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Friday, February 17, 2017

Where is the month going?

And why do I have to go with it?

I can't believe we are more than half way through the month of February.  I know its a short month, but must it go by so fast?

I've been really bad at doing anything this month.  I sit at home and look at all kinds of WIP that are begging to be worked on, and I want to stitch, but the thought of having to actually pull something out just exhausts me, so I don't.  I'm hoping to change that mind set this weekend and work on SOMETHING at home.

I've been pretty good about stitching on my lunch hour while watching Criminal Minds, although today I watch the last episode of the last season :( .  Anyway, I decided I really didn't like the look of the green in the grass.  The contrast between the two trees were a little too much, even though the colors were pretty close to the color of the canvas.   It took me a whole lunch out to cut it all out, but I was really happy that I did.  I'm still debating the yellow in the brick road.  However haven't convinced myself that it's bad enough to take out, yet.  I really like the new grass area a lot better.  Even makes the brick road look at little bit better :)  Don't you think?

Not sure what I want to do for the sky yet.  The area is small so it will be hard to do anything with too much of a pattern.  I have beads for the medium green on the city.  I'm hoping that will make the city pop out a little bit more.  You can't tell, but the light green has a shine to it as well as the green int he grass.

For Christmas my hubby got me a fitbit.  So I've been tracking my steps each day.  Some days I do well and others not so good.  My goal is 8,000 steps a day, most days I'm up around 5,000, on days I go to the gym and walk I hit the 8,000 mark and a couple of times I've even hit 10,000!!  My daughters are doing it too, so we connected our scores so we can encourage each other.  I didn't walk today, but will go in the morning.

We are getting much needed rain here in Sunny Cal, almost to the extent of too much, almost I said.  It has lead to some major mudslides and flash flooding but nothing that has impacted us.

Well going to surf for a minute - lurk on other's blogs and work on getting my stitch mojo at home going.   I love Friday nights, I can stay up late :), but given the sound of rain, I might just make it an early night.


Saturday, February 4, 2017

6 weeks of winter per the Ground Hog.....

Too bad it seems like summer here all the time, some days are little bit cool, but nothing that I would call any wheres near winter like weather.  I see people with coats, hats, gloves etc. on, when I'm out wearing a sweater, or long sleeve shirts.    I miss having 4 seasons and would have enjoyed seeing a little snow over Christmas, but we got rain instead.  Oh well, maybe next year.

My brother is big into Ground Hog day, and the cake was made by him for his celebrations.  I didn't download the meatloaf he also makes, maybe next year.  We've done many a party on February 2nd over the years with family and friends.  Sometimes they were in Michigan, and then later on in Chicago.  I wish we all lived closer so we could continue the tradition, but maybe not this year at least not at his house :).  This is what his neighborhood looks like, and yes that is the street sign and a stop sign.  

So what have I been doing all week?   I've been stitching a little bit on my lunch hours.  Since both of my other two projects have all the stitching done, I've changed my travel projects and switch between these two each day.  You can't see the silk lame shine on the light green on the City of Oz.  I really love how it looks.  I'm not too happy with the greens in the grass, but thought I'd add french knots for the poppies, which may change it and I'll be happier with it.  I've just started Dorothy's shoes.  The shoes will have sequins on it and hoping to put a bows on it as well.  I think they will look great when I'm done. Now to remember where I put the sequins, I thought that i put them with the threads, but they aren't there.  Oh well, I'm sure I'll find them before it's time to start putting them on.  

going to pull something out to stitch on today and tomorrow.  It's Super Ball stitching time.  Need to order my pizza today as well.  I'm OK with left over pizza, love it for breakfast :)  

Happy stitching to you all.


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Last Sunday of January

The posting for 2017 WIPocalypse has been moved from the full moon to the last Sunday of the month.  Which should be easier to remember and hopefully will motivate me to be productive.  If you want to see some fantastic stitching, by some talented people - pop over to Measi's blog and then connect to their blogs from there.  Here is the link

As with last year, each month we'll have a question, which helps others to get to know us better, so this month's question is:

What Stitch-a-Longs (SALs) are you participating in this year?

I guess my response would be none.  While I can get a lot done when under pressure, that is how I spend my work life.  My stitching life I like to be a lot less stressful, and not feeling like I'm behind.  I've tried a couple of times to be groups, and to be honest, the projects haven't progressed much from when I originally fell behind, and for one of those - that was about 9 years ago :(  That doesn't mean I wouldn't consider joining one, but I feel like I have my WIP's whipped into shape first.  

