery Floss Art. 117 in the called for colors

Stitcher's Notes: Changed wording at the top to my husband's favorite ice cream shop. :)


Last Update As of Friday, April 17, 2017:





Finished On Tuesday, June 23, 2015:




This past weekend, I did the hermit thing and managed to get Ghoul updated a wee bit more. A friend of mine is lending a hand with plotting out the middle, so this is where I am stopping until she finishes off the wording for in the middle. 

Design: Ghoul (A 2008 design). Ravens taken from the September/October 2010 Just Cross Stitch Halloween issue, page 29. Designed also by Paulette Stewart of Plum Street Samplers. Leaves the ravens are sitting on were free formed by me. Pomegranates taken from Kreuzstitch and fillet pattern of Grisons  circa, 1927

Designer: Paulette Stewart of Plum Street Samplers

Fabric: 32 count Belfast linen in Legacy  by Picture This Plus, from their Crystal line. 

Fibers Used:   Access Commodities Soie d'Alger in Noir, 3224, and 3842.

Stitcher's Notes: Project originally started Tuesday, September 2, 2015.  This was originally a Halloween/Fall type design. Turned into a memorial sampler for our only child. Crystal Legacy used to invoke the feeling of frost that has landed on parchment paper. Pomegranates stitched in place of the original acorns. In ancient Greece, pomegranates were considered the fruit of the dead and were said to have sprung from the blood of Adonis


                                                   As of (early) Sunday, June 21, 2015:


As of (late) Sunday, June 21, 2015:




Well, I had best be off. I have to clean up my stitching area and get ready for tomorrow. Hope everyone is having a great week!

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Respectfully submitted,

C. 





Sunday, June 21, 2015

Ghoul Update

I've managed to get a fair amount accomplished since Wednesday. I've hit a wee bit of a roadblock in the lettering in the middle, but a friend is lending a hand with that. I will hopefully have this completed by the end of the month. It is stitching up very quickly and I am really enjoying the process. 

Well, here is my progress so far:





Design:
 Ghoul (A 2008 design)

Designer: Paulette Stewart of Plum Street Samplers

Fabric: 32 count Belfast linen in Legacy  by Picture This Plus, from their Crystal line. 

Fibers Used:   Access Commodities Soie d'Alger in Noir, 3224, and 3842.

Stitcher's Notes: Project originally started Tuesday, September 2, 2015.  This was originally a Halloween/Fall type design. Turned into a memorial sampler for our only child. Crystal Legacy used to invoke the feeling of frost that has landed on parchment paper. Pomegranates stitched in place of the original acorns. In ancient Greece, pomegranates were considered the fruit of the dead and were said to have sprung from the blood of Adonis

As of Wednesday, June 17, 2015:




As of Sunday, June 21, 2015:



Closeup of the Stone Angel:



Well, I had best be off. I need to start stitching the pomegranates and I need to find some small crows to add to the piece. I am also seriously considering jet black beads in addition to everything else. I hope everyone is having a great Father's Day Sunday!

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Respectfully submitted,

C. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Memento Mori

Or, as the kids say nowadays, Valar morghulis. My apologies to anyone out there who finds this post a bit disturbing. This current UFO was started on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 and I had a hard time stitching on it due to the nature of the project. This particular piece is to be a memorial project for our only child that died in stillbirth. I couldn't stitch on this as it brought up too many memories, however, I picked it back up this past Monday and it doesn't hurt so much to stitch on it now. In all honesty, it actually feels like I am meant to stitch on it. I am hoping that another week is all that will take to finish it up. If so, this will mean this project is #20 from the Bin O'Shame





Design: Ghoul 

Designer: Paulette Stewart of Plum Street Samplers

Fabric: 32 count Belfast linen in Legacy  by Picture This Plus, from their Crystal line. 

Fibers Used:   Access Commodities Soie d'Alger in Noir.

