On Beauty

Today I finished reading On Beauty for my book club this Friday. This is an excellent book and I highly recommend it. occasionally, the books for my book club are not books that I enjoy, but more often than not, they are excellent. On Friday, the next three selections should be revealed. I also finished reading a book for a discussion group that I have been taking part in, so I feel like I have been extremely productive today! Number 2 on my 101 Things list is “list all books on bookshelf and read all that have not been read.” So, I currently have a list of 212 books on that bookshelf (the rest of my books are in storage). As of today, I have now read three books on that list. Not bad progress for a month. So, now comes the exciting part of picking my next book. Can’t wait! Since I did not have class last night, I managed to get a little more of Quaker Garden stitched. I think I am making pretty good progress on this one! I am also so pleased that Becky has joined our SAL and her QG is looking fantastic!

I apologize for this being a horrible photo – I swear it looks better in person!

I am grateful for cool, refreshing water.


Today I received goodies in the mail. I received Casey Buonaugurio’s Lemon Meringue Sampler. I had to have this chart! I absolutely love lemon meringue pie, and my grandmother used to make it for my birthday every year. Since it is coming up on my birthday in August, I thought this would be a lovely summertime birthday project to stitch! Since the chart calls for DMCs and plain old white linen, it should be easy to gather the supplies for it as well. I love this! I want to hang it in my kitchen. I also received the first chart in Bent Creek’s Summer Snapperland series. As you may recall, I am still working on winter, but when I saw this new chart Whale House I fell in love with the whale weathervane and the lobster on the beach! Too cute. I ordered the chart, the fabric and the embellishments for the the free border chart.

So, I am off to stitch some more on Quaker Garden. I forgot to thank everyone that left such wonderful comments about my wedding sampler. I appreciate it! I hope to get back to that one on Wednesday. I don’t have class tomorrow night, so I should be able to get in some extra stitching!!

I am grateful for LEMONS!

Missing in Action

So, I’ve spent the last few days with a migraine…and on top of my allergies, it hasn’t been a whole lot of fun. Basically, we’ve spent the weekend again trying to stay out of the heat. I think it actually hot 105 a couple of days ago. We watched the third of our Best Picture winners. This time it was Cimarron, the first Western to win. I would put this one as better than Broadway Melody, but not nearly as good as All Quiet on the Western Front. We’re still in the black and white films, which is fine. Frankly, I am glad there has been a variety of genres that we’ve seen. So, next up is Grand Hotel. I think I actually studied part of this one in one of my art history classes, strange as that may seem. So far, Netflix has been great – I have been able to get these as frequently as I want and they’ve come in order, which is what I wanted. So, thanks to Anna for her information on it. Tomorrow Midi Mystery I goes to be framed. I am so excited. This is the third piece I’ve had framed. Here’s the first one, House on Booberry Lane by Brightneedle. The second piece I had framed was a gift.

The frame is actually purple and matches the border on the design. But, this is the smallest little thing. The frame is probably 6″ x 6″. So, having a big piece framed is really exciting. I will, of course, share a photo when I get it back. I have been stitching as much as I could this weekend (between laying down in a dark room) on Quaker Garden. So many people in our SAL have finished this, that I felt I needed to make it a priority. I definitely want to have it finished by the end of the month. I also need to finish reading On Beauty by next Friday as well, since that is when my book club meets. So, here is Quaker Garden, and I’m off to finish laundry and get back to stitching on it. Hope everyone had a great weekend!

I am grateful for quiet Sunday mornings with the sunlight coming through the windows.

Wedding Sampler

Thanks for the compliments on my new blog template – I love it. Jenna asked if she could see a closeup of the Queen of the Needle piece, so here is a link. Scroll down to the Queen of the Needle class and click on the picture there for a bigger one. Jenna also asked if the piece was still available. Sadly, I believe that they completely sold out of the piece (but it wouldn’t hurt to send them an email to ask!). This was a limited offer for a class done only at the Silver Needle. Rumor has it though that Nan will be designing other pieces as companion pieces, but they will be available more widely. I will let you know when I hear anything further. I haven’t managed to get much stitching done this week, but I did decide to pick my Wedding Sampler back up and work on it a little. I am stitching Teresa Wentzler’s Wedding Sampler for my husband and I. So, here’s a little progress on it.

