Monday, August 20, 2018

Moving things forward and a new start

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - August 10
Another week has come and gone and at least this week I was able to find some time to stitch some evenings.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - August 19
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL ' 18 - I continue to work on this piece and yes I am starting to see that I am getting closer to the other side of the design.  I am happy to see that I am finally making some good progress on it and if things go well I might even have a chance to finish the August section before the end of the month.  The Phoenix does have a lot of detail so they do take quite a bit of time to stitch but as I only have one left to stitch I should be able to get it done.

I am thinking that if I can focus on stitching this piece I might even be able to get the rest of it done before the end of this coming weekend if work and everything else allows for it.

Temperature - August 12
Temperature - now again I am trying to get the June section of this piece done so that means that I am working pretty hard to get the rows done that I want to get done each day.

Temperature - August 18
All of the high rows have been completed for the June section and I now just need to finish getting all the low rows done.  I have around 20 more rows to go and hopefully will see all of them done this week if I can focus on getting them done.

My goal before the end of this month is to have a few rows of July done and that means that I am slowly getting caught up on the piece and that does make me feel a little better.

Coffee Quaker - This piece is my Heartstring Sampler and I have to admit that as soon as I saw it I wanted to stitch it. I quickly got the fabric to use on the piece as it is a light beige/brown and it then sat for a few months until this weekend when I finally decided that it was time to at least get it started.
Coffee Quaker - August 19

The first goal that I had was to get all of the words stitched and that meant getting at least one motif also completed so that I knew where the last row of words would go without having to do a lot of counting.

I hope to be able to work on this project one motif at a time and I will be stitching this piece a second time as it is going to be for my sister.  We are both coffee lovers and get that from our mom.  I am also using some of the floss that my mom gave me so we both going to have a project using mom's floss or at least some of the floss.  I will be adding the rest of the floss that is needed for the project.


Thread X-Mas Ornaments
Other projects - well what do you do with all the ends of threads that you have from your stitching?  Well, if you are like a lot of stitchers you collect them for a year and then either throw them out or you do something like I did.  Yesterday, I finally sat down and decided that it was time to fill the glass ornaments that I had picked up last fall.

What is nice is I can see the different colours and sometimes I even remember the projects that I did to get all of a certain colour.  The ornament that is filled with a lot of red is from the two projects that I did early last year for Canada.  I can then look and see that all the other projects that I worked on last year are now put into different ornaments and that makes me feel great.

I do have some other projects that I have been working on and I am getting closer to get them done.  Some of the projects will be going up on ETSY once they are all done so that is why I haven't shown any pictures yet.  I figure that I am going to take all the pictures at once and then will have something to show.


This week I am not sure how much time I will have to stitch but I hope to be able to at least spend some time on both Temperature and Mystery SAL.  I know that I have a long list of things to complete for work so that is what needs to get first and then I will see what time I have to craft in the evenings.




Monday, August 13, 2018

Temperature is moving forward

Temperature - August 6th
Another week has come and gone and yes I was able to find a bit of time to get some stitching done and I am pretty happy with the progress that I was able to make on two projects this week.  Sure it would have been nice to see some more progress on them but I am not complaining because I have been able to get something done and that is what is important.

Temperature - now I have been trying to work on this project most days and I am continuing to try and get at least 4 half rows done each day through the end of August and I have been able to do that.  I am currently keeping up with that stitching and it makes me feel great as I am now seeing that June is starting to come together or at least the highs for June are getting completed.  I decided that I was going to try and work on one colour at a time instead of constantly changing colours and I think that is helping me because it means that I just work on one colour until it is done for the month and then I can start the next colour.
Temperature - August 12th

I am happy that I have the line at the bottom which is July 1st as it shows me that I am getting closer to having the highers done and then I will be able to work on getting the lows all stitched and then I will be able to get moving onto July and maybe getting a little closer to actually being caught up on this piece.
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'18 - August 6th


Linen and Threads Mystery SAL '18 - I was able to get a few threads done on this piece this week as well.  I haven't been able to focus on it as much as I would have liked but at least it is continuing to see a bit of attention and that does help.  I am thinking that if I can spend one evening this coming week working on this I might be able to see some better progress on it.  I am not sure what evening I will be able to work on it but it would be nice to see that I am getting closer to having this section finished before the end of August.
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL'18 - August 10th

I have tried to figure out how to get this piece finished quickly so that I will have a bit of a break from it before the September section is released.  I figure focusing on it for a couple of evenings might help so that is why I have said I am going to try and work on it at least one evening this week and then I will see how things go.  For the size of this months section there is a lot of detail and maybe that is what is getting me.  I haven't been able to get into a rhythm on the piece yet so will see how things move forward.


I continue to get on a few other projects but until they are closer to being finished I haven't taken a picture of them yet.  I hope to be able to get these other projects also moved forward and then I can take some pictures and let you see what else I have been working on.

