Monday, March 31, 2014

Keeping Busy Stitching Stars

Brace yourselves, people - here's some more insanely slow progress on Falling Star!

I've gotten some more stitches into the massive umbrella, and I've stitched the word "in" on the bottom. I like to switch between motifs and colors to keep sane - if I concentrated only on the umbrella I'd lose hope!

My husband's company have sent him to the capital city, Abu Dhabi, for two weeks. Again! Last year they sent him there for three months. On the bright side (if you can call it that) I've got a ridiculous amount of work this week, so that should keep me busy. At least I don't have to rush home or feel guilty/stressed that I don't have time to cook or clean or keep house, right?

Off to get some sleep!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Sun, Rain, Stars

More slow steady progress on La-D-Da's Falling Star:

I suspect you're all bored of watching the glacial march of color across fabric on this piece. I've just been SO busy at work that this is really all I can manage by the time I get home. Just bear with me!

Anyway, I've done more stitching on the umbrella, which is going to take me an eternity to finish, and stitched the little star on the left side of "pocket."

It's been sunny and lovely for the last couple of weeks, so I thought that I would take advantage of my day off, Wednesday, and go to the beach, maybe get some color and swim a little. What happens? I wake up on Wednesday to find it raining buckets outside. It rained and rained and rained. And then on Thursday, it was clear and sunny again. Just my luck! It never rains this late in the season, so I wonder what's going on.

Hope your sun is shining too!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Exchanges with Anne

Anne (over at Doll's Musings) and I decided a little while ago to have a spring biscornu exchange. I LOVE making biscornus, and this was so much fun to put together!

Here's a lovely freebie I found on Pinterest, which led me to Palko-lap. I stitched this with 3 strands of DMC threads over 1 (wanted better coverage) on two different colored 14-count Aida fabrics, beige and navy blue. Never done that before, but I wanted to experiment a little, and I love the result! Will definitely be making more two-toned biscornus. I used some wooden buttons for the center.

I also cross-stitched a little ornament with her first two initials. I used some over-dyed green ribbon and more wooden buttons.

I included two Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe charts, some purple fabric with tiny white stars, and some locally-made mint tea. Forgot to take a picture of it all before I sent it out, so here's Anne's picture (I didn't expect the charts to get so crumpled up! Blame it on the international postal service):

And here's what Anne sent me:

She's really spoiled me silly! Aside from her beautiful biscornu, she sent me some moss-green Lugana fabric, pink and white polka-dot fabric, some threads, pink and white polka-dot ribbon, some buttons, bird stickers, and some tea from her favorite tea store, The Great Wall Tea Company (can't wait to try it - it smells great!). Here's a closeup of the biscornu:

So much fun! I loved this exchange. Thanks again, Anne! :D


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Some Quiet Stitching

More progress getting done on Falling Star! I'm sticking pretty faithfully to this piece right now, trying to get as many stitches into it as possible.

I stitched in the word "pocket" on the left and got some more stitching done on the umbrella. It's a massive umbrella, so it's going to take a while to finish it up (much like the watermelon from the last La-D-Da design I stitched, Down by the Bay).

Not much else is going on here. It's been a pretty quiet week. I'm expecting this upcoming week to be crazy busy, though - I have a new student who I'll be teaching for three hours straight every morning, on top of my other regular students.

Wish me luck!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Getting Back to Falling Stars

Hi folks! Now that all the excitement of the wedding has died down, and my mother-in-law is safe back in Yemen, I've gotten back to stitching on my WIP, La-D-Da's Falling Star. Here's where I am so far:

I've stitched in the final star on this side, and started the umbrella. I'm having so much fun with this project - the NPI silks are lovely to work with!

I'm looking forward to things calming down around here. I have so much to catch up on! I've got this WIP to put more stitching in, and I've got two gorgeous balls of yarn just staring at me from their basket. Can't wait to get my knitting needles out!


