Thursday, March 2, 2017

My February WIPocalypse Check-In...

Good Thursday evening, dear friend!

It's time for the February 2017 WIPocalypse post and I''m happy with this month's progress...I am excited to share it with you.

But first, to answer this month's question...

What is your favorite stitch other than the standard cross stitch?

Well, that's an easy one, and it may surprise to know that I adore making French Knots...like I love, love, love them! I didn't always like them and even avoided them for many years, replacing a charted French Knot with beads or ignoring them all together. I know just the words "French Knot" can send many running to a dark room to rest a spell, and I used to feel the same way and would do anything to avoid a French knot when charted. I have Mill Hill beads of every color, purchased as a decoy to avoid a French knot.

However, that is the old "me" as I now have a tried and true, easy and fool proof method to creating the perfect French knot, every single time.

I must warn you, dear friend, that it took some practice and did not come to me over night, but it didn't take long to get the hang of and once I did, I can now French knot my way through any chart!

I have a Page Tab link above that shows my method, or you can go right to the Page by clicking Here.

Now that we have that bit of fun finished, It's time to get down to business with a few finishes, and a couple of starts...

First...My finishes

Jardin Prive "Quaker Village"



I really enjoyed this WIP from start to finish, however it did give me some fits and even invited the FROG in on more than one occasion...

Becky Boo's "Welcome"


This is a WIP, that I bought 60% off when my LNS went out of business a couple of years ago. It came as a kit with a prim looking plate to mount it on, which is next on my "To Do" list. I really enjoyed this stitch!

Lizzie Kate "June's Flip It"















I was only able to get one Dough Bowl Small finished, which I obviously didn't spend my 10 hours stitching...I was just too excited to start my Carolyn Manning SAL piece so "June" got pushed to the side...I am hanging my head in shame (sorry/not sorry).

Next...A couple of starts

Since I finished two WIPS, it was time to rotate two more into my Rotation...

La D Da "Bless Our Home"


This new start is a true labor of love, as I am stitching it for Big Brother and Daughter In Love, who bought their first home in May...I am a little slow and behind as it took me a bit of time to pick the right fabric to go with their decor, but as long as I get it stitched, finished, and framed before they've been there one year, then I will be satisfied with myself.
I am stitching this on Silver Moon 16ct Aida using the charted floss, though why it looks beige in the photo is beyond me...

Carolyn Manning "Granny Is No Square" SAL


This was a SAL that I had been looking forward to, as soon as Carolyn announced it, so it was just a matter of when. I love this chart, and have really enjoyed this start. If you are interested in checking it out, or even want to join...go to Carolyn Manning Designs or visit her Facebook Page...the more the merrier! The chart is being published in PDF installments and calls for DMC floss.

I am continuing on with the 10 Hour Rotation, with perhaps a wee wiggle here and a tiny tug there as my flights of fancy rear their ugly heads and I get distracted by the sweeties that are waiting their turn in the WIP bin...I'll keep you posted.

So, there you have it WIPocalypse buddies...

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Hugs

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

We Interrupt This Stitching Blog...

With a wee episode of "What's On My Mind."

I have been pondering an idea for the past few days, with all that has been going on in the news, what must friends from around the world think of "USA" bloggers. And with this in mind, I felt that I wanted to make myself clear.

You may or may not have noticed the "Welcome" on my left side bar, along with the photo of the safety pin heart beads...if you haven't please take a peek, because I am about to explain the meaning behind my choice of "Welcoming."

I welcome EVERYONE to my blog, except bullies...especially anonymous bullies.

This is a safe blog to visit, as we speak friendship and stitching here, there is no political agenda, as I find myself daily shocked by most of what I read and need the escape of the stitching blog world to find reassurance and comfort in the simple enjoyment that draws us all together...our love of all things floss, fabric, and needfuls that fill both our minds and our homes.

So please, know that my "Welcome" is genuine and respects all who visit to share their same love of the stitching crafts. Consider "My Stitching Nook" to be a safe place to visit and share...I adore your kind comments and usually reply the same day, as I love to receive a wee reply to mine.

I am proud to be American with all of it's rights and freedoms, one of which is the freedom to think freely and for myself, guided by what is right by my conscience and in my heart. These are interesting days that at times bring me feelings of embarrassment, and without sounding too cliche, I feel that they require this stitcher to focus on love and bridges rather than hate and walls.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit, and for allowing me this wee interruption.