Stitcher's Notes: This was originally a Halloween/Fall type design. Turned into a memorial sampler for our only child. Crystal Legacy used to invoke the beginnings of frost that has landed on parchment paper.  Project originally started Tuesday, September 2, 2015. 


Original Chart:






As of Monday, June 15, 2015:








As of Wednesday, June 17, 2015:






Well, I best be off. Tons to do today. Hope everyone is having a great week!


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Respectfully submitted,

C. 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Crossroads And Borders

As I had this weekend off, I took the opportunity to get Sea Flora back out and work on her some more. I managed to get to a stopping point where I now have to decided if I am going to leave her as is, put in a border or do something else. 

Well, here she is after many hours of  Poirot  and Sherlock:




Design: Sea Flora #NC194

Designer: Nora Corbett for Wichelt Imports


Fibers: DMC Six Strand Embroidery Floss Art. 117  in B5200, 154, 156, 211, 333, 747, 754, 838,  951, 959, 964, 3371, 3746, 3807 and 3847. 


Bling Used: Mill Hill beads 00216, 00252, 02008, 02085, 03044, 40020, and 18829


As of Thursday, June 11, 2015:



As of Monday, June 15, 2015:


Closeup of beading:



Top of Sea Flora:



Bottom of Sea Flora:



There is *maybe* two inches at the very top of the piece, so not much room for maneuvering. The bottom, however, has plenty, although, since I am leaving the tail off, I suppose I could place a shell there. I will have to give it some thought before I finally make up my mind. ;)

Well, I had best be off. Work is calling. Hope everyone has a fantastic week!

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Respectfully submitted,

C. 



Thursday, June 11, 2015

Sea Flora Update And A Zone Out Finish

Hope everyone is having a great week. This week has been a bit stressful at work, so last night I picked out a a quick to do project that I could just zone out on. I was not up for stitching anything that required a great deal of concentration and this fit the bill. And I just LOVE this color. I am going to have to purchase a great deal more of this vibrant shade of teal blue. 

At any rate, here is my finish:



Design: Teal Butterfly Tuck

Designer: Sandra Dering of SanMan Originals

Fabric: 28 count white Monaco

Floss Used: The Gentle Art Sampler Threads in Tutti Frutti 

Stitcher's Notes: This was a SanMan Originals Secret Shop exclusive. Bling that is used was included in the purchase of the chart. I will update notes if I ever manage to locate the manufacturer. The tuck was handmade by Sandra Dering of SanMan Originals and was included with the chart and buttons. 


Am I allowed to say that Sea Flora has been going swimmingly so far? After the initial hair pulling stages, stitching has been going a lot easier for some reason. I am still having to take my time with this one and I can't just rip through it, like I have been here lately. Perhaps she is telling me that I need to slow down and just enjoy the summer and the progress I am making. Food for thought at least :). 

Well, here she is:



Design: Sea Flora #NC194

Designer: Nora Corbett for Wichelt Imports


Fibers: DMC Six Strand Embroidery Floss Art. 117  in B5200, 154, 156, 211, 333, 747, 754, 838,  951, 959, 964, 3371, 3746, 3807 and 3847. 


Bling Used: Mill Hill beads 00216, 00252, 02008, 02085, 03044, 40020, and 18829



                                            As of Sunday, May 31, 2015:



As of Thursday, June 11, 2015:


Closeup of the beading:



Well, I had best be off. Tons to do today. Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! :)

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Respectfully submitted,

C. 




Sunday, June 7, 2015

Overnight Shift Finish

About once a month, I am scheduled to work the overnight shift of Friday and Saturday nights. Basically, whoever is on duty is just minding the store and making sure things don'e burst into flames. :)

As consequence, as my sleep schedule gets thrown off, I can't stitch on anything overly complicated. I chose this latest finish for its' simplicity and it's coloring. I love the way it turned out. Me being me, there were color changes involved!

At any rate, here is the latest non Bin O'Shame finish. I need to get the rest of the year kitted up, so that I may have these on reserve for when I do the overnight bunks.

