Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Some progress this week

Roses - May 12
Here it is Tuesday morning, and I have a bit of progress on a couple of projects this week. The weather is finally starting to warm up here in Ontario, which is excellent and now to see if we have a few warm and sunny days.

Roses - once again there is some progress on Roses for this week.  I was also able to finish off another 2 pages on the pattern, so that was nice.  I continue to work on this a little bit each day and am enjoying that.  Of course, there are days when getting even a couple of stitches in is a significant accomplishment when things get hectic.
Roses - May 20

The good news this week was it was time again to move the q-snap so that I had another area that I could work on and I am now working towards the right side of the top section of the pattern. I am looking forward to getting move of the pages worked on, and I think before too long I will start to see another rose begin to appear, or at least I hope that it happens soon.   I have 17 pages now completed on this piece, and I am looking forward to seeing if I can get another page finished before the end of the month and I think I should as I don't have much more of it to complete.  Some of the pages are nice and quick to finish  if I have already done some of the stitching on the page and then other pages seem to take quite a while due to the amount of actual stitching involved.

I will again try and work on this project each day even if it is only a couple of stitches, but at least it is progress, which is what I want.

Spring Garden - May 8
Spring Garden - Needlebook - this is the project that I also decided to work on a bit this week as I wanted to see if I could get the center sections completed.

Spring Garden - May 20
I hadn't picked this up for about a week and figured as this isn't a very big project I would try and get a few more stitches in on it before the end of this past week.  I felt that trying to get the planter and the plant finished would be a good goal and before the end of yesterday, I was able to get that done.  Now what needs to be completed is the border around the entire piece which is going to take time to do, but I think it might be one of the projects that I try and continue to work on a bit at a time even this week. The border is broken down into four sections, so I think I will try and work one section at a time or at least that is what I think I am going to try and do.


This week is a short work week, so that means that I have some things that I need to get done so now to get working on them and see what the rest of the week is like.

I hope to find some time each evening to put in a few stitches on at least one of my projects and I hope you can find the time to do something that you enjoy doing.



Monday, May 13, 2019

Another week with a bit of progress

Roses - May 6
Here it is Monday morning, and there is a little bit of progress from the last week.  It was a busy week, but at least most evenings I was able to find a little bit of time to stitch.

Roses - May 12
Roses - I continue to work on this piece a little bit each day, and it is slowly coming to life.  I finished another page in the last week and am now working on getting another page finished before too long.  I have touched the top of the design and also the centre of the top of the piece.

I hope to continue to work on this piece and will see how much more I can get done before the end of the month as I would like to have to move the q-snap before too long, but that still means some more stitching.
Spring Garden - Needlebook - May 3

Spring Garden - Needlebook - this is the project that I worked on when I met up with some friends for a stitch night.  I was able to get a bit of work done on it but also had to take out one of the flowers as I had it in the wrong place.  Now that it is corrected I am hoping to get some more of this piece done before the end of the month.

Spring Garden - Needlebook - May 8
I am enjoying how quick this piece works up, and I know that when I start to work on the outside border, it isn't going to be as fast a stitch, but at least I hope to have the centre of the entire piece done soon.

I hope to have the basket and the bunch of flowers completed before the end of the month, but if I don't, I can always continue to work on it next month.  I don't have a deadline of when I want this finished so it is just stitching when I can on the piece.

Unleash the Butterflies - Apr 23
 Unleash the Butterflies - I figured it was time to get Unleash out again to see if I could make a bit of progress on the page that I was working on.  I was able to get one of the sections finished and will need to look and see how much more of the small page I have left to complete.  I would like to have the bottom page finished before the end of the month, so that is what I am going to try and focus on the next time I pick up this project.
Unleash the Butterflies - May 9

Unleash the Butterflies is taking quite a while to get another page finished, and part of that is because I haven't done any focused stitching on it.   I am looking forward to seeing it before the end of the month I can put in some time on this project and maybe see another page finished as well as progress on the next full page which I already have some work done on.


Hope everyone has a great week and you find the time to do the things that you love to do.  I am not off to try and get some work done and then maybe this evening I will pick up my stitching and at least get a few stitches done on Roses and then will see what the rest of the week is like.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Where did the week go?

Roses - April 28
Here it is Monday morning, and I have to admit that I am not sure where the last went has gone.  Yes, it has been a busy week, so I know that is one of the reasons why I am not sure where it went.

