WIP Wednesday – Episode 32

Happy Wednesday! I hope this finds you well and enjoying life. This week I have been mainly working on my Fabulous Women In History project, with a small deviation on Valentine’s Day. However, my stitching progress was impeded by that rascally Frog! Do you have projects that seem to attract the Frog more than others? For me it is Fabulous Women in History, and for the life of me I cannot figure out why. Anyway, here is my update.

Fabulous Women in History

Last week I switched over to Fabulous Women in History, the 2017 SAL from Cloudsfactory. The two women featured for February are Virginia Woolf and Marie Curie. Everything was stitching up fine as I started on Virginia Woolf, but as I moved further along I found mistake after mistake. I even had to frog a whole section of the top border. Also, while I love the coloring in the Weeks Dye Works floss, the Capri is giving me a tough time. No matter what I do it never looks right. All well, I keep moving forward.

Love Potions

Last Wednesday, Valentine’s Day, I celebrated by working on a Mill Hill magnet kit, Love Potions. It is from the same collection as Princess Carriage, Autumn Harvest Collection. Working with the Mill Hill kits is becoming addictive. The only issue is that I sometimes have to wait until I have an oppurtunity to sit in a “safe” zone to work on the beading. So Love Potions is all stitched and waiting for its bling.

Ex-Machina

This week I want to share my plans for my Heaven And Earth Designs project, Ex-Machina. This is my first BAP (Big Ass Project), my first full coverage piece, and the smallest count fabric I have ever worked on. With those factors in place, working on Ex-Machina, does not fit into the usual routine I have for my day to day stitching. Since this project is definitely going to be a long standing WIP, I’ve decided to attack it with a different strategy.

With agreement from my husband, once a month, I am going to dedicate an entire Sunday (We go to Church on Saturday nights.) to working on Ex-Machina. The entire day! No cooking, no cleaning, just stitching! Of course I will make sure the dogs and cat are fed and let out, but other than that I am stitching. Why am I sharing this bit on information with you now? Because this coming Sunday is my first HAED day! I’m sure I’ll be posting pictures on Instagram if you want to check them out, otherwise check back next Wednesday to find out how it went.

Well that’s my cross stitching this week, thanks for checking in & happy stitching!

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Sunday’s Stitches & Stuff – Episode 28 – Sharing My First Digital Designs

Happy Daytona Day! Okay well that might not be your thing, but in this house the Daytona 500 is a kin to Super Bowl Sunday.

This week’s post falls under the category of Stuff in the Sunday’s Stitches & Stuff. This week I am talking about digital designs. Recently I have become very interested in the process of creating graphics. In fact, my Thought for the Day images, that I share during the week, are one way I practice creating digital image content. Right now I have no idea where I am heading with this new area of creativity, only that I enjoy learning how to and actually creating digital content.

Some of the first images I created were wallpapers for my laptop and iPhone. Because I love personalizing my technology it made sense to create the digital art I see everyday. Right now I am just working with image manipulation, sizing, and textures, but today I thought I would share with you some of my wallpaper creations, click on any image to download.

Desktop Wallpapers

       

       

iPhone Wallpapers

   

   

Feel free to download any of the images you’d like to use. The desktop images were design for the screen of my MacBook Pro and the iPhone images are sized for my 7 Plus screen. However, my husband has been able to use the images on his Samsung phone without issue. If you use any, please let me know what you think and if there were any problems with sizing it for your screen.

That’s all for now I hope you have a great week and thanks for taking the time to read my post.

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Thought for the Day Weekly Roundup

During the week I like to share a daily thought on social media. Sometimes they are poignant, sometimes they are funny, sometimes there is a theme all week, and sometimes they are random TV show or movie quotes. Basically the thought for the day is for myself and for whomever else might enjoy it. At the end of the week, I round up the Thought for the Day memes together in a blog post.

