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2017 Finishes

1. Now I Know My ABC’s (Winter theme) by Blackbird Designs. Finished Friday, January 6, 2017

2. Sew Bands by iStitch Designs. Finished Friday, January 13, 2017

3. Les Grande Pensée excerpt. Finished Friday, January 20, 2017

4.Spring For Rabbits by The Gentle Art Sampler Threads. Finished Sunday, February 12, 2017

5. Teacup Mice by Margaret Sherry. Finished Tuesday, February 14, 2017

6. New Years’ Magic by Brooke’s Books. Finished Thursday, February 23, 2017

7. Les étiquettes des bocaux (Jar Labels) Blue Teacup by Véronique Enginger of Les Brodeuses Parisiennes. Finished Thursday, March 2, 2017

8. Les étiquettes des bocaux (Jar Labels) Yellow Teabag by Véronique Enginger of Les Brodeuses Parisiennes. Finished Friday, March 3, 2017

9. Les étiquettes des bocaux (Jar Labels) Clothespin with Flowers by Véronique Enginger of Les Brodeuses Parisiennes. Finished Friday, March 10, 2017

10. Luck 2017 Flip-It by Lizzie Kate. Finished Sunday, March 12, 2017

11. Now I Know My ABC’s by Blackbird Designs (summer version). Finished Friday, March 17, 2017

12. Basket by Lizzie Kate. Finished Friday, March 24, 2017

13. Love by Lizzie Kate. Finished Sunday, March 26, 2017

14. My Wurk by At The Hop. Finished Thursday, April 6, 2017

Number of Finishes By Year-

1. 2008 Finishes -10

2. 2009 Finishes- 21

3. 2010 Finishes- 49

4. 2011 Finishes- 26

5. 2012 Finishes- 35

6. 2013 Finishes- 7

7. 2014 Finishes- 19

8. 2015 Finishes- 61

9. 2016 Finishes- 50

10. 2017 Finishes-

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Sizzling Seventeen May Day Finish

It has gotten into the 90's here in Las Vegas already, which means that by the time August rolls around, tourists and locals alike will have the ability to burst into flames as soon as they step outdoors. Honestly, I know there are people who love this type of dry, dusty oven type conditions. It happens to be my misfortune that I am not one of them. I pray daily to whatever deity happens to be listening at the time, that with hard work and a wee bit a luck, there will be another move in the future. Hopefully, to somewhere more hospitable to my nature. I am a Child of the Ocean and the Desert is not very forgiving. 

What this all means is that I start craving summer type things to stitch. I need to be reminded of days at the shore, toes in the sand with a drink in the hand. The chatter of seagulls and dolphins *just* off the coast. The tang of salt air mixed with the smell of Coppertone. I found this one the other day in the  Bin O'Shame and since I could not concentrate for any length of time on the Black Tulips project that I had pulled out, I got this one out instead. Say what you like about monochromes, but if you are tired and don't feel well, they are excellent for not being too taxing stitching wise. I was torn between keeping this as a strict monochrome or adding a wee bit of red, to make it more 'summer' like. In the end, keeping it as a strict monochrome won out. I really like the 'crispness' of the stark white fabric and the soothing dark navy blue. 

Well, at any rate, here are the before and after pictures:

Design: Seaside Retreat

Designer: Blackbird Designs

Fabric: 32 count white Belfast linen

Fiber Used: Kreinik soie d'alger #1425 E (dark navy)

Stitcher's Notes: Design taken from the book, A Stitcher's Journey. Design featured on page 16. Left off border and initials. Changed 'stitch with me' to 'sit with me. Added elements from the piece to fill in the space. 

As of Tuesday, April 28, 2015:

Finished, Friday, May 1, 2015:

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


Respectfully submitted,


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