Welcome to my blog. My name is Joy and I am an avid Lutheran, cross stitcher, loom knitter, reader and mother of two toddlers.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Blue Ribbon

I got my cross stitch back from the fair.  Blue ribbon!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Stitch from Stash - August Update

I figured I should post my Stitch from Stash update before I get caught up in everything.  I spent next to nothing this month, even with the bonus $25 (which nets me $0 for this month).  We just haven't had the extra money in the budget for string.

Strangely enough, everything that I worked on this month, I finished.  All four pieces.  So, here they are:

Pumpkin Sampler
Jeannette Douglas Designs

Mickey Mouse Wreath
Leisure Arts

The Wrapper
Full Circle Designs

Marsh Marigolds on Logan's Creek
Brigitte Kozma

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Getting Rid of a WIP *Edited*

Today I got rid of a WIP by finishing it!  I was able to finish up "Marsh Marigolds on Logan's Creek" this afternoon and now I am just looking for a frame to fit it.

*Hey, I had to push the submit button and get the kids to the supper table so I wasn't able to finish this post.  Anyway, I think this piece turned out great.  It is out of an 1989 Cross Stitch and Country Crafts and is by a designer named Brigitte Kozma.  She was a painter before she started cross stitching and you can definitely see this in her work.  Logan's Creek is actually in Wisconsin, north of where I lived so I think that's kind of cool.

I start my clinical teaching on Monday so I won't be home all day anymore.  I will also be homeschooling my stepdaughter this year too (just finished writing her English curriculum today) so I will probably not be on the blog much.  Look for me to be back at stitching and blogging in December sometime.

See y'all in December.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Monday Progress

Today, I was able to get some work done on Logan's Creek.  I am almost completed with it.  I just have to stitch up to the top and then do some minor backstitching

Monday, August 18, 2014

Behind the String: Amazing Grace or How I Bit Off More Than I Could Chew

I have talked about this piece before but it bears repeating with more details.

Amazing Grace was the second piece that I ever stitched (although it was the third piece I finished).  I had finished the Learn a Craft stamped cross stitch frog that summer which taught me how to stitch.  I was in the local craft store, Accents (an independent craft store that is sadly out of business now) and I saw the kit for this piece.  It was just after Thanksgiving and I thought "hey, that would make a nice Christmas present for Mom."  So, I bought it and brought it home to start it.  It is stitched over 2 on 28 count evenweave, which I had never done.  I had to read the instructions in the kit to figure out how to do much of the stitching.  By Christmas, I only had the border around the words in the middle stitched.  I was also keeping this a surprise for Mom so I had to work on it when she wasn't around.  I would stitch on it in my room all the time and have a pillow handy to throw over it if she walked in so she wouldn't see it.

Instead of having it done by Christmas, I had to done by summer and then got it professionally framed.  The backstitching of the notes and the staff and the lyrics took as much time as stitching the border.

My Mom loved it and it hangs over her bed.

And that's the story behind the string.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Mickey Completed!

I worked diligently on Mickey all day today and finally finished it.  Here's a picture.

Also, I wanted to put up a picture of the washcloth I made for Angela and our exchange.  It's the first washcloth I've ever knitted.

Mickey Progress

I have slowly but surely been making progress on good old Mickey Mouse.  I don't know why this ornament has been taking so long, but it has.  I suspect the fractional stitches on Aida might be what's slowing me down.

I entered God is Love in the fair today.  My grandma used to enter her pieces but I never have and I figured this was the year to try.

I also started the South Beach Diet today.  Our family doctor recommended it for my husband and I have decided to join him on it.  The first two weeks will probably be rough and I won't be able to have a cookie for quite some time, however, I think I might fare better with it since you can eat when you're hungry as long as you eat from the approved food list.  I had issues with counting calories because I found I was extremely hungry and I couldn't stand the feeling.