Thursday, February 15, 2018

Good Grief Charlie Brown...oh and February Gifted Gorgeousness

It's been a while since I posted any updates on my stitching.  It's been a while since I had a really good all day stitch fest.  I'm working on it folks, honest!!  But we are here today to update our Gifted Gorgeousness challenge.  If you don't know what that is then you should bop over to Jo's blog, Serendipitous Stitching, and see what all the buzz is about.  You can learn about it and sign up if you want to here.  If you want to see what everyone is doing for their Gifted Gorgeousness, you can link to their pages here.  Briefly, we showcase on the 15th of the month, the projects that were gifted to us...the patterns, fabric and/or floss...OR...the projects we are making as gifts to someone else!  It keeps me stitching, that's for sure!!

I know I haven't updated in a's been a bit on the crazy side here at DJ's Domicile.  When I'm not running in circles, I've been snuggled in my bed nursing some crazy headaches that I think I figured they came from some boxes falling on my noggin in my closet.  They have finally gone, hopefully for good!  And I'm a lot more careful how I stack those boxes now!!  haha

First up is my biggest UFO for the moment.  This is Sweet Nectar, and I've been working on this for a few  years.  It's a Dimensions kit and this is a gift for my Mom.  It's big, and cumbersome, has metallic threads and blended needles and hard to work on so it's slow going.

I've made some exchange pieces, I'm going to show a little corner of each, changing the color and after the recipient gets hers, I'll show the whole thing...

I offered, on Facebook, to make Christmas ornaments for 5 folks, but more than 5 signed up (either they can't read, or I can't count...haha) so I'm going to be busy making ornaments.  Here are a couple I've finished so far.  I'll show them again when I have made them into ornaments.  First up is "Mine" I found in a JCS magazine, designed by Brittercup Designs.

Second is by Blackberry Lane and was found in a JCS Christmas Ornament magazine.

I'm a bit behind in a couple of Tempting Tangles SALs that DH bought me for my birthday but still have stitched more than I have shown before.  Here are Wildflower Woodland Quaker Mystery SAL

and Springtime Easter Delight Mystery SAL.

I have finished the February installment of the Ship's Manor SAL Through the Window so I'm caught up on that one!  This was a Christmas gift from DH.

I finished Gaspar from the Mill Hills series and now all my Nativity pieces are complete!!  These were a Christmas gift a few years ago from DH.  Once they are all finally finished I'll show them again, but this is one of the goals I had set for myself this year!  So excited to have them finished!!

I also finished the Serenity Sampler Katie had given me for my birthday.  While I enjoyed stitching it, it was heartbreaking to work on.  I miss that kid like crazy!  Not a day goes by I don't think of her.  I think I'm going to wait a bit to get it framed.  I just need a little time before I have it where I can see it daily.

Last, I'm going to show you a picture of a gift I received from some truly lovely ladies in a yahoo group I belong to, Friendly Stitchers.  It's been one thing after another for months now, and they knew I needed a little sweet surprise to lift my spirits.  This was the perfect thing to send me!!  Four of the ladies stitched on it, two from England and two from the states and framed it in an antique frame.  I have it sitting in my dining area where I see it daily to remind me I'm not in this crazy mess called life alone.  Where would I be without my stitching buds?  Thank you, ladies, you mean the world to me!!

I'm off to get more stitching done before the rest of my week goes off the rails.  Just a side note here...we made a late night run to the emergency room with DH a few weeks back.  Since then we have been inundated with medical tests, Dr. appointments and a few procedures.  While the tests have come back with fairly livable news, he's still working through some other issues.  I'm counting my blessings as everything seems to be fixable or things he can live with with a few minor changes in his daily life.  It's hard not to have a knee jerk reaction considering what our life was like last year.  We've grown closer as a family and rely on one another pretty heavily at the moment.  It's painfully clear to us now that life is so fragile.  Hold your loved ones close, tomorrow isn't guaranteed.   

Happy Stitching everyone!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Secret Stitching Sweetheart Blog Hop

Happy Valentine's Day!!  It's a great day to celebrate love.  Whether it be between people or something we really enjoy doing.  Jo over at Serendipitous Stitching is having a blog hop today, in honor of one of the things I really LOVE to do!  So...if this is the first time you've heard about it, head on over to Serendipitous Stitching and read all about it, and take some time to hop around and see what others are celebrating about this day!

There is a list of people participating over at Serendipitous Stitching.  Click here and head on over to Jo's blog and follow the blog hop!  I have posted the picture of my secret stitching partner.  Now I will go over to Serendipitous Stitching and hop through the blogs to find the person who has my picture!  Should be a fun way to see what other folks have been stitching!

Over the years I have shared this day with others who would otherwise be alone.  I don't consider it a day just for "lovers", so just go out and share the love you have and make someone's day brighter!  Life is what you choose to make it, so make it a good one!

