Saturday, September 30, 2017

Another Awesome Exchange with Emma!

Hi everyone! Life's been crazy and whatever extra time I have I literally just sleep or eat or take a shower. I haven't had a single minute to spend stitching, so I have no updates to share. But fear not! Emma (of Emma's Bloglet) and I have had our annual summer exchange, so here I am to reveal all!

This was originally meant to be a Christmas in July exchange, like last year, but as we've just received each other's packages, it's really more like a Christmas in September exchange! This is what I made Emma:

This is the January installment of Hands On Design's A Year in Chalk. I stitched it on a piece of 28-count dark blue evenweave with DMC Blanc for the white and a gorgeous variegated floss I had called Hydrangea from a South African company, The Cherry Tree. I finished it up as a flat ornament with some festive holiday fabric and twine!

I added a Little House Needleworks snowman chart with a piece of evenweave fabric to stitch it on, lots and lots of floss in Christmassy colors, a camel Christmas ornament, some snowman earrings, and some Arabic coffee.

And this is what she sent me:

A sweet snowy sheep, a Mill Hill Christmas magazine, some gorgeous red linen, metallic DMC floss, lovely red and white Christmas fabric, and an awesome tin of shortbread cookies! I love shortbread, so it's taking all my willpower not to inhale them.

I love it all so much, Emma! Thank you! I can't wait until next year's exchange...

Lots of love,

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The September Gifted Gorgeousness

Hi everyone! I didn't manage to check in with the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL last month because I wasn't in town, but I'm right on time for the September GG! Well, a day late, but who's counting? This is the brain-child of Jo from Serendipitous Stitching. 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.

 Last time I shared my new start on Little House Needleworks' Warm Winter Woolens (here). I've put in a little more time on it this month (not as much as I'd like, though). Here we go:

Just a little more stitching on the words! Not done yet, but you've gotta have little triumphs, right?

Happy xxx's,

Sunday, September 3, 2017

August Catchup: Lots of Sheep!

Hi everyone! My goodness, it's been so long since I've updated this blog! August was a seriously hectic month. We had given up hope of going anywhere this summer when suddenly, after three weeks of waiting, my husband's visa came out and we were off to Spain! We were only there for about ten days, and I really wish we could have stayed longer, because it was just lovely. The weather was gorgeous, especially compared to the oven we call Dubai.

We've been back for a few days and it's been non-stop ever since. So much to do! My to-do list always feels like it's getting longer instead of shorter. How is that possible?

I have managed to get some stitching done. First, here's my progress on the my latest Little Sheep Virtues, Friendship (you can see my last update here):

This is at 600 stitches.

And this is at 700 stitches:

Since my last update, I've gotten a lot of stitching done on the border. I also stitched the yellow petals of the flowers and finished up a few leaves and the grass that the sheep will stand on. This is coming along quickly!

I've also finally finished the Kindness Sheep! This has been sitting around waiting for me to get my act together for ages. First of all, I was not happy with the color of the pumpkins. I haven't changed a single color in this entire sheep series (except for the actual sheep, and that's just for fun!) but I felt like the pumpkins were more brown (you can see them in my last post about Kindness here). Anyways, I finally sat myself down, frogged all three pumpkins, and re-stitched them with DMC 920. Much better!

Then I passed by a new-to-me local quilt shop to drop something off (which I will reveal later!) and I poked around their fabric section. They had a huge selection and a lot of options, but I was looking for something orange to match and I am just not a fan of orange! It took a long time to find one that I liked. But anyway, here it is all finished:

And here's the backing fabric:

Yep, just a plain orange fabric, no print! This was the only shade of orange that I actually liked, because it's a nice pale shade that reminds me of a creamsicle hehehe... But it's the only plain fabric in the whole series so far! Here are all my sheep together:

And here are all of their backs together:

What do you guys think? Random? I feel like out of all the oranges in the world, this one "goes" better.

Whew, this was a long post! Hopefully it doesn't take me this long to post my next update.

Big hugs,

Friday, August 4, 2017

Friendship Sheep Update 3, and Some Blackberries

Hello hello! I know it's been a while. It's been difficult to find the time to blog, to be honest. I've been stitching as much as I can, but the whole process of taking pictures and uploading them onto my computer and then sitting down to write this... It's a bit much for me at the moment.

So I've decided to cut myself some slack. I'll post when I can! It might not be as often as I used to, but that's going to have to be okay. I've got to stop being so hard on myself!

All right, now that my little pep talk is over. Let me show you guys what I've been up to. First, I made some progress on Blackberry House by Plum Street Samplers. To see my last progress on this piece, you can go here.

Since my last progress post, I finished stitching the leaf I was in the middle of, plus I added another leaf and two more berries. I'm really happy with how this piece is looking. It's growing so well!

Then I got some work done on my Little Sheep Virtues stitching.

This is Friendship at 400 stitches (can see my last progress here).

And here it is at 500 stitches:

So since my last update I've finished the purple heart, added the math, started the two yellow flowers, and worked on the border some more.

I'm happy with my stitching the last couple of weeks. I'm just sorry that life's got me so busy I can't keep up with everyone and keep you all updated as much as I'd like.

Lots of love,

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Friendship Sheep Update 2

Hello hello! How are you lovely people? I actually have a decent bit of stitching to show you. This is the latest Little Sheep Virtue I've been working on, Friendship.

Here's the sheep at 200 stitches.

