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 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Hapy 4th of July

Hello all you wonderful people. I hope that you all have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July Celebration!!!!

This picture of my decoration involves 3 of my interest. The crocheted doll, my quilted table topper and my cross stitched pillow.

The heat has gone for now so it has been much nicer to relax and work. Work has been busy and that is always good but I still find time in the evenings to stitch. I have made some nice progress on 3 of my big WIPS. Christmas Cottages page 25 is about 2/3 done. I have another page from Death by Cross Stitch worked and I am moving along well with the Army Crest. 

 I am still rotating in some JBW Designs but currently I do not have any new finishes.

Last Tuesday I went with a friend and got a new tattoo. I would never have thought I would get one tat but to now have 2. Wow you just never know what you are going to end up doing. I did this one because I am a crafter I knit, crochet, sew, cross stitch, scrapbook, embroider and some quilting. I choose the design from 4 different pictures and had the artist create this. I am going to add in a crochet hook and a couple of spools but I was pretty much done with all of this in one setting.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Oh Boy has it been hot!!!!!!!

Not sure about the rest of you but around here it has been smoking hot. 100+ for the last 2 weeks. Just about the time we think it is going to cool down and bam...next day and the temps go right on past that 100 mark. I am not a happy camper. Anything over 65 and I am dying so this is not my idea of a fun time.

So for stitching. I had hoped to finish off the blanket I am working on as a Christmas gift, well I am sure after reading my intro you will all know that did not happen........no it did not.
I did some more of the JBW Designs. I just love them they are so fun and I can do them in a single day. They look great in my basket as well. I had a couple of small finishes that I had originally thought I might make into cards but then I thought, oh these would make great pillows for the basket.

And I was able to finish my Autumn Ala Round by Glendon Place. All that is left now is to make it into a table topper and I will be set for the fall. 
 I am moving along with my Army Crest  with great results.
That is about it for this update. I hope you enjoy the pictures and I will be back next month with some more fun. Stay cool and enjoy the long days of stitching.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Wow June....

Oh boy I did not know time was moving so fast, here it is already June and I only made 1 post last month. I had better intentions then that. Life has a way of screwing up good intentions doesn't it....  :-(

I have been busy stitching and having some fun with my stitching.

These 2 are the FFO's I talked about in my May post.
My friends husband was so happy when I gave him this, even if it was late.

Just like last month I have a few finishes, they are smalls. A pink elephant and a hot air balloon. First pictures of the stitching finish and then of the completed finish and backing fabric.

I have them in this cute little basket on my coffee table. I will be adding more smalls as I go long through out the year.

I also have a new start. Since I finished the snowmen I let myself add a new project. It is another square for my son's quilt. This one will have the Army Crest on it along with a nutcracker. I am working it on white cotton with waste canvas. The canvas is 14 count.

My rotation pieces are coming along Christmas Cottage by Dona Gelsinger charted by HAED, Autumn Ala Round by Glendon Place 

Here is my most recent progress on Death by Cross Stitch Sampler from Long Dog Designs. Just let me say I am not trying to disrespect the designer. I do not care to have the alphabets on my piece, it is the reason I do not normally stitch samplers. This one caught my attention and I wanted to work it, but right from the beginning I knew I would be subbing out the square with the letters. I think it has worked out really pretty. The border and R come from a book by Adele Welsby. The Peacock has been in my patterns for years it is only the pattern with no designer info. The rose was just a section of the wreath that surrounded the peacock. Not sure if I should add something more. At this point I like it as it is, maybe once the other portions are complete I will find something else to add. Or maybe not.