Thursday, October 9, 2014

FINISHED Finishes and a Few WIP Pics.

Hello All!

I feel like I've been stitching up a storm!  I have THREE active WIPs!  I blame my friends Kenny and Andrea.  I also got two pieces back from the finisher!  Yay!

Here is Buttercup AKA Enchanted Mermaid back from Jill Rensel.  LOVE how she came out and I have her hanging in a spot so I can see her from my stitchy spot.  Thank you again to all of my friends who contributed!

And here is Elphaba AKA Ana back from my finisher.  She is finished into a stand alone cube and I love her!  You can email me at the profile email if you'd like the name and email of my finisher, Diana.

And onto the WIPs!  I couldn't very well stitch Elphaba the Wicked and not stitch Glenda the Good.  So here's my modest start on her.  Karen helped me again with the crown and I'll post the chart and color conversion when she's finished.

This is Sunflower Fairy from the September 2009 issue of Cross Stitch and Needlework.  She's so cute and tiny!

This is the most recent pic I've taken of Mermaid Undine but I'm quite a bit further.  She could be done in a week or two if I wasn't distracted by Glenda and Sunflower Fairy.

Well, that's it for now!  TTFN!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

An Absolutely Wicked Finish!

So, I've made no secret of the fact that I'm a SLOOOOOOOOOW stitcher.  So when this beauty stitched up so quickly I was rather proud of myself.  I think it definitely re-ignited my mojo.  You can tell my mojo has been dimishing because it's been nearly two months since I posted.  This is a color conversion of Nora Corbett's Bewitching Pixie Ana. So here she is, my Elphaba:

She's stitched on Hurricane 28 ct Opalescent Lugana from Under the Sea Fabrics.  The colors in her dress were converted from Olive Green to red and her skin was changed to witchy greens.  My Sister from another Mister, Karen, helped me out A LOT by charting the Flying Monkey and Ruby Slippers for me.

And a few close ups:

The Ruby Red Slippers (Stitched in Kreinik for extra sparkle)

The Swarovski Crystal Skull (In my little world, Dorothy never made it out of Oz!):

And here Flying Monkey Companion (I named him Kenny because Kenny enabled me to stitch her and because I finished her on his Birthday!)

Of course, the conversion details and the charts for the flying monkey and the slippers are available in a tab at the top of this page.

Many thanks to Kenny, Julie, Melinda and Karen for enabling me to start and finish her!

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!