Smalls SAL 2019

Hello, Stitchy Friends and Happy New Year! I hope 2019 has been treating you well so far and that you’ve had lots of time to stitch this holiday season.

With a new year comes new things, including a new home for the 2019 Small SAL. Mary of Mary’s Thread has graciously agreed to take over hosting duties on very short notice. She has gathered together all of the info about this year’s Smalls SAL over on her blog. Please head on over and check it all out.

The SAL will run more or less as it did here, with check-ins taking place on the last Friday of the month. Mary is still exploring linking options, but I expect that adding your link will be just as easy as it was before. She is doing a great job getting everything set up for us and I really appreciate her hard work.

Thank you so much to all of you for your patience, and a big thank you to Mary for taking on hosting duties.

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Smalls SAL and Other Updates

Hello, my Stitchy Friends. Thank you so much for sticking with me through this rather mixed up year. I appreciate all the emails from you checking to make sure that all is well and just to see what I’m up too. Everything is fine here, I’ve just needed more time away from blogging and the Internet than I expected. I needws to re-evaluate how I use the Internet and what I want to share.

As some of you know, I made the decision to shut down both my Instagram and Twitter accounts, and I have stepped away from my personal Facebook page a few times this year.

Don’t worry, though. This blog isn’t going anywhere. I started it way back in 2003 (the first post is 2002, but that was done in an offline mode), and I still love it. Behind the scenes I’m working on a redesign and a bit of a shift in focus. Stitching Lotus will always be about my stitching, but it will hopefully grow to into something a bit more in the near future.

“So, what about the Smalls SAL?” I can hear you asking. I know that I have really let you all down this year, and I am very sorry about that. I have had a couple of bloggers reach out to my about hosting it in 2019, and I am just waiting to hear back to finalize details. I’m sad to be passing on the reins, but I also feel that it is better in other hands since I have been so unreliable this year. (Believe me, unreliable is one word that is rarely if ever used to describe me, so this is very out of character.)

For December, I’d love it if you shared your Smalls via the comment section of this post. I’m sorry there is no link list for this month but I have shut down my account with the service provider due to my disappointment with their newly upgraded product and the on-going monthly costs.

Thank you so much for your patience and I am sorry that I wasn’t able to keep the Smalls SAL running smoothly in 2018.

Here’s to a much better 2019 full of lots of beautiful stitching!

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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween, spooky stitchers! I hope all your little ghosts, goblins, and witches are having a wonderful day. As per usually, its a rainy Halloween day here, but hopefully it will clear up by the evening when all the little monsters go on the hunt for candy.

I’m sure it isn’t a secret that I love Halloween. Sadly, that love isn’t shared by my family, so I don’t go crazy decorating. But, because I love to craft, I can’t help but make a few projects every year. I’ve shared a few of the stitching project I worked on this year already (here, here, and here), so today I’m going to share some other things. (Remember: you can click on any picture to see a larger version.)

I think I’m most proud of this piece, the Boo-tiful Bat Clock from Dreaming Tree. All the of the pieces were cut out on my Cricut Explore Air 2, and then I assembled everything using a lot of glue and some 3d foam squares.

Boo-tiful Bat Clock, designed by Dreaming Tree

The clock movement in it is real, so it actually keeps time. I needed to paint the clock hands though, since I was only able to find a brass movement.

Halloween towels from Embroidery Library

Of course, my kitchen and powder room both needed some new seasonally appropriate towels. The designs are all from Embroidery Library–Jack o’ Lantern Sketch, Stirring Up a Little Magic, and Magical Things are Crafted in this Kitchen. The pumpkin is stitched on a terrycloth towel from goodness knows where, and the kitchen towels are stitched on some Aunt Martha’s flour sack towels. I used Embroidex thread for all three. It is super cheap thread, but it looks great and washes well.

Witch Hat Lace, from Embroidery by TM

This very sweet witch hat was created on my embroidery machine as well. It is Witch Hat Lace from Embroidery by TM. I’m using it as a topper for my little Halloween ornament tree.

Stingy Jack’s Halloween Lanterns, designed by Dreaming Tree

Jumping back to paper crafting: I made these fabulous lanterns from Dreaming Tree. The orange sections are actually tracing paper that has been printed with a design, so they are translucent when a light shines through them. There is a third lantern that completes the set, but I ran out of time before I was able to get to it. The design is called Stingy Jack’s Halloween Lanterns.

And what is Halloween without a little bit of sparkle and shine?

Skull ring from ArtBeads

This over the top cocktail ring was made using a kit from Artbeads. It features my favourite Swarovski bead, the skull, along with several spikes and a generous helping of little flatback gems. It is highly impractical but I love it anyway.

I had so many more projects planned, like an awesome embellished witch hat and more 3d machine embroidery pieces, but Halloween is already upon us. Tomorrow it will be time to turn my thoughts and needles to Christmas projects.

Happy Halloween, stitchy friends!

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Smalls SAL – October 2018 Check-In

Hello, Stitchy Friends! Welcome to the perpetually late Smalls SAL check-in. I know I promised I wouldn’t be late again, but here we are. I have a confession: I didn’t finish a small this month. I’ve been working on one, but the tone-on-tone stitching on light 32 count fabric has been hard on my eyes. I’ve been looking for excuses to work on just about anything else. And, I have been fairly productive when it comes to paper-crafts and machine embroidery. But not so much when it comes to stitching…

On the bright side, I do like to keep the link list open for about a week or so after it is posted, so I’ve still got time to finish up my small! And the same goes for you–if you’ve been too busy getting ready for Halloween or if life has just gotten in the way, you’ve still got time to get stitching!

