Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Another Amazing Exchange with Emma

Emma (from Emma's Bloglet) and I had our annual summer exchange, and it was awesome as usual! She very sweetly agreed to move it earlier so we could receive our packages before I left. The theme was favorite seasons, and Emma chose summer, so this is what I sent her:


This is Little House Needlework's Summer Garden, stitched on a 28-count evenweave. I changed the colors of the flowers to make it more vibrant, added a few buttons, and finished it off as a pillow with some sweet purple fabric and bits of lace. I sent her a cute little knitted bunny, too:


I had to include some extra goodies, of course: the July 2015 issue of Cross-Stitcher magazine, some GAST and DMC floss, some antique wooden spools, a selection of teas, and a Camel Company notebook. I've been so busy these days I forgot to take a picture of it all, but Emma put one up on her blog.

And this is what she sent me:


I chose winter as my favorite season, and Emma made me this sweet pillow. It's Winter Friends from The Snowflower Diaries. Isn't it perfect? She also sent a little tea towel from Portugal, where she spent her summer, and a sweet gift for the baby! I haven't opened the card yet, I'm saving it for when I get back :D


And more goodies! She's very generously sent me SamSarah's Fresh Apple chart (so perfect - I've already finished the watermelon and the strawberry from this series!) and Hands On Design's January (which I've been admiring for a while!), some gorgeous Artesano yarn, blue beads, and a postcard.

Thank you so much, Emma! I feel completely spoiled. Love having exchanges with this girl!

Well, that's all from me for a while. We leave to Jordan on Friday morning for the first part of the wedding tour. Don't know if I'll have access to the Internet while I'm there, so I'm not sure when you'll hear from me next. I'll be running around tomorrow doing last-minute errands and frantically trying to pack for the next five months.

Wish me luck!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Love Sheep Update 6 and the August Gifted Gorgeousness SAL

Hey everyone! Hope you're all doing wonderfully. This is my last week before we head out, so I've been busy, busy, busy. I still need to pack, clean the house, do all the laundry, buy some last-minute things, visit my doctor one last time... The list goes on and on and on. The good news is, the list is considerably shorter than it was last week!

All right, it's August 15th, so it's time for the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL July edition! 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 (because it's 2015).

For the last few months I've been working on Prairie Schooler's Two By Two, gifted to me last year in an exchange with Emma from Emma's Bloglet (you can see my last update here). This is what it looks like now:


This is at 2400 stitches now, believe it or not. The ship is really coming along, albeit slowly and surely. I've finally started on the bottom part (I'm certain these different parts have proper names, but not being a sailor or a sailor's wife, I don't have a clue what they are!)


I've also got an update on my Little Sheep Virtues SAL:


This is Love at 1200. FINALLY finished the border! Whew!


I've already started on the first little sheep. Trying to figure out how to stitch the second one - I've decided to make one white with a brown face and legs, like the model picture, and the other one will be black. But should his face and legs also be brown, or should I go with beige for contrast? What do you guys think?

Big hugs,

Monday, August 10, 2015

Love Sheep Update 5, and the Never More Biscornu!

Hello from the sandpit! I swear this city could not possibly get hotter or more humid. It's more than 40 degrees C, which is more than 100 degrees F. Every day is a test in patience. Cars have literally been exploding in the heat. Just blowing up. Spontaneously. Thank goodness we've got covered parking!

On a less frustrating topic: I've got a finish to show for myself!


This is Never More, by Hands On Design and Just Another Button Company. I finished stitching it last week, and I just finished putting it together into a biscornu. Isn't it awesome? I love it!


I had to tweak the design a little bit. Last week I had backstitched the spiderweb in the middle of the square, but I decided the button should go in the middle so I pulled it out and did this on the back:


Just a quick, big spiderweb I whipped up. I saved one of the buttons for the back too. What do you guys think?

Some progress on the Little Sheep Virtues SAL:


This is Love at 1000 stitches. The border is still plodding along...


I'm trying to get as much stitching done as possible before we leave. We've got about a week and a half left before my SIL's wedding tour. We'll be going to Jordan first, and then London, and then I'll be heading to the States to be with my mom. Still running around trying to get everything ready, but it's definitely coming along!

Happy xxx's,

Monday, August 3, 2015

Love Sheep Update 4, and Never More News

Happy August, everyone! Hope you're all doing well and enjoying what's remaining of your summers! Things are still hectic here, but I feel good and healthy. My tummy is really popping out now! I'm 4 1/2 months along and definitely starting to show. I had a bit of an emotional crisis the other day when I could no longer button up my jeans, but other than that, it hasn't been too bad!

