Thursday, November 29, 2018

Dog House

Hi my stitchy friends, how was your week? 

Miss black swallowtail is on hold. All the cross stitch is done, I'm just waiting for the post man to bring me the beads and then I will finish her. Looks like a December finish.

So I had to find something else to stitch for most of this week. 

You know when you get the "I don't want to stitch kreinik or half stitch, anything too big and on the list goes. That's what happened to me. What I didn't want to stitch was long but what I did want to stitch was a small wip that I could get a finish soon.

It took a while to find but I did. In my number 4 project bag of all places, why did I not just go thou my project bags in the first place. Oh well.

So what I stitched and tonight I finished was 

Dog House sampler by little house Needleworks 
I changed the colours as you will see but love how it turned out.

Here the chart picture again

My before 

And my finish.

Looks better in person sorry.

This week I've also been trying to work out how many cross stitch starts and finishes I've had so far this year. I've been finding it harder then I thought as I've stitched a few smalls I didn't write down because I did them in a day, or are from magazines. I'm not going over all my posts in 2018 but I'm very close with the numbers I worked out. Who cares if I'm one or so off right.

It got me thinking about 2019. 

I've made a plan that was about using the wheel but I've changed my mind on that. 

2019 I what to stitch what I want to, but I also would like to stitch from my stash. 

I know I'm going to buy new charts. Joan Elliott is coming out with a new set of fairys that will be a must have and I'm also collecting the songbird's garden series. I'm sure there's going to be more I will want to buy over the year to. 

Trying to find out how many new starts and finished projects I've had, gave me a new idea. One that I can keep all year long.

My idea is a money box.

Lol what I can hear you box????

This is my 2019 plan, the last one I make I promise.

As I want to get my Wips done and the number down...

For every new start I do $5.00 goes in the money box

For every finish 20 cents (I also end up with a lot of them so this is easy)

A re start 10 cents (I have one or two I want to re start at some point)

And for every new chart I buy 50 cents

Everything goes in my money box and at the end of the year I just count the money to get the right number of starts, finishes and even new charts. 

I also can put down I saved money at the end of the year too.

It's a win win.

I can stitch anything I want to, it's just going to cost me a little more money to stitch a new start then A wip, which I'm hopeful that will help me stitch from my Wips.

I love my new idea for 2019 and you can join me if you want to, all you need is a money box and how much you want to spend on new starts, finishes, buying. You can put your own price on them and at the end of the year not only will you be able to count how you stitched for 2019 but you saved money doing it too.
Let me know if you do. Or what you think of my plan for 2019.

That's it for now. Until next week happy stitching!!

Friday, November 23, 2018

Miss Black Swallowtail

Hi again. Time for my weekly post and I only stitched on 1 wip.

I had a very up and down week this week with a few days that I didn't stitch. 

I think I will just keep going on miss black swallowtail until she is a finish as I'm so close.

Here is before

And now

I looked at the beads for her and had to send away for one colour, hope I get them before I finish her as they are in her wings and I can't wait to see what her wings will look like all done. As you can see I'm going to fill the wings up last, it will give me something to look forward to after stitching the boring grey of her dress. Maybe next week I will get all the stitchin done on her. We will see how it goes.

That's it this week. 
Thank you for all your comments and happy thanksgiving to everyone that has that holiday. 
Until next week happy stitching!!!

Smalls Sal November

Hi stitchers it's time for the smalls Sal again. 

Sadly and I don't know why but last month I couldn't link up to it. With the new change in link up it just will not let me. Maybe because I do all my blogging and cross stitch on my iPad and not a computer.

So with only this month and December to go I thought I would still do a smalls post but I will not be doing it next year, just sayin. 

Here's my smalls for November 

Not bad this month if I do say so myself ha ha. Happy Stitching!!!

Friday, November 16, 2018

A Little Christmas and A Little Miss

Hi my Stitchy friends, thank you for all your comments. I'm glad you all like my Christmas stitching.

This week I started holiday Quaker by Lila's studio. 
I wish I hadn't started it. I say that because as soon as I did I felt guilty because I haven't finished the Halloween Quaker yet and I guess in my mind I need to finish the first one before I can work on the next. So it's only a very small start .

It will look like this

And my small start. 
Fabric is 16ct Aida Mirage. I had got the called for fabric and it was too light for my liking.

As I wanted to stitch Christmas I picked another new start and I got it finished too.