This week I again have work that needs to be done and then I am going to try and get some crafting done in the evenings.  Hopefully, I will have more to show you on the projects that I have been working on next week.  Until then, have a great week and hopefully, you will be able to also find a little bit of time to craft as well.


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Things getting moved forward

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - July 28
Another week has come and gone and the weather has been extremely hot and humid here so that means it is difficult to really get a lot of things done.
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - August 6

Temperature - July 19
 Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - the pattern was released on time as usual and it appeared around 8 am on the 31st of July which is August 1st in Australia where the designer lives.  I had decided that I wasn't going to put any stitches in the August piece until August 1st here and that is what I did. 

The pattern is of two phoenix and they look amazing so now to work on getting the two of them done over the next couple of weeks.  I know that being able to continue to see progress on this piece would make me very happy and that is what I am going to try and do.  I try and put at least two threads a day in on one of my projects and sometimes it is Mystery SAL and other days it is something else.

Temperature - now, this is the project that got a lot of attention this week and that is because I decided that I wanted to try and get it  moved forward.  I am behind on the stitching of this piece as before I picked it up on July 30th I only had through around the 12th of May done which didn't make me happy.  Yes, I am really behind on this project so it does need some attention if my goal is to have it finished early in January 2019.
Temperature - August 5

After sitting down and figuring out how I was going to get this project moved forward and caught up I decided to just work on May and see how quickly I could get it stitched and on August 5th I am happy to say that May is now done an dI have just started working on June.

Temperature - August 6
On the third picture that is where I stopped last night and I had decided that I was going to try and mark where July 1st was so those are the red and orange lines that are appearing at the bottom of the piece. It does make me feel good knowing how big a month is and then I can work on getting it all filled in.  I hope that I can get June finished up this month as well because I want to see that I am finally getting back to where I can stitch the day befores temperature and that's it.  Right now I am trying to stitch two days temperatures each day so that might help me get it somewhat caught up quickly.

Other crafts - I have been working on a few other crafts over the last couple of weeks and now I am just waiting to have them finished before I take pictures of them.  I have been having a lot of fun figuring out the various ideas that have been bouncing around in my head and some of them are now getting made and hopefully the end results will be what I expected.


The forecast for this week is another hot and humid week so will see what actually gets done.  I have quite a bit of work that needs my attention so that is going to be the focus and then will see how much stitching/crafting time I have in the evenings.



Monday, July 30, 2018

A small finish

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - July 22
It is Monday morning and I am sitting and looking out the window before I start getting the work done that is on my to do list for today.

It was a good week for me with regards to my stitching as I was able to see some progress on one project.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - July 28
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL '18 - now this is the project that seems to have got all my attention in the last week and the reason for that is because I wanted to see that I could get the section finished before the August section is posted.  It was a lot of fun to work on but I have to admit that the unicorn did take quite a while for me to stitch it.  After the unicorn was finished the rest of the section went very quickly and now I am waiting for the August section to be posted.

I am looking forward to seeing what the next section includes because that is always a lot of fun to see the piece and then read everyone else's reaction to the section in the Facebook group.  I enjoy seeing all the different versions of this same pattern as well each month as people will do their own colour versions of it and sometimes will change little parts of the section as well.  


Besides working on this piece I really didn't do any crafting this week and part of it was being busy with work obligations meant that I didn't have as much time to stitch or do any knitting or crocheting.  I will see what this week has in store as it is month end for us so that also means a couple of busy days for me getting the month end work completed and getting ready for the next month.

I have some craft ideas that I hope to be able to work on over the next week or so and then I will show some pictures but until then I have work that needs my attention so I better get to getting it off the long list for today.

It is a long weekend for us in Ontario this coming weekend but as a small business owner we may have some time to ourselves but we may be working as well.  Work doesn't stop for us just because it is a weekend or even a long weekend but that is fine as we both enjoy the work that we are doing. I hope to be able to find some time to craft over the weekend and will show you what gets accomplished when I post again.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Moving forward again

The weather was a little cooler this week which also meant that I was able to spend some evenings stitching which made me feel so much better.  Just seeing the progress that I have been able to make feels nice and how to see what I can do over the next week.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL '18 - July 15th
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL '18 - now this is the project that I decided was going to be something that I focused on this week as I would really like to get this section done before the end of the month.  I have been focusing a lot of my stitching time which is the evenings after work to sit and see how much of this I could get done.  As you can see this week I have been able to finish the left side of the section and now I am working on the right side.  I hope to be able to get this section done before the end of this week so that I have a bit of a break before August is released.  I really do like this entire design and am looking forward to seeing the entire piece at some point.
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL '18 - July 22nd

I decided that I was going to try to finish the outline of the unicorn last night as it means that I can see a lot of something finished up quickly when I can just sit and fill in an area instead of having to always be counting each row.

Temperature - July 9
Temperature -  I finally was able to pick up temperature again and get a few more rows done on it.  I am hoping to be able to spend some more time on it and maybe I will see more of it done before the end of the month as well.  I know that being able to get this moving forward would also help me feel like I am getting back to the level of stitching that I was able to do earlier in the year.