Roses - I continue to make some progress on Roses each day even if it is just a few stitches.  I am happy with what the piece is looking like and can't wait to see that I have reached the top of the design which shouldn't be too long from now. 
Roses - May 5

One of my goals this month is to reach the top point of the design, and that will also mean a nice milestone for the overall piece.  This weekend I was able to finish another page, so that means I have now completed 14 out of the 57 pages of the pattern.  Yes, it is slow progress when you only get a few stitches done each day, but at least I have been able to continue to move this piece forward a little at a time.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL ' 19 - May 3
Linen and Threads Mystery SAL ' 19 - once again I was able to make some quick progress on this piece and was able to get it done in a couple of evenings of stitching.  I love how this piece is turning out and look forward to the beginning of each month when we get the new section.  I am not sure what section we will be getting for June but no matter what I will be looking forward to once again picking up this piece and seeing how long it takes to get the next section complete.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL '19 - May 3
I decided that I would add the picture of the entire piece to date so that you can see what it looks like.  It has been a nice piece to work on, and we have already been told that there is going to be a Linen and Threads Mystery SAL '20, so that is nice, but we won't find out anything until late in the year.  We may find out the size of the fabric we need but other than that we won't know the design until January 1st, 2020.

Spring Garden - May 3
Spring Garden - needle book - this is a project that I decided to work on after finishing the scissor fob that goes with this book.  I am not sure how long this piece will take to complete, but I hope that this week I will be able to make a bit of progress on it. 

I have at least got two of the sections outlined so getting them filled in will be nice, and then there is a border that goes around the entire piece so that may be the section that takes the longest to complete.  I am not sure which section I will work on next, but I look forward to seeing the entire piece come to life.

Mahala Barber - May 5
Mahala Barber - this design is once again part of the Linen and Threads family, and it is a section from a sampler by the name of Mahala Barber.  Brandon Kirk of Fox and Rabbit designs provided this section of the chart as a complimentary design after doing a podcast.  I saw the piece and decided that I needed to stitch this piece up, so I kitted it up and have now just got a bit of a start on it.  The project isn't very large so I will see how quickly I can get this one completed as well.


Last week was a busy week for me and this week looks about the same.  I hope to get together with some friends one evening for a Stitch Night but other than that I will have to see what time I get for working on the various projects.

Hope everyone has a great week and again find the time even if it is just a few minutes each day to do the things that you enjoy doing.



Monday, April 29, 2019

A week of progress

Unleash the Butterflies - April 21
It is Monday morning, and before I start my blog, I will let you know that it might be a bit longer than usual as I was able to get some progress on a few projects this past week.

This week instead of working on a couple of projects I was able to make some progress on a few of them

Unleash the Butterflies - April 23
Unleash the Butterflies - I didn't get a lot of progress on this page, but that doesn't bother me as I was able toget a bit more progress on the overall design.  I decided that I was going to try and work on getting to the edge of one of the pages so that I knew where that was and instead of stopping at the edge of the page I continued to work on a bit of the black that was right at the bottom of the pattern.  I like how this piece is coming together and am looking forward to being able to work on it some more over the next couple of weeks.  Besides working on Roses, this might be the project that gets the most attention in May, but I will have to see what I feel like.

The overall project isn't going to be something that gets done quickly, but at least if I can continue to get a few stitches in on this piece each week, I will be happy.  If things go well I should be able to get the small page at the bottom completed within the next couple of weeks, but I will have to see how that goes.

Roses - April 21
Roses - I continue to work on this piece a little bit each day, and that is helping me see a bit of progress on the design.  I was able to finish another page on it this week, so now I have completed 13 out of the 57 pages. I still have a long way to go on this piece, but I have been enjoying seeing each of the little sections of the roses and the leaves appear.

Roses - April 28
I have been able to add a few stitches each day in April so far, and I am thinking that I am going to try and add a few stitches each day in May as well so that I can continue to see that the Roses are getting completed.  My overall goal for this piece at the beginning of the year was to get 12 pages completed this year, and I have already done that so now to see if I can get some more pages finished.  I would like to be halfway through this design before the end of the year so will have to see how things go.  I don't think it would be difficult to get that done if I continue to at least get 10 stitches a day in on the pattern.

Hit Any Key - April 8
Hit Any Key - now here is a project that hadn't got any attention since the beginning of April so I figured it was time to pull it out and see if I could at least get a few stitches on it before the end of the month.

