Monday, April 1, 2019

April Already?

Good Monday morning, dear friend, and happy first day of April!
I always appreciate a month that starts on a Monday, as it just seems right...nice and tidy, you might even say it's quite "tickety boo!"

I have a couple of finishes to share with you, but first, please indulge me while I get all Grammy on ya, and share a few pics of GG...

The kiddos had some fun first outings this past month, as GG received her necessary vaccinations that allow her to venture out into the world, and boy does this sweet girl love her world!

She went out to dinner with her Mama and Dada, and was the perfect little lady...


I'm just so over the moon with this sweet little darling!

And had a big adventure to the local Nature Center, where incidentally her Dada and Uncle Little Brother also went when they were wee ones. It's so fun to see the legacy continue with the next generation. I am only starting to realize how blessed we were to raise our boys in a part of the country that has such a rich and enduring history with beautiful surroundings, buildings and stories passed down through the ages. Very fun!


Grammy's Cutie Patootie ❤︎

I can't hardly believe that she is 7 months old...where does the time go?!

Moving on reluctantly to the stitching front...

March was a very productive month, stitching wise, as I kept both my pace and my mojo, and had three finishes! Yay me!

Now, this silly dude took two tries to finish, as I murdered the first finish by not following the words of every person who has put needle to fabric, "Measure twice, cut once." Unfortunately, in my haste to finish March's HOD by the last day of February, I measured once and cut...leaving zero working edge, and then in my frenzy only made it worse...let's just say that the poor Leprechaun never stood a chance and leave it at that...

March 2.0

Hands On Designs "March" A Year of Celebrations

Next Up...

My April finish...

This may be my favorite month yet, the colors are truly yummy!

Hands On Design "April" A Year of Celebrations
I have been stitching this series on Monaco 28ct, which is no longer being made, as I understand it...or perhaps just not by Charles Craft, but either way, I have a nice stash of it that I am slowly using up. I do have to say, however, that even before the announcement was made I had noticed a very big change in the quality of the more recent Monaco that I purchased, so as anything I might be a bit intrigued to see what takes it's place in the world of stitching fabric.

And the big drumroll, please, maestro...

I finished the final Shepherd's Bush Stocking, thus far, as our family is hanging at seven...

Shepherd's Bush "Jillian's Stocking"
These stockings have been a labor of love for me. I began stitching them when Big Brother and Daughter in Love got married, carrying on a tradition that my own Aunt began. She would stitch a personalized Christmas stocking for each new baby born into our family, and as our family grew, so did the stockings...they are now a treasured treat to be taken out each holiday season. I decided to pass on the tradition and begin a new version where each new person who enters the clan, be it spouse or babe, will receive a personalized stocking, adding to the chapters of our growing Teakettle family. Thus, the stocking project began in 2013, with the first ones being finished in 2014. I stitched and had finished, one or two stockings each year, depending on time allowance. It was a great joy to find out that we were expecting our first grandchild in 2018, and once I knew that she was a girl, I started right in! Six years later, we have one grandchild and seven stockings...mine being the last to finish, which just seems right somehow. I have now tucked away the fabric, floss and trinkets where they will stay all snug and cozy until there is call for another stocking to be lovingly added to the family.

Now, if you look real close at the bottom of my stocking, you'll notice a good looking shepherd upon the hills of Bethlehem who fetches quite a close resemblance to our Pa, gray fuzzy beard and all, and you'd be right! I fashioned his stocking fellow into mine, so I'll always have him close.


You'll notice that I haven't added either the charms or beads to the stocking yet. I won't attach them until I'm ready to send it over to Miss Faye's house for finishing, to save the fabric from sitting with trinkets against the fabric...just my funky thing.

Our winter was a rather cold and wet one, and as a lover of the cold weather, having spent the kid's childhood living in New England, I had no complaints...and neither did my roses! They have come into bloom with a blaze of glory!


Divine!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit, dear friend, and indulging me in some sharing
Hugs

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Happy Saint Patrick's Day

Top of the morning' to ya, dear friend!


May the road rise to meet you, 
May the wind be always at your back, 
May the sun shine warm upon your face, 
And, 
Until we meet again, 
May the Lord hold you in the palm of his hand

Hugs

Thursday, March 14, 2019

My Lowery Stand Video

Hello, dear friend!

I wanted to share a video of my Lowery Stand set up on Instagram, with ya'll...but somehow the Internet does not look kindly upon those of us who require more than 15 seconds to share their video, and it ran too long...Fangool!

Below is the video, please keep in mind that it is in no way close to the standards of such FlossTube queens as Priscilla and Chelsea, but I think you'll get my message ;)

Disclaimer: Please ignore my funky voice, age spots, and broken finger nail...I'm just keeping it real.

Without further adieu..

Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!
Hugs

Monday, January 21, 2019

Two Finishes

Good Monday afternoon, dear friend!

I wanted to share a bit of stitching updates with you. I have my first two finishes for 2019, both from the Hands On Design "A Year of Celebrations" SAL.