January wasn't a very productive month for me.  After the build up of the holidays and seeing family and then coming back to reality, I always get in a funk for a few weeks.  I think the funk is moving on, and the stitching mojo is coming back.  I'm also hoping that the frog in my pond has moved on and will not be seen again for a long, long time, as he managed to wreak a lot of havoc.

I do have a finish!!  So happy to have ONE finish this year, might be the only one, so I'm going to take it!!

 Here is where it was the last time I posted a picture.  I was running out of both of the red threads, so was thrilled when I found them on vacation.  Couldn't find any of the black and that was also running low - but managed to get enough done that when it ran out it wasn't too obvious.

The second picture was where it was the middle of last week.  I was so close to having it done - this is my lunch hour project, and lately actually having a lunch has been ify at best.  I was so disappointed, but I managed to get one more lunch hour to work on it, and then yesterday I put in the finishing  stitches while having my tea and watching Netflix at Starbucks.  I love sitting outside on their patio in the morning.  Now I need to put the backing back and sew it together.  Will take a picture when I attach my tassel and zip it to the purse.

This one isn't a finish yet, but I have started to attach the beads.  I have some invisible thread that I started with, but decided I really don't like working with nylon thread, so found some actual beading thread and will tackle it again this week.

You can see I got a few of the gold beads attached.  Love how this one is turning out.

Both were supposed to be Christmas presents, but my daughters have learned that this kind of things get done, when they get done.

I worked on two other WIP's this month.  

Here is my starting point on my Heart's Content - which is an over one design.  This was the second project that frog had fun with me, looking at the picture on the front of the chart, it seems that the background in this part of the chart wasn't filled in :(  but since this is over one, decided that i was committed to filling it in.  The next picture is where I am now.  Not a lot of progress, but any is good!!

The saying is Inspire Others, and it is a companion to my Kindred Spirits.

The next project - my Little House Needleworks - Song of the Season, is where the frog spent a LOT of time.

 I've actually done about 8 or so hours on this one - it doesn't look like it, so let me outline where the frog played.  On the brown line at the top, as I was putting in the white part which is the bottom of the sun, I discovered that i was off ONE stinking thread.  The error was almost to the left edge of the brown line at the top.  So I had to take out all of the yellow I'd done and then all of the brown :(  re-stitched it and found out that I miss counted, so had to take the brown out a 2nd time and then again a 3rd time before I finally got it counted correctly.  So finished the sun and decided to get the rest of the green in at the bottom and found out that the RED on the right of the brown line going down the middle was down ONE thread :(  So had to take out all of the red before I could finish getting the green stitched.  Hopefully that ends the errors on this one and going forward it will be easy to stitch.  I really like it and want to get it finished.  Had it gone right with no mistakes, I would have had all of the top done and been on to part 2.  Oh well, not giving up yet.

I did get another band in on my SB - Angel's Song, but didn't take a picture and I've put it away now. Not sure what I'll bring out this week to work on, I'm thinking one of my L&L angels.

If my frog ends up in your pond, I'm really sorry - but I HAD to send it packing if I have any hope of getting anything finished.


Thursday, January 26, 2017

It's time for the Funk to go away

I've been in such a stitching funk all month.  Was hoping going and stitching with our Southern Cal ladies would get me out of it, but only found that a frog had been playing in my pond and I didn't know it until I discovered my stitches weren't lining up anymore :(  So spent a good chunk of the time some re-stitched, but still behind.

I've been trying to stitch a little bit at lunch, but many of my lunch hours have become work hours...

I've chased the frog away and told him to find his own pond to play in and I'm reclaiming my lunches!!  So hope to have something to post on Sunday!!  I'm really hoping for a finish!!  I'm soooooo very close.  So FUNK be gone!!  (is there a spray for that?)

This is a picture of an afghan I did for my parent's 40th wedding anniversary.  I spent over a year planning it out, didn't get every space stitched, but many of them.  Each corner had a state they lived in, the middle squares were the tower at the college they met (Michigan State), where they honeymooned (Houghton Lake) and B for their last name.  There was also a square for each one of us kids with something to symbolize what we chose to do with our lives.  One square for each set of grandchildren (at the time) and then some other misc. items.   I had such fun finding charts to use and putting this all together.  I started one for me, but it's never gotten past the W in them center - and even that isn't done.  One day.......

