Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Beach Fun, Stitching and Stash

Not at all happy about being back from the beach. NOT. AT. ALL.

But since I am, let me share a bit about what I did while I was there! First up, and foremost, is stitching. I actually made so much progress in just a short time, I've concluded that if I want to stitch more, I really need to move to the beach and be on a permanent vacation.

This is coming out super cute and I love it.

I also picked up a bit of stash-two of them were just unbelievable! I managed to snag Blackbird Designs Honeysuckle Manor (OOP) and Valentine Message (OOP) for regular retail price! They were tucked away in one of the shops I go to when on vacation and I was blown away. I saw them on Friday, and went back on Saturday when I had regret of not picking them up immediately!

I snagged Notforgotten Farm Witch's Garden Sampler and Shakespeare's Peddler The Mermaid from a stash group I'm in.

Next up, another Notforgotten Farm project that I am kitting up. I'm missing a couple colors, but I got the most interesting fabric. I'd seen it on Pinterest, where someone had used it for this pattern (Flag Folk) and thought it was SO cool looking that I just had to try it too! The fabric is PTP "Murky". And it's so neat.

OK, so other than stitching, I did have a great time at the beach. Spending time with the kids and eating great food, snacking and enjoying the colors and sights of the ocean and bay was pure heaven. We couldn't have asked for better weather either. It was gorgeous the whole time.


These are just a few snaps of MANY. I just want to remember it on my blog. I need to start doing Project Life again. I miss it. I need to do a LOT of things. I'll try to get my act together soon. I'm always trying to get my act together it seems!

Have a great week, and until next time...

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Pre-Vacation Project and Fabric Dyeing!

I finally figured out what to take on vacation with me. I chose Hurrah, by Pineberry Lane. I had gotten this last year I think, and had all the floss, but never ordered or picked up the fabric.

SOOOOOO, I did a little experiment and dyed my own fabric, and I called this one Stormy Sterling. Viola! Here is the beautiful fruit of my labor!

This turned out SO much better than I had anticipated. That dark shadow at the bottom is just that--a dark shadow. The shades are uniform throughout and I'm so pleased. Here is the project all together.

I'm going to stitch the "white"version that is on the front of the chart, as pictured. There is a blue and gray option on the back, which is also lovely, but I wanted that white dress and the pop of red. Something just simple and small enough to start and enjoy. I love having something every year that I begin on vacation. It's a nice tradition for me.....well, along with new stash I pick up along the way.

I think that's it for now. Time to get my checklist out and do the final push for vacation planning. We leave in less than 48 hours and the majority of packing gets done the day before.

Enjoy your upcoming weekend and week and have fun with Maynia, if you are participating!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

A few more letters on Spring Hare and some crochet!

I managed to do a few more letters on Spring Hare by La D Da. This is a fun stitch. And I'm loving the original floss color on the letters! I have a couple stitches that I need to complete that for some reason I left out. But he's coming along nicely.

I saw one of these done in all overdyed pinks for a little girl's nursery (I think!). It was precious. So many possibilities with this design.

Been doing a bit of crochet lately. I finished up another baby hat that I did just as a lark, because I wanted to learn the stitch. This was FUN to do! You can find the Ravelry pattern HERE.

The Jovie Pixie Bonnet

I have no babies to do these little things for. I just like doing them because they are so little and cute!

Been working on a crochet mandala for my mom for Mother's Day. Missed the cutoff, but she is a lovely and understanding woman, and I also made her oatmeal raisin cookies, so all was well. This pattern is also on Ravelry, you can find it HERE:

The Meghan Mandala

I have started walking again for physical and mental health. Two years ago, when things were very stressful in our extended family, I started putting on weight. I had lost 80 lbs in about a year and a half between 2015 and 2016, but in summer of 2017 it all went to hell slowly. Well, I'm committed to getting back to where I was by year's end.

I used to walk at a park near our home, and since we've moved, I haven't made it back. But I did this week. Normally I've been walking around our neighborhood, but I made a special trip back to the serenity of the park and gosh, how I have missed all the smells and sounds of the land and forest.

It's just serene and peaceful, the whole place. Part of the trail is a really nice cushioned rubber mulch path and it feels so nice to walk on.

I hope everyone had a lovely Mother's Day. I'm thankful to have my mother. She's always so supportive of everything I want to accomplish and do. I hope she feels the same about me. I try!

My son's girlfriend, Tiara, and I, collect Rae Dunn pottery. Do you know if it? Well, it's addicting. Apparently, the little birdhouses are tough to get and she and my son got me one! OMG, I love it so much! They are very sweet to me and having them in my life is one of my greatest joys. How cute is this??

Rae Dunn Birdhouse

Back very soon with a pre-vacation stitchy post! Until then,

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Quick update on Spring Hare

Just a quick update on Spring Hare with the alphabet stitched in the OLD version of Sable #110, that I was lucky to find in a design I had kitted up long ago!

It's really looking nice! I'm happy at this point. By the way, I did forward photos and an explanation to the floss company via facebook. A very nice man responded and said they had changed dye companies etc. over time and that " With that kind of changes there is a reasonable expectation that there might be some differences."

Probably not the response I would have given, but I'll leave it there.

Anyways, as I said before, that is a definite problem when purchasing hand dyed floss. If you can't get to stitching the pattern right away, and you want to use the dyed floss, you best get all of it you can, because there's no going back!

Until next time,

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The Gentle Art Sampler Threads, Sable #110 comparison!

Well LOOKIE here.  I found a very old skein from 2007 that was in tact in a project I had kitted up. I knew I wasn't crazy.  Just look at the difference in the color of these two skeins. The old one is SO richly variegated, and the new has NO variegation whatsoever.

