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Sunday, March 3, 2019

I've been MIA

February was a blur for me, can't say it was because it was a short month, but more than that I was traveling for business and then traveling for fun.  I'm back now and packing up my stash for our pending move this summer.  We are moving back to where we began so long ago.

When I left MI I packed ALL of my x-sttitch in the car because I didn't trust having hubby move it for me.  In the car was 3 of my 4 kids, myself and 2 dogs, so that tells you how small my stash was at the time.  It consisted of DMC, Aida and Leisure Art Charts and NO WIP as I was a one-at-a timer back then.

Today's project was to pack up my threads.  Foolish person that I am, I thought I would be able to put them all in one box and be done with it.  So I started this morning putting all the threads away that had been stuffed in bags from WIPs that graduated to Finished projects.

Once that was done and the boxes were marked with the kind of thread I packed them into the moving box - which I thought would be a medium box, after all, it's just thread right?  However I soon decided it needed to be a large box.  So started to put my thread in the box until it was full, taped it up and then I turned around and saw that I still had more thread waiting to be packed

So I taped up another box and at the end of the day I had packed 3 moving boxes with Thread!!  I hate to admit, but I found 2 more boxes of thread under my table and still have my thread caddy with 5 boxes of threads to pack.  This also doesn't include the bin with WIP's which have thread included.

I'm not going to tell you about the boxes already packed with my charts (more than one) or the two bins that I will put wrap around to keep together with my Linen and the other bin with my canvases.  Or the boxes of my magazines since move those are buried in the room of boxes now.  Needless to say, the stash that could be carried in car 27 years ago now needs its own moving van LOL.

Our house is smaller than our apartment on the main floor, but it does have a basement.  Hubby thinks that he is going to take over the basement, silly man, once I get B-dry in there and get walls around the toilet and shower that the previous owner installed.  I fully plan on claiming it as my she-cave and will put all of my stash in there along with my sewing machines and spinning wheel.  I plan on buying lots of neat storage things from Ikea, so my stash will graduate from plastic bins to cabinets.

I still need to organize my quiliting fabric and yarn and get that all packed up, but that is for another weekend.

Oh my vacation - went to New was fun to see the city, would have been more fun it it hadn't rained so much.  But the food was good.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

January isn't my month for progress

January tends to be a rough month for me and I spend part of it wallowing in self pity, which is OK because then I get myself together.  I think everyone is entitled to a pity party now and then.

Pity parties don't pair well with getting a lot of stitching, but did manage to do a little bit.  However it's time for the all important business of the month -  WIPocalypse check in, which you can see other people who participate here: 

Or if you are on FaceBook, we have a group there too, which is wonderful.

So this month's question is which SAL do I participate in this year?  Well, this is the ONLY one.   So this month was an easy question.  I must admit every year I look at different groups and think about how much fun they would be, but knowing me (and I do), I decided one is enough.  I love this one because I can go at my own pace and make up my own rules as I go :)  Thanks WIPocalypse!!

As said I spend a lot of the month wallowing in self pity, but I have a need to feel a little productive.  This year I decided to do a little bit of knitting on my lunch hours.  I started a new pair of socks since I finished the baby socks just before Christmas.  I was going to use larger needles, but the yarn just wasn't thick enough for the size 3, so I stay with the size 2.  I have some other yummy yarn that will pop up as a new start, but until then here is what I'm doing:

I've done a little bit more than this, but not ready to start on the heel yet.   The picture doesn't pick up the colors really well, but I love how it looks.  My middle daughter loves to wear black, she is not goth, but loves black just the same.

I also did a knitting lesson with a co-worker.  I knew the socks were not something I should use for teaching since the needles are small.  Therefore I decided I would start a hat, which I could demo on, but if I didn't like how it was going, could take it out and re-do.  I like the colors and think it will make a nice hat, but I violated my own rule of making sure it was in multiples of 4 :(   Which means the ribbing isn't working but it is kind of neat pattern just the same so might do a few more rounds to see if I like it or not and then decided if it's a do over.

I did al little bit on my needlepoint of Glenda - I started doing french knots for the hair.  I don't mind doing the knots at all, but not sure I'm happy with the thread.  there is slight glitter in it, but it doesn't show up well.  I will probably keep going as I've changed out threads so many times already that I just need to go forward.  I also did the lips and the eye shadow.  Need to add the eyes themselves yet.

Lastly I pulled out one that I started in 2017 that only saw the light of day once or twice in 2018.  Its called Vexation Sampler by Plum Street.   It is charted in 4 or 5 colors, but being me, I decided to expand the color pallet and I'm doing the top in a variegated silk thread.  I'm not sure if I'll do all of the numbers in the variegated or use solids that match.  This one is fun to stitch, so maybe it will see more time this year.

