Saturday, April 10, 2010

More Disney Pics

A Time Out! :)

School has kept me very busy. I have about 4 more weeks left of the semester, and 2 summer classes to take, then student teaching in the fall. No new stitchy news, but I did take a time out last weekend to have a little fun! We went to Disney and had a blast!

Friday, February 19, 2010

My first finish on linen

After frogging and frogging and more frogging I finally have a finish. There is one error in it but I just have to say I'm hoping people do not go up to it and count my stitches!
I love working on linen! However I really need better light to really do anything that would have more detail!

No progress on my HAED this week, only worked on this project. After all my frogs, my son says he wants me to give this to Daddy and make him the one from the same patten sheet that says "Dude" (rolling eyes here).
I need to frame it and it is going on his wall! :)

Without anymore words since I have a huge research paper to do now, here is a picture. If anyone has an idea on what framing supplies to buy, I've been studying Meari's blog (I wont even attempt to link you because my attempts do not seem to work! lol But I'm confused what kind of frame to buy. I know I need the acid free foam board stuff, and the tacky glue, but the frame and that brown paper, I"m not sure where to get.

Oh and by the way I went to my LNS again and bought way too much. They do not sell scraps for small projects. But they did cut me a ton of small pieces for ornaments, they just had on hand a copy of the Just Ornaments magazine that I had left at home, so I picked out a bunch and they cut them for me! But I wish I had some scraps for the little freebies,etc to have on hand. Like now I saw on my ILCS group this beautiful set of doorways that are free. But no fabric and they do not seem like they would take a lot, or the free one many did that said Love, etc etc etc
Maybe I should just buy X amount to have here? And cut it as I need it? But then what color is good for everything? White? Off white??
The choices are endless. And gosh all those finishes on the ornaments. Hint hint someone should post tutorials for finishing ornaments! :)

Okay I said way up I'd quit talking!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Not enough time to stitch!

As my fingers itch to stitch, my professors hand out the work. Sigh..... I mean really they think nothing about saying I'll take a 15 page paper next week, on five journal articles, your choice on these education topics. Okay okay I know, I'll learn great things! lol However it's seriously cutting into my time. Okay and I admit I seem to waste time online (GASP!) looking at blogs and websites and pictures, and well the list goes on!

I really wanted to try to figure out this blog a bit more, however that seems to be at the bottom of the list, however whenever I attempt to put a picture in my blog it always ends up at the top of the post? Why? then I have to copy and paste the strand of html for my picture and paste it where it should be. I use the little add photo icon up at the top here.

Anyways onto my stitching news!

I went to my LNS, I went years ago once with a friend when I attempted to start stitching again, but ended up being very fustrated with linen and never finished. I have no clue where that project went... it was really pretty. Paula Vaughn with a little girl and her mom in a sewing room I think it was. Anyways, I still have yet to finish Lacey, backstitching just doesnt seem to be much fun, and I do not have the money nor the supplies (okay I really do not know what to buy to frame it myself, I wander around Michaels, not knowing what to buy to frame it myself, but anyways................. I must stay on topic!

Here is what I bought:

3 pieces of fabric to go with the charts I bought, I know at least one was cashel, but I havent a clue which now. They are all 28 count though and I did start on the 100% Boy one by Lizzie Kate, its going slow, but I am getting it! My eyes really should be a little stronger or maybe my glasses are not working (giggle!).

I also got "The Teacher" not sure how this picture will come out, so I googled it and am posting the picture here. It's by Butternut Road. Mill Hill Beads Pansy pattern, I have the one wreath I'm doing and I love it, so I'm braving the beads again! Another Lizzie Kate (I like her!) Teachers plant seeds of knowledge that will grow forever Okay I admit since I'm going to be a teacher, I love love teacher designs, though this one is for one of my favorite professors/teacher.

So I got all that for the very low price of $52. Or all this! :)

Here is my progress on my first linen project (I can say first right since I intend not to give up can't I? I did do about 20 stitches on the Paula Vaughn one years ago though! But I think it qualifies to say its my first! :)

Here is my slow progress of Sleepy Spring my HAED, which by the way they are having a huge sale right now and theres several I really really want! However, I know I have enough and my money for stitching should be put to fabric (lots of smalls I want to do and learn to finish!) and floss. Oh by the way I bought some floss from Meari comign to me, lets see if I can put her blog link in correctly! :) Shop here from her stash!
well I can't figure out to make it pretty with only her name (and I did hit the icon for the hyperlink) hmmm.... anyways take a peak! I can't wait to get more floss as I build my floss collection! :)
Here is Sleepy Spring:

Uggg that photo thing!
On to my wreath the bead one! I even took a picture of the back. I really attempted to do a good job on the back, because it can be a pin, however sigh.... I could never give it away as a pin. But I still love it, still have enjoyed stitching on it! I havent started the beads yet (the pattern says to do all cross stitching, but soon I say, soon!


Well that is it for my stitching news! Thanks for looking! Back to those books!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Update and a small start on a small project

Okay so I seriously need to pick up my textbooks and put down the stitching. So tonight I vow to make a serious dent in my school work before I pick up the needle again!

But here is my HAED update, Sleepy Spring:

Here is a small project I was gifted by Deborah (I have not figured out how to make this clickable with her name yet... hmmm I need blogger help! lol) anyways at first I thought, "Oh no! I can't do this it has beads!" GASP But I keep seeing all these wonderful smalls created into beautiful finishes and I want to learn how to do those as well! I can't learn if I just let it sit! So anyways this one has good instructions and in the end it can be a pin or a magnet, and the beads do not look too hard, though I have yet to put one on yet as it says to do all the cross stitching first. I'm having fun with this one too! Oh it will be a wreath and its kinda strange material, like plastic sort of, which will allow me to cut out the middle.

Last but someone had asked me what teacher pattern I was going to be doing when I get my order from 123 stitch

OH one more because he is so cute! My 5 year old Jacob! :) (I have to laugh here he is so tan! My daughter has fair fair skin and he's so tan always! Next time I'll snap a picture of her, however she's 12 and it is not so cool now to get your picture taken!)

Saturday, January 30, 2010

One more update!

I placed my first order from 123 stitch today! A teaher pattern! :) and my first linen to go with it, I ordered this fabric: 28 ct. White Jubilee 36x27. I hope that is good for a first timer! Well once I tried linen (from my local stitch store and I had a hard time seeing, now I wear glasses so I am hoping I'll be more successful!

An update!

Wow! So much time has passed as I took a break from just about everything! School has kept me very busy and I'm excited and nervous that I'm nearing the finish line and next semester I'll be student teaching and finally my dream of becoming a teacher will be here! Wow!

Here is my almost finish of Lacy. I need to finish the back stitching, why I can not seem motivated to finish the back stiching is beyond me!

Also I found this in my digging around, Ireally thought I had never finished a project. I have come back and forth to the crafting of cross stitching over the years and I was surprised to find this completed project, I just need to frame it. I remember stitching it vaguely now, gosh how the years blend together, I do remember it took me a long time and when I started it my daughters hands were so small and when I finished it, only one hand would fit. Now my baby is 12 years old, so I'm so glad I have this. I have no clue how to finish it since I have no clue what kind of paint I used to do her hand print and I do not want to risk losing her handprint! Any suggestions are welcomed!

Last but not least, I began my first HAED, I did grid it, or started to which has been extreemly helpful even if it was a pain to do that when all I wanted to do was stitch on it! So here is my start on my HAED!