All right, some stitching: I finished Never More!


This is a new design by Hands On Design and Just Another Button Company that I started just a couple of weeks ago. It was a super easy, cute design to stitch, and I'm so happy with how it looks! I stitched it up on 32-count Ivory Lugana with the DMC alternatives. I'm going to make it up into a biscornu when I get the chance, and I still need to attach the buttons it came with.


Also have an update on my Little Sheep Virtues SAL piece:


This is Love at 800 stitches. Made some progress on the border. Even though every border on these sheep designs is different, they are definitely my least favorite part of stitching the series. They just take so long!


There are two sheep on this piece, and I'm really considering making one white and one black (they're both white on the pattern). Yep, I think that's what I'll do. The majority of the sheep in the series are white - the one exception was the Faith sheep that I just finished - and I think black sheep are super cute.

Lots of love,

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Love Sheep Update 3 and Yet Another New Start

Had a pretty crazy day today, so I'm only just getting to this post now (I'm starting this at 11:40 pm). I've got this massive to-do list to get through before the end of August, when we have to leave for my sister-in-law's wedding. My main focus has been trying to get the baby's nursery ready, but honestly there aren't a lot of choices in Dubai for baby furniture. I've been searching high and low for curtains - CURTAINS, not some weird exotic obscure thing - and it's been basically impossible. The problem is the size of the window in the nursery. It's a balcony door, so it's huge, and they apparently only make nursery curtains in teeny tiny sizes!

That's my rant for the day. On to some stitching...

I have a new start! I'm just zipping through my stash. This is Never More, by Hands On Design and Just Another Button Company:


This is turning out to be a really fun stitch! I'm planning on turning this into a biscornu when I'm done. I'm basically halfway done already: I've stitched the shelves, most of the green jars, and the features on the skulls.


I've also made some progress on my Little Sheep Virtues SAL piece:


This is Love at 600 stitches. I've finished the flowers and the word "love" and I've already started the border!


That's all I've got to show today. Hope you're all doing well!

Big hugs,

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Love Sheep Update 2, One Finish, and One Finish-Finish!

Good grief, I'm late this week! I'm blaming it on pregnancy brain (I've been blaming A LOT of things on pregnancy brain). I'm about 17 and a half weeks along by now, and definitely starting to show! It's been so much fun - the crib and changing table have been delivered and assembled, and I've been window shopping for curtains and wallpaper. After a lot of debate, we've decided to go for a kind of animal safari theme for the nursery.

Oh, right, I forgot to share the news with you guys (see? pregnancy brain). We're having a boy!!! I seriously didn't expect it at all. My husband and I have three sisters EACH, so there's a lot of girls in our families. But I feel so blessed and excited!

Enough baby talk, let me show you guys some stitching. I finished Liberty Belles!


It still needs to be ironed out and finish-finished. I've stitched this two over one on 18-count Cork linen with DMC floss. Very happy to have this one done, because I did not enjoy this fabric at all!

I've also made some progress on my Little Sheep Virtues SAL:


This is Love at 400 stitches. I forgot to mention last week (do you see a pattern here?) when I posted my start on this, that it was a gift from the wonderful Kaye at Kitten Stitching, who's also part of this SAL. Thanks again, Kaye!


AND I've got a finish-finish to share with you all!


This is Faith, which I finished a couple of weeks ago. I finished it off the same way I finished Simplicity, Hope, and Joyfulness. Here's the backing fabric I used:


And here are all four sheep together:


I'm so happy with them! They're all so cute and fluffy. I can't wait to add Love to the collection...

Happy xxx's,

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Love Sheep Update 1, Liberty Belles, and the July Gifted Gorgeousness SAL

Hey guys! It's been a little while. My sister came to visit early this week (now that all my in-laws have left) and she brought sooooooo many gifts for the baby! It's been so much fun unpacking everything and buying baby furniture and decorating the nursery. I managed to get some stitching done this weekend before she arrived, so here it is!

First, Liberty Belles:


Lots of progress here! All the girls are done, and I just have the words in the upper left corner and the border to stitch.

Next, my start on the Love sheep for my Little Sheep Virtues SAL:


This is my first 200 stitches on it. I finished up Faith last week and I'm working on finishing-finishing it. It should be ready to share next week!


And, finally, it's July 15th, so it's time for the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL July edition! 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 (because it's 2015).

For the last few months I've been working on Prairie Schooler's Two By Two, gifted to me last year in an exchange with Emma from Emma's Bloglet (you can see my last update here). This is what it looks like now:


And that's all! I have to take my sister to the airport tonight, so after that I'll be catching up on everyone's blogs. See you soon!

Lots of love,