Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Stitching... what's that?

I honestly thought to myself today, when is the last time I stitched... and I didn't know! First time in the last 10-15 years that I've not been able to say yesterday or a couple days ago!
No it's nothing bad... it's just been really, really busy with my new position (okay 4 months old) at the office; and my Etsy shop has been just a hopping. But spring time does tend to be my best selling point of the year and of course it's awesome that the shop is doing so well lately!

So I'd upload some pics but I honestly don't have anything new to share. Sad but true.
Instead I will share with you my latest 'ZOMG I love it!' item that has been released:

It's cross stitching, Ink Circles AND Canadian! What's not to love?!
Previously this beauty was only available through a small shop in Ontario (5 days drive away, a bit too far). Thankfully it has been released to all LNS' and online distributors of Ink Circles!
Whew! Cause I was desperate to get it and concerned I'd never get a copy.
I haven't seen it in person yet but I'm sure it's amazing.

Some of the iconic Canadian imagery includes:
- Pine trees in corners (we have many as we are cold up here and they live through winter)
- Beaver, our national animal. (hey no laughing! lol!)
- Inukshuk. That's the robot looking thing below the beavers. You may recognize it from the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010. It's a symbol that is prevalent amongst Native bands in Canada.
- Hockey sticks, between the beavers. I'm assuming I don't have to explain this one.
- The building is our Parliament, in the capital of Canada: Ottawa, Ontario.
- There are little maple leafs. These are very prevalent in Eastern Canada, and why all souvenir candy in Canada seems to be maple (yuck!). Interesting fact: there are almost no maple trees in Western Canada where I live.
- The large odd (lol) looking thing in top center is a famous totem pole made by one of the Native bands in Canada (yes the totem pole actually has wings in real life).

I think that's all the main items. I have to say that I am soooo eternally happy that a Canadian mandala was made. It's a big deal to have something to stitch that is specific to Canada and really pretty!! Tracy is soooo awesome for thinking of her neighbours to the north after creating her Flag Day mandala pattern for the USA.
Did I mention how awesome it is to have a gorgeous Canadian themed piece to stitch?!!! :)

Upcoming: - Hopefully some stitching! (maybe some Alice or Mirabilia mermaid)
- It's the local Comic Con here in Calgary next week so no stitching likely for 4 days. But lots of spending and comic goodies!

Thanks for dropping by and remembering me. I know it's been awhile. I'll try to do better.
Happy Stitching!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Medieval Hearts WIP

Less than a week until Nashville Market!!!
I'll be posting my purchase list next week for everyone. Or if it's too long my wishlist and purchase list. Lol. 

Medieval Hearts WIP
This is the  bottom motif (if we look at each arm as 1 of 4). The silk is stitched and the beginning of the Petite Treasure Braid. I gotta say Treasure Braid really is smoother than Krenik. I love the sparkling of Krenik but Treasure Braid sure does pull through smoother and doesn't tangle or spin as quick. 
The colours are over saturated on the photo on purpose so you can see the yellow of the fabric it's on. I'll strive for better colour photos next update. 

Coming Up
I have put some stitches in Alice but it's really not quite enough to bother sharing. But soon hopefully. 
And as above Nashville Market items, always an exciting time of year for any stitcher! :D 

Monday, February 8, 2016

New Starts - All from Stash!

Well I'm sitting in my stitching chair enjoying the sun that is coming in through the window. It's bizarre as it's usually very cold out this time of year; and instead it's gorgeous outside. Can't complain about that! :) 

I have started two new projects in the last couple weeks. Both are from my stash!!! (what I won't tell you is that I bought some stuff too... but shhh that's okay, lol) 

Start #1 - "Medieval Hearts" by Kelsyn
This project has been in my "to do" bin for years. I went looking for a smaller to medium sized project and saw this one. I have dozens (maybe even a hundred) things kitted up so I wanted to choose from them. I pulled out first five on top from one of three drawers they are stored in and this one caught my eye. Not a bad way to decide what to stitch next! 
It's on a gorgeous fabric; looks to be a 32ct linen, definitely hand-dyed. I'll be using PB-13 metallic by Rainbow Threads (as used in model) and a Waterlilies hand-dyed silk. It's not the one used in the photo so mine will have no blue and more browns. Crappy picture of the supplies to the right. 

