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

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!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

More Progress

I'm almost at the home stretch on Pink Sparrow Sampler.

I finished one model but starting another which will be the priority until it's finished so progress on "Pinkie" will be slower.

I also finished a small PS design.

I'm close to finishing another small but need to order a button for that one...hopefully sooner than later.  The problem with ordering a button and that I'll feel compelled to order something along with it.  Well...maybe that's not a problem after all.

Our bathroom remodel is complete except for our picking up/installing new switch plates and pulls/knobs for the cabinets.  I'll get a picture after that's done.  Today we're having new gutters installed...not exactly a fun way to spend money but something that needs to be done.

Happy stitching!

Friday, April 13, 2018


The border meets!!!  After all the frustration I've had with this one, I'm finally feeling like I'll finish her after all.

Happy stitching!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

A Tale of Two Finishes and a WIP or Two

It's amazing how much stitching I can get done when I stay at home near my stitching lamp!

I was in the mood for some Easter stitching so stitched Easter Sampler by HIH.  Cute little bunny!

Next up is the former wip of LHN Autumn Band Sampler.  I love band samplers, the autumn motifs and the colors in this one!  I stitched 3 of the 4 models of these seasonal samplers and loved them so much that I'll eventually stitch all 4 for me to keep.  (I have 2 more to go.)

My Pink Sparrow Sampler is starting to behave and I'm enjoying stitching it now.  I really think I made those mistakes because I tried to stitch while distracted or tired.  Also the linen isn't the most even I've used and some of the threads/holes are much smaller than others.  Anyway, for now, we're friends again.

I'll be working on some models now so my personal stitching will slow down.  It's all good, though.

Another wip is a bathroom remodel.  Not unexpectedly, we've run into a few glitches but we're moving along.  This has needed to be done for a long time so we're glad to be getting it done now.  It's the first of 3 bathrooms that need updating.  It makes me appreciate all the more how calming it is to sit and stitch.

Happy stitching!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Ornament and Pink Sparrow Sampler Progress

I'm still home!  lol!  I've gotten to stitch regularly and have a small finish and have made progress on a wip.

I'm calling this one "We Three Kings".  The design is from Leisure Arts.  I'm participating in a themed Christmas ornament sal.  This year's themes are Christmas Carols and March's theme is We Three Kings.

I also pulled out my "problem child" Pink Sparrow Sampler by With Thy Needle and Thread.  It's not hard nor is it overly large but, since I've stitched on it while traveling, while distracted, while tired, using poor lighting, I've made quite a few mistakes requiring frogging.  She's been "time out" a few times.  I'm using the recommended floss and it's not my usual color palette but I'm loving how she looks as she emerges on the fabric.  Hopefully I'm done with the frog on this one.

Happy Easter!

Happy stitching!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

On the Road Again

I just returned last week after 2 weeks of traveling.  I was in Philly for the first week visiting with my son and helping him out a bit while/after he had a minor surgery.  I think I needed to be there more than he needed me but I think he enjoyed being fed by mom.  (I also helped stock his freezer with some meals so he won't have  have to try to cook one-handed.)

While there, I experienced 2 Nor'easters, the first on "surgery day" and the second on travel day.  The first one blew down a big tree in Rittenhouse Square.  The second one complicated my travel but even after my flight being delayed, a ground stop, and a cancelled/rescheduled flight, I (and my luggage) made it to my destination only a couple hours late.  I was participating in a Fitbit Workweek challenge so I made good use of my waiting time walking in the terminal.  5 miles worth!

I finally arrived in San Francisco where my husband, who arrived there earlier picked me up at the airport.  (I got in late at night on a work night so, since he knows the way to the airport, we told DD and DSIL to go to bed instead of waiting up to pick me up.  It worked out well.

In San Francisco, we enjoyed visiting...and playing with our granddaughter.  The reason for our visit was to celebrate her 2nd birthday.  (I guess I have to stop calling her "the baby" now.)  One day while she was in day care, we took BART down to the Embarcodaro and walked up and down there, had lunch, and visited with the sea lions on Pier 39.  We also took a walk along the beach.

I didn't stitch at all while gone but have been working on LHN's Autumn Band Sampler since returning home.  I'd stitched the model for this one and wanted to stitch another one to keep.

DH's birthday is coming up and this year our DD and DSIL gave us tickets to see "Bright Star".  We went Sunday night and loved it..especially the music.

Happy stitching!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Rudolph, One of the Other Reindeer, I Love You from Trilogy Cardiology Leaflet, Sampler WIPS and Fitbit

Live has been crazy around here lately and you can tell from my "Stitcher's ADD".

Firstly I stitched not one but 2 Reindeer ornaments for a Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer theme for one of my groups:

Prairie Schooler (from the Christmas Eve leaflet):  (I showed this one earlier but someone pointed out correctly that I'd forgotten to stitch some of the snow.  I was glad to know this before it became a finished finish.)  Since this one doesn't have a read nose, I'm calling it "One of the Other Reindeer".

Rudolph is from Lizzie Kate's Tiny Tidings XIX:

Today was reveal day for a One Day Wonder group.  Feb's theme was something with a heart and to add a charm or button.  The design is from Trilogy's Cardiology leaflet.

I still haven't ordered floss for the big sampler I want to stitch this year but have been working on wips of Pink Sparrow Sampler (With Thy Needle and Thread) and, because I discovered I was off a few stitches and need to do some serious frogging, I put that one "time out" for a bit and picked up another wip, LHN's Autumn Band sampler.  Wouldn't you know last night I was distracted while stitching and I'm off by one stitch vertically on what I stitched last night?!  It won't take a lot of frogging to get back on track for that one.

Hopefully I'll get back on track with both of these...and maybe even finish them this year.

I was invited and joined a Fitbit challenge this week.  I found that I and another person whom I've never met have been neck and neck for 1st place.  While it's annoying when she gets ahead of me, it IS a good thing because I've been walking more this week.  I must be more competitive than I thought because I can beat her!!!  (We'll see what the rest of the week brings.)  I must say that it's annoying to find out she's gone ahead of me when I've just sat down to stitch but I must do what I must do.  ;-)

Happy stitching!