Sunday, January 31, 2016

From Valdani

I placed an order with Valdani last month, and it arrived.  Here's what I got!  I started using some on some of my January starts.

Crazy January Start #20 - Suck It Up Buttercup

I like the saying.  Andreas likes the saying.  It's very appropriate here.  Looks like this is getting into my rotation very soon.

Not So Ducky

It's done, and you can still (barely) see the duck in his tail.  He's definitely a dragon now!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Reddit Gift Exchange

I participated in the reddit Christmas exchange.  So far, I've had pretty bad luck.  The exchange I participated in in spring of 2015 resulted in me sending and getting nothing.  This one - I sent and at least I got into the "make up" pile.  The person who stepped in when my partner failed sent me a tardis sleep mask and a Catan pouch.  Will use the pouch.  I don't use sleep masks.  At least it came!

Crazy January Start #18 - Thistle Oval

It's out of order and just looks like a parabola, but it'll grow.


Yay, the second band is all the way across!  Now I get to do something different.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Very Pink

I had all the leftover pink yarn from a previous baby blanket, so I made a shawl.  It'll be given away.

Crazy January Start #19 - Sticla cu vin

This is a Luca-S kit I picked up before leaving Moldova.  There is a set of three of these type, and I bought all three.  Wish my black fabric had gotten in, though.

Still Middling

I've still got a lot to do on the central icon, but it's getting more and more defined.

Thursday, January 28, 2016


Nordic Needle had a bead kit sale at the beginning of the month.  Mine finally came!

Crazy January Start #9 - The Garden Gate

Major color change on this, and finally a photo of it.  It's not too big.  Maybe soon in the rotation.

More Fin

Pretty much all the front of the head is filled in, and the fin is getting larger.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Odd Bird

I got the big bird body all couched down.  It took a bit!  There's also the beginning of a bar on him.

Filling In Trees

This time I was just filling in the trees on the left.  The piece is beginning to look a bit more full.

Crazy January Start #17 - Cowgirl Up Buckle

This is one of a series of buckles I bought and am working on.  It's got a lot of odd shapes, but at least it's started now.  When it's complete, it'll be number four of six.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Crazy January Start #16 - Merry Be

This is off to a good start.  It's small, so I hope to add it to the rotation soon.

Six In A Column

I'm up to six turtles now.  The color variations are getting more pronounced, too.

Monday, January 25, 2016

No Snow Here

Since it's late summer, no snow at all here.  It's what happens near the equator.  So I will dream of snow and continue my snowflake.

Crazy January Start #15 - Kamal Kadai Flower

This was a really quick stitch, so I was able to start and finish it in the same day.  Go me!  I need that kind of boost every once in a while.  It's a technique I'll use again someday.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Crazy January Start #14 - Purple Snowflakes

Just a little biscornu I found oniine. It seems to be a pretty quick stitch.  Now to find the time, though I am finding some time at work to stitch.

All The Way

It's now really edge to edge.  I've been filling in bits on the peahen and the background behind her lately.  It seems to be getting more done, but the going is sloooow.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Bit More Stitching, Bit Less Ducky

Ducky is slowly transforming into a dragon now.

Crazy January Start #13 - Korsun Icon Of The Virgin

I found this piece while still in Moldova and bought it to make for my mother.  Now it's started, it's time to get it done.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Crazy January Start #12 - Diamond Motif

This seems to be an antique motif.  It's assissi work, and I hope it turns out well.

Working The Middle

The inside of the quatrefoil is beginning  to take shape.  There are now green shapes in there.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Crazy January Start #11 - Piccallilli

I completely changed up the thread color.  It was one I thought would look good and that I had.  I'll be adding it to me rotation soon so it can be done quickly.

Working On The Edge

Another couple of lengths of floss.  Eventually some green will show up in this... and maybe next time I'll even start one of the letters!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Crazy January Start #10 - Shades of Iris

Yes, number nine is missing.  It wasn't photographed for some reason last week and will appear later.  In the meantime, here's ten.  It's my first foray into huck weaving, and I think it looks pretty good so far.  It took me about four starts before I did it right, though.  Now that I understand both the cloth and chart, I expect to be able to go a bit faster when I work on it.

Finishing Fringe

The fringe from the dragon's mouth is complete now.  I'm not  sure how I feel about it.  Going to have to wait for more dragon to appear before making a decision.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

More Kitchen Aid

My husband, on top of the meat grinder, also got me a food processor for the mixer.  Of course, that has to mean I get the mixer .... which, along with the rest of our stuff, hasn't arrived. 

All Plotted Out

I have my Blackstone Fantasy Garden done!  It looks pretty good.  This means I get to cross off another Crazy January finish.

Crazy January Start #8 - Coffee

This is going to be three little squares with coffee cups on them.  When I get around to doing it.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Crazy January Start #7 - Heart Swirls

Get used to some hearts... here's another one.  At least I'm not doing them in red or pink.

To The Edge

I have finally hit the far side of the peacock's branch.  Still have so very much to go on this, though.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Crazy January Start #6 - Round 18

One more monochrome design here.  This is a small round motif from Tante Zolder's website.  There are huge numbers of these kinds of designs on it.

Paddling Along

"Ducky" is swimming along.  The dragon's tail is completed and it's time to work on the body.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Crazy January Start 5 - Simple Snowflake

I not only have an obsession with hearts, I have one with snowflakes.  Expect more on this page soon!  It also helps that they're monochromatic, since I still don't have my stash.

Filling In The Square

Just some squaring up now before working on the bottom half of this.

Friday, January 15, 2016


My stash of kyo temari thread was somewhat depleted when I left Moldova, so it's time to restock!

Crazy January Start #4- Fior Fior D'Amore

I've had a bit of a heart obsession lately for stitching, so it's time to do some more hearts for the challenge.  Here's one from Alessandra Adelaide that I started.  Finishing's the problem at this point, though, since I don't have most of my stash....

Next Time

Next time I stitch on this, I'll finish this row out.  It's darn close.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Crazy January Start #3 - St. George

Andreas liked all the St. George imagery in eastern Europe, so I decided to make him some myself.  The kit is from Thea Gouvenour.  A bit of start, at least.

To The Big Ones

I decided to go with the big part this time.  The blue bird is pretty filled in.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Crazy January Start #2 - Forgive Quicklly

I made this before but gave it away as a wedding present.  Time to make a new one for us.

Ten Left

Only ten more little areas to fill in.  So close to being done!

Ball Jars

Who could resist purple Ball jars?  Not me!  Now I have six quart sized ones.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Swirls Of Snow

I've got some serious swirling going on on the left now.  Progress!

Turtle Number Five

The turtles keep growing and I keep getting closer to finishing.  I'll have this done before I know it.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Yes, For Cooking

I have always loved automatic pipettes.  They are so cool!  Andreas got me one for Christmas off of ebay.  I can use it for cooking and, if I get the time and my stuff, for marbling!

More Intricate

This is getting more and more intricate as I stitch on it.