Flosstube Episode 39: Descent

 

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share some WIP progress and some amazingly generous gifts.

SALs:

  • Join Emily (eclecticpossessions) and I on Instagram for #dark13stitching where we stitch on something dark and creepy on the 13th of every month
  • Melanie’s Soulful Stitching Facebook group also has monthly Darktober stitching SALs on the 13th of every month
  • Join the Hawk Run Hollow SAL hosted by Abi Bellastitch and I – on Instagram you can use the #hrhvillagesal if you’re stitching on Village and/or use the tag #letsallmovetohawkrunhollow for any Hawk Run pieces.  Abi set up a Facebook group called Let’s All Move to Hawk Run Hollow if you’d like to join!
  • Year of WIPs Challenge in Melanie’s Soulful Stitching Facebook group
  • Salem Notforgotten SAL for the 325th anniversary of the Salem Witch Trials.  There is a Facebook group or you can use the #salemnotforgotten hashtag on Instagram.

Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. None

WIPs:

  1. Mystery 9 (Le Potager du Roi) by Chatelaine Designs on 32ct Zweigart Lavender Mist with silks, Petite Treasure Braid, delicas, and Swarovski crystals

Stash:

  1. Charts from Andi of Nana’s Needles: Rebecca Nurse by The Primitive Hare and Salem Village by Notforgotten Farm
  2. Egyptian project bag from Emily of Eclectic Possessions
  3. Alice in Wonderland bag – made by Christine of Stitch All the Things – from Down Sunshine Lane

Shout Outs:

  1. Persnickety Stitcher
  2. Itiskismet_stitches
  3. Felicity Stitches

Thanks so much for watching!

Grateful for well-timed happy mail!

Flosstube Episode 38: Little Pool

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share progress on a few WIPs and a little stash enhancement too.

Progress on my current WIPs:
  • Halloween Rules by Milady’s Needle on my Halloween Neighborhood
  • Dutch Beauty by Permin of Copenhagen – stitching with my own color conversion (as I go) on 40ct Zweigart Mallow overdyed by me
  • Mystery 9 (Le Potager du Roi) by Chatelaine Designs on 32ct Zweigart Lavender Mist with silks and metallics

New Stash:

Flosstube Episode 37: Sir WIPS-A-Lot

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share the second half of my WIP Parade.
The WIP Parade continues…
  • Sarah Butcher Water ACEO (Quick Stitch) by HAED – DMC on 28ct Antique White Cashel
  • Teeny Witch (from Cross-Stitch and Needlework Mag) by Mary Engelbreit – DMC on 32ct Poltergeist Lugana by Silkweaver
  • Paradise Lost by Plum Street Samplers – NPI & Gloriana silks on 36ct Vintage Light Examplar
  • Elizabethan Casket Etui by Betsy Morgan (Willing Hands)
  • Twelve Days of Christmas ornaments by Teresa Wentzler
  • Birds of a Feather Mystery Sampler by With Thy Needle and Thread
  • Quaker Sewing Case by Catherine Theron
  •  Sweet Treats by Country Cottage Needleworks
  • Vierlande Winders’ Keeper by Amy Mitten
  • Adam & Eve by Carriage House Samplings
  • The Simple Things by Blackbird Designs
  • Ten by Amy Mitten
  • Peaceable Kingdom by Catherine Theron
  • Queen of the Needle Sampler Case by Just Nan
  • Dorothy’s Garden by A Stitcher’s Hands
  • Scottish Sampler by Needleprint from The Goodhart Samplers book
  • Midi Mystery II by Chatelaine Designs
  • Egypt Garden by Chatelaine Designs (starting for my birthday)
  • White Nights of St. Petersburg by Chatelaine Designs (not started)
  • Mystery VIII by Chatelaine Designs (not started)
Progress on my current WIPs:
  • Halloween Rules by Milady’s Needle on my Halloween Neighborhood
  • Dutch Beauty by Permin of Copenhagen

New Stash:

  • Gloriana Thistle Purple and GAST Cinders for Dutch Beauty and Weeks Gunmetal for Halloween Rules

Flosstube Episode 27: Hot Mess Friday

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast! In this episode I share progress on my WIPS, Dark13Stitching, and my plans for Stitch Maynia.

