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To-Do Tuesday 8-1-17 | July Summary

Happy Tuesday, friends! I am writing this post on Friday since we will be very busy on Sunday and Monday preparing to head back to Arizona. We actually stayed a week later here than we usually do, since the kids are older now and school shopping isn’t as big of a production as it used to be. We will pick them up from their dad on the 5th, two days before school starts. It was nice having the extra week here, but we are definitely gearing up to get out of vacation mode and back to a schedule!

Stitch ALL The Things | Ghostly Encounters

This past week I finished Ghostly Encounters by Stitches Through Time. I really seem to be drawn towards Halloween type charts lately. This was a fun, quick chart to stitch, with only three colors, and only one of those three being a specialty floss. The chart calls for a small amount of beading, and actually came with the called for beads. That was fantastic, because the only extra thing I needed to order, besides the fabric, was the Weeks Dye Works floss.

Stitch ALL The Things | Ghostly Encounters Close Up

This was stitched two strands of floss over two threads on 32 count linen in Ale by Picture This Plus. Going from stitching on 26 count linen to 32 count linen was interesting, and it took me about an hour to get my tension right. I absolutely love the way the sides of the border and the center chandelier post look like the vertebrae of a spine. I also love those two skulls. My absolutely favorite part, though, are those beads. I haven’t beaded much, so I didn’t really understand the difference between clear beads and silver lined beads. Let me tell you, if you want a bit of glow, use silver lined beads. No matter which direction you look at this piece from, whether it’s in a well-lit area or dim, the candles look like they’re glowing and the eyes on the skulls, raven, and spiders glow in the same way. It’s a fantastic effect, and I love learning new things when stitching!

Stitch ALL The Things | Ghostly Encounters Hoop Booty

Of course, I have to show off the back… I love a neat back! I don’t always accomplish it, but when I worry that any threads drawn across the back may show through to the front I make sure to end off and start the next motif fresh. I plan to finish this off as a flat fold using Vonna Pfeiffer’s tutorial. She also has a step-by-step youtube video of the process. I’ll be fully finishing this one off sometime in the next month or so.

Stitch ALL The Things | July 2017 SFS Report

One thing I started participating in is Stitch From Stash. I signed up at the beginning of the year for Part A (January to June), but failed so miserably in the first month I didn’t even try the rest of the months. I decided to sign up again for Part B, but this time putting a serious effort into it. I signed up with a $15/month budget. All expenses for stitching come out of this budget, except for some tools (needles, hoops, qsnaps, scroll frames, & stands) and framing costs. Shipping costs do not count against the budget either. Any finishes add credit to the budget. Since we just finished the month of July, I wanted to be publicly accountable for whether I’m managing my budget well or not. This month I spent more than I intended (two charts, the Just CrossStitch Halloween issue, and all of those thrift shop finds), but I had enough finishes (Sleepy Hollow, Ghoul Tidings, and Ghostly Encounters) that it just covered all those expenses! Whew! Thank goodness for my stitching time this past month!

This week we’ll be traveling home and preparing to get the kids. I may or may not have some sewing time, and there’s something very special I want to participate in that I will talk about next week. This post is already overly long, and I want to give that project it’s proper due. I hope you all have a wonderful week. I most likely will not be responding promptly to comments or visiting your blogs due to our plans for next week, but I will try and get to them before the following week’s post!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Safe Travels
  • Acclimate to the bake-your-face-off heat
  • Possibly make some blocks for special project

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To-Do Tuesday 5-30-17 | Oregon

Hello, friends! After a busy week of preparing to travel, and then doing the traveling, we arrived in Oregon over the weekend. We made it in time to visit the graveside of my husband’s parents and pay our respects on Memorial Day. Just a quick post this time, as there isn’t much for me to talk about this week. We are also still recovering from all of our time on the road taking the kids to their dad and then our own trip, so my brain is a little foggy for words anyway. I will leave you with a picture of some beautiful Irises that were in bloom at the house when we arrived!

Iris

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Fix cross stitch WIP
  • Identify items to work on at the house

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To-Do Tuesday 11-22-16 | A Little Bit Sidetracked

If you are in the U.S., Happy Thanksgiving week!! I am sure everyone is going to be busy with holiday prep, so there may not be much to share on our To-Do lists this week. As for my list from last week, I do have a story to tell!

Since I had to wait for my glitter vinyl to arrive for finishing the Hippo Hobo bag, I decided to pull the fabrics for a bargello quilt I want to make my son, Josh, for Christmas. I chose Surf Song from Twist and Turn Bargello Quilts by Eileen Wright. Josh loves the ocean and it just seemed perfect. I haven’t made a bargello quilt before, but I knew I had a bunch of blues and greens in my Kona Cotton stash and I was excited at the possibility of making this for him for Christmas. But. BUT. I didn’t have quite enough fabrics. Then, the fabrics I did have weren’t wide enough because I purchased 1/2 yard pieces to grow my stash and 5/8’s is required for the pattern. Which meant I had to buy more fabrics. And that’s when the lightbulb moment happened.

