So!! I'm late in posting this month, because I've been having computer problems, so sorry about that!
As you can see by my title, I have given up on my ornaments for now. I am just not enjoying them anymore, like I used to. I find myself struggling to pull them out each month and it's become a chore to me, and since this is a hobby, I decided to not do it anymore. When it becomes a "chore" it's time to break up with a project. I don't think I've actually given up, I'm just not in the mood for them now, so I'm thinking that maybe later on in the year, as it grows closer to Christmas, I'll feel like picking them back up again? Who knows.
As for my title? Anyone who watches floss tube knows where that reference came from! Good ole Jimmy Flosstube! LOL....that guy cracks me up! and I love Emily!! She's awesome! If you aren't watching Flosstube, go! as soon as you're done reading this to YouTube and look up Floss tube, I mean, what is your life if you're not obsessed with it?! LOL....I'm just kidding. (To explain to those who don't know, the husband of one of the beloved flosstubers referred to her projects that we call UFO's as "give ups"...the term has been coined, and there yah go!)
So, here's August's attempt at an ornament....as you can see? I gave up! In the UFO pile it will go....for now....
However, I have found a NEW obsession, or interest....DYEING!!!! (Not to be confused with Dying) As in I'm now dyeing my own fabrics. This came about because I decided I wanted to do this piece:
I actually made this decision YEARS ago, and I had ti all kitted up and sitting in my stash pile forever! When I went to pull it out though, I found that I had kitted it up with a Seafoam colored piece of 14 count aida. 14 count Aida!?!? No.....that was not happening....I am an 18 count aida girl all the way, 14 would just seem huge to me, and I knew I would end up not enjoying the project. So, I thought, I would look for a hand dyed piece of Fabric online as they are all the rage. Now as most of you know, I'm a Full coverage stitcher. Meaning that the majority of my projects are full coverage, so I find that though I love seeing all the beautiful hand dyed fabrics out there, and think they are gorgeous, I really have very little use for them myself. However, I found myself suddenly realizing, "Here's my chance! I can finally see what the hoopla is all about with hand dyed fabbies. Well, I looked online, and saw a bunch of beautiful pieces, but, I was weary to buy them, as sometimes they don't actually look like the picture shown online in real life.
So, I decided to try dyeing some myself. Here's the result:
This is my first attempt, so sure there are flaws, it's not perfect, but I like it, and think it is really pretty. And here is my start:
There's not much there, but I'm excited about it. Can you believe this my first new "real" start since June of last year, when I started Autumn peace? (I don't count all the little ornaments.....) So, it is nice to have a new start. The feeling of newness is exciting, and to be working on a piece of hand dyed that I made myself, makes it even more exciting, somehow.
Well, that's all for me for now. Thank you for stopping in and reading. I love all the comments you leave, and thank you for taking time out of your busy lives to see what I'm up to. It means so much to me!
Oh man, have I still been avoiding this one like the plague....I don't know why! It's getting better, but I still just never want to pull it out and work on it, even on it's allotted day in my rotation. I was able to finish the first column of the page though, and get a little start on the next one. I would love to have a finish on this page by the next time I post, we'll see how that goes!
Thank you for dropping by! Happy Stitching! Can you believe September in 2 days?!
I was able to get just about half of page 7 done, which was my goal, so I'm hoping to have a finish on this one by the next time I post. Lets hope! It seems to be my priority piece lately, it's all I really LOVE working on lately, so it's been getting tons of love, and progress.
All I have left to do to finish my July ornament, is backstitch, and I would have finished it! Oh well, close enough! Oh, I also need to finish up the little holly bush on the left hand side. this is the first time I didn't finish my ornie on time for it's update post! Hoping that won't happen again. I don't know what it was, I just had a hard time pulling this one out. I'm just stuck on Autumn Peace and seem to always just want to pull it out and work on it, leaving my other two projects to lay untouched. But I will def. finish this up by next month and have my August ornie completely done. fingers crossed.
Thank you for stopping by, and hope you all have a great weekend! Happy stitching!
