Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year's Eve!

I'm back! Life just keeps taking over, it seems. Doctors and Christmas and family and boyfriend... Haha, it's a busy life. And cross stitch, of course! :D
Here are the Festive Word Ornaments, all finished and on our tree. I gave them to my mom for Christmas. :)

And here's Quoth the Raven, which I finished stitching on December 23, 2012 and gave to my brother (a huge Edgar Allen Poe fan) for Christmas. :)

And here's the Rhodes Tile from the October 2012 issue of Cross Stitch Collection. I changed the colors and fabric based on what I had lying around. It was really fun, learning a new stitch. :) I started this on December 15, 2012 and finished it on December 21, 2012.

And here's Santa's House, which I've hardly made any progress on.

I got some cross stitch goodies for Christmas, and one of them was this adorable stocking stuffer. I started Flowers in Purple Vase, a Bucilla kit, on Christmas Day. I just couldn't resist!

Aaaaand finally, here's my little bit of progress on Snowman and Friends. :)
I would go into lots of detail on my Christmas, but this post is quite long enough already. I'll just say, I got the complete novels of Jane Austen in this gorgeous box set. I love it!! I immediately started reading Northanger Abbey, and I am loving it thus far. :)

Friday, December 14, 2012

I'm back! With a slightly late TUSAL

Wow, it's been a while. I've hardly touched my laptop for almost two weeks... I blame my health and my self-imposed busyness. I have been going crazy in my room, organizing things and getting rid of things that seemed so important in high school and suddenly don't matter a bit. I even moved a bit of furniture around! I've had lots of appointments as well... even acupuncture! :o I've gotten some stitching done too, whilst listening to War and Peace. I absolutely love War and Peace and Anna Karenina. If I had to pick a favorite thus far, though, I'd definitely pick the latter. It's delicious.

Here's a late TUSAL update. :o I definitely would've posted it yesterday, but I was a bit nonfunctional. :/ 

It's more thread than it looks like, I promise.
And here's all of my 2012 ORTs!

I was a bit diverted from cross stitch by the discovering of this incomplete latch hook project in my closet, "Sunflower":

So, naturally, I immediately threw my energy into working on it:

Quite tragically, there was some manufacturing error and I ran out of both brown thread colors. However, the company was wonderful and yesterday I received this, for free, in the mail:

 The company shall no longer receive my wrath. :)

I've been working on Quoth the Raven quite a bit, since it needs to be finished and framed in time for Christmas. I love it. :)

I picked up Snowman and Friends for a bit, too.

I even started something new! How could I resist beginning Santa's House when I had the materials gathered? :) I love the pattern, I love stitching on linen, I just love it all. :D I'm thrilled to be stitching the entire series on this great big piece of linen!

Santa's Village: Santa's House
Began December 1, 2012

And I shall leave my fellow cross stitchers with a picture of my darling dog, who has taken over my bed since it was moved near the windows. :)

Friday, November 30, 2012

Starting and finishing and mounting, oh my!

Wow, busy days! Forty-eight hours after deciding to take a medical leave of absence from college, I was back home with all my stuff. Twenty-four hours after that, I was hanging out with my family in Myrtle Beach. A few days later, I was back home and busy with lots of cross stitchy fun, despite my body deciding that this week ought to be extremely painful (at least it made me remember why medical leave is a good idea). I then embarked on a crazed purging and organizing of my room, which is currently in a state of chaos. And now, on to the cross stitchy fun! :D

I spent Saturday (with the aid of my mom at times) washing, ironing, mounting, and framing "Darth Vader" in preparation for my darling's birthday on Sunday. He was quite happy and hung it up in his room as soon as we went to his house. :) But without further ado, here 'tis!


The mounting was quite an ordeal, but I think it ended up looking quite nice. I used a foamboard and a small army of straight pins. Simple materials, pleasant result. I'm quite excited to have had my first taste of finishing!

I also purchased lots of fun cross stitch supplies on Saturday at my local needlework shop, which I have newly discovered and which is the most wonderful place.

And on Sunday I bought this magazine from Books-a-Million! I simply could not resist. And I have been loving pouring over it, so no regrets. :)

I've also finished "Live, Love, Laugh." :D

"Live, Love, Laugh"
Began October 5, 2012
Finished November 30, 2012

And while in Myrtle Beach, I explored my grandmother's knowledge of stitchery. She has some lovely cross stitches hanging up around the house - how had I not noticed them before? And she even let me borrow several wonderful old books on stitchery!

Look what came in the mail a bit earlier this week! :) I'm quite thrilled. I jumped up and down when I saw the envelope with "Crazy Annie's Stitchin" on it.

Aaaand, I have a new start! This'll be for my brother for Christmas. It's on some red 18 ct. Aida from my little needlework shop down the road. :)

"Quoth the Raven"
Began November 29, 2012

In the world of books, I finished listening to The Age of Innocence, by Edith Wharton, which is an amazing novel. I absolutely loved it! I'm nearly done with Brisingr, by Christopher Paolini. And December shall be the month of Russian novelists, so I am starting Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy) on Saturday and shall be listening to War and Peace (also Tolstoy) while stitching. I hope to have time for The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoyevsky) during December, but if not, January shall get a taste of Russian novels as well.

