Saturday, December 21, 2013

My plans for 2014, part 1

So I am putting my head into 2014. I didn't get a lot of anything done in 2013 so I have started to make a list of all that need to be done in 2014 so I don't feel like such a slug. There isn't anything particular that made me into a slug in 2013, but I just feel like I spent most of the year spinning my wheels and since I am such a list type person it can't hurt to put it down on paper so it is constantly staring me in the face.

I have sort of gone back to being a one at a time stitcher, which is fine with me but I do like to have a list of possible finishes for the year so I can start one right after the other. So I will need to perfect that list and update it here. As well I think I am going to pull each design out and put in a couple stitches on everyone so I can take an updated photo for the blog as well.

I have been reading quick steadily on my ereader so reading at least 1 book a month should be no problem and that list is sooo out of date I really need to deal with it.

I got none of my final finishes done this year which is a really disappointment to me. But alas I broke my sewing machine in September and had to wait until October to get it fixed so that didn't help matters much. I have given myself a goal of 4 final finishes in 2014, since this is such a hard task for me to finish I don't want to pile to many on my shoulders.

I also want to start walking more. I used to walk all the time on my lunch breaks at work and walk up town on the weekends but for some reason this year it was a huge struggle to do the smallest amount of walking and unfortunately I gained 10 pounds!!!!  am so angry at myself because of this. So instead of taking the electric train to my rail train to go home at night I am going to walk down to the train rain or shine and see if that motivates me to be more active in any way I can.

Well these are all the things I have thought about for 2014 for now. Come back in a couple days and I may have more.

Thanks for listening.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Seasons greeting

Hi everyone.  I am still stitching away on my various projects.  But with being so busy with work and the holidays I just haven't had a chance to sit down and blog about it.

I now of course,  because I have been  so busy come down with  a cold.....like I have time for this. Sigh.... and of course with a cloudy head comes mistakes so I have been avoiding my stitch these past two days for fear of making a colossal mess. But hopefully the sinus meds will work their magic and I can get back to stitching by the weekend.

I am currently 3/4 of the way through house number 3 of Santa's village and I need to put in about 450 more stitches on Found to hit my quota for the month. My goal was to finish Santa's village by the end of the year but I can't see that happening. Maybe once the holiday is over and I have time off between Christmas and New Year I might be able to finish 2 more houses but that will still leave about half the project still to do, I am pondering whether I continue till finished or put it away until next Winter/November. I really am enjoying the project but it is taking longer than I thought it would.

Something to ponder I guess.

Thanks for listening

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Updated photos

I am happy to say I have been able to get quite a lot of various projects worked on. Nothing finished by progress


Santa's Village House #1 is finished, except for some of the border but the house itself is done, excuse the wrinkles I went immediately into house #2.



I also started working on 12 days of Christmas by Heaven and Earth. I am not only trying to get into the Christmas spirit LOL I am trying to keep my love for HAED projects alive since I am trying to finish Found once of my longest linger WIP. I am doing 12days 2x1 tent stitching and I must say I am very much enjoying the process, excuse the blue lines, I used a quilting pen to put the lines in which will disappear once I wash the design. I also noticed it is a tab blurry I will have to fix that later.




Thanks for listening maybe next week I can post a progress photo of Found by HAED.



Wednesday, October 2, 2013

2nd Finish of the year, so sad

So I was 3/4 of  the way from finishing Peace Ornament by M designs before I realized I made a counting error at the start Oops.....at least I was consistent all the way through.

I decided to just leave it and work it into the design. I can't tell anymore where the error is so I am totally happy with this finish.

I used Carrie's Creation thread called Clouds in the sky. I love how it looks, it is exactly the way I pictured it when I first purchased the thread.




Thanks for listening.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Current WIP

I finally finished Peace ornament but alas no photo yet.

But I do have a photo of my current project which is Cirque does Triangle, I am using Carrie's Creation Spring Delight.

It's going pretty well.

Thanks for listening.


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Stitching, my dear old friend

So after some much needed house cleaning and organizing I am now ready to get some stitching done today. I am about 30 stitches away from finishing a Christmas design, so my only goal today is to get that design finished. I still owe you guys some photos which I will try and post to day.

Thanks for listening.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Trying to find my mojo

My goodness it has been over a month since I have posted. 
 
Stitching is still a bit of a hit and miss for me. Life is just so busy that I haven't had a good opportunity to sit down and stitch. Now that the weather is changing I hope I can get more stitch time in.
 
