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Welcome to my blog. The main focus of this blog is to share my explorations into handmade goods, mostly of the needlework kind. My interests are varied and include reading fantasy and urban paranormal romance, cross stitching and keeping hamsters. I must inform you that all of the pics and text on this blog are copyright protected unless otherwise stated and are not to be used in any other written or pictorial form without written permission from me. I give credit to the creator of the chart or the publication that published them in the caption. If you feel I have infringed on a copyright, please contact me ASAP. Whew..OK, now on to the fun...Thank you and Welcome.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

SFS 2015 Update for April

Hello all, I am sure that those of you living in the northern hemisphere must be very glad that winter is sort-of over. Now for the rains, flash floods and tornadoes that make spring such a lovely time in this region of the world. For me in Miami, it means the start of rainy season. Our traffic reports include flooding updates and roads to avoid..yay!

As far as Stitching from Stash goes - I haven't been stitching very much be here are a few pics and my update:

April - spent $5 on a huck towel that was on sale at Michaels craft store.
March - spent 0
Feb - spent $19.99
Jan - spent 0

Carrying forward I had the $55 and adding the $20 from April takes me to $75 dollars accrued for future spending...not planning on it though.

Following two pic are of an experiment tinting aida with crayon. Interesting textured effect...super for kids projects and cutesy stuff. I basically colored the unwashed fabric with crayon and pressed it with parchment paper.



This next pic is progress on my tea towel. Nothing impressive but haven't been stitching much at all.


And last, is latest quick finish from Pine Mountain - a Smidgen called spring. Completed using stuff from stash. Wish I could straighten the pic but no matter what I do to it, its always side ways!



To those of you planting and getting ready for spring, hope its a mild one for you! 

Hugs,

Christina

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

SFS-A 2015 March Update

Hello all my stitchy friends,

I haven't done much stitching the last month. I did start on a pattern that was showcased in Just Cross Stitch a few years ago, called Elegant Pumpkins. This was not part of my master plan but had some business travel and nothing handy to take with me so I took this monstrosity. Pic below from magazine. I bought this as a kit when the Martha Pullen web site sold JCS kits..and it was on sale! It's from my stash, of course.

As far as SFS goes:

Jan - spent $0
Feb - spent $19.99
March -  spent $0 from Budget amount of $25. 
Carrying forward I have $25 from Jan and $25 from March and the $5 from Feb for a total of $55. 




This is actually the most complicated pattern I will have ever undertaken. Slow and steady is the motto and count twice, thrice if necessary. I started with the green pumpkin and I have been plodding along and quite enjoying it.

Well that's it for me, stitching wise.

For those of you enjoying an extended winter...this shall pass...eventually...maybe?

Hang in there!

Hugs,
Christina

Monday, February 23, 2015

SFS 2015-A UPdate

Greetings all,

I have been diligently working on my WIPs and UFOs, all from stash! woo hoo!

So far for this year:

Jan spent $0
Feb spent $19.95 on a table runner.

That should leave me $25 from Jan and $4 from Feb, for a total of $30. Despite this, I really do aim to spend only the allotted amount of $25 if I do decide to purchase something.

Here is pic of my second finish from this year. I started this in 2013 but just got around to finishing it. Am not counting it towards my completed stitches as I can't remember if this was from stash originally.Still a finish!


Below are pics of WIPs. All of the stitching is done and now I have to put it together. This came from Stash, as its something I started last year.



I decided last year to work on some of my prefinished items. Below is a tea towel that I hope to have completed soon. It's been a quick enough stitch so we shall see when I actually finish it. This is also from stash and am using substitutions for the threads (DMC).



I hope to have these two finished before I start on anything else, and so far, so good. No bad joojoo to keep me from finishing these. yay! 

For those of you suffering the cold effects from this winter, all I can say is hang on. Stay sharp and don't let this cold numb your minds or spirits. I remember winters like this when I was living in NY and it takes all of your energy to stay focused. 

Hugs, 

Christina in Miami

Friday, February 6, 2015

WIP, future and crochet

Hello, managed to figure out what account I used to set this blog up with. The internet should be easier, somehow, yes?

