Friday, January 29, 2010

Does it look like anyhing yet?

Grand old Duke WIP
Originally uploaded by Stitching scientist

This guy will be a gift for my sister hopefully for her new house.  She is currently navigating the wild world of home buying with a possible closing in mid feb.

He is a challenge, he is completely outlined and detailed in black which makes it a kinda boring stitch with ALOT of counting, checking the pattern, highlighting the pattern, and counting again.

I have finished my exchange piece and I think Grand Old Duke and the Baby sampler will be at the top of my list for the month of February.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Um like i's tomorrow ;)

EGA make it take it
Originally uploaded by Stitching scientist

Don't you just love it when time gets away from you? I have been stitching, one item i am working on is a new HOE (Hooked on Exchanging blog) exchange, so i can't show you. And I completed this make-it-take-it from the EGA meeting (I am now an official member of the Piedmont chapter of the EGA). it is a bookmark that slips onto the corner of a page.

I have been sorting thru my stitching/stash and deciding what I want to do here is my new list for 2010, you can click on some of the WIPs for the current pictures
  1.  Baby Blocks JCS mag--WIP
  2. Quaker Turtles- With my Needle --WIP
  3. Baby Sampler --WIP
  4. Nine Patch Sampler-Brightneedle --WIP
  5. Home of a Needle worker-LHN--WIP
  6. Blackbird sampler-Blackbird Designs --WIP
  7. Grand Old Duke -Arelate sudios--WIP (yeah i just started it...what of it?)
  8. A is for Annabelle- Nora Corbett
  9. Sampler snowman- Homespun elegance
  10. Sweet Lavender- Crazy for cross stitch nov 2002
  11. Snowman needleroll- M designs
  12. Americana Sampler- twisted threads
  13. Let it snow-JBW
  14. 5 christmas ornaments (kitted)
  15. 3 HOE exchanges
  16. EGA mystery sampler-Cherished stitches (Louise Henderson is  our vice-president)
  17. EGA guest teacher project -to be announced

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Last year in review

 Remember that for 2008 and 2009 I made year long lists for what I wanted to do?  it worked pretty good in 2008 but for 2009...well....Let's take a gander at my 2009 goal list last January:  Blue are WIPs Green are done.
  1. A is for Acorn, B is for butterfly, Erica Micheals (I am currently considering trashing this one, the idea was to do the whole alphabet as a book, but i do not want to use the called for RG threads (expensive!) and going thru all 26 patterns to find comparable colors is daunting, so unless you know of a conversion out there already done this one is going bye bye in 2010)
  2. Nine Patch Village, Brightneedle (this one need just a few color adjustments due to the light fabric, and i just haven't taken the time to do it yet)
  3. Black bird Sampler, Blackbird designs (thought about changing the wording, but now am thinking it would just be easier to do as designed)
  4. Miss Mary Mack, La Di Da designs
  5. Just a little snowman ornament, Twisted Threads (it is over one and is taking me forever) 
  6. Quaker Turtles, With my Needle (over one)
  7. Home of a Needleworker, LHN
  8. Pirates Creed, Sue Hillis
  9. Grand Old Duke, Arelate studio
  10. Pumpkin Patches, Full Circle designs
  11. Dragonflies, Ladybugs, and Bees ohmy, M designs
  12. Snowmen Needleroll, M designs
  13. Polly Wolly Doodle, La Di Da
  14. Christmas forest ornament, Historic Stitches (I actually started this but did not like the size)
  15. Birth Sampler
  16. Christmas orn, Jeanette Douglas 2008
  17. Kitty Cat Row, Bent Creek (i have bought the fabric for this but now can't find it...sigh.. I probably used it for something else) 
  18. Baby blocks, JCS sept 08. (4 done, 4 to go)
  19. Open
  20. open
  21. ornaments and exchanges (7 and 2 respectively)
Well I guess i took the open slots a bit literally cause outside the list I did Maidens of the Sea-With my needle, Birds- Heart in Hand, Crossstitcher in residence-LK, N- Margaret Sherry, Ned Kelly Kitty- The Cat's whiskers design studio,  and Swirlygig- Bent creek

so to sum up..Stated with 5 WIPS but finished with 8, completed only 7 items on the list , but have 19 finished pieces to show for it.

I am not sure if I want to construct a big new list for 2010 yet.  It was helpful getting me back into the swing of things after A. was born, but now I think my brain has recovered (mostly) and  i am better at knowing what i have and what I want to do.

Maybe I will sleep on it... check with me tomorrow

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

First finish of 2010

Photobooth snowmen
Originally uploaded by Stitching scientist

Photobooth Snowman, by Bent Creek. This is the kit I got at Pigeon Forge in Nov, and I have been working on it since off and on. I REALLY want the other 2 kits like this, Frankenboo and Ham and Eggs. I left off the beads that represented falling snow. It didn't look quite right to me.

UPDATE: Look a new one! Northpole party!

Note also how fabulous the photo is? My NEW camera, specifically picked out for me to take close up low light pics of my stitching...and the colors you see...totally accurate.

Tomorrow, my goals for the new year.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Back with a vengance

Warning: Photo heavy post, I am trying a new technique loading pictures so let me know if it is too messed up for you all.

I have not stitched in weeks. I haven't even felt motivated to check my year goals or set next years goals. I have been in a reading state of mind, tearing through about 7-10 books in the past 3 weeks, and since this isn't a reading posts. I kinda enjoy the tidal changes that cycle my various obsessions. Stitching will be back soon i am sure.

I hope your Holidays were as fun as mine...not sure? well did you:
Tear open your gifts?

Rest between all the excitement?


Clean up after the mess?

Take silly photos of relatives?

Show someone you love something new?

Feed the animals? (in our case nasty fish in a man made lake)
feeding nasty fish

Rest well?
sleeping butt up

Did you not take yourself too seriously?

silly face...unprompted

Good, now get back to work;)