I sat down and finished stitching July today, even though I didn’t have much time to stitch. I loved doing the french knot sunflower centers. I still have to do the finishing on this, but I will have to make a run by Michael’s or Joann’s for some felt. I now have three little pieces that need finishing, so I may try to get those all done one weekend soon. I spent the rest of my free time today reading. I finished reading “The Historian”. What an amazing book! It was so good. Next up on the reading list is “On Beauty” for my book club. I am a member of a book club called “Artful Readings” at a museum in the area. The books always have an art slant, even if they are not solely about art. It introduces me to books I would never have read otherwise and it allows us to discuss art in the current exhibition that may be relevant.

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I am grateful for silence.

Stash disappointment

The mailman was kind enough to deliver an envelope of stash to my mailbox today. I was delighted because it was two skeins of thread and two charts that I had been anxiously awaiting. I ripped open the package to find only one of my two charts, and the one that was in there was the wrong one! (And a note saying that my second chart was no longer available). So, alas, I have to tide myself over with just my two skeins of thread. One skein is for the July chart of the Wooly Tyme club from Homespun Elegance. I have basically the whole thing stitched, but I was waiting on my skein of Grape Leaf to finish it. I should be able to get it done – just in time for July. The other skein of thread is for A Most Noble Pursuit. I should have something on the way from another ONS, so maybe that envelope will be more exciting. I got a lot stitched on Bay Sampler today, which was so fun and relaxing. Those brightly colored silks are wonderful! I’ll wait a few days to post an update pic though.

But here, is my in progress July chart and my stash from today. (Please excuse the edges of my fabric.)

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I am grateful for my wonderful husband who suggested I spend all day stitching and then made Mojitos to go with dinner! mmm…mojitos

Here we go…and #62

First blog, first post. I’ve been thinking about starting my own blog for a while, but two things finally motivated me: joining Karen V.‘s Quaker Garden SAL and the 101 Things in 1001 Days project. While I don’t have any plans of publishing my entire list here, suffice it to say that #62 is “research starting a blog”. So, one thing down and 99 more to go. I intend to add updates to my progress on that list, as well as to post updates of my stitching and craft projects here. And, just to make this monumental post more interesting, here’s a look at my current WIPs…

Chatelaine’s Mystery 9

I am several months behind on this one. I got married in April, and haven’t managed to catch back up on this.

Workbasket’s Bay Sampler

I just started this one. As you can probably see, I started on the top sail, but quickly realized that my thread exactly matches my fabric. So, I’ve moved on to the bottom sail, which is a different color and I’ll have to go back and figure out what to do on the top one.

Bent Creek’s Walking in a Winter Snapperland

I started this one on January 2 of this year and have finished the first three charts. I need to stitch the last chart and then the border. I started this one as a (basically now defunct) SAL.

Thanks for reading and as part of #59 “express gratitude daily”…

I am grateful for all those wonderful stitching bloggers who have inspired me to do this!