Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Final Mira WIP.....for now.....

I have completed the last start on the 15 Miras in '15: it is Scarlet Tanager from Nora Corbett for a Round Robin.

As soon as I finish my portion, I will take a picture of the other work done on it - it is stunning!  The fabric is Snow Drifts by Stephanie, which is why the owner doesn't want the background blue to be stitched on it.

I was going to go back and work on a different Mira project, but I got my shipping notice from Stephanie, so I know the other fabrics are now on their way. This means that I will be able to do the last three "starts," and I hate that I have a lot of this other fabby folded while I work on Tanager. So, I'm going to get it done as fast as possible and send it off to the next person and then work on the three last starts.  Whew!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Two More Miras

Having this many projects started is killing me.  I am so afraid that I will not remember which is which, but I started an organizational method that I believe will work.

This week, I only managed to get two more started.  I should have been done with the one new start each day on the 15th, but my schedule just hasn't allowed me to do it.  

First up: Seaside Kingdom by Mirabilia on 28 ct Lugana by Hand Dyed by Stephanie in Nantucket Sky
Second start was the Letter T by Nora Corbett on 28ct Lugana - Spring Breeze by Stephanie Bishop.

I am really happy with both of these.  I only have one more that I can start since I am still waiting on fabric for the other three.  The good news, is that I can put some of the others back in rotation and keep stitching until the fabric shows up. Yay.

As for the organization, here is what my stitching room looks like right now:
 As you can see, the stand is front and center.  Since I have to have a movie playing, the computer is on the stand next to me, and my iPad is on the other side.  The drawer holds some tools, but it's the bags and pillow cases that really help me out. (My plan is to get a real chair and mount a TV on the opposite wall.  I also intend to add a floor Ott Lite rather than the small one.)

The larger project has to stay on the stand.  The scrolls bars were made, specifically, for this project since it is so large.  I have a new pillow case on order from Marie O'Neil of Just Add Needles.

She has done some great pouches for me, and I have a few more on order with her.  I hand picked the outer fabric, and she is going to work her magic.  Yay!! I know that I'll have more projects going this year as I prepare for the holidays, and I don't want to keep more than one in a pouch in case I need to grab it and go.

The pouches are great - I will have one for all seasons and for my tastes when Marie is done with my list.

The best part is that each is lined, and the larger ones have a tool pouch on the inside.  As you can see, I have the floss organizer with the project labeled which is helping me to remember what I was working on.  The floss holders are inside the pillow cases as well.
I won't be able to get scroll rods made for the largest project which will be an entire yard of fabric. I'm still trying to decide how to complete that one when the fabric arrives, but it will be worth it in the end.


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Weekend Stitching

I have not been feeling well, but I used it as an excuse to stay inside and stitch.  Good idea, right??

Saturday, I managed to get a little done on my new start of Christmas Elegance by Mirabilia.

I'm completing her on 32ct Jobelan in "Ice Goddess" by Hand Dyed by Stephanie.  

I continued my starts with Fern on 32 ct Jobelan in "April Showers" by Stephanie.  I got a good start on her.
It is seriously difficult for me to have all of these "starts."  I'm too anal to have this many projects going at one time, and each time I have started one, I think, "This one will be the first one I finish."  Yeah, they are all going to be gorgeous, and I'm afraid I won't be able to choose one to work on until completion.  

I have three (well, it will actually be two since I'm combining two onto one fabric) that are waiting for fabric, so I'm stuck starting them for a while.  I think that's actually going to be a good thing though especially since I'm not sure how to handle the really large one.  I don't like to stitch in hand, and I hate the idea of having so much fabric balled up on the ends (I will be using an entire yard of fabric for it).  I still have time to plan, so that's good.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Still Working on Miras

I am still falling behind on this SAL - I have only completed seven out of nine.  That's not actually too bad, but it's still not where I want to be.  I have never had this many projects going at one time, and it has been a bit overwhelming for me - especially when I remember that there will be 15 in all.  
Halloween Fairy 04 Jan 2015 on 28 ct Lugana in Opal Falling Leaves from Hand Dyed by Stephanie
Sabrina 05 Jan 2015 on Stephanie's 28 ct Opal Lugana in Snow Drifts
Waterlily 06 Jan 2015 on 32 ct Jobelan in Pollywog Princess by Stephanie
Bluebell 07 Jan 2015 Stephanie's Pollywog Princess in 32 ct. Jobelan

Stargazer 09 Jan 2015 on Stephanie's 32ct Jobelan in Lunar Eclipse
Sadly, a fellow stitcher and someone I admired, Genie Heldt, passed away on Tuesday.  Genie was the founding person of the SSS-DDD group on Facebook and the organizer of the Chicago GTG that I love to attend.  Unfortunately, the loss of her husband, Jim, was too much for her.  I'm glad that she made it to the last GTG, and that I was able to hang out with her.  Sadly, I sucked at taking pictures there and did not get one with her. 

Genie was an incredible and loving woman.  All of us stitchers who had met her loved her dearly, and many of us felt that she would never recover from the death of her husband, Jim.  Many are posting on her personal Facebook page and on the Group pages.  I am happy to report that the Chicago GTG will continue this June.  The promise is to cry a little and laugh a lot - which is what Genie would want from us.   I hope that she is enjoying her reunion with Jim, and that she is getting all stitching done and she loves.  I have been very happy to hear that our group is in contact with one of her nieces, and the unfinished pieces Genie had for family will be completed by someone and sent to that family member.  Yay!!!

