22 March 2013

Twelve Weeks!

Can you believe it's already twelve weeks into 2013? I can't! Things have started to slow down here. We have had too many funerals this year already, one wedding we had to miss because it was out of the country, and people in my house continue to get sick, ignoring my instructions to stay well! I've also been very busy with Key Way business and my stitchy sessions have taken a hard hit.  My plans to be finished with all my 2012 WIPs and have a couple 2013 finishes has gone out the window.  Hopefully, the spring will be more productive on the stitchy front! 

Updates! First, my SAL with my stitchy cousin over at The Copper Fox. We're doing The Cricket Collection's spooky Skeleton Crew. I finally have the main sail completed and a small touch of brown added at the top.  Next is filling in the spooky face on the sail and deciding if I want to work my way up the mast or down toward the boat.  Decisions, decisions.

Next, one of my 2012 WIPs that is closer to being done now... Mill Hill's Moonlit Kitties. All the cross stitches are done and it all that is left is the beadwork and backstitching.  I say "all that is left" like it's quick. It won't be! Haha :) 

I do love how both are turning out and am really excited about the next phase on each project! Now off to make some progress on a special snowman... Have a wonderful weekend!

05 March 2013

Market Stash!

I enjoyed looking at the Market stash online last year but didn't find too many things I *needed.* This year however, was a different story! My LNS had a Market One-Day Sale today and I had a TON of fun looking at all their loot.  For the first time in ... well... ever, I actually had to limit my purchases because there were so many items I wanted! I'm still mostly a rookie, remember. (Online, however, is a very different story!)

My NEW Stash! 
Can you tell I like Sue Hillis??? I got the first 2 of her new Dessert of the Month series.  I love how with the small squares you can complete a "month" and count it as a finish and come back to do another square later! I also got her Gingerbread Street and the Patriotic & Snowflake Santas from her annual Santa series. Also included was Ravenmoon Hall from Praiseworthy Stitches.  Every time I look at this one, I see something new. It's my favorite of the Manor House series, at least for now!

I should not look at the fabric section but I was walking by the table and it'd be rude not to check it out a little! I'm a sucker for the cheap little packets of fabric so I got small cuts of White Opalescent Cashel, Grey/Straw Gingham, and New Port Natural/Cream (the larger square piece) all in 28ct.  There were more packets of PTP Solar - I adore that fabric but my willpower won and I let them keep it for now!.  The floss is new from Weeks Dye Works called Tatanka and is a rich dark brown with very little variation.  I was looking for a good brown with some variation and came up empty so this one was too pretty to pass up.

And for my aunt who loves the Santa series from Sue Hillis... She now has all the ones she wants from this series and is done collecting them until #9 comes out!

I think my first Market sale was a complete success and I hope my LNS is still operating and goes to the Nashville Market again next year!!!