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.