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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Oh the Miles! now framed and ready to go!

My framing disappointment is replaced with joy! I took the advice of a nice lady on the Prim Stitcher's Society facebook group and used a piece of cotton batting under my fabric to smooth everything out and make it look nice. Prior to that, no matter how I tried, the puckering wouldn't subside. My hand still hurts from doing all the pinning, but it was worth it! (oh, what LOOKS like puckers are actually those darn shadows and reflections--believe me, it's all smooth!)

Viola!



This was only my second attempt at pinning my own piece and making it work. I think I did OK! It helped my confidence to do this, and I'll be trying it again on the next thing I have framed, whatever that is!

I hope everyone is having a great stitchy week! I can say that with this off my "to do" list, I am feeling much better. Now I have to just finish that little crochet lamby I'm working on, and my kitchen table is mine again.

Until next time,

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Flag Folk progress and update

This is about the third time I've started since I last posted! I didn't like how it was turning out on the murky fabric. I love the fabric, but wasn't feeling it. I then dyed some 18 count aida-came out beautifully, but didn't like that either. I finally got some 16 count aida and dyed it and I'm continuing no matter what this time!



I am pleased with my fabric color. Started out white and I used a pale brown and denim blue on it. The colors are showing up nicely. I have to say, I'm not thrilled with the way the WDW floss lays. I'm only using one strand too! You wouldn't think I'd worry about it. But here we are.  I enjoy the GAST much more. These flosses feel a bit dry and fuzz up more than some others. The colors are nice however! I do love the colors.  I can't really pinpoint it, but I think my quest for the perfect floss is going to be never ending. My favorite all time floss to work with has been Silk N Colors.

The colors are coming into the trees, even though it's still hot. I truly cannot wait for the fall weather. I enjoy summer, but the humidity is god awful this year it seems!

Be back soon with hopefully more stitching!  Until then,

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Notfortten Farm We Are Flag Folk start and Summer Salad!

Started my next project after looking through some recent favorite things I've kitted up. I actually ordered this PTP fabric a day or two after I got back from vacation (around June 1). It took over a month to get here.

I got it out to begin my stitching and realized I needed some bigger QSnaps, so I ordered extensions. These snaps are SO hard to get on and off! OK, end of complaining, lol.



The fabric is 16 count Murky Aida by Picture This Plus. I had picked it up in linen while on vacation, but I didn't allow enough for finishing/framing. I might use that linen for another projecct down the road.

I made a pretty summer salad this week! Believe it or not, I'd never picked out or used a fresh avocado for anything. I was googling on my phone in the middle of the store to find out which one to pick. Luckily, I found one that seemed to fit the bill. The nice lady at the checkout counter even confirmed it for me. :)  It was really yummy.


Summer Salad

1 can corn
1 can black beans/rinsed
1 carton of cherry tomatoes/sliced
1 avocado sliced
1 package mozzarella "pearls"
fresh cilantro to taste
salt and pepper to taste
toss with cilantro lime dressing (I bought mine at the store)

Enjoy those last couple weeks of summer with this fresh tasting salad!

Until next time,

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Thistles and Spells is DONE!

She's finally finished! Don't know why I said "finally" as this one hasn't actually taken that long. I'd have been done a few weeks ago if not for the little crochet lamb I got sidetracked with!





We are enjoying a break in the horrific heat we'd been dealing with and it's lovely. You can feel the seasonal shift, and we quietly move into my favorite time of year! Time for cleaning out, organizing, and setting goals. This is the time of year I focus on those things quite a bit. I've downloaded a few books I need to read and I want to accomplish some other goals as well.

I'll be back pretty soon I think, as I ponder what chart to take up next and gather some stash for sharing. I need to get my craft room cleaned up and organized. We've been here two years now and it's the one place that isn't fully taken care of yet.

Enjoy the outdoors if you can! Until then,

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Updates and frustration.

Hey there stitchy friends. August has not been kind. It's had it's good moments and bad. Let's see what I have tried to accomplish this month. First up, progress, and ALMOST a finish on Thistles and Spells. I just have the corner on the right to go! I got caught up with some crochet and have neglected this little one.


This is what got my attention and had me leave my beloved stitching for a couple weeks.


