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Monday, May 01, 2017

April WIPocalypse

Not tons of progress to share this month. Spring activities are in full swing and my oldest son has started his soccer season in addition to making his First Communion yesterday at church which meant a big family party with lots of family and prep work. Completely worth it though, he had a great day and a big smile on his face.

And now I'm officially on the countdown to Celebration of Needlework, two more sleeps! 

So what did I do this month? Well, I gave the angel some wings...

And I also made a start on Castles in the Air. It's being stitched on Lupine 32ct linen from Picture This Plus with DMC 712. I'm planning on swapping the charted text with a quote so I'm attempting to work across the bottom and then I'll start placing my lines of text and work out the final version. Getting close to the edge!

Those are really my only 2 projects from the last month outside of kitting some smalls for Celebration. I'm planning on stitching until I can't see straight and having an excellent time meeting new stitchers as well as some I've known online for years. And if you happen to be there and see a stitcher with an awesome flamingo tote please stop by and say hi!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

March WIPocalypse and TUSAL

So this month you get a double check-in since WIPocalypse, hosted by Measi, and TUSAL, hosted by Daffycat, fall right around the same time and it is highly unlikely I'll actually make it back for a second check-in in just a couple days. I finally got the TUSAL dates into my master calendar so hopefully I'll remember it more often now. 

So let's start with TUSAL since it's the quicker one (show off your orts for fun) and kind of leads into the other check-in. Here's my collection of orts for the moment. This is the whole year's worth as I only empty the jar on January 1. I've been stitching a lot of HAED lately so I don't exactly have a need to empty more often since I'm stitching 1x1 on 28 count most of the time. 

Not too impressive so far but we'll get there. Not sure I'll be adding much this month as we've got bunches of things packed in- Spring break which doesn't mean much to my 2nd grader except that we're planning a museum day trip, Easter, the beginning of soccer season, 3 big family birthdays and a First Communion and party. May should be more stitchy as I'm attending Celebration of Needlework in Nashua and plan on making the most of my kid free crafty time. 

So moving on to WIPocalypse, where I'm attempting to stitch the everything before the world ends. Here's what's been making all those orts. 

First up is Coppervein and I finally finished my page for the HAED Facebook challenge. One down and 52 1/2 to go!

Made a little progress on the Jim Shore angel but really just spent most of my time frogging it back out. Hoping to get farther on those wings this month. 

And finally my soon to be WIP- Long Dog Sampler's Castles in the Air. I've got a bit of prep work to do on this one but I think it will be worth the effort. I'll be stitching on 32 count Lupine linen from Picture This Plus with DMC 712. I'm working on recharging the words at the bottom right now. I'm not loving them so I'm replacing them with a quote from Thoreau instead. I think to do it properly so the words all fit in a reasonable space and have a good amount of detail I'll be doing a little over 1 stitching in this section and maybe add a few small motifs in some of the empty space so it looks more like part of the original. I'm hoping to get this going and take it to Celebration since it's just one color and should be pretty easy going outside the quote area. 

And let's not forget my helpers while taking pictures this morning. Apparently we're in the clothes optional phase of toddlerdom.

Can't wait to see what everyone else has been stitching!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

February WIPocalypse check-in

February may be the shortest month of the year but it has definitely been a good month for stitching despite some very Spring like weather that has had us spending an unusually large amount of time outside for this time of year. Hoping the stitchy trend continues in March, but for now on to my progress for Measi's WIPocalypse SAL.

First up is a finish- Baby Max had arrived and I have finished his birth announcement and sent it off for framing. The piece is Vervaco's Sleeping Baby and was stitched on 32 count evenweave (Lugana?) from my stash. The chart is from a kit and I have stitched it before so I actually converted the kit floss to DMC and used that. Framing should be done in a week or two, in time for an update pic next check in.

I also made some progress on my HAED challenge. I've been slowed down a bit on Coppervein this month because of a new start but I think I'm still on track to finish my page before the April deadline if I keep at it while the boys are sleeping instead of my new start. Here's where my dragon stands...

And the new start is a magazine piece from the now out of print Cross Stitch & Needlework, January 2009 issue. I can't remember what they called it but it's based on a Jim Shore angel. I'm stitching her on 32 count linen with the recommended DMC. It will have some beading and treasures and I'm thinking of beading the tree garland too. For now, holy quarter stitches! I'm hoping they pay off with some awesome detail when the back stitching is done. I'm trying to use this as my WIP when the boys are up as it is relatively simple but I've been picking it up at night when I should be stitching HAED lately. 

I think I've got my lineup of smallish 2017 projects somewhat set. I'll try and update my WIPocalypse page by next time. My plan is to have 2 main WIPs, a smallish and simpler one for when the boys are awake and playing or watching TV and something a bit more complicated for nap time and after bedtime. I'm planning BAPs off my WIP list for night time and ornaments and smalls for daytime stitching. I've got several smallish gifts I'd like to give this year as well as a pile of ornaments to stitch. The angel I've started is to be for my mother in law's Christmas as she has a Jim Shore collection. 

