Mittwoch, 19. Juli 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness - July

Oh my, the middle of July is already gone! I am very busy with work right now since the end of the semester is in sight and this means that the exams are also in sight, so I spent a lot of time thinking about questions, but I am as good as done! Yay me!

As for stitching, I am (again) four days late for the GG SAL. But better late then never, right?
For all those who don't know about the SAL yet - this SAL is hosted by Jo and the plan is to show our work on projects that are meant to be a gift for someone or that were gifted to you. You can find the link-up (featuring every ones progress) here.

As for progress, I worked on two things this month. Well, you can't really tell that I worked on Santa this month. I added like three threads to him.
Before:
And now:
I really hope to be a better girl next month!

But to make up for my tiny progress on Santa, I am proud to show my work on my Map of Middle Earth! You have not seen this in a while and I am pleased to say that I added 2000 stitches to it!
Before:
And now:

I missed working on this one and since I think I'll go back to stitching on what I like (instead of trying to following a rotation) , I hope to work on this more regular ;-) 

That's my work for this month,
Happy stitching =)

Dienstag, 27. Juni 2017

WIPocalypse June

I am nearly in time for WIPocalypse. who would have thought that could happen! But here I am :D This wonderful SAL is supposed to inspire us to stitch on our projects as if it's the end of the world (and that new projects, just imagine the world ends and you never started one of your favorite projects???) and is hosted by Measi, you can find the link-up post here. 

This months question is about our stitchy spot. I usually sit on the couch when I stitch, it usually looks quite messy ;-) To the one side I have my floss boxes (currently four, I think I pwn a whole set of DMC by now), my Millennium frame in front of me and to the other side I have my laptop and an ort jar. I also have a pillow in the back, it's just more comfortable for me.


I usually looks like this :D I mostly listen to audiobooks (therefore I need my laptop close by), watch flosstube or TV (which is in front of me). I try to have anything I need close by, so I don't need to get up all the time :D

As for this months progress!
The first thing I worked on is The Potting Shed by Aimee Stewart, such a beautiful and colorful summer design! I got carried away and finished the first page =) I added 2800 stitches to this one and went from here:
To here:
I absolutely love it!! =) I can't wait to get back to this ;-)

The second project for me was again - as every month and you are probably sick of it by now - Kreimhilds Revenge by H D Johnson. I started page 27 and stitches half of it.
Last time:
And now:
You see the dark thing in the corner there? It's a part of the rock and it means that I am done with the sky-only columns on this row ;-) You can't imagine how happy I am about that :D I am at 117 630 stitches or so, so less than 9000 to go to the halfway point (I did some 12 000 so far this year)!
So stay tuned for next month, she will be back again and maybe we see some more of the actual Kreimhild then ;-) I plan to finish page 27 in July.

The third project I worked on was my Mill Hill kit called Hydrangeas, I already talked about it and finally, there is something to see:
My own Hydrangea is in bloom by now, I just love to see them open up and change the color from green to violett to dark blue ;-) I absolutely need more Hydrangea patterns in my live :D

Last but not least I started my first Diamond Painting. I chose "Dragons Keeper" by Renee Biertempfel. It's 525 stitches wide and 339 stitches high, so it's not that big of a design. But since the canves is 10ct, the canvas is huge! I made a start on page 1 and did some 2000 diamonds:
It goes way faster than stitching and it's pretty, but it does not compare to stitching ;-) after working on this for an hour or so, I just feel like doing some actual stitching ;-) But I think the design will look great as a Daimond Painting, just as a reminder, it should look like this:
That's it for this month =)
Happy stitching =)

Samstag, 17. Juni 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness SAL - June

It's June and I am two days late for the GG SAL. But here I am! And here is the link to this months link-up =)
Yesterday I got a new laptop and so I hope to be more active in  blogland (now that I can open Chrome or a mail program at the same time....) in the future.

I don't have much to show this month. I worked on Candy Cane Santa, not much, but we are getting there!
I went from here:
To here:
At this rate, Santa might be done at the end of 2020! I hope I'll speed up (or find a way to slow time down).

