Sunday, February 16, 2020

SK Effects of Caffeine - SAL Update 20



I am thrilled to share a finish today! Working on this Heaven and Earth Designs cross-stitch project, based on Randal Spangler's Storykeep Effects of Caffeine, has been a joy. 

This is how it looked in our last update, 2,265 stitches ago.

This Stitch-Along (SAL) is organized by Avis at Sewing Beside the Sea. Each participant chooses 1 project to work and and we share updates every 3rd Sunday. 

I encourage you to check out the other crafty bloggers to see what they are working on. We are thrilled to have Jenny joining us again.

Please note that we are all over the world, so if a post is not up yet, please check back later.


AvisClaireGunCaroleSue
ConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindy
HeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMegan
Deborah, Mary Margaret, CarmelaJocelynSharon,
DaisyAnneConnieAJJenny

If you missed the happy dances for finishes with our last update (I hope I did not miss any):
Christina at Petals and Pins finished Into the Jungle, as seen here.
Sharon at Piecing Life Together One Stitch at a time finished her Ornamental Pumpkin, as seen here. (I do love pumpkins!)

Thank you for visiting!
Renee


Saturday, February 1, 2020

February 2020


February is here already!
It truly feels like every month goes faster than the last. 

January Goals in Review and February Goals:


January: Find a race to run and track my miles with Runkeeper App.

I signed up for a race in March and ran 10.5 miles in January. (A bad cold early in the month prevented more.)

February: Train to run in March.



January: Add 300 stitches to Charting Creations Fractal White Tiger and share progress on the Stitchy Start blog. Done! 

371 Stitches added - mostly during International Hermit & Stitch Weekend (IHSW) through the Facebook group. IHSW is the 3rd full weekend of the month.

February goal is the same.


January: Add at least 30 stitches/day to Heaven and Earth Designs (HAED) Storykeep Effects of Caffeine and share updates every 3rd Sunday with the SAL. Done! 

4,054 stitches were added in January. 930 counted towards the 100 Days of HAED Challenge to add 30 stitches/day. 

The remaining stitches counted as 3,124 miles in the Road Trip Around the USA Challenge. 29,240 miles to go...

February goal is the same. The next SAL update is February 16th.


January: Make progress on HAED Twilight Duel. Done!

2 hours went into Twilight Duel, adding 247 stitches to page 9.

February goal is the same.


January: Finish crazy quilted Valentine fabric postcard - #2 on my American Patchwork & Quilting (APQ) UFO Challenge (seen in the photo at the top of this blog post.) No progress made...


February: Make progress on (or finish?!) #9 on my APQ UFO Challenge List. This is my Winter/Christmas crazy quilt. 




January: 1 X-mas Item a Month blog: share progress on my Winter/Christmas Crazy Quilt. No progress made... 

Still dreading embroidering snowflakes, I hoped to finish this crazy quilted snowman ornament to share instead.  It is not quite done.

February goal is to finish this ornament and to share progress on my Winter/Christmas Crazy Quilt on the 1 X-mas Item a Month blog.

InCoWriMo - February is INternational COrrespondence WRiting MOnth. The goal is to write one letter a day throughout the month of February. 29 letters, cards and/or postcards in 29 days. I am joining the fun in 2020. Are you participating? If so, please let me know!

Yikes. This list looks a little overwhelming. I will take it one step, letter, and at least 30 stitches a day!

Wishing you all a fabulous February!
-Renee


Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Fractal White Tiger January 2020 Update

371 stitches were added to my Charting Creations Fractal White Tiger cross-stitch project this month.

The project is now 20.79% complete.

I started this piece on January 1, 2016 to participate with the Stitchy Start blog.

Happy Stitching!
Renee

Sunday, January 26, 2020

SK Effects of Caffeine - SAL Update 19




2,922 stitches have been added to my Heaven and Earth Designs (HAED) Storykeep Effects of Caffeine cross-stitch project, based on artwork by Randal Spangler. 

I apologize for the crooked photo.

There are only 2,265 stitches to go! 

The needle marks the bottom of the design.



This is how it looked in our last update.

I am participating in the 100 Days of HAED Challenge, with a goal of adding 30 stitches a day to this piece from January 1st - April 9th. It has really helped with my progress this month.

This Stitch Along (SAL) is hosted by Avis at Sewing Beside the Sea. Each blogger selects a project to work on and we share our progress every 3rd Sunday. 

Please hop on over to everyone else's blogs to see the progress on their projects. We are all in different time zones, so if a post is not up yet, check again later. 

Our next update will be on February 16th. 



If you were unable to visit all of the blogs last time, there were a few happy dances! (Hopefully, I have not missed any of them...)

  • Constanze finished Mr. Iguana and he is fabulous, as seen in this post!
  • Anne finished not one, but two embroideries based on cliffs from Portsea. You may see them here.
  • Sue finished a darling cross-stitch and her pillowcase, as seen here.


There were also 3 finishes in December:


  • Sunny finished a fabulous Christmas banner, as seen here.
  • Carmela also finished her lovely sampler, "De Senectute", which you may see here.
  • Connie finished her Gingerbread house, as seen here.

Thank you for visiting!
Renee

Sunday, January 5, 2020

SK Effects of Caffeine - SAL Update 18


1,142 stitches have been added to my Heaven and Earth Designs (HAED) Storykeep Effects of Caffeine cross-stitch project since our last update. This sleepy dragon is one of my favorite pieces of art by Randal Spangler!


A bit of the moon is beginning to appear on the cup. Page 3 (of 4) should be finished by our next update on January 26th. 

This is how it looked in our last update.

With my goal to add 650 stitches every 3 weeks, I should have a finish to share on June 21st!

I am participating in the 100 Days of HAED Challenge through the Stitchtalk HAED Challenges Facebook Group. My goal is to add 30 stitches a day to this piece every day January 1st - April 9th, so I hope to have a finish to share before June. We shall see...

Thank you for visiting! I do hope you will stop and visit the other bloggers participating in this SAL. We are happy to have AJ joining us! 

If you are interested in participating, Avis hosts the SAL and has more details on her blog (see the first link below.)

Happy New Year!
Renee

AvisClaireGunCaroleSue,
ConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindy,
LindaHeidiJackieSunnyHayley,
MeganDeborah, Mary Margaret, Jenny,
CarmelaJocelynSharonDaisyAnneConnieAJ