Hopefully I'll have more progress in February, but maybe not as I'm going to New Orleans with my sister to celebrate her birthday :)  It will be my first trip and I'm excited.

Can't wait to see what others have accomplished.


Saturday, January 5, 2019

WIPocalypse's Kick-off for 2019

This will be the 6th year I have participated in this SAL and you can see other's that participate here: 

Measi has a neat little icon that I should be able to attach, but never figured out how do to it, I'm not really computer literate despite the fact I spend 8 -12 hours a day on a computer.  I'm the person who doesn't want to understand how it works, just wants it to work.

While I'd love to say the end of the world can come any day now and I'd have no shame, I'm afraid that would be a lie.  Based on my calculations, the world can't end for at least another 200 years.  It will take me at least that long to get through all of my WIP and WIP want-a-bees.   Ok last count I only have about 37 actual WIP and I have another 4 all kitted up but not started, but they are calling my name and begging to come out and play.

I'm supposed to introduce yourself to everyone, so here goes the next question

I'm Sandy, and currently living in CA, Sunny Southern California to be exact where it never really gets cold and snow is a dream.  While I live in the "OC" I'm not a California chick.  Much to my husband's disappointment I've negotiated to work from "home" which will be Kentucky officially and Michigan unofficially.  While the move is several months away yet, hubby is actually pushing to get things packed up, actually I think he is more excited about the move than me.  He will miss the weather, but not the traffic or cost of living.  We are originally from Michigan, so I guess you can take the girl out of the Midwest, but you can't take the Midwest out of the girl.  So it's time to go home.

I have been stitching for over 40 years now and I love starting a project and I love getting to the end, but can't say I like everything in-between.  Which is why I have so many WIP's going, and I'm sure there are more that I'm just not thinking about, but going to take pictures of all of them one of these weekends.

I started back in the day when Leisure Arts seemed to be the only charts available and everyone stitched on aida.  I have done many of them, wish I would have taken pictures of them, but never thought about it.

You can't imagine my thrill when I discovered other designers, I was like a kid in a candy store.   About the same time I also discovered linen and it came in different counts!!

I have seen many phases of stitching come and go as well as designers.  They all have brought their own unique designs and given us so many choices.

I don't have any favorite designers that I have to buy everything they put out.  However I do have many that I own more charts or kits than I really should, like Shepard's Bush, Lavender & Lace, Lizzy Kate and Mirabillia to name of few.

I have gone through different phases myself like primitives, band samplers, flowers, animals, reproductions samplers and angels.

At the end of the day, I love stitching on things that spark my interest or remind me of someone that I think would love the finished project.

I love working with silk thread and the over dyed, so tend to lean towards designers who use them.

The only charts that I know I don't enjoy are the cover all designs, don't get me wrong, I love them, and I own a few of the early ones (Niagara Falls, Viet Nam Wall), but after doing one, I know I really didn't enjoy it and would never have finished it if it weren't for a very good friend.

My goal for this year is to finish one major project from my WIP.  I don't do well with rotations and I'm definately not a one-at-a-timer, when I have tried that I end up not stitching at all.  I am a fickle stitcher and have to be in the mood.

So here are my larger WIPs:
1. L&L - Peace Angel
2. TIAG - EarthDancer
3. L&S - Ice Angel
4. Thistles - Family Tree

I would love to get several of my more than 1/2 done WIP's to finishes from the following:

1. SB - Angel's Song
2. Nora Corbett - Letter A Mermaid
3. SB - Peter's Patch
4. SB - Anna's Stocking ( have a grand niece on the way)
5. Nancy's Needle - Starry Night

I like to add other crafts in-between my stitching, a little knitting, a little beading or a little quilting.  I have two Thimbleberry quilts that have all of the squares sewn together and just need to be assembled.
These will have to wait until after the move - I don't have room in our apartment, so once I'm back in a real house I will have a little more square footage.  So for the next 6 months, I will most likely be knitting when I'm not stitching.

I also have a passion for needlepointing and really would love to get a few of those finished like:

1. Glenda the Good Witch
2. The Wiz

My goal this year was also NOT to buy anything new, well that lasted 4 days :(  But in my defense - my parents give me Christmas money each year, which I've used in the past to do block of the month clubs in quilting, but this year I decided to get a canvas that I have been wanting for while now.  So it is ordered but I won't actually get it for probably several weeks or a month, as while the web-site said they had it in stock, as it turns out, someone had swiped it off the shelf before they could ship it to me.  I'm not in any hurry, so can wait.  Hope to have pictures of it when I finally get it :)

Can't wait to see what others post, the first posting of the year is always so good.  And I always see things that I put on my wish list, or pull out of my stash because I love it too.


Sunday, December 30, 2018

Last post of 2018 with WIPocalypse

I can't believe this year is coming to an end tomorrow, seems like it just started.  However as I think about what I accomplished during the year, my mind is going 100 miles an hour on what I'll be working on for 2019.

