Friday, June 16, 2017

June 2017 GG

This month I have 2 complete finishes and a WIP to post for GG! 

First up is Happily Ever After finished, matted, and framed and was gifted to my best friend at his wedding on Sunday, the 11th!

Second is Love More also finished, matted, and framed and was gifted to my friends on Monday, the 12th!

The final is a continuation of the WIP for my friends and their new baby. I finished Yoda and am working on Darth Vader next!

I'll probably give my fingers a break from all the stitching for a little bit but I am super pleased with the finishes and progress so far!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Another Finish!?

Just 5 days later and I have another finish! Woo hoo! *does a happy dance* 

This one was really on my heart to do for my friends so I think that definitely made a difference with the speed at which I completed it. Overall I'm happy with how the personalization came in addition to the design.

FINISHED! "Love More" - personalized "Rainbow Heart" by FandomCrossStitchery

As I stated in my previous post, the original chart was just for the rainbow splatter that created the heart shape in the middle. I used a variegated floss to create the pulse symbol and all the writing. Coming up with the "Love More" text was interesting and took my several tries to find a font and size that I liked before stitching. 

Now to find the perfect way to frame this after cleaning and ironing!

As far as my next finish (hopefully), I plan on focusing on the Star Wars piece for my friends' child's room. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

First 2017 Finish...and another couple starts!

On Saturday, I finished the "Happily Ever After" wedding piece! Take a look!

"Happily Ever After" - (Recolored) Dimensions Cross Stitch Kit FINISHED!

Just realized I forgot to initial it, so after that is done, I'll be working on getting it cleaned, ironed, mounted, framed soon! Can't wait to see the completely finished product. I hope they like it. A lot of thought and love went into this one!

I've also started 2 new pieces that will both be gifts. Maybe one day I'll actually keep something I make....maybe 😝!

The first is a pattern that was given to me but I will also be personalizing it a lot. I'll call this one "Love More" but it's official title is "Rainbow Heart Cutout," I believe.

The original pattern just has the heart cutout, I've personalized it with the pulse and will be adding words to it. I think I can have this finished by this weekend!

The second start is a Star Wars mini cross stitch pattern of Yoda and Darth Vader that I bought on Etsy. This will be a piece for my friends who recently had a baby boy and have decorated his room with a Star Wars theme. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Updates and GG - May 2017

2 part post! 

First: It's been a quite a while since I last posted...beginning of the year to be exact lol. Since starting the new job my schedule has been hectic due to different training classes I've had to attend in addition to the in house training. Other than that, I have been much happier, have had spent more quality time with my family, and my health has been the best it's been in a long time thanks to the stress level change. While I am still a 911 dispatcher, I am at a different agency with a different call volume and and taking different types of calls. 

In addition to the new job, I also have not been able to post because I decided to go back to school. I took 2 classes online for the spring semester just to take it slow and try to work it around child care and work. Luckily, I surprised myself and successfully completed both classes with As! My goal was at least to get Bs in both considering all the changes I was making this year but my daughter has been my biggest motivator and I wanted to do the absolute best that I could. Since I did so well, I decided to push myself again and take 1 online class over the summer term. At the time I didn't realize that it was actually a "half-term" class which means it started on May 8 and will be done on June 19...I'm going to really need to focus and hope I do well. Again, I have set my goal at a B. Wish me luck!

Second part of my post: the cross stitch update! Seeing as the 15th was Monday, that means it's time for GG! I haven't had much time to actually cross stitch but the past 2 weeks I've been working on a piece for my best friend's wedding gift. I had found a kit in the store that I really liked but did not like the colors at all. 

Here is what it looks like from the kit:

Here is what I've done so far using my own color scheme:

Seeing as their colors are white, gold, and a splash of teal, I decided to go with that color scheme and thought they would look really nice on a black aida. I'm playing with doing the letters with a variegated teal-blue floss (since their cake is going to be a teal ombre design) but I'm not entirely sure just yet. I will have to play with it a little. 

Overall I am happy with how my choice of colors have been working out and very pleased with my progress in working on this a few days each week so far. I plan on hopefully completing it sometime over this weekend and then mount and frame it for the June 11th wedding! 

This would leave me with a couple weeks to work on another little piece that has been on my heart to do for my friends in remembrance of the friend they lost a year ago during the Pulse tragedy.  

Sunday, January 1, 2017

A New Year, A New Me (hopefully)

I can honestly say that 2016 was probably the hardest year for me. There were several negatives but I will focus on the positives! My beautiful daughter was born almost a year ago now and it has been the most amazing thing watching her grow! 

I happily welcome 2017 with open arms! I look forward to everything it has to offer. This is I am starting fresh. I'll be returning to school to hopefully finish my AA this year. I'll be starting a new job on the 23rd (currently I am on vacation til the 14th and that will be my official last day of my current job). This will hopefully free me up for way more family time and no more 14 hour work days! My husband will hopefully get the position he wants in March. Our daughter turns 1 on the 12th. I hope to be able to focus more on stitching this year and I'm shooting for at least 2 major finishes. 

I can't wait to see how things turn out this year! I wish everyone many blessings for 2017!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Gifted Gorgeousness - December 2016

So I've missed several GG's since May unfortunately but here is my last entry for this year. Sadly it's not a finish and it's also not a cross stitch. I have been learning how to do a basket weave stitch, which has been interesting to say the least. It's also difficult for me because it is stamped and I'm used to doing counted projects. 

This will be (hopefully) a 3 Kings' Day gift to my daughter to have for next Christmas (since I doubt I will get it done before this Christmas).

I have several gifted projects that I plan to either continue working on or start for next year and so I hope to continue to participate in the GG SAL and post far more than I was able to this year!

Current WIP that will be continued include Olde World Map and Highlights of Puerto Rico. 

New projects that I am looking to start in 2017 include a Star Wars piece for my friends' son due on Jan 6th, His Name Is Jesus for my in-laws, the Lord's Prayer for my grandmother, and I will probably find something to gift to my bestfriend for his wedding day. 

Monday, December 12, 2016

Finally Back to Stitching, Christmas Time & Other Nerdy Business

It has been a crazy 5 months since I last posted but life is slowly getting back to normal in between the millions of overtime hours I have been working.

1st update: Stitching
Unfortunately I didn't have much time to actually cross stitch anything. I did however work a little more on the Polar Pals stocking for my daughter. The original goal was to have this done for Christmas this year but I'm not entirely sure that it will happen at this rate. If it doesn't then it will probably turn into a Three Kings' Day gift for her to be used next Christmas. 

This piece has been a little difficult for me to make significant progress on quickly. The main reason is because it isn't a cross stitch. I had to learn how to basketweave stitch, which for some reason took me forever to figure out after watching several YouTube videos. Now, however, I do have the hang of it and it's just a matter of actually having the time to spend on working on it. Hopefully it won't take as long as I'm predicting but we will see.

2nd update: Christmas Time

I love this time of year and I usually decorate the outside of the house with a few Christmas lights to make it feel more like the holiday despite the usual 70-80 degree weather here in Florida! Since it's our daughter's first Christmas this year, I added more lights to our collection outside and decorated inside as well. Usually it's just a tree inside. I felt the need to make this year a little more special and plan to add to our collection a little every year from now on!

3rd Update: Other Nerdy Business
I have finally had a chance to get back to playing games a little more often since having my daughter! And the past 2 months have had me excited with the new games that I have picked up and started playing! 

I think that's all for my ridiculously long update. I'll try to post updates about the stocking when I've made significant progress.