Finished before lunch yesterday! The Happily Ever After SAL starts today, so I made my goal with a day to spare. :-)

I got to work on my Doctor Who sampler again. That’s going to take awhile, but at least I’m having fun with it again!

Here are all the progress pic from Yei II:

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Coffee stored separately.
Coffee stored separately.

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Penny made some needle minders for us for Christmas, now I have a sweet collection! I put them all in one place in a tin. I’m using the pizza slice on the Dr sampler, it makes me smile every time I see it.

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You can make your own needle minders with buttons, magnets, and glue. Make sure the back of the button is flat/smooth, then glue on a strong magnet. Use another magnet on the other side of the fabric, and boom! Never lose a needle again. Plus! Cute stuff on your project.

I’m pretty busy lately, we started a new adventure. (We think they’re around 7 weeks old. Possibly australian shepherd/lab mix.) Meet Pepper and Watson:

Pepper (girl) has the white stripe. Watson is the boy.
Pepper (girl) has the white stripe. Watson is the boy.
We think they're around 7 weeks old. Possibly australian shepherd/lab mix.
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I finished it last week!

I used a pale pink hand dyed Aida and DMC 413 (pewter grey)
I used a pale pink hand dyed Aida and DMC 413 (pewter grey)
Here is the link to the shop again. It’s a delightful rabbit hole of awesome cross stitch patterns! I have a few more from her to get to someday.

My Frosted Pumpkin SAL starts on January 15, so I have until then to finish another WIP, the Yei I started in 2013.
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Honestly, I hope to finish it by New Year’s day! Whew! What a great way to end the year! I am working on my planner for 2017 and have a whole page dedicated to cross stitch WIPs, so I can keep track of what I’m working on. I’m already using it and it has helped a bunch. More on planning soon…

Dimensions Gold Collection: Petites, #65038
Finally finished! Woohoo! I’m a little tired of yellows and browns now.
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Now I’ll keep working on Reflections of London, the Doctor sampler, and a kit of bright-colored butterflies.

I finished a secret birthday present and I can finally post about it! I had to make this camper for P, it’s so cute. I modified it quite a bit though, I ignored all the original text and decorations except for the flowers. I simply filled in the blanks with the background color. The camper needed a wing, so I sketched that in too. I think a lighter grey would have been nice, honestly, but I’m so chuffed with the end result! P really liked it too! woohoo! My hubs had a great idea: get a gift card from Michael’s (or whatever place you get stuff framed) so the recipient can get a break on framing it. I like to let them choose their frame because everyone frames things differently.
(I base my frame and mats on the individual piece, not the decor, for example, to each their own)
Here’s the final pic and comparison to the original pattern:
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Yes, still around, still doing stuff that keeps me from blogging. I finished a few things! Remember last year I had over 25 WIPs? Twenty. Five. Plus.
I have 5 now. Five. That means I have 5 things including yarn that I work on weekly. It’s a huge weight off of my shoulders to be finishing these things off! I started so many of them in a desperate attempt to relax. I know, it was counter-productive, but it made sense at the time, and I’ve come a long way since then!
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I have started framing and hanging old finished pieces too. See the map? So cute in that hoop. I’m about halfway done with the London cross stitch. ‘m having a lot of fun with it so it’s the only one I’m working on right now, except for a tiny unicorn in my purse for when I’m waiting or out or whatever.
Oh, I said something about a major finish? Going through all these projects on my ravelry page, I came across a doily I started waaaay back in 2009! It’s super neat, but I admit it was too hard for me at the time. I kept forgetting it, ignoring it, losing it, having too much trouble with it, etc. I kept it in the back of my head for years, thinking it was too big, too hard, would take so long. I finished all the little bits in an hour last week, and yesterday I got down to blocking it!!
I changed a few things to make it mine, but the original pattern (and she is still my favorite doily designer) is available on Bella Crochet.
First, I found a basic, no-nonsense how-to on stiffening crochet lace with white glue on Pinterest, original article is here. I used some leftover fabric stiffener from a craft store that I’m suspicious is really just watered down white glue, lol. It worked great!
I laid everything out on my foam board to get an idea of placement, then I sewed in ends and made knots and finished what needed to be finished. I made knots in some of them (like the leaves) because I knew they would be glued later.
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My pumpkins wouldn’t lay flat…so I decided to block them round! I just pushed them out on the back side, like a bubble/bobble.
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I did the glue step and pinned. I made sure to shape those pesky pumpkins (that were happy to lay flat once full of glue solution) and get the stems perky. The cat’s tail curled on it’s own I love it so I left it. I placed a piece of parchment paper underneath.
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It took all night to dry so this morning I jumped up and got to it! Unfortunately, my pins are not rust-proof like I thought. Oh well. I can cover that up. I glued the snot out of everything, making sure to cover any rust spots and make sure the piece was attached together (by the pumpkins). You can see the layer of glue underneath. I would recommend doing this without little kids running around, lol, but it worked out! I gave them the glue and some paper and they crafted it up.
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Ta-da!! I can’t believe it’s finished!
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I made her with curly blonde hair, no broom, and fewer pumpkins and leaves. I love this so much! My mom and grandma had a Kitchen Witch in their kitchens, so this one will be mine.

I would thin the solution more next time, and squeeze out more liquid. I’ll wear gloves and not get so sticky! Some of the pins were stuck, and I wonder if I had gently squeezed out more water it might have helped…next time.
See, I love doilies. I love them like I love knitting socks and this one held me back for too long! I’m already onto a skull doily and have plans for a candy-corn-Halloweenish-welcome-back-Fall doily…(another Bella Crochet of course).
Whew, onto the next finish! I’m so excited to put this up before Halloween, I’m so ready for Fall and pumpkin spiced everything and scarf weather!!