Category Archives: Cross Stitch

To-Do Tuesday 1-23-18 | Floundering Creatively

Hello again, and Happy Tuesday, friends! I’m trying hard to come up with energy and enthusiasm for crafting to share with you all, but I need to confess to feeling quite lost and unable to feel really excited about my hobbies right now. I was speaking with the Mister the other day and told him that after a year of being on constant deadlines, now I’m struggling to get back to where I was before all of those orders took off. I had so much excitement for so many projects, and now it is gone. I feel as though I *must* go get “to work” and sew something, but it’s a feeling of work, and not creating. Suffice it to say, right now I’m still decompressing from the work routine of sewing, and trying to find my way creatively right now.

Stitch ALL The Things | Cross Stitch Organization

As I am not motivated to create at the moment, I decided to dive into organizing all of my cross stitch supplies. I made a list of all charts I have completely kitted up, and I am currently in the process of logging all of the charts I have. As I go through all of these things I will sometimes be sitting in the hobby room and a fabric bundle here or there will catch my eye. The more I putter around out there, the more I hope some fabric will speak to me and scream out “make me into something wonderful!”

Stitch ALL The Things | Stitchcraft by StitchyFish

While sewing isn’t calling my name at the moment, I am still enjoying my cross stitching. It has been, and continues to be, the outlet I have for making something that is just for me. I started this chart as a WIP to work on while traveling. I enjoyed working on her for a bit, but found myself stitching on her at home, and not in the car! I also started to get a bit bored with the solid color, so I’ve put her away until our next road trip. The chart is called Stitchcraft and it’s from Lee Fisher of StitchyFish Designs.

Stitch ALL The Things | Santa's Village Christmas Tree Farm

After putting away Stitchcraft, I pulled out the one WIP that always brings me joy when working on it, Santa’s Village! I started working on the seventh house in the village, Christmas Tree Farm. I started coming down with something over the weekend, so I decided to just rest and stitch. I took my Emergen-C every day, and was making sure to take a generic Zicam every three hours as well. I switched between drinking water and hot tea to stay hydrated. I kept feeling like I was coming down with a cold, but it never seemed to turn into a full cold. I am so thankful! I have been obsessed with not getting sick with the flu that’s going around. I don’t think I’ve harped on everyone in the family to wash their hands as much as I have done the past month! I’m still being vigilant about hand washing, but ever so thankful I didn’t get fully sick (for now… we’ve got a ways to go before flu season is over)!

As far as my To-Do List, I’m leaving it blank right now. I am hoping that just being in the hobby room, perhaps playing with some of the fabrics will bring me some creative spark that I can run with. I think I need to not have the pressure of checking things off of a list this week, but just let things unfold as they will. Ironic, given the theme of the link-up, no?! But it’s good to acknowledge that while lists can help us stay organized and focused when we need them, that there are also times we have to set the list aside and just let the days unfold as they will.

I thank each and every one of you for linking up here as you can. You inspire me with your work and the things you feel led to share on your blogs every week. I appreciate you!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Set aside the list. Take each day as it comes.

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

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  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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To-Do Tuesday 1-2-18 | Happy New Year!

Hello and Happy New Year, friends! I hope you had a wonderful holiday over the past two weeks. I very much enjoyed having all of my children home with me, and even remembered to take a family picture when they were here. (I’m terrible at taking photos… I’m always so busy and I forget.)

Stitch ALL The Things | My Family

I haven’t had time to think about plans for 2018. I am still so busy in my mind with trying to finish off projects for 2017. I almost finished Josh’s quilt in time for Christmas, but not quite. I didn’t have time to bind it, so I will be doing that today. Josh comes home on Saturday, so I have time to hand stitch the binding down this week. I spent New Years weekend organizing my DMC floss, and I am sure I don’t have to buy floss for a couple of hundred years. I still have more organizing to do for my cross stitching and am not sure if I can get to that this week. I am putting it on my to-do list just in case I have some time.

