Wednesday, September 10, 2014

New Start & Swap Results

I've started a new Halloween project. I think I have a problem. A friend on Instagram had the same magazine in her collection so we decided to do a mini stitch along with just the two of us. It's fun seeing the her progress as well! This is Happy Halloween by Silver Creek Samplers from JCS's 2013 Halloween edition.

Happy Halloween - Silver Creek Samplers

Happy Halloween - Silver Creek Samplers
The second picture was taken in the morning so it's a bit washed out. You can see the second "E" and part of the "N" started. I'm thinking it's going to be a pretty quick stitch. I got this all done in 3 days. Not bad. I feel like I stitch super slowly, but I think I have more time than average to stitch so it evens out.

I only have one of the called for WDW colors (pumpkin) so I'm subbing in Charcoal for the kitty, and one of the other colors. The rest are the suggested DMC. I was thinking that the E and the kitty were too close in color, but in sunlight it looks okay, so I'm not going to worry about it. 

I've also been working on a swap gift but I can't show you yet.

Speaking of swap gifts, mine made it across the pond, so I can show you what I made with the Wisper thread:
Bluebird of Christmas Happiness - JCS Ornament issue, 2008
I made it into an ornament, but I didn't get any good pictures because it was dark and I was too excited to mail it out. I love how the hat turned out, all nice and fuzzy. I'm pretty sure I'm going to make this again, I think in purple for a very special young lady who's mom loves purple. I'm fairly sure she doesn't read my blog, so it's okay. :) I had also sent my swap a bundle of DMC floss (pastel colors), a skein of Wisper, and a little kit that's got some kitties in a basket. She loved everything!

I also got my box in the mail last night and look at all these goodies!!

Awesome box decorating, all my favorite things, cats, coffee & fall

Swap goodies!

Awesome picture frames in my favorite colors, kitty erasers, coffee coasters, a fall candle, a homemade gift tag and a purple pen!


Coffee Coasters

The swap turned out so well! Not everyone has gotten their gifts yet, but we've all seen progress pictures and it promises to be epic. :) It you are on instagram follow me! xStitchHaven!

In non-stitching news, My husband and I went to a big beer festival on Saturday which sells out in 4 minutes! It was a fun experience, they have lots of local restaurants with tables of foods too, so I was a happy camper. On Sunday we made some new friends at a local farm for "Farm to Taco Food Truck" dinner. It was tasty!

I also ordered some hand-dyed threads from Nancy (from Victorian Motto Sampler) on eBay on Monday, so I'll have to post some pictures of that next week!

I can't be the only one with thread buying problems! Right?! Until next week peeps!


  1. Hello Brenda

    Your wip looks great and you can see the difference between the kitty and the E. I love the sweet bird finish. I also have a thread buying obsession (:

  2. I love the Bird finish and this new Halloween start too :) I don't have a thread buying obsession but I do have a fabric obsession :) I just followed you on Instagram, I'm there too (Hooked on Stitches).

  3. Lots of fun stitching and swapping going on! And yes, I agrees, the Kitty and the E colors look great together!

    1. Yeah, I decided to go with it, I didn't want to have to frog anything :) THanks!

  4. Love your progress on your Halloween project, it's on my do-do list. Love your swap piece and all the lovely goodies you received.

    1. Yay! There are several others on instagram that started this same project after they saw pictures of mine. I'm like a trend setter. You should totally dig yours out too :) ;)