Thursday, December 17, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I've been busy stitching on exchanges so I'm at a slight stand still with Sail Away. But the good news is that they are all stitched (just need the finishing) so I'll be able to get back to Sail Away again very soon. I can't wait to finish it!
Once I can get internet restored at home (I'm at work now) I'll post a progress picture with a picture of my beautiful new needlebook.
Thank you again for including me in this SAL. It's been so much fun!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
I hope all of you that have been stitching with us will continue to post your progress pictures. No matter how miniscule your progress may seem to you, we're here to cheer you on! And of course, when you finally dock for the last time, be sure and post that, too!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Hi there all. I'm so sad to post this week, because this is our last assignment. I have loved sailing away with you. I will be adding all of you to my regular blog roll, and hope you do the same so we can continue to keep in touch.
I know some are still stuck on shore, or having a difficult time getting "in" to this sampler If this is you, then I hope when your ready you will use this blog to motivate yourself, and help you finish in a timely manner.
Dear friends. Let's do this again sometime! Would someone else like to take over the captains hat?
Don't fret, I'm still working on needle cases. I have several things on the cutting table but hope to finish them all up this week. Please be patient!
Take Care, and don't forget to keep posting!!!!
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Hi everyone. Hopefully you are using this week to get the rest of your picture portion done on your sampler.
I've been designing a little needle case for our group. If you would like one, then please send me your mailing address to Hiddenheart@kellerits.com. I have Glenna's, Lizzy's, Terri's and Debs, but need everyone else's.
Hopefully you will think these are fun. I wish I would have gotten this done sooner!!!
Have a great day.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I like long weekends. Got lots of stitching in and finished the landscape portion of Sail Away. I do think the thread colors aren't the same as in the model -- too bad one can't guarantee thread dye lots will be the same from lot to lot. Still, it came out nicely, despite the differences in color.
I'm looking forward to seeing everyone else's progress! Terri, thank goodness the cola disaster came out ok!
Monday, September 7, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
How is yours coming along?
Saturday, September 5, 2009
How is yours coming? Be sure and check in with a picture or two so we can help celebrate your progress!
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
For our 5th and 6th week we will be working on the lovely picture portion of our sampler. I'm excited to stitch that lighthouse.
Hopefully the lightning fast stitcher's are already working on this part. I won't make an assignment post next Tuesday, so just know you have 2 weeks to complete this portion.
If you are running a little behind (like I am), then this is the perfect opportunity to catch up. Did everyone notice how quickly Terri caught up, even with her major set back with the soda? I'm so glad it turned out okay Terri. We were all sick about the accident!
Let me amuse you for a moment with a quick cheer for the ones still sitting at the dock. GO, GO, You Can Do It. Your stitching waits, so let's get to it!
(Really lame, I know. No I was never a cheerleader, as if you couldn't tell!)
I've been working on some little gifts to everyone. They are turning out cute, I must say. Take care friends. I hope all is well in your corner of the world.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
I got a serious case of numb butt yesterday watching all the Ted Kennedy stuff on television and was finally able to catch up. Today will have to be spent catching up on laundry and other chores I neglected yesterday!
Can't wait for the next part!
Be sure to post your progress pics - we're here to cheer each other on!
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
I decided to do this in honor of both of my boys and put Tyler's name in the first motif and Matt's name will go in the other big one. I am using an alternative lettering that I really like. Cindy Carter has re-lettered many SB charts and I really like the style. So, I re-did Sail Away in her style. It took me a while to chart it as I did it on graph paper (should have done it in excel) ~ oh well! I can't take any credit it all for the lettering - it's all Cindy! Here's a link to the many charts she has re-done if you're interested.
So... anyway, I pulled this beauty out of my stitching bag a little while ago to go hunker down and get something done and this is what I found:
Nice, huh? I had a soda in my bag which I was sure was sealed tightly but apparently not. I left work in a hurry this afternoon and just tossed it in my bag without thinking. DRATS! What is it with me and wet samplers - remember the tornado and the Friendship Sampler? Anyway, I'll wash it and who knows, maybe it'll be fine. In fact, I may dump some pink tea on it just for fun. More to follow.
Keep up the good work all the rest of you! You're doing great and I will catch up sooner or later even if I have to start over! If you still haven't gotten your turtle scissor fob PLEASE let me know. I don't want anyone to not get one!
Hugs and Peace to you all,
My wonderful fob from Terri arrived this week, it's so gorgeous, I love it!
THANK YOU TERRI!! You ROCK!!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Without further adieu our assignment this week will be stitching Steps 7, 8, and 9, and the words 2 and 3.
Hasn't this been a great piece to stitch so far? I stitched all day on Sunday, but I'm still furiously paddling to catch up to all of you speedy sailors! I don't think I should be the captain of the ship! Have a great week everyone! Don't forget to check in once in a while!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Thank you to dear Loraine who never expected to single handedly be leading this SAL. You are doing a great job, girlfriend and I'm so grateful to you! If I alone had been left to captain this ship, it would surely have S-U-N-K!!!! I am thrilled to be your co-captain and hope you'll continue to steer this vessel as you are truly THE Captain. Everyone has always said I'm more like Julie (the party planner) on the Love Boat than Captain Steubing!. Do you all remember that show?? Anyway, I'm now going to close and go look at all the fabulous progress pictures! Have a great Sunday and a wonderful week! Keep up the good sailing!
