Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Two finishes - and a Hi

Hello!!
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! 


19 comments:

Claudette497 said...

It's good to see you back - both pieces look great!

Clare - Aimetu said...

Two lovely pieces :-) it's so good to read you feel less pressured. Hosting online SALs, blog alongside, forums etc can be very stressful which can spoil a great hobby. Take time this year to stitch for you and enjoy x x

Gillie said...

Good to hear from you, I was poised to send a small nudge up north but that was as far as it got. Love the Time to......sorry you had issues with it. Come back again soon.

Cindy's Stitching said...

very pretty pieces.

Heather said...

Yay Mel's back! Great projects I adore the gingerbread house!

Rachel Tomkins said...

A couple of lovely finishes there Mel. The gingerbread house looks so cute! Glad to hear you're feeling better post SFS. :)

cucki said...

It's so good to see you back
Love your stitching project so much
Big hugs x

Leonore Winterer said...

I'm glad cancelling SFS turned out to be the right choice for you, and also glad to read from you again. But new PS4 for Christmas, I fully understand how distracting that can be :D Great finishes, I love seeing those Mill Hill kits and I'm sorry Time to Read wasn't as much fun as you hoped but it did turn out beautifully!

Annie said...

So nice to "see" you again;)
Wonderful stitching!

Emma/Itzy said...

nice to hear from you again! two cute finishes - I love the colours in the gingerbread house. I see so many people doing these mill hill kits, I should really try one one day.

Tiffstitch said...

Good to hear from you and sorry you had so much difficulty with the kit. It looks great though!

KimM said...

YEA! So good to see your update. Love, LOVE both of your finishes. Looking forward to more of your stitching. Take care -
xxx

Justine said...

Good to hear from you! I stitched one of those Mill Hill ornies (mine was a pine cone) just before Christmas and it was lots of fun. I can see how they become addictive.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Nice to see you back. I've been thinking of you because I started the chart you sent me.
Love the Gingerbread House, the beads are perfect for the design.
Glad you are feeling more relaxed too.

Blu said...

Lovely finishes! There are so many beads on the gingerbread house. It almost looks like there's more beads than stitches lol

Von said...

Your projects are beautiful. Sorry to hear about the difficulty with the J.D. piece, but I think you compensated beautifully!

Susan said...

Glad to see you're back. The gingerbread house is too cute!! Despite the issues you had with the JD piece, it looks great.

Brigitte said...

Great to see a new post from you, Mel. And so great to know that you were doing the right thing closing SFS down. You have not been bored for a single minute these past weeks :)
Your two finishes are so lovely. I just love the Time To ... pieces by Jeannette Douglas.

Vickie said...

So happy your are doing well! Love your finishes! I love MH but I have so many HAEDS going right now.....