Sunday, June 5, 2016

Who Knew!

Well, here it is June 5 already. Where does the time go? This will be the last week of school,  just 3.5 days. For a long time it seemed like the school year would never end and now I can't believe it is almost over. Looking forward to some time off.

I have been away for quite awhile and I am not going to go into all that. But the last couple of weeks I have made some new discoveries in the stitching world.

FlossTube. WOW! Now instead of blogging, people are bringing it on YouTube. They talk about their WIPs, finished pieces, stash enhancements and some are even doing tutorials on various topics. I have watched a few but I find myself wanting them to pick up the pace. However, it is kind of fun to place a face to some of the fellow bloggers.

They other big discovery for me anyway, is NEEDLEMINDERS. Who knew? Now I do already have some needleminders. It is one of the treasures we get annually at our little retreat we have from fellow stitching squad member, Jackie. However, I thought you could only use them when you were using stretcher bars or Q-snaps. I, for whatever reason, didn't think that they could be used on just ANY piece of stitching. I guess I thought it had to be a flat surface or the needle would fall off!? What was I thinking? Silly me! Since coming to this realization, of course I have a few more of these on order.

Anyway, I do have some stitching to share. I decided to start something new on Memorial Day weekend. I chose Plum Street Samplers, "Betsy's Tart". I did however, change everything about it.

I bought the below clock at Hobby Lobby. They are still 1/2 off. I removed the insides and spray painted it using Krylon Cherry Red paint.


And here is my finished piece. I absolutely love it!

Plum Street Samplers
Betsy's Tart
28ct. Lugana White/Silver
DMC: White, 326, 797 and 799
Star buttons from JoAnn's


I am so happy with how this turned out. I haven't completed a finish for a long time. It is kind of a large piece. The face is 6" round.

That is it for now. I am going to stitch the rest of today. I hope you find time to stitch as well.

Thank for stopping by.

JillMN

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Two Thousand Sixteen

A New Year. A New Beginning.

I have been so amiss from not only my blog, but from stitching in general. For the past year and a half, my husband has been in and out of hospitals and rehab centers. And in September, he was put in a care center. Unless you have been in this kind of situation, I don't think you know what it is like. It is just so wearing...mentally. I still work full time as an Office Manager in Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade school, which I REALLY enjoy. However, I have really missed my stitching life and am going to give it my all to get back into it.

The other day, this came across my Facebook page.


This really hit me good. It is really hard for me to do what this says, but I decided I need to really try. I can't fix everything.

OK, enough of all that.

Working at a school, I have had the luxury of having some much need time off the past 2 weeks for Christmas break. It has been so wonderful! I decided to clean out my big walk-in closet, get rid of stuff I really don't need and re-organize my stitching stuff so it will all be more accessible. It won't all be done quickly, but I have been working on it for a few hours everyday.

My son, Giles, and may I say how grateful I am for him now, gave me 2 patterns off my wishlist and a beautiful accordian style file with peacocks on it for Christmas. I started one of them the day after Christmas and finished it in 2 days.

With Thy Needle and Thread
Holly Jolly Frosty


This was really a fun and fast stitch. I am not quite sure how I am going to finish this one.

I then started this next piece and was hoping to finish it still in 2015, but I was just a few hours short.



Plum Street Samplers
Merry One


Another very fun stitch. I really like this one. I think I would like to frame this one.

Traditionally I have always started a new project on January 1. I really wasn't sure I wanted to do this as I have sooooo many WIP's that I really would like to finish. However, since I am working on my "stash", I perused through a basked of older patterns that I have not stitched yet. What was the most fun of going thru these was the fact that about 95% of them used only DMC floss. YAY!!! Overdyed threads are overrated and I have been disappointed by them so much, I just don't use them anymore. There is no dye lots for these so the threads that were used in the picture on any pattern won't be exactly the same as what I buy. The above pattern, Holly Jolly Frosty, uses 13 different overdyed threads. One color is used in just 8 stitches. Really, how much color change are you going to see in 2 blocks of 4 stitches? And pay $2-$3 for that 1 color? Anyway, I did find "Peacock Spot Sampler" by Ewe & Eye & Friends.



