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Thursday, November 24, 2016

I'm thankful

for so many things.

I'm thankful for all the people who have come in and touched my life.  Some have stayed and others only spent a short time.  Regardless of how much time they have spent in my life, they have all left something behind.  Sometimes it's been a bad taste in my mouth and I don't morn their departures, other times they have made me a better person and I think I took away the best parts of them in me...if that make sense.   So to all of the people, past, present and those to come, good or bad thank-you.

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday, well after Christmas of course, but before Halloween.  Thanksgiving is a time for family, which we have always loosely defined to include friends who might have otherwise spent the day alone.  The traditional dinner has also always been loosely defined.  I went through a period where we added an international flavor to our menu, it was fun to try different types of food.  Always way too much food, so we would send leftovers home with people.  Good times.

Last year we drove up to my brother's house for dinner, had a wonderful meal and a great weekend, but if you've ever driven I-5, you know that under normal conditions it's a horrible.  Well on a holiday it's even worse, so decided this year that we'd just stay home.  Its just the two of us today so we will do it up with prime rib for two :)  Sunday we'll have a friend over who is working today for a more traditional meal cause I have to channel my turk-a-terrian side!

This long weekend was going to be my finishing it up weekend.  I've been working on a Christmas stocking for my husband's nephew's new son.  I generally reserve doing stockings for close family members because they take time to do, not to mention the costs.  Also have a rag quilt and lots of pillow cases to do for Christmas.

This stocking has plagued me the whole way and more than once I've just wanted to chuck it all, but I have continued on, I was a stitcher on a mission.

Well found out that our nephew changed religions and no longer celebrates Christmas.  So now the dilemma is, do I just take it off the q-snaps and make it a UFO until another family member has a little boy??  Or do I finish it up first and wait for the next baby boy to come along?  I think I will most likely finish it up and put it away.  Would be nice to have one more finish for the year!!  So where is it right now?  Sorry that the picture is side way, but here is where it was the last time I snapped a picture.  I've gotten a little bit more done, most of the bottom row.  I will take another picture when I move the q-snaps hopefully today.

I'm OK with my nephew changing his religion, he is a wonderful young man who would go to the ends of the earth to help others.  So this weekend I will work on the rag quilt for his wee one.  I love the colors, I'm a wild color person.  I'm doing each side differently, so we'll see how it all works out.  I have the squares all cut so time to sew, just wish I could get hubby to hook up my rabbit ears so I can hear the TV while I sew.

Hope you are all having a great day and getting to spend it with people who make you happy.  but if you have a few that you don't like, just remember that they will go home at some point.

 and like Dory......just keep stitching...just keep stitching....just keep stitching.....OH LOOK another chart to buy :)

Sandy



Sunday, November 13, 2016

One more Full Moon after today - where has the year gone?

I joined Measi's WIPocalypse to help me focus on my lingering list of x-stitch and needlepoint projects that are stashed in my stitching bags (now I have two of them), the storage footstool and in various storage bins in the guest room.  Have I been successful in my quest?  Probably not, seems like I'm starting more than I'm actually getting finished this year.  However, I must admit my purchases has been slowed way down from previous years, it's still out of control, but not as bad as it's been in the past.  If I'm not stitching, then I'm buying, I know that isn't logical, but it seems the way I think.  I limit my purchases I still go and look on line and fill up my cart, but never check out.

So if you want to learn more or see the links to some fantastic stitcher's please go and visit her Blog:
http://measi.net/measiblog/

So the question this month is What pattern (or designer) is on your must-try-to do bucket list?   Well forever it's been Cross Wings Flower Power and 5th Day, love these both since the day they were released.  And yes I have the charts and I'm sure if I pulled out my stash of linen, I would have a piece big enough for both of them.  So what is stopping me...see above, my lingering list of projects that I've started already and so many more that I want to start......one day.

