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January SAL check in

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How did the end of January get here already? It feels like it was just last week we were having to change over to 2018. I finished off 2 smalls this month. The otters & this bookmark. I certainly have need this reminder of late. Be focused, not fixated. I've been quite distracted this past while.







Not much else to add for this month by way of stitching. I've started working on my brother's wedding piece. It's coming along much quicker than I thought it would. This photo doesn't really do good for showing the colour of the cloth - its actually on a light blue with a faint cloud look to it. A piece of grey cloth arrived in the mail this morning, I'd forgotten I'd ordered it for this project. Whoops. It will not doubt work well with another pattern I've got in my stash though.
Over at work, I've had Satsuki at my desk and giving her a little more body. 


*Here's hoping February will be more productive*



A good start: finish #1

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Holy ice packs Batman! Brrrr!!!! We're still in this grotesque deep freeze here in Alberta. I came out of dance tonight (it's Wednesday so it was Tap & Ballet) and it had dropped back to -32. With a wind so sharp it felt even colder. My poor vehicle protested the whole way home. Luckily no one was behind me so I could go a little slower than the speed limit since the highway was icy and I kept losing traction. I can't wait for it to warm up a bit. -20 or so is manageable but this -30 to -46c stuff needs to go away. This little guy gets it!  Here's my first finish of the year! This adorable Otter Family. My da-otter (daughter) has claimed it for her room. She actually had said "it otter go into my room.." Her father rolled his eyes at our puniness. He's not as droll as we are. *snicker*

The previous start: long awaiting in my bin, that I've pulled out to work on getting complete this month is Sakura. A pattern from Lisbei's website (http://ludint…

Happy New Year! (2018)

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It's looking like it's going to be a great year and I'm excitedly full of ambition in regards to my stitching projects and book reading challenges. Thus far there are 4 weddings to stitch for and a couple babies are due. I've got the 2 patterns picked out for both my husbands buddy's nuptials (I had started 'Adam & Eve' this past fall for that one but it was set aside...and now need to do up a baby sampler for them as well. FINALLY got their girl *thumbs up*) and will be doing Nimue's "Moonlight Fairies-Clair de Lune" for my baby brother's summer wedding.

My library put up a reading challenge this week to encourage more readers to use their facility. I use the GoodReads website/app and set my 2018 personal challenge at 20 this year. A doable number but it's also mood boosting when I go over that number. Pairing my GR challenge with the "help" list from the library will make book selection much more amusing. 

The Titl…

November SAL - Ornamental Preps

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This Santa's elf has been busy working on some ornaments for her customers. There's also been a few baby's making their debuts in the community so I've also started little things for them as well. On top of these, 40 letters to the North Pole have passed through my office.


For my Stitching Lotus Smalls SAL of 2017 Submission I've done a few ornaments:

From the Cross Stitch Card Shop (Nov/Dec '13 issue #93) I've done up a few of Lesley Teare's mittens. I folded them in half, which made them 2 sided but also a bit tinier than I had thought.
Right now I'm just collecting them and decorating my tree at work.
Boofle with Poinsettia was a kit from a magazine a few years back.

Reindeer Mitten

Snug Hugs Mitten



Warm Wishes Mitten

This Party Penguin by Durene Jones from the same book.

And a neat little chicken ornament.
This is the completed naughty elf from last year. He's going to go to my sister.

Our neighbour is having her 1st baby. She's actua…

October SAL - Collective posting

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Happy Halloween!!!

Did you all get lots of children? We only had 22. Not really a surprise, we don't really get many as we live on the side of the road without a sidewalk or street light (even though my husband made sure there was plenty of glowing things in our yard to light the way). Weather was ugly w/ the blowing snow and chill. We did wind up with an assortment of costumes...and 7 snowsuits *hehe.*


This is Maria Diaz "Patchwork Pumpkin" I can't recall the designer of this little elf, but I added the words & extra "wiggle" lines to make it a bit saucier. This will be an ornament for my sister. I didn't count the space evenly so had to extend the name to Myles (instead of just 'my')
I stitched 2 of these. One with regular white and then got the brilliant idea to make the stone even more magical by stitching the white part with glow in the dark white instead. It looks cooler in the dark, but I prefer the plain white as it looks cleaner. Ca…

Halloween is coming.....

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Jeepers! Only a squish more than a week til Halloween and we've not yet decided on what we want to dress up as. Even sorting through the tickle trunk of costumes hasn't inspired creativity.

Early this month my cousin got married, in what could only be called "unique" wedding ceremony. It was blustery and felt like it was mid winter outside. Which was exactly where the ceremony was held. Outdoors. I knew with all our clothes on how fiercely the wind chilled our bones as on lookers. I can only imagine how freezing the wedding party was with their little dresses and bare skin.

Being the geeky couple they are they made sure to add some quirkiness to their colour joining display. Instead of just using 2 colour sands to create a keepsake of their double family mixture ~ they opted to use coloured vials of vinegar and baking soda. Creating a chemical reaction.

 She has this fantastic barette in her hair of a Tardis, so my wedding sampler for the two of them was  a great mat…

End of Summer: August Smalls SAL plus

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Well we didn't do as many of the rides as we wanted to after all. I wasn't feeling very well (super lethargic w/o any good real reason as to why) and the weather wasn't cooperative. We did manage to get out to do the Elk Island National park loop though. Seen a few bison in the park, which was nice to see them just wandering around - the ones that are local to my area are all behind farm fencing. Helmut has a couple nice herds with his Tawaitnaw Valley Bison.

What this also means is I didn't get a whole lot of small (or big) stitching finished. I signed up for a few SAL's and even those I didn't start. I'm hoping this fall, as it is cooler out I will be a bit more lively. I did complete my little riding couple (pictured above). A bookmark for a postcrosser who requested me "draw a turtle" on the post card I mailed her. Instead I did up this little fella.

A purple (550) quilt styled …