So! On to the links! InLinkz has recently updated their system, so I honestly don’t know how things are going to work. (Another reason I’ve been putting this off.)  Please use the URL for your Smalls SAL blog post, not the URL for the front page of your blog. Your caption should be your blog name, please. InLinkz should be able to load up the pictures from your post (it may take a moment or two), and from there just select the picture you’d like to use.

Note: Unfortunately, due to the GDPR, you will either need to sign into InLinkz using your Facebook or Google account or create an InLinkz account. I will not see any of that account information. All I will see is your email address and your link. And, as you know, I don’t use your email address for anything at all. If you are not comfortable with this, please just leave a comment with your link in. I may need to approve it manually, but it will post just fine.

If you have any problems, please feel free to send me an email at [email protected] and we will see what we can do.

The link list will stay open to new entries until about midnight Eastern time on Wednesday, November 7th.

Next Month

The next Smalls SAL check-in will go live (hopefully) on Friday, November 30th. I’ve already got my project picked out, so fingers crossed that it goes well!

One more thing – Social Media

As an FYI, I’ll be closing down both my Twitter and Instagram accounts at some point tomorrow. Drop me a line if you are interested in staying in contact some other way.


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WIP Wednesday – Almost There

Look, I’m back! Two posts in two days. 😀 Today I’m sharing my progress on this year’s big project: Candy Cane Santa Stocking from Dimensions.

Candy Cane Santa Stocking, designed by Dimensions

Look at that! I am so close to being done! Much of the toe is actually half stitches, so that should go quickly. From there, I’ve got a lot of back stitching and then all I need to do is sew it up. I think I can manage all of that before Christmas Eve. (I’m so confident that I’m taking a bit of a break to do some Halloween stitching. Hopefully I’m not jinxing myself.)

More to come soon!

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Smalls SAL – September 2018 Check-In

Oh dear… Somehow it is October already and I missed the Smalls SAL check-in day again. I am so very, very sorry. I have no excuses other than I just forgot. My project was done and waiting to be photographed, but I just kept forgetting to do it. Please accept my apologies.

So, as what is seeming to become the normal, the Smalls SAL is late again. My hope is to not let you down like this again–October’s project is being stitched already and I’ll take a picture ASAP and get the post scheduled. I really appreciate those of you who have stuck with me through all of the nonsense this year.

That said, it is time to get to this month’s smalls! Since Halloween is just around the corner, I figured it would be a good time to stitch another Halloween designs. (I mean, all year is a good time to me, but you know. 😉 )

Hazel Fun Mouse, designed by Just Nan

This month (last month) I stitched Hazel Fun Mouse, the newest Halloween mouse from Just Nan. She is stitched with DMC thread on 32 count Stone Grey Belfast linen. I finished her as per the included instructions, using the super cute witch hat included in the kit. I love these adorable little mice and I can’t wait to stitch a couple more this year for Christmas.

What did you stitch this month? Are you in an autumn sort of mood (pumpkin spice everything!) or maybe spring if you’re down under? Have you been stitching up a storm for Halloween? Or are you already at work on Christmas? I can’t wait to see! Please head down near the bottom of this post and leave a link to your finished small. And remember: for everything month you share a finished project you get one entry into the end of the year draw.

The link list will remain open to new entries until approximately midnight Eastern time on October 9th.

Next Month

The next Smalls SAL check-in will (absolutely, 100%) take place on Friday, October 26th.

Thank you again, so much, for taking part in the Smalls SAL and for your patience.

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Smalls SAL – August 2018 Check-In

Hello, Smalls Stitchers! It is check-in time again. We are just at the tail end of summer break here, so I haven’t been stitching much. I’ve been enjoying spending time with my son and trying to cherish every moment. He is growing up so fast, and I know that soon he won’t want to spend much time with silly old mom.

I know I haven’t posted much for ages and ages. Some of that is due to burnout and some is due to self-care. I promise that regular posting will resume soon, the Smalls SAL will continue into 2019, and there may even be some changes to the blog including a new look and some on-going series. Stay tuned!

Summer is my least favourite season, and August is probably my least favourite month. So, to help me get through it, I focused on my favourite holiday: Halloween! This month I stitched Witchy’s Sister Mouse from Just Nan.

Witchy’s Sister Mouse designed by Just Nan

I used DMC as per the chart but stitched her on light brown evenweave rather than the called for grey. (Believe it or not, but I don’t have any grey in my stash!) I stitched Miss Witchy way back in October 2015, so I’m sure she is happy to finally have some company.

What did you stitch this month? Are you working on Halloween or Christmas? Maybe something for back to school? I can’t wait to see. Head down towards the bottom of this post and leave a link to your finished small. For every month you share an finish you will get one entry into the end of the year draw.

The link list will remain open to new entries until about midnight Eastern time on September 7th.

Next Month

The next Smalls SAL check-in will be posted on Friday, September 28th.

Thank you again, so much, for stitching along with me. I can’t wait to see your smalls.

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