Monday, 2 April 2018

At The Met and Letters from Mermaids:K

I am just going to go ahead and pretend it hasn't been three years since I made a blog entry.  I am sad that I let it go for this long without updating things.The truth is that I still get inquries about things I posted a long while ago. It is nice to see that people do still come upon my blog.  So thanks to anyone that is still out there reading.

So what have I been up to for the last three years? Life is a lot of the same goodness. I live in Moncton, New Brunswick on the East Coast of Canada.  My two kids and 2 step kids are growing like crazy. I have two kitties; Bella and Zoey.  I just celebrated five amazing years with John.  Life is beautiful.

I think I am going to share some of my older work and try to work my way up to current day.  I will try to remember as many details as possible.

Let's start with a piece I showed as a WIP (work in progress)....

Mirabilia's At The Met

At the Met, or Maddy as I call her is such a gorgeous and elegant piece.  I stitched her on 32 count murano on Hint of Autumn by Crafty Kitten. I called her Maddy because she had a touch of regality that reminded me of my Great Aunt Maddy. Aunt Maddy was always the aunt that bought us our fancy dresses for school concerts and such. To this day a fancy little dress is an "Aunt Maddy" dress.

I did make a few minor changes to this pattern.  I mostly added more beads.  Again, having access to Bead FX once or twice a year in Toronto has really changed my stitching game. Every project is an opportunity to add embellishments. I know I added a few to her head dress and extra crystals to the beads draped over her arms but the main change was that I did not stitch the tassels.  I used an interesting flat glass bead. Oddly, when I saw this bead I knew it was perfect for this project.

This design is just dripping in oppulence and I do really love her.  She is the first piece I have ever had someone offer to buy from me... for A LOT of money, but I honestly couldn't part with her and I know I wouldn't be able to restitch her. For me each piece is such a snap shot in time and trying to recreate just wouldn't work for me.  

Letters From Mermaids: K

Letters from Mermaids is a series designed by Nora Corbett of Mirabilia fame. I decided to stitch this design for my daughter Kailee.  The Mermaid series was released after the Letters from Nora fairy series (of which I stitched the C for Chelsea). When I stitch a piece for my daughters I allow them to choose the fabric. Wow - Kailee certainly chose a perfect piece! 

This is Glacial Ice on 32 count opal linen, guessed it... Crafty Kitten.  This design fits nicely on a fat eighth or a 13x18" piece.  As per usual I changed a few things.  I added the sea horse and the pink Swavorski in the shell.  I changed the hair colour to match closer to my daughter's hair. I also chose to stitch the skin over one. I like this because it gives the piece a lot of demension.

These letter patterns are not only gorgeous - they are fun to stitch.  The make great gifts for anyone. 

Friday, 1 May 2015

May day! May day!

Well it is May 1st, 2015 and I am almost a year behind on blogging. Damn - time flies.  I have gotten myself into a place in my stitching habits where I find myself starting many things and finishing few. Although, I do have projects that I have completed since my last post almost a year ago.

The Frosty Forest is complete. I'm so very proud of this piece.  It was fun getting the patterns and buttons monthly and I never lost interest in it the entire time.  I did change the block in the middle. I took a house from another Country Cottage design and changed the colours to match the other blocks. The other elements in the center block are just snippets from the other patterns.

Frosty Forest by Country Cottage Needleworks on Foggy Morning Opal 32 count linen by Crafty Kitten 

I was also able to buy a frame from the local farmers market for this piece. I really like how it turned out.  I also secured a frame for Needleworker by Little House Needleworks that I stitched awhile back.  Getting a piece framed is so satisfying.

Another piece that I was able to complete was something I stitched on a whim. It was fall and the time was right and it had such adorable kitties on it. Here is "Here Kitty Kitty" by County Cottage Needleworks. I did change some of the kitties to match some of my favorite feline friends. My goal is to make a little pillow out of this I think.  

Here Kitty Kitty by Country Cottage Needleworks on 28 count Light Exemplar Linen. 

The only other full finish I had was called Woodland Sampler by The Frosted Forest.  I have no real reason for stitching this other than it just really appealed to me at the time and it was so cute and whimsical.  I stitched this on 28 count Lemon Sorbet jobelan by Crafty Kitten.  

I also did a RR block for a friend. I chose Cassiopia from Mirabilia. I changed her direction and made her my own a bit, but she turned out very pretty, if I do say so myself. 

