Saturday, April 1, 2017

March Smalls SAL

04/01/2017

April Fool's Day.  I stayed safe, but my husband and youngest son played a few tricks on each other.  The most popular seemed to be a rubber band around the kitchen sprayer.

March was a productive month for me.  I realized that I had 17 graduation cards to stitch and assemble by the end of May and that I better get cracking on them.

I just realized how many projects I completed in March.  A few had been started in prior months( or years), but most of them were start to finish in March.
 












I started Midnight Farm by Mill Hill as part of my crazy Facebook challenge 3 years ago and FINALLY finished it.  I did a little happy dance when I put the last beads on it!



 

 

 

 
A few thank  you notes for more teachers that wrote letters of recommendation for my youngest.

 

 

Some Mill Hill kits.

 













And here is 13 of the graduation cards.  I started around the middle of the month and didn't quite finish them all before March was done.



 

 

 

 

 

 

So, I'm off to finish the last 4 graduation cards and who knows what else.

Happy Stitching,

Michele

Thursday, March 9, 2017

03/09/2017

Happy Thursday on a beautiful spring day in Colorado!

Ok, technically it is still winter, but the temps are in the low 70's and flowers are starting to come up and it is gorgeous outside.  I'm going  to get my bike out this weekend and see how that goes, considering I haven't been on a bike since 2015.  Wish me luck!

Below are some birthstone cards that I made from projects I stitched last month.  The April diamond was a little challenging to pick coordinating paper for, and I settled on the metallic silver. It looks ok, but seems a little boring.

I do believe that the purple and turquoise card may be my favorite. I love the way the jewel tones accent each other.  













And  last but not least is the August Peridot.  This was a little challenging as none of my green paper was the right shade.  Good compromise with the tie dye look and the gold paper.


Toodles,
Michele

Monday, February 27, 2017

Final February Finish

02/27/2017

Happy Monday.  Two last finishes for the month and yes, one is another Mill Hill kit.

The other is another the August Peridot by Shannon Christine Designs.  I have two August cards to make, so expect to see another in March.


Happy Monday!

Michele

Friday, February 24, 2017

02/24/2017- Cards from January

Just wanted to post some of the updated finishes from January. These are items I stitched in January but then made into cards this month.  Most were for Valentine's Day, but the purple "slugbug" was a  birthday card for a friend who loves purple and slugbugs.

 

 

 

 

Stay warm,
Michele

February Smalls SAL

02/24/2017

Happy Late Valentine's Day and early St. Patrick's Day.    This time of year is always tough as you never know what to expect from the weather.  Tuesday in Denver we had 70 degree temperatures and then Thursday and today it's in the 30's and snowing.  Go figure.

Time for our SAL check in sponsored by Heather at Stitching Lotus.  This month has been a fun stitching month for me as I finally started the birthstone patterns from Shannon Christine Designs.  I purchased several of the patterns last year and never got around to stitching them.

Below are some finishes from this series

I finished this one in January and it's the February Amethyst birthstone. The original pattern called for purple and gold and I changed it to silver.




The rest of these are February finishes, with some yet to be made into cards.  



March Aquamarine, stitched as the pattern called for except I substituted DMC 783 for the Kreinik metallic.
April Diamond, substituted silver for gold
 This is actually the May Emerald, except the intended recipient does not like green. I substituted pink and purple as they are her favorite colors.
 And another May Emerald adaptation.  This time orange and gold for the recipients favorite colors
 This beauty is the June Pearl pattern, in turquoise and purple.
And August Peridot stitched as designed with the exception of the DMC substitution for the metallic.

Shannon's patterns are quick and fun to stitch and I love playing with the different colors.  Expect to see a few more of these next month.







Other finishes for the month include two pieces for World of Charity Stitching
 

A few Mill Hill kits

 

 

Two "thank you's" requested by my youngest son for teachers that wrote him letters of recommendations. He's a senior in high school and busy applying for scholarships.

 


And a last piece for WOCS.












That's it so far.  However, it's only the 24th and who knows what I might stitch this weeekend!

Happy Stitching,
Michele