Tuesday, October 25, 2011

censored! :p

I've finished the stitching on all four of my exchange ornaments!  It's KILLING me that I can't post pictures because I have no other progress to show, so... here's the censored version! :p

Hopefully I've pixelated this enough that no one can guess what these are. :)  

I'm pretty excited because one of these features my FIRST EVER cutwork.  Or whatever you call it when you cut and remove a few threads.  It came out looking just like the picture! :D

Now comes the hard part... the actual finishing!  I need to get some cute backing fabrics because I don't really have anything appropriate for these designs in my stash.  OH TRAGIC, I have to go shopping! *mock sob*

Hmm, what else?  I'm working on Cirque again, but I haven't done enough to show.  I have to get on that or I won't even make my pathetic goal of 10 hours for this month.  Boo.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

IHSW = IHK(nit)W? :p

The weekend isn't over yet, but I don't think any more stitching will get done.  And to be fair, none of the stitching that happened was done by me, ohohoho!  It pays to have other crafty people around. :p

The giant lollipop is finished!

Now I can work down the trunk and do something other than leaves.  And I should really do more of Cirque... I've put in about four hours since Thursday so there's some visible progress.  Unfortunately, no picture of that one because... I dunno. :p  Maybe I'll edit with one later.

Yeah, here it is!

But I don't know if any stitching will happen, because I've been distracted by THIS:

The color is more accurate in the second picture (closeup).

This is only my third knitting project (and I've only finished one of the other two, haha) but it's going really fast and it looks cute because of the beads and colorful yarn.  We went to the local yarn shop (Yarntopia) on Friday and picked up the yarn and pattern because there was a finished sample in the store and I couldn't stop coming back to it and making pouty faces. :p  This pattern is called "Loopy Edged Beaded Scarf" by Sony Hartley and I'm using the recommended yarn, Ella Rae Lace Merino.

The scarf is supposed to go until it's about six feet long, and I have about one foot now.  So stitching may have to wait a bit while I plow through this bad boy. :D

PS:  Wagapapa, please contact me so I can send your giveaway goodies! :)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

giveaway results!

I couldn't wait until tomorrow. XD

Sooooo, the winners are...

Jayne wins prize #1 - the charts and floss!
Wagapapa wins prize #2 - charts and fabric!

Could you comment with your email addresses, or send me an email at rahenna[at]rahenna.com? :D

And here's my little spreadsheet showing how I did it.

Thanks so much for entering and being a follower, everyone!  This was a lot of fun and I'll definitely be having more giveaways in the future. :D  Now, if I'm NOT following you, please let me know!  I think I got everyone but I'm not sure as a few of you have more than one blog.  Help me find your stitchy blog. :)

Time to go work on MY stitching... :p

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

crazy treetop

Don't forget my giveaway!  The deadline for entering is tomorrow!  There's two prizes up for grabs and only 19 comments so far, so you still have a good chance. :D

Odd, my tags (excuse me, labels, whatever) aren't showing up for me to click.  Hopefully my posts haven't magically become untagged! >.<

I've been quiet, but I'm stitching!  I'm working on an ornament for an exchange, so I can't show that here, boo.  But Tree of Hope is slowly growing!  Here's what it looked like last month (and the month before that, haha):

And here's how that gigantic treetop looks now.  I'll finish up the rest of the orange today.  Yay to my GF for doing all the filling in between the leaves.  Yes, I cheat. :p

Need to hurry and finish that orange because the Ink Circles SAL starts today and I HAVE to get some of Cirque done this month or I'll be really disappointed with myself.  BACK TO WORK!

Friday, October 07, 2011

questions about Chinese Mandala...

Rachel and Joyce, I blame you for this post.
But also need one of you to answer some questions, haha!

I've been thinking about doing a Chatelaine for a while now.  Just ONE, because they're huge and complex and expensive, so I had to take my time and pick the right one.  I've been torn between Chinese Mandala, Butterfly Sparkly Garden, and the new underwater mystery (and I totally looked at the full preview, so there!).

But you two with your constant Chinese Mandala updates have shoved me over the edge!  I was dying after the spring scene, and then Joyce had to post a detailed closeup of the summer scene.  Self control = gone!

So, about three minutes and $40 later, I have a few questions for you two. :p

- Did you guys get the materials kit or assemble them on your own?
- Does the "full kit" include the bead pack as well?  Kind of odd that it's a separate item...
- AM I CRAZY???????

And don't forget to check my previous post and enter my giveaway.  Wheeeeeeee.
(okay, no more sugar)

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

giveaway time!

Who doesn't love a good giveaway?  NO ONE, that's who!  So I'm having my first giveaway to celebrate the super-belated opening of my Etsy shop, Silverfruit Design.  I registered as a seller over two years ago and finally got around to photographing some of my jewelry.  Oops. :p

BUT that's not why you're here.  You want goodies!  There's TWO prizes for this giveaway because... there just are, so don't question it! :p

Prize #1 is a selection of five different Christmas themed charts, plus some floss in Christmassy colors.  There's 2 skeins of Dinky Dyes silk (on the left) and 9 skeins of DMC (on the right).  They're all random, not the colors used in the charts... just ones I thought were pretty. :)

Prize #2 is a set of two larger Christmas themed leaflets, plus a FQ of hand-dyed fabric from Sunny Dyes. (SD is awesome, by the way!)  The color of the fabric is Faerie Heaven and you can see a better picture of it by clicking here.  It's a 28 count opalescent evenweave.  Ooh. :)

How to enter!

  • Be (or become!) a follower.
  • Comment on this post.  Please leave me a link to your blog so I can follow you too. :)
  • For a second entry, advertise this giveaway on your blog.  If you're doing this, please give me the link to the exact post when you comment.
  • Please only post ONE comment.  So if you're advertising, please do that first, then come back here and comment with your link. :)

How to win!

  • I'll list everyone's name (twice if appropriate!) and use random.org to choose two random numbers.
  • The first person chosen wins prize #1...
  • ...and the second gets prize #2!

I'll ship prizes anywhere in the world, so anyone can enter. :)

Enter by October 12!  I'll post the winner on October 14.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

goals & a giveaway!

Let's review my goals for September.  Where DID September go?

September 2011:
- spend at least 25 hours on Cirque - not even close (about 6 hours)
- complete trunk & nearby flowers on Tree of Hope  - well, no, but I'm working on the tree part again!
- finish knitting the washcloth - nope, only halfway done
- start a new knitting project (SOCKS!) - and no again!

Hmm, that's pretty pathetic.  But I did have these unplanned starts AND finishes:
- Sunflower Fairy (Nora Corbett)
- candle ornament (Dimensions)
- Tree of Stitches (Abi Gurden)
- plus a start on a SECRET PROJECT oooooh!

All in all, a good month for stitching. :)

How about some realistic goals for October? :p

October 2011:
- stitch Measi's exchange ornament
- stitch Shannon's exchange ornament
- finish the treetop on Tree of Hope
- spend at least 10 hours on Cirque

And for the giveaway (no, it's not mine, though I have plans for one soon!) - Kay of Kay's Random World is having a sweet Christmas giveaway at her blog!  Check it out and become a follower. :)