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Bin O' Shame 2015

1. Oriental Courage Storykeep by LeeAnn Seed. Finished Thursday, January 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. 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 Friday, 02.13.2015


7. Summer Glory by Linda Culp Calhoun for Leisure Arts Magazine. Finished Sunday, February 15, 2015


8. Oriental Fortune kit by Dimensions/Creative Accents. Finished Monday, March 2, 2015


9. Checkered Love kit by M Designs. Finished Friday, March 6, 2015


10. Tartan Thistle needlecase kit by Textile Heritage Collection. Finished Friday, March 6, 2015


11. Rennie Mackintosh kit from Quick and Easy magazine. Finished Sunday, March 8, 2015


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


13. Popcorn cover kit from the August 2005 UK Quick and Easy magazine. Finished Tuesday, March 31, 2015


14. Soufflé cover kit from the UK Cross Stitch Card Shop magazine, issue 46. Finished Wednesday, April 1, 2015


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


16. Autumn monochrome by Little House Needleworks. 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.


23. Blackbird Designs Summer Basket. Finished July 14, 2015.


24. BHG Cats For All Seasons Winter Cat Finished Wednesday, July 15, 2015.


25. Jeanette Crews Designs Faded Glory. Finished Saturday, July 25, 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


11. Yankee Doodle Flag by SanMan Originals. Finished Friday, July 3, 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-

Monday, July 27, 2015

No Rest For The Wicked

I picked this one back up from the Bin O'Shame after Faded Glory was finished on Saturday. That particular finish left me a little emotional, and this was actually Teh Hubmeister's suggestion. He suggested that I stitch something 'fun' and I came across this. To get into the mood, I even had a Star Wars: Episodes 4-6 marathon. What fun!


This *should* be finished within the next day or two. Then I will begin a fresh project, this time for Teh Hubmeister himself! 

Well, here is the latest Bin O'Shame project. 



Design: Darth Vader

Designer: Chris (Osmosis)

Fabric Used: 28 count Graziano Milan linen in white from Norden Crafts

Fibers Used: DMC Embroidery Floss Art. 117 in 169, 310, 317, 321, 413, 606, 647, 702, 783, 801, 956, 995, 3708, and 3799. 


Stitcher's Notes: Changed blue Jedi (930) border to Sith red (321). 


As of Monday, April 2, 2012:




As of Monday, July 27, 2015:



Well, I had best be off. Hope everyone has a fantastic week! :)

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Respectfully submitted,

C. 


Saturday, July 25, 2015

It Is Done

At precisely 2 PM PDST, I finished up my oldest UFO. I had originally started this project three weeks before what would have been my father's 51st birthday. Pride goeth before a fall, and I foolishly thought that I could finish this up in time. On his birthday on Friday, August 29, 1997, I presented him with the following that was gaily wrapped up for him as he was a huge Civil War buff:


I apologized that I had not finished it in time and I was presenting him with half finished work. I promised him that I would have it finished as soon as I could. I was in September that we found out that he had pancreatic cancer. He went through the surgery in early October and had died on Thursday, October 23, 1997. In the almost 18 years since then I have rarely, if ever, touched this piece. It just plain hurt too much to stitch on it. Apparently, this has been the year for me to stitch through my grief issues, as I managed to get through the memorial sampler for our son a scant month ago. It's a lot to emotionally process, but I am smiling through the tears. :)

At any rate, here it is. 



Design: Faded Glory from Portrait of the Civil War Book #119 (an OOP booklet)



Designer: Jeanette Crews Designs




Fibers: DMC 347, 415, 762, 930, 931, and 3328


As of Wednesday, July 22, 2015:




As of Saturday, July 25, 2015:





Happiest of birthdays to you, daddy. There is not a day that goes by that I do not miss you. Remember that I love you.







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Respectfully submitted,


Your loving daughter, C. 



