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Two SAL updates

Thanks everyone for the comments and e-mails of support about me stitching more! You guys are amazing!
I started a SAL with Carolyn after my latest post. We are stitching ‘Antique Hearts Needleroll’ by Shepherd’s Bush. Here is my progress.

Antique Hearts
Antique Hearts Needleroll – Shepherd’s Bush

As you may have noticed, I got the wrong lace in my kit. It was supposed to be wider and with hearts on it, but mine was slim and had flowers on it. I don’t mind really, it will just make mine unique 🙂

I am also stitching a small monthly SAL that I started up in my Icelandic stitching group. The group has not been very active lately, and this is an attempt to keep both myself, and other stitchers busy and their needles flying. The rules are pretty simple, it is a monthly SAL, the design has to be relatively small and available as a freebie online. Here is my progress of this little project.

January SAL
Petit Chat by TraLaLa
40ct Raw Linen – 1 over two
Hickory Sticks and Secondhand Rose by Crescent Colours

The pictures are not so good since it is dark most of the time these days and these were taken under my OTT-Lite. The best I could do in these dark filled days really.

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Bloggaversary! Draw! Fun! YAY!

Well, it is coming up.
I started blogging June 13th 2005 on Blogger. At first I started writing in Icelandic (as you can see if you read some of my old entries) but I soon changed to Icelandc and English and then only to English since I hated writing everything twice. I was pregnant with Karítas when I started blogging, on bed rest and horribly bored. The only thing that kept me going was my stitching and I was doing so much of it that I wanted to document some of it and my progress etc. I had been reading some stitching blogs and decided that I wanted to start blogging.

I gave up using blogger and started blogging here of February 5th 2007. On March 9th I managed to move all my old posts over from blogger to this blog so I am going to have that date as my Bloggaversary.

So, here is the deal. Leave a comment to this post (and this post only) for a chance to win *something* from me. I am going to put together a package of a little of this and a little of that. No pictures, it is going to be a surprise for the winner. It will include something stitched and finished by me. And maybe some stash too. Probably both, oh yes, both.

So comment away. I will draw names on March 9th – that is next Monday people!

I also want to thank each and every one of you for reading, commenting, not commenting, e-mailing, the cards, the good thoughts, the thoughtfulness, the kindness, the amazing spirit of all of you. I want to thank you for making blogging such a joy. I love reading your blog (yeah, that means you!) and I love hearing from you even if you do not have a blog. If you are thinking about starting a blog for your crafts, I say go for it! I have never regreted staring mine. It has gotten me in contact with some amazing people and I have learned so much from you all! So so much!

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Gardening – Finished!

I did it! I finished the second thread pack from the Little Woman series by Little House Needleworks last night! So now I have two out of four finished! These are so cute, and a fun and fast stitch! I just love them. And the colors are to die for!

Gardening Finished
Little Women Thread Pack from LHN – Gardening
32ct Antique Lace Linen from Lakeside Linens
Crescent Color threads and I substituted one of them for WDW Whiskey for the yellow in the design. The one that came with the thread pack had too much brown in it for my taste.
Quilting and Gardening
Quilting and Gardening finished.

I got a wonderful package from Ms. StitchBitch in the mail last week. I will try and take a picture of the goods soon. She sent me a Halloween themed package and I just love it. I am sure I will have my own Halloween celebration here next year. I am sure my girls will love it!

I am not sure what I am going to do today. Sumarrós went with her father and his family to a cabin in the country side for the weekend so it is just me and Karítas here. We might be going down town later, but I am not sure.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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And the winner is………. Dovile!

I had almost a hundred comments to my post about the draw for the biscornu! Thank you everyone for the wonderful response for this worthy cause. Tonight me and my gorgeous cousin Bjarki cut up the printed pages of comments (there were 10 of them!) and folded them to get ready for the draw.

Comments cut up and folded
All the comments cut up and folded

Comments in a stocking
All the comments in a stocking, ready for the draw!

The master of destiny
My cousin Bjarki, The Master of Destiny drawing the winner!

The WINNER!
And the winner is, Dovile! Congratulations!

I have made a comment to your blog leaving my e-mail addy. Please contact me with your snail mail so I can get the biscornu in the mail to you! Enjoy!

Oh, and Happy Halloween to everyone celebrating! Have a safe and wonderful night!

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SAT Friday and a new start!

