Saturday, November 18, 2017

More October Finishes

Started: 10/9/2017
Finished: 10/11/2017

This was in a Enjoy Cross Stitch at Christmas magazine.  It was stitched and finished using the free materials included.  The only change I made was to substitute green floss for the yellow floss called for by the chart as it didn't seem very Christmas-y.  Kyleigh has taken a liking to this ornament so it will probably be one of her Christmas gifts this year.

Started: 10/12/2017
Finished: 10/13/2017

This was part of the Challenge Lucie section of Cross Stitch Crazy #225.  It's stitched as called for with DMC on 14-count white Aida.  I've since found the same girl on a seahorse which I'd also like to stitch.

This is for Kyleigh's quilt because she likes mermaids and dolphins.

Started: 10/14/17
Finished: 10/17/2017

Started: 10/17/2017
Finished: 10/20/2017

These two hearts were the free cover kit from an older Cross Stitch Crazy magazine. They're stitched as charted (and finished) with the materials in the kit.  I did have to use some DMC from my stash as I ran out of two of the colors.  Fortunately, they matched exactly.  I also had to use my own 14-count Aida for the second heart since the pre-cut heart included in the kit was too small.

I made them into Christmas ornaments, but they probably won't be going on my tree.  I took these and several other pieces to a boutique at our church.  These didn't sell, but three others did.

Started: 10/20/2017
Finished: 10/28/2017

This Kokeshi Doll card was the free cover kit for the March 2013 Cross Stitcher magazine.  It's stitched as charted and also finished with the materials in the kit.

This one also went to the Christmas boutique, but didn't sell.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Packing Event

I know it's been a long time since I've posted anything and I have a lot of catching up to do, but I decided to start posting with current events and finishes instead of continually putting it off to do the catch-up posts first.

Last night was the Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Packing event at our church/school.  This is an annual event that has replaced having the students each pack their own boxes.  It starts with a spaghetti dinner and ends with the blessing of the boxes in the bus.  The goal was 1,000 boxes.

There was organized chaos as usual.  The little girl with the braid in the gray shirt is Kyleigh.
 After picking up a Boy or Girl box and deciding on an age range, you filled the box with school supplies, toiletries, age appropriate toys and/or stuffed animals.  The little girl with Kyleigh is a friend of hers.  They packed together the entire evening.
Once the box was packed to your satisfaction, you wrote a note to the recipient, put it in the box, marked the age range and then put a rubber band around the box to keep it closed.  They had papers with various messages you could copy or you could make up your own.
At this point you could take a picture commemorating the evening before you took the box to be loaded onto the bus (I forgot to take a picture of the bus.) 
As the evening continued, people started packing more than one box at a time.  This was our last time through where we did two boxes each.  Between the three of us, we packed 15 boxes.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Pumpkin Patch Palooza

 Every year Irvine Park puts on the Pumpkin Patch Palooza and the Girl Scouts host an event there.  It was supposed to be held last Sunday afternoon, but Irvine Park was being used as the staging area for the Corona fires so it was rescheduled for this morning.  Kyleigh was supposed to be at her dad's today, but she begged to be allowed to go and Daddy and Nonnie agreed if Janice would pick her up (at 7:00 a.m.)

They each got a free pumpkin, a hayride and lunch.  They visited the haunted house, did some crafts and got a patch to be sewn on the back of their vests.

Happy Dance - Backpack Patch - Rainbow

Started: 10/5/2017
Finished: 10/7/2017

This came from the Crazy Kids section of Cross Stitch Crazy #233 and was designed by Durene Jones.  It was meant to be stitched on 14-count Aida and is supposed to have a satin stitched edge with part of the fabric showing.  Since it's supposed to go on a backpack, I stitched it on 14-count plastic canvas and Janice will sew it onto Kyleigh's backpack using the colors around the edges.

There are two more designs (sun and unicorn) in this section, but Kyleigh only wanted this one.  
I know it seems like I've been doing a lot of stitching for her lately, but she really appreciates my stitching so that makes it worthwhile.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Happy Dance - Patchwork Alphabet - Letter K (again)

Started: 10/3/2017
Finished: 10/5/20117

Since Kyleigh didn't want the backstitching done on the K stitched on her duckling, I decided to stitch another K with the backstitching.  This time, I used the chart for the letter Z because it was easy to translate.  This is from the Patchwork Alphabet in Cross Stitch Crazy 225.

This one will go on Kyleigh's quilt which is still in progress, but I do hope to finish all the squares by Christmas.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Happy Dance - Christmas Tree and Present

 Started: 9/23/2017
Finished: 9/24/2017
Started: 9/28/2017
Finished: 10/3/2017

These cards were the free cover kit from an older Cross Stitch Crazy magazine.  They're stitched and finished using the materials in the kit.  The kit claimed to contain plastic canvas, but actually included vinyl instead.  The only changes made were to leave off the Smyrna Crosses on each of the baubles on both designs.

They will go on my daughter's table at the Christmas Boutique next month and if not sold, will be sent to WOCS.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Happy Dance - Patchwork Alphabet - Letter K

 Started: 9/25/2017
Finished 9/27/2017

I don't remember when I bought it or if Kyleigh was with me, but I've had this duckling in my stash for quite a while.  Kyleigh has been waiting patiently for me to stitch something on the bib ever since she found it in my stash.  She finally got tired of waiting and decided to take it home with her.  I decided it was time to stitch  something when I rescued it from on top of her suitcase.
After looking through my UK magazines, I settled on this letter K.  It comes from Cross Stitch Crazy #225 and was part of the patchwork alphabet.  It called for backstitching, but Kyleigh was in a hurry to get it and decided it didn't need the backstitching.  I think she likes it!