Friday, December 16, 2016

Reflections of 2016

Well I have tried to do an updated post on everything from WIPs to finishes for the past 2 months and I never seem to be able to get to it, so I have scrapped that idea and just decided to post all my finishes for 2016 and call it a day. I am still working on 2 projects that I may or may not finish before the end of the year, if I do it will be above and beyond my expectations.

So here are my finishes for 2016 in no particular order:

ABC Christmas by Lizzie Kate on 32 count Bay Rum
July Birthday Fairy on 18 count aida
Keys of the Kingdom by Rosewood Manor on 18 count Bone Aida
Mill Hill Downy Dove
Mill Hill Merry Ornament
Once Upon A Time by Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery on Rustico 18 count aida
Peter Pan by Bothy Threads on 14 count aida
Postcards of the World by Cloudsfactory on 18 count spice by Picture This Plus fabric
Tiramisu by Glendon Place on 18 count Mesa by Picture This Plus fabric
Winter Silhouette by Imaginating on Victorian Red 18 count aida

Now I haven't officially finished the Mill Hill kits because I haven't built them yet but until I known what I am going to do with them I won't build them. As well with the Downy Dove I haven't used the fuzzy thread yet as it is used to attach the pieces together.

Thanks for listening. Hopefully 2017 will be better for me all around.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Will be back shortly

Hello everyone, long time no talk.

Just a quick update on my life. It has been 3.5 months since I lost my job and unfortunately I am still unemployed. It is a little disheartening but as my recruiter likes to remind me July/August are awful months to look for a job in the legal field. I myself have experienced how hard it is to get answers from other counsel on cases when I was at my former job so I should take that into consideration.

What I have found to be the hardest part for me is the lack of jobs for a person of my experience. Back 18+ years ago when I first got into this field it was really hard to find a junior position with a firm willing to train right out of school now it is the reverse there are a lot of junior positions but not a lot of senior positions. I am actually looking at intermediate and senior positions to cover my bases hopefully this will help. Bottom line I am still in the unemployment runt and trying not to let it get me down, and some days are better then others.

Now onto stitching I had a really hard time at the beginning getting into any of my projects but I have persevered and I am getting back into my stitching. I have a couple finishes and more progress on my SAL's and HAED projects. Unfortunately I am not ready to post them yet since most of them I have forgotten to take pics of them, so I am off to take photos of all my progress and I hope to return tomorrow with a more appropriate update.

Thanks for listening.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Taking a Break

I know it is really silly to say I am taking a break from my blog since I haven't posted to in since April. But I had big plans to update you all with a few finishes, quite a few starts, a nice amount of birthday haul and the whole bit...........but alas on June 29th I was given my walking papers at the legal firm I had been at for 15 years and right now even my beloved stitching isn't giving me any solos.

I truly feel lost and it has taken me till yesterday to realize my life isn't over. Basically I was freaked out at the prospect of getting a new job after 15 years and being 40.  I have talked to a legal recruiter who has reassured me that my experience and chosen profession are great assets, even if July and August are shitty months to look for a job. I have a pretty decent severance package so all is not necessarily lost but for now, I need to concentrate on getting my life back on track.

Thanks for listening

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Progress Made

Well my needle has been smoking again LOL.

I can't believe it's been almost a month since my last post. I have so much to show you.... I definitely shouldn't have taken so long to post.

As I mentioned in my last post  I am participating in 2 SAL's this year. One is currently going and the other one is from a couple years ago and I decided to join them together. Since my last post I was working on nothing but them so I could get caught up....Big mistake by the time the April block was released I had no interest in stitching it LOL so I took a week break from it and worked on other projects, but I did return to the SAL and am now all caught up and waiting for the new blocks in May.....

Here are the first 4 blocks from Postcards of the World by Cloudsfactory

January - Venice

February - Paris

March - London

April - Moscow
Really love this SAL. I am now going to only work on it the first weekend of every month. Generally each block takes me a full day.

