Sunday, September 28, 2014

Hope Sheep Update 4

Oh my goodness, I'm so tired. I had a string of long classes at work today (though maybe they just felt long because they were all with kids - why my boss insists on assigning all the children to me is a mystery, since I have no experience with them at all). I managed to run to the post office on my break to post my Halloween exchange package to my partner (yay!) so that's one thing off my to-do list.

So! Let's get to it. It's Sunday, so it's time to post an update on the Sheep Virtues SAL Lija and I are doing. Here's progress on Hope:

I'm at 400 stitches now. I've finished the two trees, stitched the holly in the middle, and started the snow on the bottom.

Now I'm off to watch the Panthers/Ravens game. My mom's from North Carolina, so I'm a big Panthers fan. I've also managed to get my husband addicted to the NFL since we've been married - he's always been a huge sports fan, but no one watches the NFL here. Wish us luck!

Lots of love,

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A Little More on The Three Bears

Whew! It's been a busy week. I jumped right back into work the morning after we landed and I've been teaching, unpacking, and cleaning in equal measures. You wouldn't think so much junk would accumulate in just one week away!

I've picked up The Three Bears again and made a little more progress:

I've started the banner on the bottom, though I've only stitched "The 3" so far. Then I backstitched the "Just" randomly - the top of the fabric was feeling neglected!

I also thought I'd show you the stash I picked up in London. I couldn't find a proper needle shop - though to be honest, I was keeping myself busy with other adventures and didn't try that hard. But I did pop into John Lewis and managed to find some lovely yarns and trims:

Believe it or not, these were ridiculously cheap compared to Dubai prices, and I would have grabbed some more but my poor husband was in the store with me and he had the most pitiful expression of boredom. Oh well - next time!

Big hugs,

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hope Sheep Updates 2 & 3

Hi everyone! I'm back from my week in London (what I'm calling my tag-along-with-the-husband-while-he's-in-training trip :D). I had an amazing time and once I've unpacked fully and gotten my bearings (we only got in last night), I'll share some pics and stories with you.

First things first! I missed the last update day, Sunday, for the Sheep Virtues SAL Lija and I started (which you can read about here), so I'm going to make up for it with two updates. We're aiming for 100 stitches a week, so here's last week's, the second update of the SAL, at 200 stitches:

And here's this week's update, at 300 stitches:

I've finished the big snowflake and have moved on to the trees underneath. So far both Kaye and Anne have joined in the SAL - if anyone else would like to, please feel free! The more the merrier. :D

I'll be working on catching up to all your blogs in the next couple of days. For now, happy xxx's!

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,