Mar 13, 2015

Leopard Cub Completed

This piece was started in August of 2014; I worked on it for 1 week then put it aside.  I didn't know when or if I would get back to it but on Feb. 17 I had the motivation to pick it back up again; finished it yesterday (March 12).

This is a Dimensions Gold Petite and cost only $7.85 for the kit at Michael's after the coupon.  I swapped out the aida fabric with 32 count ivory lugana.

This was an enjoyable stitch for the most part.  I didn't care for the little bit of confetti stitching it entailed but I muddled through it. (My hubby keeps mistakenly calling it spaghetti stitching but he knows it is not a good thing, lol).  I don't think I would have the wherewithal to do a full size Dimensions kit (though I did one once that took 4 months (see Mother Earth)) or a HAED type of pattern.

This is going to be an addition to my 8 x 11 portfolio and as you can see it is all ready to be inserted.

Mar 3, 2015

Walls of Elegance

This is what a home of an obsessed stitcher looks like.  Most of these pieces have been being rotated over the last 1 1/2 years which meant most sat in the closet.  I finally decided that I couldn't allow them to be so neglected.  It was a challenge to find a tasteful way of displaying so many pieces without it overtaking but I decided it must be done because I still adore all of these.  These represent most of my stitching from 2008 through 2013.  I still have a few in the closet but these are my favorites.  These first 3 photos are from my living room.

These next ones are in my bedroom.
My dining room:

And lastly the hallway.  I do not have any in the bathrooms and there is no space in my kitchen.
Looking to the left.

Looking to the right

Feb 21, 2015

More Portfolio Books

I have put together two more portfolio books; technically one is a scrapbook. The first one is an 8 x 8 inch scrapbook (I don't think the portfolio books come in this size). The second one is an 8 1/2 x 11 inch portfolio book by Itoya (fyi, not all portfolio binders are the same, some have flimsy paper/pages in them). The one I chose has sturdy cardstock in the sleeves and has 10 sleeves (20 pages), this normally cost $32.99 at Micheal's but as you know there are always 40% off coupons floating around. I also bought some colorful cardstock paper (acid free) that I inserted into the sleeves for a brighter portfolio (8 1/2 x 11 inch stack $4.99).

Most of the pieces I put into these books were stitched prior to 2009 and had been in sudberry boxes or frames of some sort. They eventually were removed from those items and stored away.

In preparation for putting my pieces nicely into the portfolios, I simply ironed a measured seam (anywhere from 1/8 inch to 1 inch -- although I did not get every edge perfectly straight) around each one and pinned the corners back with tiny applique pins for a better display in the pages. I doubt I will ever decorate the pages but it is real nice to be able to simply flip through pages to see the works I have created over the years.

I still have many pages available in all 3 of my portfolio books which has given me a new enthusiasm to stitch and now I have even more freedom in my choice of project because I do not have to be concerned about my home decor style and whether it will fit in or not.

The main thing I love about this idea is that there is no need to be giving my stitched items away and I am glad that I have not sold or given away very many pieces over the years while these were put away because I still love seeing them.


Feb 16, 2015

A Big Finish

I did it!  My first big Mirabilia finish since August 2013.  This one took 6 1/2 weeks to finish and I worked on it almost everyday.

When I first saw this design, the day it was released - Oct. 15, 2014 (because us Mirabilia fans are always anxious to see the new release(s) immediately), I fell in love with it and knew I had to stitch this up.

I got to tell you though that doing a large project that takes many weeks is not my favorite thing.

As usual, I changed many things:

Sash:  Dmc 3712 and 610 -- dmc 760
           the waterlily changes are posted on week 2 and week 3's posts.

embroidery on dress: 
beads on leaves:   mill hill 42010 & 0210
stems:  rainbow gallery petite treasure braid pb203 & pb47
bead strings along the very bottom: mill hill 02022 & 42010
mill hill treasure: 12006
bead squares @ bottom: mill hill 02082
backstitching: pb65

Now I will go celebrate.