Design: hd-41 June: a year in chalk

Designer: Cathy Habermann of Hands on Designs

Fabric Used: 30 count 18th Century Blackbird by R &R Reproductions (possibly discontinued)

Fibers Used: The Gentle Art Sampler Threads in Chalk and Tutti Frutti 

Stitcher's Notes: Substituted Tutti Frutti for the called for Wood Rose. Substituted the called for 30 count Weeks Dye Works Gunmetal for the 18th Century Blackbird in stash. 




Well, I had best be off. Time to make Sunday dinner. This week is lemon and herb chicken with broccoli. Hope everyone has a great week! :)

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Respectfully submitted,

C. 

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Takedown Twenty And A Compromise

I got Sea Flora back out and ran into another wee snag. Two of the purples are a shade and a half off of one another. And me being me, I have managed to lose my place. So, it's time to drop 20 and punt. I decided to start at the very top and then work my way down. I am also treating the project very much like Mermaid Azure  from last year, and I am beading as I go in order to stay on track. Sea Flora will be a weekend only project, methinks. This way, I can concentrate and not have to worry about being pulled away elsewhere. 

I have some grand plans for this one, as the stitch count is horribly off of the actual chart and the fabric is way short. In the end, I think it will be worth it as she will truly be one of a kind! :)

Well, here is where she is at the present moment:




Design: Sea Flora #NC194

Designer: Nora Corbett for Wichelt Imports


Fibers: DMC Six Strand Embroidery Floss Art. 117  in B5200, 154, 156, 211, 333, 747, 754, 838,  951, 959, 964, 3371, 3746, 3807 and 3847. 


Bling Used: Mill Hill beads 00252, 02008, 03044, 40020, and 18829


As of Sunday, May 10, 2015:



As of Sunday, May 31, 2015:



I have a second project picked out to work on during the week. It's another one from the Bin O'Shame. Once completed, that will mean I have finished 20 out of said Bin O'Shame for the year. That will surpass my previous record and get me within shouting distance of the official goal of 25 for the year. I will probably do another statistical post at that point, just to see where things are. I am so happy that these projects are getting worked up. I will be even happier when I get down to just the HAEDs! :) 

Well, here is the work week project, #20 from the Bin O'Shame:


Design: Japanese Anemones

Designer: Sheila Hudson 

Fabric: 14 count summer yellow aida by Wichelt 

Fibers Used: As provided in the kit. There are no DMC or Anchor numbers on the floss, so I will have to do a match at some point, as I want to stitch this one again as it's so bright and cheery. This is the cover kit from issue 187, June 2007 UK Cross Stitcher magazine. 

Front Cover Of The Magazine:


When picked back up on Friday, May 29, 2015:





As of Sunday, May 31, 2015:


What it will eventually look like:



Sheila Hudson passed away in 2008 after a period of illness. I miss her and her designs so much. She has wonderful shading techniques and her work looks gorgeous on either aida or evenweaves, plain fabric or hand/over dyed fabric. She created pieces with depth and color, with nary a quarter stitch nor backstitch in sight. I have stitched others in her body of work and I have her Fairy Tale Castle from the February 2004 issue 101 of Cross Stitch Collection magazine that is in my 'Rare, OOP and HTF' pile to do:


A wonderful lady from the UK bought this for me and sent it to me years ago. I am hoping that next year's stitching theme will be the 'Rare, OOP and HTF' year and I can finally get to stitch this beauty. I think keeping up with the projects from the Bin O'Shame and interspersing the year with the Rare, OOP and HTF charts would be a good stitching year indeed. 

Well, I have rambled on long enough. It's time to get some things put away and the desk cleaned out. With all of these projects I have managed to finish up, it's gotten frightfully unorganized. I hope everyone is having a great weekend and I wish you all a happy and prosperous week ahead! :)


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Respectfully submitted,

C.