Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Flosstube #75 Show Notes

Happy Flosstubesday!!! It's September 18, 2018 and I'm BACK on the Blog!! YAY!! It feels good.

Best New Thing: 
  • I bought my first Alex & Ani bracelet!!! It's the Snape bracelet, or "Turn to Page 394" It HAD to be mine because whenever I'm asked to guess a number, my AUTOMATIC guess is 394. "Michelle, how many days left in September?" "394" (Click on the pic to go to Alex & Ani to check it out--I'm not affiliated with them; I just love it)




FFOs, SO MANY!! All by JoLynn at Acorns & Threads
  • First up is Starry, Starry Night from Bent Creek. I bought this half stitched on eBay and finished it up for the SFS credit, then gave it to JoLynn to finish off for me: 

  • Next up is B's Houses from B's under the bed box, which I showed on a special Estate Sale Haul video. Again, I gave JoLynn free reign on finishing and she knocked it out of the park: 

  • Last but CERTAINLY not least is Stacy Nash's Martha Agnes Sampler Roll. JoLynn followed Stacy Nash's finishing directions and KILLED IT: 




Finishes: 
  • I finished the top left corner block and filigree on Quotes to Live By (aka the MIND SAL) from Stitchrovia: 
Here is my finish for this week: 


I finished that block and the swirlies in three days. I have three more similar boxes left, could I have this DONE by next video? MAYBE!!



WIPs (Works in Progress): 
  • First I worked on Black Cat Hollow for the #BlackCatHollowSAL by Barbara Ana Designs:(click on the picture to purchase from Gulf Coast Stitches)

    I had made progress before put picked it all out, so here is where I am: 
    It's charted in DMC but I went through my stash and pulled similar fancy flosses (becuase I have  LOT of fancy flosses!!). The only change that I made was to stitch the witch's skin in GA Green Apple instead of the called for peachy color. I love her. 

    The Needleminder is from @HouseOfMeng on Instagram. BE CAREFUL! They're adorable and addictive!! 


  • Next the wheel spun Halloween Quaker from Lila's Studio: (click on the pic to purchase from Lila's Studio on Etsy)

Here is where is was before I started stitching:


And here is where it is now: 


That is NOT bad progress!!  This is stitched in none of the called for flosses (but a lot of VERY similar Fancy flosses and DMCs that were already in my stash) on a fabric that I duo dyed (like solo dyed but there are two of them!) for Imperfectly Perfect Heather and I. 
Here is what it looked like last time:

I made good progress for just working on it during the stitch with me: 

This project comes with a real danger of "project too close to the face syndrome", but once I figured that out I love it and I can't wait to stitch on it on Sundays!! 

I also love the fact that this project has EXACTLY 40 colors and that makes it PERFECT for my BagzPlus floss buddy!

  • And for today, I'm going to ship TONS of Live Sale goodies, stitch more on Quotes to Live By, and my travel project is going to be PART of Scary One from Plum Street Samplers: 
I haven't started it yet, but I do have it all packed up to carry around, in my LoveYouMoreStudios sleeve!! they're PERFECT for on the go/small WIPS!! NOW I HAVE A REASON TO BUY ALL THE SLEVES!!!


Thrifting:


Purchases: So. Many. 
  • This Month's Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe flosses are gorgeous AGAIN! And now they're on my Donut Drops! <3 

  • Another Dyeing 2 Stitch club kit came in, I think it's from the Ladies' Prim Society. It's Heartstring Samplery, A Thankful Life Chairarm Pinkeep: 
Click on the picture above to go directly to the Dyeing 2 Stitch site to order.


  • By the Bay needlearts, Harbor Haven SAL, parts 9 and 10: 

  • Hands on Design, Put on the Hat (Cathy Habermann killed me): (click on the pic to purchase from Down Sunshine Lane)
  • Hannah Sanderson 1849 Sampler from Sassy Jack's Stitcher: (click on the pic to purchase from Sassy Jack's). She. Is. STUNNING: 
She was first printed in a few magazines from the 1990s (I believe!) and now Dutch Treat Designs has chosen to reprint her. THANK YOU DUTCH TREAT DESIGNS!!! 


