Monday, September 23, 2019

Autumn Equinox 2019

It's hard to believe that fall is already upon us...it's my favorite season, so I am one happy camper, but once again the year is flying by. And once again, there is the hope that I will have the ability to stick to posting to this blog on a regular basis...the desire is there, but the days just seem to go by too fast.

I have been stitching, in part due to some monthly challenges that are keeping me focused. I am also doing Stitch from Stash this year, and I'm doing pretty well (even though I am still adding to my stash from time to time!) I got through the first 6 months with money to spare...not doing as well this half, but I think I will catch up soon.

One of the challenges I decided to try was the Stitch 9 Challenge. This was started by Farmgirl on Instagram. You choose 9 projects to complete before the end of the year. So far, I have 5 of the 9 completed. I'm hopeful that I will be able to finish the other 4. 
Here are some pics of 4 of the ones I have completed:

The first is Spell of the Moon from Blackbird Designs:


Next is Coming to Town from Prairie Schooler. I used the 2011 date because that was the year it was released as an annual piece. I'd like to find the other yearly designs to do someday as well.


This is Mansfield Park from The Sampler Girl. This was a WIP for a long time. I decided to restart it because I didn't like the original fabric I had chosen.


Last is Quaker Gone Poe from Michelle Ink. I love Quakers, and I love Edgar Allen Poe, so this was a no brainer for me to want to stitch, and it was really a pleasure to do. I enjoyed it so much!


I have lots of other projects on the go, many as a result of pulling out WIPs for the monthly challenges with the 24 Hours of Cross Stitch facebook group. I have been encouraged to make progress each month and I see some more finishes coming before the end of the year.

I'll share some more pictures next time, but until then, I hope that maybe I still have some readers left, and if you're one of them, thank you!

"Till next time, please be kind to yourself and others.
xoxo lynda (cozysitcherpdx)

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Nancy has done it again!!!


Nancy Turner is again offering a set of her beautiful threads to a lucky winner. These are the gorgeous purple shades, and if you are a purple lover like I am, you must be drooling already! The drawing ends March 1st, so hurry on over to Nancy's blog to enter.



If you have never tried her threads, you are in for a real treat! Good luck!!

Be kind!
lynda

Saturday, March 31, 2018

More wonderful giveaways!

Hello stitchy friends!

Please head over to the Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe blog where Nancy is so generously offering two wonderful thread giveaways...the flower collection and the autumn collection. Both sets are gorgeous!

Good luck!

Friday, March 23, 2018

March WIPocalypse update


I have been a pretty lazy stitcher (and poster) these past weeks, but I have managed to get a little bit done.

Since I missed last month's check-in, I'll show a picture of what I accomplished on Light of Peace first. This was my Olympic challenge piece. It's my first full coverage and really slow going for me. And, to be honest, I paid much more attention to what I was watching than to my stitching! I love the winter Olympics!


Also, to answer last month's question, I have lots of gadgets, but the three things I absolutely need to stitch with are a good light (either natural or lamp), a magnifier of some kind and my needle threader (can't live without that!)

I have stitched a little on some of my Year of WIPs pieces, but the only WIPocalyse piece that I worked on was Strawberry Fields Forever from Blackbird Designs. I was able to finish the stitching on the upper left corner of the piece.


To answer this month's question, the one new to me dyer that I love is Colour and Cotton. Her fabrics are lovely, and her threads are gorgeous! Other dyers that I have used for some time that I would recommend are Victorian Motto Sampler and Carrie's Creations for threads, and Chromatic Alchemy and Under the Sea Fabrics for fabrics. They all have outstanding products and amazing colors. As far as designers, I am always discovering new designs thanks to Facebook groups and Flosstube. I think Stone Street Stitchworks has some really cool designs, and I love Madame Chantilly and Lili Violette. I also always seem to be drawn back to Barbara Ana Designs, Ink Circles, Kathy Barrick, Jardin  Prive and Silver Creek Samplers.

I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone has stitched this past month. 'Till next time, please take time to be kind to yourself and others.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

March

Hello again friends!

It's hard to believe that it is already March! And even harder to believe that the month is nearly half over! Yesterday, our temps were up to 70 and today it is way cooler and rainy  - typical PNW weather! I was going to try to make March a "Stitch Every Day" month, but that just didn't happen. I really don't think I was meant to "plan".... other than to just pick up whatever I feel like stitching on any given day. I guess that could be called a plan...maybe!

I also meant to blog way more often this year, but February went by in a blur. Technology and I were not friends and I couldn't get my computer and camera to cooperate with each other at all. I missed all my SAL posts for the month so I will have to catch up next month. I did post my TUSAL on the Facebook group though.