Hit Any Key - April 28
The biggest challenge with this piece currently is the amount of white and light colours that are at the bottom of the design.  I was trying to work on it, and the lighting wasn't the best, so I decided to try and work on some of the other colours which were a lot easier to do.  I have been working on a couple of the different sections of the design and am feeling a little better as I am now starting to figure out what some of the areas are.  I know it will take some time to see the overall design but at least I have started to see the book a little better and now to see what I can get to appear before the end of May.

The Stitcher - April 12
 The Stitcher - this past week I decided that it was time to pull this piece out and get it finished.  I didn't have a lot of stitching left to do so I figured picking it up and getting it done was necessary, so in one evening I was able to get the little guy stitched up, and the piece is now finished.

The Stitcher - April 25
I do have one more of this series to complete, and that is The Snipper so I will probably be picking that one up soon as these are nice quick pieces to complete.  Once all three of the pieces are finished, I will figure out how I want to finish them and then I might try and complete the needle book that these pieces are also part of.


Spring Garden - April 26
Spring Garden - this is a scissor fob from a pattern that was released at Nashville Market this spring by the Blackberry Rabbit.  The actual pattern is for a needle book, needle roll and a scissor fob.  I decided that as I wanted another quick finish this week that I would pick up the scissor fob and maybe get it finished.  It didn't take me long to get this piece stitched up, and now I have decided that I am going to make the needle book as well from this pattern in the next while.


Yes, this last week I was able to pick up, and work on a few different projects and I think it is what I needed to do.  I saw a couple of quick finishes as well as some progress on other pieces, so overall it was a good week when it came to my stitching.  I love finding time to sit and work on the things that I love and yes it is a method for me of recharging and also refocusing my mind.

Hope everyone has been able to find the time to do the things that they love to do and will continue to do that.  I now need to go and get the work done that is currently sitting on my desk and then will see if I can get some stitching done later this evening.  Tomorrow morning the Linen and Threads May section should be released so that will be one of the projects for this week and then I will see what else I can work on.,

Have a great week and I will see what gets my attention this week.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Some progress

Roses - April 14
Here it is Monday morning, and for some people, it is a holiday, and for others, it is a work day.  For us, it is another work day and now a quick update to show you what I have been working on.
Roses - April 21

Roses - I continue to work on this project a little bit each day and have been happy with the progress that I have been able to make on it. The next rose is slowly coming to life, and that is great, and I will then see what I can do on this project.  It is fantastic to see the piece a bit at a time, and I hope to be able to take a picture of the entire piece again before too long.   

Roses will continue to get a bit of attention each day as it does make me happy to see that I have been able to work on this piece each day so far this month and will hope to continue to do for a while longer.

Unleash the Butterflies - April 14
Unleash the Butterflies - one of my goals for this month was to try and get a page finish on Unleash the Butterflies, and I was able to do that this weekend.  I was able to get the page finished, and then, of course, I continued to stitch on it to see how much more of it I can get done.  I am loving how this design is turning out, and it is something that I keep saying that I want to work on as I am looking forward to seeing more of the piece come to life.

I have got part of one of her arms done and can now start to see the rest of the arm to appear.  I am not sure how much more time I will be spending on this piece, this month, but I know that in May I will be trying to work on it again to see if I can get some more of it done.
Unleash the Butterflies - April 21


I continue to work on little bits of other projects, but there isn't much to show on any of them.  I would like to see if I can spend some time working on the various projects that I have on the go and maybe soon see some more pieces get some attention.

I hope everyone had a great Easter if you celebrated it.  I now need to start to get to the work that I need to get completed and then will see if I can get a bit of time this evening to work on at least Roses.

Have a great week and remember to try and find that bit of time each day to do something that you enjoy doing.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Progress on pieces and one comes out of hiding

Roses - April 7
Here it is the start of another week, and I have some progress for the last week.  It felt nice being able to work on a couple of different projects this week.

Roses - this is the project that I am trying to work on a little bit at a time.  My goal for April is to put stitches into this piece each day, and so far I have been able to accomplish that.  Sure, it might be only 10 stitches or so, but at least I am continuing to move this piece along.

Roses - April 14
On Roses, I have been able to get 11 pages done so far, and that is making me feel good.  The one part was this week I finished two pages, but they were pages that had very little stitching, so they were quick finishes. I have also almost finished another page, so that will mean that hopefully by the end of this week I will have 12 out of the 57 pages finished on this piece.

