Sunday, February 13, 2011

Stitching, Stitching, Stitching...

I've been busily stitching and trying to keep up with my Crazy January Challenge 2011 along with custom orders and an occasional new item for my ArtFire shop here and there.

So far I'm 2 for 2 with starting a new WIP on the first of each month. This is the piece I started on February 1st. It will be titled "A Sunset Stroll". Unfortunately I don't want to show the pattern that I'm stitching it from because it will be a gift for someone that may possibly see my blog posts. I didn't get as much done on it as I would have liked, but if you keep reading, you'll see I've made progress on quite a few other items. I'm stitching this on what I'm calling a "butter yellow" linen. The fabric was part of a linen destash given to me, so I'm not sure of the exact name of it.

I showed you this piece in my WIP post last month. Needless to say, it's done completed as I had hoped, however I have made some progress on it and love the way it's coming along. Since this will be the next pattern released in my shop, I'm still keeping it a bit of a secret as to what it is. I had a guess last month of ocean waves, but that's not it.
This next piece isn't a WIP, but is a custom order I just finished last week. It's a photo of a brown bear that has been stitched into a 3" x 3" magnet. This is currently a reserved listing, but I can always stitch up another if someone is interested in it.

And last but not least, I just finished this piece today, and just in time for National Flag Day in Canada, which is February 15th. It IS for sale in my ArtFire shop.
Hopefully by the time I do my next WIP post next month I'll have my blue mousepad / secret pattern finished along with more goodies that will be for sale in my ArtFire shop. Until then...Happy Stitching! :)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011


As a parent I can't even imagine the heart break that a fellow artisan, Cindy that owns DesignedByLucinda, must be feeling right now. She lost her 11-year-old son last week in a tragic fire at their house in the early morning hours, along with all the family pets and worldly possessions.
Even though I no longer have an Etsy shop, I will donate 20% off all proceeds from ANYTHING sold in my ArtFire shop thru 2/28/11 to the fund that has been set up to help the family. Proof of donation will be posted the first week of March here on my blog.

If you want to help without making a purchase from my shop, you can contact me and I can point you in the direction of several other efforts that are currently underway.

Many thanks to all for taking the time to read this and act in anyway that you can. :)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Ahhh...Fresh Pattern!

Well today is officially February 1st so that means the start of a new pattern as the continuation of my version of the Crazy January Challenge 2011.

I've changed the order of the patterns I'll be stitching. Instead of starting the Celtic Cross I'll be starting A Sunset Stroll tonight after work. I'm all set to go also...I already had the fabric and I went to JoAnn's on Sunday morning and picked up the floss colors I didn't already have on hand.

I'll have another blog post next week to show you the progress I make on A Sunset Stroll as well as some other WIPs and finished custom orders.

I'm really enjoying seeing the blog posts from others that are participating in the Crazy January Challenge also. Although I do have to admit, there's days I feel like I'm getting nothing done compared to others, but then I stop and look at the custom orders I'm making for my ArtFire shop and think it's not so bad. And, we won't even talk about the amount of hours I've spent shoveling snow this year that could be precious stitching!

Hope everyone has a great day and I'll be back next week with all kinds of wonderful pics for you.

Happy Stitching!