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 either....my 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.

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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!

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

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


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...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.


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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!

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

Happy Birthday to my Mother!!!!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Another update on my "Stained Glass" project...

I wanted to post these updates last week, but dummy me went and got a new phone, and after taking a bunch of photos to test out the camera app, I realized I had no way to get the photos to my laptop (via gmail) and here's why:    Altho I love my new phone (aka "toy" --- a Samsung Galaxy Note II) there's something wrong with its ability to send attachments from my Gmail account. So after 5 days of wrestling with Best Buy (where I bought it), my local Verizon store (my service provider), Verizon Tech Help (on phone with Ursa for 2 hours at the store), Verizon Level II Tech Help (another hour with Charlotte on the phone), Google (Verizon's phone help managed this contact....bless Charlotte's lil' heart for her persistence!!!), and Google Level II Tech Help (again, bless Charlotte for wanting to get to the bottom of this [she has the same phone and the same problem, but never had the time to address it on her own, but because a customer (me) needed help, she was able to spend the time]), Google and their Gmail service has finally admitted there is a problem with their app for this new phone. If I was lucky, it was taking 24+ hrs to email just one small attachment...if I was unlucky, it would just send a notification that "sending attachment was cancelled." Sheesh!!!

I know I could've worked around this by simply plugging my phone into my laptop and retrieving the photos, but it was the principle of the issue I wanted addressed, not a work-around to let Google off the hook. At this point I'm still awaiting notification that a "fix" (updated download for the app) has been issued by Google, but after waiting all night, all 7 photos finally arrived on my laptop email, so here goes: (I only used 2 of the photos)

Here's the overall project as of last Friday (26 July). I had completed all the small design boxes in the middle section and barely started on the green triangular stitch (Milanese stitch) on the left-middle area.

Sherwood Garden by Kathy Rees (Needle Delights Originals)
in the "Stained Glass" colorway

Here's an enlarged version of the small boxes in the center of the design...(both photos are "clickable" for larger views)



I so LOVE working on this. Once I get the "hang" of each stitch, I can just keep stitching without constantly referring back to the instructions, like I would if there were a lot of "confetti" stitching. Confetti stitching is when a designer puts in a multitude of different colored stitches in a given area, so the stitcher (me!) is constantly changing needles and constantly looking at the chart to make sure there are no 'oopsies' happening and all the various floss colors are in their correct locations. Really takes a lot of concentration and tends to make it difficult if I want to watch TV at the same time. But the stitching above is basically non-thinking once I do one or two stitches, goes very quickly, and makes it a pleasure to have some 'instant gratification' each time I stitch. I have a lot more done since these photos were taken last week, so I'll post those updates tomorrow, but only if my phone with the photos decides to play nice.

Keep your fingers crossed.....


So thankful for the fun of this project....it (sort of) balanced out
all the aggravation with my new phone!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Adding to my stitching repertoire...

A couple of years ago, while at a large stitching conference in Ocean City, Maryland, I was introduced to another style of stitching called Canvas Work (some people say it's technically known as needlepoint, but I think it's a lot like crewel work with all the various stitches), but I digress...

While at the conference, several women were stitching this so-called canvas work and I fell in love with the look, the colors, and the geometric designs. I asked if I could sit and watch and ask questions; they were so generous with their time and couldn't help me enough...they were wonderful! And I fell in love with this new technique of stitching. The reason it's called canvas work is because it's stitched on a stiffer material than cross-stitch, with larger holes, and the canvas is mounted on a frame of wooden stretcher bars using tacks made especially for this technique.

Canvas mounted on stretcher bars with tacks

Also while there, one of the girls in my group bought a canvas chart at the local stitching shop (Salty Yarns) and wanted to start it. She had never done one of these either, so we sat together and figured out how to mount the canvas on the stretcher bars, etc. Well, I got so hooked on helping her with the design, I basically took it over and worked on it while she went for a walk on the beach. LOVED working that new technique of stitching. And needless to say, the next day, I returned to the cross-stitch shop and bought the same design plus another for myself, with ALL the necessary supplies (of course!!!) 

