Thursday, October 30, 2014

MMMM Week 5

This is the last MMMM post hosted by Pull the Other Thread!

I will continue to work on these on my lunch breaks so plan on seeing more updates but the linky party is officially over as of tomorrow. Its been a good time so far, and I really enjoyed seeing everyone else's minis grow this month.

At final tally, I finished two minis.

I have one almost done - it just needs the back-stitching.

Finally, I have three more starts.

MMMM is going to continue for the month of November over at Justine's Cross Stitch blog. I haven't decided whether to sign up or not but I'm leaning towards joining in. After all, the plan is to work on them anyway.

In other news, I caved at HAED's latest sale and bought two charts. I ---really--- need to stay off that website. I'm going on a stash diet! No, seriously! I picked up Wanderer's Cove and A Light in the Dark.

A Light in the Dark by Matt Stewart
Whats not to love?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Castle

After racing to complete Madelynn's Halloween Costume, I took an easy weekend and worked on a project that is just for me! This is possibly one of my older cross stitch WIP. I started it when I was in college and living with my grandmother, who passed away a few years ago.

Here it is at last update.

Here it is today!

No, the colors didn't get magically brighter. Imagine that the actual coloring is somewhere between the first photo and the second.  My camera is quite moody.

You may have noticed that this is now on a Q-Snap frame. I was fighting with the scroll frame it was living on and became quite fed up, removed the scroll frame, chucked it across the room (where it still is, on the floor, may it rot), and installed the project on my smaller Q-Snap. Jack watched the whole episode with some degree of amusement and then told me to order some more Q-snaps. Isn't he the bestest ever?

My last post of MMMM will be showing up no later than Friday. I am trying to finish one more ornament by then, wish me luck!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Elsa's Coronation Gown - FINISHED!!!

It's done, it's done *happy dance*

Here is a close up of the back.

Here is the dress. I had to lay it on the floor to get the full effect, since the skirt was curling in on the hanger. 

It was delivered on my way home tonight and now I plan on engaging in some Selfish Stitching. I will resist the urge to start a new project and instead work on either my Confessor's Dress or a cross stitch project. I'm very tired tonight, it was a long day at work and despite my best efforts I couldn't take a nap when I got home. I think I will work on The Castle by Teresa Wentzler or my wizard and dragon project.

By the way, I need to stop browsing Heaven and Earth Designs on my lunch break. This Aimee Stewart chart just made the top of my bucket list. As if I don't have enough going on as it is.

Wanderer's Cove by Aimee Stewart

Thursday, October 23, 2014

MMMM Week 4

Its time for a Mega Mini Month Madness Update. Check out the other participants linked up at Pull the Other Thread.

Since my last post, I've finished one! YES A FINISH! Here are the last couple of updates.

And here is where I am today: one finish and two almost done.

Although there isn't much to see, I have started two more. One is a lighthouse with a sailboat and the other is a fireplace with a sleeping kitten.

I'll be waiting until I complete about a half dozen before adding the backing and hanging ribbon.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I don't like deadlines...

I love to sew but having a deadline takes all the fun out of it. For example, tonight I'm very tired after work, currently debating skipping the last period of the Red Wings game (we're winning!) in order to catch some extra sleep, and the last thing I wanted to do this evening were things that I have to do.

Nonetheless, I bullied myself into spending time on Jack's student loan paperwork (yuck) and on Miss Madelynn's Halloween Costume. I was hoping to power through the rest of it tonight but - there is always a "but" isn't there? - when I put on the shoulders last night and hung up the dress, I observed that it would probably be much too big! Uhoh.

I went over today to have her try it on, and I was right! The length is good but the bodice and waist are too large. I really didn't want to take the whole thing in and lose some fullness in the skirt. After musing it over for a bit, I came up with this solution: I made some eyelet strips and stitched them on top of the back seams.

She can lace them up and take it in up to 5 inches, and then loosen it back up if she needs to as she gets older.

I added the last piece of trim, hemmed the bottom, and that is where I'm stopping for the night. I need to put in the bodice lining, add the sleeves, and face the collar and this little beauty is complete.

This needs to be finished by Friday night! We're getting close. *crosses fingers*