A Stitcher's Stitchings

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

4th of July, nails, WIP and a puppy July 11, 2013

Filed under: Nail art,Ramblings,Updates,WIP — K. Marie @ 1:41 PM
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So we’ve been busy since my last post. I didn’t really have time to stitch but I got some done. But first, I did my nails and Bug’s too for 4th of July. I tried to do some little flowers on mine and stick to the red, white and blue theme. Bug wanted some gold stars on hers and her theme is easier to see.

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We went to a little pet parade this past weekend and I was able to get Bug a chance to pet a pony. She loves, loves, loves horses so when we saw them in the parade she made me take a picture of every single one. Afterwards, when we were walking back to the car, I saw the ladies putting up one of the ponies and I asked if Bug could pet it. She said sure and was even nice enough to let her take a picture with the pony.

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After the weekend finished I repainted my nails, they were chipping anyway, and I used the polishes I got in the mail. They’re holos so they look even more beautiful outside in the sunlight.

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I love these polishes. That’s 2 of the 8 colors I received. I know I don’t need anymore polishes but these were holos and I didn’t have any so I needed these. Lol. Hubby just doesn’t understand my logic. Hehe

Now for my WIP, I was able to get some stitches put in there. I finished up most of the dark colors and started on the cream colors on the floor. So far here’s what I’ve got….

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I’m hoping I can get more done before next week so I can have a bit more on my next update.

And, last but not least, if u remember we have a puppy named Sugar. She’s a mini poodle and we’ve had her for about a year and a half now.

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She looks like she’s smiling here so I had to use this picture.

Anywhoo, I’ve been trying to talk hubby into getting another dog so she won’t be lonely when Bug starts school and I go to work. He’d always been against it saying we couldn’t afford it cause I wanted to adopt another puppy and most of them were between $150 and $200. Well, when we took Sugar to get groomed they were having adoptions at Petco and I fell in love with a doggie. He’d been mistreated and kept in a crate his whole life and because of that his back legs are smushed together and he has to take meds for them. Because of all this, he was only $35 to adopt. My heart went out to the little guy, and guess what….

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We brought him home!! He’s a new family member and has only been with us for a few days so far but we love him. His name is Donnie and he’s a 3 year old Chihuahua.

That’s it for this update. Hopefully next week I’ll have more to show y’all!!

Keep those stitches whipping!!

 

Update on WIP July 3, 2013

Filed under: Ramblings,Updates,WIP — K. Marie @ 11:03 AM
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I haven’t had much time to stitch lately but I’m trying my best to get the project done quickly. Even though there is only a slight bit of difference, small progress is still progress!!

This is how it’s looking now….

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The majority of the light colors are actually a really light blue grey, like this….

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Hopefully you can see the difference there. It’s a bit hard to see right now because I haven’t added the rest of the bottom areas so everything just looks white and blends in. Hopefully I’ll get a bit more done before next weekend but hubby is off tomorrow thru Monday so I may not have time. Lol.

On the rambling side of things (if you don’t want to here my ramblings you can stop reading, I just didn’t want to start a whole different post), I ordered some nail polishes that are coming in the mail and I’m completely anxiously awaiting their arrival. The reason I’m so hyped up about them is because there is something special about these polishes, but I’m not going to tell you what that is until I receive them. I did get something to use on my nails now though. They are in need of quite a bit of repair so I went to Walgreens, and with my point card saved almost $5, and got these…

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Sorry for the bad picture, it’s the best I could do with th’s lighting conditions. But, I’ve read that with the Sally Hansen it’s a hit or miss thing as to whether or not it works hopefully it’ll be a hit on me. The Nailtiques is something that I’ve heard and read many people rave about so I had to snatch it up. It’s the half ounce bottle and it was $19.99. Now I know you’re thinking That’s pretty expensive, and it was to me too, but out of the thousands of reviews online about it I found maybe a handful that were bad. That’s pretty impressive to me and because my nails are in need of some extreme TLC I got it. Hopefully it works. I’m also thinking of doing my nails a stars and stripes design because tomorrow is 4th of July (Independence Day) for us but I’m not sure yet.

Also, I have to mention really quickly that we had some friends over on Sunday for a BBQ and we got a game to play cause it looked like fun….

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It really was so much fun!! The object of the game is to guess what you are based on the card in your headband. You can only ask yes or No questions and the others can only answer yes, No, could be or I don’t know. It was hilarious because it took us a couple of rounds to get the hang of it because we would have to go around the circle and by the time it was our turn again we had forgotten what we had asked. If you ever have a chance to pick it up and you like games with a challenge then this’ll be perfect for you!!

Until next time,

Keep those stitches whipping!!

 

Hump day update November 7, 2012

Filed under: Updates,WIP — K. Marie @ 10:18 PM
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I have officially started the second half of the pattern, earlier today that is. I didn’t have much time between finishing the outlining and doing a bit else so all of the green in the second half is what was done today.

First for the outlining. Here are some before and afters of the butterfly outlining:

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After

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Before close up

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After close up

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I definitely think that the outlining gives the pattern so much more oomph. Before all you could see was some pink squares and maybe butterflies, if you used your imagination. After you can definitely tell what they are.

Those few pics are going to be the last ones of the entire bottom half until the project is done because I had to scroll up. That’s right, I had to scroll. 😀 

Here is the part the I have done today

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It may not look like much but when looking at more of the pattern you can tell it goes with it.

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I’m hoping I will have a bit more time to stitch this week so I can have some more done.

Whip those stitches everyone!!

 

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 September 12, 2012

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!!

 

Hump day update September 5, 2012

Filed under: Updates,WIP — K. Marie @ 10:55 PM
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So, our internet isn’t working so I’m posting this week’s update from my phone. I got so frustrated with our ISP earlier and got a headache.

Thankfully, I got a bit of stitching done this past week. I completed the left part, minus the back stitching, and here’s the result:

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I love how vibrant the colors are!! I messed up quite a bit cause I worked from the outside in, not a good idea. I had to improvise quite a bit but I think it still came out looking pretty good. My only concern is that the left and right sides are supposed to be mirror images of each other. I hope my mistakes aren’t too visible when looking at the whole project.

Other than completing the left side, I also completed the star shell on the right side, working from the inside out this time. Here’s what it looks like so far:

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To me it looks quite a bit like the left side so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it stays that way. As for the project as a whole, this is how it’s looking:

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I took the pictures in natural daylight so it really shows the vibrancy of the colors. Hopefully it’ll keep coming together quickly. Hubby has drill this weekend so that means extra stitching time!!

 

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

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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

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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.  😦   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.  🙂