SALs:

  • Join Emily (eclecticpossessions) and I on Instagram for #dark13stitching where we stitch on something dark and creepy on the 13th of every month
  • Melanie’s Soulful Stitching Facebook group also has monthly Darktober stitching SALs on the 13th of every month
  • Join the Hawk Run Hollow SAL hosted by Abi Bellastitch and I – on Instagram you can use the #hrhvillagesal if you’re stitching on Village and/or use the tag #letsallmovetohawkrunhollow for any Hawk Run pieces.  Abi set up a Facebook group called Let’s All Move to Hawk Run Hollow if you’d like to join!
  • Year of WIPs Challenge in Melanie’s Soulful Stitching Facebook group

Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. None

WIPs:

  1. Halloween Neighborhood Round Robin – started Halloween Rules by Milady’s Needle (with modifications).  Using Weeks on 35ct Brandy by CountryStitch.
  2. Coffee Quaker by Heartstring Samplery – stitched on 40ct Stars Hollow linen from R&R with (mostly) the called for GAST, Weeks, and CC threads.  Started on 4/1/17 for the Coffee Quaker SAL

Here’s a photo of what Halloween Rules looks like…

Stitch Maynia plans:

  • New start: Merry Wind Farm Hornbook freebie (Tudor Rose Sampler Guild SAL)
  • Rotate through my 11 Year of WIPs pieces (full list of my Year of WIPs pieces is here)
  • Three active WIPs including my Halloween Neighborhood, Coffee Quaker, and one Dark October piece
  • My plan is to stitch two days on each piece (except one will only get one day) including working on my Neighborhood for Dark 13 Stitching

Stash:

  1. Painted and aged hornbook – made by a fellow guild member
  2. 40 count Tin Roof linen by Weeks Dye Works – purchased from The Stitch Niche
  3. Weeks Louisiana Hot Sauce – purchased from The Stitch Niche

Shout Outs:

  1. Andrea Stitches in Colorado
  2. MortuaryStitches
  3. Heather Thedford
  4. Tracy P
  5. Abi Bellastitch

Reading:

  1. Reading Sour Grapes by Rachel Goodman

Thanks so much for watching!

I am grateful for making plans that make me happy and excited for May.

Flosstube Episode 26: The Man with the Gold Pants

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast!  In this episode I share my first Year of WIPs finish, Dark13Stitching, and the start of a new SAL.

SALs:

  • Join Emily (eclecticpossessions) and I on Instagram for #dark13stitching where we stitch on something dark and creepy on the 13th of every month
  • Melanie’s Soulful Stitching Facebook group also has monthly Darktober stitching SALs on the 13th of every month
  • Join the Hawk Run Hollow SAL hosted by Abi Bellastitch and I – on Instagram you can use the #hrhvillagesal if you’re stitching on Village and/or use the tag #letsallmovetohawkrunhollow for any Hawk Run pieces.  Abi set up a Facebook group called Let’s All Move to Hawk Run Hollow if you’d like to join!
  • Year of WIPs Challenge in Melanie’s Soulful Stitching Facebook group

Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. Mystery Sampler by Papillon Creations from The Gift of Stitching magazine – stitching on 32ct Sandcastle by Silkweaver with Vikki Clayton Hand Dyed Fibers – Year of WIPs piece and one of my MAGIC (My Annual Good Intentions Contract) pieces for guild.  Started 3/23/07 and finished 4/7/17.  Chose the anniversary center section and personalized it to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary
  2. Section for a Quaker Ball by Amaryllis Artworks for a friend – stitched 1 over 2 with silk on 40ct cream linen.  Finished on 4/8/17.

WIPs:

  1. Halloween Neighborhood Round Robin – working on the cemetery block from Village of Hawk Run Hollow for this block.  Using DMC on 35ct Brandy by CountryStitch.

New Start:

  1. Coffee Quaker by Heartstring Samplery – stitched on 40ct Stars Hollow linen from R&R with (mostly) the called for GAST, Weeks, and CC threads.  Started on 4/1/17 for the Coffee Quaker SAL

Stash:

  1. Coffee Quaker chart, 40ct Stars Hollow linen, and 3 threads (Classic Colorworks Hazelnut, Weeks Grasshopper, and GAST Ruby Slipper) – ordered from Stitch & Frog
  2. Prairie Schooler Boo!  Freebie
  3. Bare Minerals eye shadow palette
  4. Sugar Skull knitting bag from KC’s Pockets to Go

Shout Outs:

  1. None this week

Reading:

  1. Finished Feversong by Karen Marie Moning
  2. Reading Sour Grapes by Rachel Goodman

Thanks so much for watching!

