Saturday, January 28, 2012

Boo Club Complete

 Well I finally finished the Boo Club by Lizzie Kate.  I started it last year or the year before.  I can't remember now but I finished it.  Whoo hoo!!  I stitched on 28 count linen with DMC floss.  I decided not to cross-stitch the white boxes between the black boxes.  I love it even if I have a few boo boos.

As, for the Quaker Bat.  I have completed one wing and am working on the other.  This is my purse project.  I usually only work on it when I am waiting somewhere but I think I am going to try to finish it in the next week or two.

On another note, I bought this owl fabric fleece last year and made a throw for my couch.  You know the one; where you cut strips in the edges then tie knots in them.  Well I had left overs and my mother made a pillowcase to match.  Then I found the same pattern in cotton fabric.  I asked my sister Bridget to make me a bag.  It's a tulip bag that she and Jennifer took a class.  Well she finished it and gave it to me Monday.  I was so glad because I was about to buy a new purse.  I can never find one with the right amount of depth that opened enough to find things.  I was always emptying my purse just to find what I was looking for.  Well, this bag is perfect.  Just deep enough and the top is wide enough that I can find what I want.  Thank you Bridget for my purse.  I love it.

Well I want to go stitch and watch more of the "Leverage" and "CSI: NY" shows that I have recorded.  Also, Patrick, my nephew, wants the laptop.  So, thanks for dropping by.  I hope you enjoyed the postings.


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Painting with a Twist: Rhianna

Hey,  well I just got in from participating at Painting with a Twist.  My sisters, Jennifer & Bridget, and our friends Lisha and Theresa went to eat before at the Mellow Mushroom.  The girls had Lemon drops with their meals.  I, of course, had a taste and when not the DD I will have one of my own.  We met my sister-in-law Mari at the place at 7pm.  We had a great time painting.   I had trouble with my chicken's waddle and his rear end.  My sister Jennifer says that my chicken looks like has a fake comb; and I agree.  I really like the tail  it looks like a lot of feathers.  I am really happy with the rooster and have decided to hang him in my kitchen.  So I need to go buy a frame tomorrow.  Afterwards we went to a wine bar called the Cork in town.  They each got a different martini (well not me or Lisha).  Which were all good.  I've decided that I like the lemon drop and the grasshopper the best.  We've decided that we want to do this again.  I might actually take a painting class next fall at USM through continuing education, just for fun. Well I am off to bed.  Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Week 2 & 3 Art Journal attempts

Welcome,I started my art journal a little late.  So, I have been catching up.  Week 2's question is "I am..."  I tried my hand at decoupage.  I used words cut out of magazines. I used words that I felt described me and a couple of words that I wanted to describe me.  As usual, it didn't go like I planned it. I'll have to think about how to improve it.  If I figure something out then I will post another picture.

Week 3's question was "Do you believe in fairies?  So I went to the internet to find pictures of fairies and came across this 1970's looking fairy.  So I decided I was going to color it with my crayons.  But of course, I couldn't find my crayons.  So I used my chalks from scrapbooking.  I think she turned out great.  I also planned on writing the words with a glitter pen but it came out goopy so I used my silver pen over regular black ink.  Since the glitter pen didn't work, and I wanted glitter on it, I put glitter on the wings instead. 

On the stitching frontier, I finished Monster on the Lizzie Kate Boo Club.  I have also added the other ear to the Quaker bat.  I will wait a little longer before I post pictures because it takes so long to load the pictures.

The weekend is coming up and I can't wait to do Painting with a Twist.  I am ready to try something new.  I hope it turns out ok.  But if my art is ugly, that is okay because I tried.  At least, I will enjoy spending time with my sisters and our friends.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I need to go stitch.  Starting Monday I will be back on the grad student wheel.  I WILL finish this year!

Thanks again,

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Art Journal & Boo Progress


So I wrote in my previous blog that I wanted to start doing things that are not my normal activities.  I said I was going to do an art journal where I got the questions from  Em's blog.  So here is my first attempt.  The question on the back is "What do I wish for this year to bring?".  Well I want to finish period.  I want to finish my degree.  I want to finish all of my WIPs.  I want to actually relax and take a vacation.  And of course, love and marriage. I think I did a good job on my first attempt.  I made my own tassel but the rest are scrapbook cutouts.  I didn't even think about the background paper.  I just liked the colors, then I realized they were stars, wishing stars that is.  I am a week late but I think I will continue this for a little while longer.  Maybe even 51 more weeks.

To continue in this "stepping outside my comfort zone", my sisters and I have signed up at Painting with a Twist.  We have signed up for Rhianna, The Metal Chicken.  I think we are going to have fun.  I will post a picture of my masterpiece (ha ha ha) this weekend.

On a different note,  I have been working on Lizzie Kate's Boo Club.  I have finished fright and brew.  I am in the middle of monster.  I have two more words, ghost and halloween, left to stitch and the border to finish.  I may actually finish this project this month. I think this is turning out pretty.

Monday, I made October, November, and December into magnets.  It took me all day because someone (Leif and Theron) kept wanting my attention.  It is funny that when you are doing absolutely nothing they don't want anything to do with you.  But, the minute you start working on something, they call your name constantly.  Well, any way,  I have completed the Monthly magnets.  Hip Hip Hooray!

Thank you for stopping by my blog.  I have to go to bed.  Work in the morning.


