Blue’s Almost Done :)

Between being busy with work and rereading one of my favorite books, I finally finished the blue border! I have LOTS more white cross stitches to do before I get to the back stitches and the rest of the intricate details in white, haha.

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Butterflies and More Flowers

Be safe Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina!

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I made a lot of progress today on the Flowers and Lace WIP due to work cancellation until Monday from Hurricane Matthew. I’m hoping to get more stitching done, but I’ll be in Tampa for tomorrow and the weekend (here’s to hoping that it’ll be a safe drive!).

I’m planning my next update to be for finishing the flowers in the four corners and part of a blue border.

Batman!

A while ago (I can’t believe it’s been more than a year!) I posted about a project I was working on as a gift. And here’s the reveal:

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This was part of an anniversary present to my boyfriend and he absolutely adored it! :D. I admitted to him before he unwrapped it on Sunday that I was nervous because as I got closer and closer to finishing the design before that day, I got more and more anxious about whether he’d like it or not. His reaction of delight right after was a joy (and a great relief) to see!

Credit to Cross Stitch Chart Heaven for the Batman design. The site has a lot of designs with “silhouette art?”. I figured my boyfriend would like this Batman one because he usually likes to bring back superhero related artwork and t-shirts from anime/comic book conventions, and recently, he’s bought quite of few pieces of silhouette paper craft artwork by Will Pigg.

I guess I have to go back now add a “batman” tag to my posts previously just tagged with “surprise”. πŸ™‚

Cross-Stitching and Trap Music

Hey guys!

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This past Saturday, a few friends and I got together for a pleasant afternoon/evening of cross-stitching, trap/hip-hop music, booze, and to celebrate Kelly getting her Board Certified Behavior Analyst certification. πŸ™‚ Natalia was incredibly kind for hosting and setting up a taco bar for us! Credit to Corey and Kelly for the group picture.

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Coincidentally, this taco for the “burrito poem” pattern is what I stitched while at Natalia’s. It’s missing some green and red for the lettuce and tomatoes/peppers.

I couldn’t believe that Katy, Natalia, and I stitched ’til past 10 PM.Β  Props to Katy for sticking with the stitching until late into the night since it was her first time cross-stitching! We girls all started stitching at around 4-5ish PM, and I wasn’t expecting for us to be stitching for more than an hour or two. Who would have thought that cross-stitching, trap/hip-hop music, and alcohol would go so well together?!

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So, I usually try to keep this blog mainly about cross-stitching, but I promise this will relate to it: I started a bullet journal! This pretty Moleskine notebook was on clearance at Target and I got some new felt pens to write in it.

I usually have post-it notes all over the place in my room, and I wanted to find a way to make to-do lists and to write down short-term goals, long-term goals, and random notes all-in-one. Bullet-journaling is the perfect method for all that. I like that it’s minimalistic, organized,Β and customizable too if need be.

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Here’s a page I set up specifically for random WordPress post ideas. See? πŸ™‚

Flower Leaves and a Trip to Michaels

Hi readers!

I was hoping to have more stitching done since I’m done with classes and have more free time, but I’ve been very in-between having that time to go through my to-read list of novels and cross-stitching. That coupled with me liking to stay in most of time, well…let’s just say my boyfriend jokes about me being an old soul, haha.

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As promised in my last entry, here’s some greenery added to my Flowers and Lace WIP.

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I made an overdue trip to Michaels yesterday to get more floss and a bead storage box for my earrings. I figured I’d go to Michaels when I could get all those items in one trip. This past week, I finally used up all the black floss for the surprise gift (I’m almost done with it!) and the blue green floss for my Past, Present, Forever kit I’m working on. This is the first time I didn’t have enough DMC floss for a kit.

The DMC 501 blue green looks pretty much the same though! πŸ™‚

Flowers and Lace WIP, Organizing Update, and OMG!

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The flowers are coming along nicely. I expect to finish the leaves in my next update, and maybe whatever flowers (they look like cherry blossoms in the pattern) I miss following that? I started making more loopstarts which have been super convenient for confetti stitches and for when only one strand would suffice for the last stitches of a certain color.

