Saturday, July 19, 2014

Exciting News!!

As promised I have a very exciting news to announce to everyone!
While the timing of this is as yet unknown (I will update when I know), it has been confirmed to be happening and almost all my requirements for submission have been met (I have to send some extra photos in still).

I was approached a couple weeks ago by Cross Stitch Collection Magazine. They are running a series of features on stitchers who blog, where we chat about why we have our blog, what we stitch and other stitchy questions. I'm sooo very excited!!

Now I know many of you are thinking, but Mel you used to work in magazines and that wasn't near as exciting... Well the difference for me is this is a magazine about my absolute fave thing to do in the world. And I feel it's a HUGE compliment to be chosen.

Now here's the thing that I know with absolute certainty. This feature is a huge compliment to all my followers as well, yes that's you!! Because without all of you to encourage me, vote, have dialogues, give opinions, etc. this blog would be nothing. So I want to say a huge THANK YOU to all my followers, new and old, over the last 5 years. This blog started as a way to track my Dragons progress, and to meet other stitchers and it's become so much bigger than I could have ever imagined. All because of my readers! We've been through some crazy life events over the last 5 years; including surgery, health issues, living with my man, buying my first home and so much more! Nevermind all the XS projects including the continuing epic of Dragons, Mirabilia Fairy, Raven, Lizzie Kate Halloween fun, Cottages and sooo many more!

As a big thank you I'd like to hold a giveaway!!! Yep that's right, a big thank you to all of YOU. :)
There are two different packages to enter for, you can enter for both or just one as you prefer.

Giveaway Requirements! 
1) You must be a follower of my blog
2) You must comment on THIS post and indicate if you want to be entered for package 1, 2 or both.
3) To get additional entries you can do one of the following:
    - Post about this giveaway on your blog (please comment with a link)
    - Tweet about this giveaway (please comment with a link)
    - Tweet about my Etsy shop (please comment with a link)

The Prizes! 

Package 1:
All patterns I've stitched in the past and finishes I've shared on this blog over the years:
- Just Nan: Merry Old Elf
- Lizzie Kate: Spring Basket (Snippet)
- Just Nan: Over the Top (Glow!) - pattern only
- The Trilogy: Domes of Doom (Haunted Heads) with Liberty Street Designs 28ct Caramel Toffee linen

Package 2:
My favourite "easy" stitches are Mill Hill Bead & Button kits on perforated paper. So here's two for you to work through, or try out if you've never worked on perforated paper before.
- Mill Hill Holiday Ornaments III (Frosty)
- Mill Hill Autumn Series VII (Autumn Garden)

Good luck to everyone!!

Other updates: Dragons is continuing on and looking great on this page (though filling in the giant spaces of just white or ivory is kinda boring). Current Mill Hill (herb garden) is actually getting worked on AND I worked on my Mirabilia a bit this week, pics of the Mermaid to come. 

Truly thank you to absolutely all of you for making this blog what it is today and for sticking with me for so long! 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Small Finish & Dragons Update

July is here, which also means summer is here in Calgary. Our 6-8 weeks of nice weather has started. :)
However, as I have to stay out of the sun because of meds I have been inside a lot stitching. But luckily there is a window I can open to share in the summer some.

On that note, let's get to that stitching! I finished a Lizzie Kate piece; part of a series but I stitched it up to be framed (eventually) and sold at my Etsy store. This "remember" on 28ct linen. I changed all colors for hand dyed threads I had on hand and made my own color scheme.

My dragons update is a bit of a tease, I won't lie. But it will show you my progress on the latest page. This page has A LOT of the same 3 colors in giant chunks. So I did my own version of gridding. I've stitched the black/colored stitches to create spaces where I don't have to check the pattern or count all the time. I use pencil crayon to mark off but I changed this to black and white so you could easily see the system.

Thanks for continuing to follow everyone.
Exciting news later this week, sorry can't confirm it yet. And some finish finishes (amazingly) that I did up myself. I"ll be back soon!

Monday, June 30, 2014

June Stitch from Stash & Small Finish

It's finally summer here! Well, at least as summer as it gets. Which is to say it's about 21C (70F) each day with a thunderstorm in the late afternoon or evening. And I'm just fine with that as no one (but crazy rich people) have A/C here I love when it cools off in the evening.

That brings me to my Stitch From Stash update for June
Everyone was given a $50 bonus, on top of their budget $25 for the month (and of course carryover can still be used). So I went a bit crazy... And feel like I just want to keep buying still now. It's awful. But here's what I got in the end so far this month (I'm going to have to be careful in July now as I have no carryover at all!):
  • $19.95 for Gigi & beads (I'll use DMC & fabric from stash)
  • $42.00 on 9 patterns from eBay, including lots of Ink Circles patterns (show pics of 3 matching).
  • $0.00 on two cross stitch books because of issues with ebay a seller sent me free 2 books by Joan Elliott including "Fairy Enchantment". Love how beautiful these books are and definitely worth even the retail price based on number of patterns inside.
Small Finish
From Just Nan, this piece is "Summer". A Whimzi design that I happen to have the Whimzi frame for that is quite cute (it has a cute little flower on the edge). Which means I will actually, eventually, finish this into something (lol).
Done on 32 count pale pink linen with DMC (2 DMC substituted as didn't have exact number available in stash and didn't want to pilfer from kitted up projects). The linen is not really showing up as pink as it actually is... so imagine it pinker?

