Thursday, May 6, 2021

BBD Update aka Slowpoke Check-In!

Oh boy am I not getting much stitching done lately. Here is some progress though.

Work has been unpredictable, and we have had a family member in and out of the hospital quite frequently so my thoughts are elsewhere sometimes. Stitching just hasn't been in the forefront of activities the past couple months. Life is like that sometimes!

My mom and I went to pick up some things from the framer and Flag Folk was worth the wait! The other is Cricket Collection and I think it was called Do You Hear What I Hear, but I'll check on that to be sure and update if need be.

During a recent drive, my husband and I were delighted to see the goats out with their new babies! Baby goats are so cute.

The weather has been up and down but mostly just gorgeous and mild. I am loving it and trying to enjoy it as I can. Hopefully you are too! 

I need to make a goal of getting back to a weekly update. I don't know where April went! So I will be back in a week or less with another update. Have a great stitch week, and until next time,


Sunday, April 11, 2021

Birthdays and Stitching Updates!

Happy Sunday! We had a great week and I actually got some stitching in! Last Sunday we took my son's girlfriend out to a nice lunch and just generally had a really nice time! She turned 24 and OH TO BE 24 AGAIN! I would actually really love to go back to that! I've said it before, but these kids are my life.

Went to one of my favorite places to eat in Richmond, Cooper's Hawk, and we all just really enjoyed it. Then home for some yummy chocolate hazelnut cake, courtesy of Basilica's. 

Work was light, and I did stitch, but didn't get in a chunk of time until this weekend. So here's my progress so far!

That pink. It's called Clover by Gentle Arts. It's so fun to stitch with! I love pink anyways, but pinks and yellows/tangerine colors are some of my favorite combos. 

We're getting closer to figuring out what we want to do out back. So we went to Lowe's and were looking at some plants and aren't these pretty?

I really miss my perennial garden flowers. That's probably the only thing I miss about our old place. But I'm putting in a new one, and I can't wait! 

No stash this week. Trying to reign myself in, lol. 

My second Covid vaccine went off without a hitch! Sore arm, but no biggie. I encourage everyone reading this, please go get your vaccine. It's open to all adults in just a matter of days!

I hope everyone is well and happy! See you soon and until then,

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Happy Easter! Minimal Stitching and Little Crochet Things

I can't believe Easter is tomorrow! Where is the year going and how can I make it slow down? I have just a tiny stitching update. Truly not much. I have been working on a few other things and just basically losing my mind.

So up first, is just a teeny tiny update on Beneath the Sunlit Sky. I can never get the color to show up correctly it seems. 

These overdyed flosses are giving me fits. They knot up SO MUCH. Oh so much. I had to put it down for a while and do something else.

I received a new pattern. I already had Lady Libery by Fanci That and I needed Sam as well. Not that I'll be stitching it any time soon mind you. It's just that I had the feeling that I needed the pair. You know the feeling. LOL.

 My son's girlfriend's birthday is tomorrow and I wanted to crochet her something cute, so I settled on this sweet little amigurumi cake!  You can locate the (paid) pattern HERE

Um, is that the cutest cake ever or what??!! I laughed to myself while putting the face on and those sweet little cheeks. I love it and I hate to give it up, but I think she'll love it too, so that makes it OK!

Next, I have been working on a super cute little lion. Here's what he'll look like in the end. And you can find this adorable pattern HERE!

And here's my progress on him so far.

If I can complete him correctly, I'll feel a real sense of accomplishment on this one! Wish me luck. I gotta say that crocheting in the round really messed up a tendon in my shoulder/collarbone area. Crafting injuries??!!  Is this a thing? Not to mention you can get a little motion sickness doing this as well, if you do it too long at one stretch. Weird!

Have a great holiday if you celebrate and a wonderful weekend regardless. I've got one shot under my belt and the second one is next week, and I'm so happy! I wish you all luck in getting your vaccines and getting back to a little bit of normalcy soon. 

See you soon with more updates! Until then,

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Beneath the Sunlit Sky Update and more!

 Yep, I could not "just go with it" as I thought I could. Soooooo, long story short, I dyed a piece of 16 ct aida and am now using just one strand of floss throughout. THIS TIME, I am going to finish this sucker. 

Oh, and pardon the weird flower looking thing on the right. It looks a little obscene, but I promise it's going to be pretty, lol.

The fabric is a mottled sky blue. I didn't use any yellow in this one. It's a shame because I wanted a bit more of a greenish/turquoise blend, but the yellow was just giving me trouble (see prior post!)

