Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Card update

06/06/2017

I decided I need to post more often, so here are some cards I made out of stitched projects.
On June 1, I realized that my neighbor and good friend's birthday was in two days and I had not made her a card.  Shameful.  Thankfully, this blackwork pattern stitches very quickly and I had an aperture card that was the perfect size.  I stitched it in three shades of green as that is her favorite color.













This is the same pattern, but in jewel tones. I had stitched it previously, but needed to make the card as the recipient's birthday is June 12.  It's hard to tell in the picture, but the middle square is dark purple.



And another previously stitched project I turned into a card. This one is for someone who's favorite color is light blue and birthday is June 17th.  This pattern is the June birthstone pattern from Shannon Christine Designs.





Here are two more colors schemes using the same pattern; purple and turquoise and the original pearl. Sometimes I like to personalize the colors of the designs to match favorite colors, while using the correct month's pattern.






Happy Summer!

Michele

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

May update

05/31/2017

Well, as I hoped I did finish a few more projects this month, bringing my total for the year to 134 finishes out of 151 starts.
 

 

 

 

 













Let's see what next month brings.

Michele

Friday, May 26, 2017

May Smalls SAL

05/26/2017

Happy day after Graduation!

Yes,  my baby graduated high school yesterday!  He, along with one of his classmates, gave the welcome speech at graduation and he was also one of eight valedictorians for his class, along with several other awards.

 

Below is a picture of my dad with my two sons and another of the proud graduate.  He will attend the University of Colorado at Boulder, CO in the fall, where he plans to study aerospace engineering.  His older brother Joe, just finished his second year at CU, where he studies civil engineering.
 

Ok, enough "proud mama" moments and on to stitching fun!


First, thanks to Heather at Stitching Lotus for sponsoring the SAL.  I don't always remember to give her credit and want to take care of that first.  It's  a lot of work to do this every month and I really appreciate it!

Here are the last of the thank you cards for teachers.  I made 10 cards for teachers and 19 graduation cards.



I finished the below birthstone patterns by Shannon Christine.  I started these in a previous  month and wanted to get the stitching finished.  They are,  August Peridot, October Opal, Spooky Elegance ( for another October birthday) and December Zircon.  I still have to make the cards but at least the stitching is done.

 

 




A couple of Mill Hill finishes, also started in a prior month.
 

Snapland Winter Chalet by Bent Creek and Cardinal Tree from JBW Christmas Tree Collection II.  I'm going to add a few beads for decorations to the tree.

 

Mother's Day presents for mother-in-law and sister-in-law.  Blackwork designs from a sampler selection I found online.

 

Decided a couple of weeks ago to stitch the school logo, get it framed and give it to the school.  Spent a marathon weekend stitching in order to allow the framers adequate time to get it framed.  I imported the school logo into PC Stitch 11 to create the pattern.  This really isn't a small, but I had to post it anyway.












And finally a bunch of Hooties from various patterns by Pinoy Stitch.  I love the owls and plan on turning them into seasonal decorations.

 

 

 

 

 


I'm still participating in Deb's Ultimate Crazy Jan/ Feb Facebook Challenge and as of today, have started 146 projects and finished 122 of them.   Of course, since today is on the 26th I still have 5 days left in the month to stitch, so we'll see what I can finish over the next 5 days.

Happy Memorial Day weekend,
Michele

Monday, May 1, 2017

May Day

05/01/2017

Happy May Day!  The sun is shining and it's a beautiful day in Colorado.  A big difference from Saturday, when it snowed all day.  Official accumulation at DIA (Denver International Airport) was 2.4 inches, although I'd say we had closer to six at our house.

I did finish one more project over the weekend, another June Birthstone pattern, this time in shades of blue.
I still need to turn it into a card, but at least the stitching is done.  This one was a little more challenging as I usually use Mill Hill Petite glass beads; however, they do not have the shade of blue I was looking for.  I took a chance and ordered some Delica beads from www.fusionbeads. I also buy my bicone beads center stones through this website. They seem to have good prices, you can buy individual stones or crystals and they ship fast!

I also did some major card assembly over the weekend, finishing all the graduation cards and the last of the thank yous.
 

19 graduation cards and 6 more thank you's, for a total of 13 thank you's.

Class of 2017 is done except for the ceremony and party!  Oh yeah, and the housecleaning prior to the party :(

I've continued my my crazy Facebook challenge.  I was only going to do a start a day for January and February, but here it is May 1 and I'm still going strong.  As of April 30, I've started new projects or made progress on 120 items, with 99 finishes.  And I haven't even thought about Christmas cards yet.  I think I made over 70 Christmas cards last year, although I don't think I'll do that many this year.

Enjoy your Monday,
Michele

Friday, April 28, 2017

April Smalls SAL

04/28/2017

What's the saying, April showers bring May flowers. Well, Denver has rain and snow forecast for tonight, with 3-7 inches possible.  We need the moisture, but I really would prefer rain over snow!

On to stitching fun.  April isn't quite over yet and I hope to have a couple more finishes yet this month, but I'll post what I have for now.

More graduation cards.  My total is now up to 19. I hope, hope, hope, I am done with graduation cards for the year.
 













This card is the one I made for my son.  It's a Sue Hillis  pattern. I saw a picture of it on Pinterest, but could not find the pattern so I recreated the pattern using PC Stitch software and tweaking the colors to fit the school colors.  I don't think I violated any copyright laws in doing this as I am not selling the pattern or the finished product and I would have purchased the pattern if I could have found it anywhere.

And another thank you card; however this one will be for the principal and I will add two charms, one for each year my boys graduated high school.  This pattern is a re-creation of the school logo, again using PC Stitch software.  I'm thinking about making a larger version of this and getting it framed and then giving it to the school next fall (or whenever I get it stitched) but haven't made up my mind yet.  What do you think?  Would a school appreciate it?

A couple more Mill Hill kits.  My grandma always used to sing the song "Grey squirrel, grey  squirrel, swish your bushy tail" when I was young, so when I saw this kit, I had to make it in honor of her.  It's a little on the brown side, but it's the memory behind it that makes it meaningful.
 

Two baby cards for a co-workers. I had stitched the shoe and bottle/ rattle section last month, but added the words and assembled the cards this month
Birthday and Easter card for my dad
 

Same card with some color variations.  I needed some quick, neutral cards for birthday's, etc.

 

 

Wall handing for a co-worker and very good friend that got a new job.  She loves frogs and the color purple, so this was perfect for her.
 I thin designed this card for her.  The one of the left was the first version, but I didn't like the spacing of the words, so I redid it.
 

And lastly, a sympathy card for my cousin who's husband passed away. Sadly, I seem to make a lot of sympathy cards.

I stitched a lot again this month, but I had more free time than anticipated because my youngest son pulled a hamstring and as a result is not playing sports.  We finally took him to the doctor because he was not healing and he is now undergoing acupuncture, chiropractic treatment and several exercises he does at home.  After one week of treatment he has improved quite a bit and we are hoping he will be able to play in his last game of the season on May 5th. It's also Senior Night so we'd like to see him on the field for at least one play.  Keep your fingers crossed for us.

This weekend will be busy as I hope to assemble all the graduation cards I have stitched.  Ok, maybe only some of them since there are 19!

Happy Stitching,
Michele