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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Stitching and Retail Therapy

What more could a girl want?

The Saturday stitching get together was quite a distance from when i live, so I decided to go to a local needlepoint shop and work on my Glenda.  The lady who works on Saturday is very talented and so generous with her time.  She had given me ideas and a stitch guide of sorts, which when she did it, it make lots of sense, but no so much when i got around to working on it.   Any who, I showed her what she had given me and asked her to help me remember what it was all about, which she did :)  So I have my Glenda well on her way of getting done.

I am beading the crown, the silver bubbles are proving to be a challenge as I don't like how it looks trying to cover them with the pink beads, so we'll see how using silver beads will work out.

The bubbles in the back ground are being done in an open stitch, the smaller ones in a t-stitch and the bigger ones will be a four corner stitch.

the hair I think will be a combination of bullions and french knots.

Not sure about the necklace, but I'm sure something will come to mind.

While at the shop I couldn't help by let my eyes wonder around the room.  The shop is a smaller shop so most of their canvases are from the current truck show.  Well this one had two canvases that I decided to bring home with me.

The teddy bear reminds me of the kind my sister makes.  He looks so cute. St. Francis of Assisi will be for my middle daughter.  We have a cement statue of him in our yard.

And of course, no retail therapy would be complete without a new needle reminder :

Today I decided to venture south of where I live to stitch with the ladies (one guy) from the San Diego area.  Well all those who were planning on coming pretty much backed out :( at the last minute, which I didn't know because I had to leave the house early (it's over an hour drive).  I think the one lady felt sorry for me, and showed up with her grandson and put some skeins of floss on holders, and after about an hour decided it was time to go home.  So not much stitching and then when I went to go home my car wouldn't start!!

Long story short - $200 and 6 hours later, my car and myself are home and wouldn't you know it, when the guy was going to push it back into the garage, it started!!!  UGH!!!  Very expensive and long day without much stitching at all.  Will think twice before i go south again, think I will stick to the areas closer to home going forward.

The car will be going to the dealership this week.  If it pulls that stunt again, at least I can take the bus to work, but being 70 miles from home didn't leave me a lot of options.

Sandy


Sunday, July 8, 2018

My majors back, but it's so darn hot this week that my hands are too sweaty to stitch.....

I know I shouldn't be complaining.  Our weather here in sunny cal and been fantastic compared to other parts of the US, well until this week. It's so darn hot, and while I would put on the AC and not turn it off until the temps are back in the 60's, hubby doesn't see it that way.  So I try to be reasonable and meeting him someplace in-between, but its sure does suck my mojo out.

I have been doing some stitching at work on my lunch hour, not as much as I would like, but some.  So my SB stocking is starting to take shape and I need to decide if I go up or down on it once I finish the small areas.  I started this one in the middle.

The frog did come and play in my pond this week, the one purple flower had been two. I managed to replace the one, but not the second one yet.  So the question, do I work my way up the stocking or do the motifs at the bottom?  I'm thinking working up and then expand my q-snaps for the wider part at the bottom.   But first the flowers need to completed.  I know being off 1 stitch would not have been noticeable at all, but it drove me crazy because the leaves and stems weren't living up right.

So in the evenings I'm been doing a little knitting.  The sweater has been getting the most love lately.  I'm close to having it done, so that feels really good.  I started it about 4 years ago for my youngest granddaughter, thinking surely size 2-4 would give me enough time to get it done.  However at some point I put it away and didn't bring it back out until recently.   I need to knit back of the arms now and then sew it together.  I'm going to put it away for a baby at some point.

My kids put a pool in at our house in KY, and they have been enjoying it this weekend, all the grandkids were together for a day of water, hot dogs, burgers and grilled veggies.

I'm glad that our kids are close and find time to spend with each other in their busy adult lives.

Then today my girls took my granddaughter painting.  We did this about a two years ago and did cupcakes, this time it was a panda bear.

