Monday, June 16, 2014

A Cute Little Finish :)

Last week, Nora's Mermaid Letter L came out.  And like I've said for the last two months, I dropped everything like a bad habit to stitch it!

But there's more to the story.  I found a really neat port hole frame at Joann's last month and I needed to leave the L off in order for her to fit.  Since I love the original colors AND the L, I decided to change her to fit in the port hole.  Then I can stitch her again with the L in the original colors later one.

So here she is.  Reversed and converted to Aqua blue and pink and blonde.

Isn't she cute?  I LOVE the port hole frame I found for her.  She's currently at the LNS being fitted into her porthole.  I will totally be stitching her again in the original colors with the L.

Here is her conversion The left color is the Classic Colorworks called for in the design and the right size is what I used instead.
Aunt Marie's Violet --> Petite Silk Lame SP80
Cerise --> Gloriana Tropical Sea
Cobbled Peach --> Splendor 923 or DMC 754
Fresh Brew--> Gloriana Gold (in the hair only)
Hydrangea--> Silk 'N Colors Maid of the Mist
Jelly Roll--> Petite Treasure Braid PB22
Just Rust--> Gloriana Baby Corn 
Rainy Day--> Gloriana Blue Hawaii
Smoke--> Petite Silk Lame SP49
Mill Hill 00252--> Delicas DB172
Mill Hill 02077--> Delicas DB1764
Mill Hill 02078--> Delicas DB1576
Mill Hill 02082--> Delicas DB427
Mill Hill 13004--> Swarovski 5040 Padparadscha AB 6 mm Briolettes
Mill Hill13054--> Swarovski 5500 Rose AB 9 mm Teardrop
Mill Hill13063-->Swarovski 5328 Padparadascha AB 4 mm Bicones.

I've been working a bit on Earthdancer.  Since I was taking her off the Snaps to put letter L on, I ironed her and took a progress picture.

I'd guestimate she's about halfway done.  I've just started a gift project and as soon as it's received I'll post a pic.

~ Leslie

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A Sheepish Finish...

So, In the Under the Sea Fabrics Facebook Group (Please join!), we are doing a Stitch a Long/ Pass It Forward of Lady Lazarus by Monster Bubbles since it's out of print.  Recently, I realized I hadn't posted a picture of my finish in the Sal Album.  I pulled her out and realized I hadn't actually finished her!  Four of the words weren't stitched!  So I hastily searched for the thread I used in the words and spent all day Saturday finishing them up.

Here's the finished picture:

The frame is a cool, nautical rope frame I found on clearance at Hobby Lobby.  It had a mirror in it.  I'll take a better picture and post the conversion when I finish framing her.

I've been working a bit on Quaker Gone Tropic the last couple of days.  Still chugging along on the giant orange motif but I skipped over to work on the motif in the top Left corner.  It's a dragonfly and flowers.  Here's the dragonfly and his flower :)

He's so cute!  TTFN!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Stitching A.D.D

Hello all!  I've been in a mood since finishing Buttercup a couple of weeks ago.  I want to stitch but can't decide what to stitch on!  I've promised myself no new starts (except for a couple of exchange ornies) until I finish at least one more project.  Two would be better.  I've been working a bit each night on all of these projects, even if it is only a stitch or two.

I actually have 5 or 6 more wips than this but I decided if I concentrated on a few select ones, I'd get more done.

I've been working on The Husband's Pirate Map the most.  Mainly because it's for him and he's here to bug me about it.

I'm getting close to being done with all of the green in the center of the chart and will be able to move into the large areas of light blue.  This is stitched on a random Jewel by Under the Sea Fabrics.

Now, Merchant Mermaid by Mirabilia.

I'vve gotten some progress done on her skin and tail.  I truly HATE this fabric.  It is Ale by PTP and the weave is extremely loose and the color isn't as rich as I wanted.  It also pills quite a bit.  I want her to have a stained, aged look so I plan to distress her by dipping her in a brownish bronze dye when I've finished the stitching.  I'm not beading as I go with her because of the dye plan and it's a little odd to get used to.

Deep Blue Sea

I really love this piece.  The fabric (Witching Hour Opal Belfast by Under the Sea Fabrics) is perfect and the silks are so vibrant.

I've decided to try to get the borders done before I do anymore filling in.  Here is a close up of the one I'm working on.

I really love this piece and I'm so glad I pulled it back out to work on.

And Lastly, Earth Dancer by Butternut Road.

I'm stitching her on Midnight Mermaid Opal Cashel by Under the Sea Fabrics and I just love her.  It's like she pops off of the fabric!

The fabric is supposed to be water fading up into a midnight blue sky.  But I think with the way I've positioned her, she will look like the Aurora Borealis is behind her in the sky.  I'm leaving off the trees and adjusting the colors of the dream catcher to go with the fabric.  You know I can't leave well enough alone!


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The "F" Word!

That's right!  I have a Finish!  She's FINALLY Done!   I Started Buttercup on November 15, 2012 and Finished her March 24, 2014.  So after One Year, Five Months, and Nine Days, here's Enchanted Mermaid, aka Buttercup.

She is stitched on a lighter variation of Moonlit Waters by Under the Sea Fabrics with a variety of silks, delicas and Swarovski crystals.  I came up with the conversion myself with a lot of trial and error and frogging and restitching.  The conversion is available in a tab at the top of the blog.

