Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Secret Stitching Sweetheart Blog Hop - 2024

 Jo has again come through with another fun Blog Hop.  This time each participant emailed her a Valentine stitch.  In return, she emailed us each a different Valentine, but didn't tell us who had stitched it.  We're to post the valentine and the mystery stitcher will tell us who they are.  For more information and to see the rest of the valentines check out Jo's Blog.  

The Valentine I received is a very cute one.  Did you stitch it?

Saturday, February 10, 2024

Fully Finished Gallery SAL - February, 2024

It's time again for the Fully Finished Gallery SAL which was created by Rachel at Ten Hour Stitcher to encourage us to fully finish our projects instead of just storing them in a drawer or box rarely to be seen again.  Click on the link to see more details and what other stitchers have posted.   

I've set a goal to fully finish the pieces as I complete the stitching and so far, I'm meeting that goal. This month I FFO'd four stocking ornaments--two that I stitched this month and two others that I'd stitched a couple of years ago.  They're all finished by adding a ribbon hanger and backing with felt.

 And finally, I FFO'd last night's finish of Birdhouse Coaster. by adding a felt backing and a magnet    It's now displayed on my refrigerator.

Rachel has also requested that we show some of our finished pieces from our Box of Shame or in my case, a Drawer of Shame. Here are a few Christmas ornaments that have been hanging around for awhile.   I would like to know how you would finish them without using a sewing machine.   I do have bunches of Christmas fabric hanging around.  All except the mouse are stitched on 14-count Aida, the mouse is on evenweave.


Happy Dance - Birdhouse Coaster


Started: 2/6/2024

Finished: 2/9/2024

Total Time: 10 hours and 37 minutes

This is called Birdhouse Coaster and was distributed by MCG Textiles.  It was a circular chart that I found loose in my stash, but I don't know where I got it.  I'm assuming that it was part of a series, but I don't even know that.

It's stitched as charted with the called for DMC on 14-count white plastic canvas. 

Instead of making it into a coaster, I'm going to make it into a magnet and display it on my refrigerator.  Yes, it's one of the rare items that I stitched for myself.

Next up: Snowman Mug (Janlynn Kit)

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Happy Dance - File This


Started: 2/1/2024

Finished: 2/5/2024

Total Time: 10 hours and 57 minutes

This is File This from the art of Kats by Kelly, translated to cross stitch by Linda Connors of Calico Crossroads.

It's stitched as charted with the called for DMC on white 14-count Aida.  There are definitely some unintentional customizations in this project.

When we were going though some charts I wanted to list on eBay, my daughter saw this one and asked me to make it for her, because she has two others on the same theme and needed a third to complete her display.  She's taken it to try and find a frame that matches the others.

Next up: Birdhouse Coaster (designer unknown)

Monday, February 5, 2024

Recap - 2/4/2024

It was a fairly quiet week.  There was a senior outing on Tuesday, Bible Study on Wednesday and church on Saturday, but I didn't go to any of them.  The senior outing was to a Mexican food place and I don't go out of my way to eat Mexican food.  I overslept on Wednesday and it was too cold and I was too tired to go to church.

I did manage to do quite a bit of stitching though. First, I finished two Christmas stockings.  There's one more in this series that I'll finish in March.


Next, I started a new project.  My daughter was going through my stash and requested that I stitch File This, to go with two other office themed pictures by the same designer that I'd done several years ago.

Friday, February 2, 2024

Happy Dance - Hark the Herald Angels Sing


Started: 11/14/2020

Finished: 2/1/2024

Total Time: 6 hours and 32 minutes

This is Hark the Herald Angels Sing, another one of the set of five Christmas Stockings, designed by Diane Machin and appearing in an unknown issue of Cross Stitch Crazy.  It was the 14th start for Christmasitis in 2020.

It's stitched as charted with the called for DMC, except that I used the equivalent DMC instead of the Light Effects called for.  It's stitched on 14-count gold flecked Aida.

It will be made into an ornament and given to Ronald McDonald House this coming Christmas.

Next up: File This (Calico Crossroads)

Thursday, February 1, 2024

Recap - January, 2024

January is typically a good stitching month and this January was no exception.  I worked on five projects, one of which only got a few stitches before it was deemed destined for a new start on a different fabric (it's not shown here).  Since I've joined a group where you stitch exclusively on WIPs in odd numbered months and exclusively on new starts in even numbered months, all of my projects this month were WIPs.

I also stitched every day except January 19th--I had food poisoning from some bad chicken for lunch and was in no condition to stitch. 

First, I finished PJ Critters Lion which was a December, 2023 start. 

Next I worked on Deer Scene, a Dimensions Kit.  My goal was to finish the bottom half, which I did on the 28th.

 Finally, I worked on two Christmas Stockings that were started during Christmasitis 2020.  They were in an old issue of Cross Stitch Crazy.  The first is a finish; the second only needs a the bottom motif.

February Plans 

February is for New Starts and while my plans keep changing (mostly the order of the projects, not the projects themselves) here is my list for February.  It's probably more than I can accomplish in 29 days, but whatever I don't get to can be carried over.

File This! - Calico Crossroads
Daisy Birdhouse - MCG Textiles
Snowman Mug - Janlynn Kit
Piglet in a Square - Disney Home
Mrs. Santa Bear - Design Works
Bumble - Dimensions Kit
Loving Kittens - Needle Treasures


Days Stitched This Month = 30 
Days Stitched This Year  = 30 (possible = 31)
Total Hours Stitched This Month = 62 hours and 22 minutes
Total Hours Stitched This Year = 62 hours and 22 minutes
Number of Projects Worked on This Month = 5
Number of Unique Projects Worked on This Year = 5
Number of Projects Started This Month = 0
Number of Projects Started This Year = 0
Number of WIPs Worked on This Month =  5
Number of WIPs Worked on This Year =  5
Number of Projects Finished This Month = 2
Number of Projects Finished This Year = 2