Category Archives: Cross Stitch

To-Do Tuesday 7-11-17 | A Sleepy Hollow Finish

Hello friends, and happy Tuesday! I hope you all had a wonderful Independence Day and were able to check an item or two off of your lists.

Stitch ALL The Things | Sleepy Hollow

This past week was a whirlwind for the Mister and I. We spent most days trying to hunt down furniture for the bedroom, with not too much luck. The evenings were spent working hard on Sleepy Hollow to get that finished. I completed it Sunday evening! I have to admit to actually getting a bit teary eyed over it. I loved stitching it, but it was a little sad putting the final stitches in it and knowing it was done.

Stitch ALL The Things | Sleepy Hollow Headless Horseman

This project introduced me to stitching with silk (the moon is stitched with Caron Waterlilies in Lemon n Lime), metallics (Kreinik), and beading. I was a bit nervous about using the metallics and doing the beading, but quickly got the hang of it. One minor change I made was to switch the stallion’s eye from DMC 304 to red Kreinik. It gave it a great fiery sparkle. I also loved how the Kreinik sparkles on on the stirrup, the saddle, and the bottom of the cape. That stuff is fantastic!

Stitch ALL The Things | Sleepy Hollow Beading and Metallics

The border around the scene felt like it took as long to stitch as the scene itself. Eash completed skull, bat, or jack-o-lantern felt like a mini-finish though, so it didn’t feel too tedious. I will note that there is a whole lot of back stitching in this pattern, so if you don’t like backstitching, this is not the chart for you! The chart labels it as a “generous amount of backstitching”. Um… yeah. Most definitely.

Stitch ALL The Things | Sleepy Hollow Signature

I finished the chart with my signature in the bottom right corner of the scene. It’s a long signature, but I think it’s extremely important to sign and date your work for future generations. So long as those future generations do not donate that hard work to Goodwill.

Stitch ALL The Things | Sleepy Hollow Hoop Butt

I’m also incredibly proud of the back of the work, also known as the “hoop butt” or “hoop booty”. I made a real effort to keep it as neat as possible. I knew that I would be sending this piece to Jill Rensel for framing, and I wanted to make sure thread tails wouldn’t pop and that there were no threads run across the back that would show through to the front after being stretched and framed. I will post a picture when I get this back. It should be around 12 weeks or so.

This was a super fun stitch. I loved everything about it! For those who like stats:

Chart: Sleepy Hollow by Glendon Place
Fabric: 17″ x 26″ 28 count Lugana in Haunted by Picture This Plus
Finished Stitched Size: 12″ x 17.5″
Stitched: 2 strands over 2 threads
Flosses: Called for DMC and Caron Waterlilies in Lemon n Lime
Started: January 16, 2017
Finished: July 9, 2017
Total Stitching Days: 69

This week’s To-Do list:

  • New cross stitch start – Ghoul Tidings by Plum Street Samplers
  • Continue working on master bedroom

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Rules:

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To-Do Tuesday 7-4-17 | Happy Fourth of July

For those of you reading this who are in the U.S. and celebrating Independence Day, I wish you a happy and safe Fourth! I will keep my post brief this week, as we have been super busy and it’s only 6:15pm on Monday night and I’m already wishing it was bedtime!

Stitch ALL The Things | Sleepy Hollow Progress

This is my current progress on Sleepy Hollow. I hope to show a finish in next week’s post! The Mister and I have been busy painting the upstairs closet, buying furniture, moving furniture from the upstairs bedroom to the downstairs bedroom, and setting up furniture in the upstairs bedroom. The new master bedroom is slowly coming along, but I am hopeful I will have a finished room to show you before we leave.

This week we are celebrating the Fourth with family, working more on the bedroom, and waiting for our mattress set and a refrigerator to be delivered. Possibly more thrift shopping too, but my feet hurt right now just thinking about that! I hope you all have had a wonderful week, and that this week is fantastic for you as well!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Work on Sleepy Hollow border
  • Continue working on master bedroom

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Rules:

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To-Do Tuesday 6-27-17 | Sleepy Hollow Progress

Hello, friends! Another week has already passed, can you believe it?! These summer weeks are just racing by me. I’m not ready for it to be July yet. Plus, this last week… so hot, right?! I’m sure it was worse where you are since we are in Oregon, and it doesn’t get quite THAT hot here. Although this recent weekend we reached 100 degrees, BUT we had low humidity. Brad and I were ready to hunker down for the weekend, but we walked outside and told each other it felt like a warm day in Havasu. I still used the “heat” as an excuse to stay inside and stitch!