Right now I have in the works - Still Persephone by Mirabilia.. I keep stitching and stitching and I don't feel like I'm getting anywhere... 

Lizzie Kate Mystery Sampler: Things Unseen - I have part 1 done: 

At the Met by Mirabilia: my current and active project. I feel like I'm getting close to finish and I don't want to really trump my finish - so here is a close up for you... I'm using Hint of Autumn by Crafty Kitten for this one.  

Finally I am working on a huge project for me. It is a pattern by Colour Cascade Fabrics. I won it on Facebook. I decided I wasn't going to take the prize unless I was going to stitch it.  This is called: The Lovely Lady - the pattern is 55 pages long.  I'm doing it 2 threads over 1 on 25 count.  I think I will be working on this one for years! 

See... a lot on the go. I'm trying for finishes at this point.  Once again, a loose promise to blog more often.  Feel free to share links to the blog and if using them please give me credit for the photos.  I haven't watermarked them because I am hoping I don't really have to.  Thank you for reading. 

I hope you get lots of stitching time.  

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Trip to Toronto and narrowing down the WIPS

My work has an annual training conference in Toronto towards the end of May. Lucky for me, my best friend lives in Toronto - well I'd be luckier if she lived in Moncton here with me... But I always try to take advantage and stay in the city a little longer and spend the weekend with Sharon.  We get up to lots of trouble - mostly this involves beads, bling, chocolate and well...some real crazies on the public transit system.

While I was in Toronto our must stop was to BeadFX.  We probably spent well over and hour there picking out little treasures to add to our stash.  I really enjoy these embellishments and use them to enhance my pieces and make them unique.

Sharon, like myself is a huge Mirabilia, Nora Corbett fan.  She was working on Cassiopeia when I was visiting and I was working on Persephone.  Although, foolishly we didn't get a picture of us together, we did take a picture of our pieces together.  Of course, both of these projects are on Crafty Kitten fabric. Sharon's is on Nov 2013 Ltd. Edition and mine is on Apricot Blush. 

I also brought with me my Frosty Forest piece. I am caught up again and awaiting my next pattern from Colours By Lalena to arrive.  I also have some new Gingher scissors on order from Lalena with some other goodies.... let's just say we keep an open order going, shall we? Three more blocks to go!

Right before I went to Toronto I actually finished Abrabesco by Alessandra Adelaide Needlworks.  This is stitched on 32 count lugana Ice Princess by Under the Sea fabrics.  I used DMC 930, 932 as well as a Caron Waterlilly called Polar Ice.  My favorite thing about stitching this design was becoming more familiar with the designer. Alessandra is an active participant in her Facebook group and she loves seeing her work come to life in all colours and forms. She is a lovely, caring, engaged designer and I'm looking forward do doing more of her work in the future.

So right now I am still working on Persephone and I am working on Rosewood Manor Autumn Sampler as well. I am itching for a new start but I am trying to hold off because the Frosty Forest installment will be here soon and I have letter's J and K from Nora's new mermaid series coming.  I know my daughter Kailee is going to want me to do her letter "K" for her.  

I seriously need to update this blog more. I have so much I want to say and add but it always surprises me how much stitching updates I have to share with everyone.  Again, thanks for stopping in... I hope you enjoy the stitching and I will try to give more frequent updates from now on... xox

Thursday, 24 April 2014

"C" is for Chelsea

It has been a while since I last posted and I have made a bit of progress on various projects.  I actually have a finish to share! (YAY!)

This is Letter's By Nora - Letter C. I did this for my daughter Chelsea.  Chelsea is seven and she chose this fabric - High Noon by Sunny Dyes Fabrics of Youthful Hand Needleworks. I think this turned out really sweet.  It has a lot more back stitching than a typical Nora design, but it really made the design pop.

I used for the most part the called for threads, I did substitute the flower for a variegated DMC that I had. Chelsea chose this as well. 

I love this shot.  I like being able to see the blending of the colours on the fabric mixed with thread and beads.
Another pretty close up shot

I have also continued to do work on Persephone.  I have had a lot of fussy bits to do....her hair, her collar on her dress, the flower on her arm....glad to be done those parts. I think she is turning out really pretty and I am back to enjoying working on her again.

Persephone by Mirabilia on Dusty Apricot by Crafty Kitten Fabrics
Also, I really immersed myself into the AAN piece called Arabesco.  It is my first AAN and my first abstract design really. I am done the center part - which I chose Polar Ice Waterlillies by Caron.  I am doing the middle layer in DMC 930 and the outside layer will be in DMC 932.  This piece is being stitched on Ice Princess by Under the Sea fabrics.