I have managed to put some work into a couple of my WIP but nothing earth shattering. Photos to follow shortly. Right now I am really on the fence on whether I should struggle through with  my current projects and hope my mojo returns or whether I should pick up a different WIP or even start a new one hoping that something new will bring my mojo back.
 
I already have ten WIP right now and I would normally not start another one but if I can't get my mojo back nothing is going to get done. So hopefully a brand new project will do the job.
 
Thanks for listening.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Stupid People

I have just read a very disturbing article in my local paper regarding my favourite dog park. It is about 10 block from my house and it is right beside an elementary school.
 
The article explained how a local resident that uses the park found embedded glass in the ground where the benches, water bowls and entrances to the park or located. She explained that they aren't huge shards of glass that could cut your foot but if your puppy likes, sparkly things and likes to chew on things they pick up they are liable to get really hurt. As well a large breed dog also ate a bit of what looked to be kibble left in the park and it turned out to be rat poison, the dog survived but it was touch and go. This really pisses me off, the dog park has been there for about 7 years, I realize that some people don't like having a dog park near their home; even though that would be a plus for me to buy a house where I could walk out the front door and be so close to the park. But to go out of your way to harm someone's dog is appalling.
 
Since the dog park is beside an elementary school I can't see the dogs being that noisy to actually disturbing anyone since the noise from the school bells and the students themselves is a heck of a lot louder than these dogs. I have actually been to the park when there was about 10 large dog in the big section and they all were too busy chasing their balls and twigs etc to even be barking. Now I have to be really careful when I take my dog there since he loves to eat things off the ground. The local police will be making night patrols of the area in hopes of catching the person/s responsible.
 
I am just so angry about this Emoji
 
Thanks for listening.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Or maybe not

I had such high hopes to do some major stitching this past long weekend (Canada Day) but alas a heat wave arrived and there was no way I was going to sit down with a lamp behind me stitching LOL.
 
Being indoors was very uncomfortable which prompted a purchase of a new portable A/C unit. I was gifted with an old window A/C from my Uncle which unfortunately didn't fit in my window and kind of defeated it's own purpose, it worked well for awhile but not what I needed in a 3rd floor loft.
 
So even with the a/c on I didn't have the time or inclination to stitch. A persistence headache all weekend long didn't help either. I really want to get some stitching done on either of my 2 projects, only because I want to work on another project and I have forbidden myself to start another project until at least one of these current ones are done. Perhaps I can put one to the side and work on it when I go on my stay-cation, which will allow me to work on a third project LOL.
 
Decisions, decisions.
 
Thanks for listening.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Same Old, Same Old

I haven't been stitching much lately, or at least not on Found by HAED. I have been doing a lot of reading and relaxing.

I have done a little bit on tribal butterfly, so I am doing at least some stitching. My goal with Canadian long weekend is to put in at least 500 stitches in Found, we shall see and maybe after that I will take a new photo.


Thanks for listening.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Update on Found

I took a bit of a break from Found - HAED for about a week. I will be getting back to it this week. here is the photo I took before going on my break


It looks pretty good but I still have a long way to go.

Thanks for listening.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

HAED

I am feeling the love for an HAED I have had in my WIP pile for years, I have no idea why I am feeling the love so badly that I am obsessed with stitching on it everyday and. I don't know maybe it has something to do with facebook changing it's home page settings and now all the photos posted on the HAED page I belong to now show up on my home page and I love to see everyone's progress and I get jealous over their success LOL. Either way thanks fellow stitchers for helping spur me on.
 
I am still stitching on Woodland Goddess by Joan Elliot and am making fabulous progress at home but I have now started bringing Found by Lisa Victoria by Heaven & Earth Designs on the train for my morning and afternoon commutes.
 
My goal is to stitch about 150 stitches per day on Found, which is actually quite easy. I pick about 3 - 4 different colors everyday and only work on those colors, this way I work on both confetti stitching and chunks of color. This helps me stay on track and I get to actually see progress occurring after a day of stitching.
 
I have also set myself a goal to complete this design by the end of the year. I purchased this pattern to make for my mom. She loves dragons and her favourite color is blue so a blue momma dragon with her baby was perfect in my mind, I have already told her I was making it for her but after a few years of asking if I was done yet I think she has given up on me ever finishing it LOL. But since her 60th birthday is next March I am now bound and determined to give it to her as a birthday gift so that is the goal I have set for myself and I am pretty confidence I can get it done.
 
I am taking a mental health day tomorrow and plan on planting my butt down in a stitching chair with my dog and getting some major stitching done, so wish me luck.
 
