Progress: Moon Sicke

“Moon Sicke,” by The Primitive Needle

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Dog Days of Summer

Hi stitchers!

Well the dog days of summer are officially here…and it’s hot.  That means more time for crafting inside in the nice air conditioning.

Contrary to the amounts of posts on this blog, I HAVE been stitching.

I’ve been furiously working on Barbara Ana’s All Creatures Great and Small (40 ct linen, 1-over-2, picking colors at random based on her DMC suggestions). I love working on this piece. I have the upper-left corner DONE:

 

I also picked up Prairie Schooler’s Miss Fortune again and I’m flying through it:

 

I was also knitting up a storm but have had to slow down because of hand/wrist/finger pain from knitting TOO MUCH. I have a few socks finished and some more on the needles (Ravelry: doghairstitchery). And celebration: I just cast on my first sweater!

 

Currently working on (other than socks): Joji Locatelli’s Starting Point MKAL (huge wrap). 

I have a lot of stitching/knitting plans like usual- including our wedding sampler that I FINALLY picked out and kitted up (over a year after the fact). I can’t wait to share: A Sweeter Love by Plum Street Samplers; 36 ct. Vintage Buttercream by Lakeside Linens, using the called for NPI Silks. [I rarely stitch in silk. I love it when I do though; I have silk tastes on a DMC budget, as I like to say, BUT if there was a time to stitch in silk, this is IT! ;)]

Happy stitching!
Amy

Stitches in Lowcountry, SC

Hello all! Thank you for all the wedding well-wishes! It was a wonderful day and peaceful wedding, and it was short. Just back from the honeymoon and back to life: moving- packing when we still have no clue what city OR state we’re going (all interviews are in these next two weeks).

We went to Georgetown and Charleston, SC. It was beautiful and wonderful  but too muggy for me. We did so much and had some crafty encounters. The whole culture is crafty: the Gullah’s sweetgrass baskets, hammock weaving, gardens, architecture, sculpture.

I like to collect needleminders that remind me of the places I’ve been (when there is an actual brick needlework store). Vegas’ needleminder was a flamingo because they are kitschy and bold like the lovely city itself. I got an owl at our beach. This trip’s needleminder is an alligator, because they are EVERYWHERE with no fence between us and them. I have seen almost twenty of them within a three day period. Not a hyperbole, folks.

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Alligator and statue at Brookgreen Gardens- Murrells Inlet, SC

We also saw beautiful colonial clothes and needlework at the Old Exchange Post & Provost Dungeon in Charleston.

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Sampler- “October 13, 1795,” by Elizabeth Cobia Making- at Charleston’s Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon (sorry for glare)

I love looking at old needlework, because I feel such a pride and connection to them- whether the ladies liked to embroider or not- something I always wonder while looking at the piece (I know society’s views on such “female arts” have changed thankfully).

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At Brookgreen Gardens (Old Kitchen)

Although I had a blast, I’m ready to get back to some semblance of routine (and starting to weed out and pack) and stitching. I’m also more than ready to see my dogs who are still at my parents’. Mom has had to send many pics of them and updates throughout the trip because I’m homesick for them. And yes, I FaceTime my dogs. It’s fine- my dad has made fun enough of me for the whole world. 🙂 That’s another trip THIS week! We can’t seem to stay off the road lately.

Happy stitching!

…And breathe out

Thank you to everyone’s suggestions and encouragement! I have dialed my crafting craziness and guilt down. I decided to pick something up for me and landed on The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery’s Fibery Friends sampler. I wanted to celebrate my milestone in not being afraid to knit.

The fabric is gorgeous and a total pick-me-up (Picture This Plus’ 28ct. Crystal Chablis Cashel linen); all that SPARKLE!  

Glad I’m taking a step back to focus on me. Take care of yourself and Happy Stitching!

Stitching Schedules and Planner Love

Happy Fall, y’all! It’s been a rainy start, but that’s just perfect for some stitching and reading.

