Tuesday, April 10, 2018

More Itty-bitties

Bent Creek's "Black-Capped Chickadee: Chirp."
This is a kit, so I used the included flosses and 32-ct. linen.  However, I did NOT stitch the chickadee on top of the house as charted!  He just looked like a monster bird who could eat the house's inhabitants.  So I put the adorable little leaning house in a tiny frame that I picked up for .49 at the thrift store, and looked at it for a while.  Still missing something...and I came up with this.  I love it.  It isn't perfect (please don't look at the back of my button/ribbon mess there), but it makes me smile.  It is currently tacked to my pegboard at work.

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Back to the purple fairy

I've set aside my smalls (at least for a little while!) and gotten back to the "May You Believe" fairy piece.  
She's out of the Q-snaps now, since the piece is just a wee big bigger than my 9"x 9" frame, but not big enough for my 12" set.  My daughter thinks the fairy looks a bit angry - and sometimes I have to agree with her! - but I think the fairy is supposed to be asleep/looking down.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

March Smalls SAL post

Yup, I love smalls.

Here is this month's (finished!) finish, a freebie from Stone Street Stitchworks.  I stitched it over-one on some 28-ct. evenweave using a cotton variegated floss from my stash ("Candy Floss" by Sugar Maple Fabrics - SMF disappeared several years ago, so who knows how long I've had this floss!).
I found this little 3-D plastic heart at one of the big-box craft stores, and after seeing Vonna's finish as half of a snowglobe, I thought I'd try that with a heart.  I sprinkled a few beads and some coordinating paper heart punch-outs inside, glued my stitching to a mat board back, and added some rattail cording and ribbon for trim.  It isn't perfect, but for a first try, I like it.

Monday, March 26, 2018

March WIPocalypse Update

The one thing I love about the WIPocalypse is that there is no stress to stitch/post/"keep up" with anything!  And this past month definitely didn't help me progress much toward finishing any of my long-running WIPs...a death in the family, the ensuing travel, and a bunch of work projects created a perfect storm of AUGHHHHHHHHH (to quote Charlie Brown!).

I DID start - and finish - the little Ink Circles design I shared in my previous post, which of course left me obsessed with finding more smalls to start and finish into other Finished Things.  I did find one, which I'll share later this week in my Smalls SAL update...and I also started SamSarah's "M is for Moon."  Several years ago I stitched "W is for Wizard" from the same series, so when this is done, I'll have my daughter's initials.  Maybe I'll even look into framing them for her room.
I used the Newport linen with white threads instead of red - I just like the white better.  And I've substituted for all the colors, since 1) my LNS no longer carries GAST and 2) I have enough flosses in my stash that I can definitely get "close enough"!
While this wasn't officially something from my WIP pile, it IS a project I bought intending to finish, so stitching it and getting the pattern out of my stash will still be an accomplishment.

For this month's question, Measi asks: What newer designers and product creators (fabric or floss dyeing, etc.) out there have you discovered and recommend?
I have so much floss and fabric in my stash that I'm rarely searching out new supplies of such....but browsing patterns is a different story!  And since I just recently started lurking about on Instagram, I've discovered several.  And a couple even have freebies available, either on their websites or via Facebook groups and such.
1) Modern Folk Embroidery - I stitched Jacob's free snowflake design back in December, and he even commented on it when I shared it on Instagram!  I don't always like Quaker-style patterns, but I'm drawn to several of his.  "A Secret Sky" is one of my favorites.  He also designs under the shop name "Dark Crosses" on Etsy, which is his "twisted"/Halloween alter ego of sorts.
2) Stone Street Stitchworks - darn it, another primitive/Quaker designer...LOL  Her freebies are all in her Facebook group.  My favorite pattern for purchase is "Day to Night," with its lovely geometric design and rich colors.
3) And now for something completely different - Snarky Art Company.  (WARNING: language may not be appropriate for work/small children/those who are easily offended!)  I recently caved and bought 3 of her patterns (the 3/$8.99 deal plus a 30% off discount).  Her service was fast and the designs were great!  I got the "when there is only one set of footprints" Star Wars piece, "I'm not a witch, I'm your wife" (from the Princess Bride) and the GoT Peter Baelish quote about numbers vs.....women engaged in a certain profession.....  :)

Monday, March 19, 2018

Finishing!

It is official....I love smalls.  They don't require loads of planning or commitment, there's the quick  gratification of finishing, and coming up with fun and different finishing ideas suits me!
Last week I finished up my little Ink Circles travel project ( couldn't just leave it, with so little left to do, could I?!?!?), and made another jewelry box top with it.
This was another thrift store find,and it cost me $1.99.  It was originally a music box, and the player mechanism took up most of the right side of the box.  I dissected/destroyed that, and sent the little player into my daughter's school for their "makerspace" where they take apart, rebuild, and play with all sorts of items.  Then I made a new liner.  I took out the glass insert top, laced my stitching to an appropriately sized piece of mat board, and back it with some matching fabric before reattaching the wood frame that held everything together.
I really like these jewelry box finishes!  This is the third one I've done - the other 2 were octagonal boxes.  I have one or 2 more of the boxes in my stash of finishing ideas/materials, just waiting for the right patterns.  I think they look so professional when they are done!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Unexpected Travel

This past week has been a whirlwind.  My husband's stepfather passed away - not unexpectedly, but still a very sad passing - March 4, which meant we needed to fly to the Midwest late last week.  My daughter, who has never experienced the death of a person she knew before, was anxious to the point of illness ("Mom, my tummy feels all achy" - thankfully, she wasn't throwing up or anything) on Tuesday and Wednesday.  We flew out early Thursday morning, and she was a trooper.  We talked about taking each moment as it came and not worrying about "what came next."  She enjoys flying, so at least that wasn't an issue!  And we stayed at a hotel with a pool, so that was a welcome break (when we could take advantage of it, around all of the events we had to attend and family to see).

I was so proud of her.  When we got to the church for the viewing/funeral, she at first insisted that she did not want to see the body.  I supported her decision, and DH and I figured out how she could best get into the church without being too near the casket.  But as we got close to the door, she told me, "Mom, I think I want to see that."  So I let her lead.  As she got close to the casket, she was joined by another little girl, and the 2 of them stood there studying Grampa Doc for several minutes.  Then my mother-in-law walked up, lovingly fluffed his hair a bit, adjusted his glasses, and patted his chest, saying, "that's my guy."  And THEN, my daughter who had panicked at the idea of seeing a dead person, reached up and patted his hand.  (I tear up just thinking about that!)  Children are so amazing.

In the midst of all that overload, I DID stitch....because I need something to do on those airplanes.  :)
(A little Ink Circles freebie, I think it will work as another jewelry box top when it is finished.)