Tuesday, July 22, 2014

July Stitch from Stash

I wasn't planning on posting again so soon, but as I am going to be busy for the next week with travel, a family reunion and catching up with my parents and sister, it seemed a good idea to do this one now.

2014 Stitch from Stash is hosted by Mel at Epic Stitching and is a stash reduction challenge with a very nice $25 (or your currency equivalent) budget each month.  Your unused budget amount rolls over each month, so you could, in a relatively short period of time, have a very nice bit of money for a splurge.  Mel also built a free month into the challenge so in the event you did spend your roll over money and your budget and a bit more, you call your "freebie" month and just sit back and enjoy your new stash.   With that, here is my July report:

Carry over:            $150
July Budget:              25
July Purchases:           0
Balance Forward:  $175

Updates on my rotation pieces can be seen in my WIPocalypse and IHSW posts and looking back, I haven't started anything new since my last SFS post. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

It was a hermit and stitch weekend!

The third weekend of the month means....   Yes, it was time to hermit and stitch.  I had a whirlwind trip to South Dakota last week for work, so I really didn't have any plans for the weekend other than to catch up on sleep (the two hour time change really got to me this trip) so stitching fit right in with the plans.

While not an IHSW piece, Elegant Doily had one more day on the frame after my last post, and here's where it ended up last Saturday:

Another good stitching round should have the eyelets done!!  I am going to have to soak this once it's completed to try to get rid of the discoloration on the blanket stitches.  Not sure what caused it but I am sure I can figure a way to get it out.  As I'm not really in love with this piece, I'm not fussing over the possibility of extreme measures to clean it. 

Winter Sheep by Little House Needleworks is my first IHSW piece.  This is part of my Smalls SAL but I am going to have to do some fast stitching if I am going to finish it this month.  Here's where I left it yesterday:

It used to be that I couldn't stitch larger pieces in hand but smalls were fine, now nothing seems to work in hand hence the hoop.

Santa's Magic had its turn in the rotation and went from here:

To here:

I really do need to get the beard finished.  Unfortunately, all those blank spaces are done in Wisper and while the result is perfect, the journey is awful.

After Santa, Lizzie*Kate's Holly and Hearts Mystery Sampler went on the frame. It went from here:

To here:

On my monitor there are all sorts of wavy lines on the photo, if you click on it, they go away
I am on vacation for the next two weeks YEAAA!!!!!  but probably won't get too much stitching in.  I get on a train heading to Michigan Wednesday morning and while I am taking a couple of smalls with me just in case the stitching urge hits while I'm on the train or at my sister's, I do tend to read more than stitch while I'm traveling.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

July WIPocalypse

Tonight's full moon is a "super moon", the first of three.  It didn't appear to be too different from previous moons last night, but yesterday morning? OH MY!!! I didn't get a photo as I was driving (slamming on the brakes on I-95 for no apparent reason is frowned upon - although it does seem to happen a lot) but it was an amazing orangey/red.  Even though I know the scientific reason for the color it still caused a moment of "eeekkkk" in the more superstitious corner of my brain.  Anyway, the full mean means it's check-in time for 2014 WIPocalypse.  Measi at Measi's Musings hosts this SAL. Another low stress SAL (I do favor those don't I?).  Make a list of WIPs that you would like to finish and/or see progress towards a finish and stitch.  Post your progress once a month.  See easy.  To make it a bit more interesting, this year's SAL has questions for each posting.  This month's is "Do you start your holiday stitching this early?  If so what do you hope to accomplish this year?"  I tend to have holiday stitching, mostly Christmas, going all the time.  I try to stitch an ornament a month (I have yet to finish-finish any) and have a Santa/Christmas slot in my rotation for the larger pieces.  You can see the ornament finishes in the "2014 Smalls SAL" tab up top.  My only real plan for holiday stitching is to make progress on Santa's Magic and keep up with the ornament stitching.  If I actually finish-finish a few ornaments that would be a huge extra for me.

As he's already been mentioned, here's my progress on Santa's Magic:

He was here at my last WIPocalypse report:

And as of today, he's here:

I showed the progress pics of Chatelaine's Secret Victorian Garden last week with my YOTA update, which leaves Elegant Doily by Kayann's Kreations as the last piece on the WIPocalypse list.  It is on the frame this week and, as usual, I have been stitching eyelets.  But, there is an end in sight!!  Here's where it is right now:

The diamond shapes and the outside "borders" are all that's left!!!
Here's a close up of that flower motif in the middle:

This is on the frame the rest of today.  Santa's Magic will take it's place there tomorrow.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

First Saturday in July

Okay, it's the first Sunday, but the weather was so beautiful that I was out more than in yesterday - this time of year you have to take advantage of the low heat and humidity days when they come around - and missed posting.  So the first Saturday of the month means it's YOTA time.  The YOTA SAL is hosted at Pull the Other Thread and focuses on stitching on those WIPs that may have been languishing for, in my case, months years decades I do have several that are well over the decade mark but they haven't yet hit their second... yet.
My focus the last week has been Chatelaine's Secret Victorian Garden.  I found two separate areas that had counting mistakes one thread off on each fortunately, they were sort of free floating individual motifs so they didn't impact any other bits so I only had to frog and re-stitch those two motifs.  Here is where it was:

And here is where I left it:

Here's a close up of one corner:

There will be beads in the Jessica flowers so the centers will eventually be, well, centered.  I started part 12 on the two sides with the thought that I was almost finished, I conveniently forgot that the bit rolled on the rods is *really* empty.


