Spring Colors

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Thank you all for your sweet compliments on my progress photos last time and for the anniversary well wishes. This weekend we are going on a little day trip that Eric had planned for our anniversary, but due to car trouble we had to postpone. I am really looking forward to it! Anyway, as promised I am showing you my new start above. This is the new Loose Feathers by Blackbird Designs. I love the linen for this little pinkeep. I am stitching with the recommended Belle Soie silks as well, which are luscious. I’ve made a little more progress on my peacock since this photo was taken, but I have to admit I got slightly distracted. In case you didn’t know, Blackbird Designs have a blog now! And, of course it features the lovely photography that I have grown to love on their charts. There is a freebie offered that is a sweet little reproduction sampler. And I couldn’t resist making a little start on it. So, I’ve been focusing on that the past few days. I hope to show you a finish on it soon, and then I can get back to my little peacock.

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At my last guild meeting, one of our members gave a wonderful presentation on darning samplers, as a great introduction to our SAL on the darning sampler we’ve chosen from SANQ. That is one of the thing I have just loved about belonging to this guild, the things I am learning. So far, my two favorite meetings have been the one about Adam & Eve samplers, and now this one. Such knowledgeable women! At our meeting, I received my linen and silks for the darning sampler, aren’t they lovely? I’ll be stitching this on 40ct. I believe the color is Sand. And the silks are Au Ver A Soie. Two of them are missing from this photo, one is on its way and one because I’m a dork and left it out of the photo. Lovely though anyway.

I’ve been continuing with my photo a day project, and you can see more of those over at my other blog, if you’re interested. Thanks for stopping in, I really appreciate all of your comments and friendship!

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I am grateful for time together.

Surf’s Up

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Long time, no blog! You may be wondering what have I been up to? Well, as you can see I did finally manage to get my waves stitched on block 1 of Shores. I’ll be moving up to the top half of the block now. I had hoped to catch up and get through blocks 1 and 2 in April, but well…we’ll see. I haven’t done a ton of stitching lately between migraines and just tiredness. But I have done some reading, which has been really nice. I think maybe my brain just needed a break, you know. I sat aside Pillars of the Earth (which is excellent, by the way), and picked up Dead Until Dark, which is a very fun read. Anyway, I’ll be getting back to Shores soon. But, I am glad to have those waves finished!

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I’ve also made a bit of progress on Adam & Eve too (also by Carriage House Samplings). This is a fun little stitch. And I am stitching it over one on black. I decided to take my progress photo with my scissors in there, just for scale. I love the size this is turning out to be. Please excuse the cat hair, my hair, and general fluff that this black fabric seems to attract that for some reason shows up glaringly in photos. Don’t those little scissors look giant sized?! I dearly love that little squirrel. He now has a little perch to sit on, and I’ve stitched in Adam’s head (which still needs to be filled in), and I’ve begun work on the tree trunk.

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Saturday, I had a pile of mending that needed to be attended to, so I spent some time with my sewing machine. After everything had been repaired, I decided to get out one of my quilts that needed quilting and worked on it a bit. You may remember that this little Valentine’s Day quilt had previously had quilting on it, which I have been ripping out because I wasn’t happy with it. I’ve now finished the ripping out, and I’ve started on the quilting again. It’s turning out nicely so far.

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This past weekend was also Easter, so we went to visit family and I took some photos of some fabulous ornaments that my MIL made out of ribbon. Aren’t they fun?

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Her good friend made one for me, and then taught her how to do it. I’ll have to remember to take a photo of mine too to share!

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And finally, last week Eric and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary. Even with his father in the hospital (now home and doing well), my sweetie surprised me with two dozen red and white roses as well as a single white rose in our special vase from the Rose Ceremony at our wedding. I am so happy, and I am a lucky lucky girl.

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I’ve got a new start to show you next time, and I also have some lovely new stash to share as well. Enjoy your weekend, and thanks for stopping in!

