Monday, January 2, 2017

A Finish and Haul!

Hi everyone I'm back!  I hope you all had a nice holiday.  I had a good one but I'm not ready to start back to work tomorrow.  I have to go to my regular job for a week and then I start my student teaching until the beginning of April.  I'm so nervous about it and feel like I have no clue what I'm doing.  I'm sure I'll be fine though.

The good news is I have another finish to share!  Not quite in time for the end of the year because the beading took waaaaaay longer than I thought but I finished Raven!  Last time you saw her I had only done the black so there are quite a few pictures to put in.  I also have a lot of new stash that I got for Christmas so let's go!

Here's where you saw Raven last:
Then I started to add colors alternating between her dress and her skin as the skin was over one (well technically over 1/4 as I stitched this on aida).

First I added some eggplant purple:
 Then I did her darkest skin:
Sorry for the brown hue my mom's house didn't have very good lighting for pictures.  I added a lighter purple next:
The lighting gets better I promise!  Then a slightly lighter skin color:
Then my favorite purple color:
Another much lighter skin tone:

The next purple:

The final skin color:
Then the skin backstitching which was a color not used in the rest of the pattern:
The final purple in her dress was really pretty too.  It was more of a blue I thought but it's DMC 156:
Then I had the moon to do:
The second color:
And the final color was a blend of the other two colors:
And finally the beads!

If you click any of the pics you can make them bigger but the pics really can't do it justice.  The beads are gorgeous in person.

So she took me a little longer than two weeks to finish but I was a bit obsessed with her.  She still needs washed but for now she's put away.  My plan is to finish all 12 and put them in the same size/kind of frame so I can display them all and have them look cohesive.  I want to say I'll do it all when I'm done with all of them because they're all different sizes but it'll really be when I can afford it, which won't be for a LONG time.  With my student teaching I'm going to be working without pay for 3 months and we're going to be looking to buy a house (finally!) after our lease is up in March.  We'll probably have to live with my mother-in-law for a couple of months so we can save up for a down payment.

Anyway, I got a lot of new stash in a kind of last-chance binge.  First off two of the things I got were presents from my mother-in-law for Hanukkah.   I told you guys last time that I sent pics to her with a very subtle hint ;)  But she got both that I wanted which are Dimensions Gold kits.  The first is Fall Fairy:
And Aurora:
Then since I was finishing Raven I decided to get two more Bewitching Pixies:

These two are not my favorites but I love the colors in the last one.  I also got all of the beads needed for them.  Raven was my first time beading on a project so I got a bead organizer (which has all of the beads for all of the Pixies so far):
I love it because I can just grab what I need and put it in my travel case.  I also got a great tool off Amazon.  It's called a Bead Smith and was only I think $7.  It's better than a Sticky Bob because it's cheaper and once it gets dirty you can just rinse it off and let it air dry and it's completely sticky again.  I keep it with the plastic covers on when not in use but it's great for travel because it holds the beads well and is flexible so it fits in my case.

The last thing I got was another piece of Aida for the next Pixie I do (they only had one silver sparkle one left) and a piece of gold sparkle for my new start.  I still need to dye both of them but I'm not rushing it.  Oh yeah my new start?  ;)

Blimeycatstitches on Flosstube is hosting a SAL this year.  I haven't started it yet but I'm not worried about it at all.  I'm still debating what color to dye the fabric.  Or colors I should say since there are going to be a bunch of different colored dragons (including white).  The pattern is for sale in her Etsy store and a new one will be e-mailed each month.

That's all I have for now.  I'll have a couple of new Needleminders to show when they come (I may have done some tipsy shopping on New Years Eve) but luckily it's only $7 with shipping.  I deleted some of the ones I didn't absolutely need before she billed me luckily!  Even then it was only like $25 I think but still!

I'm going to apologize in advance if I don't update in the next few months.  I start my student teaching next Monday and will not be doing much stitching at all.  The only thing I might work on will be the SAL.  I have an hour long phone call every Tuesday as well as lesson planning, meetings every Thursday and creating a portfolio.  I'm hoping to still read blogs in my off-time though as that's easier to me than stitching.  Well not easier because I like to comment but less time-consuming in that I don't have to take everything out and set everything up.  I can just grab my computer and go.

Thanks for listening to me ramble I hope you enjoyed the update!  See you all later!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Mini-Finish, New Start and Some Stash!

Hi everyone! I know it's been almost a month since I've posted on any progress but I have a lot to show and talk about!  So grab a warm beverage and a snack because we're off!

