A Stitcher's Stitchings

Oh, for the love of cross stitching….and a few ramblings

Hump day update August 29, 2012

Filed under: Updates,WIP — K. Marie @ 10:32 PM
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Okay, I’m a bit short on time because I have to get bug to bed, but I had to get my update in.

Here is the up close picture. You can see part of the shell that is coming together. I’m almost done with it….


Looking at my last update I’m really happy with how much I got done. I was hoping to have the whole left side done before I updated, but that didn’t happen. It’s making everything come together too.

Here’s the whole shot:


I think I’m going to wait on the back stitching because the left and right sides go together do the outlining is almost the same. Now to go put the princess to bed. Goodnight WP!!


Finally used my magnetic polish!!

Filed under: Nail art — K. Marie @ 1:27 PM
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I had some spare time today so I thought I’d give my new polish a go. I took off my old polish and put on a base coat yesterday so that cut down on the time I needed.

After reading the directions, I put one coat on and let it dry. And I must say I am extremely happy with the drying time, super fast.


Then I put on a thick coat and held the magnet above it. Here’s my thumb:


And the rest of my nails:


(Who is that puppy sleeping in the back? Lol.)

I love the way these turned out but it looks more black/purple then it does any color of pink. I can honestly say that I will be adding more of these to my collection. They are so easy to do and the effect is awesome.Β  πŸ™‚


Who are you??

Filed under: Ramblings — K. Marie @ 1:20 PM
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Who are you 2***5 and why don’t you want me to have this magazine??


We have both been bidding it up to a ridiculous price but I think $20 is too much for a single magazine. I’ll let you have it because that’s just too much for me. Hmph!!


Happy anniversary to us!! August 25, 2012

Filed under: Ramblings — K. Marie @ 10:55 PM
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It’s been 6 years to the day that hubby and I said our I dos. It hasn’t always been easy but it’s always been worth it. I have been blessed with an amazing husband who is the greatest daddy my bug could ever ask for.

Today was quite a nice day. My fil (father-in-law) came over last night so he was here for our anniversary. Lol. We had a good day.

Hubby didn’t know what to get me but I found something I liked and what does he tell me? That’s too much for what it is. Well hmph!! I end up leaving the store without it and we go to CVS. Guess what I found Ginny!!


Yup. The first one I own. I showed it to hubby and he says sure he’ll buy it, Happy Anniversary. I’m thinking at least I got something I wanted and it was from him.

Well, later in the evening I find a card and the exact thing I wanted (which was too expensive) sitting on my bedside table. Sneaky, sneaky.Β  πŸ™‚Β 

Here’s what it was….


A beautiful glass perfume bottle. But not just any perfume bottle….


It’s one of the old school ones without the pump on it. I’ve never had one of these so I was so happy with it.

And there is something else that makes it even more special


It says “My love. How do I love thee. Let me count the ways.” And it’s see thru so you can see what is painted on the back through the front of it


It’s simply gorgeous. I love love love it!!


Hump day update!! August 22, 2012

Filed under: Updates,WIP — K. Marie @ 9:49 PM
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Well you know what day it is. It’s time for my update!! I haven’t gotten as much done as I wanted to because it’s been a hectic week and I haven’t really gotten to work on my stitching. Still, I got a good bit done and I’m on to the whole stitches on the left side.

Here’s where I am so far


You can almost see the outline for the star shaped shell. The half stitches aren’t coming out as bad as I thought they would either.

This is what the project looks like right now


The left side has a lot of color changes coming up so it’ll probably take a bit for me to do. *sigh* I wanted it done by the 27th cause that’s hubby’s birthday but it’s obvious that isn’t going to happen.Β  😦   I guess I will just get it done as soon as I can.

* Just as a heads up, my next update might not be too much more cause Monday is hubby’s birthday and on the 25th is our 6 year anniversary so it’s going to be a busy weekend.Β  πŸ™‚


Hump day update August 15, 2012

Filed under: Updates,WIP — K. Marie @ 9:54 PM
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I’ve completed the wording!! That took so much longer than I thought it would. But it looks pretty good and I’m happy I got it done.

Here’s a close up of the stitching part I finished


After I finished the wording I stitched the other outline of the top part of the cross so I can fill in the sides.