Happy Stitching!!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

WIP Wednesday

I know it's a day late, but here I am with pictures of my WIP.  I've done a self-imposed WIP Wednesday challenge for just myself.  I haven't asked anyone to join me, but I'm hoping if I do this I'll be able to get some of the bigger UFOs I have circling my stitching spot finished in this millennium.  Haha!  If anyone wants to join me, let me know.  I had a blog I started ages ago and I can get that up and running again so we can showcase our progress there!

So...this is the big one I'm working on now.  This is Sweet Nectar, it's a piece I started as a gift for my Mom.  I still hope to finish it for her...we'll see!  I started this in October 2015 when she was about to have surgery for her leg.  Gee that sounds like such a long time ago.  It's time I get this finished!!  I would say I'm a little more than half way finished.  I got a lot done yesterday, finishing up the big hummingbird, and more of the outlining on the flowers and some of the background of the plate.  I'll show before and after so you can see what I've been able to accomplish.

Here are a few close ups, this pattern is so involved, it takes a lot of time to go just a short way in the middle of all these flowers and with the hummingbird.

This week I also worked on the Serenity Prayer that Katie gave me.  I'm hoping to finish this up soon.  It shouldn't be long now!!  The fabric isn't that "pink", it's more of a cream.  It's so hard to get a good picture in my house!!  LOL

It's hermitting weekend this weekend.  I'm hoping my guys will chill this weekend and let me stitch.  Knowing them like I do, I will probably be out guys do like to keep busy!!

And now...for my friends who have been encouraging me to come out and play...I will soon!  There has been a lot on my mind, last year was pretty intense, and for now I just need a little more time to sort out  my thoughts and feelings.  I won't be hiding away forever, I just need some processing time.  Thanks for giving me the space I need!  

Monday, January 15, 2018

New Year Gifted Gorgeousness!

Happy New Year!  I know I'm a few days late, but better late than never, right?  I remember a line from an Anne of Green Gables book...each day is a new beginning with no mistakes in it.  I like the idea of turning a page and beginning again.  Here's to a new year, with no mistakes in it.  Let's hope it's a great year for all of us!

I've been busy stitching!  And everything I've been stitching falls under Gifted Gorgeousness.  If you don't know what Gifted Gorgeousness is, you can head on over to Jo's blog, Serendipitous Stitching, and you can sign up here, or see what everyone is stitching for Gifted Gorgeousness here.  I have been stitching patterns that have been given to me and  projects I am giving to others.  This is our chance to dig through our stash and honor those gifts that have been given to us, either pattern, fabric, or threads, and to showcase what we are stitching for others.

I'm going to start with a gift of pattern, fabric and floss I was given for the 12 days of Christmas last month.  I started this on Christmas day...thank you again, Marcy.  I just need a little time to finally finish it...that will be soon, I hope!

My husband gave me 9 Mill Hill kits a few years ago that made up a nativity.  I had finished Mary, Joseph, Jesus, two shepherds and an Angel two years ago, I think.  I only had 3 kings left.  I have finished two so far this year.  Here is Balthasar and Melchior.  I hope to finish Gaspar this year and finally finish them into cubes to make up another nativity to add to my collection!  Watch this space!

For Mother's Day I was given all the patterns for Summer Schoolhouse Lessons from With Thy Needle and Thread.  I tried to keep up with all the projects as they came in.  I'm happy to say, I have finished all of them!  The last three were finished in December and January.  These are being stitched on 28 count over one. 

For my Birthday I was given this kit from Katie.  She had bought it months before my Birthday and had given it to Ben to hold for her.  She wasn't able to give it to me herself as she passed the day after my Birthday, but Ben gave it to me a month later.   I started this on New Year's Day in her honor.  I've been trying to work on it at least one day a week.  This is how far I've been able to get.  I love the pattern, and she knew I loved lighthouses.  She was such a thoughtful soul...I miss her, but she is never far from my thoughts, especially when I work on this.  I swapped the fabric and am stitching this on 40 count over two.

My husband gave me all the 12 Berries of Christmas for my Birthday last year.  I finished the first three last year.  I'm determined to finish the rest  this year.  I've decided to finish the rest backwards.  So last year I finished 12 Drummers Drumming, and so far I've been able to finish 11 Pipers Piping, and 10 Lords a Leaping.  I'm hoping to finish them soon, and a friend of mine who has stitched and finished all 12, has promised to help me finally finish them....I HAVE to get stitching!!  These are being stitched on 32 count over two.

