I only stitch on days that end in "y".

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Wedding Piece finished and framed!

I'll have to check with the Guinness world records people but I think we may have set some kind of record for stitching and framing a piece of cross stitch.  I say "we" because my husband, I, and my framer all had a hand in it.

DH suggested a week+ ago that I stitch something for our neighbors/friends' 50th wedding celebration.  (Their kids are throwing them a party next weekend.)  I quickly stitched something from LK Make it Personal, finished on Friday afternoon, and took it to my framer.  I told him the situation, he helped select the moulding, and he finished framing before his shop closed that afternoon.  (I love him!  He has a great eye in choosing the right mouldings, does wonderful and fast work, and is very reasonably priced.)

I feel so good that this is finished on time!  We'll be unable to attend the party so I told a mutual friend about it, asking if she could make sure they get it.  Not only will they get it, but this friend is helping decorate for the party and she says she'll use it as party of the decorations.

Now I'm working on a model which I'm really enjoying.  I hope to finish it soon and then I'll probably get back to the sampler I showed last time.  I'm really behind on some sal blogs too so I'll need to get going again on those.  So much to stitch--so little time! 

Happy stitching!

A Drawing at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

Nancy's at it away a favorite red roses boxed floss set.

See her blog for how to enter.

Favorite Red Roses boxed set drawing

Good luck and Happy Stitching!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

I'm Still Here!

Between things getting a little busy around here and a short "stitching slump", I've neglected my blog for a while again.

Our grandbaby is doing very well and we can't wait to see her again.

DH's job is going well except that he's doing more driving back and forth than he ever has before.  So far the work from home deal hasn't materialized except for Fridays.  We're hoping soon that Mondays will also be a work from home day too.  He enjoys the work and the people there so it's all good.

Our DS who's currently living in Denmark was visiting "The States" last month.  He first went to meet his new neice in CA and then came here to TX for a visit.  While he was here, both he and I flew up to OH to visit with my parents.

This summer will be unusual for me. Before becoming an empty nester, I was pretty much tethered to our kids' activities so couldn't plan trips except for family visits and trips with the marching band.  Things have sure changed!   In addition to another trip to visit our little sweetie pie, I'll also travel with DH on one of his work trips to San Diego.  Then later in the summer I'll be going to HI to help my sister with summer child care.  (She recently went back to work and wanted some unscheduled home time for her kids who are in second and 4th grade.)  My brother also lives there (Oahu) and he has a nice sailboat.  I'm hoping we can talk him into taking us sailing at least once while I'm there.  Knowing him, I won't have to do much arm-twisting.

My frugality has caught up with me.  My smart phone is at least 6 years old and I was hoping to stretch it out a little longer before replacing it after buying new phones for other family members...and a car for our youngest son so he can drive back and forth to his summer internship.  I stretched it out a little too long.  My battery is pretty much dead and won't take/keep a charge.  Fortunately I was able to plug it into the computer to retrieve my videos/pictures and contacts.  UNfortunately,  nobody around here has the phone I want in stock and even ordering it has a "waiting time" before it will be shipped.  (Fortunately I checked all the colors and was able to shorten that time by choosing a less popular color.)  In the meantime, I'm using an old "dumb phone" we use for our home phone number.  Isn't it AMAZING how dependent we've become on our smart phones?!  I keep reminding myself of all the years I functioned perfectly well without even a cell phone.

I mentioned a stitching slump.  Instead of stitching, I was doing some reading but now I'm back to stitching and reading.  I'm behind on most of my sal groups and my Calendar Girls but I'll eventually catch up.

Here's a little small by PS.  I have an idea of how to "finish" it but haven't followed through yet.

Next up is Beach Blessings by Erica Michaels.  It's supposed to be stitched on gauze but I used 32 count linen (over 2).  Instead of solidly stitching the sand, I used a piece of fabric that looked to me like sand.

Here's another PS.  I think I'd like to try to "finish" this into a needlebook.

I'm a member of the FB group Sampler Heart which is a group of repro sampler lovers.  One of our members (Inguana Krastina) reproduced an antique sampler and is giving it (in installments) to members of our group as a stitch-along.  Here's my progress so far on that one:

DH suggested that I stitch a small wedding piece for some friends who are celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2 weeks.  I'll have to get moving on that if I want to get something done in time!

I also just received another model to stitch that I'll be starting today/tonight.

I guess the slump is over!

Happy stitching!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Long Time, No See

I've neglected my blog (and stitching) lately but for a good reason.  I returned late last week from visiting our new grandbaby (and her parents, of course, but they'll probably always get "second billing"  from now on).

  She's doing great now but, unfortunately, she had to spend a few days in the hospital after we arrived.  It was a little scary and stressful for all of us at first and I'm so thankful that we were there to be able to lend some emotional and practical support during and after her hospitalization.  My husband had to return home as we'd originally planned (see below) but I was able to extend my stay another week+ and help out with cooking, laundry, grocery shopping, baby cuddling, etc. so that the parents could catch up on their rest.   I know they could have handled it on their own but I'm so glad they didn't have to.  (Everyone seemed to be doing better by the time I left so I felt ok about leaving when the time came.)