Donna is my heartbeat.  I know you shouldn't have favorites, but from the day she was born we connected.  And while I love my other grandchildren, she keeps my heart beating each day.

Well time to get my bag ready to go to work in the morning.

Hope you all are staying cool, and there isn't a frog in your pond and your mojo is going full steam.

Sandy





Sunday, July 1, 2018

A little retail therapy

Where I work, we are extremely busy from February to May, and it often flows into June.  This year, it's also flowing into July due to a re-assignment of duties.

As a result I cancelled my trip home, which was scheduled sooner than normal this year. That was the only time I could make it all work, but as it turned out it didn't work at all.  Anyway, worked recognized this and gave me a gift card.  The gesture was very nice, but it also made me realized that they really haven't taken time to know me and as a result the gift card was for a yarn store.  Like I say the gesture is wonderful, and I am thankful, but would have rather it was to a cross stitch/needlepoint shop or quilt store.

Now I do knit, so it wasn't totally off the mark.  I don't knit all that often, but I have lots of projects going, not as many as I do with x-stitch or needlepoint, but a few.

I mostly like to knit  socks, but on occasions I branch out to a sweater or a hat.  However to be honest, I love doing the socks because I just make plain old knitted socks, not fancy stitching, just knit them in the round.  I find it relaxing and used to have one going in the living room, in my bedroom and one in my work bag.  That all ended when Ms. Kitty decided she liked yarn and knitting needles.  The ball of pink yarn had been an almost completed sock at one point for granddaughter  Now it's just a ball of yarn, mostly because she has decided she doesn't like pink all that much anymore.

 So I took my gift certificate and spent it all in one swoop, I got mostly yarn for knitting socks, some will be for babies and others for adults.  I also got 2 kits for children's hats and a new bag to hold all.

The solid color yarn is for the baby socks that I think are so darn cute.  I posted the booklet I got awhile back.  The exciting side is that the yard is "chunky", and you use size 4 needles, so the socks themselves should go fast.  Then you make them into various things, like a pig face, bunny, bumble bee, etc.

The bee and Nemo  you can see in the bag are children's hats, they knit up very fast.

If you look really close you can see the black sock yarn I got.  My middle daughter wears a lot of black, so these are perfect for her.  And the last picture is my new bag.  It's more of a small duffle bag, but I loved the purple colors and it zips, so Ms. Kitty can't get into it.

While I love stitching, at night when I get home I just don't feel like pulling out my stitching.  I would love to be to leave it out, but said cat would get into it (she has a fetish for silk thread, but isn't beyond taking DMC if nothing else is available).  So I think if I just knit a little bit, even a few rounds I will get the stress relieve I need.

I am taking my stitching to work again, and making myself take a full hour for lunch so I can stitch.  Will post an update of what I've been working on soon.  No finishes yet, but enjoying the time.  Also going to go to Starbucks either one Saturday or Sunday to stitch out on their patio while watching Netflix.  I think my mojo has been found and I'm excited about current relationship.

Sandy









Sunday, June 24, 2018

Can't believe another month has zipped by, where was I?

And so it's time to check in with Mesi's WIPocalypse, where we hope to finish our projects before the end of time.  I must admit I'm doing a very poor job of getting WIP's to Finishes, and I'm always temped with new starts.  I am proud of myself for not submitting to temptation..... lately, but I'm getting weak in the knees and have put aside 3 possibilities.

If you would like to see what others are doing, go to this blog and check them out.

http://measi.net/measiblog/

This month's questions - Tell us what your ideal Stitching retreat would include.  I'm happy to say I've been on a couple of them now and here are the musts for me:
1. Room well lit with PLENTY of room to spread out
2. Unlimited stitching time in said room
3. Someone else preparing meals and me just having to go and sit down and eat, not dishes either :)
4. Clean room, ideally with a TV, but have learned to live without and again good lights in the room if possible.
5. Lots of like minded stitchers who have brought they wonderful projects to work on.

I don't need retail therapy time, I can get into enough trouble by myself, don't need temptation brought to my doorstep.