Temperature - July 19th
The colours that I am currently working with are also nice because they are the brighter colours so that has helped me want to pick up this piece and see how much of it I could get done.

All Dogs Go To Heaven - well as I have mentioned there was one pattern that I have wanted to start and finally on Friday I decided it was time to actually start this piece and see how much of it I could get done.  This is going to be around 18 inches x 14 inches when it is finished on 18 count Aida and it is a full coverage piece  (83,525 stitches) so yes it is going to be taking me a very long time to finish it.  

All Dogs Go To Heaven - July 20th
I know that I am going to be working on this piece a bit at a time or at least one page at a time so that I don't feel like it is as big as it really is.  I was happy with the progress that I was able to make on Friday on the piece so now to see when I can pick it up again and get some more work done on it.  I am going to try and finish one page at a time so that should help me see some progress and then maybe after a while I will start to see some of the clouds appear and that will also help.  I know that even on the first page that I am working on has the first dog in the cloud so maybe if I can focus on this piece I will start to see the dogs sooner than I really think.


I am happy with the progress that I was able to make on my pieces this week and will see how things go.  Work is keeping me busy so that means that I don't have a lot of time but when it is cooler in the evenings it means that I can sit and stitch and see some progress.

It is now time for me to try and get some of the work done that is on my plate for this week and then maybe in the evenings I will be able to pick up a project and see how much I can get done.  The Mystery SAL is the first project that will be getting attention this week to see if I can get it done and then I will see which project I pick up after that.  Hope everyone has a good week and if you are stitching hope you enjoy your time.





Monday, July 16, 2018

Progress again

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - July 7
Here it is another week and yes I was able to find a little bit of time to sit and stitch. Now to see what this coming week is going to be like as I would like to continue to see some progress on at least one of the projects if not more.
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - July 15

Temperature - July 1
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL '18 - I have been able to get some stitching done on this piece and it makes me happy to see that the June/July section is finally starting to come together.  I finished the middle section and am now trying to focus on getting the lion finished up.  I had outlined some of the body of the lion so if I was outside and wanting to stitch I could work on it without needing the pattern.  Well, that didn't happen but I will be filling in the lion quickly and then see if I can get the head of it done.

Temperature - July 9
Temperature - now this piece got just a little bit of attention this week and it was to help me get more of the guide colours done in the center of the piece. I wanted to know which colour was each day because then it means that I can take this project outside when I want to stitch and don't need to take the paper with me just the floss.  I hope that this week I can get some of the stitching done on it because it would make me feel so much better seeing that I am starting to get this piece caught up.

I love seeing the colours that are now appearing more often on this design because yes as the temperature has been going up the colours have been getting brighter.  What is surprising me is how many days so far this year we have been over 30C and that is the colour I wasn't sure I would be using much this summer considering last year was a cooler one.


This week I am hoping to be able to spend some time working on getting some more stitching done but it will all depend on the work schedule.  I have a few things that I am in need of doing this week so those need to get done and then hopefully some evenings I will be able to sit and stitch.

If you are dealing with the heat and humidity like we are, I hope you are staying cool.  The forecast is for warm days this week but hopefully, after today, we won't be seeing temperatures feeling like 39C until at least next week.  Hope everyone has a great week and hopefully you will be able to find time to do the things that you love doing.



Monday, July 9, 2018

Some actual progress

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - July 2
Here it is the end or beginning of another week and I can at least say that I made some progress on one of my stitching projects.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL '18 - this is the project that got my stitching time this week.  It wasn't as much stitching time as I would have liked but with the heat and humidity that we were dealing with I am very happy with the progress that I was able to make on this piece.
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - July 7

I was determined to get something done would make me happy so I decided to start working on the crest which is the center piece of this month and I think the entire design.  This crest is in the middle of the entire piece of fabric so I am happy with how it is turning out.  I still need to add the D to the crest but considering how busy we have been getting this amount of the crest done this week makes me happy.

The line below the crest is the bottom on this section so yes it is a rather large section that I am working on.  My goal is to still get this entire section done by the end of July so that means that I will have to make sure that I can continue to find time to work on it.


Other projects - I am crocheting and doing a bit of knitting but nothing worth taking a picture of yet.  I hope that after this week I might have something to show. I also have another cross-stitch or two that I would like to start but I am thinking that I need to get the June/July section of Mystery SAL finished first and then if there is time at the end of the month I can start working on another project.  Temperature also needs to have a lot of attention so that is something else that I am trying to fit in over the next couple of weeks.


Work has been keeping me busy so I really haven't had a lot of time to sit and craft and also the heat was something that was another impact last week.  I hope that this week I will be able to manage the late hours and maybe I will see a bit more crafting time but will have to see how the week goes.  I do know that the week is busy so crafting time is going to be down.

Hope everyone has a great week and you are able to get the crafting done that you would like to do.  If you can't find all the time you want but you get little bits of time, enjoy them as well.