I do have some updated photos of Woodland Goddess, Shimmering Mermaid and Santa's Village but I think I will wait for another day to talk about them.
 
Thanks for listening.
 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

More work

So the saga continues with Shimmering Mermaid. I am stitching the brown/green section of the fin which is the area that truly joins the body of the mermaid to the fin. I thought I could do this area without having to fiddle with the stitches because of the mistake I made in the fin (that I am not tearing out) but alas it has become a mess when I tried to join the two sections together (body & fin).
 
After putting the pattern down for a couple days while I worked out a couple options I think I have come up with a solution that will work. The area that I have decided to fiddle with is 98% stitches and 2% beads/metallic stitches. So I basically I eliminated all the metallic and beads except for maybe one per line and fiddle to make sure everything lined up as needed and what I will do is when I am ready to add the beads at the end I will eye ball where I think a bead or metallic stitch goes and actually put it on top of the regular stitch that is already there. I am just so thankful that this section is a blending section where the body blends into the fin so the color change is quite subtle and there isn't much beads and metallic because of this subtleness so it should be an easy fix.
 
I am not very happy with this screw up but ultimately it just proves that I need to find two points of reference on a section I jump to when stitching not just one because counting mistakes happen.
 
I am currently working on three projects to help get my mojo back so hopefully this long weekend I will have some progress to show you in pictures.
 
Thanks for listening. 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Hello, Hello

Hi everyone

I am around and I have been stitching LOL, just not very much, my ereader is still pulling my focus but all is good, it is keeping me relaxed and not letting life get me down, it seems this time of year is always hard for me to handle. Anyway, I am kind of splitting my focus between 3 projects right now, I know for a girl who is a one at a time stitcher I sure like to fall off course, repeatedly. I do have reason for having three projects this time though.

#1 is Shimmering Mermaid from Mirabilia I have opted to only work on it on the weekends for right now. The area of the body that I am stitching it quite full of metallic threads and I was finding it really hard to get into it on the train and was having a lot of threads knotting and breaking and it was really pissing me off so I think until I get over this section I will leave it at home where I can fiddle more and spread my threads out.



#2 is Santa's Village by CCN I started collecting the design and was going to do the entire design on one piece of fabric once all 12 designs came out at the end of this year but watching every ones progress on various blogs I couldn't handle waiting anymore and had to start the project now LOL. I currently only have the first 2 houses so I will only be stitching it that far until I purchase the rest.



#3 is Woodland Goddess by Joan Elliott it is a long standing WIP and I put a couple stitching into it  last month and finished the green and blue cape bits and couldn't remember why it had taken so long to get back to stitching it again so I will be stitching on it once I finish what I have to do on Santa's Village.



Well I am off to put more stitches into Shimmering Mermaid, thanks for listening.


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Current Status

My goal was to be much farther along on Shimmering Mermaid (since it's such an easy stitch) but life is really interfering again LOL. February is quite a busy month for birthdays in my family so every time I turned around I was going to a birthday party/function which meant no time for stitching.
 
As well I got sick again at the beginning of the month with another cold/flu. I swear I was only heath for 3 weeks from my last cold/flu so I  was not a happy camper about that.
 
Anyway, back to Shimmering Mermaid. I made a huge mistake on the purple ribbon leading down and attached to the fin which could potentially screw the entire design up which made me freak out. But after I calmed down I think I have come up with a plan on how to fix it, since I had already finished the fin (which took an entire week to stitch) I had no intentions of ripping it out. Basically I torn out a little section of the ribbon and moved on to stitch the mermaids body instead and when the body joins the fin I will see what rows I might have to eliminate to make the ribbon properly join the mermaid's body and fin. Since the ribbon is just a band of various purples stitches whereas the fin has beads and the body has metallic and beads I think the ribbon is the less of the evils to fix. I also think fiddling with the ribbon won't be as obvious as fiddling with the body. But this definitely put a damper on my desire to stitch.
 
Before my mistake happened I also decided to give some love to Woodland Goddess by Joan Elliott. This pattern is actually next on my list of 'to stitch' after I finish Shimmering Mermaid. It is a current WIP. I was tidying up my stitching basket and decided to give it a look to see the status of the design. The goddess has a three panel shawl around her body in green, grey and blue that I was working on last time I picked her up and I was really close to finishing two of the panels so I decided to finish them before putting her away again. I now remember why I love Joan Elliott designs so much, they are easy to follow on the paper pattern and really easy to stitch and now I can't wait to work on Woodland Goddess again. :)
 
Well thanks for listening to my rant about stitching
 
I will try and post some photos of my projects in the next couple days

Sunday, January 27, 2013

First HD of the year.

