Sunday, December 6, 2009

Productive Stitching Weekend

Well, here's my latest start...Lizzie Kate's ABC Lessons. Mike bought this one (and the Christmas ABC's one) for me for my birthday. It's a fun, easy stitch, which was a nice break after stitching on Frederick last week. This wasn't all done this weekend, it was a week's worth of stitching.

Yesterday was our So Cal Stitchers Group get together at a local "medium box" craft store. It's not a national chain, just a local chain with (I think) 3 stores. The location we go to has a nice classroom area, and you can rent a table for the day for $5. The tables are set up in kind of blocks of 4, and we can easily sit 8 around a block of 4. So....for $20, 8 of us can stitch the day away! We were there from 9 am to 6 pm with a short break for lunch. Everyone was stitching away, and we had a great time laughing, talking, and TRYING to count! LOL! I was working on my dollhouse project - I'm almost done with the kitchen, so maybe soon I'll have some pictures of another finished room.

Then this evening I watched a really cool episode of "Ace of Cakes" . I don't know if you're familiar, but it's the one with Duff Goldman (I know some people think he's obnoxious, but I think his bakery does awesome cakes). This particular episode (which I think will be on a couple of more times - the description says it's about a building being demolished, which is one of the other cakes in the episode). The cake I was interested in was a replica of a cross-stitched stocking! The woman the cake was being made for has stiched FIFTY THREE stockings for her family members. Her husband wanted to surprise her, so he brought pictures of her stocking to the bakery for them to make a replica. They made a stocking shaped cake, and the decorator actually piped individual little X's to make the pictures on the cake. It really was awesome, and it was neat to see an artist in another medium (cake decorating) have "respect" (for lack of a better word) for the technique of cross-stitching. She actually took fondant and put it over graph paper on top of a light box to get the squares for the X's. If you get a chance, check it out!!!

Now this week I HAVE to start on family calendars. I make a calendar for my family every year for Christmas - actually I think I make 10 of them, because each one is a tad different than the others. I incorporate pictures each month of the family members who have occasions in that month, and put their occasion where it belongs on the calendar. It is a lot of work, but I love doing it. I think this is the 6th year I've done them! They actually take longer to print than they do to design! LOL

So....not sure how much stitching time I'll get this week. But...I'll be back!!!

Have a GREAT week! And thank you, as always, for your comments!
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14 comments:

Carolyn NC said...

Lots of progress - looks great! Love the story of the cake!

Miss 376 said...

This is a lovely piece of stitching, like the colours.

Emily said...

Love Lizzie Kate, such fun easy stitching. Have fun with the calendars.

Shelley said...

You've done a ton on ABS Lessongs for only 1 week of stitching. I saw that episode of Ace of Cakes. I love that show and that was so cool how she made the stocking cake.

Mel said...

Lovely stitching!

Cyndi said...

Cute finish of Lizzie Kate. Love all the colors.
I saw that episode of Ace of Cakes too. I am stitching those stockings for my kids. I was so excited to see it on a cake!

Katrien said...

Looks great

Mayté said...

kathy, this new WIP is very nive, sure you will finish it very quickly, at your speed LOL

Mayté said...

This is a very nice WIP, at your speed , this will done very quickly :)

Anonymous said...

That is very nice. I like to look at the Ace of Cakes and have to look for that episode and also Cake Boss.


Marl

EvalinaMaria said...

Your needless must be on fire, you've done a lot of stitching!
Good luck with calendars.

5 Foot Runt said...

Nice stitching on your Lizzy Kate. Thought about getting the same pattern maybe but ended up with something else. Looks great though.

Nancy M said...

Nice progress already! I think someone twittered or something when that episode was on and when I turned it, I didn't see the cross stitch reference, so I must have missed it!

MaryT said...

Hello Kathy, Really great progress on your stitching.