Friday, December 20, 2013

The Abbey-Progress

I am making a bit of progress on backstitching on this one. I personally think it looks horrible, so don't look too closely. It makes me mad, too, because of all the time I put in on this and now I feel like the back stitching is ruining it. Sigh....but, stitch on I will, and then I will frame it and it hang it REALLY high up on the wall. (I have 12 foot ceilings, so...) That way people can look at it from afar, and not be appalled at the backstitching! LOL...I MUST finish this! I just have to. I've come so far on it, I can't abandon it now.
I have finished backstitching on pages 5, 4 and 1, so I only have 6 more pages of backstitching to get done. Wish me luck!

I don't know when I will be able to post again, so, I hope all my readers have a lovely holiday season, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

See yah for another stitchy year in 2014!!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

It's official! I'm addicted!

I couldn't wait! I JUST HAD to start "Flower Bride" All those gorgeous purples and lavendars were just calling my name!

Here she is at 5 hours of work. I used to keep track of my hours on my projects, and had gotten out of the habit. But, I am just curious as to how long one of these takes. Mind you, this is a SMALL one, so I'm sure not as long as a "real" one would take. But, the past 3 days, since I started this (on Dec. 12) I can hardly put it down! I can't believe HOW many shades of purple/pink are just in that tiny bit I've done right there.  I think there are 6 or 7 shades there! WOW! 
And here is what the pattern looks like!  Page 1. This project is 8 pages, but 4 of those pages are not full pages. barely like 15 rows or something, not bad at all. So, we shall see. I don't want to switch out my projects now! I just want to work on this one forever!! 


 Also, in my last post I mentioned that I would be working the next piece (Sea of Roses) on 25 count. I have decided to also do it on 18 count. At 25 count, finished size would only be 6 inches by 7 inches. That's like something you frame to set on a desk, in my, so have once again decided I will be stitching it on 18 count, this bringing it to a nice hefty 13 by 14 size. Much better for a wall hanging.  But! ONE day! I WILL buy one of the monstrous sized ones and HAVE to do it on 25 count, lest it cover an entire wall! THAT would be interesting! LOL

Thank you so much for your lovely comments! And tips and notes on working an HAED piece. I am so excited to finally be diving into these patterns! I have actually been thinking of naming 2014 "The year of The BAP" And just go crazy and start a bunch of my Kustom Kraft projects, as well as these HAED pieces too.  But that is still yet to be seen. I DO love working on my Christmas ornies as well.

Hope you are all having a lovely weekend! Filled with lots of stitching, though I know this is a busy time of the year for most people. I will be going on vacation on Weds. So, after I'm done posting this, I will be preposting my next update on The Abbey to be posted the 20th, and then you probably won't hear from me for a bit. Thanks again for reading!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Well, people, I have slid over to the dark side....ok, ok, maybe not what I should call it, how about the crazy that is Heaven and Earth Designs? I actually downloaded and printed two of their freebie charts!

Here is Flower Bride- by Linda Tso:
 Ok, this is SUPPOSED to be a book keep. But not when you switch the fabric from 25 cnt. to 18 count. Then it becomes a good sized wall hanging! Look at how huge that is! 
 The next one I REALLY am going to stitch on 25 cnt. fabric. But since I don't have any, I am gonna wait until after the holidays. and I get home from my trip, to order it.
These two will probably take me the rest of my life to stitch, so I may never get to any more of their designs, except that all the beauty on their page is calling me!! My favorite artist is Rachel Anderson! Those long flowy gowns? Those beautiful colors?! I want to stitch them all!!!
Yup, I'm in trouble! Or at least I think my wallet will be!
Joyful stitching!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A finish and a start

First up I finished Winter fun Ornament #5! Isn't he cute?! I really enjoyed working on him! I didn't have much to do this round on him to get him finished up.
 Next is progress on #6:
This little guy is a raccoon skiing downhill. You can see I have just about finished his little hat, but I still have quite a bit left to do. I really enjoy working on these little guys.

Well, I think I may have one more update for you on The Abbey at the end of the week, then after that, I will be taking a break from blogging for a bit,as I will be traveling for the holidays, and not sure if I will be able to get to a computer. And I will be going to visit family, therefore doubt too much stitching will be happening during that time.  But once I get back after the first of the year, I plan to do LOTS of stitching and blogging!  I am still thinking I may take these little guys with me to work on if I get a chance at my parents, but we will see. (I hear you all gasping..."What?! She's not taking any stitching with her on vacation?!")

Thank you for the lovely comments I recieved on my last post! And if you came to my blog and all my pictures were `poof!` gone, I had a bit of a misshap trying to fiddle with my settings at google+. I hate that google and blogger are in bed together.  It's really annoying. I have been thinking about switching things over to word press, or something, but I hate the thought of losing all the work I've done here (8 years worth!). Any thoughts or help on this would be great! Thank you for stopping by! I hope everyone is staying safe out there if you are in crazy winter weather.

Monday, December 09, 2013

Web of Life- Progress

I worked a lot oon the backstitching on this one. added a bit to the verse, and part of the webbing in the center of the dream catcher. As Well as backstitching all the feathers in the upper left hand corner.

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Mystic Dragon-Progress

Haven't been stitching a whole lot, but a little. This is what I have accomplished on Mystic Dragon. It seems to stitch up pretty quickly when I do pick it up!