Then, early this winter, I was alerted to a canvas work class that was being offered online in April, and once I saw all the "colorways," I couldn't resist! (Colorways are the different color versions the design can be stitched in: blue/greens, purples/pinks, yellow/oranges, etc.)  The class design was called Sherwood Garden, offered by Kathy Rees of Needle Delights Originals. I fell in love with the "Stained Glass" colorway of the project and signed up for the class. I started it in April when the class first began, but then got distracted by some other WIPs and put it aside. Over this past weekend, I got the itch to continue working on it, so here's my progress:

Sherwood Garden by Kathy Rees of Needle Delights Originals©
('Stained Glass' colorway)





 ...and here's an enlarged view of the border. I LOVE the effect!


 ..and here are the different colorways available for the project:



 ...and here's the overall look of the project in the original colorway "Sherwood Garden" (greens, rusts, and peaches):


Hoping to get more stitched tonight!

So happy working with all the jewel tones in this design!

 
 
 

Saturday, July 20, 2013

A Sweltering Saturday with Netflix...


Well, it's been another day spent indoors hibernating from the heat. But you're not going to hear me complaining too much because it has allowed for mucho stitching time, accompanied by Netflix pix. I just filled up a tall glass of iced tea and will be happy as a clam as soon as I upload this post...

For today's viewing pleasure, I just received the beginning of Season 2 of "Game of Thrones" (Episodes 1 + 2) and "From Prada to Nada" in today's mail. I'm loving the "Game of Thrones" series.....unbelievably well produced and the scenery and costuming are absolutely incredible. Really enjoying watching it but hate waiting for each consecutive disc to arrive. (Yes, I know I could order the 'streaming' version of Netflix and watch them all in a row, but I'd have to buy an additional piece of hardware to receive the streaming version, AND [and this was the deal-breaker] there aren't as many selections via streaming yet, so I opted to receive via mail.)

I'm not too sure about the "Prada" movie, however. Someone told me it was quite funny, so I added it to my queue of movies without any research. It's fun to be surprised (or NOT!) I'll be sure to let you know....

Also, one of my Showtime channels has been airing the special about The Eagles (the rock band) called "The History of The Eagles." It's 3+ hours long and another incredibly well done documentary. I DVR'd it and have been watching it in increments. LOVE it so much I've re-watched the entire show a couple of times now. Their music is unbelievably well written and their harmonies are spot-on, and it will stand the test of time for decades. And I have to admit....I'm kinda crushin' on Don Henley....AGAIN! All of my high school and college years occurred in the '70's, so the Eagles' complete repertoire was the soundtrack of my life at the time. And with each song, a wave of wonderful memories comes flooding back to me, reminding me what a great time those years were. Thank you, Showtime, for airing such a great piece of artistry!

OK....now back to my regularly scheduled hibernating-in-the-AC time. Stay cool, everyone!

So very, very thankful my air conditioning continues to keep me
cool and comfortable, and all my ceiling fans allow me to
conserve on the AC use!

 

Friday, July 19, 2013

Bonus!!!

Earlier this week, I was so happy to open my mailbox. Look what was waiting for me!

July and September issues of Cross-Stitch & Needlework

I must've renewed my subscription on the cusp of the two issues, so they sent me both. Happy dance!!

So grateful for my new reading material.....
beautiful EYE CANDY!



Thursday, July 18, 2013

On the hunt for....

If anyone out there in blogland can tell me where I can find the following, please, PLEASE let me know. I received a can of these delicious wafer rolls (with an orange/chocolate inner filling) in a gift basket and they are to die for! They are soooo GOOD! And now that I'm looking to get another can, I can't find them anywhere. I've contacted the manufacturer, I've searched online (by name and SKU number) and not finding anything. I did stumble across one site that said they're no longer being exported to the US, but I know the original can was bought in the US, so there have to be more, right? RIGHT??


I would be ever so grateful if anyone can find me a can of the
Ferro Wafer Rolls with the Chocolate & Orange Filling!


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Status of some "Snowmen"....

If you look back at this post, you'll see my newly acquired stash included several of Shepherd's Bush "Snowman" charts. In my unintentional hiatus from this blog, I was able to work on a couple of them. 

Here's is Christian's Snowman (1999) finished. (I won't be framing any of them until the entire series is completed.)

