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September 8th, 2013 by Annette

Sunday Swap

With work and other family obligations, my stitching time has been a bit erratic the last few months.  My buddy Terri instituted a “Sunday Rotation” earlier this year and I’ve managed to incorporate it completely without intention.

Essentially, every Sunday I swap to another project.  I don’t sweat how much time I managed to work (or didn’t) on the previous week’s project, I just pick something new for Sunday and beyond.  Given the bulk of my stitching time is Friday thru Sunday (thanks to baseball/football) I usually manage a few hours on at least two projects over the weekend 🙂

Last Sunday I threw caution to the wind and gave in to my extreme love of Halloween and started a project that I had purchased the day before at Attic’s Market Day.  It’s Praiseworthy Stitches Widow Black’s B&B

Widow Black's B&B

The fabric is Colorscapes Mirage, 32-ct.  The model was done on Picture this Plus Murky, but the cuts that were in the shop were either 40-ct (too small given the number of JABCO buttons used) or the color was just….odd.  Seriously, it looked like the waste water after a particularly colorful watercolor painting.  I’m sure there are folks that would like it, just not me.

I chose to stitch the piece in DMC.  The chart lists 50+ overdyed cottons, but I wasn’t ready to put down another $125 (approximately) for floss after buying chart, buttons and a large cut of fabric (larger than a FQ).

Of course, I am now on the hunt for the rest of the haunted houses in the series 😉

This Sunday I’m picking up Stars for a New Millennium.  Here’s where I’m at:

Stars for a New Millennium

I’ll be working the next square: Ava Gardner.  If I complete the square and still have time this week I will work on sashing and borders, as usual.

I love how this piece is coming together.  Part of me wants to simply push on and finish the final three squares and borders and the other part will be very sad when it’s done 🙂

Of course, I always want to do more than one square when I get started but soon realize that my fingers just aren’t tough enough for that much canvaswork at once.  LOL  All those layered stitches make for some tough pushing/pulling of a needle!

See you at next week’s Swap!

September 5th, 2013 by Annette

Thursday Thirteen: Surprise!

Yes, it’s a new post.

I know, surprising given it’s been four months since the last one.

But, as I was perusing the blogs, I follow, I found a Thursday Thirteen on Measi’s blog and it seemed like the perfect way to catch up and kick start the blog again.

Assuming there’s anyone left reading…. for anyone still here, thank you, and if not, that’s ok.

Onward and upward.. here we go:

Thursday Thirteen: The Last Four Months

1 – New job is going well.  It’s different, but I’m adapting.  Well, working on adapting.

2 – Have I mentioned how much I hate starting a new job?  Yeah, I still do.

3 – K graduated from ASU in May with a Bachelor of Science in Biology (Cell, Developmental and Genetics).  Next step: lab certification to work in Arizona (yeah, she got that a touch backwards, but we love her anyway)

4 – Two trips to Virginia to meet my team.  The very best part of my new job – the team, not the travel.

5 – Also one trip to Tennessee for an amazingly, awesome, low-key, relaxing weekend.  Fabric and other stash was acquired.

6 – Enablement opportunities abounded.  I use my powers for good hexes. 🙂

7 – My mother-in-law is visiting (she came home with me from Tennessee) and I’m thinking we’ll have a new Arizona resident sometime next year.  Yay!

8 – The new banner (and new Facebook icon) is the latest K creation

9 – I had to beg.  She has a new beau who has been taking a lot of her time.  But, we like him, so I try not to complain.  Much.

10 – Attended my first Comic-con.  Memorial Day weekend here in Phoenix.  Oh. My. Gosh.  Spent four days at the Phoenix convention center.  A mere 4 hours on Thursday and 12-14 hours Friday thru Sunday (each day).  As a volunteer, I counted people, answered questions, fixed YouTube links in presentations and organized prizes.  I’ve never had more fun working so hard as I did that weekend.  I *cannot* wait until next year!!

