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Bin O' Shame 2016

1. September Dragon by Dragon Dreams. Finished Sunday, January 10, 2016

2. William Morris tile by Sheila Hudson. Finished Thursday, January 14, 2016

3. Antique Roses by Hallmark. Finished Sunday, January 17, 2016

4. Coffee is Magic by Dragon Dreams. Finished Thursday, February 18, 2016

5. Jardin Mythique by Danybrod. Finished Tuesday, February 23, 2016

6. Easter Fairy by Mirabilia. Finished Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016

Kit Mountain Finishes

1. Hangin' With My Peeps by Sue Hillis. Finished Monday, January 4, 2015.

2. Spring Cat by Banar Designs for Better Homes and Gardens Finished Tuesday, March 29, 2016

2016 Random Finishes

1. Tulip pincushion by Blackbird Designs. Finished Saturday, January 30, 2016.

2. David Bowie Told Me by Plastic Little Covers. Finished Monday, February 1, 2016

3. Birds and Berries needlecase by Blackbird Designs. Finished Wednesday, February 17, 2016

4. Love Birds by Antique Sampler Stitcher. Finished Thursday, February 18, 2016.

5. St. Patrick’s Shamrock by Brooke’s Books. Finished Monday, February 29, 2016

6. Portion of needlecase from Quaker Schoolgirl Needle Necessities by With My Needle. Finished Thursday, March 3, 2016

7. Winter Garden pincushion from Blackbird Designs. Finished Tuesday, March 8, 2016

8. Pumpkin Blossom (Loose Feather #4) from Blackbird Designs. Finished Monday, March 21, 2016.

9. Compassion (revised) by Danybrod. Finished Thursday, March 24, 2016

10. Crow on a Pumpkin by Kimberly Nugent of Samplers Not Forgotten. Finished Thursday, March 31, 2016

11. Motifs Abécédaire 30 by DMC France. Finished Saturday, April 9, 2016

12. Savoir Faire by Blackbird Designs, version one. Finished Thursday, April 28, 2016

13. Savoir Faire by Blackbird Designs, version two. Finished Saturday, April 30, 2016.

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- 61


9. Year 2016 Finishes-

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Liked It So Nice

...that I stitched it twice. I know of a lot of folks who stitch something once and then never again. With some designs, I just cannot help myself and I feel compelled to stitch them over and over. The really cool thing about cross stitch is that you can change all sorts of things to make it truly yours. 

This next project was another loaner from Patricia G of the Fans of Blackbird Designs Facebook Group. It came with two charts, Spring's Notice and Savoir Faire. I have had Spring's Notice in my freebie collection for quite some time now, but I *really* wanted to stitch Savoir Faire. It had been somewhat very elusive until the Fans of Blackbird Designs Facebook Group and their Lending Library. This fantastic group of ladies has been a godsend and I am hoping to contribute to the Lending Library some time in the near future. 

At any rate, here are my stitching efforts for the week. I am pleased with the outcome.  I have a few ideas on how to finish these, but I must think about it some before I make my decision.





Design: Savoir Faire



Designer: Blackbird Designs




Version One: 

Fabric Used: 28 count natural linen of unknown manufacturer

Fibers Used: Crescent Colours  cotton floss in 12 grain, Amethyst, Brown Sugar, German Chocolate, Prickly Pear, Purple Pansy, Steamed Broccoli and Wasabi. 

Finished: Thursday, April 28, 2016

Stitcher's Notes: Stitched two over two. 







Version Two:

Fabric Used: 32 count white Belfast linen 

Fibers Used: Crescent Colours  cotton floss in Brown Sugar, Crushed Pineapple, Frozen Margarita, German Chocolate, Pink Champagne, Queen Bee and Spun Sugar. The Gentle Art Sampler Threads in #0191 Kiwi.

Stitcher's Notes: Stitched two over two. 




I am kind of sad to see this one leave me. I could see stitching this at least three more times! But, alas, the next stitcher is anxiously awaiting the charts, so I must bid it fare thee well. In the mean time, in between time, I will comb my usual haunts looking for a copy that I may add to my collection. Hooray for stitchy quests!