I opted out of this year's retreat, I wasn't sure if I'd still be in the area.  I've been wanting to work remotely, i.e. from my home in KY.  As that has not happened, I might just opt to go for the day and have lunch with the ladies.

So what have I don't since the last check in?

I actually have a finish!!  The Ruby Slippers are done, just need to actually finish them into an ornament now.  I love the sequins, they add a glitter them that I wouldn't have gotten with just thread.

I pulled out Glenda to work on after I finished the slippers.  I have her face done, and now needs to start on the dress and hair.  I need to find the threads for her hair, thinking of doing bullion stitches which I will curl around.

I decided to pull out an oldie but good to work on a little bit this month.  It's the Angel of Peace for my youngest granddaughter.  I feel bad that I've not been working on this one more, and that it's been in the depth of the footstool storage area for way too long.  (OK, this is all I've gotten done in 4 years)  So it's gotten some loving, not a lot, but progress is progress and I have some.

The wings just seem to go on and on and on, but I'm sure this is more of my imagination that reality.  If I keep working on them, I will get to the point that I can do her face, and then start on her dress.  I really do love this angel and this one was my pick, so not sure why I've been procrastinating so much.  I intend to correct that error of my ways and make real progress on it this year.

Last thing I've worked on this month is the SB Stocking, Anna.  Not sure who will get this one, I'm just trying to get a few ready to go.  Also, I have 3 kitted up, this one is #2 of the 3, and it is fun to stitch.  So here it is, looking like an angel, just need to get her wings on :)

Since list month, my hubby's second cousin (aka niece) came for a weeks visit.  I played hooky with her and we spent the day at Disneyland.  We also did an evening of ceramics which was fun and walked along the ocean so she could dip her toes in the waves.  Also took a long weekend to spend time with family while my nephew graduated from high school.

I'm hoping to get back into stitching on my lunch hours and being able to meet with the ladies one or two times a month for a day of stitching.  If all that happens then will have another finish soon.  Who knows I might end this year with fewer WIPs than I started with, wouldn't that be great?

Sandy




Sunday, May 27, 2018

WIPocalypse May check in

Dear Blogging World:

This past month hasn't been very productive, work continues to keep me business, that and continuing to care for hubby while he gets better from his knee replacement.  Hoping that June will better and that July will once again see me stitching a couple of times a week.  Until then I'll just need to settle for the short stitching burst.

So this month's question is :  Where do you love to shop for stash.

My favorite spot is called Stitch'nTime in Saginaw MI.  While I don't live in the area anymore, I always try to go when I'm home for a visit.  I started going to this shop probably 30 years ago when she was located in one room in an old house that was used to house several small businesses.  Colette expanded to two rooms, and then was pretty much the whole first floor.  At some point she relocated to the place she is now, which is a nice size shop that loaded to the rafters.   While the shop doesn't have an internet present, she does keep up with the latest charts and always has a great selection of linen and threads.    She does do phone order, but I enjoy going to the shop and catching up on wha is new.  Here is address and phone number:

7579 Gratiot Rd, Saginaw, MI 48609
(989) 781-5209
My favorite second shop is The Needle Nest in Shellyville KY, 

http://www.needlenestky.com

I found this shop when I moved to KY the second time.  What drew me to this shop was their open stitching on Thursday nights and being able to go on Saturdays and stitch and stitch with the owner and other stitchers.  Also about twice a year they would do a stitch-in, where we'd come on Saturday and stay until we were ready to go home - which sometimes was midnight or later :)  This shop has painted canvas as well as counted cross stitch, but doesn't have the thread selection as Stitch'nTime.  I try to go tot he shop each time I'm back in KY as well.

I have used internet shops, as seen in previous posts, but don't have any that I love more than another one.  When it comes right down to it I'm a touchy-feely kind of person, so love going to the shop and walking around where I can find those little gems that I didn't know I wanted.

OK what have I done since the last check in? 