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So, Leticia suggested these folders (thanks girl!) from Hobby Lobby around the time I was first reorganizing my cross-stitch projects and they’ve been wonderful. They’re originally for scrapbooking. Definitely find coupons for the store if you plan on getting these folders too!

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The folders take up very little room and keep my projects neatly separated and organized.

And I found my “Good Fortune” FO from forever ago! After spending so much time looking for this project and giving up, it popped up when I was reorganizing/decluttering my room.

I’d like to end this post by giving a shout out to Eric, who recently followed me over on my other blog about eczema. He made a pretty awesome post for people to comment with a brief description of their blog and to help bloggers discover other people’s blogs. The post is a cool idea to connect people over WordPress, so kudos Eric!

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Completed Projects and WIPs

burrito . ducks . elegant geisha . flowers and lace . good fortune . past, present, forever . surprise/mystery gift – batman! . teddy bear gathering

*linked webpage = completed project. no link = WIP

Mmm…Lace

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What do I do when I’m supposed to be productive or I’m supposed to continue my WIPs? Why I start a new project of course! 😦 The design I’ll be working on is another from Dimensions and is called “Flowers and Lace”

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I stitched up grid lines with some thread from kits my grandmother gave me when visiting from China a while back. The thought behind the gifts and gesture were sweet, but honestly gosh were the kits low quality and lacking. That cardboard of thread was all that was provided for each of the kits pictured above, and I don’t think there’s enough cloth for the design! Might as well use the small amount of thread for something..

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So yeah…about that lace, here’s all the floss provided just for that part of the design. I suppose it’ll be fun. I don’t know whether I’ll be excited or I’ll dread it when get I there, haha.

StitchBows and Other Organization Woes

While (again) going through flossandfibro’s, formerly myknitsandpearls, blog, I found some great cross-stitching organization ideas of hers. Might I say I should give her a big thanks for the help I’ve gotten from her posts about grime guards, needle minders, and now organizing?! [7/11/16 UPDATE: She made a more recent post on craft organization here!]

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I’ve been using this ratty looking (tote) bag to store my Past, Present, Forever kit materials. Since it’s a one compartment bag, I have had to constantly dig through the bag to get what I wanted. I would say the bag itself is a decent size. As you can see though, there’s not quite enough space for the charts and aida cloth.

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To be fair, I probably would have an easier time finding things if I cleared out the items that I didn’t need. I kept some of the smaller items stored in what was left of the original plastic casing of the Past, Present, Forever kit. I haven’t removed the extra markers and colored pencils because I didn’t know which was the best to use to highlight the boxes I completed for the charts. Thankfully, I can get rid of them now.

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For the two other projects I’ve put off to the side, I use an old JanSport backpack and a plastic bag. These projects require a smaller amount of materials especially floss, so I don’t feel as tasked to change how I store them.

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Love, love, love JanSport backpacks! I always love their stitched in pencil/pen holders.

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I might put this bag to good use. It seems like a good size for projects, and it has lots of pockets :). I’ll probably end up throwing the blue tote bag out and use this bag instead from now on.

I’m considering getting a DMC StitchBow travel bag after reading about it in flossandfibro/myknitsandpearls’ blog, but I can’t justify getting one with the bags I have shown above. The system I use isn’t “broken”, the travel bag would just “enhance” how I store things, and I don’t like the blue and yellow color combination (blegh!) on the bag sold on Amazon particularly!

Oh, in the middle of clearing out the tote bag, I found this:

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I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve had cut these strips to thread my needles :). What a throwback! I figure I had that random, old note card in the bag too to make more strips.

Fellow cross-stitchers of WordPress, how do you store your cross-stitch materials? For those of whom have used the StitchBow travel bag, would you recommend it?

Cross-stitch Terminology

A list of cross-stitch terminology and resources I’ll probably need to refer back to from time-to-time:

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ACRONYMS

HAED – “heaven and earth designs”

PHD – “project half done”

SAL – “stitch along”. When stitchers come together to work on the same projects.

WIP – “work in progress”

UFO – “unfinished objects”