I gotta say, I was shocked! They are not even the same shade of brown at all. How does this happen? Does the original recipe get lost? Is someone falling down on the job? I just don't know. But at least I know I'm not losing it, and my eyesight has not completely failed me.

I have even noticed some big color differences in DMC over the years. I did a rant post on this some time last year. These big changes can really affect the outcome of  project. The designer spent so much time putting together these colors and when we can't count on the continuity of the floss colors, our stitching won't match the vision we had when we bought the project in the first place.  I know, realistically, there isn't anything we can do about it, but it is disappointing to have to scramble to find something similar to make the stitching work out.

Anyway, I thought someone might be interested in how these two compare! So beware when you are floss shopping!

Monday, April 22, 2019

Getting there with Spring Hare

I forged ahead with Spring Hare and let cooler heads prevail. I did not trash him and instead, did my due diligence and found the exact place the error occurred (yay me!), frogged it out and re-stitched him! Everything is great now, and he's looking very dapper thus far.

Don't know what I'll do with his flower bouquet just yet. Maybe stitch it in another color, as I have seen some others do. And I am going to order the Classic Colorworks Bramble Bush for the letters on this. It's really a wonderful variegated brown/caramel color that I think will do great.

And because I don't want to pay shipping on one skein of floss, I was thinking about getting this, from Needlework Press.

OMGoodness. I am not normally a "sampler gal". I know there are many of you out there, and I love them, but don't usually stitch them. Some of them seem too fussy or too old timey, but this one just speaks to me! I've seen some photos of stitches in progress, and it is just gorgeous!!!  So, just maybe....

I was looking through some old photos to find a specific one of my sister and I on Easter, many moons ago and I came across a wonderful photo of Jim, my stepfather, that I hadn't see for many years. I didn't remember it at all. It was as if he was telling me "Hi there Tam!", which he actually WAS doing when I took the pic way back in 2006 or so. I felt fortunate to find it and it helped me to be present and enjoy the day ahead, regardless of all the changes that have taken place. It's what he would have done, after all.

Easter weather here was gorgeous and mild. A perfect Spring day, really! Had a nice time with family and made it back with 5 minutes to spare to get ready for Game of Thrones. I can't believe there are only four episodes left.  It's been one of my favorite series I've ever watched. If you've not seen it, I highly recommend!

Until next time,

Monday, April 8, 2019

VENT ahead, so beware!

Well, I'm not happy. First of all, my mom saw the project. Do not give your phone to your mother and tell her to just "keep swiping" to view some pics from the weekend. Just a tip for all you kids out there. UGH!

Secondly, the stitch count on my project, La D Da's Spring Hare, was off somehow. It took me forever for figure out where it is, (I'm missing some rows on the right side at the back of his coat) and I'm so mad! I will most likely abandon the project and start over. (Wow, does that sound familiar or WHAT?!)

Thirdly, how was I supposed to end up with the beautiful color variations on the alphabet, shown here in the model:

....with THIS floss?

Indoor pic
Outdoor pic
I don't exactly have a LNS close to me, so I just ordered this online, and the entire thing looks like it's the same all over. I know that some overdyeds are more pronounced, but this doesn't look anything at all like the model. I found another example online where someone used Bramble instead of Sable, and her results were great. I wish I'd found that sooner!

This is not my stitchy week. I think I'll try and take a crochet break for a couple days and come back to it. Maybe I'll just eyeball some floss at The Salty Yarn, when we go on vacation, and come back with something more suitable and it'll be a birthday gift instead of a Mom's Day gift. Until next time,

Friday, April 5, 2019

Mystery Project, A Birthday, etc.

I have started a new project for my Mom. She knows it's coming, but doesn't know what it is. So here's a sneak peek just in case she pops on the blog, she won't know. Heee!

You might be able to figure it out, but keep it a secret! It's going pretty fast and I'm loving it. Quite honestly, I'm so happy to be continually stitching again. I have made a great effort to do so and it's wonderful. I continue to do some other things, but right now, my stitching is front and center. I'm working up to designing a bit more. I have lots of ideas and just need to make the time to sit and do it.

My son's girlfriend's birthday was yesterday and we celebrated her day officially last Sunday. She requested the Flourless Chocolate Cloud Cake (mentioned in a previous post) and I gladly obliged!

We went for a YUMMY lunch at one of our favorite restaurants in Richmond and had the best Italian food ever. We had a really nice time with the kids. These two are my life. Along with my hubs and this little girl right here.

Well, that's all the updates for now. I hope everyone is having a great week and getting lots of stitching in! Until next time!

Monday, March 25, 2019

She is DONE!

I finally finished her! I think it came out great. I redesigned the pup to my match my sweet little Jenny, and I added a heart inside the quaker motif with her initials below it in teeny tiny backstitching. Speaking of which, I backstitched the pup in a really light beige, which makes her pop off the fabric a bit more. This is probably one of my favorite things I've stitched so far in my life.

SO CUTE! I can't even stand that doggie-it's too much!

And here is some stash I left out of my previous post. Some of the stash I've recently acquired have been things I'd been on the hunt for, for literally years! That La D Da pony? Yeah, that took years.  But he is mine now!

Well, that's it for now! I'm so happy I have another finish! I think the next thing I work on may be a Mother's Day gift for, oh, I don't know.....a special mom I might know of. I doubt I'll have time to finish the framing by Mother's Day, but that's OK!

Have a great week everyone and I hope you get lots of stitching time in!  Until then,