Friday, October 29, 2010

Thriller

Chupacabres



If you're interested in reading about my 10k adventure, as promised, you can find it here.

Happy Halloween

Aftereffects of a Trail Run

I am grateful it's Friday.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Something Wicked This Way Comes

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The Primitive Needle
Belle Soie over one on 30ct Antique Cotton by R&R
Finished in a Twisted Threads Rectangle Tin Necklace

My friend, Kim, had a birthday on Friday and I wanted to make something special for her. She's a Halloween girl, like me, so I decided that a little "Wicked"-ness was in order. I really enjoyed stitching this and the colors were so fun. I had to special order the little tin necklace frame from my LNS, and luckily (even though it was on backorder for awhile), it came in the nick of time. I've got enough of the supplies left over to treat myself to this trick, so I think I'll be wearing a matching pendant sometime soon. I do hope that she likes it.

And since we're keeping in the Halloween spirit, I thought I'd share my silks for Black'd Skie. You can see how lovely they will be on the fabric. I'm really excited to try out these Pure Palette silks. They were a birthday gift and I'm absolutely thrilled to have them.

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And finally, since finishing Kim's gift I have returned to the Garden of Eerie for a bit. The center tree is coming along. In fact, I'm getting down almost to the snake. Can't wait for that!

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I'm starting to think about my goals for the end of the year and what I'd like to finish. I'm also starting to think toward 2011 too. Mostly, I'd just like to cut down on the amount of WIPs I have going. I think a focus on finishing is in order. But in the meantime, I'm just enjoying spending time with my wicked things.

I am grateful for a smile on Eric's face.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Fair Day

At Plimoth

Not a lot of stitching going on around here lately. About the most I got accomplished this weekend that was stitching related was framing my At Plimoth piece I stitched at Thanksgiving last year. My intention had been to frame it and put it out this year, but I completely forgot about it. In fact, I wasn't even going to decorate for fall really. But, then I was looking back at some old posts on the other blog, and came across a reference to this piece. So, on Saturday I went by the bookstore to pick up the next book for my book club and then I went to find a frame for this piece. I love how it looks framed and I'm so glad I finally have it done! Such a simple piece, but I just love it. And I loved stitching with the Simply Wool threads. (Pardon my reflection in the glass.)

So, that's the extent of my craftiness of late. In lieu of some progress pics, I thought I'd share some photos from our trip to the State Fair. I love the textile building, and I always find such interesting things in there.

I loved this quilt - it looks like a Jo Morton to me.

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This Christmas quilt was pretty. I love the "ribbon" border.

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And I had to share this one for Missy. She and I both bought the kits to make this quilt. She's at least started hers though. I just stare at mine longingly.

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And this one is for Kim. Sailor Sock Monkey. How cute is he?

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You may remember that I've actually started this piece - I started it on Christmas day last year. It's the Marbek Nativity, and there are actually two more panels. Of course, I only stitched half a sheep before I set it aside for something else. Yet another project I should pick back up. This piece did reinforce how much I like it on the blue rather than on the white background.

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And lookie - Paulette's Hare's Christmas...

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This one is still on my to do list. I even have fabric picked out for it.

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And finally, I just had to share... this is ALL BEADED. With little bitty seed beads. All of it. The whole thing. And then the main piece and the two cartouches are mounted onto the background. Amazing and sparkly in person.

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I had fun looking around and still somehow missed this piece that Andrea pointed out.

I did also spend a few minutes trying to explain to Eric what quilling is. Then a stranger jumped in to help me with my explanation and had to show us photos of quilled pieces on her phone. Eric was not amused.

Hopefully the stitching mojo will return soon. First I have to recover from my latest adventure - a 10k trail run in the dark through the woods. That's a story unto itself.

I am grateful for the fact that I am still alive.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Autumn Calling

October Meeting

Last week I went to my monthly guild meeting and look at the beautiful display that two of our members set up. One of them stitched all of those fabulous Prairie Schooler acorns. Aren't they cute?! I think these are from a leaflet called, if you can believe it, Acorns (No. 65) - go figure. Such a sweet little addition along with the basket of gourds to the snack table.

I've made very little progress on Garden of Eerie, just getting started on the tree.

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Most of my time has been spent on And They Sinned. I've spent so much time back and forth ripping out and restitching the clouds and I was determined to get it fixed. I brought this piece with me to guild night as my show and tell of what I'm currently working on.

I finally got the clouds lined up and in the right spots, and then went to work filling in the right hand side. It took all weekend, but I've got it filled in now. I stitched through a Teen Mom marathon on MTV and then all of Season 2 of Laguna Beach. That's a lot of cloud filling in!

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And you can see that I worked on the vines on both sides in order to help with cloud placement. I also filled in the little motifs inside the clouds. Next step is to start on the center portion of the cloud. I'll be so glad to use a color other than Pebble, that's for sure. My photo is a little crooked, but when I take pics on Monday morning, I'm still a little bleary-eyed.

It looks like it's going to rain this morning, and I'm wishing the weather would cool off just a tad more. If I could get my allergies under control and get over feeling like crap I would be very very happy. I've signed up for a 10k on Saturday, so I'd better get to feeling better asap!

I am grateful for some stitching time.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Lightning Strikes

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Not a lot of progress to show on Garden of Eerie, but I did get my clouds finished. I've made a tiny little start on the tree which isn't shown in this photo. I am quite enjoying stitching on this though now that I've (hopefully) gotten past all the issues I was having. It's a fun little piece and I can't wait to get more of the tree stitched.

I've also gone back to working on And They Sinned once a week with my PIC. I'm determined to get that dang cloud finished. You can see my last progress photo here. I'm having some issues with the placement of my cloud so I've had to do a lot of ripping out and restitching. Yesterday I decided to stitch the border vine on either side to help me with checking my placement. So, next time I pick it up I should have a better idea of if I have any further placement issues or if I can start filling in the right hand side of my cloud. I'm hoping that I'm good to go and can move forward. I'll be sure to post a progress photo next time.

Not much else going on around here other than I've been sick and work has been kicking my ass.

I'm grateful for getting to sleep in until 8:30am both days this weekend.