Monday, August 31, 2015

Linda's Cinderella Castle

Again, I only stitched on this for 3 days.  I'm always surprised at how much I have gotten done.





Not a great month stitchy-wise.  We've been mostly focused on moving so I don't have much to show but I did finish a page which was all confetti and started the next bit.

Last time I was here:

Now I'm here:
 It's hard to see the first pic because that's my setup in the car but I got a few orange stitches in and the rest of the word.  

Today we're in New Orleans so I'm off to have some fun :)

Cinderella's Castle by Kate

I filled in quite a bit this month, adding several more shades of blue.
Where I was last month:
Where I am now:
Very soon I'll be stitching on the castle! 
Happy Stitching!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

August's Progress on Wizard of Oz

Well, I managed to do a little bit on the Wizard this month. I'm getting very close to the Emerald City tower - I can hardly wait!

Happy stitching!

Sarah's August Update

I only made a little progress on my HAED. But I'm hoping that as soon as my new stitching frame gets here my needle will begin to fly.

Letting Go
July 30, 2015

August 30, 2015


August Update Leonore

I didn't stitch on Dark Force this month, but it's okay as I hadn't planned to, I have reached my goal for the year, so everyhing else is a bonus, and I really need to finish some brithday/christmas presents first. I am still checking in, if only to talk about the monthly questions, of which there are two this month.

The first is about our first cross stitch project. Well my very first project was a bread cloth I made for my dad (in pastel pink, I'm sure he loved it lol), which was a stamped cross stitch. I'm not sure if he still has it and sadly, I don't have a picture, but I do have one of my first counted cross stitch, which was a trio of strawberry plants - they were actually supposed to be stitched seperately and finished as a pair of potholders and a jam lid, but seven or eight year old me chose to ignore the instructions and made this instead :D

The second question of the month is about colours, and while I do have favourites (I really like autumn colours, especially gradients from green-yellow-orange, and purples), depending on the use and situation I can gush about nearly every colour. I'm currently stocking up on DMC, going for a full collection, and they are all so nice and shiny!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

August - Unspoken

Here is my progress - two more columns done and only the last two of the page to go.  I already started the confetti in them. (Can you call it confetti when it is only about six colors? lol!)

The first cross stitch I ever did was in High School Home Ec class - they always taught a craft once a year and that year was cross stitch.  We got ONE lesson and that's all the instruction I ever really got that I learned from a real, live person :D   But she was a good teacher, made sure all the stitches were crossed the same way, no knots, and not to carry colors too far.  We all stitched a little owl.

I added the 'A' later, because I really loved doing cross stitch but the one thing they didn't tell us was where to get more stuff to stitch!  So I really wanted to do more.  The 'A' was my baby sister's initial.  Then I didn't stitch for a couple years until I found some kits in a discount store and was like 'OH! I know how to do that!' and I've never completely stopped since :D


Susan' August Check-in

I love it when check-in days fall on my compressed day, as I can actually be on time.  Compressed day you ask?  In a two week period I work 6 9-hour days, one 8-hour day and have one day off.  Lots of folks work 4 10-hour days and have two days off.  While that would be nice, with my commute (2-1/2 hours each way) I can't figure out where to add another hour into the day and not end up sick from exhaustion. (and because I couldn't get my pictures to come up, I couldn't add it to the post yesterday, so I'm a day later but didn't want to rewrite this).

Let's see the question of the month answer.  The first piece I ever cross stitched was when I was 5 or 6, so 48 or so years ago.  It was a stamped tea towel set for my Grandmother.  There was a rooster on one and a hen with chicks on the other. My first ever counted cross stitch piece was a Santa and it was done in 1982 or 1983.  I'm not sure what happened to him.  I am definitely not the same as I was then - I had and raised a son, cared for one husband during his battle with cancer, remarried after being a widow for 7 years, moved and changed jobs numerous times.  Every happening changed the path I was on and changed me.  Stitching wise I am.  Not that I like the same things, but I am still very detail oriented and can spend hours lost in the colors.

I have almost finished half of page one of Shakespearean Fantasy.  The pages on row one are mostly black so very boring (see color statement above).  I have been listening to audio books while stitching them and it helps the time pass quickly.

Here's where I was when I put it away:

August--a little progress

Boy it feels like August was just 7 days long!  This year is just speeding by!  I haven't made as much progress on my BAP but there is always next year.  I have accomplished a lot of stitching just not on this piece.

I managed to get one roof stitched, a window, door, and a little of the siding on the small house and that is it.  Ugh.  I already have a request from a sister to stitch something for her DIL birthday so will start on that Monday.  This weekend will be spent babysitting with our youngest grandson who is almost 14 months.  Busy walking and getting into things!  Should keep me on my toes!

I also entered 9 projects in our local fair.  I had 7 blues, 2 reds, and a reserve champion.  Very happy with the results.  There were even fewer entries this year.  I sure wish there was a way to get people to enter.  But I realize it is a hassel to drop them off during the work week and pick them up on a Friday morning.

Here is my progress and a compilation of my entries.
Keep stitching!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Ready Set Post...

August posting is open. I have not stitched on tiger this month I was too busy working my butt off and now am leaving for a much needed vacation on Saturday. I can't wait!! I did do some other stitching that you can see on my cross stitch blog if you want too. I had fun with my finish of casting a spell. I also won 2nd and 3rd place in my towns little fair.


Monday, August 17, 2015

August Theme

Hmmm--that was so long ago!!!  Like 1975 maybe.  I really don't remember my first piece--I gave them away as gifts--  most were ornaments.  I was working evenings and nights (RN) with a gal that was a crafter--she did so many things.  She was doing cross stitch and I had never seen it.  I had started doing a little embroidery (using all 6 threads--gasp).  She got me started on the right path--even gave me some starter lessons in knitting and crocheting.  One of my first pieces was a rabbit in an apron and it had a saying about grandma's love--I gave it to my MIL. I will have to take a picture of it on our visit this week.   She still has it on display. All of my early stitching was on aida or hardanger (loved 22 count).  Here are a couple of first projects that I did.  I don't have them hung anymore but had them on my wall for years!  I used wooden embroidery hoops to display.  I need to take them out and make them into ornaments for my tree.  (And give them a good cleaning!) My first big projects were for my mother and MIL. They each got quilt pictures by Paula Vaughn.  Loved doing them but boy was that a challenge with all the color changes for the quilts (LOL--that is a piece of cake now).  I really was pleased with myself when those were done!

Nope--I think my stitching has taught me patience, given me relaxation, and feelings of accomplishment.  I look at others needlework projects, especially in museums and think of the hours that were put into their pieces.  I have great admiration for all those young 8, 9 , 10  etc year olds that stitched samplers.  In awe of them.

 Great topic!  Thanks!
Keep stitching!

Friday, August 14, 2015

2 questions for this month

1. What was you first cross stitch project ( post a picture if you have one)

Mine was a small baby train sampler

 As a cross stitcher I find I am addicted to colour. When someone asks me my favorite colour it could be purple. No wait, blue. Nope orange.
I love all the colours. 
2. Since you have been a cross stitcher are you the same or am I one in a million?


Saturday, August 1, 2015


No matter if you did just one stitch it is an update remember that and don't feel bad lol!
OMG everyones stitching is looking amazing!!!! I can't wait to see all the pieces when they are finished!!