"Christian's Snowman" by Shepherd's Bush

...and here's a close up of the cutest little mitten charm attached to the bottom border. (The design comes as a kit, so everything is included: fabric, flosses, and charm.)


The next in the series is the Red Snowman (2006). I'm about halfway done...

"Red Snowman" by Shepherd's Bush (incomplete)


Thankful for the therapy of cross-stitching!


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

What I did over my summer vacation (sort of)....

Last weekend, I traveled back to my hometown, where my parents still live, to celebrate a milestone high school reunion. The organizers had plenty of things for us to do the entire holiday: hometown semi-pro baseball game, with fireworks afterward; a city-wide "Picnic in the Park" with bands, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, exotic animals on display; get-togethers for our class with an outdoor stage with entertainment; dinners with friends; and last but not least, the actual reunion dinner on Saturday night. I was exhausted when I got back home, but with the sweetest of memories of everyone who made it back to the reunion. It really was a great holiday weekend!

But what was the most special to me was finding two baby robins that fell out of the tree in my parents' backyard while I was home. I found the first one just by accident. I had taken Miss Autumn (my Greyhound) for a walk, and was on my way to dispose of her 'poopy bag' when I almost stepped on the first baby buried in the grass. (Thankfully, because of all the rain, my father hadn't been able to mow the lawn, so it was quite high and thick, which not only may have protected the baby when it fell, but also kept it rather concealed from any predators.) I picked it up and could see/hear the Momma screaming and carrying on in the lower tree branches above me. 



Also near this tree, my parents had planted this hydrangea plant (above) in the hopes of eventually covering up some gas meter piping, but it's still rather small. Behind it is a planter of my mother's (and mine) favorite hot pink 'wave' petunias. With no place else to put the baby, and plenty of cats in the area, I thought hiding it in the flower planter was the best place. The baby was tiny and altho it had its feathers, it didn't look too healthy, but I wanted to give Momma the best chance to feed it, and the planter was in the shade from about 10am on, so the baby would be protected from the elements. I had no sooner placed the first baby in the planter, and turned around to go back inside, when I saw another little fuzzy head jumping in the grass. Sure enough! ...another little baby. Scooped the second one up and put it in the planter. It was much bigger than the first, and they both started screaming when I placed the second one in there, and the bigger of the two, jumped out! Yikes! Were they from two different nests??? I didn't know. Just then my mother came out and she put them both together in the planter and they snuggled into each other. Ahhhh...nothing like a mother's loving touch, right?


(click on any of the photos
to see an enlarged version)

And all this time, Momma Robin is up in the trees just a-screamin' and hollerin'. All the commotion brought around several other robins into the trees and on the rooftops. But once the babies were quiet, all the hovering adults calmed down, too. And shortly afterward, while we watched out the window, Momma came and started feeding them. Whew! 


But we had no idea how long they had been out of the nest, and anytime we got near them, or even our shadows crossed over the planter, their little mouths would pop open and start chirping, thinking Momma had come to feed them. So, to help out Mother Nature a little bit, my father had an AHA! moment --- he got out his home-made electric prod and stuck it in the ground (W-A-Y away from the babies, mind you!) and the next thing you know, here come all these worms up out of the ground. (The prod was something he made to gather worms when he's going fishin'...the electric current carries thru the damp soil, and the worms bore up to the surface hoping to get away from it.) So to help out Momma feed her brood, and get them healthy and hearty and able to fly sooner, in between Momma's visits, we would feed them the worms from the ground. 

"FEED ME!"
And not to gross you out or anything, but you CANNOT believe how many worms those little buggers could eat! Holy Cow! But once they'd get their fill of food, they'd settle down and hide under the plants and be quiet as falling snow, which protected them from the neighborhood cats. And even though she couldn't express herself, I think Momma Robin was thankful too....she didn't have to work so hard to keep them fed, which in turn kept them quiet and safe. Win-win!

Shortly after I returned home, my parents let me know that one morning they went out to feed the babies, but they were both gone and they scoured the entire area looking to see if the babies were hiding in some weeds or under bushes, but no sign of them, and no Momma making noises from the surrounding trees. So we don't know if they're OK or not, but we'd like to think they're safe and finally about to take flight on their own....God willing.

So now, when asked what I did for my summer vacation, have I got a tale to tell or what?