Unleash the Butterflies - March 26
Unleash the Butterflies - this piece got a bit of attention this week as it had been sitting while I was working on the Linen and Threads Mystery SAL.  It felt good seeing that I was able to make a bit more progress on this page of the pattern and I hope that by the end of the month, I will have completed this page. 

Unleash the Butterflies - April 14
The design still doesn't look like a lot, but I know that once I have the change to move onto some of the other pages, it will start to come to life a little more.  The page I am currently working on is basically her forearm, so there isn't a lot of detail in that, but I know that there will be a lot of detail when I get up a bit higher, but I need to get across the bottom pages before I start moving the design up.

Hit Any Key - April 7
Hit Any Key - after starting this project last Sunday, it got just a little bit more attention this week.  It is a project that won't be getting a whole lot of work done on it this month, but I know that it will continue to see bits of stitching done on it as I would like to see how it starts to come alive.

Hit Any Key - April 8
You can't see much of the design right now and stitch white on the piece doesn't show up very well either but it will once I have been able to add some more of the colours when I get the piece moving forward.  We will see how much more stitching I can accomplish on this piece through the rest of the month as right now the focus is on Roses and Unleash the Butterflies.
The Stitcher - Nov 22

The Stitcher - now here is a project that has been in hiding for quite a while.  This is a nice quick stitch, but it got put away before Christmas when I was trying to get Temperature, and the 2018 Mystery SAL finished.  This week I decided to pull this out and give it a little bit of attention, and after part of an evening of stitching, I was able to see some good stitching completed on it.  I won't be putting this piece back into hiding as I would like to see it finished before too long.  I enjoyed stitching on this piece as it was something that I could see some results very quickly compared to all of the other pieces that I have been working on this week.
The Stitcher - April 12

After I finish The Stitcher, I have one more of this design to complete so hopefully I will be able to get that one out and stitched up soon as well.


Some of my knitting and crocheting projects are getting little bits of attention but nothing that I can show as a row here or there doesn't make a piece look much different.


It is now time for me to get some of the projects that I need to get done for work moved forward.  Hope everyone has a great week and hopefully you will find some time to do the things that you love doing.


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

A small finish and some progress

Roses - March 31
Another week has now come and gone, and it is time to show what I was able to get accomplished in the last week.

I was able to make a little bit of progress on things, and that was nice and now to see what this week has in store.

Roses - I was able to work on this piece a little bit each day.  I decided that in April I was going to try and work on this piece every day even if it was just 10 stitches.  I was able to get some of the top section done beside the big rose, so that was nice.  The lower part was already done so there was a bit of progress but not a lot.

Roses - April 7
What the stitching from last week meant was I had to move the q-snap, and now I am going to be working on the section above this rose and will see how things go. I hope to be able to see a little bit of progress on this piece before the end of this week, and I hope to continue with the stitching every day on this piece.

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL '19 - April 7

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL '19 - this was a quick stitch as it was a nice small section that needed to get done.  I am loving how this overall piece is looking and now this piece has been put away until the May section is posted at the end of this month.  I may add some embellishment to the overall piece, but that is going to have to wait until the entire piece has been stitching in December.
Hit Any Key

Hit Any Key - this week was a week where I wanted to start another piece, so I kitted up Hit Any Key by Heaven and Earth Designs and made a very small bit of progress on the piece yesterday.  Yes, the colours are white, light pink and beige so they don't show up very good right now, but they will start to look a little better once I have been able to add some more of the colours which I will do when I pick up this piece again.
Hit Any Key - April 7

I am not sure how much progress I will get done on this piece in the next couple of weeks, but I am looking forward to seeing this piece come to life.  If things go well I might be able to get a bit more stitching done on this but will see how things go.


Life has been a little busy this last week, so now it is time to get some work done that I need to get done first thing this morning and then continue to see what else I can get done.  I hope to have a little bit of stitching time each evening as I do enjoy seeing a bit of progress on Roses each day and it is my quiet time before going to bed.

Hope everyone has a great week and you can find the time to do some of the things that you enjoy doing.



Sunday, March 31, 2019

Progress on some pieces

Unleash the Butterflies - March 24
It's Monday morning, and yes I can say that I was able to make a little bit of progress on some projects this week and I am happy with what I was able to accomplish.

Unleash the Butterflies - I decided to try and see if I could get some more stitches done on this piece this week and I was able to accomplish that.  I have to admit that the picture of what I accomplished isn't the greatest, but at least it is a picture.

