Monday, May 15, 2017

Stitch Mania Week 2, Updates, and Finishes


New Starts:

This week I had 4 new starts.  They were Letters n' Leaves by La Di Da, Blackwork Roses by Carol Algie Higginbotham, Lucky Cats by Whiskerkins, and Stained Glass Window bookmark that I bought in Scotland.

The first is Letters n' Leaves by La Di Da.  It has only 2 colors.  It has double border of black squares.  My sister Jennifer has already completed this one.  I spent an hour on it and completed 1-1/2 sides.  It will be pretty simple.

The second was Lucky Cats by Whiskerkins. I decided to stitch it on Aida.  I have been a linen snob for about 10 years now but with my eyes...So, I had this Aida and thought it would look good on it.  I ran out of the border color for the cats and have to get some more.



The third new start was the stained glass window bookmark.  As you can see, I only spent an hour on it.  It is relatively complicated for such a small thing. 

The last is something I've been wanting to work on for a while, Roses by Carol Algie Higginbotham.I love blackwork.  This pattern has several different patterns on one project.  The last couple of years, I have gotten involved with Zentangles.  This Roses pattern reminds me of Zentangles.  It is beautiful.  I hope that I can complete it as beautifully as the pattern is.





Updates:
Here is the Owlet - Tango.  I have completed more of the cross stitching.  Once I finish the cross stitching, I will then add the beads.  The stitching is over halfway completed.  I hope to complete it by the end of the week.

The second update is Tuffet's Cupboard.  There are 4 patterns, I have completed 1 and am in the middle of the 2nd pattern.  I finished the green mirror looking thing in the red box and the spools of thread in the yellow box.




Finally, I have completed the red block for the Bent Creek's World of Color.  I am starting the "orange" block.  As I stated before, I am doing the border as I work each block.





Now for Finishes: 
Mari's Project Bags
I made Vonna's Project Pouches for my stitching group last year for our stitching retreat.  My sister-in-law and mother wanted one also.  My sister-in-law bought her fabric.  I finished two for her, two for my mother, and two for me.  They are relatively easy but I have trouble with making a straight even spaced edge.
My Mother's Project Bags
(I stitched one of each for myself as well)


 The last finish that I have is the "Road to A Friend's House" by Sisters and Best Friends.  I didn't want to put the white squares in the border.  But, my sister Jen said I should.  She was right.  It turned out great.  As I was trying to photograph it for my blog, Pearl decided that she wanted to be involved.  It took 5 attempts to get a picture of the pattern.  I  don't know how I am going to finish it.  We will see.

 


 Thanks for stopping by

Sharon

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Stitch Mania - 17 new projects in the month of May

Yeah, I know it is suppose to be 1 new project per day for the month of May.  And, yes, I have enough projects to start a new one each day for about a year or two.  But, I wanted to do it differently.  So I started a project on the 1st of May, then even days throughout the month of May, and finally on the 31st.  This will be 17 new starts.

 My first new start was Owlet - Tango from Mill Hill Beads.  What you see in the picture I stitched in a couple of hours.  The stitching is pretty quick but I haven't started putting on the beads.


My second start was the Autumn Biscornu by Barbara Ana.  I love the little squirrels.  I love Barbara Ana's biscornus; I have stitched several.


 My third start was Doodles for leftover's - Holiday Sprinkles.  It is a small but simple pattern designed around a clay button. All that I have stitched is the border but I'm going to work on it this week.

Got to go.  Thanks for stopping by.
Sharon


Thursday, May 04, 2017

Punchneedle and New Start


So I decided was going through my bag of starts and found my punch needle projects.  I have decided that I do not like punch needle, but I will finish all the projects that I have.  I have about 6 more.  4 are ornaments like this one and 2 are fancy projects.  This is the 3rd in the series that I have been working on.  I am almost done with it.

My new start for April is Bent Creek's World of Color Snapper Series.  I only worked on this for a day and have almost completed the block.  I'm going to work on the border as a go since it is a simple border.  The first in the series is red.  Yeah, I know there isn't any red, yet.  When I finish the tree then I will put in the red colors.

Thanks for stopping by.
Sharon

Monday, April 24, 2017

Easter Weekend

This was a very busy weekend.  The church had its Youth Activity day.  Our church is a small church.  I am the youth director among other titles.  This year we had rain for our egg hunt.  So while a couple of the mothers hid the eggs in the church.  I read the Easter story to the children that came for the activity.  We let the children hunt for the eggs then had a snack and did a craft.  It was fun for them.

As for my family,  several were very ill and couldn't make it to Mom & Dad's house.  For lunch, my sister-in-law Mari cooked the ham, copper pennies, and gluten-free carrot cake.  My mother made potato salad and a regular yellow cake.  We were going to let the kids hunt for eggs, but..... You guessed it, it rained.  They were off school for Monday.  So, they hunted eggs then instead.

I stitched most of the weekend with a million interruptions.  I finished Stacy Nash's Sisters Three.  I changed the eye color of one of the girls to match my sister Bridget's eyes.  Also, I changed the first row so that all of the letters lined up.  I don't know how I will finish it yet. 