Thankful for the little part we played in helping Mother Nature
raise her young'uns!

PS: Today, the temperatures hit 91° but the humidity is only 46%! I think that has to be a record for around here...I've never seen temps that high with a humidity reading that low. NEVER!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Some progress on Mirabilia's "Stargazer"...

Not a lot to report, but have an update on one of my latest cross-stitch projects called "Stargazer" by Mirabilia. Here's a photo of what she'll look like when finished (altho, per my usual, I changed the background fabric):



And here's what I have so far:


The fabric is a beautiful heathery greyish purple, but yours truly could NOT get the color to reflect correctly, so you'll just have to imagine...

And here's the info on the entire project:

DESIGN: The Stargazer (#MD-88))
DESIGNER: Mirabilia (Nora Corbett)
FABRIC: 32 ct Belfast linen
FABRIC COLOR: Picture This Plus "Mirage"
FLOSSES: DMC [per chart]
STITCHED: 2 over 2
STITCH COUNT: 190w x 275h
FINISHED SIZE: 12"w x
17"h
STARTED: June 2013
FINISHED: TBD


I also have a couple of small charts going, too, which I'll preview at a later date. Stay tuned...


Thankful for the heat and humidity recently, as it gave me a viable excuse to stay indoors all this past weekend and stitch!

 

Friday, April 12, 2013

Meeting a new stitching friend...

On Sunday, I got to meet up with a stitchy friend I met on Facebook from Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE)! So fun! Gowri and I met on a stitching site on FB last June. I had been in the UAE for work (near Abu Dhabi) in June and, prior to leaving for the trip, I had looked on FB to see if there were any stitchers in that part of the world I could contact while visiting, but didn't have any luck. After I got back, of course, up pops Gowri's photo! So we struck up an online conversation --- I told her about my visit over there, and she told me a little about herself and that she makes annual trips to NJ to visit family. We've talked about meeting up and I was going to take her to a couple of REAL stitching shops (no Michaels, ACMoore, et al, either!) But her timeline didn't lend itself to a shopping spree, but the two of us were finally able to meet up on Sunday at her relatives' home. And we had a wonderful time!

So, since the timeframe didn't allow for shopping, I brought the shopping to her. I knew she was already working on Mirabilia's "Petal Fairy" so I was pretty sure she'd like any of the other Mira Fairies, so I got her the August Peridot Fairy. And you can't have a pattern without all the other items to stitch it, so I also got her a piece of overdyed fabric (from Silkweavers), the embellishment pack (all the beads), and all the flosses. She LOVED everything! And I also got her another small project with chart, fabric, floss, and beads. She'll be busy for a while, won't she?

In return, she brought me the most delicious dates (a main export of the UAE) and some caramel waffle cookies I discovered while over there, but haven't found here. They are both soooo yummy!

Me (on left) and Gowri (with her "stash")
All total, we spent about 3 hours together just chatting and catching up. And it was wonderful to meet several members of her family, too...their hospitality was so warm and welcoming, just like Gowri!


Thankful for all the wonderful places I've been and people I've met
through my love of cross-stitching!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Stash acquisition....

STASH!! All stitchers suffer from Stash Acquisition Scourge/Syndrome (SASS) and I got it bad a couple weeks ago! Stash is what we stitchers call our entire collection of anything related to stitching, and acquiring more and more stash is part of our culture, and whoever dies with the most stash, WINS!!! Therefore, I'm working my way up to winning! ha,ha!

I was recently introduced to an amazing online store, JJ's Collectibles, (Thank You, Kevin, for the introduction!), and JJs was having a major blowout sale I couldn't resist. They carry almost anything you can think of, and if it's not on their site, they'll get it for you immediately. Since they carried a set of charts I've been lusting over for a couple of years (the eight (8) "Snowmen" kits by Shepherd's Bush [Blue Snowman, Red Snowman, Pink Snowman, etc.]) AND they were all 20% off, I broke down and ordered them all, as well as other goodies. (this also happened to coincide with the timing of my bonus and my tax refund, too! Win-Win!) And the entire order arrived on my doorstep yesterday. I was soooo happy to welcome them home!

