Monday, October 1, 2018

Five Months Worth of WIPocalypse

Five months.  Where did this year go?  I've been here, on Facebook, on DeviantArt, the NCCIH website, but mostly on job sites looking for work soooooooooo............

This morning I decided to do what I have done before and answer several month's worth of questions in one go.  I kind of like doing this, but it does make for a long blog.  Hope you have coffee or tea and have taken that potty break!

May:  Where do you love to shop for stash?

At first I wanted to just say 123Stitch.  But then I thought Etsy.  These two were followed by MyNotions, Casa Cerenina, SewNSew, Everything Cross Stitch, PTP, Sparklies, Jodyri, Ebay, and so on.  Honestly, that doesn't even cover every place I love to go but you get the idea.

June:  Tell us what you think the ideal stitching retreat would include.

Having never been to one, and only reading about and watching Floss Tube videos, and discussing a retreat with my girls, I would have to say it would be nice to have a retreat at a lodge or a castle.  To me, the entire idea of a retreat is somewhere secluded.  Going by that, wouldn't it be wonderful to just be in a huge lodge somewhere surrounded by nature and none of the outside interference we all endure daily?  Even a nice castle would be refreshing and secluded.  Walking trails, stitching inside or outside on comfortable patios or in a large dining hall would be wonderful.  

Granted, if it were to be a lodge or a castle, the retreats would be smaller and more intimate.  But who is to stop someone from having several a year so more people could enjoy the setting?

One thing I would like to see are seating placards.  From what I've seen so far, everyone just goes into the big conference room and sits wherever.  Why not have seating arrangements?  When everyone leaves for lunches or for the evening, switch them up!  This way more people can meet more people.  This idea might not be valid since everyone has their stitchy stuff and it will need to be moved, but it could work in certain situations.

July:  How are you doing with your goals so far this year?

As of July I wasn't doing as well as I had hoped I would be.  I wanted to have more WIPs finished and as of July, NOPE.  No WIPs finished.

August:  Which is more satisfying to you and why – the process of stitching a piece, or the finish?

Well, that depends on the project I'm working on.  My Fire and Ember piece is my first full coverage and I'm enjoying the page by page finishes to expose parts of a bigger picture.  I really DO love a complete finish so I can move on, but overall it really does depend on what I'm working on.

September:  How do you keep your stitching stash organized?

Hoops, rulers and fabric
Floss boxes, drawers, two boxes and project bags and a cupboard or two.  I live in a 5th Wheel RV and space is limited.  It took me many, many years to downsize from the hoard I did have to the minimal stash I have now.  I still feel I could downsize more but I'm hoping to figure out a better way to store my stash in ONE PLACE and not in four different places.  I suppose now that winter is almost here I could figure that out this year.  For now my spread out method works because if I cannot see my box of kits and patterns then I am less likely to want to start EVERYTHING.
Kits and Hard Copy Patterns

Project bags of WIPs
Also, with the learning to sew up my own project bags I have double insured that new starts or out of order starts don't happen.  It also helps me not to feel overwhelmed as I sometimes do.  I can finish something and then put another WIP in and soldier on!

Looking at these pictures I'm actually feeling more inclined to figure out how to get everything in one place neatly, but I'll let my mind munch on that idea for awhile and see what I come up with.  For now, it works as is.

I do hope you have enjoyed this huge amount of WIPocalypse!

Until next time.....Keep on Stitchin'!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Carla and Leo's Halloween SAL Begins Today!

You heard that right!  Our SAL starts today and this year we have some super cute patterns for your stitching pleasure.  If you want to read what Leonore wrote please wander over to her blog Needle, Pen & Sword.

Our first fabulous designer is Ashley Mae, aka PinkythePink from her store Make it Pink on Etsy.

Now, I did attempt to finish a model stitch for Ashley's Pumpkin Doodle Cat and kept getting interrupted by things like life, my Etsy store, the guy measuring the yard, my RV, being tired, needing to eat..........all that stuff, but I managed a lovely start just the same.

I am in love with this pattern!  I'm very excited to see how the Kreinik will look once I get to that part of the pattern.

The other designer we have is Pippa of Lucky Star Stitches.  Not only is Pippa adorable, so are her patterns.  We have two lovely designers this year!!  It's too much cuteness!

Picture courtesy of Lucky Star Stitches

I'm only sharing one of her six patterns you can choose from.  Theses are all smalls but so easy to stitch you might not stop at just one.

