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.



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.


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.

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"

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 time I will be sharing my stash organization to help me Stitch From Stash 2019.


Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year 2019

Happy New Year, dear friend!

Hoping that the year ahead brings us all blue skies and calm that we may meet again at this year's end!


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Flu Bug Go Away

Good morning, dear friend!

I have lost track of the days thanks to this nasty flu bug that seems to like me enough to hang on and on...and if you know me, you know that I'm not one of those bloggers who asks for sympathy from every reader as they drone on and on with TMI. However, I just didn't want to worry any one of the three readers of my blog (one of which isn't even my own mother).  I have not updated anything or any SAL for a month, which us not unusual for me, but when I see one of my daily girls silent for a while, I tend to worry...but, alas, worry not for I come from strong and stubborn stock, so look for me soon hanging around the Internet "hood," once again in the very near future.

In the meantime please stay safe, warm and well!

Thanks for stopping by and checking on me...


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Going For Olympic Grandma Gold

Hello dear friend!

If you are visiting from storm central, I hope that this post is finding you warm and safe at home! Gosh, living in Southern California makes me forget that there are such things as snow storms. You would think that I hadn't just spent almost 20 years living in the far away land of New England, but I digress.

I am taking part in the Olympic Challenge, hosted by our very dear Mel, as part of the 2018 WIPocalypse SAL, over at Measi's Musings. There are three options to choose from (I love options!) and I chose "Endurance Race," which is to stick to ONE piece for the Olympics, and see how far you can push that one piece toward finishing. With that in mind, I have decided to challenge myself to begin and finish...

"Shhh Counting Sheep" by Artful Offerings...

However, I am going to change it up a bit to accommodate a Baby Girl...because, you see...

I am going to be a Grandma!

Yes, dear friend, you read it right!

Big Brother and Daughter In Love are expecting their first child ( and our first grandchild) in early August! We are all so beyond excited and feeling very blessed.  I just can't stop smiling, imagining a little one coming into our family for all to love and fuss over! Me-Ma is so thrilled to be a great-grandma (this will be her first too!) that we have both been all aflutter with the fun of it all! We are now planning to make a baby quilt together...more on that later. I ask you to please keep mama and baby in your prayers.

I just fell in love with this pattern when I first laid eyes upon it and knew that I just had to stitch it as a door pillow. I am going to stitch it on 32 ct "Touch of Pink" Linen and will change up the colors a bit, as well as using Rainbow "White" Whisper for the lamb's fur so that it will be fun and fuzzy to the touch...for our little lamb.

Unfortunately I am starting a bit behind the eight ball as my fabric never showed up from the first shop that I ordered from, but thanks to for saving the day with a fabric on it's way. I will be able to start on it this week...only a few days late...fingers crossed.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing in my happy news!