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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Saturday Stitching

I belong to the Southern California Stitching group.  Over the years we have grown and changed, new members come while some old members have moved out of the area, or just kind of disappeared. Summers always seem to have lower turnout at get togethers, I had hoped to make more this summer, but hubby cut his vacation short and came home.  Since he is retired and home all day and I still work, I feel guilty spending my Saturday's away.  But I have resolved to make one get together a month, because I need to have a day for stitching just for me.

Well today was that Saturday :)  there were only two of us, but that is OK, we find things to talk about while we stitch.  We stop for lunch and today we treated ourselves to some ice cream in the afternoon.

So what did I work on??  First up is Nancy's Needle - Starry Night.  Sorry the pictures are dark.  I didn't do a lot, but got almost two more sides done with the lighter blue. (most butter border)

Second up is my new start!!  Plum Street's Multiplication Table.  I had wanted to start this last week, but just didn't get in the stitching mood.  Now I wish I would have because as I started it and realized that all of the numbers are in black, how boring.  So I decided I needed to jazz it up a little bit.  So while I will do the row of 6's in black, I think I'm going to find a few other colors for the other rows.  The chart currently only uses about 4 colors, one being a dark red, and a couple of creams and a gold color.  I think I might add a green and maybe a blue.  And I think I will change the wording at the top to a variegated.  I know that I won't be completing this the way that it was done so long ago by whom ever, but it's mine and I want it to be slightly different.  So we'll see how this one works out, but for now I'm just doing the grid, which I'm OK is all black.

And the last project I worked on was my SB - Angel's Song.  I know I had said that it was going into the dark recesses for the WIP bin because I was at a row I didn't particularly want to do.   However after thinking about it for while, I decided, just maybe if i got that row done, then it would get a lot more loving this year than it got last year when I hit the first row of Swedish Weaving (or Huck weaving).  So I brought it along and it got several hours this afternoon, the first row had to be taken out and corrected once, but after than it seem to fall in line.  I still need to do one more color of thread and three rows and then it will be done.  This row has 7 rows of running stitches, I have 4 of those 7 done in the picture below.  Once I get those last 3 rows of running stitches done I can either put it away, or keep it in my current grab and go rotation.  Sorry that is is sideways, I'm not sure how that happened, I tried to turn it, but it turned it back :(  

Hope you all had a great week of stitching!!  Now on to a new week and hopefully a hour or so tomorrow morning at Starbucks with coffee.  Then my plan is to come home and stitch while doing laundry - if I could get the clothes to fold themselves I would be in heaven :)


Saturday, July 15, 2017

Does a new start get you absolutely giddy?

Well it does me!!  I had told myself - Self "NO NEW STARTS", well at least not until you get something done.  It doesn't make sense that you have 40 plus started projects and you want to start another one.

But then in my surfing the web I stopped off at Spinster Stitcher and she had a link to this YouTube (hopefully I've tagged it right)...... if not you can find it here

Well this is my new theme song :)  "Let It go, let it go...I'm got more stash anyways!!"  So the new start is totally from my stash :)

So I got my giddiest on and pulled out a new start for this weekend.    Vexation Sampler by Plum Street Samplers.

If you've been following me for awhile, you know I've already done a multiplication table for my daughter's second grade classroom.  I flaked out on doing all of the small squares in the top and bottom borders, but I think it looks OK anyways.

I was going to expand it to the 12's until I found the one above.  Since then I've seen lots of charts with this theme, but somehow having a motif right in the middle of it all doesn't seem right.  So I will work on this one.  Hoping it stitches up fast!!

But did I stop there today?  OH NO, not Ms. Obsessive Stitcher, not the mistress of starts.  I needed to get some threads for my tooth pillow I've been working on (and that is my story and I'm sticking with it), and while I was there I decided I needed a few small canvases so I could do two small mirrors for my daughters' new purses that I stitched.  While #2 daughter's purse is all stitched (red & black), #3's still needs it beads.    If I actually focused I could have it done.  So this is my aim for Christmas - we'll see if it gets done or not.  But don't you think the small canvases will go well with each or their respective purse flaps?

Well back to being giddy and planning my new start!!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

If you think you have money left over in the bank.....think again

Dear Self:

Thank-you for not believing your eyes when the checking account balance said you had LOTS of extra money left over at the end of the month.  You know your eyes don't always see things as they are....hence - taking too much food on your plate or seeing a chart and thinking you'll "just whip it up" in a day or two.   So when you were trying to convince me I could afford to get these two canvases, I'm so happy I waited and looked again later BECAUSE you lied to me!!    Yes, I totally forgot to subtract out my rent for the month :(  so these little beauties will need to wait for another day.  Both of them are by Sandra Vargas, I love her stuff and doing witches is one of my favorite themes.  I would totally love to all of her Wizard of Oz series, but alas not going to happen.  Oh well, I have so much stiff to do in my stash, this was really more of a want than a need.  But don't you just love them????

I have been doing some stitching this weekend.  I decided to work on my SB - Angel's Song.  I managed to finish 4 bands.   One of which had been started at my stitching get together a while back, so maybe 3 1/2 bands would be more accurate.  The next one is a huck stitch, which isn't hard, just not my favorite to do.  It is basically a running stitch of sort - you can see it second row after the second line of words, only this one is slightly larger, but same colors.  So I'm putting it away for awhile again, until I'm in the mood to do that row.

I love this one, and I really do enjoy stitching the rows, especially the ones that are just one type of stitch - goes fast and you feel like you've really accomplished something.  Once it's done with this one I have SB's Promise ready to start!!  I like having one or two band samplers in my WIP's, they are a nice change, and I love working with silk threads.

So what is up for next weekend?  Not sure yet, maybe it's time to bring out the angels for a day or two of stitching.


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Another Stitching Finish

I am enjoying a few stress-free weeks and getting back into stitching.   I take a needlepoint project to work with me for my lunch hour while I watch Netflix (which is currently Frankie and Grace - love it) and then I've been stitching with my southern cal group on Saturdays.  I enjoy stitching and when I have long draughts of not stitching and start again, I wonder why I stopped.  It is so relaxing and I feel so much better after stitching for a few hours.  And the bonus side is that when I'm stitching I have no desire to buy, so its good for my wallet too.

On the needlepoint side I've finished stitching my Emerald City!!  Was debating if I should put some red poppies on it, but not sure yet.  Might add it, what do you think?  Otherwise I'm loving the finish, it has lots of sparkle, as all Emerald City's should.

To celebrate this finish, I re-started the Ruby Shoes!!  I had started with the yellow brick road, but really didn't like it.  So I took it all out, not sure what thread I'll use, want something lighter so it recedes in the background vs. standing out.

So I started with the inside of the shoes, then will go and do the background and will finish with the shoes.  I have some red sequins that i got awhile back with this project in mind.  I just have to remember where I put them.....ahhhh those senior moments.

On the cross stitch front I've been working on a couple of projects.  I did pull out my Mermaid Letter A to work on, but just haven't been feeling that one.  So after a few stitches it was put away and I pulled out my Heart's Content's Inspire Others.  If you've even seen any Heart's Content, you know they are all done over one thread.  I've done Kindred Spirit and have it framed, I think this one is a companion piece and would like to get it done.  So here is where I stopped.  I don't think I was supposed to do the background in this section, but didn't realize that until I had started it and decided I wasn't picking it out.  I think it will be OK and since this is all DMC if I run out of thread I can easily get more.

Last is my With thy Needle & Thread design called Forget Me Not Sampler.  I was thinking of started the words under the picture "When this you see Remember me", and was reading the directions (novel concept) and realized I was supposed to be stitching over two using ONE thread.  Oh well, if I need to get more thread I will.  Since the motifs are not connected if the colors change a little or even a lot, it won't be noticeable.  The words are one over one with the exception of the W and the R.  I'm enjoying this one and will work on it more today.

Hope you are enjoying a wonderful day off.  While I love a short week, they always seem so long.  This weekend the group is stitching in Temecula, which would be fun, but not sure I want to do the drive.  We'll see how the rest of the week goes and then decided.

Until then may your thread always be enough to finish the section you're working on!!


Friday, June 23, 2017

Where have I been? What have I been doing??

Would love to tell you that I've been on a fantastic vacation and been stitching up a storm, but alas I've been working and working and more working and not a stitch among the days in May and the first part of June.  

I did slip away for a short weekend to Boulder Colorado for the Memorial Day BolderBoulder race.  I walked the whole 6.2 miles this year!!  Yeah for me!!  My feet were fine, but my hips hurt so bad.  So I doubled down on the anti inflammatories and put some topical cream on them and decided I would live.  What makes this run so much fun are the people that come out - Elvis for example.  

I have always loved what I do, but this year was one of the most frustrating years I've had in a long time.   My load was heavier than last year and I had one person on maternity leave (early, but healthy baby so all is good), two new people and my one experienced person quit without doing their share of work......and top this off with some other work related issues I'd been having and a surprise of a new boss (no notice until the day before he started)...well if I could have found a rock to crawl under, I would have done so and not ever come out.  

I've gotten through the worst of it all, hopefully got over the aftermath of not getting stuff done timely and working my way into the busy but breathable workloads.  Which means I'm back to stitching on my lunch hour!!  So I'm hoping for lots of finishes on my painted canvases, which is what I like to take to work with me.

Do I have any pictures of what I have done over the last couple of weeks?  Sure do, here is my train belt.  All of the stitching is done, just need to do the edge stitch and then off to the leatherer for making it into a belt.  I started this belt over 5 years ago, OK probably more like 7 or 8 years ago when I was in my "belt phase" and stitching belts for all of my kids.  My son's was the last one, mainly because I couldn't find one I liked for him. I had seen one with two dragons, but didn't get it and regretted that decision as I couldn't find it again.  So when i saw this train one, figured I would get it and hope that he still likes trains.  it was fun to stitch because I could use thread I had in my stash.  I have 2 or more 3 more belts in my stash, but I think those will wait.

