Saturday, December 31, 2011

Crazy 15 Challenge starts tomorrow!

I think I'm ready for it if there is such a I posted my list up on the group Yahoo page and I think it's good, maybe need to tweak a couple of choices. As it stands now I'm doing these projects:
1. Joan Elliott Green Goddess

2. Joan Elliott The Astrologer

3. Ink Circles Pizzazz

4. Ink Circles Love Letters Nouveau

5. Bent Creek Snowman

6. Bent Creek Four Trees

7. Bent Creek Peaceful Forest

8. Bent Creek Leaf Sampler (restart)

9. Bent Creek Home Sweet Home Sampler

10. Bent Creek Every Day Sampler

11. Cottage of the Month January Country Cottage Needleworks

11a. (Same as above for February depends when my auto ship comes)

12. Brighten the Corner by The Needle Notion

13. Butterflies on Nine Patches by Dimensions

14. Heartfelt Welcome Leisure Arts

15. Keep Calm and Cross Stitch MagicXStitch

I also need to get my WIPocalypse list done as well. I think I may move the Bent Creek Leaf Sampler redo from the Crazy 15 List to the WIP list because I already started it but I then abandoned it for a retweeked pattern I found on the internet. Just have to see.  I am also thinking of adding a couple of Bent Creek Stoneware kits I have to the list and swap out for the Dimensions kit and the Heartfelt Welcome. I'm so excited, seems like the last month I sort of dropped my stitchy bug in favor of playing too many online games. I need to get my focus back and I think this is just the way to do it.

I doubt I'll get around to starting the February Cottage SAL in January as I'm going to try to keep those starting in the months of the chart. My ABC Stitch Therapy auto ship is on it's way though so I can't wait to see it. I'm not much on pink but you can't help it for a Valentines' month.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


I have to say there are a lot of motifs that I just love, peacocks included. I saw this little gift card box made by a company called Punch Studio at our local bookstore. I saw it and of course having a peacock on it, said ok what can I use this for. It has a handy magnetic closure on it so it stays shut tight, and it fits my embroidery scissors plus whatever notions or needles I am using at the moment. I think it's pretty nifty...

Looking around the same store later I found this larger box that I now use to store my evenweave fabrics in. I think that is one of the things I love about needlework is that it sort of gives you an appreciation for lovely little things that maybe you'd miss.

While I was out with my husband during the holidays we went to a local antique store and they had some really neat old sewing supplies. I picked up this old packet of needles for embroidery and this great old paper needle book with plenty of needles still intact. They were as the cover said still rust proof after all these years.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

New Year New Stash!

Happy Holidays and a soon to be Happy New Year to all! I got down to organizing my stash today for the Crazy 15 and WIPocalypse. I'm still not all the way done but whoo boy did I take a LOT of I still have to get out some charts to add to my bag of goodies I'll be starting and working on in the coming months but so far so good. I added to my Valdani thread stash earlier in the month with some holiday and woodsy colors. Those are pictured above. Below are some of the projects I'm ready to start for the Crazy 15. I'll try to get pics of all of the projects before the New Year.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

I must be crazy...

I haven't even had a chance to finish up the Baby Sampler yet and here I go signing up for SAL's all over the place! It's too fun not to so here I go, so far I've signed up for and gotten the auto stash for the Cottage of the Month SAL of Country Cottage Needleworks. They are too dang cute not to do and they look to stitch up fast. I'm saving mine to start in January and I'll do them the first week of the month (hopefully hehe).  I think I signed up for the Tusal 2012 but I have to check the list to see if I did. I've been a total scatterbrain lately. I also just asked to be signed up for the 2012 WIPocalypse as well. If I get on it I'll post the info for those who are interested. I have heard of the Crazy 15 as well and if I find that one I may as well get on there too. Oh let's not forget I am on the Ink Circles SAL as well, in addition to starting to large Joan Elliot pieces too. I'm nuts, just plain crazy but it's fun. I hope my fingers don't fall off..hehe.
WIPocalypse Information

Totally Useless Stitch A Long Info

Cottage of the Month SAL

If anyone knows the origin or webpage for the Crazy 15 Challenge I can't seem to find it. Now I'm off to put my list together and have a couple of Dove chocolates..

Friday, December 9, 2011

In the home stretch with Baby Sampler!

And a good thing too because I am now a Great Aunt! Now if only I can spare a few minutes to finish this up I can get it off to the framers.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Oh Ebay why do you tempt me?

Made a recent purchase on Ebay and scored a bargain of 9 roll of 14ct Aida for. 99 (not including shipping). I have been more into evenweave lately but this was too good to pass up. The tubes were funky dirty but the fabric is fine. I love all the colors and as every craft horder says I'll use it for something! The colors are Antique White, Ivory, Platinum, Blush, Lt. Beige, Lt. Blue, Delft Blue, Black and Pine Mist.