A Stitcher's Stitchings

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

Hump day update and happy halloween!! October 31, 2012

Filed under: Updates,WIP — K. Marie @ 11:31 PM
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Happy Halloween everyone!! I hope everyone had a great day/night. It was quite an eventful one for us. Bug decided that she wanted to be Rapunzel from Tangled this year so after searching our town for a store that had the costume we finally found it at Spirit. It was the last one!! The crown that it came with broke but alas, Bug is ever so resourceful. She went into her room and dug out a crown that she had so she could wear it and be a real princess.¬† ūüôā¬† She got a doll for her birthday from her cousin, Thumper, that she has named Baby Rapunel and she thought that they were twins. She had to have a picture of them two together. This was after her evening out so her hair is in quite an interesting form.¬† ūüėČ

 

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For Halloween, our town has an event¬†in downtown where all the shops set up little booths so that they can pass out candy and the kids can even play games to win the candy. They had a lip syncing contest, which I had never seen before but it was interesting, and a costume¬†contest and a pumpkin carving contest. But had a really good time and she got the hang of telling everyone trick-or-treat and getting candy.¬†She loved that she got to play games for her candy and I’m starting to think that she is going to be a pro at making beanbags and balls into little slots or holes. Lol.

 

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After trick-or-treating¬†all the way down¬†Main St. Bug started saying that her feet hurt so we headed back to the car and went to Whataburger to get something to eat. When we got home Bug told us that they didn’t put any chicken strips in her kids meal. Are you kidding me?! My¬†princess¬†is NOT going to eat just french fries for dinner!! I went straight back down there ready to give them a piece of my mind!! When I got there I saw how¬†swamped they were and felt bad. I settled¬†for a fresh kids meal and an “I’m sorry about that miss.” without any fight. All in all though it was a good night.

And now for the update!! This is what most of you are here for so here goes:

 

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I haven’t looked back at last week’s update to see how far I’ve gotten but I feel like I’ve done a good amount of progress. I’m almost done with the lower half of the pattern and I’m looking forward to getting the top part started. Once I do the rest of the outlining on the dress and the little butterflies on the dress I’ll be done with the bottom. (I should’ve taken pictures of the details to show but I didn’t. *kicking self in the butt*)

The hardest part so far has been the lettering/symbols. I think that it’s because most of it was going through the fabric and I had to recount quite a few times because I had to make sure that it was spaced right. Plus my needle has a little bend in it because I struggled with pushing it through the fabric for the Krenik french knots so that didn’t help. I know most of you are going to say I should switch to another needle, but I’m determined to finish this project with the same needle I started it with. Then when I’m done I’ll have a fresh project and a fresh needle. I’m weird like that. Hehe.¬† ūüėõ

 

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I have ordered 2 little pig cross stitch projects that I expect to receive within the next week or week and a half. I’m going to stitch those for my mom because she loves pigs. We actually had 2 pigs when I was growing up and it all started there. Now whenever we don’t know what to get her we find something with a pig and give it to her. Lol. Hopefully I’ll have time to finish the geisha and the 2 pig kits. *fingers crossed*

Until next time everyone, whip those stitches!!

 

Hump day update!! October 24, 2012

Filed under: Updates,WIP — K. Marie @ 9:45 PM
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I must say that after me and bug both recovering I did quite a bit of stitching. I got pretty far and broke down and ordered the other threads I needed. I started using the pink Krenik so it’s looking quite pretty.¬† ūüôā

Here is where I am with it:

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I love the details that are starting to show. The picture does it no justice so I took some close ups of the details:

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I’m loving the way this is coming out. I’m even getting the hang of the knots on the dress!! But this is the first time I have worked with anything other than the floss and it’s a bit tricky. Anyhoo, wish me luck with the knots!!

 

Hump day update October 18, 2012

Filed under: Updates,WIP — K. Marie @ 12:00 AM
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I realize I didn’t do my update for last week, but things were busy. Bug got sick then I got sick too. She is having to take antibiotics every 6 hours and tomorrow is her last day but it’s been rough on me because I’m sick too so having to wake up and give her her medicine is taking a toll on me. It’s okay though as long as she gets better.

Here you can tell how sick she is because she isn’t the happy smiling baby she usually is:

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This is how she normally looks:

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Shes getting better every day and she is almost back to her old self again.

Anywhoo….what y’all came to see, my update!! You have to use your imagination here because there is 1 picture for 2 week’s worth of updates.

Last week I only had the parts inside the border and this week is everything else.

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I needed some extra threads that I couldn’t find so I had to order them online. Hopefully they will get here soon so I can start putting them in the design. I’ll try to keep up with my updates but it’s been a bit hectic.

On top of everything else I have finals next week so we shall see how things go. Fingers crossed!!

 

Hump day update October 3, 2012

Filed under: Updates,WIP — K. Marie @ 7:29 PM
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I’m back again for another update. Things have settled down a bit so I have had a bit more time for stitching.

Here’s my progress:

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I’ll tell you now that it doesn’t look like I’ve done much in the middle part of the dress but it’s because the colors are light and there is some white in there too. I promise there is!!

See….