Sorry this picture is so light, but it is very light on my pattern. I have had it so long that the picture faded? LOL!


It is not very big so I was okay with that. Here is my progress so far.


I couldn't get this picture to rotate. It appears that I am a little rusty at blogging. I will have to sharpen my skills back up!

Will, I think that is it for now. Happy New Year to all and thanks for stopping by!

JillMN

Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day!

I used to be really good at blogging regularly...not so much anymore. My goal is to get back to a weekly posting but life just gets in the way sometimes.

Since my last post, I decided to work only on  And They Sinned for awhile. It was becoming addictive, the more I stitched and saw progress, the more I wanted to work on it. But last Sunday, I decided I needed a break. Here is where I am at now.


Not the best picture. I figure I am about halfway done. YAY!!!

I didn't really do any stitching this past week, but here is what I did this weekend!


This is "Birds Eye View" by Kathie Barrick. I love it! The best part...it is just good old DMC floss. I miss just using DMC. I may have to do more Prairie Schooler designs as they are one designer that only uses DMC in their patterns. This is on 32ct. Belfast Antique White stitched 2 over 2.

The downside of finishing a project, for me anyway, is I always have to "regroup" to gear up for the next project, whatever it may be. Right now I am not sure what I will stitch next, maybe something rather small, we'll see.

I hope everyone had a great weekend.

Happy Stitching!

JillMN

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Progress...

Well I didn't get as much stitching in this last week as I had wanted, I have been really sick. They call it bronchitis, but it has been horrible!

I worked on my "And They Sinned" this last week. I am going to try to stitch only on this every other week for awhile and see how it goes. I am really enjoying watching this one progress!

Here is a picture last Sunday...





Here it is today!

I turned up the bottom part. That is the end of 2 pages of this pattern! Very Exciting!

I think I am going to work on something a little smaller now, maybe an ornament. I am waiting for some threads to start a new "With Thy Needle and Thread" design.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great week!

JillMN

Friday, April 3, 2015

Spring...the season of new beginnings!

My plan was to get back to my blog when Spring arrived. I am a couple of weeks past but here I am.

I am not going to go into why I haven't blogged in over 7 months. Just alot of everything! I have got quite a bit of stitching done these last 2 weeks however.'

First is Blackbird Designs, Strawberry Garden Sampler. I stitched this with the threads as charted on 32ct. Cream Belfast.

I chose not to put in all of those lazy daisy stitches. I thought it looked too busy. I am very pleased with how this turned out.

Then I couldn't wait to stitch up this new one from Hands On Design, Stitch Every Day. This one I stitched with the DMC equivalents and it is on 32ct. Raw. I will be finishing this one as the drum and it is going to go on my desk at work!


The next one is one of Plum Street Samplers, A Friend Loveth. This one I did with DMC's also. This is on 32ct. but I don't remember what color linen.


North Pole Express is a free pattern from Little House Needleworks when you buy the charted threads. I got mine from 123stitch.com. I thought it was so cute and it was a very fast stitch!


Now to decide what to work on next? I will start something new but I am going to start some kind of rotation with my "And They Sinned". I would like to get some serious progress done on that.

Well, thats it for now. Hopefully I will be back next week with more to share! Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stitching!

JillMN

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Merry Christmas!

I know, it is only August 10, but last week we had our annual Stitching Retreat and our theme this year was "Christmas". It was a condensed one this year, just Wednesday and Thursday, but it was still lots of fun!

At last years retreat, I said that I would make floss tags for us for this year. Here is what I made.


They are from the Blackbird Designs stocking series, with a little tweaking on the toe! These were alot of fun to stitch and I think they turned out great!