Grateful for eleven years.

Flosstube Episode 21: A Series of Unfortunate Events

Thank you so much for tuning in to the Cozyegg flosstube/podcast!  In this episode I share a few ornament finishes, Thanksgiving Day stitching, and progress on my shawl knitting.

SALs:

  • Join Emily (eclecticpossessions) and I on Instagram for #dark13stitching where we stitch on something dark and creepy on the 13th of every month
  • Join the Hawk Run Hollow SAL hosted by Abi Bellastitch and I – on Instagram you can use the #hrhvillagesal if you’re stitching on Village and/or use the tag #letsallmovetohawkrunhollow for any Hawk Run pieces.  Abi set up a Facebook group called Let’s All Move to Hawk Run Hollow if you’d like to join!

Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. Finishing on El Dia del los Muertos ornament by Monsterbubbles – from the JCS September/October 2010 issue; stitched on 28ct Rainforest by Crossed Wing with GAST
  2. Beaded skull scissor fob
  3. Noel ornament by Catherine Theron (freebie) – stitched on 40ct Weeks Confederate Grey with Weeks and GAST.  I used Lancaster Red and Antique Rose with the called for Dried Thyme.
  4. Peace ornament by The Marking Sampler – stitched on 36ct Flagstone by Lakeside Linens with DMC
  5. Yuletide ornament by Hands on Design – from JCS Nov/Dec 2016 issue; stitched on 32ct Buttercream by Silkweaver with DMC and Weeks

WIPs:

  1. Christmas Celebration Sampler by Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery – stitched on 32ct raw polka dot linen with DMC and Weeks
  2. Ghoulies & Ghosties house by Brightneedle (from the Ghoulies & Ghosties Etui class piece) – stitched as a block on my Halloween Neighborhood Round Robin on 35ct Brandy by Country Stitch with DMC, Weeks, and SNC; started for November’s #dark13stitching
  3. Knitting – started Weigh It Shawl #2 by Susan B. Anderson with Miss Babs Yowza in the Joan of Arc colorway. A new start for #darkoctoberstitching.  Link to my Ravelry project page.

Stash:

  1. Tula Pink Elizabeth bag by Marie Celeste Stitches
  2. Merry Stitchmas limited edition ornament kit from my LNS The Stitch Niche
  3. Model stitching of Plum Street Samplers Fraktur Mermaid

 

Shout Outs:

  1. Suburban Stitcher podcast

Reading:

  1. Finished A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  2. Currently Reading The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney
  3. Next up is A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Thanks so much for watching.  You can subscribe to my YouTube channel and you can also sign up for my newsletter to get an email notification of new posts.

Find me on Ravelry: cozyegg

I’m also on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Flickr as cozyegg.

Grateful for my new knitting bag!

Episode 6: Sewing Retreat

Show notes:

Finishes:

  1. Tula’s Squirrels quilt top – using The Birds & The Bees line from Tula Pink along with a Free Spirit solid in Chartreuse.  Pattern is Five Yard Wonder

WIPs:

  1. Marcelle Medallion quilt by Alexia Abegg from her Liberty Love book – using some of my favorite fabrics.  Triangle border features Priory Square fabric by Katy Jones in The Shambles pattern; cornerstones are Moonshine by Tula Pink; outer border features Party Streamers by Alison Glass and the cornerstones are Favorites by Alison Glass both from her Clover Sunshine line.
  2. Yowza Weigh It Shawl by Susan B. Anderson – using Miss Babs Yowza in the Zombie Prom colorway and size 8 Signature circulars for the Around Your Neck KAL on Ravelry
  3. Primitive Wizard of Oz – by Midsummer Night Designs.  Stitched on 40ct Tissage Gander linen with the called for Crescent Colors & DMC.  I replaced the DMC Silver Metallic with Kreinik, hated it and went with Rainbow Gallery Petite Treasure Braid in PB54.  I also switched out the Crescent Colors Four-Leaf Clover for Weeks Emerald.
  4. And They Sinned – by Examplar Dames.  Stitching on 40ct Elegant Bean with the called for GAST threads.  You can see my previous progress photos here and here’s a link to what the piece looks like.