And no, I did not stitch all of this last night. I stitched about two colors of green in the leaves. This is on my list of goals to get finished this year. I am glad I picked this back up again. It is such a change from the other things I have been stitching on. I hope to have a good chunk of time to stitch on Quaker Garden tonight. That wreath of leaves is killing me, it seems to be taking me forever!

I am grateful for perfect health.

Queen of the Needle

Hope you all like the new look of my blog. I fell in love with this template from Pannasmontata with Botticelli’s Birth of Venus on it. I still need to get my links in the sidebar (not real sure how to do that), but it is coming along. So, today in the mail I received another goodie. Silver Needle sent me the Queen of the Needle kit from the class that Nan (as in Just Nan) taught over the weekend. I wasn’t able to attend the actual class, but I ordered the goodies anyway. The class sold out, so I’m glad I got in quick. This is a trifold sampler case, and it is just the frilliest girliest thing I have ever seen – so I had to have it.

The verse on it says: In my little kingdom of stitches that cross I am queen of the needle and boss of the floss! How fun is that?! This came with the thread, the embellishments, the fabric, pattern and finishing instructions.

Off to stitch for a few minutes and then up to bed.

I am grateful for being the creator of my own experiences.

Purple Reign

Today I received my very first Silkweaver Fabric of the Month package. I decided to sign up for this recently to replace one of my monthly automatics that I had sort of lost interest in. I had been receiving the Essie’s Friends pieces from Elegant Stitch. They are so cute, and I have a ton of them, but I’ve only gotten around to making one so far…and really, how much stuff do I need on pink fabric? Here’s the one I’ve made up.

So, back to my lovely Silkweaver fabric…this is my first month’s shipment and I received Poltergeist and Elegance – both lovely lavender colors. The Poltergeist was quite a surprise. I had been eyeing this color for possible use for Martina Weber’s Japanese Garden. By the look of it on the website, I envisioned it being much much darker. So, that is one of the reasons I chose to do the Silkweaver FOTM – so that I could see some of their fabrics in person. I am so new to hand-dyed fabrics, that I wanted a chance to see them in person. I also wanted to chance to build up my fabric stash. So, here they are in all their glory…

The Poltergeist is almost a solid lavender. The Elegance is much more mottled and has sort of a gold in with the purple. Loverly! We went to pick up our wedding pics tonight, so not a lot of stitching will be accomplished, I am sure. We got our loose photos we ordered, but there were some issues with our album layout and our framed photos had not yet been framed. So, in about three weeks we will truck our little selves back out there. I may try to stitch a little on Quaker Garden tonight, and leave Bay Sampler until the weekend again.

I am grateful for Hamlet, who was so happy to see me when I came home today!

I Would Like To Thank the Academy…

…for choosing a Best Picture winner for 1929/30 that didn’t suck. As I mentioned previously, I am watching all of the winners for Best Picture as part of my 101 thing in 1001 days. So far, I have watched two. Tonight’s feature was “All Quiet on the Western Front”. And it was quite good. Honestly, my expectations weren’t so high after the not so toe-tappin’ Broadway Melody. So, next up is “Cimarron”. We actually had a movie marathon weekend it seems. We have watched five movies. This may be due, in part, to the fact that it is over 100 degrees outside and I have no energy to do anything but be a blob. But, I have gotten quite a bit of stitching done. I now have six sailors, 4 flags, and a dinghy. I found another SNC thread in my stash called Silver Queen that I am giving a try on the top sail. It is lighter than my fabric and more silvery than the previous Heirloom Blue I was supposed to use, but that matched my fabric exactly. I think the Silver Queen will work. It is light, but I think it will be ok, once I get a big enough area of it stitched. I will reserve final judgment until I see the whole sail though.

I also remedied one other situation this weekend. I recently discovered that I had no Little House Needleworks charts in my possession. Guess what. Spurred on by Katrina‘s recent finish of Coffee Menu, I decided to add one to my stash. I am now all set to stitch Liberty Hill Inn.