If you are on deviantART and want to join in PLEASE DO!  If you are on Facebook and want to join the group there, PLEASE DO!! 

Until next time.....KEEP ON STITCHIN'! 

Saturday, April 28, 2018

April WIPocalypse

Every time I post for WIPocalypse I always feel like I haven't done a darned thing.  I then have to go back to last time to see what I've done for my WIPs and still feel like not enough progress has been made.

I did finish Lizzie Kate's Spring right after the last WIPocalypse posting.  So bonus points there!

I have since spent much of my time working on floss pads, sewing up things and getting my product organized for the not very anticipated re-launch of my Etsy store.

During all of that crazy sewing, I pushed everything aside and got back to work on Odd Clover then threw that aside and went crazy berserker stitching on the Fire and Ember SAL.

I finished two pages and am now working on another.  I am officially 12 months behind on this SAL but should be caught up and on track by the end of May.  

The question of the month is:  Talk to us about your longest running WIP or UFO.

I have blabbed about these two in the past and brought them out to be worked on every once in awhile, but never seem to get very far.

Both of them were started in 2009.  They are my two guilt projects.

Celtic Goddess on the left and COSMOS on the right.  Celtic Goddess was supposed to be a model stitch for a designer and it is a beautiful piece.  For some reason I cannot seem to motivate myself to stitch her.  She has been put back in the box and remains a UFO for the duration.

COSMOS is the worst offender.  I have entirely too much guilt associated with this one and feel ashamed I haven't finished it.  It was/IS an exchange piece where I traded Tim Tams for converting an artists work into pattern to create a pillow out of the finished piece.  I have 100 stitches in and that is where it has stayed.  They are both beautiful patterns and I really like them, but they remain UFO's until I suck it up and get it done.

It's difficult to show my shame, but if I continue to pull these two projects out I feel that one day they will be completed and sent on to the rightful owners!

For now, I'm tackling the Fire and Ember piece (lovingly referred to as THORDAK because of Critical Role and the Chroma Conclave).  This SAL will be finished in October when we stitchers will begin the next SAL which is called the Dead Sea SAL.  

All good, good fun!  If I stay on track and finish the smaller projects while working on the larger ones, I just might get back to Celtic Goddess and COSMOS sooner rather than never 😁

Until next time.....KEEP ON STITCHIN'!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop 2018!


The spring picture is Satsuma Street's "Nest Egg"

My letter for you is

Now hop on over to visit with Katie for your next bit of fun!

Until next time.....KEEP ON STITCHIN'!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

MARCH WIPocalypse

YAY!  It's WIPocalypse time again! I don't have much to show since last time expect for Lizzie Kate's Spring which should be done today.  I was hoping for a finish last night but got sucked in to Jessica Jones binge watching....should have listened to an audio book instead! 

This month's question is: What newer designers and product creators (fabric or floss dyeing, etc) out there have you discovered and recommend?

Well now, the first one that comes to mind is Jodyri.  Technically not "newer" since she's been doing this for awhile now, but she offers monthly  clubs on Limited Edition Floss and matching Fabrics.  She does create patterns as well which are simple and perfect for her fabrics and flosses!

As you can see, I have a rainbow assortment of the Limited Edition fabrics.  Michelle (owner of Jodyri) also has her normal stock fabrics, but frankly I like the idea of Limited Editions and LOVE getting my monthly installment. Her customer service is exemplary.

There are two other designers that are newer to the scene and one is Ashley Mae aka Pinky the Pink of Make it Pink on Etsy.  She has converted many pieces of lovely artwork into patterns with the express permission of the artists AND the Mucha Foundation.  Well worth the visit to her store.  Ashley's

The start of Mucha's "Spring" pattern by Ashley
pattern designs are VERY different than normal and may seem intimidating at first (Think how intimidating TW patterns are!).  Her style is so evident in the way she creates the patterns that one peek at a pattern will show you how much time and detail she devotes to every pattern she creates.  She honors the artists, and never tries to downplay the importance of the original artwork. She blends flosses (tweeding), she uses Kreinik and Mill Hill beads...she tries to put as much into a piece as she can to bring out the beauty of the original art while giving the stitcher a new experience in stitching.