I was able to get a good chunk of work in on this one, tis time! I finished page 6! (Which was my goal, I'm pretty sure) and have moved down to page 9, I'm almost finished with this first column of the page. I'm starting to enjoy working more on this one, now, as you can see that the color palette has changed from all the light cream/whites of the day angel's wing, to much darker tones, which I am really enjoying quite a bit more!
So, we will see how far I can get with this one by the next time I update!
This one is the one I most like to work on! I just love all the colors! I pick it up and never want to set it back down! Which is good, since it's a gift for my mom, and I would like to have it done for her birthday next year....we'll see if that happens. (Her birthday is the end of April, so still got quite a bit of time.) However since it DID take an entire year to finish the first row of 5 pages and I still have two more rows of pages to finish I'm not sure how realistic it is to reach that goal. Although, I'm already on the 2nd page of this row of 5 pages, and the fist and 5th pages are only half pages, and the bottom row is made up of close to half pages I think, so it may be doable!
Giving myself a goal of a 10x10 block everyday really seems to help me stay on track!
Hope you're all doing well! We'll see you tomorrow for my last update of this month!
I was able to finish this on June 30th, I've just been unable to update my blog this month, just been super busy!! July is usally a busy month for us, as my husbands birthday and our wedding anniversary (12 years this year!) are in July.
So, these posts are gonna be late! Sorry! I'm hoping to stay caught up in August!
This piece has really been giving me issues. Not in the sense that I'm messing up and needing to frog, or anything like that, but all those light colors in the wing there? They are driving me crazy. I hate stitching light colors on a light colored fabric, it's annoying, and there's lots of confetti, which I must admit brings in a lot of detail, but it is a Pain in the you know what! So, still no page finish on this one yet, I'm hoping next month to have a finish on this one! I started this page on Feb. 28th. It is time to DONE!!! Way past time!!
So, please wish me luck!!
Thank you , as always, for stopping by, and reading!! I hope you have a great sunshiney, stitch day!!
Well!! I did it!! I finished page 5 of this monster!!! 5 down,10 more to go!!! I finished my first row of pages on this, it feels so good!! It took me nearly a year to finish this row. I started it June 1 of 2016 and finished May 28 2017. I always love page finishes, and row finishes, as it kinda feels like a milestone reached, a little finish, you know? That there is 19,688 stitches done!!
And!! Not only did I finish page 5, but I got a GREAT start on page 6!!
Here's that progress:
So! I guess you could say my stitch bug is back!!! I am hoping to have a page finish on 6 by my next post, and I'm pretty sure its gonna happen!
I love this little ornament!! I live in the Louisiana Bayous, so we see lots of gators around here.
I think this one will be on my parents Christmas card this year, cause ever since we moved here, lots of times when I talk to my dad on the phone, he asks, "So, you catch yah an alligator yet?" LOL....
I have a good start on the next ornie in line as well. May was a GREAT stitchy month! My stitchy bug came back, full force!! I stitched 48 hours!!! And I think Jan through April I only made it to like 20 something hours in each of those months. I feel like I'm back!! It feels super good!!
Hope you're all having a great June! And enjoying Summer!! I can't believe the year is almost half gone already!!
Thank you all for the lovely comments on my posts for last month! I read and love every single one, and really appreciate that you take the time to leave me a note, so thank you! I appreciate everyone who drops in to read my blog, even if you're just a lurker. Thank you for taking the time to read about and look at my stitching.
I hope you all have a wonderful day, full of stitches, and sunshine!
Here is the progress on page 6 that I was able to get finished, I am making some good headway on it, and feel really good about it, due to my new rotation, which I explained in my previous post.
I hate working with all the creams and light colors and I think it was slowing me up a bit, but I'm on a good roll with it now, so I'm hoping, maybe for a page finish on this one by the time I post again next month.
Thank you for stopping by! I hope you all had a wonderful month of May, I will see yah in June!! (oh Lordy! June already?!?!?)
Well, I am finally seeing some real progress on this one. As just recently I have switched up my rotation to better suit me (again....lol)
My old rotation I stitched two hours a day: I worked an hour on Autumn Peace everyday, as it is my focus piece, and then I alternated the other hour between Ornaments (3 days a week) and Day Surrendering to Night (4 days a week) However, so many times, I would end up just working on one project and never switch over to the other one, or I wouldn't find a full 2 hours a day or with my stitch bug being what it's been the first of the year, who knows? For whatever reason, I just never seemed to get as much as I wanted to and I was getting very frustrated.
