Saturday, 14 December 2019

Floral 2019 SAL - July update #1

I tried to stitch yesterday, but I had the flu/head cold.  Ddin’t make as much progress as I had hoped.  I’m going to continue working on the pink flower in the middle (July, October & November) until it is completed.





Thursday, 12 December 2019

Happy Dance - June Floral Block

I finally got around to finishing the June Floral Block.
 


I definitely won’t make my deadline of finishing this project by the end of the year.  This has not been a good year for cross stitching.  I retired this year in March and had such big plans for all of my hobbies, but I found that card making has taken more of my time because it is new to me.  In 2020, I need to learn to.balance all of my hobbies.  I realized when I was stitching today how much I miss it.  I just find it harder to see.  I need to use my magnifying glass/lamp all the time now, it doesn’t help that I prefer 28ct evenweave instead of 14ct aida. 

Friday, 4 October 2019

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Floral 2019 SAL - June update #4

I found time tonight to stitch, so I started the big pink flower on the June block.  I’m so far behind in this SAL, I need to catch up if I want to finish it by the end of the year.





Monday, 23 September 2019

Floral 2019 SAL - June update #3

I finally got back to my stitching.  Tonight I finished backstitching the purple flower, green stem and leaf on the right side.  I just have the big pink flower in the bottom right corner to do and this block will be complete.





Friday, 13 September 2019

Floral 2019 SAL - June update #2

I stitched for about 2 hours this afternoon.  I managed to finish all the cross stitching on the purple flower and green stem on the right.  I also completed the yellow and purple butterfly (even the backstitching).  I hope to find some time to stitch over the weekend.





Monday, 9 September 2019

Floral 2019 SAL - June update #1

I stitched a bit more on the purple flower and finished the stem on the left.
Here is what the June block looks like when it is complete.





Tuesday, 3 September 2019

Happy Dance - May Floral block

I finally had time to do the backstitching on the May block, so now it is really finished.

The backstitching really makes the flowers and butterflies come to life.

Here is a photo of the whole project so far showing completed blocks from January to May.

This is what it will look like from January to August.




September Goals

September Stitching Goals
Finish the backstitching on Floral May block
Start & Finish Floral June block
Start & Finish Floral July block
Start & Finish Floral August block
Finish something from my FFG pile (September 10)
Stitch something for the 2019 Small SAL (September 27)

Other Hobbies September Goals
Start thinking about Christmas cards 
Decide if we want to plant spring flower bulbs
Transplant some hostas
Work on theatre scrapbook pages

August Stitching Review
Finish Floral May block - YES, finished the cross stitching, but still need to finish the backstitching
Start & Finish Floral June block - NO, but I did start it
Start & Finish Floral July block - NO, because I need to finish May and June first
Finish something from my FFG pile (August 10) - YES, but I was very late submitting my projects
Stitch something for the 2019 Small SAL (August 30) - NO, I was trying to completely finish the May floral block

Other Hobbies August Review
Help Sarah design her wedding invitations - YES, we spent a day working on the invitations
Start thinking about Christmas cards - NO, too busy swimming to think about winter 
Collect seeds from flowers in my garden - YES, I have collected Cosmos, Zinnias, Nasturtiums, Red Scarlet Runner Beans, from my garden and Alliums from my friend Lisa’s garden.

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Floral 2019 SAL - May update #2

I completed all the stitches for the Floral May block, but I still need to do the back stitching before it is finished.





Monday, 26 August 2019

Floral 2019 SAL May & June update #1

Summer is now almost over and my friend Lisa with the pool is back in the classroom getting ready for school to start next Tuesday, so I have more time to cross stitch.  I spent a bit of time this afternoon stitching the purple, pink and orange butterfly in the Floral May block.  Then I finished the small yellow & orange butterfly and stitched more of the purple flower in the Floral June block.  I might continue working on both blocks at the same time.  We’ll see what I feel like stitching tomorrow.




Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Fully Finished Gallery #7

I’m not sure where the time has gone, summer is almost over.  I have not stitched all over the summer.  Every day I spent swimming at my friend Lisa’s house.  This is the last week of fun because Lisa (SK teacher) will be back in the classroom next week getting ready for school to begin the day after Labour Day.  


I started finishing some ornaments at the beginning of the month, but didn’t finish them in time for the check in on August 10.  I finished the last one this morning and thought I’d share them anyways.  Nothing too exciting, but I’m happy to cross off 6 more from my list.

