Sunday, November 30, 2014

November Blog Update

Well....once again, I'm late.  Very late this time. 

But between moving and family obligations I think I get a pass ;)

Yes, moving! We're all packed up, things are on their way to Colorado, actually it's already there and in storage, apartment is cleaned and all keys are turned back into the complex, and we are in Kingwood till Dec 6th spending time with the family.

Thanksgiving was fun. Charlie, Sarah's father, was in town since he had a job interview on Wed. So it was Joseph, Jason, Sarah, Emma (who has gotten sooo  big! Hard to believe she's 5 months old already!!), Lindsey, Dad, Mom, Thomas, Charlie, and my self.  It was fun and chaotic, as always.

The next day was take down Christmas stuff and start decorating the house. Always a day of stress.  Mom and I did the banister, which as always was a fight to try and remember how we did it the year before, Dad and Joe put up the tree and lights. Then in the evening we decorated it with the ornaments while watching Maleficent. THAT was a fight, which it is every year so I shouldn't really be surprised. 

Got most of my ornament for the pirate exchange done, but it won't be finished by the deadline (today) so I just won't take a picture of it.  I'll have it finished before I have to send it out though. I'm sure no one is going to complain that I don't have it done 'on time'.

I got 2 other ornaments that were rush jobs done. So I have now....3 soon to be 4 TW 'finishes' since I did different Byzantine Ornaments. ^_^ At least I finished something TW for the year. Haven't touched R&J in a while since I've had the Ornaments to work on, hopefully I can work on it a bit more after we're moved and settled into Colorado.

SFS:

I spent about $25 this month on items for the Ornaments. I don't have my receipts any more (they're in a box somewhere) so I don't have the EXACT total but I know it was about that much for fabric glue, felt (red, green, purple, and blue), rope trim, and shiny metal floss. Also picked up 2 more skeins of 422 since I ran out during the 4th ornament. I should have waited an extra day because JoAnn's has DMC floss 3/$.99 now but I really needed it and didn't want to wait the extra day  because I knew I wouldn't get have time to run to the store.  I was good and only picked up the 2 skeins I needed so that's good.

IHSW:

I missed this since I was in Palestine for the early 'Thanksgiving' dinner with Joe & family. Joe originally wasn't going to be able to make it down for Thanksgiving so we wanted to celebrate it early with him.  He since then was able to make it down since Krogers close at 4 and not 6 like the year before.  That was a nice surprise for Mom. ^_^ I was sad that I didn't get to see my wonderful gals though.

WIPocalypse:

Question: "What are your favorite and least favorite materials to use in your stitching?"


Well, I don't know.  I LOVE beads, they just add such a nice 'blinggy' touch to things. I love metallic thread for the same reason (shiny is ALWAYS fun!) but it's such a pain to work with, and since I don't use metallic thread all that often, it's an pain that I always forget about till I'm using it again. I haven't tried memory thread or silks yet, although I would like to at some point.

I'm LOVING evenweave! Before my TW ornaments and R&J I had only worked with Aida. Even Jim Shore's 'Welcome' was on colored Aida. R&J is on linen which I'm finding a little frustrating to work with because I have to be sooo very careful with it and the tension of my thread, something I didn't have to worry about with Aida or even all that much with evenweave.

I know Mel said that different types of linens are sometimes easier to work with, and I don't remember what kind I got for R&J so I'll have to experiment with different types and see if I can find a linen that I like.  It took me a while to get used to doing 2 over 2 on my linen and evenweave but now that I've gotten used to counting it, I find it very easy to work on.  Probably going to have a hard time going back to Aida now ;) but that's okay. 

Don't have any pictures of Kenny's finished ornament since I forgot to take pictures, but I have pictures of the finished stitching.

Thomas and I babysat miss Emma on Tuesday while Mom & Dad went to a financial meeting. It was a lot of fun. :) Uncle Thomas introduced her to Pokemon and she loved it. Probably because of all the colors and movement. Emma LOVES her Uncle Thomas and always gives him big smiles. ^_^ Me, she's okay with.

Pictures!!

Kenny's finished ornament - stitched. I will have to take a picture of the ornament I finished for the street exchange.


Our 'snow day' we probably ended up with an inch of snow or so when all was done.  It was fun ^_^ Roxy love it!



 Uncle Thomas and Emma playing Pokemon.  She kept trying to touch the top screen. Also, you can see the pasta maker that Kenny bought for me for Christmas. It's been interesting working with it down in Houston. We've had a few issues but nothing we couldn't overcome w/ some work.
Part of the banister decorated for Christmas. ^_^






Overall, it's been a VERY busy month. Next month is going to be busy too with finding a house and moving/unpacking & getting my own Christmas decorations up and ready for company. It's going to be crazy but fun I'm sure. We'll see how much stitching I get done.

Till next time, happy stitching everyone!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Ornament making - Project #1 complete!




Okay so first of, I don't sew....like....at all. At least not very well So for me to make an ornament at all is kinda a big thing.  But I wanted to try something new and well....with the Stitching Pirate's Ornament Exchange, it's the perfect opportunity to try it out.

However, this ornament is NOT for that exchange! Well.....not any more. ;)  I was going to keep it for that but Thomas and I are going to a wedding this weekend and I had already talked to Jennifer (Thomas' cousin) and she said she would love an ornament when I asked.  I plan on making a few of these to give out as quick Christmas gifts, but didn't want to give them out to someone (non-immediate family member) who might now like/appreciate them so I asked first.

She was ecstatic that I would make something for her so I attempted to finish it before we left.  If we had gotten on an earlier flight I would have just finished it on the plane or while we were waiting for a connecting flight, but there wasn't so I was able to finish it at home.

Took me....oh.... days or so to actually finish up since I wasn't working on it all the time.

Day 1: Finished cross-stitch and start of dark green diamond eyelet stitch


























Day 2: Finish dark green diamond eyelet stitch















Day 3: Finished plaited stitch inside, finished light gold diagonal satin stitch, finished dark gold diagonal satin stitch























Day 4: Finished light green diamond satin stitch, start of light gold satin stitch

















Day 5: Finished light gold satin stitch, finished beads, and back-stitching, cut pattern from large fabric. Used blue wash away pen to mark even distance around pattern and trimmed fabric, set pattern on felt to see how it looks the sew pattern and felt together (after trimming felt).













Day 6: sew gold rope embellishment/hanger








 


Till next time, happy stitching! :)