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Sunday, September 27, 2020

The “How is it Almost October?!?” WIPocalypse check in

 Didn’t mean to leave you all so long but it was January, then Covid and I’m an essential worker with school age kids that are still doing virtual learning, and somehow it’s almost October. The year is honestly kind of a blur. In any case I’ve been busy and productive though not necessarily in the manner I expected when I wrote my last entry. 

I’ve made masks, lots of masks. I don’t machine sew so I’m not fast but I estimate I’m nearing or just past 200 now. They’ve gone to family, friends, coworkers, donations. It seems to be an easy project to work on while the kids do school and there seems to still be need so I will sew on. 

Outside of school hours I’ve done more beading than stitching. Here’s a sampling...

From top to bottom- Katie Dean’s carrot cake box, Dimarca’s star, and a couple fun things from Threadabead.

I’ve also done a bit of work on Fish City which hadn’t seen the light of day in forever but the boys want to see finished.

I’m currently working on a Vervaco pattern for my cousin who has a baby due literally any minute. She actually went into labor a few hours ago so hopefully we will have some good baby news soon. I will show pictures of the stitching next time since it is just an unidentifiable blob right now. I have a few almost finished Halloween projects to hopefully show off soon too. Hope everyone is well and I will try to visit you all soon! 

Friday, January 31, 2020

January WIPocalypse

I made it back for a check-in, already doing better than last year! And I mostly kept to plans, even better. 2020 is definitely off to a promising start, I feel like I can accomplish quite a bit this year. As promised I finished the last snowflake pod for my son but sadly forgot to snap a pic before it got stashed away with the Christmas decorations until much later this year. Fear not though, it was a replica of the purple/gold/white one in last month’s pictures so you’re not really missing anything new. I also worked on both Coppervein and the Russian sampler. Coppervein is slow going at the moment as I truly despise the almost white on white stitching in the current section but I will slowly force my way through it. The Russian sampler, on the other hand, is coming together quickly. I managed to finish off the letters and am so close to a border finish.

I also managed to bead a Star for my Mom, Dimarca’s Heart Star. It is a free pattern on her site. Gave it to Mom as part of her birthday present and she loved it. Still working on adjusting my pics so they’re not sideways! 

Sadly the holly boxes did not get any love this month but there’s always February and I hope to make them my beading focus in the coming month. I have a feeling the Russian sampler is going to command most of my attention as I’m coming up on the fun part, the St. Basil’s center, and I hope to work on Coppervein a bit more as well. My other goal for the month is making it around to all the other blogs, missed you all last year and hope to have more time for blog hopping this year. 

In answer to Measi’s monthly question about SALs for 2020 I am participating in none. Too many WIPs and not a lot of crafty budget make it an easy choice for the most part except for a certain FB beading group that insists on posting gorgeous BAL projects. I’m trying hard to print them and tuck away for later and am succeeding so far but I never did spend my birthday money so maybe one day. 

See you all in a month!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

WIPocalypse 2019 Recap/2020 Intro

So blogging didn’t happen in 2019. Had some image hosting issues at the beginning of the year and then work and family stress took over. Had two major family deaths- my mother-in-law, who was a big supporter of my craft, and also my grandfather. We also lost our 12 year old American Bulldog who occasionally appeared here. Somehow we’ve made it to the last day of 2019 and I’m sorry to see that my last check in was January but I’m grateful to be here now and hopeful for a much brighter 2020. 

Looking back I don’t actually have a lot of cross stitch to show but I did make a little progress, had a couple new starts, and did a bunch of beadwork. My goals for 2020 are pretty modest- annual Christmas ornaments for the kids, handmade Christmas presents for close family, and mostly stitch/bead from stash. 

A look back at 2019’s work-

DiMarca Halloween stars

Christmas pods

Tale of Beads Christmas star

DiMarca kaleidocycle

Tracy Lorraine Holly boxes

Plaid destined to eventually be a spider from my EGA

Sam Sarah pieces from JCS issues

More Christmas pods

Lady Lunar Cat Easter stars

My first kaleidocycle 

Coppervein 1/2019 and 12/31/19

Russian nights sampler

Mill Hill sleighs 

I’m not sure why Blogger opted to randomize and rotate some of my pics but we’ll go with it today and aim to fix it next time. My first goal for January is to finish off the 2019 pod ornaments for my boys. I started them before Christmas but needed to borrow a couple to use as presents and promised the boys remakes in their chosen colors. Hoping to put a bit of work into my own Holly box as well as one for my father-in-law. Also planning to put some more stitches into either Coppervein or the Russian sampler. January also happens to be my birthday month so all plans subject to change depending on gifts received. The DH has my crafty wishlist and knows where to buy.

