WIP Wednesday – Yes, I still do stitch

My goodness, it has been ages and ages since I posted a WIP Wednesday update. To be totally honest, I’m stitching a little less now because if my darn elbow. It just doesn’t seem to want to get better, so need to take things easy. I plan to stitch until my dying day, but I’ll have to pace myself a little bit to make sure I can!

Right now I’m stitching away on two projects. The first is Halloween Fairy from Mirabilia, one of the limited edition Fairy Holiday Collection kits that was released several years back. I’ve borrowed the chart from a friend since (to be totally honest) I was too cheap to buy the kits when they first came out. Now I regret it, but what is done (or not done) is done.

Halloween Fairy, from Mirabilia (WIP)

She is, sadly, missing half her wing because I ran out of thread. Thanks to a very nice lady on the Canada trade group on Facebook, a new skein is on the way. Yay!

Candy Cane Stocking, from Dimensions (WIP)

I’m also working away on one more stocking, Candy Cane Santa Stocking from Dimensions. I’ll be honest, it isn’t getting as much attention as it should be because at this point I am pretty much over stockings. I know, I know. Push through and get ‘er done, right?

What else have I been up to? I’ll share some more in a day or two.

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Smalls SAL – February 2018 Check-In

Hello, Smalls Stitchers! I don’t know about you, but I sure am ready to see the end of this winter. January felt like it was actually five months long, and now February can’t decide if it wants to cover us in snow or drown us in rain. Bring on the warm and sunny weather!

Regardless of what month it is, or what the weather is doing outside, it almost always the perfect weather for stitching. Like many of you, I stitch for all sorts of holidays throughout the year. My focus piece right now is for Halloween, and my small this month was another Christmas ornament.

Christmas Trees, designed by Kathrin Ellison of Gitta’s

Just like last month, I’ve stitched another little chart from Kathrin Ellison of Gitta’s, a lovely needlework store located in Mississauga (one of the cities next to Toronto; they all kind of run together around here). It is stitched on super cute polka-dot fabric using Anchor threads (not my favourite) and Rainbow Gallery Treasure Braid. Like last month, I meant to finish it into an ornament, but somehow it is already the last Friday of February. I always forget how fast February goes by!

What did you stitch this month? A Valentine for your sweetie? Something for Easter, Halloween, or Christmas? A dragon, a bird, or maybe some cheerful flowers? Head down towards the end of this post to leave a link to your finish for this month. Please be sure to use the permalink for your blog post. Also, please remember to use a picture of your small as your thumbnail.

The link list will remain open to new entries until about midnight Eastern time on Friday, March 2nd.

Next Month

The next check-in will take place on Friday, March 30, 2018.

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Birthday Cricutting

My little man celebrated a birthday a couple of weeks ago, and what is a crafty mom to do but craft? This year we kept the celebration small (he chose a extra special big gift over a birthday party with friends), but that doesn’t mean I didn’t decorate.

I used my Cricut to made a big paper balloon using regular and glitter card stock in my son’s favourite colours. And, I also created the card, matching the theme of his big gift, using my Cricut. I love that I can make things that are so personalized. A bit of glue, some paper, and I have something extra special.

Birthday Card and Balloon

The balloon comes from Thoughts & Phrases – Good Times Cricut cartridge (available through Cricut Access) and the card comes from Classically Modern Cards Cricut cartridge. I mainly used Reflections paper from Michaels.

And, since the Cricut was out, I decided to make him a couple of shirts as well.

Spaceman shirt

This awesome Spaceman helmet was a freebie from LoveSVG.com. I used silver Cricut iron-on foil and applied it using my Cricut EasyPress. The shirt is from Old Navy (so cheap! but also pretty good quality for what you pay).

Just Five More Minutes

This shirt is a combination of two files from LoveSVG.com–Game Zone and Just Five More Minutes. I just loaded both files into Cricut Design Space and manipulated them until I got something I liked. I used HTV from iImagine Vinyl (bought on eBay) and glitter vinyl I bought on AliExpress. And, again, the shirt is from Old Navy.

