Monday, January 24, 2011

Another crazy finish!

Hi all
Well in the last few days I have managed to work on a few of my crazy challenge pieces and even finished another one! Boy am I glad I chose smaller projects for this challenge! First up here's my finish:

Shepherds Bush - Halloween Grins
32ct Cream Belfast
Crescent Colours, GAST, WDW & DMC
Stitching completed January 23, 2011

My thanks to Mar who got the chart & button for me when it first came out!

Here's my wip progress pics

Mill Hill - Father Frost - this is the hat all done, now onto the face!

Shakespeares Peddler - Sampler Roundy

Lizzie Kate Snowman '10
The Cat's Whiskers - What a Hoot

I also managed to finish another LHN ornament, this one was started last year in December and languished for a while due to the time of year. It then got put aside for the challenge starts so I'm glad it's finally finished!

Little House Needleworks - Frosty Flakes
32ct Raw/Natural Belfast
Crescent Colours & DMC
Stitching completed January 24, 2011

Well thanks for looking & thanks for all your comments too!

Happy Stitching


Tuesday, January 18, 2011

2 more Crazy January finishes!


Wow 2 posts in 2 days, has to be a first for me! As is 2 finishes in one day! Here's what I managed to get finished yesterday! First up is the little Homespun Elegance piece. I used a button from the stash rather than the charted one but am not 100% sure of it, I think it may need to be moved a little or.......

Homespun Elegance - Blessings to all
Finished Jan 18th, 2011
32ct sandstone belfast

Next up is Just Nan's Frost on the Pumpkin. I think this piece took me longer to decide what fabric to use than it did to actually stitch it! It's so cute & sparkly though & I'm really pleased with it.

Just Nan - Frost on the Pumpkin

finished Jan 18th, 2011

28ct sage cashel

DMC & charted beads

Well that's all for me today, not sure which project I will pick up today but there may even be another finish in the wings!

Thanks for all your comments, I really appreciate you taking the time to post.

Happy Stitching

Monday, January 17, 2011

Crazy January Challenge Day 15 - A finish!

Hi all

Well there was no stitching done after the wedding. Don't know what I was thinking but drinking wine & stitching do not mix, lol!! Anyway, I started my 15th new start on Sunday the 16th instead and as it was still on the q-snaps I thought I might as well finish it! So without further ado, here's my 15th start for the year & my 1st finish! Please excuse the wrinkles as I haven't ironed it yet!

Little House Needleworks - Peppermint Twist
Stitched as charted with DMC & Crescent Colours
28ct Flax cashel ( least I think it's flax!)
Started January 16th, 2011
Completed January 17th, 2011

As I still had a bit of stitching time yesterday I pulled out one of my starts and got a bit more done it, it should be finished later today as all that's left to do is a candy cane & reindeer and then add a charm :) Here's my progress on Homespun Elegances December freebie

Well that's all for today, look for another finish real soon!

Happy Stitching



Friday, January 14, 2011

Crazy January Challenge Day 14

Hi all

Here's my 14th start, started January 14th.

Jeanette Douglas Designs - Spring Stitches
36ct sand edinburgh linen
accessory pack - gloriana, NPI & kreinik silk mori

This is the 3rd in the series, after this I have Summer Stitches to go. As I'm stitching all 4 on the same piece of fabric I've included a pic of where Spring fits in :).

Had an almost disaster while stitching this which is why there isn't more progress. I spilt my cup of coffee and a bit splashed on this project. Luckily none got on the stitched parts so I will be able to rinse the small part of the fabric carefully. Unfortunately the chart didn't fare quite as well and ended up with a bit of a soaking!! It has come out ok as it was cleaned up pretty quick but the chart is no longer in the best shape!

Well I have a wedding to attend in a couple of hours, my DH is the best man. It should be a lot of fun as it's the 2nd wedding for both parties and as the bride has small children, they have hired a jumping castle and there will be a pool for the kids to swim in! I'm hoping I'll still be able to meet my goal and start the 15th and final project this evening when I get home, if not I'll start it tomorrow instead.

Thanks for looking
Happy Stitching

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Crazy January challenge pics so far..

Hi all

Here are the pics of my starts so far, apologies as this post will be pic heavy!
Start #1 - started January 1st
Victoria Sampler - Christmas Treasures
28ct taupe cashel linen
threads as charted (Gloriana, NPI, Kreinik Mori, Caron Waterlilies)
Pathetic start on this but I was at my parents house & couldn't find my tape measure so had to start in the middle rather than on the border. The lighting was awful too as I didn't have my stitching lamp.

