Wednesday, January 1, 2020

The Year of Smalls

If you watched my recent FlossTube video with my best friend, Tracy, you probably heard us discuss the plan we came up with for 2020. Our goal is to stitch 20 smalls/ornaments and finish six of our medium/larger WIPs as well. Since posting that video, several people have messaged me asking for more information on the smalls portion of our challenge. Since there was interest, Tracy and I thought it would be fun to open it up for other people to join us for The Year of Smalls!

What is The Year of Smalls?
  • Start and finish at least 20 smalls during 2020. If you don't want to commit to the full 20, set a goal that works well for you. We want anyone who wants to participate to play along!
  • The smalls can be any combination of regular smalls such as a pinkeep, pincushion, needle book, biscornu, etc. or any type of ornament such as Easter, Christmas, Halloween, etc.
  • Each participant can determine what a small means to them. For us, we decided a small was anything under 4000 square stitches. For example, a 60x60 piece would be 3600 square stitches, so that would work. A 50x70 piece would be 3500 square stitches, so it would also work. However, a 70x70 piece would be 4900 square stitches, so that wouldn't qualify. To determine the number of square stitches of a piece, simply multiple the width stitches by the height stitches. 
How Do I Join?
If you would like to join us, we would love to have you do so! If you do plan to participant, please leave a comment below with your Instagram name if you have one so we can follow your progress throughout the year.

Happy stitching! 🙂

Bloom and Grow Mystery SAL Kit Unboxing

I have something a little bit different to share with you all today. Sally from Caterpillar Cross Stitch reached out to me recently and invited me to participate in her new Bloom and Grow 2020 Mystery Stitch-a-Long (SAL). She sent me the evenweave kit for the SAL and I'm sharing an unboxing video of it today.

The first part of the SAL will be released on January 24th. Additional parts will be released on the 24th of each month with the final part being released on August 24th.

If you would like to participate in this eight-part SAL, there's still plenty of time to order the chart and/or kit. You can use my code (MEL10) to save 10% on your order. Here are the relevant links for this SAL:

Ordering from Caterpillar Cross Stitch
SAL Facebook Group
VIP Stitch Club Newsletter

As the SAL progresses, I'll be posting monthly updates here on my blog as well as on my Instagram. If you decide to join the SAL, please leave me a comment below. I would love to know who else will be stitching with me!

**Disclosure** I received my kit for free in exchange for participating in and sharing about this SAL.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

FlossTube #14 - Show Notes

I'm back today with FlossTube number 14. In this video, I'm sharing a recent finish/FFO, some haul, a WIP parade, some more detailed plans for 2020, and wrap things up with a slideshow featuring all of my finishes for 2019. Enjoy!

Show Notes:

  • Ukrainian Folk Biscornu by Irina Mastakova (FireplaceHobby on Etsy)
Crafty Christmas gifts I received

  • Holiday scissor fob from an IG giveaway by KarenAZ.
  • Bloom & Grow 2020 Mystery SAL kit from Caterpillar Cross Stitch
  • Fibers and beads for Rainbow Mandala by Shannon Christine Designs
  • Fabric for Plaid Tidings (red house) by Little Stitch Girl
WIP Parade:
  • Taj Mahal Garden Mandala by Chatelaine (started 1 Jan 2007)
  • Plum Blossom Kimono by Margaret Bendig Designs (started 20 June 2009)
  • Royal Holiday by Mirabilia (started 1 Jan 2012)
  • Garden Party (cool colorway) by Satsuma Street (started 2 Mar 2018)
  • Be Inkspired by Stitchrovia (started 17 Feb 2019)
  • Two Birds in One Tree by Modern Folk Embroidery (started 27 Feb 2019)
  • Quilting Bee by The Blue Flower (started 15 May 2019 - Stitch Maynia)
  • The Stargazer by Mirabilia (started 16 May 2019 - Stitch Maynia)
  • Four Seasons by Little House Needleworks (started 19 May 2019 - Stitch Maynia)
  • Log Cabin Autumn by Gracewood Stitches (started 27 Oct 2019)
  • Pumpkin House by Shannon Christine Designs (started 2 Nov 2019)
  • Away We Go by Country Cottage Needleworks (started 7 Dec 2019)
  • Sunnyside Sampler by The Drawn Thread (started 9 Dec 2019)
  • Home for Christmas by Plum Street Samplers (started 25 Dec 2019)
    2020 Plans:
    • Year and Smalls and Six - These are my plans for my 20 smalls for 2020:
      • The 12 Days of Christmas by Prairie Schooler (days 2-12 ornaments)
      • Santas and Snowmen by Prairie Schooler (8 ornaments)
      • Cabin in the Woods by Tiny Modernist
    • Year and Smalls and Six - These are the six WIPs I want to finish in 2020:
      • Garden Party (cool colorway) by Satsuma Street
      • Be Inkspired by Stitchrovia
      • Quilting Bee by The Blue Flower
      • Four Seasons by Little House Needleworks
      • Pumpkin Farm series by Shannon Christine Designs
      • Rainbow Mandala by Shannon Christine Designs
    New Year Starts:
    • Rainbow Mandala by Shannon Christine Designs
    • Henna Mandala by Ink Circles
    Flosstubers/Instagram Stitchers Mentioned:

    Sunday, December 22, 2019

    FlossTube 13 Featuring a Very Special Guest

    I'm back today with FlossTube video number 13. This is a very special episode because I'm joined by my best friend and fellow stitcher, Tracy. Enjoy!