Now the second SAL is Once upon a time sampler from The Frosted Pumpkin, which was released in 2014. I currently have a love hate relationship with it. I chose rustic/oatmeal colored fabric and the white in the pattern just isn't showing up that great in photos, it's not bad in real life but none of my photos are doing it justice, I have actually tried 3 different types of thread hoping to make it pop more I have settled on DMC satin thread.

January - Snow white

February - Frog Prince

March - Three little pigs

April - Goldilocks & 3 bears
Now after I finished up to April on the SAL's I couldn't really decide which project I wanted to work on so I started/worked on quite a few. I first worked on Shimmering Mermaid for a couple days

Shimmering Mermaid on Blueberry Delight fabric
I worked on her skin and part of her hair, but I just wasn't completely feeling her. But I also worked on Tribal Barn Owl on Thursdays, I plan on continuing to work on it for the rest of the year and see where I am at then. I am working on 25 count 1 over 1.

2711 stitches

Then I started working on Peter Pan by Bothy Threads. I have quite a few of these fairy tale kits and I really love them. This is going to be a really fun project.

Peter Pan
Then I pulled out a really old WIP that was pissing me off which is why I put it away, it is Woodland Enchantress by Dimensions. There are so many threads and some are 1/2 stitch with 5 strands, some with 4 or 3 so it became very confusing for me when I first stitched on it. This time around I am stitching 10x10 blocks in the bottom right similar to what I would do with a HAED. I am hoping this will help me not get confused and frustrated and hopefully once I start finishing off some of the threads that will help in it not being so overwhelming.

Woodland Enchantress
and finally my newest start which happened yesterday was Northern Expressions Shades of Orange. Nicole the designer of NE has come out with a bunch of shade patterns each more prettier than the next. I have basically fallen in love with them all but Shades of Orange called to me first.

Shades of Orange -on champagne cocktail
Since I have so many recent pieces I have worked on and still want to work on I decided to start a bit of a rotation each piece has been given a day of the week to work on it.

I am still working on my train projects but I have also been reading a bit more so not as much progress was made. I have decided to give them some love on Friday just in case I didn't get anything done on them during the week.

Mill Hill Merry Ornie

Winter Silhouette on Victorian Red

Well thanks for listening to my very long and late blog post.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Needle on Fire

It's been awhile since I have posted, but for good reason. I have a FINISH

I finished Tiramisu by Glendon Place on March 9th. I fiddle with the beading so it's not exactly as listed on the chart. I felt the design spoke for itself and didn't need all the beads listed, as well I did the design on 18 count aida so not all the beads fit. I am super happy with how it turned out.

I then moved on to the two SAL I want to finish this year. Cloudsfactory Postcards of the world started this year and January to March blocks have been released and Once Upon a Time Sampler from the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery which was released in 2014. I am working on them at the same time with the intention of them both being done at the end of the year. I did the borders for them both first, before moving on to the first block and here they are.

Once Upon a Time Sampler - Frosted Pumpkin

Postcards from the World - Cloudsfactory
I then decided I needed a mini project to work on in the morning on my train ride to work. I have always found that I never have enough elbow room in the morning to work on any of my pieces so I usually sleep or read. I am still going to read in the morning but I am now trying to split my time between reading and a little stitching. I have chosen a half a dozen Mill Hill kits to work on. I have given myself a month to finish each one of these projects so I think both my reading and stitching should have ample time throughout the month. Here is what I have done so far.

Merry Jingle Ornament

Then of course there is my afternoon train project with I am really enjoying

Winter Silhouette
So my plan now is to stitch for the rest of the month on Cloudsfactory and Frosted Pumpkin so I can be caught up before the April block for Cloudsfactory is released. Then I will do one block each month for both projects. Once these blocks are finished I will move on to my main project, which I will work on until completed. Now that Tiramisu is finished that project is Shimmering Mermaid from Mirabilia, I had to rip out a section in the fin area because of a mistake I couldn't find so I don't have an updated photo.

I have also started working on a Heaven and Earth Design every Thursday and this is what I got accomplished after 2 Thursdays. The pattern is called Tribal Barn Owl and I have put in about 1500 stitches so far.