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I was looking at the colors I’m using compared to the colors required and noticed there is a bit of color variation. It still looks good but you can (or at least I can) tell that they are different. It’s because I converted the Anchor colors to DMC. I’m hoping that in the end it looks close enough that the colors still work well together. Wish me luck!!

 

Been quite busy lately September 26, 2012

Filed under: Ramblings — K. Marie @ 10:05 PM
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With a whole bunch of different things. First, I got an email from my school telling me I needed to fill out a graduation packet because I’m almost in my last semester. I’ve been doing crazy amounts of school work because I want to keep my GPA up. Whew!! It’s getting tougher but I’m almost done. I’m doing online college so I can stay home with bug but get to walk the stage for graduation. I’m uber excited and hubby is so proud of me.

On top of that, the past week was hectic because….

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It was bug’s birthday party!! Tomorrow, the 27th, is her official birthday but we had her party at the bowling alley last Saturday. She loved it!! We had family and friends come and she really loved when everyone sang happy birthday to her.

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She also got to hang out with her cousin that she doesn’t see too often anymore cause she is going to school this year.

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Overall, it was an awesome day, even when everyone was trying to figure out how to get her rope for her pinata over the tree branch. (If you look closely at bug she’s getting mad cause hubby is wearing my shoes. Hehe)

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On top of all of that, I’ve been trying to keep stitching so I get my projects done by Christmas time. I’ve been quite a busy bee!!

 

Hump day update

Filed under: Updates,WIP — K. Marie @ 5:35 PM
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I’m so happy to be working on this new project!! I love it when I complete something because that means that I can start on something else. Hehe.¬† ūüėȬ† Even though I split the geisha pattern up into 4 different pieces, I’m working the bottom half of the dress with both pages and I’m happy to report that the bottom part of said dress is coming along nicely. Here is an updated pic of my progress so far….

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As you can see, it looks like it’s almost done except for the middle and patten parts. I’m hoping to keep this moving along at a good pace so it’ll be done in time for Christmas. I have other posts that are going to be posted tonight so check back in to see what has kept me so busy!!

 

As promised…. September 20, 2012

Filed under: WIP — K. Marie @ 10:13 AM
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Here is my new WIP. It’s a geisha from one of the magazines that I got off of eBay. It’s the Cross Stitch Collection February 2006 issue. I was initially going to make her a different one but that didn’t work out, but that’s a different post.

Anywhoo, here is a pic from the magazine of the completed project

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It’s a tall one and it is a 2 page spread in the magazine

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Well, even though I’m young my eyes couldn’t see the symbols. So, after trial and error I was able to blow them up a bit so I can at least see the symbols. Now I’m working with 4 different pages. (Excuse the messy pic)

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I have been working on the bottom half since late last week, Friday I think and I’ve made a bit of progress on it. Here’s what I have done so far

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I have this one to do and then another one for my mom before Christmas. I hope I make it!!

*I’m sorry I haven’t been as active on here and I apologize to everyone who has left a comment and I haven’t replied to. Things have been busy lately and I’ll probably have a jumble of rambling posts throughout the week, just to warn you!!

 

Hump day update September 19, 2012

Filed under: Updates,WIP — K. Marie @ 10:24 PM
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Okay so here is just a quick post on my update. I’m finished!! I finally completed Footprints and gave it to hubby. He really did love it and couldn’t believe how awesome it looked. Here’s the final product:

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Now I’m working on a new project for my mil for Christmas but I’ll post that update next week, or tomorrow so y’all can see what I’m working on. Goodnight everyone!!

 

eBay Fabrics September 12, 2012

Filed under: General Cross Stitchings — K. Marie @ 1:40 PM
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I have been bidding on cross stitch magazines on eBay and stumbled upon some fabrics. I’ve never had colored fabrics before so I had to get them. I won 2 different ones and I love them both, even though they are 28 ct.

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The blue/green one is actually a hand dyed, my first one!! It’s a Jubilee called¬† SeaMist. It’s 18 x 27 so it’s quite a bit of fabric. Here’s the hand dyed part. It looks so much more beautiful in person.

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The pink one is an opalescent Jazlyn called Peach Fizz. It has little strands of gold in it so when it catches the light it looks beautiful. This one is 13 x 18 so it’s a good size but not as big as the other one.

Here is just the fabric

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And here is it with a flash, so you can see the gold flecks

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I love these purchases and am going to order from this lady again. She is selling her stash and I absolutely love the fabrics she has!!

 

Hump day update

Filed under: Updates,WIP — K. Marie @ 1:10 PM
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I was hoping that for this update I would be showing all of you a completed project, but sadly I’m not. I did make awesome progress though!!

I completed the right side of the cross….

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I was so happy and thought it was good enough, but I got ambitious. I completed the backstitching for the right side

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AND for the left side!!

Here’s the two sides before the backstitching

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And after

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Sorry the lighting is different, but you can see the it did make quite a difference in the shells and the sea weed. I was worried about them not matching but I think they came out pretty good. I can see some differences in them, but I’m not going to tell you where. If you don’t see them they didn’t happen. Lol.

This is every I have so far

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You can see that all is left is the middle top part of the cross. This is where a sea shell and the big “Footprints”goes. I’m not going to say I’m showing you a completed project next week because I just really don’t want to jinx myself. Keep your fingers crossed for me!!