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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!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

A little bit of progress

"Mermaid Azure"
As promised here is my newest stitching project, "Mermaid Azure" by Nora Corbett. I hand-dyed the fabric she is stitched on, the darker parts are a little more green and the lighter parts a little more turquoise than what shows in the photo. I need to finish her hair and tail then on to the beading. She has been super quick to stitch for me if I would just stick with her.

"Stained Glass Holly"
My stitching rotation this week has worked out well. I pulled four projects from my WIP basket, and rotated my stitching time among them. Above is "Stained Glass Holly" by Ink Circles out of JCS magazine. I finished it, yay! Now I just need to make it into an ornament to add to my Christmas stitchy tree. Maybe you can tell I have been playing with collage software, if you know of a free site for creating them let me know, I like to see my progress photos side by side.

"Playing with Jacks"

Playing with Jacks got a little love too. I worked on the pumpkin on the left, and all that white/grey of the Jack in the middle. I think I got a good bit done.

And my Prairie Moon piece, I don't know how people finish this one so quickly. Just one color gets dull for me, so its hard for me to work on this one for long. I worked on the pumpkin in the circle on the upper right. Not much progress but every little bit counts. (Capecod girl if your reading this--email me reference the pattern-- I tried to reply to you in the last posts comments but it looks like your a no reply blogger)

"Thine is the Trick and the Treat"
So next week I plan to pick four new projects from my WIP basket to work on. I'll try and post "before" photos on Monday. I am thinking Blackbird Designs "Midnight Watch" ~ Lizzie Kate "Halloween Rules" ~ of course Nora Corbett "Mermaid Azure" (eager to get to her beading) and maybe either Bent Creek "Autumn Hilltops" or Prairie Schooler "Autumn Leaves"

On the health front I have done well this week. I lost two pounds, which was a relief cause all last week the scale wouldn't budge an ounce and I was soooo frustrated. I use Weight Watchers, and managed to track my points all 7 days. I also got in 4.5 hours of activity, and went to the gym 5 days this week. I am really liking our new gym, its a smaller one attached to a church, but they have great facilities and its never crowded plus they have childcare for our youngest when I need it. Here's hoping I can keep it up. I even have a little sticker chart by the door that I put a gold star on each time I go. My goal is 100 stars. Is that weird I need a reward chart to get myself to the gym? It's hard when your a busy mom!


sew.darn.quilt said...

A lovely finish for an ornament and your progress on the others is coming along nicely. Love the Jacks!

Julie said...

You've worked on some super projects this past week, great progress.

Heather said...

You've made great progress both in the gym and on your stitching :)

Annie said...

Love the mermaid and your hand-dyed fabric is just perfect for the design.

You have quite a fun collection of rotation pieces. No way to get bored for very long. I use picmonkey.com to make collages. All online, free, and easy to use. Lots of layouts to choose from including the simple ones you are looking for.

My Jazzercise classes have attendance games where you win a prize (like tote bag or t-shirt) for attending a target number of classes in a specified timeframe. We all need as much motivation as we can get!

Astrids dragon said...

Mermaids and Halloween... love them all!

Good for you on exercising, it's on my to-do list.

Barb said...

Lots of great stitching. I am a one at a time stitcher so I love to hear about all the rotations. Congratulations on the weight. I know what a battle that can be!!

KimM said...

Love all your designs - especially the stained glass holly.

Weronika said...

Great progress on your stitching. Your mermaid is just gorgeous! Congrats!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

We have such similar tastes in stitching! I complete Trick and Treat last year doing one length of black per evening. Love the mermaid too. Bluebeards is the only Mira mermaid I've stitched so far, I do like Gypsy to go with her.
And the Ink Circles Holly is on my stitch list along with the Misteltoe one they did.
I use to different collage sites, if you reply to this comment by email I'll remember to send you the URL next time I'm on my PC.

Jezzz! said...

I have been DESPERATLY searching for the Thine is the trick and the treat pattern. I dont suppose you still have this pattern and would be willing to sell the hard copy to me?