Sunday, July 29, 2012

I'm a Terrible Blogger! But...

...I'm hoping to get better!  I'm preparing to move next week and my husband just left for Korea so life has been CRAZY!  Of course, with all of my stress, stitching has been my saving grace.  I'm working on a Mirabilia Round Robin right now and for my square I'm doing Silver Moon Tea.  I really love working on her!  Her colors are so Day-Glo!

I had my local copy shop reverse the SMT chart for me so she'd be more balanced with the block above her, Butterfly Fairy.  Here is a pic of the whole thing so far.

I am moving next week and will be driving across the southern USA.  I'm hoping to hit a bunch of cross stitch stores as I go.  If I have Wifi or 3G access, I will blog about the different cross stitch and needlework stores I visit.  TTFN!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Stitching Rituals

Stitching the Night Away Stitching Bloggers Blog Hop
Stitching for me is very much a stress reliever.  When I stitch, I enjoy sitting in my spot on the couch with my pin cushion handy and a glass of red wine or cold glass of beer.  I have my favorite walmart pole lamp to light the way.  It seems that I get most of my stitching done after the kids and The Husband go to bed.  Is it a ritual?  I don't know.  I know I never feel completely myself if I don't get to stitch a little bit.  Do you have any stitching rituals?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A Progress Update, A Round Robin, and A Homecoming...

Hello All!  I've been so busy since summer started!  I've hardly have time to stitch the last few weeks!  I've made a little bit of progress on Merchant Mermaid.  She's coming along... swimmingly! Yeah... Pun Intended! 

I joined a Mirabilia Round Robin and I finally finished the borders and wording.  I'll be mailing it to England before the end of the week.

This is not a very good picture.  The fabric is a nice deep purple.  The quote at the top is from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.  It says "The rude sea grew civil at her song...".  I'm asking the other ladies joining me to stitch their favorite Mirabilia Mermaid into the shell shapes.  The shell shapes were created by searching google for a seashell coloring sheet and then importing it into my cross stitch pattern program.  I wanted it to be pretty and flowing.

I brought my Mermaid of the Pearls back home from the framers.  I love how she came out.

I have Merchant Mermaid on scroll rods and I'm thinking I need a new project to keep in q-snaps to work on during waits and travelling.  Or maybe I'll put Merchant Mermaid in the q-snaps and start something new on the scroll rods!  I have a purple conversion for Enchanted Mermaid, a Blue and Purple conversion for Emerald Mermaid, a Lavendar and Lime Green conversion for Crystal Symphony, and Villa Mirabilia.  I put a poll up on the right side of the page so please vote and please feel free to tell me why in the comments!