Hugs

Monday, January 30, 2017

My Second WIPocalypse Post...

Good Monday morning, dear friend!

It's time for the second WIPocalypse post of 2017 and just in the nick of time, as I hear they have moved up the "Doomsday Clock" by thirty minutes!

But first, to answer this month's question...

What SAL’s are you participating in this year?

It would seem that my SAL list doesn't change much from year to year, with an addition here and a completion there...

My 2017 SALs list:
With that said, I am hearing some wee whispers from Carolyn Manning about a new SAL that begins in March, and as I am quite intrigued I may just need to join...more on that later as information becomes available.

So, now that I have made ya'll wait for my report...here it is...my update without further pause...

My WIP Rotation has had some...well...Rotations, so to speak, as it has required a bit of monkeying with it to get it right for me. I started with a "10 hour Rotation," then changed to a "10 Hour Focus Rotation," so that I could focus on my May Monthly Smalls, which took less than 10 Hours to finish. I realized that I didn't need a Focus WIP, since the smalls are very quick. That's how I then ended up returning to my current and the original "10 Hour Rotation." 
Are you still with me, dear friend? 
Wondering what all of this Rotation speak is about? Click "Here" for more information on Rotations, thanks to Liz at Stitchybox.

Now, for the Fun Stuff...

My Finishes...

Lizzie Kate "Play Time"

Lizzie Kate "May Flip It"

SamSarah "Patti's Garden"

Cross-Stitch & Needlepoint Magazine
"Spring Motifs"
March 2014

SamSarah "Splish Splash"

Cross-Stitch & Needlework Magazine
"Spring Motifs"
March 2014

SamSarah "May Flowers"

My Progress...

I realize that I have only made progress on one WIP, but before you give me a sniff and a nod, I am a bit of a perfectionist and when "Village Quaker" starting running "a-muck" and Señor Frog reared his ugly head, I found myself taking it personally and just had to make it right. I decided that the only way to get this WIP whipped into proper form was to finish the darn thing...and so I am almost finished with just a bit of border left

January 1st "Quaker Village" photo...


Sadly, I realized that I hadn't taken a full pic...but you get the idea.

January 29th photo...



Sorry about the wrinkles, as it just came off the Q-Snaps...

This has been a really fun SAL, for two reasons, the first being that I am doing this with a French group of ladies, who really don't speak English and as I don't speak French (except for the pitiful High School French that I remember) it's been a very cool experience...and they have been so sweet and welcoming. The second reason, despite the Frog and Frustration this is a very fun stitch!

Anyhoo, my plan is to continue stitching on this until I finish it, and then I will get myself back on the "10 Hour Rotation" for the remainder of the year. This month showed me that participating in the WIPocalypse is going to teach me how to move through my WIPs faster and more efficiently and will also (fingers crossed) remedy the UFOs hiding in my closet. We call this "Accountability" children, something that this girl sorely needs...and is the reason that we can't have nice things!

So, there you have it fellow WIPocalypse buddies, and a huge "Thanks" to our very dear Melissa, over at Measi's Musings for hosting another year.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!
Hugs

Saturday, January 28, 2017

January TUSAL...

Good Saturday morning, dear friend!

Before you faint dead away from two posts in the same amount of days, let me tell you that I'm as shocked as anyone!

It's time for the first TUSAL post of 2017...


It's pretty darn full for January! 

I had a visit from the dreaded frog, and he just won't leave...see all of that blue fuzz? Sheesh! If you know of any spells to send Senior Frog on his way to the farthest reaches of the earth, please let me know...

It's not all bad, though, because I have my sweet little stitching companion all cuddled up warm against me while I stitch and frog....


We decided to stitch on the couch in my bedroom today, as that room gets amazing morning sun. Miss Teagan has been sticking close to both "Mar" and "Dar" these days as she seems to be losing her hearing and likes to know where we are...just means more cuddles for us! I can't believe that she is going to be 14 in March...it seems like she was just a wee pup.
Leo, of course, is hanging by Little Brother's side...his BFF and life long companion...no complaints here as he gets bored with "Mar."

Hope you have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by!

Hugs