Unleash the Butterflies - March 26
I have continued to work on the page to see how much more of it I could get finished and I am slowly seeing that I am getting closer to being at the top of this page and then I can work on another page.  I have the goal of finished this page in April but will see how long it takes me to do that.

I know that I am going to try and work on this piece again in April as my goal is to see a page finished so that is one of the goals that I would like to achieve.  I feel like being able to get this page done would also help me see that this project is slowly moving forward.


Temperature 2019 - Feb 5
Temperature - 2019 - now this project hasn't been touched since the beginning of February and part of that is because I needed to think about if I was going to actually do the design for this year or if it was something that I was just going to skip.
Temperature 2019 - March 28

It doesn't take me too long to get one day stitched, but when you are over two months behind on the design, it does take quite a bit of time to see any progress on it so now to see what happens.  I hope that in April I can put a little bit more effort into this piece as I would like to see that I can continue to move it forward even a bit at a time and then maybe see that I can get it caught up, but I know that is going to take some time before that is done.

Roses - March 22
Roses - I have to say that I am loving working on this piece and can't wait to see more of it finished. I am not sure if it is the single colour that I am liking or the amount of detail that you can see when you do some of the stitching.  I have been able to get some pages finished in March so now I have 8 out of the 57 pages finished, and I am looking forward to seeing how many more pages I can get finished this year.

Roses - March 31
This last week we were looking at frames for this piece, and I think that is when I realized the actual size of this piece.  Looking at a rather large frame and realizing it is what I need to for this was something that was hard to understand.  The frame that we were looking at was 22 inches by 28 inches, and that is just a little bit bigger than the finished piece.  Seeing the size of the frame and then thinking about the piece just didn't seem to match but then I realized that when I am stitching I am only seeing 11 inches x 17 inches at a time so I really don't see the entire piece very often.

In April I am going to try and work on this piece as well as I would really like to see more of the roses appear and more of the overall detail.


I hope that this week I can work a little more on Roses and actually do a bit of stitching on the Linen and Threads Mystery SAL April section.  It was released yesterday morning, and I was able to get any of it stitched yesterday so will see how this week goes for it.

It is now time for me to get the work done that is currently on my desk as it is the 1st of the month and always a busy day for us.  Hope everyone has a great week and you are able to find some time to do some of the things that you love to do.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Some progress

Roses - March 17
Here it is Monday morning and yes there was a little bit of stitching done last week.  I am happy with the progress that I was able to make considering it was an extremely busy week.

Roses - here is a project that I am really enjoying working on and can't wait to see more of it done.  I was able to spend a bit of time working on this and am starting to see one of the roses to really come to life.

Roses - March 22
It makes me feel so good seeing that at least one of the roses is starting to appear and I will see what it looks like after this week as I hope that I can spend a little bit of time working on adding a few more stitches to this piece.  I have now finished 7 pages out of the 60 pages so I am slowly seeing some progress on this but again it isn't going to be something that I see finished very fast. 

I had originally figured out that I would be able to get about 12 pages of this pattern done this year but considering I have completed 6 already it looks like I might be able to get more than the 12 done but will have to wait and see how things go over the rest of the year as I know that there are other things that are going to be needing my attention over the rest of the year.

Unleash the Butterflies - March 17
Unleash the Butterflies - I again was able to spend a bit of time working on Unleash the Butterflies and the page is slowly starting to get completed.  I really enjoy working on this piece as it is so different than a lot of the projects that I have worked on in the past.

I again know that this project is going to be taking some time to get finished but that doesn't bother me as I am enjoying working on it even when I don't get a lot of time to sit and stitch.  I hope to have the page that I am working on finished in April and then I will be able to start to see more of the design come to life.  I would like to see that I could get 4 or 5 pages of this design done before the end of the year but I will have to wait and see what really happens.  My plans are some ideas and something that I try for but if I don't get there because of other parts of my life I am not upset.
Unleash the Butterflies - March 24

Linen and Threads Mystery SAL '19 - of course, there is no update with this piece as I am still waiting for the April section to be released and it hopefully will be out before the end of this week.


This week I hope to find a bit of time to work on a couple of projects but that will all depend on everything else.  I know that just sitting and stitching my mind back together at the end of the day is wonderful so now to see if I can find those little bits of time during this week.

It is now time for me to get some of the work off my desk and then see what the rest of the week has in store.  Hope everyone has a great week and you find some time to do the things that you love to do.