Wednesday, July 22, 2015

WIP Wednesday 07.22.2015 : Faded Glory Progress

I have now officially hit what I refer to as the 'nit picking' part. Each one of the rows in the field of stars is crammed full of quarter and three quarter stitches on account of the stars. I have chosen to take each row on one by one and do all of the stitching and backstitching before going to the next row. It will be the only way I can keep my head on straight!

Welp, here is what I have managed so far since Monday's post:




Design: Faded Glory from Portrait of the Civil War (an OOP booklet)



Designer: Jeanette Crews Designs




Fibers: DMC 347, 415, 762, 930, 931, and 3328


As of Monday, July 20, 2015:





As of Wednesday, July 22, 2015:




I had best be off. Lots of stuff to do before I can get back to this one, hopefully later on tonight. Hope everyone is having a fantastic week!


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Respectfully submitted,

C. 


Monday, July 20, 2015

Faded Glory Progress

Ever notice how some projects just do not show their progress very readily? With the last project, progress was showing very, very quickly. #25 out of the Bin O'Shame is such a project. I am having to go a bit slower on this one than the others as there is a metric f-ton of quarter stitches involved. I am actually dreading the upper left corner of this piece because that is where the bulk of the quarter and three quarter stitches are located. I am hoping it will not be as bad as I am thinking it will be. I am determined to finish this in time for what would have been my father's 69th birthday on the 29th of August. This project is special because I foolishly thought that I could finish it within 3 weeks working a full time job. It was not long after, maybe two weeks, that he found out that he had pancreatic cancer. He died in October that same year and for obvious reasons, I have not been able to touch it since then. I have attempted to stitch on it every now and again, but it was just too painful. This year is somehow different and it doesn't hurt as much. 

Well, at any rate, here is what I have in four days of progress:



Design: Faded Glory from Portrait of the Civil War (an OOP booklet)


Designer: Jeanette Crews Designs




Fibers: DMC 347, 415, 762, 930, 931, and 3328


As of Thursday, July 16, 2015:




As of Monday, July 20, 2015:




Well, I had best be off. Tons to do today. Hope everyone had a great weekend!

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Respectfully submitted,

C. 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Greased Lighting Finish!



Well! That went quick! I don't remember the last time that I picked this project up that it went that fast, but there you have it, sports fans. I *love* the way this turned out and was sharply reminded of why I purchased the kit to start with. I have left the other three projects in my desk for when I need something easy to stitch. This way they will get stitched eventually, perhaps during one of my overnight shifts. 




Design: Cats For All Seasons Winter Cat (1 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 in #03049 Rich Red and #42014 Petite Black seed beads

Stitcher's Notes: Substituted beads for cat's eyes and nose. Substituted beads for the confetti stitching of red in greenery. Left off wording at the bottom.




As of Wednesday, July 15, 2015, early morning:



As of Wednesday, July 15, 2015, early evening:



I have also picked out #25 from the Bin O'Shame. It is already in the Q-Snaps awaiting my presence. I think it's fitting. 


Design: Faded Glory from Portrait of the Civil War (an OOP booklet)


Designer: Jeanette Crews Designs




Fibers: DMC 347, 415, 762, 930, 931, and 3328


As of Thursday, July 16, 2015:



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


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Respectfully submitted,

C. 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

WIP Wednesday With #24


Say hello to #24 from the Almighty Bin O'Shame .  I purchased this kit way back in 2003, however, I have no clue where I purchased it. I know it was online, as it was not available in shops at that time. I began the project and it just didn't grab me at the time. So it sat. And sat. And sat some more. After (almost) finishing up the Summer Basket by Blackbird Designs, I was putting things up and came across this piece. I decided to get this one out and just hammer away at it until it was done. It's actually stitching up quite rapidly, which gives me hope of finishing the other three projects in the kit!

Well, here it is, #24:




Design: Cats For All Seasons Winter Cat

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




As of Tuesday, July 14, 2015:


As of Wednesday, July 15, 2015:





Well, I had best be off. Hope everyone is having a great week! :)


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Respectfully submitted,

C. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Another Finish For Now

I seem to have hit a stopping point on this one. And by 'stopping point' I actually mean 'ran out of floss'. I will have to wait until payday to get more, but such is life, eh? I am happy that I only have the fill in of the border at the bottom and then this will be finally finished. This will make #23 from the Bin O'Shame.  I *think* that I have #24 picked out, and I already know what #25 will be. That one will be a surprise, however. :) It is a very special project and one that I am actually looking forward to finishing the stitching on.