I have finally finished Cut Thru North Pole by Bothy Threads.

I subbed out the included pearl metallic with kreinik blending filaments, I felt the blending filament gave a better shine and was easier to work with. I also opted not to add the sequin stars,  I am not a fan of sequins on my cross stitch so it was an easy decision to make. I also decided after finishing all the stitches and back stitching to not stitch up the moon on the right hand side. It really didn't do anything for me.


Cut Thru North Pole, light blue aida



















I have now started on Shimmering Mermaid from Mirabilia Designs on Blueberry Delight Silkweaver fabric. Like I mentioned in my previous post I was a little nervous about one of the colors. So I put in a chunk of stitching to see if the surrounding threads would help with the washed out color and thank goodness they did. I am very happy with how everything looks now. Here is what it looked like with some random stitching.

color issues
















and here is what I accomplished yesterday. I am quite surprised at how much I was able to accomplish with a full day of stitching. I have never stitched a Mirabilia mermaid before so maybe this is the norm for them.

1 day worth of stitching















Hopefully this is just the beginning a a productive year of stitching and blogging.


Thanks for listening.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Bumpy Start

So I have finished all the regular stitching on Cut Thru North Pole and I am currently doing the backstitching. I hope to be finished the entire design by Thursday.

Because I was so close to being finished I decided to kit up Shimmering Mermaid by Mirabilia early. Then I decided to put a couple stitches into the design to show myself where the centre of the design was so there would be no stopping me from stitching once Cut Thru was finished. Well, I am in a bit of predicament now.

The fabric I have chosen is Blueberry Delight from Silkweaver it's a cornflower blue/medium lavender fabric that I thought would make Shimmy pop. Well the centre colors going into the design are DMC 341, 340 and a third darker purple. If you are familiar with the design she has a 471 green patchwork body with purple fins flowing off of her back. I started putting in some 341 stitches and to my horror they are the exact shade of the fabric. Now I have in the past chosen a fabric that is similar to one of the colors of the design but usually they are accentuated with various other colors or have darker shades of same color around them, so in my mind I didn't panic because I thought the 471 green would surround the purple and everything would be okay, then I pulled out the actually pattern and realized that the fin and mermaid's tail don't really help each other out at all they are stand alone elements of the design CRAP. So Thurs/Fri I plan on putting some 340 stitches in and maybe some 471 and see if they help the 341 stitches stick out and not get lost in the fabric but in the back of my mind I guess I am going to have to figure out a back up plan if that doesn't work.

So my question to you ladies....has this ever happened to you and what do you do? Do you swap out the fabric (not sure I have a suitable alternative to do this) or do you persevere and hope everything works out? Or do you backstitch the area regardless of whether the designer wants you to or not so that an element pops?

I have only come across this problem on small designs where the white/grey threads blended into my fabric and I just subbed out the thread but obviously that isn't going to work for this design. I don't want to put a lot of work into the fin and design as a whole just to change my mind about the fabric and have to rip everything out and start again.

If I remember to I will post a couple photos to show what it actually looks like in the coming days.

Thank for listening

 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Plans for the New Year

Happy New Year everyone.
 
I expected to have posted sooner than this but alas life intervened.
 
So my end of 2012 goal was to finish Cut thru North Pole but that didn't happen LOL. I had that stupid cold/flu that was going around and honestly I felt like the entire month of December was a blur. I am currently working on the metallic snow and water at the very bottom of the pattern then I will be backstitching the 1st floor which will finish off the pattern. My goal is to finish it by the end of the month.
 
I have picked 10 projects to work on this year (not counting Cut thru) but realistically I know I will be luck if I finish 7. Of the projects I picked I think 4 of them are WIP and there are 2 that I am sick of seeing in my WIP pile so if nothing else I want those two finished.
 
I am back to stitching one at a time and will probably stick with it for the foreseeable future, I was finding my stitching very scattered at the end of 2012 so the thought of having multiple projects on the go when I couldn't keep one project straight is just skirting disaster. I am currently tidying up all my xs supplies (I do this every January) and organizing my stitching corner so I don't feel like I am being swallowed alive by my craft. Unfortunately my craft has taken over my computer desk so that is priority number one tonight is to unbury my desk.
 
I will be relaxing tonight in front of the tv so my plan is to finish off the white metallic stitching section on Cut thru then that just leaves the hand dyed water color and some random blues to be done.
 
If I remember I will add a progress picture to this post later.