Friday, August 21, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Well, I barely made the 2nd assignment on time -- put the last stitch in Tuesday night. Then Wednesday morning I figured I might as well continue with the 3rd assignment! I'm really loving how it's coming out. :D
Thank you, Terri, for my fob. I love it! If you want to see what mine looks like, go look at Edgar's blog -- he put his fob on the same pair of Dovos as I did! lol! (I forgot to take a picture of mine.)
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Hi again fellow sailors! How did this week row by so fast? My kids started school on Friday, and I'm their "learning coach" as they attend an internet based school. My free time just evaporated like a puff of smoke. I'm so sick and tired (already) of saying "stay on task" in my sweetest Mary Poppins voice, that it feels like it will be a long year!
However, I am looking forward to sneaking in some stithcing time while they do their assignments! This is one guilty pleasure I don't mind a bit.
Did everyone get their lovely scissor fobs from Terri? Isn't she wonderful?!!!! I was so thrilled to open my package. The blue fob is for Dot, and I'm delivering to her. I decided to go with the pink and blue beauty (although that was a hard decision!) Everyone give her a big THANK YOU! We love you Terri!
On Friday I'm making a little run to my LNS, which is the very one and only Shepherd's Bush. I'm going to talk to Tina and Teri and see if they would be willing to post on here once or twice for us. I'm not making any promises, but I really hope they will indulge us. It would be fun to hear their insights.
Are we all caught up and ready for part 3? I must admit, I'm not, but after typing this, I'm going to plop in a movie and see if I can't get caught up. Everyone that is really behind, may want to get going, because in a few weeks I have another incentive gift to send to everyone that is still with us. It really has been an easy stitch so far, so don't worry you can catch up!For part 3, you probably already guessed that we will be stitching the cute girl and the big medallion, and the little motifs all around her. Yes Jolene, one more week until the lighthouse! I'm excited for that part as well!
A big thanks to all those who have been posting and making this blog so fun to read! I really appreciate it, and I love seeing your progress. Take Care!
You girls are all making great progress on the SAL. Happy Sailing (and fishing! ) Mel
Monday, August 17, 2009
Round two finished!!! I enjoyed this part a little more than last weeks. The baby fish following the Mommy fish has to be my favorite part followed by the rosebud. Simple and fun. When I think back when I purchased this kit, I was drawn to the quaker motifs, so I'm chuckling at myself when I said I like the fish better than the motifs. Ha Ha!!! I am looking forward to starting on the girl with the spyglass which is one step closer to the lighthouse!!!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
(Teresa's hand waving me away)
We were having a grand time, and I was making good progress. Teresa forgot her linen at home (can you believe that? Something I would do!) so she ended up working on something else, but Cindy and I were cruising along. That night when looking at the pattern more carefully I had stitched my entire vine in "Olive Branch" instead of "Olive Grove"! I was really trying to decide if the frog had to come and visit, and after a day or two, I decided to unpick and start again. I'm a lot happier with the "Olive Grove" on there. I guess I shouldn't stitch and talk, it's counterproductive! Now for your next assignment. We will be stitching everything down to the girl and the big wreath medallion. I will leave it up to you if you want to go ahead and put the flower half medallion on the right, or wait until week 3.
Thanks for all you support and enthusiasm. I'm loving this project! Have a great night, and we hope you had a fabby 50th birthday Terri!
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Well, I got a late start, but I finally tackled our first assignment over the weekend and just put that last stitch in. I'm a bit of a weird one -- I'm using 40ct linen. I know, I know, I won't be able to use the charm, button or sheep button. But I just couldn't face the large count linen. I'm a 40ct lover. I'm using Legacy linen by Picture This Plus. The over one was a pain, but it always is. :D
I'm looking forward to the next assignment. Best part of it is -- no over one for a while! lol!
Happy belated 50th, Terri! And thank you to Terri and Loraine for organizing this SAL!
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
(frame and suede matt done at Joanne's)
I had so much fun stitching this, that I'm jealous of each one of you to be stitching it now. You're going to love it when it's done. I look forward to seeing everyone post their progress pictures. Enjoy the sail - it's going to be a fun one!!!
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
We are officially getting ready to set sail tomorrow! Hopefully you all have your linen prepped and your floss separated. I have to say that it was trickier than I thought it would be! All of those colors seem to look alike!
We will be working from top to bottom. You should have 3" of extra linen on each side. I usually measure in two and a half inches down and in from the left side. That way I know I'm safe just in case the linen was cut wrong or something.
We will be following the instructions from page 3 of our pattern. It looks like the page below. We will be stitching the Indecisive stitch, the satin stitch, and the herringbone stitch. Follow steps 1-3 on page 3 of your instructions. Also do "Words 1" for this section.This is the section you should do this week. (Don't do the flower on the left, heart or the medallion. I didn't know how to cover them up for the photo)
Hopefully this isn't too confusing. If you have problems e-mail me, or leave a post!
This is so exciting! Sweet Terri is mailing your first goodies in the mail this week. I'm getting mine done very soon. Take Care, and don't forget your posts.
P.S. So sorry if "playlist" drives you crazy. When we went on the said cruise above, I was sitting on this glorious beach on Disney's private island, with the most perfect sky and water in the world, and they were playing Enya's Orinoco Flow song, and I swear it was one of the best days of my life! Just had to recreate it a little bit for you. BTW, you may add songs to this playlist, so get creative.