Monday, July 01, 2019

24 Hour Marathon Challenge

I participated in Jen Lee's (@quirksandstitchs) 24 Hour Marathon Challenge this month.  I spent a total of 22 hours stitching over a 48 hour period.  I worked 1-hour per project but didn't stitch on every project.  I only finished one project, Little Sheep Virtues: Patience by Little House Needlework.

I also participated in her June 24 Hour Challenge.  You had to pick projects that title, designer, or theme could be used to spell Twenty Four.  I chose to stitch 144 minutes per project for a total of 24 hours.  I have completed this challenge
T - Tada Penggy by Amy Bruecken
W - Warm Water Wash by Raise the Roof
E - S is for Sheep by Elizabeth's Designs
N - Itchin to be Stitchin by Needle Bling Designs
T - Tiger Lily by Nora Corbett
Y -Happily Every After by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery (Theme: Year of...)

F - Snow Catchers by Fanci That
O - Curious Owl by Art to Heart
U - Sea Hag by Pickle Barrel Design (Theme: Under water)
R - Rooms with a View by Raspberry Patch

I ended up finishing Tada Penggy, Warm Water Wash, & Curious Owl.
Curious Owl by Art by Heart

Warm Water Wash by Raise the Roof

Tada Penggy by Amy Bruecken

Here are photos of what I have worked on:
Snow Catchers by Fanic That
Tiger Lily by Nora Corbett

Happily Ever After by
The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery
Rooms With A View
by Raspberry Patch

Sea Hag by Pickle Barrel Designs
Itchin to be Stitchin
by Needle Bling Designs

S is for Sheep by Elizabeth's Designs

Thanks for stopping by.  I will be posting again really soon.  I went to a retreat this weekend.  I will show you what I worked on .

Thanks again


Wednesday, May 29, 2019

2019 Mid-year Review

Welcome to my blog.  My goal this year is to complete as many WiPs as possible.  All new projects will be smalls (less than or equal to 60 x 60).  

So without further ado, my parade of finishes for the year of 2019. First I will start with Little Sheep Virtues by Little House Needleworks. I'm stitching it like Yellow Farmhouse.  So far I have completed 6 of the 12 patterns. I'm using DMC floss on Chocolate Brown Linen.


 Next, the Main Street Series by Country Cottage Needlework.  I am working them around a town square on hand-dyed aida by me using DMC floss. I stitched the bookstore and the dress shop.  Also,
I did make a change; I created a church for the town square.


My Church Design
The next series is Amy Bruecken's Man of the Month snowmen.  I finished the last 3 months. I stitched with the called for threads on the called for fabric.  Now all I need to do is add the beads.

 Next, Happily Ever After by The Frosted Pumpkin.  I've only finished a couple of the patterns.

Next, finishes from Stitch "May'nia.  I had 14 actual new starts.  I have finished 10 of them.

  Finally, random WiPs completed.

I hope to finish as many in the second half of the years a I have so far.  We will see.  Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you enjoyed looking at my work.


Thursday, February 07, 2019

Two Retreats in February

Hello all,
I started the month of February with 2 retreats in a row.  Last week I went to a crochet and knitting retreat (ok most ladies at the retreat would call it a knitting and crocheting retreat).  The name of the retreat was "Fiber Fun in the 'Sip Retreat" at Tara Wildlife  in Vicksburg, MS.  I went with my sister-in-law Katie.  We had a great time.  The retreat covered everything, lodging, food (which was awesome), and 1 class.  I went with one goal, to start and finish an afghan.  I did it.  I finished a corner to corner afghan using Caron's Chunky Cakes yarn, Ballet Sorbet.  Katie and I both participated in the dinner entertainment on Saturday.  We had a murder mystery.  Both Katie and I were "murdered".  It was a lot of fun.  I am planning on going again next year.
Corner to Corner Afghan

I also took a crochet class that was being taught by Dawn from Dawn O Designs.  The class was crocheting a shawl.  Below is my progress, I am about halfway through the pattern.  It was a lot of fun.

Rose Garden Shawl

We were supposed to go on an airbus ride around the area but the water level was too high.  So to fill the time we had a knitting competition to see who knitted the fasted.  I didn't participate because I am a very slow knitter.   We also had a crocheting competition.  I did participate.  I won!!  I beat Katie by 1 stitch.  Whoo hoo!
Tonight, after I leave class, I'm picking my sister Bridget up and we are head to Orange Beach, AL for a cross stitch retreat with Katrina Boyd.  My sister Jennifer and our friend Lisha are already there.  I can't wait.  I'm bringing all twenty-something of my WiPs with me.  I will work on all of them this weekend.  I will post pictures when I get back.  But you can look at my posts throughout the weekend on Instagram.  28 minutes before class is over.  I can't wait.  Well got to go, I need to review a test with a student.

Thanks for stopping by,


Saturday, July 14, 2018

July - Summer Vacation in Full Swing

Since the last time I posted, I officially started summer vacation, went on a stitching retreat, celebrated 4th of July, co-hosted a family reunion, and finished 1 project.

