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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Nowhere Fast!

I'm not doing really well on my Turtle-Trot pieces this month - there have been sunny days here! Oh my goodness!  Cold, but sunny! and it has totally distracted me :D  So I've only actually worked on 3 of my 10 projects.

But here's my goal done on Funky Cat - two more paw prints!

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Onward to... uh, something else!  Maybe I'll pick the next one out of a hat, lol!

Monday, March 24, 2014

March IHSW

For IHSW, I worked on Lovers, as usual!  I also had to pull some double-shifts again this weekend, so I didn't work on it much.

As they were:

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As they are now:

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She has 934 in her hair, which I found kinda weird but oh well.  I also got all but two or three stitches of the confetti in and around his hand done!  I did a few bits under his chin and in his hair, too.  So even though it's not much progress, I'm still happy with it!  But next month I'm going to find some blue stitches for that flower, I really am!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Something Different

It seems to me like all I've worked on this year is my turtle-trot pieces, then I suddenly got some progress on something else and it made me unreasonably happy.

I finished another stocking - I think this makes 25 of 30.

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It's white poinsettias, obviously.  My apologies for the shadow.  I've started the next one; I want them done so I can either figure out if my sewing skills are up to the challenge of finishing them or talk my aunt into doing them up for me :D

Also, I did another row of 'Love'.

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Now there are two rows left.  The next one's not bad, the last is fairly good-sized.  Still, I know it will be done this year, at least.  Ha!

I also updated my WSnB page, but the HAED page is still being re-worked.  Almost as soon as I posted the finished page, I got an email that there was a sale at the Witchykitt site and I bought a few more.  So I am fixing it now, but at least there is nothing at all left on my wishlist!

Monday, March 10, 2014

March Turtle Trot!

The Turtle Trot is still open for signups!  Here's the site and rules.  There are pictures of how each project will look on my Turtle-Trot page.

This month I worked on all ten projects again!  I don't know if I can keep it up but I'm happy with what I've accomplished so far :D

Some of them got a lot more done than others, but everything got a little.

1. Cut-Thru Princess Palace - goal met!  Basket and some backstitching

February:
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March Progress:
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March Finish:
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Goal for April:  More backstitching, and work on the bathroom.

2. Chang Wu Fei - goal met! 1,000 stitches - I didn't count every single little one but it was more than 900 which was good enough for me :D

February:
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March Progress:
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March Finish:
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Goal for April: 500-1000 stitches

3. Angel of Grace - goal not met. Only worked on her one day.  I got a bit of her ribbon filled in, though.

February:
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March:
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Goal for April:  More ribbon!

4. Mary Wigham - goal met!  Frog and restitch a motif.  I got the tiny light brown one done.

February:
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March Finish:
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Goal for April: stitch a motif.  I'm saving the other restitch for next month, although I may frog some of the motif this month.

5. A Whole Lotta Latte - goal not met.  I wanted to stitch the whole teacup, but I only finished off the dark pink and the bright yellow.

February:
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March Finish:
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Goal for April:

6.  Lovers - goal met!  My goal was to work on it during IHSW.

February:
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March Finish:
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Goal for April:  Work on it during March's IHSW

7.  Princess of Sun - goal met!  My goal was to work across the top, even if it was just one row.  That's pretty much exactly what I did, lol!  I also worked down to the bottom of the first stripe, so I can start filling it in now.

February:
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March Finish:
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Goal for April:  Work around the bit of cloud so I won't mis-stitch, then fill in some of the stripe.

8. Funky Cat - goal met!  Goal was to stitch another pawprint and that's all I did.

February:
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March Finish:
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Goal for April: Stitch two more pawprints to finish the left side of prints

9. Yarr - goal not met.  I wanted to do 1000 stitches on this, too, but I didn't.  I got maybe 400-500 done.

February:
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March Finish:
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Goal for April: 500-1000 stitches

10. Frederick the Literate - goal met!  Finish backstitching top shelf and start on bottom shelf - done! The three books are 'Cat o' Nine Tales', 'The Killer Sparrow', and 'Wharf Rats'.  I stitched some of the nearly-invisible one-strand black outlines on the bottom shelf.  You can't see them at all in the picture because it came out blurry.  It's too dark now for another!

February:
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March Progress:
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March Finish:
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Goal for April: Backstitch the bottom shelf - as much as I can, even if it's only four or five books.

I'm going to focus on the ones that didn't get their March goal done first - hopefully I can get their goals done by April 10th this time!


Monday, March 3, 2014

Stash Enhancement!!!

***LOTS of Pictures Ahead!***

One of the groups that has a lot of people talking about it on their blogs is the Stitch From Stash group - I totally did not join that one, lol!  My income, unfortunately, is not steady and I have to take opportunities when I can.  That's my excuse, at least :D

So I do things like put way too many HAEDs on layaway when they're 50% off, and I also immediately went to check out the lady at Shakespeare's Peddler's UFO Adoption Page on facebook.  At first there was nothing I was interested in but then I saw this!

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That's the picture taken by the lady offering it - I almost fell off my seat!  I've wanted this one for a while but I've been avoiding getting it until I got some good progress on one of my other Geishas.  Well - when I saw this, I contacted her and she sent it to me!  For FREE!!! I was so surprised and happy!  There was no floss included, so I do have to buy that, but I don't mind.  She'll be going into my Turtle Trot as soon as I buy the floss and finish up Fred.  I'm also going to go through my old WIPs next month and pick something to offer for adoption - maybe the Carousel Pony.  It was for my little sister but she's grown and married now!

And then here's my HAED layaway that I almost forgot about - I put these on three months ago!  I decided to put the 'mock-ups' of how they will look stitched, too - I've been a little more careful of my purchases on that site since they started putting these, 'cause some of them just don't look all that great in the previews.

'Yes' by Marta Dahlig

Picture:
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Stitch Preview:
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'Captain Claw' by Jeff Haynie:

Picture:
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Stitch Preview:
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'Incatneato' by Jeff Haynie

Picture:
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Stitch Preview:
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'Saint of Salmons' by Jeff Haynie

Picture:
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Stitch Preview:
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'The Nativity' by Dona Gelsinger (My Mum loved this one SO MUCH!!!  She doesn't know I bought it! She doesn't read my blog so I'm safe showing it off!)

Picture:
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Stitch Preview:
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'Little Wings' by Adele Sessler

Picture:
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This one didn't have a stitch preview but I've seen a WIP and it looks pretty good!

I got this next one off the HAED freebie page - unlike most of their free patterns, this one is full size and I love it!  There was no preview but for this one I'm willing to take a chance! :D

'Time to Wake Up' by Charles Barber

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I don't have any kind of date for when I'll be starting any of these.  I have so many HAEDs started, and some haven't been touched in two years!  I'd like at least a few page finishes before I start another.

Then there is etsy and eBay - I'm always careful and wait for a really good deal and in February I got these:

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Sorry about the flash burn!  Anyway, that's all my new stash for now - I won't be getting any more until summer, unless it is floss and fabric!  I'm also going to try not to start any of these until summer - not having the supplies will slow me down :D