And my stitching bug decided to take a vacation as well...wanted to get out of the cold, I guess! I did have a finish, and did a bit on my full coverage piece, but I really do not like the fabric I am using for that. It is a Monaco (Charles Craft, I think) but it feels a little stiff. Is there anything I can do about that, I wonder? My finish was one of my YOWs pieces from this year. It is To Be Thankful from Country Cottage Needleworks ... I changed the fllowers from white to yellow... sorry for the wrinkles


Most of the month was taken up with watching the Olympics, which I really enjoyed; doing our taxes, (which I didn't enjoy at all!), spending lots of time with my husband because he was off for a week (and talking about his maybe retiring this summer - YAY!) and paying off our mortgage (triple YAY!!!) Oh...and I also made a cannoli cake for my daughter for her birthday cake, which was a big hit! So the month flew by and we are well into the Year of the Dog.

So far this month, I've worked some on Light of Peace and Strawberry Fields, but I don't have pictures I can share here yet. I also had a fun time at Acorns and Threads at their Market Day. Jeanine was kind enought to bring back a bunch of things for me and I added to my bag when I was there. There were so many great designs at Market this year. Here is a pic of what I got that day:


I just want to start them all right away!

The birds are singing, the doggies are all sleeping...seems like a perfect time to stitch, so that is what I am going to do! Thank you to everyone who takes the time to still read my blog, and for your comments. It really means a lot. Please remember to be kind to yourself and to others, and to be grateful for every day.

'Til next time,
lynda
















































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Monday, January 29, 2018

WIPocalypse Update

Hello, friends! Sorry to be a day late for this check-in. The weekend just flew by and before I realized it, it was gone!

I have been feeling kind of out of sorts for awhile, but I have been stitching, and I was able to make good progress on some of the pieces I chose for this year.
Two of these are carryover pieces from last year's Year of WIPs. This first one is from The Cricket Collection. It is called Dickens' Mittens - The Last Word (Book #288). This piece was started in January of 2011 in one of those Crazy January Challenges. It is stitched on a very pale greenish/gray 28 ct. jobelan with the called for DMC. 


The second piece that didn't get finished last year is a sampler from primitiveBettys. I love her samplers and this is one of my favorites. It is called Live Laugh Love and was also started in January 2011. It is stitched on a piece of 28 ct. opalescent jobelan from Silkweavers called Chocolate Vanilla Swirl, with the called for DMC. You can't really see it, but in real life, it looks very sparkly!


One of my plans for this year was to stitch Light of Peace, and I did make a very small start on it. It is stitched on 28 ct. antique white Monaco with the called for DMC.



Questions for this month: What other SALs are you participating in? Do you plan on joining the Olympics Challenge and what are your goals?

Full disclosure, I don't do very well keeping up with designer SALs...you know, the ones with a new part every month or so. I start out ok with part one and print out the parts, but then I fall away. I do have a few of these from Tempting Tangles designs that I hope to finish someday because I do love the designs.

For this year, I hope to join in on some of the SALs from the different Facebook groups I belong to, like Stitch from Stash, Stitch Maynia, and Soulful Stitching. I am also doing a year-long Sampler SAL a mitten SAL, and a year-long Little House Needleworks/Country Cottage Needleworks SAL.

I do plan on joining the Olympic Challenge. I am opting for the Endurance Run...not because I am a one at a time stitcher, but I would really like to make some headway on Light of Peace. It is my first full coverage piece and I think if I dedicate myself to putting stitches in it every day during the Olympics I will see progress. Since this type of design is new for me, I am hoping to finish page one (there are 4 pages, the design is divided into quadrants)

So, until next time, please remember to be kind to yourself and others and to be grateful for every day.
Thanks for visiting!













Tuesday, January 23, 2018

A Busy Stitchy Weekend!

This past weekend was both International Hermit and Stitch Weekend as well as WIP It Weekend with the Little House/Country Cottage group. Since I have a few Little House pieces in my Year of WIPs, I decided to concentrate on one of those.

This is Necessities Sampler. It is stitched on a neutral colored 28 ct. jobelan with the called for DMC threads. I started it in January 2015 as part of one of those Crazy January Challenges.


This next piece is from The Cricket Collection Book #328 (the one with Playing with Jax). It is called Little Boo and is stitched on a 32ct. Lugana from Picture this Plus - Chrysalis (a very very pale green),with mostly the called for DMC threads. I did not use the Kreinik and also subbed an Anchor thread for the eggplant color.  I love stitching these little mittens and hope to finish them all one of these days!


It's a gray and rainy day here in Oregon, perfect for curling up by the fire and attacking those WIPs, so until next time, remember to be kind to yourself and others and to be grateful for every day.

Thanks for visiting!