Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Question for everyone

It seems that in packing for our move, all of the thread, pattern and project for my HAED got packed and is at the back or middle of the storage building.

Would anyone mind if I just posted progress on my Four Seasons Birds project? If there is no objections,  I'll send Tammy a photo and the project info so she can  update me in the side bar.

Moving from a 1200 sq ft house to a 160 sq ft house has been challenging and I've had to be very selective with what I kept with me.

Thanks and I look forward to everyone's progress this year.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Mini's Introductory Post

Hello Friends,

My first post on this blog.A little introduction-My name is Mini, I have been cross stitching since I was 7 years. However, I took a break from it for 10 years and have restarted since Jun 2014. I have a blog where you can read more about my cross stitching journey.

This Friday (and Saturday) I worked on my New year New Start. Here are progress pics:
My humble start on 1st Jan 2017

Progress on Day 4
Here is how the finished piece will look like
Dimension kit-Indian Peacock
I started the kit while I was on vacation in Dubai and forgot to pack the instruction sheet in the luggage. Yesterday I read the instructions and I think I will have some some troubles with half cross stitches. We will see when I come to that part, right now I'm enjoying stitching the peach stitches.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


Everyone I am having a though time....those of you that can send me there picture please send directly to my email not as a comment. The links are not working. It needs to be sent as a download. Also if you have a nickname is that what you want to go with on the blog?? I have two people that don't have original names.... Sorry but it will just be easier for me to update everything... --update-- figured out most who ever I am missing please do what I mentioned above thanks!! please also check out your blog links ect if they are wrong email me also Tammy

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

HI everyone

HI everyone just waiting until the weekend in case there are anymore changes and updates to come in. Then I will update all the pictures ect that have been sent to me

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Update 2017

Happy New Year Lenore can you send me your blog address Keebles same and I need your name Anyone else who is starting a new project as on tonight or tomorrow please email me the pattern link or picture so I can update your side bar Thanks Tammy Anybody else that wants to join or re-join email me please at 2017 start in description thanks

Saturday, December 31, 2016


Ok everyone that has NOT emailed me to stay on will be deleted later tonight so you have about 5 hours to still do so.
So far I have:
Oh sew crafty
and myself

Renee's Fractal White Tiger December Update

This month, I added 1,168 stitches to my Charting Creations Fractal White Tiger based on artwork by Ricky Barnard.

My goal this year was 10,800 stitches (900 stitches per month) and I surpassed that with 13, 914 stitches.

Page 1 was finished on May 22, 2016 and Page 2 was completed December 30, 2016. I am SO excited to move down to reveal one of the eyes next.

This is how it looked last month.

I can barely wait to see it in December of 2017.

Tammy, thank you for adding me to the group last year! Life threw a few curve balls this year that demanded my time. So, there were times I would not have picked this up without the motivation to share at least a bit of progress by the end of the month.

I hope you all have a wonderful New Year! I look forward to following your progress. -Renee

Monday, December 19, 2016

Hello out there, please read important

HI everyone I have been around. I am so glad that a few of you have finished your projects. They are beautiful and congrats! Mine still sits and waits....but this brings me to my question. Do you want to continue for 2017? Are you going to start something new or continue? I need everyone to ethier comment here or to email me. Those of you that I do not here ethier I'll know you want to be removed from the blog. You will have until the 1st to reply please

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Friday, December 2, 2016

Eek I Suck!

Hey everyone I know it's been a while.  My only excuse is that I've been on vacation at the end of every month for the past 3 months.  But I'm excited to say I have a finish to show!  Finally!  I finished it 10/15 and got it framed and sent about a week and a half later.  I haven't seen it hanging yet but I know the recipient has gotten it safe and sound and was really excited.

Here is Paradise after it was finished:

And here it is after it was framed:

Sorry for the really bad glare.  But I promise it's pretty in person :)

I framed it myself in a floating picture frame that I had to engineer.  Basically the way the frame worked was that it had the frame, a piece of glass, another piece of glass and then a smaller wood frame that fit inside the first to help sandwich the two pieces of glass together to hold the pics in place.  In order to make it work I cut the foam board so that it fit snugly inside of the smaller wooden frame.  Then I switched the order so that it was: frame, glass, smaller frame with the cross stitch inside, and then other piece of glass.  I stretched the fabric on the foam core board and pinned it in place but I didn't lace it because the fabric was large enough to just fold over the back and since it was a clear back I wanted it to look nice.

I hope that makes sense :)

As for this blog I'm not really sure what I want to do next.  I've already started 2 other projects but I don't know if I'm going to start another one on the 1st or not.  I guess we'll see how this blog is going to work next year :)

Thanks everyone for sticking with me on my journey!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Renee's Fractal White Tiger November Update

This November, I added 563 stitches to my Charting Creations Fractal White Tiger cross-stitch. 

This page feels SO close to being done. I would love to finish it by my next update.

The lighting is making it difficult to get a good picture - the colors are more true in last month's photo below.

This was last month's progress. The white I added along the bottom of page 2 is difficult to see in the photos. 

More stripes will be visible in my next update - making the progress easier to spot.

I wish you some relaxing stitching time this next month.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Look what I found

I know I haven't stitched much on this all year, but it recently found it's way back to the front. I've added just little bit to my HAED, Letting Go by Zindy Nielson.

I hope to get back in the full swing of things in 2017.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Love with a Capital L Happy Dance!

Friends, I am so pleased to announce Love is finished, and before my anniversary too!  It's stitched 1 over 1 on 25 ct antique smoky white lugana with 3 colors of Gloriana silk floss- crimson, pumpkin, and copper.
 Stitching the bottom section involved a lot of frogging!  I kept messing up on the spacing.  I even spot cleaned it, because I thought it looked dirty after all the handling / frogging.  All the motifs in the bottom were charted by me, though I took inspiration from stuff I found online.  The rose border and hearts with calla lilies: roses and callas were the main flowers at the my wedding.  The candles because we had a candelit ceremony.  The colors were my wedding colors.  Cupids- why not? 

It was great to stitch along all year with you.... I hope this continues in 2017 as I'm planning to start a new full coverage next year- Winnie the Pooh II.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Renee's Fractal White Tiger October Update

I spent less than four hours on my Charting Creations Fractal White Tiger cross-stitch this month. The chart is based on artwork by Ricky Barnard.

Thanks to some large blocks of color, I still managed to add 456 stitches.

This is how it looked last month.

The color in the top photo is more accurate.

I love working on this piece.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Love with a Capital L September progress

Hi, everyone!  At last my piece is coming together and I'm starting to feel excited about it.  I finally reached the bottom border and made good progress on the personalization section.  I also did some research looking for a mini cupid motif and I found a Brooke's Books' freebie, that may work, with a little tweaking. 

Previous progress:
I did try Valdani "Terra Cotta" for the big capital L and wound up frogging it.  I suppose I am terribly picky, but I felt it looked "muddy".  So, I finally decided I will stitch that section with the crimson (main color), and I will try to complete the top left corner this month, plus a bit more if time allows.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Renee's Fractal White Tiger September Update

I almost met my 900 stitches per month goal on my Charting Creations Fractal White Tiger cross-stitch this month. It is based on artwork by Ricky Barnard.

I really love watching this one come together! This is how it looked last month. 

Wishing you all wonderful stitching time in October!