I am grateful for my ability to embrace change and to move through what seem like difficult times and see them in a new light.

Low Tide

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I’m back, with just a little progress to share. As you can see above, I’ve finished the rocks in Block 1 of Shores and I’ve moved on to the ocean. It’s slow going, but it’s relatively mindless filling in, which seems to be what I’m wanting right now. I did attempt to work on the Mermaids for the Sunday SAL, but for the life of me I cannot find my chart and thread. I was “organizing” recently and must have put it in a “safe place” so that I would be sure to be able to find it at a moment’s notice. I’ll give it another look during the week and hopefully I’ll be able to get back on track with those girls. I’m all excited to start page 2. But, anyway…back to Shores. I don’t think I’ll be finishing with Block 1 this month. So, I’ll just keep plugging away at it, and maybe by the end of April I’ll have blocks 1 and 2 done.

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I’ve also made a tiny bit of progress on Adam & Eve (also Carriage House Samplings). Instead of moving on to the swirl the squirrel is standing on and then back to the tree trunk like I’d thought I was going to do…I decided to start on Adam. He just has a bit of hair at the moment, but should soon have a face as well. I’d like to see some more progress on this before my guild meeting next week. I love this piece, and it is so different stitching on this one than on Shores, even though they’re the same designer. Such fun!

I haven’t even touched my Catherine Theron pieces either since the workshop…maybe I can pick one of them back up this weekend. That would be nice, huh? Not too much else going on here. I bought five more skeins of NPI from Drema during her sale. These were the five I’ll need (that I didn’t already have) for Block 2 of Shores. I figure I’ll just buy them as I need them, in order to space out the cost. Plus, when I can get them on sale for $2.70 as opposed to almost $4, that’s a deal! I’ve also ordered a couple of charts from The Attic, but haven’t seen hide nor hair of them yet. I think one of them was on backorder, so hopefully those will come soon. Not that I need anything else to work on right now. When I get closer to finishing A&E, I’ll be ordering fabric for And They Sinned. I ordered all the thread for that at New Year’s, if you remember…so that will be my next big start I think.

Oh, and thank you all for your interest in the magazines. Two have been sent out, and I’m still waiting on Sherry and Chiloe to respond to my emails with your addresses. So, if you’re reading this…please get me that info so I can send you your magazines. Hope everyone is doing well. Enjoy your stitching!

I am grateful for being welcomed back.

There’s Nothing Like Procrastination

On Saturday, I had the afternoon to myself and I was trying to choose something to work on. For whatever reason, one piece in particular just jumped out at me…my Just Nan RR. This RR was the first RR I took part in and I ended up with a gorgeous piece. It’s just been hanging in my craft closet since it came home (in 2007). I bought a frame for it months and months ago, but there was one minor issue. The piece wouldn’t fit in the frame, it was super close though. What I needed to do was move the names and locations of everyone in a bit, so that it would fit in the frame. I have put off doing this for so long, but on Saturday I finally decided to get out my RR and just do it. I decided to center the names and locations under each block. When I had originally gridded out the piece, I’d given everyone a lot of room and asked them to sign at the bottom of their area…so on some of the smaller blocks it looked a little funny when the gridding came out. I spent the afternoon taking out and restitching all the names and locations, then I laced up my piece and got it framed. I am so happy to have it finally framed and hanging somewhere I can appreciate it. Doesn’t it look lovely? And all it took was an afternoon. Why did I put this off for so long?! Anyway, it’s done now. And here’s what it looked like before I moved the names.