So what have i been doing since the last full moon?  Not a whole lot unfortunately.  It's been very warm here and our AC has not worked in over a month.  We live in an apartment complex and have been complaining about it for that last 5 summers to no avail, they fix it and it runs for a while, but then we are right back to blowing a lot of hot air.  Well finally they decided that they really can't fix it and we do need a new one.  We've been promised that would happen this week, but I think that is because our lease is up and they want a huge increase.  Anyways, when it's hot in the apartment, I just don't feel like stitching, because my hands get sweaty.

I have worked on my SB stocking, but not enough to show off.  I will post pictures of the SB stocking when it's done.  I'm almost done with the bottom half of it, the top half should go fast, so I'm hoping for a finish before the month is up.  This one has plagued me more than any other that I've done, I just can't seem to get the colors right!!  I need to go and get my eyes check so I can see those darn symbols better.

I've also been cutting out pillow cases - I think I have about 20 or so cut out and another 20 or so to go.  I also cut out a rag quilt, and need to start sewing it up so we can send it to our new grand-nephew along with the stocking.   I'm a little nervous about the stocking, I'm not sure if his wife celebrates Christmas, so that could be a sticky situation.  I will offer the stocking, but will let him know that if they have decided not to celebrate, that my feeling won't be hurt and I can re-purpose it for someone else.   The flannel rag quilt I know they can use, every baby needs to be wrapped in flannel at some point.

I have been stitching a little bit at work each day on my purse flap for my middle daughter.  But I'm running out of thread :( I thought I had gotten more of the black, but it was a different name, looks the same when I hold them up together so I might give it a try and see if it will work.  I have done a little bit more than this picture shows.  But to much.

I hope you all have been getting more done.  I will join this group again next year and go back through my WIPs and figure out what needs to be done and what can wait another year.  I need to take new pictures of all of my projects and start a new 1/1/2017.

Can't wait to see what others have done!!  Happy stitching!!

Sandy


Monday, October 31, 2016

Halloween Trick or Treat Blog Hop

I'm so excited to be part of the Halloween Hop put on by Serendipitous Stitching - you can find her sight here:


My letter is R.............

I was hoping I had something that would start with the letter R in my Halloween x-stitches, but didn't come up with anything.   So you'll need to just see my other stuff instead.  


I have so many more finished x-stitches, but can't find all of my pictures :(  .  Don't you just love my flying monkey?  While he isn't needlepoint or x-stitch, but rather a jointed stuffed monkey that my sister Linda did for me - isn't he grand?

What would Halloween be without some monsters too?  The one below will be worked on in 2017, it reminds me of the book, Where the Wild Things Are, loved reading that book to my kids and grandkids.  I have 3 other canvases that are monsters hoping to have them done for next year too to show off.  Until then have a great Halloween.
 
Here is the link to the next blog spot on the hop!!
http://astridxstitching.blogspot.com/






Princess Vampire















Halloween is one of my favorite time of year.  I love the kids all dressed up in their costumes.  Unfortunately we've never really lived anyplace where we get a lot of trick or treaters that come :(   




Saturday, October 29, 2016

Panic attack



averted.....thankfully :)

I had decided that this weekend would be spend cutting out fabric and getting my Christmas sewing ready for the long Thanksgiving weekend.  I do pillow cases for family and friends.  I've been doing them for about 6 or 7 years now.  Two years ago I just didn't get to them, there was so much going on in my personal life that I just didn't have the energy.  I figured people would probably be happy that they didn't get yet another pillowcase from me.  I can't tell you how many people were disappointed that they didn't a pillowcase!!  I was overwhelmed with the number of people who expressed how much they loved them.  Mostly family, so I'm sure they didn't want to hurt my feelings LOL

So last year I got back on the horse and made more, and will do the same this year.  Only this year I'm going to supplement them with micro-wave pot holders and hopefully some place mats.

So what was my panic attack?  Well I decided that because I can't stand for long periods of time, that in-between cutting session I would try doing a little beading on my August Peridot fairy.  She has been lingering for such a long time with no loving at all.

