Saturday, December 31, 2011

Ringing in the New Year/WIPocalypse

Woo hoo, so we’ve made it through 2011. That’s good and now we just have to survive next year, haha.
I’ve signed up to participate in the 2012 WIPocalypse, as hosted by Measi at Measi's Musings. Here’s where my list stands right now:
1.     David Tennant (Quick and Easy magazine)
2.    Snow White (Leisure Arts princess book)
3.    Halloween Pony (Linda Gillum)
4.    Animal Heads Kit
5.    London at Twilight (Maria Diaz, Cross Stitch Gold magazine)
6.    Picture for my mom
These are the projects I currently have going. Some of them I started last year and some of them are old. (Like the animal heads kit…. Yeah, not even sure when it was started haha).
Progress wise I would definitely like to finish several of these this year. For now though I’m going to be a bit conservative and say that I’d like to work on each of them this year and at least move them along. I’d also like to start some pictures too, so that will make progress slower J. Good thing this list can be flexible. Pending the acquisition of the necessary floss and fabric these are the pictures I hope to start:
1.     SK Blue Moon (HAED)
I’ve signed up for my first freebie SAL on the HAED bulletin board so we’ll see how this goes!
2.    Summer Lady (Maria Diaz, Cross Stitch Gold)
This is one seasonal lady in a set that’s based on the art style of Alphonse Mucha. I figured she would be cheery enough to stitch on if I manage to start her this winter J.
3.    Sloth (HAED, Marta Dahlig)
I’ve been a fan of Marta’s work and especially this series for several years, so when I saw HAED had charted the whole set I decided to take the plunge. I’m very excited and intimidated at the same time, haha.
4.    Epic Sailor Moon project
If you haven’t noticed by now, I’m sort of a fan of Sailor Moon J. (Ha, there’s an understatement, right?). I finally finished planning out the characters and layout for what I’m terming my Epic Sailor Moon picture, based mostly on Alcnaurewen's sprites. I say epic because I need to lay my hands on 2 yards of 16 count fabric before I can begin, hehe. So it’s a bit on the large side. Stay tuned J.
So once again as most of the things I want to stitch on are rather large, I probably won’t be seeing too many finishes next year. But hey, at least I’m going to have lots of fun J.
I also thought I’d show the sprite I made my mom for Christmas, which she turned into a coaster. It’s a Santa girl sprite, designed once again by Dork Stitch. In all probability, more of her sprites will make their way onto next year’s list too J.

I hope everyone has a fantastic time celebrating the start of the new year and that you have a great stitching week!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Allons-y! A Doctor Who Christmas Special

I’m continuing to work on previously started pictures and this time I pulled out David again. He is no longer just a floating head- now he has a shirt and part of a tie too! After the tie begins the long haul through his suit and coat but we’ll get there eventually!

I hope everyone has a very lovely holiday J
Have a great stitching week!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Gang's All Here

After finishing all the Christmas stitching I was excited to get back to some of my other projects. Since I had initially planned on finishing my set of Sailor Scouts last month (before I got distracted) I decided to return to them first. So here are the last three, Sailors Pluto and Mini Moon, and Tuxedo Mask:

And here is the whole group, looking very colorful together:

These were so much fun to stitch! Once again they were designed by the very talented missy-tannenbaum at Dork Stitch, who this month alone has already put up handfuls of other sprites that I want to stitch too! But as for this group, the plan is to cut them out, attach ribbon and felt and hang them on my Christmas tree! Everyone else gets stocking ornaments, me, I get Scout ornaments, haha.
Have a great stitching week!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Red Stocking and the End of Christmas Stitching!?

At least I hope so, haha. I may end up helping my mom make some more presents, but that stitching won’t be Christmas themed.
I was really slowing down in the mojo department with this one. After having to frog part of the outer border right at the beginning I could already sense that this one was going to be a challenge. I still like the design, as it goes well with the other two stockings, but it was just rather slow going. Especially as I was getting distracted and working on little bits of other projects J.
Since it was the last one though, I used that thought for motivation to power through. That and the Christmas music, which really helped too. (Or was meant to. It got to the point where I was thinking, “Let’s finish this part by the end of the CD. Hmmm, ok, but definitely finish by the end of the next CD. Ok… you’re not even stitching are you, you’re just listening to music!”) Haha, yeah… that’s me sometimes J .
In the end I did finish though. So here’s the fabled red stocking, complete with difficult-to-see-shiny-backstitch, which actually went pretty smoothly. Maybe I’m finally getting the hang of it J .

Now all that remains is to turn these little pictures into pillow ornaments! Piece of cake, right?
Have a great stitching week!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Blue Christmas

That’s for sure, haha. I’ve been seeing only blue this week, but as a result a small stitching miracle has occurred and I finished two more presents! Color me surprised, for now the end is in sight J . Here is the first gift, a blue stocking to match the green one, with a different snowflake design:

And a blue ornament as well:

Thanks once again for all your lovely comments and encouragement, they’re really helping me get through these quickly J . Now for a brief break before tackling my last stocking!
Have a great stitching week!