Wednesday, July 22, 2015

July Finishes

I managed to finish my Patriotic SAL just before the 4th!

July Cottage of the Month
Designer - Country Cottage Needleworks
Completed July 2, 2015
Stitched on 28 ct Light Blue Jobelan

Floss Used:  DMC Variations 4129, 4080, 4000, 4205, 4230, 4045, 4240 
and DMC white
Trim Used:  Tizzy Baby Yarn (no longer available)
Changed month name to USA

While helping with the tornado recovery and clean up a few weeks ago, I took a nasty fall.  The fall forced me to take time off, but it gave me enough stitching time for a few more finishes!

Monthly SAL
Stitched on 28 ct Black Monaco
with Six Strand Sweets floss
June - Chocolate Covered Gummybears (completed June 30)
July - Sorbet Swirl (completed July 8)

July - A Year in Chalk
Designs by Hands On Design
Stitched on WDW 30ct Gunmetal
with suggested GAST threads

August - A Year in Chalk
Designs by Hands On Design
Stitched on WDW 30ct Gunmetal
with suggested GAST threads

Hard to believe just how fast the month of July is going.  My youngest DD has been away at a military base for training since June 13.  Last week, we made the 6 hour drive to visit her for family day.  All she wanted to do was leave the base and have "real" food, so that's just what we did.  She won't be back home until August 5 and then she leaves for an additional 2 weeks of training on August 7.  Her college classes don't resume until after Labor Day, giving her a couple of weeks off before she begins her senior year of college.

Have you started thinking about the Christmas gifts you want to make yet?  I always have great ideas in January, but never get ambitious enough to start stitching.  Then, I seem to really start thinking about it again in July and August, although I might not actually start on any of them until (almost) the last minute.  Why do I do that to myself?  Ornaments are always on my list and I have more people to stitch for this year, which means I really need to get stitching.  

I'm thinking of Christmas in July, lol!


  1. Great stitching this month. Year in chalk designs, SAL, and July cottage. Your DD is having a very challenging summer.

  2. That Baby yarn is an awesome trim!
    Great smalls.

  3. Super looking finishes! I like how you stitched USA instead of July on the house finish. Both the Palko blocks are adorable as are your 2 year in chalk finishes. Good luck with getting all your ornaments stitched up!

    Robin in Virginia

  4. All your finishes are great. I love the patriotic house, the colors are wonderful. So nice you got to see your daughter. To answer your question, I haven't even thought about my Christmas Stitching!

  5. Great finish.
    The change to USA is nice, and so is the cute trim.
    Nice Chalk finishes too.
    I am thinking more of Halloween stitching right now. lol

  6. Love your patriotic header. The new addition is pretty. I might have to start the chalk pieces. Happy Summer.

  7. Wow you have stitched lots of lovely designs. I love how you've finished your July Cottage.

  8. What a great selection of finishes! I like them all! What is the trim around the USA cottage? I can't tell... but it sure is cute! I actually pulled out a Christmas WIP this month, worked on it a couple of nights, put it back... It just isn't doing anything for me. But, I am thinking about doing ornies now... Hugs!

  9. What a nice finish your July cottage is, Pam--I like the wording change, too.

    So sorry to hear about your fall, but at least it got you some extra stitching time. Hope you are feeling all better very soon :)

  10. hope you're recovering from your fall. lovely stitching and finishing on your patriotic sal.

  11. Such lovely stitching. But not so good that you had a fall but I hope that everything has healed nicely in the meantime.


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