Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Most of the rest of the finishes for 2009 ~waiting for framing~

Lizzie*Kate Snippet
Housework Never Killed Anyone
stitched on 32 ct country mocha Belfast
leftover GAST colors from Housework Makes You Ugly

I plan to stitch a few more on this theme and hang them all together.  As you may have guessed, I'd much rather spend my time stitching than cleaning.  :)

Shepherd's Bush
Be Calm
stitched 2 or 3 over 4 on 40 ct vintage light exemplar
Crescent Colours as charted
Someday I'll get around to adding the embellishments (which I have) to this...

This was stitched for my son who has a great deal of trouble with self control.  He has had a horrible temper almost since birth.  I'm hoping that a gentle reminder will help.  We'll see. 

Carriage House Samplings
Withering Tulips
stitched 1 over 2 on 36 ct white Edinburgh linen
NPI silks as charted

I love this one, but it has bittersweet memories for me.  I started stitching it while we were on vacation in New York last summer.  It was my favorite vacation so far.  I didn't get very much stitching done during our trip because we were on the go so much, and by the time we got back to the hotel I mostly wanted to sleep.  When we got back to L.A., my dad was hospitalized.  During visits, I would stitch on it while he napped.  He would drift off to sleep often, sometimes in the middle of a conversation.  Progress was gradually made on the stitching as Dad steadily declined.  I finished the stitching on the morning he peacefully passed away
~~ I miss you, Dad. ~~

Blackbird Designs
Happy Birthday
stitched 1 over 2 on 40 ct vintage light exemplar
Silk N Colors, my own conversion
I modified the houses by omitting the patchwork/checks and hearts.  I felt they were too busy with the patchwork.  I didn't even realize there were hearts charted until after I had stitched the bodies of the houses when I was referring back to the chart for the colors of the windows and doors.  I couldn't see them on the model because they're lost in the busy-ness.

I stitched this for my daughter's 21st birthday.  She received it in December, sans frame.  Something else to get around to someday, right?

Little House Needleworks
Acorn Hill
on 32 ct country mocha
Belle Soie as charted

Little House Needleworks
stitched on 32 ct natural somethingorother (can't find the chart, my notes, or the tag from the fabric)
Crescent Colours as charted

I just noticed that 2/3 of these have birds in them, like the ones I showed a few posts ago.  I hadn't realized how much I was drawn to birds in designs.

So that about wraps up the 2009 finishes.  There are assorted fobs and floss tags that I haven't shown, but they're pretty insignificant.  There's also an item that I stitched for an RAK that I'm plugging away at getting made up into a finished item.  I'll show that one when it finally makes it into the hands of its recipient.

Next time I'll show you the finish that had me happy dancing last Saturday....  Stay tuned!

Thank you for visiting and/or reading, and I appreciate your comments

Monday, February 8, 2010

2009 stitches that will be ornaments ~someday~

Prairie Schooler
Herald Angels
JCS ornament issue 2003
stitched on 32 ct white Belfast linen
DMC and Kreinik as charted

Shepherd's Bush
In a Stable
JCS ornament issue 2004
stitched on 32 ct country mocha
overdyed flosses from stash (request conversion if interested)

Sleigh Rides free design
stitched on 32 ct country mocha
combination of Weeks, GAST, and Belle Soie overdyeds from stash

4 My Boys
Rejoice freebie (no link)
stitched on 32 ct white Belfast and 32 ct natural Permin
my own conversion of overdyeds from stash
Mill Hill petite beads

All is Calm
JCS ornament issue 2003
Stitched on 32 ct country mocha
overdyed flosses from stash
Instead of a button, the little bird is stitched one over one and was from the Lizzie*Kate ornament in the same issue.  I will be adding a star button when I finish this, though not the one used by the designer.

stitched on 32 ct white Belfast

I just found another one last night on a piece of linen that I'm using for the February Bride's Tree SAL.  I'll post it when I finish the February ornie.

Thank you to everyone who has commented!  I love getting comments!

Friday, February 5, 2010

The End is Near

Progress is being made on the Mill Hill Winter Wonderland.  All the cross stitch is done as well as the majority of the beading on four of the five trees.  I'm hoping to find enough stitching time to add it to my short list of 2010 finishes this forecasted-to-be-rainy weekend. 

No stitchy pics, so I'll share a shot from our summer vacation.

Christian at the Flatiron Building, NYC
 July 2009

I'm working on getting details on the rest of my 2009 finishes.  I've been too lazy in the evenings to go through my various hidey-holes to find the charts, notes, and fabric info.  Hopefully that will be another weekend project.  Stay tuned.