SAL: Christmas Greetings

Time again for the SAL 3 week update. At our last posting I had finished ‘Wild Flower Jar’ but did not post what I would be working on next. Scanning ebay and amazon I settled on my next project, a Christmas in July pick.

It’s a kit by Joy Sunday from amazon. Titled The Skating Santa Claus, I will be calling it ‘Christmas Greetings’

It’s an interesting kit. I have never worked a kit with the pre-colored stitching directions. I admit I was a bit shaken when it arrived and I opened it. Was it because it was something new, was it too challenging, or was it that it’s actually pretty darn simple to follow? Notice it says ‘Ecology cotton floss’ on the above photo.

The 14 ct aida cloth came with the edging bound – that was nice. Once I began the kit, I discovered the cotton ecology floss seems cheap and low quality. With my small start to this project I can already tell it will be a challenge to work with. The floss splits and tangles easily. I toyed with the idea of changing out the floss but decided to keep going. I really loved the design but I am sitting in the fence with this.

I also bought a second kit. I am not the best online shopper – This kit was also by Joy Sunday and is exactly the same. It arrived just a few days ago. To say I was disappointed would be an understatement. I am sure I was drawn to the whimsie ness of these kits. We’ll see how this first one proceeds before deciding if I will be working the owls or these become Goodwill items.

This SAL is organized by Avis. Below is the list of fellow SAL members. Everyone is working on different projects and live in many different time zones and around the world. So check back often. Our next posting will be August 15th.

AvisClaireGunCaroleConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyMegan,

DeborahReneeCarmelaSharonDaisyAnneAJLauraCathieLindaHelen

About the SAL

Please note this SAL is not accepting any more new members until further notice but this is what it’s all about anyway. This SAL (Stitch Along) is slightly different to other SALs in that we don’t all stitch the same design at the same rate. We choose ONE unfinished project, or ONE new one, and show progress of its completion over a series of three weekly updates. There are no deadlines and no set amount to stitch. The result is that the space in our drawers full of WIPs (works in progress) is gradually being freed up to store lots of new crafty goodness. It’s surprising how much motivation I’ve gained from being in this SAL.

SAL: Wild Flower Update

For our July 4th update I am happy to report I have a finish on Wild Flowers in a jar.

I have not picked out my next project so I guess it will be a surprise for both you and me 🙂 See you all in 3 weeks 🙂

Please check out what everyone else has been up to by clicking their names below. There are some amazing projects in the works.

AvisClaireGunCaroleConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindy

HeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahReneeCarmelaSharon

DaisyAnneAJLauraCathieLindaHelen

And if you’ll indulge me for this posting – a few of my wild flowers from the garden ~ wouldn’t they make a gorgeous arrangement in a mason jar!

SAL: Wildflower Update

A beautiful spring day and the perfect time for another 3 weeks update on my Wildflower Jar. Below is where I was up to at our last posting .

This is where I am up to now.

There’s still some more to do as you can see. Do I dare say I am feeling confident that in another three weeks I just might have this finished?

Now it’s off to check in with the other crafters in this SAL. Please join me by clicking up the links below. Enjoy!

AvisClaireGunCaroleConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaret

CindyHeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahReneeCarmela

Sharon (me), DaisyAnneAJLauraCathieLindaHelen


SAL: Wild Flower Update

Time again to update on my progress with the Wild Flower Jar I am working on. Between the real wild flowers blooming and tending the garden, I have been tending my cross stitch garden too. At our last check in I was here

Three weeks and the jar garden is filling up with flowers 🙂

The best part of working on this has been working on it outside, in the garden, amoung the flowers. Now for the fun part, it’s off to check out the progress of the others in this SAL. Please join me by clicking on their links below.

AvisClaireGunCaroleConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahReneeCarmelaSharonDaisyAnneAJLauraCathieLindaHelen

SAL: Wild Flower Update

Since our last posting on April 11th, there has been so many changes in my garden, the gardens of friends and in the neighborhood. Always a welcomed surprise to see everything springing to life. In my last posting I was here with my Wild Flower project

And as spring continues to blossom and gardens are filling in with color, so is my project. I have begun to work the flowers in the jar.

Now I am off to check in with the other participants in this SAL and see the whats happening with their projects. You can join me by clicking on the links below.

AvisClaireGunCaroleConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahMary MargaretReneeCarmelaSharonDaisyAnneAJJennyLauraCathieLindaHelen

About the SAL

Please note this SAL is not accepting any more new members until further notice but this is what it’s all about anyway. This SAL (Stitch Along) is slightly different to other SALs in that we don’t all stitch the same design at the same rate. We choose ONE unfinished project, or ONE new one, and show progress of its completion over a series of three weekly updates. There are no deadlines and no set amount to stitch. The result is that the space in our drawers full of WIPs (works in progress) is gradually being freed up to store lots of new crafty goodness. It’s surprising how much motivation I’ve gained from being in this SAL.

SAL: Wildflower Update

Here we are again with an update on progress for our SAL projects. I have been working on Wildflower Jar a design by Maureen McCarthy for Janlynn needlecraft.

At our last posting I made some good progress getting the jar started.

Here is where I am now

It’s almost as lovely as the real thing. Enjoying every moment with this cross stitch and every moment of spring.

Time to start blog hopping and checking out what everyone else has been up to by clicking their names below. If you’d like to join me, we live all over the world so you may need to allow for time differences. Posting takes place every third Sunday, local time. Our next  updates will be posted on the 2nd May 2021.

AvisClaireGunCaroleConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahMary MargaretReneeCarmelaSharonDaisyAnneConnieAJJennyLauraCathieLindaHelen


SAL: Wildflower Jar Update

At our last posting I showed you a picture of my next project. A counted cross-stitch, called Wildflower Jar, a kit bought off of Amazon. The perfect project to have started with Spring making her entrance yesterday.

I have gotten off to a good start and below is where I am.

Now it’s time to take a look at the progress of the others in this stitch a – long. Wishing you all a spring in your step ~ stay well and smiling 🙂

AvisClaireGunCaroleConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahMary MargaretReneeCarmelaSharonDaisyAnneConnieAJJennyLauraCathieLindaHelen

SAL: Trick Or Treat Update

Three weeks flew by once again. It was June of 2020 that I began this Trick Or Treat cross stitch project. It was a kit by The Victorian Sampler, original design by Thea Dueck. I ran into immediate trouble with the directions. In fact, I am not even sure I had all the directions now as this was a kit purchased second hand at the Goodwill. There were design elements I had not anticipated, the addition of beads, and metallic threads, Hardanger, and my wrong choice of back ground cloth (the white ghost are invisible), even some needle point elements. But once begun I decided to see her through and make her my own. I tweaked much of the design, added more trees and leaves to the trees, color choices, borders similar but different.

For this 3 three week update I am calling Trick or Treat finished. She was a fun project but I am glad to call her done!

I will frame her with 2 mats, like the original on the photo cover. A thin orange border on black with a black frame.

For my next project I picked a very simple kit purchased off of Amazon. I needed something less fussy and straight forward. I also thought this would make a lovely gift project, I have a friend in mind.

Also in the world of cross stitch, I have begun another Christmas Card series for 2021 and completed a 1st card. I really feel like these are the perfect card for someone you want to acknowledge as special in your life without gift buying during the holiday season.

Have a wonderful next three weeks and I am off to visit the pages of the others in this SAL at the links posted below.


Avis
ClaireGunCaroleConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahMary MargaretReneeCarmelaSharonDaisyAnneConnieAJJennyLauraCathieLindaHelen

SAL: Trick Or Treat Update 12

February 7th and it is time for another update on my SAL project. At our last posting I was here (below) I had added the children and bats and border the kids were walking on.

Taking a good look at where I was at, I removed one bat and moved him over. Then I added the two trees. Also notice I went back to the trees between the houses (above) and added some leaves to them. I also added an additional border before starting on what will say Tick Or Treat.

Please check out what everyone else has been up to by clicking their names below. We live all over the world so you may stitch. need to allow for time differences. Posting takes place every third Sunday, local time. Our next updates will be posted on the 28th February 2021.

AvisClaireGunCaroleSueConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyMeganDeborahMary MargaretReneeCarmelaSharonDaisyAnneConnieAJJennyLauraCathieLindaHelen

SAL: Trick Or Treat Update #11

At my last posting I had almost finished adding the row of houses for trick or treaters to walk down. It looked like this below ~ houses in outer space 🙂

I have been working pretty consistently these past three weeks. Here is where I am today.

I am still planning on adding a bit more in the area above the kids. I am not sure what but it looks a bit bare. Perhaps another bat, a moon? Any ideas?

Time now to check in on the others participating in this SAL. Please join me by clicking their names below.

AvisClaireGunCaroleSueConstanzeChristinaKathyMargaretCindyHeidiJackieSunnyHayleyMeganDeborahMary MargaretReneeCarmelaSharonDaisyAnneConnieAJJennyLauraCathieLindaHelen