Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Courage Sheep Update 9, and More on Blackberry House

Well, after an incredibly busy couple of months with me going to visit my sister and her new baby, and then having a few guests stay over at ours (first my mother, then my sister-in-law), I've finally got the house to myself. My husband just left last night on a business trip, and it's just going to be me and the baby for a week. I'll probably be stark raving mad by the end of it, but right now I'm looking forward to the peace and quiet...

And the stitching! I haven't had a lot of time to stitch, but I managed to carve out some to work on the new love of my life, Blackberry House by Plum Street Samplers.


This is my fun, relaxed, do-what-you-can stitch. There are so many little motifs in this piece, but I think I've made some decent progress since I last posted about it here.


I've also knocked out the obligatory stitches for the Little Sheep Virtues SAL:


This is Courage at 900 stitches. More work on the border, and I've started the wording on the bottom.


All right, that's all I've got today! Going to grab something to eat before baby wakes up from his nap.

Happy xxx's,

Monday, September 19, 2016

The September Gifted Gorgeousness SAL, Plus Courage Sheep Update 8

This month got away from me somehow, and it's already the 19th of September! Good grief. I'm late for the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL, but I'm just going to march on. This is Jo from Serendipitous Stitching's baby - we stitch on something that's been gifted to us through exchanges or giveaways, whether a pattern, kit, fabric, floss, whatever, and post on the 15th of the month...or as close as possible to the 15th!

A couple of months ago I started working on Plum Street Sampler's Party Tarts, which was technically a birthday present from my father. You can see my last update here. And here's my progress this month:


They're done! Now all that's left to do is the final finishing - gotta turn these babies into little tarts! That should be fun.


I've also got a progress pic for the Little Sheep Virtues SAL:


This is Courage at 800 stitches. All I did this week was work on the border.


That's all I've got today. I hope you all have an amazing week!

Big hugs,

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Jo's Big Birthday Blog Hop!

Today the wonderful Jo of Serendipitous Stitching is celebrating her birthday with a great big gigantic blog hop! Lots of us have joined in and were assigned different years of Jo's life. To start, go to Jo's blog here.

I was assigned the year 2003. Here's what was happening in Jo's life:
"Jo was 37.  Having decided not to return to work Jo had settled into life as a SAHM.  A chance invitation from an old friend led to joining a Baby & Toddler Group where Jo made a good group of friends.  Within a few months she had been asked to join the committee and help run the group.  Jo is still running the group now, even though she does not have a toddler!
She joined a Preschool Music Group too and volunteered to edit their newsletter.  This sparked an interest in journalistic writing and encouraged her to start her blog several years later.
Stitching was sporadic but Jo did complete her son's birth sampler and a design for a friend's baby too."
It's funny that I was assigned this year and these life events. My baby boy is going to be 9 months old this week, and I've finally enrolled him in a baby group - swim class! The first class is tomorrow morning, funnily enough. They're starting now because, while the rest of the Northern hemisphere is enjoying the beginning of autumn, our weather has just now calmed down enough for babies to be out in the sun. It was literally too hot all summer for swimming classes!
Now's the part where I post pictures of stitching I've done that I think would appeal to Jo. We all know her favorite stitching is Halloween themed, so I've had a look around and here's what I've got:

Lizzie Kate's Hoot biscornu
Bonus Hoot scissor fob


Never More, by Hands On Design and Just Another Button Company, which I turned into a biscornu

A Halloween biscornu I made for an exchange a couple of years ago (I might have a biscornu addiction, you guys...)

Not a biscornu! A Halloween hanging I made for another exchange years ago.


A super happy birthday to Jo, and here's hoping that our baby group experience is as positive as hers!

Lots of love,

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Courage Sheep Update 7, and a Brand New, Super Delicious Start!

Hi folks! How's everyone doing? Things have been pretty good in the sandpit. I started sleep training with the baby a couple of weeks ago, thinking that it might work better now that he's eight months old. It seems to be working! I followed this really gradual method that appealed to me more than the harsher Cry It Out, and Baby's now at the point where he'll cry for about 5 minutes and then sleep for nine hours straight. Fingers crossed this sticks!

I've got a new start to share! I bought Blackberry House by Plum Street Samplers a year ago because I LOVED the colors. I got the GA and CC colors I needed, plus some 28 ct. Bone Jobelan fabric. Here's what I've done so far:


This is a completely stress-free, fun project. It's going to take me forever, I know, but I'm not going to worry about it. There's no weekly check-in or minimum number of stitches, I'm just going to stitch on it when I've got the time and I'm in the mood.


Speaking of weekly check-in, here's my progress on the Little Sheep Virtues SAL:


This is Courage at 700 stitches. More on the border, and I finished the flower and stem on the left.


Happy xxx's,

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Courage Sheep Update 6, and the Log Cabin Finish!

Another nap-time blog post! Super, super fast. Here's my progress on the Little Sheep Virtues SAL:


This is Courage at 600 stitches. I've done more on the border and started the flower on the left. I realize these progress reports aren't incredibly exciting, but I like these tiny goals: I can totally finish 100 stitches a week, no matter how crazy the rest of my life is.


I got back home from Kuwait a few days ago, and got back to my log cabin mini-quilt (you can see my last progress post here). If you'll remember, the last time I worked on it I thought I might flip it because the images on two of the fabric strips turned out to be upside down. So here it is, all finished!


I had an awesome time putting this together, and I might actually make another one for my mother. I have no idea how to finish them off, though. I could get some backing fabric and quilt it up, or I could get it framed as it is. Ooohh, the possibilites!

Big hugs,

Monday, August 22, 2016

Courage Sheep Update 5, Along with Some Giddy Stashing

Oooh, I just love getting mail, don't you? And I got some really good stuff this time too. I saw some pictures of these limited edition Plum Street Sampler Christmas kits, and I went on a hunting trip. Sure enough, I found them on eBay, totally brand-new and untouched!


So pretty! I can't wait to open these babies up. Unfortunately the kits don't include fabric, so I'm going to need to order some first.

Got a little more stitching done on the Little Sheep Virtues SAL:


This is Courage at 500 stitches. More on the border, plus a start on the second flower and a finish of that little bridge in the middle. It's really coming along!


Lots of love,

Monday, August 15, 2016

The August Gifted Gorgeousness SAL, Plus Courage Sheep Update 4

Another really quick post while baby naps! It's the 15th of August, which means it's time for the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL, Jo from Serendipitous Stitching's baby - we stitch on something that's been gifted to us through exchanges or giveaways, whether a pattern, kit, fabric, floss, whatever, and post on the 15th of the month.

A couple of months ago I started working on Plum Street Sampler's Party Tarts, which was technically a birthday present from my father. You can see my last update here. And here's my progress this month:


Last month I finished the donkey, and now I'm halfway through the elephant.


A little more done on the weekly Little Sheep Virtues SAL:


This is Courage at 400 stitches. Just more stitching on the border and the middle flower. Nothing too exciting!


All right, that's about all I've got time for today. I'm trying my best to keep up with everyone's blogging, but forgive me if it takes a little while!

Happy xxx's!