Monday, 19 January 2015

Another Mustard House

Happy Monday morning to you! Hope you had a good weekend. Mine was mostly filled with reading. I'm feeling the January blahs, that call to snuggle down with a blanket and read, and snooze, and read some more.

So, stitching smalls is a very good idea right now! Here's my latest ~

Yes, it's part of the Anne Wells sampler. I changed the colour placement slightly and added the heart. It's stitched on the 32 count linen that's recommended but I goofed up on the number of strands of floss used. The model was stitched 1 over 2 while I did 2 over 2. I didn't read the instructions! (I only read novels it seems - see below.)  I just love this minature Anne Wells! It's so quirky and sweet.

In case you are interested, a couple of good books I read the last two days were:

Still Alice by Lisa Genova. It's a novel narrated by Alice, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease at age 50. 

The Magician's Lie by Greer MacAllister.  I would classify this as historical fiction and the magician is a woman.

Last, but not least, a big shout out to Barb - Congrats to the Seahawks for the big win! I heard it was an amazing turnaround 4th quarter for them yesterday! They are going to the Super Bowl, again!

Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate you taking time to leave me comments. I try to reply to every one but many have no-reply so this is my way to say thanks!  Have a great week!

Sunday, 11 January 2015

First finish of 2015

My first finish of 2015 may be a surprise to a lot of you. It's a freebie from Examplars from the Heart from 2009 called Berry Sampler. I've had this hanging around for years and I'm so glad I finally got to stitch it. 

She's a sweet one. I used DMC floss and also substituted whatever I'd felt like since the original was stitched using Hand Dyed Fibers. 
If you are interested in stitching this I think you need to contact Vilma at her blog for the freebie since I think she's taken her freebies off her site. 

It's been great to see stitching from many of you so early in the year. We are off to a great start!  I have been stitching smalls and I will need to get my sewing machine out soon and do some finishing. 

Speaking of my sewing machine, lookee here - I made Mama-to-be-Anne a tunic for her and the growing bean!  Doesn't she look great? Her husband took this photo. Note the lovely stitching all around! Bonus photo!

Well, that's all I have for this week. It's been a funny week of settling back into, or at least trying, routine. I really want to get back to doing some sewing (dressmaking) soon. I've been saying that and saying that but kept getting sidelined! 

Thanks for visiting with me. I'm so pleased to find new followers (welcome!) which helps me to keep on stitching...because I am such a show-off! ;-)   

Question - what are you stitching today?

Have a great week! 

Monday, 5 January 2015

2015 - Let the Stitching Games Begin!

Happy Monday to you! As we slide back into routine after the Christmas season, I bet a lot of you have been thinking about stitching goals, especially since there have been a lot of blog posts doing year-end wrap-ups and setting goals for 2015. 

I usually don't set stitching goals, especially quantitative ones.  I find I can easily change my mind during the year when I see someone else stitching something I GOTTA have! You know the feeling!  I didn't name it but I like Mary's TYRA - The Year of Reckless Abandon is the spirit of her stitching this year! Pop over to Mary's blog and have a read, and then you can ogle her beautiful samplers too! 

OK, so after having said that, I do want to continue to stitch smalls, especially Christmas ones. I might stitch the Birds of a Feather Santas, or Prairie Schooler Santas, or just some man in a funny red and white suit!  I do want to get back to stitching at least one big sampler this year but I think I will wait till Spring/Summer when there is more light and therefore, it's easier on the eyes to stitch on a bit higher count (35/36ct for me). 

In the meantime, I have something small on my scroll frame. I will show you a sneak peek. 
I am just doing a lot of filling in on the house so hopefully I can show you this small sampler finished next week.

I have loved the new setup in my "studio". (Yes I have finally ventured to call this my studio, rather than just "the Blue room".)  The IKEA picture rail, originally intended for holding artwork is now working really well for showcasing my smalls. I put a bulletin board underneath and now I can put my unframed samplers there too! It's really a good, inexpensive but temporary solution for my samplers.
Oh, one thing I really want to do is to try framing my own pieces. I have a small frame for my Noah's Garden so I hope to get that done this month! If you frame your own work, I would love to know about your experience with it!

Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate that you take time to say hi with your comments. Have a great week!