My hope for this weekend is that I will not only catch up on the number I should have, but that I will get some real progress made rather than just a few stitches.

For anyone new to  my blog, I am a Special Education teacher in my "other" life.  There are many days that I bring a ton of work home with me, and then there are days that I am too mentally exhausted to do anything when I get home - let alone stitch.  There are many teachers who do not work very hard as they are into a "routine," but I'm not to that point in my career.  I actually still care, and I work damn hard to deal with each student on an individual basis each and every day.

I did not get much done last year - moving sure takes a lot of time - but I don't want to fall in the habit of not doing what I love, so I joined this SAL.  

Oh, and I did join the AAN 2015 Christmas SAL, but I'm not going to get to it until the end of the year.  Rather than stitching along, I'm going to wait until the entire pattern is revealed so I can make the best decision for fabric and floss colors.  It's a perpetual advent calendar, and I'm really excited about it, but it will require a full yard of fabric.  I would rather not make any mistakes at all.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Mira SAL - Days 2, 3 and 4

I have had to put a reminder into my phone to daily remind me to get some stitching done.  Of course, if I hadn't procrastinated getting everything together, it would be easier on me (duh? Right?!)

Friday, I finally started on Sunflower Fairy.  This pattern was included in the Cross-Stitch and Needlework magazine some time ago.  I managed to get a copy  through the magazine directly, and the pattern cost almost as much as the magazine.  
Stitched on 32 ct Jobelan in Simply Sage by Hand Dyed by Stephanie

Given my love of sunflowers, I have really wanted to complete this one, and I'm really glad I started her!  She came along very nicely.  The entire pattern calls for Valdani threads, which I managed to get individual skeins of.  Hand dyed threads are always beautiful, but I find that I'm anxious when using them.  What if the pattern doesn't look "acceptable" when its finished because of the dyed threads??  So far, I like this!

Today, I spent the morning solving a major problem for myself - how to organize the threads for each project!  I know that this is the reason that I procrastinated so long, but I only had a few LoRan organizers, and my wood ones aren't large enough to hold all of the threads for a Mira project.  

Many people I know just pull out a bit from the skein, and then snip it and use a strand at a time.  I'm not that "flexible" in my stitching, and I prefer to have the colors organized in numerical order with the symbol written right next to the floss color.  This allows me to put the color back when I'm done and use them again for another project.  Anal?  Very much so, but it's my method.  

So, what the hell was I supposed to do with 15 projects going at the same time??  Dear Gawd!!  I'm not a Serial Starter - I'm more of the Disciplined Diva, but I said I would do this.  So, I improvised with manila folders, a single hole punch, a ruler and a pair of scissors.

Voila!  Not bad! This is seriously time consuming, but it's functional!!!  I worked on making all of the cards I needed, and then I'm going to spend the evening getting the next day's project ready.  So far, it looks like I have most all of the threads needed to get started.  I believe there are some specialty threads I still need, but I should be OK for most of the year.

Day 3 of the SAL was delayed - but for a good cause!  We were invited out to supper with two other couples.  Since we're still getting settled into our new community, it was nice to have the invite, and we didn't want to say no. 

We had an amazing time with these other four people.  Lots of laughing and eating and drinking.  The fun lasted until after midnight, and then I just didn't feel like stitching.  

For today, Day 4, I started on my third piece:  Halloween Fairy by Nora Corbett.  This is one of her Limited Edition fairies that you can only buy as a kit.  
The fabric is 28 ct Lugana in Opal Falling Leaves from Hand Dyed by Stephanie.  I think she is going to look great on this fabric!

Despite my intentions, I did not get to stitch as much as I wanted, but I still made progress.  If nothing else, I will be far more motivated to get some stitching done on a regular basis rather than letting Life overwhelm me.   Stitching, for me, is my stress relief and helps keep me sane.  I guess my joining this crazy SAL is a way to keep me from going crazy.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Day 1 of the 15 Miras

Well, I started this insane mess today by working a little on the Letter M, and then I worked on getting some more the Mirabilias/Nora Corbetts kitted up.  Talk about procrastinating! 

Here is my List of Intentions:

Yep, I have seriously lost my mind.  On top of these, I have the Penny Series by Hands on Design I would like to finish; that being the other half of Twice Blessed plus Winter Solstice and the next two seasons Cathy is working on.  However, I think that these 15 will take all of my time.

Here is my meager progress on Letter M (I think I added all of 6 stitches to it):
The plan is to start one new Mirabilia or Nora Corbett (who is the Designer/Owner of Mirabilia) each day from January 1 - 15.  Then, we can take the rest of the year to complete these 15.  As I still have two fabrics on order, I won't be able to start them until they arrive, but since there's no hard and fast rules in the group, I'm not going to worry about it.

Tomorrow, on to Halloween Fairy.....

If you are interested in trying this out, click this link:  15 Miras in '15

There are plenty of amazing SALs out there for 2015 - whether by size of the project, designer or interest.  I love participating in them even if I don't finish the project.  I will be receiving the latest Alessandra Adelaide Needleworks (AAN) Mystery Sal for 2015 starting on the 5th - not that I plan to get it done this year, but I couldn't resist the idea of a Perpetual Advent Calendar.