Saturday, January 7, 2017

My Moment of Truth

I'm sure I have more starts hidden in the recesses of the underworld, but for now here is my list.  Some have dates of when they were started, others do not (because I couldn't remember).  While it is a lot larger than I would have liked, it is not as bad as I thought.  Some are close to being finished, others are barely started.  My hope is to work my way thought them with minimal new starts this year.  But you never know, I have a lot kitted up that are calling my name :)

I did take pictures of most of them, there are about 3 that I didn't take a picture of (I think they were all on afghan material.  So where to start, where to start LOL

1 Rosewood Manor American Flag Quilt Sampler X-stitch 2015
2 Laundry Lady Amsh Quilts w/ Lady Needlepoint 2000
3 SB Angel's Song X-stitch 2014
4 Devon Nicholson Anne of Green Gables bookmark Needlepoint 2016
5 Mirabilia Designs August Peridot Fairy X-stitch 2014
6 Rosewood Manor Autum Quakers X-stitch 2015
7 Raymond Crawford City of Oz Needlepoint 2016
8 Indigo Rose Dash into It Fearlessly X-stitch
9 Petie's Dorthy's Slippers Needlepoint
10 Leigh's Designs Dragon Needlepoint 2009
11 TIAG EarthDancer X-stitch 2014
12 Gay Rogers Elizabeth I Counted Canvas 2015
13 Sweetheart Tree Elizabethan Floral X-stitch
14 Dragon Fire Designs Family X-stitch 2015
15 Strictly Christmas Florida Santa Needlepoint 2000
16 Country Stitches-With Thy Needle Forget me Not X-stitch 2015
17 Unknown Hippos Needlepoint 2016
18 L&L Ice Angel X-stitch 2004
19 Maureen Appleton Inspire Others X-stitch 2015
20 Nora Corbett Letter A Mermaids X-stitch 2015
21 Song of the Season (3 Parts) Little House Needlework X-stitch 2016
22 Cheryl Schaeffer Mine Light Bulb-Gingerbread Needlepoint 2014
23 Cheryl Schaeffer Mini Light Bulb-Peguin Needlepoint 2015
24 Cheryl Schaeffer Mini Light Bulb-Santa Needlepoint 2015
25 Defunked Round Robin Names Misc - books X-stitch 1995
26 Family Afghan Misc books X-stitch 1991
27 Round Robin - Poem Misc. Books X-stitch 1995
28 Needle Delight Originals Oh My Stars Needlepoint
29 L&L Peace Angel X-stitch 2015
30 Courney Collection PeliCan X-stitch 2015
31 SB Peter's Patch X-stitch 2013
32 Sophia Designs Purse - Leporad Needlepoint 2016
33 Sophia Designs Purse - modern design Needlepoint 2016
34 Terry Drisend Safari Counted Canvas 2010
35 Wee of the Needle Sppokie Cat Ornament Wool Felt
36 Heart's Content Spring Sachel X-stitch 2015
37 Nancy's Needle Starry Night Counted Canvas 2016
38 ANG YEAR Long Stitch of the Month-2010 Needlepoint 2010
39 Scarlet Letter The Four Angels Mourning Sampler X-stitch 2016
40 As You Like it The Wiz Needlepoint 2000
41 Unknown Tooth Pillow-Animals Needlepoint 2015
42 Voila Train Belt Needlepoint 2012
43 Indigo Rose Walking to St Ives X-stitch 2015

Saturday, December 31, 2016

I'm sitting in a quiet house while others are still asleep thinking about 2017....

Well here we are (almost) in a new year, with new hopes and dreams for 2017.   I'm not making any lofty goals for the year, not going to stress myself out trying to lose weight, or work more/less hours etc.  No, my lofty goal for this new year is to enjoy it, not worry about what may or may not happen and to spend more time loving life, blogging and stitching.  

To start the new year I once again joined Measi’s Musings WIPocalypse, which I'm not going to stress myself out over stitching, I do need encouragement.  Measi's website can be found here:  

This year will be a little different from prior years, instead of posting on the full moon, we will post the last Sunday of the month with the exception of the first post of the year.  That will be easier to remember (especially for us old folks).

So our initial task for January 1 – Introduce yourself, your projects, and any goals you have for the year!