Happy stitching =)

Sonntag, 11. Juni 2017

The potting shed - page 1, new start and stash

It has only been a few days since my last post for WIPocalypse and at the end I mentioned that I wanted to pick up the potting shed by Aimee Stewart for a few days and that's exactly what I did ;-)
I just felt like stitching a summer design and Aimees designs are so beautiful and colorful and you all know that I found my love for gardening.

So I took the potting shed out and finished page 1:
It has a lot of confetti, but it is so much fun to stitch! It was not that easy to put this down, but I want to add a few stitches to my Kriemhild (about 3 columns of sky to do!), but I will surely pick this up again before the summer is over ;-)

Another lovely spring design I am working on is a Mill Hill Buttons and Beads kit called "Hydrangea". I love Hydrangeas, they proably are my favorite flowers. I have three by now, one from last year (blue, it's coming into bloom right now) and two I got this year (red and white-pink). I have already spent some time looking for Hydrangea patterns, there are a couple by Dimensions and so I might get some more some time.
This is what my Mill Hill kit will look like one day:
I started stitching the background and this piece is making trouble. It's sort of funny by now...
 First I ended up miscounting, so the piece is not centered, but since I won't run out of space and I plan just to clue this to something for framing, I think it's not that bad.
Second, all my MH kits are stitched with 3 strands, so I just started stitching with 3 strands... But it should be 2. I noticed this when I was already a good deal in, so I decided to continue with 3 strands, I have all the colors in my stash and I just mix the threads so there should not be any dyelot issues.
This, I started stitching on the wrong side of the perforated paper... The correct side is yellow colored, I am stitching on the off-white... Lucky me, I'm doing three instead of two threads, so you won't see the background...
Fourth, I miscounted... I noticed this when I was adding the second yellow color... But I decided to just fix this along the way and it should be fine now....
Anyway, all problems are not that bad, but how unlucky can one be with a single project?
Despite all the trouble, this is what I did so far:
I can start the actual flowers now, yay!

Ok, that's it for stitching my WIPs, here are some new future WIPs!
I bought three Haed charts since the beginning of May. I don't think I showed you the chart I got in the middle of May during the Haed fullprice support thing.
I got "Snow white fog" by Bente Schlick, I requested a color expansion for this one, I just love it and want to be sure that the deer is visible. I requested about 150 colors and the chart now has 126. Fun fact: thanks to the color expansion, the chart now features 4 stitches of white (3866) :D
Then I had to buy two charts during the speed sale. I was really good at resisting, Michele posted that the sale would end some time during the next 24 hours (it was in the afternoon here in Germany) and when I went to the website the next morning, it was still going on and I was like "ok, that's a sign or so". I was so happy stitching the potting shed, I had to pick up another Aimee Stewart design.
I went for the Secret Garden Bookshelf and since I am a mad girl, I went for the Supersized Max color version of this! It just has so many details and I want them as clear a possible! I don't know how I will manage this, I can only fit a Supersized pattern on my Millennium frame if I go for 32ct, but I think with all the confetti it will be hard to push the needle through. For a max color I would probably prefer a 25ct, so my frame is 10 inches to short. One idea is to stitch this sideways (which I haven't tryed before and I imagine to be weird), another one is to stitch this with a Qsnap (I need to see how heavy this is and get a big grime guard to get the fabric out of the way) or get a costum frame, maybe an Omanik frame (they are cheaper and faster than Needle Needs). I will find a way!
The secong pattern I bought is called Aofie by Pat Brennan. I think he is fairly new to the Haed family, but he has a few stunning designs. Aofie was released just a few days ago and I had to get her. I think she has something magical to her and I love the colors, they are really calming. With just under 180k stitches, she is one of my "smaller" designs... I really need to stop buying all those supersize patterns..
Isn't she gorgeous?? If I didn't have sooo many WIPs and new starts already (and not even through my rotation), would start her right away!

