May 28, 2013

Tuesday Tidbits 5/28/13

Since I started the new job… well not so new now that I’ve been at it almost 6 months now, it’s been difficult to find the time to update my blog.  :(  Boo. 

Did all my U.S. readers have a good Memorial Day weekend?  Touted as the unofficial start of summer, it was anything but this year.  Cold, windy, rainy, dreary.  Yeppers.  It didn’t stop most of us from grilling out, though!  The BF suggested we make Asian Grilled Pork Ribs.  We started out putting a rub on the ribs and let them sit in the fridge for most of the day.  Toward the end of grilling, the BF brushed them with a sweet and sour themed sauce that I made from scratch.
 



Yummo!

Later in the day, I made cinnamon rolls from scratch (Sorry, no pic).  A breadmaker makes it so easy to whip up dough.  The rolls were so scrumptious!

STITCHY STUFF
I have a finish.  Yes, I do!  I finished the Welcome Banner.  I can’t say that it was the most enjoyable thing I’ve stitched, but I do like how it turned out.   I’m not a big fan of backstitching that goes over full stitches, so I ended up making partial stitches as I stitched the design.  When it came time to finish it into a mini banner, I wasn’t happy with the instructions.  Basically, this is what the back was supposed to look like when finished:

 
The straight edges were to be folded over and tacked into place.  And, the instructions said to cut pieces of red floss to use as the hangers.  Ahhh… no.  How bad would that look?  Yeah, exactly… bad.
 
Since I didn’t want to rip apart what I’d already done, I took a piece of fabric and folded the edges to match the banner.  Then I used a matching thread and stitched through both pieces, wrong sides together.  It’s not the best finish, but it’s a whole lot better than if I’d stuck with the instructions.  If you look close on the front, you might be able to see the machine stitching in between the cross stitches.  I also made actual cloth hangers that match the backing fabric, and added a cute button on the front.


Design:  Welcome To Our Home (OOP) Mini Banner Kit
Designer:  Dimensions
Fabric: 18ct white aida
Fibers:  Unknown cotton fibers
Embellishments:  Ivy Button

Close Up

In addition to the finish, I’ve been working on two other projects.  One is a 4th of July exchange.  I’m about halfway done with the stitching.  My partner already sent me mine.

Liberty Bells by Little House Needleworks
Stitched and Finished by Jessica in IN

 Very pretty, don’t you think?  At first, I thought it was a pinkeep but then realized it was a flatfold.  It’s sitting on top of my TV armoire right now.  Thank you very much, Jessica.  I love it!

The other project I’ve been working on is Yuku.  I’m happy with the progress I make each time I sit down to work on her backstitching and French knots.  I’ve been working my way from section to section.  Soon, I’ll be down to the bottom.  Here’s her obi (See all those FK’s?):


GIVEAWAY
Once again, Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is hosting an awesome floss giveaway.  Click on over and check it out.

Until next time,


 

 

 

23 comments:

Pam in IL said...

Wow, those pork ribs looks so good!

I think the Welcome banner turned out great. I like your finishing much better than what the kit instructions were.

Your 4th of July exchange piece is adorable. I'm sure it looks really nice where you have it displayed.

Yuku is coming along wonderfully! I'm always amazed at how much backstitching and FK adds to a design.

cucki said...

Such sweet stitches..
Love for you x

geeky Heather said...

Your welcome banner looks great. Yeah...red floss hangers would have looked really bad. The fabric tabs make for a nice finish. Sorry you had bad weather, but at least you had grilling! =)

Carolyn said...

Meari,
Those pork ribs look delicious.

I love your take on the banner. You did a beautiful job.

What a cute exchange piece. Jessica did an awesome stitching job.

Yuku is looking gorgeous.

have a wonderful week.

Aurelia Eglantine said...

Your banner turned out wonderfully :) That little holly button is the perfect finishing touch! So cute :)

Mylene said...

oh those pork ribs looks yummy!!!

Your banner is turned out great and your WIP's is coming along beautifully!

Julie M said...

Your banner is beautiful Meari! Your WIP is coming along nicely and that's an awfully cute exchange piece you received!

Send me a cinnamon roll please!

*-* said...


Your Ribs & Cinnamon rolls, Memorial menu sounds delicious.
I love your welcome banner finish, well done.
Kay.

Chris said...

Hey Meari!
Your finishing looks great. I can't wait to see your exchange piece. I love the one that you received.
Have a great rest of the week!

Kelly Smith said...

Your banner turned out beautifully.
Your Wip looks fabulous!

Akila said...

Meariii, I've missed you and your monday updates. Good to know all's well
Love the way you have finished welcome banner. Your exchange from Jessica is very pretty too.
Love your new gif image.

Carol said...

I'm sure your new work schedule has really cut into your blogging and stitching time, Meari! At least you have a good excuse--not sure what my problem is :)

Your banner turned out beautifully and I love the little exchange piece from Jessica.

Our Memorial Day weekend was cool, but not rainy so we were able to be outside a bit. Now it is hot and steamy--can't seem to just get any pleasant spring weather this year :(

Karen said...

The pork ribs look good! Sorry to hear that the weather wasn't favourable, but you sure had some good food to help brighten the mood.

Your banner turned out beautifully! I can't believe they suggested using the red floss as a hanger..... lol.

Annie said...

Lovely banner! I'm a fan of pieces like that where the back-stitching really makes the design pop. I just don't enjoy doing detail like that as much as I used. Probably an age thing.

Lovely and timely flatfold from Jessica. Enjoy!

Jo said...

Love the Welcome banner, looks wonderful all finished. Liberty Bells is lovely x

Mel said...

You took what could have been a bit disastrous of a finish and made it just pro! Love it.

I feel your pain of not having enough time to blog. Darn newer jobs where there is actual work to be done. lol. Hope you're at least enjoying it all!

htimcj said...

Beautiful banner and exchange piece!
Heidi_ILCS

Denise SA said...

I think your banner looks great and your progress on yuku is great too

Sunshine said...

Love the cardinal Banner!! Great Job!

Nancy M said...

Nice finish on the banner, good thing you can come up with better ideas for finishing. Love the flat fold you received. Memorial Day sucked here too!

Sunshine said...

The banner turned out Great!!!! Love it!!!

Kay said...

Your stitching is so beautiful, I love the banner finish. You have been way more productive than me! Hope you had a good holiday weekend

Shelley said...

Your banner turned out awesome!!

Love the piece you received in your exchange.

That's a lot of French Knots.