So what did I be honest I didn't complete the large projects that I really would have liked and had on my goals, but the first goal was not to beat myself up for NOT getting things done.

What did I do?

Here is my SB  Peter's Patch.  I think I made some noticeable progress on this one.  I want to frame this one with my Grandma Pearl's picture, as she was my practical Grandmother, and goodness knows a vegetable patch is more practical than my Grandma Millie's Rose garden.

Next up is my Nora Corbet Letter A Mermaid.  I'm sorry to say this didn't get a lot of loving because I really don't like working on it, so it's a chore to pull it out and even stitch for short periods.  I really need to just decided this has to be done, and just get it done!!  I like the mermaid, but just not crazy about all the waves!!  Lesson learned just because you do a mermaid for one doesn't mean you have to do it for the other.

Next up is my Mira August Fairy Peridot.  This one lingered for a long time.  I had the stitching done, just couldn't get into attaching all of the beads.  But one day I just sat down and decided it was time to get her finished.  And I did!!  Then I took her and some other finishes to the framer and spent the kids inheritance on framing.  My middle daughter loves it and has this one and my Lizzy Kate hanging in her bedroom.

As I've talked about before, my oldest sister was a huge Wizard of Oz fan, so I'm been working on canvases with different themes.  Last year I finished the City of Oz, his year I finished the ruby slippers.  I love how they turned out and can't wait to finish them into an ornament.  The sequins were fun to work with and while I should have used red ribbon if I wanted more reality of the shoes, I think the gold ribbon looks good and was happy that I actually could do the bow!!

My poor L&L angel EarthDancer, she just keeps getting pushed into another new year, year after year.  She did get some loving this year, and I'm happy with the progress, but would have liked to have this one finished this year.  She will see more loving in 2019 as well.  

I have another L&L angel that I started a few years back for my Granddaughter Arwen (hence the A Mermaid above).  I really love this angel, and is one that I had kitted up in my stash for a long time waiting for reason to start.  It is the Angel of Peace, but to be honest the wings really have me frustrated, they just seems to go on and on and on!!  I've been thinking about gridding it so I can work on the face and dress. I guess we'll see what 2019 brings on this one.  I have been making myself spend a little bit of time at my stitching get-togethers..

I started a SB stocking, can't remember which one it is off hand.  I have the angel done and I'm working on the bottom of the socking, then will move up to the top.  There is no one in mind for this one yet.

These small needlepoints were started and finished in 2018.  I made them for Christmas gifts.

Granddaughter is the ladybugs, my Mom was the owl, the music notes my youngest daughter and the water lilies for my middle daughter.  The beaded Mary Mack is also for my middle daughter.

I had some knitting finishes as well, but not going to re-post those.   I also had some other projects that I worked on during the year, but not enough to really post.  So will leave it at these.


thought I would a picture of our recent double rainbow.  the pictures doesn't do the colors justice.  I was hoping that I could see it from my office window, but it wasn't visible from there.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

My stocking journey........

 My Mom is a wonderful knitter, and has knitted amazing things.  When my kids were small she knitted them each a stocking.  When Dawn came into my life when my hubby and I married, it was so important that she feel like part of the family.  So I decided to knit her a socking.  As you can see, my talents weren't all that good, but my heart was in it, and she loved it.    Over the years I offered to re-do the stocking as my knitting improved, but she kept this one.

When may sister had her kids, my Mom had decided after knitting 5 stockings she was over it and not doing anymore.  So wanting my nephew and then niece to feel like they were loved, I offered to do stocking.

I was into cross stitching by then and decided to try my talents at doing a duplicate stitch stocking, which was very popular in the  late 80's, early 90's.  I did the snowman for my nephew and the teddy bear for my niece.

By the time my niece Emily arrived I have found Shepard Bush stockings and decided that was the way to go and I've not turned back.  My first stocking was completed in maybe 1996. Emily was born in November and the socking make its appearance for her first Christmas.

In 2000 I did a socking for my grandson, Michael.  Unfortunately I don't have a picture of that stocking, it has been misplaced :(  But hopefully will show up, I believe it's in one of many boxes in our house.  Around that time I also did 2 stockings for a possible daughter-in-law and son-in-law, which never happened, so they are extra's that are use for unexpected guests at Christmas.

I also did a stocking for my hubby, which again is packed away someplace.  Hopefully it will be found and used once again next year.

Then came along Granddaughter #1 Donna, and she got this stocking.  Not sure if you can see it or not, but there are charms from Dawn's Mother's charm bracelet on it.  I loved doing this stocking.  I used a different fabric and color, heatherfield, which was nice to work with, so soft.

After Donna came grandson #2 - Addison.  His stocking has a pin that belonged to his grandfather and again I used heatherfield.