I enjoyed some finishing time in my Stitching Nook, and it was such a treat, as I haven't had much time for such things, lately. It was a cold and rainy day, last week that prompted me to look for an indoor project to keep me warm and busy inside the house. So, with hot tea in hand I wandered into the Nook and sat down at my finishing table and went to work.

January



February


I love these guys!

I stitched them on 28 ct Tea Dyed Monaco, using the charted floss...and finished them into Flat Finish Ornaments using the model as a guide. I am also using Cathy's display idea, and throughout each month I am going to hang them upon the fun clip frame.

Next...on to March, so stay posted!

Thanks for stopping by for a visit, and I hope that you are finding a warm project to keep you safe and cozy at home, as the winter winds blow.

Hugs

Monday, January 7, 2019

Our First WIPocalypse 2019 Check In

Yesterday was actually the first check-in for WIPocalypse 2019, and I seem to be a day late...not a good sign. Better late than never...

Introduce yourself, your projects, and any goals you have for the year!

Most of you know me, but for those who don't...My name is Karyn, I am a 55 year old wife, mother, and grandmother (look to the right and you will see my amazing granddaughter), who began stitching at the age of 6, and though I enjoy many forms of stitching, Cross Stitch is my passion and I also love to quilt. I live in Southern California with my husband and best friend of 34 years, and our sweet 4 year old Chihuahua...Ruby.

My plans for 2019 will remain pretty much the same as years before, with only two changes...I'm not going to tie myself down with any WIP rotation schedule, it seems that I only create more anxiety for myself with rules about something that is aimed at relaxation and enjoyment. So, there will be no rules, I will stitch on whatever current WIP tickles my fancy on any given day.

The other change has to do with a start schedule of charts. Since my enjoyment of stitching is based on relaxation, I am going to not commit to a pre-set list of 2019 stitch plans, but rather I am going to stitch on my four WIPs until I finish one and then I will chose a new start from my stash...again whatever tickles my fancy, as long as it is from my stash and not a new purchase. I will try to maintain four WIPs at a time so as to maintain a nice variety, while avoiding tiring of any one.

Current WIPs:

Hands On Design "A Year of Celebrations"


 Little House Needleworks "Beatitudes"


 Rosewood Manor "Quaker Diamonds"


Shepherd's Bush "Jillian's Stocking"



I finished all of the current family member's Shepherd's Bush stockings, including the one that I started stitching when we found out that GG was, in fact, a girl! When all was said and done, I realized that I hadn't made myself a stocking...and so the above "Jillian's Stocking" is for me!

Well, there you have it, dear friend. I'm looking forward to the year ahead, and as always want to thank our dear Measi for once again seeing us through the year.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit and I'll see ya next month for check-in.
Hugs


Friday, January 4, 2019

My 2019 Stitching Plans

Good Friday morning, dear friend!

I am excited to be back blogging again, and plan on making this a regular thing...finger's crossed.
I have added both my Facebook and Instagram links to my side bar since that is where I spend most of my Internet time and give updates, but I will make more of an effort to post here, as well.
Thank you so much for your very sweet comments and emails welcoming me back to the blog hood, you make my heart melt!

My plans for 2019 will remain pretty much the same as years before, with only two changes...I'm not going to tie myself down with any WIP rotation schedule, as well as not taking on too many plans for new starts. I am going to work on my four current WIPs until I finish one and then chose a new start, from my stash, to take it's place...

Current WIPs:

Shepherd's Bush "Jillian's Stocking"

Rosewood Manor "Quaker Diamonds"

Little House Needleworks "Beatitudes"
I am also working on "A Year of Celebrations" by Hands on Design, and have just finished stitching January, and will begin February...

Hands On Design "A Year of Celebrations"
This is a Fabebook SAL, so if you would like to join...visit Facebook and search "HOD A Year Of Celebrations SAL"

SALs/Groups:
Hands On Design "A Year of Celebrations" on Facebook 
Stitch From Stash on Instagram
WIPlash on Instagram (Jan-March)

I finished all of the current family member's Shepherd's Bush stockings, including the one that I started stitching when we found out that the GG was, in fact, a girl! When all was said and done, I realized that I hadn't made myself a stocking...and so the above "Jillian's Stocking" is for me! 
A peek at the 2018 stockings completed for Pa and GG...

Shepherd's Bush "Reed's Stocking"
This was a fun stitch up, as I used Rainbow "Whisper" floss in gray for the beard and mustache...just like our Pa. 

Shepherd's Bush "Elizabeth's Stocking"

I forgot to take a pic of GG's before I sent it off, but I borrowed this one from Daughter-In-Love that shows all three of their stockings. I stitched the two on either side for the kiddos the year they got married and they have hung upon their mantle each Christmas since. I am so thrilled to see the one that I made for GG hanging right in between!

I haven't shared a photo of our sweet girl...

Harper Elizabeth born August 13, 2018
I can't believe how much this sweet little bundle of love has changed our lives, I highly recommend grand-parenthood...It rocks! I will be posting about this wee one often, so keep checking back for updates, as she changes daily.

I'm looking forward to the year ahead, and sharing it with you, dear friend.
Thanks for stopping by and taking time to catch up...next time I will be sharing my stash organization to help me Stitch From Stash 2019.

Hugs