Sunday, June 29, 2014

June Just Nan SAL

Zeb at Keep Calm and Cross Stitch is hosting Just Nan SAL 2014.  Just Nan was on my "must buy" list for years so I have quite a collection of patterns - most of them kitted up and ready to start - languishing in my stash.  When I read about the SAL, I jumped on it.  I looked at it as a chance to reduce my stash a bit and see lots of beautiful stitching.  It has not disappointed.  I am not burning through my Just Nan stash but I have finished two projects so far this year and am so pleased, I have decided to keep a Just Nan slot in my rotation.

Strawberry Summer was finished last night sorry for the wonky photo:

Stitched on 28-count Graziano Savannah Rose Milan linen with DMC floss and perle cotton, Kreinik and beads from the embellishment pack
 I decided to leave off the date as it really didn't fit the design and I didn't feel like recharting from 2001 to 2014 (ummmm yeah, it's been in my stash for that long).

After sorting through all my patterns, Spring in the Air was picked to fill the Just Nan slot in the rotation (I had a really good time "shopping" in my stash).

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Small, TUSAL and Lizzie*Kate

A couple of things before we get onto the title things.

First - HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Trevor!!!!  Today is DSon's 31st birthday!  Not sure how that happened as I don't feel much older than that myself.

AS an explanation - he did a Foam Run (obstacles, mud and foam) I am soooo glad I no longer have to do his laundry!!!! a couple of weeks ago.  The rest of the members of his team were women so he decided a tiara was a perfect way to be "one of the girls" or as much of a girl as a 6' 3" guy can be...

Second - Welcome to my new followers and thank you all for your comments.  I am not getting email notifications of every one's comments and I don't come back to read comments here on Blogger, so if you don't hear back from me when you make a comment, it's not that I'm not paying attention to you, I never got your comment to respond to.  I do appreciate each of you taking the time to read and comment on my blog.

Onto the stitchy stuff - Wednesday was the check-in for the 2014 Smalls SAL.  Heather is hosting this SAL.  Another really simple one, stitch a small and post it once a month.  A small is whatever you define a small as.  I've been catching up on all the ornaments in my stash.  This month was no exception.

This is Joy to the World by Little House Needleworks.  Stitched on 30-count WDW Straw linen with DMC.  The button is from JABCo.  I am still working on her eyes.  The pattern calls for french knots but they looked really wonky so I took them out and have not decided what to use.

Yesterday was the new moon, so it's time for 2014 TUSAL.  Sharon at It's Daffycat hosts this SAL. Rather than a "stitch along" it's more a "save along".  No stress on this one, find a jar (mine is an old Yankee Candle jar), and save all those little bits of thread that you clip off or would have normally thrown away and same them.

Here is my June entry:

Lots of pretty threads in the jar so far this year.  The piece my jar is in front of is Strawberry Summer by Just Nan.  One more band and the beading of a couple others and this will be done.

And finally, Lizzie*Kate's Holly and Hearts was on the frame last week and I had a fair bit of progress.  It went from here:

To here:

Those of you that have stitched this piece will note that there is a HUGE mistake in this one.  The snowflake band is supposed to be stitched in a pinkish red.  This one is mounted on the frame upside down as that fits my stitching style better, well, I had the chart upside down and the key right-side up, as the green is \ and the red is /, I mixed them up.  The band was totally done before I looked at the picture of the finished piece and realized what had happened and decided I was not going to rip it all out.  The similar band in part one will also be different than charted as it will be pinkish red instead of green, so it will all work out and I will say that I personalized it...

Strawberry Summer is on the frame through tonight and I am going to push for a finish.  Secret Victorian Garden goes on the frame tomorrow. Not sure how much I will get done tomorrow as I have to finish mowing the yard - it got too hot, too fast for me to finish it today.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Summer and June Stitch From Stash

Summer has started with a vengeance!  We had the warmest day since last July on Wednesday.  It was in the mid-90s with a heat index in the low 100s - YUCK!!! Days like that are just miserable, you feel like you have a warm, damp washcloth wrapped around you all the time and standing on the train platform in the sun with 100s of your closet friends is an experience not to be missed - nobody has passed out but it is just a matter of time.  In addition to the miserable heat and humidity, a sure sign of summer is that the mimosa trees are blooming.  We don't have any in our yard so I had to go search for a photo online and found this one: 

If Dr. Seuss had been asked to design a tree, this would have been the result!
And this one with a close up of the flowers and leaves:

We had one of these in our front yard in Oklahoma and while it's a very pretty tree, it is also a messy one.  It is a legume and as such each of those flowers produces a seed pod which falls to the ground and has to be raked up.

But I'm sure you didn't visit to read about trees or the heat, so I'll get on to the 2014 Stitch from Stash update.  Mel at Epic Stitching is hosting this challenge and it's rather simple (at least on paper).  We are given a budget of $25 (I'm using USD but others are converting to an equal value in their currency) for each month for all those must haves.  If you have funds left over at the end of the month, they roll over to the next month, so you can save up for a Chatelaine, kit up that Mirabilia or buy that Just Nan limited edition.  You also get a free month if you really need it all NOW.  This month we were given an extra $50 with the caveat that we had to spend our $25 monthly budget first so with $75 for this month plus my carry over of $125, I spent.... nothing.  Instead of buying, I stitched on Elegant Doily, Secret Victorian Garden, Strawberry Summer, and Santa's Magic. I think I have posted updates of all of them recently except for Santa, so here's where he was when he finished his time in the rotation last week:

From my stash, I started Little House Needleworks' Winter Sheep.

So, for next month, I have available:

Carry-over:             $125.
June Budget:               25.
June Purchases:            0.
Carry over to July:  $150

Lizzie*Kate's Holly and Hearts is on the frame for the rest of today  Just Nan's Strawberry Summer goes on it tomorrow for its week in the rotation.