Sunday, February 19, 2017

Year of Starts week 7 with a finish!!!!

It's Sunday and I am posting!!!!   Thank you for all your well wishes with me passing my test.  I am so thrilled!  Tomorrow is my 44th birthday.  My family is taking me to Olive Garden for dinner which I am excited about!  The flu is running rampant in my school and I have been sending students to the nurse right and left.  I have such a week immune system this year that I stayed home on Friday.  I slept all afternoon.

It seems the consensus is that borders count as starts....so I will stitch them as they come along.  I have a finish to show!!!!   I finished the January portion of the Cloudsfactory Fabulous Women SAL. I need to add some beads to the chandelier. I gave Mrs. Roosevelt's chair an extra leg.  The pattern didn't call for it but it looked  strange with only 1 leg.  Now I need to start February's (that will be this next week!!!)


I was smart this week....before I put a project up this week, I took a picture of it!!!!

Here are my starts:

A whole new world part 2

Disney Dreams Cinderella ornament 2 - Lucifer


Mill Hill Village:  Clock Shoppe

Mill Hill Village: Through the Woods
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I restarted my Stitchy Box Quaker Cakes:  The designer created this border after I had started so I just changed the fabric.  I am stitching the outer border in Carrie Creations: Blue Berry Pie.  The individual Cake borders are with a thread that is in the cake.  



Mill Hill Village:  Village Bakery



Brookes Books: February cupcake  (the 2nd one)


That is my starts for this week!   I have some new stash that I want to show you so I will post those later this week.  I really have to stop saying "Me Please" on the stash unload.  I figure I can say it until my husband says "enough cross stitch shopping this month"  We will see when that happens!!!! LOL!!!  

Sunday, February 12, 2017

week 5 and 6 of year of starts!

I will get this weekly update down soon!!!  Let's start off with amazing news!!! I PASSED MY TEST!!!! I scored a 162 and the minimum score was 155!!!  I am so thrilled!! I really didn't want to pay another $120 to take a test because I failed the first one!  I am jumping for joy!!!

Loving my year of starts!!!  I finally told my husband what I was doing and he thought I was freaking insane.  Those were his exact words!  His other sentence was "you will have 365 projects started????  Do you have 365 projects???"  If he only knew!! LOL!!!

Tiger Lily has learned to use the doggie door so she is now going outside with Bert.  I am not happy!!! I actually spend 15 minutes chasing her down in the yard!!!

Year of starts:  I only work 30 minutes on a project a day then move to something else.  My goal is actually finish Faery Tales... I have  pages left to go!

Opinions needed: Several of my Year of Starts projects have borders.  Do you consider me stitching the borders ahead of time as starting the project or is it ok to stitch the borders???

Bert had to help me sort floss for my Disney Dreams Chart

Heinzeit:  Merry Christmas

Mill Hill Penguin


Mill Hill Village:  Post office

February Window.  I spent some time on the border for January  This is one of those borders...the whole project has the fancy border around it and each month has the little border. 


Disney Dreams: Pinocchio started this one on Feb. 5th.

Petal Pushers: Teacups  Etsy Chart

Lavender and Lace: Firefly Faires

Brooke Books Brides Tree #2 Love

Petal Pushers:  Haunted Mansion - Etsy Chart

Frosted pumpkin: Happily Ever After SAL- another border!


Bothy Threads: Jane Austen

First Christmas:  see the borders!!!  I have the first 2 done

Xmas Starts Here:  I stitched the #4 bird....it was next in the pattern

This is sideways...sorry
Brooke Books Advent Animals # 2   I switched fabrics.  I switched to a 18 count that I hand dyed with Rit dye.  See the borders??? All 25 animals have a border!!!! UGH!!

That is it!!!  Another 14 projects for my year of starts!!!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Year of starts week 3 and 4

I really meant to show off last weeks pictures on Wednesday however I was too sad.  I was so anxious during my big test that I did not pass it.  I am so upset!!!  I did learn to bring lots of quarters to the testing center.  They change $1.65 to park for one hour!!!!!  A quarter gets you like 9 minutes, a dime 5 and a nickel 1..seriously!!!  I think I missed it by 2 points. My professor told me not to stress because I may or may not have passed.  They usually toss a couple questions so who knows!!!  I will know in two weeks.

This is picture heavy so get ready:

Update on Faery Tales:  I have about 2400 stitches in this month.  You are looking at Snow white, a dwarf, Rapunzels tower and her hair. 


I worked quite a bit on Grace during her week rotation.  I almost have the entire left side finished.

Year of starts:

Mill Hill Winter woods


Mill Hill sled...hoping to have it finished by the 1st.

Mill Hill Needlework shop

Quaker Cakes January - I started it with the fabric the wrong way...I have to redo the math to make sure all 12 cakes will fit.  If not...then I have to restart it!   18 count mint green aida I dyed myself.  

Brookes Books January Cakes - These are FREE on her craftsy site!!!

Part one of a New World

Frosted Pumpkin 2017 Happily Ever After SAL = January is complete.  Owl and the pussy cat

Mill Hill Winter Wonderland

Paula Vaughn Quilt for all seasons - January.  Yes, I am starting all 12!!!!