First up is (I think) the last posted picture of PeliCan, I started this one a few years ago and it got put away because I lost interesting.  Not sure what prompted me to pull it back out again, I think I wanted something that didn't have any color changes and I could just kind of stitch without a lot of thinking.  So pulled it out from the bin in the closet and have worked on it a couple of times this past month.  I'm not even 1/2 done with the first page, it's slow going, over 2 on 40ct.
Then today I pulled back out my SB stocking and did a little bit of work on it as well.  The stocking is one I'd like to get done by the end of the year.  No babies in need, but I'm always hopeful.

The last project for May was ceramic night with my husband's niece/cousin (her mother and hubby were raised in a very close family when the lines were blurred between siblings and cousins), so she calls us aunty and uncle, which is great with me.  It was fun and while my projected didn't turn out as I had envisioned the monster bank, it was still fun to do. Hubby's  niece's project turned out pretty good, now to get it to her without breaking it.

Can't wait to see the progress of others.  Sandy







Sunday, May 13, 2018

I won't be out done by a WIP, soon to be UFO

As we last left our lady stitcher, she had banished Starry Night to the depth of the bin, not to be seen again, EVER.  OK that is a little harass, but was totally frustrated with it.

However it just kept nagging at me, taunting me, telling me I had been out done by a simple counted canvas.  That it had WON the battle of the wits and there was nothing left for me to do, but hang my head in shame.......because I had been beaten.

Well I decided that I had to figure it out, so I pulled it back out and compared the corners.
Both of the bottom corners have 4 peaks in light blue and one peak in dark blue.  The corners at the top have only 3 light blue peaks and 1 dark blue peak.

So I started to count the threads and low and behold, I should have done 38 long stitches and I had done 39!!  I know this doesn't make a lot of sense, but it is the section before where the \ / \ / near the corners.

So I corrected one of the two corners and put the silver in and it worked!!  I was able to get it corrected and promptly put it away.  Not going to take the chance of making another error today.

It can no longer mock me, I have won the battle and one day I will win the war, but not today.  Right now it's not fun to stitch, but it will be again soon.   I will take it out again in another week or so, and correct the other corner and then add the next section all the way around, but for now I'm enjoying my victory of finding my error.

The SB stocking has been calling my name, and I think it will start to get some attention, might find it's way into my work bag for my lunch project this summer.

Hope you all have a great Mother's day whether you are the mother, or able to spend it with your Mother.  My Mom is 3,000 miles away as are my children, but they called and send me a Starbucks gift card :)  I sent my Mom plants for her garden and a hanging basket.  Miss being near my family, and counting down the days to when I can retire and move home again.

On a happy note - Pluto had his moon added - poor guy had been taken down for a while, and the last time we were at the Observatory they had just hung it back up, this time they had the moon added.   And if your ego need a boost in your weight - you'll weight next to nothing on this planet LOL.



Sandy

Sunday, May 6, 2018

When the Destresser, becomes the stresser

From about mid February to the end of May is a very stressful time for me at work.  I tend to do one of two things - not stitch at all and buy everything under the sun that I could ever remotely want to do OR I stitch all the time.  Well this year was a non-stitching year, and I'm proud to say I've also been really good about not buying stuff, but it's getting harder every day

So yesterday I could hear my Starry Nights calling my name so I pulled it out and started to work on it.   Everything was going fine, or so I thought until here!!   I kept looking at it and thinking, something isn't right, well it's wasn't.   So I took it out and re-did that section and thought, ok all if good again........

Boy was I wrong, I know this picture doesn't show it well, but the triangle that goes on the right under the square is one thread too big for the area.  I didn't stitch it in because when I counted it out I could see it wouldn't work.  So need to figure out where I'm off, but since I'm stressing already, I really don't need more so this project has been banished to the underworld until I can figure it out.

Hope everyone else is having better luck than me.  time to go and check the bacon in the over and get hubby his breakfast.  My one and only meal I don't mind cooking.