Monday, May 16, 2016

Happy Dance - Hattie Hedgehog

Started: 5/13/2016
Finished: 5/16/2016
Brooke's Books - Advent Animals

This is my May square for the Brooke's Books SAL on the Stitch Maynia Facebook group. 
It was stitched on 14-count Lt. Blue Aida with the called for DMC floss. The only change I made this time was to do the border in two strands of floss instead of three.

Weekly WIP Update - 5/16/2016

I'm changing my title on these from WIWO (What I'm Working On) to Weekly WIP Update because it seems to make more sense to me now.  WIWO is the term we use in the group Shared Crosses when we do our weekly updates.

I didn't do as much stitching as usual this week, but I still accomplished some stuff.

First I finished my travel square for WOCS (World of Charity Stitching) and the post is just below this one.

I continued my UFO stitching so my Praying Angel went from here:
to here after about 3 1/2 hours of stitching:

I also managed to start Hattie Hedgehog from Brooke's Books Advent Animal series.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Happy Dance - New York City Scape

Started: 5/7/2016
Finished: 5/13/2016
Satsuma Street

It's from an older Cross Stitch Crazy magazine, but since I'd torn out the chart, I don't know which issue.

It's stitched on 14-count white Aida with the called for DMC with only two small changes.  I changed the taxi's wheels from 318 to 310 and the antenna on the Empire State Building from white to 747 so that they'd show better.  (It was meant to be stitched on black Aida.)

This will be mailed to WOCS (World of Charity Stitching) on Monday for their Travel theme.   I also just realized that it should count as part of the Americana SAL, too.  After all, what's more American than the Statue of Liberty?

Monday, May 9, 2016

WIWO - 5/9/2016

First, I want to show you the finished Angel Tree Ornament.  Finishing it was not fun and I ended up stitching it with the wrong sides together and turning it right side out after I was done.

I also finished the May installment of Postcards from the World from Clouds Factory.  This time we went to New Delhi.
This is the whole thing so far.  (The color is truer in the photo above.)

Since I'd finished the UFO I was working on (the Angel Tree Decoration), I started a new one.  I pulled out the next two in order and I decided to put them in the giveaway bag for the next thrift shop pickup instead of finishing them.  So I decided to go out of  alphabetical order and chose one I'd forgotten about and really wanted to stitch.  It's an old Dimensions kit stitched on plastic canvas.  This is where it was when I stitched on it last:
And here it is as of last night:
I did some backstitching on the bottom, because I was looking for an error.  I found it and it's all fixed now. 

I'm not sure how to count this one. Should I count each ornament as a finish and just do the one that's partly finished? Or should I count it as one finish and do all eight of them before going onto the next UFO?  Your opinions would be helpful.

WOCS (World of Charity Stitching) is doing a travel theme for it's next quilt.  I've enjoyed watching the Satsuma Street designs and had  several in an older Cross Stitch Crazy magazine that I wanted to stitch. There were three designs: Paris, London and New York City.  Since both the Pumpkin Passport and Postcards from the World had designs of Paris and London, I decided to do New York City.  The estimated time is 7-10 hours, but I've already stitched for about five hours, so I don't think that's realistic since I'm not yet half way.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Happy Dance - Festive Rudolph

Started: 5/4/2016
Finished: 5/7/2016
World of Cross Stitching Magazine

This was the free cover kit from an older World of Cross Stitching Magazine.  The cover kit came with 14-count white Aida and the threads as well as a card.  I originally started it on the enclosed Aida, but  set it aside after stitching the top third so it was on my UFO list.

Since it matched the theme for May for the Christmas Ornie SAL, I decided it was time to finish it.   I restarted it on a scrap of 25-count off white Lugana (not sure of the color) and used all the enclosed thread except for the color of the reindeer itself for which I substituted DMC from my stash.

This will be going to WOCS (World of Charity Stitching) for their Holiday Card project along with last month's ornament, A Spot of Tea and my current project once it's finished.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Happy Dance - R2D2

Started: 5/4/2016
Finished: 5/4/2016
Perler Bead Pattern from Pinterest

In honor of Star Wars Day, I decided to do a quick little stitch for Kyleigh's quilt since she loves Star Wars even though she's never seen the movies.

It's stitched on white 14-count Aida with DMC threads and only took a couple of hours to stitch.

Happy Dance - Angel Tree Ornament

Started: 12/8/2015
Finished: 5/4/2016
Cross Stitch Crazy #211

This was part of the free cover kit that came with the magazine. (There's also a Santa Claus that I'll stitch later.) 

I used the enclosed vinyl and threads, but ran out of three colors so I used DMC from my stash to finish.  If you look closely, you can see the difference, but since I'm planning to use this as a tree topper, I don't think anyone will notice.  Again, I didn't carefully read the instructions and realized after the fact, that I should have stitched the white with one strand.

I still need to make it into a cone and I'll post a picture of that when it's an FFO.

Monday, May 2, 2016

WIWO - 5/2/2016

I spent most of last week catching up on my monthly SALs for April.  I've already posted my April ornament for the Christmas Ornie SAL and Duncan Dog for the Brooke's Books SAL on Stitch Maynia, but here are the other two.

First, I completed the Pumpkin Passport where we traveled to Switzerland.

And then the postcard from Moscow.  I finished this one at 10:58 Saturday night.
Since it was already on the Q-snaps, I went ahead and started the May installment on Sunday.  This time the postcard is from New Delhi. The photo above shows the truer color of the fabric.

And my current WIP/UFO went from here:

to here. 
 I would have finished the cross stitching yesterday, but there's a little reverse stitching needed so I put it away until later today.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Miscellaneous Photos for April

1) Janice went to a craft night with the Moms' group at church where they had a chance to make several projects.  When I checked Facebook the next morning, I found this picture of her holding the fairy garden she had made.

2). We went to Disneyland one Sunday and while Janice and Devin went on Hyper-Space Mountain, Kyleigh and I went shopping.  We found this really cute Star Wars dress and she couldn't wait to put it on.  The picture was taken just outside the entrance after we left the park.

3).  We went to an Art and Literature Open House at Kyleigh's school on Thursday night.  Her most recent book report had to be on a famous person and she had to create a diorama to go with it.  Kyleigh did her report on Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppets.  Kyleigh made all of the Muppets out of Fimo clay (with a little help from Janice), but Jim Henson is a purchased figure.

4) Janice was volunteered to decorate a sign board for posting needed supplies for this year's Vacation Bible School.  The theme (I don't remember the name) has to do with caves. so she cut out and labeled a bunch of bats for different items.  She told me Bobby decided o help, but he mostly wanted to play with all the scraps.