Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Umbrella Update

Forging ahead on Falling Star! Here's where I am now:

More, of course, on the endless umbrella, and I stitched the word "put" on the left.

Still with me? Didn't fall asleep from boredom? Good! I also have a mail goodie to post about: the traveling pattern has arrived!

Lulu from Crafting across Continents was the last recipient of the Lizzie Kate Life's a Stitch traveling pattern, and she has passed it on to me! This should be a really quick stitch, so if you're interested in stitching it next, watch this space! I'll get to work on it right away so I can pass it on quickly.

Happy xxx's,

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Back to the Umbrella

That's what I'm going to call Falling Star from now on - because it's really all about the giant umbrella. I've picked it back up and made more minute progress:

Since last we saw it, I've stitched the word "it" on the left and gotten more done on the umbrella. We're at the halfway point! Woohoo!

I also got a lovely surprise in the mail. Ariadne (Ariadne from Greece) won a giveaway from Kim (Wisdom with Needle and Thread) recently, and part of the prize was she got to pick a friend to receive some goodies too. And she picked me! I was thrilled. I just received Kim's package, and look at all the goodies she sent me:

She sent one of her handmade four-leaf clover thread keepers, a bee scissor fob, a couple of adorable cross-stitched gift tags, and some beautiful oil painting prints. Isn't it all lovely? Thanks again, Kim and Ariadne!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Easter Egg-Change

A little while ago, Ingrid over at Mii Stitch hosted a lovely spring Easter Egg-change. We were given random partners to send packages to, the only rules being that we had to cross-stitch and finish an Easter item and include some Easter chocolate.

I drew Kay (no blog). I found the cutest pattern on Pinterest, which took me to Matrioshka Biscornu, a great blog with lots of freebie designs. I stitched this one on beige 14-count Aida with DMC threads and finished it off with a floral fabric and a little "handmade" charm in the corner.

I also knitted her one of my favorite things to make: a little bunny! I used some Nako Jelibon yarn and gave it a cotton tail, white button eyes, and a blue ribbon. If you'd like the instructions for this little guy, you can find them here.

I also sent her a Crossed Wing Collection chart, some fabric fat-eighths, a little pack of chocolate Easter eggs, and a little pack of chocolate-covered dates (I had to send her something authentically local!) Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of it all together.

Albena (blog here) sent her package to me, and it was filled with lovely goodies!

She sent me some pink linen, some floral fabric, a beautiful variegated floss, a little baggie of charms, Lindt chocolate rabbits, the cutest little memo pads, and of course a cross-stitched Easter pillow. Here's a close-up of the pillow - isn't the stitching perfect?

This was such a fun exchange! Thanks again, Ingrid, for putting it all together!

Big hugs,

Sunday, April 6, 2014

A Foray into the Infinity

The infinity scarf, that is! I have not yet learned how to knit in the round, but I saw a few pictures on Pinterest of how to knit an infinity scarf without knitting in the round, and I was sold! Here's the final product:

This was stitched with two balls of Lion Brand's Tweed Stripes yarn in Woodlands, a beautiful variegated yarn that my mom bought me for my last birthday. I just had to play with it! I knitted this up on 5mm straight needles using the basic garter stitch, knitting and knitting and knitting away, until I was satisfied with the length. And then I sewed the two ends together! Isn't that a brilliant cheat?

I'm so happy with it! The only tricky part was trying to match the colorways of the two ends - I had to stop knitting when I hit the right color and shade. But I'm so happy with it, and it's so cozy and warm. And summer just started. Perfect timing, right?

Keep those needles clicking!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Enough of the Umbrella?

More super-slow progress on La-D-Da's Falling Star:

Slowly and surely, folks! I stitched on the umbrella some more, and added the word "your" on the left. I think I'm going to put this aside for a couple of days now and pick up my knitting needles next - I'm a little bored of the umbrella, to be honest!

The last two weeks of work have been pure hell, with my husband away, extended working hours, and a "Total Immersion" student (he was here for two weeks, and he wanted to do the same amount of material it normally takes six months to do). That's done, thank God, so I should be going back to normal hours next week.

Happier news: the Quilt and Stitch Art show is back on! Registration just opened, and I've submitted the pictures and details of two pieces for consideration. I entered this last year, with my Teddy Bear Quilt, but didn't win anything. Let's see if I get accepted first!

Lots of love,

Monday, March 31, 2014

Keeping Busy Stitching Stars

Brace yourselves, people - here's some more insanely slow progress on Falling Star!

I've gotten some more stitches into the massive umbrella, and I've stitched the word "in" on the bottom. I like to switch between motifs and colors to keep sane - if I concentrated only on the umbrella I'd lose hope!

My husband's company have sent him to the capital city, Abu Dhabi, for two weeks. Again! Last year they sent him there for three months. On the bright side (if you can call it that) I've got a ridiculous amount of work this week, so that should keep me busy. At least I don't have to rush home or feel guilty/stressed that I don't have time to cook or clean or keep house, right?

Off to get some sleep!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Sun, Rain, Stars

More slow steady progress on La-D-Da's Falling Star:

I suspect you're all bored of watching the glacial march of color across fabric on this piece. I've just been SO busy at work that this is really all I can manage by the time I get home. Just bear with me!

Anyway, I've done more stitching on the umbrella, which is going to take me an eternity to finish, and stitched the little star on the left side of "pocket."

It's been sunny and lovely for the last couple of weeks, so I thought that I would take advantage of my day off, Wednesday, and go to the beach, maybe get some color and swim a little. What happens? I wake up on Wednesday to find it raining buckets outside. It rained and rained and rained. And then on Thursday, it was clear and sunny again. Just my luck! It never rains this late in the season, so I wonder what's going on.

Hope your sun is shining too!