Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Courage Sheep Update 6, and the Log Cabin Finish!

Another nap-time blog post! Super, super fast. Here's my progress on the Little Sheep Virtues SAL:

This is Courage at 600 stitches. I've done more on the border and started the flower on the left. I realize these progress reports aren't incredibly exciting, but I like these tiny goals: I can totally finish 100 stitches a week, no matter how crazy the rest of my life is.

I got back home from Kuwait a few days ago, and got back to my log cabin mini-quilt (you can see my last progress post here). If you'll remember, the last time I worked on it I thought I might flip it because the images on two of the fabric strips turned out to be upside down. So here it is, all finished!

I had an awesome time putting this together, and I might actually make another one for my mother. I have no idea how to finish them off, though. I could get some backing fabric and quilt it up, or I could get it framed as it is. Ooohh, the possibilites!

Big hugs,

Monday, August 22, 2016

Courage Sheep Update 5, Along with Some Giddy Stashing

Oooh, I just love getting mail, don't you? And I got some really good stuff this time too. I saw some pictures of these limited edition Plum Street Sampler Christmas kits, and I went on a hunting trip. Sure enough, I found them on eBay, totally brand-new and untouched!

So pretty! I can't wait to open these babies up. Unfortunately the kits don't include fabric, so I'm going to need to order some first.

Got a little more stitching done on the Little Sheep Virtues SAL:

This is Courage at 500 stitches. More on the border, plus a start on the second flower and a finish of that little bridge in the middle. It's really coming along!

Lots of love,

Monday, August 15, 2016

The August Gifted Gorgeousness SAL, Plus Courage Sheep Update 4

Another really quick post while baby naps! It's the 15th of August, which means it's time for the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL, 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.

A couple of months ago I started working on Plum Street Sampler's Party Tarts, which was technically a birthday present from my father. You can see my last update here. And here's my progress this month:

Last month I finished the donkey, and now I'm halfway through the elephant.

A little more done on the weekly Little Sheep Virtues SAL:

This is Courage at 400 stitches. Just more stitching on the border and the middle flower. Nothing too exciting!

All right, that's about all I've got time for today. I'm trying my best to keep up with everyone's blogging, but forgive me if it takes a little while!

Happy xxx's!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Courage Sheep Update 3, and the Logging Continues

Hi everyone! Hope you're all doing well. I'm actually typing this up in Kuwait - I got here Thursday night and I'll be staying for another couple of weeks. My sister had her baby! We were a few days late because she had to be induced, but I'm glad to be spending time with them now. I brought lots of goodies with me, including the baby blanket I made, which was a really big hit!

We're all staying in my parents' house, and it's lovely. Lots of help with the two babies. I've had some time to stitch too:

My update on the Little Sheep Virtues SAL. This is Courage at 300 stitches. I've done more on the border, plus the little flower in the middle.

I've also got a progress shot of my log cabin. I didn't bring my sewing machine with me, obviously - I couldn't put this down last week, so this is a shot of what it looked like before I left:

I've actually realized that two of the strips, the red one at the very bottom and the green one second from the top, have been added upside-down. It doesn't matter with the others, but these two have images of people and toys that are now the wrong way up. So I might actually flip it around so that the top half is red and the bottom half is green.

Big hugs,

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Annual Exchange with Emma!

Emma (from Emma's Bloglet) and I had our 4th annual exchange, and this time we decided to do a Christmas in July theme. It was so much fun! This is what I made Emma:

I found this lovely pattern for a Christmas tree biscornu, took out a piece of 32-count Dark Cobblestone Lugana that I had in my stash, and stitched it with DMC Blanc. Then I attached tiny gold beads to the trees. I had to fiddle with the design a bit - I added that zigzag line around the design just to make it a little bigger.

I had to spoil her a little, of course, so I added a few more goodies: a Christmas edition of Leisure Arts magazine, a baggie of different red and green lace, a piece of Cork linen, a little Christmas manicure set, a piece of Camel Milk soap, and a magnet from Dubai! I didn't remember to take a photo before I shipped it all off, but Emma's got one on her blog.

And this is what she sent me:

A gorgeous London scarf, a piece of Christmas fabric, TWO Little House Needleworks charts (happy dancing! woot woot woot!), and this lovely little hanging that she stitched:

I love it all so much, Emma! Thank you! This was awesome fun. I can't wait for next year's exchange :D

Lots of love,