Stitch ALL The Things | Sleepy Hollow Progress

After the kids flew back to California, I pulled my Sleepy Hollow stitching out again. I’ve made some decent progress on the border, and an end is in sight! The border goes around the main image, but also continues around a quote that is beneath the scene. I think maybe two more weeks and this is done. Yay!

Not much else going on around here, other than we decided to make the upstairs bedroom the master bedroom. We aren’t able to move the current master bedroom set upstairs for a variety of reasons. Instead, we ordered a bed from Wayfair and a mattress set from Denver Mattress. They have different arrival dates, so it will give me time to figure out a dresser, side tables, and TV stand. I also need to find a comforter set for this bed. I really wanted to make a quilt, but that can’t happen right now since I left all of my stuff in Arizona. I WILL make one for it eventually, but it would have been nice to have fabrics here to figure out the color scheme for the room. Not that any of this is complaint-worthy. I’m super glad Mister changed his mind about the master bedroom, because the upstairs bathroom is bigger than the tiny one downstairs and it all feels a lot roomier up there than downstairs. I’ll post pictures if I’m able to get the room completed before we leave.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Work on Sleepy Hollow border
  • Paint upstairs closet
  • Decide on bedroom set and bedding

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Rules:

  1. Link up to this To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky below. Don’t forget: you can link up Instagram photos! The link up is open all week, and you can link any post for the week even if it’s written on the prior Sunday or Monday. It simply needs to be related to setting, working on, and/or completing your weekly goal(s).
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To-Do Tuesday 6-20-17 | Kids, Fabric, and Stitchy Box

Hello, again! It’s To-Do Tuesday and time to evaluate our progress from last week and makes our lists for the upcoming week.

Stitch ALL The Things | Kids at Depoe Bay

Josh & Callie in Depoe Bay, Oregon

My two youngest kids spent last week with us and we had a great visit. I didn’t spend hardly any time stitching as I wanted to be present with them. We spent time visiting family, did some sight-seeing, and took a day trip to the Oregon coast. We planned the coastal visit for Thursday. We checked the weather about 5 days ahead of time and the forecast said Thursday and Friday would be sunny and warmer than the rest of the week. Turns out the forecast was a couple days off. That day was the wettest of all! We still had a good drive there, and stopped in Depoe Bay to have a delicious lunch at Gracie’s Sea Hag. I will say that the best clam chowder I’ve ever had was at the wharf in Monterey, CA, until I tried Gracie’s chowder two years ago. I had to have the kids try it as well, and from the moment of their first bite, they both agreed with me that Gracie’s chowder was a step above the Monterey wharf’s chowder. Gracie also has the best Mozzarella sticks I’ve ever eaten. They are about 4 to 5″ long, and about 2″ in diameter. They are huge, homemade, and served fresh daily with a side of chunky marinara sauce. HEAVEN! This lunch was our early celebration of Father’s Day with the Mister before the kids headed home on Saturday. They arrived safely in California, and just in time for a big heat wave that puts their temps in the mid-100’s. I think they’ll be glad for the memory of being in 60-ish degree weather just last week.

Stitch ALL The Things | Fabric Depot Purchase

Fabrics purchased at Fabric Depot

After I made sure the kids made it through security at the Portland airport, the Mister and I drove to Fabric Depot only a few miles away. We wanted to stay nearby in case anything should happen prior to their take-off, and I wanted to see if I could find some great novelty fabrics for bag making when I return to Arizona at the end of summer. Yes, I found tons of great fabrics, but not great prices. Everything was between $12.99 and $14.99 per yard, with most fabrics being right around $13.99. I did find five prints in the clearance section that would work–two Halloween prints, one fall print, one Christmas print, and a bag interior/blender print. It wasn’t until I had the fabric cut and stood in the checkout line that I noticed the sign stating that all fabrics were 30% off in the store. *sigh* I had already spent a long time there and the Mister and I were anxious to head home, so I just shook my head at myself and left with my clearanced fabrics. Still, I think I did pretty well, and didn’t strain my budget on this earlier-than-expected fabric purchase.