Kringle's Crow by Threadwork Primitives. I did it on 18ct or 16ct Aida called wren. Lost the tag.

Here is what the picture is

And my finish. I have seen this made into a Halloween one to but I think I will just keep it this way.

Next i have plans to stitch the songbird's garden series by cottage garden samplings.
I just got the weeks threads for the first one forever and ever and waiting on my gray fabric in the mail. Maybe it will come next week. 

I want one of my project bags to keep all 12 in and the thread as I buy it. I could buy a new bag and have looked but I thought if I finish a wip that would save me money right. I would love to get another 3 bags but right now that's not going to happen. The other 2 I would use for 2 new heaven and earth I want to stitch soon, maybe next year. Never know maybe Santa is listening ha ha.

Anyway so I looked at my Wips in the project bags to see what I feel like stitching and started working on Miss Black Swallowtail by Nora Corbett. I can't put her down. 

Here she was before 

And now

The wings feel like they are taking forever to stitch but how cool are they. When I put in the kreinik and beads the wings are going to be so pretty. 

That's my stitchy week my friends. I think I will keep going on swallowtail for now. 
See what next week holds. Happy Stitching!!!

Friday, November 9, 2018

A Finish And A Wip

Hi stitchers, how was your week?

I have another finish to show you. It's a gift for a family friend. 

Christmas Cardinal by Stoney Creek
Fabric 16ct Aida Navy with all called for dmc and treasures.

Here is the chart photo

And my finish 

Next I let the wheel pick. It did number 2 which is Lilly of the woods by Mirabilia 

Here is before 

And now. I was working my way up then I will stitch down.

Not sure what I'm going to stitch on next. This time I'm going to pick something myself.
See what I feel like.
Untill next time happy stitching!!!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Another Finish....What?

Hi stitchers, I didn't think I would be back so fast or soon, but I finished a chart last night so it only took me a afternoon to stitch. 

What can I maybe Kay you are right and I can stitch fast.
Thank you for everyone's comments on yesterday's post.

My finish is A Little Christmas by Lizzie Kate 
Fabric 16ct Aida Wren.
Change was the stars at the top. I tried doing them on the Aida but it didn't look right so I used mill hill beads 00553 from my stash and think it looks good.
Stitched with dmc
Kay you will also be getting this one, it comes with fabric I didn't use and the beads but you will need a tiny heart charm or just leave it out cos I used it. 

Here's the picture 

And my finish

Now as I was stitching a little Christmas, epic storybook princesses popped into my head. I was thinking I could see Snow White on this fabric. I don't like what I'm using for it, it's a lot of fabric to work around and I was never sold on ivory. Stitching on wren got me thinking I can do them as singles on their own fabric colours. Now I want to stitch it again. I can also do away with that border. I'm hoping I can use the same piece of fabric, I will have to count. 

I'm also not saying I will be stitching the princesses this week. I still have my other Christmas stitch to do but we will see what happens.

Today I also have to pick a wip for my number 7 project bag, as it's a mermaid bag and I finished Sirena. I'm thinking the seahorse one. Well that was easy lol.

Until next time happy stitching!

Saturday, November 3, 2018

A Mermaid Finish

Hi stitchers, how was your stitching week, around the ghosts, witches and little monsters?

After my last finish/post, I went on my tiny decisions app and made a new wheel. 
I have one for all my Wips, new start and mill hill ( on 1 wheel).
My new wheel I put the numbers 1 to 14, which is my project bags and added new start, Wips wheel.

I did my new wheel and it picked number 7. 

Sirena by Lila's Studio. This morning I finished her. Yay happy dance!!!!

Here is before

And finished

Changes I made are the skin I used dmc 754 and 948, I gave her a blue eye which you can't tell really and I used 00374 beads as I didn't have the called for. 
The rest is as charted with weeks, dmc, and kreinik.

I can see her as a little bag but I'm not that kind of stitcher and have no one around me to ask. 
Oh well one day maybe.

Halloween pass the stash

Only 3 of you wanted spirits and spell by with thy needle and thread.

I put your names in a wheel ( love this app right now)

And the winner is....... Kay congrats.

Now I've just looked and can't find the paper I had your address on so sorry but can you send me your address with country to thank you.

I will post it next week sometime. 

Next for my stitching I'm going to do 2 new Christmas starts and hope to get them finished as they are small. We will see how it goes. 

Until next week happy stitching everyone!!!!