And before I forget, Measi has a question of us this month- What is your favorite stitch other than the standard cross stitch?  (bonus points if you provide a how-to link or diagram it on your blog post!)

So many good stitches out there but I think I will go with the Rhodes stitch, particularly in the heart form. I had a project that used borders heavy on these a few years before I got into blogging and the online stitching community and they were a lot of fun and added a little 3D to the piece. Here's a how-to link in case you've missed out until now.

And finally, I'm excitedly watching for updates over at the Celebration of Needlework page because I am attending the May conference for the first time. I've been talking about it for a few years and the time is finally right. The boys are old enough to leave with one parent so I'm going to Celebration in May and Erich is going to a gaming tournament in August with some family weekend and day trips in the works instead of a big family vacation this year. So if you too will be at Celebration in May and want to meet up please drop me a comment or email at justanotherflamingo@yahoo.com and we will try to make that happen. 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

January WIPocalypse Part 2

It's the last Sunday of the month and that means time to check in for Measi's WIPocalypse SAL. First off, thank you for all the kind words about my projects and helpers too:).

I've managed to make good progress on two projects this month. I'm almost done with the Sleeping Baby birth announcement, just a bit left to go and the personalization but we're still waiting on baby to arrive too so I'm kind of on hold here for at least a few more days. Baby is due Feb. 1 but I'm sure he will arrive just when he is ready.

I also have put in some hours on Coppervein. I usually stitch in columns straight up the design but I wanted to participate in a HAED challenge on the official FB group so I had to find a nearby page with no stitches done. The challenge runs through April 7 and the task is simple- complete 1 page. I think I've got s good start and am on track to complete in plenty of time to make the deadline especially since the birth announcement is nearly done.

I've also been slowly putting together supplies to make a birthday gift for my grandmother. She will be 83 in August and is the reason I started stitching so I'd like to do something special for her. I've
chosen the Spring Box from the Victoria Sampler Beautiful Finishing series. I'm converting the solid silks to DMC and I think I've got the colors as I want them, just need to settle on a fabric. I should add that I am going to get the variegated Gloriana silk, just can't justify subbing such a pretty color that is used so much throughout the designs. Here's what I've gathered so far...

And finally, Measi's question for the month- What SALs are you participating in this year?

This one, of course, and I may pop in and out of the TUSAL over at It's Daffycat if I can remember to check in. With all the little boys in the house it's hard to get regular stitching and blogging time so some months I get bunches done and then some months not so much so it can be hard to keep up and feel like I'm actually contributing to too many groups. Maybe I'll add more in a few years when everyone is a bit more independent. I'm just happy to get a few stitches in occasionally while they're all awake for now.

With any luck I'll have a finished birth announcement and maybe even a finished HAED page to show off next month. I may add in a new small project out of my pile too so I have something simple to work on while the boys are awake. Can't wait to see everyone else's progress, hope it was a very stitchy January!

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Happy 2017!

New year, fresh start. Time to empty out the 2016 orts and start over. 2016 wasn't the best year for me but not the absolute worst either. We lost some family members, dealt with some illness (extended family), but also took some fun trips, spent good times with friends and had a little more free time for hobbies. My 2016 ort jar is definitely more full than the last couple despite being shook up and dumped a few times by my favorite helpers. The boys are all a year older and have grown so much since last January.

I'm excited for so many things in 2017- more soccer for Josh, a trip to Celebration of Needlework for me in May, and of course another year of Measi's WIPocalypse SAL. My blogging and stitching has been spotty over the last couple years with babies in the house but I'm hoping to improve on that this year. 

So welcome if this is your first visit and here's a short intro- I'm Sara, wife, Mom of 3 boys, retail pharmacist and stitcher of BAPs (note that does not read finisher!). I love the big pieces but I stitch
plenty of smaller things too. My taste in designers ranges from tiny Mill Hill kits to Teresa Wentzler
and Heaven and Earth designs and lots in between. 

My goal for 2017 is simple- stitch. As I said, I have 3 boys in the house, an 8 year old and twin 2 year olds, so my stitching time has been limited to nap time and after bedtime. The twins will sometimes
allow me to stitch on something simple while they play and watch cartoons lately though I am getting lots of "help" while I do. I guess I will have to organize my stitching by complexity this year- ornaments and small pieces during the day and HAED and other larger pieces at night. As far as specific pieces I don't have a solid list for 2017 but there are 3 main HAED pieces I'd like to make progress on...

Coppervein, my main focus as it is a gift for my brother-

Space Traveler, pretty equally for me and my husband-

Dragon Master, definitely for me-

There are a number of smaller pieces I'd like to work in as well. The only must is the Vervaco birth announcement I'm working on for my cousin who has a baby boy due in February. Here's my current starting spot on that...