Cross stitching just gives me so much joy. SO MUCH! Even when I'm scrapping a project to do a different fabric, or I'm not crazy about my stitches and start over--I just love the process.

I'll be getting a couple pieces back from the framers soon and I cannot wait to see how they turned out. I have a lot of framed pieces that I haven't hung anywhere, but I plan to soon.

I had been look for Birds of a Feather's Red Reindeer for so long. A kind and generous person on one of my groups on facebook said she had it and sold it to me! I really love this design.

The motifs here are so small that I'm going to just use DMC for it. But it's so pretty. 

I have been keeping up with Project Life! I finished Feb and started on March! One thing I realized is that I need to take some more pictures. With not going out very much, photos just don't seem to happen a lot.

I had such a great weekend! Spent some time with my mom going to lunch and walking at the park. This weekend was glorious in VA. Upper 60's and just beautiful. I accomplished a lot crafty-wise and felt pretty good about it. 

While at lunch with my husband last week, I got the email to register for my vaccine appointment!!!!!! So I did and it's tomorrow at noon. I hope my mom gets her notification soon too. I have tried to put lipstick on the pig with this past year of pandemic living, but I have to say, it's just been awful. AWFUL. And I will never ever forget all the people in this country who have succumbed to this awful virus. Living in fear just takes a toll on you. Fear of everything and for the ones we love. But with all the vaccines getting done, I hope all the numbers come down and a bit of normalcy can return! Woodlawn is in May this year and I really want to go with my mom! We didn't go last year of course. 

Well, take care everyone! If you are stopping in to read, I truly appreciate you taking time out of your day to do so. Be well and stay happy and healthy! Until next week,

Saturday, March 6, 2021

New Start and a Sampling of Stash!

I started Blackbird Designs Beneath the Sunlit Sky. After a few tries on different fabrics/counts/colors, I dyed up a piece linen that I'd previously ordered for this project. You know when you get all your supplies and THEN you see someone else's finish in a color you hadn't thought of? Yeah. That happened to me.

I really like the color, but there is a tiny yellow part just a bit below the motifs on the left side. I'm hoping that further stitching will either cover it, or make it less noticeable, as I don't really want to start this again.

See it? UGH! Oh well, lol. That's the breaks when you just have to have something now and can't wait for a delivery of fabric. I'm just gonna go with it I think.

I haven't posted any stash for a long time, so it's been piling up <gulp>. I know I won't live long enough to stitch it all, but it makes me happy right now.

So for now, I'll just store these alongside all the other stash I have. I need to organize my recent stuff and integrate it into the proper place. 

Jenny came through her surgery like a little tiny champion. She's back to her spunky self and will get her stitches out in a few more days. 

How's everyone doing with the pandemic and vaccines? Everyone but me in my household has been fully vaccinated! I'm so thankful. I'm on a list somewhere, and hopefully my tier will be available soon. I never thought I'd be living through something like this and it SUCKS. I just don't seem to be  looking forward to anything or happy about much these days. I hope that feeling passes soon. 

Well, take care. I'll keep plugging away on Beneath the Sunlit Sky and have a progress post soon. Wish me luck on covering that little yellow spot, lol. Until next time,

Sunday, February 21, 2021

I'm calling her DONE! Come see Fancey's Brooms!

I'm calling this one done! I left off the top and bottom borders. When working on linen, they have a tendency not to line up crisply after framing. I attempted the top border early on, but I hated stitching it. So there. LOL. Just to recap, I also replaced the pinwheels with various quaker motifs, which I really enjoyed doing.

Can't tell you how happy I am that she is done! I enjoyed her, but as usual, ready to move on to a new one. Being a monogamous stitcher is boring sometimes. I seem to move so slow at times, but as with everyone, it depends on what is going on in life (and my motivation). 

Keeping up with Project Life, I finished the first spread for Feb. Fancey even made an appearance!

The weekend has been sunny but cold. This week will be a little warmer. I want to put in a perennial bed this year, so I need to start sketching that out and deciding what I want to see out back. We thought we'd have a patio put in off of our deck but that hasn't happened yet, and I don't want to wait any more for flowers. I think I need moonflowers this year too.....

My little Jenny has to have surgery in a couple days (on Tuesday). She needs to have some lipomas removed from her side. This will be the third go-round for this type of thing. They just keep coming back. But we can't let it go, so surgery it is. She looks pitiful here, but she is still very spunky and ornery for being 14.5 yrs old. That's a Jack Russell for you!

