Monday, April 16, 2018

Where did the week go?

Where did the last week go?  I have to admit that part of me is trying to figure out where the week really went. I know that I was busy so I know where the work days went but it is the evenings because I wasn't able to spend a lot of time stitching.  I know that there are going to be weeks like that and this was just one of those weeks.  Now to see what this week will be like as it looks like it might be another one of those weeks where stitching and relaxing time is going to be limited.

Temperature - April 6
Temperature - well this is the only project that got any attention this past week and part of that is because I wanted to get it caught up through the end of the March.  Yes, I was way behind and figured it was time to just sit and work on it and get some of the stitching done.  I am now ready to work on April and see if I can get that caught up quickly.

Temperature - April 15
I love how the design is turning out as it is always fun to see what colour I will be stitching next.  I am hoping that I will soon be able to be adding more of the yellows to this design because I am missing the warmer weather.  This weekend we had an ice storm here in Toronto with ice pellets, freezing rain and now rain.  It isn't something that I was happy about but these things happen.


This past week I was able to get some of the other projects worked on that I have on the go so that is where part of the time went especially this weekend.  ETSY is something that I am really enjoying working on and getting more items up onto the site is what I am now working on so when we were home on Saturday I was sitting at the sewing machine trying to get some more items closer to being added to the store. It feels great seeing that I have been getting some sales and now to see what the sales are like when some of the new colours are added to the site.  I know that for me ETSY isn't something that I can spend a lot of time on so things get added when I have the time to sit and sew and get the items made.

There are projects that are now waiting for me to start to work on them so I better get them moved forward and then I will see what time I have left this week to actually sit and stitch on something.  If you were impacted by the ice storm I hope you were able to stay home and do some of the things you enjoy doing.  If you weren't impacted you were lucky as we are still trying to get back to normal after this weekend.


Monday, April 9, 2018

Things moved forward and a new start

Another week has come and gone and stitching once again wasn't something that I was able to do a lot of.  I was able to find a few minutes most days to get something done but again now as much as I would have liked.  Saturday was my big stitching day and I have progress on one project so that did make me feel good.
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - April 4

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL -  the design was released on March 30th but I didn't pick it up until I had finished working on Squirrel so that meant that I didn't actually work on this piece until this week. The design wasn't very large so it also meant that once I was able to sit and focus on it I was able to get it completed.  Yes, I have already completed the April section of this piece and am looking forward to seeing that the May section is going to be.  I think it will be a large section but will have to wait until the end of the month to see what it is.

Temperature - March 23
Temperature - April 6
Temperature - now here is a project that was sort of forgotten in March so now to try and get most of March stitched as well as try and get caught up for April.  I have all the colours figured out for March so that means that I can just pick it up and stitch which is great.  I am thinking that I am going to focus on trying to get caught up quickly and then hopefully I will be able to keep caught up because having to do four weeks worth of stitching on this isn't something that I wanted to have to try and do.

This week I am thinking that this is going to be one of my focus pieces so that I can see that I have it all caught up and then I will feel a lot better about this again.

Grace Face 3 - as I write the title of this one I think about the size of it and how long it is going to take me to complete.  It isn't the large version of this piece but it is still around 7 x 9 inches and it is a full coverage piece.  I have always wanted to stitch a Heaven and Earth Designs so now I have a start on one of them.

Grace Faces 3 - April 7
I started stitching this piece on Friday evening and then spent quite a bit of Saturday working on it. It doesn't look like I got very much done but at least I have been able to get it started and now to see when I will be able to pick it up and focus on it again.  I am thinking that I am going to try and work on it a bit at a time to see how much of it I can get finished this year.  I am looking forward to seeing this project moved forward as I do love butterflies and I want to see how it turns out.


This week I have things that I need to work on so that means that they need to get done before I can try and focus on getting some stitching done.  I hope to try and stitch most evenings as I know that it makes me feel so much happier when I can even find an hour a day where I can sit and stitch.

Monday, April 2, 2018

A bit of progress

Linen and Threads - Squirrels - March 25
 Where did the week go?

I have to admit that as I look back on the last week one of my biggest questions was "Where did the week go?"  Yes, it was one of those weeks where I am now looking back and trying to figure out what I actually did most evenings.
Linen and Threads - Squirrels - March 30

Linen and Threads - Squirrels - now this is the project that got the attention this week and considering I didn't have a lot of time to stitch I am happy with the progress that I got on this piece.

