Tuesday, November 24, 2009

First Row - Complete!

Well I've finally got the first row of Judgement Dragons done! :)
I am so excited. I am really pleased at how it is looking, at least from a few feet away. The stitches are blending nicely and such.
So this is 1/5 of the total project.
That doesn't seem like much after all the time I've put in. but that is okay cause I get to stitch colours other than blue in the next section!

Here is a picture of it:

I did make some progress on ducky this weekend. But will have photos a little later in the week of him. I have also been working on an ornament for a private exchange so I can't show any pics of it. But will show when it's been received.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Gift Arrived and HAED

I was so excited the other night when I got home from my 12 hour day (ugh) to see the package in my mailbox from Shel in Ireland! I won a gift from her blog a little while ago. I knew about the bookmarks, but she put in a bonus and it's these awesome Twilight candies. They are soooo cute! :)

You can check out what Shel is up to on her blog at http://stashofsanity.blogspot.com/
Thanks again Shel! :)

Also... I was bad... HAED (Heaven and Earth Designs) is having a sale! 25% off for US Thanksgiving. And as today is the last day and our magazine goes out the door (yeah for the end of the insanity). I decided, and the man agreed, to let me buy one pattern from them.
Here is what I picked:

You can see it in more detail from there site here:
SoulMates by Anne Stokes
This was a hard choice as there are soooo many I like on this site. But this time around this one won.

So coming up this weekend (I get a real weekend with no work, *happy dance*) We are going to an art market thingy so that should be interesting and I hope to get some stitching done! More progress on ducky, finish that page on dragons and I have a new project, it's a surprise for a private exchange, so I can't share any pics. But once it's received I will post. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Stitching Progress!

Well we are on the last leg of my craziness at work. This week should end the overtime *happy dance*. Just gotta get through this week.
But I did manage to get a bit of stitching in this weekend even with working.

Just for you Nancy M, an update on Castles in the Air! :)
This one was brutal I gotta say. The flowers you see on the left took me forever. I think I frogged once part out three times. So painful. I am so not looking forward to the matching set on the other side, but first I will do the peacock on this side.
Here is a pic of what I worked on:

And here is a pic of the whole project to date:

And I have an update on Dragons, no not quite a complete row/page. But it's close!
This has become tedious in this last little section because I only have two colours to stitch in it. So it's quick, cause it's just rows of the same thing, but kinda boring. So I am doing it bit by bit. It'll get there.
The piece to date:

Well... only a few more weeks until my first 12-hour stitch day at my LNS. Can't wait! And of course the end of this week will be a great relief to get our magazine out the door! ;)

Thank you so much for visiting (and for also believing that I am crazy about my current WIP and new SALs coming up!)

PS. Ducky got a bit more progress but not enough to show. I will try to get him done by Xmas... maybe that 12-hour stitch day will help. ;)

Friday, November 13, 2009

I must be crazy...

Well the name of this blog is going to become even more true if I don't stop soon. ;)
Well... I am going ANOTHER SAL. I know what you're thinking, really three? Plus all your other projects. Yes, I know, I must be nuts. Or just ready for the most epic January 2010 ever. ;)

So I have joined another SAL, waiting for confirmation that I am in but I think it will be all good. It's through the yuku board for Heaven and Earth Designs. It's for a storykeep and it's very pretty. Not sure if I'm allowed to post pics yet so I will wait. If you want in just join the board at yuku.com and there is a thread about it. You can email me if you want more info (email is in my profile).

In the meantime I am sorry that I don't have any progress pics, as I have not stitched in about four days. :(
I have been working 12 hour days for the past few nights so when I get home, grab a bite to eat and watch like one show I'm done for the night. Just too tired to try and stitch. But only one more week and it will go back to normal and then I can get more stitching done!
In the meantime hope you are all doing well. I am trying not to fall behind on blogs and boards at the very least. But we'll see how the next week at the office goes.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Snowman Finish, Ornnament Received, Ducky Update

Wow... that is a long title. But I just couldn't come up with one thing for it all. ;)

Alright... it was a busy weekend... some stitching done, lots of sleeping as I was not feeling great. But also had an opportunity to go to the Calgary Flames game with my friend which was awesome! And very unexpected, she got some free tickets last minute.

But on to what you care about... the stitching.

Here is my finish (minus the buttons) of Button Up #1, Snowman. I will be doing Fill-It-Up from the same set on the same piece of material and then cutting them out. So that is why it has no buttons yet as it's still on scroll rods. My pine boughs at the top are not exactly like the pattern, cause I found it hard to follow.. so I made some of them up. Hope it still looks okay!

I also received my September exchange ornament from my ILCS Yahoo Group. It is so cute. What a great little exchange this was! :)

And last but not least an update on the ducky. I was hoping to have the page of the bottom section on the left done by the end of the weekend... but sleep overtook. ;)
He is coming along. I am still painfully waiting to complete this one so I can start something else... but gotta get through him for my friend first.
(and I ran out of a few DMC colours in the blue, so had to make an emergency Michael's trip to get three skeins, but got those so now full steam ahead on ducky).

Thank you so much to everyone for visiting and all your great comments! You all make my day! :)

Friday, November 6, 2009

LNS Trip - A new SAL

Well I managed to get out of work at a decent time yesterday so that I could make a trip to my LNS as some of my patterns had come in that I had ordered. So that was great.
I've been working some crazy hours this week... two more weeks to go of the overtime to go. So stitching will continue to suffer... sorry ladies.
Okay with that said though I signed up for a 12-hour stitch that they do at my LNS on Dec. 5th. So looking forward to that!

Okay... enough talking and more pics. :)
Here are the supplies I picked up for a new SAL I am going via the Stitcher's Showcase. There is a link on my sidebar if you want to join this group and get in on it.
The pattern is like an Ink Circles (but not) and so I picked a variegated (top 3 skeins in the pic) for the middle parts and one variegated for the border (bottom skein). This SAL starts on Jan 1, 2010. So I will hold onto it until then.

I also got the latest pirate design from Sue Hillis. This is one of my faves from the set:

I also picked up my PIF gifts for the three ladies who won last week. I will be sending them tonight. As I don't want to ruin the surprise for them I won't show you what they got until they let me know they've received it. ;)

Thanks for visiting, sorry I don't have any WIP pics today. Just haven't had any time to stitch. Maybe have some time tonight or tomorrow for a bit, so maybe ducky will get some time in.
Thanks for visiting and commenting! :)

Monday, November 2, 2009

Teresa Wentzler Closes her Doors

It is a sad day in the world of cross stitching... one of my personal favourite stitchers is done.
Teresa Wentzler has announced that she will be closing up shop and is no longer designer, but also that her designs are going out-of-print.
I have stitched numerous patterns by her including; Unicorn, Dragon, Day and Night.
I am of course now I am frantic to make sure I have all of her patterns that I want in my stash so that I can stitch them at my leisure and not worry about getting my hands on a copy.

If you'd like to read more about this you can check out her blog at:
Or her main store site at: