Friday, December 28, 2012

Baby Annoucement - Update #2

Christmas is over and the new year is about to begin.  When I reflect back on 2012, it has been a very good year.  The best, in fact, for me.  But as I look forward to 2013, it sure seems like this year won't compare with what is to come.

We toke advantage of the Boxing Day sales this week and bought the baby furniture for the baby room.  Half the furniture is on back order and will take awhile to arrive (guess that is what happens when you buy items on such a big sale), but we still have time, so it's no big deal.  Today, we setup the crib and chair for the baby room.  It seems to be more real with each passing day.  In just five short months, we will be welcoming home our child.

I have been working on the baby announcement cross stitch for 3 weeks now.  This past week with Christmas, not much was done but I had taken a progress picture after two weeks.  I nearly have the first bear done, which is very quick for me.  I just hope that I will have it done in time for the baby.

December 21, 2012

Saturday, December 8, 2012

My last two posts explained what I have been doing for the past year and a half in regards to my cross stitching.  This one is looking forward to my new project and the reason behind it.  As I had just told you, I recently found myself a beautiful wife, Elly and how happy she has made me.  And not too long ago, she told me we are expecting our first child!!!  Elly is due the end of May 2013.  We are very excited and can't wait.  She has has enjoyed seeing my cross stitching projects and asked me to stitch a Baby Record.  We picked out the Tobin Baby from Tobin Home Crafts.

We have already said that we don't want to know if it is a boy or a girl until the big day so we were trying to find a colour neutral design.  I am hoping that I will be able to finish it just in time for when baby arrives so all I will need to do is stitch in the name, date, and weight.

I have just prepped everything and ready to stitch.  So enough blogging for one day, time to get on with it.
December 7, 2012
I had not done any cross stitching for about a year at the time, but in April I decided I wanted to get back into it as a way to deal with some stress.  I do find that cross stitching a very relaxing hobby as it frees my mind from any worries and anxieties.  However, I wanted to be able to get something done fairly quickly to re-motivate me so I didn't want to pick up either Glory of Autumn or Silent Flight as those two are a long way from being done.  So I decided to start fresh with Mariner's Light and began it in April and finished it in November.  With all the wedding, honeymoon, and moving planning going on, I feel this was fairly quick, at least for me.  This one was done on 18 count cloth and is 5" x 7".

Unfortunately, a couple of months ago our computer crashed and we lost our hard drive where I kept most of my progress pictures.  So all I have to show for this project is the picture I toke before doing the back stitching and the completed picture.  I still need to take it to the framers, so I might most one more of it hanging on the wall later.

October 2012 (Pre-back stitching)
November 2012 (Complete)

Glory of Autumn - Update #9

Wow!!!  I can't believe it has been a year and a half since I've posted anything on my cross stitch blog.  The time has flown by, but I know exactly where it all went.  While I might not have done much stitching, this has been the most productive year and a half of my life.  During this time I have meet the most wonderful women I have ever seen, Elly.  She has brought such joy and meaning into my life, I can't possibly put it into words.  This past summer, we got married and went to Jamaica for our honeymoon.  On top of that, work has also being going very well as I have been working towards becoming a partner at my accounting firm and hope to fulfil that dream as well in the next few months.  There are more changes...but I'll save that for in a couple of posts  ;).

 But I have managed to do some more cross stitching in the mean time.  The past month I have put some effort back into Glory of Autumn and made a lot of progress.  I couldn't believe that I had not picked this project up since January 2010, almost three years.  It has been fun to pick it up again and the season (fall) was right for it too.  However, I need to put this one away again for awhile as I need to get to work on a new project!!!

Here is the update picture.  As you can see, I have completed the right side of the design and working my way across to the left on the bottom.  I hope it won't be so long before I continue on it, I am now more then half way through it and can't wait to finish one of these larger projects.

December 6, 2012

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Silent Flight - Update #6

It has been a long time since my last update, but I blame it all on the tax session. There is only 35 days left in this year's tax session so it won't be much longer before I need to think up a new excuse for not working on the cross stitching ;).

The left side of the mountains are now complete and I have been working on the reflection/shadow of the mountain in the river. It is less then 2" to the bottom of the project which will be a big milestone for me.

March 26, 2011

And as a special treat for anyone following this blog, here is a picture of the back of the project. Not something most stitchers are willing to show, but the other day I toke a good look at the back (perhaps for the first time) and was actually very happy with the organization of the back. I always try to think of the cleanest lines for the back as I am having to jump around on the design, I guess it is paying off.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Silent Flight - Update #5

Just a quick update on Silent Flight as well since it has been a month and a half. Not as much progress as I was hoping for, but progress is progress. At least you can start to see the mountain range starting to form.

I will be going to Mexico for a vacation in just over a week so I don't expect to get much done this Christmas season, but there is no rush on doing these projects so I am just trying to relax and enjoy it unstead of feeling like I am way behind/too slow.

Hope everyone has a blessed Christmas and a happy new year!

December 11, 2010

View From The Creek - Beginning

I must be crazy for trying to start a third project but I've really liked this design for some time. It is called View From The Creek. It is done on 25 count fabric and will measure to be 14" x 10 3/8" or 91,350 stitches. The beauty of this design is that there is no backstitching or anything of the sort. I've just gotten the supplies and would like to try and grid this time so it will be a little while before I can actually start stitching as I also have to wind up the thread onto bobbins first.

Here is what the design will look like when it is done.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Silent Flight - Update #4

Wow, it has been almost two monthes since my last update, where does the time go? Clearly, it didn't go into cross stitching ;).

A few week ago we went camping for the last time of the year at Harrison Mills. This is a beautiful, quite spot where Harrison Lake meets the Fraser River between the mountains. I've known for a long time there are several eagle nests in this area which is why I loved this design and that location, the one always reminds me of the other. I could see this design being a picture taking in this area. While we were camping there, a bald eagle glided right over my head, it was really cool and re-inspired me to work on this project again.

With the weather turning to fall/winter there will be less going outside now and hopefully more stitching, but I've thought that before and then still not stitch that much so we will see what happens.

October 27, 2010

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Silent Flight - Update #3

It has been a long time since I've posted an update. With this endless sky it just feels pointless as the actual picture doesn't seem to change much. But now I have about 2/3s of the endless sky completed and decided to change it up a bit and start working down onto the mountains instead of across and continue working on the sky. This will add more to the picture and give me a break from these same colours. I am considering trying to save the eagle for last as I thought it would look really neat to see the background complete and the space for the eagle remaining. But we will see what happens in the future. I may soon be complaining about the endless mountains next and need a break from them too, LOL.

September 1, 2010

Friday, May 21, 2010

Silent Flight - Update #2

Just a quick update on my progress from the past three weeks.
I've just done some more sky, which seems to be endless at this point. However, the top of the mountain is just below where I've stitched so far. I want to get the top left sky done before I start on the mountains though as I am looking forward to the "new" colours for the mountains.

May 21, 2010