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My first finish of 2012!

Well I haven’t got any progress to show on my Hydrangea Wreath.  I haven’t added a stitch in the past week, but I’ve finished and photographed the cosmetic case that I was stitching as a cover for my Kindle.  I love it!  It was more difficult than I anticipated, but I am quite pleased with my handiwork.  I can definitely see where I could have done better, but it turned out pretty good for a first attempt at needlepoint.  I’ll certainly try this again.  In fact, I think I have another needlepoint project somewhere around my house that also uses DMC floss and not yarn.  I don’t really like the feel of yarn between my fingers, but I am perfectly comfortable with floss.

One the television front, I’ve been watching a lot of “Bones” on Netflix.  Other than the fairly real-looking decomposing bodies (say it with me – eeew!), it’s a great show.  My hubby and I have watched it before, but we both enjoy re-visiting shows that we like.  Not that they’ll give me a discount for plugging them, but I love the commercial-free viewing of shows on Netflix.  It allows me to watch shows that I can’t possibly stay up late enough to watch while they are on regular broadcast television stations.

This last week, I also watched a series called Kingdom.  It starred Stephen Fry and was a really short-run but very enjoyable series from BBC, I think.  In it, Fry is a lawyer and each show centered on a legal case or two and each one was settled with a healthy dose of good will towards ones’ fellow man.  It reminded me of a cross between “Murder, She Wrote” and “Matlock” in a beautiful looking village.  I really like Stephen Fry.  He’s quite an enjoyable person to watch and listen to!  Unfortunately, I finished the 18 episodes available on Netflix and now need to find another show to watch.  I’m leaning towards “How It’s Made”.  It’s fast paced, shows the making of some household-y thing or another, and still gives me some tidbit of knowledge that I don’t need, but will certainly fascinate me and will possibly come in use at some point in the future, even if just for trivia games!  Plus it has an available 100 episodes and I certainly like the longer-run shows so I don’t have to keep searching for something new to watch all the time.  I know it seems like I watch a lot of tv, but really I don’t watch that much.  During the winter months, I watch more because it’s so darn cold that I only want to sit under a blanket and stay warm!  Once summer rolls around, I am lucky to watch 1 show a day!

Starting today, I am again working on my Hydrangea Wreath.  I needed a break and the cosmetic cover provided that break quite nicely!  I also plan on beginning the Monopoly Game Board this weekend.  I had to find a way to stretch this 28 inch square piece of material.  I found scroll bars in a 30 inch length and they should arrive via Fedex tomorrow afternoon.  I wanted something light-weight enough to hold, but I still needed to keep the tension and I HATE hoops.  They leave the worst wrinkles on fabric and no matter how hard I try, they always distort the finished portions as I move the the hoop around.  I only ever use scroll bars now.  Anyway, I’ll post pictures of that project as it progresses, too.

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I know, I know….

I know, I know… It’s been weeks since I last posted.  So much for my attempt to post regularly.  Well, at least I took pictures of my current project each week.  I also started two of my other projects, along with a needlepoint cosmetic case.  I don’t actually wear make-up, but this cosmetic case is the exact dimensions of my Kindle.  I went looking for a cover for my Kindle to provide protection while it is in my purse.  I didn’t find a single cover that I liked and they were too expensive to boot.

After looking for a while, I saw a collection of needlepoint cases from the Alice Peterson Co. that looked nice.  There were several different designs to  choose from.  I have never done needlepoint before, but I’m quite pleased with my efforts.  The design I chose feels a little more complex than I intended to start with but it’s not half bad.  They also had a cover sized larger that was intended for eReaders, but they were all too large.  I had so much fun with this one that I might try an eyeglass cover next time.  I have no pictures yet, but in my next post, I’ll add a picture of my new Kindle cover.

Take a look at the progress on my Hydrangea Wreath project:

ImageWeek 4

ImageWeek 5

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Favorite Christmas picture & Hydrangea Wreath update

Well here is Week 3 of my stitching on the Hydrangea Wreath project.  As a picture is worth a thousand words, there’s not much to say!

Also, here is my favorite picture from Christmas 2011.

This is my niece on her new BMW!  Grandma & Grandpa actually purchased this shortly after her birth, but had to wait until she was old enough to manage it.  It was a huge hit!