This piece will be going up for sale on Etsy once framed and complete (this is my way of motivating myself to finish it, I hope!)

In Other News: 
Dragons is coming along. I'll post when I'm at a halfway through the page point. Maybe even as early as the end of the month if I'm really hopeful.
Just Nan - Counting Bats is only 3 bands away from complete! It will be photoed and I'll update on it next week.
I also have a very exciting story to share with everyone but am going to wait to hear the "official" word on it. It is stitching related and quite flattering for me. But I'll delve more into it as soon as I can (maybe by next week).

Happy Stitching! 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Gig Wins!

Thank you so much to everyone for voting. The voting went the way I was probably leaning if pressed for a response so I feel good about the choice.

The winner, and new chart I am going to buy (plus beads) is Nora Corbett's new pattern "Gigi - Bewitching Pixies". (seen to the right)
I think I have lots of different 32 or lower count fabric to do her on that is a tan/beige/brown look. So once I have the beads and pattern in hand (do a floss pull) then I will evaluate the fabric situation.
However as part of stitch from stash I am forcing myself to IMMEDIATELY pull fabric and pair it up with patterns so that new stuff doesn't go partially ready for stitching.

If you're the curious type (like me!) you may be interested in the results of the survey. 71 responses!

Thanks again for voting! 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A Witchy Choice - Poll

So, as I'm sure none of you frequent followers will be surprised, I'm in LOVE with the new Nora Corbett Witches! There are two gorgeous gals in this series, but I can only get one (for now) with the bonus that is happening this month with Stitch from Stash!

If you're following along with Stitch from Stash it's a mid-way to the end of year bonus. Everyone has been given a $50 addition to their budget of $25 this month; but you must use the $25 of budget before you can use the $50.

So I can get one of these lovely ladies but not both... (because I want to get beads and pattern, and maybe fabric but gonna check that stash first as I've been trying to!)
And as my DH is being unhelpful in deciding which pattern to choose (lol) I thought my followers know best.
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Thanks for voting! 

I've got a small finish, and maybe even a second one to share with you next time, and I'm already 1/4 of the way through the next Dragons page! (can you tell my Etsy shop has been slow? -but that's not so bad as I get to stitch more).

Thanks for voting and happy stitching!
Oh, and to anyone in SFS2014 sorry if I just added something to your wish list. I blame it on Nora for making amazing designs I just "must" have. (lol)

Friday, June 6, 2014

May - Stitch From Stash Update

Wow delay in posting for May SFS, I know it's terrible. However, I had a crazy bad sinus infection thing that took me right out. From work, home and online as I had headaches that were made 10 times worse by any light. However here I am at the end some antibiotics with only a bit of a cough left so back to business it is! 

So what did I do in May for Stitch From Stash? Well... I bought stuff... cause you know I'm awful. 
I spent $22.56 on patterns from eBay including this gorgeous kit below that I just adore from Sweetheart Tree! 

 Today I spent 3 hours reorganzing some stash to try and "fit in" more items. Looking through it all I purged some more items which is always nice and re-organized so that my drawers will fit more items. Not that I "need" anymore stash but if I can be more economical with my space then why not! (too bad I can't do that with my pocketbook better!)

As I was sick there was no stitching on Dragons or Halloween sampler as they are both on smaller counts. However I did stitch up and finish one of the new Mill Hill Bead kits that is just adorable. It's called "princess carriage" done with the supplied items from the kit which include perforated 14ct paper, DMC floss & gorgeous Mill Hill Beads. I'm quite happy with how it turned out and will finish it with a sticky-back felt and a magnet! Here's some pics.

That's all I've got for right now. I know not a very exciting post. But my priority for the last couple weeks has been just staying alive (lol). I am going to get in some Dragons stitching tonight while the DH is out at the movies. Probably watch some Doctor Who as well, stoked to get back into Dragons.

Happy stitching! 

Monday, May 12, 2014

DRAGONS - Page Finish!!

I'm soooo excited to present to you the latest page finish of Dragons.
This is the fourth last page (only three to go!) and it's the first to be completed on the final top row.
Yep that means the top of the current page finish is the top of the piece!!

Current page just finished (top left corner).

There is an end in sight! I was really starting to think there might not be. This coming August will be 7 years on this piece and I'm determined to finish it before I hit 8.

For those wondering a few notes about this piece you may not know:
- while this is charted exactly like, and looks like a HAED it is in fact a pattern from Character Creations based in New Zealand whom are now defunct.
- the art is by Lisa Hunt and is supposed to represent Judgement card from the major arcana of a Tarot deck.
- most people start these patterns from top left. I start from bottom left and work to the right, then up as I stitch like I'm left handed (even though I'm righty). I learned to do it this way and there is no way I'm ever going to change.
- there are 106 colors of DMC in this pattern. With over 130 skeins to be used. Many colors require 3 or 4 skeins.
- it is being stitched over 1, with 1 thread on 25ct even weave Lugana beige.
- this blog got it's name because a friend told me I seemed to only pick "epic" stitching projects when I started stitching these beloved dragons.

Thanks to everyone whose been here from the beginning and those who've recently joined for continuing on this epic journey with me!
We're soooo close!! :)

Happy Stitching!

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