Monday, October 29, 2012

Japanese Garden Update

Last week I worked on Japanese Garden and finished another crane. Yay! Two more to go :)

And a close up of the crane

I am planning to finish my pixies (Melody, Poppy, and Tigerlily) like Joyce did. Check out her blog. I was having a little trouble deciding which fabric I liked better for Tigerlily. The left or the right?? The right one has gold glitter on it, which is kind of hard to see in the pic.

Please help me decide by voting! Thanks for stopping by :)

Which fabric to you like better for Tigerlily?

Monday, October 22, 2012

IHSW October

I hope everyone had a great weekend and found some time to stitch :)

This weekend I finished a small, little ornament from October by Prairie Schooler. It was fall-themed, and I wanted to stitch one more fall-themed piece :)

I also worked on the right border in Japanese Garden, but as you can see, I did not get much done. Every little bit counts though :) I will be working on this one during the week, so hopefully next week, I have a much better progress pic. Since the end is approaching, I am getting quite excited about finishing it and stitching more Chatelaines. After Japanese Garden I will finish up Moyland Castle, but in between these two, I might have to start a new one. I guess I better get stitching!

Thanks for stopping by, and I can't wait to see everyone's progress!

Monday, October 15, 2012

An Expensive Halloween Finish

Over the weekend I finished Knock Knock by Prairie Schooler. I stitched it on PTP Willow Cashel, and I changed out the called-for "orange" DMC  to 721, an actual brighter orange. In addition, I used Mill Hill beads (2033) on the sides instead of cross-stitches. In the pic, the beads are not sparkling as much as they do in person.

So, why was this so expensive? One word...Mandy.

Friday night before dinner, I was stitching along, and then threaded my needle and presumably set the needle and thread on the arm rest of my couch. After dinner, I go to use my threaded needle, and it is not there. Ok, so I lost it, generally not that big of a deal. Skip to Sunday night, I take Mandy out, and she is having trouble going to the bathroom. Hubby takes her out later in the evening, and the same thing happened, except this time, he noticed a brown thread hanging out of her butt. And then it hit me. Maybe she found my missing needle and thread :(

This morning we take her to the vet, and the vet does an x-ray. Sure enough, my needle is right there in her colon. The vet then puts Mandy under, and we get a call about two hours later. They got the needle out. Yay! I am so glad she did not have to go in for surgery. The vet was impressed that the needle got as far as it did without causing issues. We will be picking Mandy up later today, and we will get the final vet bill. I should probably stop buying stash for a bit to help pay for our monster-dog.

Lesson learned: Obviously I need to be more careful with my needles in the future!!

Have a great week :)

Monday, October 8, 2012

Lady Hera Update

Last week I worked some more on Lady Hera. Lots of yellow stitching, but I am getting close to finishing the yellow part of her dress. There is a red/orange part left, which may be part of a shawl? I'm not really sure.

Over the weekend, my mom and I went to the Cotton Pickin' Fair. We had a great time and came back with lots of crafts :) One thing I bought was a Halloween fascinator. It was too cute! I am not sure if I will wear it, but right now it is decorating my pumpkin. I am also going to see if I can get Mandy to sit still with it on her head.
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Japanese Garden Update

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Last week I worked on Japanese Garden and finished off the top bridge. One down, three more to go. This piece is really starting to come together now that I am on the home stretch. I also changed the color of the bridge. It was supposed to be Mississippi Mud by Thread Gather, but my thread was crap (as in not dyed all the way through), so I used Espresso Waterlilies instead. The bridge has a bit more red to it which I like.

After working on all those bamboo leaves (which took longer than I thought they would), I decided I needed something a bit easier. So, I finished a Halloween ornament from Cats, Bats, and Witches by Prairie Schooler over the weekend. I also wanted another ornament for my Halloween tree :)

This week I will be working on Lady Hera and maybe another Halloween ornament. I like fall and Halloween, can you tell?

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week!