I love the whole new worlds of papercrafting and clothing decoration that my Cricut is opening up for me. One day, maybe, I want to upgrade to the Cricut Maker so I can add a bit of Cricutting to my sewing too.

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Smalls SAL 2018 – January Check-In

Hello, Smalls Stitchers! It is time for the first check-in of the year. But first we have a little bit of 2017 business to take care of.

It has taken a little longer than I planned, but I’ve finally sorted through all the data for the 2017 SAL. We had 334 total links shared, with a high of 47 in January and a low of just 19 in December. This is on par with past years. It seems we all start out with good intentions, but some of us fall away for lots of different reason. Do keep in mind that the link list stays open for about a week, so if you aren’t finished your small on time you can still enter your link a little later. Remember–you get one entry into the end of the year draw for every month you share a link.

That brings us to 2017’s winner:

Jo of Serendipitous Stitching!

Jo’s entry from September was the lucky winner. She is a longtime participant in the Smalls SAL and also takes part in, and hosts, several other SALs. Be sure to pop by her website for a look at all her wonderful stitching if you aren’t already a subscriber.

On to 2018! A new year and a new SAL, with mostly the same rules. Check-ins will continue to take place on the last Friday of the month. However, I will no longer be sending out reminder emails. The link list will remain open for about a week, so you have lots of time to get your link added (and finish up your stitching!).

January has been a rough month for me and I haven’t been able to find much time (or inclination) to stitch. But, I took advantage of the encouragement provided by International Hermit and Stitch Weekend to work on my small for this month.

Reindeer Sampler, designed by Kathrin Ellison of Gitta’s

I stitched Reindeer Sampler from Gitta’s, a Christmas giveaway from my LNS. It is stitched on 18 count Teal Green aida using Threadworx in colourway 1090 Red Lipstick. I intended to get it all finished up into an ornament so that my first small of the year was nicely finished, but, umm, I thought that I still had one more Friday to go before the end of the month. Oops!

What did you stitch to start off 2018? Head down near the bottom of this post and add your link to the list. Please be sure to use an image of your small as your thumbnail, and also make sure you link directly to your blog post (not your blog’s front page) by using the post’s permalink. If you have any problems please feel free to email me. I’m always happy to help.

The link list will remain open to new entries until about midnight Eastern time on February 2nd.

Next Month

The next Smalls SAL check-in will take place on Friday, February 23rd. See you then!

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Smalls SAL – December 2017

Hello, Smalls Stitchers! We’ve made it to the end of yet another year. I hope everyone has enjoyed working on their smalls. I know I was so happy to be able to pull out a bunch of new ornaments and hang them on my tree.

As I’ve mentioned before, the SAL will continue in 2018. If you’d like to participate, please be sure to check out all the details here.

On to this month’s stitching!

Evergreen Sleigh, from Mill Hill

What else could I do but stitch another Christmas ornament? This one is the Evergreen Sleigh from Mill Hill’s Sleigh Ride series. And, like all the others, it is stitched as per the pattern on the materials included in the kit (perforated paper, Mill Hill beads, and DMC floss).

I think I had a pretty productive year overall. I may not have got many big projects done, except for my stocking, but I sure got a lot of little designs stitched up.

 

What did you stitch this month? Please head down near the bottom of this post and share your finished small for this month. Please be sure to use an image of your small as your thumbnail and also make sure you are use the permalink for your blog post.

The link list will remain open to new entries until about midnight Eastern time on Friday, January 5th. Shortly after it closes I will draw for the end of the year prize. So, make sure you share your post! This is the last chance to earn an entry.

If you’ve put together a review of your stitching for the year, make sure you leave a comment with a link. I’d love to take a look.

Next Month – New year, new SAL. 😉 The next check-in will take place on Friday, January 26th.

Thank you very much for stitching along with me this year. I hope you will continue to stitch with me in 2018.

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Hung By The Chimney With Care

It is done! I could not be happier! I put the final stitches in on Sunday afternoon and sewed it up into a proper stocking today.

