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 ♥

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Weekly Rotation #4 ~ Rules for Life 11/15-11/21

Hello Friends, Family & Fellow Crafters! 

So this week's rotation was Rules for Life by Kincavel Krosses. I love working on this piece. And even though the design itself is fun to stitch, that's not what makes this piece so extra special to me. A very dear friend of mine, who was like a second Mom to me, would love to see my projects and see what new patterns I would get. One day I showed her the Rules for Life pattern that I had just got. She loved it. She said to me that she would really really like a stitched piece of that design. She had liked a lot of the patterns that I had. But she had never asked for me to stitch any of them for her. This was the first time. I absolutely was going to stitch this for her. I bought the fabric and the floss. I had some other things I needed to work on before I could start this design for her. And then last summer, completely unexpectedly, my second Mom, passed away. I was devastated, She would never get to see this piece come to life as I stitch it. She would never get to see the finished design hanging on her wall. But I knew, I still had to stitch it. Her daughter came into town from out of state to take care of Momma's things. We had never met in person, but both knew all about each other. And we all felt like family. So I decided that when I did stitch this design, that I am going to send it to Momma's daughter & family. I think that's where it belongs. And I think that's what Momma would have wanted. I really hope they will like it. 

So here is the progress that I made on Rules for Life in this weekly rotation ... 

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Next up on the stand for weekly rotation, back to Queen Bee! 

Until Next Time,
♥ Margie ♥

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sad News

Hello Everyone ... 

It is with a heavy heart that I have to tell you all about a cross stitch friend, who is a pattern designer, Love Thy Thread. Sadly, due to health issues, she is having to close up shop. She has created some beautiful pattern from extremely talented artists, as well as her own designs, which are fantastic & fun. Some of you may remember that the Mini Mermaid design that I have worked on is from her website as well as the Blossom design that my  husband is working on. Her website will remain up until the end of November and then starting on December 1st, will no longer be available. So if there are any patterns on her site that you haven't bought yet, but have on your wish list, get them now. If you haven't visited her site before, get there now & shop away! 

I am saddened at the closing of her online shop, but do understand. Her health is most important and I wish her nothing but the best and that her health improves quickly. 

Thank you all. 

Until Next Time,
♥ Margie ♥

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Weekly Rotation #3 ~ Goonies 11/08-11/14

Hello Everyone! 

The third week of my cross stitch project rotation has come to an end, and guess what!!! I have another FINISH!!! Yes, that's right! I worked on Goonies, and with the exception of framing, Goonies Never Say Die is done! It came out really good. And I am so glad that I decided to stitch white on black instead of the black on white like the pattern called for bcuz it looks tons better. I have some ideas for the framing that I think are going to look fantastic! Stay tuned! So as of right now, I have four finishes for 2014! I am pretty happy about that! 

So here it is ... GOONIES NEVER SAY DIE!

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The next project in my weekly rotation ... Rules for Life by Kincavel Krosses! 

Until Next Time,
♥ Margie ♥

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Weekly Rotation #2 ~ Queen Bee 11/01-11/07

Hello there Friends, Family & Fellow Crafters! 

Here we are after the second week of my new weekly rotation and I must say, it is going really well! Even my husband has said that I have been making great progress on my projects since starting the rotation and I'm sticking to it. 

So this week's project was Queen Bee by Unconventional Cross Stitch. Such a great design and it has been fun working on it. When I get to the color, I decided that I am going to include blending filament into the color of the wings. I'm excited to see how that comes out once I get to it! For now, I am excited about the amount of progress that I made this week! I only have one more page of the outline to stitch and then it's time to color it all in! 

Here is Queen Bee!

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Next up on the weekly rotation ... Goonies!!! 

Until Next Time,
♥ Margie ♥

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Weekly Rotation #1 ~ Queen of Hearts 10/25-10/31

Hello Friends! 

So here we are at the end of the first weekly rotation! It went really well, I think. I didn't make as much progress as I would have liked. But did manage to get in 1430 stitches out of the total 317,500 stitches that are in the entire design of Queen of Hearts. I started the design in the bottom left hand corner and have only stitched DMC 310 so far, so it looks like a block of black and nothing more. But it will get there!

Here is where I'm at for this week's progress ... 

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Next up in the weekly rotation ... Queen Bee by Unconventional Cross Stitch!!! 

Until Next Time,
♥ Margie ♥

Monday, October 20, 2014

A New Plan ...

Hi Everyone! 

So I've been doing some thinking. Yes, I know, for us crafty people, that can be a dangerous thing lol. But this is a good thing. I have been thinking about all of the WIPs, WISPs, UFOs and new starts that I have going. And also of the lack of finishes that I have been having. A couple of years ago, other than ATCs, I had no finishes at all. Last year, there was maybe one finish. So as I said, I've been doing some thinking. I have had more finishes this year than I have in a while. But I want to really make some substantial progress on all of my WIPs, etc. So I have decided that I am going to start doing a weekly rotation. Granted, the first project in my new plan is going to be a new start, which will be Queen of Hearts by HAED. There is an event that I am involved in from a group on Facebook which calls for a new start of an HAED pattern. So no better time to start my weekly rotation plan than with the start of this event. So the weekly rotations will start on October 25th and run Saturday through Friday for each project. And unless it's an important gift that needs to be done, the projects being rotated will be existing projects. I do have a three gift projects that I need to do. One is a cute frog kit for my daughter's teacher, which needs to be done by the end of May since that is when the school year ends. The second is a set of inserts for these three little boxes. And the third is a Spongebob Squarepants design for a very dear family friend. Not sure yet where they exactly will fall into the rotation. But they will. 

So first up in the weekly rotation, Queen of Hearts! 

Until Next Time,
♥ Margie ♥

Friday, October 17, 2014

Queen Bee Progress Update

Hi Everyone! 

Now that I am home from my trip, I am making some pretty good progress on my Queen Bee project. It's looking good, if I do say so myself. LOL. Also this week, I have been working on making some bottle cap magnets, necklaces and needle minders. I have found a great product to seal in the picture rather than just use the epoxy stickers that I was using. Will post some photos of those soon. But first ... QUEEN BEE PROGRESS!!! 

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So as you can see, it is coming along and taking shape. Lots of DMC 939, just about a full skein so far, and I think it will take a second skein to finish all of the stitches for that color. Then it will be just like coloring in a picture! 

That's all I have for now, but I wanted to be sure to get an update posted before the weekend started. Tomorrow is my local stitching get together, so there should be much more progress by the end of the weekend! 

Until Next Time,
♥ Margie ♥