October

New October stitching
October is one of my favorite months, although it is often one of the busiest months of the year for us.  I haven’t had a whole lot of time to do much stitching (or blogging obvs), and as you notice this post is brought to you entirely in Instagram photos due to lack of time for editing photos.  
So, I’ve been trying to get into the groove with stitching on my WIPs, but it’s been hit or miss.  I pulled out a little piece that is perfect for this time of year and started it on the 1st.  The chart, fabric, and threads were a gift from Lori for my birthday.  I’m really enjoying stitching on this piece, which is nice because lately I haven’t enjoyed stitching on much of anything. 
Another sweet friend of mine gifted me with these awesome skull ornaments last week.  I love it that my friends know me so well. 
Skulls
I had hoped I’d have lots of quilting to share too, but alas, there’s none going on.  I’m holding out hope for some time at my machine this weekend.  
About the only thing I’ve managed to do with any regularity lately is read (and paint my nails, but that’s a given).  
Gone Girl with Metro Chic
Have you read Gone Girl?  That is one book that I could not put down.  Seriously.  
And my new book, that I started on Friday.  It’s the second book in a series.  Also another good read.  
Unholy Magic with Berry Hard
And of course, my days are not complete without one of the boys curled up on my lap.  They have gotten so big, it’s weird to think that four months ago they were itty bitty.  This is my sleepy Ramses. 
Curled up with a sleepy Ramses
Hope that October is treating you well, and I’ll be (hopefully) back soon with some quilting progress and some more stitching.  
I am grateful for slice of life photos. 

Auld Lang Syne

2011 Finishes

Can you believe another year has come and gone? I thought I’d squeak in a final post for the year and do a little recap of 2011. Above you can see my finishes for 2011. A couple of quilts, some beading, some finishing, and a few medium-sized pieces.

They are (from left to right):

Camille’s French Sampler, Holly Wool Biscornu, Snow Garden, Be Mine
Indulgence, 2000 Years Ago, Joyful Night, Valentine Rose
Dash Away All, a beaded fob, Day of the Dead earrings, Sweet Treats Block 1 and Border
Stars & Stripes, Honfleur Sampler, Angel of Tulips, Garden of Eerie
Penny Angel, Mele Kalikimaka, Hand & Heart, Joy

I linked each of those to the associated blog post so you can get more info on them if you want. I’m pleased with my finishes for the year, although I’d hoped to have more. But, isn’t that the way it always is?

As for the books I read this year, here’s my little list for that as well…

City of Bones
The Forgery of Venus*
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet*
Parrot & Olivier in America*
Lover Mine
A Northern Light
The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels
The Hare with Amber Eyes*
Living Dead in Dallas
Heaven is for Real
The Help
Lover Unleashed
An Object of Beauty*
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Club Dead
Soulless
The Paris Wife*
The books with asterisks are book club books.

And I thought I’d share with you a look at my ort jar. I’ve been letting these bits pile up for awhile (much longer than just the past year – they are packed in there really well), and decided that tomorrow will be a fresh new start across the board.

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After my stitching today, I’ll empty this out and begin anew on January 1.

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I’d really like to also finish Margaret Cottam, but that may not happen before the ball drops at midnight. I would love to see another “1” on that corner though!

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And tomorrow, I will have a new start, as part of my New Year’s Day tradition. I can’t wait!

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Happy New Year!

I am grateful for new beginnings.

Quite Dashing

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Dash Away All
The Sampler Girl
DMC on 32ct Dirty Linen
Finished 4/16/11

I’ve been working on stitching ornaments here and there this year. I had intended to do one a month, but you know how that goes. This is my third ornament for the year. It wasn’t even on my to-stitch list, but after I saw a finished one at a guild meeting I remembered I had this pattern in my stash! I immediately went home and found my chart, and then pulled fabric and fibers from my stash. It’s such a cute, simple piece and I’m glad I was reminded I had it. After I finished it, I needed to get a little star button to add to it and I just finally made it over to my LNS last week. Not sure how I’m going to finish him yet, but I’m so glad I stitched him. Thanks, Katherine, for being my inspiration!!

I’ve also been stitching along on my Stacy Nash piece I showed you in my last post. It’s coming along slowly. I love the pale palette.

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I went to book club on Friday night and we had a lovely discussion about The Hare with Amber Eyes. I’ve posted my latest book reviews over on the other blog, if you’re interested. I had intended to spend the rest of the weekend stitching, but it didn’t happen. Too many other things going on! Maybe tonight I can get my needle out.

I am grateful for Eric for being immensely patient with me while teaching me Lightroom and for all of his help last night, and most of all for refusing to allow me to post really crappy photos even though I was willing to settle for what I had. Thanks, sweetie!

That’s How I Roll

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A momentous occasion last week…I was far enough along on ATS that I was able to roll the fabric. It’s coming along (slower than I’d like, but still coming along). It’s amazing how long it takes to stitch all those scattered little motifs, but at least each one feels like a small victory. And they are fun. I love that blue butterfly and the red tulip. And wow – all the birds! I am very very close to being ready to start on the tree, Adam & Eve and the angel (aka “the good parts”). I love how colorful this piece is and it makes me happy to discover each new motif and pull out new threads. I’d been asked in the comments what fabric I’m stitching this on…it’s 40ct Elegant Bean (from Elegant Stitch). It’s a great neutral fabric and the colors really pop on it. I am stitching with the charted GAST threads. But, I’m moving along toward the bottom of page 1 and loving every minute of it.

My current travel project is Emily’s Sewing Roll from the Stacy Nash workshop I took in March. This one is a good piece to take to guild because I can talk and stitch at the same time. Plus, it’s not very big, so that makes it an ideal travel project too. Although, what does not make it an ideal travel project is that inevitably someone says “you’re not done with that yet?”. Ha ha…no I’m not. Would you buy the excuse that I’m savoring it? You’ve seen me eat chocolate, so youknow I don’t savor anything, huh? Yeah, ok…so I’m not done with it yet. But, it’s a sweet little piece, no?

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I have also been stitching on Dorothy’s Garden. And may I remind you that it’s all over one? On 32 count? Yeah…so what if I can’t finish a Stacy Nash piece. Look at this…

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I’ve been building that dreaded house. And it’s looking pretty good, I might add. Once I get all that grey outlining done, I’ll still have to fill it in with white. I figure I’ll work along on the house until I get bored and then I can stitch on the border a bit to break up all the grey and white.

And I’ve spent the past couple of weekends learning Lightroom, and I think it’s going to be great for photo editing, exporting, cataloging, etc. Eric’s been very patient teaching me and I’m really looking forward to learning more of the functionality. So far, I like it a lot better than Photoshop. So now not only am I learning how to shoot in manual modes, but I’m also learning how to do my editing in completely different software – my brain is full!

I’ve also been reading quite a bit. I read Jennifer Donnelly’s A Northern Light, Pioneer Woman’s Black Heels to Tractor Wheels, and Edmund de Waal’s The Hare with the Amber Eyes. I’ll be posting up reviews of all of these on the other blog soon, if you’re interested.

Ok, that’s it for me today. I’m hoping to get back to working on my AOTH soon – I’ve been so inspired by both Katrina’s and Siobhan’s finishes on theirs. I can’t wait to work on mine again! Until next time!

I am grateful for a husband who understands.