So when I went into our guest/craft room and the beads were missing!!  I have all the thread and beads in little baggies that are on an O ring that I keep on the knob of the floor stand....well it wasn't there!!  OMG to be so close and to lose my beads...my heart skipped a beat or 5.  Until I realized I had put them on the book shelve because the cat kept knocking them down.

So panic attack averted!!  She is really so close to being done, I really need to get work on her and just get it done.

Happy stitching


Monday, October 17, 2016

Stitching in Sunny Cal under the full moon

Well it wasn't actually today, it was a few days ago, but still was a pretty moon, a Hunter's Moon.

I can remember as a kid going outside with my siblings to see who could spot the moon first.  Can't remember if I ever won that game, but do remember playing other games that could only be played after dark like ghost-ghost come out tonight :)  and of course the game of hiding from headlights, can't remember what we called that game.  However when you don't live on a busy street that game could get boring pretty quickly LOL.  As much as I know I wouldn't want to be a kid again, I sure do miss playing with siblings and friends.  I mean who wouldn't love playing tag football with cute guys in the neighborhood????  Or crack the whip on ice skates at our neighborhood rink.

Well I digress with the full moon.....so on to the question for this full month at Mesi - Wipocalypse.  http://measi.net/measiblog/2016/10/17/october-2016-wipocalypse-check-in/

What on-line stitching communities do you enjoy.  I guess the only on-line groups that I belong to are on Face Book.  I'm a member of our Southern Cal Stitching group, Mira-Mira (more lurking than participating), Sampler Group (definitely a lurker) and Needlepoint Nation (again lurking but have posted a couple of time).  I love seeing what others are doing and I'm always amazed at all of the different designs out there.

Both of the yahoo groups I belonged to are now de-funked, which is too bad because there were some talented stitchers in both groups.  

I love reading blogs, so I probably spend more time going and seeing what everyone else is up to than participating on a community group.  I've not done actual groups in a long time, got tired of the drama that always seems to creep into the discussion.  While I know the moderators try hard, you can't aways control people speaking before thinking.

So what have I been up to since the last full moon?  Well I went to a retreat and started a new project.  Here are my latest updates.  Having three days of stitching was wonderful, and so relaxing.  We are going back next year, can't wait.  Need to put it on my count down calendar.

First up is my new start, it's called Four Angel Mourning by Scarlett Letter.  I love this one, the colors are warm.  It will take me awhile to get it done because there is a little more over one than I thought.  It will be worth it all when it's done :)  The whole outer border is the sawtooth design.  I started it with two threads.  Still deciding if I like it or not.  I think so, but not sure if it will look too heavy for the rest of the design.


Next up is my SB stocking, which seems to be cursed.  I'm doing more un-stitching than stitching lately.  I put in a small section of the shepherd chart so you see the thick symbols.  Well from these old worn out eyes they looked the same :(  but they weren't and I stitch it wrong.  The picture to the right shows it being corrected (at the very top by the qsnap), but I think the red heart is the wrong color :(  but not going to change it at this point.   The picture to the left shows it wrong - I'm glad I changed it.  Makes it stand out more.

The coat is also the wrong color, it should be a purplish color, but again, don't think I'lm going to re-do it.  The kid will be graduating from college if I go back and correct all  my mistakes.  As I said, this stocking seems to be cursed.  But I will get this, just may take me a while.  I love the stocking and I suppose if I was paying more attention to the chart, I wouldn't be making the errors.  But come-on all of the symbols you can use and you use a thick square and a thick circle next to each other?????  I have two more stocking kitted up and ready to go, I love these and generally don't have any problems with them at all.

