Saturday, 27 July 2013

Mother-in-Law's gift

Here is what I have thus far on my MIL's gift. As there are 12 hearts - I figure that if I do a single heart + a few leaves & flowers every day....that I should be completed this project in about 2 wks. My husband pointed out that I'll be going on a trip right away here, and since I won't be taking this project with me - it will take longer then that. However, I smuggly pointed out - I didn't say "consecutive" weeks. LOL As of today I have one of the newest family members added (Ashtyn 3-23-13, daughter of SIL #1) Madalynn's name will go on the right hand side (daughter of SIL #2, the most new having been born on the 23rd of this mth).

Wedding Projects


Floss, fabric & a pattern arrived today!!!

The blue sky fabric (not pictured) is for my cousin Aimee's wedding. The bag of floss & pattern shown are for my cousin Jason's wedding. It is from Stoney Creek ~ their Serenity prayer cabin. I plan a few other tweeks - such as forgoing the poem as placement forthe wedding info, names/date/etc; will be removing the deer (which looks like its back legs either are about to give out or its needing a potty break) and perhaps even a set of cattails that look out of place.

Both are equally important as they have actual deadlines that will be shortly arriving. The 1st one I'm working on, as her wedding comes first - is entitled "Wedding Dress Abstract". A simple silhouette style of black/white & a splotch of red for a rose. I bought it off of Etsy The dimensions are 139x173 stitches. On 14ct its suppose to be 9.93 x 12.36 inches. The piece of fabric that arrived for it today is only 9 x 17....but on 16ct. I'm cutting it really close with that fabric *eek* leaving not much for edges. I brought it to work with me & have put a few stitches into it.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

A few finishes - The week of July 22-26

I went back & realized I didn't post the completed product of "Eagle at Sunrise". I'm still unsure of what its finishing technique will be. I think I shall have to learn some DYI techniques for mat cutting so I can be a bit more creative with framing more of the completed things. Along with my WIP's binder - I also have a Finished binder. Mainly filled with smaller stitchings that don't really have a reason other then they were cute or time fillers when I chose to stitch them. But that's besides the point.

Stitches Added:

I put a few stitches into "Strength" while sitting at home, outside, in the sunshine - as that is the easiest way to see though the navy cloth.

I also put a block of colour into "The Glass Skull". Good goddess that's going to be a boring piece after all.

Which brings me to admitting new starts....


I have started the Christmas gift for my MIL. Now that my husband's brother has had his 2nd baby (Drew's wife is adamant that I am not the Aunt despite my husband being called "Uncle" - its very hurtful, and I think because she knows that it gives her case you might be wondering why I didn't just say "my niece") I can fill in all the hearts. There will be 1 left over and I plan to find a small scrap booking sign that says 'reserved' for that extra remaining heart. It may never actually be filled, but it'll still be cute to have a place pending instead of just an empty heart.
To boot - I also too the "Crab is In" to work Monday (as its the long day and really, few people overcome the Monday blahs and venture in & no one actually comes in after 3pm so I've got a lot of sit time) and finished it. Again - still unsure of how I want to finish it. While the pattern had it's model stitched on oatmeal/fiddlers cloth, I chose to stitch mine on seafoam. Its actually just a few shades lighter then the words and I think it paired up nicely.

I realize the buttons are upside down, but they are top heavy & wouldn't sit nicely the other way (I tried it first).

Friday, 19 July 2013

In Sad passing....

2 days after wedding his bride, Tyler slipped into a coma. Over the next 2 weeks his wife lovingly sat by his side, despite his parents (also there) being so unbearable - their disdain for his bride abundantly clear. Sadly he passed on Sunday (the 14th)

He is survived by his loyal wife & 5 children.

I finished off their wedding piece so she will have one more positive treasure from the day she finally married her Cowboy.

Learn to Floss

Boo ya!!! My large order of dmc came in yesterday! I've paired it all up with their intended projects and am quite excited about it.

So Rustic Barn (the one pictured) gets its floss.....

The Crab is In - Gets its specialty flosses

Lobster gets his flosses -

I get to do some more work on hubbies :Strength piece now that I have the correct floss for that.

Love Tree is a small piece, easily carried around in my purse so I've added it to the floss gifting for when dd & I take our Mother/Daughter trip in a few weeks.

The rest of the pile goes towards Amie's piece - which I couldn't take a photo of as I couldn't find the pattern or started fabric when I did project photos. I'm sure its not far as the rest of these were all together.

