Sunday, September 7, 2014

Thread stash: part two!

So in my last post, I shared my thread stash as part of a little blog hop.  One of the questions was how to build a stash and I casually answered to check thrift stores, because you never know what you find.  Well my friends, I had to share what I found a thrift store yesterday!  65 skeins of hand-dyed floss for a quarter each!!!  I couldn't believe it!  It seems (sadly) that a needlework shop went out of business and donated things that were left over.  So here's what I got!

These are from Stranded by the Sea, which I'm not familiar with, but they are beautiful hand-dyed colors and all have sea-inspired names. 

These are a few random ones I got, a few silks and what I think is linen, but it's not labeled.

A few Crescent Colours

 Then, the jackpot...43 skeins of Weeks Dye Works!  I seriously about flipped out in the store. I grabbed every skein that was on the rack.  I couldn't believe I was going to get these for a quarter each. 

Such beautiful colors.  Now I've got to find a way to store all these new goodies!

So be sure to peek in a thrift store every now and then, because seriously, you NEVER know what you will find!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Show Your Stash: Threads

Over at Stitch Bitch, Anna is asking us to show our thread stash.  Seemed like a fun thing, so here goes!

What thread do you usually stitch with? I use DMC cotton floss primarily but I’ve recently purchased some Weeks Dye Works and The Gentle Art overdyed floss for a few projects which is really lovely to stitch with.  But DMC is readily available and not expensive so it's what I use the most.

When you shop for threads, do you buy on impulse or do you buy only what you need?  I have a lot of threads so I don’t really buy anymore unless I’ve run out of a particular color.

How do you sort it?  Since I embroider more than I cross stitch (even though I’ve been cross stitching way more these days) I've sorted everything by color so when I’m looking for pink, I can look at all the pinks together to decide which shade will work best.  It does make it a bit difficult to look for colors by number though when I’m kitting up a cross stitch project.  I’ve spent a lot of time looking for a certain color, knowing I most likely have it, but just don’t know what color I sorted it with.  If I win the lottery, I will buy all the DMC colors and sort them by number and have another set to sort by colors.  How wonderful would that be!! 

My stash!!
 How do you store your thread?  I use the little bobbins for my DMC and store them in the little plastic boxes.  I also have a large plastic bag that I have some specialty threads in—like my metallic, linen, variegated etc.  I could probably use another plastic box for those now.  I use the metal rings when I kit up a project to keep them all together.

What tips do you have for building a stash? Look for sales.  Every once in a blue moon, the craft stores will run a sale on DMC.  A few years ago, AC Moore had them for 4 for a $1!  I stocked up on a bunch of floss then.  Also, you never know what you find at thrift stores and yard sales. 
I store all my boxes in this storage cube beside the couch which is where I do most of my stitching
 How much is too much? Never too much.

How do you whittle your stash down when it's gotten too large? See above answer.

Do you have a current favorite in your stash? Let’s see it!  I’m loving Bubblegum from Weeks Dye Works right now.  Such a fun, bright pink! 

Go ahead and show your thread stash! Link your post in the comment section of this post to link up!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Thrifty Thursday: Shroomin'

I found a cute needlepoint mushroom recently. 

I think it goes great with these mushroom canisters my mom found for me! 

  Have you found any thrifty goodies lately?

Monday, September 1, 2014

What's In My Hoop!

Here’s some progress shots on things I’ve been working lately.  I’ve actually been making tons of things but can’t show a lot of them because they are for a Halloween swap!  But here’s some stitchy things I can show. 

I finally jumped into Halloween Town by The Frosted pumpkin Stitchery.  This year’s design is so adorabe!  I can’t get over the cuteness!  I've finished the first two parts, only two more to go!

I’m also still stitching away on Gingerbread Lane by The Frosted Pumpking Stitchery.  I keep this one at work and work on it on my lunch breaks.  So it’s coming together thirty minutes at a time.  I’m pretty much finished with the second house so will only have one more house to do and the countdown numbers along the bottom. 

