Saturday, September 6, 2014

Another ornament finished

I guess for this blog, a month still counts as 'sooner, rather than later' per the previous post. But over the Labor Day weekend, I did finish the beaded ornament I mentioned before.

This is another of Mill Hill's musical instrument Christmas ornaments. (I've done the harp and the mandolin so far.)

Next up for the small projects is a Mill Hill beaded snowflake ornament that has been in my to-do pile for even longer than the musical instruments kits!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Catching up on a few completed projects

Time for an update! (Actually, it was time for an update a few months ago, but today is when I finally got around to writing up the post.)

I went through a finishing binge back in May when I took a mini-vacation from work and here are photos of the pieces I worked on:

This is a mini log cabin quilt that had been waiting for me to put a binding on it for YEARS, which I finally managed to do a couple of months ago.

And I finally framed this cross stitch of Hever Castle that I stitched ages ago. (And to preempt any questions about the chart - I bought this as a kit at the castle gift shop when I visited in 1998 and I no longer have the chart from the kit. I'm not sure if they still sell it, but you might contact them if you really, really want to stitch this design.)

This is one I finished stitching, but haven't framed or made into an ornament yet. The picture is Castle Coch in Wales, stitched from The Cross Stitcher's Guide to Britain - Wales. This castle is one on my list of "places I must actually visit" - i.e. places that I've driven by or walked past but didn't actually go in to for one reason or another. (Other places on this list include the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Lord Leicester Hospital, and the Liberty Bell. One place that used to be on the list that I DID make it back to visit properly was Tintern Abbey.)

And now for something completely different... This is a bookmark I did of the Arecibo Message.

Only one Christmas ornament in this round-up. I finished stitching this back in 2011 and just now got around to making it into an ornament.

And all of the rest of the projects that I finished were fall and Halloween designs (I think all of these came from various Halloween issues of Just Cross Stitch magazine.) I realized long after I took the photos and cropped them down for posting that I should have also taken photos of the backs so you can see the coordinating fabrics I used, but I'm too lazy to do it now. But I'll try to more in the future, especially since I now have a bunch of cute Halloween fabrics to use on the many remaining Halloween designs I still have to finish.

That's it for this round-up! I have another beaded Christmas ornament that I'm getting close to finishing, so maybe there will be another update sooner rather than later. :)

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Last finish of 2013

This is "Autumn Harvest" from the 2011 Just Cross Stitch September/October issue and I put the final stitches in a few hours before midnight on December 31, 2013. I mentioned in the previous post I have a few stitching goals, albeit modest ones, for 2014. I am expecting it to be a very busy year so I don't think I'll have a ton of stitching time, but I do hope to meet my goal since I'm including small projects in the count. I think a bookmark that I started a year or so ago will be the first target for finishing since it is relatively small. Stay tuned for the occasional update!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year!

I'll have a proper update later since I finished stitching on one last project a few hours before midnight last night, but I wanted to put my stitching/crafting goals for 2014 here to keep me honest. I've posted my whole list on my "everything" blog, but the ones for this blog are as follows: My goal is to frame (or finish into ornaments or whatever) six projects that I've already completed the stitching on and to finish the stitching on 10 projects (small ones count!). This won't make a huge dent in my backlog but at least it will be progress!