Start #2 - "Moonlit Kitties" by Mill Hill (Bead & Button Series)
My obsession with these kits continues. They really are the best for just grabbing something and going with it for even 20 minutes. And they are portable! 
This one is a Halloween theme with some black kitties on it. Very cute, but mostly I love the colours and pumpkins! 
The first little pumpkin with no beads is shown in the pic to the left (again sorry for crappy photo). Along with the beginning of one of the main trees that frames the piece. 

It will look like this upon completion: 

Still working on two big projects. My 'epic' one is a Mini HAED "Alice in Clockwork" and second is a Mirabilia mermaid. Same one that Rahenna is working on right now actually. :) 

Speaking of Mirabilia; did you see the new witches added to the BeWitching Pixies set!?!? They are sooo pretty. I already have the orange one plus beads on it's way to me. Just couldn't help myself. LOL! 

Happy Stitching to everyone! 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Two finishes - and a Hi

Let me start with, yes I'm alive and doing well. :)
Thank you to everyone who has sent me little messages or emails to inquire. I owe a couple of you responses back but don't want to be hasty in writing them which is why there has been a delay.

So life without Stitch From Stash...
I can't even tell you what a great burden it has relieved off me to not be worrying about sending out reminders, writing newsletters and all the rest. As many of you know I moved into a new position and team at my job. Same place, new people and stuff. It's going well. A bit overwhelming but that's always the case. As such I haven't done a ton of stitching. But over holiday break I did get to spend some well needed time just watching Supernatural (I'm on Season 3 now!), video gaming on our new PS4 and reading. Of course watching Supernatural is stitching time!

Finish #1
This was an absolute pleasure to work on. Yes I know you're thinking, really Mel another Mill Hill? I'm addicted, what else can I really say?! LOL!
I worked on this on Christmas Day before putting in my turkey and in subsequent days after, completing it just before 2016. A nice relaxing and fun way to close out the stitching year.

Gingerbread House by Mill Hill
Kit on perforated paper, mill hill beads, DMC threads 

Finish #2
Unlike the Gingerbread House... I did not love this piece. As you all know I adore Jeannette. Truly adore her. But this piece and I did not get along. Likely because I had thread outage issues as I changed the count to 28 (from 32) and then wanted to go with double coverage (over two). The morale of the story here is to make sure you read ALL the instructions. I kinda dived in and screwed myself. But alas, it's mostly done. I changed quite a few colors due to my thread issues. However can say that the pattern does have some colours different from the picture on the cover of my version of the pattern. It's not totally complete as I want to add some charms and stuff. But for the time being I need to move on.
Take Time to Read by Jeannette Douglass
28ct natural linen, silk threads from thread pack

I'm hopeful that there will be more recent updates than between November and now. That is much too long!
Will have a couple starts soon, plus still working on Alice HAED (mini) and the Mirabilla Mermaid.
Happy Stitching! 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Rosewood Manor - Support

Many people have asked me about Rosewood Manor and I didn't want to get any facts or whatnot wrong. 
Luckily many of shops have shared the same message Karen at Rosewood and so I feel ok with sharing it.

Message from Karen Kluba of Rosewood Manor: 
"Hello, I'm not sure how many of you are aware of our daughter Rachel's very serious accident late this summer.  She lives in England.  She and her two sons 7 & 6 were visiting us here in Michigan for about 30 days while the boys were off school.  Her husband had come over for the last 8 days of the summer. We had a fun summer which ended in tragedy just two days before they were to fly home.  We are all devastated.
"After a month in hospital here in Michigan she was flown via medical transport over to England to a hospital there.  She has sustained a TBI-Traumatic Brain Injury.  She is now in a center for enablement - receiving rehab in Oxford, England.  We are all hoping and praying for a miracle, that she can overcome this, but it will all take time - lots of time. The doctors feel that her sister, her father and I, should visit to help with her rehab as often as possible.
"I designed a leaflet to raise money to help our family be able to fly over to visit her in hospital in England.  It is called "Crazy Socks"-the explanation of the title is on the back cover of the chart." 

