Monday, February 6, 2017

Not Much to See Here

Hi guys I'm back!  A little late but meh that's okay.  I got caught up this month trying to finish the HAED challenge so I didn't get to work much on Birthstone Dragons but here it is so far:

I'm doing the border as I go so hopefully soon I'll be caught up.  See you all next (this) month!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

January 2017 - Happy Haunts

I started my new project and managed a bit of work, but not a full page. I used a cheap piece of 18ct Aida, so it scrolled up a bit crooked, but it shouldn't matter in the end: Haunts006

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Mini's January update

Hello Friends,

Its time for a monthly update. I'm very happy with my progress on this project , I think I have completed 15% of the total stitches. I worked on the top left corner of the pattern.

I have fallen in love with this project and its hard to put it down. However it's time to pick my second WIP for Focus Finish February as part of  Theme-tas-stitch 2017 SAL. Don't know what I'm talking about , head over to Kerry's blog for details .

When I started this project , I had few apprehensions after reading about stitcher's trouble with kits- how the floss is bad, how they ran out of floss, the aida is of poor quality.

So far I don't have any complaints with this Dimensions kit, being a newbie stitcher with limited stash it helps when the fabric and floss is provided  . I may be weird but I like working on stiff aida as it helps to keep my stitches neat.I'm also enjoying working with first time with blended threads and variety of half stitches and how fast the half crosses stitch.

Will see you in March when I will pick this piece again for stitching.

Have a great February.

Sarah's 4 Seasons Birds

Not a lot of progress this month, but every stitch is a stitch forward.




Monday, January 30, 2017

Renee's Fractal White Tiger January 2017 Update

This month, I added over 1,900 stitches to my Charting Creations Fractal White Tiger based on artwork by Ricky Barnard.

As I moved down to page 6, I really did try to work the page row-by-row, but I was entirely too impatient. The eye was just too close and I've been itching to stitch it for ages. 

This is 50 days of actual stitching.

This is how it looked at the beginning of the month.

(I have had the song "The Eye of the Tiger" stuck in my head for days...)

I have to say, I am very excited to see updates of everyone else's work this year. I love all of your charts. (Elaine, I am working on a piece by Ching-Chou Kuik, too. I love her work. You chose one of my favorites.)

Wishing you all a very stitchy month.


Here is my piece that I started last year. Not much progress and I really would like to get it done in my lifetime.
Hopefully you will keep my feet to the fire so I can get this done!

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!