Thursday, August 20, 2015

Come In My Little Pretties: finished

Hello friends!  I'm back with another finish! I've been stitching like mad on this piece because I've been enjoying it so much.  This was another Crazy Challenge start but I hadn't touched it since January.  I picked it up a couple weeks ago and couldn't put it down, stitching until I finished it. This is "Come in My Little Pretties" by The Primitive Hare.  This design is part of the Wednesdays We Stitch Black SAL that she started last year.  I'm thrilled to bits with her!

I adore all the little details; spiders, bats, jack-o-lanterns, skull, keys.  There so much to love about this design.  I stitched this on 32 count Belfast linen on a color called Stormy Night (I think).  It's a lovely gray which goes really well with this pattern. 

This skull adds some serious macabre to this piece. 

The witch is so fantastic.  I thought about adding a little mouth but there's something a little more frightening about her not having one.  I think it adds to the darkness of this piece.

I used DMC in everything except her hair, which I used GAST Maple Syrup

I always love the limited color palette she uses in her designs.  I think I would get bored with stitching so much back but I really don't.  The design keeps me very interested while I'm stitching. 

This wee spider sitting on the key is too much.  I love it. 
Another scary feature of this design, a menacing jack-o-lantern

So another to cross of my challenge list.  I am keeping a list on the right sidebar and I'm crossing them off as I go.  This is my eighth challenge finish.  I'm so please with that.  I'm already thinking about my starts for next year!  

I hope you are having a lovely stitching day.  See ya next time!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Christmas On Gingerbread Lane: Finished!

Hi friends!  As mentioned in my last quick post, I've had some big changes lately.  We are settling into our new home and absolutely love it!   So I need to catch up on a few things, namely my most recent finish!  I'm so thrilled to have finally finished "Christmas on Gingerbread Lane" by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery.

I've been working on this for a loooooooong time.  I started it when it first came out--like two years ago!  Then at the beginning of last year, I decided to take it to work and work on it on my lunch breaks.  I only get thirty minutes for lunch so the progress was very slow.  I worked on it all year on my lunch breaks.  By the end of the year I was sick of looking at it and couldn't believe it still wasn't done.  AH!  So I brought it back home and told myself I'm never working on a larger piece at work anymore, so this year I've been doing smalls and it's been great.  So anyway, I added this piece to my Cross Stitch Crazy list for this year but it wasn't until June that I picked it up again using it for my Whine and WIPs piece for the Stitch Maynia group on Facebook.  I whined and moaned and finished it!

It's a lovely pattern and I do still like it, even though it frustrated me while I was stitching it.  I'm still not terribly thrilled with the fabric I chose to stitch it on, but certainly will not be re-doing it!  :)
It's cute and bright and I will display it during the holidays.  I think I may just pop it into a frame if I can find something suitable.

Do you have projects that just drive you bananas sometimes?  How do you get through it?  I found that taking a break from it for a while really helped me with this particular project. 

So another finish off my challenge list!  I'm still SO thrilled with my finishes this year! I will come back with a WIP update and a couple of more finished smalls.

'Til then,  Happy stitching!

Monday, August 3, 2015

I'm still here!!

I wanted to drop a quick note to let you all know that I am still here!  I know it's been a while since I've updated.  We bought a new home so we've been busy with that.  I've finally been stitching somewhat regularly again this last week.  We're settling in our new space and totally love it.  I do have some things to share so hopefully I can do that soon!

'Til then!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Cross Stitch Crazy Challenge: "Adventure Time" finish

I have another finish to share today friends! This is finish number six for the Cross Stitch Crazy Challenge that I started at the beginning of the year.   If you'd like a refresher of the what the challenge is or what designs I started please click here.  This is one of the three Wee Little Stitches patterns I started for the is Adventure Time!

I had a difficult time photographing this piece.  I'm sure it's because of the bright colors, so please bear with me.  You can find this pattern here.  I just love Wee Little Stitches patterns.  They are so fun to stitch and they such a broad range of pop culture characters to stitch.  There's something for everyone.  The only complaint I could make about this pattern is that it doesn't have Lady Rainicorn, but that's not a super huge deal.  I stitched this on 28 count lugana in the color Calypso from Picture This Plus.  This color was absolutely perfect for this pattern and really showcased the bright colors of the characters. Here are some closeups of each character. Again, such a fun stitch.