I really enjoyed this SAT Friday over at the Let’s Stitch blog and got a lot done on my stocking. I am again hopeful that I will have it done before Christmas. I had kind of lost all hope and was getting pretty bored with the piece, so many quarter stitches and confetti stitches and gaaaaah! It was just driving me crazy! Then I thought ‘One stitch at a time. One stitch at a time’ and it got easier again. So here are my results!

Stitchers Stocking Before&After
Stitcher’s Studio Christmas Stocking from Cross Stitch & Country Crafts magazine, Issue July/August 1989

I also started a project from my box of projects. It is the ‘Little Woman’ series of thread packs from Little House Needleworks. I started ‘Quilting’ last Monday and have been working on it on and off since then. The others in the series are Reading, Gardening and Baking. You can see a picture of them here (scroll down a bit). Anyway, here is my progress on this project also:

Little Women - Quilting
Little Women series from LHN ‘Quilting’
Threads: CCC
Fabric: 32ct Attic Lace from Lakeside Linens

So that is all my progress this week. I am thinking about if the new challenge for the Let’s Stitch blog will be a good excuse to start something new. LOL! I was thinking about something small, maybe something for Christmas. I am going to think about it at least 🙂

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Lots to share

Thank you all so much for the support about my last post. Also, I want to send out all my best to all of you. I am fully aware that this is a world wide problem and that there are more people that are really worried out there. Take care everyone, we will survive!

Now, lets get to some stitching! Man I have missed sharing my stitching with you guys. I hope that this post makes up for it! I participated in a Mattress Pincushion exchange in my Icelandic Stitching Group ‘Allt Í Kross’ and Edda was my partner. She e-mailed me and told me that she got my package so now I can share what I made for her.

Mattress Pincushion for Edda
Mattress Pincushion for Edda
Pattern: Alphabet Tree – Blue Ribbon Designs (freebie)
Fabric: 36ct Summer Khaki linen
Thread: Plush Plum – Belle Soie Silk

I loved stitching this and had been wanting to stitch this pattern for a long time. And the Belle Soie silk was so wonderful to stitch with. And I love the final result and Edda says that she likes it also 🙂

I have also been working a little on my stocking and here is a progress picture.

Stitchers Stocking
Design: Stitchers Studio stocking from Cross Stitch and Country Crafts Magazine July/August ’89

Also, Mini Cottages. I am soooo close to being done. Here is a picture I took on September 28th, before I started working on this project again.

Mini Cottages 1, 2, 3 and the start of 4

And here is how it looks today.
Mini Cottages 4

It is sooooo close to being done. I only have to fill in the black of the windows and do the outlines. I can’t wait to get it done!

I have also decided to do some Pink Stitching to show my support for Breast Cancer Awareness. This is a free design from Romy in Austria. I plan on finishing it as a biscornu once the stitching is done.

Stitch Pink
Fabic: Silvery Moon 32ct Belfast Linen by Silkweavers
Threads: 3607 and 3689 DMC

Well. It is Sunday and my little Karítas is a little sick. She got a high temp yesterday and today it has gone down a bit so she is a little better, but still sick. We plan on taking it very easy today. I will probably try to stitch some more on my Pink project 🙂

I hope you all had a great weekend!

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Tagged

I got tagged by Raven/Missy

So here we go:
THE RULES:
Link to the person that tagged you
Post the rules on your blog
Share 6 non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself
Tag 6 people at the end of your post by linking to their blog
Let each person know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog
Let your tagger know when your entry is up

1. I bite my fingernails. I know, yuck!
2. I love doing laundry but I HATE folding it and putting it away.
3. I play music all the time either on my i-pod (need to charge it) or at home.
4. I an not a big TV watcher. I prefer movies or listening to music
5. I collect books. They make me feel good.
6. I am a huge Prince fan. I just adore him!

JUDGE AWAY…

the people I tag are: Anyone who wants to do this. You can even do it in my comments 🙂

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Now on to stitching. I have been working on a project suggested by Becky over at the Let’s Stitch blog. She suggested we dig out our longest standing UFO or WIP and work on it this week. I am making great progress on my project. The project I decided to work on was Mini Cottages by Michael Powell. I am doing all four of them on the same piece of fabric and have finished the first three and started the last one. I took a picture on Sunday before I sat down with it and will take another one soon to show my progress. I am quite hopefull that I will get it done this week. It is a nice break from my stocking since the stocking has a lot of details and the Mini Cottages are much more simple. When I am finished with the Cottages I will work on my stocking more.