And now for some action shots:

First, a close up of her face and skin.  I found stitching the over one skin incredibly tedious but every cursed stitch was worth it.  I love how multi-dimensional she is.  I found an ADORABLE tiny Tanzanite briolette teardrop to use for her earring.  I'll try to remember to take a close-up next time I take some pics of her.  I used wisper in her stole instead of dmc and I'm still trying to get it to fluff up the way I want it to.

And here is a close-up of all of the beads on her tail.  She has a BUNCH!

This is a close shot of the beaded chains around her waist.  I wanted to add more dimension so I made the chains instead of stitching them in as the pattern called for.

This mermaid has a lot of memories stitched into it.  I worked on her during my husband's deployment, while I was starting my business, and during a move.  She is very special to me and I can't wait to get her off to the LNS for framing.  We already have mats and frames picked out so now it's just dropping her off.


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Slow Progress and New Starts...

Well, I've spent the last two months working hard on Trunk Shows and going to stitching retreats.  I've gotten quite a bit done on Buttercup but it's still sloooooow progress on her skin.

Here's a Close up.  You can really see how tiny and tedious the stitches are.  But SO worth it!

Here is the Christmas gift I'm working on.  It is Earthdancer by Butternut Road and the fabric I'm stitching her on is Midnight Mermaid by Under the Sea Fabrics.  I'm changing a few colors to account for the dark sky and removing the trees so it is only her and the Dream Catcher.

Awhile ago, I showed this little ornie I stitched.  I got it back from my finisher this week and she's so cute!  I love the little beaded hanger!

I went to Fripp Island for a week of stitching and girl time.  Here are a few pics from my trip.

Nora, a print that I fell in love with!

A sand dollar my friend found on the beach and gave me.

And here is the mandatory beach picture.  Check out that sky!  Soooo pretty!


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

It's a New Year!

And of course I have a new start!

I've decided to stitch Quaker Gone Tropic in all beads.  I LOVE beading and it's going pretty fast.  Here is my first progress pic:

This is actually the amount of beading you can do with one skein of DMC.  Thank goodness my friend Tracie was able to procure 2 dozen more skeins.  The fabric is Fairy Flight Opal Cashel by Under the Sea Fabrics.

And here is Buttercup:

The Husband challenged me to finish her by the end of the year but I didn't make it.  Her skin is taking forever!  She's stitched on Moonlit Opal Belfast by Under the Sea Fabrics.

Here's my final Mary's Samplers:

 I chose not to stitch the border because I thought it was getting a little busy.  They're stitched on Witching Hour New Castle by Under the Sea Fabrics.

This is a cute little ornie I finished over the Thanksgiving weekend.  I've sent it to a friend for finishing.

It is stitched on a scrap of Ice Princess Opal Belfast by Under the Sea Fabrics.


Friday, October 25, 2013

Stitching at the Beach!

Hello All!  It's been a few weeks since I posted but I have a TON of fun stuff to share!  Sorry if it seems like this post goes on forever! :)

First, I went to the Cross Stitch Pals Stitching at the Beach put on by the lovely Amy of Down Sunshine Lane.  Admittedly, I didn't take any pics of the retreat itself because I was too busy stitching and laughing, but I have some great pics of the rest of the trip!

This is the view from the patio of our room.  The Husband and Littlemen went with me and enjoyed some quality man time while I was stitching.

The Husband and Littlemen as we headed into Ripley's Aquarium.  We had a blast!  The tunnel under the shark aquarium tank was really cool.

The Husband hanging out with me at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville while the boys played MagiQuest.  Isn't he cute?

This is all the Stash I acquired while at the retreat.  I had quite a bit of fun meeting vendors and designers.  I'm especially excited about trying out the mermaid peyote beading kit.  It would be a new technique for me.  I actually won the bag and needle nanny as a door prize and I bought the piece of fabric because the name was Under the Sea and because I want to try out Wexford Linen eventually.  For now it will just go in the stash for awhile.

And now for some stitching updates...  I've gotten a bit of stitching done lately.  And even though I tend towards one or two projects at a time, I have started quite a few lately!

This is Nora Corbett's Fairie Autumn Glow on Black Magic, the fabric of the month from Under the Sea Fabrics.  This was an oddball size and the fabric is actually much darker and a bit more purple than this picture.

Here is Mary's Sampler and Mary's Sampler II by Plum Street Samplers.  I'm stitching them on 40 ct Witching Hour New Castle Linen from Under The Sea Fabrics.  The fabric color is much darker and richer.  I changed the thread colors called for as well.  I'll post my conversion in a separate page tab at the top of this blog.  If I make minor changes  each week, I will note them.

And here's Lady Lazarus!  I call her my scary mermaid.  She's not too terrifying though.  She is being stitched on Siren Noir by Under the Sea Fabrics.  Her whole body is stitched in beads and her hair is stitched in a silk by Dragonfly Lotus.  I'll be doing a giveaway of two skiens of her silks in a week or so.  Since this pattern is Out of Print, we are doing a PIF SAL on the Under the Sea Fabrics Facebook Group.  Please join us!

And last, but certainly not least, Buttercup.  Making slow but steady progress on her.  Once I finish Lady Laz, I plan to go back to concentrating on her.

And that's all for now!  Check back for the silk Giveaway and hopefully a finish soon@