Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Back from Vacation

WE had a wonderful time. The weather was good for the most part. HUMIDITY But it was great to see the kids. Went and explored the area........so much fabulous AMERICAN History on the east coast and especially this area. Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown, Kitty Hawk, Cape Hatteras, Fort Raleigh and the Roanoke Aquarium. So much to soak in and we could have seen even more with more time.
So Williamsburg this is what they cal the Governor's Palace then the colony commons and there was the Ox drawn Cart

Jamestown had this wonderful Glasshouse. They blow glass on the site where an original site was set up and they use an oven and tools as if you are in the 1500's very talented and a blast from the past.

Yorktown had a great Museum that houses a tent that George Washington used during the Revolutionary War. Impressive!!!!!! I did not get a picture it is on hubby's phone. But got a photo of the memorial of the place Cornwallis surrendered. And the view of the bay.

For the week end we traveled to what they cal the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Of course we could not pass by Kitty Hawk without stopping. If it were not for Orville and Wilbur we would not be have the business we do. The Monument to then is at the op of a small berm and looks over this beautiful field. And a nice area with cast iron statues depicting the historic event.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest Brick lighthouse in the US and the 2nd tallest in the world. We walked up and had a look around. Glad is was a cool day or else not sure it would have been quite the same.

Moved on to Roanoke Island were the Lost Colony was established. There is another museum we visited that gives lots of information and has artifacts they have recovered and a gorgeous botanical gardens. Named the Elizabethan Gardens this statue of Queen Elizabeth greets you as you explore 16 acres of flowers, trees, plants and birds and butterflies. Beautiful even this late in the seasons.

 And finally the aquarium all local species next to the bay. At first we thought this white alligator was a statue but then one of the employees explained no he is really. He is not a true albino as he has some pigmentation just not alot. I do not recall the name they said but regardless he was a bit creepy.

Of course I have many more pictures but this gives you an idea of the trip. I actually took 2 projects to work on, I was not sure how much time I would have but I knew the flight would be some time. I did well and worked the shoes on to this piece to compliment the hat I had stitched last year. The shoe was a freebie from the Sullivan Threads site last year.
I found 2 Stitching shops One in Virginia Beach named Dyeing to Stitch, what a great little shop the ladies were very friendly and welcoming. I got several patterns and threads from them and spent a good hour just looking around and visiting. The other shop was in the Williamsburg area and I was looking forward to visiting as the reviews and recommendations I had received made it sound wonderful. It was called Haus Tirol-Stitching Well I must say I was very disappointed. The store was larger but the variety of charts and fabric was much less then the other store and not nearly as welcoming. We were not greeted at all,  even though when we first came in the store was empty. I was looking through the fabric because I wanted to buy a piece for an up coming project I have in mind and had decided that I would get it from them as a fun thing as a memento. I found a piece I liked but it was not the right size so I had to track down an employee and asked if they had any larger pieces. She said they had pieces they could count and what size would I need I told her and she huffed over to some drawers behind the counter. They did not have that color so she asked what I was going to use it for, I showed her the pattern and she immediately tells me that the fabric I chose is not good for that pattern. She would never stitch it on that color and how a better color would be darker and on and on. She then pulled 3 colors she said she liked for the pattern and asked which one I wanted. I did not like any of them and when I told her that she huffed at me again. I said it was ok that they did not have the fabric I wanted I would just have to try to get it elsewhere. She did not like that at all she said she could order some and made several other suggestions on colors and I just said no thank you I would find what I wanted later. That really put her nose out and she said well if you really want that piece I could order it for you. I said no I am from out of state and only stopped in because they were recommended and I thought it would be nice to buy it but since it was not available I would figure it out and I left. I get that shops like to help with fabric choices and all but to tell some one they should not use that color because that person does not like it I find rude. So I did not buy any from that shop and I made a second trip to the first shop and gave them more of my business. First picture is the pattern with the fabric I will use to stitch them al are gifts for my daughter. Next is a pattern with the over-dye threads I will use to stitch it. 3rd picture the fabric I wanted for the pattern that the lady told me was not a good option. 4th 3 patterns that will be worked up for myself. And finally some pretty over-dye thread and a pattern booklet of smalls for Halloween. 

