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

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Salem Remembered and Some Family Time

I'm mostly model stitching lately (so no picture of that one) but I'm also working a bit on Salem Remembered by Primitive Needle.

We recently visited our daughter's family and then traveled with her and our granddaughter to visit our oldest son who recently moved to Colorado.  While we were there we woke up one morning to 6 inches of snow.  How fun for all of us, especially our granddaughter! 

OK...back to model stitching now.

Happy stitching!

Monday, October 1, 2018

CCN Bless Our Home Finished!

I had about half this one done and intended to finish it while I was in HI but breaking my wrist/surgery at the beginning of that trip derailed that plan.

I'm happy that I finished it last Saturday.

Without further ado:

I changed some of the colors to suit me.

I'm model stitching during the weekdays (nights) but have been doing personal stitching during the weekdays (nights).  For my personal piece, I (finally) started Primitive Needle's Salem Remembered.  A stitching buddy of mine was nice enough to loan it to me.  It calls for 40 ct. fabric but my eyes probably wouldn't allow for that so I'm using 36 count lambswool linen and the called for silks.

Honeybee, thank you for your kind comments about my header picture.  Believe it or not, I stitched all 4 seasons from that leaflet....for my sister.  I kept telling myself I'd stitch fall again for me to keep but never got around to it...yet.  (It reminds us of our late grandma who baked the best apple pies.  She'd often bake a pie for friends, families, and neighbors who were going through illnesses or other bad times.  I called it her "apple pie ministry".)

Happy stitching!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Stitching Again!

I've been diligently working on rehabbing my arm after my accident/surgery and am making good progress.  I still have a way to go but am able to use it more and more every day.

I'm happy to report that I'm back to stitching again.  (There was a time early on in this "journey" that I wondered if I ever would.)  My OT and I agree that it even qualifies as "therapy".

I'd started CCN's Bless Our Home before my fateful trip to HI with the intention of working on it there.  Obviously that was not to be but I'm working on it again now.

I'm using some mystery fabric from my stash and have changed a few of the colors.

Happy stitching!

Monday, September 3, 2018

Model Stitching

Diane Williams of Little House Needleworks designed a series called Farmhouse Christmas.  A friend of mine stitched the models of the individual parts, another friend of mine finished them into adorable pillows, and it was my privilege to stitch the model for the large piece with all the parts and a border.  It's been a popular series (how could it not be?!).  Diane recently revealed the entire piece.  I'm seriously considering stitching it again for me to keep.

...and while I'm typing about model stitching...I've been trying to do a little stitching while still rehabbing my wrist/hand and I'm so pleased that I can do it well enough that I've started working on another model now.  I have to stitch in small amounts of time and get plenty of rest but I'm calling it "therapy" because it's helping stretch me in ways I need to be stretched.  It feels SO good to be able to stitch again.  I look forward to the day that this whole arm episode is a distant memory.  (I AM improving a little every day, just have a way to go yet.)

Happy stitching!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

My Unplanned Stitching Hiatus

I've just returned from spending a month in Hawaii.  The plan was that I'd stay with my sister's family on Oahu and help with summer child care.  DH an I thought it would be a great idea for him to come for the beginning of the trip and for us to visit Kauai.  It WAS a great idea until I slipped and fell on a muddy trail and fractured my left wrist...both bones.

 DH splinted my arm/hand and we hiked out.  Driving down the road at Waimea Canyon, I googled for nearby hospitals and there was one at the bottom of the road.  From its appearance, I wasn't sure about it but the next nearest hospital was at least 45 minutes away.  I told myself we'd try it and if I didn't feel good about it that we'd leave and drive to the next one.

Appearances can be deceiving!  I got the best nurse and doc there!  The doc did a closed reduction but told me I should see an orthopedic doc soon (That hospital didn't have one.) and I'd likely need surgery since it's my dominant hand.  We finished out time on Kauai after making an appointment with an ortho doc on Oahu.

These kinds of things probably happen frequently in HI so there are some great docs there.  Unfortunately, there can be long waits for appointments.  Lucky for me but unlucky for her, my sister-in-law had fractured her arm 6-8 weeks before I did.  While I worked the phones, she was seeing her ortho doc for a follow-up appointment.  According to the doc, she wouldn't stop talking about me until he promised to see he did.  I saw him the day we flew back to Oahu from Kauai and he did my surgery the next day.

I can't say enough good things about both the docs I saw, the nurses, and the surgical center staff!

Sister-in-law also paved the way for my initial PT there the last week I was there.  I joke with her now that all one has to do on the whole island of Oahu is to mention her name and doors open.

While there I arranged appointments at home with a doc and PT.  (My first PT session here is this afternoon although the treatment room here won't overlook the ocean like the one in HI did.)

I also experienced many incidents of the kindness of strangers, or as the residents there like to say, the Aloha spirit.

I altered my HI plans a bit but still managed to help with the kids.  (Luckily they aren't babies/toddlers.)  No swimming, paddle boarding, sailing, or more hiking but lots of beautiful beach walks, hanging out with my HI family, and also with my aunt/uncle/cousins while they were vacationing there.

Kauai is gorgeous!  We plan a do-over someday with some hiking...just maybe not on that same trail.

I have a lot of rehab to do but I'm hoping to be able to pick up a needle soon.

Happy stitching!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Pink Sparrow Sampler Finished!

I put the last stitches into WTNT's Pink Sparrow Sampler this afternoon.  After putting it aside several times to work on other projects, while traveling, and after making many mistakes and frogging and restitching it (I almost threw it in the lake one day!), I'm doing a happy dance.

I have just a few stitches left on a model and next I think I'll start something patriotic.

Happy stitching!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Progress, a Finish, and a Beautiful Spring

WTNT Pink Sparrow:

I finally fixed the problem with the border in the upper right corner.  I believe I can now say I'm in the home stretch of this one.

HIH Wee Snow for a White Christmas theme for an ornament sal blog:

We have been enjoying a nice long string of beautiful weather this spring!  We've taken advantage by doing a little gardening.  I'd seen the idea for growing lettuce right in the bag of soil and elevating it off the ground.  The tomato cages are to keep our dog out of it.  For some reason he was attracted to it.  DH wanted to plant 3 bags worth.  I'm so glad I talked him out of it because we're harvesting enough lettuce to have salads every day from just the one bag.  (I snip off the lettuce we want each time and it grows more leaves.)

We've had a history of squirrels and probably raccoons eating our tomatoes so DH built a cage around them to keep them out.  (Hopefully we'll be able to get in to harvest the tomatoes!)

Some of our radishes.

Almost every night we fill our dinner plates inside and then go outside to enjoy the lake while eating.  Very soon it will be too hot to be able to do this so we're enjoying it while we can.

Happy stitching!