Monday, August 22, 2016

Courage Sheep Update 5, Along with Some Giddy Stashing

Oooh, I just love getting mail, don't you? And I got some really good stuff this time too. I saw some pictures of these limited edition Plum Street Sampler Christmas kits, and I went on a hunting trip. Sure enough, I found them on eBay, totally brand-new and untouched!


So pretty! I can't wait to open these babies up. Unfortunately the kits don't include fabric, so I'm going to need to order some first.

Got a little more stitching done on the Little Sheep Virtues SAL:


This is Courage at 500 stitches. More on the border, plus a start on the second flower and a finish of that little bridge in the middle. It's really coming along!


Lots of love,

Monday, August 15, 2016

The August Gifted Gorgeousness SAL, Plus Courage Sheep Update 4

Another really quick post while baby naps! It's the 15th of August, which means it's time for the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL, Jo from Serendipitous Stitching's baby - we stitch on something that's been gifted to us through exchanges or giveaways, whether a pattern, kit, fabric, floss, whatever, and post on the 15th of the month.

A couple of months ago I started working on Plum Street Sampler's Party Tarts, which was technically a birthday present from my father. You can see my last update here. And here's my progress this month:


Last month I finished the donkey, and now I'm halfway through the elephant.


A little more done on the weekly Little Sheep Virtues SAL:


This is Courage at 400 stitches. Just more stitching on the border and the middle flower. Nothing too exciting!


All right, that's about all I've got time for today. I'm trying my best to keep up with everyone's blogging, but forgive me if it takes a little while!

Happy xxx's!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Courage Sheep Update 3, and the Logging Continues

Hi everyone! Hope you're all doing well. I'm actually typing this up in Kuwait - I got here Thursday night and I'll be staying for another couple of weeks. My sister had her baby! We were a few days late because she had to be induced, but I'm glad to be spending time with them now. I brought lots of goodies with me, including the baby blanket I made, which was a really big hit!

We're all staying in my parents' house, and it's lovely. Lots of help with the two babies. I've had some time to stitch too:


My update on the Little Sheep Virtues SAL. This is Courage at 300 stitches. I've done more on the border, plus the little flower in the middle.


I've also got a progress shot of my log cabin. I didn't bring my sewing machine with me, obviously - I couldn't put this down last week, so this is a shot of what it looked like before I left:


I've actually realized that two of the strips, the red one at the very bottom and the green one second from the top, have been added upside-down. It doesn't matter with the others, but these two have images of people and toys that are now the wrong way up. So I might actually flip it around so that the top half is red and the bottom half is green.


Big hugs,

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Annual Exchange with Emma!

Emma (from Emma's Bloglet) and I had our 4th annual exchange, and this time we decided to do a Christmas in July theme. It was so much fun! This is what I made Emma:


I found this lovely pattern for a Christmas tree biscornu, took out a piece of 32-count Dark Cobblestone Lugana that I had in my stash, and stitched it with DMC Blanc. Then I attached tiny gold beads to the trees. I had to fiddle with the design a bit - I added that zigzag line around the design just to make it a little bigger.

I had to spoil her a little, of course, so I added a few more goodies: a Christmas edition of Leisure Arts magazine, a baggie of different red and green lace, a piece of Cork linen, a little Christmas manicure set, a piece of Camel Milk soap, and a magnet from Dubai! I didn't remember to take a photo before I shipped it all off, but Emma's got one on her blog.

And this is what she sent me:


A gorgeous London scarf, a piece of Christmas fabric, TWO Little House Needleworks charts (happy dancing! woot woot woot!), and this lovely little hanging that she stitched:


I love it all so much, Emma! Thank you! This was awesome fun. I can't wait for next year's exchange :D

Lots of love,

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Courage Sheep Update 2, and My Growing Addiction

Super quick post while the baby's napping. I've been building the log cabin some more:


Love love love love LOVE this! I'm having so much fun with my little machine. It's so hard to put this down!

Also, an update on the Little Sheep Virtues SAL:


This is Courage at 200 stitches. I forgot to mention this last post, but I'm stitching this on 28 count Coffee Jobelan with DMC, just like the other sheep.


Lots of love,

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Courage Sheep Update 1, and More Logs on the Cabin

Hi everyone! Hope you're all doing well. I'm trying to type this while the Little One plays on the couch next to me. He's seven months old today! I honestly can't believe it. Surely I just brought him home from the hospital last week?

So adding logs to the log cabin I'm sewing is completely addictive. Like I want to ignore everything else I need to do every day and just do this, all the time. Here's my progress:


Another layer done! I don't know how big I want this to be. I'll just keep going until I run out of fabric, I guess!

I've also started the next sheep in our Little Sheep Virtues SAL, Courage!


This is the first 100 stitches. I love all the purple in this one.  I think I already know which fabric I'll use to finish it...


Happy xxx's,

Friday, July 15, 2016

The July Gifted Gorgeousness SAL, Plus Sewing Machine Adventures

Somehow, I don't know how, I guess I blinked and missed it, but somehow it's the 15th of July! Which means it's time for the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL, Jo from Serendipitous Stitching's baby - we stitch on something that's been gifted to us through exchanges or giveaways, whether a pattern, kit, fabric, floss, whatever, and post on the 15th of the month.

Last month I started working on Plum Street Sampler's Party Tarts, which was technically a birthday present from my father. You can see my start here. And here's my progress for the month:


I've finished the donkey! Yay! Now I've just got the elephant. I'm stitching this with the recommended GAST floss on 28 count Bone Jobelan.


Since I finished off the latest Little Sheep Virtue of the SAL last week, I decided to take a break from the sheep and take a crack at the sewing machine that's been sitting around collecting dust. Literally all I had done since we brought it home was take it out of the box and put it on my desk. This week I told myself to stop being such a chicken and try it. Note: I have never in my life used a sewing machine. I've only ever hand sewn things.

I very quickly became very familiar with the trouble shooting section of the instruction manual. Everything I could have done wrong, I did. I wasted half an hour of my life undoing the mess I made when the bobbin winder went haywire and started winding the thread underneath the bobbin. That was fun. And then the fabric got stuck and I had to take everything apart to rescue it.

Anyway! After much trial and error I finally figured out how to sew a straight line (HUGE accomplishment at this point). A couple days of straight lines and I decided I was ready to try actually making something. So here it is:


It's the start of a log cabin mini-quilt. I've always wanted to make one, but I had to achieve that super difficult goal of sewing in a straight line.


I'm using a jelly roll of Moda's Joyeux Noel for this, which is awesome because it's the right width, I just have to worry about cutting the lengths correctly. And I seem to have fudged that up - they keep sticking out the bottom like that last piece in the picture. Maybe my seams are too small? Whatever, as long as it all holds together and looks nice. That's all I require of it!

Wish me luck,