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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.

Sandy

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:

http://measi.net/measiblog/

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.

Sandy







Sunday, April 23, 2017

Venturing out a little bit

I've always wanted to learn Kumihimo braiding.  I ended up buying 2 disks about 2 years ago or more by mistake, so I gave one away to my middle daughter (she is the only one who has shown any crafting interest at all).  But never did anything with the other one.  So when I finally decided to take the plunge I figure out that I had lost my disk :(  So over Christmas while visiting my parents, I got another one.  Then figure out I didn't have the small bobbins to wind the threads, I'm sure it will the disk AND I never did get a weight.  So I bit the bullet and I got new bobbins and a weight and decided before I lose it again I would start!!  So that is what I did this weekend.  Once you get into it, it really does go pretty fast.  My sister-in-law had several set up around her house while we were visiting, I love the one with beads, might have to try that one day.

The braid is a lot thinner than I would have thought, but I like the design in it.  I'm using #5 perle cotton - six threads.  So will keep this by my chair and pick it up while watching TV :)  So far the cat hasn't paid much attention to it, but not going to leave it totally unattended - she's fooled me more than once with my knitting.  I thought I had a picture of her and the yarn from one end of our place to the other, but can't find it, so will save that for another day.

Hope you are trying new things, even it its just another type x-stitch you've not done before, i.e. band samplers, HAED, or maybe some counted canvas?

Sandy




Monday, April 10, 2017

I'm still here...well maybe

Dear Diary,

Had a wonderful weekend with family.  While I'm not really a musical person, had fun going to the Reno Ukulele Festival.  I think the best part was spending time with family.

My sister and my brother attended with me and then my other sister was in the area as well.  So we had a nice dinner out together and a show.  Then all day Sunday just hanging out and watching baseball.  Can't wait for the next get together. HOWEVER hopefully the next gathering will NOT include snow!!  While it's is beautiful to look at, it wasn't a lot of fun coming down off the mountains with slippery roads.

Until next time Diary....

So what have I been doing other than going to Reno?  I have been working on the sky in my Emerald City and finally got it finished.  Now I just need to finish up the yellow brick road and it will be done and ready for finishing.   This picture doesn't show it all, but it is done :)  I'm liking now it's turning out.

While at my brother's for the weekend I watched his wife do her Kumihimo and decided I need to really try this, it would make excellent cording to around the small ornaments.  I have one ready to go, so maybe I'll pull it back out and work it, just need a weight yet.  She got her weights on Amazon, then need to be small with a clip so you can attach it to the braid itself.  I might go and look for them and maybe get a second disk so I can work on more than one at a time.  She was making a braid with beads and it really looked neat and I thought I could do that with a little practice.  Won't that look great to have the braiding around Emerald City all beaded?  Something to think about.

Sunday before the baseball game started, my brother talked us all into going for a walk - don't worry its "flat" so you can get use to walking in the higher altitude.  (we are doing a walk in Boulder CO last on).

The picture is my brother's dog, who had a blast running up and down the path.  You can see it wasn't exactly "flat" the second picture is my brother, sister and sister-in-law coming down.

This badge was earned by achieving 10 flights of stairs in one day, which would not have happened if it had truly been flat the whole way.  Going down was great - made fantastic time, going back to the car was another thing all together, but made it!!  YEAH for me!!

Hopefully I'll have more stitching done soon,

Sandy





Sunday, March 26, 2017

We're Marching right along into April

Can you believe that March is almost over?  That this is the last Sunday of the month, what happened?  Can we have a do over?  If not, then I guess I'll just have to adjust to April.

So the question for this month's posting from Measi's WIPocalypse http://measi.net/measiblog/ is:

What stitch blogs, groups, or flosstubes do you follow and why?

I have about 40 or so blogs that I have booked marked, they are both counted cross stitch blogs and needlepoint blogs and a couple that cross over into quilting and one that is knitting.   I enjoy reading about people's stitching progress and seeing their pictures.  However, sometimes I spend way too much time reading other's blogs and not stitching myself.  

I have not gotten into flosstubes, so looking forward to hearing what other's have to say about them and maybe try a few out.

As for groups - well WIPocalypse is the only one this year with consistency, but have looked at people's projects on Gifted Gorgeousness http://serendipitousstitching.blogspot.co.uk  and another one 2017 Smalls SAL http://stitchinglotus.ca/2017-sal/.  I love seeing their projects too.

So what have I been stitching on this month?

A new start and finish - love it!!  My Mom is a huge reader and loves Owls, so thought this would be a great birthday present for her.  I just need to sew up the side seams and then send it to her.  I will have missed her actual birthday, but I'm sure she will forgive me once she gets this little beauty.  I've done other of these bookmarks for my kids - wish I would have taken a picture of them before I sent them off to them.  Oh well, maybe I'll catch up with them and get pictures yet.

I've also been spending quality time with my Emerald City - I've gotten most of the city done and wanted to add beads.  The dark green I thought over powered the city and the smaller beads just didn't seem to do much for me either, so I took them both out and will just do a basket weave in the medium green.

