Day 2 of 2018

Day 2 of 2018

Well working on day 2 and so far I have stuck with my plans. I know that isn’t saying much but I have to give myself positive reinforcement. I pulled out Guardians and added the 75 stitches needed for the UCSG monthly event. So here’s that:

Then I pulled out Birthstone Dragons SAL to satisfy several events: To kill a dragon and my favorite things in Semi Sane Stitchers, Serial Killer in Cross Stitch Finish Line, and I was going to use it for the snowball fight in UCSG BUT *someone* forgot to take a before picture. LOL. I put in 1085 stitches during my shift at work tonight. Not including the bit of frogging I did (maybe 10 stitches?). So all in all I am moving right along in 2018!

I am going out of town for a few days to visit some family. I have every intention of stitching and blogging while I am there. With that said, you know how life goes so if you don’t see updates you will know why. I am also pushing off my next flosstube till next week due to being out of town.

Happy Stitching Lovelies 🙂

New Year, New Start, New Frog?

New Year, New Start, New Frog?

Good Morning! Happy New Year to my lovelies 🙂 I spent the last moments of 2017 at work. I used Facebook messenger to have a three way video chat with my husband (also at work) and my daughter. My son fell asleep about an hour before the ball drop. As soon as I rang in the new year virtually with my family I began to work on my New Year, New Start. I chose:

The Guardians of Notre Dame by Brittany Church at Ingleside Imaginarium.

Stitching 2 over 2 on 32ct Jobelan in Vampyris by Under the Sea Fabrics. Design size is 165×162. Currently colors as charted both DMC and GAST.

I enjoyed the stitch with me video that Michelle (Bendy Stitchy) posted, Rachel Dannewitz year end wrap up, Garrett (coffeestitcher) and his plans for 2018, Andrea Ried’s end of year post and Danielle’s (stitcherista) 2017 finishes 🙂 During this time I put in over 300 stitches completing one of the colors around the first window opening. When I started on the second color, Guess what I discover?!?!?! Almost all of it is wrong!

Happy New Year Mr.Frog. I am so glad to see I didn’t leave you in 2017 *please note my sarcasm*

So I jumped right back to it and got 441 before I needed to stop and pack my stuff in my truck before my relief gets here. Also so I could write this of course.

I am part of the Ultimate Cross Stitch Group on FB and they changed one of their monthly SALs from stitching a stitch for every member in the group to posting a calendar with so many stitches per day. SO, I have decided each month I will have a focus piece that will get daily attention in the amount listed for this SAL. Since I worked on this one tonight I decided it would be the focus piece this month. However, In future months it will only be pieces from my YoW list. I will be traveling this week and do not know if I will have much time to stitch or blog, but I will attempt to do so.

Happy Stitching Lovelies!!

Year of Wips and Wipocalypse 2018

Year of Wips and Wipocalypse 2018

Pretty much all my current wips will be part of both these events in the upcoming year! So, below you will find pictures and Information about each one. Wipocalypse will be updated monthly and will include all new wips added between each check-in. Year of Wips will check-in every 3 months and will be the same as the start of the year. Lets get ready to party!

1.

Mini Treasure Hunt Bookshelf by: Aimee Stewart (HAED)

Stitched 1 over 1 on 25ct Lugana in Ash Rose from 123 Stitch. 88 DMC colors with 1 Krenik. Design size is 325 by 235 stitches.

I want to complete AT LEAST 1 page on this design in 2018.

2.

Birthstone Dragons SAL by Brittany Church at Ingleside Imaginarium

Stitch 2 over 2 on 32ct Lugana in Heritage from Picture this Plus. Design Size is 137×181.

I need to complete 3 more dragons for a finish. I fully expect to finish this in 2018.

3.

Under the Sea SAL by Durene Jones and Lakeside Needlecraft

Stitched 2 over 2 on 32ct Lugana in Calypso by Under the Sea Fabrics. Design size is 185×154 stitches.

I need to complete the last 5 pieces, a finish expected in 2018.

4.

Mini Phantom of the Masquerade by Melissa Dawn (HAED)

Stitched 1 over 1 on 28ct Lugana in Golden Blossom from 123 Stitch. Design size is 237×297.

I am setting a goal of 1 page this year but suspect I should finish 2.

5.

