Monday, January 26, 2015

slow mermaid progress...

Blah, I feel like I'm not getting anywhere, but I've done more than pictured. The bottom border is done, mostly, though I didn't continue it all the way up the left side to where the seahorse ornament will eventually be. But I did get all the water down there finished, which is the bulk of the stitching.

This is where she is now, but since I'm still stitching, this is an on-the-snap shot:

Yes, it's horribly blurry, but I don't like using the flash (which seems to make the picture clear no matter what) because it makes the colors way off.

So, working on the seahorse (one last thread to add in the "wing") and then I'll do the compass point to the right of it. And maybe up the border again? I may go back to the other side and do the seahorse there too, since I'm not mentally prepared for over-one skin yet, haha.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Stitch from Stash - January report!

Month: January
Spent: $0
Earned: $0

Haha, well, I didn't earn any bonuses by finishing projects, but I didn't spend any either! Yes, I'm reporting a bit early this month, but I really don't feel like buying any stitchy stash. My money's been focused on other things lately, which isn't great, but eh, at least there's less stash piling up and making me feel guilty about not stitching it!

This month, I started Chinese Garden Mandala by Chatelaine. No pic since it hasn't had any progress since the last time I posted, haha.

I've been working on Gypsy Mermaid by Mirabilia instead. I needed a break from the confetti in the border of the Chatelaine, and Miras are always nice and soothing with their blocks of color. Even the confetti in the anchor seemed pretty tame in comparison. :)

It's waaaaay too early for me to feel all YEAH I'M GONNA FINISH HER SOON but somehow I can't help myself. She's not even half done... and since I plan to stitch her skin over one as usual, uh, well... yeah, I may never finish. :p

Now I just need to decide if I want to do the other half of the bottom border, or start creeping up the right side of the design there. Hmm. Bottom is easier so I might go for that first!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

well, crud

I somehow managed to delete the photos from my last page or two of posts while trying to make them private on my G+ profile (because uh who even uses G+? exactly) so now my blog looks stupid. Sigh. I should probably read things more carefully but... well... I'm lazy.

Also filed under "well, crud" is one of the two new Nora Corbett releases from today, Wisteria. Not because I dislike her, but because I NEED HER. :)

Wow. My wife LOVES wisteria and we have one in our backyard that's already conquering our pergola even though we only planted it last year.

LOVE the colors in this one... I may use this month's SFS budget for this beauty... :)

In the interest of being cheap, I'll skip the beads and Kreinik and just use what's in my stash, though. Well, I'll sit on this for a month or two before doing any shopping anyway. Haven't been in the mood to spend money lately. Which is GOOD. :p

Monday, January 12, 2015

a modest start...

I'm not doing too well with my stitching in the new year, unfortunately, as I've been caught up in other things. I've been writing like a machine lately, though, usually to the tune of 1500 words per day on the days I write, so I can't really complain! Writing is my original hobby from waaaaay back so I'm really pleased to be super interested in it again. :)

Anyway! You're not here for that, you want to see stitchy pics!

Yeah, I know, it's a pathetic start, but at least I've started! It's been a bit rough since the border has SIX different colors in it so far and two are super slippery rayons. As you can see, I'm parking everything so I don't have to deal with threading needles all the time but it's still kind of hard since it's all single stitches of each color with big gaps between them. It's a good thing I don't care what the back of my work looks like, ahaha.

I may bounce back to another project for a bit, this one is a bit overwhelming at the moment. It's slow going and I'm too distracted by other things to put in enough time to see good progress...

Sigh. :)

Saturday, January 03, 2015

giveaway winner! :)

First of all, happy new year! I've started Chinese Garden Mandala as planned, but I've only had one stitching session so far, so there's not much to show yet. Maybe next time. :)

But I do have a giveaway winner! I had ten comments on the giveaway post, and nine were entries, so I did that cool thing with the randomizer and the winner was the very last comment!

