Saturday, March 28, 2015

Finishing Focus Fridays

I love stitching and I enjoy finishing but I have to be in a finishing mood or have a serious deadline to get it done.  Stuff happens and time passes.   Sadly I am embarrassed to admit that finishing mood hasn't struck in a while so things have sort of piled up.  So I have been discovering lots of items which need to be finished and I am gathering them up in a new portfolio green tinted snap box.  I love green.  I only bought one of these cases but I think may need a few more since my new box is almost full. 

Here are snaps of my 2 Friday finishes.  A stitchy kitty dog ornie which I had laced up but not put together because I wanted to use trim to match the blue or pink accents so the colors would pop.  This little guy sat hidden in a project bag because I never could find the right trim.  I decided some gold braid I had looked okay because not everything needs to be perfectly matched.   What do you think?

I did a little fish book mark on a snippet of canvas.  I really like how he came out and I think he may end up with some fish friends. Two finishes down with lots more to go but that's 2 less than I had on Thursday.  Under my finishes is my lovely anniversary card.  We've been married 27 years.  

The last 2 pics are more snippets awaiting their bookmark transformation and some ornies.  I have lots of ornies to finish

  So how many things you do have awaiting finishing?

Until next time... 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Blackbird's Thistle Manor finish

This is the second time I have stitched this freebie design.  Something about it just appeals to me.  I used 2 complete skeins of anchor cotton floss in #92 and #96  because I used 3 strands of floss  The colors are off in the photo but these are pinkish lavender thistle colors on cream 14ct aida.  This is added to my pile of heart themed finished pieces for a quilt which I hope to put together.  I am using aida or a hearty even weave for the stitched squares so that they hold up to washing.  Most of my stitching friends no longer use aida but I am enjoying stitching on it.  I also am keeping to color fast floss in my heart squares.
 My current crochet blanket is growing. It is now 31 inches by 72.  No photo this time since my muse is off snuggling with my hubby.  Today it is too warm to be working on a toasty blanket.  

Until next time.... 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Where is Spring?

It is blustery today but sunny here in the northeast.   The wicked wind is making sure we are reminded that it is still winter.  Thankfully much of our snow has melted but there are a few snow mountains in parking lots where piles were started when towns ran put of a place to put the stuff.   
I have a few finishes to share.  I completed a bent creek zipper  kit.  I just love their vinyl bags.  I also completed a shepards bush Christmas design which will be a pillow.  One of my retreat friends gave me the chart and fabric.  The buttons will be properly sewn on when I do the finishing.   Many thanks!  The little fairy is from one of my french design books.  It isn't exactly done because I am debating how I am going to finish it and whether to add the baby's name and such.   A cousin had a little girl which I did a baby blanket for.  So this design might go on top of a little trinket box or I might frame it.  Isn't is a sweet little design?  I did stitch the last flower stem so this is the wip snap. I have a habit of falling in love with little angel or fairy designs. There are so many cute ones in this books that it was hard to choose which one to stitch. 
Have a Great Day, Mare

Saturday, March 7, 2015

My helper

Asleep on the job but still cute as button, my Heddy is my project inspector.  Here is my latest blanket project which will be twin size when completed.  I am upto 21 inches so far. Also included is an update on my "try to relax "  cat piece since I had my muse at hand.  
I would love to know what you think about my yarn color choices.   I am using lion brand homespun  and caron black medium weight again.  Both yarns are machine washable, dryable and hold up to daily use.  I have done blankets completely with homespun but frankly I really like the body that using the caron or red heart yarn gives the blanket. The medium weight yarn lightens the weight of the blanket.  They are labor intensive because the pattern is not lacy or has holes but the blanket is super warm and cuddly.
I machine wash and dry all of my blanket gifts before they find their new homes.