Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Just a Little Update on Elemental Masks ...

Hi there! 

I hope you are all doing very well! I am doing well, just trying to survive this insane desert summer heat that I live in. I am originally from Southern California and I transplanted to Southern Arizona in 1999. People told me, "oh you'll get used to it once you acclimatize", Yeah, well, I'm still waiting for that to happen! LOL ☺ 

So I've been getting a little bit done on Elemental Masks. With the heat, I'm not stitching quite as much. I think pretty soon I might end up being up very late at night just to stitch in cooler temps. 

Here is my update for now ... 

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This confetti stitching is quite the challenge. I'm sure there has to be an easier way to work on confetti stitching than the way that I am doing it. I have been using different color highlighters and light colored markers to mark off each and every symbol on my chart so that I know exactly where I have to stitch each color. I mark off a symbol on the chart, and then I stitch all the stitches on the page for that symbol, and then I do the same for the next symbol, and so on. Is there an easier way, my stitching friends? Please let me know! ☺

That's all that I have for now! 

Until Next Time, 
♥ Margie ♥

Saturday, June 20, 2015

My Oldest UFO Back on the Frame!

Hello Fellow Stitchers, Crafters, Bloggers & Friends! 

One of the groups on Facebook that I am an admin for is having a virtual stitchalong event where we're bringing out our oldest UFO to work on and make some progress on. For those that don't know, a UFO is "UnFinished Object". My oldest UFO is Elemental Masks. It is a pattern designed by Tereena Clarke at Artecy. This is a design that is large, however it is by no means a BAP. And BAP is "Big Ass Project". BAPs are usually patterns designed by Tilton Crafts or Heaven and Earth Designs. In fact, Heaven and Earth Designs, or HAED, has come out with even bigger designs that they are calling "Super Sized" which are absolutely HUGE! Anyway, Elemental Masks is 167 stitches wide by 250 stitches tall, for a total of 41,750 stitches in total. And it is solid stitching. I started this pattern just over seven years ago and then put it away to work on other projects that were gifts for other people. And then more gift projects came up and so on. And eventually this one just sat in its bag waiting to be picked up again. Well then this stitchalong event came up and so I got it out to work on. When I took it out of the bag I was so excited to bring it back out and that I would be continuing my efforts to get it finished. And what did I find when I took it out of the bag? 

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Yep, that's right, the fabric had stains on it, from what I have no idea. So I washed it in Woolite, cold water & hand wash. The stains were a little fainter, but still there. Then I tried using dish soap that some of my fellow stitchers had suggested. And the stains were still there. Now had the stains all been in the stitching area, it would have been alright. However, they were not. Some were outside of the stitching area and might be visible in the finished project even after framing. So with that, I decided since I was only about two thirds of the way through the first page, it would be better if I just restarted the piece on a new piece of fabric. And that is what I did. 

These are pictures of my progress so far ... 

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The above picture was my official "restart" pic of the project. I don't think it is considered a new start really when it's a restart.

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I am planning on continuing to work on this piece even after the SAL (stitchalong) is done. I will work on it until I receive the materials to start working on the George Washington project. If you'd like to know what the George Washington project is, click on the tab at the top of my blog to read all about it! It is a fantastic and awesome project that should be an incredible journey to making world history!!! ☺

Well that's all I have for now. I'll be posting an update to Elemental Masks soon! If you don't remember what the finished piece is supposed to look like, click on the tab at the top of my blog that says WIPs and UFOs. And thank you again for stopping by and reading my blog! I love hearing from you in the comments! ☺

Until Next Time,
♥ Margie ♥

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Stitching for Charity

Hi Everyone! 

I've been working on a few little designs for an online stitching friend that is gathering small stitched pieces that will be used in comfort pillows in Poland. They are fun to stitch and really quick stitches. Plus they are going to a good cause. They are good for when I am out and about and can only carry a small project with me. 

These are the ones that I have made so far ... 

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I'm sure I'll do several more before the end of the year. Since it's not the only project that I am working on, they will be ones that I work on in between other projects and when I need a break from the larger projects. 

