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To-Do Tuesday 4-18-17 | Finishes!

Hello, my friends! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a very Happy Easter. I was so busy finishing up the large bag order, and then resting over the weekend, that I completely forgot to read your blogs from the last link up. I just realized it tonight when I noticed I had not even responded to comments on my blog from last week. Gulp! I hope to catch up on blog reading soon, and I apologize for not visiting you all last week.

Stitch ALL The Things | Large Zippered Bags

I finally finished the 25 bag order on Thursday night. I was so excited! I spent Friday taking pictures of the bags, emailing the shop owner who commissioned them, and packaging them up. These are 15 of the 25 requested. I forgot to measure them exactly, but they are about 10″ high x 13″ wide, by 3″ deep at the base.

Stitch ALL The Things | Large Zippered Bags

I had to share the coffee bag though. I wish the picture showed the chocolate glitter vinyl better. It’s so rich and just gorgeous.

Stitch ALL The Things | Coffee Bean Fabric

But the best part is the interior! Those coffee beans are scrumptious! The interior is actually a bit darker than this, the only photo I took of it was really over exposed. The interior of all of the large bags has a long slip pocket that’s divided into three. The outside of the pocket is the same fabric as the bag interior, but for all of the bags I used a coordinating solid to create a faux binding on the pocket and to define where the pocket was in the bag.

Stitch ALL The Things | Small Zippered Bags

The other 10 bags were these small zippered pouches. They measure approximately 7″ high x 9″ wide, by 1″ deep.

Stitch ALL The Things | Lowery Cross Stitch Stand

I had some very exciting mail arrive today. The Mister ordered me a Lowery workstand from Sew and So in the UK. We ordered it on the 4th of April, it shipped on the 5th, and arrived on the 17th! Super quick for a really large international package. I was blown away! I also absolutely love it. I happened to check pricing one day and it was on sale. I also was able to use their first time customer code to get 10% off, which essentially was the same as the shipping charge. All told, it cost $88 USD! I. Am. Thrilled! The picture above is to show the stand. The picture below is my actual, very messy, stitchy spot… Right next to the Mister!

Stitch ALL The Things | A Messy Stitchy Spot

This week I have to complete four project bag & tool pouch sets. I ended up asking my customer if I could push off her bags to this week. I really needed a break, and I had forgotten it was Easter weekend. Thankfully, she was very understanding, and I had a chance to relax and feel a bit refreshed before starting her bags. I also am preparing for the other large commission order that is highly likely to head my way before summer break. I will be scheduling that order so that I have weekends off. This way I won’t fear any burn out, and I’ll be available to run errands or hang out with the Mister and the kids. I may even have time to quilt the Mister’s quilt and bind it on one of the weekends, so he can finally enjoy his quilt! Now that summer’s right around the corner (for those of us in AZ, anyway), my timing is perfect!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Commission for four Project Bag sets

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To-Do Tuesday 1-31-17 | Cross Stitching Update

Hello, friends! Happy Tuesday! I am actually going to talk about something other than Project Bags. What??!!! Well, kind of. I did end up completing 9 bags, as you can see in the Gallery below. Big thanks to Amy and Dyani for their orders! The one thing I will say about the bags is that I plan on setting up a page for just Project Bag pictures. Since this is becoming a real thing, I need to have images of them all in one place to refer potential customers to. One of these days I will catch up and have some bags in stock to sell!

My evenings have been spent cross stitching. It has really helped me relax after some super busy days. A few weeks ago I said I would talk about my current WIPs, but didn’t really get around to it. I thought this week’s post would be a good time to write about them, since all of my recent posts have been centered around the Project bags and I think ya’ll would enjoy me talking about something different.

The Burlesque Zombie Portrait from the book Twisted Stitches is my oldest WIP. I started this in 2014 and stopped stitching on it for about a year, picking it up in October of 2016. This is my progress from October of 2016 to January 13, 2017. I work on her the first two weeks of the month, Monday (if I have time after blog writing) through Friday.

I did get the Glendon Place Sleepy Hollow chart, fabric, and specialty threads for Christmas. Yay! I had most of the rest of the DMC floss in my stash. I work on this chart the third week of the month, Monday through Friday. I got so excited working on this chart that I actually bumped my weekend WIP and stitched on this for one weekend instead. Super love this one!

Stitch ALL The Things | Ship's Manor Mystery Town SAL

The fourth week of the month is spent working on the new Ship’s Manor Mystery Town Stitch Along. The first month’s release was the landscape for the mystery town. I am trying to get the landscape around the first building done so that when that is released I can start right in with stitching it. Which means I bumped my weekend WIP for a second time! I am planning on spending the rest of Monday night and Tuesday night stitching it so that I can be ready for the next installment.

My weekend WIP, that I’ve bumped for two weekends in a row, is I Love You So Very Much by Stitchrovia. I really do want to get this one finished, but it does seem the easiest to bump from my rotation.

Care Taker is my BAP (Big Ass Project) that I work on the 5th of every month. This is a very large chart and this is my progress from January 5th. It doesn’t seem like much, but that’s about three hours of work. And I have to frog it all and restart it. It wasn’t until today when I went to take a picture of it that I realized I started on the long side of the fabric, rather than the short side. UGH! So part of my day on February 5th will be be taking all of those out and redoing them. I am so looking forward to that. Not.

