Saturday, November 29, 2014

Mega Mini Month Madness - November post #8

I don't know if this really counts as a mini, but since I was able to finish almost all of the cross stitches in just two days, I'm going to call this a mini anyway. :p

It's Christmas Ornaments by Nora Corbett, and it's available as a PDF download from Herschnerrs, which is convenient! If you use the coupon code CSN20, you can get 20% off your first order of downloadable patterns, so I picked up this one and the Halloween Fairy too. I'm stitching this one as a Christmas present for my MIL since she seems to really like all the stitched gifts I've given her so far. They're all on display in her house year-round. :D

There's just one more ornament on the bottom of the right side, and then a few star-shaped fancy bits around the ornaments... and then a TON of beads. Seriously, a LOT of beads. And I look forward to that because I looooooove beading. :D

I just... that solid-ish red ornament, the second one down on the left side, does that look okay to everyone? With the large dark area on it, it creates the illusion that it's caved in rather than round. Or is that just me? It kind of really bothers me and I'm thinking about redoing that area in another color, but I'm not sure if that will make it better or worse... sigh.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Stitch from Stash - November report!

Oops, better get this posted before I forget. :3

New starts from stash:
- Four de Lys (Ink Circles)
- Love ornament (Mill Hill)
- Dragonfly II (Elizabeth's Designs)

I finished them all, too. Go me! :)

WIPs or UFOs worked on:
- none, been working on smalls all month :)

Amount spent:
$17.84 - got another spool of Kreinik to finish off a project, plus one chart (Mermaid Undine by Mirabilia) since I hate to pay shipping on just one thread! I had $72.32 in the bank up until now, so I'll carry over $54.48 to next month.

I don't really have anything in mind to buy with my budget... working on all the smalls this month has really made me realize how much I already have! If I end up getting anything else this year, it will probably be something that I mentioned in a previous Stitch from Stash post.

I mean, I'll have up to $129.48 to spend in December, from the regular budget, my carry over amount, and the $50 end of year bonus, but that seems like an awful lot. I may not buy anything at all, to be honest. Oh, well, I do need to renew my CS&N subscription, but that's all I really want right now...

I guess this year of budgeting has really helped change my habits for the better!

Mega Mini Month Madness - November post #7

Yes, another post. And another little finish!

This is Dragonfly II by Elizabeth's Designs. As always, it's a terrible picture of a cute project. One of these days I'll have to take some pictures in natural light, but I know if I leave this until tomorrow, I'll forget to post...

What's next? Wait and see. :D

Monday, November 24, 2014

Mega Mini Month Madness - November post #6

One more little finish for this month!  This one was a true mini, a Mill Hill beaded kit that's simply titled Love. :3  It was VERY quick and easy, completed in one evening!

This makes me want to do another MH kit, but I have something else in mind for this week... hopefully I'll have something new to show soon! :D

Friday, November 21, 2014

Mega Mini Month Madness - November post #5

Super quick post - I finished Four de Lys! :D

Sorry for the horrible picture. I always seem to finish things at night, and no matter what I do, the pictures are terrible.

Off to bed! :)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mega Mini Month Madness - November post #4

Small update on Four de Lys... kind of sad that I've only stitched this much in the past week, but I've been "busy" with other things. Haha. :p

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I'm going to put in some serious time on this one, starting right now! :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Mega Mini Month Madness - November post #3

Hihi, me again with another post!

I've (mostly) finished Fiona the Fay... she just needs a few more bows and a backing, but I got tired after all the cutting and sewing the bits together. :3

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She's a lot cuter than I expected.  I felt kind of iffy when I was cutting out the pieces, but once the parts were assembled it was like magic!

And here's Four de Lys by Ink Circles... not a lot of progress but again, video games. :p  Sorry about the bad picture, I had to use the flash and that never looks great with stitching.

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It's about half done so that's not too bad, but I'd really like to finish this one soon and pick another small from my giant pile of possibilities!

Monday, November 03, 2014

Mega Mini Month Madness - November post #2

I didn't expect to have another post so soon, but tonight I started on the lovely Four de Lys by Ink Circles, which at about 75x75 stitches isn't exactly mini, but close enough. :)  It's not solidly stitched so it works up fast, this is at least 10% done already.  And I swear this only took about an hour.

The colors aren't great but I'm using a nice blue/green silk thread on a piece of raw (I think) Belfast.  This wasn't what I originally wanted to stitch, though!  I had a cute magazine cover kit for Christmas ornament tags, but apparently I can't get along with Aida (which is kind of odd to type as that's my MIL's name, ahaha):

Warning for somewhat icky pic but I didn't actually hurt myself!

Oops.  I pushed too hard trying to do a quarter stitch (seriously, on Aida? screw that!) and got it caught under my skin.  When I pick this little kit up again, I'll be using some linen!

Hopefully everyone else is having an uneventful stitching week. :p

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Mega Mini Month Madness - November post #1!

Whee!  Justine over at Justine's Cross Stitch has decided to continue the MMMM event into November, so I've joined in for another month!  There's still time to sign up before November 5 if you'd like to participate!

Since I'm taking on NaNoWriMo again this year, I think it will be good to keep my focus on smaller projects instead of going back to one of my big monsters. :3  By the way, if you're participating in NaNo as well, feel free to add me as a writing buddy!

I still need to pick a new project, but for now, I've done as much as I can on witchy Fiona.  I ran out of the dark blue kreinik so I'll need to pick up a new spool before I can complete her.

I hate paying shipping for just one thread, so I may pick up a chart from my wishlist too.  It's been a while since I've done any shopping!

I'll go stash diving tomorrow to pick out my next project! :)