#mypreciousqal on Instagram is being hosted by Kelbysews

#sewmystash2015 on Instagram is being hosted by projectleasa

#aynkal on Instagram (main KAL is on Ravelry) by Suburban Stitcher

Find me on Ravelry: cozyegg

Stash Enhancement:

  1. Tula Pink Diamonds in the Teal colorway of her Acacia line to use as binding on my Diamonds in the Sky quilt once I get it started
  2. Tula Pink Marquise English Paper Piecing kit

Watching:

  1. Penny Dreadful on Showtime

Reading:

  1. Finished reading Sublime by Christina Lauren
  2. Curently reading Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey

The Great PIC Stash BlowOut

JB Threads

Hi, everyone!  Wanted to let you know that the big destash I alluded to in my last podcast episode is getting started tomorrow.  Sylvia and I have created a group on Facebook where the destash is going to happen.  You can search on The Great PIC Stash BlowOut or you can find it here.

We are selling mostly stitching stuff – threads, fabric, charts, kits, etc.  But there will also be some quilting and home decor fabrics too.  I am parting with some of my old Blackbird Designs charts too.  So come on and join the group and see what fun things you can’t live without!

Grateful for a little organization and cleaning stuff out!

Episode 3: Reaching My Goal


Show Notes:

Finishes:

  1. Faith pincushion – ornament in the Just Cross-stitch Ornament 2014 issue by Nikyscreations.  Stitched with GAST threads (my own conversion and color changes) on 32 count Vintage Pearled Barley by Lakeside Linens.  Finished into a pillow with Juliana Horner’s ModBox fabric
  2. Hazel Hedgehog mini quilt: Hazel Hedgehog quilt pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman.  Fabrics used are Tula Pink Acacia, Tula Pink Moonshine, Carolyn Friedlander Architextures, Michael Miller Grand Bazaar.
  3. Garter stitch cowl – gifted yarn, believe I cast on 24 stitches and pretty much knit until I got close to the end of my skein of yarn.  I joined the two ends to make a cowl.

WIPs:

  1. And They Sinned – by Examplar Dames.  Stitching on 40ct Elegant Bean with the called for GAST threads.
  2. Colonial Garden – by Plum Street Samplers.  Stitching on 40ct Black Forest linen by Lakeside Linens with the called for NPI silks.
  3. “Willow Block” – from Village of Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings.  Stitching on 40ct Flax with DMC
  4. Washcloth/Dishcloth – using of the Dirty-Girl Washcloths patterns from the book The Chicks with Sticks Guide to Knitting.  Knitting with Lily Sugar’n Cream Naturals (100% cotton, worsted, in the Earth Ombre colorway and US 7 needles.

#sewmystash2015:

  1. Tula Pink Anchors Aweigh quilt in Tula Pink Salt Water fabric
  2. Five Yard quilt in Tula Pink Birds & the Bees and Denyse Schmidt Chicopee fabrics

Stash Enhancement:

  1. Tula Pink Apothecary Jars in the Vapor colorway of her Nightshade line
  2. Tula Pink Tortoiseshell in the Coral colorway of her Salt Water line
  3. Cotton & Steel Sarah Watts Mystery Food in the Navy colorway of her Tokyo Train Ride line; cotton lawn
  4. CrowsToes nail polish – Bifrost from the 9 Realms Collection“The Bifrost is the rainbow bridge that connects Asgard and Midgard”.

Reading:

  1. Finished Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  2. Currently reading The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva

If you’re going to DFW Fiber Fest this weekend, let me know!

I am grateful for things blooming and birds chirping – it must be spring!

Finding the Joy in Creating

Hello-January-2

 

I hope the new year finds you happy and well.  It has been cold here the past few days, although true to Texas weather it looks like that will change in a few days.  As is often true of December, I’ve spent some time thinking about what I finished in 2014 and what I wanted to set as a goal for 2015.  I feel like at the end of each year I seem to feel that I didn’t accomplish “enough” and I vow to do better in the coming months.  But maybe the issue isn’t that I am lacking, but rather I need to reevaluate my perspective.  One of the people I most enjoy following on Instagram and Bloglovin’ is Amanda from Ms. McPorkchop Quilts (@heyporkchop).  In September she did a blog post about quietly creating and what she’s learned about what she enjoys about creating and why she creates and it really got me thinking.