Stitch ALL The Things | DMC Floss Storage

I’m still feeling jacked up from how busy my 2017 turned out to be. I feel like I spent the entire year rushing to meet deadines, and the holiday season was no exception. I’ve been forcing myself to have rest days with the Mister, but I told him my mind is still whirling at 500 miles per hour. I’m hoping that by next week I will feel a bit more settled and can focus on 2018 plans. I have one final order to complete that I committed to doing back in November, but that is my final commission. I’ve taken down my order form and posted on several social media accounts that I am no longer accepting orders. My stress levels were just so high this past year, and I do not want to spend another year like that. I think we’re supposed to pick a word to represent the year, and I have two for 2018: No and Breathe. Hopefully those will work for me in 2018!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Bind Josh’s Quilt.
  • Post some stash for sale on eBay and Stash Unload.
  • Organize Stitching patterns and kits.

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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To Do Tuesday 12-12-17 | Merry ☠mas

Hello and Happy Tuesday, friends! Is anyone else feeling the holiday crunch? I know I am! My list for last week had secret sewing (done!), baking (done!), and mailing all packages off by Saturday (DONE!!!!). It was quite a week, but I managed to get it all done and packages assembled and mailed off by Saturday, thanks to my family. I figured the post office would be packed on Saturday and when we arrived the parking lot was full. But when I walked into the service lobby, there was no line! I walked right up to the counter. What a treat! I also wrapped everyone’s presents this weekend and did my monthly checkbook balancing and payed bills. That’s a jam-packed weekend if you ask me!

Stitch ALL The Things | Merry Xmas Prairie Moon

I did finish stitching Prairie Moon’s Merry ☠mas. I absolutely loved stitching this chart. I had someone offer to trade me their Stitch Night at The Crypt Club chart for this one, and I happily agreed since I don’t have that chart. I can’t wait for it to arrive!

Stitch ALL The Things | Bargello strips

I did start sewing the strips together for the bargello quilt. I have 12 days to get this quilt finished, so I need to kick it in high gear. I hope to have the top assembled by this coming weekend, baste it over the weekend, and then quilt it next week. We’ll see how that goes. This quilt is my sole focus over the next 12 days.

I hope you are all enjoying the holiday season and that your plans are going smoothly!

This week’s To-Do list:

  • Finish Bargello quilt top, baste quilt sandwich

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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Cross Stitch Journal and Tracking Worksheets

Hello, friends! I’ve recently been looking into finding free cross stitching journal printables online. Alas, there really wasn’t anything out there that I found useful to me. So I spent a lot of time this past weekend creating worksheets in Excel. I thought I’d share them here, since perhaps there are some other people out there like me that would like to find free printables!

Stitch ALL The Things | Free Cross Stitch Tracking Worksheets

Before I get to the worksheets I created, I wanted to note that if you want to track your progress and inventories digitally, there are two products I would recommend for that. First is the XStitch app. You can find it for IOS and Android phones, but I think the cost is either $1.99 or $2.99 for the app. It comes preloaded with thousands of chart designers and fabric manufacturers, but you need to input the charts and fabrics manually. The flosses are all preloaded and you simply note the amount of each floss you have. The only downside is that you have to purchase photo credits if you want to include photos in the Charts section, but the workaround to that issue is to put all of your chart inventory in the Journal. The Journal section uses photos stored on your device. I put everything in the journal section, and nothing in the charts.

The second product I would recommend is the new Stitchingly website. This website tracks EVERYTHING. It will track the progress on your project and give you the percentage finished. It includes data for 2018 SALs, flosses, fabrics, just…everything. The website is free too! I’m a paper and pen kind of gal, so while I signed up for it I’m not sure how much I will stick with digital tracking.

Now, onto the worksheets… I am keeping these worksheets as an Excel document. This way you can customize each sheet with the colors and items that best suit your needs.

You can download the worksheet here: Cross Stitch Tracking Worksheets

or download and save it from Google Drive HERE.

If you prefer to have a PDF copy, you can download that here: PDF Cross Stitch Tracking Worksheets

Here are screenshots of the documents included:

When I set up my journal, I made tabbed sections for each of the tracking sheets. I also made monthly tabs and for each month I printed out a monthly calendar (free printable can be found HERE). On the back side of the calendar I printed the Monthly Stitching Plan sheet. Then I printed out a Monthly WIP tracking sheet for each month, making sure to edit the page to have the month I was working on and correct amount of days. The calendar website also has a free weekly printable, so you could print out weekly sheets to go with your journal if you’d like.

I hope these sheets are helpful to you! Happy stitching!