Until Next Time,
♥ Margie ♥

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Update on Tribal Teapot

Hello Everyone! 

Yes, it has been a while since my last post. We have been busy with fair and end of the year school activities and some other family matters, I just kept forgetting to post some update pictures. I have a couple to show since the last one that I posted of the Tribal Teapot. 

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I haven't gotten very far on this piece, partially due to the above mentioned reasons, but also bcuz the color of the fabric has made stitching this piece a little bit challenging. It's like a blueish gray color. So I have discovered that the best way to work on it is in actual daylight, as in sitting outside to stitch. And where I live, we have been getting triple digit temps, and in the 90s for the last couple of months, so there is no way I''m sitting outside to stitch until the Fall. So I am going to put this one on hold for a while until it cools off and I can sit outside comfortably again. 

That's all I have for now. Thanks for stopping by! 

Until Next Time,
♥ Margie ♥

Thursday, April 16, 2015

And the Results are In!

Hello to you all! 

Thank you for stopping by & reading my blog! So I have some happy news from the Pima County Fair! 

I won RIBBONS!!! 

For my Goonies Never Say Die ... 
3rd Place! 

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The notes on the card said that they didn't like the way I chose to frame it. 

For my Rules for Life ...
2nd Place! 

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The notes on the card for this one said they did not like the frame that I chose for this design. 

And last but not least, for my Let's Be Wicked ... 
1st Place! 

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The notes on the card for this one said that the purple mat should have been a lighter purple. 

So that is my results from the fair!!! Not too shabby if you ask me! 

That's all for now! 

Until Next Time,
♥ Margie ♥

Sunday, April 12, 2015

My Entries for the County Fair!

Hi there Everyone! 

As I said in my previous post, I have three fair entries this year. The first one is Rules of Life by Kincavel Krosses. This design, was the only pattern that a very dear friend of mine, who was really like a second mom to me, asked me to stitch for her. She passed away before I was able to stitch it for her. But I had promised that I would stitch it for her, and so I kept that promise. The second is Let's Be Wicked by Ursula Michael. This was just a fun design to stitch and it was the first bigger design that I stitched for myself. Before, the only thing I had stitched for myself was a very small ornament and a small magnet. And last but definitely not least, Goonies Never Say Die by Fiddlesticksau. This design, well speaks for itself. The Goonies is a movie favorite in our home. 

Here is the completed and framed Rules for Life ... 

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Here is Let's Be Wicked ... 

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And finally, Goonies Never Say Die ... 

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I had so much fun stitching all of these designs. And also choosing the perfect frames and embellishments. I turned them into the fairgrounds this past Friday, April 10th. The fair opens Thursday night and that's when I'll get to find out how they did in the judging! Four more days!!! This is one of the very few times when I DO wish for time to go by very quickly! LOL! 

Until Next Time,
♥ Margie ♥

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Whoa! Where Has the Time Gone?!!!

Hello Friends & Fellow Crafters! 

What a busy year it has been so far! Here we are already one third of the way through the year and I haven't gotten much stitching done at all. I have been super busy with my Bottle Caps crafts. It has been so much fun! Have you visited my Crafting with Bottle Caps page on Facebook? I have been making bottle cap jewelry, needle minders and magnet sets! They have been SO much fun to make! I am just trying to make some extra money since I am unable to work due to needing to be home for my daughter who has autism and epilepsy. 

I need to get back on working on some stitching. I have to get my Tribal Teapot finished within a month. These next couple of days I am finishing framing up and preparing my three entries for the local county fair. Plus my daughter is entering three pieces of her artwork! I am entering Let's Be Wicked, Rules for Life and Goonies Never Say Die. I have to turn them in on Friday. Then the first day of the fair is next Thursday, April 16th and that's when we'll be able to find out how we did. We are so excited! Once we get them all ready for the fair, I will post pictures. 

Here is my Tribal Teapot so far ... 

