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Sunday, July 11, 2021

Blackbird Designs and Fancey makes an appearance!

The stitching world had a great loss last week. Barb Adams, one half of the Blackbird Designs team, passed away at the age of 69. Far too early in my book. Apparently she'd recently been dealing with esophageal cancer. I'm so sorry for her passing. I never had the pleasure to meet Barb, but was a fan of Blackbird Designs ever since they made an appearance in the stitching and quilting world. One of my most favorite BBD pieces is With My Needle. I finished this WAY back in 2009, and enjoyed every single stitch. This design was one of the first Loose Feathers designs, and I adore it.

I have collected and amassed a good deal of their designs over the past 23 years. I sold off Summer Offerings, a blackbird surrounded by an oval berry border, some time ago, and I've always been sorry about that. Been looking for it ever since! Aside from her friends and family, the cross stitching world as a whole will miss this talented lady. I will, for sure.

Worked on Shoo! a bit this week, and Fancey is taking shape!

This has been a fun stitch too. I have to get some feet and beaks on those little crows in the sunflower plant though!

Now for some stash I bought last month while on vacation.



I scooped up some fabric too, soft aida as well as linen. Don't have any projects in mind for them, but they'll be there when I need them, right??!!

BIG pandemic news: We went to the movies for the first time in nearly 2 years!! We saw F9 Fast and Furious. It was super entertaining and we loved it. What a great thing to get back to. We sure did miss it!

I hope everyone is well and life is returning a bit more to normal wherever you may be. Get your vaccine and get back out there! It's great! 

Until next time,

Sunday, July 4, 2021

Happy Fourth of July and Pineberry Lane update!

Happy Independence Day for those in the U.S.! Honestly, I'm just glad to have survived the past year and a half, with all it's scary and frustrating aspects. 

Can't think of a better way to celebrate than stitching on my Pineberry Lane Shoo! She's been so fun and I've gotten a good deal done! 


My sweet little Jenny had her 15th birthday on June 29! We're so lucky to have her still. She's fiesty and a bit ornery, but we love her. Most of that is just the nature of a Jack Russell. What are you gonna do?

She's a very funny little dog too. She has an actual sense of humor, as I think most dogs do, but hers is apparent. These dogs are so intelligent. They can give you a run for your money. And the barking. Don't get one if you don't love being startled by a sharp bark every now and again. They love to hunt too, so they need places to explore. But they are very loving. Happy Birthday Jenny! <3

We hit up our local fair, which was so cute and fun! It wasn't too hot that day and we so enjoyed spending some with the kiddos.


Hope everyone has a fantastic 4th! Enjoy, and until next time,

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Pineberry Lane Shoo! and Updates

May is gone and we're halfway through June! How it happened I have no idea. My mother in law has been so sick in the hospital on and off-that occupied my thoughts for a good part of the past month to be sure. She is hopefully on the mend now, and recovering well. Fingers crossed! So much has happened! 

My mom and I went to Woodlawn. It was so hot in there! Much better in March, but I totally understood why they held off. We had a nice day and saw lots of great needlework. 

My kiddos were not able to go to the beach with us this year due to work, so my husband and I had another solo vacation like we did in 2017. Last year we had to cancel due to covid, and boy, I did not realize just how much I needed to be AWAY, until I was AWAY. I really just need that at least once a year or so. Our weather was fantastic and we had a great time. I got some nice stitching time in too! Let me start with that. 

I brought Pineberry Lane's Shoo! with me to work on, but I didn't like this one on the fabric I brought. Soooo, of course I hit up Salty Yarns for a new piece of fabric and I'm in love with it! It's 14 ct. Ale by PTP. 


I hadn't ever worked on a soft aida, and I am really enjoying it. I picked up some other fabric while I was there. Not for anything specific, but just because. I'll share that on another day (you know I came back with some stash too!)

The beach was glorious. 





We really just ate our way through the town. Good times. My little girl even enjoyed herself. She was so happy and laid back. Nothing to bark at, no house to patrol and protect. She got some well deserved rest too. 

My son graduated college AND turned 25. So proud of this kid!

I know 25 years seems like a long time, but it can't be. It's gone by too quick! He is such a great young man. Smart, hilarious, and handsome. He has it all. :) 

I hope everyone has had a good unofficial start to summer! It's been nice to have a bit more relaxed attitude about going out now that we, and so many others, have gotten vaccinated. This time last year, I could only dream that we'd have something like this now. I am SO thankful. So if you haven't done it yet, please look into it. 

Well, take care everyone! And I'll be back soon with a stash post, along with an update on Fancey Blackett Shoo! Until then,

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,