But that's it for me now, I hope everyone had a wonderful stitchy weekend!
Happy stitching =)

Sonntag, 4. Juni 2017

WIPocalypse May

And again I am late! Like every month :D This wonderful SAL is hosted by Measi and you can find the link up post here =)
 I did not spent that much time with my stitching this month, the weather improved and I spent a lot of time working in the garden.

This first "WIP" this month was our raised bed:
It is not completely finished, the planks on to still need to be cut, but that will happen next week. I put some strawberrie, some salad, peppers and carrots in. There is still some room left, but I have not decided what to put in there. I have some tomatos, a cucumber and some beeries as well, so I guess I will have plenty of vegetables and fruit throughout the summer ;-)
In front of the raised bed I put some herbs:
We have some lemon balm, basil (three different ones: one with small leaves, a violet one and a "normal" one), some french lavender, mint and parsley.
I also got a few cuttings from my neighbours rosemary and sage and hope to grow some plants from them.

So a lot of time went into this project, so less time for stitching, but I still got a few stitches in!

First up is Danielle by Sarah Butcher. Oh how I love her, all those amazing colors! It's a true summer project! I got two columns in, so 1600 stitches were added:
I went from here:
To here:

I think it's not to far to go until the little bird will appear, I am looking forward to picking this up again soon =)

Then I also spent some time working on Kriemhild and managed to finish another page on her (the second one for this year). I went from here:
To here:
I am bravely making my way through the sky, at least it stitches up very fast. I actually think that this was the last full sky-page, yay me!

The last project I worked on was Eternal Promise by Matt Stewart, I stitched some more trees.
I went from here:
To here:
It doesn't look like a lot of progress, since the trees all look alike, but I added 1600 stitches and I think that's better than nothing.

I also started a new project calles "Hydrangeas" by Mill Hill. There is not much to see, especially since I only stitched light yellow on lite yellow paper :D So I will share a picture next month when there is (hopefully) more to see =)

Due to my rotation I still need to work on Wolf Variant and QS Paddys Luck. But I decided to pick up the potting shed by Aimee Stewart for a week or so because it is really calling to me. Then I will go back to working on the remaining two projects and maybe start my first Gecko Rouge project after that (maybe the Sloth?)

Anyway, as for this months question! It's about designers I would like to try, but I am to intimidated to start them. I suppose I didn't make much progress on that front, it is still Chatelaine. They have beautiful designs with so many lovely special threads and stitches, but since they are fairly expensinve and I never really tried special stitches, I am intimidated (like when it's so expensive, it's even worse if I mess it up).

That's it for this month,
Happy stitching =)

Sonntag, 21. Mai 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness SAL - May

Same procedure as every month - I am late for the GG SAL! This month I had a nice mix of work, building stuff in the garden and forgetting to take a picture. But here I am! It's Sunday evening and I am tired and looking forward to getting a few stitches in, so I will do my best to keep this short. 
The SAL is hosed by Jo and you can find the link-up with evrryones progress here.

I only worked on two projects this month, but one of them was a new start and a finish as well! I stitched up that cute littel great tit by Eva Rosenstand for my bfs mum to go along with her robin. I did not get round to framing it, but hope to do so soon.
Anyway, here ist the cute little bird:
I think he is super cute! Maybe not as cute as the robin, but cute enough =)

The next project I worked on is - as every month - Candy Cane Santa. It's getting some love every month and I hope that this will add up. I did some work on the windows.
I went from here:

To here:
For next month I want to work a bit more on the windows and start to fill in the windof next to Sanata =) 

I will try and catch up with your blogs over the next week, but now I am off to get a few stitches in ;-)
Happy stitching =)

Mittwoch, 3. Mai 2017

WIPocalypse April

And April is already gone - how did that happen? There must be something wrong, I feel like I hardly got any stitching done as well! But then I also had some trouble with my right hand and could not stitch for a few days at all and had to stitch with my left hand only - so my rotation got messed up because I didn't feel like switching projects after putting only a couple of hundrer stitches in. But my hand is better now and I hope to improve this month.

