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July Goals:
Finish Prairie Schooler 'August' (Stitch Maynia 2017 start)
Status: Finished! This took longer than expected.

Finish Mill Hill Flamingo (just needed beads)
Status: Finished!

Progress on Mill Hill Spring Robin (finish back-stitching)
Status:Finished! Completed the back-stitching and the beading.
BEFORE:

AFTER:

Progress on Frosted Pumpkin Mysterious Halloween Town (finish p. 1, start p. 2)
Status: Ehhhhhh. I have just not been feeling this one. Putting it away until the next time I am in the mood to stitch something cute.
STOPPING POINT:

Progress on Tempting Tangles Feathers n Fins (Stitch Maynia 2017)
Status: Fail, no progress. :(
STILL HERE:

Progress on Bleeding Heart Pixie
Status: Progress made (no 'before' pic, because it was just one thread's worth of stitching). I REALLY love this. The last projects I stitched before (temporarily) giving up on cross stitch a few years ago were Lavender and Lace (Angel of Autumn and Nantucket Rose); there is something soo…
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July Smalls SAL post

My July small for the Smalls SAL run by Heather of Stitching Lotus:
August, from Prairie Schooler's "Summer & Winter" (book 91). This was a Stitch Maynia 2017 start, stitched on thirty-something count Beachwalk by Under the Sea Fabrics, using the charted DMC. The only change I made was to swap the snail body color with the snail shell whorl color. As charted, the snail's body would have been the same color as the frog, which seemed weird to me.

Another small completed this month is Mill Hill's Flamingo:
I went ahead and finished it as a magnet, and will give it to my mom for her birthday in October.

Long-term WIP finish

Back in late 2014, I thought I would try to revive my cross stitch hobby, and purchased a Mill Hill kit from a stitch shop. The kit included perforated paper; I didn't think I'd like the look of the finished product on that, so I also bought a matching 28 count fabric.

I started the kit the following spring, and then stalled. As I got closer to finishing the stitching, I started dreading the beading. So it ended up in a drawer for a while.

But, after starting so many things for Stitch Maynia this year, I suddenly feel like I need to finish some things, and this one had been silently guilt-tripping me from its drawer for 2 years so into rotation it went.

And...*drumroll*...I finished it on Tuesday! I was going to take my time with it, but I hated the beading so much that I decided to just push through and finish it so I wouldn't have to deal with it anymore. :D
"Spring Robin" by Mill Hill.

I don't know why I found the beading so aggravating. But now that I hav…

June Goals Status (with pics)

Midway through June I decided that maybe setting stitching goals AND holding myself accountable is a necessary part of Stitching from Stash. So. I'm going to try this "stitching goals" thing again. But with pictures this time! Because I like posting pictures.

Ongoing Projects:

OK, I have way too many of these. 
Just Nan's Mouse in a House series - goal is to actually get them all done within a reasonable timeframe.Frosted Pumpkin Mysterious Halloween Town - whether finished or not, this will be out of rotation by end of September in favor of a Christmas design. So hopefully I can finish it by then.Faby Reilly Lizzie Stitching Wallet - this is a stitch along that runs through October. Goal is to keep up with it.Tempting Tangles Feathers n Fins - I love this, but stitching on 40 count is a challenge, so it's slow going. Goal is at least one or two threads per month.Spring Robin - this is an old-ish WIP (started in 2014); shooting for an August finish. Nora Corbett Bl…

June Smalls SAL post

Here is my June small for the Smalls SAL run by Heather of Stitching Lotus:
This was my first 2017 Stitch Maynia start; one down, several to go. :)

Pine Mountain makes these 'All Tied Up' pillow kits - the pillow cover comes pre-assembled; you just stitch the design on the top front section, purchase/insert a pillow form, and tie the bow. I chose to also back the stitched section with iron-on interfacing, because I was concerned that I hadn't secured the threads snugly enough to stand up to even gentle use.

I received the kit in a stitchy exchange last year. It's not my usual style, but I really like it and how it turned out.

I also finished Just Nan's Strawberry Mouse from "Summer Mouse in a House":
This was stitched on the charted fabric (Blush by WDW) with the charted threads. The Summer House will be my first start of July. 😊

Big time happy dance

I have finished Just Nan's Spring Mouse in a House!

There are SO many imperfections; this was my first time doing blanket stitch, and my first time stitching together something so complex. But I am so incredibly pleased with it, and do not give a darn about the imperfections. :D





Weekend

Happy weekend to everyone - I hope it's being good to you!

I'm having a little bit of a stay-cation. I'm dog- and cat-sitting for some friends - we have a great arrangement that when I'm out of town, they watch my dog, and I reciprocate with their little herd of fur-babies. I decided to take advantage of the time and am spending non-pet-activity time stitching and reading. 
I also went to a movie today - Wonder Woman! It was amaaaaaaaazing. Gal Gadot is just fantastic. And Robin Wright plays General Antiope, which was very cool. She played Buttercup in The Princess Bride years ago. I saw a meme someone created, a photo of General Antiope and General Leia Organa captioned "I have lived to see my Princesses become Generals." YES. So awesome.

In the realm of stitchery, I've been thinking I need to rename this blog to "One Thread at a Time." That's about all I manage on any given day right now. It's one reason I decided to enjoy some stitchi…