Saturday, August 20, 2016

Ghost Story - Update #5

If today's photo looks unusually decent, it's because it was taken with my wife's phone instead of my four year old clunker. I'd honestly love to get a new phone, but I don't like the PRICE of new phones, so I'm just gonna suck it up until this thing finally dies...

I think I can safely say I'm over half finished now! As a reminder, here's the model picture...

Well... there's still a LOT of skirt left. A whole lot...
Less whining, more stitching, right? :p

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Ghost Story - Update #4

Thought I'd make a post about my progress on Ghost Story! Cruising right along on that massive skirt, but there's still a lot more to go.

Thankfully, the Olympics are pretty good for stitching... :)

I'll probably just keep going with her until I finish. Then again, you never know with me.

Also, sorry about the terrible picture quality, my phone is really old now and I've always been bad at taking good photos, so... the perfect failstorm. :p

Monday, August 08, 2016

Ghost Story - Update #3

Nothing special to say today except I made some great progress over the past week!

This is pretty much the entire width of the project now, with that little curl on the right. There's some bits of skirt that extend out a bit farther, but for the most part, this is the full width.

I was actually thinking I didn't do all that much, but comparing to last Monday's picture, I'd say the progress is pretty good, even if it's not my fastest.

I'll keep going with her and post more soon!

Monday, August 01, 2016

Ghost Story - Update #2 & monthly goals!

Ghost Story first because she's more of a success story than the goals, haha.

Last time she was just a blob of a new start... now she has a head, an upper body, and one arm! I'll be finishing up the lantern next, then moving on to complete her other arm before working down the massive tattered skirt. :)

I changed up the colors of the backstitching - the skin outline was very orange (DMC 356) and while I like that color for backstitching Mirabilias, it was really harsh against all the very light colors in this piece, so I went for a grey-brown (DMC 839) instead. I also used different colors for her eyebrows, eyes, and lips, because I'm an annoying perfectionist. :D

I plan to go back and redo the "darker" skin color in her neck/face eventually. I can barely tell the difference in real life, so I'm going to replace the darker color with the deeper peach you can see in the center of her hand. I'm not quite up to frogging and restitching yet, so I'm going to let it wait a while.

I also plan to redo the backstitching around her eyes... her left eye especially (right side of the pic!) ended up looking weird because the stitch got pushed into an odd position by the existing stitches beneath it. But I think I'll wait until the end, maybe, so there isn't any risk of me handling the fabric too much and messing it up again. I dunno if I can handle her weird face that long, though. :p

Also might want to give her some sexy collarbones, heh heh. :p
Or how about an ear? I bet she'd like to have an ear...

And now, the monthly goals.

So here's what I wanted to do in July:
- finish Bride's Tree Ornament 7 - YES
- complete half of the Beaded Dragonfly Tile border - NO

I'm gonna be honest... Beaded Dragonfly Tile is a real pain. Yes, even with my 25 cent needle parking station. I'll let it sit on the back burner for a while again, because I am seriously in love with Ghost Story right now and everyone else has to wait!

Going to try a slightly different style of goals for August:
- blog about progress once a week
- blah blah Ghost Story progress blah :)
- no craft/stash shopping

And with all the crafty shopping that happened around/for my birthday, I'm also banning stash shopping for the rest of the year, or rather, putting a major restriction on it!

The rule is: If I want something, I have to go buy it in person.

Which immediately eliminates my worst problem, which is hand-dyed fabric stashing. And let's be honest, online shopping makes it way too easy to casually pick up whatever looks interesting. I'm fortunate enough to have two LNS-es within a reasonable distance of my home, but they're far enough away that I won't be doing any casual shopping there. (I hate driving, haha.) And if I need DMC, I can grab it from Joann while running other errands.

So there we have it. I'll report on this goal monthly as well! :)

Thursday, July 28, 2016

July Smalls SAL Post!

My regular readers have already seen all of these, but here they are again, all rounded up for an official Smalls SAL post. :)

Bride's Tree ornament #7 (Brooke's Books)

Bride's Tree ornament #8 (Brooke's Books)

Father Winter Ornament (Teresa Wentzler freebie)

I'll be continuing with the Brooke's Books ornaments next month. And who knows what other cute things will draw my attention... :)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

a trio of new starts! (and one finish)

Whoops, so much for working exclusively on one project this month! Beaded Dragonfly Tile got pushed aside after the last update I posted on it, and I've managed to start three new things since then. And I finished one of them! Mainly because it was tiny, haha.

My start and finish was a Teresa Wentzler freebie, Father Winter Ornament. I actually stitched this once before, but ended up giving it away in an ormanent exchange. But my wife still wanted it, so I just whipped up another. Only took about a day's worth of stitching and it's lovely!

But before that, I started the Durene Jones Fantasy SAL (exclusive from Lakeside Needlecraft in the UK) because I saw some lovely WIP pictures on Facebook. It's just the border so far, so I'm really hoping that the rest is just as pretty! I know, I know, I said I wouldn't do any more mystery SALs, but I also said I wouldn't buy more nail polish and that also ended in failure. Haha.

Got my circles done and started a bit on the main part of the border. This is stitched on Crafty Kitten's May 2015 limited edition. :)

And then I started a project I've had in the back of my mind for a long time! This is the beginning of Ghost Story by Dark Side of the Moon, which I think is long out of business. :(

It's pretty tough to find any pictures of the DSotM designs if you search because the results are flooded with cross stitch adaptations of the iconic Pink Floyd album cover, haha. So here's the model picture!

The model fabric looks like a Picture This Plus dark grey (maybe Dusk or Echo?) but I'm stitching mine on PTP Haunted, which has some purple and blue tones added to the grey. 

Plus COME ON she's a GHOST, she has to go on the fabric called Haunted, right?!?

So in short, monthly goals are shot, I don't care, I do what I want, YOLO, etc. So there! :p

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

bride's tree ornament #7

And here's the seventh Bride's Tree ornament, since I skipped it last time!

I didn't really make any changes, except to leave off the top and bottom rows of the brown at the bottom. Once I finished the part you see, I liked it that way, so I decided I was finished. :)

Plus, to be perfectly honest, I'm a bit paranoid about running out of this replacement brown color, so I'm trying to conserve as much as I can. :)

And a little bit of stashing this month - I needed to get the grey linen to replace the aida in the kit that's pictured, so I picked up the rest of my wishlist while I was at it. My FIL has wanted the kit done for a while, but my wife pretty much never stitches anymore (she's a knitter) so I decided to make it for him. :)

Sorry about the awful pic here, my camera lens must be dirty...

Just a few little things, really. I have a bit of a thing for mistletoe thanks to fandom stuff, and the wreath was just too cute to pass up. Then there's the next part of the Jeannette Douglas "By the Sea" sampler, a DMC Coloris leaflet - I didn't even know DMC had made more variegated colors! - and a couple of skeins of DMC I was missing. Definitely got used up on Mirabilia patterns. :)

I also ordered some fabric from Crafty Kitten for my birthday, and I know my wife ordered a few pieces from Picture This Plus as well... starting to think maybe I need to put a complete stop to fabric stashing, since I can only use so much in one year! But in my defense, this is the only "stashy" fabric I've purchased since my last birthday - everything else has been for specific designs and is already kitted up or used up!

Yeah, yeah, justification, I know. Time to get back to stitching from stash, you know? :)