Thursday, March 29, 2012

I'm Still Skull-king around

Haha! Get it?? SKULL-king around??  Yeah, I make myself laugh.  And sometimes others join me!

Yeah, it's been a while.  I know I'd have more readers if I actually posted more than once a month...but whatever.  Having my last post put up on Stitching the Night Away's FB page got a lot of visitors here last week!  Thanks again Loretta!  Got a couple more from when Lit and Laundry put it on her Pinterest board.  I cant begin to tell you how weird it is to see something you did pop up in places you don't expect!  I think I must have blushed ten shades of red!  It was exciting though. :)

This month was devoted to doing some stitching for my oldest daughter's 30th birthday.  She collects sugar skulls, so I found a good design on Bombastitch's Etsy store.  This is Sugar Skull (version 1).  I did change out the colors so they would match my daughter's bedroom though.

I ended up framing it myself.  I just don't have the funds to send it out right now.  I dont think it came out half bad.  I found the frame at one of Joann's 50% of frames sales.

My daughter also loves pink, flowery, girly things.  So I found this cute little skull from Cross me not.  It was quick and easy.  Then I just took apart a silk flower, wrapped the stitching around the middle and glued it in place, put the flower back together and voila!  Pretty cute, huh!?!

Other than these two things, I started working on Ink Circles Growth Rings.  I have had design since it was published in one of the stitching magazines, which has since been tossed with only the Growth Rings design torn out.  I bought floss and fabric for it pretty soon after I got the chart.  If you want to see the progress on it, you can go see it over at the Ink Circles Stitchers blog.

If you dont see me until the end of April, I will be making a reversible dice bag for my husband, some reusable veggie bags for me and my mom, hopefully framing the Serenity Prayer, and maybe even finishing off "No, Gorn, No.  That's where I sit." into a seat cover for my husband's computer desk.  I have a few other little things I'd like to do as well, but I have to finish my library book, work Easter week, and other family obligations...darn this family for wanted to eat, clean clothes and have a semi-clean house!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

A Long Time Coming.

Back in 2008 I started this little cross stitch project called Celtic Banner.  I loved it from the moment I first saw it.  After 4 years of stitching it on and off mixed in with a bunch of other things, I finally finished it this afternoon.  I cant even begin to tell you how excited I am!  I'll try though!!

When I first bought this chart, my husband and I were brainstorming how to finish it once it was done.  Framing was out of the question, as was a pillow.  That meant it was going to be hung from a rod of some kind, more than likely. Would a simple dowel do this justice?  Nooooo!  No, it would not!  So we scoured the internet looking for a dowel like object that would do my banner justice (and mind you, I haven't even started stitching it at this point! ha!) We finally came to an antique weapon ebay page.  And we found the perfect dowel like weapon that went along with the ancient Celtic axe!  Yes, so all I have to do next is to spend 4 years stitching!

I wont bore you with the next 4 years of stitching on it until I was bored to tears with it, went on to stitch something else, picked it back up again, bored to tears, picked up something get the idea.  So while on a Downton Abbey 2 hour marathon, I finally finished it. Yay!  I was so excited to have it finally finished, my husband and I safety pinned it to our axe and slammed a couple of nails into the wall to hold the axe real quick.  The real finishing still needs to be done, but I'll need help with that from my SIL since I cant sew a straight line for longer than 3 inches and this sucker is almost 42 inches long!

And now I am stuck...what to start/finish next?  I went through all of my WIPs and my Soon to be WIPs this afternoon. I haven't decided what to do next.  Banner has been a part of my life for so long, I kind of miss it already.  Yeah, I's hanging on my wall in my bedroom, but it's not crumbled up in a huge ball in my lap and fingers. I had better get it figured out soon, I have another 2 hours of Downton  Abbey to watch this evening!

And now on to something completely different....

If you don't read the Bloggess, you should be.  She has had me in tears this week.  YOU’RE RUINING NATHAN FILLION FOR ME, NATHAN FILLION. Alternate title: But I forgive you post is just slaying me.  I have to remember to put her in my blog roll!