Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Owen's Birth Sampler finished

I know, Owen turned 2 at the beginning of January......but I did get this one done in February, so I'm close to the second birthday deadline I gave myself......sorta, kinda.....

This one is from a kit by Dimensions called Happi Transportation.  (Did I ever mention that I don't like kits?)
I switched out the fabric and the floss, so the only think I used was the chart.  There were half stitches with one strand, and half stitches with two strands and half stitches with 3 strands.....there were whole stitches.....and then there was the backstitching......lots, and lots and lots of backstitching.....but it did turn out rather well! 

I will be having it framed next time I go to Welcome Stitchery.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

First Finishe of 2015

I know, it's a bit late for Halloween, but I would like to think of it as early for next Halloween. 

Did I every tell you that I really don't like Halloween?  It is not a holiday I enjoy at all, and I just tolerate it for the little ones in my life.  So, why did I stitch this Halloween piece, you ask?  Well, it just kept calling to me! 


This piece is actually made up of two charts, Judith M. Kirby's Victorian Houses # 9 and # 15.  I saw them stitch together as a shop model in the early 90's at The Cross Stitch Place in Chicago, a shop that closed many years ago, and have wanted to stitch them ever since.  A few years ago, a dear friend painted the fabric for me as a gift, and I started it and completed the first house about two years ago.  I started the second house at the retreat I was on at the end of October, and finally finished it at the retreat at the end of January.  It will be framed in a simple back frame, I think. 

Monday, March 02, 2015

I'm Still Here!

Thanks to all of you who contacted me to inquire as to how I was doing, it is nice to be missed.

It has been so busy at work, that when I get home, I just sit and stare into space, not much stitching went on in the last quarter of 2014.  In addition to all the extra work with the change in pastor and in how things are done and organized, a co-worker's son (aged 19) was found to have a cancerous tumor at the send of September.  I had to add quite a few of her duties to my own to-do list, thus leaving me with zero stitching time.  I am happy to report that her son is all better.  The germ cell tumor was shrunk with chemo and the rest of it removed a few weeks ago, and he is back at college, as if nothing ever happened. 

Since I have been absent, I did attend two stitching retreats, one at the end of October and the other at the end of January, both at the Illinois Beach Resort and Conference Center in Zion Illinois.  The first was hosted by some stitching friends, and the send by Black Cat Stitchery, located down the road in Winthrop Harbor, IL.    It's a great place for a stitching retreat.  Lots of good friends, and no decision need to be made except what to stitch.  All the meals are included, and when they announce lunch or dinner, you just get in line, fill you plate, and eat.  In both cases I got there early on Friday morning and didn't leave until sometime on Sunday.  Didn't have to drive anywhere, didn't need to put on a coat, just stitch and chat and have a relaxing time.  Never took any pictures, but did get a lot of stitching done!

I finished a few things, too!  I will have to find the pictures and get them posted.  check back!

Sunday, March 01, 2015

February Progress, March Goals


February 2015
WISPS:
10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas  
Logan’s stocking 
Antique Map and Needlebook
Heirloom Christmas Sampler
Oveture II 

In Progress
Owen’s Birth Sampler finished
 
Future New starts
afghan pillow bear
afghan pillow moose
Crystal Violets
French Alphabet block sampler
Silent Night (CCN)
Around the World in 80 Days
Peter’s Birth Sampler
Natalie’s Stocking
Owen’s stocking
Peter’s stocking
Mark & Karen’s wedding sampler
Tony & Melissa’s wedding sampler
4 person RR Marguerite’s
Patriotic Banner
Carnival
Landon’s Stocking
Hardanger Daisy runner worked on it

March 2015
WISPS:
10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas  
Logan’s stocking 
Antique Map and Needlebook
Heirloom Christmas Sampler
Oveture II 

In Progress
Hardanger Daisy runner 

Future New starts
afghan pillow bear
afghan pillow moose
Crystal Violets
French Alphabet block sampler
Silent Night (CCN)
Around the World in 80 Days
Peter’s Birth Sampler
Natalie’s Stocking
Owen’s stocking
Peter’s stocking
Mark & Karen’s wedding sampler
Tony & Melissa’s wedding sampler
4 person RR Marguerite’s
Patriotic Banner
Carnival
Landon’s Stocking

 

Sunday, February 01, 2015

January Progress, February Goals


January 2015
WISPS:
10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas  
Logan’s stocking 
Antique Map and Needlebook
Heirloom Christmas Sampler
Oveture II 

