Monday, October 20

IHSW and TWOctob... SQUIRREL!

I had such "grand" plans for this weekend. I was going to spend all of my time playing Assassin's Creed and quilting stitching on my TWOctober projects (ES).

And then Squirrel.

I ran across the cutest little freebie in the Pumpkin Seed Stitcher's group on FB and just had to immediately stitch it.

It's called Haunting Love, by T. A. Smith Designs.   And the love? Rats.  RATS!!


This picture is most color correct, btw.

Friday, October 17

The friends you've never met.

I kind of love the internet. 

As an introvert, I find it easier to "socialize" online.  Meeting people with similar interests, interacting as little or as much as I want.  It's awesome.   And I've made some very dear friends thanks to the interwebz.  People who lived many, many states away that I now spend time with (when I can), and are as dear (or dearer) to me than people I've physically "known" my entire life.

In the stitching community, I also find generosity to be crazy.  I find it amazing when it's directed my way (and yet I routinely send things to other people, because I can, and I don't think anything of it).   I really do believe in some sort of karma or pay-it-forward.   I give things to people, people give things to me, people give things to other people, and I don't think any of us think twice, except hoping to spread a little joy or happiness.

And I'm always happy. 

And I got something awesome in the main yesterday!  Thanks to someone on a cross stitch BB I live on (The Wagon on Yuku), I have these beauties now!


That's the Brittercup Seasonal motifs, which I think will look stunning in whatever overdyes I decide about.  I've always loved their super simplistic artistic swirls.   And Diamonds in Squares!  Which I had, and gave away, and then realized I really wanted again (and ZOMG, is not in any of the "best of" books... what up Leisure Arts?), but now it's becoming more of a pain to find it, but now I don't have to! yay!!!.  And those stickers are SO CUTE.  I freakin' love Halloween!

And just as a total coincidental thing - I was planning on stitching tonight on some gorgeous purple fabric someone gifted me once upon a time

Thursday, October 16

Mega Mini Month Madness - Week 3

Here's my third weekly post for the Mini Month Challenge hosted by Pull the Other Thread.

I've made a little progress... but only a little.
I let the drive to finish Miss New Year's Fairy get in the way, so I only got a couple of threads in (on lunch at work!), but there is progress.   I have a staycation weekend planned (coincidentally, this would also be the Hermit and Stitch weekend, though I have SO MUCH PLANNED with sewing and gaming, etc., I don't know how much stitching I'll get done).  I really want to get these two done yesterday so I can get to the third one and have good progress.   I'll try!

I do need these done for Christmas, though, so they'll *definitely* get done.
And I'm hoping to get the kit floss to my DMC drawers so I can come up with equivalent numbers so that I can file the pattern in case I'd like to stitch these again.  On not aida, because I hate the aida so very, very much.



Past Posts
Mega Mini Month Madness - Week 1
Mega Mini Month Madness - Week 2

Tuesday, October 14

Another one bites the dust! Miss New Year's Fairy by Mirabilia

I have another WIP down, and I'm super excited about it!  Next thing you know, I'll be at a dozen! (haha).

Miss New Year's Fairy was one of the Holiday fairy LE kits (there were 6, this makes my 5th!) available through Wichelt?   I bought them as fast as they came out, but have not been so fast about finishing them off (I did the first three pretty quickly, though).

I think, honestly, that she's my favorite.  The colors and the sparkle are just fantastic.  I like her a lot more than I thought I would.

Under the ott-lite:

Regular lighting:  I just LOVE those silver beads!

Friday, October 10

Too late!

Because I have not been in NC for very long, I'm not sure how 'normal' this summer has been.  It seemed awfully cool and wet, but not as cool as last year.   Because I'm not sure what I'm doing, yet, all of my gardening fun has been rather experimental.

And now I'm not sure what the garden is doing!   I have TONS of tomatoes ripening, which is really odd this late (and because it's relatively cool).   And a bunch of other warmer-weather fruits and veggies are going bonkers.