Well, it is time to be off. I need to clean up my stitching area and do the coffee and blog thing. I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

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C. 

























Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A Tiny Round Robin

I have decided to work into my stitching schedule something I have never done before, which is to take part in a round robin. I have a group of online friends that I have known for quite some time, so I feel comfortable in participating. In this one, we each get to pick a theme and I chose an Americana theme for my first round robin. The only restriction was that it could not be no more than 50 x 50. 


I have a few charts that I have wanted to stitch and the cool thing about a round robin is that a lot of the time, you wind up with one of a kind pieces. I have stitched the main portion of the design and one of the designs that will be used. I can't wait to see how this turns out! 

Here are the designs that I have chosen so far:






Designs Used: Stars and Stripes; Book #155




 and Land of the Free






Fabric Used: 18 count aida in Legacy  by Picture This Plus

Fibers Used: Au Ver À Soie  Soie d'Alger in Blanc Optique, 945, 1424, 2242 and 4122. Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Old Crow. 

Stitcher's Notes: 2016 Tiny Round Robin Piece. Both designs are now out of print. 

As of Tuesday, April 26, 2016:





Well, I had best be off. Lots to do and the day is a-wastin'! Hope everyone is having a great week!

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C. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Some Progress

...is better than no progress. This past week at work has been extraordinarily busy, so I have not gotten as far on this piece as I would have liked. However, I do have the weekend off this weekend and I should be able to make a lot more progress on it. I am really liking how the green is making the white show up quite nicely. I think this will be a very nice piece when it is completed. 

I have noticed that it is very difficult to take pictures where the fabric shows its' true colors. I will have to experiment with different times of day and lighting. 

At any rate, here is my usual pre-weekend update:


Design:
 Strawberries and Cream 



Designer: Casey Buonaugurio (retired)

Fabric Used: 28 count Cashel linen in Water Lily

Fibers Used:  DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117 in B5200, 225, 321, 351, 743, 815, 937, 986, 988 and 3706. 

Stitcher's Notes: Began Monday, April 11, 2016. Design featured in the February 2006 issue of The Cross Stitcher, a now defunct US magazine. Design featured on page 36. Substituted called for fabric for 28  count Cashel linen in Water Lily


As of Wednesday, April 13, 2016:



As of Friday, April 15, 2016:



Time for me to be off and away. I hope everyone has a great weekend!

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C. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

WIP Wednesday Post For April 13, 2016



This latest start is from Kit Mountain. I have had it for quite some time now. I have always wanted to stitch this one, and yet never got around to it. I wanted to stitch it this year, as it has been sitting for a very, very long time. Only when I got around to stitching it, I decided that I didn't like the fabric that I had decided to use for it. Originally, I had chosen a 28 count Raspberry Lite joblean to stitch this on, but decided that the white was simply not going to show up very well. I then decided on a green, but then the question was which one? I eventually settled on a particular piece of 28 count Cashel linen in Water Lily that was purchased at my LNS this past weekend. After I had finished up Motifs Abécédaire 30 late Saturday night, I took Sunday off to rest my hands and arms. This one was started on Monday, and I am really loving the colors on this fabric. It fresh and 'Spring like'. I do not know why I generally associate strawberries with spring, as strawberries are typically at their peak in June. Which is definitely not spring! :)

At any rate, here is the newest start: 




Design: Strawberries and Cream 



Designer: Casey Buonaugurio (retired)

Fabric Used: 28 count Cashel linen in Water Lily

Fibers Used:  DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117 in B5200, 225, 321, 351, 743, 815, 937, 986, 988 and 3706. 

Stitcher's Notes: Began Monday, April 11, 2016. Design featured in the February 2006 issue of The Cross Stitcher, a now defunct US magazine. Design featured on page 36. Substituted called for fabric for 28  count Cashel linen in Water Lily







I need to bolt for the door. lots to do today, as is my custom. I hope everyone is having a great week!

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C. 