Stitch ALL The Things | Surf Song Bargello Fabric Pull

Why am I buying and stashing all these fabrics for future projects that, when the time comes to make the new project, I end up having to buy more fabrics for? I have all of this beautiful fabric sitting on my shelves and I’m not making anything with them. My taste in fabrics have changed from when I first started quilting, so there are fabrics I don’t even like any more sitting in my stash. Some fabrics I bought just because it was on sale. Or I bought it because I saw it in a picture and it looked so pretty I wanted it right at that moment. People, this is RIDICULOUSNESS! A destash was in order, and right away. With this train of thought, the course of my entire week changed. I ordered my fabrics for the bargello quilt, and then began pulling bundles and bundles of fabric from my shelves to sell.

Stitch ALL The Things | Destash Prep

If you follow me on Instagram you probably noticed that picture. I set up a separate destash account on Instagram and got to work. Between Tuesday and Friday of last week I organized fabric into piles, came up with prices, took pictures, and prepared draft Instagram posts. On Saturday the destash began and all 88 pictures were uploaded within 30 minutes. The rest of the weekend was tallying purchases, double checking, triple checking, and quadruple checking them. Then sending out PayPal requests, double checking, triple checking, and quadruple checking those. Next up was printing out shipping labels and Monday was double/triple/quadruple checking everything again as I packaged up purchases for shipping. I made it to the post office 10 minutes before the cutoff for their first shipment of the day to Las Vegas. WOO HOO!

ALL The Packages

I’ve got to tell you, that was a pretty intense week of work. But I feel such relief at getting rid of excess and having a better plan of buying what I need when I need it, rather than just collecting fabric. Now I have to turn to Thanksgiving preparation which I completely forgot about with my week of destashing! How crazy is that? The Mister stepped up big time and braved the stores today while I was getting packages done, but we have another trip to make to finish up our shopping. After we get that done, my plan for the week is simply to enjoy my family time and to appreciate and be thankful for all of the many blessings in my life. And with that, I would like to thank each of you who reads this blog and links up when you are able. You all encourage and inspire me and I appreciate that you stop by week after week to share your finishes, your works in progress, your successes, and your not-so-successful projects. This is a wonderful community and I am grateful to be a part of it!

thanksgiving

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Be Thankful

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To-Do Tuesday 11-8-16 | Stitchy Goodness

This week was an odd one. My bad headache turned out to be some strange illness that’s going around. I ended up having dull headaches all week and would get worn out and clammy with the slightest activity. I sort of felt like I was on the tail end of having the flu. So weird. I got tired of sitting around waiting to “feel better” so on Sunday I did a bit of minor sewing. I made two grime guards for my Q Snap frames. I also gridded up some black aida in preparation of stitching Let’s Sew designed by Ursula Michael for Imaginating. I got a small start on it Sunday evening.

Stitch ALL The Things | QSnaps Grime Guards Charts

I recently ran across a Flosstube video on youtube on gridding your cross stitch fabric that I loved. She uses Sulky Sliver (shown on white Aida in picture above) instead of thread and it really makes a huge difference when pulling out the gridding threads. The Sliver is a flat metallic type tape that you can’t sew through. When I used thread on Whacky Witches I kept stitching through my gridding threads and that was a nightmare to remove. Her technique of gridding also gets it done so much quicker. I am using this method from now on! I am gridding some white aida to have ready for my I Cross Stitch Quote chart.

Stitch ALL The Things |  Burlesque Zombie Portrait

The Burlesque Zombie Portrait is my current cross stitching UFO. I didn’t get very much stitching time in on it this week. There is A LOT of confetti in the frame part of the chart, and it makes for slow stitching. I can tell this is going to be a longer term WIP than I anticipated. It’s on a scroll floor frame, so it’s not portable. We have two long travel days coming up, so the Let’s Sew and I Cross Stitch projects will be great to work on in the car. Having three WIPs will also give me a nice rotation and enough of a break from the Burlesque Zombie that I won’t get too tired of it.

In other sewing news, on Monday I was able to finish the bag I was working on. I am saving pictures for a Finished Friday post. This week I need to work on another bag, and I’d like to make a pillow out of my Halloween Town cross stitch finish from a couple months ago.

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Start new bag
  • Work on Burlesque Zombie Portrait cross stitch WIP
  • Make Pillow

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