Ice King and Gunther
Marceline (my favorite)
Jake and BMO
Peppermint Butler
Princess Bubblegum
Lumpy Space Princess (my other favorite...and yes I now see the hair that's in this photo, whatevs)
I have so many Wee Little Stitches patterns in my stash that I can't wait to stitch.  If you have a favorite movie, show, comic book etc., I'm sure they have something you'd like.  

'Til next time...happy stitching!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Crazy Cross Stitch Challenge 2015: 'Scared Silly' finish

I have another finish for the Cross Stitch Crazy Challenge!  I seriously am so happy with the amount of stitching I've been able to do this year!  This challenge has really helped in that regard.  This is my fifth finish for the challenge, so just ten more to go.  oof.  But progress is progress right!  This is "Scared Silly" by Birds of a Feather.  It's a super fun design and I just had to stitch it. 

I used floss that I had on hand including Charcoal by Weeks Dye Works for the black areas.  It has a subtle variation that looks nice in the design.  The rest were DMC including a few variegated ones.  The orange in particular turned out very nice! I'm not totally happy with the yellow I chose, it's a bit too light, but I'm not going to redo least not now. 

The fabric is 28 count cashel linen in the color Ale by Picture This Plus.  I love this fabric!  It's so nice to stitch on and this color really makes the colors pop.  I would buy yards of this color if I could afford it.  

This cat's face is just crazy.  I love it so much.  I'm not exactly sure how I want to finish this one off.  I think it would be a nice pillow to bring out for Halloween so maybe I will do that.  But for now, I'll just store it with the other finishes until I figure out for sure.  

'Til next time...happy stitching!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Mother's Day finish...a little late

I'm a bit behind on blogging again.  I seem to go through periods of active posting and then periods on inactivity.  I would say that's just how life is sometimes. So I have a few posts planned to show some recent finishes.  Up first is this small finish that I made for Mother's Day for my mom.  It was a quick stitch and I'm really please with how it turned out. 

The pattern is by The Primitive Hare and is a freebie you can find here.  I stitched it on some scrap fabric I had on hand, a dusty pink evenweave. I stitched it with a few different shades of pinks for the design.  I know the colors may not be very prim, but it is for Mother's Day and I wanted it to look a certain way.  

I decided to finish it as a little ornament that my mom could hang off of a knob or door handle or something like that.  I added a little floral fabric, some lacy trim and a few buttons to finish it off.  I sewed everything together by hand because it was such a small piece that I didn't want to drag out my sewing machine.  

This was a really nice little project. I like to work on small items in between my larger pieces so I have a feeling that I'm finishing things!  

'Til next time!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Update: Small finishes

In my quest to work on small items between my larger pieces, I've managed to finish quite a few smalls this year so far by stitching on my lunch break and joining some stitch-a-longs in facebook groups. So here's a few more that I've finished!

"Halloween 2013" by Glory Bee

This pattern is in the Just Cross Stitch Halloween 2013 issue.  I stitched it on some chocolate brown aida from my stash. This was a quick little stitch and I plan to make it into an ornament for my Halloween tree this year!

"Spring" by Trail Creek Farm

This was a freebie design that I actually picked up at a thrift store.  Fun and quick!

"Isn't is Fun to Be a Witch?" by Giulia Punti Antichi

This pattern is in the Just Cross Stitch 2014 Halloween issue.  I just loved this design and had to stitch it!  Again, I used some aida I had in my stash.  

The pattern used some spider buttons but I'm all about using what I have on hand so I dug out some black buttons and transformed them into spiders.  I think they turned out pretty cute.  I also stitched up the companion piece...

"Isn't it Fun To be a Little Witch"

This design was in the Just Cross Stitch Sept/Oct 2014 issue, I stitched her on the same fabric as the larger witch so they would match,  The patterns called for a pumpkin button for her to sit on,  I dug through my buttons and came across this mushroom and thought it would be cute.  

Here they are together (my apologies for the wrinkles, I haven't ironed anything yet).  Just darling. They look so cute together.

That's it for today.  'Til next time!