Sunday, April 10, 2016

Muffins In Yerba

Me being me, I could not leave well enough alone. For any long time readers out there, this should come as no particular surprise. I had decided to remove the row of numbers that were stitched in the Motifs Abécédaire 30 that I was working on with a Latin inscription that I found on internet walkabout many, many moons ago. My husband and I have a firm and fast rule in our house where one may have any opinion that one chooses, however, one must be able to back up one's opinion with readily available facts, and not based on an emotional thinking. My husband and I prefer to learn and question what we have learned on a continual basis. Additionally, I have a personal dislike of becoming so entrenched in a way of thinking, it becomes virtual dogma. 


My husband is a funny man. When I showed him my latest finish, after he read the inscription he said to me in all seriousness, 'Muffins in Yerba?!'. I laughed at that and told him that no, it was not Muffins in Yerba, but in fact it was in fact 'Nullius In Verba', the motto of the Royal Society. I think it makes the piece more interesting than just a row of numbers. It also makes it different from most samplers in that the verse is not religious based, as was the custom for a great many samplers that our ancestors produced

Still in all, I am happy with the way that it turned out. I am even happier that I am through with all of the Au Ver a Soie Soie 100/3 Spun Silk in 663 is finally over! :)










Fabric Used36 count Edinburgh linen in White

Fibers Used: Au Ver a Soie Soie 100/3 Spun Silk in 124, 126, 303 and 663

Stitcher's Notes: Began Friday, March 4, 2016. Finished Saturday, April 9, 2016. Motto taken from the Royal Society. The verse in Latin means "On the word of no one'. Verse replaced row of numbers. 




As of 
Wednesday, April 6, 2016:




Finished as of Saturday, April 9, 2016:




Well, I need to bolt for the door. I hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend! 


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C. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

WIP Wednesday For Wednesday, April 6, 2016


This seems to be another one of those projects I am going to have to post a lot of pictures in order to see if there is any progress. This particular design is a lot bigger than I gave it credit for. I am also getting burned out on all of the darker brown. There is a lot of it on the bottom three rows. The last two rows are exclusively the darker brown! This is one of those occasions that one must just knuckle under and just get on with the thing. I know it is going to be really, really pretty once completed, but all of that brown is a bit dispiriting. 

Well, at any rate, here is my progress on Motifs Abécédaire 30 so far:



WIP#1:






Fabric Used36 count Edinburgh linen in White

Fibers Used: Au Ver a Soie Soie 100/3 Spun Silk in 124, 126, 303 and 663

Stitcher's Notes: Began Friday, March 4, 2016. 



As of Wednesday, March 16, 2016:






As of 
Wednesday, April 6, 2016:





I am toying with the idea of leaving the numbers off and stitching something else instead. I have a few ideas, but I want to finish more of the Au Ver a Soie Soie 100/3 Spun Silk in 663 first before I decide.

Well, I had best be off. Tons to do this morning. I hope everyone is having a great week!

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C. 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

An Accidental Finish

As my partner in stitching crime Barb says, 'Whoopsies!'. I really did not think that I was going to finish this one up before the month was out. How could I? I was faffing about on it. 20 minutes here, 30 there. Not a big deal. Just taking it nice and slow so I don't hurt my hands and arms so much. Then, when I moved the Q-Snaps, it suddenly occurred to me that part of the design was too large to fit on the fabric that I had stitched this finish on. Not that I am complaining mind you! I take my finishes where I can get them! :)

Well, here it is. The absolute last of the finished for the month of March 2016:


Design: Crow on a Pumpkin

Designer: Kimberly Nugent of Samplers Not Forgotten

Fabric Used: 32 count Cashel linen in Legacy  by Picture This Plus

Fibers Used: Crescent Colours Belle Soie silk in Collard Greens, Harvest, Old Crow, Pumpkin Carriage, Tulip and Vanilla Pudding

Beads Used:  Mill Hill glass seed beads in size 11/0 Frosted Autumn #62044

Stitcher's Notes: Design taken from the 2015 Just Cross Stitch Halloween book. Design located on page 80. Left off sunflowers on right hand side of the design due to fabric constraints. Substituted the Mill Hill glass seed beads in size 11/0 Frosted Autumn #62044 for the stitched bittersweet. Checkerboard stitched in all cross stitch and not the called for cross and Scotch stitches. Substituted Crescent Colours Belle Soie silks for the called for The Gentle Art Sampler Threads.




