Sunday, March 30, 2014

Second New Moon

It has been an interesting year, moon wise, we had two new moons in January and two in March.  I believe we get back to a more normal one a month in April.  Other than being an interesting trivia item, it has made TUSAL posting a bit off.  TUSAL?  Yep, TUSAL - it stands for Totally Useless Stitch Along and is probably the easiest SAL you can participate in.  If you do needlework of any kind, you have the raw material for a TUSAL post.  All those little bits of floss that are too short to use for anything else? Instead of your family wearing them to work or school your pets dragging them around the house on their fur throwing them out as trash useless leftover bits, save them and post a photo on the new moonWhy?  That is the totally useless part but of course Why Not?  seems to be as good an answer as any.  It is also fun to look at all the jars/containers that others show - amazing how pretty bits and pieces of thread can look.

2014 TUSAL is hosted by Sharon over at It's Daffycat - if you click on the button it should take you to the information page.

The perle cotton bits from Elegant Doily do a wonderful job of tamping down the stack and dominating but bits and pieces from Snowy Pines, Strawberry Summer and Secret Victorian Garden have also been added this month.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Smalls SAL, late IHSW and Early Just Nan Check-in

Another blog opening that rants about the weather!  We had snow again on Tuesday, not a lot, but it covered the ground and then it got windy, REALLY windy.  It was 19 degrees when I went into work on Wednesday.  Given that our average morning temperature this time of year is in the 40s, I was not happy.  Snow flurries again Wednesday morning.  They are saying it will warm up to almost normal sometime in the next few months...  I am really afraid that spring will be consumed by winter and we'll jump straight into the heat and humidity of summer.  DSon has made it known that the first person he hears complain about the heat this summer is in danger of bodily harm!

Anyway, IHSW was last weekend, so I am a bit late posting but one of the pieces that I spent a lot of the weekend on was for my Smalls SAL so I decided to wait on those two and post a little early for the Just Nan SAL.

First up is my 2014 Smalls SAL check-in.  I started Snowy Pines by Little House Needleworks late last month but it was pushed to the side for a while.  I pulled it out this weekend and finished it:

It is stitched on 30-count Northern Cross Natural linen with DMC.  The extra for this one was the Mill Hill Beads in the snowflake and the snow drift in front of the house.  Tomorrow is my AWS day off  I think I've mentioned that I work an alternative work schedule (AWS), 8 - 9 hours days, one 8-hour day and one day every other week off which is my smalls stitching day so I need to pick another one out of the stash.  I seem to be on a roll with these Little House Needleworks' ornaments and I have a lot of them ready to go, so I will most likely start another one.

For the rest of I worked on Chatelaine's Secret Victorian Garden and Elegant Doily

SVG was shown in my last post, but I did get a little bit more done before its rotation time was up:

Elegant Doily from Kayann's Kreations went on the frame Sunday morning after I finished Snowy Pines

Lots more eyelets stitched mostly those right there in the center section with lots more left to stitch.  I do get into a rhythm while stitching them so they don't take long but they do get a bit boring.

And for my early Just Nan SAL 2014 check-in:

I didn't finish a Just Nan this month, but I did make progress.  Here is where Strawberry Summer was:

I was able to get it to just past the half-way point:

This is stitched on 28-count Savannah Rose with DMC floss and perle cotton.  The beads are from the bead pack that was sold along with the pattern. 

All of the buttons in my post should take you to the site hosting the stitch along.  If they don't and you are interested in any of them, please let me know and I will get the link to you.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

March Stitch from Stash

It seems like ages ago that I posted my February Stitch from Stash post, but it was only a month ago - I do not remember March being this long.  I am sure part of it is the weather - we are not having typical March weather here in central Virginia.  We had another snow storm Sunday into Monday (8" or so in Washington DC meant the offices were closed again) and they are predicting another chance of snow on Tuesday.  This is not at all what my previous Marchs have been like.  I do hope that we don't go from winter cold straight into summer heat this year.

 I am happy to report that  2014 Stitch from Stash  has really allowed me to focus on what I have  and what I really need how many seasonal series, etc. can one house support?.  While I am finding lots of pretty things, I am now stopping and questioning even adding them to my wish list, never mind buying them.  Mel at Epic Stitching is hosting and  even though registration for official participation is closed, you can still play along.  The button above should take you to all the rules although it is pretty easy - you get a monthly budget and you need to stick with it for 11 out of 12 months.  There are occasional splurges allowed (we recently had Market weekend) and unused funds do roll over so you can save up for that big project.  Since my last post:

Carry Over -            $50.00
March Allowance - $25.00
Purchases -              $0
Balance Forward -   $75.00

I didn't have any new starts from stash, but I did replace a project in my rotation with one of my WIPs.  Chatelaine's Serengeti was replaced by her Secret Victorian Garden

Here is where it was when I pulled it out of the WIP box:

And here it is today:

Secret Victorian Garden by Chatelaine.  Stitched on 32-count Carol's Meadow evenweave from Silkweaver Fabrics with fibers and beads as kitted from European Cross Stitch
The lower right corner is finished through part 11, the blue line is the beginning of part 12.  I am leaning towards doing part 12 on each side as I go as stitching that outside border all at once might do me in.