So I harvested this:  (and I have more coming, and no, I didn't harvest my drink, but I was too lazy to crop)


Those string beans?  SURPRISE!   The yellow peppers are fun, and those long cayenne looking peppers are actually "Sweet Things" which are smoky, not spicy. 

I would have had a lot more cherry tomatoes, but I eat them as I harvest, so those were just left overs.   And the teeny tiny peppers are McMahon's bird peppers... Luckily that plant can be brought indoors, so I'm going to try to over winter it, though I'm not sure if Mona will try to eat it.

And for fun - for the past two years, I've tried to grow Luffas.  Last year, they grew crazy, but did not fruit (mostly male flowers), and I only got one small luffa.

This year, I planted seedlings, but they didn't make it... or so I thought... and suddenly a vine took off.   And now they're flowering like crazy.

But here's the thing - they take about 90 days to grow/ripen.    And they have to be done before first frost, which is usually in about 3 weeks.

Oops.

In news of the awesome - my lavender plants have been getting AWESOME.  I don't know if lavender overwinters, but I'd like to try it.   I have French, English, and Spanish plants.

So I'm watching the garden, and hopefully when everything finally goes down I'll be able to clear it out and winter prep it.  I might try to stick some cool crops in there (like kale or spinach), but I'm definitely going to work on yet another plan for next year.

I loved growing the flowers (zinnias and sunflowers), but I'm still super bummed I never saw hydrangeas on awesome sale!

Thursday, October 9

Mega Mini Month Madness - Week 2

Here's my second week post for the Mini Month Challenge hosted by Pull the Other Thread.

Sadly, it's not much.   I did not appreciate that the kit that came with the magazine had a lot of similar colors that would take me a while to sort... I think I spent more time doing that (trying to figure out the colors) and deciding how I wanted to store the orts so that I could try to match them up with DMC equivalents for future stitching.

And I totally forgot how much I hate aida.   I think I actually stitch slower on aida.  I feel like I can't feel the needle under the fabric, nor see it...  And these guys are tiny, so I'm stitching in hand.

You can actually see how stiff the aida is - the fold lines from finding center are still there!  Haha!

Enough with the kvetching - here's the wee bit I did:

(I had to start the second guy because there was too much thread left on my needle and I didn't want to rethread.
 


Mega Mini Month Madness - Week 1

Wednesday, October 8

October WIPocalypse Blood Moon update

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I actually got up really early (correction:  I got up really early, like I do every day, EXCEPT Wednesdays, haha!) to watch the blood moon.   If I'd bothered to take the tripod, I'm pretty sure my pictures would have been gorgeous (moon pictures are what sold me on my particular P&S camera).



 I might have derailed from my WiPs and stitched an adorable mouse, but I quickly got back to it, and worked on Deco Spirits and finished the first block!:



And, I'm almost done with another WiP (hey, just because it's small-ish, doesn't make it any less WiPpy).   I need to work on some cards/ornies for the mini-Madness, but I was sick as a dog yesterday and didn't go to work (or therefore stitch on the bus), so I'm already behind on that challenge.
This is Mirabilia's New Year's Fairy - I think she's my favorite of the 5 I've done, by far.  So sparkly and I love the colors in her!

So.  Close.
I usually don't bead as I go, but the alternating beads and stitches were really irritating, so I went for it.   I put her in QSnaps big enough that I won't have to cover any stitching/beading.    I only have two colors left in the wings (the inside color, and the outer Black Coffee) and then some of the back stitching and I'm done.  Woohoo!


And for this month's Topic:  Are you a Halloween or Christmas stitcher?

Halloween.  By far.
I am, essentially, an atheist (though I don't call myself that - I'm really more of an apathetist), so Christmas has almost no meaning for me other than the stress of having to find gifts for people.   I love how festive and fun Halloween is (especially in comparison - no midnight mass for Halloween!), the sense of fantasy and the frivolity of it all, as well.   Dracula and ghosts, indeed.   I'd have to admit, the traditional Halloween colors and the slightly warmer weather are also awesome over Christmas's chill and sometimes snow.