Well, I had best be off. I need to clean up the work area and get out the next one. This time, it's for DH and it's one I have wanted to do for the longest time. Yay for two birds with one stone!

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! :)


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C. 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Under The Wire

I have always been fascinated with the origin's of phrases and words. In this case, the expression 'under the wire', is believed to have originated from horse racing, where a wire was hung up over the finish line to help determine a winner. Thus, races that were extremely close could be described as "coming down to the wire," quite literally.

In my case, this means, I have managed to sneak in yet another completed stitched piece before the end of the month. After I had finished up the Easter FairyI went through  Kit Mountain Leaflet Silo and on with the Bin O'Shame again to see if anything was grabbing me. I decided to go ahead and bite the bullet and stitch this one up. I think this series has the distinction of being both in Kit Mountain and in the Bin O'Shamesimultaneously. The kit was purchased around 2003 or 2004 and had left to rot until I managed decided to get off of my duff and finish the stitching on the Winter Cat in July of 2015. This was followed by the Summer Cat in August of 2015 and then the Autumn Cat in September of 2015. I think very much like Christmas At Hawk Run Hollow, it is both UFO and finish at the same time. Schrödinger's projects, if you will. 

The Spring Cat was left to languish until now. I have no idea why. It is quite possible that I was just not 'into' the coloring of this cat. I really should have changed the coloring to that of my beloved and much missed Ozzy. I think it would have popped better on the fabric. Ah, well. As is my custom, a day late and a dollar short (any action that was taken too late and is too feeble to be of any use, for the curious :) ). 

At any rate, this series is now completed in its' entirety. I am thankful for that. Now, I need to find a frame that will show all of them off. I am thinking of just one frame for all four projects. This way, I can pop them in and out of the frame at will. I seem to be one of these stitchers that is more interested in making sure money is spent on stitching projects, rather than using money to complete them. :)




Design: Cats For All Seasons Spring Cat (4 of 4)

Designer: Nancy Javier and Barbara Finwall of Banar Designs

Fabric: 14 count khaki aida of unknown manufacturer

Fibers Used: Unknown as provided in the kit

Bling Used: Mill Hill beads #42014 Petite Black seed beads

Stitcher's Notes: Kits previously purchased around 2003 or 2004. Substituted beads for cat's eyes and nose. Left off wording at the bottom. Seasonal cat number four out of four. Series completed as of Tuesday, March 29, 2016. 



Finished Tuesday, March 29, 2016:








Well, time for me to go. I hope everyone is having a great week so far!


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C. 

Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter Sunday Finish

I hope everyone had a great weekend. DH and I had a wonderful weekend. Saturday was spent running some errands and going to the book store. Saturday night was spent with family having a birthday month dinner. Everything was fabulous and a good time was had by all.

Yesterday was spent with the The Easter Fairy. I had wanted to get her finished by the end of May as she has sat for some time. I took my time, but I managed to get the The Easter Fairy finished late last night. I had to wait until this morning in order to take pictures, naturally. I decided to leave the wings off and I like her the way she is. I am waffling on obtaining the rest in the series. I know I want to get the New Year's fairy, but I am not sure on the other ones. 

Well, at any rate, here she is. My latest finish and the number 6 finish for 2016 from the Bin O'Shame projects. 



Design: The Easter Fairy (Limited Edition kit)

Designer: Nora Corbett 

Fabric Used: 28 count linen in Spring by Picture This Plus from their Crystal (opalescent) line

Fibers Used: Crescent Colours  cotton floss in Baby Chick, Bella Rosa, Betty Bluebell, Blue Beatrice, Blueberry Tart, Bramble Bush, Fool's Gold, Sassy Brass, St. Bernard, Tufted Yellow, Wasabi, and Zach Black. 