First off, I have made some progress on Santa in the Clouds.  The last time it looked like this:

And now I've filled in more of the top:
Next I get to put in some gray which will be a welcome change from blue.  That spot in the middle is where the star is.

I didn't stitch much on this because I got distracted with holiday stuff.

However, I do have a finish to show!

Yep Halloween Green is done!

Last time it was here:
I was surprised because the color on the bottom is 307 which is bright yellow and it's the same color as the windows but looks really different.  Now I only have Halloween Yellow to do and then I'm done with them all.  I haven't fully finished it yet but I'll probably wait to do that until I finish Yellow.

Finally, I have a new start!  I told myself I wouldn't start it until I finished Halloween Green which is what pushed me to finish it but ever since I have I've been a stitching machine!  Curious yet?  😈

It's Raven from Nora Corbett's Bewitching Pixies series!  I stitched all of the black in the last two days and I think I'll have her finished in no time!  She's stitched on 14 ct opalescent Aida that I dyed a stormy gray with a touch of purple.  It's a tad darker than I was planning but I like it.  I chose the gray because it's something that all of them will look good on and with the sparkles it's like they're conjuring magic on a stormy night.  Each one will have a touch of the same color as in their dress.  The purple didn't come out super well but I still like it.  I'm excited to get into the purples in her dress and the moon.  I'm going to do the skin over one so that will take a while but I don't think it'll be too bad.  All of Halloween Green and Raven have been stitched since the weekend since I am now officially on break from work.

I also got a bit of new stash.  The first I'm not going to show but I finally finished my DMC collection after 3 trips to the store.  I only was short by 50 or so colors.

The second thing I got was the Dimensions Gold kit Woodland Enchantress.

It was on clearance at Michaels for $20 originally $45.  They had 2 other kits on clearance that I like which are Fall Fairy and Aurora.  I sent pictures of them to my mother-in-law with a 'very subtle' hint that I'd like them for Christmas and that they were on clearance 😀

Finally, I received a very generous gift from Keiley at Keebles World.  She got me a HAED!

This is After the Ball and I love it because not only is Cinderella a brunette with blue eyes (like me) but she's so pretty and has such a wistful look in her eyes.  I also like that it's not a blatant in-your-face fairy tale picture (although I like those too).

Whew that's a lot!  I'm still catching up on blogs but I'm only about a week behind now instead of over a month.  I haven't been reading a lot lately because I've been too busy stitching but I'm okay with that!

After the new year I won't be stitching much because I'll be starting student teaching which is going to eat up almost all of my time.  Luckily the school is less than ten minutes from me.  I'm hopefully going to have one day a week that I won't do any planning or anything and can just stitch but we'll see how things go.

Thanks for stopping by!  I probably won't be back (well depends on how Raven goes) so if I don't see you again have a Merry Christmas or happy whatever holiday you celebrate!  We celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah at my house.  I'll see you (hopefully) before the new year!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Christmas Advent Calendar!

Hi everyone and Merry Christmas!  Okay it's not here quite yet but I'm taking part in Jo's Christmas Advent Calendar blog hop!  The wonderful Jo from Serendipitous Stitching is hosting again this year and this is a great Christmas blog hop where we showcase some Christmas projects and talk about special Christmas things :).

First off here are my Christmas cross stitches that I've completed:

Please don't pay attention to the matting job.  My mat cutter didn't work like I was hoping so I need to get a better cutter.  I painted the mats so they matched well.  I love how they look except for the mats being uneven.

This is my current project:

And my progress:
This is my first 3 colors and is pretty true to color.  I was actually able to snap a pic while the sun was still out.

Our question to answer this year is:

Decorations - do you have a favourite decoration you must have on display every year, maybe an heirloom, one the children made or something with a special story behind it?
I actually don't have my favorite decorations with me.  They're my mom's and she displays them at her house.  One is a giant stuffed snowman that we always display that my grandparents bought in (I think) the 50s.  It has a striped hat and scarf and a big red nose that squeaks when you squeeze it.  My other favorite is a music box in the shape of a house.  In order to make the music play you have to pull Santa out of the chimney (just like the old pull string see n says) and he slowly climbs back up again while the music plays.  I'll try to get pics of these when I finally get to go home for Christmas.  It'll be my first time back in 6 years I'm so excited!  I could never go before because of my job being the busiest on Christmas.
That being said, I do always have to have up my Christmas tree and stockings with my big jingle bell candy cane on the front door.  All of these can be seen above :)

Thanks for stopping by and for Jo for hosting another great hop!  Merry Christmas!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

It's Christmas Time!