I’ve also went a little loony for Halloween stitch-a-longs buying “Whacky Witches” by Cloud Factory, “Early Witches” by The Primitive Hare and "Something Wicked" by Samsarah Designs Studio.  Is there a support group for stitch-a-longs!?  I don’t know when I’ll be able to start them, but I can’t wait!
What’s in your hoop?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Bookworm Birthday Party

We threw a little party for my son’s second birthday back in June.  (ack still can’t believe he’s two!)  But I wanted to share a few things I made and other details about his party.  This year I did a bookworm theme because the little dude loves books!  He digs into his bookshelves and baskets and sits for hours looking at his books.  It’s so wonderful really. I first searched through Pinterest just to get some ideas and get the creative ideas flowing.  I decided on many things but in the end, I didn’t make as much as I planned because I just didn’t have the time.  But it all turned out OK and at the end of the day, we celebrated him which was the point. But here's what I did to celebrate our bookworm!

I made pinwheels out of Dr. Seuss’s “The Foot Book”.  We had a second copy that was previously loved and had some crayon scribbles in it so I just used the pages to make the pinwheels.  If it’s been a while since you’ve made pinwheels, I highly suggest it—it’s super fun!  I attached them to pencils that said "I Love Reading" that I ordered and they were part of the goodie bag that I passed out to the kids who came to the party.  I also included these fun book-themed stamps, these bookmarks, these super adorable bookworm erasers, some gummy worms, and a few of these stickers.  A fun little bag I thought.  

I also made a little banner out of another double-copy of “The Three Bears” we had.  It was super simple.  I just cut triangle shapes out of the pages and strung them together.  I didn’t add anything to the pages.  Easy Peasy. I don't seem to have gotten a picture of it and I didn't keep it.  oh well.
I made a birthday banner as well.  I’m going to try to make one each year for at least first five years or so if I can.  I can hang them in his room when his birthday is over. I don’t think I ever shared what I made for his first birthday!  Maybe I’ll post that sometime.  (sheesh, behind much?)   Each piece has a little bookworm theme to it and I added a few of the leftover pinwheels to it.    It’s simple and fun.

That’s all I had time for.  I had planned on making invitations that look like library cards…that didn’t happen.  I had planned making cupcakes myself with cute bookworm toppers…that didn’t happen. And it’s OK.  I’ve learned to go with the flow and do what I can.  It’s the spirit of the party and the smile on my kid’s face that counts. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Finish: Haunting Love

I have a finish to share with you! I discovered a group on facebook called Pumpkin Seed Stitchers and each month they will feature a free Halloween cross stitch pattern by a different designer. Pretty great. The first pattern was “Haunting Love’ by Teresa Smith of T.A. Smith Designs. It’s a really pretty pattern with cattails, spiders, rats, ghosts and a pumpkin.

I stitched it on 35 count linen called Grape Ice from Picture This Plus that I had in my stash. It’s a lovely light purple and I think this pattern was perfect for it. It looks a bit like dusk when the ghosties come out to play. I struggled on 35 count though. It’s so small for my eyes and I know why I prefer 28 count for linen…oof!

 I used DMC threads; dark gray and a variegated (#4010) for the ghosts. I wanted to make them look shadowy and a bit translucent. I’m very pleased with how it turned out.

 I can’t wait to see what’s up for September!  Don't you love a good surprise!  Come and join the fun with Pumpkin Seed Stitchers!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thrifty Thursday: The Captain and His Sea Monsters

Hey folks!  I'm going to try something new here on the blog called Thrifty Thursday, where I can share some of the neato things I pick up at thrift stores. I don't know about you, but I love a good thrift find! Especially stitchy goodies!  So today I wanted to share a pretty fab cross stitch I found recently.

Check out this amazing piece!  It's quite large as well.  I know it took a long time to stitch this design. The frame is a bit dingy, but the stitching is perfect. 

The poem says, "The captain hangs great bells to keep whales and monsters from his ship".

I love the details of the rope and what I'm assuming is the captain hard at work. 

I don't know what it is about this piece but I just had to have it.  It's so different, definitely not anything I would stitch for myself, but I love the details and sea creatures.  It's just a wonderful piece.  If you have any information about this design, please share. I'd love to find out more about it. 

Have you scored anything at the thrifts lately?  Do share!