Monday, July 31, 2017

Weekly Stitching and Mostly Haul

Can you believe that today is the last day of July?? Summer is flying by and while I do like summer, I am ready for weather that is less hot and humid. I am ready for the days of wearing sweatshirts and sitting on the front porch as I work on my latest project.

I did not stitch much this past week. It seemed there were things going on or I was just tired after work and did not pick up a needle. I only worked on Henry VIII last night and did about 120 stitches. I am not sure I like this as you can see the white fabric peeking through but it would be too bulky if I used three stands of thread, instead of the two I am currently using. I don't want to start it over so it will have to do on this project.

I work at a hospital and our gift shop had a Christmas in July sale last week and I got this cute Vera Bradley bag for 75% off. It is a laptop bag but is perfect to be used as a project bag.

I fell in love with a couple of ornaments I saw online a good while ago and did not realize there was a whole set of them until I met my friend for a stitch weekend and looked at a book she had with her. So of course, I had to get online immediately and find it. I got this for $3!!! You can't pass up a deal like that.

It would seem this was a week of good bargains..and yes they continue. A stitch friend of mine purchased a large lot of cross stitch and had items in it that she didn't want or already had. She sold me a few items at a great deal and here is what I got.

Midsummer Night's Fairy by Mirabilia and it is completely kitted.

Mermaid of the Pearls by Mirabilia and it is completely kitted.

Flower Power-Crossed Wing Collection Pattern Only

Patriotic Eagle Head-Rebecca Jacks Pattern Only

I do have a little bit of haul that will be delivered today and then I MUST STOP for awhile. Does anyone have good pointers for not buying???

Monday, July 24, 2017

Retreat and Haul

I went to a retreat over the weekend in Louisville, KY and had great fun. It was hosted by Katrina of Crossed Threads and she has many throughout the year and you can request her to do a retreat for you or come to your retreat and set up her traveling shop.

Amy Bruecken was the designer in attendance and she was fabulous. She sat and talked with all the stitchers, told stories, and taught a class. We made the cutest Halloween hat that is meant to be a wine bottle cover but it can be used in any way to decorate for the holiday. We put the hat together and then you stitch the small piece and add it later. Be sure and check out her site and make some purchases. She has the cutest designs!

The purchases I made at the retreat:

Americana Series 4 and 5 by Little House Needleworks

Martha Pudsey 1835 by The Scarlett House

Fraktur Flowers by La-D-Da

Jamestown Santa of the Colonial Santas by Mill Hill

My friend Cindi stayed at my house on Thursday night so she wouldn't have so far to drive to the retreat on Friday and she brought me a gift. Stitch friends are just the best, aren't they?

There was a very nice stitcher that brought a large box of patterns and kits that she was giving away for free at the retreat and I felt a little greedy in all that I took but she said she wanted it all gone as it was not going home with her.

I got the set of 12 Santas by Heartstrings but didn't post all the pictures here since this post is quite picture heavy.

Weekly Stitching

Can you believe that July is almost over? I always feel that summer is flying by after July 4 but the heat and humidity has been so bad here, I am ready for it to be over this year.

I got quite a bit of stitching done this week and I am very happy about that. A great way to spend my time inside during these hot days.

Henry VIII-Heaven and Earth Designs

It still looks like a blob of dark color but I have three full rows finished. I am stitching this on 16 count aida with DMC thread.

Americana Series-Little House Needleworks

I started this series over the weekend and I am stitching all nine designs on the same piece of fabric. This is being stitching on the called for Tin Roof with DMC thread.

I am currently in two round robins and one of those is a Lizzie Kate theme. This is the piece I was to stitch on this month. I stitched the Cookies area.

I have been wanting some kind of cross stitch stand and I have been perusing the net for awhile in search. So I finally decided on one and received it.
It is the Stitch Master from FA Edmunds. I am very excited about this purchase.

I was able to work on my rotation some last week but not as much as I had planned. I had a stitch friend come to my house on Thursday and we attended a stitch retreat over the weekend so my rotation was amended a little. But that is good with me as I was able to get quite a bit accomplished. I have quite a bit to show with haul so I am going to post that and info about the retreat in another posting. I hope you all have a great stitch week!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Haul 2.0

The Stitchin' Post in Nashville is closing. The owners have decided to retire and they didn't find a buyer for the store. Over the weekend they had a great deal of spend at least $50 and you get 50% off your total purchase. And spend I did! I have never made a large purchase like this at once and more than likely will never again but I just could not pass up the great deals. So here we go....

I purchased the Renaissance Mermaid from Under the Sea Fabrics when it came out.

I purchased these two on ebay last week for a great price.

I have been ordering these through Stoney Creek, they are free each month right now.