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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…

May pictures

One more stitched finish for May:
The pattern is the 4-square pin cushion by Nikyscreations from Just Cross Stitch May/June 2017. I used summery colors from my stash of Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe threads.

I also managed one more Maynia start:
This is Feathers 'n Fins by Tempting Tangles. I started it because on my way to/from my sister's place last week we passed through Nashville, and I stopped at the Stitchin' Post which is going out of business (due to the owner retiring). Everything was on sale.

One item purchased: 40 count lambswool linen! I wasn't thrilled with my from-stash linen options for this pattern, and was very excited to find the 40 count in an appropriate color. So I had to start this when I got home. I'm using a couple of VMSS threads, and a handful of Silk n Colors threads. I also had to go get a clip-on magnifier for this, because 40 count is TINY and eye strain was a distinct probability.

WIPs have been attended to as well - I made a little …

May Smalls SAL post

My May small for the 2017 Smalls SAL run by Heather of Stitching Lotus:

I took a left turn in terms of the Mothers Day gift I made for my mom. I started thinking that I wasn't sure she would like the primitive style of the four square design. So I stitched up a tiny scissor fob using a pattern from the May 2017 Cross Stitcher magazine:
I had a heck of a time finishing it, because it is SO SMALL. It's about the size of an American-currency quarter. Ack. I felt like my fingers were giant fumbling sausages during the finishing process. I used a couple of little clear flower buttons to stabilize the spot where I attached the ribbon, and to add a bit of 'bling.' She liked it. ☺


Last (for now) Stitch Maynia starts

I made it through 9 of the 15 planned starts, which is not as bad as I thought!

 Where Did I Put My Broom by Dark Cross - stitched on white Belfast with Silk 'n Colors 'Smokestack.' It's a subtly variegated black to brown.
 Holmsey Hare's Winter Wonderland by Stitchers Anon - on Chesapeake Bay linen by Under the Sea Fabrics. I will be using the charted DMC threads.
 "September" from Spring and Fall by Prairie Schooler - on Beachwalk linen by UtSF. Will mostly use the charted DMC threads, except that I selected different colors for the squirrel (browns that more closely resemble our local squirrels).
 The small design from Winter Awwwwwwwe by Needle Bling Designs - on Chesapeake Bay by UtSF. Will use threads from stash, including this Romy's Creations "Red Passion." (I was going to do the larger design, but changed my mind. I needed something smaller to work on.)
Not a Creature Was Stirring by Lizzie Kate - on the charted navy Heatherfield, u…

Mayni-ack, missing mouse, and flooding

I have hit my Stitch Maynia 'start' limit. I'm beginning to feel a little anxious about having so many WIPs, and can't bring myself to start anything else. But the other kitted projects will remain on deck; I may grab one for a start as I finish projects, so that I don't just abandon them. Pics of my final starts to come.

In other stitching news, Miss Pansy Mouse is missing. :((  The two possible culprits are myself (did I move her somewhere else thinking she would be safer and I've just...forgotten? This is my brain on stress) or my middle cat who likes to hunt and kill and play with my things (i.e., socks, jewelry, DMC skeins - anything I leave where he can get at it, except that he's always surprising me by getting at things I think are out of his reach). I really hope I find her soon.

I'm still not finished with her house. Stitch Maynia got in the way. But I've picked it back up again. I've ordered Summer Mouse in a House, as well as the cha…

Stitch Maynia & other WIPs

Successfully completed the first 4 days of Stitch Maynia, yay! I didn't actually put many stitches in on each, because I'm also working on a Mother's Day gift (photo later in the post).
 June Bugs by Pine Mountain Designs.
Butterflies Biscornu by Seba Designs - I really like this one. Threads used so far: GAST Pine and Deep Sea, on a 32 count mystery linen; the tag just says "HD Blue" - a scrap bin find, no other info on it.
"August" from Winter and Summer by Prairie Schooler, on Beachwalk by Under the Sea Fabrics. This will be a really cute finish. Eventually.
Jolly Jack by All Through the Night. The fabric is actually a very dark purple 30 count linen called Purple Rain; also from a scrap bin so no other info. So not fun to stitch on. :( Threads used so far: GAST Fragrant Cloves & VMSS Gold Rush.

The Mother's Day gift is one of the "Hello Spring" designs by Nikyscreations, from the newest Just Cross Stitch magazine. I'm stitchin…

In honor of May the Fourth

April Smalls SAL post

My April small for the 2017 Smalls SAL run by Heather of Stitching Lotus:
Miss Pansy Mouse by Just Nan, from the Spring Mouse in a House design set (the patterns included are for both the mouse and the house; neither is sold separately). The called for linen was 32 count 'Lilac' by WDW, but I had a pretty opalescent lavender linen in my stash which I used instead ('Khione' by Under the Sea Fabrics).

It was a really fun little stitch. I'm working on the house, which is taking longer. I'm super intimidated by the steps required to FFO the house, so that should be interesting when I get to that point.

Summer Mouse in a House comes out in May, and I'm definitely going to get it. It will be my project for June/July. I hope to do the whole series this year.

Better

Thank you to those who commented on my previous post. You are lovely. I will reply today!

Onward to a better week, yes?

I set aside a big block of time yesterday evening for stitching and relaxing, rather than doing housework (guilt-free, because I cut the grass and did a couple loads of laundry right after work). It was great. Self-care is a good thing.

I was not in the mood for Halloween, and I'm a bit cranky about how messy my over-1 stitches are on the first bird of the Just Nan Spring House (first time doing over 1 on 32 count - I should have waited til I had better light). So I started next month's Smalls SAL project. I picked a pattern from the new Just Cross Stitch magazine:
I'm doing the 4-square pattern, but in brighter colors. It's probably going to look more like "Hello Summer" when it's done.

I have decided to do the May starts challenge on the Stitch Maynia Facebook group - 15 starts in the first 15 days of May. I've been making myself …

Scroll past the words if you just want to see the stitching :)

This starts out with some sort of gloomy navel-gazing. I think I just needed an outlet? But then there is stitchy stuff at the end! So it's not all a waste of pixels! :D

Life

It crossed my mind last night that I don't mull over bright, unnecessary things as much lately. In free moments, my mind tends to wander down a lane cluttered with depressing and frightening current events, things that are going wrong that are out of my control, random angry or sad things, worries and uncertainties, and, like, reminders of housework that needs to be done.

I miss taking detours down mental garden paths. I miss fun fictional characters who've grabbed my attention, delightful snippets of the world around me, hopeful glimpses of the future. Yadda.

Not that my brain was all fun and games before last summer - hah! No. LOLOLOL. But I haven't been quite this unhappy in years.

The reasons are external things that I am, I guess, internalizing. And I think I'm having a mid-life crisis. No…

Cross stitch is currently the meaning of life

I FFO'd another thing. I'm very pleased with how it turned out.
This is Lizzie Kate "A Little Gray Hare." It's a kit that came with linen, threads, beads, backing fabric, and ricrac. I stitched it last March, woops! I was afraid of messing it up in the process of cutting/assembling it as an ornament, so it languished in my drawer of stitched-but-not-FFOd things til this past weekend.

I finished stitching "In Every Nest":
No ideas yet on how to finish it. 

And I started a couple new things. I'm still in the mood to stitch cutesy things, but have had enough of Easter, so I started Frosted Pumpkin's "Mysterious Halloween Town." I'm...not sure if I like the colors with the fabric I chose. It's one of those situations where I need to stitch more before I'll know if I need to start over on a different fabric. :/

I also started Just Nan's "Spring Mouse in a House." This is the first Just Nan mouse I've stitched,…