Saturday, January 25, 2014

Grow Your Blog - A Day Late


As fellow stitches/crafters/people-looking-for creative-outlet, I hope you understand my tardiness on this post! Last night I got very wrapped up in fixing the bottom left corner of my Once Upon A Time Sampler. I had mis-stitched by one stitch. I did not discover my mistake until I was close to joining two sections of border and they did not line up. After about 15 minutes of counting and recounting I found the problem. This led to about 50 stitches having to come out and be perfected. Now it is fixed and I have almost completed the bottom half of border. My plan next is to work on the top half and finally start stitching Snow White. In order to keep calm, I've been watching Season 1 of Once. Love it!

I have been working steadily on my Woodland Sampler by stitching a month each week. I finished September and hope to work on October next week.

Other projects have not been fitting into my days so that is all for updates.

For a little bit about me...

I like to create and play! There are adventures with my friends and husband that I get way too excited about: Climbing mountains, running races, roadside attractions, brewery tours, kayaking, visiting the beach, dress up parties, and just about anything else we can fit in. My husband and I are also avid golfers which I have found greatly cuts into my creative time, however, I am hooked! Stitching is something that I have found that let's me relax between all of our crazy ideas. Other relaxing outlets include reading and knitting. I have attempted quilting and have a lovely quilt patiently waiting for a binding...

My home is decorated in a simple quirky prim style. I tend to switch out my finished stitcheries with my mood, highlighting favorites and seasonal pieces.

This year I hope to keep my current initiative and approach December with Christmas gifts made, a shorter list of WIPs, and a scrapbook full of adventures!

Thanks for stopping by,



Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Updates and a Lack of Self Control

The past week has involved little stitching time. I did put off housework in order to stitch over the weekend, though.

My first update is on my Woodland Sampler by Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. I finished stitching the July Block and started August. My goal is to finish August by the end of the week.

I have stitched a little more on May Word play by With thy needle and Thread. This project is great when I only have a short time to stitch and I want to see progress.

Now it is confession time. I know that I planned to only work on my WIPS because there are so many, however, I could not resist the 2014 Once upon A Time Sampler by the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. It includes a combination of specialty and DMC floss. A new fairy tale is to be stitched up each month. I have already received the pattern for January and the border pattern. I had to start. If you are interested you should check their website:

Hope to post again soon! ~aj

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Midnight Watch Finish and Stitching Update

Woo hoo! I finished Midnight Watch by Blackbird Designs last night. Procrastinating on school work left me plenty of time to finish the final border. Luckily I ended up with a day off due to the cold! I plan to have this piece framed to enjoy next fall.

My progress on Midnight Watch left little time for stitching on my other projects. I did make some progress on May Word Play by With Thy needle and Thread. I am stitching on 35 count straw by WDW. These patterns are fun to stitch due to all of the little elements. So sweet!

I went in my WIP pile and choose my Woodland Sampler by Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. It was supposed to be completed in December, however, I ran out of stitching steam in June. My goal for the week is to finish the July block. It is a sweet fox sitting among spent dandelions. Love FPS patterns - cute and fun! I'm stitching on a piece of linen from my stash. I'll have to measure it later to check the stitch count...

Stay warm to those in the bitter cold... ~aj


Thursday, January 2, 2014

January 2014

A new year with a left over pile of WIPs. Ugh! I feel as though I barely managed to finish any stitching in 2013. I am hoping that by starting a new blog I will actually stay motivated and complete many of my projects.

So far this year, all two days of it, I have worked on two projects. I may have a bit of ADD because I keep switching back and forth between them after only a thread of stitching. This method has caused a lot of progress...

I have just finished the stitching on my "Country Sampler freedom Needle Book" by Stacy Nash. It needs a really good pressing before I start to sew it into a needle book. I am completing this project using the supplies included in the kit. It has been a pleasure to stitch. I choose to stitch this piece in hand. There was a little more fabric than I like to hold due to the back cover being linen, too.

My other project is a bit larger, "Midnight Watch" by Blackbird Designs. I started it two years ago and do not remember what color linen it is. I believe it is a 30 count by R&R Reproductions. Until a week ago, this project had been waiting in a project bag less than halfway done. Lots of stitching later I have finally started the alphabet. I had imagined that this part would be quick, and it is compared to the denser sections, but there are still a lot of stitches. I hope to finish this piece by the end of the month.

Since working on two projects has led to a finish, I now need to choose another to add to my rotation. The urge to start anew must be ignored. I think this is my next piece:

It is " May Word Play" by With Thy needle and Thread. I have stitched January, February, March, and April. I love hanging them off a shelf at the start of the month.

Looking forward to posting again soon! ~aj