Monday, September 4, 2017

Happy Labor Day!

It's Monday, and it's a national holiday here in the US, so most of us are enjoying one last fling before school starts, the leaves start falling, and the snow starts flying. It's a glorious day, but I need to mow the lawn. It rained the past couple of days, so the grass is really long. Wouldn't it be nice to "rent a goat" and have them just graze their way thru it all? It sure would be quieter than running the mower. My current mower is battery operated (Ryobi), does an excellent job and is MUCH quieter than the old gas-operated mower.

Now, onto stitching...

Here's  my latest start: (and just realized the Title of the piece is rather ironic for this time of year!)

"The Winter is Past" by Blackbird Designs
Chart: The Winter is Past
Booklet: In Friendship's Way
Designer: Blackbird Designs
Design Size: 71w x 67h
Fabric: 30ct linen (a miscellaneous piece from my stash) The linen is a little more gold-ish than the photo indicates.
Stitch Count: 1 x1
Flosses: per the chart: GA - Antique Rose; CC - Blacksmith Blue, Copper Penny, Hazelnut, Olive Branch, Onion Skin, Pea Pod, Tartan Plaid; WDW - Red Rocks

Here's my progress so far....

Because I'm doing it 1 over 1, I really need a bright light, but I love the way it's turning out. It almost resembles punchneedle work.

Here's the booklet it's in:

    ~~Thankful for the gorgeous weather today,
and even tho I moan and groan about mowing the lawn,
I'm soooo very thankful I have the health and strength to do it~~      

Friday, September 1, 2017

Autumn (the season) isn't wasting any time....

It's just Friday evening of Labor Day weekend (here in the US) and the Autumn weather is upon us. Just got back from walking dog after a very late dinner and the thermometer reads 49*F (5*C). I made the mistake of walking her in my flip-flops and my poor toes are screaming for some warm, fuzzy socks. (I LOVE the cool weather and prefer Autumn and Winter to the other two seasons, but this is a bit too soon for it to be this cold.) But watch --- next week, when the kids have to go back to school, it'll probably be back up in the 90s.

Here's another project I finished stitching. I think I worked this over this past January/February (2017). Since it's so tiny, it'll probably be an ornament that I can add to my all-purpose ornament tree. I found it as a freebie:

Project: White Pumpkin (name I gave it)
Designer: Kirsten Schmidt (2015)
Fabric: Lakeside Linens "Tarnished Silver" 32ct Belfast linen
Floss: DMC 642, 945, 3052, 3865
Beads: Mill Hill #03049 (red) (chart called for red stitches, but I blinged it up with beads!)
Stitched: 2 x 2
Stitch Count: 32w x 27h
Copyright: Kirsten Schmidt 2015

Just started another small ornament today and it's beckoning me, so I must heed the call. Hope your Friday evening is fun-filled, and may the holiday weekend bring glorious weather for all the events happening. Stay warm~~~

~~Thankful for the gorgeous weather today,
and for the great meal I had with my parents!~~

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Gonna try this again....

It's been awhile!

OK...yeah....a very long while. I'm not promising I'll be too consistent, but thought I'd try this blogging/posting thing again.

I've been stitching all this while. I'd be in the loony bin if I ever gave it up! My stitching has kept me sane in these intervening years.

Lots of finishes to show. On some projects, only the stitching is finished and on others all the stitching and 'finishing' are done.  Here's one of my latest; finished yesterday:

Designer: The Heart's Content, Inc.
Chart: Seahorse Fob & Scissors (Kit #168)
Stitch Count: 82 x 38 (1 over 1)
Threads: included with kit
Fabric: 29ct Grey Glenshee linen (incl with kit)
Cording: I twisted DMC 991 & 992
Beads: Beads were included with the kit but were itty-bitty bicone crystals and the center hole was only meant to accommodate 1 or 2 single threads, not twisted cording of 12 threads (6 of each color). The beads I substituted are glass lampwork beads from a bead store.
Scissors: The Seahorse scissors are included with kit
Started: 09 Sept 2013
Finished: 22 Aug 2017 (a LOT happened between these two dates!!!)

Throughout the day, the temps have progressively dropped and currently it's  57*F [14*C]) It's the end of August! Very unusual, but I'm lovin' it. Perfect sleeping weather!