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Cross Stitch Update

I started a cross stitch project that I intended for my niece on Thanksgiving day and, two weeks later, I am on the last of four sections.  Originally it was 4 separate pieces, but I’ve decided to complete all four pieces in a vertical wall hanging and I think it’s lovely.  I tried to “copy” a jpeg of the designs, but I don’t know how to copy something from the internet, so until I finish, no pictures!  I haven’t done any of the backstitch, nor have I done the beading, so I still have a bit more to do, but I am more than 50% of the way done.  Since it’s for Christmas, it’s the only project that I’m working on.  I have a couple of other things lined up for after I’ve finished the project for her.

I can’t wait to get back to the Hydrangea Wreath I’ve been working on and I found another pattern that I just *had* to have.  It’s from a company in the UK called Yiota’s Cross Stitch and I immediately had to check my floss stash for my stitching needs.  I bought the skeins that I didn’t already have, I chose a lovely, soft greyish colored aida called Platinum to stitch it on, and as soon as I’ve finished my niece’s project, I’m going to start this one.  I’m excited about this one because it contains no half-stitches and no backstitch.  I ‘m really looking forward to it.  I’ll split my time between the Hydrangea Wreath and the Mixed Daisies until I complete one or both of them.  I remember starting more than one project at a time in the past, so I guess it’s sort of a mania with me.

My progress on the Hydrangea Wreath is shown below, first being the week one picture and second being the week two picture.  I stopped at this point to begin stitching the project for my niece because I intend to gift it at Christmas.

I am amazed at how quickly simple projects approach completion and I’m thankful that I have the ability to create something pretty with only material, colored floss and a needle!

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Cross-Stitch

I’ve started back up with cross stitch projects.  I learned to do this craft more than 20 years ago and I find it to be a very relaxing pastime.  It takes enough concentration for me that I don’t have time to let my mind wander.  It also requires a very rhythmic motion that is somehow very calming.

Right now I’m working on a bell pull for my niece.  It is coming along very quickly.  I started it on Wednesday and now, 5 days later, I’m about 25% of the way complete.  I also started a tea tray insert for myself three weeks ago, but since I want to give the bell pull as a christmas gift, the tea tray insert is sitting on the back burner.  When I started it, I figured that it would take me approximately 12 weeks to complete.  I’ve taken a picture each week to mark my progress and so far, I’m on track for that 12 week goal.

I recently pulled out all my old supplies and leaflets and found a chart for a Monopoly Game board that looks great.  I don’t even remember buying that one!  After I’ve finished the two projects I’m stitching, I plan to start the game board.  I read another bloggers’ posts on her progress of this same chart, and it took her just short of a year to complete.  I figure that is a good measure for me to plan on.  I guess it will be done in early 2013!

I’ve taken several pictures of my current projects – yes, I stitch more than 1 project at a time – but I don’t have any of them loaded onto my computer for uploading.  I’ve also started keeping a digital stitching journal.  I have a program that allows for insertion of pictures, type, audio, video, etc.  I’ve been scouring the internet for pictures of projects that I’d like to work on and this journal is a perfect place for me to save those images and ideas.

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Isn’t it Beautiful?

Two weeks ago I took a finished cross stitch piece in to my local craft shop to have it framed.  I had completed this last year, but somehow, I never found the time to have it framed.  I do that a lot.  I have quite a few pieces that I’ve stitched but never framed.  This is intended for my brother and sister-in-law for Christmas this year.  Their living room and the adjoining dining area are colored in the colors of the fabric and the yellow mat I’ve chosen for the piece.  I am so thrilled with the finished product!  I always pick out my cross stitch projects based solely on whether or not the piece speaks to me, which means that I always love them, but I am always super-excited to see them framed.  It always adds that something special to each project.

I am currently working on another project that features Hydrangea flowers arranged in a wreath shape.  It will be turned into a tea-tray insert.  Sudbury House makes a really nice tea tray specially made for cross-stitch inserts.  I’m really enjoying this one.  It’s on my favorite gauge of Aida fabric (16 count – it’s smaller than 14 count and therefore makes a pattern look better because of the smaller stitches.)  This one will take me quite some time to complete, but it’s a perfect hobby for the cold winter coming up!  I also want to pick up another long ago started piece.  It’s a beautiful adaption of a Thomas Kinkade painting.  I had finished a little over half of it years ago and then put it down for some reason.  I might have to split my time between those two.  I don’t quite know why, but I always seem to work on more than one thing at a time.

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