First up, my sister Jennifer, friend Lisha, and I went to Katrina Boyd's retreat in Franklin, TN.  I meet some wonderful ladies, 1 from Mississippi, the 5 local ladies and the 5 from Memphis.  We actually had a local artist stitching with us, Ryanne (sorry if I miss-spelled it).  She was very helpful with my tablet.  I love her highland cow cross stitch pattern.  I also liked her new pattern she was working on. shhh... check out her site to see when she releases her new pattern.  Jennifer and I did our usual, stitch for an hour then switch.  I stitched on 9 things each day.  No finishes though.  I can't wait until August when we go to Georgia; I've never been.

Second, after we came home, my family celebrated the 4th at my Mom's house.  We didn't do the big fireworks show that Uncle Tim usually does because Tucker (his son) was at camp.  But we ate the usual, hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage, potato salad, baked beans, and salad.  My sister-in-law, Mari, made a spring roll desert filled with strawberries and blueberries with a cream sauce.  Yummy!

Third, my mom's side of the family usually gets together the first Sunday in July.  Well the last few years we either haven't had it or some people will not come because "its too far to drive".  So my cousin Liz and I decided to host it here in town.  We had about 100 people show up.  Most everyone brought food or drinks.  Everyone seemed to have a great time and enjoyed the food and fellowship.  It seems Liz and I are expected to host it next year.

Now why you really came, my stitching. 

 This month I decided to stitch on one WIP each day.  I have about 30 WIPs left.  I have pretty much stuck to the schedule.  If I missed a day then I stitched on the missed project and the project due that day.  I finished Little House Needlework's Blessed are the Meek using DMC floss on Wandering Ivy by Silkweaver.  It turned out really cute.

 I have also finished Oh Say Can You Sea by Hands On Design.  My sisters (Jennifer & Bridget) and our friend Lisha are stitching on this project as a stitch-a-long.  I'm the 3rd one to finish it.  I used the DMC floss on 32-ct Vintage Stormy Nights Lugana fabric.  We all used the same fabric.

I've made some progress on each project so far.  I hope to knock out most of these WIPs by the end of the year.

Well, got to go.  I plan to post again next week.  I will let you know when I start my FlossTube vlog.


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

June - Mid Year Review

I started the year out with 18 WIPs.  I have added 18 new WIPs with Stitch "May"nia.   I started Amy Bruecken's Snowman Man of the Month, am doing a Stitch-a-long with my sisters and friends (Oh Say Can You Sea), started 2 large monthly projects (Country Cottage Needlework's Main Street Series and Little House Needlwork's Virtues), started and completed 4 new projects (Mill Hill's Owlets).  My finishing list is 23 projects thus far.  I plan on finishing several large projects by the end of the year.  I want to complete any project that is over a year in the WIPs box.  That would be 12 project: Blackwork roses, Blessed are the Meek, Summer Retreat, Curious Owl, 6 Fat Men, Robin Hood, Tuffet's Cupboard, Wicked Patch, Witchy Wash, Vlad's Vash Day, Santa Clothes, & Hang Ten.

The pictures to follow are a Parade of my finished works.  If I bought the patterns separately, then I count each pattern as a finish.  I apologize for the pictures not rotating.  They are right when I click on them in the file but they import sideways or upside down.
1. Be Spooktacular! by Lizzie Kate - Linen

2, 3, 4. Owlets by Mill Hill - Kits - finished Violet, Huey, & Emma this year

5. Snoel - unknown - Kit

6. Christmas Tree - Wire Whimsy - Kit

7. Photo Booth - Frank n' Boo - Bent Creek - Kit included fabric

8. Love Laundry - Raise the Roof - Silkweaver Linen

9. Snow House - 6 Fat Men - Lizzie Kate - Fabric Flair 28-ct. Blue Cloud

10. Sam's Socks n Such - Raise the Roof - Silkweaver 32-ct Cashel Castle View

11. January - Happily Every After - The Frosted Pumpkin - Under the Sea 28-ct. Looking Glass

12, 13. Main Street: Flower Shop & Coffee Shop - Country Cottage Needlework - Hand-dyed 18-ct Aida

14. Curio: Ladybird - Heart in Hand - Hand-dyed 18-ct Aida

15. Broad Stripes & Bright Stars - Cross-eyed Cricket - Millennial Blue Linen

16, 17, 18, 19, 20. Man of the Month - Amy Bruecken - called for fabric

21. Pins & Needles - Raise the Roof - 22-ct Hardanger (over 1)

22. Stoneware Cat - Priscilla's Pocket - kit

23. A Gray Hare - Lizzie Kate -Kit

If you made it this far, I am very excited.  My sister, Jennifer (of Jen's Stitching Niche on Etsy), and our friend Lisha are going to one of Katrina Boyd's Stitching Retreats this weekend in Franklin, TN.  I am excited because as I am typing this, I just finished giving my final to my June class and have submitted their grades.  I am free from campus bound, time set classes for the summer (only teaching 1 online class).  We are leaving tomorrow and taking our time going to Franklin.  We will stop along the way to shop at different needlework shops that Lisha and Jennifer want to visit.  I love going to Katrina's Retreats; everyone is easy going and I get a lot of work done.

So, thanks for stopping by.  I'm off to pack my things and get ready for the trip (gas, tire check, snacks, stitching projects, oh yeah and clothes).