Ready for The Quest

Let me start off by saying, that I’m sorry that some of you are having trouble leaving comments. I haven’t switched over to the new blogger yet, so I don’t know if that is playing a part in it or not. I know it’s frustrating too, I often have trouble leaving comments on other people’s blogs. Keep trying though – I sure appreciate hearing from you!!!

And speaking of comments – Ann has left a couple asking me about the Brightneedle Ghosties and Ghoulies class that I signed up for at Elegant Stitch back in August/September. I have to be honest, that I haven’t gotten around to stitching my piece yet. But, it is such a cute one, that I definitely recommend signing up for it if they offer it again. The “class” is less like a class than a support group. You are given some instructions at the beginning, and then they are there for you in the yahoo group to ask questions of, etc. Hope that helps, Ann (unfortunately I couldn’t reply to you personally, since I don’t have an email address or blog for you).

Now…on to the stitching. I am really looking forward to the start of the Just Nan Barnabee’s Quest SAL beginning on Thursday, February 1st. I plan to stitch on this piece on Thursdays, but others are stitching when they can. Come join us if you’d like! As I may have mentioned before, I collect Harmony Kingdom boxes. They have a little series about a ladybug named Lord Byron. He journeys around looking for his lady love, and each box shows him in that pursuit. This box is called Hydrangea.


Inside, you can see Lord Byron hard at work in his flower shop.


I love this piece, and this series. When I saw the Barnabee’s Quest design, it reminded me of Lord Byron and his journey flower to flower. And just in the nick of time, I received my fabric for the SAL. Thank goodness! With the ice storm here, mail got delayed a little bit. I am all set to go, with my three charts, thread for the first chart and my fabric. Can’t wait!


I also got my fabric for the first two Erica Michaels’ alphabet charts. I have all the Splendor silks for Acorn and still need the rest for Butterfly. These are freebie charts that can be downloaded here.

I am making progress on reorganizing my spreadsheets with my charts. It has been fun filling in all the various fabrics and threads I have set aside for specific charts and getting a feel for what is ready to be started and what I’m still working on pieces for. It’s fun. Almost as fun as fondling thread. You wouldn’t believe how many pieces I have kitted up and ready to go. I’d love to be able to start all of them now! I had forgotten about a few, that have moved back up to the top of my want to start pile. Still no sign of my threads for my February blanket…this is getting ridiculous. Anybody know of a good source for Weeks and GAST threads that has a good selection on hand? Everywhere I order from seems to have to backorder it. So frustrating. I am missing two threads for my blanket – Teal Frost and Calico Kitty…someday they will arrive, I’m sure. I’ve got the threads for my March blanket in that order too, so hopefully I’ll be able to get that one done on time. Well, I’m off to class tonight, so probably no stitching. Hope you’re all having a good week! My boss is out sick with a stomach virus, so I’ve been doing my job and hers for two days…I’m a little tired.

Walk to Rivendell: Begin to sing. Walk through a deeply cloven track between tall trees. (Total miles walked: 16.5)

I am grateful for Becky’s successful surgery – here’s hoping for a speedy recovery. I am also grateful for Barbaro…he was a brave soul.

Quiet


I apologize that my blogging has been rather sporadic of late, particularly on the weekends. It seems that I tend to forget I need to sit down and catch my breath a moment. I had kind of a hard day yesterday, maybe just a case of the blahs. I did not want to do anything at all. I started to get out my sewing machine and work on my finishing I needed to do, but the thought of dragging out the machine and having to clean off my table was too much. So, I stitched instead and Eric and I watched A Gentleman’s Agreement, which was next up on our Academy Award list. Excellent movie…I was very impressed. Next up is 1948’s Hamlet. Eric brought home the loveliest roses for me yesterday also…I guess he knew I needed it! It was a gorgeous bouquet of pinks, light pinks, yellow and whites. So pretty. That’s one of them in the photo.

As I said, I ended up stitching yesterday instead of sewing, so I made good progress on Mystery 9. I had hoped to finish up part 6 last night, but I didn’t quite make it. All I have left though are the specialty stitches. So, I should be able to finish up this part quickly next weekend. I am glad that I am finally making some progress on this piece. I think so far my rotation is working out well. It is allowing me to make progress on several things, but not get burned out on any one thing. I think I got really burned out on Mystery 9, which is part of the reason I put it down previously. But, I think I’ve got my groove back. Here’s where I left it last night.


I am also making really good progress on my Lemon Meringue Sampler. I finished up the pie slice on Friday evening. I just have two bands underneath it to stitch, and then beads! I should be able to finish this one up pretty quick. Then, on to the next thing! I have a couple of projects all lined up a ready to go as I finish things off. (Who doesn’t!!??)


My fabric finally arrived for Barnabee’s Quest. So, I am all set to begin the SAL on Thursday! Hope everyone had a great weekend! And thanks to all of those who are new commenters – I appreciate hearing from you!

Walk to Rivendell: Stock Road (total miles walked: 15)

I am grateful for my friend Becky and her courage to have surgery this morning. I’m sending healing thoughts your way!

Fabric Love

Let me just say for the record – go. see. The Queen. It is amazing. For me, this film was like reliving Diana’s death all over again. That time between her death and her funeral specifically. I was so impacted by her death, and I can’t even specifically tell you why. This film brought all of that emotion back up again. Helen Mirren was amazing as Queen Elizabeth. I highly recommend it.

I did no stitching last night, as you might imagine, since I was out galavanting. But, I did manage to get in some stitching on Wednesday night on my HAED piece. I did manage to get another 10 x 10 square stitched though, which was my goal for the evening.


