Thursday, June 14, 2018

WIP Wednesday - 6/12/2018

I know I missed a couple of Wednesdays, but both my WIPs are now finishes (except for Stitch Maynia which I'll do in a separate post) so I'm going to skip the catch up posts.

Other than finishing both the Valentine Heart and Dream Big this week, the only thing I worked on is the February Cottage from Country Cottage Needlework which I started on June 8th.
It's being stitched on 14-count white Aida in the called for DMC colors for the Q4OC group.

Happy Dance - Dream Big

Started: 5/5/2018
Finished: 6/12/2018

This was an Artiste kit that I bought at Hobby Lobby.  It's stitched on 14-count white Aida from my stash.  I replaced the fabric because I stitched this for the Inspirational Sayings SAL at World of Charity Stitching and the fabric provided in the kit wasn't big enough.  

It took so long to stitch (it's not really that hard or big), because I had to start over after doing the center and a couple of the petals.  At that point I was close to running out of two of the floss colors and still had a lot to do.  I couldn't find a conversion chart anywhere so I finally compared the floss to my DMC color guide and made the conversions myself.  I converted all of the colors just to be safe.

Happy Dance - Valentine Heart

Started: 5/29/2018
Finished: 6/7/2018

The chart for this heart can be found here.  It's stitched on 14-count white Aida with DMC Coloris Thread #4507.  123Stitch calls it Bougainvillea.  I stitched it for the Valentine Heart SAL over at Quilts for Older Children and Adults.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

WIP Wednesday - 5/16/2018

I was kind of in a stitching slump this week.  I only stitched five of the seven days and only on one project instead of my usual two.

Dream Big is now a blank piece of Aida.  I was very close to running out of two colors of floss and could not find a conversion for Artiste floss anywhere so I compared the floss to my DMC Color Chart and decided you'd be able to tell the difference.  Since this is for a quilt for WOCS, I decided just to start over.  I've pulled the floss and cut a new square of Aida, but that's as far as I've gotten.

The days I did stitch were spent on my Maynia starts.  I didn't stitch Friday or Saturday nights because I wasn't home, but I'll still be able to start all 25 animals, although I may have to double up one day.
Day 9 - Gigi Giraffe
Day 10 - Hamilton Horse
Day 13 - Remy Rabbit
Day 14 - Larry Lion
Day 15 - Odette Owl
Advent Animals 1-20
I'm having trouble putting this down each night so I'll be adding it to my rotation as soon as feasible.  At least all the boring repetitive stuff will be done.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day!

I hope all of the mothers out there had a good Mother's Day with time to do what you enjoy!

My Mother's Day was definitely a good one.  It started with church in the morning which meant I got to spend a little time with Kyleigh.

In the afternoon, we went to the Ronald McDonald House to bake cupcakes.  This hadn't been planned, but when I was there on Friday, I found out that the bakers signed up for today had cancelled because they belatedly realized that it was Mother's Day.  I called Janice and she agreed to bake this afternoon.

We made 72 cupcakes (a few didn't make it to the display!): 24 red velvet with cream cheese frosting; 24 chocolate with chocolate frosting and 24 golden butter (yellow) with strawberry frosting.  We all worked and had fun together.  Kyleigh discovered the televisions while the cupcakes were baking and decided to desert us, but she didn't go too far since there was a TV in the dining area.  We've decided to sign up again next year since it was a great way to spend time together.

My evening ended with a steak dinner at one of our favorite restaurants.  We were really surprised that it wasn't very crowded, but maybe the crowd was there for lunch instead of dinner.

GIrl Scout Night at Angel Stadium

Last night was Girl Scout Night at the stadium and Janice and Kyleigh and her Girl Scout Troop along with about 1800 other Girl Scouts got to march around the warning track before the game.    The fortunate thing was they left by the tunnel directly under our seats.

After they finished marching, they came up to the stands to join us.  They were only the fourth group of girls so there were still girls coming into the stadium when they got to our seats.  There were three empty seats in the first row so we let the girls take them over.  This is how they watched most of the game:
but they turned around for some pictures.

We were seated next to the bullpens and I wasn't really crazy about the seats.  It was really hard to get into the game and the fireworks went off behind the big scoreboard behind us, so we didn't stay for the fireworks.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

WIP Wednesday - 5/9/2018 (Mostly Maynia)

I did quite a bit of stitching this week, most of it on my Maynia projects.  Before I show you those, here is the only other project I stitched on this week other than finishing the Spring 2018 and Let's Hug a Teacher.

This is Dream Big, an Artiste kit which I'm doing for an Inspirational SAL with WOCS.  I've only stitched on it for a couple of nights and this is the center of the flower.  Unfortunately, the colors are way off.  The center is supposed to be a light yellow although the border is orange.
And now for Maynia:

Day 3 (Sophie Squirrel)
You might notice the square above looks more square than it should.  That's because it's two stitches short.  Fitzwilliam Frog was the same way, but I didn't notice it until I'd done this one.
Day 4 (Frogged Fitzwilliam Frog and Sophie Squirrel and corrected borders)
Also Day 4 (Colin Cardinal)
Day 5 (Cassie Cow)
Day 6 (Redo of Fitzwilliam Frog)
Day 7 (Redo of Sophie Squirrel)

Day 8 (Rascal Racoon)
Below is the whole thing so far.  It's kind of wrinkled and the lighting wasn't very good, but you can at least see what I've accomplished so far.  I have no idea why I put it away, but I'm glad I found a reason to bring it out again.