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I will be making some more progress on it and hopefully get it finished in time for Mother's Day! 

Until Next Time,
♥ Margie ♥


Friday, January 9, 2015

Weekly Rotation #9 ~ Save the Stitches 01/01-01/07

Hello Everyone! 

I hope the New Year has started off fantastic for you all! I have started my weekly rotations with Save the Stitches Blackwork Journey. Although I am not stitching it with any black whatsoever. After the first week, I have been thinking that maybe I might try changing up the rotation a bit. And instead of a weekly rotation, I'll do a biweekly rotation so that I'm working on each project for two weeks at a time instead of just one. But since up until now, I have been doing the weekly rotation, I wanted to go ahead and share my small start on Save the Stitches. 

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So I will continue this week with Save the Stitches! 

On a side note, we have a new addition to our family. A couple of days ago, we rescued a cute little puppy, that someone had left by the trash dumpster in the alley behind a friend's house. Our friends couldn't keep him, so we took our other furbaby over there to make sure they would get along. And with the exception that my Jack doesn't realize how big and strong he is, they get along fine. We will have to watch them when they are together until the new puppy gets big enough to be on his own with Jack so that Jack doesn't unintentionally hurt him. But other than that, they do like each other. The kids named the new puppy JJ. So now we have Jack and JJ. 

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That's all I have for now. I appreciate you stopping by my blog! Don't forget to leave a comment and let me know you came by! 

Until Next Time,
♥ Margie ♥

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!!!

Hello and a Very Happy New Year to You All!!! 

It is that time a year again, the New Year is just hours away (in my time zone), time to make those crafting goals! What will we get finished? What will we start? What do we want to make good progress on? For me, I have several. 

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CROSS STITCH GOALS
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1. Finish Queen Bee
2. Finish Red Rose
3. Finish Elemental Cosmos
4. Start and finish Tribal Teapot
5. Start and finish Save the Stitches
6. Make some good progress on Queen of Hearts
7. Make some good progress on Transformation
8. Make some good progress on Wicca
9. Make any progress on America the Beautiful
10. Make any progress on Dark Force
11. Make any progress on Monopoly Game Board


CROCHET GOALS
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1. Make some good progress on my son's afghan
2. Make some good progress on my daughter's afghan


SEWING GOALS
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1. Make the Save the Stitches cross stitch piece into a table cloth
2. Start getting some aprons and stockings ready to be sewn and get some made
3. Create patterns for additional projects I'd like to start making


MOST IMPORTANT GOAL
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1. Finish getting my craft room completely and totally organized so that I can get back to sewing! 



That's quite the list for now. I will continue with my weekly rotations. Although with the new year starting on Thursday, I will be changing the rotations from Saturday thru Friday to Thursday thru Wednesday. Looking forward to a productive 2015!!! I wish you all the very best in the upcoming year!!! Happy New Year, One and All!!! 

Until Next Time,
♥ Margie ♥

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

My Finishes for 2014

Hello again! 

This has been a good year. My family and I are thankful for the good things that have happened and for the bad things that did not. We look forward to another good year in 2015. 

I had a more productive year in my crafting in 2014. I have cross stitch finishes, and a ribbon for one. I have started a new crafting venture with bottle caps that is really fun. You can find Crafting with Bottle Caps on Facebook. 

Here are my 2014 Cross Stitch Finishes ...

White Willow Stitching's Tribal Penguin

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Ursula Michael's Let's Be Wicked

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Ursula Michael's Let's Hug Brother

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Goonies Never Say Die (purchased on Etsy)

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Kincavel Krosses' Rules for Life

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These were not very large designs, but they were not small ones either. So I feel a sense of accomplishment to have finished them all in one year. I hope for more finishes in 2015. 

Also, I have made several bottle cap needle minders, magnets and necklaces! 

Until Next Time,
♥ Margie ♥

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Fleece Tied Blankets & Pillows for My Kids

Hello Friends & Fellow Crafters!!! 