Feb 5, 2015

My First Portfolio

I can't believe after all of the years I have been stitching that I haven't thought of this until now.  My husband gave me the idea to check into artist's portfolio books when I recently was discussing what I could do with all of my finishes wasting away in a bin.  I was explaining that I wanted to turn my finishes into a book so I can easily look through the pages anytime.

Many years ago I started scrapbooking smaller finishes.  I spent a fortune on scrapbooking supplies and that was fun but I think I like this better and now my finishes can be enjoyed just by opening up the book and flipping through the pages.

This book has pages that are 14 x 17 and my mid sized pieces fit pretty good after folding one edge of the fabric a little bit.

This one I bought at Michael's and cost $64 but I used a 50% off coupon.  It has 22 sleeves and I have already filled 13 of them, most from my 2014 finishes.

After going through my boxes of old finishes, I found 5 more pieces to add.

AT THE MET Week 4 and 5

I am still making slow and steady progress.

Jan 23, 2015


It doesn't look like I added much this week but I stitched a lot.  This piece is on the 18" extender bars now.  I "only" have a little more than 100 rows left.

Lots and lots of beads were added this week.  I had to do some fanagling because when you have long columns of seed beads they don't fit (even on 28 count) so I exchanged some of them for either metallic floss or petite beads of similar colors.

I did not like the color of the 2087 beads so most of those were exchanged with violet beads (I don't know the product number but based on photos of beads I think it is 02082).

In her sash I substituted Caron Waterlilies 207 with DMC variations 4030, CWL 163 with DMC 550 and CWL 067 with DMC variations 4060.

Jan 15, 2015


I reached my goal for this week a day early.  I really love stitching all the pretty beads on and is one of the reasons I love stitching Mirabilia designs.

I substituted some of the beads and used dmc variations 4030 to replace Caron Waterlilies 207 in the garland.  I also replaced CWL 067 on her arm bling with silver metallic floss.

Although this is the halfway point on the pattern, I believe the bottom half has quite a bit more stitching involved and will take longer than 2 weeks but I think I am going to work on it until I complete it.

Jan 9, 2015


It has been a good week for stitching and I got a lot of progress made on my first week of "At the Met".

This one is being stitched on Polstitches Aphrodite fabric.  So far, I have substituted Caron Waterlilies 150 in the headband for Threadworx Tapestry 01139 and CWL 163 in the belt for another silk that I already had in my stash.

Jan 2, 2015

RED Week 5

After another week of progress I have something of an accomplishment; I have reached the halfway point.  It took 5 weeks.  There were times when I stitched for hours on end and other times when I hardly stitched at all but I was able to reach my preliminary goal and I enjoyed every bit of it.

Dec 26, 2014

RED Week 4

I got a little more stitching added to Red this last week but I didn't get as much stitching time as usual but she is coming along; I will be switching to a longer set of extender bars before long.

I used dmc 3799 to replace the caron waterlilies #072 and I used dmc 160 to replace the caron waterlilies #255.

Dec 18, 2014

RED Week 3

I'm really getting somewhere now, it is starting to look like something.  The beads really make it sparkle irl.  I will work on it for one more week before switching to my next focus piece.

I don't care for all the light color of the fabric showing through between the darker colored stitches but I have tried stitching on 32 count fabric and I don't like how lumpy my stitches look on it, not to mention the beads getting crowded so I will stick with 28 count and deal with it.  I think it is only noticeable real close up and once the dress is stitched, I don't think it will be as noticeable.

In case I don't have another post before xmas, I want to wish you all a merry xmas and tell you thanks for reading my blog and leaving me such encouraging comments; I really appreciate each and every one.

Dec 16, 2014


My oldest daughter who turned 28 today also graduated with 2 bachelor's degrees from Arizona State University today.