Updates and HAEDCon 2018

This will just be a quick post. First of all I want to let you know I started an Instagram account just for my cross stitch. I post updates of my progresses and finishes much more frequently. My account name is Icestitcher. You are more than welcome to follow me 🙂

HAEDCon 2018 is next weekend…and I´m going YAY!!! My friend Sveina will be joining me this time and we are so excited. Our plane leaves tomorrow. We have a direct flight to Portland OR and we will stay there over night. On Thursday we´ll wake up very early and drive to Seaside OR where HAEDCon will be held. I will post photos and videos on my Instagram account and use the hashtag haedcon2018.

So let´s show some progress pictures. I have been stitching a lot lately. Faces of Faery is almost done. I wanted to finish her before HAEDCon but I´m not gonna make it. So maybe I´ll just finish her at the con instead 🙂

Faces of Faery 14
Faces of Faery 14
20100/22500 stitches done

Faces of Faery 14
17800/22500 stitches done


FOF 14 – face completed

She looks so pretty now! 🙂

 Faces of Faery 14, face completed
Faces of Faery 14
15000 stitches done

Faces of Faery 14, nose
14700 stitches done

 Faces of Faery 14, both eyes
13300 stitches done

Faces of Faery 14, one eye
12400 stitches done

Romeo and Juliet FINISHED!

Romeo and Juliet is finally finished! I´m so happy 😀
This is my first HAED start and my fourth finish.

Romeo and Juliet finishedRomeo and Juliet by Sara Butcher
78750 stitches done – finished

And here is a close up of their beautiful faces :

Romeo an dJuliet upclose

QS Lilac new start

I started QS Lilac in early November. I´m trying out tent stitch… again! I really want to get the the hang of it and see if I can stitch a little faster so I can finish my +100 charts! LOL! I thing it looks good so far.

QS Lilac by CCK
QS Lilac by Ching-Chou Kuik
Stitched 2 over 1 tent stitch on 28 ct

Now off to finish Romeo and Juliet. Only about 6500 stitches left.

My stitching at HAEDCon 2017

I just want to show you my progress on Faces of Faery 14 which I was stitching at HAEDCon 2017.

I managed to finish her forehead 🙂

 Faces of Faery 14
Faces of Faery 14
10600 stitches done

I have stitched a little more and now she has eyebrows. Can´t wait to stitch her beautiful blue eyes 🙂

 Faces of Faery 14
Faces of Faery 14
11500 stitches done

Goodies of HAEDCon 2017

Ok, this will be a photo heavy post 🙂 I want to show you all the goodies that I got at HAEDCon. Some were gifts, some I won in drawings and some I bought… well I bought a lot 😀

First is the HAEDCon goodie bag presenting Hannah Lynn´s design.

 Goodie bag

We also got the Hannah Lynn´s HAEDCon pattern. The pattern with the fox is from Aimee Stewart´s goodie bag 🙂


We also got Jeff Haynie´s pattern along with threads and fabric.

 Jeff Haynie pattern

I bought two thread packs on HAED´s website and picked them up at HAEDCon. It´s for QS April Fairy and Hidden Harbour. They look so pretty 🙂

 Thread packs

I bought Hannah Lynn´s goodie bag and it is so super cute. It´s a wooden box that looks like a book.

Hannah Lynn Goodie bag

Inside were some pretty amazing items. A coloring book, 2 bookmarks and 4 needle minders.

 Hannah Lynn goodie bag

Here is a close up of the needle minders.

 Hannah Lynn needle minders

I also bought Aimee Stewart´s goodie bag. It included the Fox pattern I showed you above. And it also included the items below. So pretty 🙂

 Aimee Stewart goodie bag

I bought a lot of pretty things at HAEDCon. I bought a lot of needle minders.

 Needle minders

I bought the Unicorn threader and the other threaders I got with my thread packs along with the wooden needle case.


I bought some of Hannah Lynn´s prints. They are so pretty.

 Hannah Lynn pictures

I also bought 2 wooden blocks and magnets. The HAEDCon needle minder came with the HAEDCon goodie bag.

 Hanna Lynn blocks and magnets

I bought a poster from Aimee Stewart. Doesn´t it look pretty 🙂

 Aimee Stewart poster

I bought a print from Rob Carlos. Wish I could stitch like this! LOL

 Rob Carlos poster

I also won two prices.

Aimee Stewart had a drawing and I won this super amazing bookmark.

Aimee Stewart bookmark

And I won a whole chart park in HAEDCon drawing. It´s Storykeep Avalon by Nadia Tate. I was so happy. She has been on my wish list for a long time.


Inside the box were threads, fabric and pattern.

 Avalon material pack

I showed Hannah Lynn my finished Mini Myra. She totally loved it. She even signed it for me.

 Signed Mini Myra

After HAEDCon I went to Joanns and Michaels in Portland to stash up on DMC theads. I kitted up about 7 new HAED projects. Can´t wait to start them all 😀
This is at Michaels.

 DMC threads at Michaels

Bags from Joanns and Michaels full of beautiful threads.

Joann and Michaels shopping bags

So pretty 😀

DMC Threads

HAEDCon 2017

Last weekend was HAEDcon 2017 and I was so lucky to be able to go 🙂 It was so amazing!!! HAEDCon was held in Seaside OR, which is a cozy little town by the ocean.

