Thursday, January 31, 2008

My Snip-It Jars

Kathy, one of the wonderful ladies I've met through my stitching group, makes snip-it jars. She was my secret sister once and sent me one as part of my last gift. Anyway, I recently ordered some from her to keep around and received them today. I put them into one picture but my absolute favorite has to be the one with the dogs on it. The Staffie looks like Ana (markings and all) and if the Bull Terrier had a patch on his eye he would look just like Kyle! I love it so much!!! And I even got a jar (Halloweeny) for my scissors :-) I love my jars!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Quick Stitch Weekend Finish

In my favorite online group "Cross Stitch Forever," Petra suggested a Quick Stitch Weekend for this weekend. Basically it means that you stitch something small enough that you can finish in one weekend. At first I was going to stitch Twisted Threads October Boo but then changed my mind and decided to stitch a small gift I'd like to give a friend for Valentine's Day. I'm happy to announce that I finished it! Of course I can't show you a picture until I finish finish it and my friend receives it but I will show part of it...
In case you have a hard time deciphering what it is let me tell you that it's a butterfly. The bottom part is sort of fuzzy (I don't know why) but this year I plan on getting a better camera which will hopefully eliminate that.

Well it's late and I'd like to get some night time sleep since I work tomorrow night. TTFN and thanks for looking!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

The Container Store

How did I ever manage to avoid this store is unknown to me! I went for the first time on Thursday when it was raining/snowing (it was a very wet snow) I wasn't going to go because of the weather but I had wanted to go all week and I knew if I didn't go Thursday I wouldn't go at all. Anyway, I've been looking for an easy way to store my DMC and went to their website to look and thought I had found the perfect solution. When I got there the little plastic thing looked cheap and just blah so I looked around and ended up spending more than I wanted to but OMG I love my new DMC storage system! Take a look...

I love it! I love it! I love it! I use to hate winding up floss on a bobbin and then the floss away bags got to be too bulky to store but this is just perfect. I just open the drawer and pop in the skein and I'm done. Before this I was buying new DMC for each project because the old DMC I had piled up in a bag and was too lazy to go through it all. If I hadn't found this I was going to give it all away because I was getting tired of having that bag overflowing with DMC in my room. I can't stop opening the drawers and saying hello to my DMC now LOL. Next I need to find a way to store my charts. I don't have much fabric but do have a storage for them and my specialty threads have their own storage too. So once my charts are organized I'll be organized!! Yahwooooo!

I managed to finish the first square to my Red Thread Snappers. I'm still debating if I should take this to work with me to work on the outer border or start something new for the train. I woke up late today and haven't stitched yet so I need to decide soon before I go into stitching withdrawal. I joined the Bent Creek SAL so hopefully I will keep up with these and come next year I'll have them done! Here's a picture of my snowman...

Well I'm gonna go. The brakes on the car broke (or something like that) and I have to walk to the train station tonight (and the rest of the weekend *ugh*) so I'd like to stitch for atleast an hour before I have to get ready to leave. TTFN and until next time!

PS - Thanks for the nice comments on my recent finishes! I love comments :-) And Sandy asked me about my needle magnets and where I get them. They are Zecca brand and I usually get them online since none of my not so LNS' carry them. Just in case the price scares you (some people think they're expensive) let me tell you that they're worth it. I bought a Mill Hill magnet the same time I bought my first pair of Zecca's and the Mill Hill broke about 2 months later and my first Zecca's are still around 3 years later! I love them to pieces!!!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Two finishes tonight!

So I have a train/work project and a home project and guess what? I finished them both tonight!!!! *Double Happy Dance* I think I kinda like that I have 2 projects going, I don't get bored and can change some during the week. I don't know if I'll be able to keep up with it but I'll try(I might get greedy and try having 3 projects going which will be total madness!)

First up is Brightneedle's The Sampler Sampler The picture is dark and I'll try to get a better picture at another time but it looks really nice in person. It looks so delicate and plain and I just love it. I'm also happy that I got it done because this piece had definite UFO potential.

Next is M Designs Bubble... I forgot to put the button on before I took a picture of it so just pretend that there's a bat button under the word "bubble."

This one was a kit and came with the finishing instructions so I'm going to drop it off to my finisher so she can work her miraculous magic :-)

Now I don't usually have monthly stitchy goals but this month I did make myself set some and so far I'm 2 for 3 (I think that's how you say it) Each month I'm going to try to stitch a Halloween theme design for my Halloween SAL, my Fair and Square Exchange piece, a Bent Creek Red Thread piece and if I can something else for me that I'll call my "train/work" piece. Think I can do it?? I don't LOL.

I'm going to start my Red Thread piece! TTFN

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Fair and Square Exchange :)

I'm not big on stitching with a deadline but I LOVE this exchange. Look at the piece I received from ChristinaNow how cute are these?!?!?!? I love them! They are by Barbara Ana and I have one of her Halloween patterns that I now MUST stitch. The colors are so vibrant!

My cousin's have been off from school so I haven't been getting much "me" time. It sucks but I enjoy spending time with them and I always miss them once they go back to college but right now I'm counting the days down so I can sleep in, watch shows that I want to watch, spend more time with Kelly, and of course STITCH! I have some update pictures to show, the first one is of BN The Sampler Sampler Not a great picture but it does show my progress. I've only been stitching this on the train and once at Kelly's. Three more squares to go (and some of the two on the right) and it will be finish. I'm getting so antsy because I've been seeing so many finishes and I'm just going soooooooooooooo slowly on this one. Next up is for my Halloween SAL It's by M Designs and it's Bubble. Right now I'm halfway done with the cauldron (is that what you call it?) I tried to stitch it last night but ended up falling asleep. I'll try again tonight but I must let you know that it is waaaaaaay past my bedtime. I use to be able to stay awake all night but now it seems that it only happens when I'm at work.

Talking about work...I work the entire weekend plus Monday, so I'm off to stitch so I can go to sleep. I may just go to sleep. I woke up early today to go to my not so LNS in NJ. Didn't buy much just floss and fabric to kit up some things that I'd like to stitch next once I finish The Sampler Sampler *sigh* TTFN! Have a great weekend

Sunday, January 06, 2008

My New Year's Eve

I tried, believe me I tried but I looked at the clock at 11:40p and next thing I know it's 12:20a! This is what "we" were doing instead... LOL exciting right?!?! Kyle is a major snuggler although you wouldn't think so by just looking at him. Excuse the messy couch but Kyle's a white dog and the couch is a dark green and anyone who's had that pet/furniture combo knows that it's no good so we cover it so it doesn't get too dirty/furry hehe TTFN!

Friday, January 04, 2008

First finish of 2008!

Brightneedle's Love Letters
Stitched on 36 ct Cream Linen
1 over 2
with recommended DMC floss

This was a quick stitch. I was going through my stash and pulled this out to stitch today. I needed to start something new in 2008 and everytime I picked up The Sampler Sampler I couldn't stitch on it because that thought was in the back of my head the entire time. It's recommended that it get finished into a Oval Pincushion so I'll probably do that :)

Here's an update picture of BN The Sampler Sampler. I think I'm going to make it my train/work project because I have to start on my Halloween Stitching for the Halloween SAL and I'm going to *try* and stitch on Bent Creek's Red Thread Snapper as a monthly project.