I love the colors in this. I may just have to push this one to the top of the pile. Tomorrow night we get to go and pick up our wedding pictures which I am really excited about. But for now, I am off to stitch some more on Bay Sampler and watch ANOTHER movie!

Thanks for the compliments on my little Shepherd’s Bush ornaments. Karen V. asked if I am using the recommended fabric for these. Yes, I am using the called for 32 count Espresso linen by R&R. This fabric for some reason (maybe it’s the color) is not as stiff as the other R&Rs I have run across. The only problem I’ve had with it is that some of the threads barely show up on it – like the Light Khaki. So, keep that in mind when choosing your fabric. I am also planning this to be one piece. I am stitching each piece separately, then plan to sew them all together in a quilted wall hanging. I like the idea of having the fabric separating each one. And the silver charms are so pretty.

I am grateful for air conditioning.

Christmas in July

Today’s mail brought my order from Stitching Bits & Bobs. I bought the Just CrossStitch 10th Anniversary book. Since I don’t have all of the last ten years’ issues, it was well worth the price, I think. It was fun to look through it and see what each designer chose. One thing I really like about it (and I wish they did it on every page), was to show a photograph of the ornament on the same page as the chart. Sometimes seeing an ornament by itself will draw my eye more than it does on a page with several other ornaments. It’s nice as a visual reference also. I also received my straggling threads I needed for Shepherds Watched as well as August and September Woolly Tymes. I stitched a little more on Quaker Garden this morning, so here is my progress so far.

I’m glad to feel like I am finally making some progress on this one. I am about to outgrow my q-snap that I’ve got it in. Tonight I am stitching on Bay Sampler, and we’ll see what sort of progress I can make on it this weekend. On another Christmas note, I sent in my renewal for Just CrossStitch and should get the ornament issue for doing that. I am anxious to see the next installment of the Shepherd’s Bush ornaments. I am stitching all of these, and so far I have two of them stitched up (Shepherds Watched is the next one to stitch). Here are the two I’ve done so far.

I am grateful for the weekend.

Allergies and Texas don’t mix

Ugh! I did get a little relief from my allergy shots on Tuesday, but now the allergies are back in full force. My allergist assures me that even were I to move to another part of the country, I would develop allergies to whatever is there. I have to give it to him that I did have bad allergies in Arizona – and what the heck is there to be allergic to in the desert?! I will tell you – the state tree, that’s what I was allergic too. But, you are here to see what sort of craftiness I have been up to and not what is going on with my nose… I think I am making some good progress on Quaker Garden. I will have a progress pic for you later, as I want to stitch a little more on it before I put it away for the weekend. Then, I need to get to those sailors – the ones on Bay Sampler, that is. But, in stash news – I received my fabric for Old Aviary Sampler. Carol so kindly ordered this for me at the same time she ordered hers. I am hoping we can do a SAL on this design in the future. I have a hard time figuring out fabric. My LNS makes it a little difficult to get fabric from them, because they don’t have a lot of stock, but instead of ordering something for me, they want to talk me into something else. Ordering fabric online is ok, but not something I have much practice at. It seems most places will only sell you certain sizes – like a half yard. And to get the size I need I have to buy way more than I want. Plus, I am unsure of the colors of fabrics and how accurate they look on my monitor. So, alas, a dilemma. This is 40 ct Cream Newcastle – and it is gorgeous (and huge – 17″ x 41″!!!). I’ve joined Silkweaver’s fabric of the month, though – just to see if it eases my fabric dilemma at all with regard to color options.

I am grateful for Kleenex.

The Teeniest Progress

I have stitched a little bit more on Quaker Garden this morning and last night. It is coming along. I am glad I am getting to use a little more of the Caper on this. I am also getting close to a finish on my August Woolly Tyme piece, which is my travel project. Again, though, I am waiting on the arrival of one thread. With July it was the same story. But Stitching Bits & Bobs sent me an email today to let me know it is on its way. So, I should be finished with that one way before August rolls around. Not much else going on tonight, I’ve got about thirty minutes to stitch before time to go upstairs to bed. I’m hoping I can get the rest of that little pot finished and maybe start on the vines in it.

I am grateful for intelligent and lively discussions.