Saturday, 19 January 2019

Floral SAL - update #1

I stitched all the grid lines with a light blue floss.  I wanted the grid lines to be light but still a different colour than the light green/grey evenweave fabric.  I took a photo with the grid lines, but they are so light you cannot see them.

The grid lines were very helpful.  It was so easy to find the right place to start stitching each flower since the design will overlap through the months.  Here is my start for the January flower.  I think the blue is a butterfly wing in the bottom corner.  You can see the grid lines in this photo.

Friday, 18 January 2019

More changes

I have added 2 new pages this week, Animal Crossing and the 2019 SAL.  I still have a few more pages to add, but that will be later this month.  You will find 3 new photos on the Card Making page, if you are interested.  This afternoon, I will be starting to stitch on the LJT Floral Cushion SAL.  This will be the first time I baste stitch a grid, because the pattern over laps into different areas each month.

I have pulled all the DMC floss colours needed for the Floral Cushion SAL.  I chose a mystery fabric from my stash.  It is a very light green/grey hand dyed.  I think it might be from Picture This Plus, but not positive.  I'll let you know what count it is after I stitch the grid lines.

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Organizing stash

I spent the whole morning (about 4 hours) sorting and reorganizing all my 12 x 12 scrapbook cases full of cross stitch supplies.  The last 6 months, I have been pulling out patterns/magazines, floss and fabric to make all the ornaments.  Today I sorted and put away all the floss (bobbins and extra floss in floss away bags).  Reorganized each case because sometimes I just throw things inside whatever case is handy.  I found all my FFO (Fully Finished Objects) and put them all together in one case (40 projects).  Then put all my Just Nan kits (20) in one case so they will be easy to find when I am ready to start a new one.  Here are a few photos showing how I sort each scrapbook case of cross stitch supplies/tools.  I didn’t sort the blue ones because they are just my colouring books/Zentangle supplies.

I even dusted off the black shelf that houses the coloured cases.

Monday, 14 January 2019

Spring Mouse in a House - update #10

I finally put some stitches in for 2019.  I spent more time organizing my sitting area, than I did for stitching.  After looking over the pattern to see where I was and where to start, I realized that I forgot to stitch the outline (backstitching) for the bottom of the house and the inside rug.  So that is all I did.  I have been working on the other pages for my blog (which will be added soon) and also watching some you tube videos on hardanger (almost ready to start an ornament).
Before I added the back stitching.

After I back stitched all around the bottom of the house.

Before I added the back stitching.

After I back stitched all around the rug inside the house.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Not just another SAL ...

Rachel over at Ten Hour Stitcher  has created an SAL that will motivate you to Fully Finish your cross stitched projects.  This is an SAL that I am definitely joining because it will encourage me to finish all the Just Nan 3D Miniatures that I have stitched (and will continue stitching throughout 2019), but was saving to finish them all together.  Instead I will finish one or two each month so I can have them all done by the end of the year.  Who else is up to the challenge?  You have nothing to lose, except maybe a few unfinished projects.  :)   

Please go check out her post for all the details.  I hope to see some fully finished projects on February 10.

I guess I should go and cross stitch or maybe even start finishing something.

Sorry no stitching photos today, but hopefully tomorrow.  :)


Sunday, 6 January 2019

Birthday card for my friend Kim

Last year I started with making Christmas cards.  Here is my first card finish for the year.  I hope to make more throughout the year for my friends and families for their birthdays, and other celebrations.
I spent some time making a birthday card for my good friend Kim.  Her birthday is on Thursday, but I needed to make it today so I can mail it tomorrow. She lives in Cambridge like I do, so I’m hoping it will arrive on time.

I made it with Stampin’ Up daisy punch, scalloped circle punch, jar stamp and die cut.   I also used other brands of flower stamp.  I added some gem stones to the center of the flower.  


On the inside I used a combination of Stampin’ Up stamps and other brands. 

Friday, 4 January 2019

Adding pages to my blog

Hi everyone,

As you can see I have changed the name of my blog and added a new tab (page) Organization of Hobby Supplies.  I am working on a page for each of my hobbies.  Cross Stitching is still my favourite hobby of all, but I would like to share my other interests here as well.  I hope to inspire others to try new hobbies.

I have also made some changes to the side bars.  I like clicking on labels on other bloggers sites and decided to do the same on mine.  Wow I didn’t realize how many times I have duplicates because I forgot to add an “S”.  Great another thing to try and clean up because those things bother me. 

I haven’t stitched at all this year.  I am job searching and working on my blog.  I hope to stitch tonight or over the weekend.  I will continue to stitch on Spring Mouse in a House.  Last time I left off I had this much stitched on the rug.  

Happy Stitching!