The rest of my very fluid list includes but is in no way limited to

-a yet to be determined block from CCN's Frosty Forest set for my Mom
-a Mill Hill Christmas village kit
-maybe some of the chalkboard ornaments from Hands On Designs
-a possible start on Death By Cross Stitch from Long Dog Samplers
-some things I haven't even thought of yet but will see at Celebration

I'm off to a good start at the very least since this should be posted on time (writing on 12/31). I'm also excited to be part of Measi's Facebook group this year. I'm on FB every day anyway so it's a great quick place to check in though I love the idea of keeping the blog for goals and longer check ins. See you all at the end of the month for the first check in! 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

September WIPocalypse

Oops, got busy with end of Summer/start of school and missed August so you get a double dose of stitching this month.

For August I actually had a new start I used to join in some of the online stitching competitions taking place around the time of the Rio Olympics. I made a good start on an eventual gift for my younger brother, HAED's charted version of Coppervein by Ruth Thompson. I got about 3,300 stitches in, not a bad start but still a long way to go!

I spent the rest of my stitchy time working on all things Christmas. I made some good progress on the Brittercups-

Mostly finished my trio of Gingerbread boys (just need to be personalized)-

And started working through Prairie Schooler's Cranberry Christmas. I'm tempted to restitch some of these in a dark blue/white/green colorway but not sure I'll get around to that this year. 

That's all for my stitching progress so on to Measi's question of the month. 

Tell us a story about the journey you took through one of your completed pieces.

I'm going to go with Noah's Sub by Stoney Creek. This one has a story even before I started it. I saw 
it somewhere on one of the online stitching groups in the early 2000's and knew it was a piece I 
wanted to stitch for my eventual child's room. I was in college at the time and already engaged to my husband so kids were coming but not soon. I was pretty disappointed to find it was out of print and going for way more than my budget would allow on eBay. I tried to bid a few times but could never quite win. Christmas rolled around and I was surprised to find the leaflet in a Christmas package from my husband's aunt. Somehow she had managed to be in the right place at the right time and had gotten it for me. Erich bought the DMC as a birthday gift and I was ready to stitch. 

That WIP followed me around for the next few years. It was there when I went to Indy on an overnight trip for a second interview that ended in my first real job as a pharmacist. It was there at our first apartment. It went on vacation several times. I remember working on the half stitches of the colorful sky during my mother in law's cancer surgery (she's fine now). I worked on it on and off through the first few years of trying to start a family when we weren't sure we ever would. It was entered in The Wagon's first Stitching Olympics and won a gold medal. I worked furiously to finish and frame it when I thought we were getting close to finalizing our first adoption. I closed it up in the child's bedroom I couldn't enter for weeks after that adoption fell through at the last minute. It hung as a centerpiece in Josh's room when he arrived and I remember holding him up to it and pointing out all the different colorful animals and it still hangs in the room though the twins occupy it now. I'm hoping one of the three boys will want it back someday for their own kids. 

That's about it for stitchy things but before I go just wanted to share a recent pic of the twins. They turned 2 yesterday and have grown into such big boys! They were pretty wiggly but they almost sat still with me and their new Paw Patrol buddies:) They're getting so close to letting me stitch while they're awake. More stitching time is coming soon!

Can't wait to see what everyone else has been up to! 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

July WIPocalypse

Almost on time for once, how in the world did that happen? So last post I left with plans to stitch Christmas in July. I've done pretty well so far. Finished another of the Frosty Forest pieces from Country Cottage Needleworks, Snowman's Cottage this time...

Made a start on some Brittercup designs from old JCS ornament issues. I'll dig out the details when I'm done. Apologies for the sideways pic, Photobucket claims to have turned it around several times but it just won't stick!

And finally I stitched 1 of 3 gingerbread men for the boys' Christmas ornaments. I'm adapting Little House Needlework's Gingerbread Cookie to be a name ornament this year, just have to settle on the charting of the names and the color to use. The fabric is a little washed out in the photo, couldn't get the light just right but I promise the border really doesn't blend into the fabric in person.

So I've been thinking about my stitching plans for the rest of the year and I think I've got a plan. I'm going to use the rest of the month to finish off as many Christmas ornaments as possible and the first couple days of August until the Olympic challenges start. I'm going to go for a distance challenge and work on a HAED for the month, just not sure which one yet. I've got options and they all want attention. My priorities for the rest of the year are to finish Christmas stitching and stitch one more birth announcement and then I can go back to whatever I want for the rest of the year, probably HAEDs.

So that covers my WIPocalypse check-in and then some. Been meaning to share a couple stash additions so I'll tack those on to the end here. First of all I was the lucky winner of a Facebook contest from the awesome ladies over at Weeks Dye Works. I never win these things and was so excited to see my name posted:) Can't wait to find the perfect project to finish off with that wool!

As a Mother's Day present I joined one of the subscriptions over at Stitchybox for an every other month box of semi-mystery stitchy stuff sent to my house which is kind of nice because the LNS is about 45 minutes away so I don't get out there as often as I'd like. Here's what the first box I received contained-

They seem to base the box contents on a colored theme, this one being the picture and color guide in the upper right corner. Looking forward to trying a couple new brands of stitchy things and finding just the right projects for these things. 

That's about it for now, off to stitch until bedtime. Can't wait to see what everyone else has been up to this month!