It's Lindsay from Caring Stitcher! :)
Please send me your mailing address! My email is ... :)

I hope to have many more finishes and giveaways of the used charts in 2015. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

last finish of the year!

Probably, haha. I don't think there's any chance of finishing something else!

After a couple of nights of Good Eats on Netflix (including an episode about popovers that made me get up and make popovers right that second! man I love popovers), I finished A Day at the Beach! Finally... poor thing had been lingering forever and it was sooo easy! I did at least half of the design in those two stitching/watching sessions.

It's the usual terrible picture, but at least I was able to color correct it so it's sort of okay. The fabric is more grey than blue, but I had to overcompensate a bit to get the floss colors correct.

As always, I turned my nose up at the cheap plastic pearls in the kit and attached some real ones! It's hard to tell in the picture but they have a nice glow that looks great with the beads.

It feels so nice to be in single-digit WIP territory again! Yes, I know I've been at 9 for a while, and this brings me down to 8, but... I'm starting Chinese Garden on January 1st so that'll bump it back up again. Except it won't! Ahhh, single-digit WIP land has been a dream of mine for a while. :)

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

stitchy plans for 2015!

Well, let's not talk about how I miserably failed my grand stitching plans for this year! In my defense, I was VERY sick for about three months, and after I started feeling better, I got verrry caught up in an old fandom of mine that ate up most of my free time in the second half of the year. (And it's not going to get any better in the new year, haha.)

But! I'm going to make some not-grand plans for 2015. :)

Current WIPs I want to finish next year:

- A Day at the Beach (Sweetheart Tree)
- Angel Procession (Wentzler)
- Beaded Dragonfly Tile (Chatelaine)
- Floral Fifteen (Just Nan)
- Gypsy Mermaid (Mirabilia)

These are all about half done, and the STree and JNan charts are relatively small. I find Mirabilia charts easy to stitch once I get in the groove, so the real challenges will be the Chatelaine and the Wentzler. I stalled out on the Chatelaine because I had trouble fitting the beads on 32ct (yes, even though they're delicas!) so I'll have to let that go for now and concentrate on the stitching.

And poor Angel Procession has been a WIP for so long, it's old enough to vote. :(  It's time for me to give it the love and respect it deserves. I think I'll concentrate on clearing out the other four WIPs first to get the ego boost of finishing a few things, and then work on AP as my focus piece.

How about those other WIPs?

- Air ACEO - Butcher (HAED)
- Fatum (Passione Ricamo)
- Night (Wentzler)
- Transcendence - Sessler (HAED)

Well. Transcendence for sure will NOT see a finish, even if I spend all year working on it! Air ACEO is relatively small so maybe I can aim for half? Night is barely started, though it is "small" for a full-sized Wentzler chart, and it's a special one to me because I originally started it ages ago when I was still in high school. I finished most of the figure but I ended up tossing my WIP because the linen was too small to comfortably fit the border. (That was a HARD decision to make!)

Fatum is relatively simple in comparison to all the others and is the one most likely to reach a finish. I stalled out when I saw the text on the bottom of the chart. I absolutely hate text on charts, I feel that it's very cheesy. I've seen it completed without the text but the border isn't perfect if you leave it off, so I'm conflicted about that... that's why I stalled out on it. Sigh.

Let's talk about new starts. :)

I also joined the A New Stitchy Start SAL, which is all about starting a big project on January 1st! I chose Chinese Garden by Chatelaine since I've had the full kit since the chart was a class project! It's such a shame for that to be sitting and waiting for so long, so I'm NOT waiting anymore!

awwww yeaaaaaah

For other projects, I want to work from my bucket list instead of just doing random things, either to fit in with a SAL or to otherwise be part of a group. I want to focus on my favorite charts and make some progress on the ones that are extra special to me. I'll probably pick a Mirabilia and a Renato Parolin design from the list early on in the year,

Probably one of these Miras...

And these are my two bucket list Parolins, though I should probably add Christmas to that list too!


I know that was a super boring wall o' text type post, but I wanted to get it all out there before my attention wandered again!