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Spring has Sprung...I Think

I just finished up Under the Pear Tree and the little bonus pattern! I had a lot of fun playing around with the finishing, and I couldn't be happier with how they turned out:

I finished them both up as little cushions with white lace. The big one I stuffed with poly-fill, and the little one is a mix of poly-fill and lavender. I backed them both with some green fabric I had in my stash.

I also made myself a little spring rabbit. I knitted it up (click here if you'd like the instructions) with Red Heart's Super Saver Economy in Aran Fleck. I gave him little wooden button eyes and a cotton ball tail and tied a nice sage ribbon around his neck.

So there you go! That's my little spring basket, replacing all those winter biscornus you can see in my header. I'm not sure if it's actually spring here right now. It went from cold winter just a couple of weeks ago to hot and humid and 33 degrees C. I think we may have bypassed spring and gone straight into summer...

Happy xxx's!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Under the Pear Tree

So while I was in Kuwait for my sister's wedding I decided to be productive. During those quiet hours after everyone was asleep or in the morning before the chaos would start, I was stitching these cuties up:

This is Under the Pear Tree from the Snowflower Diaries (blog here, Etsy store here). Chiara over at the grey tail very generously sent me the pattern during a recent exchange we did, and kitted it up too! She sent me the pre-loaded threads for the pattern from Nina's Threads, and included two pieces of 32-count Belfast linen to stitch it and the tiny free pattern that came along with it.

This was a super fast stitch, and easy to take along with me because it was already kitted up (thanks again, Chiara!)

Can't wait to finish these little guys up! They're going to look so cute.

Lots of love,

Monday, March 10, 2014

Back from the Wedding!

Hi everyone! I'm back. Still can't feel my feet, though - that should teach me to dance all night in high heels.

I wanted to show you the wedding gift I gave my sister. Based on the advice you all gave me, I stitched her up a little something. I was hesitating, because needlework is not an interest of hers, but my mother encouraged me to do it too. So, without further ado, here it is:

This is a design I found on Etsy, from Wee Little Stitches (blog here, Etsy store here). I thought it was really sweet and simple. I stitched it on 32-count Dark Cobblestone Lugana, which I think looks great with all the white stitching. I added their names at the top and the date of the wedding on the bottom.

I had it professionally framed, which took forever. The first picture is more true to the actual colors. What do you guys think?

I'll be back later to post about the stitching I managed to do in Kuwait. For now, though, I've got piles of laundry to do and a suitcase to unpack.

Big hugs!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Stashin' and Dashin'

Okay, I went a little crazy shopping, online and in person. Not too crazy, I promise!

First off, let me share a lovely little parcel that Lija from Stitching in Crosses and More sent me. I'd forgotten that I'd won her giveaway a little while ago, and once I'd realized who the parcel was from (standing in the post office looking confused), I was surprised at how quickly it got here all the way from England!

I won a bunch of little charts from her, as well as some of her own home-dyed fabric and a few adorable stitching-themed charms! She also sent me a great London postcard. I love London. Sigh. Thanks again, Lija!

A little while ago I splurged on eBay and bought some Wisper threads I've been drooling over for a while. I found them at a very reasonable price so I bought a few different colors. You know, just in case. And I got some Belfast linen from the same store. Because you always need some linen, right?

Now, the post office is very conveniently located right across the street from a row of fabric stores. Isn't that nice of them? So I had a little mosey across the street and picked up a couple of yards. They were just so pretty! I also got a great pair of new fabric scissors.

So, that's it! Told you, it wasn't that bad. I've been really trying to control myself. Just enough to be giddy! :D

All right, I'm off to the airport now for my sister's wedding. See you next week!

Lots of love,

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Dancing Falling Stars

More slow progress made on Falling Star:

I stitched up the umbrella handle this time. I'm so happy with my decision to change the fabric color and not go with the one that was suggested - the colors are showing up so nicely!

I've just been concentrating on this one piece lately. Between my MIL being in town, getting ready for my sister's wedding at the end of the week, and normal work/chores, I haven't had time to pick up anything else. I'm so excited for the wedding! It's on Friday, but I'm leaving on Tuesday to have time to help out. It's going to be so much fun!

Lots of love,