Not too much else going on here…no stitching last night. I’ve made a tad more progress on my rocks since my last photo, but nothing exciting. I hope to get some stitching done tonight though when I get home. Oh, and I thought I’d share with you the darning sampler that my guild is going to be stitching. I’m interested to learn more about darning samplers as well as to have the opportunity to stitch one. The one that’s been chosen is in an old issue of SANQ. Here’s what it looks like…
I’ve ordered the fabric and silks for it, and I’m looking forward to stitching it along with some other guild members. I was hoping to have another finish to share at our next guild meeting (I was hoping for A&E), since I’ve had a finish to share every month this year so far. But, I don’t think it’s gonna happen. A&E is much slower going now than when I started. Maybe I can make some more progress on it this week too. And I did receive a question about the designer on that one – it’s Carriage House Samplings.
Thanks also to everyone for offering to take the magazines. I’ve contacted four people about them and just need a couple more addresses to send them out. Thanks!!! I’m sure as I do some more cleaning and organizing I will find more stuff! And just in case you’re interested, I’ve started another 101 Things in 1001 Days, having finished my previous 1001 Days. My first post regarding it can be found here.

I am grateful for rainy mornings.

Restitching & A Giveaway

There’s been a bit of unstitching and restitching going on over here. I was working along smoothly on my Shores, and finished up the lighthouse. I moved on to the rocks and was thinking “wow, this is really starting to come together”. Isn’t that the moment at which you soon discover it SO isn’t? Well, I got to the rock at the bottom – and hit rock bottom, so to speak. My black outline was one stitch too far down. Crap! I counted and recounted and sure enough, I’d stitched it 1 stitch too low. I started to just go ahead and rip it out and fix it right then. But something told me that if I’d made a mistake there, I had most likely made a mistake on the right side of the outline too. I had a sneaky suspicion that instead of including the previous side’s stitch in my 92 stitches, that I had stitched 92 stitches from that side – thus making it 93. So…I decided to stitch across to the other side and sure enough, I was off there as well. So, out came both the bottom and right lines and they were both restitched. Now I can get back to what I was doing. But, above is what it looks like now, and below is what is looked like last time – plus two brand new sides. If I recall correctly, I seem to remember I did this same exact thing stitching the outline for Midi Mystery II. Will I ever learn??

And, a little tiny bit of progress has been made on Adam & Eve. I now have a squirrel and a few more apples and leaves. There’s a swirl the squirrel is standing on that will get stitched in next, and then I think I’ll work on the tree trunk. Here’s what it looks like now…
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So that’s all on the stitching front for me. I do have a giveaway though, that I’ve been meaning to do for some time. I have four magazines that somehow I ended up with duplicates of. So, if you’re interested in one or more of these, please leave a comment and let me know which one(s) you’d like. First come, first serve. I’ll cover the postage cost regardless of where you are. Just please take these off my hands!!
JCS June 2005 issue on the left. This has a small CHS design in it called Emma’s Samplers that I am definitely going to stitch at some point. There’s also a Brittercup Designs chart in here called Love Grows that is really cute. And a Cross-Stitch & Needlework May 2008 issue on the right. This one has a Jane Greenoff design in it called Monet’s Giverny Gardens, there’s an interview with Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching and two embroidery designs by her, and a cute Thistle & Clover biscornu design by Jennifer Mitchell.
Interweave Knits Summer 2007 on the left. Includes the cute Josephine Top and Origami Cardi that everyone was knitting. SANQ Summer 2006. Includes part 1 of the Old Aviary Sampler and The 1831 E.F. Sampler (on the cover) that I just love.
Anyway, please leave a comment and email address if you’re interested in any of these.

And finally, I was nominated for an award by Rachel at Willing Hands. Thank you so much, Rachel! I’m so sorry I am just now getting around to mentioning this. For this award you are supposed to list 5 favorite things and tag 5 others.
Favorite things:

1. Mexican food
2. Fashion magazines
3. OPI nail polish
4. Lakeside linen
5. British comedy – I’ve recently been reminded how much I miss watching these shows!
And now for five people to tag… Missy, Glenna, Anna, Annemarie and Mary Kathryn. I could name soooo many more!
Othello thinks my blog is fabulous too…
I am grateful for a Saturday at home.