I mentioned in a previous post I was doing a self  "Stitch from Stash" with the patterns and fabric I bought on vacation you might think I had a major fail. Well here is my thought, these are not things I would have bought if I had not gone on vacation so I am giving my self an exemption. I traveled more then 500 miles from home with I will not do on a month to month basis so those purchases that I made at a physical store I am not going to count against my accounting. However for September I did buy a few things online that I must account for and I also bought from my LNS that also count. At the Start of September I had $21.68 rollover I bought patterns, fabric and thread for a project hubby asked me to stitch for him (and a couple extra I had been watching) wink wink.... that came to$188.15. I had finishes and progress on WIP's that came to $44.00 and the $25.00 that I get for each month. After all the adding and subtracting I come to -$97.47 Al in al it was a bad month for staying in budget. I hope to do much better in October. 

Well if you made it all the way to the end good for you. This has been quite a long post. I hope you enjoyed my ramblings and I will catch you latter this month hopefully.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Fall Equinox

This is the best time of year. The colors of the changing leaves, the smells of spice and warm meals, the anticipation of all the holidays, the cooler weather. It is just a perfect time as far as I am concerned.

This will have to be my September/October post as we are going to fly out and see our kids. I will have internet but I will be enjoying the east coast so not much time to post on the blog.

It has been a better time since last post. My health is better so it is easier to pick up my stitching. Hockey pre-season has started which is awesome and College football on Saturdays. What a great time.

I was able to get an FFO on my counted canvas piece. I have been looking for the perfect way to finish it and I think I found it. I got a wood stand from Michael's and I had fabric, trim and a decorative topper that really sets it off well.

 I also worked on a few of my other WIPS The Death by Cross Stitch Sampler is still a favorite and it is hard at times to rotate from it. his time I filled in the area in the center. I have modified it because of my peacock modification. I am only putting in 1 of the Lions I have changed the tail, the area around his mouth and instead of the Letters in each of the upper corners I made up a lock and key for that part of the design. When it comes back into rotation I will find a boarder pattern for the right side.
 I also worked on the Army Emblem for my son's quilt and the table topper with the pumpkin silhouettes. On the flags all of the white is stitched. It is hard to tell when working on white fabric, what I do is stitch all of the colors that surround it and then just fill in the white. There is a lot of gold to come and then the back stitching to give it definition.
This catches me up with what I have been up too. Next post will be a report from our trip and maybe a bit of stitching it will all depend on how much time I will have had during our travels. 

Enjoy the fall and I hope your stitches are even and your thread never tangles!!!!!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

September Heat

It has been an unbelievable beginning to September. This weekend we had 121 0n Friday, 134 on Saturday, 107 on Sunday and 96 on Monday. It has not been fun in anyway, the poor puppies were  not happy. I took them in 3 times and sprayed them with water to cool them down and make things easier Saturday, Friday and Sunday and Monday they got sprayed once in the morning and again in the early evening. We do not have air conditioning in the house and until this weekend I did not care. So as you can probably imagine I did not get any stitching in, it was too hot to even attempt it. That means this will be a pretty short update.

The weekend before last I had a BBQ for friends to celebrate the end of summer. It was fun except for the fact that I was having chest pains the whole time. I thought my hiatal hernia was flaring up, Sunday was similar so Monday I got in with my doctor and she thinks it might have been a heart condition. I do have a family history for heart attacks. I was then sent to a cardiologist and she is going to have me do a few test to see what is going on. Both doctors read me the riot act about not going to the hospital when I was feeling the chest pains.

Enough with the boo-hooing. I am going to be fine so on to the important stuff, Crafting. I have some FFO's and a couple of updates on my WIP's

I showed you the finished stitching last update and now I can share the FFO of those 4 smalls. 3 pillows and 1 wall hanging. I love the colors in these.

And I have some good progress on the Stoney Creek Spring Village pattern. I love these colors and the fun of the houses. 
That is it for stitching on this update with health and heat I have had limited ability to stitch and I really miss the joy that it gives me on a day to day basis.