Here is one of my favorite parts of this entire piece:

It isn't a very good photo, but I really love this blackwork section.
This will stay on the frame through today and tomorrow Elegant Doily will be put on the frame.

Before I forget, it's!!!!  This is an easy SAL - sign up and stitch!  Yes, that's it, stitch and then show us all what you accomplished.  I love no stress SALs...

Sunday, March 16, 2014

March WIPocalypse

There's a full moon which means no not werewolves it is time for my WIPocalypse post (this will be very picture heavy).

2014 WIPocalypse    is hosted by Measi.  If you click on the dragon badge you should be taken straight to the information page.  This is my third year participating and it has been a wonderful incentive to work on my WIPs.  This year topics have been added for each month and this month's topic is to show my favorite stitching place.  My favorite place to stitch is this:

From the balcony of the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel in Hilo, Hawaii
However, my reality is:

This is my corner of the den.  Everything is right there within easy reach and I can see this:

With a slight turn of my head to the right I sometimes see this:

but more frequently it is this:

And that is my stitching place and my computer place and my storage place and the cat's bird watching place.

As I mentioned last month, I have four projects left from my original WIPocalypse list:

Mirabilia's Santa's Magic:

In February it was here:

And as of today, it is here:

Kayann's Kreations Elegant Doily went from here:

To here you really have to look to see the additional eyelets that were done on the left side:

Thanks to an unexpected day off from work, With Thy Needle and Thread's Three Tulips had the most progress.  It went from:


And a final showing of Chatelaine's Serengeti, that went from here:

To here:

Yes, this is going to be the last showing of Serengeti for a while.  I have put Chatelaine's Secret Victorian Garden into the rotation as it is closest to being finished and I am hoping to either finish or get it very close to finished before the end of the year.  So from now on, you will see:


Friday, March 14, 2014

Wonderful Gift

Catherine of Bramblewood Stitches contacted me a while back after seeing my progress on Mirabilia's Santa's Magic asking if I would be interested in Mirabilia's Winter White Santa as she was not going to stitch it.  Oh my, what an amazing offer!!  It arrived in the mail yesterday and I am so excited and ready to start stitching him unfortunately, he will have to wait until I finish "Santa's Magic".

I have already pawed searched through my fabric stash and picked out Country Stitches' opalescent Dusty Night.  Here is a photo of the pattern on the fabric:

A floss toss will be needed, but I think this will work really well. Yes, you will have to listen to me complain about stitching on opalescent fabric again, but I really do think the effect will add to the finished piece and more sparkle on a Christmas piece is a good thing! 

Thank you again, Catherine!  Stitchers really are the best.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Snow Day Stitching

I had a bit more time for stitching this week than anticipated due to Tuesday being a snow day from work.  Well it wasn't really a snow day it was a "2 hour delay or telework or leave" day.  My road hadn't been plowed so two hours was not a feasible option and as I had been out of town the week before, I didn't have my work computer with me, so I took the day off and stitched and shoveled and chipped ice.

On the frame for the week was Three Tulips from With Thy Needle and Thread.  I was able to go from here: 

To here:
Stitched on 30-count Weeks Dye Works Parchment Linen with Weeks Dye Works, Gentle Arts Sampler Threads and DMC
I am close enough to a finish that I thought about continuing through today on it, but decided it was best to keep with the rotation plan. 

I also put a few stitches in Snowy Pines from Little House Needleworks.

Stitched on 30-count Natural Northern Cross Linen with DMC

I made one change to my WIP list.  I am participating in the Stitching Bandits' Chatelaine Challenge and after some deliberation and gentle coaxing I replaced Serengeti with Secret Victorian Garden.  SVG is much closer to a finish than any of my other Chatelaine WIPs and I thought the challenge would be just the thing to push it to a finish or at least closer to a finish.  Here is where it was when I last stitched on it:

Stitched on 32-count Silkweaver Carol's Meadow with recommended materials
Just Nan's Strawberry Summer is on the frame for this week.  I am not sure how much stitching I will get in today as daylight savings time started this morning one of the more ridiculous ideas that anyone has come up with and I do not adjust well to the change.  Unfortunately, I never fully adjust so I will continue feeling off until the switch back to standard time in October or November.

Sunday, March 2, 2014


I was traveling for work and didn't get home until last night, so I am a bit late posting for, 2014 TUSAL and YOTA. 

My IHSW post is really easy - I did H but didn't do any S!  Probably my worst IHSW.  Fortunately there's another one coming up in a few more weeks.

Plenty of stitching did take place this month, just not on IHSW so lots of threads were added for TUSAL:

The cats took exception to something that was outside and knocked the jar off the table when they had to get whatever it was, so the threads are no longer in any order, but still a very pretty combination.

I was able to stitch on each of the projects on my YOTA list this past month, there is more progress on some than others, but they all saw some progress so a good month.

First up is:

Santa's Magic by Mirabilia.  It went from this:

To this:

Serengeti by Chatelaine went from here:

To here:

Three Tulips from With Thy Needle and Thread started February here:

And ended the month here:

And finally, Elegant Doily by Kayann's Kreations went from this:

To this:

Three Tulips will be going on the frame this afternoon for its turn in the rotation.  We are under another winter storm warning for up to 12" of snow, sleet and freezing rain through tomorrow night, so I may have a bit more stitching time than I had anticipated for this week.