Stitch ALL The Things | Just The Threads Stitchy Box Subscription

Just The Threads Stitchy Box Subscription May 2017

I also received two now-cancelled Stitchy Box subscriptions. I don’t think I’ve talked much about it here, but about a month and a half ago I had a real awakening in regards to my budget and financial situation and had a serious talk with Brad about it. I decided to cancel all of my hobby subscriptions and I have been very carefully making decisions about purchases. I asked Brad to be a “financial counselor” so to speak, so I have been bouncing my thoughts off of him for purchases I am making or want to make. It has helped me so much in deciding whether I need to make a purchase right away, if it’s something that can be put off for a while, or if it’s something I really want to spend my money on right now. This process has really been a good thing for me, and, ironically enough, very liberating. I no longer feel guilty about any purchases or feel the need to hide them or receipts; a habit I picked up from a previous marriage where I shopped without restraint. Having said that, I had two outstanding Stitchy Box subscriptions that were pre-paid back in March. My Just The Threads subscription for May 2017 arrived in the middle of last week. These are some beautiful specialty flosses! The flosses are (L-R) 6 stranded floss in Lemon Drops from Gentle Art Sampler Threads (GAST), 6 stranded floss in Peoria Purple from Weeks Dye Works (WDW), 12 ply silk Soie Cristale in Bright Yellow #4022 by Caron, 6 stranded floss in a Limited Edition color (name unknown) by GAST, 6 stranded floss in Saffron by WDW, and 12-stranded spun silk Belle Soie in Cake by Classic Colorworks.

Stitch ALL The Things | Stitchy Box May-June 2017

Also this week I received the May/June 2017 Stitchy Box subscription with the Stitch It Up and Bling It Up add ons. This is a fun box that comes once every two months. It contains fabric (type and count chosen by you), flosses/threads, embellishments and/or other stitching goodies. This month the theme was Sunflower Field and included a 28 count Lugana dyed by Fiberlicious in Summer Sky, a gorgeous blue color. Threads included are 6 stranded flosses by GAST in Wildflower (Limited Edition), Sunflower Field by Ship’s Manor (Exclusive to Stitchy Box), 8 ply silk in Avocado by NPI, 100% Soysilk Soy Luster thread in Acid Green by The Pure Palette, crewel wool thread in Dusk by WDW (Stitchy Box exclusive), and Kreinik Micro Chenille in Black. The embellishment pack included Sunflower quilt fabric, a Honeybee charm, one vintage orange flower bead, three Czech 10mm faceted avocado round beads, and a 2 gram pack of 10/0 2-cut Czech aqua seed beads. The Stitch It Up Add on is the Sunflower Panel Chart designed by Lindsay Lane Designs.

Stitch ALL The Things | Stitchy Box Bling It Up

The Bling It Up add-on was comprised of gorgeous 1- and 2-gram bead packs. They came in various colors of turquoise & aquas, yellows & oranges, greens, and a brown, perfectly evoking the image of a gorgeous Sunflower Field. The beads I liked the most were the three hand-carved butterfly beads, and the large, hand-painted Sunflower bead. I am not a huge fan of sunflowers, but this box was full of such beautiful colors I’m likely to change my mind about them! As far as my budgeting comments, I would like to say that I absolutely loved the Stitchy Box subscription. It was incredibly hard to give up, since I had only received two subscriptions before cancelling, however there are other things that must be the priority right now. I believe the Stitchy Box is definitely worth the money, and it is a subscription that I may rejoin in the future, once I have my budget firmly under control and various bills paid off. I most likely will not include the Bling It Up or Stitch It Up add ons in the future. I enjoyed them, but I found that felt like I may or may not stitch up the charts included, and although I love the beads I prefer to buy those as charts call for them. Right now I have a small amount of beads in my stash that contain commonly called-for colors so I don’t really have a need to add more beads to that stash. What I love most about the Stitchy Box are receiving flosses/threads to try that I wouldn’t normally seek out to buy for myself, the dyed fabrics, and embellishments that I wouldn’t think to use. All in all, this is a fun subscription box for the stitcher! Note: The link is NOT an affiliate link and I’m not being paid for any of these comments… These are just my own thoughts on this subscription service.

This week we are planning on doing a little thrifting, and I plan on working on Sleepy Hollow. I am excited to read what you’ve been up to and see your plans for the week!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Work on Sleepy Hollow border.

Now it’s your turn! Write up your post and link up using the InLinkz linky below.

Rules:

  1. Link up to this To-Do Tuesday blog post using the InLinkz linky below. Don’t forget: you can link up Instagram photos! The link up is open all week, and you can link any post for the week even if it’s written on the prior Sunday or Monday. It simply needs to be related to setting, working on, and/or completing your weekly goal(s).
  2. Try to visit at least one or two other blogs and leave a nice comment.
  3. Include a link back to my blog. Feel free to grab the blog button from the sidebar to show that you’re participating in To-Do Tuesday.
  4. You do not have to follow my blog to participate, but if you do decide to follow me… thank you! I appreciate it!
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