Smalls SAL – August Check-In

We’ve made it to the last Wednesday of the month again, so it is time for the Smalls SAL check-in! It has been a busy month, and a busy summer, for me, but I managed to stitch (most of) a small this month.

Delightful Dragon Scissor Fob, designed by Teresa Wentzler (WIP)

Delightful Dragon Scissor Fob, designed by Teresa Wentzler (WIP)

This is Delightful Dragon Scissor Fob from Teresa Wentzler. I took it as a class from her at the Creativ Festival in 2008. As much as I love it, I put it aside after finishing most of the dragon, and I didn’t pick up again until this month. Unfortunately, I ran out of one of the colours and I haven’t had a chance to get any more. (I’m hoping that when I am reunited with my stash I will find some there.) Once it is totally complete, I’m going to leave in on my sewing table until I finish it into a fob, since I want to make sure I get it done soon!

A delightful dragon.

A delightful dragon.

So, what did you stitch this month? I can’t wait to see. Please leave your link in the form below. You get an entry into the end of the year draw for every month you finish something (or as close as you can) and leave a link. Also, please consider leaving a comment here and/or on some of the other participants’ blogs. We all love visitors and comments!

September Check-in – Summer is quickly coming to an end around here and September and autumn will be here before you know it. (Those of you in the Southern Hemisphere are eagerly awaiting spring, I’m sure.) Next month’s check-in will be on September 24th. Get stitching!

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Getting Crafty

Hello from my new home! Our furniture and the majority of our boxes were moved last Tuesday, and we are getting settled in nicely. Unfortunately, most of my craft supplies are still at my in-laws. But that hasn’t stopped me from starting to get my craft room ready.

New worktable, just waiting for my sewing machine

New worktable, just waiting for my sewing machine

I chose a Galant desk from Ikea for my worktable because it is large, the height is adjustable, and I can easily add another desk to it later if I decide I need more room. I also picked out an Alex filing cabinet to hold some of my tools and patterns. Once I recover my sewing machine and serger from my mom, they will live on this table. (One on the table, and the other stored under, and I will switch them out as required.)

Yarn and fabric

Yarn and fabric


More yarn...

More yarn…

I’ve also started to fit my yarn, fabric and cross stitch supplies into the closet. Sadly, this is only a small portion of it. Part of me is very worried I won’t have enough room. You see, this will also be our guest room, and I want to make sure I leave room in the closet for guests to use.

I plan to add a pegboard over my worktable, set up my bookshelves on the opposite wall, and then get back to sewing as soon as possible.

Smalls SAL- I haven’t forgotten about the smalls SAL, and I hope you haven’t either. Tomorrow is August’s check-in day. And, amazingly, I have something to share!

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Flashback 2003

2003 was the year I started this blog, and it is also about the time that I started cross stitching obsessively more often. It was also the year that we moved from London, Ontario to Toronto. We were in a lovely little garden-level (e.g. basement) apartment not too far from High Park. It was a big move for us, and we loved it.

I already shared some of my 2003 projects in my 11th Blogiversary post. But, I stitched so much more than that!

Birthday Needleroll - May, designed by Victoria Sampler

Birthday Needleroll – May, designed by Victoria Sampler

This is Victoria Sampler’s Birthday Needleroll – May. I bought that kit from my then somewhat-LNS, Golden Threads in Hamilton. I loved stitching this! I think this is probably when I began to delight in doing fancy specialty stitches. It was a small enough pieces that I didn’t feel too intimidated, but large enough that I felt like I accomplished something.

Little bags featuring designs from Teresa Wentzler, Just Nan and Mirabilia

Little bags featuring designs from Teresa Wentzler, Just Nan and Mirabilia

I stitched up these little bags to store some Tarot Decks. From left to right they are Guinevere from Teresa Wentzler’s Camelot Sampler, Just Nan’s Swan Lake, and the middle fairy from Mirabilia’s Three for Tea. To be honest with you, I wish I had made the bags differently and included a channel for the ribbon. But, I wasn’t much of a sewest back then. Still, they turned out well enough, and I still use them.

Fanciful Butterfly, designed by Dimensions

Fanciful Butterfly, designed by Dimensions

This is Fanciful Butterfly from Dimensions. I loved stitching it because it is so delicate and pretty. It hung in our bedroom until our move, and will find a new home in my (purple!!) craft room very soon.

How was 2003 for you? I’m really enjoying seeing what everyone stitched and learning about what was going on their lives too. (An extra big thanks to Jo. You are awesome!)

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Flashback 2002

In 2002 I was working in London, Ontario as an assistant manager at an Electronics Boutique (now called EB Games). It was a great job and an awful job, like many retail gigs. I have always loved video games, so it was great to be surrounded by them all day. But, I also had to work through the launch of three new video game systems, all of which were crazy. Of course, through it all, I found time to stitch.

Garden Verses, designed by Mirabilia

Garden Verses, designed by Mirabilia

I stitched Garden Verses to hang over a lovely writing desk that we bought when we moved to a new apartment in 2002. Although we have moved twice (and almost three times) since then, it has always hung over that desk. I’m not sure where it will hang in the new house though, since I will be getting a new secretary-style desk.

M'Lady and the Unicorn, designed by Dimensions

M’Lady and the Unicorn, designed by Dimensions

I started M’Lady and the Unicorn back in 1998. My mom took me to Las Vegas to celebrate my 21st birthday, and I had to visit the cross stitch shop there. ;) Clearly it took me a while to finish it, but I’m glad I stuck with it. It is probably one of my favourite non-TW finished pieces.