Happy stitching to you all! :)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Making big decisions.

I've found that cross stitching is a good way to think over big decisions without my mind racing. So, I got some stitching done while thinking over a major decision. I'm taking medical leave for the remainder of the semester. It's crushing to leave and drop my classes, but I need time to focus on my health. Hopefully I'll be feeling great by next semester and will be on top of things. Anyway, here's my stitching progress:

"Snowman and Friends"

"Live, Love, Laugh"

Have a lovely Monday! Happy stitching!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Live, Love, Laugh progress!

It's been a while since I last touched Live, Love, Laugh, but yesterday evening I got a bit of stitching done on it. I am in love with the prettiness of this piece. :)

"Live, Love, Laugh"

I spent most of Saturday with my boyfriend, who came up to visit me. As of November 15, we've been FB official dating for one year (and you know it's not official 'til it's FB official), so we were kinda celebrating that. :) We saw Wreck-It Ralph, which was a delightful movie, walked around the lovely outdoors, and cuddled. It was wonderful. :) Hope you're having as great of a weekend as I am! :D

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Yay for finishes!

Today was pretty exciting, because I had some finishes. :) I absolutely love how Live Simply turned out, and the Festive Word Ornaments are lovely. :) Hope you all had a wonderful Friday!

 "Live Simply"
Began October 25, 2012
Finished November 16, 2012

"Festive Word Ornaments"
Began November 13, 2012
Finished November 16, 2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Close, but no cigar.

I was so excited because I thought I'd finish Live Simply and the Festive Word Ornaments today, but then a wild Migraine appeared and used Throbbing Pain and it was super effective. Nevertheless, I've made some progress since Tuesday. I even started a new project - Festive Word Ornaments, from a free Cross Stitch and Needlework Magazine download. My mom loves getting ornaments for Christmas, so I thought this would be a great little Christmas present for her. :)

"Live Simply"
Only back stitching left on this lovely piece! :D

"Festive Word Ornaments"
Began November 13, 2012
These pretty little ornaments are really getting me in the Christmas mood. :)

It's almost Friday! Get pumped! :) 

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

TUSAL and other updates!

I went home for the weekend, and it was lovely! I think my family is trying to fatten me up by Thanksgiving though, haha. :) Although I disappeared from teh interwebz for the weekend, I did get some stitching done. And my mom and I bought cross stitch supplies on Sunday! I have a frame for Darth Vader now, and I shall embark on that adventure come Thanksgiving. And so much thread! I wish I had a picture, but I left most of it at home, since it's for the Crazy January Challenge. Which I am decidedly completing. :D Here are several of the pieces I shall be stitching, come January:

"Folk Art Deer"
"Blushing Rose"
"Shell Collection" for my Mommy
"Favorite Pony" for my Ashlyn
"Everything Is Possible"
Several bookmarks from this,
for lots of wonderful people. :D
"Spring Sampler"

Lots of fun plans! More short-term, I'm hoping to finish all of my current projects by the end of the year (fingers crossed!). I'll also be stitching some really simple ornaments for my mom and this for my brother. Ambitious, I know, especially with college and my health. But it shall be fun! :) And now for this week's progress! :D

"Live Simply"
Look at that! I am nearly done with the cross stitching, and then I'll just have some back stitching and such. :) This piece is so lovely! It gives me such joy. :)

 "Snowman and Friends"
And look at that! Gettin' crazy, I know. I branched out and worked on one of my other WIPs! :D It's fun to stitch some detail when you've been working on a simple piece like Live Simply. And it's getting cold outside, getting me in the mood for winter!

It is so gorgeous here at Davidson!! Here are some pictures, as proof. :)

Aaaaaand here's a TUSAL update! I'm not officially on the list (working on that), but I've been keeping my ORTs since last new moon, so here they are! And I don't actually have a glass jar... but plastic is close enough, I hope. :) I used an old contact lens thingy as my glass jar. I love this so much, it's such a fun thing to do with little thread tails! :D

And now I shall finally wrap this post up. Lots and lots of updates today! Hope you're all having a great Tuesday! :)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Progress is being made!

This hasn't been a good week health-wise, but I'm trying to take things moment by moment and just make it through each hour successfully. Sometimes each half-hour or quarter-hour if things are particularly bad. Although I didn't stitch at all yesterday, I made some progress in the days before. Look, pretty! :D

Some fun progress pictures for "Life Simply." (It makes me feel more successful when I take pictures of each stage. :3)

And as some extra fun... here are some things that help me make it through each day! :)

Pretty views from my dorm windows! :D 

 My awesome brother left this on one of my draw erase dots during family weekend. It's an illustration of wave particle density and superposition. I love his physics lessons. <3

 Pretty journals! I love notebooks and papers and writing utensils and stationary to a somewhat unhealthy extent... but they make me happy. :3 This is the journal I write in when I'm crying. It always helps. ^_^

 Best. Flowers. Ever. I love my boyfriend.

I love my Angel of Learning. :3 Good reminder that these Greek drills and Latin papers I'm doing? Yeah, I love this. I love learning. :) Also, I pick my tissue boxes based purely on prettiness. Furthermore, I plan on having a wall made out of stacked tissue boxes someday. It'll be lovely. :D

So that's a bit of my life! :) Have a beautiful Thursday!