Friday, February 17, 2012

Feb WIPocalypse Update - NY Needles

Hi everyone - at long last here is my February update.  I was able to make some reasonably good progress on the kittens in the birth sampler for my neice. 

Here is the finished one on the top right:

And here is the finished on on the bottom left (with block):

I only have the bottom right kitten with block and the wording left so really quite close. 

I stitched a little on my princess and the pea needlepoint but hard to show any material progress.

And lastly I was able to make two sets of very cute hair ribbons for my daughter for Valentines day.  Here they are:

Thanks so much for reading - this group has really helped me to make some real progress this month.  And great job to everyone else - I've really enjoyed reading your own blogs and updates.  There are some wonderful projects going on out there.


Thursday, February 16, 2012

So, after starting to list out all of my WIPs for the WIPocalypse, I decided to do a little online shopping as well!  I had meant to buy these over the Super Bowl sale last weekend but missed the deadline by about an hour.  That did give me a little more time to browse.  Here is what I picked-up.

Barbara Ana Designs:  I hadn't seen this designer before and she had a ton of cute things so I had to get some.
Christmas Robin scissor fob (I love the double fobs!):
Owl-o-ween scissor fob:
(the finishing is very cute!)
Made with Love Charms:

Also, this scissor block and matching ruler:
And these scissors too:
And these heart "buckles"

I intentionally avoided a lot of charts since I have so many started and in my stash, but the accessories were fun.

Will be putting on the finishing touches of my progress for the February update in the next day or so.  Since I only had my first post at the end of January I am trying to gradually work to get in sync with the full moon cycle but I did want to have some actual tangible progress to make.


Friday, February 3, 2012

Non-XS stash enhancement

Just a short update on some non-XS purchases.  I've been actually making some progress on my XS projects which I will update on the next WIPocalypse deadline.  In the meantime, I have received some orders that were fun to open and I'm excited about working a little over the weekend on these other projects.

First, I received an order of ribbons and accessories for my hair-bow making for my 2 year old daughter.  Here are some pictures of some new ribbons and also some back-less buttons that I use in the centers of the hair bows.  A number of them are holiday (Halloween and Christmas) but some others I plan to use for some bows for all seasons.  Here are some pics (one set of the ribbons are sparkly - not sure if it shows up on the picture).

I also picked up a new glue-gun that I wanted since it has several different tips - including (most importantly) a flat tip.  Here's the new glue gun and a close-up on the other tips.

I also picked-up some ultra-discounted Sizzix die-cuts as well as some half-price storage boxes.  I accidentally must have put two of the sizzle snowflakes in my cart, but I think that they were super cheap so I need to figure out what do to with my extra one.  Here are the boxes and the die-cuts that I got - pictures aren't great but  you'll get the general idea.

I also received my Spring Just Cross-stitch magazine today in the mail. I have to say that aside from one small recurring pattern, I really haven't had much I would even consider in this magazine in many years. I do like the ornament issue but I don't think I have the same preferences any longer.  I have started subscribing to Cross-Stitch and Needlework and I like that very much.  I don't care for any of the UK publications.

What do you like and what do you subscribe to???

Lastly, tomorrow starts the Silver Needle super bowl weekend sale (20% store wide - no affiliation, just a happy customer).  So, I am planning to pick-up some XS supplies and who knows what else.  I will post what I finally pick-up.

Hope everyone has a great weekend - I'm hoping to make good progress on my WIPs.