I've been working on the bookmarked my granddaughter started when she was out here this summer.  http://stitchinginsunnycal.blogspot.com/2016/06/full-moon.html  I would hold it for her to finish, but given we don't get to spend a lot of time together since we moved to CA, she lives in TN, I thought I should just go ahead and finish it up.  This is my "don't want to think too hard" canvas.  The yellow is done, so will start on the green going around it.  Since my granddaughter started it, I'm doing it the same way.  Normally I go from corner to corner, but she chose to go across, so that is what I'll do.  I can't wait to try my creative side with finishing it for Christmas :)  It will sit on the outside of the book with elastic banding going between the pages.  Found some gold at the fabric store, so will see how it looks.

The last is my Nora Corbett, Letter A Mermaid.  While this looks like it should almost be done, it's probably not even 1/2 done yet!!  I really need to work more on this one than I have been.  This will be one of my focuses for 2017!!

I've been working on my purse flaps, but don't have any recent pictures.  I work on them at work each day for about 1/2 hour while watching Netflix.  It's my way to decompress at work before facing the afternoon.  I need to keep a calm demeanor while dealing with people, which is probably better than slapping them upside the head when I repeat myself for the umpteenth time.

Hope the moons trip around you (see you are the center of the universe) went well and you had some great stitching time!!

Sandy





Monday, October 10, 2016

I see the full moon starting to peak at me :)

When the moon is going from the new moon to a full moon it's called waxing.  Don't know much about astrology, never took it in school, but know that I love some of the terms, waxing and waning, who thinks up this stuff?  I loved the stories about the stars when I was at girl scout camp, just wish I would have had the insight to write them down so I could tell them to another generation.

Anyway, decided I should post something to let you all know I was still alive and well and had a blast at our Southern Cal retreat.  I really didn't mine the rooms being very plain (no TV's in the room and the wifi sucked to put it bluntly), but would have loved a mattress that wasn't so lumpy.  The Craft room was great, the lighting was good and there was lots of space so we could all spread out and not worry about encroaching on anyone else's space.  I was going to take pictures, but just never got around to it, so can't show you the accommodations or the room.  We are reserving for next year the same weekend, but I think I'll take some of my quilting to cut - they had great tables too.  The quilters were across the way in a room equally a large, so we popped over there for a lookie-see and they did the same.

Do know that I got my steps in, despite sitting on my posterior most of the day.  The sleeping rooms and the craft room were in different buildings, which included going up and down stairs.  And then where we ate was in yet another building, which was a ways away.  By the end of the day I think I was closer to 2 miles!!

I worked a little bit on several projects.  I think there were only 3 projects that I took that didn't see the light of day.  One of them I really hadn't intended to stitch, it just happened to be in the same bag as another project.  So I thought I did pretty good not over packing things to do :)

Didn't take pictures of everything, but here are a few.

I started a new project - I think it's called something like 4 Corner Angels, which is just want it says, an angel in each corner.  I'm doing it on 40 ct. and didn't realize there are a few over one, like the heart.  The angel's wings are over two, but the face and hair are over one.  I have more done, but want to save something for the full moon :)

I managed to get another band done on my Angel's Song.  I really should have gone ahead and done the next band too, but decided to move on to my next project.  I really love this one.

And next is my Nora Corbett Letter A Mermaid.  I added some more waves.  I need to get this one done soon as I have my D Mermaid ready to be framed.  But there are so many darn waves!!

And last is my SB stocking.  I didn't have the right color to do the band under the shepherd's feet.  I did pick that up at a local shop this past weekend.  I couldn't find the thread it called for, but got something that will work just was well.

 I have to pull out the rest of the projects I worked on and take pictures.

I really enjoyed the long weekend with big chucks of stitching time.  Hope to get the momentum going again soon.  I want to get the stocking done for sure and also a couple of other projects.

Will post my purses flaps with the full moon.  I'm almost done with one of them, well almost done with the stitching part, then need to find my thread and put the beads on - it is going to look so cool, can't wait.  The other one is getting there, but don't seem to be making the progress as fast, or it doesn't seem as fast.

Hope you are all having great time stitching and getting things done.

Sandy