Shop With Me 5-21-2019 and Update

It’s been a bit longer than I planned but it’s been super busy here. But that’s ok! I got a package in the mail today I wanted to share so today is the perfect day to post.

First something small.

I saw Caroline on Off the Grid Needle Arts had one and thought it was cool but decided I would be fine just eyeballing things… I was not lol. Thankfully my Burgundy Sampler fits and it isn’t negatively affected. But one side has a lot more empty space than the other. My future projects are a lot bigger with less wiggle room. This was cheap so I decided to invest in one.

When I ordered it they sent an email saying to be careful when opening. I kind of laughed it off because, I mean, it’s a ruler. It got here and I cut the package open and it came with a free pattern that I cut into. It’s still useable but.. anyone else be careful and don’t make my mistake!

So now the big purchase…

I had actually been eyeballing the sea glass color way but loved the colors in this so much. I love how this pattern came. It’s a booklet on nice thick paper. The symbols are HUGE. Ok, maybe not huge, but significtantly bigger than my other charts. It’s an easy pattern but I love how it looks. If I love it as much when it’s done I might get some of the other colors.

And I talk like it was expensive but the chart was only about $7 and I bought the floss pack with 19 skeins, so it’s not like it broke the bank. I did pass on getting the fabric it suggested as it was 14 aida and I’m just not a fan. It’s full coverage so I’ll probably use one of those packs of 32 count belfast linen I have.

Finally, the Burgundy Sampler update.

I’m super close to finishing the page I’m on. I just have half of a larger motif that you can see I’ve started on bottom right. Then there is a smaller thin and tall one next to it. I am hoping to get the parts of them on this page finished by this weekend so I can dedicate my 3 day to woeking on the second page.

I love this pattern but I am super excited to start some of my other stuff and I need my scroll rods lol.

I’ll probably try to post Thursday or Friday to show how much work I’ve done so I can have a comparison with what I do over the weekend.

New Stuff and Update!

Thought I would start off with something different today. I took a baby blanket I’ve been working on for years to work to finally make some progress. It’s just a basic double stitch in a basketweave.

Not cross stitch, obviously, but a fun little extra!

So on to new stuff. I actually held off to post until I got this!

Crystal Cyprium from Picture This Plus! It’s beautiful and I love the sparkles in it!

But, and there’s always a but lol, it’s a lot lighter than I expected. This was meant to go with my Dragons of Sumatra, here’s a reminder if you forgot.

I wanted a deep chocolate brown and that turquoise floss so it would really pop. This color wasn’t chocolate brown but I liked how it looked on screen.

This is significantly lighter. Even with good light the picture makes it a LOT darker. I may end up using it for the companion piece because I feel like it would go good with the green I want to use. I’m going to use it, on what is up in the air lol. The pic actually has the flosses on it with me trying to see if any popped like I wanted it to.

So finally an update on my Burgundy Sampler.

Notice a difference? I had to frog the first one! I miscounted and placed it wrong. Ugh. It happens.

Got this piece done as well with a lot less drama.

And I unrolled, but left on the rods so it’s kind of awkward, and the lighting isn’t the greatest, but here’s the full pic of what I’ve completed.

I’m so close to finishing the first page!

I’ve got a super busy couple weekends coming up so I’m not sure how much work I can do on it, but I do hope to get some stuff done on Sundays and definitely my 3 day weekend at the end of this month. I love this project but am super excited to start some of the others too lol.

Shop With Me 4-19-19

This week has been super busy so unfortunately no real update on my Burgundy Sampler.

Got a few cool things to share though!

Let’s start strong. Got some more Hand Dyed by Rolanda silk floss. Love the colors and felt like I definitely needed it.

I actually ended up getting some 28 ct dyed fabric from her as well.

It’s a beautiful deep red. I did originally have a plan for it but it isn’t quite big enough for 2 over one and I’m not sure I want to do over one. I’ll definitely be trying to find something for it and may end up requesting a custom piece that is big enough.

Kind of carring on the fabric show off.

Grabbes this from the Mystic Fabrics Facebook page. I just felt like I needed a brown. It’s another not sure what I’m doing with it but I love it lol.

Grabbed these two charts. I actually think that blue would look nice on that Black Cauldron Dyeworks fabric I got back at The Silver Needle.