Sorry...this is sideways - Mill Hill Palace hotel

Cloud Factory 2017 Fabulous Women SAL - Working on January.  Eleanor Roosevelt and Coco Chanel.

Mill Hill Firehouse

Mill Hill - Family Tree
Mill HIll - Caroling

WHEW!!  That is alot of patterns and starts.  Do you want to know what it sad??? This is not all my Mill Hill Christmas designs.  There are more!!1 However....I think next week you will only see one more...  I do plan on staring a Mirabilia or Lavender and Lace ladies each month!!!  I was hoping my fabric for Lady of the Flag would come in so I could start her...but I think I will have to start a different one!!!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Week Two of 365 starts

I know I am a week late but I caught I cold and it turned into something bad!!!!  I spent all last weekend in a medicine head fog and Thursday of this week I gave up!!!!  I came home, took NyQuil and knocked myself out for awhile.  So I am going to do a post today and then one Wednesday night.  Why Wednesday???  I take a big test on Wednesday to add an endorsement to my teaching license.  I will be studying until then!!!   Please send good thoughts my way on Wednesday, the 25th around 9:00 am CST!!!  I have bad test anxiety!!!!

I will do my starts.  I have been getting up at 6:15ish in the morning and stitching from 6:30 to 7:00 am.  I sleep in on the weekends and just set a timer when I sit down to stitch.

Here are my starts for the week of January 9th through the 15th:

Fun in the Sun by Disney Catalog bought off EBAY

Mill HIll Barber Shop:

 Since it was White...you couldn't really see the barber shoppe stitching so here it is...

Winter At the Darcy's = Cross stitcher magazine.  I don't remember which issue..  I will find out if you would like me too.

Mill Hill Gingerbread House


RedBirds from the JCS Nov/Dec 2011 issue...I was working on the magnolia flower so you can't see it but it is there!!!

Start and finish!!!!  1st of 4 Disney Cinderella Ornament bought off Amazon.

Windows SAL = January Window - Started the border.

Worked a little on my Teddy Bear Tree!!!

This week was the Christmas SAL - So I worked on my And to All a Good night!
There you are!!  Last weeks SAL and Week of new starts!!!

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Week one of Year of starts with finishes!!!!

HI everyone!  I hope you have had a great stitchy week.  Mine was busy!!  I can tell you this year of starts is going to be interesting. I was able to start 8 new projects!!!!  There was a reason I started so many.  I didn't realize how many new 2017 SAL's I joined in my Facebook Groups.  I only spend 30 minutes on a new start.  I have figured out a rotation system...it might not make sense to you but I think it will work for me.

As I said I only spend 30 minutes a day on my new starts, then I put them away.  I then pull out a WIP to work on for the week.  Here is how my rotation is going to be for the month:
Week 1:  Halloween Project -this goes with the Trick or Treat SAL for Stitch Maynia
Week 2:  Christmas/Winter project - goes along with a SAL Stitch Maynia and another group
Week 3-  One of my Miras, L & L -  Just a pretty lady
Week 4 -  Designer Sals - Cloud Factory and Frosted Pumpkin
Weekend Stitching: I will work on 2 full coverage pieces for 2 to 3 hours

I am picking a project that I want to finish by the end of year.  I hope to have several finishes this year.   Which, I already have 3!!!  I finished the head, dress and her shoes.


Faery Tales Update:  I try and work on this at least 3 times a week....here is this weeks progress.  This is also my HAED Challenge 4 piece...I just have to stitch this whole page.


New Starts:

Day 2 Start:  Brook Books Bride Ornaments - Home

Day 3 start- Xmas Stats here and I started with day 1

Day 4 start - First Christmas Wall hanging - I started with the upper left corner. The Alphabet Blocks.

Day 6 Start:  Brooke Brooks Advent Animal Calendar = Katie Kitty  Free download

I wasn't sure if I showed this one or not...Sue Hillis 12 Days of Stitchers Christmas.  I was in a daily SAL on Stitch Maynia...I didn't get all 12 days in there!

Day 8 - Mill Hill Country Church    If you look under the words country church you can barely make out a ecru blob. I started on the church

Day 7 Mill Hill Book Seller 

Day 5: Disney Dreams Snow White.  I am staring one of these on the 5th of every month since Walt Disney's birthday is December 5th.  


Middle Earth Wednesday - I am working on this HUGE chart every Wednesday since that is the middle of the week.   I ran out of DMC 920 so I need to run by Hobby Lobby to pick some up.



Weekend Stitching this week:

Victorian Christmas Eve:

This is the upper left hand corner.  I worked on this Sunday afternoon.  I probably would have gotten more done if Bert hadn't convinced me we needed to take a cat nap! 

A Wintery Heirloom - HAED.  Yes... I am still working on this one even though I cringe when it is time.  I am going to finish this design!!!

 Here is my progress...Mark and I were binge watching Dexter on Netflix so not as many stitches on it. I did put in some!  Every stitch counts!!

That was my first week!!!!!    Until Next week!!!!