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Thursday, March 26, 2020

First 2020 Finish and New Start chit chat!

I'm so glad to be done with my project!


 

I'm happy with how it turned out! I kind of lost a month due to health issues, so I can't be too hard on myself for this being my first finish of the year I guess.

Now, I'm attempting another go at Notforgotten Farm's Flag Folk. I really don't like the red and blue that is used. I think the blue is too light and the red too orange (for my taste only!). So I may swap those for some DMC colors. And I don't like stitching one full "x" at a time because the rows don't match up when you go back the other way, lol. So I don't think I'll be doing that either.
I tried to start this on the "Murky" fabric from PTP, but dang. It's 36 count linen and I just had the WORST time trying to see this. I use readers in strength of 3, so I guess I need to move up. But man, there was just no way. Sooooooo...........

I dyed my own version of "Murky". Tell me what you think. Here is the original.
PTP Murky
And here is my own version of this gorgeous fabric in 16 ct. Aida.
My own hand dyed version on 16 ct. aida

I'm really happy with it. For anyone that wants to know, I used RIT Taupe, and Charcoal Gray, then mixed some Navy Blue in with the Charcoal Gray.

My wonderful Momma send me a sweet pandemic survival present.


I have the Clover hooks, but wanted to keep another set by my be and I really wanted that blush pink T-Shirt yarn.....yay! Such a sweet thing for her to do. We love her so much, and I treasure our relationship so much. I need to find a little something special for her as well.

Take care, be well,, and I'll be back soon with an update on my Flag Folk project! Until then,

Monday, March 23, 2020

Nearing the finish line! How are we this week?

I hope everyone is doing well, and staying healthy. This is a bit of a frightening time, isn't it? A few days ago, everyone was saying stay inside. This morning, some government officials are now saying "gee we can't sustain this, so we're seeing how we can get everyone back to work." Hunh? My head is spinning. 

So, instead of a long rambling post about the government, lets get down to stitching updates! I am on the home stretch of this pattern. The ONLY thing left to do is the snow below the house, which I have started on!



Let me not get too excited until that last stitch, however. Hopefully it'll be done this week. Because I really don't want to drag this snowy piece into April.

I also made another crochet basket. I think my other one was completed inside out. It's still cute, but I did another one with a bulkier yarn, and I love this one too!


It's a fun little pattern! It takes only an hour or an our and a half to complete one of them. I see more in my future.

I'm working on a new crochet pattern too, called the Little Meringue Shawl.


Lots of people have used the Sheepjes Whirl cakes on this one, but I picked up a nice, and nearly identical one at Hobby Lobby a couple weeks ago. It's the same blend as Sheepjes and very lightweight. It's coming along nicely I think.

Take care of yourselves and your loved ones out there. Be gentle with one another, and make sure people know you love them. It's so important while we are all isolating ourselves. FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, or whatever you can do to connect, laugh, check in, and keep up!

Meanwhile, I'll be here stitching! Until next time,

Saturday, March 14, 2020

How's everyone doing? Crochet and stitchy updates!

I spent today inside just stitching. Had a stressful work week, and I really needed the break. Plus, with all the virus talk out in the world, I figured I'd keep to myself today. Normally, I'd have been out and about, probably having lunch with my mom and talking or going to a crafty store. But instead, we chatted on the phone about yarn we saw online, sharing links, and photos over email. I'm certainly not going in to total lockdown, but I will rethink where I want to go, and how often.

Woodlawn needlework show has been suspended. Don't know if we'll make it up there. But hopefully we will visit In Stitches soon, regardless. I want to put together a list of a couple projects to kit up and get my fabric and floss there. What a bummer to maybe miss the show this year.  We were also scheduled to go see Celtic Woman tomorrow. Mom declined to go (don't blame her a bit), but I got the news this morning that the concert was cancelled and they won't be back until 2021. Sad about that too, but safety first.

Here is my Christmastide update! I will be done SOON! I can see the light at the tunnel's end!


Last night, I got the itch to make a little crochet basket. I will get some tshirt yarn and make a bigger one, but I just did this one from worsted weight and it turned out super cute!



I mean, seriously??!! How adorable? I bought the pattern on Etsy, and you can find it HERE. It was really easy and I finished it in about two hours. I just took my time so I didn't have to rip any rows out. It paid off.

