Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Peaceful Paradise

Thought I would post an update on Peaceful Paradise, now that I have more of the "Night" panel stitched. I ended up having to change the yellow DMC in the moon to 745, because the color called for was too close to my variegated Whiskey. I'm going to have to get to work on the words though- I don't mind the mindless sky stitching, but letters sometimes drive me crazy. For anyone out there who may be stitching this, I emailed MSND and found that 2 skeins are needed of Eve's Leaves, Black Coffee, and Raven. Luckily my LNS is mailing me the extras-hopefully they're the same dyelot since I had just bought them.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Peaceful Paradise

I just started Peaceful Paradise by Midsummer Night Designs. It is so fun!! I bought all the original Crescent Colors/Gentle Arts/ Weeks that it called for, but have found myself subbing out most of it with HDF. Just can't help it! I have so many beautiful spools wanting to be stitched! The first panel (daylight) is stitched in a blue mystery spool that I think may be Steph's Gentle Seas. The second panel is in Motes of Night. The clouds are Mother of Pearl light. I am keeping the yellow WDW Whiskey, but I almost used HDF OMOTHive. I decided to keep that spool intact though because I may use it for a Quaker.

Here is a pic of Happy Hearts by Birds of a Feather. I finished it a couple of years ago, but it has been hanging at my LNS for the entire time. I just got it back 2 weeks ago. I love this piece because of all the initials. The "B and T" are for me and DH. The rest are for my pets- one dearly departed, the rest running the house.
Just in case you're interested, the initials go like this:
P= Princess (dearly departed pomeranian)
V. S. = Vinny (min pin) Santana (German Shepherd)
ANB= Ashley, Nikki, Brianna (my girly kitties)
B= Bugsy (my mean little min pin/schnauzer mix)
B T = Becky and TJ (that's me and DH)
C Y = Chopper and Yeti (my big dumb boy kitties that I love dearly)
There are 2 more kitties not included because I didn't have them then- Rocky and Rambo. Yep, that's their names according to DH. We're over-run with pets, but that's what happens when you work at a vet clinic and have a heart.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Spanish Mystery Sampler

I have finished the first installment of the Spanish Mystery Sampler from Periphaeria Designs. I love this design. I am using Bitterness silk on 36 ct Terra Potta linen, both from HDF. I have spent a little time on my Ink Circles Mystery today. But now I think it is time for a new start... I am getting ready to start Peaceful Paradise by Midsummer Night Designs. I am using 40 ct. light sand linen and a mix of HDF, Crescent Colors, Gentle Art Shaker, and maybe some DMC- we'll see what happens.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Some more stitchy pics

I have been doing a lot of stitching this week- it helps me relax from the stresses of work. I have a small finish that only took about 10 hours- my first finish since last year!! It is Needlewoman by Carriage House Samplings. I used HDF Kindling, Old Maid of the Heart, and Basic Black. There's a shadow in the lower right side that is not on the fabric- didn't notice it until I posted it!

I have also started the Spanish Mystery Sampler from Periphaeria Designs. I am using 36 ct Terra Potta linen with Bitterness silk, all from HDF. Mine will be monochrome. Here's my start on that one-
I have also joined in the HDF Forum Daily Strand and have committed to stitching one strand of floss daily on "Eve" by La-D-Da. This is an old WIP that I started in 2006. I have been steadily stitching her now for about 2 weeks and can see a lot of progress with just one strand. Here she is so far- I have added her to the sidebar to remind myself of how much I'm getting done!

Friday, April 18, 2008

Update on QS Red Poppy

I spent a little quality time with my Red Poppy this weekend during the HAED SAL challange. Here she is- isn't she a darling?!

I'm off my HAED addiction for the time being. Obsessed with samplers. This weekend is the 3rd sampler SAL on the HAED BB, and I will be starting my Spanish Sampler from Periphaeria designs. I am doing it as a monochrome on using Bitterness on 36 ct terra potta linen- both from Hand-Dyed fibers. I may also work on my Ink Circles mystery and/or Mystery Quaker. I don't expect to get a ton of stitching time in because I have to work all weekend. Yuck!

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Mystery Quaker 2008

I have finally started Martina Dey's Mystery Quaker. This is my first ever quaker, and I am really enjoying it. So much so, that I have ordered a lot more!! Including the infamous Beatrix Potter. Had to spend a lot on eBay, but I am very happy to have found it. Just waiting on the USPS to deliver it....

Here is my start on the Mystery. I am using Old Maid of the Vineyard by HDF on 30 ct. lilac WDW linen over one. It's such a nice, easy stitch. Nothing like the HAEDs I'm used to.

I've also included a pic of some of my most recent HDF linen and spool purchases. I have received more since this pic, have another order on the way and a shopping cart full as well. These little spools are like candy. I just love them!! 50 yards of six strand or 300 yds of single strand. Lovely!