Sunday, January 08, 2012

First Finishes for the Year

Woo hoo!!     I finished two projects this year.  The first was the December pattern (Winter Village) that was a free pattern on Rainbow Gallery's site, designed by Erica Michaels.  I should have finished this series in December of 2010 but my mother got sick in October and I fell behind.  I am making the series into magnets.  I still have 3 more to make into magnets.  I like this one best.
Erica Michaels 2004 Cross Stitcher's Surprise Series from Rainbow Gallery
 Here is a picture of all of the patterns.  I stitched with DMC floss on Aida Fabric.  I changed the color for December since the pattern was mostly in white.  I use them as magnets to hold up my monthly calendar on the refrigerator.
The other finish was the afghan I was working on for my brother Ricky.  It has been 2 years for me to finish it but I finally did.  I stitched in Red Heart's Dark Orchid.  Once I finished it, I noticed that I stitched the pattern wrong. between each 2 double crochets there is suppose to be a bubble but I did a chain 3 only.  I misunderstood the pattern and only did a chain 3.   Now I will be working on Hobbie's afghan.

Thank you for stopping by.


Wednesday, January 04, 2012

WIPs to be completed this year

So, I decided to take pictures of the WIP that I have planned to finish this year.  I wanted to see the progress that I make as I work on each pattern.

Rose of Sharon - Mirabilia

The first pattern is the Rose of Sharon by Mirabilia.  I bought this pattern back in 1992 or 1993 from Stitch and Frame in Lafayette, LA when I moved to town to go to college.  I have wanted to stitch this for years but never got around to it.  Well last year I started it but I don't remember when.  So this year when I start a project, I am going to write the date down in my planner.  I have stitched most of the girl but still have the archway and flowers to go.  I wish I was the type of person who could modify the pattern because I would like to add beads to the dress like Nora Corbett did on her mermaid patterns.  I am stitching it on a 28 ct. blue linen that I had leftover from when I stitched the Precious Moments Noah's Ark for my nephew approximately 16 years ago.  I am using DMC floss.

Celtic Mystery Stitch-a-long - Ink Circle
The second pattern is the Celtic Mystery Stitch-a-long by Ink Circle.  I have completed two of the monthly squares and part of two others.  I am stitching it on Silkweaver's Karma - 28 ct. Jobelan with DMC floss.  I started this in August 2008 but as usual got sidetracked when working on it.  I hope to finish it in 2012.
Tiramisu - EGA GCC
The 3rd pattern is Tiramisu by Dakota Rogers.  I have signed up twice for this EGA Group Correspondence Course but, as usual, I was sidetracked and missed the evaluation process.  The pattern is being stitched on Silkweaver's Banana Splash - 28 ct. Lugana with shades of orange DMC floss.  The pattern is "A reversible Spanish Stitch Sampler from 16th and 1th centuries Italy" blackwork.  I love blackwork!!

Quaker Halloween Bat - Workbasket
 The 4th pattern in the Quaker Halloween Bat by Workbasket.  I am not really into Quaker Patterns but I did the Owl in this pattern last year and wanted to do the bat.  I am stitching it on Silkweaver's Rock Quarry - 28 ct. Lugana.  The thread I am using is Olde Willow Stitchery Hand-dyed Threads #110 - Dracula's Cape.  The funny thing is that I had two different dye lots so the threads are really different.  One is a silvery, purple color and the other is a silvery, gray color.  So I an using one thread from each dye lot; it's looking kinda cool.

Wild West
The 5th pattern is a kit from Janlynn called Treasure Map.  The pattern is on Aida and come with the thread.  My sister Bridget volunteered me to stitch it for my sister-in-law Mari about 5 years ago.  So I want to get it done before Theron gets too old to appreciate it.  This one has two large pictures (one of which I have finished) then lots of little pictures and words.

Ricky's Afghan
The 6th project is Ricky's Afghan.  I am crocheting the August pattern from "A Year of Afghans: Book 14" from Leisure Arts.  The yarn that I am using is Red Heart's Dark Orchid.  I am almost finished with it.  I hope to finish it tonight.  But probably not since I need another skein of yarn.  My brother loves the color and the length since he is 6'2".

Hobbie's Afghan

Last but not least is the afghan for my brother-in-law, Hobbie.  I am stitching June from "Birthstone Afghans" from Leisure Arts.  I am using Red Heart's Zebra Yarn.  This pattern is one row pattern repeated.

Well got to go.  Thanks for looking at my projects.  I will post updates more often this year.


Sunday, January 01, 2012

Welcome 2012

I had a wonderful time last night.  My sister Bridget had a board game party at her house for New Years Eve.  There were 8 people there (mostly family).  We snacked and played about 7 games.  Then today after church and lunch, my sisters, Jennifer and Bridget, with my brother-in-law Tim and I played SmartAlec (It goes by a different name) and Phase 10.  We had a great time.

I had hoped to start my new year with a very clean house and all of my decorations put away.  Well, I didn't quite make it there.  On the other hand, I did complete a major feat.  I completely cleaned my office (it looked like a hoarder lived there, had to step on things to get in).  It is so clean, the floor is clear, my desk is actually a desk again, not a junk holder.  My goal this year is to keep the house clean using the Fly Lady's cleaning system while trying to minimize my possessions.

Another of my goals this year is to be healthier.  I plan on cooking breakfast every morning rather than getting a breakfast burrito meal from McDonald's.  My boss gave me this pretty lunch bag for Christmas which I plan on using on regular basis by taking my lunch to work rather than not eating or going out (which is what I did last year).  I also plan on starting to exercise.  I borrowed Jennifer's Wii Fit and will start using it on Monday.

Finally, I want to enjoy life more.  Reading for pleasure, stitch more, crochet more.  I want to do something new each week that I have never done but wanted to do.  I think I am going to do the art journal that Em will be starting soon.  This will be a big deal to me because I don't think I am artistically inclined but I am going to spread my wings.

Thank you for stopping by.  I will posted again during the week.