SAL Update Project Peacock

Three weeks ago I was struggling with having to rip a section of my project out because if I didn’t, it would look “off”.

After ripping out the bottom of the tree branch on the right side I have successfully stitched it back into place. Unfortunately I was again tired the other night, (I know, I know) and I stitched the wrong damn color for one of the shades of yellow. Sigh…I think I am going to leave it this time though and keep stitching. Must not stitch when tired…must not stitch when tired.

Here is where I was 3 weeks ago:

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And here is where I am now.

I would love for you to check out what the other members of the SAL are up to. Just click on the name links below and prepare to be amazed by the quality of work that is going on with the members of this fine group.

See you in three weeks!

ClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherineWendyMary MargaretTimothy

 

 

 

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SAL Project Peacock #3

Boy 3 weeks goes by fast! Time for another SAL (Stitch A Long) post. Mr. Peacock now has a name, Salvador (Sal for short) I think Avis suggested the name so thank you Avis!

At this point, progress on Sal’s tail is slow going and giving me a bit of an eye twitch.

Here is Sal three weeks ago.

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And here is Sal now.


Not bad considering I have been busy with Easter and gardening and a sick child all week.

I did have to rip out part of the tree trunk on the right side if you notice from the last photo. I was off by one row. Most times I will work around a mistake but I just couldn’t get it to line up correctly so I ripped part of it out. What a pain!

We will see where I am in another three weeks.

Please check out the other SAL member’s blogs by clicking on the links below. They are doing some fantastic work! If you are interested in joining the group please contact Avis who is the very first link.
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ClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristinaSusanKathyMargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherineWendyMary MargaretTimothy

Project Peacock SAL Update 2

It’s been three weeks since my last post on my Peacock friend and also since I joined a lovely group of ladies (and gentleman :)) in their Stitch-A-Long Group (SAL).

I have gotten a lot done mostly on its tail feathers but also some on the side branches.

Here is a photo of the last time I posted:
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And here is a photo of what I have completed as of yesterday:

 The top has not changed so I concentrated on showing you the bottom. I still don’t know if this peacock is a boy or girl. Aren’t the boys the pretty ones and the girls the plain ones so they don’t draw attention from predators? I need some help on this.

See you in three weeks!

Please check out the other SAL member’s blogs by clicking on the links below. They are doing some fantastic work! If you are interested in joining the group please contact Avis who is the very first link.


Avis
ClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristinaSusanKathyMargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherineWendyMary MargaretTimothy

My First SAL (Stitch-A-Long) Post

I came across a group of bloggers here on WordPress who are part of a Stitch-A-Long group of stitchers. A SAL is a group designed to help motivate and encourage us to finish projects one at a time. How many of us have multiple projects, unfinished sitting in a drawer? This group is a great way to motivate everyone to get one project done at a time and I was so impressed by all of their work that I decided to inquire about joining them. To my delight I was accepted into the group so now I write my first SAL post! Thank you ladies for letting me join!

My last post on my peacock cross-stitch project was on weeks 1-3. This photo is week 4. It may seem like I am almost done but the entire plume on Miss Peacock has yet to be worked on. Wait until you see how big it is. Yikes! That will take me a while especially with spring gardening in my future.

I will be back April 2nd with another update and SAL post so stay tuned. I wonder what I should name this peacock? Any suggestions? -MM

Please check out the other SAL member’s blogs by clicking on the links below. They are doing some fantastic work! If you are interested in joining the group please contact Avis who is the very first link.

AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSue,

ConstanzeDebbieroseChristinaSusanKathy,

MargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherineWendy,

Mary Margaret

 

 

 

 

 

Poppy Remembrance Project

 

I finally finished it! It took two years on and off but I finally finished my lovely poppy remembrance field. This cross-stitch project was my most challenging yet and at times made my eyes cross but it was worth it. Over 23,000 stitches.poppy

All that’s left to do is mount and frame it. I will post a pic when I get it all put together.

Meanwhile I have already started a new project. A pretty peacock which I hope to get done by Christmas. My hubby doesn’t think I can get it done by then but after just one week I am well on my way.

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I’ll keep posting my progress so check back next week! -MM

Garden Pics and My Cross Stitch Project

Garden Pics

The one good thing about all of the rain we have had lately in NY is that the garden is going gangbusters! In a week the cabbage has tripled in size, the corn is almost knee high and the carrots and beets are making small meals for us and it’s only the end of June.

Here are some pics from around the garden.

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    Melons and Buttercup Squash are looking good

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       Onions in their new bed are growing fantastic 

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                                                        Purple Cabbages

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                                                                      Beets

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Cherries are ready for picking, the bosc pears and apples are growing well and the red raspberries and blackberries might be ready right after 4th of July. Can’t wait!

From now until Autumn we will be harvesting or planting or processing almost every day. How is your garden coming?

My Cross-Stitch Project

About 3 months ago I got back into one of my favorite hobbies. Cross-stitching. I have to say though, it is difficult to find patterns for my kind of cross-stitch style. I am not into cute puppies or tacky tea towels with grapes or pillow cases with birds on them. I prefer a more modern style.

I happened upon a book at my local library that had the most beautiful pattern for a poppy remembrance field in honor of Veterans Day in it.

Here is my progress so far.

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I have almost half of the picture done. The other side will be more of the same with an even bigger tree than the left side. This ain’t your gramma’s kind of cross-stitch and I love it! I plan on trying my hand at my first Black-Stitch project sometime in the fall too. What kind of sewing project are you working on? -MM