Thursday, January 11, 2018

Lady of the Flag and Flosstube Live

Hey y'all! I feel like it's been an eternity since my last blog post! That must mean I'm liking this blogging thing, huh?

So what have I been up to? I've been stitching on three major projects this week: Stitchrovia's Be InkSpired, Moe (Mirabilia's Lady of the Flag, Statue of Liberty conversion), and Sue (Mirabilia's Lady of the Flag). I've also put some stitches into a little DMC Roses chart as a car project.

First, BeInkSpired. I made great progress this week and was able to move the q-snap down to the bottom half of the chart. I had intended to stitch all of the outlines first and then color them in but I actually ran out of DMC 310 and had to work on some of the color in the bottom half. Luckily, DMC 310 is readily available all over! So here's where I left off this week:

It's stitched almost all in the called for DMC, except for the sailor girl, whose skin I converted to DMC 436 and 869. And the fabric is a blue linen that I picked up at the thrift store on a bolt for $2.99. That was a win! Then I hit it with a little Navy Rit. Needleminders by Delicious Threads (the lady) and SunSpotCreations (Han). 

Next, I worked on my #TorchTwins, Moe and Sue. I'm stitching Lady of the Flag twice. Let me say that again: I'm stitching Lady of the Flag TWICE. And I'm loving her both ways. When I'm working on Moe (short for Mother Of Exiles), my Statue of Liberty conversion (courtesy of Diana @itiskismet_stitches), I love her the most. And when I work on Sue (named for three symbols on the chart that were next to each other: SUE), I love her the most! I'm keeping Moe for myself and I'm stitching Sue for my Helga. 

That's Moe. She's stitched in the DMC 500 color family on the called for 32 count French Lace linen by Wichelt. Needleminder from Delicious Threads and grime guard from Geeked Out Accessories on Etsy.

And that's Sue. She's stitched on 16 count Preamble fabric that Helga sent me (origin: ??) in all of the called for colors. Needleminder by Delicious Threads. You will begin to notice a trend there. 

My car project is a little DMC Flowers Kit that was a gift from Kaitlyn at Big Apple Stitching on Flosstube. I was able to finish all of the crosses this week and I only have the backstitching left. 

This is going to end up being about 3" by 3". FFO suggestions are most welcome. 

The MOST exciting thing I've done this week is to go through all of my stash to get ready for my GIANT LIVE DESTASH SALE (in my head I was totally shouting) that I'm having on Monday, January 15 at 11am PST. That's 2pm EST and 7pm GMT. All other time zones have to do their own math. It will be on my Flosstube channel, Michelle Garrette Bendy Stitchy.

So today I went through my stash for the first time and pulled out everything I could part with. It's a LOT, but it's less than I'd like. 

I'll go through it all again this weekend. I find that I'm never able to let go of everything I want to let go of on the first time through so I'm hoping to get a lot more out this weekend. It's going to be AMAZING!! See you there? I hope!

If you made it this far, here's a pic of my kid being awesome: 

See you guys Sunday for a Stitch With Me and Monday for the GIANT LIVE DESTASH SALE (yep, still yelling in my head)

Sunday, January 7, 2018

WIPocalypse 2018: It Begins!!

Okay y'all. I've been teasing it for a while and here is the first OFFICIAL post!! It's WIPocalypse and our first post centers around: 

"January 7 – Introduce yourself, your projects, and any goals you have for the year!"

So, here we go....

I'm a mom, a wife, a stitcher, and a hospice nurse. I started making Flosstube videos around May of 2017 and I love it! My family and I moved from Lihue, Kauai, Hawaii to Eugene, Oregon in March of 2016 and I'm still freezing. I'm a total joiner, the FOMO is real with me (right Kerry?), but not much of a completer. And I'm totally cool with that. This is probably why I have 23 WIPs in WIPocalypse.


1. Quotes to Live by SAL by Stitchrovia: my goal is to finish this completely: 

2. Whacky Witches in Stitches by Cloudsfactory: this is another one I'd like to completely finish:

3. Travel Through Europe SAL by DMC: going for another total finish here: 

4. Golden Gate Avenue, a Janlynn Kit: again, I'd like to finish this whole thing:
5. Halloween Luck by Glendon Place: this is one of the more attainable total finishes: 

6. Alice Under the Dreaming Tree from HAED: I'd like to totally... just KIDDING! Four pages would make me happy here (I have two already complete): 

7. Toasty TARDIS by Pixel Power: (this chart is no longer available) I can definitely finish this:

8. BeInkSpired by Stitchrovia: this will likely be my first WIPocalypse finish of 2018: 

9. Skeleton Crew by Cricket Collection: I very much doubt I'll finish this one, but it would be great:

10. Plague Doctor by Buzzbee Designs on Etsy: If I can finish the page I'm working currently, I can finish the entire thing:

11. Alice in Wonderland by DoNaStitch: I was going to say 4 pages here as well, but let's just go for a finish!

12. Lady of the Flag by Mirabilia, Sue: I'd like to finish Sue by next February: 

13. Lady of the Flag by Mirabilia, Moe: I'd like to finish Moe by next February too:

14. Halloween Quaker by Lila's Studio: I MUST finish this by Halloween:

15. Class Schedule SAL by Armada Designs: I may or may not kick this one off of my WIPocalypse line up. If I don't, I'm going for a total finish:

16. Skeleton Mosaic by Works by ABC: I love this and I'm finishing it completely:

17. Scary Mouse by Brenda Gervais: this is my smallest WIPocalypse project; I need to finish it:

18. Christmas SAL by TinyModernist: I want this finished and FFO'd in time for Christmas 2018: 

19. Wee Dance by Heart in Hand: oh wait, THIS is my smallest WIPocalypse project!! Total finish:

20. Brocade Boulevard by StoneStreetStitchworks on Etsy: I'd like to (are you sensing a theme here?) completely finish this one:

21. The Phantom Menace by FanGirlStitches on Etsy: This is going to take a deceptively long time to completely finish; ALL the color changes!

22. Bee Study by Kathy Barrick: I have to prioritize this one because I've promised the chart to a friend, and that needs to happen within a year:

23. Bird Study by Kathy Barrick: I've been meaning to start this for at LEAST six months, so I want a total finish this year:

And that's it!! Because that's PLENTY!! I just realized that I need to finish two of these every month!! 0_0 Weeeeelllll..... let's just have fun getting there, right? 

Thanks for scrolling through all of that and for putting up with my formatting challenges! \m/