I made a list of all my WIPs. Want to see it? Why not, who doesn’t like a nice list?

  • Happy Kat samplers (2 of them, to be used as headers soon)
  • Blackwork Sampler
  • Rio Grande by NP Designs
  • Scooby Doo and Mystery Inc by weelittlestiches
  • Batman epic adorableness (all three Bat-patterns by weelittlestiches)
  • Man’s Best Friend by Dimensions Gold
  • Golden Puppy by Dimensions Gold (to be referred to as DG from now on)
  • Pinocchio by Thomas Kinkade Crafts (the boys love this story)
  • a book mark I’ve been working on, then losing, then finding for about 8 years (it’s in my purse now so I might even finish it)
  • House of Leaves sampler (oh this book!)
  • Prick Your Finger by Twisted Stitches
  • Mighty Samurai by DG (epic. Just epic. I have his left hand and a little of the belt done. This one will take awhile.)
  • a little 3D sushi ornament
  • Midnight Dance by DG
  • Dreaming of Tuscany by DG

 

Criminy! I keep vowing to finish something before I start something else. You can see how well that’s been working out. :-P

Here’s one more list. I found these kits hidden away in my closet.

  • Japanese Maiden by DG
  • Clipper Ship Voyage by DG
  • Historic Voyagers by Elsa Williams
  • Jewels of the Orient by DG
  • Yei II by NP Designs
  • not to mention many patterns in the many pattern books I have ;-)

I love lists.

I’ve been working on a lot of things, as per usual, but here are the three main ones:

Batman & Friends by weelittlestiches (I love you guys! R0ck on!! \m/) I plan on adding Batman Villains 1 and 2 above and under the good guys. It will be my epic Bat-stitch adorableness. Batgirl is next after I finish Alfred. Yay!

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Check out weelittlestitches here. Poor headless Alfred.

This is one I need to finish! I started it in 2010. It’s for my aunt and uncle. They love wine and Italy, so there you go. I’ll put their names and their wedding anniversary year on the bottle. I admit I messed up a little, I missed a whole row while stitching the bottle, so it’s one row short. Meh. Not a big deal; I’ll fudge it when I get to the table area. I can barely notice it and I have the pattern. This one turned out more difficult than I had expected, mostly because the cloth is 18 point Aida. Sheesh! I need bright sunlight for those tiny stitches. I like how it looks though, and I bet I can finish it this summer!

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It is the Dreaming of Tuscany kit from Dimensions Gold Collection.

Finally I am still chugging along on a blackwork sampler by Celeena Cree. I met her on revelry and got this pattern free if I would test it. I admit I thought I’d be done by now, but what can I do? Kids, job, whatnot. I love this pattern SO MUCH. I chose my own colors for it to eventually hang in my bedroom. It’s so cool. I hope to finish this one this summer, too.

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That’s just what  have been actively stitching, not even what awaits in the WIP bag. :-)

I found David Belt with Belts and Chains through Dark Cargo. He makes the prettiest bracelets from aluminum and steel chainmaille. I am smitten.

Bracelets

He writes some interesting articles on writing and on the history of chainmaille. Check out his etsy shop too!

It has been very windy and cold and gross here lately. New Mexico gets over 300 days of sunshine a year, so weather like this makes all of us grumpy.

It’s almost March though, which means spring is getting closer! I’m looking forward to the flowers blooming, especially the little pink and white flowers on my tree in the front. They smell amazing, and robins live in that tree.

I also dug out and started a couple springy projects:

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Pink and marshmallow colored yarns are always winners for me.

Fun Fact #127: I started cross stitching when I was about 14 years old…which makes this year the 20th year I’ve been doing it. 20 years?? Weird.

Anyway,  I thought I would post about how I keep a 20 year habit obsession hobby together and organized. Luckily, floss and needles don’t take up as much space as say, yarn. Maybe that will be a future post…something along the lines of “where I stash my stash without tripping on anything or getting in anyone’s way”.

I use various crafty boxes for the thread or I re-use boxes I acquire. I started using bobbins only a couple years ago, before that I used the DMC bows. Those were ok, but not very easy to organize.  I have binder inserts for them and everything, but once my thread stash got bigger I had a hard time finding the colors I wanted or arranging them. I admit it’s easy-peasy to just hook the skeins onto the bows, but way too difficult for me to have to take all the bows out, then move them around just for one or two new colors, you know?

Here is my current stash:

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I organize the bobbins by number and brand after labeling them (with a Sharpie) and winding them. (I mostly use DMC but Anchor makes some gorgeous variegated colors). The messy box in the back corner is my scraps box from finished kits. (This is great for embroidery!) I have both plastic and paper bobbins. I don’t have a preference really.

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I. Love. Boxes. And tins. I can’t have enough of them! This box is a soap box that stills smells like oranges. I tore out the paper inside and just use it as is. The highlighter/pen won’t fit in there, but I love these things so much I had to include it. I can write notes on a pattern and highlight. Joy! I even found them at a big box office store recently, so I may have to buy a pack. I keep scissors, Thread Heaven (useful for those pesky but pretty metallics), highlighter, thread cutter, needle books, thimbles, strong thread, and Sharpies in my notions box and I keep the notions box in my current WIP bag.

Wow. I didn’t know I had that many thimbles. The black one is my favorite because it has a small metal disc at the finger tip that keeps calluses at bay. The larger black one is for sashiko embroidery. I use the black thread for random fixes in the house, like shirts or holes in pants. I have some heavy duty needles in those books to patch up the couch and whatnots. (Ah, cats. Nuff said.)

That’s it for now. I’ll get into how I plan out and organize a project in Part 2 that explains the Sharpies. I’ll have lots of pictures of boxes and tins! Whee!

P.S. I’m hoping to update this site once a week. I’ll add more fun stuff (like maybe a background and a header) as I go along. :-)