Finally a little Easter treat for myself. I got some pieces framed. Our local framing shop will allow you to bring in store bought frames and put the pieces in for you! I picked up frames for these after Christmas with the intention of doing it myself, but I never got around to it.  So finally I dropped them off and a few days later I'm so glad I did! Here is Charlotte and Queen Mermaid. 

As you can see they sit nicely on the wall with my Red Lady Pirate.  

I am anxiously awaiting a package from Colours By Lalena which has a whole bunch of goodies for me to work on...mainly my Rosewood Manor Autumn Sampler, my next installment of the Frosty Forest and two new Nora Corbett patterns.  

Remember to just keep stitching and thanks for reading! 

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Spring has sprung? Not where I live.

Happy First Day of Spring? Of course 03/20/2014 marks the official start of Spring but here in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada we are getting more weather coming.  It has been a long one.  Feels like forever since we wore short sleeves and sandals.

This picture captures my every feeling of weather related issues right now....

Bad weather often means good stitching though. I have made a lot of progress this month and have a finish to share!

This is Pamela Kellogg's 2003 Mystery Autumn Sampler. I call it the Bella Project. I am going to have it finished as a little wall hanging. Sewing isn't my strong suit, but I know a couple of really talented gals that can help me out!

Used DMC 823 for the border instead of suggested Gold Kreinik.  I love how it turned out!

This looks so much like my Bella! I changed the pattern eye colour from green to yellow to match my cat.

I loved doing these little stitches. They were fun and are absolutely adorable!
I also got the fourth instalment of Frosty Forest! I am loving working on this series so much. I got the pattern Wednesday, stitched the border Thursday and binge stitched Friday and Saturday until I was done the block. It is adorable. I can't wait to get my next pattern from Colours by Lalena

Frosty Forest by Country Cottage Needleworks stitched on 32 count Foggy Morning Opal linen by Crafty Kitten. 
Of course, I have been working on my other pieces as well. I am enjoying having a rotation. I seem to get more done this way! Here is my current progress on Letter C by Nora: 

Letter C by Nora Corbett stitched on High Noon by Sunny Dyes
And my Persephone by Mirabilia:

Persephone by Mirabilia stitched on Dusty Apricot by Crafty Kitten

I started a new one.... Arabesco by Alessandra Adelaide Needleworks (AAN). I'm excited to be working on this one.  I chose to use a combination of Polar Ice Waterlillies by Caron and DMC 930 and 932 on Under the Sea's Ice Princess.  I only have put about an hour into this so far...but I must show and tell!

So I still have lots to work on.  I am looking forward to continuing work on my WIPs and getting my Rosewood Manor Autumn Sampler in the mail soon. I ordered a fantastic piece of fabric for it from Leslie at Under the Sea. I can't wait to show you the floss toss! 

Enjoy your first day of Spring everyone! Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

March Madness!

Well February kinda flew didn't it? Good riddance. Where I live February is a messy cold dreary month - weather wise.

I have had lot of progress on various projects. My current rotation seems to be working well for me:

  • project at work to do at lunch hours - which is currently "Letters By Nora C"
  • project at home during the evenings and weekends - which is currently "Persephone"
  • project I work on as the patterns come in - which is "Frosty Forest" by Country Cottage Needleworks
  • project to work on with my Stitching Sista's - which is "Autumn Sampler" by Pam Kellogg (Bella project)
Here is an update on "Letter C"  or as I call it "Chelsea". Chelsea is my seven year old daughter.  When I suggested I could make this for her she was quite excited about it! She also chose the fabric, which is called High Noon by Sunny Dyes.  Interestingly enough this past week I had been doing some research on my kids and their Love Languages. Chelsea main love language is a split between Quality Time and Gifts.  I never really made the connection before but Chelsea most certainly shows love through giving gifts and getting gifts. That doesn't mean always cash value - Chelsea often will leave a note in my pocket that says she loves me or bring home a pretty rock that made her think of me.  I find this very interesting because she is so engaged in this project. She wants to see it, touch it and she asks how it is progressing.  To her, having me making her a gift really fills up her love bucket.  Fascinating! If you have never done the Love Language test I recommend you give it a try! 