So here is my WIPocalypse update for April. The wonderful SAL is hosted by Measi and you can find the link-up post here.
As for this months question: What projects are in your UFO pile? Ah, that's complicated. I don't have any UFOs in the sense of "I don't want to stitch that any more". I have  few projects that get less love and I sort of have t push myself a bit to work on them. Actually, I worked on three such projects this month.
The first one is my oldet WIP - a kit by Dimensions Gold called "Paris Market" - I started this in Summer 2010, I fear :D I usually fortget about this project, I don't know why... The green in the tree seems to take forever, so I always try to put in a few tree stitches and I think that works. But the flowers are really nice to stitch. Anyway, last time you saw this - at the beginning of June 2016!

And now:
I think I did quite well for only three days on this ;-)

The same "problem" occurs with my Aurora Cabin by Dimensions Gold, the last time you saw this was in May 2016! Back then, it looked like this:
And now, I finished the full stitches on the big tree and got started on the background. So pretty, why don't I work on this more often? After all, the background is only half stitches and stitches up nice and quick... By the way, this is my second oldest WIP, started at then end of 2010 I think.
The third one is one of my older Haeds, I don't know what it is, but I never seem to find my mojo to work on this... I love the design and I think the way it comes out is nice, but I just forget about this. Anywy, I went from here:
To here, I added 2 columns, 1600 stitches:
We are getting somewhere, big plan is to finish page 6 this year (and halfway through).
Well, so much for the pile of shame...

Apart from that, I worked on Starlight by David Hoffrichter. At that time my hand hurt, so it took me more than a week to stitch 2 columns (1600 stitches as well). This put me past the halfwaypoint on the first row!
I went from here:
To here:
I really love the way the colors here stitch up, so nice and calming =)

I also stiitched a few days on Kreimhilds Revenge, I added 2 1/2 columns (1925 stitches) to it. But it's only sky...
Before:
After;
The last thing I worked on was the Cloudsfactory SAL - I am still terribly behind... And we had drama... I was stitching my way through Joan of Arc from the March block on Monday and then I noticed that half the horse was wrong... I somewhere missed my count... So I frogged this on Tuesdays and didn't feel like restitching it since then...maybe at the weekend. This is my current progress:
So I added Marie Curie and Cleopatra and we have a start on Joan of Arc (which seems to be a smaller design).

Anyway, that's my progress for April. I sort of got enabled by all the lovely new starts for Maynia and since I have a bunch of smaller designs here, I am givin in to some smaller new starts this month. I already started another birdie of my BFs mother, which is nearly done!
Apart from that, I put Danielle on the frame. I don't think I'll stick with the change once a week thing, I just change when I feel like it.

Happy stitching =)

Montag, 17. April 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness SAL - April

And there we are at the middle of April again, so it's time for another GG SAL update! This wonderful SAL is hosted by Jo and you can take a look at the link-up here.

I hope everyone (who celebrates Easter) had a wonderful time with their family and sttill managed to squeeze in a bit of stitching ;-) My days where rather busy with vising my and my bfs family and then the gardening season has started and I was busy getting some plants potted and so on and time just flew by!

I have to projects to show this month.
First up is my promised new start by Tilton Crafts called "In the Moonlight" by Cindy Grundsteen:
It's 300x375 stitches, which makes 25 pages (16 full, 9 partial). With 112 500 stitches it is one of my "smaller" projects and there might be a chance for me to finish this one day :D It also stitches up quite fast so far, since it's only grey background. I will do my best to get a bunch of stitches in this year, maybe I can try to get this over the 12 500 mark, so the left-to-stitch-count drops below 100k. I worked on this for one week and got 3 500 stitches in:
I'm working this on a 28ct Lugana in light grey, which has become my favorite count. Since my boyfriend loves wolves, this goes unto the bf-pile of wolves :D

The next one I worked on was again for bf - his everlasting stocking! I did a bit of work on Candy Cane Santa and since I finished the Haed challenge and the next one is set for - I think - August? I hope he will get some more love.
Last time:
And now:
I actually found the right hand side of the stocking. I know that I started him in the center, so there shouldn't be an issue with the space, but I was still pretty nervous and there is not a lot of space left (Dimensions only leaves you with some 2 inches of border, I prefer 3, but I think it will be fine), but I was happy when I noticed that it will fit. and once this is a stocking, no one will notice it :D I think I will do some work on the window frame next, that should produce some progress!

