Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Long time no post :(

Hello!  :)

I can't believe that it's been over 3 weeks since my last post! (Non Traveling Stash that is.) I knew it'd been a while but just didn't think it'd been that long. I'm so sorry for my absence! It's been a busy time for me plus it's been HOT!!! It's usually not humid in Southern California and right now it's over 100 every day plus high humidity! Yuck! Heat and I don't get along and humidity and I definitely do not get along. I start sweating instantly and get overwhelmed with heat. It really sucks! For the past few weeks I've basically been sitting around working on various cross stitch projects for Christmas and other holidays. I wanted to post about them as I completed each project but it was too hot to get up and take the pictures. Plus I was lazy too. (I'm always full of excuses!)  ;)

The first project I finished was the last one I told you I was working on.

It's "Christmas Is..." by Lizzie Kate. It's stitched on 28 ct Ultra Very Light Antique Blue evenweave. I basically kept the colors the same. I'm not too sure about the pink string on the mittens. It was supposed to be a light blue but it blended into the fabric too much. What do you think?

The next project I completed will eventually be an ornament.

It's "Snow in Love" by Little House Needleworks. It's the hunky dude and I enjoying the snow!  ;)  This one is stitched on 28 ct Beige evenweave. I really like how this turned out. I kept all the original colors.  :)

After this I wanted a quick project. I was waiting on some over-dyed threads to arrive and needed them for the other projects I wanted to work on. In the meantime I stitched this up . . .

It's "Happy Haunting" by Lizzie Kate. I stitched it on 28 ct Light Tan evenweave. This one will probably become a pillow. I'm not too sure about it but I think I'll like it more once I add the perfect fabrics to it.  :)

After the Halloween project I received some of the threads I was waiting on. I stitched this ornament up.

It's another Little House Needleworks ornament. This one is called "All Dolled Up". It's stitched on a 28 ct Beige evenweave. I changed some of the colors. I will be adding black beads for the Snowman's eyes and buttons. I'm happy with how it came out!  :)

Then I worked on my Garden exchange piece for the "Stitched With Love" exchange. I loved the way it turned out! I wish I could show you but I have to wait until everyone receives their packages . . . sorry.  :(

The next project I did was the one I was waiting on the threads for. The moment I saw this design I just had to get it and stitch it up.

I'm so happy with the way it turned out! I love it!  :)  It's a design by Homespun Elegance called "Delivering Plenty". It turns out there's a whole series of these "delivering..." designs. I'll definitely be doing more of these! I stitched it on a 25ct Gray Green evenweave. I'm not sure of the correct color of the fabric as it was part of a variety of fabric ends that I got from a shop owner. I will be adding some buttons for the cart wheels and a charm or two. There was supposed to be a squirrel on the turkey's back but I didn't like it so I left it off. You'll have to wait and see how I finish this one off.  ;)

Remember the swap project I told you about? Well I liked it so much that I decided to stitch one up for myself. I actually finished stitching the piece today. I still can't show it to you though . . . so sorry!  :(  I can show you what I'm starting on tonight though.

It's the Halloween Mystery Sampler by Lizzie Kate. It took me a little while to decide whether I wanted to do this one or not but of course I decided "Yes!". I have part one & two of the design already. The third (& last) part will be out at the end of the month. I'm hoping to have the first two parts finished by then. I'm stitching it on a 28ct Mushroom evenweave instead of the Tin Roof fabric it called for. I am using all the original threads though. I'm hoping it will turn out nice!  :)

The last few weeks I actually have managed to get some sewing done too. Not a lot because of the heat though. I've discovered that my dining room, which is where I sew, is very hot. It just doesn't cool off in there. By the time I finish sewing I'm soaked with sweat (yuck!) I was wondering why I haven't been sewing much this summer and I now know this is why. I'm dying to work on some projects that have been waiting for me so I hope it cools off soon so I can get back to some sewing. I'll be showing you one of the items I did finish later this week. The other sewing project will have to wait longer as it was for the swap I mailed off.

Well that's it for now. Be sure to come back later in the week to check out my sewing plus some fun stuff I have planned.

Until next time . . .


Barb said...

Lots of wonderful finishes!!

Liz said...

Love the embroidery! Especially the turkey!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Great stitching - see I am the opposite, I won't stitch in the heat, so the hand sweat doesn't get into the floss and especially the linen. Get a fan (I have two 'a-goin').

Needled Mom said...

Your work is just gorgeous, Lovely finishes!

Dixie n Dottie said...

These are lovely! You are very talented! We'd love if you'd join our Countdown to Fall link party by linking up some of your beautiful fall stitches! Hope to see you there! Have a great week!

Karen said...

You've been busy! It's all so cute! I have that same snowman pattern and I made 3 of them last year for gift ornaments. Glad to see you back! Missed reading your posts :)

Town and Country Gals said...

Love all your projects! Lizzie Kate is one of my favorite pattern sources. I used to x-stitch all the time but the past few years have kind of gotten away from it, but have been having the urge to get back to it! See that you are from corona, I'm from Ca and my family is in Yorba Linda, small world sometimes! Visiting from Jann's party. Would love for you to visit me!

Amy Rea said...

You have been busy! They are all lovely!

Thanks so much for linking up to the And Sew We Craft together linky party.

Amy xx

Lynn @ UpCountry Olio said...

Super cute projects! It's so hard to think that fall is about on us.

Pattilou said...

Great finishes!

Doni said...

You have been busy! LOVE that turkey and pumpkins cute!
Thanks so much for joining me for Pearls and Lace Thursday!

Anonymous said...

I used to cross stitch a life time ago. Patterns sure look better now than they used to!
Congrats on all the finishes! Whoop Whoop!

LV said...

Really like all your cross stitch work. I have several pieces I did a long time ago. I enjoyed it, but my eyes are not up to it now.

Sara McFall said...

Very nice, Cherise! You are going to be well prepared for Christmas. How do you get all of these done? Must be so time consuming, but it is beautiful! Thanks for linking up at Hookin On Hump Day!

Sarah Craig said...

Wow, Cherise, lots of beautiful stitching there! Whoop whoop!!

Jann Olson said...

Cherise, I know how much time goes into each one of these cross stitch projects. You have really accomplished alot. They are all wonderful. I especially love the turkey and cart! Thanks for sharing your talent with Share Your Cup.