Letters by Nora "C" or Cassandra 
Also, I am very excited and loving my Frosty Forest project. The patterns are being released on a monthly basis.  Although the fourth one was just released I only have the three at this time and I am caught up to date. This is a fun, cute project.  I am really trying to branch out in my stitching this year and I'm very glad I started this one up.  This project is stitched on Foggy Morning by Crafty Kitten in 32 opal linen. I can't wait to get the next pattern that is on it's way from Colours By Lalena! The designs are a blend of DMC and usually one or two colours of specialty threads which create a nice variegated effect and an adorable button by Just Another Button Company. 

Frosty Forest by Country Cottage Needleworks

Finally, an update on Persephone. Wow - this one is something special. I am so proud of my work on this. I finally finished the background on the top.  I still need to work on the hair, but is has so many colour changes I made a bargain with myself that I will add on colour every time I sit down to work on her and allow myself to work on other sections as I go along.  The variegated silks are Caron Waterlilies and by far one of my favorite things to work with. I am very pleased so far with my fabric choice, which is Dusky Apricot 32 murano by Crafty Kitten.

So I thought this would be a good time to review my 2014 Wish list and see how I'm doing for pace....
Green is in progress, Yellow is still intend to do it, Red is off the table for now....

Top 10 Stitchy wish list for 2014....

1. The Frosty Forest 
2. A 5 person Mirabilia Round Robin with Friends
3. Autumn Seasonal Fairy ** COMPLETED
4. Summer Seasonal Fairy
4. One large new Mira not yet started **Persephone
5. One small Nora Corbett not yet started 
6. Finish my existing 3 patterns (Azure, June's Pearl, Charlotte)
7. At least one Littlehouse Needleworks or other pattern
8. Letter's by Nora "C" for Chelsea
9. Letter's by Nora "K" for Kailee (waiting for Mermaid version to be released)
10. Any new start I want when I feel like it! 

To this list I will add - I want to add an Alessandra Adelaide Needleworks (AAN) pattern for this year. I have ordered a pattern called Arabesco.

As for number 10... well I have decided to really branch out when I fell in love with Rosewood Manor's Autumn Quaker. I ordered the pattern and threads from Lalena and I even started a facebook SAL for it.  Feel free to join us on Facebook! I can't wait to work with the valdani's!!!

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Autumn Glow, Frosty Forest and other updates

Nothing is better this time of year, given our terrible cold and snowy weather, than nice long blocks of stitching time.  I just collected my updates for this blog and realized I look pretty productive - stitching wise - but I have terrible weather to thank for that.

Yay! First finish of 2014 is here.  Miss Autumn Glow is done.  She is stitched up on Mystical Garden Opal by Crafty Kitten.   She really stitched up lovely. I decided to do her wings over 1 thread - but I still got great coverage - just a little more opaque.  I also used a glisten gloss with the darkest two yellow colours in her wings - very subtle but added a bit more shine.  Her beads are lovely - although there were about 3 colours of brown/orange that really could have just been one colour because they were so similar.

Added a little face. Love the mill hill treasures but I find the leave a tad big - if I hadn't of bought the bead pack I would have skipped them....

Wings stitched 1 thread over 2 but they still covered really well!

The other side!
Pretty little Autumn Glow Fairy.....
I have started keeping a project at work - which was Autumn Glow - so I'm ready to start another. I was going to do another seasonal fairy right away but my seven year old daughter has been asking for "C" from Letters by Nora.  Chelsea chose some very interesting fabric, but I think it will look really good because the pattern is a solid background. This is my floss toss on Sunny Dyes High Noon.

Finally I wanted to show off my other projects that are in rotation. I am working on Frosty Forest by Country Cottage Needleworks. I have my first block done - Raccoon Cabin. This is being stitched on Foggy Morning Opal 32 linen by Crafty Kitten. I have most of the 2nd block done and the third is en route via Colours by Lalena.

Also I have an update on Persephone. I tend to work on this when I have larger chunks of time - like Hockey games.... She is coming along beautifully, in my opinion! She has a face - courtesy of the Superbowl. I am not really looking forward to all the confetti in her hair but it will be beautiful when I get there!

I had the privilege of going away for a retreat with six friends over the weekend. We started a project for that weekend and subsequent get togethers. I chose the Autumn Mystery Sampler from Pam Kellogg - which looks very much like my cat, Bella. Here is what I got done (Sorry for the blurry photo!)

Getting away with friends is so much fun and such a privilege.  Thanks to my ladies for lot of laughs...LOTS of laughs.  I look forward to getting together with them again soon so we can finish up our projects!