It's going to be a little lamb. We'll see when I'm done if he looks like one or not. And I'll post the link at that time to the shop I got the pattern from. I've learned a lot that I wanted to know how to do with this little thing, and it's been fun to learn something new.

FRUSTRATION.

I took a couple chances on Hobby Lobby for framing. I had the rabbit pattern framed for my mom and it turned out good, but they initially left the spacers out and had the glass pressing right on to the fabric. I had to take it back and tell them that needlework should never be framed that way. So, the guy there was so very nice and accommodating and he fixed it for me. Fine.

Then I took the below piece in. I couldn't wait to get this back and reminded them up front about the need for spacers. No problem. I pick it up yesterday and though it was finished nicely, and I loved the framing, etc., I could EASILY tell that it had not been stretched well enough and there were some "gappy" areas where the fabric was puffing up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Geez. Really??! So I took it apart.


It was pinned quite nicely, but not stretched well enough. You may not be able to see it from the photo. I was mad. I'm just going to finagle with it myself and attempt to put it back together. UGH! I didn't notice it until closer inspection at home, but whatever. I need to try and do this myself more. I just am not satisfied. Maybe I'm too picky?

I am a member of several facebook groups regarding stitching, etc. And I see some people who say "Just back from the framers!" and the fabric is not well stretched. I'm thinking some of these people have spent probably hundreds of dollars and they don't notice??! I guess if they are happy, then it's all good, but I expect it to be straight and tight. Even if it's a small piece. I had been trying to avoid the time and expense of traveling to Alexandria to In Stitches (framing is outrageous, but I guess you get what you pay for!).

If I can get this pinning down well enough, I'm just going to order all the other stuff and assemble it myself. I can't stand when it's not right.

August is my and my mother's birthday month. We celebrated at a nice place in Fredericksburg that we go to for special occasions. My son and Tiara came to dinner as well and we had a nice time. My mom is the best, plain and simple.


I've gained a lot of weight back and am not happy with myself again. Time to get back on track. The last couple years have been unpleasant in many ways, but I have lots of good in my life even so, and I need to remember that, always!

Take care and I'll be back soon with some good updates hopefully! Until then,

Friday, July 26, 2019

Thistles and Spells, on to the border!

I can't believe how quickly I've moved on this one! I think it's looking good, and I'm officially beginning the border today.


Now, I've changed her dress to be straight all the way down. I loved the design, but I was never keen on the bubble butt this little witch had. So I just took the dress all the way down instead of big around the hips and skinny around the legs. I think it really looks good.

Work has been so busy this week. And life has been busy too! My son started a new job with his company (HUGE promotion!). His girlfriend, Tiara, had her young siblings staying with us this week for a vacation visit and I think they had fun. She took them to all kinds of great places like a bounce house, a jumping center and the movies. They are too cute. 

It's been a bit much for my little Jenny, lol.


I've also been intermittently working on a ripple crochet scarf in some pretty colors. This was an early pic, as I've gotten lots more done on it by now. I love these yummy fall colors. You can find the free pattern HERE.


And a shout out to one of my visitors, Joanne. She read my post from the Woodlawn needlework show, and send me a magazine that had one of the patterns I NEEDED to find (I had no idea what it was or where it came from!). She had some eagle eyes and was so kind to send it to me. I tell you, cross stitch friends are the best, aren't they? Very kind and sweet of her.

I hope everyone has a great weekend, and gets lots of stitching done. I'll try to work on this border and then I have a new project brewing, so I need to get working on it soon! Until then,

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Thistles & Spells Progress!

So happy with my new start! The fabric is so pretty and the pattern is so fun to work up.



 Made an eye appointment for a little over a week from now. I'm a bit nervous about what he'll say. My left eye is getting worse all the time. I'm sure my cataracts are no better than three years ago, lol. He said I had five to eight years of good sight left before I'd have to have something done, but I'm feeling like I'm on the shorter end of that estimate. I'll be stitching till I can't stitch no more!

It's hot as literal hell here. My goodness. I would love to be sitting outside to stitch at some point, but dang, there is no relief in sight for at least 10 days or more! Stay hydrated if you are in VA. Whew.

So, is blogging dead? Do people like the flosstube thing better nowadays? Give me opinions! I like the flosstube videos too, but I just don't have that amount of time to devote to watching. I suppose I could listen while I work--however, looking at all the goodies is what it's all about and some people have videos that are an hour or more, regularly!