I got some new thread for the sky this past Saturday that is more of a bluish purple.  Can't wait to try it out this week, hoping to get this done before next month's posting.

I had two other project that got some loving this month too, not a lot but enough to show off - first up I finished Part 1 of Song of the Seasons and I have started Part 2.  Since there isn't any overlap on the chart itself, it is hard to place the motifs in Part 2 - so I'm basically putting the outline in and working on the tree trunk that goes down the middle.  Didn't take a picture because it's pretty boring stuff right now.

I also pulled out my start from last year, or maybe it was the year before - the sign for Family.  The chart shows the words all in cream color, but I decided to spice it up a little bit and I'm doing it in a variegated thread that is mostly black, but has bright pink, some dark blue, green and yellow.  I like how it is looking.  I was going to do more on the hand but so realized that I'm off :(  Not sure how much or if it will impact anything yet, but for now I have decided I'm not going to go back and take it out, will just hope for the best.

Last, but no picture, I started my Family Tree by Thistles.  I was going to work on it yesterday during our Southern Cal Get Together, but left all of my threads at home.  Hope to have an update for next month, right now I'm only doing the outlines of the square, so nothing to really see.

I broke my vow of not buying anything new - I got a couple of charts last week, Let's Hug a Teacher by Imaginary, The Frosted Pumpkin's - Once Upon a Time, as well as She Believed She Could by Lizzy Kate.  On back order is Godmother Fairy by L&L.   I want to put a Lizzy Kate back into my rotation, and this one seemed perfect - no too large, so maybe I'll have another finish this year.

I also was VERY bad at the needlepoint shop - they were having a sale, so I decided to take the plunge and get a nativity set.  There are 8 pieces to it, and I can add animals later.  I'm not sure when I'll start them, I'm thinking it will be a 2018 project, and hopefully by then I will have taught myself how to finish things myself.

I hope you all have had a great month and looking forward to seeing the progress of others, who knows maybe it will inspire me for another new start LOL.

Sandy





Monday, March 20, 2017

The world lost a talented Teddy Bear Maker

I'm really sorry that I wasn't able to format this all better, but wanted to show my prize teddy bear that was made by Steve Shutt and also needed to find a picture with him in it - see him in the background of the orange teddy bear?    That was from a class I took.

Anyways, I was lucky enough to take several classed from this talented person and also got a few of his teddy bears.  I had wanted to do a Good Witch to go with my Wicked Witch, I have the bear fur, but life got in it's way and I wasn't ever able to get it to him.  So I will have to figure it out myself one day, won't be as good.  So anyways, here is a little bit about  Steve.



Steven Schutt, 66, of Clarion passed away on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at the Clarion Wellness and Rehabilitation Center 
Private family funeral services for Steve Schutt will begin at 12:30 PM on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at Ewing Funeral Home in Clarion.
Steven Lester, son of Eldred and Beverly (Lester) Schutt, was born on May 15, 1950. Steve attended and graduated 
from Clarion High School in 1968. After graduating, Steve went on to UNI and received his teaching degree. He got 
his first teaching job in Eagle Grove in 1972 as an elementary art teacher. Steve also taught in Yokohama, Japan 
for two years.
In his free time while teaching school, Steve began to create teddy bears. He won multiple awards and was 
instrumental in founding the Teddy Bear Reunion in the Heartland. Steve traveled all over the world giving 
presentations. He settled back in Clarion and opened up an antique shop and made teddy bears, baskets, 
and Ukrainian Eggs.
Steve will be remembered for lovingly giving his talents to the town of Clarion. In Steve’s own words, “Be magic!”
Steve is survived by his father Eldred “Tiny” Schutt; sister-in-law Diane Schutt; and numerous other relatives.
He is preceded in death by his mother Beverly Schutt; and brother Yale Schutt.

Another added note - Steve was a very modest man and never boost about his accomplishments,   He was a master puppeteer, 
and had been commissioned by the Muppet creator more than once.  He also designed some of the Boyd's bears 
(stuffed not ceramic) and taught hundreds of teddy bear maker want-a-be like me.  He was always happy to share 
what he knew, would give out tips and tricks of the trade.  Steve will be missed, I will miss seeing him at shows
and going to Tucson for classes.

Sandy


Friday, March 10, 2017

Follow the Yellow Brick Road.....

I'm not getting a lot of stitching done at home in the evening or on the weekend, but I have managed to put in a stitch or two at work :)  I find that taking an hour for lunch does me a world of good in being able to focus in the afternoon.

I'm not completely sold on the brick road, but getting closer to a decision, or maybe it's just growing on me.  I also need to decide what to do with the medium green in the city itself.  I had thought about beading it, but might just use a another green thread to finish it off.  Now I'm working on the sky - it's a little bit darker than what I thought it would be, I'd like to add one more color, but another part of me just wants this to be done.

My Christmas Cactus has decided it Christmas time again and is blooming.  I have about 6 blooms on it......hummmmm is it trying to tell me it's time to working on Christmas presents?

Happy stitching
Sandy