The Squirrels are now finished and are going to be finished/framed but I am now sure how I am going to be doing that yet.  Just seeing it finished makes me happy because that is another project that is now on the completed list instead of the work-in-progress list.

This past week was a busy week for me and it meant that by the time dinner was over most evenings I really didn't have the energy to sit and do much of anything. Sure, it was the long weekend but that also meant that there were things that still needed to get completed even with it being a weekend.  Jobs don't always stop just because the calendar says it is a holiday or it's the weekend.


One thing that I have noticed is currently I don't have a project that is really catching my attention and wanting me to work on it.  I have projects, that yes, I am working on and I want to get them moved forward but nothing is calling me to sit for a few hours and just stitch.  I hope that through this coming week I will be able to find the project that makes me want to curl up and stitch in the evenings again. Temperature of one of those projects that now needs some attention so that I can get it caught up to the beginning of April.  Linen and Threads Mystery SAL is now ready for the April section which was released on the weekend. I know that I have lots of projects that I could be working on but want I would like is a project that when the day is over that I can say "I want to work on xx" and that is what I work on, and maybe I could mix in bits of some of the other projects.

I know that I will find a project that gets me to wanting to stitch it and right now I just need to make sure that I still find a bit of time each evening to try and put two threads into a project no matter what project it is.  Two threads isn't really a lot of stitching but at least it means that I don't look back at the end of the week or the month and say what did I really do.

It is now the beginning of a new month so that means that there are a lot of work things that need my attention today so that is what I better get to work on.  I hope that this evening I will be able to find a bit of time to stitch, even the two threads and then will see what the rest of the week is like.

Hope everyone has had a good stitching week and hopefully next week I will have a bit more to show for the next seven days.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Some more progress and a new start

Linen and Threads - Mystery SAL - March 18
Here it is the start of another week and I have some progress on things which makes me happy.  I know that there are going to be weeks when I have lots to show and other weeks when I just don't seem to get as much done as I had hoped and this is the latter.

Linen and Threads - Mystery SAL -- I was able continue to work on this piece over the week and actually did more than the two threads a day when I was stitching on it.  See, the reason for the extra work on it was I didn't stitch at all for three days this week and then I also wanted to see if I could get this section of the pattern finished before the next section is released.

Linen and Threads - Mystery SAL - March 24
I am happy to know that I have been able to get the overall section finished before the end of the month.  I am really looking forward to seeing what the next section looks like and once it has been released I will be starting to work on it and see how quickly I can get it done.

Linen and Threads - Squirrels - March 4
Linen and Threads - Squirrels - once I finished Mystery SAL it was time to figure out something else that I wanted to work on and Squirrel got my attention and I was able to get a bit of it done.  I only worked on it a bit two evenings and yes I was able to get two threads done a day as a minimum on this piece.

Linen and Threads - Squirrels - March 25
 I am going to be working on this piece while I wait for the next section of the Mystery SAL to be released and I would like to see if I could at least get the other squirrel started before too long.  On the right side I just need to finish off the tail and then it will be done.  I love how this piece is turning out and how quickly it really stitches up.

Awesome by Stitchrovia
Awesome - Stitchrovia - after finishing Swan I have been trying to figure out which project was going to get a start and finally this week I figured out which one would get the attention and it was Awesome by Stitchrovia.

I don't think this piece is going to be very hard to finish but it does mean that I am going to have to sit and work on it instead of letting it sit around like a lot of the other projects have been doing.  I love the saying on this piece so I hope that I will be able to get it done quickly and then get it framed.

Awesome - Stitchrovia - March 22
This piece is done by the same designer that did "Quotes to Live By" which I stitched last year so hopefully this will also be a nice quick piece.  I am stitching this pattern on black aida so it is something that it a little harder to do but I am enjoying how it looks so far.  I only spent part of an evening working on this so now to see when I pick it up again.


It is another busy week for me so will see how much stitching I can get done in the evenings.  I would love to see some progress on both Squirrel and Awesome but will see how the week goes.  Work needs to be done first and then I will see what I can do to move the projects forward in the evenings.

Have a great week and Happy Easter to everyone.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Another week and moving things forward

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - March 11th
Here it is Monday morning and I am currently looking at what stitching I was able to get done last week and part of me is happy with the progress on things and another part of me is a little disappointed in what I accomplished.  I know that finishing Swan a week ago did mean that I would have to find a new project to grab my attention and that hasn't happened yet.


Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - March 18th
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - now this project was the project that I continued to work on two threads at a time over this week and yes I have been able to make a bit of progress on it. I now just need to do the last dragon on it and finish off the border and this section will be done.  I really do want to get it finished before the end of the month so that is something that I will continue to work on this week.

I am going to continue with the minimum two threads a day on this project as it makes me feel great to see that it moving forward even if it is slow progress sometimes. In this last section I do have a bit more of the lighter colour to stitch as well so that will add a bit of variety.  I have also been thinking of adding some more bling to the pattern but that is going to have to wait until I see more of the design.  With it being a Mystery stitch a long it means that I don't know what the finished piece is going to look like so I don't want to add some glitter or anything else until I have a better idea what the entire piece looks like. 

Tiger Lily - February 12th
Tiger Lily - now this project came up at the beginning of the week and get a bit of work done on it but most of the stitching on this piece happened over the weekend. 
Tiger Lily - March 17th

I hadn't worked on this piece for almost a month so I decided it needed to get some attention so that is what I did.  I pulled out the pattern and thread and started to work on it.  I still have lots of it to finish but at least I am slowly making progress on this piece as well.  I hope to do some more stitching on this piece this month but will see how things go.


One thing that I am thinking about it trying to figure out a cross stitch project that grabs me like Swan did. I have a lot of different projects that I have started so I think over the next couple of weeks I may be pulling some of them out to see if one of them grabs me and wants a lot of attention. Until then I know that I have things to work on and even if they don't get a lot of attention they will at least get moved forward a bit at a time.

Well before I can think about  which project I am going to work on I have some work that needs to be done so that is what I am off to do now.  Hope everyone has a great week and gets lots of stitching done.

Monday, March 12, 2018

A good week and a finish

Swan - March 3rd
 Here it is the beginning of another week and I am happy with the stitching that I was able to get done this week. I was able to find a bit of stitching time each evening and some on the weekend and I have some progress on some projects this week which makes me very happy.

Swan - March 11th
Swan - now this is the project that once again was the focus of most of my stitching for the week. I have been working on getting this piece done and as of yesterday it is now done which makes me very happy.   I am happy to see this piece finished in a lot of ways but I was reall enjoying working on it so am a little sad as well to see it finished.

I am extremely happy with how it turned out considering it was based on a picture and I converted it into cross-stitch so there wasn't a finished picture of it for me to really know what it was going to look like before I actually sat down and started to stitch it.  Sure, I had the original picture but that was it so am happy with how it turned out.  It now needs to be pressed and framed but that will be in a little while.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - March 4th
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL 2018 - I am continuing to work on this piece two threads a day and am happy with the progress that I have been able to make on it. I figure this is gong to be a project that gets a little more attention now that Swan is finished but will see if that really happens.  I still have a plan to at least get two threads a day done on this project for a while to ensure that I can get it done. 

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - March 11th
I am thinking that the two threads a day will either be on this Mystery SAL or the 2017 version which I would also like to see some progress on soon. I figure I will do the minimum two threads a day on this piece until it is done and then while I am waiting for the next month to be released I will work on the 2017 version two threads a day.  I hope that being able to do that I will be able to see some progress on both of the pieces this year.

Temperature - March 1st
Temperature - after being a little frustrated at the beginning of the month with not finding the temperatures that I needed I have finally been able to get moving forward on it again and am happy with the progress that I have been able to do on it.  I have now got all the stitching up through the 9th of March done and now will be trying to keep up to date on this project.

Temperature - March 11th
At the beginning of this week I was still without a number of days so I decided to reach out to someone to see if they would be able to assist me with the information that I was looking for.  A quick email to a Chief Meteorologist got me a link to a source that I have now been using.  I am now happily working on the project again and am looking forward to keeping him updated on the project.  This project is a lot of fun and there are days when you can really see big changes in temperatuures and other days things stay fairly constant.


Now that Swan is finished I will be trying to figure out another project that will get some attention as I do have a lot of things that are currently sitting and waiting for some attention.  I will see what I can pull out and work on. Before I can pull out a project I have some work that needs to get done so that is what I am off to do now.

Hope everyone is having some great stitching time and remember that even a thread or two being used a day is at least a way to move a project forward.




Monday, March 5, 2018

Some progress

Swan - Feb 25th
This last week went by pretty quickly and maybe that is because there wasn't the Olympics to watch.  I know that I was able to get some stitching in most evenings which made me feel good and I have made some progress on things.