After Addison came granddaughter #2 - Arwen.  Her's was one of the first with the over-dyed threads.  I added a charm to hers that I got from a local bead shop.  I wanted something special on it, so it would be her own.

Grandniece #1 was next in line and I went old school with one of SB's earlier stockings.  I liked the design and color and thought it would make a nice stocking.

The same year Grandniece #2 put in an appearance a little bit earlier than expected.  Her's was the first stocking that wasn't delivered for her first Christmas.  I felt bad about that, but given she arrived about 8 weeks early, I'm not going to beat myself up too much.  The stocking was there for her 2nd Christmas.

I've added a close up of the added pictures in some little charms that my sister did for her.  They are pictures of her shortly after she was born and so very tiny.

The next stocking was going to be for a nephew's first baby, but since he and his wife don't celebrate Christmas, I decided not to send it.  He got the traditional rag quilt, but no stocking.

So this stocking has been set aside for another baby one day.  And finally I decided that since I had a male stocking I would add a female stocking, which is one of my current WIP's.   Of course my brother's daughter-in-law is expecting a little sister for Olivia, so this one might find a home quickly.  The baby is due in March.  With my WIP, that will make 11 Shepherd Bush stockings that I have completed!!

I like Barbara Bush, I would love to have several completed and waiting for the next generation of grandchildren.  Sure glad that I have several charts still in my stash and they continue to add new ones annually.

I guess all of these stockings explains why I don't have any Christmas themed X-stitches around :(

My needlepoint nativity is as close as it get.  The designer was supposed to add an angel, but that never happened.  Maybe one day I'll find something that will fit in, until then we'll be happen.

So here is to my Stocking journey, I'm loving my successes, and have learned from my failures.


Sunday, November 25, 2018

Pre December "where am I now" check in

I can't believe we are already at the end of November - the turkey, which was a capon, has been deboned and is waiting left over meals.  The rest of the food has either been tossed or eaten.

This was basically a very relaxing holiday for me, we begged out of our only possible family event - figured my sister-in--law really didn't want to share taking her granddaughter to Disneyland for the first time with anyone else, I know I didn't when I took Donna.  So it was like having 3 Saturdays in a row!!  What more would you want?

The question this month is what New stitches or stitching techniques did you learn?  Well that is a very simple question - NONE   Unfortunately this year I wasn't very adventurous in my stitching.  I plan on correcting that failure next year by working a couple of canvases I have that came with stitch guides.  I'm hoping there will be new stitches to learn or techniques.

I did spend Thursday morning, Friday Morning and most of Saturday stitching away!!  Needed the time to get a few finishes this year!!  And to have something to show today.

So what did I finish?

First up is the owl, which I actually finished last month, but I put it in it's coin purse so I could take it home when I went to visit my parents.  It was for my Mom who stopped carrying a purse years ago.  I thought she would enjoy carrying it around with her cash in her pocket as it's not very large.  She loved the owl and all the sparkles, and then quickly put it away :(  Oh well, maybe one day she will re-discover it and decide to use it, along with the various bookmakers I've made for her.   Please don't get my wrong, she really appreciate it's, but doesn't want to damage it, so she doesn't use them.

I managed to get my little lady bugs done and will put it into another similar coin purse.  The lady bugs are for my granddaughter.  Her Mom loved lady bugs, so wanted her to know that while her Mom isn't here, she is always with her and loves her.

 The last finish is a small circle that will go into a purse for my youngest daughter.  I had ordered another canvas and purse for my middle daughter, but the shop hasn't called to say it's in and it's been close to 8 weeks now!!  I left them a message, I was hoping they would be open on Small business day Saturday, but they weren't.  So will need to wait until Tuesday for them to return my call.

On the WIP front I am working on the toe section on my SB stocking.  It won't be done before the end of the year, but I'm OK with that as the baby won't be here until July :)   Sorry for the sideways picture.

The last one is an oldie, but goodie from my WIP stash.  I didn't do much on him, filled in two sections of gray, which will be the background.  I will start taking this one to work with me after I'm done with my Glenda canvas, which didn't get any loving this month.

The Wiz has been calling my name and wanting to come out and play.  The crystal that goes on his staff has long since been lost - most likely someplace, just don't know where :(    I'm not happy with the owl, but not going to change it just yet, will work on it a little bit more before I decide if I need to ripppppppp or if it's OK.

I also worked on my Angel of Peace, but since its just more wing, didn't take a picture.  In my mind it looks exactly like it did last month.  I need to focus more on this, and will devote at last 4 hours a month on it.  Won't get it done fast, but it will get done.

Hope you are doing well and can't wait to see what everyone has accomplished the end of next month :)  I'm also looking forward to 2019 and already planning what I'll be working on, and what I hope to get done.