Tuesday, October 12, 2010


I know it's been a while since I blogged last. I finished Gilee's alien cat storykeep. I have given Aunt Susan that music pic - she loved it! Yay! I'm currently working on the Dragon Dreams kit I have of Dragon of the Winter Moon. I started this, no lie, on September 19th! And yes I really am so very close to being done with it! In a little more than 3 weeks! Wow! I have almost everything I need to start stitching the sister piece, Dragon of the Summer Sky. I've picked out a lovely Joan Elliott design to stitch as a fund raiser for the American Cancer Society for my friend Carrie. It's a lovely design with the word "Hope" and doves on it. I'm changing the beads to a nice green for her mom, who passed away this year from liver cancer. (Green is the color for liver cancer.) So here are the pics.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

oh and I forgot

The cross stitch kids stopped coming to learn cross stitch :(

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Sooooo it's been a while

Yeah I've been kind of bad with the blog updating and all . . .

Ok so the Two Geishas and the bird heart wreath have now found homes on the wall of the dining room - mine near my end and Mom's near her end.

I did start the pixie mentioned, Fern. I started her like January 17th or 18th or so and finished her in March before I went to London, England to visit my friend, Gilee. The peach beads match the fabric almost exactly, which is nice.

I did get the fabric and the threads for that SAL I mentioned, The Moon. Unfortunately, it never did materialize since the company it was being done thru went under. :( I'm still going to stitch her tho. I printed out the whole patters - 42 pages!!!! I'm hoping to start her later this year.

I did get some more stitched in February on the alien storykeep, but not much then. I definitely didn't want to take that with me to England! Too tiny - 25 count over 1!

I did however, take WAY more projects than I could have reasonably expected to complete . . . but that's normal for a cross stitcher! lol
I took that Going to Market and the pink dolly (I will eventually stitch for my sister, Mary). I did decide to take my now (well then) oldest wip, the Celebration of Music. I started that in 1993 and want to give it to my Aunt Susan, who plays the flute - she's the reason I decided to play flute back in the 6th grade when we were picking out instruments in band.
Gilee got us tickets for the Britain's Cross Stitcher's craft show/fair/thingy. So we went on Sunday - it took us 4 tube transfers but we made it! It was neat - the cross stitch dealers had actual stitched models up, which was neat to see. I was VERY good and only got one kit of Sherwood Forest & one book, both very cheap.
Kew Gardens and both Platform 9 3/4 (yes there really IS one!) and the Great Hall were very cool to see.

I didn't start the not-yet-started kits nor did I finish the Celebration of Music, but I did get a nice bit done on it!
I did finish the Celebration of Music on May 13th yay!

I then picked the alien cat storykeep back up and got all the threads for it. 50+ colors! Wow. It is a HAED (Heaven And Earth Designs) afterall!
This is what it will look like:

Also Sal & I discussed converting his art - awesomely cool abstract stuff! - into counted cross stitch. I started with a line drawing called Gato Bruja. My charting program actually turned it into cross stitches rather than backstitched lines . . . this will take some working on I think . . . also it's kind of harder than I thought it would be on that white evenweave, I think I'll re-do it on a different color, I haven't gotten very far yet so it's ok.

I've been working REALLY hard on the alien cat storykeep and now that I've gotten used to the tiny stitches, I'm comfortable working on it during my lunch hour - I take a couple of pb&j sandwiches and then have the whole hour to stitch!
I've gotten further than this but this is the most recent picture I've taken:

I also started the "castles in the clouds" as I call it - on the blue/periwinkle combination and the green/copper combinations! What a difference the background makes!

I got my Daniel Radcliffe framed and now I have to decide where he's going to go . . . I don't really want to take him back to work with me! lol

I got Joan Elliott's blue geisha which came out in October. I was hoping someone'd get it for me for Christmas, but nobody did. And then maybe for my birthday, but still nobody did (and I even had them circled in the catalogs :( ) I hadn't used the gift card Aunt Debbie & Uncle Bill had given me for Christmas to Hobby Lobby. There isn't one any closer to me than Danville and I never go there (been thru it a few times on my way to Greensboro but never stopped). I didn't use it when I got it because there wasn't anything I wanted from their online shopping bit. But I had gotten to thinking about it. So I went online and looked . . . and ohmygosh!!! That blue geisha!!!!! So I got it - it still cost me $17.59, but that's still half of what it would have cost me from Herrschners or the Stitchery so that's good.

So I've got a bit of a rotation going on with the alien cat storykeep for Gilee, the two castle in the clouds, and the blue geisha. I want to stitch the Gato Brujah, the two houses ones for my cousins (for their house/home-warming presents late I know), the other 3 pixies I have the floss for, the Moon, my Tannith one, and maybe something else - I also want to stitch the Going to Market, the Three Yoruban women, and that cool-looking old world map as well as House Work. I would REALLY like most of that list to be done by the end of this year!!! No wonder I don't have time to update my blog! LOL

I also got this thing called a topsy-turvey - so far I've gotten three strawberries! They were tasty. I wonder if the Mr. Stripey tomatoes will be any good. I have strawberries, like 4 or 5 tomato plants, some cucumbers, and some squash.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Hmmm been awhile

I realize it's been quite a while since I updated my blog. Since September actually. I've been trying to remember what I have done since then. Let's see . . . the flower fairies have finally gotten framed and mailed to Stefy. She told me that Andy didn't believe that I had stitched them until she showed him my initials. lol I also got my two geishas framed and they look awesome! Well worth it since I started them like what about 9 years ago? At the moment they're sitting in front of the Christmas tree (yes we still have a Christmas tree up 2/3 of the way thu January - mom was saying something about decorating it for Valentine's Day) It looks rather nice in front of the tree. I was able to get the framing done for 60% off so I feel it was like a Christmas present to myself. I also got Mom's bird heart wreath framed. And it looks great being hung up in the dining room. I'm very glad I finally finished it!
I completed several more projects.
I started and finished a lovely castle on some 32-ct linen (Hawaiian sunrise). I want to stitch this again with 2 other color combinations a periwinkle/periwinkle and a green/copper color. The border is what really makes this piece pop out and look great.

I finally finished the card I started for Sal - it just made me think of him. Plus the kit had been on sale at Michael's for $1.40. And when I gave it to him, he really liked it.

I also finished the wine trivett that went along with the coasters. :)

I found a free pattern of Daniel Radcliffe on the Britain's Cross Stitcher website. I finished it on Saturday about 8 pm.

And after I finished my Daniel Radcliffe, I started on my latest of the pixies, Fern, right after that. I still have to get my fabric for the big SAL I signed up for. I've already gotten really far with Fern - half her green dress and most of the fleshy bits. I'm hoping to get her stitched or most of the way stitched by my birthday (1/30) . . . that would be very cool.

This is the SAL I signed up for - it's called The Moon, tho I'm thinking she needs a name . . . still haven't decided between Bolka (Pathfinder's dwarven goddess of love/beauty) or Falga (queenrider in Moreta Dragonlady of Pern).

I just recently (like last week!) started teaching cross stitch lessons to some girls. Only one of them showed up tonight and she got all the way to actually stitching - two whole rows. I can't wait until next week. I got the idea that it would be uber-cool to have a studio, like if I had enough students. And it would be so cool if there was a part of it that was like art and pottery and stained glass and the other part like needlecrafts and yarn crafts and the like. Maybe it would be cool if there was like a loft or a second floor for the needlework crafts. Ah that would be so cool.

Ok off to stitch some more . . .