There’s just a reminder pic. I think those blues will really pop and the fabric will be a nice background to it. The second chart I have no plans for, I just randomly claimed it, because why not.

And as always my big purchase last, although my floss and fabrics are hard to beat this thing is just cool.

I managed to get a Monopoly chart! Super excited to do this. I actually want to do some custom ones.

I am planning to stay in and stitch tomorrow so hopefully there will be some stitching update soon too!

Shop With Me 4-8-2019 and Burgundy Sampler Update!

Got a lot of packages today! Last week was pretty stressful at work so I didn’t get to post like I wanted. I did get a lot done on my WIP this weekend.

Still really love how it is coming along. There’s a huge piece in the middle so I’ll probably be rolling the fabric up a little which is exciting!

Some cool things recieved today!

I liked some of the patterns on the pillows so grabbed this from a destash group. I like history in the book. Definitely a good buy.

Just one pattern this SWM. It is technically a set of six though! I’m not sure what colors I want to do, it basically just looked like a nice little addition to my Ink Circles collection. Being honest though, no plans with this.

These were stitch counters posted to a destash group. I included the lady’s business card in case anyone is interested. They were pretty cheap and had a ton of color choices.

Now most exciting purchase. First, came with some more side tensioners. So… maybe didn’t need that other set lol. But backups are always nice.

And for the big purchase! Purple Julian!!

It has joined my Julian family, I absolutely love these!

I do have a few patterns and some fabric I’ve grabbed from a destash group but no bigger purchases coming up. I do hope to get a lot more done on my sampler, so the next post may just be an update, but we’ll see!

Shop with me! 3-28-2019

So some stuff to share! Some of it was from a week or so ago but wanted to save it to make a longer post!

So first things first…

I made it to The Silver Needle and finally got myself some Ink Circles!

The store was amazing, I probably should have taken pictures. They had stitched works EVERYWHERE to tempt you. So many times pics don’t capture how nice finished pieces are so seeing stitched items is really nice.

I have some awesome plans for the Dragons of Sumatra! As soon as I get the fabric and floss I’ll definitely show them off. I already know the colors I want.

Next up, I picked up a pack of tensioners from Heaven and Earth Designs. I love the color and was super happey they were able to send one of the colors I said were my preference.

I did want to show them off in use but I have my silk on linen project on it now and it’s just too close to the edge to work. Once I can use them I’ll get a pic.

Another HAED purchase. They’re resin and really pretty. The little one is my favorite, I think it’s super cute.

It’s little, and cute, and I like how the color is on it.

But, and it pains me to say this because I’m a HUGE HAED fan. The sides on the back are not flush.

I don’t think they will snag but wish they were more flush/smooth. I might try filing it down a bit. It’s a personal preference and probably would not affect use. And I definitely plan to use them.

And now my favorite things!

I managed to snag two lots of five Fiberlicious skeins. First the cotton…

I love the middle and right a lot. No clue what I’ll use them for, but I love them.

And some of the prettiest floss I’ve seen in my life…

I love them. I love all of them! And I’ll admit it, I pick favorites. The two on the right… first one is called Clown and the other is Her Majesty…

I’m buying more. Not sure how much of clown but Her Majesty will be quite a few. This is the prettiest nicest feeling silk I’ve ever seen.

I had actually been eyeballing another color on that site and I’m making the jump. *of course I’ll post when I get it* pictures absolutely do not do this justice!

I do have a few more things coming in and once I have a few I’ll be making another post!

Probably expect up next a Burgundy Sampler update. Also fabric shopping, not sure if I’ll post on that… but maybe, I need a few more swatches.

Silk and Linen!

Bit of an update and mini rant. No idea why I haven’t tried this before! Well no, that’s a lie. Linen kind of freaked me out. I decided to bite the bullet and just figure it out. This is my current project.

I’m doing this pattern and loving it. Sadly, the woman who made it passed 😦 I had looked her up hoping to follow and get more like it.

I’m using this Silk N Colors, which I got from Get Stitchin’ and the darker of my Belfast fabrics. I actually ran by Get Stitchin’ again today to grab the last two skeins of this color, just to be safe.

I love it. The silk goes through the fabric so smoothly it is really enjoyable to work on. The only kind of issue is the floss is tied to the cards and it causes some pretty hardcore kinks at one end. You don’t see it when it has been stitched but it is a bit of annoyance.

I’m hoping to get a lot more done this weekend!