11 – John Barrowman?  Best.  Hugger.  Ever. (Picture of a picture…that is now framed on my desk at home.  I hope he’s there next year so I can get it signed!)

12 – A wool applique finish – a little candlemat from Lumenaris

13- A stitching finish – Cackle by Raise the Roof Designs (along with new scissors and fob from my stitching weekend)

That’s the highlights for the last four months.  Hopefully it won’t be another four months before the next post 🙂

May 1st, 2013 by Annette

Rosemarkie Complete!

Another project off the WIPocalypse list!

Rosemarkie by Long Dog Designs

32-ct Cream Linen

Needle Necessities MacAulvey Manor

This is a phenomenally bad picture, I must say.   I started this design years ago as a SAL after it was gifted to me.  I’m so very happy to have it done!  I still love the colors chosen 🙂

April 24th, 2013 by Annette

More Stars

One would think that having a month long work “hiatus” would have resulted in loads of stitching and blogging, eh?

Evidently that is not the case.  LOL

I have managed another square on my Stars for the New Millennium.  May I present Cary Grant….

And the entire piece:

I have a few more days to go before starting my new job (May 1, woohoo!) and I’m hoping to put a few more x’s in on some other WIPs.  I have found a new framer after “auditioning” a few this month and now I’m itching to get more finishes on the wall!  The problem is that I went thru most of my finishes from last year in the audition process so now I’ve got to rebuild the pile 🙂

April 8th, 2013 by Annette

Stars for a New Millennium – Eva Marie Saint

This week I added a new square to my Stars by Tony Minieri

That’s Eva Marie Saint, bottom center.  Here’s a closeup:

The result is lovely but the process to get there is long!

April 7th, 2013 by Annette

Lanarte Tuscany… done!

My first official WIPocalypse finish for 2013!

Lanarte’s Tuscany (kit) – I started in 2006, not long before I left my last company.  Given I’m leaving my current company in about two weeks, it seemed a good time to get this one finished up 🙂

April 5th, 2013 by Annette


Picked up two newly framed pieces this week.  Both were finished in 2012:

Country Cottage Needleworks Liberty Lane:

Lizzie Kate’s Halloween Mystery:

Very glad to have these hanging on the wall!

April 2nd, 2013 by Annette

The Boys are Back

JABCo The Boys are Back in Town

30-ct Graphite Linen; GAST/WDW

Started 3/29/2013; Finished 4/2/2013  (23 hours)

April 1st, 2013 by Annette

March Madness Results

I created my own “sweet 16” list for March and I planned to spend two days on each or at least 5 hours, whatever worked out.

This was definitely the most ambitious plan I’d ever come up with for Heather’s annual March Madness.

I did manage to stitch every day.  I only left one piece with less than five hours added.  I also netted to the same number of WIPs I started with…  I had three new starts and three finishes (two of the new starts were completed).

Here’s what I worked on… (* new starts, # finishes)

For April we have

Amazon April

Dip your needle into the vast swath of fabric dedicated to your BIGGEST projects!

I’ve got a few options here…  Sometime this month I plan to pick up:

  • Mirabilia Spring Queen
  • Chatelaine Egyptian Garden (on 28-ct it is definitely the largest WIP!)
  • Stars for a New Millennium
March 6th, 2013 by Annette

March Madness – #2 and #3

#2 of 16 was a small Pine Mountain kit: America Spots

I started and finished on Sunday.  Total stitching: 7 hours (yes, it was a lazy lazy day).

#3 is Little House Needleworks Brave Hearts.  Haven’t touched this since January 2009 (yikes):

It’s on 40-ct linen (with one strand Belle Soie) and I remember thinking how tiny the stitches were and breaking out the magnifier to work on the flag.  Now, though, I don’t have any trouble!  Amazing how the stitching skills have improved over time.

Here we are 5.5 hours later:

The linen color in this pic is truer to reality.  You may be able to see the white silk in the top two windows.  I have at least one word (White) to stitch in that silk… I may have to outline it or something so it will show up.  It looks fine against other colors, but on its own blends in quite a bit.

On to #4….