With this virus making the news, we should all probably be able to finish lots of WIPs, learn new skills, read some books we'd been putting off, or maybe even write some emails, or snail mail letters to people. I have the best intentions of what I'd like to do with some down time, but I'm not going to be hard on myself if I don't do any of it. You just have to take life day by day and try to enjoy the time we have. Newsflash: it IS limited. So, be good to everyone, especially yourselves. Do some online shopping, check out YouTube or some new Netflix series. Snuggle in, and wait it out!

Until next time,

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Stash and stitchy update

Received a tiny bit of stash from one of my stash groups on facebook. I'd been wanting both these for a while now.


I just love them.

Wee house appearing in Christmastide!



With the complete lack of winter this year, I am really wanting to be done with this one. Hopefully in the next couple weeks, I will be. I need to move on to something spring or summery. Goodness knows, I have more than enough to choose from.

Stitching just makes me so happy. I enjoy so much the pulling of thread from back to front, seeing the design take shape and just meditating on my stitches while I go. I do the same with crochet. I'd like to do some embroidery this year too. And watercolor painting! My wonderful mom got me a sweet watercolor book for Christmas and I need to start trying some every day.

Recuperating the past week and a half (with a couple complications-nothing too serious), has given me the opportunity to think about my goals, and I'll be looking over them to see what's up in the que next for me to concentrate on.

We did have a glorious, fiery sunset the other night that I wanted to share. It took my breath away, even through the trees.


I hope everyone has a lovely stitchy week upcoming! Until next time,

Saturday, February 29, 2020

What a week. ER Visit and Christmastide update!

Boy oh boy. What a week it's been. First the stitching update. This was accomplished between last post and this past Wed evening around 5pm.



After that, my world went a bit sideways! Seems my gallbladder picked Wednesday night to tell me it was done. The pain was terrible. I thought initially it was heartburn, but 12 hours of immense, non-stop pain meant otherwise.

One trip to the E.R. coming right up! I arrived around 5:30 a.m. and by 3pm was in surgery to remove the pesky organ. Yeah, that was a loooooong time to wait with pain and adverse reactions to pain meds, etc.

Long story short, I'm home and eager to finish up this project, so I may put in a few stitches (no pun intended!) tonight and for sure tomorrow too.

I hope none of your week was as eventful as mine. And I hope to not have this happen again anytime soon. Last surgery I had prior to this was 2006. I had a good run, lol.

Have a great stitchy week! Until next time,

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Christmastide update!

The only snowflakes here are the ones I'm stitching myself. I cannot believe we've had ZERO snow. There was ONE day where it snowed for an entire morning, but the ground was so warm it just melted right away. That's it for this year I think.
I'm stitching snow, even though I'm longing for Spring weather and all the cute Spring stitching stuff I'm seeing for Market previews!

Here's my update!


Moving on down the pattern and enjoying it all. The reindeer are so much fun to stitch! I'm going to make one of them a reddish brown, which I saw someone else do.

Have you seen Knives Out? Mom and I saw it recently. We were lucky it was still in the theater. It was great! I heard they are coming out with a sequel. I'll have to catch that one too.

I hope everyone is having a good stitching weekend! I spent a good portion of the day today cleaning out my office bookcases and getting rid of some books that were just weighing me down and taking up space. I had read them once, liked them, but now what? Time to unload! Ever heard of Swedish Death Cleaning? I'm not quite there, but it sounds good. No one is gonna want my stuff when I'm gone!

Except the stitching stuff. I'm taking that with me.

Until next time,

Friday, February 14, 2020

Pretty crochet heart finish!

That pattern did NOT best me! I worked and worked and found that trying to do it all in just one color was the problem for me, at least initially. I made one for all the important ladies in my life, but forgot to snap a pic of the one I made for my mom, which was white and teal colors. So pretty!





Once you get going, it doesn't take long at all! I made several in quick succession.

My husband surprised me this morning with several items from my Amazon wish list. Among them, was a Scotch tape gun, and a point gun for framing! I ordered a frame recently from Hobby Lobby with the intention of doing everything myself. So we will see how that goes! Practice makes perfect I think and I hate to give up on something (even though I do it sometimes, lol).

I'll be sure to show my results and process on that. I'm never quite satisfied with what I get back from a framer. However, I never had a problem with the results from In Stitches, in Alexandria VA. They do a lovely job. But wow, is it expensive. Fantastic quality however.

I'm working on Christmastide this weekend, so hopefully have a good progress update soon!