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Stitch-A-Thon Friday

Over at the ‘Let’s Stitch’ blog there was a Stitch-A-Thon Friday yesterday. I decided to join and work on my stocking. I didn’t get much stitching done. I was completely spent after the busy week I have had. I am going to work on it again tonight though. Here is a before & after picture:

Before and After the Stitch-A-Thon

Other than that there is not much else to blog about. I am having a really lousy Saturday. I am going to try to turn it around and cook a good meal and have a relaxing night.
Hope you are all having a good weekend.

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Biscornu exchange from Carla

Yesterday I got a note from the PO that I had not one, but four packages waiting for me to pick them up. Off course I went up there as soon as I could, I used my lunch break at work to pick up my goodies.

1st package contained my SBEBB biscornu exchange from Carla. She made me this beautiful biscornu with Dark Chocolate Belfast Linen and hand dyed thread from Aniza with a freebie design from Tantes Zolder. It is so pretty! I love it! She also included two beautiful charts (Autumn Harvest from JBW and Snow Buddies from Homespun Elegance), Anchor floss, plastic bobbins, candy, ribbons etc. It was a great package! I am sorry I have put all the extra goodies away, so I only have a picture of the great biscornu that she made me.

SBEBB biscornu exchange from Carla

Second package was a birthday gift from Colleen in NY. She gave me this beautiful 32ct Wichelt linen and floss rings and this little pattern book. Thank you Colleen!

Birthday gift from Colleen

Third package was my first FOTM club with Lakeside Linens and the fourth package was my second FOTM package (June and July). I love love love these fabrics! The colors are amazing!

Fabric of the MonthLakeside Linens Tarnished Silver

Fabric of the month
Lakeside Linens Lentil

So I had a pretty incredible mail day yesterday! I am off to fondle my goodies and stitch!

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SBEBB Biscornu Exchange for Mylene

Mylene just e-mailed me and told me that she got the exchange I sent her for the SBEBB biscornu exchange. I loved doing this one and it turned out so cute! I also sent her some fabrics, floss rings and other stuff. More photos on my flickr account.
SBEBB_Biscornu5
Design: Periphaeria Designs – Sweet Biscornu, from TGOS Magazine, July 2007 issue.
Threads: Vikki Clayton silk, Garnet
Fabric: 32ct Days Gone By from Silkweavers
Stitched by Linda LitlaSkvís
Stitched for Mylene
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I have had an incredible birthday today! Thank you everyone for the well wishes, birthday cards, e-mails, gifts, comments and everything! I will write more about my birthday when I get the chance, now it is time for dinner!

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A little help?

I was browsing blogs today and I trying to catch up on my blog reading since it has been neglected lately because of work and the fact that I have rather wanted to spend my time actually stitching than reading about stitching, even though I do enjoy both acts 🙂

Anyway, I was looking at a blog and it showed a picture of a gorgeous Neighborhood Round Robin that had all the houses stitched side by side on a long piece of fabric. It was gorgeous and I remember drooling, passing out and when I came back to my senses I was so confused that I forgot to bookmark the site and wandered around blogspace. Do any of you know where I can possibly find that picture of that gorgeous piece of RR again?

**note – some portions of this story have been slightly altered for entertainment value**

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Thanks Karen for pointing me to the right dirrection! It was a post on Wendy’s blog with Bine’s beautiful Neighborhood Round Robin. Check it out here! All I can say is WOW!

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WIP updates, awards etc.

First, thanks to Maria, Asta and Dovile for the Brilliante Weblog Awards. Since I am supposed to nominate 7 blogs to each of the nominees I get, I am just going to say that I really love each and every stitching blog that I have in my blogline reader! You all inspire me to be a better stitcher and not to be afraid of trying new things!

I have been working some on ‘Ladybugs & Bumblebees’ and have a progress picture to share!

Ladybugs & Bumblebees WIP
I am just over half done! It is such a fun stitch!

I also started ‘Little House Neighborhood’ and have hardly put it down since I started it. I decided to change the DMC colors for the houses to Crescent Colors and have started the first house. It is being stitched with Bramble Bush.

Little House Neighborhood WIP

Sorry about the wrinkles, I try not to iron my pieces until I am done stitching them.
I had a good weekend. I went to two concerts and one birthday party and had a lot fun! My younger daughter is with her father durring her summer vacation so I am feeling a little ‘off’. Sumarrós is here with me, so that is good, but still, I am so used to having them both at the same time, or not having them at the same time that life seems a little weird when just one is missing. We have never done this before, so it is just a matter of getting used to I think.

Me and Sumarrós saw Mama Mia at the movies last week and we both really enjoyed it. I am going to try to go and see the new Batman movie ‘The Dark Knight’ sometime this week. I am very excited to see that movie!