Inspired by some blogs I’ve been reading, like Karen V.’s and Chelle’s, I’ve been thinking alot about organizing my stitching. Mainly, I have been thinking about the way in which I document my finished pieces, my lists and lists of supplies I still need for specific projects, and my list of the charts I have. I had my charts in an Excel spreadsheet, and I had a separate sheet for my finishes, but I just didn’t like it because it wasn’t very user friendly. I ended up having things in different places, having to enter things several times, etc. So, taking a cue from Karen V., I decided to organize my spreadsheet with designer name, chart title, whether it is a small, medium or large project, and whether I still need thread, fabric or embellishments for it. I can enter in the thread or fabric I’ve set aside to use for it, which will help me keep that straight in my own head. And when I finish stitching a chart, I can move it off that page to a finishes page. So, all the info goes with it, no retyping, and I know what threads and fabric I’ve used and when I’ve begun and finished it. So, that’s what I’m working on. I am also making a list (love me some lists!) of things I’d like in my ideal craft space. Just something to reach toward as I am rethinking the way I do things. Things like, I would like a design wall, for my quilt tops. I would also like a space for photographing my pieces – with good light!

Since I’m planning, here’s what I’ve got in mind for the weekend…

I bought fabric to finish off both these pieces.

I also bought fabric for a special Valentine’s Day project. Off to stitch…happy weekend!



Walk to Rivendell: Reach Stock Road (total miles walked: 15)

I am grateful for color and so inspired by those who take full advantage of it in their crafting.

And the Nominees Are…

As many of you know, I have been watching all of the Best Picture winners as part of my 101 Things in 1001 Days list. Of course, this time of year is always important to me – the nominations and the actual Academy Awards, but this year it will mean I have another film to add to my list. The nominees were announced, and here they are for Best Picture:

Babel

The Departed

Letters from Iwo Jima

Little Miss Sunshine

The Queen

I have not seen any of these, but have heard good things about them all. My good friend, Sherri, and I are having a girl’s night out tonight and we are going to see The Queen. I am really looking forward to it. Plus, there will be Mexican Food – my favorite! I’ll let you know how the film is. And, then I will watch to see which one wins for Best Picture, so that I can add it to my list! We have Gentleman’s Agreement at home to watch for our next film….maybe this weekend.

In stitching news…I’ve been all over the place. You may remember, that I was stitching on Queen of the Needle as my “on the go” project…

Well, I stopped working on it, it order to work on this…

All my threads haven’t come in for it, so I started working on this…

See…I’m crazy with the projects. I decided since it was the middle of January, that I’d best get to work on my February sheep blanket (by the way, I have heard that with the release of the last three charts, they will be discontinuing the sheep and his blankets – so get them if you want them!). Well, my threads that I ordered on January 1st, still have not shown up. So, I have stitched all that I can stitch on my little blanket until they do. So, rather than going back to QOTN, I decided I’d work on something small. I pulled out the next (third in the series) Shepherd’s Bush ornament to stitch on. This one is Shepherds Watched. Hopefully, my thread will come soon, and I can get that February blanket done.

Thanks to everyone who left kind words in the comments – I really really appreciate all of your support and thoughts. If it weren’t for the idea of this being an interactive space, I would just stick with my journal…but I love blogging and the opportunity it affords me to hear from all of you and share my thoughts and projects. Thanks again!

Walk to Rivendell: birch grove (total miles: 13.5)

I am grateful for all the comments you left!

The Weight of the World

I am tired and frustrated, and frankly a little fed up. As I may have mentioned here previously, I am losing weight and working on creating a healthier me. This includes changing what I eat, working out five times a week, taking vitamins, and generally trying to take care of myself. I have an ultimate vision of what I am working towards, what it would look like to be a healthy me. That vision does coincide with a number on the scale, but not a number that I am married to. That number may not be a healthy best weight for me, but I won’t know until I get closer to it. Mostly though, my vision of health consists of activities and a lifestyle that I want to embrace. This transformation is not an easy one, and it is a very emotional one at times. Because of that, I do not typically discuss my weight loss/process with anyone. I do occasionally share my triumphs, which helps to keep me motivated. I know that a lot of the women around me have a very poor self image, and tend to discuss weight, etc. with great abandon. Often these discussions revolve around ways to lose weight that are not what I would consider healthy. This frustrates me to no end. I think maybe because it is because 1) I don’t want to participate in conversations about weight normally and 2) it ticks me off to no end that I am working so hard to lose weight in a healthy manner, and someone is talking to me about not eating in order to lose weight. Ugh. I am very proud of myself. I have lost 20 pounds and still counting. I walk, I lift weights, I do yoga – regularly. I take vitamins regularly. I am doing what I need to do to be healthy and fit. I am fed up with feeling like I have to hide my success, that I have to be small about it, that I have to listen to others thinking that they can lose weight by not eating and call it healthy. Why do I have to be belittled for sticking to it, for keeping up with my workouts, for wanting to be a better me? I am just fed up with it. So, I think I will take myself off to my Tuesday class and let it go. Deep breaths.

In stitching news…here is where Mystery 9 was left on Sunday evening at the end of my rotation. I’ve started on Part 6.

Here is where Lemon Meringue Sampler was left last night.


Not a ton of progress on either, but some. And someone asked about my quilt blocks that I’ve posted recently and where they come from. My blocks of the month, the batiks, are from my local quilt store, Quilt Country. I go in once a month and pick one up – the pattern and the fabrics to make it. The cat quilt is by MH Designs and is called Cat Nap (MH640), and is a paper piecing pattern I picked up at the Dallas Quilt Show a few years ago. There’s an address for the company on the pattern, if you’re interested leave me a comment with your email and I’ll get it to you.

Walk to Rivendell: Stop in a birch grove. Eat a frugal supper (Total miles: 12)

I am grateful for what I’ve accomplished.