NYE Mystery SAL
"Merida" pattern by Ashley
And lastly is my girl Magical (Galdra Stafir).  She has been creating free patterns for all.  What started out as gem of the month has now blossomed into a growing Facebook Group called Weavers Tapestry Band Sampler SAL.  Her blog shows Friday Freebies, ornaments AND one of my all time favorites is a new Facebook group called Magical Mystery SAL which started out as NYE SAL.  

A little story about the NYE SAL is Galdra and I were blabbing about things when suddenly she asks, "What do you think of a New Year's Eve SAL?"  I thought that was such an incredibly great idea and she really did an amazing job of it.  But why stop there?  We talked about it more and she wanted to change the group name and I said "Magical Mystery SAL" to match her blog a bit. I hope you all go and join...I know if I don't add you to that group she will!

How it worked was that on New Year's Eve she released a piece of the pattern every three hours.  There were MANY stitchers who don't wander out on NYE, and what do you know?  SO MUCH FUN was had by all.  On March 31st we will be doing it again!  The first two pre-stitch patterns are out and now we are all just waiting for THE DAY.

This blog is making me laugh because I was worried I wouldn't have an answer.  Well the answer came easily and with much exuberance!  Please check out Michelle, Ashley and Galdra.  For newer designers and product creators, these three are AMAZING!

Until next time.....KEEP ON STITCHIN'!!

Saturday, March 17, 2018


  Yay for March Totally Useless SAL!  What's in that jar you ask?  Well I will tell you!

Layer one saw the completion of Terri's book bag. Fluffy yarn bits which make excellent stuffing for biscornu.

With my new sewing machine that loves me I was able to line it with pretty fabric.  I love it so much I feel like I want to keep it but sadly I cannot.  It was suggested I make another one pronto, and I have enough bits and balls of various yarn colors to do just that.

The next layer was work done on making those floss pads.  They are wonderful and I still have a small pile left to make in preparation to re-open my Etsy store for sales. This picture just shows a few, I have a HUGE pile of them now. They are all approximately 9 x 9 inches and will be sold for $10 each.  I'll probably do a floss tube video about the grande re-opening of my store when I'm ready.

The next layer happens to be the re-emerging NEED to stitch which has flosses from the March NFSAL, Nest Egg, and a cute Vervaco bookmark I just finished last night.

 The top layer is where I pulled the threads from the outside of the pattern to fray the border of the bookmark.  I then went to my new sewing machine and attached a lovely piece of extra flannel on the backside of the bookmark to keep it tidy.

I've been sticking with bright, glorious colors because I want it to be spring so badly.  January and February were super hard to endure and honestly I cannot believe I made it through those two months as well as I did.

Thankfully it's March, halfway through in fact, and I'm VERY excited for more sunshine, warmer temperatures and greenery!

If you are somewhere that hasn't gotten the memo, please stay warm and enjoy the color I'm throwing at you!

Until next time.....KEEP ON STITCHIN'!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

February WIPocalypse

February 28 – Gadgets!  Show us your favorite stitching gadgets!  and How did you do with Olympic Stitching, and what goals did you achieve? 
Ink Circles "Tapestry"

And what do I have to show for myself for the Olympic Stitching?  Not much!  Somewhere at the beginning of the Olympics I finished losing my desire to stitch.

Ink Circles "Tapestry" was what I wanted to stitch.  That's as far as it was stitched.  Although I did manage to finish the March Neglected Floss SAL pattern at the beginning of the month, I had to accept the fact that I needed to work on other things. 

Gadgets!  Well now, I have some gadgets!  A book stand, biscornu, needleminder, homemade ripper, scissors, reading glasses, ort jar and floss pad.....these are the things I need when stitching comfortably.  I made the ORT jar, rippers, biscornu and floss pad.

For March I have a new start, but I will be stitching on my WIP Lizzie Kate Seasons "Spring" because March heralds the first day of spring!  Maybe these two projects will see the return of my urge to stitch?  Cannot wait to find out!

Until next time.....KEEP ON STITCHIN'!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

February TUSAL

It's TUSAL TIME!  The jar looks pretty full, but in reality it's mostly big orts from fluffy yarn that makes it appear as if I have done so much.

At the bottom is a few bits from the Fire and Ember SAL.  The page I cannot seem to finish no matter how much I want to.  Seriously, it's almost finished!!

Piled on top of the Fire and Ember SAL orts are the fluffy yarn orts from my finishing up a project that has taken 3 years to complete.  My Big Mama Chickie Bag which is larger than the "normal" Big Mama' was MASSIVE.  Arthritis or no, I was seriously annoyed to see it in my yarn bag where I keep my current knitting and crochet projects and decided to FINISH THE BEASTIE! 

I really like it and maybe will sell it if I ever open my Etsy shop again.  

Because I finished this, I pulled out the yarn I had stuffed in the bag for Terri's book bag.  She didn't want a Chickie Bag, but she liked the style and wanted a book bag so I started that.  I'm pulling it apart right now because it looks terrible and the base is not big enough for a book bag.  What you see in this picture is not where it is at right now, it looks like a bowl.  The pictures I took made the yarn look black so no current pictures of what I'm ripping out.

February Neglected Floss SAL was stitched up and came out beautifully as a biscornu.  I have already planned to stitch all of the patterns for 2018 Neglected Floss SAL as biscornu.  

The next layer in the old ort jar is a large amount of white thread.  I had battled to the bitter end with my possessed sewing machine and lost.  That thread is expensive and to have battled so hard for so long I finally decided the machine was done.  My son Randall did get me an early Valentine's gift and found a gently used machine for $50.  I couldn't be happier with the new machine!  It is simple and quiet and even the vibe is good.  I don't need anything complicated to sew with....I quilt, sew a few clothes...nothing difficult.  This machine is perfect.

After that I went ahead and stitched the March Neglected Floss SAL pattern, but cannot share that as it isn't March yet.  I wanted that one done so I could focus on the Olympics and do some Olympic stitching.  For that I have been working on Ink Circles lovely!!

I'm really enjoying this pattern and the threads.  I almost went with the DMC-ish colors that were recommended on the chart.  When I dug through my flosses I had quite a few and the colors of the GAST threads were so rich and lovely I caved and ordered the rest I needed.  Very glad I did.

And THAT is February TUSAL!  Now I MUST get back to's VITAL I watch all the curling!

Until next time.....KEEP ON STITCHIN'

Monday, February 12, 2018

A Pirate's History

It seems that all my blabbing about Stitching Pirates on my floss tube has had some wonderful people trying to join recently!  Naturally they want to have that free pattern and needleminder, but I am also hopeful that they want to be part of THE CROSS STITCHING JUGGERNAUT!

We have contests, exchanges, tutorials and so on, and it really is quite wonderful.  The Stitching Pirates were my first experience meeting other stitchers (aside from the two women who introduced me to stitching) world wide and I will always be a Pirate!  I'm sure the older stitchers remember when cross stitching, or needlework in general, was a solitary pursuit and sharing the excitement of this beautiful hobby was usually met with glazed eyes and sometimes hurtful comments.

My girl Krystal (aka Spitfirefae) is trying to make a How To Join video that I can put in my floss tube showing everyone the process of how to join.  When we created the Facebook Group Page, it was merely a way to give our members a quick way to stay informed of what was happening, not to create another cross stitch group for the lovely stitcher to collect.


The Stitching Pirates is a cross stitch group on the artists website known as Deviantart (from here on out known as dA).  The website was created so that artists had a community to share and learn.  That was 14 years ago and has since grown into a massive collective of every kind of art imaginable.

The name itself "deviant" does NOT mean (in this case) nasty, distasteful porn.  It is the true meaning of deviate, turn out of the DIFFERENT.  During my 13 years as a member, there have been times when the conversation of WHAT IS ART? has come up and heated debate has ensued.  Going to this website can be challenging as there seems to be more "questionable art" submitted than the more standard art.  Type in the word "curling" in the search box and you will get 50% of the results being beautiful, naked women posing "artistically".  Why this would be the case for curling I have no idea, but that is how it is.  There have been times over the years that dA members have come across persons who did not understand what dA is and the wonderful people who take care of our website are quick to delete accounts that fall in to the "other" category of being fraudulent or spammers.

One such time was when a young man came across the website and immediately began submitting pictures of his junk and started noting people with links to his profile page.  This was pre-Tinder and definitely NOT art.  He was looking for the hook up not realizing that his account would be deleted and cleansed by the fire of the administration. 

Other times, like with all websites hoping to do good things, we get hit by spammers or other undesirables who are there to steal art. 

Because there are millions of people who are members, it isn't difficult to steer clear of the more risque artistic endeavors. Pockets and niches are to be found where a person can be and enjoy a smaller, sub-section of this website with other like minded individuals.  

I have traveled the world through beautiful photography and met some of my closest friends there.  Hobbyists and Craftsmen post there.  Painters, knitters, jewelry makers, wood workers; all are to be found in this amazing place.  

I'm sharing this information with you because it seems that the name itself was a deterrent for some who really want to be a Stitching Pirate.  Even that name suggests woeful deeds....what do pirates do but loot and steal?  Thankfully, our Stitching Pirates do not loot and steal; we inform, teach, learn from others and uphold a pretty strict regiment of crediting the original artist, share links of where to get patterns, and even watch for those who would steal.  Copyright infringement hurts everyone.

An excellent example is with our Hannah-Alexander.  Someone took her art without permission and created cross stitch patterns and sold them on Etsy.  When Ashley Mae asked permission to do the same, Hannah was reluctant and with excellent reason.  Now, the only person with permission to do picture to pattern is Ashley Mae.  She is legally with permission to do so.  Ashley Mae also has a contract with the Mucha Foundation for Mucha's 1896 Seasons Series and yet, there IS someone out there who has been converting Mucha's art to pattern and selling them.  That person has been found and the foundation has been notified.  That is how the Stitching Pirates roll.  

Now we stitchers have groups on Facebook, we have floss tube and our needlework community has exploded so much so that places like dA could be considered a mute point.  Yet, we endeavor to persevere! (A little phrase from the Outlaw Josie Wales) dA is still valid and thriving, and the Stitching Pirates sail onward!

If you had any qualms about joining dA and becoming a Stitching Pirate, I hope I have quashed those hesitating thoughts and concerns.  We ARE and always will BE regardless of social media groups. 

Pirate Penguinicon by TheUncle2k

Until next time.....KEEP ON STITCHIN'!

Monday, January 22, 2018

January IHSW

It has been soooooooo long since we have had a good, solid and true IHSW!  Even though I felt I had lost my stitchy bug, I managed to get a little bit done over the weekend and am pretty pleased.

Thanks to Jo and Joyce for getting this up and running again!

So this weekend's project was my Fire and Ember SAL and I'm STILL on page D2.  A little back story on the page names...I have a grid.  I'm nerdy and geeky and a grid had to happen.  Oh but wait!  It gets worse!

I'm not going to bother stitching top left to right and go row by row or page by page..NO.  I'm going A1, B1, A2, C1, A3, D1, A4 and now am struggling to stitch D2.

And there's more!  Each page also has a corresponding month!  A1 was July 2016.  Page D2 is actually February 2017.  Technically speaking (I mean let's get real, it is ALL technical here) I am 12 months behind!

To continue with the madness, I will stitch all of the outside pages first and then hit the middle....I mean...if I EVER get done with D2.

This is my first medium/large full coverage piece and it is pure joy to stitch...when I actually stitch on it.  It isn't the pattern that is the issue.  It's how I overwhelmed myself with projects and had to sit back and just calm down.  I do this all of the time...normal behavior, but things end up getting done in the end.

The before and after shots of D2.  Maybe today will see the end of D2 and the start of A5?  Who knows!

Until next time.....KEEP ON STITCHIN'!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

First TUSAL 2018!

I haven't done TUSAL in quite some time so I'm excited to report in for this bit of funzies.

January 1st I emptied my ORT jar and here is where it was on that day of days.

January 1st
January 17th
It may seem like I had not emptied it in a year and that's just not the case!  I had emptied it several months ago after moving from Alaska to Colorado.

In this jar lies the debris of 5 Halloween projects, some biscornu, an ornament and some other stuff I don't remember right now.  There was some crazy stitching and crochet going on until the last of the year.

Once emptied, the immediate need to start filling it up again overcame me, but so far this is all I was able to stuff in there.  There is quite a bit of ripping in there, here's hoping next time will see less ripping and more stitching!

Now that I am back to following along with the TUSAL, I will empty my pretty blue ORT jar and begin again!  

Until next time.....KEEP ON STITCHIN'!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

2018 WIPocalypse, let's start the year off right!

Q:  Introduce yourself, your projects, and any goals you have for the year!

My name is Carla!

For 2018 I have decided on a small-ish rotation. In 2017 I started doing something that seems to be working for me....finishing my WIPs one at a time. That is working for me. I can work on other things, but there has to be the main focus piece WIP that gets done.

In a previous blog post I had stated that I was adjusting my progress bars, and finally came up with my rotation so we all aren't getting bored seeing the same dang things sitting there, never aging like Dorian Grey.

For the beginning of the year I'm working on the following in a rotation:

Spring (New year start which is the main focus piece)
Fire and Ember SAL (my first full coverage piece)
Unseen Things (has sat stagnant for entirely too long)
Tapestry (a new start on December 15, 2017)
Cead Mile Failte (been sitting around almost as long at Unseen Things)
Stitching Pirates Ship (My Slow Stitch Sunday piece that hasn't been touched in over a year)

My main goal is to finish all the WIPs I have in my WIP bag. As I finish one, I will put another into the rotation. I have several new starts I want to do this year but feel that it wouldn't be right to do any of them without finishing some of the oldie but goodies. Cleaning out my WIP bag is something I need to do!

I can safely say that as this first week of the year has gone by, I have only successfully stitched on one thing and that is SPRING....and then I had to rip out half of what I stitched!  It makes me laugh, so all is not lost.

This is exciting for me as I really do LOVE each one of these projects!  I'm looking forward to figuring out how this rotation will work and if I really can do six projects on a rotation.  I've tried a rotation before and failed.  I wasn't centered and didn't have as much quiet time as I do now.  My new goal for 2018 is to empty my WIP bag!!

Until next time.....KEEP ON STITCHIN'!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Everything Happened So Fast

No matter how organized I think I am, something gets overlooked or undone.  That would be my year end WIPocalypse post.  Like my WIPs, I too am a work in progress and therefore I forgive myself for the oversight.

Here are my completed projects for 2017!

I didn't include my Fire and Ember SAL as that is going to be part of the January 7th post for the 2018 WIPs.

Until next time.....KEEP ON STITCHIN'!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Missing My Blog

Since I started doing Floss Tube in January I have let my blog languish.  After fumbling around for most of the year trying to learn how to speak clearly about concepts I can write pretty eloquently about, it renewed my NEED to write.

I have updated my 301 Reading List, and have been doing so here and there all year.  This evening I updated My Stash list and My WIPs so everything is current.  One thing that irritates me is that I haven't changed any of my progress bars project names in a very long time.

I am working through my WIPs, getting them done one by one.  By the end of the year more of those progress bars should be fuller or filled or gone entirely. One has disappeared!

Photo courtesy of The Mucha Foundation
Starting January 1st I'm going to start stitching "Spring" which is a Mucha painting from his 1896 Seasons.  Ashley Mae of Make It Pink has been granted permission from the Mucha Foundation to create the patterns and sell them for a time at her Etsy shop.  I'm hoping others will join me in this endeavor!  I'd love a SAL! Soon, "Summer" will be released and so on, but how beautiful is it to have Mucha at your fingertips that is not only a well made pattern but originally created from one of the most interesting artists of all time?

She is beautiful and I cannot wait to begin!  As I have said, I really need to quit messing around and get some of those old WIPs finished and out of the way. 

Hopefully you all aren't taking it as if I'm complaining about those WIPs and asking "Why don't you just put them away and do whatever?"  My answer is this:  I would like to see them finished!  I love them all.  Very rarely do I not like a project, and if I remember correctly there was only one that was pure torture to stitch. Looking at it now all I can say is that it is lovelier as time passes and I'm pretty glad I finished it.  So, let's get some stitching done!

Currently I'm working on prizes for the Stitching Pirates Words of Wisdom Contest.  My friend Leah had made some lovely little bags for me last year when I was downsizing my fabric so I've been making biscornu for each of the bags.  Since these are prizes, I'm thinking about  what all needs to be in a travel bag.  Biscornu, needle book, scissor cover and scissors.  Sounds about right, am I right?

Recently I completed five Halloween patterns.  I have never done more than three and have always felt that having one  per year was good enough.  Because Leonore and I created an FB group Carla and Leo's Halloween Stitch Along we had many more people join us.  This has been an annual SAL on DeviantArt for a couple of years, but since making the group on FB we have expanded.  This year Leonore chose Satsuma Street patterns and HOW FUN!

Happy Halloween was my first project for the SAL and all of the lettering was done in Kreinik's Blinding Black #4 braid.  It's beautiful.  The fabric is Fabric's by Stephanie.

Then, before I could finish that one I ran out of the Kreinik, ordered more and while I waited I started and finished Sorry We're Dead.  28ct Lugana that I hand dyed myself from a piece of fabric I had in my stash.

Once that Kreinik came in, I finished the two H's and that was done and on to Halloween Cat.  This was the pattern almost everyone else who joined us chose to do.  I have to say that Halloween Cat is such a fabulous pattern that no matter what kind of fabric you choose, the pattern looks great on ANYTHING!

While all of this is going on, Magical was busy creating a fun pattern for our Neglected Floss Stitch Along on DeviantArt.  We have a model stitcher now who creates the most fun from all the patterns, but I squeezed in a few days to stitch the October pattern as well.  

A little haunted house that was so fun to stitch up.  I used flosses from Colour and Cotton and those flosses were a delight to stitch with!  If you don't believe me, order a skein and give it a try.  Smooth sailing and I don't remember if there was any knotting or twisting.  I'm thinking there wasn't.  Delightful to stitch with! Also a fun pattern to give them a try.  I mean, I'm doing the five flosses per month club so trying the floss had to happen sometime.

Finally, and in keeping with my evil plan, I grabbed up Wacky Witches in Stitches by Cloudsfactory that was part of the 2016 Carla and Leo's Halloween SAL and FINISHED that one with a few days to spare before Halloween.

I did change a few things.  Hair on a few witches, changed the called for DMC to as many WDW flosses as possible which means 6 skeins of WDW Kohl!  The two owls were changed to a Raven and a black Cat.  This piece was a monster to stitch as it should's Halloween after all!  I went in to full berserker stitching mode for a week and a half since I was stitching after work every day.  

FIVE.  DONE.  Quite a feat for me who doesn't usually finish anything on time or by any self made deadline.  The downside to all of this is that I was OVER Halloween.  That has never happened before.  Exhausted.  I have surprised myself by completing all of these in a short amount of time.

Now that my work contract is finished, Halloween is finished, I've caught up on things, I'm tired.  Been sleeping quite a bit, but the healing has to happen in order to get back in to my personal schedule of get up, coffee or tea, check emails, chores, stitching and so on.  Yesterday and today I have spent more time sleeping than anything else.

What's next?  Those prizes I told you about which are too cute! I had said on my last floss tube that I was going to use patterns from the Floss Box Biscornu pattern pack 1, but when I sat down to figure out which patterns to use I almost threw the patterns across the room in disgust.  I was tired and hated everything, ha, ha.  So I spoke to Magical and asked (it was more like a bit of whining, and complaining and begging) if she could create special, just for this patterns.  She graciously, and patiently, took time out of her busy schedule and created patterns that MATCH the fabrics of each bag!  I was just sluggishly having that thought when up pops the first pattern!  I squealed with glee and even giggled....ADORABLE!  The first pattern she created from two pictures on the first bag and I could not be happier.  Tell me that's not ADORABLE??  You may know her as Galdra Stafir on Facebook and she has started a group called Weavers Tapestry Band Samplers SAL.  The woman is busy, and yet took time out for me.  Crabby, I hate Everything, me.  Let's not forget she is doing a Friday Freebie on her blog, she does the monthly patterns for NFSAL on dA and during all of this...SHE STITCHES like a mad woman.  

I may be babbling at this point but I feel I have to point out that my THREE, the top THREE designers for me are Magical, Ashley Mae and Jody.  Any time, day or night, these besties are there for me.  I love EVERYTHING they create.   Next year these three will dominate my stitching.....prepare yourselves for that onslaught!  These three designers are so completely different from each other in personality and style it makes me laugh.  I love them so very much.

My floss tube videos have been quietly successful.  A small following.  Turns out my Grandma watches me....MY GRANDMA.  She's 94.  I don't think the You Tube analytics have a section for that age range ha, ha!  She's in a special group all her own.  I am loving the interaction with floss tube watchers and other stitchers there and love to find out that the person I'm watching is someone I've been blogging along side and follow here.  It's nice to put a face to the wonderful writing.  It is all just happy stuff to watch.  If you haven't given Floss Tube a peek, try mine or just go to You Tube and type in Floss Tube.  It's a magical world that is so enjoyable and better than anything on TV.

Now it's time for me to say goodnight, still pretty wrung out and need that rest!  I hope everyone who stops by here is happy and healthy and stitching!

Until next time.....KEEP ON STITCHIN'!