I am doing a personal Stitch from Stash Challenge. I had signed up with a Facebook group. It was just going to be a fun thing to try to get me to look in my stash and do some of the patterns I have bought instead of buying new stuff. Well it got really discouraging. The way the moderator has set-up the rules people were getting more credit for finishing a Lizzie Kate pattern then a person who was stitching a full coverage page such as a HAED or a Atesy pattern. How is that even remotely fair. I questioned her in a private message and she said in her eyes it is a fair system. As I said it was just suppose to be a fun effort but it really struck me as crazy to say a full coverage was not as challenging as a more simple pattern such as Prairie Schooler or Lizzie Kate. I told her thanks for the chance to join but it was not my idea of fair so I left. I did not air any of my discontent on the open forum as I feel that is rude. I went in with my expectations and that was not how it came about. That is my bad, I should have researched the rules better. So I am still following the basic rules I have a budget of $25 each month for new threads, fabric or patterns and I get a credit for the amount of stitching I finish each month. It is not a scientific formula it is just a basic I stitched about this many stitches so that is about this much credit. I keep track of purchases and have a spread sheet. After 2 months of following this challenge I am at a + $21.68 I would have wished for a better result but the purchase of the Halloween table topper and fabric set me back. Plus I have bought several new over dye threads. At least I am still in the positive balance so hopefully I can stop spending and just stitch what I have. I am thinking of starting a Stitch from Stash Challenge the first of 2018 and maybe have a check in and prize give away. It could be fun but I would have to figure out how the check in would work.

All right folks that is about all there is this time. Enjoy the cooler weather, fall colors and stitching time you all can find time for!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Eclipse Day

Well did you all have a nice Eclipse Day???? This is what I saw.........
Yep we had cloud cover until well past the eclipse time. It did not clear off until 1:30pm PST. Oh well i am sure I will see a ton of pictures all over Facebook so, come si, come sa

Now on to the stitching news. I am loving these JBW designs I have small finishes all over the place. They are adorable and quick. 3 more stitched and I hope to have them FFO'ed this week. These pictures do not show the fabric color well at all. The butterfly, basket of flowers and the leaf are all done on a hand-dyed dark blue called Herald and the umbrella is a nice light blue/green with sparkle. 18 count.

 And I did another small freebie from the web, not sure which blog it came from.
 In my last post I told you I was going to start a new project that day. It is a Halloween table topper. The fabric is 25 count Colmar-Carre Limegreen gingham and I am working over 2 with 3 strands of DMC Black.The pattern is from Zwiegert magazine "at home with Needlework". I chose to use limegreen because most of my Halloween decorations are green.

I also had a commissioned bag to sew for a friend. It is for a bee keeper who sells his honey at local farmers markets. Such a fun project as the fabric was cute.

Puppy is doing well and no ill effects from his resent change. He was back to running around crazy with in 2 days. You are suppose to keep them calm for a week to let the healing complete. Anyone who knows terriers will understand how hard that is. Hyper dogs.

Enjoy the end of summer and those of you with kids or who yourself are back in school be careful and study hard!!!!!!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

August Updates

Wow here it is August 2nd and I am just know making a post. July just flew by and I only made the 1 post. I sure hope I have a bit more luck in August and can make more then a single.

I will start out with my finishes, a couple months ago I showed you the blanket that I was working on. It is intended as a gift for a friend at Christmas. It took longer to finish then usually because the heat we are having makes it all but impossible to have that laying on my lap. But it finally cooled off enough for me to finish it up.
I also got 2 small stitches finished and FFO-ed (Fully Finished Object) One a few days after the 4th and the other a couple days after that.The Mini Block Stitches was a pattern with charms that was given to me by a fellow stitcher, she had it in her stash but decided she would never stitch it so passed it along. We do this alot in our stitch group. The cart is a JBW design called French Cart. I had hoped to complete them by the 4th but did not. Oh well no worries, next year they will be ready.

My MPP's (multi-page projects) also have some finishes. The HEAD I have finished page 25. The DBCS (Death by Cross Stitch) I finished about 1 and 1/3 pages. I did this to complete the motif. And finally the Army Emblem I have about a page and 1/2 finished. I am working all 4 pages together so I do not have a single completed page but counting the grid you come up with my 1 1/2 page finish.
Those are all of my finishes. I have a new start. I am working Spring Village from Stoney Creek Designs. I am working it on a poly/blend table runner that I bought at Joann's one time when they were having a sale. I am using waste canvas and all of the floss will be DMC.
 I am currently putting a new project into the mix I will start as soon as this update is complete. It is a Halloween design and I hope to have it complete for this years decorations. I will post pictures on my next update.

I had a bit of fun with some sales items I found at Michael's. I have been looking for a summer decoration that is not 4th of July themed and this fit the bill. Everything was 70% off and I must say I did a pretty nice job of setting it up.
Finally my baby turned 1 on July 31st. And what you may ask did I think was a good present for him.......well he got neutered. I would not have done it to him but the cat was getting a bit paranoid when he walked across he room. So he got the snip. They only had Monday open for the next 3 weeks and I just said well it needs done, birthday or not. He is just fine and happy as ever now but that day he was rather subdued