Tribal Barn Owl
I am really enjoying my stitching schedule and all the projects I have chosen. Wish me luck.

Thanks for listening.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Another February Update

So I have given myself a deadline of next Sunday to be finished all the stitching on Tiramisu so when I am on vacation the week of March 7 I can concentrate of beading. I finished page 1 on Saturday afternoon so that just leaves page 4 & 5 left to stitch so it is quite doable.

I have also decided to shelve Winter Silhouette  my train project and Thursdays work on Tribal Owl to give me more time with Tiramisu. I also worked a good 4 hours on Tiramisu on Sunday but I mainly just finished off the picky areas that I knew would be uncomfortable to try and work on while on the train. Over all I think I got a lot done .....granted I didn't get any of my usual weekend tasks done because of it LOL.

Usually when I give myself a deadline it never works out and I sabotage myself somehow so hopefully things continue to go as planned, I just hope that since this project is still so much fun to work on the stitches will just flow out of me.

Now normally after finishing a page I would be posting a picture but since I wanted to get to page 4 right away I just took a really quick photo and started working back on it right away and so I haven't had a chance to download it off my camera yet. Perhaps I will do a double photo post later in the week with both pages 1 & 4.

I am in a good place with my stitching right now I have a current project that I love and have 2/3 future projects that I just can't wait to get to.

Once Tiramisu is finished I will be working on Cloudsfactory - Passports and Frosted Pumpkins - Once Upon a Time Sampler which are both SAL(frosted pumpkins is from last year) that I have to catch up on and then they will be projects I work on the first 2 weeks of every month.

After the SAL are caught up with then I will be working on Shimmering Mermaid by Mirabilia,  which I am super excited to get back to. I last worked on this project I believe in 2014, when I made a huge mistake in her fin/tail area that for the life of me I couldn't find so I decided to leave the error in and continue working on it but the more I worked on it the more I had to change the design to compensate for the mistake and eventually I couldn't figure out what I was doing anymore, at that point it was no longer fun and I put the project away until I could figure out what I was going to do.

Eventually I got the bug to work on her again but knew I would need to deal with the mistake first. I looked over the work I had done and tried one more time to find the error and when I couldn't I decided the only think I could do was tear it all out and start fresh and that is what I did. This time when I work on her instead of jumping to the ribbon attached to her fin and working on that section (which I did before) I think I am going to stick with the entire body of the mermaid and complete that before touching the ribbon and fin and then I might work on her bodice, hair and face and basically leave the fin till the end.

I still have about two weeks to decide so I will worry about that then, for now it's going to be 24h Tiramisu.

Thanks for listening.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Further Update

So I was able to download a more updated photo of Winter Silhouette and Tiramisu from my camera this morning. So as promised here they are. Excuse my hand shadow on Winter Silhouette.

Winter Silhouette

Tiramisu pages 2, 3 and 6

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Cross stitching like crazy

Hi everyone, sorry for being MIA but instead of my usual excuse of no stitching the reason why I haven't posted since January is because I have been stitching like crazy.

On Tiramisu by Glendon Place I have finished pages 2, 3 and 6. I can't get over how fast these pages are getting finished. I can literally finish one page in a week or sooner depending on how much stitch time I have. Here is my latest progress photo, this is actually only pages 2 and 3. I think my photo of page 6 is still on my camera. I will upload it and perhaps do another post in a few days. A PS on this photo, even though the cream on the top right doesn't show up very well it is beautiful in really life.

Tiramisu by Glendon Place

Next I gave a little love on Egyptian Garden by Chatelaine. I have decided to give some of my BAPs a little love one day a week (if I have time). I find my BAPs to be so overwhelming that I can't work on them for weeks on end without burning out so I figure if I can give it a little bit of love than that will help move them along. On EG I am still on the fence on whether I work on each layer until completed around the whole design or whether I just divide it into 4 and do each section until completion, for now I am doing the left section.

Egyptian Garden by Chatelaine
I have put EG aside for now and changed it to another BAP that isn't as far along as EG and kind of needs more time worked on than EG. I am hoping to get back to EG in the summer, perhaps while I am on some holidays.

