Friday, January 20, 2017

Happy New Year 2017~!

Hello all you wonderful stitchers!  Happy New Year 2017!  Last year was a great year for me stitching wise.  I had quite a few finishes...11 to be exact, I participated in a lot of SAL's and I even did Stitch Maynia where I started a new design every day of the 31 days in May.  This year I also have big plans.  First I hope to cut down some more of my 24 WIPs.  I also hope to finally get caught up showing my stitching progress here on this blog (I still have the Summer Olympics SAL from August to show you plus so much more!), and to show you regular weekly progress updates like I did once upon a time near the beginning of starting this blog.  If you are still reading this know that I really appreciate the love and support you have shown me in this hobby and I plan to write more soon to really finish updating you on my stitching and I can't wait to get caught up on all of your blogs too! It is almost Lunar (Chinese) New Year here in Taiwan and it is the Year of the Rooster which just happens to be my zodiac sign...

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Stitchnmomma Fall Fiesta Exchange

Earlier this fall I participated in the Fall Fiesta Exchanged sponsored by one of my favorite designers Stitchnmomma.  In this exchange you stitched a fall themed piece for your partner and also sent a small fall themed treat.

This is the piece that I made for my partner Kelly.  I found the pattern online and I used her Stitchnmomma fabric and threads from Mo's Sale.

I had originally started it on another fabric from Stitchnmomma here... but it was turning out to be way too big for the size box I could use to send it, and the weave of the fabric was too loose for my taste.

Here it is all finished from the front.


And here is the back.

I think it turned out fairly well and I sent her a few Taiwan goodies but I forgot to get a photo of them.

The person who drew my name was Dana and this is what I was so lucky to receive!

She made the lovely Autumn pillow and sent the Halloween magazine, fall list pad, and some spiced apple cider :)

I am currently using the pillow to help decorate my home for fall.  This was my first time participating in a stitched item exchange and I really treasure the time the other stitcher took to make the pillow to send to me.

See you soon...Happy Stitching!

Fiberlicious Halloween Mystery Package & New Blogaversary Winner!

Hello!  I can't believe I haven't written a single post in October.  I have so much to catch you up on.

First, I have drawn a new winner for my prize #3 of Cross Stitch & Bead Weaving Book from my 4th Blogaversary Giveaway.  And the winner is....Connie Cain!  Congratulations Connie, please contact me at so that I can send you your prize.

I have had my eye on all of the gorgeous hand dyed threads from Fiberlicious for quite some time and never made a purchase.  So when she decided to offer a Halloween Mystery Package including hand dyed fabric (which she doesn't usually sell) I jumped on the chance to get one.

There were three options available:  small, medium, and large.  I decided on the medium package.

This was the special Halloween touch Nguyen added on the outside of the envelope.

And here is my package all wrapped up in lovely Halloween colored tissue paper.

This is everything inside...

First is a piece of her gorgeous fabric.  It is 28 count even weave and the edges have all been serged so there is no unraveling of the fabric.

Next are the beautiful Halloween colored hand dyed threads...

Then this zippered ORT holder which I have already been putting into use.

Next is this adorable scissors fob.  I had never actually used one before but I really like using this one and the added weight it gives to your scissors when you grab them to use while stitching.

Next is this hand made needle minder...

And last but not least is this spooky ouija board themed hand made needle case.

This is everything all lined up...

I am really happy with everything that came in my Halloween Mystery Package and I plan to order more of the gorgeous threads from Fiberlicious in the future!

See you soon .., and Happy Stitching!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Typhoon Megi damage photos

Typhoon Megi hit Taiwan on Tuesday September 27th.  This is the 4th Typhoon of the season here and it was the third one in a week and the first one that we got to experience in Taipei.

This was the sky on Monday evening...

This is a down wire in front on our apartment building.  We were very lucky that our power didn't go out when some of my friends in town did lose power.

Here are some more shots around my neighborhood of the damages...

This was a scaffolding that got knocked down.

Lots of trees got knocked down by the wind...

This awning was damaged.

This sign blew over.

This sign got ripped up by the winds.

But people were busy cleaning up the mess because life goes on in Taiwan.

I also have a video that shows the wind and the rain during the peak of the storm but I can't figure out how to upload it from my phone...oh well.  There is another Typhoon that might come our way next week.  We were very fortunate that my family was safe and we didn't lose power or water during the storm.  I know this definitely won't be the last Typhoon because the season lasts until November.  I did get two days off work and school for my kids and I was able to get in a little extra stitchy time :).  See you soon and Happy Stitching!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Around the World in 80 Stitches Part 7

I completed Part 7 of this SAL sometime last fall.

I missed getting a photo of it before I started on some of the specialty stitches, but here is the first progress shot.

Here is the view of the overall design with Part 7 in progress.

I really love the delicate look of these specialty stitches and how they really resemble flowers on a vine.

I am almost done with this part of the SAL...

And here is Part 7 Completed!

I really love the design of this block and I think it came out well considering this was my first time attempting some of the stitches.  I still have a few more parts to catch you up on.  Until then...Happy Stitching!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Taiwan Post Office Visit in photos and Giveway Winner Last Chance

This week I visited the local Post Office in Taiwan to mail out the prizes from my 4th Blogaversary Giveaway.  (I am running a bit behind on sending them as usual).  I had only been to the post office once before to buy stamps to mail some local paperwork.  I had heard great things about the Taiwan Post Office and I also had a good experience.

This is one of the larger offices in downtown Taipei.  It looks a little different from the US Post Office depicted in my Mill Hill Post Office project I completed in 2014.

Everything is well organized and you need to take a ticket to get your number to wait in line for service.

I was lucky when I went at lunch time I only had to wait a minute before my number was called.  Here is the window area, and lucky for me that the signs were in both Chinese and English.  The employee that helped me only spoke a little English but I was able to communicate pretty well with him and I used the Google Translate app on my phone when I needed to try to tell him that Craft Supplies were in my envelope.

Outside you can see the classic, colorful post boxes and the green mail delivery van.

A closer look at the post boxes.

This is a lovely mural that decorates the outside of the building with beautiful examples of stamps they have produced over the years.

A closer view of some of their stamps.

And some more beautiful stamps!

I hope you enjoyed this little tour with me.  I definitely will be back to mail some more things.

Michelle Lucas please email me at your address so that I can send out your prize.  If I don't hear from you in a few days I will draw another name for the Cross Stitch and Beadweaving Book.

Until the next time...Happy Stitching!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Around the World in 80 Stitches Part 6

I moved along to part 6 of this SAL.

Here is the start of the cross stitch outline...

Sorry this picture is a little blurry, but this part stitched up so quickly that I didn't have time to take any progress shots before I completed it!