Wednesday, May 31, 2017

May update


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.


Friday, May 26, 2017

May Smalls SAL


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,

Monday, May 1, 2017

May Day


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,