Here’s the round up for the week of Valentines Day, February 12-16, 2018:

Have a great weekend and if you’d like you can see all my Thought for the Day memes on my Daily Thoughts Pinterest board:

Bibliophile Confessions – Top Ten Books To Be Read – February 2018

For various reasons, the current book I am reading, Henna House, is taking a bit longer to digest than usual. Some of those reasons are personal, but the main reason is,  I have been so focused on other goals, that reading hasn’t been a priority yet this year. Since we are only in February, that can easily be changed. So this week I decided to take the oppurtunity to share the top ten books on my current To Be Read list, in hopes that sharing my reading goals and progress more often will help keep me accountable to making reading a priority in my day to day routine.

So, in no particular desired reading order, here is my selection for the Top Ten Books I want to read next, after Henna House. All links will take you to the book’s description on Goodreads.

Martyr, by Rory Clements

The Ghost and Mrs. McClure, by Alice Kimberly

The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern

The Almost Sisters, by Joshilyn Jackson

An Invitation to Murder, by Leighann Dobbs

The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George

Magic to the Bone, by Devon Monk

Sarah’s Key, by Tatiana de Rosnay

Stalking Jack the Ripper, by Kerri Maniscalco

The Friday Night Knitting Club, by Kate Jacobs

My goal is to read a minimum of 36 books this year, so hopefully working my way through this list will get me on the way to exceeding that goal.

Thanks for taking the time to read my post and if you like you can follow my reading progress on Goodreads here.

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WIP Wednesday – Episode 31 – Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Wednesday! I hope this finds you well and enjoying life. This past week I have been working on two projects and have a small one planned to celebrate Valentine’s Day. For the most part, I tend to switch projects on either Sunday or Monday, depending on how I am progressing. This week I wanted to make as much progress on Into The Jungle as I could, so I stitched through Sunday night and made my switch on Monday morning.

For Into The Jungle I finished the adorable Toucans and stitched the borders on the upper blocks as well as the top line. My plan is to work on the borders as much as I can each time I work on a new block.

Monday morning I switched to Cloudsfactory Fabulous Women in History. The women selected for February were Marie Curie and Virginia Woolf. As a science major, I know Marie Curie and her role in history, however Virginia Woolf was a fabulous woman I was not that familiar with. So far I have most of Virginia done and should finish this section by the weekend.

Also, I am definitely restitching that chandelier for Coco Chanel, using some left over beads from a Mill Hill kit.

Today being Valentine’s Day, I decided to celebrate by working on Love Potions  from the Autumn Harvest Mill Hill collection.

I already have a few stitches in so hopefully I will finish this piece today and add it to my cart with Princess Carriage.

Well, that’s my stitching this week, thanks for checking in & happy stitching!

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Sunday’s Stitches & Stuff – Episode 27 – Another FFO

Well this has been an interesting end of the week. Thursday morning I fell out front of the house and banged myself up pretty bad. In fact my knee is still swollen and stiff, giving me a bit of difficulty. Thankfully it is responding to ice and medicine, just slowly. In the meantime, I’d like to share another Fully Finished Object (FFO).

If you’ve been following my blog or Instagram feed for a while, you will have picked on the fact that I am stitching my way through Year of Celebrations published by Cross Stitch & Needlework Magazine and designed by Cathy Habermas. So far I have stitched February through September. Since I am more than half way done the series I decided to start finishing them.

My plan from the first time I saw the series was always to finish each motif individually and display them interchangeably each month. Each motif, when stitched on 14 count Aida, measures 4 inches by 4 inches, which makes them the perfect size to wrap around a 4 inch canvas square. That’s exactly what I did.

Since the canvas squares come in packs of two, I finished February and March together. For the backing I used scrapbook paper in a coordinating theme. The finished pieces rest nicely in a small easel and will be displayed on my seasonal decor shelf.

Here are a few pictures of the process:

They turned out exactly how I imagined them. That’s all for now I hope you have a great week and thanks for taking the time to read my post.

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Thought for the Day Weekly Roundup

During the week I like to share a daily thought on social media. Sometimes they are poignant, sometimes they are funny, sometimes there is a theme all week, and sometimes they are random TV show or movie quotes. Basically the thought for the day is for myself and for whomever else might enjoy it. At the end of the week, I round up the Thought for the Day memes together in a blog post.

Here’s the round up for the week of February 5-9, 2018:

Have a great weekend and if you’d like you can see all my Thought for the Day memes on my Daily Thoughts Pinterest board: