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Cross Stitch, an update

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Mama’s Bukid
6/5/17

Here’s what it looks like now…

Mama’s Bukid
7/30/17

I’m so sorry the picture quality is not the best. But it is what it is. I will try to do better next time.  I’m working on Row 9 and I’m just plugging along.  I try to do a bit each week and ultimately my goal is to get a row done each month.  Depending on how many colors in each row will depend on whether or not that is realistic.  I’m looking for a frame to use.  I do not want to spend a lot of money on this craft so I may just get the Q Snaps I see every where.  I’m hesitant because I generally buy the easy things I can get my hands on that I see every one else using.  But once I have it and start using it, I find reasons why I don’t like it and then I buy something else.  This is not my favorite craft and I do not want to spend a lot of money finding the best frame for me.  For those Cross Stitchers out there, what makes a good frame? What do you look for?  What should I pay attention to when looking for a frame?  I go back and forth between this plastic hoop that I loved when I got back into cross stitching a year or so ago and the traditional wooden hoop that I bought many moons ago at the big box hobby store.  Both work but I have to constantly remove the hoop when I put it away because while I mean to get back to the project in the next few days – sometimes I don’t and a few weeks or months may pass by.

Happy Monday!

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie

 

 

Cross Stitch, an update

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Mama’s Bukid
5/20/2017

Here’s what it looks like now…

Mama’s Bukid
5/27/2017

Happy Saturday!

 

I was able to snag a picture with somewhat better lighting.  And I do not know why I’ve never done this before but watched some cross stitch tutorials on you tube.  I just had it on auto play.  This morning I realized that I watched all my regular podcasts/vlogs and was looking for something new.  Since I picked up my long term cross stitch project, Mama’s Bukid, I searched out cross stitch videos.  I’ve said this in past posts but in case you didn’t know, I learned to cross stitch in the 90’s with my grandma and I’m working through the crush of projects she and my mother purchased for me.  So my projects are dated and I never explored further than what my grandma taught me.  It didn’t even cross my mind.  Except that I’ve been watching a lot of podcasts lately and a number of them have mentioned cross stitching and some interesting ideas like starting, finishing, etc.  So while I was cross stitching I started watching.  I plan to integrate some of the new to me techniques to see if I like them and will let you know what I find.  In the meantime, here’s my current progress and it looks like the images in the sky of the bukid are changing.  It is exciting to see.  Somewhere I lost the picture that came with this project so it’s a mystery to us.  I know I liked it.  I know my mom picked this out.  I hope we still like it when it is finished. ;0

This last week my hubby’s uncle passed away.  The family is still recovering from the sudden passing of my brother-in-law so it’s really sad and heartbreaking to have this happen as well.  My heart goes out to my MIL and my cousin-in-laws and all the family over there.  Unfortunately, my hubby will not be able to make the trip back to the Philippines again as there’s just no money for a second trip and he’s not able to take the time off work again.  This last week was just his 2nd week back after almost 1 month off.  We will do what we can from here.

On a happier note, I took a bag class at my LQS.  It was for the Maxwell Bag by Abbey Lane.  The picture above is the picture of the bag on the pattern.  Here is picture of my bag still in progress:

 

The outer and inner parts put together

I’ll have to post about it separately as there is just too much to talk about…  It was supposed to be 2 evening sessions but it looks like we’re trying to get a 3rd evening thrown in so we can finish the bag.  I hope that happens soon.

Happy Memorial Day weekend!  I’m very excited to have a long weekend and enjoy the time crafting.  Tonight the hubby and I plan to join friends at a JoKoy comedy show.  It’s the first time we’re watching one of his shows.  We’ve seen him on an Adam Carolla show in Vegas one year but never on his own.  I’m excited to be doing something different.  Other than that, I’ll be crafting all weekend.

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie

 

 

Cross Stitch, an update

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s what it looked like last time:

Mama’s Bukid
4/26/2017

Here’s what it looks like now…

Mama’s Bukid
5/20/2017

Happy Saturday!