Here’s the cross so far


Not all of it is shown because it’s on a scroll frame. I prefer it that way though because I can’t see the entire work until it’s fully completed.Β  πŸ™‚

Now most of the top parts are half cross stitches so I hope it’ll get done quickly. I’m just worried too much of the fabric will show though because the pattern calls for 1 stand of thread too. We’ll see!!

*I forgot to mention that I’m saving the top part of the cross with the big word footprints and a big shell for last. That way it’ll tie it all in together.Β  πŸ™‚


Spicing up a mani August 9, 2012

Filed under: Nail art — K. Marie @ 1:52 PM
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Because our nails are already polished I figured why not add some oomph to them? We had a little stamping session today and here’s the results:

Bug got stars and polka dots on her fingers


And I added some actual gold colored stars to her thumbs


Mine was a little simpler, just a nice whole nail design


The two of us used the same purple, China Glaze’s Harmony, for the stamping and it came out really good.


This just goes to show that you don’t have to buy the uber expensive special made polishes for stamping. There are regular polishes that work just as well and may even look prettier cause they have a bit of a shine/sparkle to them.


A day at the nail salon August 8, 2012

Filed under: Nail Art — K. Marie @ 8:32 PM
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I had been telling hubby a lot lately that my nails were in uber bad shape over and over. Well, Monday he got me to get up off my tush and go get a mani. I told him I didn’t want to go alone so guess who came with me?? My bug!! It was a nice little mother daughter hour and a half.

Well, when we got to the nail salon I decided that bug couldn’t just have a mani, I wanted her to get her first real pedi too!! She had her toe nails painted at a different salon but they didn’t even allow her to put her feet in the water. What kind of fun is that?? She was so disappointed so this time I made sure that she was able to put her little feet in the water. Once they confirmed that she’d get everything done that I would I was all for it. I paid for the services first (I can’t stand having to reach into my purse or pocket to pay after I’ve just had my nails done because I’m afraid I might mess them up) and then we went back to the pedi area.

Bug’s chair was right next to mine so I thought that she would be fine….I thought wrong. She didn’t want to put her feet in the water because she kept saying she was scared. I think she was really scared to have someone else doing her nails because she’s really shy around new people. The ladies were so sweet and patient. They let her sit in my lap while I was getting my pedi and the lady who was doing her’s did her mani while she was sitting with me so that she would be comfortable with her.

After a while of talking her into it, we were able to convince her that she’d be okay in her own chair like a big girl and that I wasn’t going anywhere until she was done with her feet. After she got over her fear she actually loved it and wanted to go back!!

I ended up getting my nails squared so that I could do my own french tips when they grow out a bit. I fully intended to take a before pic of my nails but completely forgot. So, here’s the after pic of my nails….



I got a pink on my fingers and so did bug, but she liked the neon pink more than my muted bubblegum pink. Lol.Β  πŸ˜€




Now for our toes. I went for matchy-matchy but that was too simple for bug. Hehe. She chose the neon pink for her fingers and a sparkly blue for her toes. She always has to have a different color on her fingers and her toes. She’s just so indecisive.Β Can you tell she gets her hands and feet from me??Β  πŸ˜‰




Hump day update

Filed under: Updates,WIP — K. Marie @ 8:18 PM
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So I’ve decided that I’m going to work on the lettering before I move on to the top part. This is my progress of the lettering so far….


I’m really quite surprised at how nice it came out looking. It looks a bit like script. I tried to take a closer shot of the lettering too….


I know it seems like I haven’t really accomplished much based on all my previous weeks’ worth of work but I promise you that I have been working my behind off on it. I’m doing every stitch individually and no long stitches. I’ve convinced myself that it’ll end up looking better when it’s framed compared to if I had done it with the long stitches. This means it’ll probably take me quite a while longer though but that’s okay.Β  πŸ™‚


Take a close look…. August 4, 2012

Filed under: General Cross Stitchings — K. Marie @ 10:17 PM
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Do you see that little dot on the left side of the word during? Yes it is a french knot. What is so important about this french knot? Well, it’s the first one that I was able to make on my first try!! After doing 2 1/2 projects, all having french knots, I was finally able to accomplish it on my first try. I like to believe that this means my skills are improving.Β  πŸ™‚

Here is a close up of my masterpiece….


I know there is really nothing too special about it but I just had to share what I was able to do. Now hopefully I’m not jynxing (I have no idea if that is how you spell it) myself with all this excitement.Β  πŸ˜‰