Monday, July 21, 2014

Private Exchanges.......

Hello Friends!

I organized some private knitting exchanges in June and had a mailing date of the middle of July in mind. Then things took an unexpected turn and I will now be mailing mine out a little bit later than I planned.  I have them done but I don't have the postcards yet :)

However, I have had some wonderful washcloths arrive so I thought I would share those with you all now.

Vera @ no blog

I love both of them!  The patterns are lovely and the colors are perfect!  They will make a lovely addition to my growing Washcloth collection :)  Thank you once again Vera and Nicole :)

I will be mailing mine out around the beginning to middle of August :)  I can't wait to share them!  I love to organize these small exchanges.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

A Happy Dance!

Hello Friends!

I wasn't originally going to share this but I'm too excited that I have a finish!  Can you believe it??  It's been months since I have felt the desire to stitch, months with no creative spark but I finally just forced myself to stitch and that led me to a search online for a simple but nice freebie.  Nothing complicated (no figuring out color substitutions) but something useful...............

Primitivebettys "Friend Freebie"
28ct Mushroom Lugana
Gentle Art "Dried Thyme" & "Raspberry"
Surprise Finish

This is not my usual taste but I really like it.  I'm not sure how it will be finished yet, I do have a few different ideas in mind (pillow, stitchers box, flatfold).  I do know that I will use it later in the year as a surprise :)  I have another quick new start too, not the one that my Mom got for me as that one has not arrived yet.  Can anyone guess what it might be??  Hint....there might be a little clue in the picture :)  Now I get to continue to enjoy stalking the Postman!

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

All About Cross Stitch!

Hello Friends!

Rachel from What looks like Crazy on an ordinary day and Shebafudge posted about the cross stitch tag which she had stolen from YouTube.  They posted a set of questions for people to answer.  I thought this might be fun to answer as well since I lost almost all of my past stitching information and I have noticed a few new followers of my blog and they may not know my history.  So here we go...

Q1 - How did you start?  Who introduced you to cross stitching?

This is a fun question!  My Sister taught herself to cross stitch first, which encouraged my Mom to give it a try.  I would sit with them and think it would be nice if I could do that too!  My Mom said I wouldn't have the patience for it, which I took as a dare and the rest is history :)  So basically I was dared into it but once I started I just couldn't put it down :)

Q2 - Favourite theme or designer

This has really changed over the years.  When I started stitching back in 1993, it was Disney.  Then I discovered stitching over two on Lugana and designs by Little House, Lizzie Kate and Prairie Schooler quickly became my favorites.  Secretly I have long been admiring the stunning designs by Mirabilia and Nora Corbett and always wondered if I would have the patience to actually get one finished.  I recently finished Stargazer and now the rest is history.  I am completely enamored with her designs, how intricate and detailed they are, and the beads.....I am totally in love with beads!  So now I would say Mirabailia is my favorite designer.

Q3 - What brand of floss do you use?
I really just love good old DMC!  The overdyed's have never been a favorite of mine.  I just feel like I can never get my variations to look right in my stitching.

Q4 - What is your fabric of choice?

It used to be Belfast Linen and it still is but I need new glasses (or eyes) as I can't see the holes anymore :(  I was diagnosed with the early stages of Macular Degeneration 5 years ago and I admit to not taking care of them the way I should be so I am noticing changes to my vision that are happening a lot faster than I would like them to be happening! I am happily stitching away on 28ct Lugana now and for the time being I can see that :)

Q5 - Do you use a needle threader or are you a floss licker?

Of course, I'm a floss licker!  LOL.  I never thought there was any other way to do it!

Q6 - What brand of stitching frame (or hoop or otherwise holder) do you use?
I've tried everything, hand stitching (yuck), hoops, q-snaps (too heavy) and a needlework stand (my wrist got really sore).  I know that hoops leave crease marks, and it's a pain to move them but it's what I am most comfortable with, no matter how large the project is!  So I'm a hoop girl all the way!

Q7 - How many projects have you finished?

OMG, you want me to count them?!  Yikes!  Not only do I stitch and do my own finishing but as you probably know my Mom stitches and I do all her finishing too!  If I counted only my finishing over the past 20 or so years it would be roughly 300 which includes the smalls and the BAP's.

Q8 - How many completed works are hanging in your house?

Right now, I have 10 framed pictures on my walls and another 12 that have been put away in storage.  I just don't have the wall space so I tend to rotate them.

Q9 - Do you stitch for gifts or for yourself?

I love to stitch to give away as gifts to my close friends and family.  I just wish the postage wasn't so expensive, then I could share more often :)  I used to do loads of exchanges and giveaways which I loved too!  I enjoy sharing my passion for stitching :)

Q10 - Favourite finished cross stitch piece
It's a tie between 3 projects, Stargazer is my most recent BAP finish and Snow White is a finish from when I first began to stitch.  Interesting how they are 20 years apart!  I also love the piece that my Mom and I worked on together, Gracious Era.  She did the stitching, I did the back stitch and all those french knots! Good thing I am one of the few that really loves them :)

Q11 - Worst experience whilst stitching?

A round robin.  I hate round robins because of this experience.  I came up with a brilliant idea for a Disney themed piece, I got it all ready to go, stitched my square and sent it on to the first lady in the group.  She decided that she was going to hang on to it.......for over 2 years!  I begged, I pleaded just please send it back to me because it was really special and nothing in return.  Then one day it magically appeared in my mailbox with no return address.  I did not care because it was home :)  I still have it and I still haven't done anything more with it.

Q12 - What do you love and hate about cross stitch?

I love trying out new finishing ideas, I love trying to make them look perfect :)  I love matching fabrics to designs and seeing it all come together just how you planned.  I love how relaxing it is, peaceful and it helps to keep my mind busy.  I really, really, really hate it when the colors listed in the chart look nothing like the cover model shown! I hate how long it takes to stitch a small design and I hate it when I loose my stitching mojo!

Q13 - Have you introduced anyone else to cross stitching?
Sadly not yet but I am hopeful I can pass this along to my Daughter.

Q14 - The first project, did you finish it?
I got my Dad to frame it, I still have it too :)

Q15 - How do you store your floss?
On the floss bobbins in the plastic boxes.  It how I have always stored them :)

If you decide to answer these questions too then please let me know.  I love getting to find out more about my favorite bloggers.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Where I live.....

Hello Friends!

I decided to have a little picnic at Jack Darling Park on Lake Ontario with the kids.  I thought it would be fun to share some pictures of our afternoon with you.  I don't live far from here but we don't visit that often because it's normally way to busy to get anywhere near the park.

We started off enjoying our lunch and this was our view......

My Son loves McDonald's and almost always orders a Big Mac......

A tiny sailboat way out in the distance.......

It was a very cloudy day, cooler than it has been but we still enjoyed our time.....

The Sun finally made an appearance every now and then, in the distance is the Toronto skyline, with the famous CN Tower just visible.............

My beautiful Daughter resting.........

My Son took this picture, it fascinated him as he thought it was an Octopus...............

Just as we were getting ready to leave the Sun came out again.....

So my little man wanted to pose for his "sun picture"..........

It almost looks inviting enough to take a swim.........

If it wasn't so polluted..............

Or so chilly...................

But maybe I can imagine that I am somewhere "tropical"........

One last turn on the swings before it's time to head home............

It was a great afternoon!  It was nice to be able to get out of the house and begin to feel like a "normal" person again :)  The vertigo is now gone :)

Thanks for stopping by today!