Happy Mail/Gifts: 
  • I was lucky to receive some BEAUTIFUL stitched pieces this week, Thank you SO MUCH to Erin and Autumn: 
  • My #CountryStitchersRR piece came back to me!! 
Thank you SO MUCH to Deb, Tina, Ash, and Wendy for stitching on my piece! I can't wait to get it framed and up on the wall! <3 <3

  • My DixieSamplar Haunted Harvest Exchange package from Tammy R came!! ALL the goodies and the stitched piece is Trick or Treat from Cherished Stitches: 

  • And how ME is this Donut hanger from Donna and Shawna?!?! Mahalo for thinking of me ladies. <3 <3 
I put my donut needleminders on it. I only have TWO?!?! 0_0

Flosstube Shoutouts: 

Books:
  • I finished the audiobook version of When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi: (click on the picture to go to the Goodreads page)

This has been on my TBR list for SO long. It's the memoir of a 36 year old neurosurgeon who is diagnosed with lung cancer and proceeds to fail first, second, and third line treatments. It made me laugh and cry and screen shot things for future reference. 4/5 Stars

  • And I finished Scarlet by Marissa Meyer: (click on the pic to go to the Goodreads page)
I'm DEFINITELY #TeamJacob, so I loved this book. I loved Cinder as well, but I loved Scarlet MORE. She and Wolf made my life; I couldn't stop listening; I finished the audiobook in THREE DAYS. And you KNOW I've already reserved Cress from Overdrive. 4.5/5 stars


Instagram Auction Items!!
  • Auction will take place today through Tuesday, July 24 at 0600 PST on @michellebendy on Instagram. Here's an amazing diagram describing how to bid: 
Under the picture of the item that you'd like to purchase, you put your bid in $1 increments AND you tag the person who bid above you. Only the person who bid DIRECTLY above you!

  • Here are the winners of last week's auctions, with all of the donations going to Wade's Alzheimer's Walk so he could earn a t-shirt. And BOY did he earn a t-shirt.
    • First up is the SUPER cool FFO of Raise the Roof Designs June Angel, now out of print, won by Peggy: 

    • Next is a copy (not MY copy!) of Hands Across the Sea Sarah Braizear 1829, won by Marybeth: (Traditional Stitches still has it, so click on the pic to purchase)


    • Third we auctioned off a FULL SILK KIT of Stars by the Drawn Thread. and Jessica B won it, which is AMAZING because it's on her #stitchywishlist!! : 
  • And the new auctions: These will end on Tuesday, September 25  at 0600 PST. This week's theme is Boxes and there are only two because they're so CRAZY GOOD!
    • First up, I asked Angela at Colour & Cotton if it would be possible for her to put together just one more of her SOLD OUT Halloween Mystery box. AND SHE DID!!!
      This box is TOTALLY sold out and it includes: 
    • 10 skeins of hand dyed cotton floss
    • 2 skeins of hand dyed silk
    • one 1/4 yard piece of hand dyed fabric for stitching
    • one 1/8 yard piece of hand dyed fabric for stitching
    • one 1/4 yard piece of hand dyed finishing fabric
    • assorted notions, trims, and ghoulish treats
This box is a $100 ticket price!!! The winner's box will ship on October 1 just like the rest of us. ;-)

This box is coming in the standard size, which is what I ordered for myself, and it's PERFECT for carrying small projects around (is this my excuse to buy all the LYMS sleeves? Yes, yes it is) and it will include: 
    • 1 exclusive LYMS Standard Sized book sleeve
    • 1 exclusive 8 oz Novel Heartbeat Creations candle
    • 1 exclusive Bookmark'd Tattoos woodmark
    • 1 LYMS mug and drink
    • 5-7 more magical items
    • A scratch-off ticket with a chance to WIN all three Sanderson Sisters Funko Pops!
  • The winner's box will ship on October 8, just like everyone else's. Remember, this is for the standard sized sleeve. 

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Stitch with Me #37 Show Notes

Happy Sunday!! It's September 9 and my wheel is TOTALLY in the Halloween spirit. It spun Halloween Luck for the third time this month:

I'm stitching this in all of the called for colros except the moon, for which I'm using Treadworx 1027 (because it was on clearance at Mindy's in Eugene). 

Here is what it looked like at the beginning of the video:


I should take this as a sign that I need to just be participating in Lolly's #SeptSALStitching. But I'm not going to give it. You may see the wheel a bit less next week because I have swaps to stitch! 

Anyway, I'm working this in almost of all the called for fabrics on a piece of 18 count Aida that I found on eBay about 18 months ago. And it's perfection.

Here it is at the end: 



Alzehimer's Benefits:
  • There are auctions going on on my personal instagram page: @michellebendy. They end on Tuesday, September 11 at 0600 PST with the highest bidder donating directly to my Alzheimer's walk here: Donate to my Alzheimer's Walk
  • HUGE thank you to everyone who participated in the Live Sale to End Alzheimer's on my Flosstube. It was a crazy, resounding success. And now everything that we didn't get to is listed on Instagram @bendystitchydestash so check it out! 
click on the picture or here to fill out the Google Form if you bought from the Live Sale or plan to buy from the destash!


Hopefully when the live sale stuff is invoiced and shipped I'll be able to make longer blog posts again. For now, I'm choosing my battles.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Stitch With Me #36: Show Notes

Happy Sunday!! Happy September! Happy Pumpkin Spice and Hocus Pocus! Yay!  Today I'm stitching on Lady of the Flag from Mirabilia:

I'll be working on my called for colors version, called Sue. She's being stitched in all of the called for DMC on a piece of Preamble fabric in 16 count Aida from.... I'm not entirely sure where. 