Tomorrow (Thurs), I have a preliminary phone interview for a position with a local company that I've had my eyes on for a while. They didn't have a job posting, but a while ago (the week before 4th of July holiday [here in the States]), I was feeling a little daring and thought "What the heck? What's the worst that can happen?" and personally dropped off a resume to the Receptionist and then kept my fingers crossed. Out of the blue, I got an email on Tuesday (22nd) from the Director of Engineering about starting a Technical Writing position. Blew me away that someone actually passed my resume along and then another someone actually LQQKED at my resume! I dropped it off with the "wing and a prayer" mentality, and the "prayer" part really worked.  Please keep your fingers crossed for me, and if so inclined, say a little prayer too. When I actually land the job, I'll fill in the details.

~~~So grateful for the possibility of working locally,
doing what I love!~~~

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

...and another start

I was so excited to be able to finish "Autumn Leaves" so quickly, I decided that, while the iron is hot, so to speak, I might as well stay on a roll and start another canvas project.

This next one is called "Woodland Star" from Nancy's Needle.
It's 152 x 152 stitch count, done on 18ct sandstone canvas, using:
  • three (3) Caron Watercolours - Rainforest, Chianti, Seaweed
  • three (3) DMC Perle Cotton flosses - 902 Vy Dk Garnet,
    934 Black Avocado Green, 676 Dk Yellow Beige
  • one (1) Rainbow Gallery Gold Rush 18 metallic floss - Bronze
Here's a photo from the front of the packaging:

...and photos of my progress. Not too sure I'm diggin' the colors, but I'll soldier on and then decide when it's finished.

Started Saturday night and got this far....

...and here's what I accomplished while watching the Emmys: (the colors are growing on me a little more)

Sunday night's progress...

And of course, Miss Autumn insisted on showing her exciting fall activities, so here's what the Princess has been doing lately....

See how beautiful and photogenic I am??

Ahhhh....leading a dog's life couldn't be any better!
(out on the patio on Sunday)

The weather is very cool today; it was 46° this morning. Currently it's very sunny and warming up to a whopping 57. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this weather! I had an annual tune-up done on my furnace this morning, and while the repair-person was working, I dragged out the down featherbed and down comforter for my bed. So H.A.P.P.Y!

And that's it for today's activities. Hope you're all well and staying warm!

So very thankful for my little piece of heaven
out on my patio!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Another finish....

Doin' my Happy Dance! Another one finished! This is Autumn Leaves by Nancy's Needle. Bought it last January at Salty Yarns while in Ocean City, Maryland, at a stitchy get-together, and loved the colors and the design, and the fact that its theme is Autumn didn't hurt favorite time of year. 

I started this at the beginning of September and finished this past Friday (20 Sept). I think this has to be the fastest I've ever stitched any project EVER! I loved working on this and the stitching went quickly, especially since it didn't involve having to look at the chart repeatedly. Once you get started with a certain stitch, you just keep going! The slowest part was making sure the colors in the overdyed strands were consistent on all 4 sides. It involved a little bit of planning in advance, and making sure I had the same lengths of floss, with the same colors, but once I had that figured out, the stitching went so quickly. Love the feeling of (almost) instant gratification!

The colors are much more rich than the photo depicts... It's really gorgeous!

Oh.... and I finally decided on Belle Soie "Buttercup" silk floss (4 strands) for the main yellow-ish background. It suits the design perfectly.

So happy to have another piece of artwork finished. I've started another canvas chart, and will have updates in the next couple of days. Stay tuned...

Thankful for the gorgeous fall weather we're having today, and for my cozy patio on which I'm stitching and enjoying every minute of this beautiful day!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

My RED Snowman....

[Let me preface this post with the fact that it was written and scheduled to post over a week ago, but never did, so the weather conditions have changed considerably, so bear that in mind as you read....]

In this sweltering weather, I thought I'd share something "cool." I finished another snowman in the series by Shepherd's Bush. This is the RED snowman.

I'm currently working on the Green Snowman, but my progress is so minimal I won't bother to show it just yet.


And another "small" project I finished back in June called "Grateful Hearts" by Heart in Hand Needleart, stitched 1 over 1 on 32ct linen. The fabric color is called "Days Gone By" and the chart was published in the 1999 Just CrossStitch magazine.

Enjoying all the stitching I've been able to finish,
and hope you enjoy it, too!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Several projects to show you...

It's really pathetic how lax I've become about posting, but today I'll try to make up for it. 

First, let me say that even though it's a somber day (9/11), I want to wish a VERY Happy Birthday to my mother. She's an amazing woman and I would NOT be the person I am today without her. I love her sooooo much!

Next I have several photos of some finished/ongoing projects:

Here's my  Sherwood Garden "Stained Glass" project all finished:

...and here's another canvas-work project I've started called "Autumn Leaves" by Nancy's Needle. This is just the center area of a much larger design. The colors in this photo look exactly the way my stitched design looks so far...

However, the photo on the front of the packaging looks like this... NOT EVEN CLOSE, right???!!!!!!!  

Yes, I'm using the flosses it calls for...just goes to show you how the manufacturer never color-corrected their photo of the product to actually match the flosses.  Hence, I'm having a bugger of a time getting a yellowish-gold color to fill in the majority of the background. What the pattern calls for and what the flosses actually look like? UGH! Need to find something else....for SURE! Stay tuned for my solution.

And here's another very tiny project called "Seahorse Fob and Scissors Kit" by The Heart's Content (Maureen Appleton). I've always admired this beautiful project and finally found the entire kit in a store called "Threads" near Lancaster, PA while visiting a friend. AND it was on sale, so I just couldn't resist! Here's a photo of what it will look like when finished: (click photo for a larger view)

The kit comes complete with chart, flosses, fabric, scissors, beads, and a complete tutorial of how to make the tassles. The worst part will be completing the entire background surrounding the seahorse in grey. Can you say tedious? ...and here's my progress so far. (the quarter shows size relativity)

I'm stitching it 1 over 1 on 32ct linen and I'm really lovin' how it looks!

So in a nutshell, that's what I've been working on...

Happy Birthday to my Mother!!!!