In Progress
Halloween House #15 finished

Future New starts
afghan pillow bear
afghan pillow moose
Crystal Violets
French Alphabet block sampler
Silent Night (CCN)
Around the World in 80 Days
Owen’s birth sampler  worked on it
Peter’s Birth Sampler
Natalie’s Stocking
Owen’s stocking
Peter’s stocking
Mark & Karen’s wedding sampler
Tony & Melissa’s wedding sampler
4 person RR Marguerite’s
Patriotic Banner
Carnival
Landon’s Stocking
Fox sled ornament  finished

February 2015
WISPS:
10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas  
Logan’s stocking 
Antique Map and Needlebook
Heirloom Christmas Sampler
Oveture II 

In Progress
Owen’s Birth Sampler

Future New starts
afghan pillow bear
afghan pillow moose
Crystal Violets
French Alphabet block sampler
Silent Night (CCN)
Around the World in 80 Days
Peter’s Birth Sampler
Natalie’s Stocking
Owen’s stocking
Peter’s stocking
Mark & Karen’s wedding sampler
Tony & Melissa’s wedding sampler
4 person RR Marguerite’s
Patriotic Banner
Carnival
Landon’s Stocking
Hardanger Daisy runner 

 

Thursday, January 01, 2015

December Progress, Yearly totals, January Goals


Happy New Year!  It's the beginning of a new year, and I hope it is better than the last year.  Work continues to kick my butt and seriously cut into my stitching time, but I hope that there is light at the end of that tunnel!

In 2014, I stitch for 486.5 hours and finished 53 pieces.....not my best year, actually the worst stitching year since I have been keeping track (since 2006).  Hoping next year is better.

December
WISPS:
10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas  
work on Logan’s stocking 
Antique Map and Needlebook
Heirloom Christmas Sampler
Oveture II 

In Progress
Halloween House #15 worked on it
12 person RR Marguerite’s finished

Future New starts
afghan pillow bear
afghan pillow moose
Crystal Violets
French Alphabet block sampler
Silent Night (CCN)
Around the World in 80 Days
Owen’s birth sampler
Peter’s Birth Sampler
Natalie’s Stocking
Owen’s stocking
Peter’s stocking
Mark & Karen’s wedding sampler
Tony & Melissa’s wedding sampler
4 person RR Marguerite’s
Patriotic Banner
Carnival
Landon’s Stocking

January 2015
WISPS:
10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas  
Logan’s stocking 
Antique Map and Needlebook
Heirloom Christmas Sampler
Oveture II 

In Progress
Halloween House #15

Future New starts
afghan pillow bear
afghan pillow moose
Crystal Violets
French Alphabet block sampler
Silent Night (CCN)
Around the World in 80 Days
Owen’s birth sampler  
Peter’s Birth Sampler
Natalie’s Stocking
Owen’s stocking
Peter’s stocking
Mark & Karen’s wedding sampler
Tony & Melissa’s wedding sampler
4 person RR Marguerite’s
Patriotic Banner
Carnival
Landon’s Stocking
Fox sled ornament 

Monday, December 01, 2014

November Progress, December Goals



November
WISPS:
10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas  
work on Logan’s stocking 
Antique Map and Needlebook
Heirloom Christmas Sampler
Oveture II 

In Progress
Halloween House #15 worked on it
Forget Me not Bag #2 finished

Future New starts
afghan pillow bear
afghan pillow moose
Crystal Violets
French Alphabet block sampler
Silent Night (CCN)
Around the World in 80 Days
Owen’s birth sampler
Peter’s Birth Sampler
Natalie’s Stocking
Owen’s stocking
Peter’s stocking
Mark & Karen’s wedding sampler
Tony & Melissa’s wedding sampler
4 person RR Marguerite’s
Patriotic Banner
Carnival
Landon’s Stocking
12 person RR Marguerite’s worked on it

December
WISPS:
10 hours on Rocky Mountain Christmas  
work on Logan’s stocking 
Antique Map and Needlebook
Heirloom Christmas Sampler
Oveture II 

In Progress
Halloween House #15 
4 person RR Marguerite’s
 
Future New starts
afghan pillow bear
afghan pillow moose
Crystal Violets
French Alphabet block sampler
Silent Night (CCN)
Around the World in 80 Days
Owen’s birth sampler
Peter’s Birth Sampler
Natalie’s Stocking
Owen’s stocking
Peter’s stocking
Mark & Karen’s wedding sampler
Tony & Melissa’s wedding sampler
4 person RR Marguerite’s
Patriotic Banner
Carnival
Landon’s Stocking