The first 3 ornaments are all finished with a green felt on the back.  This one is a Dragon Dreams ornament from a 2012 Christmas magazine which I stitched in 2016.

This one is from the Omni Book of Exotic Pets.  I stitched it in 2006.  It was supposed to hang beside our turtle tank for our pet turtle Frodo.  I never finished it.  She passed away last year (March 2018 from pneumonia).  Frodo was 12 years old.  I will hang it on my Christmas tree as a tribute to Frodo.

I think this one is a Sue Hillis Design.  It was in the Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament 2008.  I stitched it in 2013.
This one I stitched in 2005 from the Cross Stitch Christmas 1992.  One of the few times I have stitched on linen (not my favourite).  I used red felt for the back of this ornament.

This ornament is purple because it is my favourite colour.  I used left over cording I made for an ornament last Christmas.  I also backed it with purple fabric.  This pattern is from the book called Sam Hawkins 520 Christmas Cross Stitch Designs.  I stitched this in 2002.
Here is the back showing the purple fabric.

Here is the last ornament of Jack Skellington’s face.  This was a free design I found online.  I stitched this in 2015 for my youngest sister Denise.  She loves The Nightmare Before Christmas.  I used a black felt for the back so it would match with the front design. 



Thursday, 1 August 2019

August Goals

August Stitching Goals
Finish Floral May block
Start & Finish Floral June block
Start & Finish Floral July block
Finish something from my FFG pile (August 10)
Stitch something for the 2019 Small SAL (August 30)

Other Hobbies August Goals
Help Sarah design her wedding invitations
Start thinking about Christmas cards 
Collect seeds from flowers in my garden

July Stitching Review
Finish Floral May block - NO
Start & Finish Floral June block - NO
Start & Finish Floral July block (July 15) - NO
Finish something from my FFG pile (June 10) - YES
Stitch something for the 2019 Small SAL (July 26) - NO
Start thinking about Christmas ornaments - NO

Other Hobbies July Review
Create 1 card this month for my Dad’s 70th birthday (to be mailed) - YES, I gave it to him in person when we took him for lunch on his birthday :)
Help Sarah design her wedding invitations - YES, started to choose paper colours and the basic card design
Start thinking about Christmas cards - NO, maybe next month
Continue organizing my new craft room - YES, always moving things around




Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Fully Finished Gallery #6

I’m so late with this update.  I don’t know what day it is these days.  I have been going swimming everyday at my friend Lisa’s house.  She is a teacher and has the summer off.  I don’t see her much during the school year, she is too busy, so we catch up in the summer.


For my FFG, I turned 2 cross stitch projects into ornaments.
Gingerbread Girl - stitched March 2013
June 2019, I stitched the outline in reverse and tried sewing them together, but it didn’t work they way I thought it would.

I then decided to sew it on top of a piece of brown thick denim type fabric I had in my sewing basket.  I added a ribbon for hanging.  I am pleased with how it turned out.

Gingerbread Boy stitched in March 2013.

Again I stitched a reverse of the gingerbread boy, but when it didn’t work for the gingerbread girl I didn’t waste my time trying to sew this one together.

Here is the gingerbread boy as a finished ornament.  They will look great as a pair on my Christmas tree.






Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Birthday card for my Dad

Yesterday was my Dad’s 70th birthday.  Dave & I took him for lunch at his favourite restaurant.  Mandarin Restauran has the largest selection of Chinese food (buffet) with lots of locations in Ontario, Canada.  We went to the Newmarket location near my Dad’s house today, but usually we do take out at the Kitchener location near our house.

My dad has everything you can think of when it comes to tools, so I decided he needed a tools/workbench for his card.  I found a tutorial on YouTube for building  a U Box Workbench Card.  This is how it turned out.  Yes, I intentionally made all the tools bigger than they are supposed to be.  They are not to scale, they would be too small to see all their detail.  My Dad loved the card, because it was personal and I made it.

Front folded flat to put inside an envelope.

Back folded flat to put inside an envelope.
Front with desk half folded down.  You can see the tools hanging on the left side os the peg board.  It is hard to see, but the saw blade on the right is a clock.  I pointed the clock hands to 7:00 o’clock because it turned 70.

Another shot of the front with desk half folded down.  You can see the tools hanging on the right side of the peg board.

Here is a look at the top of the desk.  The round metal circle is supposed to be a magnetic dish of screws, nails and bolts.
This is the front view of the  card with the desk down.