And here it is at 300 stitches:

Looking pretty good, right?

I managed to finish up the flower pot, the leaves and branches, made a decent start on the border, and a tiny start on the purple heart. Really good progress, I think!

Happy xxx's,

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The July Gifted Gorgeousness

Oh my goodness, I'm actually posting on the 15th! What! LOL... It's time for the July Gifted Gorgeousness SAL check-in! This is the brain-child of Jo from Serendipitous Stitching. 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.

Last month I finished off SamSarah's Fresh Apple, so I had to rummage through my stash and pull out another project. Here's my new start:

This was another gift from the awesome Emma of Emma's Bloglet during one of our exchanges. One of my favorite themes: sheep! This is Little House Needleworks' Warm Winter Woolens. I'm stitching this on 32-count Light Mocha Belfast linen with the recommended DMC threads.

Pretty good start, This is going to be a fun stitch! I think it's just so cute.

Big hugs,

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Friendship Sheep Update 1

Hi everyone! How's it going? So life is still insane. Still trying to keep all those balls in the air. In my designated stitching time for the week, I started the next Little Sheep Virtues! I haven't worked on these cuties since I finished stitching Kindness (which I haven't final-finished yet, because I haven't had the chance to pass by my LNS for backing fabric). So here is my start on Friendship:

This is the first 100 stitches. This is stitched on 28-count Coffee Jobelan with DMC, just like all the previous sheep. It's so nice to be back to stitching these little cuties!

Teeny tiny little post today! I'm going to try to make time to pass by your blogs and see what you're all up to.

Lots of love,

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Not a Great Week for Stitching...

This week I picked up Plum Street Sampler's Blackberry House - which, for the record, I LOVE, so that's not the problem - but the stitching I managed to get done is just pathetic. I'm trying to keep up with posting weekly, though, so here goes:

Yep, that's it. You can see my last progress post here from a couple of weeks ago. All I could manage was that little vine on the bottom left with the two berries, and half of a leaf. Urgh! I miss the days when I could just sit down and put in hours of stitching at a time.

Oh well. I'll try to do more the next time I pick this baby back up. In the meantime, I'm probably going to start another sheep next week. I've finished up a couple of major WIPs lately, the quilt top and the 3D apple, so the anxiety-inducing pile has shrunk a little. Might as well add to it, am I right?

Happy xxx's,

Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Quilt Top is Finished!

This is going to be a really quick post. I just wanted to do a little happy dance because I finished the Little One's quilt top!

You can see my last update here. I used a charm pack of Come Dive with Me, by Whistler Studios and most of a yard of Cotton Supreme Solids in Optical White. The pattern you can find here, and it's incredibly easy to follow.

That's it! Told you it would be quick. Today was the last day of Ramadan, which means tomorrow is Eid, our holy day to celebrate the end of the month of fasting. Which means I've got a lot to do to get ready!

Big hugs,

Saturday, June 17, 2017

The June Gifted Gorgeousness

Somehow, when I wasn't looking, half of the year has flown by and it's mid-June already. Which means it's time for the June Gifted Gorgeousness SAL check-in! This is the brain-child of Jo from Serendipitous Stitching. 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.

I've been working lately on SamSarah's 3D Fresh Apple - you can see my late update post here - and I've finally finished it!

This pattern was a gift from the awesome Emma at Emma's Bloglet during an exchange a couple of years ago. I've been working on this for ages! Seriously, I started it in November, but I ran out of a floss color and had to wait a while before I could order because I definitely wasn't going to pay shipping charges for one floss.

This cutie is stitched on 28 count Christmas Red Jobelan with the recommended GAST and WDW colors. The stem is an inch of Palomino felted wool twisted around and sewn shut. Here it is with my first two SamSarah fruits:

I've finished the berry, the melon, and the apple so far! Pretty good, considering how stressful it is to finish them off. Seriously, seriously stressful. Like hold-your-breath-the-whole-time-and-hope-you-don't-ruin-it stressful. Especially when you start turning it inside out to stuff it and close it up. Oh man. I did that part so, so, so slowly so nothing would rip.

I'm so happy with how it turned out! I can't wait to fill up the bowl with the rest of the fruit. It'll have to wait, though - I've got so much going on right now it's not even funny! I need to catch up on reading everyone's blogs, for sure. Sorry, you guys. I'm trying, I promise!

Lots of love,

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Picking Up an Old Favorite

I'm in-between sheep at the moment, so I thought I'd pick up a WIP that I haven't worked on in a while, Plum Street Sampler's Blackberry House. I actually had to look up how long it's been since I stitched on it at all, and I found a post from January here. It's been almost six months! That's crazy. I can't believe it's just been sitting around for that long. I've been so busy with the Little Sheep Virtues SAL, the Gifted Gorgeousness posts, and the baby quilt I'm putting together, that I just haven't had time, I guess. It's too bad, because I actually really enjoy working on this piece.

So anyway, I stitched on it a bit this week, and here's my progress:

I put in another couple of berries and that dark leaf on the bottom left. Then I went back and traced the veins of the leaves on the right side with white, though I'm not sure you can tell.

The pictures aren't really showing how lovely all the colors are in real life. They're so pretty!

All right, I have to hustle and get back into the kitchen - we've got some friends coming over for dinner tonight. I know I haven't been visiting everyone's blogs as often as I usually do, but bear with me! Ramadan's always a difficult time, but we're already halfway through.

Happy xxx's,