Cheshire Cat by Brooks Books from her Alice in Wonderland Series

Stitched 2 over 2 on 32 ct. Belfast in Dusk by Silkweavers/Zweigart. Design size is 70×121.

I only have the cheshire cat and some backstitch left. An easy early 2018 finish expected.

6.

Love and Cat by Durene Jones from World of Cross Stitch Magazine Issue 244.

Stitched 2 over 2 on 14 ct Aida. Design Size 96×68.

Approximately half done, I should finish this in 2018.

7.

Quotes to Live By, Charity SAL by Stitchrovia

Stitched 2 over 2 on 32ct Jobelan in African Daisy from 123 Stitch. Design Size 199×254

Not a guaranteed finish but possible.

8.

Nest is Blessed by Lisa Reakes from World of Cross Stitch Magazine Issue 244

Stitched 2 over 2 on 32 ct Belfast in Dusk from Silkweavers/Zweigart. Design Size 112×112.

I believe this one will get completed this year, if the silly backstitch doesnt make me UFO it!

9.

Welcome to… by Durene Jones in Ultimate Christmas Magazine December 2016

Stitched 2 over 2 on 32 ct White Lugana Design Size 147×110

I really want to complete this one before December!

10.

Easter Tree by icrossstitchpatterns on Etsy

Stitched 2 over 2 on 32ct Linen in White Design Size 148×165.

I don’t expect to finish this in 2018 but I am going to try my best!

11.

Fall Wreath by Angela Pullen Atherton Just Cross Stitch October 2014

Stitched 2 over 2 on 32ct Linen in Tigers Eye Design Size 156×155

I would love to complete this one in 2018 but I dont fully expect it.

12.

Monopoly by Frilly Flamingo by Jade on Etsy

Stitched 2 over 1 on 18ct Aida in White Design Size 432×432

100% certain I will complete in 2018.

13.

Foxglove by Nora Corbett

Stitched on 36ct on Opal Linen in Apollo by Under the Sea Fabrics

I expect to finish this in 2018.

14.

One Hundred Years by Lizzie Kate

Stitched 2 over 2 on 28ct. Monaco. Self dyed with blue, green and tan.

I plan to finish this in early 2018.

15.

Christmas Rules by Lizzie Kate

Stitched 2 Over 2 on 32 ct Linen in Christmas in Williamsburg by Under the Sea Fabrics. Design Size 85×358

I really Really want to finish this in 2018.

16.

Fancy garden shed AKA Fancy outhouse by Michael Powell

Stitched 2 over 2 on 28ct Lugana in Chloris by Under the Sea Fabrics Design Size 44×44

Easy Finish expect in early 2018!

END OF YEAR OF WIPS

One additional WIP

Fitzwilliam Frog by Brooks Books from her Advent Animals series

Stitched 2 over 2 on 28 ct Lugana in Frozen Fractals by Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie.

Working on Monopoly

Working on Monopoly

As I was contemplating what I would write here this evening; I realized that there will be some overlap between what I write here and what I say on Flosstube. So I understand if participating in both maybe something readers/viewers choose not to do. Please be aware 🙂

I have not been doing much stitching this month. Partly because the season is dreadfully busy, also because I have been distracted and unfocused, and lastly because I have been planning how to have the most successful 2018 possible.

Tonight I decided I would stitch and catch up with my stitch with me videos. I had to create a playlist for them to be sure I did not miss any when I was ready to go back and watch them. I am working on Monopoly again as 1. It’s a new week and I have obligated myself with completing two “blocks” per week. 2. It’s a simple stitch and my mind has too much on it to put the focus necessary in some of my other projects. Here was my starting point for this evening:

I watched:

Trisha @ Three Owl Threads

Felicity @ Flissy Fish Cross Stitcher

Gerald @ Ginger Gerald Stitcher

Latisha @ The Crafty Curator

Michelle @ Bendy Stitchy 

While stitching I noticed a couple more errors in my pattern. First is that the R’s on the Reading Railroad block differ from the rest of the pattern. Insert grumpy face here. I caught it in time to fix one of the R’s but the other two were stitched and I was not ripping them out. Second, I thought I had erred and did not stitch the word Railroad onto Short Line, however, it was not on the pattern. I will be going back to add it in because it has the space alloted despite not being charted and I don’t want the one block to be different than the others. I purchased this pattern on Etsy and will not be giving it a great review. I don’t speak of where I purchased it on my flosstube as I know that technically the pattern isn’t “legit”. It wasnt sanctioned by the makers of the game and there is a paper pattern out there that is! I did purchase it however so it wasn’t obtained illegally, the rest is on the seller. Judge me if you want. Here is my stopping point for this evening:

I am taking a brain break for the remainder of December so I am not counting my stitches. Next year I plan to keep a very careful daily count so I will get back to it on Jan 1st.