As you know from my previous post, there was not time for stitching this past week due to the holiday and preparations for such. I'd like to show you the fleece blankets and pillows that I made for my kids. I think they came out really well and my kids just loved them! For both of them, I used King sized pillows to make them nice and big and fluffy. The blankets are about the size of a full sized bed so that they don't outgrow their blankets!

For my daughter, the theme was Hello Kitty. She is a huge HK fan. 

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For my son, who is a very big Star Wars fan, the theme was Darth Vader. Since the Darth Vader fabric was blacks, grays & bluish grays, for the opposing fabric, I used plain red fleece, since that is the color of Darth Vader's lightsaber. 

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That is all I have for now. I will continue with my rotation this week and that project will be the White Willow Stitching Tribal Teapot, which will be a gift for my Mom. ♥

Until Next Time,
♥ Margie ♥

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Weekly Rotation #8 ~ Red Rose 12/13-12-19

Hi there Everyone! 

With this past week's rotation, I was working on Red Rose by White Willow Stitching. The artwork is by my brother! With preparations for the holidays, there wasn't much time for stitching, but I did manage to get in a few stitches. 

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With Christmas coming up next week, I will most likely have no time for stitching, as I need to make my daughter's & son's fleece tied blankets and pillows. My daughter's is Hello Kitty and my son's is Darth Vader. So there won't be a weekly rotation. 

I want to wish all of you who celebrate a very Merry Christmas!!! 

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Until Next Time,
♥ Margie ♥

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Weekly Rotation #7 ~ Queen Bee 12/06-12/12

Hello Everyone! 

Well, I got a bit more of the apple area on Queen Bee done this week. It was a bumpy week, so I kind of had a hard time finding the motivation. But I did make some progress and progress is progress, right?! 

So here we are on Queen Bee ...

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Up next in the rotation is Red Rose by White Willow Stitching. The artist is my brother! He drew the rose without any color and WWS designed the cross stitch design in several different color roses. The one that I am working on is the Red Rose, but bcuz WWS was not able to get a good mock up picture of the design in red, I am stitching it up so that she will be able to use my stitched picture for the pattern cover. Here is what the rose design looks like in black. But just picture it in red! 

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I am stitching the design on 14ct aida. It seems weird to be doing since lately, I have been doing most of my stitching on 18ct and also recently 25ct. But I know the end result will look great! I hope my brother likes it! 

Until Next Time,
♥ Margie ♥

Friday, December 5, 2014

Weekly Rotation #6 ~ Rules for Life 11/29-12/04

Hi there Friends, Family and Fellow Crafters! 

Great news! As you can see, this isn't my normal Saturday post following a full week of stitching. The reason for that is ... I HAVE A FINISH!!! Yes, that's right, I have finished Rules for Life by Kincavel Krosses! I finished it last night. This is Finish #5 for 2014! I am loving the progress that I am making on all of my projects by doing this rotation! It is really working out well for me. 

Without further delay, here is my finished Rules for Life! 

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Since this piece is finished with a day left to spare in the weekly rotation, I was trying to decide what to work on. I thought about working on one of my other projects. I also thought about starting a new Rules for Life, but in different colors, which I do want to do anyway. I also thought about just starting on Queen Bee a day early. After all that thinking, I decided that just adding the extra day to my Queen Bee rotation is best. 

So next up on the rotation, Queen Bee by Unconventional Cross Stitch! 

Until Next Time,
♥ Margie ♥

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Weekly Rotation #5 ~ Queen Bee 11/22-11/28

Hello Everyone! 

Well this week's stitching rotation was Queen Be by Unconventional Cross Stitch. With the holiday this week, there wasn't as much stitching time permitted, but I did get some stitching in. The outline is completely finished and I started coloring it in! 

Here is my weekly rotation progress ... 

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Also, I have decided to concentrate on two projects for the rest of this year while doing my weekly rotations, Queen Bee and Rules for Life, until at least one of them is finished.

Next week's rotation, Rules for Life by Kincavel Krosses!!! 

Until Next Time,
♥ Margie ♥