I also worked on my Mourning Sampler one Saturday, which was more therapeutic for me with the rough patch I'd been having at work.  Not a lot of progress, but happy with it none the less.  I got the wings done, now I need to go back and work on the face and hair again which are over one on 40 ct. (I know what was I thinking?)

So I totally missed the WIPocalypse posting the end of May, and it's almost time for the June posting, so going to kill two birds with one stone here and be little bit early.
May 28 – Which designer’s projects do you absolutely love, but are too intimidated to try?

I don't know if there are any designers who intimidate me, but there are designs that while I love them I know I would be overwhelmed if I started them - like TW's English Gardens.  I love it, but know I would get sick of all the green and blended threads.  

June 25 – Show us your stitching space!  Where do you sit, and what is going on around you while you stitch (TV, audiobooks, etc)?

We currently live in a small apartment, which isn't a lot bigger than my original craft room at our house.  So I'm limited to my chair between two couches.  The TV is directly in front of me and I have my stitching tucked in a footstool and in an old stitching bag under an end table.  

My chair was my grandmother's chair.  I've recovered it twice since taking position of it almost 35 years ago and wouldn't part with it for anything.  My stash is taken over the guest room according to my husband.  The sad part is I don't even have it all here, but to be fair my stash includes quilting, spinning, stitching and knitting.  It deserved its own room :)

Well I guess that catches you up on things.  I'm going to be better about posting and hoping to have something to post weekly.  I'll be doing more stitching too, can't wait.


Sunday, June 4, 2017

I'll be back

work is taking all of my time.   But I'm almost done with my really busy season.  Then I'll start to stitch again and have things to post.


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Last Sunday of April

April has just flown by, I can't believe that May will be here in the morning - I don't remember March coming or going, so it's hard to believe that April is at an end already.  Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to stitch with my lady friends at all this month, so not a lot of progress on anything.  I really miss stitching on Saturdays.  Hopefully May will be better.

So the last Sunday of the month means it's time to check in with Measi and WIPocalypse to see what progress you've made on all of those projects that you'd like to have done before the world comes to an end.

You can see what others are doing by linking here:

So the question this month is  What Projects are in your UFO pile?  When I first saw this question I thought it should be more like - what projects AREN'T in my UFO pile.  Then I did a quick view of my projects and found that I'm in a rut of sorts.  While I have lots of different projects going, they all seem to be basically the same kind.  Read on......

I have about 43 projects that I'm working on, 44 if you count my OLDEST UFO, which is about 43 years old.  I have a variety of things such as samplers and angels, counted canvases and painted canvases.  Some are very big and others are on the smaller size, but there isn't a one of them that I really don't like and want to get done at some point.  I don't have any Heaven & Earth Designs, I don't have any landscapes or flowers or birds.  I do have animals if you count my Noah's Ark afghan that I'm working on the letter "P" now, but no lions, tigers or Red Wings (oh wait those are my sport teams LOL).  I love samplers, I love the motifs in them or the lines of speciality stitches, but don't really go into a lot of historical samplers.  I really love L&L angels, I love the flow of their dresses and wings, I have 3 of them in different stages.  And I must admit I have a fondness for painted canvases - big, small and all in-between sizes.

I used to be a one at time person, but then I heard about a rotation system and well needless to say from it was epic failure.  So I go through periods of really completing stuff and then i go through periods of really starting a lot of stuff.  Hopefully before the end of my time on earth, I will find a balance and end up with nothing left in my stash to do.....ok one can dream can't they?

I'm not including in my list my quilting projects, I have two king size quilts that need to be assembled (i.e. all of the squares are completed), one that just needs the borders put on and many that aren't started at all, but all the material is there waiting for their moment in the sun.

So what have I been doing this past month - not a whole lot - work has been crazy and will be so for one more month.  But I've made some progress on things

1. Completed a rag quilt for a little boy.  Found out that baby #2 is on it's way.  If it's a little girl I might consider another rag quilt for them, but if it's another little boy, they can share this one - it is toddle bed size so should last for while.

2. I finally sewed around the bookmark that I showed as being finished last month and mailed it off to my Mom.  She loved it and said that she could never have enough bookmarks :)  Makes me feel good to know my gift was appreciated.

3. Been working on a belt for my son (the only boy).  It is one I started a long time ago and then he got married, and then started to have kids, so it got put into the deep recesses of my UFO bin.  Decided it was time to bring it out and work on it.  I'm hoping to have it done before the end of the summer so I can get it finished into a belt for him for Christmas.  I have several more cars to go, but since bring it out I've managed to get 2 1/2 more cars done.

4. I've also brought out my sock that I've been knitting on and started Kumihimo braiding.  

I have been resisting starting a new project, I really really want to, and I can hear them (yes more than one) calling my name...."sandy come on you know you want to pull me out and play with me...." but I tell them back- "but what about all of your friends that are already out and been played with, don't they deserve more of my time first?"   And you know what?  They are selfish little imps, they don't care if others get my attention, they want it and they want it now!!  What is a person to do?  My resistance is wearing down, don't know how much longer I stop myself from starting something new.

I hope you are all having great months and can't wait to read what you've all been up to and gotten accomplished.