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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

WIP Wednesday

Its Wednesday and time for a WIP report.

It was a long weekend, but I wasn't able to get as much stitching done as I hoped.  In the last week I've worked on only Arabian Woman, but between long weekend happenings and my migraines giving me a bit of a hard time since Saturday its been a challenge to get in a good amount of stitching time in.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

PhotoHunt Catch-Up

Since I took a little unplanned blogging break I thought I should take the time to get all caught up on the themes I've missed this month.

May 2 - Youth

Another picture from my DR trip this year.  I think this is one is my favourite out of the hundres of pictures I took!  This group of kids I photographed in the slums of Simon Bollivar in Santo Domingo screams youth and their smiles are just wonderful.

May 9 - Impressive

There is nothing more impressive than nature itself and I'd say one of the most impressive is a male peacock!  I just love the feathers they're so majestic.  I came across this peacock in the courtyard of a museum we visited in Santo Domingo during this year's DR trip.

May 16 - Mystical

Yup, its another picture from this year's DR trip!  This year I broke off from the main group for a few hours to check out a potential excursion for future trips.  We got to check out these caves that had ancient cave drawings.  So mystical and so cool!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

WIP Wednesday & Happy Dances

Sorry for a couple of weeks of silence (again).  No big reasons, I've taken to walking in the evenings which I have to admit the last thing I want to do is sit at the computer for the hour or so it takes to edit pictures and put together a blog entry.  I've also had serious stitching mojo so all I've wanted to do is stitch!  You'll see in a second!

 Arabian Woman - close up of the area I've been focusing on

First up is my current WIP since its WIP Wednesday.  After having a discussion with Christin on "what to stitch next" she talked me into pulling out Arabian Woman and making it my current focus piece.  This is a Lanarte kit that I paid a small fortune for many years ago, and it deserves to be stitched!  I've made some pretty good progress since I picked it up just this past weekend.

I also put a few more stitches into Mini River Cottages by Michael Powell since I last blogged.  Its slowly coming along and so much fun!

Now onto the really fun stuff, HAPPY DANCES!  Yes... pural! If you follow me on Instagram (tkd_chick) you'll know my needle has just been flying the last couple of weeks.

by Alessandra Adelaide Needleworks
Stitched on: 32ct Rainbow Sparkle Lugana
Stitched with: DMC

First up is the focus piece that Arabian Woman is replacing, Peacock by Alessandra Adelaide Needleworks.  I started this piece on January 1st with Christin as our New Year's Day SAL a tradition we've had for years.  Some years many of our stitching friends will join in on this SAL, but this year the interest level for the piece we picked wasn't too high.  It was just the two of us.  This piece was a real joy to stitch and I love the blues that are used to stitch it.  Originally I had planned to stitch it on white opalescent evenweave, it turned out I didn't have any in my stash but I did have some Rainbow Sparkle Lugana and I really like how the colours really pop on it.

A Year In Chalk - January-April
Hands On Designs
Stitched On: 32ct WDW Gunmetal
Stitched With: GAST

A Year In Chalk - January
Hands On Designs
Stitched On: 32ct WDW Gunmetal
Stitched With: GAST

A Year In Chalk - February
Hands On Designs
Stitched On: 32ct WDW Gunmetal
Stitched With: GAST

A Year In Chalk - March
Hands On Designs
Stitched On: 32ct WDW Gunmetal
Stitched With: GAST

A Year In Chalk - April
Hands On Designs
Stitched On: 32ct WDW Gunmetal
Stitched With: GAST

Next up is some of my purchases from my trip to the Attic in Arizona during March Break.  I had picked up the first four charts of the Year In Chalk Series, the recommended fabric and all the threads for the entire series.  I like that the same off white is carried through all of the pieces, GAST Chalk and each month has a different pop of colour.  It took me just about a week to stitch up all four!  I would say it takes about a day (if you've got a day of stitching available to you) to stitch one of these up, or about 2-3 evenings.  I'm looking forward to getting the next few later this month!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

PhotoHunt - Fix

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Fix".