So, now I still work on the 2 projects a day, but instead of an hourly amount, I have a stitch amount. Except for the Ornaments, they still just get an hour on their 3 days. The other two full coverage pieces, I try to get a full 10x10 block done everyday that I work on them. Which can sometimes take a while, depending on the amount of confetti or whatnot. Sometimes it doesn't take much time at all, it just depends on if there are large chunks of one color, or a lot of confetti. But I have been doing so much better with keeping up on my goals this way. I think being able to SEE the amount put in every day is really helping me be motivated, as apposed to saying "Ok, I've got an hour, lets see how much I can get done", and then sometimes feeling very frustrated if I run into a large amount of confetti and not seeing as much progress as I'd like.
This time I was able to finish over 3 columns worth of stitching, and I've got less than 2 columns left and I'll have finished this page, AND! the entire top row of pages (p.1-5) So, I'm very excited about that!! So, I am really hoping to be onto the next row of pages by the time I post again, next month! Wish me luck!
Sorry for the rambling! Thank you so much for reading, and until next time....happy stitching!
Here is the little cutie for April!! And he is the last Snowman in the series. The next series in the book is a "Noah's ark" theme, so, looking forward to those. I have got a small start on the First one in the series, but it was such small progress, I decided I'll wait to share it next month.
So, still staying on track with these! Even if I get very little stitching done overall,if I am still able to get these little ornaments done (one each month), I'm happy!
Thank you all for your lovely comments on my last months postings. It means so much to me that you take time to stop in and read and say hello. So, thank you from the bottom of my heart!
I have been able to find more time for stitching lately, and that makes me so happy! I am really starting to see some significant progress on my larger pieces, especially, so that makes me feel accomplished.
Well, next up will be an update on autumn Peace. Thank you for reading, and I hope you all have a lovely weekend! See yah next time!
Well! I did it!! I finished page 3, and moved down to page 6....sounds like a great feat, right? Nope, not when the last time I posted I was on the last column of page 3 to begin with, and I haven't even finished the entire first column of page 6 yet....
One day soon, I hope I can break out of this stitch slump....here's hopin'.
That's it for now, I am keeping my fingers crossed I may have a finish on page 6 of this one by the time I share again next month! We'll see how that goes!
Thank you for reading, and until next time....Happy stitching!
Things really have not changed in the stitch slump area of things, so I am STILL working on page 4 of this project! I think every month so far this year, my goal for this one has been to finish page 4....it STILL hasn't happened yet!!
Where you see my needle parked there at the top is where I was the last time I shared progress on this....2 months ago! so, in 60 days, I've not even finished three entire columns!! Good news is I've only got a tiny bit of one column and one whole column left to see a page finish on this! MAYBE just MAYBE I'll actually reach that page finish goal by the time I share this again. I really miss my stitch bug!!!
Well, I hope you all had a lovely Easter (if you celebrate it) or are enjoying some nice spring weather wherever you may be!
Well, that's it for now, I'll be back in ten days to share progress on Day Surrendering to Night. So, until then, happy stitching!!
I am back!!! So sorry for missing my posts for last month! I have seriously been in a huge stitching slump!! Still not stitching much at all this year! I just am not feeling it! I've just been busy doing other things, I guess. But, enough about all that, I'm back with a new update, so lets get started, shall we?
First up was my ornament finish for February:
He's such a cute little guy, and I thought it befitting for me to have stitched that pattern in February, since It's all about Valentine's and Love. I love the little mouse sitting up on top of the sign too! he was fun to stitch!
Next up was my March Ornament finish:
So! although I've been in a huge stitch slump, I have been keeping up with my ornaments...Thus far! I have yet to start my April Ornament, but I will, soon....ish....I hope!
Thank you so much for reading! I appreciate that you take the time to stop in and see my meager progress(as of late....) I will be posting my update on Autumn Peace next, in about 10 days! See yah then!
Gah!! again with the slow progress! I finished one column on this plus a little tiny bit up the on the upper right. However! That is the last column for this row of pages! so when I'm done with this column, I can move down to page #6 My goal for the month is to finish this page and get at least 1 or 2 columns done on the next page. We'll see how that goes!
