Sunday, December 28, 2008

A Finish and a Milestone

This week has been the most stressful week I've had in a loooong time. I think for me, it's the working, plus trying to get everything ready. The lack of time just steals away some of the joy. I'm glad to be on the other side of Christmas, looking towards the new year. I want to work on losing some weight, keeping up with stitching, and making more time for family activities and being together. Believe me, I have a much more comprehensive list, but I won't bore you with that here!

I finished Night and Day.

I have no idea what I'll do with it, so onto the "finished" pile it will get heaped. I'll have a mess of stuff to finish next year. I'm going to do the Christmas Ornament blog thingy too and hopefully that will help me reach my goal of having lots of hand made ornies for next year. Maybe I can even give some away to friends and family!

OK, the milestone is that I put Gathering Eggs on my qsnaps-and if you knew how long this baby has sat unfinished, you'd know why I say it's a milestone!

What has held me back is that the blue sky isn't up to my usual standard of stitching for myself--I know, ridiculous, right? Some of the stitching isn't as "tight" as I'd like it and I could pick apart many things that aren't perfect. I'm going to look at this like a teaching piece for myself. The blended threads, the large design, the eventual beading, etc. I've told myself that if I finish this, I will be worthy to start Fairy Moon. I LOVE that design, and I bought it many years ago. I want to do it, but dangit, I gotta do this one first. Thanks for all the comments to my blog, whether there is a photo or not. I'll be reading everyone's blogs and catching up this week. Have a safe and happy New Year celebration, wherever it may be!

Oh! I forgot to mention that my DH bought me this:

It's a 24 watt Ott Lite, floor lamp!! I have been needing this thing so bad! Now I can actually see what I'm stitchin'. Imagine that. Now I can see even more imperfections than before! :)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Nothing to see here!

Not at all. Not one pic of stitching, nor a photo---NUTHIN! I am unbelievably busy getting ready for my family to come tomorrow afternoon. Seems like between buying presents and working, the past couple weeks has been a blur, literally. I had to work today, and will have to the rest of the week too--BLAH! However, I have to ask one question:

Is there any more heavenly substance on this planet than brown sugar??

I'm baking, as you can tell. Seriously, I could just eat it all by itself, lol. I hope that everyone has a wonderful Christmas, or whatever other holiday they may be celebrating. I will be back very soon with a photo of my finished LHN Day and Night. I never did get to start that "wintry" project I wanted to before Christmas. Maybe before New Year, right?

Enjoy and see you soon!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

LHN Progress and Santa Pillow

Next time I post, I will have this thing finished. Here is where I'm at today. Ahhh, plain ole' DMC floss. Don't you love it? I do. After working with silk on the the little witch, I am enjoying the pull of cotton through the fabric and the great coverage cotton provides.

Remember Leisure Arts? Well, not like they're gone, but it seems I don't see anyone stitching their stuff. But I LOVE their designs and about 18 years ago (I know, I know, I'm old!) this was one of the first things I stitched. Just a little pillow, but I continue to love it when I bring it out every year. It was from a hard back book they published every year for a long time. I wonder if they still do? I have tons of them, lol!

I'm not big on finishing, but I've been reading up on how to do things, and I want to have some ornies for next Halloween and next Christmas. Anyone use glue on their ornaments instead of lacing? Fill me in and let me know your favorite finishing techniques for small items. Until next time...

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Night and Day progress

I've not gotten too much farther, but it *IS* progress, right? RIGHT?? Why yes, yes it is progress! I feel put to shame by some people who start a beautiful design and 48 hours later are posting a finish. Sigh. I'm just so dang busy with my work season right now, that it's impossible to stitch too much. I really wanted to start a winter project before Christmas though.

Now, this fabric really is a greenish, but photographed very odd today!

I'm going to try hard to finish this bad boy up this week! I should be stitching something as a gift, but frankly, it's just too much pressure this month. I should know to stitch Christmas gifts sometime in June or July. Until next time.....