My December was really a lesson in what isn’t working for me.  In the first week of the month I had a number of deadlines I was trying to make – finishing up a handmade swap, making some gifts for the guild board, and finishing two stitched ornaments.  Add on top of that the realization that I had not finished any of the pieces I’d put on my MAGIC (My Annual Good Intentions Contract) list to finish in 2014.  So, because I’m a glutton for punishment I made the executive decision that I would finish And They Sinned by the end of the year (or technically by January 6th when the guild meeting is).  So, I broke up the remaining area I had to stitch into equal parts so that I could see what I needed to get done each week in order to finish.  Of course, I didn’t really take into account all that other stuff I had to get done, or the fact that I was trying to finish the most densely stitched part of the entire piece in one month – a piece that thus far had taken me like three years.  But hey, hope springs eternal, right?  So, I did manage to get the swap, the ornaments, and the board gifts done and mostly by their deadline – but I was an absolute wreck doing it.  Add in the normal stress of the holidays and I was wound so tight no amount of eggnog was going to help.  As for And They Sinned, obviously you would know if I’d finished it because there would be fireworks and a band.  And possibly the Goodyear blimp.

Over the past week or so though, I’ve had a good bit of time to think about all of the above and what I could do to alleviate some of the pressure and not end the year feeling like a big failure.  So here’s what I know –

  • I don’t like deadline stitching/quilting – I work full time (sometimes more than full time) so I have limited amount of time to spend on crafty pursuits.  I’m also a slow stitcher/quilter so hitting a deadline is tough for me.
  • Swaps/Exchanges stress me out – I love the idea of swaps, I don’t like the pressure of worrying about if what I’m making is good enough/my partner will like it.  Plus, deadline.
  • I tend to toss a project to the side if I make a mistake or come to some creative decision fork in the road.  This is a big reason why I have so many WIPs.
  • I do better focusing on one project at a time rather than attempting to work in a rotation or jumping from thing to thing.
  • There is a lot of guilt/pressure associated with my stash – there are things I loved when I bought but years later I’ve yet to get to them, some I still love but some I no longer have any interest in.  But the sheer size of what is essentially a ginormous to do list weighs on me.
  • Blogs and Instagram are great sources of inspiration for me, but can also make me feel like I’m not good enough, not creating enough, etc.

For 2015, I’m going to try to keep all of the above in mind as I set my intentions for the year.  I did have my customary New Year’s Day start, because that’s a fun way to kick off the year.  I then went back to ATS though.  Once I let go of the self-imposed deadline, I was able to actually enjoy stitching on it.  I am making good progress on it, mostly because I’ve had some time off work and no place I needed to be.  It feels good to just focus on one thing and not worry about all the other stuff waiting in the wings.  I am going to focus my attention this year on working on some of my WIPs – one at a time.  The other thing I’ve already started, that I intend to continue, is whittling down my stash.  All those charts, projects, fabrics that don’t speak to me anymore are going – some I’m selling, some I’m donating, some I’m giving away to good homes.  I want to enjoy my time creating and know that the stuff I have taking up space in my closet are things I’m truly excited about and love.  I already know I have some deadlines for a few projects this year, so I’m going to spend some time in January to determine when those deadlines are and plan/kit what I’m going to do for those deadlines.  99% of what runs me right up on a deadline is trying to figure out what I’m going to do and gathering the supplies to start it.  I know I’ll be in a better position to make those deadlines if I go ahead and get the planning done.

One other thing I intend to focus on this year is my blog.  You may have noticed that the blog looks different.  I’ve been planning to move my blog over to my own domain for some time now, and it is finally moved.  If you go to the old blogger address you’ll be automatically redirected to the new location, so no worries there.  You may want to update your feed if you’re following me through Bloglovin’ or Feedly, etc.  The new address is here.  I’ve still got some tweaking to do, so everything’s in a bit of a mess right now, but I’m really excited to finally have everything in one place.  You can go to my home page and then from there you can get to either this blog (Cozy Egg) or my lifestyle blog (Cozystyle).  And since I have a nice shiny new space to blog in, it only makes sense that I should, you know, blog.  I really and truly do love Instagram – it’s quick, it’s easy, it’s fun.  But, the reason I started a blog, and the main reason I keep a blog is that I like to tell the story of what I’m creating.  So, I hope you’ll continue to join me here and check in on what I’m working on and how I’m doing with my 2015 plan.  I still have several things from 2014 that I want to share with you too, so more fun things to come.

Wishing you a wonderful start to 2015 and igniting that creative spark.

I am grateful for Pitbull, stitching grass, and twinkle lights.