I will be making a video soon with my stitchy haul and plans for next year and when I do I will share that information here too. Merry Christmas everyone. Happy Stitching!

Old Posts

Old Posts

As I stated previously this is not the first time I have attempted to maintain a blog. I created the new one for two reasons. 1.) A fresh start – I believe having a fresh start versus revamping my old one gives me more incentive to keep it going. 2.) I rebranded to match my Flosstube!

While looking back at the old blog I had a few posts, all from March 2016, I felt would be good to share here. So below I am doing a concise post of those for your viewing pleasure. I am moving it over AS IS so the tense will be incorrect. Just a warning!

Mini Treasure Hunt Bookshelf

Mini Treasure Hunt Bookshelf by Heaven and Earth Designs

Design by Aimee Stewart

325 stitches by 235 stitches on 25 ct Lugana in Ash Rose

Finished design 13″ by 9 3/8″ with 88 colors

I am gridding with Easy-Count Gridline by R&S Designs also previously purchased from 123 Stitch.com. Due to 1.) My impatience 2.) My tendency for error and 3.) My ability to overwhelm myself I have just gridded out the first page of the design and haven’t completed it yet. Its a safe starting point and with this gridline I can easily add or remove as I work.

This project is very overwhelming to me. I have attempted to start it a couple of times with no success. Here is hoping this will come along better. I know if I have a few readers checking in and encouraging me I can do this 🙂 I picked this pattern solely for myself. I love reading and most of what I read is fantasy, paranormal or dystopian. This picture called to me immediately.

For anyone who has completed a HAED project, please give me any and all suggestions as to what worked best for you. This is a new experience for me.

I got one square done. Slow and Steady!

 

Believe

Getting ready for my newest project:

Believe by: Design Works

14 ct Aida, completed project to be 5″x7″. I did not change anything I am using an original kit purchased through 123stitch.com.  I just love these kits. I am planning on getting a collage frame to put them all in. Or maybe several singles and arranging them however I like. What would you do? A bit of advice that I have learned. When you first find the issue, set down the whole project and walk away. I set it to the side and left to pick my daughter up from her cousins. When I got back I was less frustrated and found the error more easily. I enjoyed the couple of hours taken away from the day to work on this. A couple hours where I don’t think about how clean my house is or how much my bills are. Hobbies are meant to give you an out from the day to day. Find something you enjoy, take a deep breath, let go of everything else and dive in. Whether it is 15 min or 2 hours, find time for yourself and do something that makes you happy !!

She’s all done!! 3/6 complete 🙂 I love that feeling when you put in the last stitch and can look at a complete piece. Its easy with these small ones. This one gave me a bit of trouble today. Had to frog it a few times and not a small task each time either. Also with the kids home from school sick today I had lots of disruptions. It is so neat how each of these are both similar and different. It makes me so happy. Last confession, I am a petter! I love feeling the stitches after it is all said and done.

Love

Getting prepared to start project 4 of 6.

Love by: Design Works

Count Cross Stitch on 14 Ct. Aida with a finished size of 5×7

Created by Joan Elliot

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Hello Again, Old Friend

Hello Again, Old Friend

Ok, So let’s be real. I have blogged before and failed Epic-ly. Why, oh why, am I setting myself up for such failure again? Because it’s the cool thing to do right now.

Here’s the lowdown on why I am absolutely no good, and also very bad at blogging; I have nothing to say, Even things I love and obsess about! I can’t seem to write those thoughts into coherent sentences that would make you want to continue reading. Alas, Here we go again.

I will be taking the blogging plunge once again in 2018. Do not be surprised to find irregular posting, or post comprised of nothing but a photograph. I will endeavor to make this blog more than that but I will not make promises that I cannot keep!

Look around to find, WIPs, Finishes, FFO’s. I am going to participate in Wipocalypse, Year of Wips and so much more. Thoughts of grandeur are zipping around in my brain right now of all the stuff I could write about. We shall see… 🙂