Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Blizzard Stitching

Wow! I can't believe I didn't post AT ALL in 2015! Well, what better time to get back on the horse than during a historic blizzard and being snowed in for four days? This is Mill Hill/Sticks "Cherish Family." I started it last year and I think I kept setting it aside because there are so many color changes and the chart was too hard for my now bi-focaled eyes to read. So after struggling with it on Saturday night, I finally had the brilliant and obvious idea to blow up the chart. Things progressed much faster after that! I spent Saturday, Sunday and Monday working on the sun in the upper left corner.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Football Stitching Week #1

The NFL season started last Sunday and that means football stitching did, too! An afternoon of mostly uninterrupted stitching. I got off to a slow start, but picked up steam into the evening. My before and after photos include Monday night football stitching, too. I don't know how much I'll get done this week. We had a soccer game for Little H at 2pm, right in the middle of the afternoon, so I haven't even started yet and I wanted to get week #1's pictures posted, too. This is Mill Hill's "Tree Farm" from the Christmas Village collection.



Thursday, August 28, 2014

Year Long Update

Where does the time go? It's been over a year since my last post and I really don't have that much to show you. I spent most of 2014 working on this:

This was a kit from Dimensions called "Savannah Birth Record" - 14ct. white Aida and lots of backstitching. I can't even tell you the last time I stitched a project from a "commercial" kit and this made me remember why. First step, I swapped out the Aida for 18 ct. cream evenweave. Then, I left out a lot of the backstitching that I thought was unnecessary and didn't really contribute to or take away from the design. That said, I did appreciate the pre-sorted, carded and labeled floss that came with the kit. That was definitely new from the last time I purchased one of these kits and there was plenty of it, too.

I worked on this all of last summer with plans of finishing this for the baby's baptism in early December. I was close to finishing, but didn't quite make it, and then it didn't matter because we never made it to the baptism because it was one of the many awful weather days we had this past winter. So, for some reason, mostly the dread of doing the backstitching and the fact that I went back to work in November after five years of being at home, I set it aside. I picked it back up this summer, spurred on my the fact that my cousin bought a new house and was having a housewarming party earlier this month. I had it finished and framed in time for the party and it really didn't take me that long to do the backstitching after all.

Other than that, I'm not really sure if I had any other finishes in 2013 or the first half of 2014. I think I put a few final stitches in a small JBW Christmas design that was left over from 2012, but that's it. I've been reading a lot more than I have been stitching - I find it hard to balance the two - plus growing kids who are involved in more and more activities and work have cut into my leisure time. But I'm feeling inspired as fall is approaching and I have some Christmas ornaments I want to stitch for my co-workers this year, so I hope to have more to show soon.

Sunday, June 02, 2013

May Update

I hardly did any stitching in May. I've been in more of a reading mode lately, reading 9 books in May compared to one in April and one in March. I love my public library's OverDrive app for my Kindle Fire! I did manage to stitch one quick finish - Lizzie Kate's "Bacon Bits." It was for Big H's homeroom teacher as the end of year/teacher appreciation gift. She painted the frame herself. I merged two of the designs together to make the bacon more prominent, but used the called for colors on 28ct. Tea Dyed Monaco.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Duct Tape Clipboard

We love duct tape crafts at our house! I've been searching for NFL Ravens duct tape for awhile - it was completely sold out right before and after the Super Bowl. I finally found a roll in Walmart, in a different section from where they usually keep the duct tape (I'll have to remember to continue to look there). I wanted the Ravens duct tape specifically because I had this project in mind: an old clipboard from my medical publishing days, now transformed. The black square in the center is one of the duct tape sheets, which were great to work with, even if they do leave behind a few bubbles. And the tip I read on Pinterest about using baby wipes on your scissors before cutting the duct tape was a godsend. (Excuse the flash in the second picture, but I needed it or else the purple looked very blue.)

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Not a Traditional Craft, But...

Here is a sweet crafty creation that my sisters and I made as an entry for the annual PEEPshow at the Carroll County Arts Center in Westminster, MD. I took the girls to the show on Good Friday to see all of the terrific entries and today is the last day of the show, then the winners will be announced. I'll let you know how we do!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Easter Crafts

Not a whole lotta stitching going on here, but I have been busy with other crafts. I went scrapbooking on Saturday for 12 hours and then for another five on Tuesday. I spent Sunday making sample Easter crafts for our Junior Girl Scout meeting last night, all with some help from Pinterest.

Puffy paint designs on plastic eggs (scroll down about halfway)

Chalkboard paint on papier mache/cardboard eggs (#13 on the slideshow)

Paper scraps Mod Podged onto plastic eggs (#19 on the slideshow)

Also, I forgot to include it in the picture, but we also made these Easter eggs out of paint chip samples. The original post suggested putting small candies in the egg, which I thought was a little difficult, but I think they would be perfect as a gift card holder.