Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Third Bear Joins the Party

So, aside from the Sheep Virtues SAL that Lija and I are doing, and secret stitching for Kim's Halloween Exchange, I'm also still stitching up Prairie Schooler's Fables & Tales. I've just finished up the bears! Here's the third bear, the littlest one, holding his little green bowl:

This is actually stitching up super quickly. I've just got the name of the fable to stitch along the bottom, and some motifs above. And then I'll move on to the next fable!

My husband started a new job a couple of months ago, and one particular aspect of the job is too technical and there's no one here that can train him in it, so they're sending him to London for a week. Guess who's tagging along? Me! I haven't been out of this godforsaken oven in a year and a half, so he's taken pity on me. We leave this Friday morning and won't be back for a week. I'll take some stitching with me and try to get some done while I'm there. I'll see you all when I get back!

Lots of love,

Sunday, September 7, 2014


So a few months ago I bought a couple of the Little House Needleworks' Little Sheep Virtues charts and kitted them up. They were snoozing away in my stash when Lija (from Stitching in Crosses and More) told me she had the same ones, and why don't we stitch them up together? Why not, indeed! So we've started our very own SAL, beginning with Hope. Here's my start:

We're thinking of trying to manage 100 stitches a week, with an update post every Sunday. I'm stitching mine on 28-count Coffee Jobelan with the recommended DMC floss.

Would anyone else like to join our little SAL? Please feel free to do so! Like I said, I only have two of these little sheep, so if you have more, keep going!

Big hugs,

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Tutti Frutti Exchange

I'm a couple of days late with this post, but I've had the busiest week. I was just complaining the other day how I've got too much time on my hands, so of course the universe handed me a bucket-and-a-half of errands to do. Typical, right?

Anyway, the lovely Mii Stitch organized another great exchange for us, this time with a Tutti Frutti theme. We were randomly paired up and I was given Christina (from Whilst Iris Naps). I made her some raspberry-themed pieces, since that's her favorite fruit. Here they are:

The raspberry biscornu is a freebie I found here, and the bookmark is another freebie I found here through Pinterest, though I have no idea who the designer is. Both were stitched on beige 14-count Aida with DMC floss. I finished the biscornu off with some wooden buttons, and the bookmark is backed with some pink polka-dot fabric.

I also included a bunch of goodies, including an Apple Tree punch-needle kit, some fruity buttons, and a bag of chocolate-covered dates (the most popular fruits over here!). I always forget to take a picture of the package before I shipped it out. Why do I keep doing that?! So annoying.

Lynda Ruth (from Purple Pixie Dust) drew my name, and she completely and utterly spoiled me. I knew I was in for a treat when the post office handed me a big box.

She's made me a cute little watermelon pillow (watermelon's my favorite!), and thrown in a sweet little watermelon button, a fat quarter of fruity fabric, a package of sour watermelon gummies, some Nestea packets, a little bottle of Burt's Bees fruity shampoo, some fruity tea towels, four tiny fruity candles, and a cupcake deco set.

She's also included some great souvenirs from New Brunswick: a foldout map, a postcard, a 2015 calendar, a touring guide, a little lighthouse figurine, a magnet, a pin, a bracelet, a set of drawstring bags, some saltwater taffy (I LOVE saltwater taffy!), lip balm, and a fun pink zippered pouch.

I've never had such a massive box of goodies waiting for me in the post office. Love it all! Thank you, Lynda Ruth! And thank you, Mii Stitch, for organizing this whole thing. I had so much fun participating.

Happy xxx's!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Please Welcome the Second Bear

I've been busy stitching up The Three Bears lately, and I've got a bit of an update to show you:

Sorry about the wrinkles. I tend not to iron until I've finished the project.

I realized that this is the first Prairie Schooler design I've ever stitched, which is a little shocking since I just love how bright and bold their colors always are, and how cute their designs are. I guess I've just never found the time - or got distracted by other projects!

I'm on break between classes right now. I've been working for a private language institute for the past year, so I've got very flexible hours. The bad news is, I get paid per teaching hour, and sometimes I just don't have that many students. This is one of those months. No stashing for me for a while!

Lots of love,

Friday, August 29, 2014

A Prairie Schooler Start

Hello, ladies! How are you all? It's been the same old, same old here. Work is still slow, I'm still plowing through old census reports in my family research... I have a lot of time on my hands. And so I've started another WIP!

This is Prairie Schooler's Fables & Tales, which I bought ages ago. I'm stitching this on 32 count Lambswool Jobelan with the recommended DMC colors.

There are five designs in this chart. I haven't decided yet if I'm going to stitch them all. I'm starting with The Three Bears, and I've already finished one bear! It's such a lovely, cute design, and such a pleasure to stitch. I'm going to enjoy this a lot!

Big hugs,

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

One Last Hoot

I did the finishing on the little Hoot bonus pattern!

This was my first time trying a mounted finish, and I'm actually super proud of myself for doing it. I had this fabric in my stash from an exchange earlier this year, and I know it's not at all Halloween-y but the colors matched so well I just went for it! I did the cording with strands of normal DMC floss. Once that was all done, the sides looked too empty, so I added the blue lace. I really hope it doesn't look like I just added stuff on top of stuff, that it actually looks cohesive.

Anyway, now I'm all set for autumn! I have no idea what I'm going to stitch next, now that all my WIPs are done. I've got two Prairie Schooler charts that I'm trying to decide between. Wonder if I have all the floss colors I need...

Happy xxx's!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

More Hoots!

Hey folks! How are you all doing? Hope you have some great plans for the weekend! It's going to be a quiet one for me, just catching up on sleep and spending time with the husband.

Ever since I finished stitching the Hoot biscornu, I've been working on the bonus pattern that came along with the kit - the Hoot fob. It was a super quick stitch.

I found an extra bit of 32 count Dark Cobblestone Lugana in my stash (it was the same color as the natural linen that came with the kit, and I wanted them to match) and I used the recommended DMC colors and the little green beads that were included in the kit.

Since this was such a quick and easy stitch, I think I'm going to experiment a little with the finishing. Why not, right? That way, if the finishing goes badly, I won't be heartbroken about losing the cross-stitching.

Wish me luck!