Monday, February 08, 2016

Bride's Tree Ornament #2 - finished!

Whoops, forgot to take any WIP pics of this one, but it stitched up incredibly fast... I started it as soon as I finished my hardanger SAL piece for the month, and finished it up about an hour ago. Only took a total of three good stitchy days to finish up, thanks to the large blocks of color and small size.

The colors aren't that good in either of these pictures, but hopefully you can get the idea! The colors are a really cute combination of pinks, purple, and green, and I love the patchwork look of the heart and the stitchy motifs!

That weird thing in the bottom left is a pair of scissors. I know it doesn't look like one, but that's because the handle is all beads and I'm not attaching beads yet. I'm working these on three long strips of linen, each long enough for four of the ornaments. Once I finish the first set of four, I'll bead them and cut them apart. But not before!

Cute angled shot just for fun. I normally hate lazy daisies but they really add a lot to this piece. And these are my very first spiderweb roses! I was surprised at how easy they were to do, and how nice they look when finished.

I hope next month's ornament is easy too! :p

Thursday, February 04, 2016

more Fatum! (lots of hair!)

Okay, it's becoming hard to deny that this might actually be finished sometime soon!

And for fun, progress over the last few weeks:
Jan 18 .............. Jan 31 .............. Feb 3

Not sure if I'll be able to keep up the pace, though! We've been watching the excellent Neil deGrasse Tyson version of Cosmos in the evenings while crafting, but we finished up the series last night. Highly recommended to anyone who has an interest in space or science! The series presented the heroes and triumphs of science in a real, human way, explained complex topics in an easy to understand (but not condescending) way, and had a lot of beautiful and uplifting content. I especially appreciated the no-nonsense, no-apologies tone of the entire series. Good stuff!

I've definitely reached and exceeded my February goal for this piece, but I may press on with it a bit longer, while I still feel like working on it. After all, there's still plenty of time left in this month!

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Mirabilia freebie alert!

There's a new Mirabilia free pattern courtesy of Just Cross Stitch magazine - a Queen Anne's Lace pixie! She's sooo pretty!

She can be downloaded as a free PDF on the JCS site here: download page!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

January/February goals!


For January, I said:

- stitch/send Mirabilia RR on time - YES!
- get materials for hardanger SAL (I have no fabric in the right count!) - YES!
- stitch part one of hardanger SAL - YES!
- make visible progress on at least one of my 2016 goal projects - YES!
- no shopping (except for hardanger SAL materials) - no, bought two random small fabric cuts

Well, not too bad. One of the fabrics was a bit of raw Belfast that I needed to stitch another small, and the other was a pretty red that will make a great ornament. Not perfect, but everything works within the budget I've set for the year.

My budget is a bit of a normal budget and a bit of a game. My wife and I are playing together, so we each get $300 for the entire year (or $25/month, same as Stitch from Stash) and can earn extra by selling personal stuff on ebay, exercising, and avoiding snacks. It sounds like a lot, but the money earned gets split between savings and potential spending. Half goes to the savings account, then the remaining half is split again between our craft budgets. It's working pretty well so far!

And for February, I want to...

- stitch part two of hardanger SAL
- complete one "page" worth of stitching on Fatum
- complete the next Bride's Tree ornament
- start South Seas Mermaid!

I've actually finished two "pages" (the bottom left portion inside the border) this month, so next month I'm going to work on the part on the far left, where you can see the beginnings of some black hair and other colors. That will leave me with one big, solidly stitched page, and a little bit of the page to the right of that. 

Still a lot of stitching to do, but I finally feel like finishing this might not be so impossible afer all!

Friday, January 29, 2016

smalls SAL - January 2016

I've joined the smalls SAL this year over at Stitching Lotus because the hardanger SAL I'm working on fits perfectly! Every month, I'll be posting the hardanger motif I've finished. :3

This time was an easy warmup piece meant for practice with threads and motifs. The directions were great and had a lot of good detail and images showing what to do.

I'm not especially happy with the lightest blue for the "snowflakes" at the top and bottom, so I may end up picking up another thread or two to supplement the blue/green palette here. Still haven't decided if I want to do all the motifs in the same color scheme or not, since I do have a number of other perle cottons, but they don't really coordinate with each other.

Well, I have a few weeks to check out the next pattern and decide!

If you're interested in the SAL, you can still sign up!
Round in Circles SAL page :3

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

another little finish!

It's been a while! But I was away from home for a bit, attending my brother's wedding in NJ this weekend... and yes, got totally buried by the snowstorm! The wedding actually got delayed by one day since the original date was the day of the storm. All worked out great, though, everything was lovely and it was a small, intimate gathering.

And then my flight home got delayed by seven hours without warning... but hey, I did a lot of stitching at the airport. :p

Here's another little Mill Hill kit, Yellow Swallowtail:

This one was very heavy on the beading! I finished the stitching and kept looking over the chart to make sure I hadn't missed anything, because it was only about half stitched! I know it's a bit hard to tell in the photo but a lot of the black and yellow areas are solidly beaded.

I think this is the last MH butterfly I'll be doing... there are others but I'm not super fond of them. Now I just have to take the three I've finished and turn them into something. Not sure about the whole magnet idea. I don't like the idea of leaving a stitched piece, especially one that's done on paper, in the kitchen where I might touch it with wet/dirty hands by accident. Hmm.

I picked up Fatum again but since I just got home, there isn't much to show yet. Next time. :)

Monday, January 18, 2016

Fatum progress!

Wow, it's been quite a long time since I posted a picture of Fatum by Passione Ricamo! I think I mentioned finishing the border, but I've done a bit of work on the figure inside the border as well.

Sorry for the bad angle on this photo. :p

Honestly, this project is slow going and I'm not particularly fond of it. At this point, it's almost like I'm sticking it out because it's more than halfway done, sunk cost fallacy be damned. The hair is incredibly tedious and the color changes feel sketch-like rather than deliberately designed. Maybe a different portion of the project will be more fun.

If I could put in some solid time on this one, I know I could make good progress! Maybe I need to just suck it up and make a better effort. Seeing good progress, even on a project that's not my favorite, does wonders for my desire to complete it...