Here is what it looked like at the beginning of the video:


I have to say that I was NOT excited to spin her. I'm not sure if it was because of the troubles with her sister Moe (ie, frogging HALF of it!) or what. But once I started stitching it was GREAT!! 

Here it is at the end: 




Alzehimer's Benefits:
  • There are auctions going on on my personal instagram page: @michellebendy. They end on Tuesday, September 4 at 0600 PST with the highest bidder donating directly to my Alzheimer's walk here: Donate to my Alzheimer's Walk
  • Flosstube live sale on my channel, Monday, September 3 at 1100 PST. That's Labor Day.  
click on the picture or here to fill out the Google Form and get ready for the sale!



I realize that this week's show notes aren't as robust as usual, but it's already Tuesday and this has been a WEEK. The sale was ridiculously perfect and I'm TIRED! Back to the regular crazy long blog posts next week.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Flosstube #72 Show Notes

Happy Flosstubesday!!! It's August 28, 2018 so this is IT for August. Done. No more Flosstubes. In August.

Best New Thing: 
  • Jay Allen, country music star, has written a song for his mom who suffers from Alzheimer's. The song starts out with her leaving him a Happy Birthday voicemail and losing her words. It gets more tear-jerker-ish from there, so buckle up: (click on the picture for the YouTube video)


FFOs:
  • October 31 from Kathy Barrick came up THREE TIMES on the wheel this week! 0_0 so it's a finish and an FFO: 

I finished this on a thrift store cigarro box that has been languishing in my closet for a couple of months. I love it.  It's done in almost all of the called for colors except the fill in in the basket is Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Americana Bronze instead of DMC 680. This is purely because I couldn't FIND DMC 680. And I'm passing the chart on to Tina. 



Finishes: TWO this week!! AGAIN!
And here is mine: 

And here is the entire thing so far: LOVE: 

  • My second (and third?) finishes this month are the Prairie Schooler Tiny Bees (this is what I'm calling them): 
Both of mine are stitched with random fancy flosses that I grabbed out of my stash, one is on 30 count onyx (it's slightly Wabi Sabi) and the other is on 30 count Old Mill Java, both over one: 


The flosses that I used are: 
Ship's Manor Iceberg
Weeks Dye Works Curry
Gentle Art Oatmeal
Classic Colorworks Weeping Willow


WIPs (Works in Progress) SO MANY this week!! Thanks #ArbitraryAugust! 
  • August 21: This was the first day that the Wheel chose October 31 by Kathy Barrick: 
That's right, it was the FIRST day this week. This project will come up a total of three times this week and that is why it's also in the FFO section up above!
  • August 22: For the first time this month, Halloween Luck from Glendon Place showed up: 
Here is where is was before I started stitching: 

And here is where it is now: 

Not a TON of progress, but progress none the less. This is stitched in all of the called for DMC flosses (so far) on a piece of FANTASTIC 18 count Aida that I picked up on eBay. It's being kept in a bag that Andrea Stitches in CO made for me. 

 Love. It's also a Year of WIPocalypse piece and a SAK with Lolly
Here is what it looked like last time I had it out: 

And here is where it is now: 

I'm stitching this on a 20 count piece of mystery Aida (again, loving the Aida this week!) that was a gift and I'm using all of the called for DMC because every last thing about this chart is absolute perfection and I'm not changing a single thing. 

This one lives in a bag made for me by Audrey, StitchyWitch42.
  • August 24: I was NOT stoked when the wheel landed on Leia & Han from Tilton Crafts: 
I wasn't excited because I BARELY got started on this when I stitched it last (May the Fourth...): 

And I was stitching 1/1 in white and light colored DMC on an uneven 25 count linen and HATING it. But even though I barely got any progress this time, I don't hate it anymore: 

I was definitely suffering from "Project too close to the face" syndrome previously. I like it again! 

I also love the fact that this project has EXACTLY 40 colors and that makes it PERFECT for my BagzPlus floss buddy!
  • August 25: Kathy Barrick's October 31 came up again, see above in the FFO section. I was close enough to being finished that I was going to cheat and keep it out one more day: 

  • August 26: BUT WAIT!!! You can't make this up! The Tiny Decisions app spun October 31 AGAIN!!! And I was able to finish it today. 

You already saw it FFO'd onto its little cigarro box above. EXCELLENT!

It was NOT very far along at all last time: 

And by "last time" I mean the FIRST time I worked on it. I started this on our trip to Disneyland for Rose's 5th birthday. So here it is now: 

I'm stitching this in some of the called for DMC, but the red is subbed out with a fancy floss. The fabric is a 16 count Evening Magic Aida from Crafty Kitten. and it's fantastic. 

