Wednesday, April 20, 2016

So much to do... So little time!

Hey All!  It's been OCTOBER since I posted!  That's crazy!  Since I also haven't posted a Floss Tube video since October, I have a lot to say and so I'll be doing a bit of it here.

First off, Finishes!  Yes!  I have three finishes since October!  (sad isn't it?!?!?)

I finished Salem Remembered by the Primitive Needle on Autumn Edinbugh by Under the Sea Fabrics.


This one is stitched in mostly the called for Silk 'n Colors, one strand over two linen threads.  It is currently at my Framers and we've come up with a super cool frame idea so I'll post that when she comes home.

I also finished Han and Leia by Geekstitches on Etsy.  Stitched this for The Husband and he has it on his desk at work.  This is stitched on Witching Hour Opal Cashel by Under the Sea Fabrics with called for threads.


I framed it myself in a 6 inch Mill Hill Frame.

And Lastly, I finished Always by Lahlah Stitches on Etsy.  I was pretty shook up when Alan Rickman passed away earlier this year and I wanted to honor him...  Not sure yet how I'lll finish this.


It's stitched on Double Dipped Witching Hour Opalescent Edinbugh by Under the Sea Fabrics.

Now for WIPS!  I have 4 projects going right now.  All in various stages of doneness.  I am hoping to finish all 4 of these before the end of summer.  Honestly, If I took a full weekend on each of these first three, they'd be done.

First, Beneath The Sunlit Sky by Blackbird Designs.  This chart was a gift from my Secret Stitcher last year and I started it a few weeks ago.  It is stitched with silks on Buttercup Opalescent Belfast from Under the Sea Fabrics.


The fabric is actually much brighter than shown.  I'll be posting the conversion along with the small mermaid I added when I finish her,

This one is Get Kraken by Ink Circles on Looking Glass Opalescent New Castle By Under the Sea Fabrics,  LOVE this piece!  And SO CLOSE to a finish!


I used the called for Glorianas except for Blue Heron.  That is actually a dead match for my fabric so I subbed Fading Ink by Silk 'n Colors.

This is Chatelaine's Octopus Treasure Cave on Hamlet by Under the Sea Fabrics.  Honestly, all thats left is the Octopus and the Squishies at the top.


I'm leaving off the blackwork in the border and the coral above the palm-like trees.  I might add some fish in there instead.

And Finally, of course I have a Mirabilia Mermaid going.  This one is Waiting For Ships and she's on Seawitch Opalescent Belfast by Under the Sea Fabrics.


All of the pale blue threads you see are silk lame and she will be VERY sparkly when done.

So now for some future plans...  Stitch Maynia starts May First and while I don't plan to take the Mayniac to the extreme, I do plan to start 4 new projects.  I'm thinking I will do a new start each week.  The ones I've chose are:
Aprodite Mermaid by Mirabilia Designs
The Sea Hag by Plum Street Samplers
Summer Snapperland by Bent Creek
and the fourth is still an unknown.  I'm hoping something jumps out at me...

This month was the fourth annual Mirabilia Minions Retreat!  We had 166 Mirabilias on display.  Here are a few of the pics I took....











Sorry the pictures are so big but there is so much amazing finishes to see!

A group photo of everyone there.  We had a blast!



I was blessed at the retreat to receive this AMAZING quilt!  I already have a place I plan to put it on the wall!  Huge thank you to all the people who worked on it!  I Love it so much!






Close ups of each block:


















And last, but not least, Nora Corbett designed a special pattern for the retreat.  I'm so pleased with her.  She's stitched on As You Wish by Under the Sea Fabrics and framed by Keepsakes Cross Stitch and Framing in Cincinatti, Ohio.


And that's all for now!  TTFN!

P.S. Here is a link to my Youtube/Flosstube channel.  I plan to add another video tonight...

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Retreats and Friends...

Hey Yal!

It's only 3 weeks into October and I'm pooped!  I'm working my way through Sale orders and Fabric of the Month as fast as I can.  We had a water main break and the water is turned off.  That's the only reason I'm not elbow deep in dye.

I had a busy few weeks.  I attended a retreat in Cincinatti and one in Hershey, PA.  I got the meet the lovely Joan Elliot and Ursula Micheal in Hershey.


Left to Right: Ursula Micheal, Me, Joan Elliot


I had a blast!  Loved hanging out with my friends for a weekend,  I came home to two lovely packages.  One was a huge package of threads I ordered from Rainbow Stitchery.



And the second was my year long secret stitcher gift.


I can't wait to start the Blackbird Designs Sampler!  So cute!  And the pinata was a creative touch!

I have a mini-finish!  I'm calling it a mini-finish because it is the first part of the Plum Street Samplers Sunday SAL 12 Days of Christmas


I'm stitching it on London Fog from Under the Sea Fabrics with Cranberry, Collard Greens, Her Crown, and Old Crow Belle Soie and Petite Treasure Braid 01.  Love it so far!  The SAL is free just click on the link above!

And finally, Salem Remembered.  I'm making pretty quick work of this one!


I've actually added a couple more names since this picture and only have 3 names to go!  Then onto the bottom banner, border, and smaller motifs.

FYI: I started a Instagram account for Under the Sea Fabrics.  To follow Click here.

TTFN! 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Finishes Finishes Finishes! And one WIP :)

Life.  Life is killing me softly... in a good way :)  Business is booming, I'm stitching a lot, and just enjoying the final dregs of summer...  I know, it's TECHNICALLY fall but it's still warm and sunny here in Ohio and I'm soaking it in while I can.

In the last month, I've finished two major projects, a model, and two Round Robin Blocks... like I said, stitching A LOT!

So first... Mermaid of Atlantis AKA Salacia is Finis! Done! Finished!  I left off the border and gave her a little Stargazer Treatment!


She is stitched on Midnight Mermaid Opalescent Cashel from Under the Sea Fabrics.  I've already sent her to Jill Rensel Studio and Amber and I have been conspiring on her mats...

Next up: Nora Corbett's Azaela.  Now, you know I had to pluck those wings right off and my friend Karen helped adjust her arm and hand so it was resting on her hip.


How sassy is she?  So cute and fiesty!  She's stitched on Emerald Grotto Opal Cashel from Under the Sea Fabrics.

Next up, I helped out my girl Karen and stitched the model for her July Teeny Weeny Bikini.  These bikinis are adorable and she's working on a bunch!  Check out her Etsy shop Meridian Designs Cross Stitch.


So far she has 5 available to purchase and they come with the beads and charms.  Aren't they adorable?

Karen Also designed the bikinis for our Bikini Round Robin.  I've done two more since I last posted.  They're pretty adorable!



P.S. The Mermaid Bikini is available on her etsy store!!!

I recently spent a small fortune on Salem Remembered by The Primative Needle.  I dyed the fabric the same day it came in the mail and started IMMEDIATELY.  I am OBSESSED!  Not my usual style but I'm loving it!

I haven't named the fabric yet but it will be my Fabric of the Month for November.  I'm already plotting finishing ideas for this one!

Well, TTFN!