Have a good weekend, and 'till next time,

Monday, July 8, 2019

New Project Picked Out and Fabric Dyeing !

After shopping in my stash, I decided upon Thistles and Spells by Stacy Nash. It shows it as a pinkeep, but I'll be framing this one when I'm done. I had purchased some fabric for this, a linen, but it was 28 count, and I wanted something smaller. I've really begun to enjoy a smaller count and only using one strand of floss. I had only ever stitched on either 14 count or 28 count, unless it was a kit or something. You'd think that with my eyesight going the way it is, I would opt for larger count, but I really, really, like stitching with one strand.



I dyed my own 16 ct. aida again! It was originally a piece of oatmeal, and I overdyed it with some light brown. While I loved the color, it wasn't going to let that apple cider (gold) floss pop off the fabric. So I mixed up some gray and overdyed it again and it's really beautiful! I think I was a little too pleased with myself, lol.

If you haven't tried dyeing your own fabric, linen or aida, please consider it. If you get a piece of cheap aida and you ruin it totally, you haven't lost much money at all, and it'll give you so much confidence to try it again, I promise! This is probably the fifth or sixth piece I've done and it is such a fun thing, and you get something that is truly your own! If you want to try it and have any questions, please just reply and I will get back to you with whatever advice I can!

Until next time,

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Pineberry Lane Hurrah is DONE!

Another finish! She turned out too cute!




Not quite sure what I'm going to start next, but maybe the Flag Folk by Notforgotten Farm. I'll see. I have so much to choose from. That is a wonderful problem to have.

We did absolutely nothing for the 4th and it was great. It rained here most of the day and the kids set off some fireworks in the back yard. Pretty nice too! They enjoyed it, that's what matters.

Until next time,

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Pineberry Lane Hurrah Update, the Fair, Hummingbird Moth

A small update on Hurrah! Hopefully the next post will show her completely done and I'll have a new one going. How cute is this?



That little face is simply adorable! I'm really enjoying this one.

We went to our small county fair last week. It was GREAT! The people were friendly, the place was gorgeous and clean, and the weather was perfect. Some small highlights here.


They had sewing, cross stitch, crochet, etc. and all the other county fair competition things housed in a nice building, and here are just a couple of them:




Some talented people right there! These pieces were huge. Don't know if I have that patience. But I do applaud it!

And if you liked my hummingbird moth video from last year (or even if you didn't see it), I have another for you!



Wednesday, June 19, 2019

A La D Da Finish!

He's finally finished! I'm pretty pleased. I left out the dots because I'm too ocd about my stitches and I, 1) didn't want to carry the floss over large distances and 2) also did not want to do so many singular stitches.  LOL. So here he is.



It'll be a gift for my mom for her birthday, after I get it framed.

Now I just need to pull out Hurrah and finish that too. I can't really say I'm on a roll, but for me, this is a roll. I'm stitching one project after another and have been for more than a year now, and that makes me very happy. With everything else that has gone on, it's been a wonderful stress reliever and I love the feeling of accomplishment it gives me.

My boy turned 23! We had a little (very little) gathering at our house and got him his favorite cake from Olive Garden. Pay no mind to the huge chunk that came off as I unboxed it.


I'm really proud of this kiddo. Hard to believe so many years has gone by. Truly. Where did it go? What have I done with myself in the meantime? All I can say is my mom was right when she said "it'll go by so quick you can't believe it". As the mom of a two year old, I thought "RIGHT, lady. I cannot wait for these twos to be over with!" But now, I would almost give anything to have that time back again.

You never realize the last time your little boy cuddles on your lap or gives you a mushy kiss right on the lips. You never know the last time of anything they do as they grow. All you know is it doesn't happen anymore. And it makes me sad I didn't realize the last time would be the last time, you know? Such is SO much of life! It can be said for anything, really. But he's a lovely young man, and doing great.

Age 2 and 23 in OC MD
Father's Day was low key-we did nothing. My son and my husband worked over at my mom's house getting her yard together. It was much appreciated too.

I'll sign off with a gorgeous double rainbow captured after a storm last week here. I caught it just in time too!


Have a great week and I'll be back soon with a stitch update on Hurrah! Until then,

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...