Finally, my last WIP is I Cross Stitch by Clouds Factory. I only work on this one when we travel. It’s a lot easier for me to stitch on white aida when I’m in the car and I don’t need my magnifier LED light for this one.
Stitch ALL The Things

Those are a lot of WIPs for me, but I am looking to see where I can add in Santa’s Village from Country Cottage Needleworks. I just got all of the patterns and the JABC buttons for it, and I have the fabric and specialty flosses coming from 123Stitch. I am so loving this one, and I can’t wait to start it! So much to stitch, so little time!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Work on two Project Bag commissions
  • Create Project Bag page

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To-Do Tuesday 12-13-16 | Two New Starts

TWELVE DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!!! Happy Tuesday! I thought I’d just give your heart a tiny jolt and remind you to get your tushies in gear and finish up your Holiday shopping! 😉

This past weekend I got all of my holiday cooking done and all packages were shipped off today. I made pure vanilla with my Instant Pot, baked 106 cookies, and made 110 chocolate peanut clusters. I’d just like to say that I am so thankful that USPS lets us print shipping labels at home. The line at the post office was out the door! The Mister and I went in the “Out” and, under the critical eye of every person standing in line who is determined to let NO ONE (us!) cut in front of them, we walked up to the counter where everyone drops off postage-paid packages, dropped our packages off, and sauntered back out of the Out door. Can I confess my feeling of delight at not having to wait? DELIGHTED. (And here I was wondering why karma kept getting me. Attitude much?!)

Stitch ALL The Things | Motorcycle Quilt

Enough of food, on to stitchy stuff! I started working on the Mister’s motorcycle quilt. This was a kit I picked up at Fabric Junction Quilt Shop in Sturgis, SD. The pattern is Mahjongg by Anne Wiens of Sweetgrass Creative Designs. This quilt is coming together really quickly. I have all of the different blocks sewn up, I just need to sew them all together and put the borders on. I put it up on the design wall so the Mister could see what the top was going to look like. Not a great picture, but it’ll do for now!

As far as cross stitching goes, the Burlesque Zombie Portrait is going a bit slower than I expected. I think I’m used to getting stuff done quickly, so this is a good lesson in patience (and, no, God, that is not a request for more lessons in patience!). I am still having fun stitching this one and I am super excited to get to the subject of the portrait!

Stitch ALL The Things | Stitchrovia I Love You So Much

My second new start was Stitchrovia’s I Love You So Very Much pattern. This was my first time stitching on 32 count fabric. I spent Saturday evening trying to grid the fabric. The glitter on the fabric, as well as the super small holes, were a nightmare. It took me two hours just to grid the perimeter and by the time I got to the end I was one cross stitch square short. I was so frustrated. The Mister suggested I just stitch from the middle, and without gridlines. My brain sort of locked up at the thought of that, but as that is how stitchers usually stitch anyway, I decided to give it a go. This progress is from one night of stitching, about two and a half hours worth. It was slow going for me, but my left eye didn’t get all twitchy and I only had to rip out 5 stitches!

I was going to talk about my plans for 2017 and to Stitch from Stash, but I’ve decided to make that a separate post. I should have that up within a week or so.

I hope your holiday season is going well and you are able to take time to savor it!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish piecing quilt top, make backing

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To-Do Tuesday 11-29-16 | It’s Crunch Time

Happy Tuesday, Friends! If you are hand crafting gifts this year for the holidays, it’s time to crank it into high gear! I am happy, actually more like relieved, to say that I will not be making one gift this year. The last two years (maybe three?) I have put myself under pressure to get gifts made and this year I decided I was not gonna do it. Nope. Hello Amazon, and the gift card kiosk at my local grocery store. It’s not meant to be impersonal, because I try to find gifts and gift cards that the recipients will love. I am looking forward to a December of crafting for enjoyment and not because I am rushing to get presents done and posted in time to arrive by Christmas.

Stitch ALL The Things | Let's Sew by Ursula Michael

In fact, this past Thanksgiving weekend was exactly what I said it would be. Relaxing! The kids were old enough to help prepare dinner, and then we spent Friday decorating the house for Christmas. It was wonderful! I did finish my Let’s Sew cross stitch piece and found a frame at Goodwill for it. I mounted and framed it myself. That was a lot more tedious than I expected. I kept measuring, and remeasuring to make sure it was centered. I couldn’t get a great picture of it because of the glare, so I can’t showcase how amazing it looks in real life.

Stitch ALL The Things | Let's Sew by Ursula Michael

The back of this piece looks almost as great as the front. I worked really hard not to run threads across the back, because I didn’t want them to show after I mounted the piece onto black foam core board. I will say that were I to stitch this piece again I would not use aida, and especially black aida. There were more than a few quarter stitches, and seeing the regular holes on black aida is difficult enough without adding in fractional stitches that you have to punch through the center of an aida square. I should also note that I converted the thread color to DMC 729, Medium Old Gold. I started it November 6th and finished by November 24th. I am happy for a 2016 start and finish!

This week I will be focused on finishing the bag. I was going to start work on Josh’s quilt, but decided to push that off until his birthday. He will be getting a bigger-than-anticipated Christmas present this year (Thanks to Nintendo for creating the New Nintendo 3DS shortage and to Amazon for selling them early to scalpers. You rock! Jerks.) and I don’t want to pile all the gifts onto one holiday. Since his birthday is in March, I won’t feel huge pressure to finish a Bargello by December 21st and I can make sure I get it done right. Wrapping my head around the process of making one of these has been challenging!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish Bag
  • Choose next Quilt project
  • New cross stitch start

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