Monday, 8 July 2013

Pause & Reflect

I'll start with the fun stuff because its a little more uplifting. I'm not overly fond of reading posts where straight off the bat its dreary news, that'll come but I don't want it to be first. Plus, if I put the harder stuff at the beginning, adding cheerful at the end comes across (at least to me) like I'm trying to bury the heavy. It's like telling a child "your pet has, have this lollypop".

SO!!! On to the Yay Stuff!!!


Some of the items arrive via email in pfd form like:
  1. Wedding Dress Silhouette
  2. Hug Me
  3. Woodland Sampler SAL
  4. Summer Sampler SAL
  5. Drinks All Around
  6.  Claddagh Knotwork

The Lot -  there are 2 pieces of Fiddlers (oatmeal) aida cloth 14 x 32 if I remember correctly & 3 packages of just white aida.
A dragon pattern along with 2 of the speciality threads required and a love tree.

Here is a closer view of the Dragon "Noon Basking". I have someone in mind for this, though do not think I will get to starting it this year as I have too many on the go. Plus, they may stumble upon this blog (doubt it) and figure it out. ;)

I thought this was a great Love heart tree. 

While this one isn't a "mail" funzie - its from a Cross Stitch World magazine I picked up from Chapters. It would be a perfect gift for my mother in law for xmas. There are just enough places to fill it with each of her grandchildren's names + leaving one heart blank (in case my brother in law decides that they are wanting to try for a boy eventually. His wife is due next week, with a 2nd girl. *haha*)

Something else - Indirectly related to xstitch that arrived in the mail today was the wedding invite for my cousin's October wedding. I already have to miss out on another cousin's September wedding, but have decided I will do the "Wedding Dress Silhouette" for her. He, on the other hand, I have not pinned down the exact project for it. Ideas yes, but nothing 100% decided. Regardless, I shall have to begin on both of those shortly here to avoid not running over deadline.


Soccer - finally was able to get the piece I did up for my dd's coach framed/matted and given to him today. Its been riding around in my van for a few days as when I went to his office it was already closed (summer hours) so I had to wait til today. I think he was actually shocked. Thankful, but obviously it was an unexpected gift. *I Win* - lol As I told him, I wasn't able to get the girls to all sign the mat as they weren't all there at the end game (many of our team was missing as they were at the Taylor Swift concert).
This is the finished product. -  It is by Woodrow Bowman.

SAL's - I've joined up with a few SALs. I've also fallen behind. My brain thinks I can stitch faster then my hands can. Most certainly a case of 'biting off more then one can chew" what with the other projects I've got going on.The one I'm working steadily at catching up on is the Summer Sampler by Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery.

Future Orders: I went over some of the bigger projects I'd really like to get completed plus a few smaller travel pieces. Then plunked myself onto 123Stitch and ordered all the colours I need for each & every project. They include:
  1.  "Crab Is In" 
  2. Lobster Trap
  3. Strength
  4. Glass Skull
  5. Amie's Piece
  6. Heart Tree
  7. Rustic Barn. 

The Sad Stuff:

The sadness lies with a friend of mine. Her Dh a few mths ago (May) was diagnosed with having stage 3, aggressive brain tumors. While he had up days and many down days, he still held fast that he wanted to get married to her as they had planned for later this summer. So just this past weekend (June 29th) they held their cozy ceremony in their backyard with a few select friends and family members.The Claddagh Knotwork is the piece that was to be for their wedding as she really like celtic things. However as they had to speed track their nuptuals, I didn't get it finished (and still only just have 1/4 completed.). 2 days later he had a seizure so bad that while he's not in a coma, he hasn't woken up. 

Wednesday, 3 July 2013


The soccer season has finally come to an end. Our girls (The Annihilators) were hard working, skilled and played as a team. Their last game, an already closely matched game with our other town team w/ just 1 point separating us from them in the tricounty standings - was riveting the whole way through, sadly we lost by just 1 point (score was 3-2 for the Blitz). This means our girls disappointingly do not get to go onto Provincials this year.

In years past I have stitched a piece for both the coach & co-coach. Had the girls sign the mats & give it to them at the season closer picnic party. This year there was none of that. My daughter didn't want to do the gift giving stitching and the coach is not a picnic closer kinda guy. I have stitched a piece for him though and shall give it to him when I turn my dd's jerseys. It is a repeat of the piece I made for our co-coach last year, only having changed the colours of the word "soccer", the cleat colouring and of course the team name/year.
Its being stitched on the Highland aida as it is a green/yellow tint, similar to grass one would find on the field. I simply need to complete the letter "E", some back stitch and frame it.

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...