Monday, May 25, 2015

Stitch from Stash - May

Hi there, friends!

Sorry I have sort of "abandoned" my blog for a bit of time.  The family and I took an extended trip to see our entire family and I just didn't think it was a good idea to let it be known that we were going to be abandoning the homestead for a while.

All that to say, I have some pretty nifty stash to share this month.  The good news is that I received some  nice gift cards and a generous amount of money for mother's day, so I didn't spend any of "my" money on my goodies!  ZERO spent form Stitch from Stash money!!

We all decided to meet up in Utah because it's centrally located between where everyone lives (except us!).  Anywho, while I was there, we made a trip to the WONDERFUL shop  - Shepherds Bush!!!
(I'll share MUCH more about my trip in later posts!)
So, here are my treasures from SB...

 Seriously, how cute is this little pin and how gorgeous are the bows that they tied the bag with?

I bought "Count Your Blessings" by La-D-Da

 My Daughter-In-Love picked this one for me to stitch; she said it described me perfectly.
"Silly" by Lizzie Kate
  Mill Hill beads for an Alexandra Adelaide Christmas Tree Pattern

 A scissor sitter.  My scissors are constantly trying to hide from me.
 A pretty Silk 'n Colors Thread.  I love the colors and have a certain freebie in mind to stitch with this floss.
 My sons picked this out for me.  I can't decide whether to wear it or frame it!

I spent $65+ during my wonderful visit.  (I also bought my daughter in love a beginners kit from Shepherds Bush.  I think we just might have a new stitcher in training!!)

As I've said, I had a blast wandering around the Shepherds Bush store.  Saying that Shepherds Bush is a stitcher's paradise seems almost like an under-statement!  Terri was awesome to meet in person!  She even offered brownies to my boys and gently suggested that they might have more fun looking at the train depot down the street than hanging around watching me fondle fabrics, charts and floss.  (God bless her!!  lol)  The guys loved the train depot and I actually finished before they were ready to leave!

So, since I had saved up all the money that I have received from holidays that was specifically earmarked for "stitching money", "techically", I didn't dig into my stitch from stash money.
I could have bought MUCH MUCH more from Shepherds Bush but honestly, Stitch from Stash has really helped me focus in on what I really LOVE (not on what I just "like") and realistically think that I can stitch in my lifetime. 

Here's hoping that you're all well!

Hugs and Grace,

Saturday, April 18, 2015

And there was rejoicing in the kingdom!

It's finished!!!!  Stitching this piece has been an emotional journey for me.  Our youngest son loves wolves and saw it at a store one day.  He said, "mom, do you think you could stitch this?"  With all my heart and soul, I wanted to be real and say "no".  This piece was way out of my comfort zone of my stitching ability...but Ian has had a really rough couple of years medically.  We got diagnosis of a few things that no one ever wants to hear.  How could I tell my son, "no, I can't stitch this for you" when he was facing some pretty major hurdles?  So, I bought and started plowing through it.  Well, I experienced some problems stitching it with epic failures.  Epic meaning, I had made so many mistakes that unless I frogged it back to the beginning, there was no way to fix it.  (I was roughly a quarter finished when I realized my mistakes.  I was so disgusted and discouraged that I threw the project in a closet and gave up.  Ian told me, "Mom, don't give up!  You can do this, I know you can!  I'm right here beside you all the way..."  Those were the very words we told Ian as he faced his treatments.  How could I possibly "do as I say, not as I do" in this situation?  So, I tracked down another new kit and started over.  Throughout this piece, I lost my stitching mojo numerous times.  I had serious doubts that I was ever going to see a finish...but here it is!!!   :)
One thing I did with this piece, that I've never done before, is to REALLY personalize it.  I took small pieces of my son's hair, my hubby's hair and my hair and secretly stitched them into this design.  I also clipped a small piece of the fur from our little dog we lost last year, Tea Tzu.  (Tea Tzu was Ian's absolute best friend and constant companion - he took her loss very hard).  Ian isn't out-of-the-woods yet - his life will always be a bit rougher than I wish... But he is soldiering on...and I'm grateful for every day we have with him.

I'm glad this stitching pushed my limits of ability a bit.  I enjoyed watching this design grow...and I LOVE what it stands for....

Having said that, I've already told our son that some day, if he ever chooses to marry, this piece will be his wedding sampler!  I told him that he'd best choose someone who loves wolves as much as he does because all I'm going to do is add names and date of marriage at the bottom!   Lol

I'd really like to thank (and hug!) all the visitors to my blog who helped cheer me on while I was
stitching this!  Your "good job, nice work, you can do this") have meant more to me than I can say.  So, go ahead and have that piece of chocolate, that cookie or slice of bacon (!) and celebrate with me!

