SAL Pretty Spring House #4

That was a fast three weeks! I have been working mostly on the white picket fence and flowers since my last update. I thought these four seasons projects would be quick but there is a lot more to these than I thought.

Here is where I left off three weeks ago:

Here is where I am now:

Lots of filling in left to do plus there is a surprise in the sky that I have yet to start.

It’s been a busy month for us. Just about three weeks ago our daughter and her husband moved to the UK for the US Airforce and it’s been fun watching her explore and get used to her new surroundings! To all of my English buddies, look out for Emili and Phil Schwan for me!

See you in another three weeks. -MM

Please go and visit the other members of our SAL to see what they are up to. Their blogs are linked below.

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SAL Pretty Spring House #3

I definitely needed a change when I selected this project for my SAL this time. I am so much more motivated to stitch this one!

Here is where I left off last update:

And here is where I am now!

Not bad huh?

Please visit the other bloggers in this group and check out their progress on their stitching projects. You will be amazed what you see. Such talented people!

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina,

Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda,

Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Timothy

Also Happy Fathers’ Day to my US friends! -MM

SAL Onions and Gourds #11, WIP Spring House

It’s been another three weeks! I worked on my big project for the first half but got an itch to start a new project which I have been working on for the past week.

Onions and Gourds is coming along. I had to change the position of the fabric and I hope to get to the right side wall of the chart by the end of the next three weeks.

Here is were I ended last time:

Here is what I accomplished up to today:

I was getting sick of greens and blacks and yellows so I downloaded four free charts from brookesbooks.com. They are the four seasons house. I have started Spring House.

Adorable isn’t it?

MY SAL (stitch-a-long) group is full of very talented stitchers. Please do go and see what they are up to. If you are a stitcher and have a blog you would like to join our group with, please contact Avis, the first link below and see can fill you in on how to join us.

See you for another update in three weeks! -MM

Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina,

Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda,

Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Timothy

SAL Update #4 Project Onions and Gourds

This time of year is very tough for me to get much stitching done because I am a baker. Yesterday was a 10-1/2 hour day and it will only get worse as the weeks leading up to Christmas get closer. Throw my son’s and husband’s work schedules and basketball schedule in there and well…you know what I mean.

I worked on this project for about a week. I finished most of the first onion but for some reason was obsessed with finishing the black negative space of the project.

Here is where I was last time:

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and here is where I am now:

I have been working on a few Christmas presents in between things. Here is a gift I stitched for my mother who loves to read:

Our Next Update is New Year’s Eve I believe (my son’s 16th birthday :)) I hope you all have a happy Christmas!

Please visit the other stitchers’ blogs in this group. I can’t tell you how talented this group is, you’ll have to see for yourself. -MM

AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristina,

KathyMargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherineMary MargaretTimothy,

HeidiConnieJackie

SAL Update #3 Project Onions and Gourds

I have had so many projects going on at once that Project Onions and Gourds didn’t get as much attention these last three weeks as it should have. Here is where I left off last time:

And here is where I am as of today.

The onion is almost done. Another onion goes to the left of the gourd too. I may not get much done until after the new year with work and Christmas.

But what’s really exciting is on Friday my son and I went thrifting at the Goodwill and I can’t believe what I found. There were eight Rubbermaid plastic boxes filled with envelopes on the shelf I was looking at. It took me a second to realize what was inside but when I saw a skein of embroidery floss and the numbers on the envelopes I bought three out of the eight boxes. Each box was $9.99. When I got home every one of the envelopes was filled with brand new skeins of floss. There were 305 in total! What a find! Now I want to go back and buy the other five boxes. You just never know what you are going to find while out thrifting.

Please visit all of the fantastic blogs in the SAL by clicking on the links below. I promise you will be impressed! See you in three weeks 🙂 -MM

Avis,ClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKate,JessSueConstanzeDebbierose,ChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHelen,StephLindaCatherineMary Margaret,TimothyHeidiConnie

SAL #2 Project Onions and Gourds 

It’s been three weeks since my first update on my new project. Project Onions and Gourds is a gigantic stitching dream for me. My largest yet. Ten pages to be exact.

I got a lot done! 

Here is where I was last time:

And here I am at present:

Hopefully by next time I will have a couple of onions done!

Please visit the other stitchers in our group to see what they are up to.  I promise, you will be impressed by their beautiful work!

See you in another three weeks.

Avis,ClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKate,JessSueConstanzeDebbierose,ChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHelen,StephLindaCatherineMary Margaret,TimothyHeidiConnie

SAL Project Peacock and New Project Update

The last 3 weeks have gone by so fast and we have been so busy I only have worked on Salvador for a couple of hours. Sad I know but it is summer here in the US and busy is the name of the game for about another 2 months.  

I am slow finishing this project because all of the fun colors are done and I am left with the super light browns and creams and whites which are very unexciting.

I don’t know if you can see much of a difference but I did finish 3 more colors completely.  There is back stitching to do too.

Here is where I stopped 3 weeks ago:

And here is where I am today:

I have to admit I did start a new project and that took some of my SAL time.

I am learning to design my own cross-stitch designs and charts. For those of you that design your own I admire you greatly. It’s hard work and I have already modified and ripped a bunch of stitches out and restitched. It takes patience but I am loving it so far!

Here is a glimpse of what I have started to design:

It’s going to be an autumn tree with some sort of saying whether a Biblical quote or something else. Lots of red and orange and yellow leaves. I have already modified and ripped out the trunk once.

I have got to get a better chart drawn. When I asked the woman at Joanne Fabrics if they had any graph paper she had no clue what I was talking about. Sigh…

I can’t wait to keep going with both projects! Until next time… -MM

The members of the wonderful SAL group I am part of are doing some pretty spectacular projects. Click on the links of names below to visit their blogs and see what they are working on! 

AvisClaireGunCaroleLucyAnnKateJessSueConstanzeDebbieroseChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHelenStephLindaCatherine, Timothy