Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Hermitting..... and stashing....

I didn't think I'd get a chance to hermit much this past weekend because we had a ton going on.  My son had a karate clinic that was out of town on Saturday (but I sat and stitched while I was there!) and then a birthday skating party he attended on Sunday (I did not sit and stitch while I was there!).


I worked on 2 pieces, the first was Cathedral.  I started my weekend on the bottom half of page 4:


I was able to finish the page!   Here's a picture of all 4 pages:



I was also able to work on a piece that I'll be giving as a Christmas gift, so I'm only giving you a sneak peek:


This was my first use of silks, courtesy of Ewa I'm so loving silk!   The stitching part is finished, now I just need to decide how I'm going to put it together for the gift.   I'll post a picture of the finished product after the holidays.


I'm also so VERY happy to share some images of charts I was recently RAKd/given.   I've said it before and I'm sure I'll just keep saying it...but stitchers know how to spoil each other!!

A wonderful lady that I've met via FB, Karen, sent me QS Elfland Sleeping Fairy.  I just love how all the golden hues and greens meld together...and my favorite is the little lizard in the bottom corner and the flower with the blue center!



I also signed up with some FB fellow stitchers for an October RAK event, partially to help sales for Heaven and Earth Designs, but mostly because it's FUN!!   You are given the name of a participant to send a chart to, and then someone else is given your name (sort of like secret santa).  Kathy from the group sent me these two GORGEOUS charts from my wishlist:

Dragonfly Cottage - I love the watercolors of this piece...and who doesn't love dragonflies?

and Changing Seasons - Fall is my favorite season and I love the colors of the trees with the beautiful green of her dress


I don't know how I'm going to keep from starting all of these beauties!!   I need more than 24 hours in a day so I can work on all my charts!!


Finally....I just want to share that....the Lord of the Rings SAL that I'm participating in is starting in TWO  One and a half Days!!   I am SOOOOO EXCITED to start my Middle Earth Map!!


Thank you, as always...for stopping by and reading through my updates!  I just adore all of you!!


-lesli

21 comments:

Bea said...

That is excellent progress.

And I love your new charts. How are you going to decide which one comes first?

cucki said...

wow beautiful stitching and great new stash..
hugs cucki xx

Monique said...

Such wonderful gifts. I can't believe you stitch your HAED with a hoop. Doesn't the fabric bother you hanging in your way?

Pull the other thread said...

Great progress on Cathedral. It looks amazing! Love your new chart also.

Donna said...

I can't wait to see you start Middle Earth. Cathedral looks amazing and I am so intrigued to see more of your silk project !!!

sharine said...

Awesome progress made. I love your new charts. Now all we need is an eight day week:)

Linda said...

Wow Lesli. You made great progress. I love your new stash.

Linda

♥ Nia said...

Cathedral looks gorgeous! Amazing colors :)
Love that last design!!
Hugs to you

SoCal Debbie said...

Cathedral looks beautiful. I'll be watching your LOTR map progress. Happy Stitching!

Lesleyanne said...

Lovely progress for IHSW. Cathedral is looking great. Gorgeous new charts. Can't wait to see your Lord of the Rings SAL.

Valma said...

wooo ! Cathedral is amazing !
great progress
in fact, I'm sure you're an octopus and while you're writing this post you're stitching 2 different pieces =)
Dragonfly cottage ...I love
can't wait to see it stitched by you
have fun in the Shire =D
Big hugs
xxx

The Crafty Princess said...

Wow cathedral looks amazing. Beautiful stitching!! I love love working with silks. I would love to do all my charts with them. Great new charts you have and what an awesome gift chart. Looking forward to your starts. Hee hee. Xo

Melinda said...

I love your use of Silks, the Christmas present looks awesome - Dragonfly Clottage - What a wonderful chart.

Julie said...

Looks like you are going to be very busy!

stitchstitchknit said...

Congrats on finishing another page, it looks wonderful =)

I really love the new charts you got, the QS is amazing! =)

Joysze said...

Nice hermitting despite a very busy weekend, Lesli. Cathedral looks awesome!!!

Katie said...

Wow girl. You do gorgeous work and you kill me with how many HAEDs you have. You alone keep HAED in business haha.

Ewa said...

Google Reader has somehow stopped updating your blog in my reader >:( BOOOOOOO! Beautiful RAKs pretty lady. Can't wait to see which ones you're gonna start next. Almost time for ME!!!!!

Sally said...

Fantastic progress Lesli.

Congratulations on the RAKs. I took part in the Halloween in early when the last sale was on and loved doing it. Would have done it again this time but funds wouldn't allow it!

Gizzimomo said...

Cathedral looks stunning and as I just bought Mini The Eternal Promise it looks like I might be joining the LOTR SAL after all.... if I can get myself organised enough anyway!

Anne said...

Wow Lesli! Your Cathedral is stunning so far!! And it will be massive! Love the little stitch you are making with Ewa's silk!! So pretty! Great new charts too :D