Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Sirena Verde

 The smallest of my 17 started Mirabilias, Mermaid Verde, was abandoned after 1 day. She swam back into my view as I was searching the horizon for another way to procrastinate beading the Kiss!
 This was progress day one, all the color changes were unexpected but I love the final look of her hair! The fates seem to know what I need for there is very little kreinik or beading in this one!
I have upgraded my zip lock bags to these fun plastic zipper bags (found at the container store originally but much cheaper on Amazon!) In the corner you can also see where this project was when I picked it up, after 3 years my WIPs still continue to feel like new starts! The Maiden

Got Leaf?

Beading has begun on the center of The Mother's Rosarium by Chatelaine.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Where's the Pie?

 Here it is! (Shameless Supernatural Reference) Stitched on mislabeled 36ct ODLugana Prank. I am so glad this is done, the tiny count made for a not so enjoyable stitch!
 You know you have fallen down the Chatelaine Rabbit Hole when you decide to start adding specialty stitches to WIPs to entertain yourself! Modified eyelets on the boarder anyone? The Maiden

Sunday, September 10, 2017

A Break?

While it has been hard to stay motivated to finish my largest project to date, I am finally done with all the cross stitching! For the first time in 3 years I will move on to beading and backstitching!

This section highlighted the difference in my stitching from when I started and now, almost 9 years later! I cringe when I see all those sloppy stitches, as I now railroad every one! I also stitch on a frame now, so the tension is very different and my stitches are tighter.
The Maiden

We Three

The Mother

The Maiden

The Crone
We three have been quite busy as Summer comes to an end! The Mother has almost completed cross stitching the center of Chatelaines Rosarium, I have sought a brief respite from my largest project to date The Kiss with Witch's Pie, and the Crone has produced some mixed media art for your enjoyment!
The Maiden

Thursday, September 7, 2017

A spoon full of...

 The Halloween spirit was officially ushered in yesterday with my first sip of Caramel Apple Cider! I picked up this little recipie to give me a break from my Mira, and laughed when I got to this ingredient!
 I really do use it daily, as my boys have recently started eating a homemade raw food diet! Look at them gobble up that bone dust!
Just when I was about to close my eyes, all threads having been packed away and patterns tucked in, The Mother brought this to my attention: Halloween at Hawk Run Hallow! Needless to say we both pre-ordered it! The Maiden

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Kreinik Kraze!

Another spool of Kreinik down, an emergency run to my LNS over the holiday weekend and now just trying to stay motivated for this last section!

I may have picked up the new Mira while I was there! The Maiden

Monday, September 4, 2017

Chatelaine Parade!

 After years of debate and doubts I have finally started my first Chatelaine the Provence Mandala! 
 My choice was impulsive, I had other designs in mind truth be told, but has turned out to be the perfect introduction as the specialty stitches are not so numerous or intimidating. I converted all solid colored silks to DMC as this is one of the more expensive Chatelaines, and am having some difficulty with the dye lots of the remaining silks (which are the majority!). In areas where my work is "lost" I have had to swap out for DMC, it's quite frustrating!
 The Mother has also started a new Chatelaine, Rosarium as a gift for a retiring co-worker she will stitch the center square! It has completely captivated her and I believe she will start the full mandala for herself next!
 I just love the look the overdyed threads give to the specialty stitches, and those beads!
Finally, a little peak at the corner of Pomarium, the mother's fingers are so quick! The Maiden

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Not so tiny insects!

The Mother's Unusual Specimen is coming right along with 11 pages completed!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017


 Quick update on Mirabilia's The Kiss, there is so much more to stitch than I thought! It is hard to remain focused when your first Chatelaine wants attention!

Stitching with #8 kreinik is like trying to stitch with barb wire! The Maiden

Monday, August 28, 2017

Surprising Find

While hunting for supplies to send the Crone I stumbled across a long forgotten project by the Cricket Collection.
 A sense of sadness overcame me, how could I have forgotten a project so thoughtfully kitted?
 All is not lost, for this project may have found me just when I needed it most!
Stitched on 28ct Highland, oh that fabric! The Maiden

Friday, August 25, 2017

Stitching Board

 I have a serious case of startitist, and in my fevered state have started 2 Chatelaines! Before the infection I choose The Kiss as my next focus piece, being my oldest Mirabilia (I cannot believe I have 17 started!)
 I went through 2 spools of Kreinik! The dress is my new favorite, the sparkle alone!
 2 days, 2 spools of kreinik, and over 2000 stitches!
My family and friends know that I am stitching my Inspiration Board, and when my sister saw my "house" cross stitch, she texted me the above response. You heard her Universe!
The Maiden

Monday, August 21, 2017

Perfectly Pomarium

Part 1 of Pomarium is complete!