Many Hugs and Much Grace,

Friday, April 17, 2015

Stitch from Stash - April

Time once again to check in with my stitch from stash report.  I "kind of" fell off the wagon again this month but I feel like this purchase was "needful".  :)   My wonderful #5 son asked his sweet and beautiful girlfriend to be his bride and she said yes!  Therefore, this mama had to go into wedding sampler mode.  I searched around and found this little gem.  I'm not normally a "kit" girl, but this one matched my  dear eventual daughter-in-love's  chosen wedding colors really nicely, so I pulled out ye olde visa card and purchased it.  Aren't weddings such happy occasions to stitch for?
(Keeping count?  3 sons are married, 1 is engaged and 2 who are laser-focused on college),    :)


I'm planning on blinging this up a bit by adding lots of pearls and beads.  This will be a nice change-up of colors from all the grays and browns from my wolf.  (Exciting news to come on that front shortly!)

I spent $16.19 for the kit, which means that I stayed under the monthly limit for  my SFS budget.  Woot - woot!!!

Hugs and Grace,

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

I think we'll name her "Puffs"**

So, Shelby was happily dozing on our bed.  We left sleeping puppy to her sweet slumber and went to the family room to watch a movie.  About 10 minutes later, hubby walks in to check on said puppy. Through hysterical laughter, he said, "grab your camera".  I was ready for a huge puppy mess.  Instead, I was met with this....goofy puppy has box of tissues on her head.  Funny thing was, she was wagging her tail, not acting like anything was different.  I said "Shelby, what have you done?"  She looked up at me, tail still wagging, like she was saying "What????  Things are good here...nothing to see, move along."  LOL

We love this goofy little girl SO much!!!

Hope this makes you smile!

Hugs and Grace,
(**  in case anyone from the company that makes "Puffs tissues" want a new advertising campaign, I'm thinking "Picky puppies choose Puffs".  Have your peeps call Shelby's peeps and we'll make a deal)   Hee hee

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Let's talk about back-stitching....

Will someone PLEASE remind me that the next time I choose to do a "large-ish" design, it might be a good idea to do some of the back-stitching as I go along instead of waiting until the end?  (I know, that was a complete run-on sentence).

As much as I love the effect that back-stitch has on a project and how it makes a design "pop", I am so tired of lines over and over again.  I thought that the pale green gray, dark green gray, brown gray color scheme was bad enough when I was making little x's.  Trust me, it's worse when you're using those colors to draw plain lines.

Having said that, I'm finding that the back-stitching is going much faster than I expected.  I now have the top part of the project finished and I'm ready to start tackling the bottom half.

 Y'all will be the first to know when it's time for a woot-woot and a happy dance! 

Hugs and Grace,

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Stitch from Stash - March

Well, we all knew it was going to happen sooner or later.  I fell of the "Stitch from Stash" wagon this month.  Yup, I caved...

Here are my purchased pretties...

Labyrinths and Inlays by Vickery Collections

CT2 by AAN
(I plan to stitch this design on a piece of dark blue fabric w/ white silk and beads that are already in my stash)

My grand total of damage this month is $15.25.  CT2 was $8.50 and Labyrinths was $6.75.
Once my wolf gets finished (I still have a boatload of back-stitching to do!), it will be fun to start something new!
Hugs and Grace,

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Wolf Update - half of a happy dance!

I finally have a "half of a happy dance" update on my wolf!  All of the "regular" cross stitching has been finished,  Now, on to the backstitching.  I can't even begin to tell you how happy I am!!!!
As most of you know, this is my second attempt at trying to finish this project.  I tried it about a year and a half ago and messed it up so badly, that there was nothing for me to do but ditch it.
This is a piece that I'm making for our son.  Poor guy has had SO many medical challenges over the past couple of years.  I'm in awe of how many moments when he's pressed forward when I was a puddle of tears of what he was facing.  He gave me encouragement to try stitching this again...and has been a big cheerleader all the way.
There is a LOT of backstitching that needs to be done but I'm starting to see the finish line!  Whoo-hoo!!!

As soon as this project is "finished, finished", I'm going to be having a little give-a-way to celebrate, so stay tuned for that.  Also, stay tuned, because this gal is going to treat herself  to some sweet new stitching stash!  I'm hoping to stay "on budget" with my stitch from stash goals, but I have some gift cards saved up and I'm going to have me some good "Stash Enhancement Experiences" that I'll be happy to share with you!

Hugs and Grace,

("Call of the Wolf by  Dimensions.  I substituted Antique White 28 -ct Jobelyn)