I'm hoping that progress picks up next month! Wish me luck!
Thank you for stopping by! Hope you all have a lovely day! See yah next month!
Well, as I wrote in my last post, very little got done by way of stitching last month due to my husband returning from a 6 month deployment, so I did not make it to my goal on this one! Not even half way to my goal! Which is sort of frustrating, but oh well, what can yah do? Family comes first! So! here's where I'm at with this one:
I finished one and maybe a half of the second column on page 4....pathetic...oh well, better luck to me this month. I am hoping to have a finish on this page by the time I share it again in March. Keep your fingers crossed that I am able to accomplish that goal!
Thank you for reading! Hope you have a wonderful day!
Well! I was able to finish my first ornie of the year for January! He looks like this:
I think he came out super cute!
Next I started this one:
It's a snowman holding a sign saying "I love Snowmen" I was able to get most of the sign done, but still have a long ways to go! So! even though I only finished 1 ornie so far, I'm on track on my goal to finish 1 a month, and I'm hoping to be able to keep up with this trend.
Progress on Stitching as of late has been a lot less than normal, due to the fact that hubby is now home!! so, we've been spending time together as a family, and such, which totally cuts into the stitching, but that's alright...stitching will always be there, but I got 1/2 a year of time with him to make up for!
Thank you all for reading, and I hope you all have a lovely weekend! Thank you all for the lovely kind comments!
I have been working on page 3 of this one, it's only a partial page, so it shouldn't take too long, and I hope to be done with it, and down to page 6 (directly under 3) by the time I share this one again. I would really like to finish this piece this year, but something tells me I will get close, but won't quite make it. But that's alright. Then I should have two Full coverage piece finishes to celebrate next year! (Autumn Peace and this one) But I will push on! There are only three partial pages (3,6, and 9) then two full pages (7 and 8) and some fill in on page 5, and this one will be DONE!!! I'm super excited!
Thank you for reading! Hope you are having a great day! See yah next month!
So! Pages 1,2, and 3 are now finished! And page 4 has a tiny bit of a start. There is a ton of black in page 4, so I hope that 1) it goes fast, all those large chunks of the same color, and 2) I don't get bored of stitching black for what will seem like forever!
My goal for this one for this month is to finish the first 4 columns of page 4, so we shall see if I do it by the time I post again!
I hope you're all having a great day! Thanks for stopping by!
I know, we're already 11 days into the new year already, so I'm a bit late on that greeting, but close enough.
I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas,(Or whatever holiday you celebrate!) and New Year. Me and my daughter had an amazing time, visiting my family in Southern California. Got to see a lot of family, and enjoyed lots of fun.
However! I was not able to get much stitching done, which is fine! Hanging out and visiting with family was more important. I only took my ornies with me to work on while I was there. I never trust myself to take any of my full coverage projects with me when I travel, afraid I'll lose them, or components of them, and then I'd be broken hearted, so, I took my faithful traveling companions....my ornies.
This is what I got done:
I have been working on him a tiny bit this month since I've gotten home, but, my goal for this one this month is to finish this one. I would like to finish one ornie a month this year. So, hopefully I can do so. I don't know why, but they always seem to get shoved out of the way so I can work on my big projects. I guess because in my head I think that they aren't as big so don't need as much love, so I put them off until it's later in the month, then I just end up running out of time, or something? Who knows? But I do want to try to finish 12 during 2017, or one a month.
I was going to post an end of the year wrap up post, but I just never got around to it, sorry. Now that I'm having to post on my computer it's just such a pain, so I put it off, and now here it is the 11th of the month, and I'm just ready to move forward. I can say, however, that I WAS able to complete one of my major goals for last year...finishing Sea of Roses. My first Heaven and Earth design finish! And I am SO proud of it, and totally looking forward to more full coverage finishes very soon....possibly by the end of 2017? We shall see!
I hope the first of the year is treating everyone good so far, and you're all well on your way to meeting those New Year goals, and resolutions, and enjoying lots of stitching.
And hope everyone is safe from all the crazy weather out there!
Thank you for reading, and I'll see yah soon! Have a great week!