Saturday, January 28, 2017

2-WIP progress

Hello blog friends.
Just a quick WIP update. Definitely satisfied with the needle's speed this week. I had to do lots because next week will probably be slow or no stitching at all (is that even possible, haha), I will tell you about it later. 
So here's my latest Chickadee:  
Isn't that major progress? I'm sooo happy with it. I'm only missing two light floss colors on her and then just a small amount of backstitch. Hopefully, I can squeeze in those early next week for a finish. 
Then we have Spells' Store:
Fed up with brown, I did black. Lovin' it now. I also stitched and almost 3/4 done on my mystery start piece.
Now more of my story (I hope I don't bore you). Middle of the week I brought all my floss and fabrics to my sister's where it will stay for the next two weeks. Why? There's been some fumigation going on in our area for two days. The DH, although he didn't say it, must think I'm crazy. Well, yeah! Only perishables and opened containers need to be consumed or thrown out before the designated date. But I don't want to take any chances that some chemical/smell might stick to my dear xstitch supplies. We don't want that, right?😔
And then I'm also making last minute plans for the coming month which happens to be... our anniversary! Don't ask how long it's been, haha. And no, it's not on Valentine's Day. 
So that's why I said slow stitching for the next two weeks.
Lastly, I really appreciate your sweet comments on my latest finish. Thank you very much! I wish I could catch up on reading more of the bloglist, believe me I'm really trying...and I also want to update that list, add more, maybe next month...

Thanks for visiting. Happy Stitching!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

First Finish, Start and Fabric

Hello blog friends.
I'm excited for this weekly update... because I finally have a finish for this month. So here is the first finish of 2017!
Black-capped Chickadee
"Here's to the Chickadee"
Crossed Wing Collection
16ct. French Lace Aida
 Just a small one. Can't seem to get the color right with the camera.
 After this, what else should I do but take on another start, another chickadee!
It's almost the same (small) size, but the leaves are of different color. Again, I forgot to jot down the name of this one (what I have is a working copy).
Lastly, my fabric parcel intended for samplers: 

 I got the largest size because it's cheaper. All 16ct aida (still afraid to try linen and evenweave😕 - Wren and Legacy by PTP, and antique white and smaller antique misty blue. I haven't decided on which sampler to stitch.
As always, your comments are very much appreciated.
Thanks for visiting. Happy Stitching!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

WIP update

Hello dear friends.
Today I'm posting on two WIPs and a start! I like the current flow of things at the stitching spot, it's been a while... I haven't 100% caught on my bloglist reading though, for that I apologize. I'll get there somehow, been preoccupied with plans lately (not stitch-related... yet), big reveal will come in February, hopefully.
Without further ado, my two WIPs:
 This one is a joy to stitch, as it is small and colorful. I forgot to mention the name last time, it's called Black-capped Chickadee from Here's to the Chickadee by Crossed Wing Collection. Look how much progress:
 I wish to have a finish this month. Pinning my hopes on this one, it only entails little backstitching.
Next up is Spells' Store by Primitive Hare:
 No wonder I got to stitch a lot on the Chickadee, it's all brown. But I'm looking forward to the other colors. If you're wondering where my other WIPs are: Read Between the Lines and Sea Life are at my sister's (I left them and those will be stitched whenever I get to visit my little niece, as if I'm going to have any stitching time there, haha). Houses of Peace, the one in black is neatly folded in the drawer, I just can't deal with dark fabric for night-stitching for now.
Finally, here's something I'm excited about, a cute start. There's a deadline for this though (is that a clue?), so that makes me a little nervous, I hope I don't mess it up. But just in case I fail, I've got a back-up plan (when did I get so smart, hehe.)
Happy Saturday everyone.
Thanks for visiting. Happy Stitching!

Saturday, January 7, 2017


Hello blog friends!
I missed you! My first post for the year! Everything's finally settling down after the holidays. I finally organized my Christmas haul... yipee! 
I ordered more fabrics this week and that hasn't come in yet. As for charts... 2017 will be a major sampler stitching year. Yep, I'm drawn to stitching words (as keenly noticed by our dear Jo from my last post). I''m not going to set any annual goals this time as you know how I poorly did the past year's.
Let me start off with the books I got from Amazon (cheaper but fairly new/good condition books)
Brenda Keyes' Traditional Samplers ($0.79 + $3.99 shipping, that's a steal!)
Elizabeth Bradley's Needlework Antique Flowers ($0.01 + $3.99 shipping) - I just love the pictures on this one, the charts are handwritten (not computerized) and too small and uses EB wool which is not readily available (this was printed 1993 but still in very very good condition). So I might need to search for DMC conversions for that (if I don't get lazy😫) or I just might end up reading the pages on this one than stitching. Can anyone suggest other good sampler books with charts in them?
Beyond the Garden Gate (also $0.01 + 3.99 shipping) - I was after the 4 patterns of framed orchard fruits on this one, but there are more nice charts inside. 
Sampler charts galore... Let's start off with Rosewood Manor:
 These three had been on the wishlist since early last year. A lot of flosstubers have beautifully started And A Forest Grew, so that was the final kick to put these in the cart.
Plum Street Samplers:
 Those three above were on sale (like almost half-off), and the one I really spent on (which has been sitting on my wishlist too) is The Flood, which will be my first ever Noah's Ark (always wanted to do at least one). 
 Other patterns I got:
 Barbara Ana's All Creatures Great and Small, which is quite popular on flosstube too (I don't do facebook). Don't you just love it when you see others doing what you should have started a long time ago, hahaha. Moira Blackburn's Three Things Sampler - this was on sale, so I got it, but what I was really eyeing was the Time and Season Sampler which is not available in the catalog.
These last ones were also on sale so they jumped in the cart as well:
Now I'm overwhelmed with big projects, LOL. So I just started with that tiny chickadee on the bottom right on 16ct. French Lace Aida:
Apologies for the blurry pictures. I hope you're all starting 2017 on a good stitching note. I'm back to stitching Spells' Store. Till next time.

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