Monday, February 22, 2016

February WIPocalypse

Hello again! Well, it's almost an end to the second month of the year, and so far I've been stitching like crazy. I've managed to meet two of my goals for the year so far, and I've made progress on a couple others. I posted the page finish for Mädchen Am Strand and progress on Kabuki last month. This month I've been working on Moon Indigo and Wisdom, and have met my stitching goal for Euphoria, which now has three finished pages:
Even though this meets my goal for the year, I'm kind of bored with having just skin to look at, so I'll probably forge on to the next page soon, where a bit of flower breaks the monotony. If you've got a keen eye, you might spot its shadow at the extreme left edge of the left page.

I also managed to finish page 6 on Luna a few weeks ago, and have made a bit of progress onto page 7, which is the last in the row:
Looking forward to finishing this page soon, as I can't wait to get to the next row! :)

I've decided to keep my little Wips graphic and cross off each goal as it's met, so here's where I am so far -- 2 down, 12 to go:
This has really helped to keep me focused so far, and helped with planning which project to work on next. Hopefully I will get to cross them all off my list by the end of the year. Fingers crossed!

This month's question is: If you have any of your pieces on display in your home which attracts the most plaudits?

Truth be told, I only have four pieces on display, and three are from the 90s. So at present, it's my most recent piece that gets all the attention, and that's the Green Fern Fairy I finished about a year ago. But I can show her off again, no problem! :)
I still love the way she sparkles every time I see her, like she's winking hello. :)

That's all from me for now. Until next time!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Stashaholic Alert

Hi again! Hope you are doing fabulous this February. :)

Well, I've had a fairly productive week again (being off work is sooo nice when you can actually do stuff) so I've got two updates to show off. First, I managed to finish that pesky page 6 on Luna. I say pesky because, even though it was mostly one color, it seemed to take forever! Columns go so much faster when there's lots of colors. Going line by line in one color just seems tedious after a while. But it was simple stitching, so here's the finished page!
Only got one more 'til the end of the row (excited!!), but probably won't get to it for a while. I've already switched up the rotation again, with Euphoria on the frame now.

However, I did sneak in another page finish on Wisdom. I don't know why I love the colors in this so much. They are the definition of bland, boring, blended background. But I find them so relaxing and easy to stitch. I think the "trees" aspect will be more apparent after another page or two, but I'm really loving this.
Pardon all my messy threads! This is not my normal way of parking, but I thought I'd try something new. ;) I'll be moving down to finish page 9, which has been bothering me for a while with its barely started state. I think I'll continue doing the two rows at once on this, as it lets me get to her head faster. Plus, there's a ton of black in the second row, and I think the color contrast will keep it from becoming too tedious.

Now, about my stash... Well, I've been waiting forever for HAED to have a sale, and they finally did, so... let me introduce you!
Ginger Nova was already one of my planned starts for the year, even though I just bought her. I almost got her when she was released, but tried to resist. Then I happened to see her again after their website remodel, and that was that. It is so awesome kitting up all those bright pinks and purples! I'm still bobbinating, but will post a pic when complete.
I also gave in and bought SS Ride of the Yokai, which I've also been resisting since its release. (It was actually my mother who convinced my to get it. Probably tired of my whining.) And again, I am in love with those colors! Teals and purples galore (my favorite color combination in high school). This will probably be started this year, as a reward if I get my other goals met. (haha!)
Unusual Specimens was one I knew I'd buy when I saw it previewed on FB. I actually saw this months ago on Everyday Original, and would have bought it then, but it had already been sold. Here's the original, along with another called "Glint" which I would love to see charted.
The other three Stephanie's just kinda happened. I suppose my willpower was weak that day. These are She Sleeps, Remnants of Scent (which I had to get to match the first) and Climbing the Dragon Gate.
The last was one of those I suddenly saw, told myself not to fall in love with, then promptly did so, and then started it! Can't believe how this one took me by surprise, but here are the first 400 stitches of gorgeous green, done just last night:
This is tent stitched on 25ct Lugana, and it's filling in surprisingly well. I don't have any plans to make this part of my regular rotation yet, but hopefully I can pick it up now and again.

Okay, I think I've rambled long enough. Sorry for the enabling, and thank you for reading (or at least looking at the pictures!). Until next time!