Swan - March 3
Swan - of course, this is the project that I am working on to get finished by the end of April and I am seeing that I should be able to get it done by then.  I am happy with the progress that I was able to make on it again this week so will see if I can continue to work on it this week and maybe I will start to see more of the neck of the front swan.

Once this swan is done, the project is finished, so yes the end is starting to be seen.  Seeing the end so close makes it that I would like to work on this more and more so will see how things go this week.


Temperature - Feb 22nd
Temperature - here is a project that has hit a bit of a road block and it isn't due to me but it is due to the source that I have been using to get the temperatures for this project.  I was going along fine until the 28th of February when no data was provided.  I have been checking each day since then and still no data has been provided so now I have 5 days of information missing and that is getting frustrating.

Temperature - March 1st
When I found that my source was missing the information I decided to check the Government of Canada site to see if the information was there but it is missing there as well so now I am sitting and trying to figure out how I am going to continue with this project. I hope that the issue is resolved soon and I will be able to get the temperatures that I need and then I will be able to get back to stitching on this.

Linen and Threads - Mystery SAL - March 4th
Linen and Threads - Mystery SAL 2018 - this piece is back to getting attention and that is because the March section of the piece has been released and I am working on it now.  I am happy that I can continue to work on this piece and will see what it looks like at the end of this week as I am looking forward to seeing the dragons that are part of this month.

I have actually seen that some people have finished the March section already but considering I have other projects to work on and I don't stitch during the day I am happy with my progress.
Linen and Threads - Squirrel - Feb 25th

Linen and Threads - Squirrels - this project got some attention this weekend when I decided that I needed something a little different to work on. The body of the squirrel really didn't take me too long to stitch once I was able to start working on it.  I feel good about how this piece is turning out because it was designed for one colour and I have selected where I would add the other colours.

Linen and Threads - Squirrel - March 4th
Now the tail for the squirrels are the one area that is a bit more work because it is using two different colour threads together.  I didn't want the tail to be the dark brown but I also didn't want the lighter colour so I am stitching with one thread of each of the browns and am liking how the tail is now turning out.


This week I hope to be able to spend some time working on Swan as I would like to see more of it completed.  Mystery SAL will also get some attention as I want to continue moving this project forward as well.  Other than those two projects I am not sure what I will work on as it will depend if I can get the temperatures that are missing and also how much time I have to actually do the stitching.

It is now time for me to get some work done and will see how much stitching I can get done this evening. Hope everyone is enjoying their stitching time and are getting their projects completed.


Monday, February 26, 2018

A week of Olympics and stitching

Swan - Feb 18
It is another week and the closing ceremonies for the Winter Olympics have now been done.  The Olympics for me are a great time to spend most evenings sitting in front of the television and stitching and that is what I have been doing.

Swan - Feb 21
Swan - once again Swan was the project that got a lot of attention this week as I was able to work on it 5 evenings so that was great.  I have put three pictures up this time as I had to move the fabric as I have finished the reflection of both Swans so needed to move it so that I could now start working on the other main Swan.

Swan - Feb 25
 The second Swan is coming along pretty quickly and I have already been able to get to the stitch part of the neck of it and now see the top of the design so that made me very happy.  I am going to continue to work on this piece as I really do want to get it finished before the end of April so will see if that is possible.
Temperature - Feb 18

Temperature - Feb 22
 Temperature - I didn't work a lot on this piece this week but I was able to get all the rows stitched up to and including the 20th of February so that is great.  It was a lot of fun working on it this past week as I was able to add a bright colour which means that we had a temperature over 15C for one day.  Now to see when I will be adding that bright yellow again because it does look nice.  I have also seen that I don't have as many of the really cold colours and right now that makes me feel great.  I am not a winter person so seeing some of the warmer colours start to appear makes me feel good.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL '17 - Feb 18
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL '17 - I have worked on this piece a bit this week and was getting two threads done for the first three days and then this project was put down and I haven't worked on it since Wednesday evening.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL '17 - Feb 21

Linen and Threads Squirrel  Feb 25
I know that I will be able to pick up this piece at different times and it is going to be used as a filler project when I have finished each month of the Linen and Threads Mystery SAL '18 piece.  I know that this week we will be getting the next section for the current year and I am looking forward to seeing what it looks like and will see how much time I will have in March to work on the 2017 piece.

