Monday, November 9, 2015

New Start and Element Finish

Hello again faithful readers!  I have to say I've been over the moon the last few days.  Why you may ask?  I got a job!!  After being here for two months I'm happy to say I'll be a tutor at one of the alternative schools doing everything from K-12.  There were two jobs I was in the top running for and although I didn't get the other one I was told I was their second choice and the other person simply had more experience.  I was really surprised I got this job as it said I needed to have 2-3 years of tutoring experience and I have none.  But I am starting my masters program for teaching in December.  The best part is that the job pays $10,000 more a year than I was hoping for.  Now I can finally start paying off my student loans enough to make a dent.  I have to buy another car first though since this job is about 45 minutes away.  I'm planning on joining a gym as well and hubby wants to join me but I wanted to go before work so I have stitchy time and he'd rather go after so we'll see how it works out.

But you're here for stitching and I have some fun stuff to show!

First up is Paradise.  I finished the sun!  I don't have a page finish yet but I'm close.  I'll probably have it tomorrow.  I also started the third line of text.  So progress is being made.

Here it was last time:

And here I am now:

The sun shows up a little better in person.  It's crazy how it blends in though just like the real sun.  I'm really hoping I can get the lines out of the piece but I'm about 99% sure I will.  In this case they're caused because the fabric is really thin.  So once I fill in the space behind it it should be fine.  I would test it but I have to do it in hand.  

The other stitching I have to show is...A New Start!  Yep I haven't had an official new start since I started Paradise.  What did I choose?  

Annya Kai's Rapunzel by HAED!  The bright pink is such a welcome change.  Haed is running a challenge on their Facebook page to do 400 stitches on any of their pieces and we get an exclusive chart.  Hey it was a good excuse for me!  So I decided I wanted to try cross country stitching and I also wanted to try 1 over 1 evenweave with pin stitch.  It turned out really well if I do say so myself.  I hadn't seen a tutorial on an evenweave over 1 pin stitch so I used the same instructions as aida and split the threads.the method I'm using also means I can do it all from the front so I don't have to turn it over at all.  So that's all of 718 done as there were 454 total stitches in it.  It's the sleeve and bodice of the dress as well as part of the skirt.  I'm really wanting to go back to her but I will fight the urge and continue on with Paradise.  I have a little more black done on Halloween Banner Green but not enough to show.  

I also got a ton of new fabric.  The lns near me is closing and is selling everything for 80% off.  They didn't have much white left but I got around 10 yards of fabric for $65 including some cashel and Belfast linen.
The top one is 32ct as well.  They're each around 2 yards and I'm going to use it for dyeing hopefully to sell.  I may try to leach the color first using rit color remover but I'm still deciding.  I was so thrilled with the price and there's another lns not far but they don't have a great fabric selection.

I don't start my job until the 20th and I'm not sure if we get off the whole week of thanksgiving or only a few days but I hope I find out soon because I may have to change my flights.  But I'm pretty sure my uniform consists of jeans and a company polo so I'm happy since I live in my jeans :). So now that I have the job I can spend my days til then stitching instead of searching!  I'm just waiting for them to send me my background check info so I can be official.  Thanks for stopping by I'll see you all with another page finish (more likely two).  I'm off to create my progress bar for Rapunzel!


  1. Congrats on the new job and a new start!

  2. Congrats on your new job! Beautiful progress on Paradise. Have fun with the new start before work begins:)

  3. Wow, what a fantastic post!
    Congrats on the job! Wonderful progress on Paradise and great new start, and great score on the fabric:)

  4. Congratulations on the new job! I hope it all goes well for you.
    Great progress & lovely new start.

  5. Congratulations on your new job! And your fabric haul. Fabric is one thing I don't have a lot of. I need to spend some money and stock that up.

    Have fun with Rapunzel. Can't wait to see your progress.

    1. Thanks :) Fabric is my favorite part of stitching but mostly the dyeing of it. I usually get mine at Michaels with a coupon.

  6. Congratulations on the new job! Also YAY for the sun! :) Glad that section is finally finished for you! Are the lines because of stitching in blocks? I do hope they will come out for you. Look forward to seeing more of Rapunzel.

  7. Congratulations on your new job! Fantastic news. The progress on Paradise is really noticeable this time round.
    Great bargains too!

  8. Huge congrats on the job!! Wow! That didn't take too long at all, although I'm sure it felt like it. Great progress on Paradise and nice start on Rapunzel.

    For the greenish fabric, could you use it as is and add blues or purples to make it unique? Definitely a great buy!

  9. Huge congratulations on getting your job - I hope it all works out well for you. Your stitching is coming along really well and I love the new start. What bargains you picked up on the fabric.

  10. Congratulations on the new job Heather. Wonderful progress on all your projects. Great new start.


  11. Congrats! That's the best news I've had all day and more money to boot! Yea!

    I rarely miss FB, but knowing that I'm missing out on a challenge that I could do in my sleep is just sad!

  12. Congrats on your job. Fantastic on the $ part of it. Hope everything else falls into place for you. Beautiful stitching!! Love Rapunzel!

  13. Congratulations on your new job and on your new start! What LNS is closing?

  14. Congrats on the job Heather! That's wonderful news! It so exciting to see your start on Rapunzel and the pink in it looks gorgeous already :)

  15. What a great post:)) I really loved reading about all your happy news lately! Well done on the new job - AND more money for stash too lol! Speaking of stash - I am SOO jealous of all the wonderful stitchy shops you have over there! Here in Sweden I have to buy things online and they are seldom cheap - in fact it is cheaper to order from abroad... Wonderful progress on Paradise too and I look forward to seeing how your new WIP comes along:)

  16. Oh Heather, this is just awesome news. You must be so happy that you got the job. Congratulations.
    Awesome progress on your Paradise piece. That sun looks so real and you finished another word. Starting a new HAED was certainly a special delight, to stitch with different colours on a different piece of fabric.
    Well done with your stash enhancment. You can never have too much fabric, lol.

  17. Congratulations on the new job - what a relief it is to be employed! Your stitching looks great!

  18. Congratulations on your new job, page finish, next row of writing and a lovely stash of fabric! What a busy week! :)