Friday, 31 January 2014

Capping off the Month




Checking back on my list and this is what has occurred this month progress wise:



TRIBAL PANDA   COMPLETE

THE WORLD Map       Almost done
- back stitched outlining still needs to be done

CUTE AS A BUG    Almost done
- We had a freak sunny few days and things began to massively melt (it was +13, a normal 'high' might have been -7C). The ceiling began to leak & it dribbled all over my pattern & stitching. So I'm now in the process of waiting for a new copy of the pattern to arrive before I can continue because it was damaged.

NORTHERN CARDINAL   Almost done
- No good reason why its not complete. I just find it drab and keep putting it down.

FAMILY TREE      Almost done
- 5 more hearts to solidify and then it'll be ready for framing. This also means that it will be finished off in time for it to go to my MIL for her birthday. I'm thinking about just surprising her and hanging it up in the cabin instead of taking it to the house.


I managed to complete 2 smaller designs (turtle heart & outhouse poem), and start Horse Welcome (for my SIL's bday) &  Autumn reflections (for dh's bday)


Sunday, 26 January 2014


 It was requested to do a stitching for this poem. However I couldn't find the image in any of my books that would accompany it so I crafted this little bum warmer using my PC Stitch program. Its apparent showcase placement will be in one of my parents outhouses to inspire whimsy.




Put in some back stitching and have just the lower left Earth corner to complete for The World.



Asian Flavour



 A mixture of literature and stitching. I got lured in by a novel last week and have been reading as many of the authors addtional novels as I could get my hands on so far.

The author is Kay Bratt. Each of her novels base themselves in China, where she transferred to accompany her husband . During this time afar she lovingly spent volunteer hours at the local orphanage  Reading her books I felt a pull on heart strings for this children. Anger at the society that put such a low respect for their own citizens and the men who allowed for this to all happen for multitudes of generations.
I felt a part of me wanting to 'rescue' the unloved little girls so coldly discarded......I couldn't stop reading.

Books included:

 'Chasing China' - where an adopted (chinese) American girl wanted to discover a connection with her heritage. To find out who she really is beyond the loving family who raised her, help mend her self esteem on the fear that she was just an unloved cast aside female, she travels back to China to visit the orphange she was adopted from. There her eyes are opened to much more then she thought possible.

I looked forward to reading the sequel "House of Hu" however have not been able to find it.

'Scavengers Daughters' and 'Tangled Vines' (parts 1 & 2)....the 3rd (Bitter Winds) is released in a few mths.

The tales of a Mao camp survivor who, along with his wife, try mending their broken hearts after their sole biological baby girl is stolen from them by taking in & raising many of the baby (+ toddler & U10) girls he finds discarded on his trips around town collecting trash. Continuing his mother in laws start of naming her daughter after a flower, each of the girls who are lovingly added to their poor yet large hearted family are bestowed a naming after flowers. Thus producing "Zhang's Flower Garden".

The 2nd book continues the story of the current eldest @ home daughter as she tries to repay the life her adoptive parents gave her by seeking out what happened to their stolen babe.





Productivity

I pulled down 2 of my craft bins this afternoon and was able to sort through the balled up knot of colours  and get them properly put into their coordinating number bags (100 series w/ 100's, 3800 series w/ 3800's....etc).

While having everything strewn about the living room corner I was inhabiting, my husband looked over & began this conversation:


(Him) "So, outta curiosity, how much money do you figure that's all worth?"
*gesturing to the piles of floss I am blanketed in*

 (Me)  Umm.....*insert guilty look* why?

(H) "Well, how much is each thread?"

.......avoiding the question I answer with a bland statement of "Depends where I get them from".

(H) *now starting to sound annoyed* On average.

(M) between 45c - 79c

(h) So basically every 2 threads is a dollar. And you have how many bags full of colours?

(m) I don't know. I do know I've got plenty repeats of a few

(H) uh huh. (goes back to flipping through his phone)

(M) -----*mentally thinking - I won't volunteer how much cloth costs lol*

He clearly does not understand the importance of having plenty of colours to select from. (j/k)


What would be fantastic would be to eventually have a floss drawer like what they have at the fabric store to keep my skeins in. The bags are great for keeping the groups in, but it would be better to have a set up to see how many of each colour I have and which ones I do not. I don't like using the floss wind cards.





Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Weekend Works


This is the piece I chose to start over the weekend. Its a paper folded hat from the book Japan Point de Croix.


Here is the progress for my MIL's piece. I found I was falling behind when I was just doing 1 heart at a time. So instead I changed up the mundane and did their outlines and will work on the floral/fauna between. Clearly it didn't get completed for Christmas, but her birthday is at the end of Feb so perhaps I shall have it all done away with for then.