Tuesday, 2 July 2019

July Goals

July Stitching Goals

Finish Floral May block
Start & Finish Floral June block
Start & Finish Floral July block (July 15)
Finish something from my FFG pile (June 10)
Stitch something for the 2019 Small SAL (July 26)
Start thinking about Christmas ornaments

Other Hobbies July Goals
Create 1 card this month for my Dad’s 70th birthday (to be mailed)
Help Sarah design her wedding invitations
Start thinking about Christmas cards 
Continue organizing my new craft room

June Stitching Review
Start & Finish Floral April block - YES
Start & Finish Floral May block - it is half completed
Start & Finish Floral June block - NO, didn’t finish May yet
Finish something from my FFG pile (June 10) - YES, I assembled 3 Just Nan birds (Bluebird Tweet, Cardinal Tweet replacement, and a Blue Jay from the Cardinal  pattern)
Stitch something for the 2019 Small SAL (June 28) - NO, because I didn’t complete the Floral May block

Other Hobbies June Review
Create 4 cards this month ... (3 need to be mailed) - YES
Nephew Glenn’s birthday (June 8) - YES, I made a Zelda/Switch card
My future daughter-in-law Sarah’s birthday (June 14) - YES, I made another Zelda/Switch card
Neice Katie’s birthday (June 21) - YES, I made an outdoor (with pink accents)
My oldest son Jaspar’s birthday (June 27) - YES, I made a video game (Kirby) card
Continue organizing my new craft room - YES, still working on it in between projects.

I forgot to show everyone, here is a photo of my oldest son Jaspar’s birthday card.  Kirby is one of his favourite video game characters.  Even though Kirby is pink, I still wanted the card to look masculine.  I think using black helped.

I found the quote online and it was perfect for my son.  He doesn’t care about his birthday, it is just another day.  As you can see, he turned 27.



Friday, 28 June 2019

Floral 2019 SAL May

Yesterday I stitched for a few hours.  Not as much progress as I had hoped.  I’m reading the pattern from my computer.  I prefer to use a paper pattern but am trying not to print as much if not really needed.  I watch Netflix on my iPad, while trying to read the pattern on my computer.  I get a bit distracted, so not as much completed.  The block for May looks like this.

I have completed half of the May block.

Here you can see January to May blocks.





Monday, 24 June 2019

Colour Swatch Cards for my Pencil Crayons (Coloured Pencils)

My first time trying this technique.  All the artist websites and blogs recommend making coloured swatches (coloured cards) for each coloured pencil, marker, paint, etc that I have in my inventory.  I will only do this with my Prismacolor pencil crayons (also known as coloured pencils).  Some of the colours don’t look exactly like the outside wooden shell colour.  I used my Creative Memories tag maker and a drawing paper.  I write on the colour number and name using that exact pencil crayon and then make a colour sample (light, medium and very dark).  It will take a few days to go through all my pencil crayons.  I have a pack of 60 Prismacolor Scholar and 132 Prismacolor Premier Soft Core plus 11 of the 18 extra colours.  It was cheaper to buy the 132 pack instead of the 150 on Amazon.ca and then I will buy the extra colours separately as I can find them in an art store close to home.  

To make it easier to find a colour, I separated all of my pencil crayons into trays from Michael’s.  I have 9 trays right now (black, white & metallic/brown/green/blue/red & pink/grey/purple/yellow & cream/orange & peach), but I could separate the colours more since some trays have more than one colour in them.

I already made enough tags for each tray.  Here are a few of the colour cards I made this morning.  I finished the black, white & metallic and brown.  Than I started on the greens colours.  Now I can see how each pencil crayon looks when I colour ... light, medium and dark.  Some of the greens look like blues, even thought the name of the colour says green (Peacock Green and Light Green).  Not sure if I will move them to the blue tray or keep them in the green one.  I’ll decide after I finish making all my colour cards. 

Not sure if I will put them all on 1 ring with cardstock colour dividers or each colour on it’s own ring.  I’ll decide when they are all done.

Anyone else colour?  Have you separated your pencil crayons into colour groups?  Have you made any colour cards?

Saturday, 22 June 2019

Birthday card for my niece Katie

Yesterday, was my niece Katie’s birthday.  Here is the card I made for her.  My sister told me some things that Katie likes so I could make a personalized card.  She likes pink, unicorns, hummingbirds and outdoors.  I went with the outdoors theme, but wanted to add some pink balloons, floss for string and a ribbon to hold them.  Katie loved the card.

Inside the card on the left side is a cabin in the woods.

Inside the card on the right side are 2 deer (male and female) in the woods.

I still have 1 more card due this week for my oldest son Jaspar.