Me first…..  Well I’m old enough to remember when Leisure Arts was about the only charts you could find and 90% of all stitching was done on Aida.  I have about 1510 charts and kits in my stash of which I’ve done all or parts of 210 (doesn't include WIP/UFO).  There have been other projects that I have not tracked, so hopefully my actual number completed is more than that!!  I also have indulged myself with many painted canvases, about 177 if you’re counting, which I’m not.  I have finished 52 of those and have another 17 in progress. My goal in life is to stitch as many as I can and hope that I have at least one grandchild that will claim my stash, but it's not looking too hopeful.  #1 Granddaughter so far has been my best option, so we'll see as time goes on.  I guess kids just don’t have the patients for things that take more than a nano second to download. 

Each year I make a list of things I want to accomplish and at the end of each year I look at my list and find out that while I’ve actually finished some stuff, not a whole lot from my list.  So I think this year I’m going to do this differently.  Instead of making a list of projects that I want to finish, I’m going to set a goal to complete as many projects from my stash and I can and let my whimsical self just have at it. 

My self-imposed rules will be as follows:
      1.    Must finish or at least make significant progress on 2 large projects  ( I have 3 L&L            angels that have/want to get finished for example)
      2.    Can’t start a new project without a finish of something (at least this will keep my WIP/UFO’s to their present number which is some place south of 100, but way north of 20). 
      3.    Don’t beat myself up for not stitching or getting something accomplished, this is meant to be fun and distressing, not a chore and stressful, I have my job for those qualities.
      4.    Be proactive blogging about progress, often times I don’t see the progress unless I take and post pictures J 

I plan on pulling out all of my projects and making myself a good list.  And take pictures of where they are as of 12/31/2016, so I have a point of reference and can look back at the end of the year to see my accomplishments.  I also need to organize them where I can access them as I desire, right now I think "oh wouldn't it be fun to stitching on (fill in the blank)....", but I don't because it's put something place safe and I either can't remember or can't easily access.   So the end result is I don't stitch at all.

I also want to do some sewing this year.  I used to sew all the time, but lately my sewing has been sparse.  So will see about carving out a couple of long weekends for big projects.  Would love to get at least one quilt finished this year.

I hope you all have your projects ready to start tomorrow.  I won't be stitching, at least not much as I'm enjoying my family.  So will be picking up the needle and thread again next weekend.


Sunday, December 25, 2016

I got the best present

UPDATE - got pictures of two more stockings I did!!

These are duplicate stitched stockings I did back in about 1994 or 95.  At the time duplicate stitch was the 'in' thing.

for Christmas.   My granddaughter was able to come to our house the day before Christmas and we'll get to keep her through New Years!!  I was so happy I cried (ok I cry all the time), but they were happy tears..

The kids hide her in a big box and told us that we had to open it up so they could finish cooking dinner.   Since we'd gotten our kitchen done recently I thought it was something they were adding to the kitchen.  Anyways, I was totally surprised because I didn't think I'd get to see her until tomorrow.  So much fun having a child in the house Christmas morning.

I also asked my sister to take a picture of my nieces X-mas stock and was able to get pictures of my very first X-mas stocking I made and my granddaughters.  All I can say is baby you've come a long way in your abilities :)

My Mom is a fantastic knitter and when we started having kids of our own, she knitted stocking for each of them.   The kitten stocking was made for my youngest daughter and the last stocking my Mom knitted, she is still with us, but just don't knit anymore, not sure why.  My sister has 2 children and I had 3 of my own, so maybe she was just burned out, since our kids were born almost all a year apart.

When my oldest daughter came into my life, I wanted her to feel part of the family, so I knitted her a stocking I found out of a Better Homes & Garden magazine.  Obviously my knitting abilities were not on par with my Mom's ability.  (I did the reindeer on white with a red cuff)  I've since learned how to knit better, but Dawn loved her stocking just the same because she saw that I was putting out the effort.  My Mom's stocking was knitted in the round, mine was knitted flat and then sewn together.  I now knit in the round :)

I wish I had pictures of the ones I did for my sister Carol's kids.  My Mom had decided she didn't want to knit the stockings anymore by the time my sister had kids, so I stepped up and tried something new - duplicate stitch.  My niece promise me a picture, but haven't gotten it.

The stocking with "Emily" was the first SB stocking.  I think it turned out well, and this makes its 20th Christams appearance.  So it's held up well too :)  I mist have done something right.

As you can see as time went on, the designs by SB got better and better. and I branched out to different types of material.  I loved the heatherfield material, and was so sad when it was disconntinued.  And so as I've depleted my stash of it on stockings, I've found that I've had to go back to the original linen.  I guess you can say I've gone the full circle.

Merry Christmas to all