The bag it's in is from Diddly Daddle Designs. Use code JUSTKEEPSTITCHIN for a 15% (I think!!) discount. 

  • August 27: The Wheel LOVES Alice Under the Dreaming Tree from HAED: 

And I love that the wheel loves it because here is what it looked like last time: 

And here it is now: 

That's right. I got a PAGE FINISH, so that's another Year of WIPs piece complete! (HAED pages count as finishes for YOW). AND I went over my 2400 tent stitches for the By the Numbers Challenge in Full Coverage Fanatics group on Facebook. I'm now caught up through March. 0_0 

I'll be stitching on this more because Kelli Anne and I are doing a HAED stitch with me series on Flosstube called Turtle Tag (because we go through a tag, but we're going to take a WHILE to get through it). Click on the picture below for the first in that series: 

I'm stitching 2/1 tent stitch on 28 count Lugana in Lambswool from Wichelt. 

  • And for today, August 28, the wheel says..... Pretty Little Hawaii by Satsuma Street

  • Here is my starting point for today. I'm getting it out very soon: 

    I'm stitching it in all of the called for DMCs 1/1 on 28 count Auld Lang Sine from Joydiri Designs. 


Thrifting:
  • Two scores from the thrift store this week. One was a punch needle and a TON of Weeks Dye Works flosses: 
  • The next was a Dimensions Gold Kit, Japanese Maiden, already started on some eavenweave fabric:
    You KNOW this is on my wheel of WIPs now!

Purchases: Two this week
  • Colour & Cotton Prim & Brights combo floss club. Angela. Is. A. Genius. 
Plus I grabbed three more skeins of Fall Spice which is my absolute FAVOURITE floss ever. I'm planning to do Long Dog Samplers The Pilgrim in this colorway: 

I just need about 80 more yards of it. Plus I'm open to fabric colors. 

  • Another Dyeing 2 Stitch Exclusive kit from Plum Street Samplers: 
Click on the picture above to go directly to the Dyeing 2 Stitch site to order. 


Happy Mail/Gifts: 
  • I'm just not putting them in here this week; too much work. But check the flosstube to see them all!

Flosstube Shoutouts: 

Books:

  • I finished the audiobook version of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: (click on the picture to go to the Goodreads page)
I shouldn't have read the book after seeing the movie. I gave it 3/5 stars. It was an enjoyable read, but nothing special. I don't think I did myself any favors by seeing the movie before listening to the book; I just wanted Ben Affleck to be the narrator for Nick. 


Instagram Auction Items!!
  • Auction will take place today through Tuesday, July 24 at 0600 PST on @michellebendy on Instagram. Here's an amazing diagram describing how to bid: 
Under the picture of the item that you'd like to purchase, you put your bid in $1 increments AND you tag the person who bid above you. Only the person who bid DIRECTLY above you!

  • Here are the winners of last week's auctions, with all of the donations going to Wade's Alzheimer's Walk so he could earn a t-shirt. And BOY did he earn a t-shirt.
    • First up is a gorgeous bag from Lesley Hurley, PERFECT for the #TisTheSeasonSAL that's starting in September, won by Denise. 

    • Next is a BEAUTIFUL project bag from Faye, the Carolina Stitcher, absolutely begging to have autumn and Halloween pieces held inside, won by Diane!

    • Third we have a great project bag and floss buddy bundle from Corina at BagzPlus; it's Alice in Wonderland and it's an exact replica of my set! (minus my HAED supplies of course!), won by Sharon Braxton!

      • Finally, it's not a bag, but it's a FANTASTIC needleminder from Clay by Kim!! This auction gave me fits because I could NOT tell who won by Instagram comments alone! 0_0 So, thank goodness for Arlene Cohen becuase she reminded me that the Tiny Decisions app makes all of my decisions and I should let it decide this too! It was Kyle! 
  • And the new auctions: These will end on Tuesday, August 28 at 0600 PST. This week's theme is FFOs and bags and all of the donations are back to my walk again. =D
    • First up, the complete set of all four seasonal designs from Barbie's Petal Pusher, including the called for DMC and fabric that Barbara dyed herself:  

    • Next is a huge and wonderful assortment of charts from Cathy Habermann of Hands on Design: 

    • A Lizzie*Kate limited edition FULL KIT from The Silver Needle

    • Last but not least is the Full set of the Brenda Gervais Here Lie My Needles Mystery SAL of Birds of a Feather. This is just the chart, but I'm more than happy to throw in some fabric of the winner's choice. =)

Outside Links:

Flosstubers Mentioned

And don't forget about the Alzheimer's Live Sale on my YouTube!! Mark your Calendars!!! And please, please, click on the picture to fill out a Google form to pre-register for the sale; this will help me a BUNCH!