Thursday, October 11, 2018

September Wrap Up

Happy Fall, although as cold as it's been in Colorado lately it feels like winter.  And yes, snow is forecast for the weekend.  It's ok, temperatures are forecast to be in the 70's by the end of next week!

I had a couple more finishes for September, both of which will be used for Christmas cards.  The train for my dad and the dragon for a friend.
 


Year to date progress
182 finishes out of 191 starts.

26 finishes from 2017 UFOs
29 finishes from 2016 UFOs
1 finish from 2015 UFO.

This month I'm focusing on Christmas cards and presents, although I have snuck in a couple of Halloween quickies that I will put on cards for my sons.

Happy stitching!

Michele

Friday, September 28, 2018

September Smalls SAL

09/28/2018,
Another month has flown by and  I hope everyone is doing well.  I did not stitch as much as I normally do as I was busy with some other projects.  I did, however, manage to finish a few things.  Thanks, as always, to Heather at Stitching Lotus  for sponsoring this SAL.

A couple of Little House Needleworks pieces from their "Farmhouse Christmas" series.  Only two more left in this series.
 

This is "Train Depot" by Mill Hill and is going to be a door hanger for my dad once it is completely finish. He loves trains and I think will really like it.













A card from an old freebie kit that came with a magazine.













The first in a set of three patterns that will be wall hangings for my oldest.












This beauty is by Blackberry Lane. I started it in 2017.













This beast was started in 2016.  It's 4 x 5 and every square is stitched, ugh.  But it's done!













This original design will be on a birthday card for my sister-in-law, who is turning 50 in a few days.  She's also a huge Agatha Christie fan so the quote seemed ideal.













This last piece is an original design.  I don't think I've mentioned, but I'm making a book for The Sketchbook Project from the Brooklyn Art Library.  Every year they have this project. You buy a  5 x 7 sketchbook and fill it with projects, sketches, whatever artsy thing you want to do. A friend of mine that is an artist did it last year and one of the themes this year is "stitch & story".  How could I NOT participate.  So the "story" is my life.  I know, ego-centric much?  But the idea has evolved and I'm behind on my stitching for this project.  There's no harm if I don't get it done in time, other than it will not be displayed at the Brookly Art Library.  Anyway, I have most of my projects picked, I just need to stitch.  The book cannot be thicker than one inch and you can add pages if you want to.  The below is my husband and my wedding date, stitched in our colors.













That's it for now.  I'll have another update in a few days with my year to date progress, etc.

Happy Fall,
Michele

Sunday, September 2, 2018

August Smalls SAL

09/02/2018

Hard to believe it is September 2 already.  Christmas is right around the corner, do you have your holiday stitching done?

Thanks to Heather at Stitching Lotus for sponsoring this SAL.  This SAL guarantees I post at least once a month!

Several finishes again for me this month, many of which are intended for Christmas cards.
 

 

 




 


 













This book mark will be a birthday card for a friend that reads books, vs. an e-reader and loves bats.  It's perfect for her.

And this original design is for a birthday card for someone turning 50 this year.  I love the quote

And this beauty is another UFO from 2016

Here's my year to date recap
     171 finishes out of 182 starts
     1 finish from 2015 UFO
     28 finishes from 2016 UFOs
     26 finishes from 2017 UFOs

And I already have 2 finishes for September, but that is a post for later this month!

Happy Stitching,
Michele



Thursday, August 23, 2018

That's a finish!

08/23/2018

One of my goals for this year, was to finish-finish more projects.  And I'm happy to say here are four such finishes.

 Three Sue Hillis designs from Creature Feature. These went to my oldest son  as he wants to decorate the  house he is renting.  When I asked him to make sure they do not get thrown away, his response was that they would still be hung up when his lease is up next summer...BOYS!

 


And a finish-finish on a Lizzie Kate pattern.  I'm not sure where I will hang this one.  Maybe I'll give it to Joe for Christmas.

I'm starting to get the hang of this finishing technique, so don't be surprised if you see more.

Toodles,
Michele



Wednesday, August 1, 2018

July Wrap Up

08/01/2017

July was the month of finishes and I'm happy to say I added one more to the count.

Drum roll please...my year to date progress.
  • 156 finishes out of 166 starts
  • 1 finish from 2015!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 27 finishes from 2016
  • 24 finishes from 2017
  • 104 finishes from 2018


I'm planning on digging out more UFOS from 2017 this month, but should have a few new-new starts as well.

Happy stitching!

Michele


Sunday, July 29, 2018

Cards galore

Along with the cards I showed in my last post, I also made the ones below.  I need to get started on making Christmas cards, bat that will be another day.
 





Ok, I guess cards galore is a little misleading,  it seemed like more when I was making them.

Happy stitching!

July Smalls SAL

07/29/2018

It took a day longer than I meant to, but here's my Smalls SAL update.  Thanks to Heather at Stitching Lotus for sponsoring this.  And I am very glad that all is well with Heather.

I focused on finishing projects this month, but did manage a few starts as well. 

Below is a card I made for someone I used to work with that was in a serious car accident.  I adapted another blackwork pattern I have and experimented with distress ink pads to create the paper.

And here's a card I made for someone else I used to work with that had a baby. The pacifier was made earlier in the year, but I added the birth details and assembled the card.

And here's the last item I started and finished this month.  It will go on a Christmas card.
And in no particular order, below are the rest of my finishes for the month.


 

 

 

 



I was really happy to finish so many items this month and I plan on continuing this trend next month, although I need to get started on more Christmas items.

Happy stitching,
Michele