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White on White Squares

As I am setting up my 100 squares, I am tackling some stitching logistics.

Here is one of my solutions. Instead of a pencil line or washable ink line, I’m trying white on white, backstitch outline, to delineate the squares.

This is over 2 threads, 40ct. fabric.

A 1″x1″ square

It’s mostly visible and I think it will be easy enough to embroider/stitch over as I add outlines for the “boxes” as they get stitched.

Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun! –
smiles,
alicia in Hawaii

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Stitching 100 Blessings

This morning, simply by ‘chance’, I opened an email from a cross stitch/embroidery group and learned about a stitch-a-long that involves 100, 1in. blocks, each depicting a ‘blessings’.

Now, blessings have been keeping me afloat lately. Not exactly the blessings…but the RECOGNITION of those blessings.  And that journey started when a fellow plurker asked for people to join her with “Simple Abundance” journey. I have been reading through that book and trying to keep up with that here… Simple Abundance ~ Curiosities808. Well…I couldn’t help but wonder if the message of the Universe was to PAY ATTENTION  to the coinciding messages here…and get to stitching!

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My thoughts? Well…this is what went through my head…

“100 blocks! OMG!”

“1in. blocks! OMG!”

“Blessings…Simple Abundance…wow…”

“Hey, this could be a lot of fun”

“Another large project…it will never get finished…”

“But, wow…that could be a lot of fun…”

FUN WON!

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I looked at the link provided in the email. (here it is, …don’t forget to come back here after you take a peek…)  Counting My Blessings and after looking…and thinking…and wondering…and dreaming…

I started digging. Digging DEEP into the supply bucket of fabrics. The whole while I was wondering how much detail I could pack into a teeny tiny itty bitty 1″x1″ fabric area.

And then I found it.

40 ct. fabric.

Yes.

40 ct.

Only problem…I only had a 5″x5″ square of it…and I will need at LEAST a 10″x10″ to stitch in 100 squares of wonderfully thoughtful blessings.

So, needless to say, my wonderful hubby, who

a. knows how much I love to start projects

b. knows how important it is for us to ‘count our blessings’

c. is always and ever supportive of any creative project

volunteered right away with ideas and solutions! Off we went to the Local Needlework Shop, Fiddlesticks!  Where I was able to get a piece of 40ct. large enough to start my layout of 100, 1″x1″ squares to stitch 100 blessings!

(See the 40ct. fabric…sooooo tiny)

Now you’ve seen the stash…I am off to card up the threads, mark in the squares, and get set to GO!

I’m posting this also in a separate “100 blessings only” project blog:

http://curiosities808countingmyblessings.wordpress.com/

Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun! –
smiles,
alicia in Hawaii

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If you’d like to sign up to join the stitching fun, follow the links and info on Amy’s Counting My Blessings blog.

I’ll be happy to add you to my links as well, so send me an email

curiosities808@gmail.com

or leave a comment here if you are planning to stitch along with the 100 blessings blocks!

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Cross Stitch Project – Mill Hill “Kitchen Collection” Cupcake and Mixer

Shiny, shimmering, glorious beads!

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I love my local needlework shop, Fiddlesticks Hawaii. They brought these kits in for me…just to tantalize my addiction to stitching. 😉

Each of these were lots of fun to stitch up. The colors are just…well…”fun”. There is something about them, that when viewed in person, make them almost mesmerizing. Here is the Mixer. Kit is Mill Hill, “Kitchen Collection”, Mix It Up. Design by Debbie Mumm.

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Here is the Cupcake. Kit is Mill Hill, “Kitchen Collection”, Lil’ Cupcake. Design by Debbie Mumm.

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The one area that is not that much ‘fun’ to tackle on these projects is that little strip of red or green below the main picture. That can get rather tedious and it is very easy to make mistakes there since the greens and reds are scattered so. I started each of the projects there…at that boring band. I saved the fun stuff for last!

I also stitched and beaded at the same time. Some folks like to complete all the stitching first then return to do all the beading. These projects are so small… I didn’t think it would hurt to bead while stitching along.

I have the other kits in the Mill Hill Kitchen Collection and as soon as I finish up the Elephant I am stitching up, then I’ll continue with the rest.

…maybe I’ll make the Toasty Toaster

…no…maybe the Bowls…yikes! So many to choose from!

Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun!

smiles,

alicia in Hawaii

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Cross Stitch Project – Mill Hill Wildlife Elephant

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See all the beads.

See all the stitches.

Changing gears, yet again, here is my newest time interest. Mill Hill comes out with new bead kits every so often and once in a while I find something that catches my fancy.My local shop here, Fiddlesticks, ordered this one special just for me.

Look at this! It was just too adorable to pass up…and I have the perfect space to display it while ‘gently reminding’ people that “I’ll never forget”…heehee…<evil grin>

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I actually started off back into cross stitch with Mill Hill’s release of their “Kitchen Collection” (which will be my next post) and from those two pieces I stitched up, I moved onto doing just this little elephant.

I just love the texture, colors and shimmer of the beads. The complementary colors are done well in this piece and makes it just irresistible in my book! Had to get my artsy hands on this one.

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After picking it up yesterday at the shop, I’ve gotten this far today with it. These kits usually take me 2 days to complete…so lets hope that tomorrow or the next day will show us a full grown, stitched shiny blue elephant!

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Your life needs fun. Go ahead, have some fun!

alicia in Hawaii

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