Linen and Threads Squirrels - this is a new start this week and it is from the same company that is doing the Mystery SAL.  This piece really isn't too big and I have been having some fun stitching on it.  This is what got my attention this week and where my two threads of floss have been going. The design was released when the Facebook group for Linen and Threads reached 10,000 members and I looked at it and decided that I had to stitch it and now to see when I will be getting it finished.


Most evenings I was able to find a bit of time to sit and stitch while watching some of the Olympics events.  I did find that I couldn't stitch during the Ice Dancing competition because that is where mistakes were made.  I was able to stitch during hockey and bobsleigh without an issue so that helped me get projects worked on this past week.  I am now going to make sure that I can continue to find a bit of time most evenings and on the weekend to do some stitching as I am happy with the progress that I have been seeing over the last while.

It is now time for me to get to work and see what I can get done during the day today so that hopefully I will have a bit of time to relax and stitch this evening.  Hopefully if you watched the Olympics you also got some stitching done.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

A good week and a long weekend

Swan - Feb 17
 Here it is another week and I can honesty say that I did bounce between quite a few projects in this last week.  Some got lots of attention and some got just a little bit of attention.

Swan - Feb 19th
Swan - I am very happy with the progress that I have been able to make on Swan this week.  I have been trying to focus on this piece to see how much of it I could get finished in February and am happy with the progress that I have been making on it.  I have just about finished the reflection of the second swan so that means that I will just have the main swan to complete so now to see how much of it I can actually get finished this month.

I am still trying to get this piece done by the end of April so I hope to be able to do that.  I am going to continue to work on it more this month and will see what it looks like by the end of the month.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - Feb 11

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - now this project kept getting the attention of two threads a day until I knew I was very close to getting February finished and then I added a couple of extra threads to get the month finished and I am now sitting and waiting to see what the March section of the piece looks like.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL - Feb 16
This piece is a lot of fun to work on and with working with three colours it does give me a bit of variety in the stitching but it also means that it works up quickly becuase I am not having to constantly change the thread colour.


Linen and Threads Mystery SAL ' 17 -Nov 29
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL 2017 - After finished the other mystery sal I decided that I would pull out the one from last year and see if I could start making some progress on it.  I am going to try and work the two threads a day on this piece when I am waiting for the next month of the current Mystery SAL.
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL '17 - Feb 19

Last year's version of the Mystery SAL was started at the beginning of last year but I restarted it in November when I realized that I didn't like the original fabric and how it was turning out.  This version is working up a little quicker and now to see how much of it I can get done during this year.  I am using two colours on this version with one being the main colour and the other being an accent.

Tiger Lily - Dec 21
Tiger Lily - now this project appeared for a couple of hours this week and that was it. I figured that at least adding a few stitches to the piece would move it forward a little bit so that is what I did.

Tiger Lily - Feb 12
This is a full coverage piece and it is going to measure about 6 inches square when it's finished so I still have quite a bit of stitching to do before it is done but that doesn't bother me as I will pick this up when I am in the mood to work on it.

Temperature - Feb 3
Temperature - this project put down for over a week and that meant that I had quite a bit of stitching done to get it back to being caught up.  After a bit of work I was able to get it back to close to being caught up.  I have now stitched up through the 17th of February so now I am only two days behind and will add rows through this week so that I don't get behind again.

Temperature - Feb 18
I am thinking that this week may be getting some of the yellow added if the forecast is going to be in the teens like the forecast it.  I will see what colours are added this week and then go from there.  I am enjoying this project as it is quick to work on and I never know what colour I will be adding next as it all depends on the weather that we get.

Erasmus - Jan 14
Erasmus - I started this project in January and worked on it a couple of days then.  I then put it away and didn't pick it up again until this month where it has got one day of work.  This piece has been for an art show that I was doing in July and as of this weekend I am thinking if I will be doing it or not.  I am not going to force myself to get things finished for it and if I can get some of the projects finished by then great but if they aren't finished I am not going to be upset.

Erasmus - Feb 14

Yes this week was a bit of bouncing between projects but that didn't bother me because it  also helped me get back to having a focus later on in the week.  I am now going to see if I can focus on a couple of projects and will see how that goes.  Swan will get attention again this week and I will see how much of it I can get done. 

I have some work that now needs to get done so I will focus on that today and will see if I can find some stitching time this evening while I sit and watch the Olympics.  Hope everyone has been having a good week of stitching and will see what I have to show next week.