I hope everyone has a lovely Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Stitchy Update and Pretty Pink Crochet Heart

I was pleased to get just a tiny bit of stitching done on Christmastide. It was enough to make me realize I DO want to continue with it. Sometimes I get an itch to just abandon a project, and I did with this one too, but I have persevered!



Doesn't look like a lot, but those swirls gave me a fit. You gotta think about where to put the stitches, or just do half the stitch, so you can circle back and complete them. Can't wait to get this top done and move on to those cute little reindeer and house!

I also wanted to crochet something pretty for Valentine's Day. I started a pattern called Grandma's Heart, which you can find HERE.



I gotta tell you, this has confused me SO much. I don't think I'll be able to finish it based on my current level of confusion, but I thought the beginning of it was super cute!  If you happen to try it, I wish you luck, and maybe you could let me know what you think of the actual written pattern, and what I may be missing. I'm a pretty experienced crocheter, but this one may have bested me. I'm not giving up/in just yet. But I'm close. :)

This week is Valentine's Day, and I hope everyone has a good one-even if it's just by yourself. Sometimes, these holidays can make a person feel very lonely. But grab a friend and have a "Galentine's Day" lunch or take yourself to a movie!  By the way, my mom and I went to see Knives Out last week and I HIGHLY recommend! We loved it!

Until next time,

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Crochet Baby Hat

I made a list of goals for this year, and I am knocking them out, which surprises me! I went to a sweet little holiday craft market in early December with my mom, and I may want to have a table of my own this year, so I am doing a bit of crocheting in preparation. I made a couple more little tiny baby hats and here is one of them!




Crocheting is so much fun. Something about working with a snuggly or pretty and soft yarn. And at the end I'm like "WOW! I really made that!"  I feel the same way about cross stitch to a different extent, but yes, the same.

Hard to believe January is nearly over, isn't it? I haven't been feeling too swift this month, but I think it was a couple colds just making me miserable. The weather has been just unseasonably warm and I don't think that helps things either.

Be back soon with a Christmastide update. I hope everyone is getting some stitching done!

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Drive by update!

Slowpoke update! Work has been crazy busy and there have been doc and dentist appointments, so this is it so far.


I did indeed pull the "t" out and am doing it again. But otherwise, I am on to the next snowflake, which shouldn't take long, if I actually put the time in!

Not much else happening in craft land here. Catching up on some shows and trying to fit in time to go to a movie soon. I have Monday off from work so I'll probably spend a good part of the weekend stitching or something else crafty related.

I hope you all are making more progress than me with your stitching! Have a wonderful weekend, and until next time,

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Christmas Catch Up and a Pitiful Pineberry Lane Christmastide update


Here's my SUPER SLOW update on Christmastide. This will be so pretty when it's done. I've switched up the colors already, to go with the gray fabric, and when I'm done, I will make note of those conversions for anyone who might be interested.


The actual fabric color seems to have a bit more blue to it, but I can't get it to read very well with a phone camera. I love my phone camera, but I think we lose something in the translation. I might experiment with going back to my old Nikon for a while.

My kiddos bought me some stash for Christmas! Actually it was my son's sweet girlfriend. She asked about my wish list and I sent it to her and received these lovlies.





Are you kidding me with this sunflower design??!!  My goodness. That is such a happy, warm, sunshiney design I can't stand it. It's just the cutest thing. And the hearts on the chimneys?! Love.

Anyone else have holiday burnout? I enjoyed it, but I'm feeling less friendly towards Christmas every year. So much pressure to buy, buy, buy. We were lucky enough to have the whole family come over for dinner and exchange gifts. It was really nice. I'm sure everyone went home and slept well! As nice as it was, there is something great about getting back to a regular routine, isn't there?

This is one of those gifts that was really meaningful. I ordered this for my mom. It's my grandmother's (her mom's) recipe for a Lady Goldenglow cake. It turned out better than I expected. Gotta love Etsy. I am going to get one for myself also at some point this year.


I made the Flourless Chocolate Cloud Cake for Christmas dessert. It was gone in about 5 minutes. If you haven't tried it, make it this year. You will not be disappointed!


Three days after Christmas, we celebrated my husband's birthday. We went out to our local restaurant with my in-laws and the kiddos and had a nice dinner. The kids bought him a gourmet Oreo cake, for which I was very thankful. They really are sweet and thoughtful.



Overall, good holiday season, but glad to be back to "normal", whatever that is!

I hope everyone gets off to a good start and you crush all your goals, crafty ones and otherwise!

Back soon with a hopefully less pitiful update on my Pineberry Lane wip!  Until then,