Working on these projects is like a masters class in stitching, and the Mother could guest lecture at this point!

112 Algerian Eyelets
100 Jessicas
124 Dense Rhodes
4 Woven Scotches
4 Satin Stitches

Friday, August 18, 2017

A Stitcher's Start

This was my first completed cross stitch, a gift I made for my mother at 16 (I believe there may have been a cat cross stitch where a line of felines were meowing at the moon, but I was 10 and it is long gone!). Watching flosstube tutorials for my Chatelaine prompted me to tell my origin story, as so many do, and low and behold I discovered specialty stitches!

A little bump of confidence is exactly what I needed for my first Mandala!
The Maiden

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Dual Finishes!

It is a Maiden Mother Crone first, 2 finishes in 1 day!

Started on August 28th, 2009 and abandoned after 7 days, I have finally finished Tall Seasons by the Sunflower Seed. Stitched on 32 ODL "Legacy."
Here is a close up of the final house, Winter. All DMCs were converted to silks, with the exception of this house where Gentle Art's Peacock was used.

 The Mother also completed this stitch in 2 days! She is already on to "Spooky" and I cannot wait to see the triptych completed!
The Maiden

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Up in the Clouds

While I was praising the Mother as my inspiration to finish a project before I start another, she was well on her way to breaking her own guideline! (I secretly love that she did, for I was just looking at this designer yesterday!) Here is her new start Happy Spooky Halloween by clouds Factory, stitched on "tropical" Opal Lugana. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Stitches for Everyone!

Happy World Cross Stitch Day to all stitchers near and far, I hope your needles were threaded and frogs far away!
I am determined to finish Tall Seasons before starting the Chatelaine I just kitted up yesterday, and finished my goal for the day, the final tree! The pouring rain provided the perfect backdrop for tonight's stitching.

The Mother was in town for work this week and brought Damask Roses at my suggestion that we resume our SAL, but she is much further than I remembered so I may need a head start!

The one over one skin on Ms. Freedom is time consuming, but well worth the final product!
While we did not throw a single stitch we were able to go to Stitcher's Paradise where she helped me choose fabric for my first Chatelaine! For World Cross Stitch Day I treated myself to a half a yard of divine fabric, delicate silks and delicious treasure braids, now if I can only develop the courage to start it! The Maiden

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Due Case

Can you tell I am studying Italian?
 Summer has joined the fray, it won't be long until all the seasons are complete!

It has been so long since I have stitched anything, that every WIP feels like a new start, carrying with it all the excitement and novelty it had the first time around.
The Maiden

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Una Casa

Many, many years ago I began this project by The Sunflower Seed. It is in fact, one of the earliest to appear on this blog. It was abandoned like so many other UFOs, until I came across it a week ago and realized it was the spitting image of my dream Home.

The Crone and I often talked late into the night of the significance of the projects we choose (usually with a cup of Tevana in hand), how they represent the "tapestry of life." Now that I can see the purpose behind this project so many years later it is time to finish it, and hopefully bring into reality not only this house but a project for it's walls!

When I was a young stitcher I went through a silk phase, and in my insanity converted all the DMC in this project to Splendor's. I cringed when I found the receipt for this purchase folded at the bottom of a bag, an astounding $185.00 was spent on a project I worked on for 7 days!

Despite the expense, I adore this project for the balance it holds and loved adding the N-S-E-W to the bottom.

The Summer home has joined Fall, only 2 more houses to go!
The Maiden

Monday, July 31, 2017

Unusual Suspects

 The mother has joined me in Diamond Painting! She was gifted with this "unusual specimen" from Heaven and Earth Designs and has already made amazing progress!
Here is the first page and a half.
The mother is so fast I had to edit this newly formed post to update everyone on her progress!