    Show Notes:

    • Tracy finished Eiffel Quaker by Jardin Privé.
    • Melissa
      • Pumpkin House by Shannon Christine Designs
    • Tracy
      • Pumpkin Truck by Shannon Christine Designs
      • Four Corners by Little House Needleworks
      • Suffrage Act by Little House Needleworks
      • America Land that We Love by Jean Farish
      • Treasure Hunt Bookshelf by Heaven and Earth Designs
      • Halloween ABCs by Lizzie Kate
      • Mediterranean Mermaid by Mirabilia
      • Magnolia by Nora Corbett
      • More Chocolate Bunnies by Hands on Design
      • Garden Party (warm colorway) by Satsuma Street
      • Pretty Little London by Satsuma Street
    • Pumpkin Farm SAL - #pumpkinfarmsal
    • Suffrage Act SAL - #SWTSSuffrage
    Pacific Northwest Stitch Summit Designers:
    • Beth Twist from Heartstring Samplery
    • Paulette Stewart from Plum Street Samplers
    • Home for Christmas by Plum Street Samplers
    • Souvenirs of the Heart: Home for Christmas by With Thy Needle & Thread
    • Bright and Merry Collection by Shannon Christine Designs
    • Rainbow Mandala by Shannon Christine Designs
    2020 Plans:
    • Year and Smalls and Six
    • Stitch from Stash
    • New starts after two finishes (excluding High Tea starts and smalls)
    Flosstubers/Instagram Stitchers Mentioned:

    Sunday, December 15, 2019

    FlossTube #12 - Where Holiday Tags Get Me All Emotional

    I'm back with another FlossTube video. I know I normally only post every other week, but I'll be posting weekly throughout the rest of December. I'll most likely go back to my regular every other week posting beginning in January.

    Show Notes:

    • Let It Snow - Tiny Modernist
    • Noel - Bendy Stitchy Designs
    • Gift Stitching
    • Pumpkin House (Shannon Christine Designs)
    • Sunnyside Sampler (The Drawn Thread)
    • Christmas in Space Postage Stamps (Wild Violet Cross Stitch)
    • Stitchy Noel (Four Boys and a NL Girl Designs) - 2019 Flossmas Ornament
    • Cabin in the Woods (Tiny Modernist) - Feb 2020 Just Cross Stitch
    • Disneyland Map (LoveMyStitch)
    Flosstubers/Instagram Stitchers Mentioned:
    Help a Great Cause:
      Caroline from Off the Grid Needlearts is raising money for Muscular Dystrophy Canada (MDC) this month. This is a charity very near and dear to her heart for personal reasons. You can help her efforts in three different ways:
      • Buy items from a Michelle Bendy auction this month. All proceeds from the auctions go to MDC.
      • Purchase the 2019 Flossmas Ornament designed by Patty of Four Boys and a NL Girl Designs. All profits from the design go to MDC.
      • Make a direct donation to Muscular Dystrophy Canada. After making the donation, email Caroline at with the subject heading "I donated to MDC" to be entered in a drawing for various thank you gifts she’ll be sending out in January.

    #MWSHolidayTag (Flosstube: Married with Stitches)
    • Is your Christmas tree real or artificial?
    • Do you open presents on Christmas Eve?
    • Favorite holiday movie?
    • What kind of food do you leave for Santa?
    • When you don't like a present, are you honest or do you pretend to love it?
    • Do you buy your pets presents?
    • Have you ever gone caroling?
    • Have you ever kissed under a mistletoe?
    • Have you ever re-gifted?
    • Do you save bags for gifting?
    • Do you send holiday cards?
    • Be honest. Do you enjoy receiving gifts or giving gifts?
    HelloHolidayNeedleworkTag (Flosstube: Liz Mathews)
    • What would you rather stitch: snowflakes, reindeer, Christmas tree, or menorah?
    • What needlework related tool is on your wishlist?
    • You're snuggling up for a cozy stitch session. What's in your cup?
    • What needlework supply or tool are you most grateful for?
    • What needlework supply or tool have you been wanting to try?
    • Would you rather make a holiday stocking or creating gift wrap for a small package?
    • What is your favorite holiday fiber color?
    • What designer would you order a secret holiday chart from sight unseen?
    • What will you be grateful to finally finish?
    • What is your favorite holiday tradition?

    Sunday, December 8, 2019

    FlossTube #11 Show Notes - So Many WIPs and So Much Haul

    I'm back with my latest FlossTube video. This video is a bit longer than my normal videos because I have so many WIPs and so much haul to share.

    Show Notes:

    • Winter Wonderland - The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery - Stitched on 28 ct Sterling Lugana from Picture This Plus - Finished 30 November 2019

    Friday, November 29, 2019

    Half Maynia Project Recap

    I'm back with a recap of my Half Maynia Project. Since I was able to get in a full day of stitching yesterday due to the Thanksgiving holiday, I'm happy to report I successfully stitched on all of my WIPs in November!

    When I posted my idea for the Half Maynia Project several days ago, I still needed to stitch on seven remaining WIPs to meet the goal. Here are my updated progress photos for the seven pieces I worked on. I'll also include a link to the before photo for each WIP if you want to see how much progress I made on each of them.

    Taj Mahal - Chatelaine Designs (before pic)

    Plum Blossom Kimono - Margaret Bendig Designs (before pic)

    Royal Holiday - Mirabilia (before pic)

    Garden Party (cool colorway) - Satsuma Street (before pic)

    Two Birds in One Tree - Modern Folk Embroidery (before pic)

    Stargazer - Mirabilia (before pic)

    Four Seasons - Little House Needleworks (before pic)

    My current WIP count stands at 13 projects. Be on the lookout in early January for my New Year WIP Parade FlossTube video.