Sunday, May 19, 2019

YOP Week #49

Whoa Nellie!  Have I missed several weeks?  And is there really only 3 weeks left...I must have miscounted because that does not figure out to be July 1st.  Someone please help me...have I been 'off' all year and no one has said anything?
Anyway, I'm here and this is the last day of............
for me anyway.

  WIPs (works in progress):
1)  I chose to start 19 new projects as it is my first year of Stitch Maynia.  You can go look at my posts but really there's not much to see when one is just starting a cross stitch project.  Here is my last one for today.............
2) I have worked on sock #2 a bit but then Maynia took over.........I'm almost done with the heel flap.......
3)  I almost found time for sewing but first I had to cut and pin and by that time I had other things I had to do.....hopefully I'll make progress this week especially now that the Maynia crunch is over with for a bit.   This is the lining for the Frida Kahlo basket I crocheted for my daughter's birthday....last year....hopefully I can finish it for her birthday this year!
 Plus, I had to make more hand pies to use up the last 3 apples..............
Acquisitions:  None that you can see but I ordered them for my Mother's Day gift and they should be here this week!  I'm so excited and of course it is all crafty stuff!

New Starts Planned: they're all secret! LOL!

YOP Goals from last week:
*1.  work on sock #2
2. audition and cut fabric for Pickle Dish #6 of 11 solid ones
3. trim all completed xs
4. kit up house ornament
*5. work on Frida Kahlo basket
6. kit up and start Summer cross stitch
*7. get ready for Stitch Maynia and participate starting May 1st!

YOP Goals for this coming week:
1.  work on sock #2
2. audition and cut fabric for Pickle Dish #6 of 11 solid ones
3. trim all completed xs
4. kit up house ornament
5. work on Frida Kahlo basket
6. kit up and start Summer cross stitch
7. measure Grayson's blanket and keep working on it!
8. plan July gifts to make

TOP 10 (or more) WIP's:

1)  Pickle Dish
2)  Stars and Stripes Saturday - America x-stitch - done but needs finishing
3)  Amy's Frido Kahlo basket (July birthday) - done but needs to be sewn together
4)  Pin's embroidery
5)  socks
6)  C2C blanket for Grayson (July birthday) 
7)  Monthly Monday - HRH January
8)  Witchy Wednesday - Button-Eyed Cat
9)  Fall Friday -
10)  Santa Sunday -Old St. Nick - done but needs 'finishing' work
11.  Turkey Thursday
12.  Seasonal Sunday -Summer
13.  Santa Sunday - new house ornament

 Finishes so far in 2018-19: 
1.  4th of July cross stitch pillow/ornie
2.  Hitchhiker shawl
3.  Felici Hibiscus self-striping socks
4.  Felted wool loafer slippers with leather soles for me Sam
5.  washcloth (extra large) and back scrubber for Christmas or birthday for SIL
6.   Iowa Hawkeye hats for Sam and Grayson
7.  Techniques learned so far this year: a) knit cast on, b) reading a knitting chart, c) lace work, d) inserting and using a lifeline e) charting a graphghan
8.   dishcloth(s)...I need to count them
9. Cubs hat for Uriah
10. 12 days of Christmas Advent gifts
11. Cowl for Ben
12. Cowl for Tracy
13. Cowl for Natalie
14.  # 2018 Collectible ornaments for the grands
15.  Cowl for me or gift basket
16.  11 scrubbies for gift basket
17.  1 pot handle cover for gift basket
18.  Ben's Bear's hat
19.  Falling Leaves Scarf
20.  Tissue Box Cover - 5 of them!
21.  Granny Square Shawl
22.  Kathleen Tracy doll quilt
23.  Pumpkin Spice Farm xs
24.  Spring xs

 Please stop by and see all the other fantastic projects that other YOP'ers are working on.
Happy Trails!!!

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Stitch Maynia Day #17 and #18

I thought I had better blog now as storms are headed in our direction.  I forgot to show you the hand pies I made!  I used a recipe from All Recipes by Chef John.....he has the best recipes!
Before baking..........
 After baking.........
These are great for me as opposed to a whole pie.  I love them!  These are apple and only required 2 apples...I have 3 apples left so I might make some more this afternoon.  I want to make other fruits too...........yummo!
As for Stitch Maynia Day #17..........Snow Days...another free pattern from Glory Bee
Still loving my 'railroading' of the stitches.
Stitch Maynia Day #18....tomorrow's the last day for's been so much fun!  Then on to finishing all of them before next year's Maynia!  Another Glory Bee design and of my favorites to stitch.......
That 'railroading' is looking pretty nice if I do say so myself
Wednesday I mowed, Thursday I planted herb plants and I have been splitting my time between cleaning inside and yard work and gardening(container) outside....a little Spring 'sprucing up'...........
 I potted up 2 basil plants, a cilantro, flat leaf parsley, thyme and mint.  The only safe place for front porch...........
and sadly...the last of the lovely to look at and to smell.....
There's a tornado watch until 8:00 p.m. for only 2 counties in AR......mine and the one next to me which I border.....not a good sign........I just moved the truck up close to the garage door to protect Nitty.  The girls used to always go down in the basement with me but Nitty can't do stairs anymore and I can't lift her, so we pray!  I also have the weather radio on.
Have a safe and cozy Saturday night where you are!
Happy Trails!!!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Stitch Maynia Day #9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16!!!

I really fell behind........and I showed you SM Day #11 yesterday.....the October one.....I hadn't taken pictures of the others which was the problem.  But I have now!

Day #9 -This is a free pattern from The Snowflower Diaries called Pumpkins for Cathey (2013) in memory of her friend Cathey from Pumpkin Patch and Co. She used fancy floss but I am using DMC but that pumpkin looks pretty yellow to me...........
Day #10 - This was a free pattern but I don't remember from who and the pattern doesn't state.  You can't see the letters very clearly because they will be outlined when done which is back stitch and that will make them stand out.
Day #11 - I showed you yesterday
Day #12 - This is a free pattern from Lizzie Kate called Liberty.......I'm almost done with this one!

Day #13 -  This is another free but unknown author.  This is on smaller count fabric and is going to take longer as there are half stitches and back stitching but it should be cute when done.  It says Happy Easter at the bottom.....
Day #14 is a free one from Glory Bee Designs at   She has some of the cutest and she has pay for patterns too.  I have some watermelon decor in the Summertime so this will be perfect!  If you can't tell it is a watermelon.

Day #15 - This one is for October but not sure from what designer.......
Day #16 - Today!!!
This is another free pattern from Glory Bee.........this is on some Blush 14 ct Aida that was gifted to me.............
Aside from the fact that this is on some not tea/coffee dyed fabric...I am also using a new technique I learned last night from watching The Fat Quarter Shop's Stitch Maynia podcast.  Kimberly showed how to do "railroading" and I cannot believe how much better my stitching looks!  I wish I would have known this years ago.  It is truly keeps it from twisting and knotting plus your "X's" cross exactly in the middle and they all look alike!  Here's a close up..........I always wondered why other's cross stitch looked so nice and mine was just 'okay'...this is why folks!  If you are a cross stitcher or thinking of it...I would highly recommend Kimberly's Fat Quarter Shop Stitch Maynia Episode from yesterday on You Tube......for me it was life changing!  Thank you, Kimberly! 

I hope you are all well and enjoying Spring but not working too hard.  Tomorrow I hope to be back to my "regularly scheduled programming" if there really is such a thing in my life.
Happy Trails!!!