Well, at any rate, here is my almost Bin O'Shame finish:  



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, Deep Blue Sea, House Wine, 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 Saturday, July 11, 2015:




As of Tuesday, July 14 2015:



Left Side:





Right Side:






Well, I had best be off. I need to go and make dinner. It's bangers and mash tonight. :)

Hope everyone has a great week!

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Respectfully submitted,

C. 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

More Summer Basket Progress

Ever have one of those projects that seemingly go on forever? This is one of those. For whatever reason, it seemed to drag a bit and I never thought I would get to move the Q-Snaps. I am assuming the reason is the bottom zig zag pattern, as I have to stitch that in three passes in order to keep the stitches looking neat. I am also almost out of a couple of the Crescent Colours cotton thread. I am hoping that it will wind up just being the Summer Spray and not any more than that. 



Well, here is the Summer Basket progress so far:



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, Deep Blue Sea, House Wine, 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 Monday, July 6, 2015:





As of Saturday, July 11, 2015:




I am planning on adding some elements from the left side onto the right so the piece is a bit more cohesive. I really do like the way it is turning out so far. 

Well, I had best be off. I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

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Respectfully submitted,

C. 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Summer Basket Progress

I took a small break from this latest design as I wanted to stitch something patriotic over the weekend. I picked this back up and have made a fair bit of progress on it. I am liking how this is turning out and I really like the juxtaposition of the bold and soft colors is turning out. Once finished this will make #23 from the Bin O'ShameI will need to find a quick one for #24 so that I can get to #25 and have that one finished by late August. I have #25 already picked out and ready to go. Hopefully, I will not have developed carpal tunnel in the mean time! 


Well, here is the Summer Basket progress so far:


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, Deep Blue Sea, 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 28, 2015:




As of Monday, July 6, 2015:


Well, I had best be off. Tons to do today. Hope everyone has a great week.

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Respectfully submitted,

C. 




Friday, July 3, 2015

Happy Birthday, America!




This has always been one of my favorite versions of this song. I think folks can tend to over sing this song, so this is generally my preferred version. Although, for actual sung versions, it is very, VERY hard to beat the the U.S. Military Chorus, during the 2005 Superbowl. Chorus members from the United States Military Academy at West Point, Air Force Academy, Coast Guard Academy, and Naval Academy put aside their rivalries and performed a stunning rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.




For whatever reason, I do not have a lot of patriotic themed stitching. I know I have a ton of it in my stash, however, for whatever reason, I have just never gotten around to stitching any of it. I rectified that yesterday, but getting out this design that I have wanted to stitch since it came out in 2013. Two years is a long time to wait to stitch something, but I found the perfect threads to stitch it and I am so pleased with the outcome. I should probably turn this into a stand up or maybe even a pinkeep. Since there are a lot of fabric sales this weekend, perhaps a wee stop somewhere would not be out of line. 

Welp, here it is, in all of its' stitched glory:


Design: Yankee Doodle Flag

Designer: Sandra Dering of SanMan Originals

Fabric Used: 28 count raw natural Cashel linen by Zweigart

Fibers Used: Crescent Colours cotton floss in Bamboo. Victorian Motto Sampler Shop floss in Limited Edition Wolfpack Red and Blue Devil Blue. 

Began: Thursday, July 2, 2015

Finished: Friday, July 3, 2015

Stitcher's Notes: This was either a Message Board freebie or this was a Secret Shop purchase. As it is a .pdf and not a hard copy chart, alas, it is not for sale. 




Well, I had best be off. I have some chores to attend to such as figuring out dinner and cleaning up my stitching area. I hope every has a wonderful 4th of July!

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Respectfully submitted,

C. 

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.