I love this dog. She loves us all, but she's kind of a Momma's Girl. A real Princess and the Pea if you know what I mean. 

Hopefully every one of you is warm and has power. We have been very fortunate to have all our services without interruption. As much as I always enjoy seeing snow, I also long for warmer days, extended daylight and the possibilities that spring and summer bring.

Stay warm and see you soon with an update as soon as I figure out what I want to stitch next! Until then,

Monday, February 15, 2021

Fancey's Brooms Progress and Snow!

The time just flies by lately I swear! I hope everyone has been having a good start to their new year. I have not stitched too much the past few weeks, but I do have an update on Fancey's Brooms! I had another EPIC episode of frogging, followed by no problems! 

I need to complete the tops of the plants, and I may or may not do the top and bottom border. We'll see what this week holds. I'm happy with her, but want to move on as well.

I completed January for my project life 2021 scrapbook. I'm fleshing out Feb and will soon put the first two weeks of that in as well.

A bit of pandemic good news - 3/4 of my household now has their first dose of vaccine!!! This week my husband will receive his second dose and the week after, my son and his girlfriend. I am so thankful and relieved they will be protected as much as they possibly can be. I'm not in any of the first tier categories, so I'll have to wait my turn. But as soon as I can get it, I will. 

We have been treated to a couple of snowstorms the past two weeks! The most recent was this past weekend. There's just something about sitting inside and watching it come down. Jeff has been off from work for a while with knee surgery. He has a few more weeks to go before going back so I know it's been nice for him to just relax. He has managed to shovel his parents driveway still, which is nice.

I have some stash I've been meaning to post, but it'll wait until next time. I'm hoping to have Fancey wrapped up this week, and I'll be choosing my next start soon as well. 

Hopefully everyone had a great Valentine's Day yesterday. I had the best one ever and it was a 2.5 hour game of Bob's Burger Monopoly while snacking on some yummy fondue my son's girlfriend made for us! What a great way to end the evening. 

See you back here soon, and until then,

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Vaccines, Setbacks, and Hopefulness

I'm trying to give this 2021 thing a shot. I really am. LOL. I had to frog this area TWICE, and gave up for a week or so I think. I was just off on my counting, and not feeling too well. This is reality.

I finally got back on track, and have worked my way out of the miscounting mire, but not enough to post a pic. 

During the past few years, I had given up on my Project Life scrapbooking. Truth be told, it was too painful at times to even work on it. Losing relationships leaves a big hole in your life, as well as things like scrapbooking. And although it can be cathartic to document it (and I have), it can also just be like rubbing salt in an open cut, and I just avoided it for a while. But I'm back to doing it, and after the horror of this past year, I'm hoping it will make me feel better. I also ordered a couple new albums and some supplies online and the bit of retail therapy also made me feel better.

I felt like I didn't know where to begin with it. Being out of the creative loop for a while will do that. So I'm keeping it simple and just trying to focus on enjoying the process and capturing some memories.

My husband is the first in the household to get his covid vaccine! He received the initial dose of the Moderna shot, and goes back in 3 weeks for the follow up. 

Hopefully the new administration can iron out some of the awful problems with the rollout of this thing, and have it running smoothly in (hopefully) short order. Fingers crossed for everyone out there.

My mom and I went to In Stitches yesterday!!!!! No pics, but I promise, we were there! We got up and went early and I took two pieces to be framed. She was so sweet as to purchase my framing, and I'm telling you, it ain't cheap. They do such a fabulous job however. I can't wait to see them come back!

I just haven't been doing much else with the month of January. I haven't crocheted anything. I had a setback on my stitching-see above-and I've just been feeling pretty bad for a month or so. Got a doc appointment tomorrow and my husband is having knee surgery on Tuesday. Wish us luck! LOL.

Take care and I'll be back soon with some better stitching updates, and a bit of stash. Until then,

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Well, it's a New Year.

Well, it is a New Year. I can't bring myself to add the "Happy" on to that. I just can't. Especially after yesterday. I will however, update on my progress on Fancy's Brooms. Here ya go. 

 My kiddos were so good to me over Christmas. Lots of thoughtful and lovely gifts. My favorite part of it however, was cooking up a simple breakfast with my family in the kitchen. It was good for my soul. I love 'em so much. I don't think they will ever know how much. 

That's it guys. I don't have it in me for more. I hope you all had a wonderful and lovely holiday season and I hope you are getting some stitchy time in. If not, make time. It's healing for sure.

See you soon with maybe a finish on this thing, lol. Until then,