Tuesday, 26 May 2015

What's in a name?

From the WoXS issue 228 - Spring is Sprung lettering. Stitched for one on our local hair stylists new salon. I painted a wooden plaque Aqua, glued the cross stitch into place and stuffed it with padding to give it a pillowed effect. Then hid the seams behind dome black ribbon.

The letter 'A' was a trickster. The circles are all following the pattern 7,3,2 except the left side of the A circle which goes 7,2,3....but 7,3,2 on the right side. Threw off the vine/leaf a bit.

I continue to work on Tranquilty during slow hours at work. Getting closer to completion of the thread works. 

My Cousin requested a piece for her home....I think with her....highly energetic? Children, that my House Rules project will wind up going to her instead 😆. I've got all the wording done & have started the side accent designs.

Cross Stitch Crazy  - Issue 174 (March 2013)

I've also been working on a year end gift for a teacher helper who jokingly requested I make a name plate for herself. I think I'll make this into a small phone case. I started it on white Aida but it seems too bland, so I've begun again on a green print Aida. It's actually the scrap piece of the cloth I used to stitch the tribal panda. 

Friday, 22 May 2015

Jazz Dancer

Our night is complete. We went on & performed without dropping any canes, tumbling into each other or being too far out of our lines. THUMBS UP! 

I finished off Jens piece, located a frame for the larger-then-intended stitching and had the ladies all sign it tonight before giving it to her. 

This is what it looked like before the signatures .....

And this is the final gifted product. My heart is holding it up for this photo op before going on to do their set. They still have 2 more performances. So if you're looking to fill a couple hours Saturday evening and Sunday Afternoon....tickets are still available to see "Along the Yellow Brick Road". We adults will not be. However, we are excited about next years line up for full classes of tap & jazz (ballets there too, but I'm not into that. Perhaps the stretch and strengthens class though...)

Monday, 18 May 2015

Year End

The end of school is quickly approaching. As the children have aged, I don't have to make so many year end gifts for teachers and their classroom helpers. Part of me misses that connection, but as all 4 are in high school they don't really have favorite teachers to gift items too (and to not have it seem weird). I have 2 items I'm working on though. One is for my dance instructor. She's my daughters as well, but this is the first year that she had put on an adult class. We only have to perform in one of the 3 performances this coming weekend but it was still a fun time and she will probably put on another class next year. *fingers crossed she brings back the tap class as well*
I couldn't find a pattern that met the needs I was looking for so last night I used an image I found online to eyeball a design and used my PCStitch program to craft it up. A silhouette of a jazz dancer with a bola hat and cane. I"m stitching it on sparkly aida. Our song is Michael Buble's  "Feeling Good", so I have that added to the side in red. Hopefully I can get it finished by Sunday. I started the actual stitching this morning. 

This is the outline with some shading in done. From the shoes to the belt will be solid black. The shirt will have small spaces which infill either leave blank as the cloth is sparkling (see below image), fill it in with filament thread or shiny beads. 

Another image to show how glittered the cloth is.

The next gift item I'm working on is for their kids bus driver. The word Tranquility is in tri-colour, with dragonflies and flowers. The blossoms along the bottom are in bead work. That is being stitched on a piece of Jazz aida cloth.

May 20: edited to show update in continous post.

So I worked on filling in the spaces all afternoon and evening after dance class. Approx 5 hrs it took. But she's finally filled in!!
Now I just need to find a frame. I think I will have the ladies all sign the mat once I have it & present this to Jen on Friday @ our finalé.

Thus Begins: Frugal '15

This past year was emotionally draining on me, my children and our family as a whole. The last few years have steadily been deteriorating as the older children try to find their way in life, deal with bullying and come to terms that parents are not the bad guys. After going through some legal troubles  & mental health issues, we have made it through 2014 bruised, battered, scarred but all accounted for. So while it may not look like much to the outside world - it is plenty important to me.

I've gone through a bunch of WIP's, selected a few pieces on the top of the bin & have begun adding stitches to them. It was a very slow few days at work w/ everyone still in sloth mode and not coming in.

As per the frugal declaration - I want to use up as much of my on hand supplies before getting any more. I have plenty patterns in my books and magazines that have been earmarked for eventual doing, so it would be nice to actually get them done.

 I've aslo decided on a few 2015 new starts. One being the gifted charts from Brooke's Books called Advent 25. I have already printed off the available 10 patterns. The aim will be to do all 25 so that when Christmas decorating rolls around again in 11 mths time I will be able to have a small tree dedicated to displaying stitched pieces.  I began & finished Katie Kitty already today and started on Pierre Penguin as well. He's #7 in the collection but his drunken martini juggling seemed fitting for New Years Eve.

It's actually stitched on baby blue Charles craft not a washed out colour like it's showing up here.

Day 20 - Chicken x3

Chicken Trio A few years ago (2013) I had gifted some chickens to a friend of mine. She is a big collector of chicken figurines & trinkets. She was very excited. However it turns out that she's allergic to them. Who knew? Well turns out SHE did as she later admitted how she knew she was reactive to other birds but didn't think that they would effect her. So I started to stitch this trio for her. I miscounted a stitch on "middle chicken" and when I finally found it, was disappointed because it would mean frogging the whole 100+ stitches I just accomplished. So I set it aside until I had patience to alter the bird slightly to work (and like all works I themingly set side, it became another sad item in my ever growing pile).  Well No More will these feathered friends be left in the coop. I have all the colours needed & I started on "right side chicken" today. I have her almost complete. With any luck she will be finished tomorrow and I can work on "left side chicken", who, based on the tail feathers is actually a rooster. Once he's finished I'll go back and attempt to mend the saddened "middle chicken".

 During lunch break (and then again after work because the 2 hrs I put into sorting wasn't enough) I took down the 2 bins of my stash and began the daunting task of getting all the floss separated out. It was again intermingling and needed drastic untangling & a little guess work at certain #s as their sleeve had slide off. I then put them into numerically ordered baggies. The zip lock bags also came in handy for containing all the projects I came across still needing attention. I labeled those as well.

I have an old wooden dresser that I've recently converted into my cross stitch holding cell. It needs a sanding and reprinting but that won't happen until warmer weather. The top drawer has been designated to hold all these floss bags. I seen some plastic containers at the loonie store the other day which might work better but I have to measure the draw vs # of boxes I'll need before I go ahead and change everything around. 

 Drawer 2 now has all my UFO's, WIP's & recently purchased wanna-starts for 2015. Some have their required colours already sorted into the bags, some do not. Either way, should I get the need to start something - I will look in there first. Like my 'Heartwarming Wreath' 

 Drawer 3 has all the aida fabric.  Drawer 4 has a mishmash of oddities & notions. I put all the unused magazines back on the bookshelf where they belong. My closet looks a lot more bare.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Aargh! auto save

My nice long & quirky post deleted when I tried uploading photos. 😓 

Point notes: spring went into hiding it's all this snow today. Glad I didn't plant my garden here at work....my skunk may be among the flowers but I am not there just yet.  Mounted him to a wooden plaque I picked up at Michaels craft store.

So adorable!

Finished my brothers mermaid. Worked well on the confetti aida. Had male customers agree that's why they fish...and a few wondered if I'd stitch them one as well.

Working away on the blueberry-Apple crumble. Still need to do the block of white in the banner above the recipe and the pale blue shadowing at the bottom around the dishes and apples.

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...