Enchanted Ornament Stocking, designed by Dimensions

The pattern is Enchanted Ornaments Stocking from Dimensions. I stitched it using the floss and fabric included in the kit. I made a few changes; mostly leaving off the backstitched white snowflakes that were on the cuff and scattered around the rest of the stocking. I felt they looked too heavy when stitched with two strands (as the instructions had), but they were almost unnoticeable in one strand. So, I didn’t bother to do them. Instead, I added a few clear glass beads to give a bit of sparkle to the ornaments.

Enchanted Ornament Stocking, designed by Dimensions — cardinal ornament close-up

I love this <strike>robin<strike> cardinal! He is so bright and cheerful. I left him to the very last as a sort of reward for myself for getting to the end of all the stitching.

Enchanted Ornament Stocking, designed by Dimensions — deer ornament close-up

The other (very minor) change I made was to use a pre-made tassel for the bottom of this ornament rather than make one myself from included threads. I know tassels are easy to make, but mine always look a little wonky. This one is perfect. I’ve tacked it down at the top and at the band to ensure it doesn’t hang askew.

Enchanted Ornament Stocking, designed by Dimensions — lining

And, like all my other stockings, I took the time to line this one. Dimensions doesn’t include fabric or instructions for lining, but it is very easy to do. I used some white with silver glitter fabric that has probably been in my stash for nearly 20 years. It was clearly waiting for this exact project! 😉

Enchanted Ornament Stocking, designed by Dimensions

I am so, so, so happy with how my stocking turned out. I can’t wait for Santa to fill it full of gifts!

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Smalls SAL 2018

Hello, Smalls Stitchers!

The Smalls SAL will be returning for its 5th year in 2018. I’m very grateful that so many of you have chosen to stitch along with me for the past several years. And I’m so glad that so many people asked for the SAL to continue.

There will be a few very minor changes for the 2018 SAL. First, I will be going back to using Inlinkz for the link list hosting. It is more expensive than my current solution, but it is also easier to use. Second, I will be discontinuing the monthly email reminder. According to the statistics almost no one is opening it, so I figured it isn’t worth continuing. (Let me know if I am wrong!) If you still want a monthly reminder, see below for a link to a shared Google calendar.

The Smalls SAL is a very low pressure SAL. All you need to do is stitch a small design every month and then head over to my blog on the last Friday of the month to share a link to your blog post where you share a picture of your finish. If you don’t manage to finish something one month, or two or three months, that’s no problem. Participate whenever you can.

Rules

  1. Stitch a small every month. You get to decide what a small is for you. 50×50 stitches? 100×100 stitches? It’s up to you. You just need to be able to get it done by the check-in day. (WIP smalls that you complete in time for the check-in are great too!) You pick your design, I do not provide designs.
  2. Post a picture of your completed small (stitching done, but the actual finishing is optional) on the last Friday of every month.
  3. Hop over here to my blog and add a comment to the current month’s check-in post to get an entry into the end of the year draw.
  4. You do not need to post a finish every month! Stitch what you can when you can, and check-in whenever you have a qualifying finish.
  5. The SAL is open to new participants all year. You can join in whenever you’d like. The more the merrier!

Also, please consider using the above graphic to link back to this page so other people can find out about the SAL and join in the fun.

Dates

The check-in dates for 2017 are as follows:

  • January 26
  • February 23
  • March 30
  • April 27
  • May 25
  • June 29
  • July 27
  • August 31
  • September 28
  • October 26
  • November 30
  • December 28

If you use Google Calendar you can add the Small check-in dates to your calendar by clicking here.

Social Media

Do you have a Twitter or Instagram account? Please share your monthly finish using the tag #smallsal2017.

Sign Up

If you’d like to take part in the Smalls SAL 2018, please sign up by adding a link to your blog to the list below. If you aren’t sure, no worries! You can add a link to the check-in any month you want without signing up. It’s all about having fun and getting some small projects stitching up.

After signing up, please consider posting about the Smalls SAL 2018 on your blog. Feel free to use the image above, and please link to this page.

Thank you to Crooked Little Pixels for the thread card image. www.crookedlittlepixel.com

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