I have so much to stitch before Christmas that I created a schedule:

As you can see, I’ve already had to change some dates around with whiteout, and I’ll probably have to do it again. Have you had any luck in setting dates with your stitching and actually accomplishing it?

I am working hard on “Knee High” so that it can be done by Friday (cue screechy horror sounds). I’m cross stitching in all my spare time to get this one completed. Here’s a snap of my progress during Saturday’s dinner break at work:

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In non-xstitchy news, Belle is happily settling into her new home. She’s in love with Bilbo. Bilbo…he’ll get there. 🙂 She’s definitely the annoying little sister.
  

She follows him everywhere and won’t do anything without him. Bilbo just rolls his eyes and tries to find a spot of alone time from her.

My new obsession is designing my own planner. After research (read: devouring and pinning planner blogs), I decided on a Midori style planner and purchased a “fauxdori” from etsy. I added inserts from etsy and also Moleskine. Here’s a snap of my planner box with all the goodies. Note: Next month, I’m on an craft spending ban!

My beautiful, handmade fauxdori- “Messydori”

One of my inserts is of course a crafting notebook. I’m keeping copies of my grandma’s knitting patterns in there, cross stitch wish list, and my stitching schedule. I’m also trying to figure a good format for start and end dates, problems, stats for my xstitch projects. Any ideas?        

Last week, I also received a lovely surprise from my parents to help boost my morale. I’m in love with sunflowers right now:

Complete with Belle’s chew toy and my planner box not far behind.

I hope everyone’s Monday is wonderful and that you have some lovely xstitchy plans for this week! I hope to have an awesome progress post for WIP Wednesday. Happy stitching!

Finish: Cacti

  I finished my colorful cacti today! Here it is- all ironed and ready for a frame. It was so relaxing because it was an easy, straightforward pattern, and it was a blast to stitch. This pattern is officially called, “In a Prickle,” by Lesley Teare from CrossStitcher, February 2015 (Issue 288). Now the question is: where am I going to hang it up?

Thanks for following along!

Too Hot!

It has been well into the low 100s, so we’ve been holed up reading and cross stitching!        

This is my mom and I doing stitchy stuff; she’s organizing her thread! Bilbo is in the background close by all the action.

 

I also just kitted up a new project from the new issue of Just CrossStitch – “Knee High.” This will be a gift for my dad for his August birthday. I love the earthy colors for this farm themed pattern.

Everyone stay cool and happy stitching!

WIPs, Kits, and Finishes- Oh My!

It’s been a while- but I’ve got a lot of stitching done since then! I’ve picked up “Pretty Poppies” again. Going fairly fast.   Made a little progress on my Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery’s “Once Upon a Time Sampler”.    Two weeks ago, I finished Little House Needlework’s “Give Thanks.” I can’t wait to get it framed and on my kitchen wall! I also have another small finish, but it’s part of a present that I can’t show yet. 😉  I have also kitted up two patterns. One of them is this cacti pattern from CrossStitcher magazine’s February 2015, Issue 288. The other is “Stitchingly Ever After,” by Barbara Ann Designs.  I have also been preoccupied with reading Charles Dickens’ Little Dorrit. The audio book performed by Anton Lesser is amazing as well. The main character is a seamstress/needleworker. I can only image the pieces she’s working on!

Happy Stitching!

Jane Austen Portrait

Another finish- I’m so surprised. I am a complete Jane Austen fan. I have been ever since I was about five- I got my first copy of Pride and Prejudice when I was that age- no, of course I couldn’t read it, but my mom is also a bookworm so that probably had something to do with it. It has been in my collection ever since and borrow and loved (I’m now up to four different editions of that specific Austen novel- not ashamed- I love annotated editions of anything). Her writing has always been a comfort to me.

This pattern is from the “Jen’ll Fix It” section of The World of Cross Stitching– Issue 191.

Progress pic:

I’m not sure how I will finish this piece- maybe just a fancy, colorful frame.

Happy stitching!