I touched my cross stitch project last night and didn’t realize how long it has been since I posted an update on this.  As you can see I haven’t gotten that much done but filling in the bottom of that row really made a big difference visually.  I’m working on Row 9 now and I’m more than halfway through the first page of this project.  I found a local needle shop.  I’ve gone in twice to check it out.  I wish that the place felt more welcoming because I would enjoy spending a night a week cross stitching with other ladies.  Unfortunately, every time I’ve gone in, I’ve received the cold shoulder – no hi, no help, no friendly gestures whatsoever.  So, I cross stitch at home while the family is watching TV or working on their own stuff.  Which is fun too.

My parents were visiting last week and that was nice.  Unfortunately, they picked a bad time to come.  My daughter’s got finals week next week so she spent a lot of time this week studying.  My son had a major project due on Friday so he spent a lot of time this week finishing that up.  My husband, back from the Philippines, went back to work this week.  So they hung out during the day and we ate a lot.  My fridge is full and the fam and I will be working on eating it clean this weekend.  I hope to have a lot of crafty time this weekend with a bit of work stuff thrown in.  I want to do the next block for my Civil War Diary Quilt.  And other crafty things… follow me on instagram for pix on what I’m working on.  @thousandneedles

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie

 

 

Cross Stitch, an update

 

I’m so happy that I’ve been spreading my crafty love.  It took a bit of coaxing but I’m finally getting some cross stitches done.

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s what it looked like last week:

Mama’s Bukid
4/20/2017

Here’s what it looks like now…

Mama’s Bukid
4/26/2017

The threads are getting cleaned up as I finish up this row.  I’ve got about 2 more colorways and then I get to move to the next section.

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie

 

 

Cross Stitch, an update

It’s been awhile.  Life took over a bit and my blogging time suffered for it.  I had time to do crafty stuff just not much more than that.  It’s Thursday so here’s where I’m at with my cross stitch now.  I’ve not done much since the last update but I did get something done.

 

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s what it looked like on my last update:

Mama's Bukid 3/2/17

Mama’s Bukid
3/2/17

Here’s what it looks like now…

Mama’s Bukid
4/20/2017

I’m almost done with this row and then I get to move on to the next one!

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie

 

 

Cross Stitch, an update

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s what it looked like on my last update:

Mama's Bukid 2/16/2017

Mama’s Bukid
2/16/2017

Here’s what it looks like now…

Mama's Bukid 3/2/17

Mama’s Bukid
3/2/17

I was able to go outside and take a better picture.  It’s still not the best as it was later in the day and a bit overcast but it’s much better than the indoor pics I’ve been taking lately.  I got a lot done in the two weeks since I last posted.  I considered doing these posts every two weeks but I’m afraid that would mean I won’t work on it weekly.  I’m happy with the progress and I’m almost done with this row!

Happy Stitching!

~Melanie

 

 

Cross Stitch, an update

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s what it looked like on my last update:

Mama's Bukid 2/9/2017

Mama’s Bukid
2/9/2017

Here’s what it looks like now…

Mama's Bukid 2/16/2017

Mama’s Bukid
2/16/2017

Progressing along very slowly but I was able to get further along.  And here’s a pic of my work station and the reason why the lighting is always so bad…

Cross Stitch  in progress 2/16/17

Cross Stitch
in progress
2/16/17

~Melanie

 

 

Cross Stitch, an update

“Mama’s Bukid” …

Here’s what it looked like on my last update:

Mama's Bukid 2/2/2017

Mama’s Bukid
2/2/2017

Here’s what it looks like now…

Mama's Bukid 2/9/2017

Mama’s Bukid
2/9/2017

My lighting continues to be bad.  This time I did remember to take a picture early in the day but it was so overcast that it didn’t help the picture.  It feels like very slow progress indeed from week to week.  But slow and steady wins this race so as long as I continue to plug away a bit at a time each week I’m happy.  Some weeks I get a lot of progress done and other weeks I only get 1 color thread stitched on.  I think what I’ll do is every so often post a picture of the entire thing off the hoop.  The last time I showed a hoopless pic was just a few weeks ago.  I’ll wait a few more weeks (and better lighting) to show another hoopless pic.

Mama's Bukid 1/19/2017

Mama’s Bukid
1/19/2017

~Melanie