Start #2 - started January 2nd
Mill Hill - Charmed Santa Faces - Series II - Father Frost
perforated paper
DMC & mill hill beads

Start #3 - started January 3rd
Just Nan - Tulip Time
32ct lilac belfast
Another pathetic start but my girls insisted we go to the beach!

Start #4 - started January 5th
Shakespeares Peddlar - Sampler Roundy
28ct cream cashel
What can I say, vacation locations are not ideal for stitching. I started this one at my friend Shelley's house & there was a lot more talking than stitching happening!

Start #5 - started January 6th
Lizzie Kate - Snowman '10
32ct tea dyed monaco (I think) - unlabelled fabric from stash
Crescent Colours, Weeks Dye Works & DMC

Start #6 - started January 9th
The Cat's Whiskers - What A Hoot!
32ct Sandstone linen
Start #7 - started January 9th
Ink Circles - The Huddle
40ct kit linen
Carries Creations hand dyed silks

Start #8 - started January 10th
Lizzie Kate - 2008 Christmas double flip-its
28ct Vintage Country Mocha cashel
Weeks Dye Works & DMC for border
Start # 9 - started January 11th
Blue Ribbon Designs - Autumn Leaves & Sunflower Seeds
36ct antique white lugana
Crescent Colours Belle Soie Silks

Loved this one, it was hard to put it down. I am using 1 strand of silk over 2.
Start # 10 started January 11th
Homespun Elegance - Blessings to all
32ct Sand Belfast
GAST, Weeks Dye Works, DMC
Start # 11 - started January 12th
Shepherds Bush - Halloween Grins
32ct Cream Belfast
Crescent Colours, Weeks Dye Works, GAST & DMC

Start #12 - started January 12th
Just Nan - Frost on the Pumpkin
28ct Sage cashel
DMC threads
Start #13 - started January 13th
M Designs Floral Sampler
32ct Vintage Country Cream Belfast
DMC & Gloriana hand-dyed silks & ribbon

So I am now back on track with 2 more starts to go. Today will be Jeanette Douglas Designs - Spring Stitches and tomorrow I'll start my last piece, one of the LHN ornaments from last year, I'm leaning towards "Under The Tree".
If you've stayed with me this long, thank you! That's all for now.
Happy Stitching

Friday, January 7, 2011

Catching up!

Hi all

I hope the new year finds you all healthy, wealth & wise and that you all had a wonderful Christmas (if celebrated).

I guess I have no real excuses for being absent so long except for work, home etc being extremely busy leading up to Christmas and then I've been away as well visiting my parents in Victoria. I also got to meet up with a fellow stitching blogger which was a nice surprise! Hi Jo!

I decided that I would participated in the crazy challenge that a lot of people are participating in, 15 starts in 15 days to be completed by years end. As I usually partake in guilt free January this will work well for me. The challenge was to start a new project each day for 15 days, I have missed a few days as was busy with family activities and driving home from Vic (10 hours) was not conducive to stitching either so I am a few days behind already. The 15 will be started by the end of the month though! Here's my list so far:

Victoria Sampler - Christmas Treasures (started Jan 1st)
Mill Hill - Charmed Santa Faces - Father Frost (started Jan 2nd)
Just Nan - Tulip Time (started Jan 3rd)
Shakespeares Peddler - Sampler Roundy (started Jan 5th)
Lizzie Kate - Snowman '10 (started Jan 6th)
Lizzie Kate - Christmas Spirit
Ink Circles - The Huddle
The Cat's Whiskers - What A Hoot
Blue Ribbon Designs - Autumn Leaves & Sunflower Seeds
Just Nan - Frost on the Pumpkin
M Designs - Floral Sampler
Shepherds Bush - Halloween Grins
Homespun Elegance - Christmas 2010 freebie (Blessings to all)
Jeanette Douglas Designs - Spring Stitches
LHN 2010 monthly ornaments (I have 10 more to do and will start at least 1 but haven't decided which one it will be yet)

I finished up my Jan 1st 2010 piece just before I left on my trip, Just Nan's Needle In a Garden, fitting that it was both my first start & my final finish for 2010. Here's a pic, sorry it's not the best as it's from the scanner, I'll post some close-ups later along with pics of my challenge new starts:

Well I must go as have some chores to do but look for another post soon with some more pics and a round up of my 2010 stitching. I'm on holidays now for 3 more weeks so should have some time on my hands for a change!

Happy Stitching all