Hi everyone I'm back with another faithful update! And another new start! I didn't get any more done on Hocus Pocus because I've been feeling in more of a Christmas mood so I started Santa in the Clouds by Tilton Crafts. I'm doing this one on 28ct evenweave using pin stitch to start and finish and tenting.

Here's what the picture will look like:

And here's my progress so far:

Second color:

I'm really surprised at how dark the colors are. The picture looks a lot lighter but I'm trusting the pattern and I'm sure it'll be beautiful :)

not much else to report other than that I've finished my observation hours so now I just have to wait on finding my placement for student teaching in January.

I'll probably stick with Santa for the time being as I won't have much stitchy time and I'm liking this one so far. I'm going to try to get the Christmas star done before the end of the year. I realized I work much better with a deadline, even when I'm not too strict with it. I'm still catching up on blogs and probably will be for several weeks.

Oh oh I almost forgot! I was the featured blog in Cross Stitch Collection magazine so keep an eye out in the December issue ;)

Thsnks for stopping by I'll see you all next time!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

I'm Back!

Hi everyone! I know I've been gone for a while but I'm happy to say that I'm back. I went on vacation after I finished paradise and the week in between was spent making my Halloween costume. I do have some nice updates on projects and a new start!
First up is Paradise! It is framed and on its way to the recipient.
Sorry for the glare this was really hard to photograph.
It it ended up being 39" long so shipping was quite expensive. I had to reframe it a few times too because I found a cat hair, then a piece in the back was sticking out and then I found a little black speck right next to the sun. Then I refused to look at it again lol.
my next update is that I have a color finish on Halloween Green.
Finally, my new start! I started Hocus Pocus by Tilton Crafts. I was going to do cross country across the whole piece but then I realized that there were no stitch counts in the pattern so in order to update my progress bar I've decided to stitch by page...kind of. I'm stitching the colors in sections to avoid the page lines I had in Paradise. I'll update my progress bar after I totally finish a page. The stitching in the picture is 939 and it is over 3 pages.
I'm loving the fabric I dyed and I'm not stitching the black on the sides so that the fabric shows through. I'm stitching the swirls though. That's what a lot of that stitching is.
I'm still trying to catch up on blogs but I'm still around 400 behind. I'll catch up though! Thanks for stopping by see you all next time! I'll probably have another new start I'm feeling the Christmas spirit ;)

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Is This Right?

Am I actually finished?!  Yep!  Last night at 11:50 I put my last stitches in Paradise!

Here's last time:

Then I added the darker green:

And finally the light green!

Here's the grand reveal:

I finished the last color all in the same night.  Of course it took longer than I thought!

I also did a 5k for my school early Saturday morning

I finished on just under an hour because I walked the whole thing.  I definitely need to work out more.  

I'm not sure what I'm going to start next but I need to get some fabric for the bewitching pixies.  I really want to do them on an opalescent.  I have 3 large projects I've had on my mind so we'll see what I choose :). I'm sure I'll have many new starts in the next few months.

Thanks to everyone who stuck with me through this project and encouraging me to keep going!  I'll see you all next time!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

So Close but So Frustrating!

Hello again!  This is the last post you'll see until I'm done but I feel like it'll never happen!  I keep thinking I'm close but when I actually stitch it feels like I'm getting nowhere.  When I look at the photos though I can tell it's making a difference.  Maybe it's because there are large areas of these last colors.

I was able to stay home all weekend and stitch which I thought would get it done but I still have 2 colors left.  I think.  If it's more than that, it's only a couple of stitches.  I've been binge watching flosstube and doctor who, of which I am on the last doctor but I just started his episodes.

Anyway onto pics!

Last time:


Only 3 more colors but a lot of stitching in them!  Sorry for the color differences.  I didn't want to wait for daylight to keep stitching :). I did go to the Halloween store so at least I got out a bit.  I'm still trying to decide on a Halloween costume but I'm leaning toward ghostly ballroom dancer.  They don't sell that so I'll probably hit thrift stores to look for a dress.  But I might go as Mario and Princess Peach, Zelda and Link or Jarrett and Sarah from Labyrinth but hubby isn't going for it ;).

Thanks for stopping in I hope to see you again REEEEEALLY soon.  And I promise to get the final pics in sunlight!

P.S.  I forgot I got some new needleminders!

Love them!