Thursday, July 26, 2012

Another Quick Finish

I finally picked this little cutie back up again. It literally only took about 40 minutes to finish it up. I did another flat hanging, with a soft purple fabric for the backing and a purple gingham ribbon. Isn’t it sweet? I really hope my SIL likes it… I don’t even know if she likes purple!

Just a short post today. I’m insanely busy this month, even though I don’t start work again until September. And now I have to make a trip to the war zone known as the supermarket. Heaven help me.
Only another week before the winner of the giveaway is announced! Please comment on this post if you still haven’t entered.

May every stitch bring you joy,

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The WIP is Done!

I finally finished up my Ramadan sampler!

It’s already the fifth day of Ramadan, so I’m a little late. I guess I got a little distracted with the knitting… :D But anyway, here it is at last. Once I’d finished the moon and only had the lettering left to do, I realized I didn’t like the way it looked on the pattern. So I went online to Better Cross Stitch Patterns and downloaded one of their free alphabets, called It’s a Fine Line. I’m really happy with how it turned out.

So that just left the matter of finishing it off. I went with a flat hanging, so my parents-in-law can hang it up when it’s the season, so to speak, and then take it back down afterwards. I chose a basic black fabric for the backing (like the alliteration?) and a really pretty black lace ribbon to hang. What do you guys think?

Don’t forget about the giveaway! There’s still plenty of time to join in. Just comment on this post and your name will go into the draw. I can’t wait!

Later, folks!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Picking Up Sticks

I learned how to knit over the weekend!

I cannot tell you how much fun this was. I had to watch a bunch of YouTube videos until I got the hang of it, but once I did I was jammin’! I’m using 8mm needles with a nice chunky yarn from Lion Brand called Wool-Ease Thick and Quick in Denim. This is a very simple garter stitch that I get to do over and over and over and over…

I think I’m making myself a scarf. It is not at all perfect – you can see how uneven the ends are – but who cares? It’s my first knitting! Will keep you updated on how it goes. I am just so excited! It’s so interesting to go from cross-stitching with thread to knitting with yarn. Love it.

A quick hello to all my new followers! I’ve gotten such a great response to the giveaway so far. Thank you all for your interest – we’ve got a little less than two weeks left! Good luck to everyone. :D And to anyone who hasn’t entered so far, please post a comment on this post.

Adios, mi amigos!

Friday, July 20, 2012

A Piece of Peace

A really good friend of mine just got back from vacation, and her birthday was last weekend. After I got off the phone with her, I decided I had the perfect pattern to make.

This is an absolutely adorable freebie from the DMC website. It’s a relatively quick stitch, if you don’t mind all the backstitching. I love the color palette, all the soft blues and greens and peaches and browns. I used some 11-count Aida cloth again, and as always with 11-count, I used 3 strands instead of 2 to make it fuller.

I might actually stitch this up again some time. It’s really lovely. And the great thing is, it fits perfectly in this standard 4x6 frame.

And don’t forget about the giveaway! Everyone’s got another two weeks to enter. You have to comment on this post. Good luck!

Peace out,

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Back to My WIP

So it's been a while, but I finally picked my Ramadan sampler back up and did some more stitching on it this week. Here's where I am right now:

It’s not finished yet – I still have the moon and the wording to stitch in. But I’m almost there! I also need to decide how to finish it off.

I’ve pretty much decided to give this piece to my parents-in-law when I see them in a couple of weeks. Ramadan’s starting sometime this weekend, so it’s actually perfect timing. And it would be a nice little token, don’t you think?

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway! Post a comment on this post if you’re interested.


Monday, July 16, 2012

Another SIL Gift

Before I went on vacation, I made little presents for two of my sisters-in-law (this one and this one). I hadn’t made anything yet for my third SIL, the youngest, because she still lives in Yemen with her parents. We’re going to see them in a few weeks, though, so I realized I better get a move on.

This is a cute little freebie from the Lizzie Kate website. It’s a really quick, happy stitch. I stitched it on 11 count Aida because I wanted it to look kind of rustic. I haven’t decided how to finish it off yet, but I’ll figure it out soon.

And don’t forget to join my giveaway! Please comment on this post if you’d like to be a part of it.

Keep on stitchin’,

Saturday, July 14, 2012

My First Giveaway!

Thanks for the sweet messages welcoming me back! :D You guys are the best.

And, because you're so good to me, I’ve decided to have a giveaway. On August 3rd, I will have been blogging for six months (SIX MONTHS! Can you believe it?) And to celebrate this milestone, I’ve put together a few goodies for the lucky winner.

1.      The finished “Jaime Broder.”

This is an adorable freebie from Passione Ricamo. I finally finished it up on top of a box that is big enough to hold your current WIP if you need to take it with you on a trip or car ride, or if you just need to hide it from your cat.

2.      A tiny pincushion jar, one of several I’ve made. This one is by far the cutest. The top is a pincushion, and the jar itself can be used as storage for pretty much anything – needles, buttons, ribbon, charms…

3.      Three full skeins of DMC thread (433, 434, & 744), already neatly wound up on cardboard cards. I tried to pick common colors that you’d all definitely have a use for. I don’t know if that’s the “thing” to do, but I’ve done it. :P

4.      A 1 x ½ yard of a pretty, light-purple cotton fabric.

5.      An issue of “Creation Point de Croix.” I realize this makes two French items, which is odd because I don’t speak French. But it is the only cross-stitching magazine I could get here, and I’ve carefully checked all the charts inside (lots and lots of charts) and they’re easy to read, no worries.

6.      Southwest Borders pattern foldout.

7.      An “eye” bracelet, as a token from this side of the world. Any jewelry with the “eye” is super common here. It’s supposed to protect you from other people’s jealousy and evil intensions, and it’s a big part of our culture.

My first-ever giveaway! I’m excited. This is going to be fun. Two very simple rules, if you’d like to enter:
1.      Be a follower of this blog, and
2.      Leave a comment on this post.

You’ll have three weeks to enter. Good luck! “And may the odds be ever in your favor!”

Sorry, couldn’t help myself. :D

Hugs and kisses,