On target and a Yiota's Cross Stitch Review

Hello friends!

I've taken little bits of time to stitch this past week and really feel like I've accomplished a lot.  This coming week I'll need to concentrate on a few things to meet my February goals, though.  I'd like to have this page of the Dimensions Cabin 2/3 done, finish my February ornament, and make some sort of sewn or quilted project by Friday.  It's too bad that I can't sit and stitch all day this week, but I seem to have some other deadlines this week that are a little more important than cross stitch! : )

Let's start with yesterday... my daughter brought in this long-awaited parcel from www.yiotas-xstitch.com.

I say "long-awaited" not because it was slow in shipping, I think it came from the UK in 5 days, but because I knew it would be coming in February and I didn't know when, so I was thrilled to finally see it!  You'll see the Post Office didn't quite get the "do not bend" idea, but that's ok - it was well packaged and not damaged, and  (drum roll, please) out came my pattern...

After looking closely at other reviews and at the patterns themselves online, I realized that these cross stitch kits from Yiota's were not going to be as detailed as, say, the HAED ones.  That was OK with me, as those have so many color changes to achieve that look that they can be overwhelming.  But, because of that I chose a piece that I would love even if there wasn't a lot of shading.  Let me show you what I mean....

This is a corner of the picture on the front of the pattern.  Do you see that there are definite lines in the color changes in the sky?  It isn't a problem at all and it going to be so fun to stich, but it can be different than you'd expect just by looking at the patterns online.

Here's how the kit was packaged...

Don't you just love those bobbins?  I put them on a ring and started to work right away.  I didn't use the enclosed 14 count aida - although it was soft and would work just fine - but after working on "Eye on the Sparrow" I decided that I would like to try to stitch this over one instead.  (I should've just gotten it with the evenweave, but I figured it would all be covered and wouldn't really matter which I stitched it on.)  The pattern is "large print" - the symbols are twice as big as the Dimensions kit pattern that I've been working from - so it seems like it will be very easy to work from.  Here's as far as I got in my little chunk of time I allotted to it...

Now when I got to this point and shot the picture I realized that the length of my fabric was going horizontally across my lap, rather than vertically.  AAAARRRRRGGGGHHHH.  Well, I measured carefully, and because I'd left so much on each side, I can continue and it will still fit, I'll just only have an inch or so on the bottom when I'm done.  I know most of you die hard stitchers would have frogged it and restarted, but I can't stand frogging unless there is no other way around it, so I choose to pretend I meant to do it in the first place.

Anyway, keep watching to see my progress!  I'd love to have this done by Christmas, as I really want to add it to my decorations!

Whew!  Long post!  OK - here's a group shot of all my other projects.  Maybe you'll notice some progress on a few of them!

And there you have it!  

Thanks so much for stopping by, and HAPPY STITCHING!


It's Time!

For another weekly update!

First, the winner of my little giveaway is... CALAMITY JR.!!

Congratulations!  Could you email me at inkystitcher @ yahoo.com with your address?  Thanks!!

Now onto the pictures!

First, let me show you what Catherine sent me for the Love and Friendship Exchange.  It was amazing!  She stitched the pretty pillow and put my husband's and my initials on it, along with our wedding year.  That is SO special, cuz this will be our 25th anniversary this year and now I have a stitched remembrance of it!

Then there are beads and a mesh bag and a wonderful pair of Dinky Dyes scissors and lots of deep fall colored floss and needles and... HAND DYED FABRIC.  I could not believe it!!  The best part was that the color of the fabric was just PERFECT for a pattern I've had kitted up since last year, that I could not find fabric for!!  I was so excited that I started it right away!  I'm stitching it over 1 on the Hand-Dyed Monaco...

Do you recognize it?  It's Silver Creek Sampler's "Eye on the Sparrow".  It's coming along so quickly and I absolutely love working on it!  I have put in a few stitches on all my pieces, even my UFO, but I'm only going to show you a progress picture on my Dimension's Cabin which is still pretty close to being "on target" to be finished by the end of the year...

Oh!  Here's my exchange gift that I sent to Shirlee.  I enjoyed stitching her pillow, which was an ornament from one of the newest JCS ornament magazines.  I haven't stitched a whole lot of pieces that just use one color and it was sort of relaxing. : )

Now, for a favorite card... Hmmm... which one to choose...  I know!

This is a digi stamp that I colored with copics.  I followed the My Favorite Things Wednesday sketch and got to use my new Flower and Leaf Trio Die-Namics to cut out the flower and leaves.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Weekly Update and Giveaway

 Greetings, friends!  Here's my update for the week!

Cabin Fever...  Not as much done this week as I would've liked.  I had some trouble with my shoulder at the beginning of the week so I stitched on my "easy" pieces more than this one.  It's doing better now, thanks!

Twilight Bridge...  Just a thread length or two on this one.  I'm in no hurry, I just have to stitch on it a little each week. : )

February Ornament... It's coming along nicely.  I stitch on this when I need something ... ummm... brainless.

UFO Heart and Soul...  Lots of border and a little bit of flower this week.

Precious Moments ... I haven't done a charity quilt block yet this year and I've wanted to start this PM for awhile.  I do wish I would've started this one on evenweave, though.  Lots of fractional stitches in it, which I didn't think about until too late.  Next time I'll remember!! : )


Here's a virtual card for Mouse... since I missed her birthday...

and, last but not least, a little giveaway!  

I made this little pillow for an exchange, and ended up stitching and sending an entirely different one!  Plus a magazine and some candy... and I'll add a few of my handmade cards, as well! : )  Just mention you'd like to be included in the drawing in your comment and I'll add your name.  I'll draw the winner when I make my next update, so it might be 3 days, or it might be a week.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Be a blessing!!



Love You...More!

It's time for another guest design team challenge over at My Favorite Things! : )  Love these!  They always make you step up your stamping to another level and it's a good thing to be continually inspired.  The theme for this month is Stamp Your Heart Out, and here's what I came up with...

I started by cutting out tons (ok, so not tons, but quite a few!) of little hearts with my Notched Tag Die-Namics in different shades of pink.  I freehanded the "U" and stitched it onto the white mat and then cut out a little tag with the First Place Award Ribbon Die-Namics.  The kraft background is stamped lightly with an older Script background stamp by Stampin Up and then layered and stitched onto a Nesties scalloped rectangle.  The white background is embossed with the Argyle embossing folder and the words are from two different PI sets...  This month's Classic Kids VIP set and Love you with all my Heart.

Love you more!  A perfect card to send to my husband... even WITH all the pink!! LOL!