Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The December Gifted Gorgeousness SAL, and the Monkey is Swinging!

Somehow, when I wasn't looking, December 15th crept up on me. It's the last Gifted Gorgeousness SAL update of the year, folks! 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 4000 stitches now. Finally, after months and months of stitching, I'm done with the hull of the ship! Happy dancing here (well, as much as I can with my giant tummy). I've stitched the two peace doves and started on the waves underneath the ship. So close to a finish now!

I'm stitching up a storm on the baby sampler too. I'm officially 39 weeks along as of today, so it's really just a matter of time before I pop. So this is what it looked like first:

Then it looked like this:

And now it looks like this:

I've finished stitching the sun and all the leaves. I've just got to finish the monkey and his brown frame now. I didn't like how they kept charting the animals' eyes blue, so I changed them all to brown (except the elephant, who's blue all over so it didn't look weird). Once I'm done with the stitching I still have all the backstitching to do, but it's really coming along and I should be able to finish soon!

Happy xxx's!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

And a Monkey Peeks Out!

Welcome, all! Yes, I'm still here. I'm 38 and a half weeks along now, I just saw my doctor yesterday, and we're on the home stretch now. Really trying not to think about it (or panic about it!) - I'm just taking it a day at a time, getting my hospital bag ready, making sure I've got everything we'll need for the baby...

Which includes the baby sampler! I'm still not done, but I've got a lot of time on my hands these days, so I have hope that I'll be able to finish it. So since last week, it looked like this first:

Then it looked like this:

And now it looks like this:

Yep, I finally managed to pick up the DMC floss I'd run out of to complete the orange dots on the giraffe. I've started stitching the sun in the corner and the monkey, made progress on the brown frame, and finished the blue frame in the middle and the branch the monkey will be swinging on. So happy with the way this is turning out!

Lots of love,

Monday, December 7, 2015

One More (Tiny) Stashing Confession, and the Giraffe is On Hold

Hi everyone! Well, I'm getting closer and closer to my due date. I'm about 37 and a half weeks along now! It's pretty terrifying, to be honest, so I'm trying not to think too hard about it. But the good news is that my husband is here! He landed Friday evening, so I actually relax now. It's just so nice to know that he's going to be here, like an extra support system.

And the baby sampler is just zipping along! Lots of progress to show. First it looked like this:

Then like this:

And now like this:

I've nearly finished the giraffe, except unfortunately I still haven't bought the DMC 720 I need. I also stitched the little bird sitting on top of his frame, finished the green frame around the giraffe, made some progress on the blue frame in the middle, and started stitching the last frame (that brown bit next to the green).

So last week I spilled the beans on all the stashing I've been doing. I have one more confession: I have ALWAYS wanted a Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe necessaire, so when Nancy started making her latest batch, I knew I had to get one. And I'm so happy with my choice!

Isn't it lovely? And it's full of all sorts of goodies!

Gorgeous lace, a little pouch full of buttons and charms, some of her beautiful hand-dyed floss, a felt needle holder, and a free gift: a zip bag of buttons. I love it all so much. I'll probably never even use any of it, just take it out every once in a while to pet it!

Big hugs,