I've been working on this project for years.  This is called Sweet Nectar, it is a Dimensions kit.  It's a gift for my Mom, if I can ever get it finished!!  LOL  I've decided this is a WIP I'm going to finish this year.  I had it on a scroll frame that was heavy and cumbersome.  I recently switched it to a Q-snap frame and it's so much easier to work on.  Wish me luck...I really want to finish it this year.  It doesn't look like much progress, but I've been working on it on Wednesdays (my own self-imposed WIP Wednesday).  Mostly I've been backstitching the flowers, and this takes time!!  It really does make the flowers pop though!  This is being stitched on 36 count over two.

For my Birthday and Christmas this year I was given a few SALs.  I've fallen in love with Tempting Tangles!!  I finished my first TT SAL last year, but the other three I've been given will finish this year and possibly next.  So far I've been able to keep up with them.  

First up is Wildflower Woodland Quaker.  So far the first 9 parts have been published and I am all caught up!  It is being stitched on 40 count over two.

Second is Springtime Easter Delight and the first 10 parts have been published.  I am all caught up with this one as well!  This is being stitched on 40 count over two.

Last is Blue Poppy Learning Sampler.  So far only three parts have been published, and I just finished this up yesterday!  This one is full of specialty stitches and I'm loving it!!  It's being stitched on 32 count over two.

Last is another SAL I was given for Christmas, this one is called Through the Window by Ship's Manor.  I haven't been able to finish all the borders yet, but I was able to finish the first part that was issued January 1st.  I am doing this one over one on 28 count.

The last thing I'm going to post are two gifts I was given for Christmas.  My husband bought the patterns, the fabric and all the floss.  I'm know, I'm spoiled!!  So watch this space!  Though I haven't started them yet, I will be starting them sometime this year.  These are Tempting Tangles patterns, Creation and Before the Fall.  I can't wait to get started!!

And that's all I have to report.  Thank you, Jo, for hosting this challenge again this year.  This really helps to keep me focused and blogging, so I really appreciate your hard work to keep this going!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations

Isn't that an inspiring quote?  The author is unknown.  I would have liked to meet them, I like the way they think!  

I haven't been able to finish up much lately as far as stitching goes.  Here are a few things I've worked on lately.

First is one of the Mill Hill Kits that were designed a few years back.  One year for Christmas Mike bought all the kits to make a nativity.  I finished up Mary, Joseph, and Jesus as well as two shepherds and an angel.  I had the three wise men left, and they are chock full of beads.  I guess that's why I hesitated.  But one of my goals for 2017 was to finish them all off and make cubes so I could set them up as a nativity.  This is the only one I was able to finish this year.  Only two left!  Here is Balthasar.

I am going to participate in a few SAL's in 2018.  The first is by Ship's Manor and is called Through the Window.  He sent out the frame for the window earlier in December while the first pattern for a window comes out in January.  I haven't put too much effort into getting started, but will do more once I have the first pattern.

I was able to finish up two parts of the 4th Lesson in Schoolhouse Lessons.  Here they are!

I was able to start and finish a little motif that I was given during the 12 days of Christmas.  This was a fun stitch!!  Thanks again Marcy!

I often get nostalgic at the end of the year, thinking back on the best parts of the year, but usually the cloudy parts are the ones we think of most.   I'm determined to change that this year, so I looked up some inspiriting quotes...and made my own "posters" from pictures I have taken.

With all that being said...I've done my usual, sorting of the projects and setting a few goals for myself.  While I don't have all the patterns chosen for all the goals I'm going to set, I do have a few I'm hoping to finish and some I'm hoping to start.  I'm sure that will change during the year...but here are my thoughts so far.

I want to finish all the SALs I've signed up for.  That would include, Through the Window by Ship's Manor, Wildflower Woodland Quaker, Springtime Easter Delight, and Blue Poppy Learning sampler by Tempting Tangles, and the Linen and Threads 2018 SAL.

I want to finish up the Mill Hills Nativity.  That would include Melchior and Gaspar.

I want to start three new patterns I got for Christmas.  That would include Serenity sampler (which was the last gift Katie gave me),  Creation and Before the Fall.

I want to finish up the 12 Berries of Christmas.  Only 8 more to go!  LOL

I want to stitch something for the auction in August for Equines for Freedom.  I've chosen a Blackberry Lane pattern for that.

I need to stitch a patriotic design for the St. Michaels retreat.  Not sure what to stitch there....

I want to stitch and finish at least three Christmas ornaments a month.

I want to finish the Schoolhouse lessons.  I only have one more section to stitch!

I want to finish at least two UFOs, hopefully more.  Sweet Nectar and Winter's Majesty.

I think that's a pretty good list, and I hope I'm able to meet my goals this year.   Do you have any goals that you've set for yourself?

As usual, I set these goals and then I get sidetracked with gifts for others, challenges I hope to meet, and stuff like that.  Wish me luck, though!  I really hope I'm able to accomplish most of my goals for this year.

On that note, I want to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and may you all enjoy  many blessings in 2018.  Let's leave the old year behind us and press forward to new and better days ahead!  Happy Stitching!