Friday, November 25, 2011

Denial is Not Just a River in Egypt

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Ever have those times in your life when there's so much "stuff" going on and you're just feeling completely overwhelmed with life in general? I tend to throw myself into projects to keep my mind busy with whatever I'm working on rather than whatever it is I'm trying to not obsess over. So, the past week has seen a bit of a burst of activity (in between working during my vacation). Above you can see that I decided it was about time to do some ornament finishing. I got all my pieces and their backing fabrics cut as well as the cardboard and batting. I still need to determine the trim on a few pieces, but I went ahead with the one that I've really been nervous about finishing. So nervous, in fact, that I have avoided it for well over a year.

But, now it's finished!

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That is Mele Kalikimaka finished as the designer suggested by whipstitching Thread Gatherer silk ribbon around the piece and then creating a braided hanger from the silk ribbon. I'm absolutely thrilled with how it turned out and so glad that it will finally be hanging on my tree this year.

Tuesday night was EGA night and I was excited for the program because we were doing our ornament. This year's ornament is a beaded star that is so pretty. So, I learned how to do the brick stitch and didn't do too bad with getting half of my first diamond finished. We are using delicas and Swarovski bicones for the ornament. I can't wait to get back to working on this!

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And Wednesday, I decided that it was time to get out my sewing machine and rotary cutter and get to work on a Christmas quilt that I've been dying to make. I'm mostly following this pattern, and I'm using my Kate Spain Flurry and 12 Days of Christmas charm packs along with some Bella Solids in white.

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I managed to get all of my blocks put together (I'm doing 30 blocks rather than 25 as the pattern calls for). Now, on to the sashing! It felt good to sew again.

And on Wednesday night, I finished up the little piece I'd been working on.

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This is Hand & Heart by The Primitive Needle. I stitched it with the recommended Weeks threads and on the recommended 40ct Dill by Picture This Plus. I love how it turned out and I'm so glad I've now got my Valentine's Day stitching done early!

So, that's what I've been up to - trying to keep myself busy with things that relax me. Since I finished Hand & Heart on Wednesday night, I decided to treat myself to a Thanksgiving Day start. I pulled out Margaret Cottam, the new three-part mystery sampler from La-D-Da. I'm stitching on the called for Weeks Cocoa fabric in 40ct. with the called for Weeks threads.

I hope that those of you celebrating Thanksgiving yesterday had a lovely time and it's a good reminder for each of us to remember all the blessings we have in our lives - even when they seem the darkest.

Thank you to each and every one of you that comes to visit my blog - I so appreciate it!

I am grateful for every moment.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Tortoise and the Hare

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And just when you thought I was finished with this Hare Pyns stitching...there's more. It's neverending. I just keep stitching. And I think that my tortoise-like stitching pace has become impossibly slower with this piece. After finishing the stitching on the main sewing pocket (albeit I finished after the workshop was over), I'm now attempting to stitch the smalls for the piece. Above you can see the needlebook cover.

And below is the pyn keep.

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It's all that background stitching that kills you. Just two more pieces to go - the scissor sheath and the scissor fob. Wonder how long those will take? I'm ready for the stitching to be done so that I can attempt to get this thing finished. My goal is to have it done by the end of the year. Stay tuned!

I did also manage to finish the stitching on my ornament for the guild's exchange. That went really fast. I had it done in less than a week. Now to do the finishing so that it's ready to go. And like the other ornaments I've stitched for the guild's exchange, I'll definitely be restitching this one for myself. I can't wait to share photos!

After finishing up the needlebook for HP and finishing the ornament stitching, I moved on to a piece I'd like to have ready for framing in January. Not much to see, but the fabric is pretty!

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This is the small beginnings of The Primitive Needle's Hand & Heart on 40ct Dill with Weeks. I got a lot further on this last night while watching Angels & Demons on TV. (Sorry you have to make do with the photo from yesterday morning - I'm too lazy to take another!) But, this should be a quick-ish stitch and then I have some other things I'd like to work on.

Not much else to share this time. I hope to have a Primitive Needle finish to share with you next time though! Thanks for stopping in!

I am grateful for a coffee date.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Penny for Your Thoughts

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Thank you for all the great comments on Garden of Eerie! I absolutely appreciate them. After finishing up GoE, I decided to turn my attention to my next Christmas ornament. I started this one back at the beginning of September and it became my travel project, so it didn't get a lot of attention. But, I worked on it this week and now she's finished! This is Penny Angel by The Primitive Needle from the 2009 JCS Ornament Issue. I stitched her on 40ct Daily Grind by R&R, because I had plenty left after stitching my Tulip Angel. I used the called for Belle Soies and Crescent Colors and added Belle Soie Oatmeal Scone for her dress. I needed something with a little more contrast than the Tumbleweed, due to my fabric change. This was a really fun stitch, and I'm so glad I finally got around to stitching her for myself. When I went out to take her photo this morning, I noticed how perfect she went with the fall leaves!

After finishing my little penny angel up on Friday night, I launched right into stitching my ornament for the guild's annual exchange. I'm attempting to be ahead of the game! So far it's turning out pretty and I can't wait to see what it looks like finished, since I converted all the threads.

And I wanted to share a bit of good news with you all too. Back in August, I received an email from the editor of Cross-Stitch & Needlework Magazine saying that she'd like to feature my blog in their January 2012 issue in their "Fab Finds" section. Somehow August became the end of October and I got another email saying that the issue would be available November 1st and my blog was in it!

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I can't even tell you how thrilled and appreciative I am for the wonderful write up! How freakin' cool is that?!?

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I have to say though, this blog wouldn't be what it is without all of you that come to visit me here and without all the other fabulous stitching blogs that inspire me so much. I discussed with another stitcher/blogger yesterday how small the world really becomes when you're a part of this community and how fantastic it is to be able to enjoy a blog and then look to see what blogs they read - it's like a stitcher's referral system! If you like this blog, you'll probably like this one too... How fun! So, thanks for stopping by, thanks for all of your support since I started this blog in 2006, and thanks for providing me with so much inspiration and friendship!

I am grateful for my stitching friends!