I had a direct 8 hour flight from KEF airport to Portland OR airport. I started my journey by having a cocktail at the airport 🙂

 Kef airport cocktail

I landed in Portland around 6 pm local time. The drive to Seaside takes 2 hours. I didn´t want to drive to Seaside in the dark so I stayed in Portland for the night and drove to Seaside early in the morning.

I was in Seaside around 11 am. HAEDCon didn´t start until 1 pm so I decided to walk around. The weather was amazing and the sun was shining.

 Seaside OR

Seaside view

At 1 pm it was time to attend HAEDCon 2017. The convention center was very close to my hotel so it was just a short walk away.

 HAEDCon 2017

I got to meet my favorite artist Hannah Lynn.

 Hannah Lynn and me

And Aimee Stewart.

Aimee Stewart and me

And here are all of the artist. From left to right Jena DellaGrottaglia, Aimee Stewart, Hannah Lynn, Jeff Haynie, Rob Carlos and his wife Jean.

 Artists at HAEDCon 2017

HAEDCon was all about stitching, getting to know each other, chatting, admiring each others projects, giveaways… It was just amazing!

HAEDCon 2017

I met couple more HAEDCon attendees at the airport on my way back home 🙂
Here are Kathy, me, Andrea and Debbie.

 At Portland airport

I bought a lot of beauties at HAEDCon and I will show you in my next blog post.

Romeo and Juliet – the last WIP

This is the last WIP photo I will share of Romeo and Juliet. Next time it will be finished 🙂
One tiny stitch has already reached the last row. Less than 10000 stitches left 🙂

 Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet by Sara Butcher
69300 stitches done

QS Rosita

I decided to keep going with QS Rosita and expected it to go really fast since I´m doing tent stitch and I also wanted to try out parking. At some point I got really frustrated and the stitches didn´t  look good to me.  I really like my stitches to look neat and pretty and with all the confetti it looked kind of messy.  So I started over, doing full crosses this time. I´m so much happier with her now. I´m going to work her like I did with Mini Myra and do all the outlines first and then color her in. Here is how she looks right now.

QS Rosita
QS Rosita by Hannah Lynn

R & J

I have been working on Romeo and Juliet but I´m getting a little bored. So I´m going to take a little break from it and work on something else for a few days.
Here is an update 🙂

 Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet by Sara Butcher
63200 stitches done

Romeo and Juliet and new starts

So hello there 🙂 I hope you haven´t forgotten about me.

I finally finished those 2 pages of Romeo and Juliet, I was working on the last time I posted. Now I have only 2 whole pages and 2 partial pages left.

 Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet by Sara Butcher
57400 stitches done

I have 2 new HAED starts which I wanna show you. I decided to try out tent stitching (half cross stitch) and see if I´ll manage to complete my HAED projects faster. And I have to admit it is a lot faster. I´m still not sure if I like the look of the stitches but I want to finish those two and see how they look completed.

Here is the one I started in May.

 Early Visit
Early Visit by Rachael Tallamy
4200 stitches done

And here is the one I started in April.

 QS Rosita
QS Rosita by Hannah Lynn
300 stitches done

In May, I went to Minneapolis MN, with my daughter. She was participating in a dance competition and did extremely well. Of course I went to both JoAnn and Michaels, and bought DMC threads for 4 new HAED´s 🙂 Below is a picture of my purchase… well… a part of it 🙂


And I totally forgot to tell you I will be attending HAEDCon 2017 in Seaside, OR in October. I´m so excited to meet all the other HAED´s addicts 🙂

Romeo and Juliet

After being neglected for 4 whole years I picked it back up. I´m really enjoying stitching this one after such a long time. And this time I won´t put it down until it´s finished.

Romeo and Juliet HAEDS
Romeo and Juliet by Sara Butcher
50200 stitches done

Winner of giveaway #2

Thank you all for taking part in my giveaway! It´s time to announce the winner!

The lucky winner is participant number 3 🙂

Giveaway winner 2

Congratulations to Cindy Reynaud.

Giveaway #2

So are you all ready for a giveaway? 🙂

This time I´m giving away Stargazer by Mirabilia. This is an original pattern. I have already stitched this design and loved every stitch.

Everyone is welcome to participate. All you have to do is follow my blog via email and comment on this blog post. The winner will be picked next Sunday 🙂


December 31

As this is the last day of the year I wanted to share updates of my progresses.

I started a stitch-a-long with my friend Sveina. We both fell in love with Hannah Lynn´s Punch of color girl 12. Here is how far I´ve got. I was really aiming to finished her eye but unfortunately I didn´t make it 😦 However her eyelashes are there 🙂

Punch of color girls 12
Punch of color girls 12 by Hannah Lynn
Stitched on 32 ct Jobelan

Here is my status of QS Meet Dragonfly. She is really confetti heavy so it will take me forever to finish that page.

QS Meet Dragonfly
QS Meet Dragonfly by Ching-Chou Kuik
4700 stitches done

I want to show your a threader I bought from the HAED website. I absolutely love it!


I also want to show you my jar of ort´s from 2016. I only started collecting my ort´s in May after we moved into our new house. Pretty good collection though for only 8 months 🙂

Orts 2016
At last I want to wish everyone a happy new year 2017 🙂 Thank you all for visiting my blog and your comments. They mean a lot to me.
I will be having another giveaway in January so be sure to check in again 🙂