Unfortunately I did not take pictures of all of our goodies before I put them away once I got home. You can go over to MamaJoans blog as she has posted pictures.

Since the theme was Christmas, I decided to work on some ornaments. I recently received Lizzie Kate's Santa '14 and the new Tiny Tidings. I completed the Santa '14 and part of the ornament with the elf. I worked on them this weekend and have fininshed stitching all of them.




These pictures aren't the greatest. I did iron my linen before I put the beads and charms on but they got a little wrinkled again. These will go in my "finishing" box for my upcoming finishing day.

I have been a bad blogger once again. I started out the year with great intentions and life just got in the way.

I have "unearthed" the Fair and Square Exchange our 2nd exchange is just underway. The first exchange was a Patriotic Exchange and my partner was the great Marie P. Here are the squares she sent me.


I was thrilled to get these! Thank you Marie!

Here are the squares I sent to Marie.

I have more to share. Maybe later this week, I will be back.
Thanks for visiting.

Happy Stitching!

JillMN

Monday, January 20, 2014

Back in the Groove

So my plan for the new year is going well, except, I have not been blogging as I had hoped. My plan is to update at least weekly.

After I finished my ornament for January, I pulled out a project I actually started last New Years Day but did not get very far.


Yup, this is And They Sinned. My goal is to stitch 1 pattern page every 3 months. I am not going to push this one real hard as it is intense! I finished the 1st page last week and here is where it stands now.


The background of this section gets filled in, but I am going to wait until the very end. I might change this up a bit.

So, out of my bags of many, came out another WIP.


This is Patches of Life Sampler. As you can see, I started this in 2012. Yikes! I love it and am anxious to finish it. I have been working on it now and here is where I am at.


I am going to work on this one for awhile now. I have been collecting ornament patterns so I am ready to go come the 1st of February. I am excited about my plan.

I have to share one more photo. My Kirby. He is always by me, wherever I am.


He is my secret service...literally.


Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

JillMN

Thursday, January 2, 2014

January 2014 Ornament

So, day 1 of my new plan for this year went perfectly. I started and finished a Christmas ornament. I chose one from the 2013 JCS Christmas ornament issue.

It is called "Roly Poly Santa". Isn't he cute? During the finishing process, you attached a string to each of his hands which they attached 3 felt stars. The picture on the right is from the magazine. I am going to look for something else...maybe jingle bells, lights, hmmm? He is stitched on 30ct. Putty with the DMC as charted.

Now I can choose from one of my WIPs to concentrate on! Yippee!

Have a great day!

JillMN

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Last Two Stitches for 2013

This was my 18th year in making a Christmas ornament for my godson, Jacob. He is a senior in high school now and was the captain of his cross country team. I tweaked a Prairie Schooler, "Eleven Lords a Leaping" pattern to make a running Santa. I was very happy with how it turned out and Jacob loved it.


I also have been making an ornament for my son. This one I just finished today. I never thought I would stitch on perforated paper again, but it was actually fun. I really enjoyed it. The best part about it is the finishing. It doesn't require much.


Foxwood Crossings
RFD Sledding


For quite a few years, I have been starting a new project on New Year's Day. I have decided to try something different this year. I am going to stitch an ornament on the 1st of every month and work on WIPs in between. Maybe an occasional new start, but I have quite a few WIPs that I really would like to finish.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year!

JillMN

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Mary's Sampler...parts 3-5

This is week 5 of the Plum Street Sampler's, Mystery Sampler already. I have been keeping up but not been a good blogger.

Here is week 3 and 4's addition. Apparently I didn't take a picture after week 3.



And here is today's installment, week 5.


I really like the smallness of this sampler. The pictures I have seen of it stitched on the charcoal/black linen, look very interesting. I might have to do one that way also.


I had a message that my background was going to disappear this week so I had to change it.Kind of an odd message I was thinking. Either that blog is closing down or they are not "free" anymore.

Oh well. Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Stitching!

JillMN