Friday, June 27, 2014

The Maiden SAL part one finished!

Hi everyone!
Yes! I am still here. Just busier than a bee in a hive! We are slowly getting the house in order. Today we built another much needed shelf in the laundry room. Next weekend I hope to replace the deck and do more work on our brand new shingled roof that leaks.... The old adage applies here.... If you want it done right, do it yourself. Moving the garden is one hold until the roof is repaired and the deck is redone. Am thinking of raised box gardens off the deck for vegetables and flowers. Not sure yet. But I do miss my garden as it is still at the old rent house. And, mostly gets watered and no pulling of weeds. The iris are ready to be moved as they have stopped flowering and are considered dormant. We have plenty of composted manure from the stables next door. So the flowers will have a good start when they are moved.
Have been stitching a new SAL called The Maiden. Normally I wouldn't participate in this type of time deadline SAL. But this was too pretty to pass up and something I have never stitched before. I did manage to finish part one before the june 30th deadline.
Of course I changed colors! DMC variations galore.
I looked through the slide show, of the pictures uploaded so far. There are very beautiful color combinations being stitched. If you would like to see them you can look here

The designer is Angie and she has done a wonderful job with many SAL's. This SAL is closed. Most likely she will have future SAL's. If you are interested, bookmark her page so you can keep up with new SAL's. This one was $5 for a 3 part delivery in 45 day increments. And is quite a large project.

Next is Liberty Lane by Country Cottage Needleworks. In the summer mood and decided to brighten up the colors after seeing another stitchers work.
 Really like stitching this one! Easy and I can watch tv.
 Made some progress on Brooke's Books Spirit of Knitting. Have personalized this one with stitching things that the recipient knits. Hats, baby outfits and blankets. Using 14 count plastic canvas with 3 strands of floss and ombre silver Kreinik.
 Have been unpacking more boxes. Begining to think that someone is bringing boxes in at night when we are sleeping. Seems to be never ending. Bright side is that I am finding my finished cross stitch items that were packed away. This is Shepherds Bush Wandering Vine afghan. Finished with the scalloped edging like the cover model. The scalloped edging was so difficult and sewn by hand to get a good shape. Another scalloped edging may not be in my finishing future....
 Used #5 perle cottons and really like the effect of the gently twisted threads. Also used leftover blouse buttons, from old clothes, to secure the inside quilt batting.
 Unpacking has also revealed some #10 South Maid cotton crochet thread. Put that to good use making crocheted doilies. All different sizes from 14 inches wide down to 2 inches wide for cordial stemmed glasses.
 I like to have doilies under things to be able to move then around to dust under. Keeps from having to pick up fragile items, and from the furniture bring scratched. Have an extensive porcelain miniature tea set collection and the doilies look nice with them. Still have quite a few to make. Oh, and the dragon is actually a large candle that will never be lit. Kind of ironic as dragons breath fire! A mold, used for ceramics, was used to make the candle.
 Another Un Finished Object. Rug latch that was a gift, years ago, from my brother in law.
Made some progress on this holiday rug. Put it down to stitch the Maiden SAL. Will try to get it done for christmas! Have just the spot for it.
My friend Michelle has been busy knitting her petit animals. Including foxes and elephants.
 And for some reason I can not get the images to load. BUT! I have added a tab at the top of this page to you can visit her blog and see more marvelous animals Michelle has been knitting.
Thanks for stopping by and happy stitching!