I had a customer come in and ask me how it was going on my piece. I asked her which piece as she has seen me working on a few. She meant my cousins cabin sampler for their wedding...which I became so frustrated with I have not even bothered to pick it up let alone finish. I told her this. She seemed to scowl when I mentioned how I was currently working on other WIPs projects. Shes not a crazed stitcher like I am, having multiple pieces on the go. Never sure if or when things will be completed. It makes me testy when clearly non crafty persons scoff at the in completion of my stitchings.

Better yet......

FUN IN THE MAIL

My 123 Stitch arrived!

In it was a large assortment of dmc floss (97) to go along with the patterns ordered;
3 blending thread colours

(3) Oatmeal (Fiddlers Cloth) 15x18 aida
Christmas Red 12x18 aida
Vintage Smokey white 18x21 aida
Pebble Gray 12x18 aida
Hunter Green 15x18 aida
White aida
A small grab bag of 14-18ct pieces of aida, mostly in natural tones. 2 of them are sparkled.






And the Patterns:

Stoney Creek's Majesty in Motion (horses) booklet
Christmas Snowman
Scandinavia Map
Moon & Spider Apple Cider


Saturday, 11 January 2014

Valentine's for Vets

 Every year I make and send off valentines cards for the program "Valentine's for Veterans". This year I decided to do a few stitched front designs. I printed off a 4'done in 1/2 hr' quick stitch patterns that were love related.  All measuring under 60x60 stitches. 

The program requests that all cards be mailed in for the Feb 1st deadline. I've included the address below in case anyone else was interested.


Valentines for Vets
Veterans Affairs Canada
Commemoration
P.O. Box 7700
Charlottetown, PE C1A 8M9


This is the 1st pattern I finished tonight. There are 6 cards all done the same style.
Turtle Heart - by Katherine Martin Tripp

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Week 1 - Monday & Tuesday Edition

Excitingly I have almost completed the 1st page (its 2 pages) of the Tribal Panda! I'm optimistic I can finish it off come next Monday.




World Map is 3/4 finished as well. This one will take a bit of time. Not that it's terribly difficult, but I'm fairly certain there is a stitch out of place some where in the middle which may require frogging once I locate it. *le sigh* There wasn't much time today to put in stitches but I did manage to get the Water titan in.


Sunday, 5 January 2014

New Trial

I'm going to try something different for the month of January. If I like it...or more honestly, if I think that it is working, I will continue to add months but for now I'll aim for Month One.

The idea will be do focus on one solo piece for a designated day. So I will pick out 5 projects to work on during the week having the 2 weekend days set aside for "whatever" day where I can pick up any of the weeks worth of projects to add a few stitches into. And one for "new starts". I realize that by allowing one day for new projects that I'm allowing myself to further add to the pile of WIPS, however, since I know I will do this anyways, I wanted to give myself at least one day designated so I don't go all crazy and decided to start a bunch of new pieces through out the week.


So. For MONTH ONE:  I have picked out the following pieces

Monday: TRIBAL PANDA

Tuesday: THE WORLD

Wednesday: CUTE AS A BUG

Thursday: NORTHERN CARDINAL

Friday: FAMILY TREE

Saturday/Sunday: Whatever/New Project Start


Today I've been adding a few stitches to all of these projects in between driving/collecting & waiting for my children as they busy about their social lives. 

Friday, 3 January 2014

Happy New Year ~ 2014~

~~~~~      Happy New Year!!!      ~~~~~


 I went back over my UFO/WIP's listing page & was able to happily check off various pieces that I have completed. Granted a great many of them were from the '2013 Starts' list but still completions all the same There were those that got some added stitches to them but did not make the completion pile, and still others which did not get to be held, see the light of day, or have anything done to them at all.

I managed to finish off the little ornaments I was hoping to before years end - most have gone to their prospective gift-getter.

I Love Santa

Noel



Side 1
              Penguins
Side 2
 





 
  





FROSTY
 As with every year, I start off a new one with the gumption and desire of a newly gym membership bound individual. Putting a large push of energy into the first few months, then having it peter out as the months roll on. Why should this year be any different? *haha*

I have randomly selected a couple pieces from the depths of my ufo pile and begun working on them. I can happily report that both are nearing completion. 

The Northern Cardinal - I don't have any plans of this one once its complete as of yet.

 








and since it has taken me 13 years to complete a baby sampler for her, Cute as a Bug will be for my daughter. I will forgo the one I had originally started for her that many years ago as it has since been tarnished from having something spilled on it.










I have placed an order with 123 stitch for more thread, floss and a couple patterns from off my 'wish list'. 


Outlander ( April Smalls)

I caught the 1st season of Outlander onto last year and was hooked. I’d made a generalized post about it and had a bunch of friends and fami...