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To-Do Tuesday 7-25-17 | Ghostly Encounters Stitching

Hello, my fellow To-Doers/Have-Doners! (Yep, I’m being my usual goofy self!)

Stitch ALL The Things | Ghoul Tidings Finish

I did finish Ghoul Tidings by Plum Street Samplers after posting last week. There were a few errors in the chart with the top border, but other than that, this was a quick, fun stitch. I used a piece of linen that I picked up on one of our thrift shop trips, but it turned out to be 26 count and not 28 count. I didn’t really like the bigger count fabric, but it worked for this piece. Instead of using the called for Gentle Arts Sampler Threads, I used DMC according to the chart’s listed conversion. The colors are bolder and do not have the variegation that the model in the chart does, but that’s okay. I love the way it looks! I started this one on 7/11/17 and finished on 7/17/17, with 7 evenings of stitching. I intend to fully finish this off into a pillow when we return to Arizona.

Stitch ALL The Things | Ghostly Encounters Progress

This week had me starting Ghostly Encounters by Stitches Through Time. This piece is a fun little chart using only three colors: two DMC (310 and 921) and one Weeks Dye Works in Snowflake. There are also a few beads, and they really make the eyes on the creatures here pop! I have two tombstones and the border left to stitch, and then this will be done. I should have a finish in the next couple of days.

Stitch ALL The Things | More Goodwill Finds

The Mister and I are wrapping up our summer, so we have been busy doing little things here and there to finish up our current work on the house. We also did our usual thrift store shopping, and he found me a split rod scroll frame (I’ll be cutting the rods down to about 18″), and this sweet Amazing Grace chart. It’s one of my favorite hymns, so I plan on stitching this one in the future. I’m going to miss these thrift shops up here, there are a lot of crafters in this area!

Confession time!

I have to admit, I am not excited to get home to Arizona and back to sewing bags. This summer break has made me realize just how much of my own projects I pushed aside, and that makes me sad. I had intended on making a quilt for my son’s birthday (he has asked me for one for over two years!). I ordered fabric but couldn’t start it due to the commissions workload I accepted. I finished a quilt top for Brad and got the backing and batting cut to size in December of 2016, and never had time to baste it, quilt it, and bind it. It’s still sitting folded up on my table. I wanted to sew a new purse for me, but didn’t have time for that either. I have several other things listed that I wanted to get done, but I just keep putting them to the back of my to-do list. The Mister and I are heading home in one week, so when I get back I will be completing orders I committed to before we left and then I will no longer be taking commissioned work. I may sew some bags later and put them up for sale, but it will be after I can get caught up on projects I had on my January 2017 list. I have felt such a relief after making that decision, that the dread of returning to Arizona has lessened greatly! This also means that you may be seeing some quilting again here on the blog. To that I say: YIPPEEEEEEE!!!!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish Ghostly Encounters
  • Pack for Arizona

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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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To-Do Tuesday 6-13-17 | Sleepy Hollow

Hello and Happy Tuesday, friends! How has your week been? Have you accomplished what you set out to do? Did you need to adjust your lists? I can’t wait to read what you have been up to.

Stitch ALL The Things | Thrift Shop Finds

This week the Mister and I spent quite a bit of time running errands for various little fix-it issues. We also have been hitting the thrift shops and I’ve run across a few great finds. Three fully kitted Theron Traditions charts, circa 1987, with linen and overdyed threads. The larger two kits were $2.99 and the Teaching Sampler was $1.99. Two large pieces of linen (both fat halves, but one with a and one 13″ x 14″ section cut out) for $2.50 total, and a 3/4 yard cut of light grey Jobelan fabric for $1. I also found a little chart for fifty cents, Sweet Violet by Sandy Gervais, and it includes felt pieces to use for flower petals within the stitching. I am thrilled with all these thrifty finds. I also had someone respond to my ISO of post in the Stash Unload group for The Lady In Thread’s chart, Spooky As A Spider, and I was able to purchase this OOP and very hard to find chart for a reasonable price. I can’t wait to stitch that one!!

Stitch ALL The Things | Halloween Mystery Town SAL Update

As far as stitching progress, I finished the house on the Ship’s Manor Halloween Mystery Town SAL. I was really anxious to get started on the border for Sleepy Hollow, so instead of starting on the third part of the SAL, I put that away to finish later. Right now I’m determined to get Sleepy Hollow finished first.

Sleepy Hollow Border Progress

This border is a lot of fun, but not an easy stitch given the beading and the Kreinik interspersed throughout. I just love the little bats, jack o’lanterns, and skulls. This border goes around the main scene, and then around the quote that is stitched under the scene. It will take me a couple weeks to get this done, so I shouldn’t be too far behind with the Ship’s Manor SAL by the time it is complete. We flew my kids up from California to spend a week with us, so I probably won’t be doing too much stitching this week. Right now they’re adjusting to the much cooler weather, so we’re all sitting around under quilts at the moment. LOL!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Work on Sleepy Hollow border.
  • Enjoy time with the kids!

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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.
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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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