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I love anything creative...I am a busy mom of three (+4 dogs, 1 bird, 1 bunny, and 1 sweet husband) who sometimes wishes I had more time/energy/talent to devote to just being creative!

Monday, June 2, 2014

The heat is on!

So I was at Hobby Lobby this week, and they already have fall decorations out! It feels too early, especially when I don't consider it truly summer until school lets out. Though fall is my favorite season, I also hate when stores put out there decorations months in advance! On that note, I'll show off some Halloween themed stitching (have to have time to frame it!), my PS Trick of Treat. I thought I would get it done this week, and just need to finish the witch/back stitching on it. I love it and can't wait to have it out for my Halloween decorating.

Back to summertime, I finished up my Bent Creak eagle, but when I went to frame him (well not really frame I just stuck him in a wooden hoop) he looked to small. So I added some letters off another chart to the design and love how it turned out. You can't really see it in the photo, but I had used a scrap piece of fabric to stitch on, and it has some smudges on it. So I have an opinion question of everyone, to wash or not to wash? I used WDW/DMC for all of him, and they say they are colorfast, but I would really hate to see those dark blues or reds bleed. I'm left with the toss up of leaving it "dirty" or risking ruining the whole thing. What would you do?

And this is my stash enhancement for the week. You know how much I love a good "find" right? Well I am not against searching Craigslist for cross stitch stuff, and have made some really good finds on it. This week, I got 4 pieces of linen + 2 even-weaves still in packages +6 Crescent color threads + 4 WDW skiens + some DMC. From the labels on the linen they would have been about $70, and at $2 a skein for thread would have been about $20, and I bought it all for $21 bucks! Yes sometimes it's more about the thrill of a good deal! Though I stitch enough that saving money on linen really helps. I rarely buy fabric for a specific project I like to be able to just see what I have already.

Still going to Weight Watchers, I just got my 4 week key chain and charm today. I have lost 12 pounds already, which is better than I would done on my own, but it's hard not to want all the weight gone RIGHT NOW. I am impatient, and know I didn't get here overnight (heck the baby weight took 9 months to pile on and I had more to lose before the pregnancy). I keep telling myself the slower it comes off the easier it will be to keep it off. Plus it really is a lifestyle change of being healthier.


gracie said...

Love the stitching....how about adding some distressing to the eagle. Maybe dabbing some strong brewed ta around and cover the smudges.

Barb said...

I would take the threads that I used in the design and put them in water then on a white paper towel. You can easily see if they run or not and that will determine what you do. Hope that helps. I do love the Trick or Treat!

Beth said...

Nice score on Craig's List! Slow and steady (with weight loss) wins the race.

Melissa said...

Love those little Halloween characters - so cute! You really scored a great deal with the new stash!

Congrats on your weight loss to-date!

Brigitte said...

I'd go with Barb's advice. And if the threads bleed you can still tea dye the whole piece.
Very nice new stash. And congrats on the weight loss.