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!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Hoot is Finished!

Woohoo! *happy dancing* After a long evening of stitching, the Hoot biscornu is finally finished.

I used the little orange buttons provided in the kit to finish this off. For some reason, while I was stitching the edges shut, I noticed that it was getting a little bit lopsided. I don't understand how, since I even measured the two squares before I started to make sure they were exactly the same size. Oh well - I showed it to my husband and he didn't seem to notice anything, so I guess I'm nit-picking again!

I think I'm going to start stitching the bonus pattern that came along with this kit, the little owl fob. It looks so cute! And I'm definitely in an autumn kind of mood now.

Lots of love,

Sunday, August 17, 2014

...And a Hoot-Hoot There...

The second half of the Hoot biscornu is finished! Here are the two sides together:

I stitched the final candy corn, pumpkin, bird, and googly eyes; finished the purple border; backstitched the blue border; and finished the beading on both sides!

I think this is the longest it's ever taken me to stitch a biscornu, but there are just so many details on both the front AND back of this one. I love it, though - the colors really pop! Can't wait to put the two sides together now.

Big hugs,

Thursday, August 14, 2014

With a Hoot-Hoot Here...

And the third corner of Hoot is done! This is coming along so quickly now...

So I've stitched yet another candy corn, pumpkin, bird, and pair of googly eyes, and I've started stitching the purple border. One more corner to go!

Exciting news: I got highlights in my hair! I've always had an experimental relationship with my hair, and I've gone through periods when I've had it chin-length, and then periods where I've tried to grow it out (The longest I got was for the wedding, about mid-back - and then I promptly chopped it off again). At one point in high school I got a perm (BIG MISTAKE) and at another point I streaked it with pink. Last summer I dyed it with henna, which made it a dark reddish-brown. But then I got bored with it again, so I was trying to figure out what to do with it all summer, and last night I just picked myself up, went to the salon, and asked for highlights. It's not too drastic, very natural looking, and I LOVE IT!

Happy dancing!

Monday, August 11, 2014

It's Such a Hoot

Another corner stitched on the Hoot biscornu!

I've finished another pumpkin, another bird, another pair googly eyes, and another piece of candy corn. I've also added the blue to the black border in the middle. I'm half-way through on this side!

Still spending a lot of time researching my mother's family's ancestry. Why am I only doing my mother's side of the family? Because my father is Arab, and Arabs were notorious for being nomadic until about fifty years ago. Their record-keeping is mostly oral, and it's part of our tradition that our names include the names of our ancestors. So instead of a middle name, it's my father's name, and his father's, and his father's, and his father's, etc. It's actually a very good way of keeping track of people, and so my father's family can trace its roots from Kuwait, up to Iraq, and down again to Saudi Arabia and then Yemen. My mother's family? I know next to nothing about them.

Wish me luck!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Hooting Again

Now that my little fruit pieces are finished, I've picked up Lizzie Kate's Hoot biscornu again. I finished the front half of the biscornu here, so now I need to stitch the back half.

I've done one corner, including the candy corn, the black border around it, the pumpkin, the bird, and the googly eyes. Three more corners to go!

Work has been slow this week, so I've been occupying a lot of my time with family tree research. One summer about four years ago I took what I knew about my mother's side of the family, opened an account on, and started searching. I managed to get a LOT of information, but I also hit a lot of dead ends. Since that summer I've gotten married and started working and gotten busy with life. I decided a few days ago that, since I didn't have anything better to do, I'd pick the research up where I left off!

So I'm off to dig through more census reports and death certificates!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A Berry-Licious Finish!

After a LOT of holding my breath and stitching very carefully, my little Strawberry is finished!

I don't know what it is about these SamSarah 3D designs, but they give me palpitations. I have such a difficult time with the finishing! Is it just me? Their instructions are actually very detailed, but it's like the part of my brain responsible for physically carrying out instructions just shuts down or something. This time wasn't as bad as the Melon finish, but I'm still not 100% happy with the result. I'm convinced it looks more like a radish than a strawberry...

Now that I've finished two of the series, I'm actually wondering if I should buy the rest of them. I promised myself I wouldn't buy more stash for a while, but it's just so tempting! Here are the strawberry and the watermelon together:

Lots of love,

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Picking Up Where We Left Off

Hello, folks! I'm back! Wow, it's been a while, hasn't it? This summer has been so long and so busy: Ramadan, the World Cup, my trip to Kuwait, and then all of my in-laws coming to visit for Eid (the three-day holiday to celebrate the end of Ramadan). It's been a whirlwind of family and food, and I'm just finally catching my breath.

Just an idea of how crazy my family is: my husband's entire family came to visit us, including his grandparents, as a pit stop on their way to other destinations. His grandparents are now in Valencia, Spain (his grandmother is Spanish) and his parents and sisters are in Tokyo, Japan (his father is a diplomat and Tokyo is his newest posting). My side of the family is heading back home to North Carolina, USA tomorrow night (my youngest sister is off to East Carolina University, and my mother and my other sister are going to be moving with her).

Everyone's now scattered across the globe, which is a lovely excuse to go around visiting them soon.

I have been doing some stitching, believe in or not. A lot of it has been for the Tutti Frutti exchange, so I can't share those with you yet. But I finally got the missing thread, WDW's Strawberry Fields, to finish stitching my Strawberry!

Now that the stitching is complete, all that's left is for me to put it together, which I'm a little terrified about. Here's hoping it goes well!

I've got a lot of blog reading to catch up on still. I haven't forgotten you all, don't worry!

Big hugs,