Friday, March 28, 2014

WIPcolypse, IHSW & SFS!

So.....I've been pretty bad about doing my posts when I was supposed to this month so you get one huge update!  Sorry folks. I'll do my end of the month update at the beginning of next month (like I normally do) so this post won't be as bad as it could have been. ;)

First up WIPocolypse:

The topic for this month was: Show us your favorite place to stitch.  Well, that depends on where I am.  If I'm at my parent's it's upstairs in my room, although I don't typically get to stitch there as my Mom wants my to be 'social' so I set up either in the family room couch (and take over the entire coffee table and half the couch) or the kitchen table. But I don't have pictures of those places.

When I'm at home it's in the living room stretched out on my couch.  I have my coffee table full of stitching stuff and my puppy (4 year old Blue healer mix Roxy) is usually curled up at my feet on the couch as well.  I say usually because there are times when she will decide that I need to pay attention to her and get up to move ever so slowly into my lap and demand attention by getting up into my face - which my IHSW girls have seen a few times.

I can also have the TV going with either random TV shows or a movie since I like to stitch and have something going on in the background to watch.  I've never been able to focus without background noise of some sort much to my Mom and Dad's confusion.

So that's my current set up.  I took the lamp-shade off the lamp behind 'my spot' of the couch so I could have better light.

One of these day's I'd like to have a set up like Carla's NCC (Nerd Central Command) but right now it's kinda difficult.

I have several different ideas on how I would want my 'ultimate craft room' set up - but then again I also want a library so...I may have to compromise on something. Or just combine the two ;)


Next up: IHSW Update!

Well it was a lot of fun and I managed to get a 'small' project done.  I say small because it ended up taking longer that I had hoped. I also worked on Emma's announcement.

So this 'small' project was a baby bib for Emma.  I was hoping to have had it finished the weekend before (15th) as that was the date of the baby shower, but alas it was not to be.  So instead of giving it to her at the shower (I had finished one bib several months prior) I decided to wait and I will give it to her when Emma is born.

So the sun bib was the one that I finished during IHSW.  The butterfly one I had finished oh....last year.  I had bought them thinking I would give them to friends for when they had kids or keep them for myself.  But......yeah.  So to Emma they go! ^_^ It's good because butterflies are Sarah's favorite and the sun is just too cute!

Hand washed them without any issues so they are ready to be wrapped and taken to my Mom's so I don't forget them.  The main reason I even worked on these was because Stitching Pirates on DA is having a contest (theme: celebration) and I decided to enter them.  These bibs have renewed my 'love/hate' relationship with stamped cross-stitch. The fabric was a pain too because I didn't have 'holes' in it to make my stitches and the quilted fabric meant that some of the stamp was stretched so the stitches aren't the same size.  But, I don't think the baby is going to care. :)  Also, I cheated on the french knots eyes on the sun and butterfly. I hate french knots as I can never get them to come out correctly.  These used 6 strands of floss so I just made a knot, cut off the tail and threaded it through the fabric the other way. Cheating - yes, but 100xs easier and I couldn't just use beads like I normally do


And last, but not least, SFS!

My total - $0!  The bibs I had bought a year or so ago and they just sat in my stash drawer.  Mostly because I had run out of green thread for the butterfly and I hadn't gotten around to e-mailing Dimensions for more.  Found out that the colors for the green (and purple since I ran out of that too during the sun bib) are the same colors as I use in my announcement kit.  So I just....'borrowed' some thread from that. ;)

I still worked on my announcement some, just not exclusively.  So my goal of having the border done was not accomplished.  That's okay though, I have no more projects to interrupt my stitching of the announcement.  I do have to start getting things ready to move though. Which means going through all everything Thomas and I have gotten and either pitching it, donating it, keeping/storing it, or giving it to the parental units to store.  Some of the furniture came from my parents (computer desks, coffee table, etc) that we probably won't be taking with us when we move so back to my parent's garage it goes, much to my Dad's chagrin as he was looking forward to getting stuff OUT of the garage and that plan just keeps backfiring on him.

The rest of the big furniture will probably go in storage since we are going to be going from a 3 bedroom house to a (hopefully) 2 bedroom apartment for 6 months....and then who knows.

Oh well, it's an incentive to get rid of some stuff that we need to so I guess I shouldn't complain too much.

Progress shot (as of the 26th) of how much I worked on it this month.  Not a lot but at least 7 out of 10 rows so that's good. ^_^  I tried to do a few stitches on it while I worked on the bib so I wouldn't have to count it towards my monthly budget.

I should have the orange section finished by the end of the month so this month won't have been a complete bust. haha

 Till next time!  Happy stitching everyone! 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Feb update

So I know I've posted a lot these past couple of days with IHSW, SFS, & WIPocalypse updates but I promised myself I would do a end of the month update for each project. If only so I could see my progress from month to month. :)

Well.....I think I'm going to have this finished by the end of the month.  At least the stitching part.  Then it's just waiting till Emma's birth to do the rest.

So I did about 5,749 stitches this month and I had about 5 days that I back-stitched and only 2 of those days were just back-stitching and no added stitches for my stitch count.

Out of the 28 days in February I only missed 2 days of stitching which is much better than the 4 I missed last month.  So between the two months I've done about 7,857 stitches which averages out to be about 196 stitches/day.

So onto the pictures! ^_^


 Page 1 of the pattern completely finished (including back-stitch or railing & hill) along with part of page 2. 

Close up # 1 of hill & railing back-stitch

Close up #2 of hill and railing back-stitch under the 2nd cart. 

As you can see, I still have the 2nd hill, last cart, railing, border, 2nd flower/grass & sun to finish along with the back-stitching for all of that but since I've gotten about 1 cart finished/month I think it's a do-able goal.

I did notice (when I looked back over my pattern) that the smaller 'roof' of the 2nd cart (where the heart is) was supposed to be the same light orange of the body of the cart. That's what I get for just going on autopilot of the roofs being purple. >.<  I was half tempted to un-stitch all of that and fix it since the red back-stitching of the heart would stand out more, but two things stopped me. 1) I didn't really want to deal with that since I would also have to fix the back-stitching and 2) Sarah's favorite color is purple so I don't think she'll mind.

That and in all honesty she's never going to know the difference. 

My parents are going to be coming for a visit this next weekend (8th) and my husband's birthday is on the 7th so March is already going to be off to a fun start. ^_^ My Mom has seen some of my updates since I've sent her pictures but she's looking forward to seeing it in person.

My goal is to have the top and bottom border finished by this weekend and the right side started.  I think once the border is finished I'll focus on the cart/hill.

Now, the original pattern called for the text to be done in a dark green (the same as the grass) which makes sense since it's on the 'ground' but, as I've said Sarah's favorite color is purple.  There are 3 different shades of purple and I'm pretty sure I'm going to have enough of the darkest and middle shade if I want to use it.  But I don't know.  Should I keep it the green that the pattern calls for?  Or would it be okay to change it to a purple?

Maybe I should wait until I get to that point and try both colors and see which one I like more.

Until next time everyone!  Happy stitching! ^_^