I am currently thinking about stitching another bird for my bfs mum. I did a small robin last year:

(it's so adorable, I just had to post it here once more!) and I have a another one form Eva Rosenstand in my stash to go with this (reminds me that I always wanted to restitch the robin for myself because I love it so much):
With the robin I found out that it looks so much better in real life, so I am confident that this will be a cutie and it would go well with the robin.

That's it from me for this month, I hope to have some great things to show next month :)
Happy stitching =)

Montag, 27. März 2017

WIPocalypse - March

After being so much in time for the GGSAL, I thought it would be good to be a day late for WIPocalypse :D If youare interested to see what everybody else did, you can take a look over here.

I find this months question very difficult - it's about the stitchy blogs, groups and flosstubes we follow. I follow quite a lot of blogs, but if I start naming them here, I guess I will miss quite a lot of them :D There are so many lovely people out there with so many lovely projects. I read blogs to gather inspiration for new projects, motivation to finish my current projects and sometimes it's nice to watch someone who has a lot of projects on the go, so I don't feel bad for my number of WIPs :D

I enjoy watching flosstube (currently not as much, I seem to be addicted to audiobooks these days...), it's nice to hear what people have to say about their projects, I usually stitch when I watch flosstube  ;-) I especially love the videos where people stitch with some music in the background, it's nice and calming =)

I joined some stitchy groups on facebook - Stitch Maynia, the official Haed stitchers group, the Joan Elliot group and I also joined the Gecko Rouge group (did I mention that I joined the Gold club recently? I did and bought another ton of stash there... I'll live on bread and water for a month or so). Since I am having computer issues I am not spending a lot of time at the computer, so I am not that active right now ;-)

Anyway, here we go with this months progress.
The beginning of the month was a bit chaotic, because I messed up my rotation. But I got back on track!
First I want to share my first finish for 2017 - Sheep in the Meadow by Country Cottage Needleworks!
Oh, they are so cute and working with the Weekse Dyewors was so much fun =)

After this, I picked up Cliffside Beacon from the Dimensions Gold petite, another project I want to finish this year. I started this last summer when I was on holiday and I am working on the sky, which is nearly finished.
Here is my Beacon as of last time:
And here is it now:
When I went to the crafts fair, they had this one finished in display and it looked awesome with all the back stitching and french knot flowers look fantastic =)

Then I got back on track and worked on Kriemhild for a week and managed to finish page 25.
I went from here:
To here and since we have a page finish, I took a full shot =)
My new start for March was "In the Moonlight" by Cindy Grundsten charted by Tolton crafts. It's also one of my GG SAL projects, but I thought you might like to take a look at it. Here is the finished design:
I only worked on it for five days because I was quite busy. But this one stitches up in like no time and therefore I am already 3 500 stitches in!
The pattern is "small" for my standards, just 25 pages (16 full, 9 partial) and 112 500 stitches. The plan for this year is to stitch a bit more than half of the first page, 160 stitches across would mean 12 800 stitches and less than 100 000 to go :D since the background stitches up so fast, this should work =)

After this one, I took out my Supersized Ride of the Yokai by Ruth Thompson. I did not get so much done, I started another page on the bottom row and added 1 280.
I went from here:
To here:
Did I mention that I love the colors on this project? So many lovely green colors! =)

The last Haed I worked on is QS Trapped. I worked on this one for the Haed challenge on Facebook and I managed to finish the challenge on Sunday. So this means another 2 900 stitches on this one.
I went from here:
To here:
Actually, I didn't realize what I was stitching until I took a photograph. She has hands, yay! I'm so happy I am done with the challenge, the last part was really confetti heavy and I was so sick of stitching on her every day... Now I will take a break. The challenge runs for a few more days and then there will (I assume) be some time before the next one starts.

I also worked a bit on the cloudsfactory SAL, but I am so much behind... But working on to many different projects on one day is not for me... But progress is progress, right?