The ladies at JJ's Collectibles (Jen and Sherry) are delightful to deal with and will go W-A-Y out of their way to make sure you get everything you're looking for. Their customer service is priceless! The word "Collectibles" in their name is rather deceiving...I immediately thought of a gift store, with assorted small tchotchkes and collectibles, and was wondering why Kevin thought this was a store I wanted to visit for cross-stitch supplies. However, when I opened it up and saw they are totally dedicated to needlearts, I was hooked.

Here's the stash I got: (click on the photos to enlarge them)
 


Eight "Snowman" charts and a Blackbird Designs chart


The best part about all the "Snowman" charts is they are sold as 'kits', which means they come with everything you need to stitch them: fabric, flosses, the little charms or buttons that get stitched onto the finished design, a floss minder (keeps the flosses organized while you're working on the project), and even a needle! I like the fact that I don't have to order any material; I can just start stitching! Here's a close-up shot of a couple of my faves in this series:
(...and of course, all the framing is by none other than the fabulous Jill Rensel!!)

The PINK Snowman

The GRAY Snowman

The BLACK Snowman (altho it looks navy here)


The RED Snowman

And all the other items in the order were needed for other charts: tiny scissors to become part of a project, some Caron Watercolours for a canvas piece I'm working on, two more small (6") Q-snap frames, beads for a Mirabilia chart, and several Rainbow Gallery flosses just to have on hand.

Now I just need to become a "turbo" stitcher (a very, very fast stitcher) so I can get started on all of these! However, because they're each small (~ 6" x 6") they're great to travel with and can fit into a shoulder bag easily.

~~Happy Stitching!~~


Thankful for the safe arrival of all my "Snowmen"
and hoping that's all the S-N-O-W I see until next winter!


Monday, March 25, 2013

Silly Critter....

Some of you know I have a dog/retired racer/Greyhound, named Autumn. And some of you know her penchant for wanting to be outdoors on the patio no matter the weather. Well, today the weather forecast was especially bleak, so I decided to work at home and not have to fret about the roads, especially on my commute home when the snow was supposed to be piling up. 

This morning, after our first walk, Autumn wanted to go out on the patio. She lets me know this directive by pacing between me (no matter where I am in the house!) and the sliders that go out to the patio, OR, if I'm in the kitchen, she'll stand at the sliders and whine. And this morning was no exception. But since there wasn't any of the precipitation the goofball genius meteorologists were calling for yet, I decided to bundle her up and let her enjoy her favorite place. (She'll stay out there for HOURS, even tho it was about 30* at the time!)

About an hour after I let her out there, it started lightly snowing. But since she was covered up, I let her stay. (You can just barely see the top of her head and 2 ears.)

Princess Autumn on her throne

...and here's a close-up of her ear with the snow starting to pile up, while she's fast asleep. She stayed out there for about another hour after I took this photo, but then needed to go "potty" again and her blankets were quite damp. Since they had been washed just yesterday, I simply threw them in the dryer for a few minutes, and now she's all nice and cozy in her warm blankets (in the house)!  She's such a silly critter!

So thankful for the entertainment factor in my life, aka "Autumn"!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

This and that...


Happy Sunday, everyone! I don't have any organized theme for today, so I'll just put a bunch of ideas down:

Happy Housewarming to my cousin, Laurie, who just bought her very first house a couple months ago, near Memphis, TN. Her family and friends are having a big shindig today to celebrate, and I certainly wish I could've been there. I wish her all the luck and love possible in her new home, and may she enjoy its comfort and peace as she sits in front of her fireplace. After what she's been thru this past year, she is certainly deserving of such!

Laurie's new home

I've signed up for a couple of cross-stich projects/classes over the next couple of months. I'm not normally inclined, but these two projects really piqued my interest. One is a 2-day class down in south Jersey (near Camden) and the other is an online class that participants work on at their leisure. Here are some photos of what the final projects will look like...


"Lavendula" project (envelope closed)

"Lavendula" (envelope opened showing all the pieces)
The designer is Cynthia Valentine, offered through the Lamplighters Chapter of EGA (Embroiderers Guild of America). For the price of the class, I get all the supplies to stitch the pieces and hands-on instructions from the designer, but the best part is the chance to spend the weekend with several other stitchers. Can't wait!


The other class, an online class, is called Sherwood Garden by Kathy Rees of Needle Delights Originals. The photo below shows the overall design, but I'm stitching it in the colors of the 2nd photo, called "Stained Glass." Such gorgeous colors, so use your imagination to "see" it in the colors I chose!
Sherwood Garden by Kathy Rees
"Stained Glass" colorway I chose
And onto another topic: Entertainment...

This weekend was busy in the way of movies and theater. On Friday, I had tickets to see the stage show by "VocaPeople." I'd never seen them before, but they came very highly recommended from several musical/vocal friends, and when I saw they were going to be nearby, I ordered tickets immediately. The seats were dead-center in the 3rd row, so I didn't miss a thing! They are an a Capella group, and to give you a short-and-sweet review, they were absolutely astonishing! SUCH a good show. I felt like the show was about 10 minutes long, but it was actually 90 minutes! It just flew by!




And then last night I went to see the indie film, "Quartet." It's another hidden jewel among all the other big name films out there, and directed by Dustin Hoffman. The only recognizable actors (for me!) was Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey, Harry Potter films, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and the comedian/actor Billy Connelly (he's a real hoot in this movie!). However, every starring person is/was someone in the opera/theater/symphonic world. It was such a moving film, and so well done! And the music??? Amazing! If you get the chance, please be sure to see it. And please be sure to sit through the credits at the end....you'll be amazed.


And last but not least, we're expecting more winter weather tonight and most of tomorrow! Welcome to Spring! <> (where's that D%MN groundhog? I wanna strangle him!) 

Dinner's in the oven, the dog is passed out on her bed, and I intend to get some stitching done and enjoy the rest of my weekend. 


So thankful for all the great entertainment I saw this weekend....still smiling!





Monday, March 18, 2013

Join a Spring-Fling Give-away....

A short post today...

Nancy, the proprietor at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe, is having a wonderful Spring-Fling Give-away over at her blog and I would love for everyone to get in on the fun! Flosses, trim, braids, and fabric! I've ordered quite a bit from her in the past and everything she offers is just stunning. Wouldn't it be nice to have a wonderful surprise waiting on your doorstep one evening? I just LOVE surprises!


So grateful for the wonderful acquaintances and
fellow bloggers I've met on here!


Friday, March 15, 2013

Some stitching to show...

Each evening, I never seem to have as much time to stitch as I would like, but little by little, progress is made and I have a finish to show. Mind you, it's not completely "finished" (into its ultimate state, like an ornament or a framed piece), but the stitching part of the project is finished.

It's called Poinsettia House by Little House Needleworks:

Poinsettia House by Little House Needleworks 
I started it last Fall sometime, and then set it aside for a gift that I was working on (but can't show at this time). Over Christmas, I took it with me to Florida because it was small and easy to travel with to visit my parents. While there, there were some cold and windy days that were perfectly suited to staying indoors and stitching, so I was able to get a lot more done. After I got home, all that was left was to personalize it with my initials and the year, and I was able to chart the initials and stitch it this past week. Here are the details:

DESIGN: Poinsettia House (#73)
DESIGNER: Little House Needleworks
FABRIC: 32 ct Belfast linen
FABRIC COLOR: Antique Ivory
FLOSSES: Crescent Colors & DMC [per chart]
STITCHED: 1 over 1
STITCH COUNT: 103w x 103h
FINISHED SIZE: 3-5/8"w x
3-5/8"h
STARTED: Fall 2012
FINISHED: 13 Mar 2013


Here is another project that was pushed aside for the gift I mentioned above. The original chart for the design below called for some pretty vivid colors (and I'm being kind with that description), so with the help of a friend (thanks, Lisa!) we converted them to more palatable (subdued) colors. This is a companion design to the Autumn Alphabet I completed in an earlier post. When finished, I'll be sure to mention the conversions for anyone interested.


Winter Alphabet by Lizzie Kate
The weekend is shaping up to be a cold and rainy one here, and with one exception tomorrow, I intend to stay indoors and rest. Not feeling too spiffy yesterday and today, so need to pamper myself a little and just take it easy.....and I see a couch with my name written all over it. 

Happy Friday to everyone;                               
                              enjoy your St. Patty's Day weekend!