Tending the Garden, Dimensions, 2002

Tending the Garden, designed by Dimensions

Tending the Garden was one of those kits from Dimensions that came with a printed matte and glass. Back in 2001 I had stitched another one (Harmony Under Glass), and I went to the frame shop I used to work at to get metal frames for both of them. I display them together, with a framed mirror of the same size along with them. I’m not sure where they will go in the new house either.

Speaking on moving, tomorrow is closing day for the house. So, I’m going to be very busy for the new week or two cleaning, unpacking, etc. I have some posts scheduled, and I may take some time to write a post or two. But, I promise I will be back, in the flesh so to speak, no later than August 27th for the Smalls SAL check-in.

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Someday with Power of Moms

We take possession of our new house in just a couple of days, and I’m feeling good because things are coming together. (Just don’t talk to me about the leak  in the basement or the seller’s agent…) Between packing boxes, trying to entertain my 6 1/2-year old, and trying to keep sane, I’m also attempting to get going with the Mind Organization for Moms Premium program. And, ladies, it has been very helpful in keeping my feet on the ground during the past week.

Organized inbox for the win!

Organized inbox for the win!

Firstly, I’m getting my email inbox under control. Okay, I’m still not very good at replying to blog comments (but I love them all!), but now I’ve got them labelled properly, which will make them easier to find and reply in the future (when I come up for air in September…). I’ve also created inbox labels and folders to store emails, registration and serial number emails, Needlework News, things I need to take care of right away or someday, and a few other things too. It might seem like a small step, but it is already making a difference in how I go through my email, and I know it will help over the next two weeks when I won’t be able to process my email as often as I do right now.

My Someday folder. (It's got more in it now!)

My Someday folder. (It’s got more in it now!)

I’ve also begun to implement the folder system. The most important one right now is Someday. As I’m going through things to pack them up, I’ve come across a lot of things that I know I need to get back to… someday. For example, while tidying up my cross stitch patterns, I wrote a list of patterns I’d like to stitch sooner rather than later, and that list has gone into my Someday file. The next time I’m at a loss as to what to stitch, I’ll pull out that list and pick something. I’ve also stuck in a reminder to sort through a box of papers from grade school (Don’t judge! I’m sure you all have papers that old too!) once things have settled down.

Some of my M.O.M. supplies

Some of my M.O.M. supplies

Since back to school sales are in full swing, I decided to pick up some of the supplies I’ll need to get my who M.O.M. machine up and going next month. Yes, it is more to move, but saving big money trumps not moving one additional box. I’ll also be ready to get started with the introductory M.O.M. in 2 Weeks program in September, setting me firmly on the road to organization–and more time for stitching!

If you’d like to find out more about Mind Organization for Moms, M.O.M. in 2 Weeks, or the other programs offered by Power of Moms, head over here. And don’t forget about the free Master the Whirlwind program.

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Tiny Water Dragon

Boxes are pilled up everywhere. Seriously, everywhere. I’m getting a bit overwhelmed, but I’m still trying to take some time to do a little bit of stitch to calm myself down.

Water Dragon, designed by Jennifer Aikman-Smith of Dragon Dreams

Water Dragon, designed by Jennifer Aikman-Smith of Dragon Dreams

I rummaged around what I still had unpacked and pulled out Water Dragon, which was designed by Jennifer Aikman-Smith for the 2009 Creativ Festival. It was part of a joint class with Teresa Wentzler, whose design was Fire Dragon (but which I haven’t started yet). Sadly, that was the year Teresa wasn’t able to make it. It was still a great class though, since Jennifer is wonderful.

Water Dragon, designed by Jennifer Aikman-Smith of Dragon Dreams

Water Dragon, designed by Jennifer Aikman-Smith of Dragon Dreams

We are in the final countdown to our move now. The house is officially ours on the 12th, and the move will take place on the 19th. During the week between, we will be cleaning, painting, and moving up things like kitchen items, the little man’s toys, etc. It is a 30 minute drive between our two places, so it won’t be too bad. And, you know I will make time to stitch and/or knit during all of this. ;)

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Needlework News

Interesting things have been happening out there. Timey-wimey dice, smuggling drugs, and so much in between.

    • 12 Doctor D12 – Robin Hobbs has created a super cool 12-side die that features the faces of The Doctor. Sadly, the War Doctor isn’t included amongst the faces. But, you can pick up the pattern for the portraits for yourself on her etsy shop. Edit: Here is the link to the pattern for the d12. Thanks Robin!
    • Stitching is my drug – Being addicted to cross stitch clearly means something different to a man in Alberta. A courier package heading for his home was seized by the police because it held five cross stitch patterns… all containing Oxycodone pills.

Not your typical cross stitch patterns. (Image from Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams)

Not your typical cross stitch patterns. (Image from Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams)

    • Pointy sticks – Knitting can be dangerous. An Australian man is suing his school board for a knitting accident that occurred in 2001, when he was 13. He apparently accidentally stabbed himself in the eye with a metal knitting needle. I can only imagine how terrible that felt.
    • Knitting Biblical scenes – A lovely display of knitted Bible stories was on display last month at Trinity Church in Barrow, U.K. Click through to see some really cute pictures.

And, lastly, check out this cute little movie. A knitted scarf is used like old film, and the results are just amazing.

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