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Kreativ Blogger Award

I was honored by Andrea for a ‘Kreativ Blogger Award‘. Thank you Andrea, I am so happy that I can inspire you in some ways with my little blog.Kreativ Blogger Award

I must pass it on with the following rules:
1. The winner may put the logo on her blog.
2. Put a link to the person you got the award from.
3. Nominate 5 blogs.
4. Put links to the blogs.
5. Leave a message for your nominees.

So here are my five blogs that I nominate. In no particular order.

1. Rósa Tom
2. Von
3. Hannah
4. Harmien
5. Loreta

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Little House Neighborhood SAL blog

If anyone is interested in joining us for the Little House Neighborhood SAL you are welcome to do so. Nicole set this up and the more the merrier. If you are interested, please e-mail Nicole and she will send you an invite to this blog so that you can share your progress. See her e-mail in this post. This blog is open for anyone who is stitching this project and wants some support from other stitchers and a place to share their progress with others that are stitching the same project at the same time.

Little House Neighborhood

There is no structure to this SAL really. Just start and stitch when you can! Nicole figured this could be a place where we share our progress and any changes we have made. It’s going to be fun and relaxed!! Now I just need to finish ‘The Rain Fell’ so I can get started on this! Woot!

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Scissor Fob for Nicole.

One of my favorite blogs is Nicole’s blog, Carolina Dreams. She posts often, almost always with pictures and her stitching is beautiful! Sometime last year she finished Sunflower Bellpull by The Drawn Thread. I have always loved that pattern so I asked if she was done with the chart and would be willing to trade for something. She e-mailed me and told me that the chart was mine, and that she couldn’t think of anything in return (how weird for a stitcher! LOL!). But I still wanted to send her something, and even if it took me a while, the little scissor fob finally made it safe and sound to Nicole’s house this weekend.

Fob for Nicole

Pattern: A mon Amie Pierre – a small part of Victoria’s Quaker
Fabric: 40ct Antique White Linen
Threads: DMC 310 and Waterlilies Silk ‘Cherry’

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Why did you start your blog?

Honestly, I was pregnant and bored. I had to go on bed rest when I was about 5 months pregnant and if I didn’t have blogging and stitching at that time, I would have ended up crazy (ok, crazier!)

How did you come up with your blog name?

Easy, Litla Skvís is something that I have been called by a certain group (ever growing) of people for a long time. It would probably translate as ‘Little Babe’ or ‘Little Cutie’ or something like that. Someone started it, and it stuck. Many people call me only that, some call me Linda Litla Skvís.

Do your friends and family know about your blog and if so, what do they think of it?

Most of them know about it yes. And I think that all of them really like it. I have a family that really appreciates all the time and energy and love that goes into hand crafts of all kinds. My grandfather is a book binder, my mother sews, her sisters knitt, crochet, sew, draw, paint etc. My dad’s sister is in my Icelandic stitching group. A lot of my friends are very creative, be it in some hand crafts (a lot of stitchers and knitters), designing, music, acting, writing etc. So I think I am very lucky that so many people around me appreciate everything hand made.

How do you write posts?

With my keyboard. LOL! I try to update pretty regularly and show progress pictures and finishes. And I also try to share some ‘cool’ things when I come across them, or if I make a tutorial like I did with the triangle scissor case. It’s all about sharing to me 🙂

Have you ever had a troll or had someone leave unkind comments?

Yeap. One time someone was leaving me anonymous comments about my written English. I didn’t take it very personally since I try to do my best and since English is not my first language, I think I do pretty good. It was boring and uncalled for since I am pretty sure that you all understand what I am saying, despite the occasional grammar/spelling error, but I decided to delete the comments and pretend like it never happened.

Do you check your stats?

Yes.

Do you care how many people read your blog?

Care? Not really care, but I find it very interesting how many people actually read it 🙂 If everyone would stop reading it, I would probably still keep blogging. I like how my blog is like my stitching journal, and I imagine that as long as I stitch, I will blog also.

What kind of blogs/posts interest you?

Stitching, knitting, crafts etc. Along with others off course. Most of the blogs in my blogroll are craft related, some are friends and family etc.

What do you like and dislike about blogging?

I like the friendship. And the sharing and encouragement that other bloggers give out to one another. The inspiration and creativity.

I dislike the trolls, who doesn’t. And, if you don’t have anything nice to say, then say nothing. There is no point in being rude to people you don’t even know.

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