Pics below are of my current WIP, a design out of the Jan 2010 issued of Cross Stitch and Needlework magazine. I started this in 2013 but should finish over the next few works. Sorry, can't get the stupid pic to upload right-side up.

I substituted with stuff I had in Stash but purchased the fabric especially for this from Silkweaver, its called Molino but not sure if that is the name of the fabric count or the name of color. Its a 36 count.


 These next picks of my new start, whenever I finish the Christmas one and a needle book that I am making. I just loved the colors on this sampler. Haven't decided yet what fabric to put it on. I substituted with some lighter colors as I thought the sampler was too dark and dreary.



Scarf I finished a few months along. I love this yarn. Its cotton but its a blend, so very light and a breeze to work with.  I added the flower on the loop to make it prettier. 



            
Well that's it folks. I have a new plan for pictures. I will bring the items to work, take pics there and upload. I have neither the time nor the dependable connection to do so from home. Hope this is a good plan. = )

Until the next time, keep on stitching!

Hugs,
Christina





Tuesday, January 20, 2015

First SFS 2015 Challenge Update!

Hello stitchy friends and Happy New Year,

I managed to get into the challenge this year and am grateful. Last year I saved beaucoup dinero with this challenge and hope to do the same this year. As importantly though is the opportunity to actually finish some things that I have kitted up from my stash. My plan for this year is to also work on some my pre-finished items, so I have spent time going thru my stash and figuring out which designs are going on what.

Alright so for January, I have spent $0. Good start, ha, ha.

On a separate note, I am entering a heart ornament into the The Stitcher's Village competition for St. Valentine's Day. The heart also counts as my first finish of the year as well as my first finish from stash.

The heart was inspired by Threadwork Primitives Cinnamon Heart. I deleted the words "keep a gentle heart", and deleted and moved some motives around to make it fit. This is my first heart-shaped finish. It was challenging but I think it turned out nice. 

Fabric: Polstitches - Marbled Rose.
Threads: Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe - purple with pink from the 1795 collection. I won five skeins of different colors a while ago.
Pattern: Threadwork Primitives "Cinnamon Heart" with changes.





Well, that's it folks. Hope everyone has gotten a good start their new year. 

Leave a message, its appreciated!

Hugs, Christina

Monday, December 22, 2014

Stitch from Stash 2014 Update!

Hi folks, as you can see, I have fallen behind on my updates. The holidays have kept me very busy as well as a few hospitalizations of family members and other stuff that happens in Life! We are all together so that is a good thing. In November, I did not spend any money for stitchy stuff. I did start on Christmas presents for other stitchers but none for me.

In December, I did do some shopping for myself at Herrschener's on-line. See pic below. I love the Mill Hill beaded ornaments. They are perfect for a lighted tree as the light sparkles off of the beads and it makes for a lovely display.




The pins below I ordered from somewhere but can't recall where. They were on sale for about $8.00 dollars, they retail for about $13.00.



SNF -  So far this year for SFS:

Dec - $42.38
Nov - $0
Oct $0
Sept $16
Aug $20
July $ 7
June $17.25
May $0
April $9
March $4
February $0
Jan $0

I have saved hundreds of dollars on this challenge and hope to do the same next year, but more importantly for me, I have started all my projects from stuff in my stash.I want to thank Mel at Epic Stitching for hosting this. She has worked very hard on this and deserves a big congratulations and hug for all of her efforts. Count me in for next year Mel!

Wishing all a Merry Christmas and Prosperous and Healthy New Year!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Victorian Sampler Shoppe giveaways

Greetings to all, Nancy continues to have her world famous give-aways. She also makes pretty neat sewing necessaires of which I have purchased and of course, dyes her wonderful skeins, chenille and ric-rac (also own a few). Keep in mind that she offers these give-aways quite often so I do recommend that you follow her but also help support small businesses this holiday season by purchasing from her Shoppe.

Here's a link to todays give-away. http://victorianmottosamplershoppe.blogspot.com/2014/11/25-days-of-christmas-linen-aida-or.html.

Be sure to check her site out every day during this season!

Best regards,

Christina in hot and muggy Miami