  They had a few days on their own and now the other set of grandparents are there visiting.  I Facetimed with them yesterday and was happy to see the other Grandma preparing dinner for them...and hear that Grandma and Grandpa took the baby out on a stroller ride yesterday afternoon so DD could take a nap. (DD couldn't have chosen a better husband and in-laws.  They're wonderful people!)

While I was in CA, my DH retired from his job, had a 3-day weekend which he spent doing yard work, and then went to work the following Monday for a new employer.  His drive is even longer (1.5 hours each way) but when things settle down, he'll be able to work from home at least a couple days a week.  Those of us who know him laugh at his idea of "retirement" but he's very excited about what he's doing with his new job.  As long as he's happy, I'm happy. 

As for my's taken a back seat.   I didn't even take any with me while visiting the new baby...and wouldn't have had any time to pull it out anyway.  Once I returned home, unpacked, and reorganized I pulled out a sampler that was only lacking the personal touches to be finished.  It's "Live Laugh Love" by Primitive Betty.  Rather than use my initials and the current year in the "banner", I thought I wanted something older.  I ended up using my late grandmother's (maiden name) initials and her birth year in the banner and thought it would be a nice way to honor her.  (She didn't cross stitch but she was a talented seamstress, quilter, and crocheter and I think I acquired my interest in stitching from watching her over the years.)  I "signed" the piece in much smaller back stitching.  It felt good to finish something right off the bat after just picking up the stitching again.

Happy stitching!

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Oh, Baby!!

Our granddaughter has arrived!!  Of course she's the most beautiful baby I've ever seen.

My babies were all 8-9 lbs at birth (the last one was just over 9 pounds born 2 weeks before the due date!) so we were thinking she'd be a big baby, but she's a little "peanut" at just under 6.5 lbs.

Her first name comes from the street where my DD met our sweet SIL met (they feminized it) and they honored my mother by using part of her name for the middle name.

We haven't gotten to hold her yet (she lives a plane ride away) but will go see her soon.  She's precocious...already is using Facetime with us.  ;-)

I finished up the lettering on her birth "sampler" and took it to my framer Monday, asking if he thought he could get it finished before we leave to see her.  He's such a sweet man!  He put it at the top of his pile and finished it that afternoon for me.  The design is Gabrielle Rose by La D Da with a few changes I made.  DD prefers simple designs on things I stitch for her and I'd always wanted to stitch that design.

If that isn't exciting enough, DH is in the process of retiring at the end of this month.  His last day is March 31 and he'll enjoy a long weekend....before he goes to work Monday full time somewhere else.  lol!  If you knew him, you wouldn't be surprised by that.  He's very excited by what he'll be doing for the new job so I'm excited for him too.

Stitching has taken a back seat lately as you might imagine but I'll get back to it soon.

Happy stitching!

Friday, March 4, 2016

A Trifecta (of stitching finishes)!

OK.  I'll admit to being a serial starter but once in a while it allows me to finish more than one thing in a short amount of time.  This week I finished 3 projects.  What a treat!

The first is February Calendar Girl by Little House Needleworks:

While putting her away with the other Calendar Girls, I noticed that I only lacked 3 French knots, her eyes (and my "signature") to finish January.  (I'd toyed with the idea of replacing the French knots with beads but changed my mind yesterday.)

I'm still behind on this series but I made a decent "dent" finishing these 2.  My plan is to finish stitching all of these before deciding (and starting) on the "finishing" of them.

While on a finishing roll, I picked up an autumn themed Prairie Schooler that I put down to work on Christmas things last year.  The Indian corn was a bit "fiddly" and most of the rest I had to do was backstitching.  That may have been another reason I put it down then.  I have visions of "finishing" it in a wreath like I saw on Priscilla's blog.  (If you haven't seen her blog, check it out for a real treat.)

 I even know where I'll hang it when it's finished.

No fancy cooking this week but I felt very old fashioned that day I made potatoes au gratin and chocolate pudding, both from scratch.  Both are so easy to make, I wonder why I ever bought box mixes for either of them.

We're still on Baby Watch and DD's due date is today.  For some reason, we're all thinking Baby will be a little late but no matter what, it won't be long now.  We're so excited to get to finally meet her!

Happy stitching!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Friday Progress Report

I decided it was long enough to wish I was stitching a "big girl" sampler so I decided to spend at least one day a week on a sampler.  Rather than starting a new one, I decided to work on Lucy Redd by Homespun Elegance, one that I'd barely started previously.  At least for this week....who knows which one I'll work on next week.

LHN February Calendar Girl now has a head but her face needs work.  I used the wrong color for her cheeks so I frogged them out after this picture was taken.

We're on baby watch and I prepared for our trip to meet her by buying a replacement carry on suitcase.  (The telescoping handle of my old one keeps getting stuck.)  I lucked into a decent sale at Kohl's with a coupon for an extra 20% off, triple my "yes to you" points, and earned Kohl's cash.  It felt pretty good to time a promotion like that for when I needed to buy something.

I'll be using that bag for another trip this Hawaii.  I'll be playing nanny for my niece and nephew for a couple of weeks.  It will be nice spending some time with them, my sister and BIL, my brother and SIL, and being able to help out my sister with child care.'s Hawaii!!!!!!

I didn't cook/bake anything interesting this week but DH made some chipotle chicken chili (from a Ree Drummond recipe) for a chili cook-off at work.  While he didn't win, it must have been good because there's hardly any left. 

Happy stitching!