Then I worked on "A Friend's House" by Sisters & Best Friends.  I finished the one hill, the heart, and the road.  I have the second house & hill, the words, and the border left.  It is looking cute.
















Monday, I worked on several projects.  I finished one eye on the Curious Owl,  a spool of thread on Tuffet's Cupboard, and several spools of thread on the owls.  I am trying to finish a couple of these projects.  I didn't get a chance to start my new project this month on the 15th but I will this weekend.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sharon

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Sisters, you love 'em even when they aggravate you.

I've been working on Sister Three by Stacy Nash exclusively this week.  I have almost completed it.  Really, I should be finished with it but when I was stitching the leaves along the left side and top, I noticed something was wrong.  Along the top I stitched over one with one stitch that made the rest off for the entire top.  Then I was trying to figure out what else I did wrong when I noticed that I started down one row more than I was supposed to.  So, I ripped out the entire top row.  I am just going to add one more stitch on the left to bring the top up then I will finish it this week.  I only have 17 letters left to stitch and the top row of leaves.  I made some adjustments to the color.  The pattern only called for 3 colors but I am using 5.  One was an oops and the other is the color of my baby sister's eyes.  Other than that I am pretty much following the pattern.

This weekend I will start on my new start for April - World of Color Snapper Series by Bent Creek.  I love Bent Creek Snapper series.  I started with Snapperville.  I have stitched the Summer and Winter Snapper series.  I still want to stitch the Autumn and Spring snapper series.  They are usually quick and easy to do.

Well got to go.  Thanks for stopping by.

Sharon

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

What have I stitched on lately?

A Friend's House
by Sisters & Best Friends
Tuffet's Cupboard
by Just Another Button Company

Well, I haven't done much stitching but here are a few of the things I have been working on this month. On A Friend's House, I have finished the left side house, tree, and hill.  I'm about 45% complete on it.  For Tuffet's Cupboard, I have completed the first pattern and am about 50% complete with the 2nd pattern.  There are 4 patterns total.












Tre civette sul comò
by Madame Chantilly
Sisters Three
by Staci Nash
For the owls, I have completed the owls and am now working on the chest of drawers.  This one has gotten a little boring because of all of the ecru in the chest of drawers.  For the 3 sisters.  I have completed about 40%.  I ran out of the blue thread.  If you look closely the center of the flowers are the wrong color; I pulled the wrong color.  They are suppose to match the apron on the dress.  But the apron color on the dress blends into the fabric.  So I left the centers as they are.  But, that color is also supposed to be the flesh color.  So I think I'm going to change flesh color to DMC 754.  We'll see.




My parents are doing better (Dad had the stroke in February and Mom fractured her pelvis in March).  My brothers and sisters and I are taking turns staying with them.  It's hard on all of us, my parents included, but it is what you do for the people you love.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sharon




Stonehenge & Bath

Oh my goodness, the day we visited Stonehenge and Bath was my favorite day.  I love Stonehenge.  I drained the battery on my camera taking pictures from all angles.




Shuttle to Stonehenge
Stonehenge from the back


After Stonehenge, we went to to the city of Bath.  We toured Bath Abbey with the angels climbing Jacob's Ladder.  It was amazingly beautiful.

Bath Abbey

 Then the Roman Bath's and the museum that contained a lot of ancient stone works.
The Roman Bath
We then had a proper tea at the  Pump Room.  I really enjoyed the scones, and the sandwiches, and desserts.  I didn't enjoy the caviar.  I gave it away.
Full tea at the Pump Room
On our last day in London, we toured Westminster Abbey and did a Harry Potter walking tour.  Westminster Abbey was an amazing place with ancient sarcophagus.  We weren't allowed to take pictures inside.  I got to see the grave of Charles Darwin, Sir Isaac Newton, Mary Queen of Scot, and many more.
Westminster Abbey
A sign outside the Abbey
the other sign at the entrance
the site of The Leaky Cauldron

Our tour guide

site of Harry & Mr. Weasley go to Ministry of Magic
also, where Harry, Hermione, & Ron used Polyjuice Potion to
enter Ministry of Magic


Another shot of area & tour guide


setting for Knockturn Alley
setting for Diagon Alley
We had a great time.  I am so glad that I went.  Next school year we are going to New York.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Edinburgh was an incredible time

So, we left London at 8am on a train (my first).  The train trip was great.  I enjoyed the countryside.
Once we got there, we were nearly blown away by the wind,  We walked to our hotel to check in;  the Holiday Inn express which had larger rooms than in London.  We spent the rest of the day shopping along the Royal Mile.  We ate lunch at the Whiski.  I didn't order but did eat haggis.  It wasn't good.  I thought it would taste really bad, but it didn't.


We spent the second day visiting attractions.  We walked from our hotel to Edinburgh Castle.  It was amazing.  I didn't get to spend as much time there as I wanted but I was happy to see such an ancient place.  Then we walked to Holyrood Palace. Holyrood had an audio tour which I enjoyed.  I wish I could have taken some pictures but they didn't allow it.  We left at around 4:30 to go back to London.  I wish we could have stayed another day and saw more of Edinburgh than just the Royal Mile.
Edinburgh Castle

Holyrood Palace
 Next Stonehenge & Bath.