Hope everyone has a bright and peaceful start to 2020. See you all at the end of January.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

January WIPocalypse

The respiratory viruses and assorted sinus and ear infections that sometimes follow have hit our house pretty hard since Christmas and to be honest I’m in the middle of my second round of it at the moment so though I’ve been thinking a lot about it I haven’t made an official 2019 craft plans post. As far as stitching goes I have a big storage bin full of WIPs of various sizes and in various states of finish so I’m really not planning a bunch of new starts to add to it. I’m hoping to spend a lot of time on Coppervein with some deep dives into the WIP bin and maybe even a finish or two. The new starts I do have in mind are a Russian alphabet sampler I meant to start last year and some Christmas ornaments for the kids. Haven’t made a final ornament decision yet but I’m leaning toward the Mill Hill sleighs.

I have some more definite beading plans. I fell in love with Julia Pretl’s snowman box and have the beads to make at least 3. I’d like one for myself and my mother and mother in law. Might be persuaded to make them for the boys instead of ornaments if they decide they like them and the pattern works up relatively easy. I will attempt to up my skill level and tackle the Threadabead Ombré Star. I’ll decide on how many points once I get going, the pattern has directions for 6, 7 or 8. In my continuing attempt to decorate for holidays other than Christmas I also have plans for some Easter stars and have purchased Lady Lunar Kat’s egg and flower stars

So that’s what I have in mind and so far I’ve done pretty well in January. I pulled Space Traveler out of the WIP bin and did about half a page...

Also about a half page on Coppervein...

And a finished star, my colorway of a free pattern shared in a beading group I belong to...

And one more star, almost finished. This one was my pattern.

That about wraps it up for this month. Hoping to get around to seeing everyone else’s progress soon. Keep warm everyone! 

Sunday, December 30, 2018

December WIPocalypse- Recap time!

I’m sure you’re shocked that I missed November’s check in. Nothing crazy happened except for the normal dash to the end of the year through the holidays. It was fun but I’m tired and have had way too much good food and am ready for some quiet, snowy days to craft and recharge.

I feel like I didn’t stitch near as much as I planned this year but I fell deep down the beading rabbit hole and did craft a lot overall. Glad I didn’t really set specific goals since they would have been completely out the window. I do wish I would have gotten round to the Russian sampler I had kitted at the beginning of the year so I think I will try to alternate it and HAEDs in my 2019 stitching. I don’t plan on much in way of goals since I’m apparently easily distracted but want to spend some time in the WIP pile for sure.

For now, how about a WIP/finish recap for 2018? I tried to find the earliest 2018 pics on the WIPs for a before/after. See you all in 2019!

Friday, November 02, 2018

October WIPocalypse


Well September and soccer got the better of me and I missed check in last month. But last week was the last soccer Saturday and hopefully we will now be getting back to our regular schedule. Oh wait a sec, it’s almost November so make that holiday prep schedule. Good news is that I discovered my latest obsession/hobby at a time where it can be used for holiday gift making. Bad news is that means less cross stitch this year but overall probably more crafting in general so not all bad, right? Anyway, I do have a cross stitch finish to show for my time away. I finished Silver Creek Sampler’s My Christmas List recently.


Stitched on Silkweaver’s opalescent Chocolate Vanilla Swirl (evenweave not linen) with some color changes, mostly used subtly variegated threads for the words and added green to the red, blue, brown color scheme. Hoping to turn it into a bellpull before Christmas. On the beading front I’ve graduated to patterned stars and am adding some to my to-do list as Christmas gifts. Here are a few of the completed ones...



And the turkey star I’m currently working on. He’s going to be giant compared to the others and will be a November birthday gift for my mother in law as she was a Thanksgiving baby.


After I finish that one I have a few more in mind for Christmas presents, probably 2 fleece blankets to assemble for gifts, and then maybe some actual cross stitching again!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

August WIPocalypse

So I blinked and time has jumped from those first days of summer vacation to all the kiddos back in school. Yes, all of them.


I now have a fourth grader and two preschoolers which means lots of extra driving since preschool is only half days but also a bit of really quiet time in the house. It completely confuses the dog and is a tempting stitchy break when I happen to be home for it. I’d like to say I worked on lots of projects since my last post but I haven’t, just two in fact. I have continued the beaded stars and finished several over the last couple months. It probably helps that we’ve had some long car trips and the warped squares that form the stars are easily done while riding in the passenger seat. I work with a small amount of beads at a time in a plastic bowl nestled into a small blanket or jacket on my lap to help steady it and so far no spills.


The other project for the summer has been Coppervein. Just looked at the last post pic and I’ve come a long way since May. I think I’m on track to finish off the first column by the end of the year if I keep going, maybe the first partial page of the second column to meet back up with the random second column page already finished.


I almost never remember to look at the question of the month but today I did so... Question of the Month:Which is more satisfying to you and why – the process of stitching a piece, or the finish? Both, actually. Finishing a quick project is quite satisfying especially if I can actually finish it off into a usable object quickly too but there’s something about the process of working through a large project and watching the small elements come together and gradually form a complete project that is also very satisfying. Been thinking about September plans and I think it’s going to be more of the same. I really want to finish off a few more stars because Christmas is starting to get uncomfortably close. I’d also like to work through close to another page of Coppervein while it is still interesting. I know I’ll eventually get bored with it and have to rotate to something else for a bit but I want to get through as much as possible until then. See you all at the end of September!