Been thinking about getting a Rosewood Manor pattern? 
Now is the perfect time. 

Photo shown is the second Rosewood Manor I bought in support of Karen it's called "Autumn Quakers". 
First was featured last blog post called "Inspiration". I also own a few more my Rosewood that I unearthed to make sure I didn't buy duplicates. 

On an unrelated note. My stash needs a serious organizational rework. More on that to come soon. 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Thank you! - Stitching Front Update

Wow, there is nothing else I can say but wow. Thank you isn't enough for the outpouring of support you have all given me in closing down SFS. Just thank you.

I am answering every message and comment I have received personally. However it's taking time. So please don't think I didn't get your message or care if I haven't responded. I am flooded with amazing emails and comments from people at this time. But I will be answering EVERY SINGLE ONE of them.

On the Stitching Front
I'm getting quite close on Take Time to Read. But running out of thread has really made life difficult. My TTtR will be quite unique as I am not necessarily using color for color match. But so far the entire piece is still in silk and that is my commitment to the project is that I don't compromise the delicate silk look that Jeanette intended.

I started a new Mill Hill kit. Just an itty bitty one. Instead of taking from stash I was bad and took from "newly ordered" items. Will share some photos soon!

Did you see the new Mirabilia witches!!! OMG am in love, and in trouble. Lol. I also adore Willow Queen that Mirabilia just released.

But instead of going for any of those; in light of the tragedy and suffering that the family of Rosewood Manor has been experiencing, I purchased a few Rosewood Manor patterns to help generate (albeit small but something) some income for Karen and her family. One of the patterns I bought is the gorgeous (yet big and detailed; say epic anyone...) piece shown called "Inspiration" from Rosewood Manor. I love that it's based on a quilt that was based on an 1800's stitched piece. Who could ask for more history and inspiration all around!

I also want to thank all the shops (including my online preferential shop) for their support and sales in this difficult time for Karen from Rosewood Manor and her family. It's an amazing community that the Internet created for stitching and I'm ever grateful to be a part of it.

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Stitch From Stash Announcement

I have been debating a decision for the last month and a bit, and have finally decided on the best course of action. 
All of my helpers have been fabulous and wonderful! I couldn't have kept SFS going without them over the last year!! This decision is in no part because of them or a lack of them. This is a purely personal decision on my behalf. 
If you haven't figured it out yet I am closing Stitch from Stash. I am finding it overwhelming these days to try and keep up each month (even with the help of my awesome volunteers). It has been a wonderful road to get to know so many people, manage the group, work through the growing pains and to learn a lot about my own spending habits (what I really learned is I'm awful with spending as expected, lol). However my role at my office is increasing (which is a good thing but involves a lot more effort and energy), my anxiety disorder is creeping up (slowly but surely) and tasks that have timelines add to my anxiety, and lastly my hands are sore a lot more often. Therefore I need to decrease some of my repetitive actions (like typing) in order to keep doing those I love (like stitching) and preserve my hands for as long as possible.  
I know this will disappoint many and for that I am very, very sorry. I feel that I'm letting you all down by not being able to finish the year out but each month (for the last couple) that I come to deal with SFS month end I am feeling more and more stressed and anxious about it. Obviously that is just silly as it should be fun! And I promise you it was. I've had a wonderful time running this group. It's just that now is the time for me to let go. 
I have considered passing the group onto someone and decided that in it's current form I'd like to retire it. However if someone would like to start their own I'd be happy to promote it on my blog so that everyone will be aware. 
Again, thank you so much to everyone that has been a part of the group. And please understand that I am sorry to close the group down at this time but it is the right thing to do. My DH thanks you all for helping me to save money, and supporting the group (so he didn't have to, lol). 
As a part of stepping away from SFS I'm going to try and re-engage whenever I can in the blog community. I have been passive for the last year and missed so many updates from all of you about your stitching. I miss that. And of course try to update my own blog a bit more often or at least twice a month. (I hope!)
Thank you again for being a part of this wonderful group and journey we have gone on. And don't ever forget to Stitch From Stash! :) 
Happy Stitching