So I also decided to start working on a small project on my train commute to work, of late I have been reading or sleeping on the train, which is quite boring and especially in the morning I feel very unproductive so I need to change things up. Here is Winter Silhouette by Imagining designs (I believe). The original design called for navy fabric but I love monochromic Christmas designs on Christmas red fabric. I have actually gotten a bit more done on this project then show and I didn't realize until writing this post that I haven't taken an updated photo.

Winter Silhouette

I have also discovered Flosstube, in case you aren't familiar with it there is a cross stitch community on you tube that post either weekly or monthly videos about their progress on their WIP or various craft purchases or even stitching techniques. I find them fascinating, some of them really churn out the projects, other have triple the amount of WIP then I do (I currently have 17). But they also have introduced me to designer/patterns, etsy shops, hand dyed fabric colors I had never heard of or in the case of fabric hadn't seen in real life before.

Which brings me to an addition to my 2016 stitching schedule. I have decided to join the Cloudsfactory Postcards from the World SAL. It started in January and they have already released Venice and Paris blocks but I figured since I am almost finished Tiramisu I can do up the border and any blocks that have already been released and be caught up in no time. Then at the beginning of every month I can work on the new block that is released and finish it and then switch back to my current WIP. The design is adorable if you want to check a look at it here is there website

I also have the SAL from Frosted Pumpkin from last year that I was going to stich on this year called Once Upon a Time Sampler and I have decided to work on it at the same time as Postcards. I need to finish the border and then I will stitch on one block every month like Postcards until finished. So in theory the first 2 weeks of every month will be a SAL block and the last 2 weeks will be my current WIP. I honestly think I could finish both blocks within the first week of every month but I am not going to hold myself to that because we all know life interfere with our stitch time. LOL

Well thanks for listening. Hopefully when I post I will have more up-to-date photos and on multiple projects.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

More details on Glendon Place designs

Good afternoon everyone.

I hope all of you in the snowy east of Canada and the US are safe and sound tucked nicely in your houses.

We here on the damp west coast of Canada are slightly jealous of your snow.

In other news I am still plugging away with Tiramisu and really enjoying it. I have gotten some nice comments from fellow stitchers on this project and I thank you all for that.

In answer to a question from a fellow stitcher  the other dessert patterns I have from Glendon Place are Pumpkin Swirl, Plum Pudding, Red Velvet and Fudgy Mint Mousse.

I did get the exclusive specialty threads needed for Fudgy Mint Mousse through Glendon Place.  There was no color in DMC or DMC variation that I thought could give it justice. As well I got 2 of the Dinky threads needed for Red Velvet for the same reason as Fudgy.

And just in case anyone is interested here is the thread conversion for Tiramisu, the Dinky Dye threads are the numbers on the left and DMC are on the right.

0 = 3865
74 = 920
118 = 938
141 = 3371
166 = 3859
203 = 3777

If you are interested in converting the designs to DMC by all means use my conversion or tweak it to your liking.

Thanks for listening.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Last Finish of 2015 and first finish of 2016

So since I never really felt the love for July Birthstone Fairy before the end of the year I concentrated on Spiced Tea by LHN my goal was to finish it before the end of the year and I am pretty sure I finished it by mid morning on the 31st.

Spiced Tea
Excuse the crappy photo.

Since spiced tea got my stitching mojo going I picked up July Birthstone Fairy and just went to town on her. In hindsight I probably could/should have finished her months ago if I just didn't let all the quarter stitches and the endless backstitching annoy me so. I was able to finish her in 2 days once I put my mind to it.

July Birthstone Fairy
Excuse the crappy photo on this one as well.

Now that both birthstone fairy are done I still need to decide how I am going to final finish them before sending them to my cousins daughter and step-daughter.

My current projects are ripping out the fin section on Shimmering Mermaid by Mirabilia I made a mistake and the fin won't line up with the body but I have no idea were the mistake actually is so the whole thing has to go. And then I am working on Tiramisu by Glendon Place. It is coming along beautifully and the colors are fabulous. I don't have an updated photo to show.

Well thanks for listening