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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WIP Wednesday, Summer Holiday Edition

Thank you everyone for the comments wishing me a speedy recovery from my dreaded summer cold.  I'm almost over it which is a relief I was feeling pretty awful for awhile!  While battling this cold we've been dealing with quite the heat wave.  I'm so grateful we have central air conditioning!  I could just imagine how awful I'd feel not only battling a cold, but the extreme heat as well.

Stitching-wise I feel like I've had a pretty productive week, when I wasn't sleeping!

Bluebird Tweet
Just Nan
Stitched on: 32ct Linen from Silkweavers
Stitched with: DMC & Mill Hill Beads

I started and finished another Just Nan critter.  I now have two stitched up for the JN Critter finishing day Kathy and I are going to have in the fall.  This time at the top of the pile was Bluebird Tweet which I picked up at The Attic back in March.  I have pulled out and kitted up a third Critter but I've not started it yet.

Instead I started this Lizzie*Kate, Be Naughty.  I kitted this one up in early June and its been in my basket waiting to be started.  I've been stitching up one or two letters each day before I pick up Fortunate Traveler.  Except for yesterday, I didn't touch it at all.  When I first posted my start on this on Instagram, I thought it would be best not to hashtag the name of the chart like I usually do.  Imagine the traffic I'd get with the hashtag "benaughty"!!??  Though I do have some fun coming up with some creative hastags!!! (don't forget you can follow me @tkd_chick and see stitching almost daily!)

I finally hit a milestone with The Fortunate Traveler by Teresa Wentzler!  Last night I finally finished the cross stitching on the border!  Of course as you can see there are miles of backstitching to be done now.  I like to get areas completely done on TW's before I move onto the next.  There's always a lot of BS on her pieces, and leaving it to the end could be overwhelming!

As you can see from this close up of the corner I've got a start on the BS, there will be a lot of work putting in the netting you can see started here as well.  It took quite a few hours last night and today to get the outermost line of stitching on the borer and the inner most line backstitched.  I'm not sure what section I'll tackle next, probably all the writing both the "Fortunate Traveller" which I will spell correctly with the Queen's English and the story before I get to the fun part... the dragon!!!

Calabogie Lake

 Water's Edge at Calabogie

Drgonfly On The Rocks

I managed to get out for a bit on Monday with my brother and Dad, I have to admit half a day out left me pretty drained by the time I got home.  My brother and I went in his sports car and my Dad followed on his motorcycle.  We drove out to Calabogie, through White Lake, a stop for lunch in Arnprior, and a final stop in Packenham before heading home.  It was SO nice to get out!

 5 Span Stone Bridge over the Mississippi River in Packenham


Bea said...

Cute finish, although I have to admit I needed to look twice before I saw the bluebirds. Excellent progress on both Naughty and Traveler.

The lake looks really beautiful - and peaceful. Always good to get out with family.

Anonymous said...

I love that last picture! What a beautiful area.

Your stitching look great (as always!) ------ at first I thought you were stitching paisley. Then I realized it was to be folded and would be a bird. LOL

Happy stitching!

Heather said...

Lovely progress :). Great nature pics!

Robin in Virginia said...

Congratulations on the bluebird finish! Both your WIPs are looking good. What a wonderful area to day trip!

Robin in Virginia

Linda said...

Congrats on the cute finish Dani. Love your new start. I am working on that one. Looks like a fun day out.


Barb said...

You have done some very pretty stitching. It looks like the day out had lots of pretty sights! I'm so glad you are feeling much better! Being sick in the summer is the worst.

Kate said...

Glad you're feeling better, Dani! Summer colds are the worst. Beautiful finish, and I love the new start. Lizzie Kate designs are so cute. Impressive progress on the TW piece! It's nice you were able to get out and get a little fresh air.

Angela said...

Glad you are feeling better! I can't wait to see the finish of the JN and I adore the LK design, I'm wishing I picked it up now so I might have to pop back down to Gitta's to get it :) Love the TW piece and your photos are lovely too.

Preeti said...

Blue bird finish and the border is lovely :) nice new start!!

Annie said...

Ha ha ha, that hashtag really made me laugh out loud! You are really powering through your stitching right now - I am soo impressed! Love, love, LOVE the little tweet, and I can't wait to see your progress on the TW project!!

Vickie said...

The netting really makes the piece fantastic.
What a gorgeous outing with your brother and dad.

D1-D2 said...

Nice finish! I do the same when I stitch on very large pieces. I like splitting them into smaller parts so it doesn't feel like this humongous thing. Glad to hear you're feeling better. We've been experiencing the same heat wave in Montreal and I couldn't imagine going through it with a cold as well.

Susan said...

So glad you're feeling better. You got an amazing amount of stitching done. The bird is going to be so cute. I am always in awe of anyone that tackles a TW and all the partial stitches and backstitching. I have several in my stash but have not worked up the nerve to start one.

Carol said...

So happy that that nasty summer cold is on its way out, Dani. We have had the high heat, too, and I can't imagine not having AC--even without a cold!

Wow! That is one amazing border--wonderful job! I love your two little finishes, too, and the day at the lake looks so relaxing :)

diamondc said...

Dani: Lovely bird, I have seen this finished at the shop I go to, it is adorable.
All your stitching is lovely.
I hope your summer cold is gone, I think a summer cold is worse then a winter cold, only because it is hard to stay down in nice weather.


Suz said...

The stitching looks great! I keep thinking I should pick up FT because I'm so close on the border - but your post reminds me that "close" is so relative when we forget about the backstitching.

The picture are great - I especially love that bright blue damselfly!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

The little Tweet is lovely! The border on Fortunate Travller is amazing, I'm enjoying following your progress.

Karen said...

Another cute little critter! I think I might need to add this series to my stash. Excellent progress on TW!

Anna van Schurman said...

Cute smalls finish. One of these days I'm going to pick a small I can actually get done by the deadline! It sounds like a pleasant day out even if it did leave you drained. Glad you are feeling better.

Julie said...

So good to read you are almost better, there seems to have been a lot with summer colds this year.
Wonderful place you visited and well done on completing the border on the TW.
Cute JN finish, that'll be so lovely when made up.

geeky Heather said...

Sorry you have been feeling poorly, but glad you are doing better now. Major milestone on Fortunate Traveller, indeed!! It looks fabulous!

Kaisievic said...

Looks like a wonderful day trip, Dani and I am glad to hear that you are getting over your cold. I love all of your progress pics - wonderful stitching!

Brigitte said...

Nice little finish anf great progress on your WIPs. I admire everyone who stitches these huge TW projects.
Wonderful pictures from your day out.

Meari said...

Nice stitch progress. Beautiful nature photos!

Anonymous said...

Your stitchings look awesome. That border on the TW piece is amazing and quite an accomplishment. Can't wait to see the rest. Beautiful outside adventure pics.

Kaisievic said...

Hey Dani, I hope that you are over your cold by now (it is now November!). What are you up to lately!

Lillie said...

Cute finish.
The weather look sunny and the place lovely.
Merry Christmas !