Are you getting tired of me using pictures from this year's Dominican Experience Trip for my PhotoHunts?  While we were walking around the Colonial Zone in Santo Domingo, we came across this bride getting her wedding pictures done.  They had stopped so she could "fix" her hair.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Belated WIP Wednesday

Were you looking for my WIP Wednesday post last night or today?  Sorry I didn't get anything up on my blog, I was too tired to blog.

I'm still not settled 100% on any one project, this week saw me working on three of my WIPs.  My friends and regular readers know that's very unlike me to flit from one project to the other!  I am certainly a one at a time girl!

I've put a few more thread lengths into Arabian Woman, a Lanarte Kit.  I think I'm going to really look forward to focusing on her at some point.

I've also put a few hours over the weekend on The Big Red by The Silver Lining, I think I missed working over one!

I think I've spent most of my stitching time on Peacock by Alessandra Adelaide Needleworks.  On the up side, I finished all of the dark outlining and now its time to fill it in with all of the gorgeous blues that remind me of the beach in the Dominican Republic!  Also I'd say the end is in sight with this piece!

I was determined to do a little finishing this weekend, its certainly piling up!  I finished up these three motifs from Red Threads by Rosewood Manor.  These are all whip stitched together with a beaded edge.

Next out of the to be finished bin was this Primitive Hare freebie.  I've done a flat finish on this and embellished it with a red/white polka-dot ribbon bow on the top and a pearl head pin.  Ideally I'd like to get a few pieces finished each weekend, we'll see how ambitious I am this weekend!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

PhotoHunt - Ball

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "ball".

This is my girl Romy, she is a special needs kid who goes to the school we support in the Dominican Republic.  She and I played catch with this football when I was at Todo los Santos on Batey Margarita this year.  She's a special girl, and I count myself as lucky getting to know her in the last two years since our school has been open.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

WIPWednesday, Small Finishes and What's Next?

Happy Wednesday fair readers!  Which means its WIPWednesday and one of my blogging days!

As usual I like to start with the happy stuff, and I've had two small Happy Dances since my last post.

Red Threads
Rosewood Manor
Stitched with NPI Silk
Stitched on 32ct Natural Linen

This first little guy, was already well under way, so there wasn't much left to do.  This has been my "purse project" and I've been dragging it around with me most places but not really working on it.  So I finally put the last stitches into it.

French Country Star
JBW Designs
Just Cross Stitch - Ornament Issue 2010
Stitched with WDW Garnet
Stitched Over One on 25ct Sand/Gold Lugana

Next up is this month's ornament, I had a hard time settling on which one I wanted to stitch.  I finally picked up this sweet little stitch by JBW which was in one of my Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issues.  If I can, and it may be rather ambitious I'd like to finish this star-shaped!

I haven't settled on a new focus project yet, and really that's okay.  This week I've picked away at two different projects.

I kind of have it in my mind to finish up my January 1st start from this year, Peacock by Alessandra Adelaide.  Christin and I started them together, but she's been done hers for awhile now. Usually I'm the first to finish!  I've had a hard time getting "into" this project.

When I haven't been able to get "into" Peacock I've pulled out an oldie, but goodie Arabian Woman a kit from Lanarte.  I fell in love with and bought this project a long time ago, and it cost me a fair bit.  A few years ago I put some stitches in it to make myself get back to it.  I've enjoyed working on it this week.  The fabric on this piece comes painted and there's a little "+" where to start so I've slowly worked my way from that start point, to my happy place, the top left hand corner.

As promised last week here are the other projects I have started in my stitching basket... Which project would you like to watch come to life?  Leave me a comment!

Mini River Cottage - Michael Powell

The Big Red - The Silver Lining

 Cirque des Carreaux - Ink Circles

Fortunate Traveller - Teresa Wentzler