Bling Used: Mill Hill glass seed beads in size 11/0 #02010 IceMill Hill glass Sitting Bunny in Matte Brown #12192. 

Stitcher's Notes: Substituted kit fabric for the 28 count linen in Spring by Picture This Plus from their Crystal (opalescent) line. Substituted stitched blue egg for Mill Hill glass Sitting Bunny in Matte Brown #12192. Declined to stitch wings. Number 6 finish for 2016 from the Bin O'Shame projects. 





Last update as of Wednesday, May 28, 2014:




Finished Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016:









Well, I had best be off. Have a great week, everyone! :)

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C.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Pre-Game For Easter Weekend March 2016


Easter is early this year, on this Sunday as a matter of fact. I have rested my hands and arms a good deal and have taken all of the precautions that one normally does during these times. They feel well enough to get cracking on something else. 

I have chosen The Easter Fairy (Limited Edition kit) by Nora Corbett,  as the next item up for bid. I have not touched her since May 28, 2014, so it is past time that I finished her up. She is, as you can imagine, a resident of the Bin O'Shame . When she is finished, she will be number six from the Bin O'Shame. which is nice. This will also mean that within the first three months of 2016, I will have hit the halfway mark on the Bin O'Shame goal of twelve projects completed from that bin this year. Yay! As I am leaving off the wings on this piece, it *should* go fairly quickly. If I do decide to stitch them, I think they should be done in all metallics. The question is, do I even go there with myself, as metallics are notoriously difficult to deal with ? Time will tell, I suppose. 

Well, at any rate, here is the last update. I have not stitched hardly anything else on her, so I am hoping that I get some time in this weekend to finish the stitching on this piece. 



Design: The Easter Fairy (Limited Edition kit)

Designer: Nora Corbett 

Fabric Used: 28 count linen in Spring by Picture This Plus from their Crystal (opalescent) line

Fibers Used: Crescent Colours  cotton floss in Baby Chick, Bella Rosa, Betty Bluebell, Blue Beatrice, Blueberry Tart, Bramble Bush, Fool's Gold, Sassy Brass, St. Bernard, Tufted Yellow, Wasabi, and Zach Black. Kreinik (#4) Braid in #3223 Ametrine

Bling Used: Mill Hill glass seed beads in size 11/0 #02010 Ice 





Last update as of Wednesday, May 28, 2014:




I had best be off. I hope everyone has a great Easter weekend!


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C. 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Vive les Belges

For the past several days, I have not been stitching as I have managed to stitch so much, so quickly, that my arms swelled up and my hands ached something fierce. Needless today, this has basically been my whole attitude towards my enforced time off:





At least I can say that the house is cleaned up and that I've caught up on my reading, which is never a bad thing. 

I woke up yesterday to the horrible news that Brussels, Belgium had been the victim of terrorists attacks. My heart goes out to the people of Belgium. This is a terrible tragedy for them. As of this writing, 31 people have died and another 60 are in critical condition. As with the horrible attacks in Paris, it is hard to know what to do in these situations. I have no money to go to either Brussels or Paris in order to help. I can only do what I can do. Which in my case is pray for those affected, donate where I can, and stitch. I decided to break my self imposed exile from stitching when I saw this piece by Danielle Chevallier of Danybrod. It is a freebie, which was lovely of her. 



I added a bit of US to this piece as I firmly believe the US is in full support of Brussels and of Belgium in this heartbreaking time for them. This too, has happened to us, and how well we know how deeply this hurts and can affect a country. 




Design:
 Compassion



Designer: Danielle Chevallier of Danybrod

Fabric Used32 count Cashel linen in Legacy  by Picture This Plus

Fibers Used: Au Ver À Soie  Soie d'Alger in Blanc Optique, Noir, 945, 1424, 2242 and 4122.

Stitcher's Notes: Began Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Finished Thursday, March 24, 2016. Eagle and US flag taken from the Reward of Merit pinkeep In Full Glory by Blackbird Designs.




Stand together, or fall apart. 


Respectfully submitted,


C.