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

Friday, January 27, 2017

Little House Week for me

I've been working on LHN's Adam and Eve lately...and for a while now have been meaning to put my wip (ufo) of Elizabeth Hancock back on the stitching stand.  Finally the other day I loaded her on the stand and have been working a bit on the lettering.  I'd forgotten just how much I enjoy working with the silks!

We're enjoying a bit of cooler weather here and I plan to make a pot of chili (and maybe some cornbread) for tonight's dinner.

Happy stitching!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday Progress, Stitcher's ADD, and Inauguration Day

This week, I've been working on LHN's Adam and Eve.  I've had it kitted up with floss for a while and finally started it.

  I discovered I'm missing one of the overdyed flosses (I probably "borrowed" it for another project) so decided to order it online.  Since I didn't want to pay postage for just one skein of floss, I decided to order something else.  I remembered that I'd been wanting to order fabric for LHN's Sheep Virtues so I debated with myself (again!) whether I wanted to stitch them on one piece of fabric or individually.  I ordered a big enough piece of fabric to do it either way (either all on one or 6 of them individually) so I deferred that decision.  (I'm leaning toward doing them individually and finishing them with Vonna's (The Twisted Stitcher) technique after watching her tutorial again.

Then...I saw one of the CCN designs that I wanted was on sale so I ordered that one too.

(I still want to order overdyes for a couple other projects.)

(I also want to stitch stockings for my grandbaby, daugher, and son-in-law and am still deciding which ones.)

It looks like I'll be busy stitching in 2017 without even pre-planning.

Back to Adam and Eve...One of my groups is doing an alphabetical sal project this year.  This month is ABC, so I decided Adam and Eve would work for it.  A LHN group is doing a Monday sal of LHN designs so it works for that too.

That same group is doing a sal of the current freebie at the Cross-Eyed Cricket website annnnnd another group is doing a CEC mitten sal this year so another two-fer.  I'm a little unhappy with the tension on some of the thumb so I may frog it out and restitch.

As an American, whomever we supported for President, we have to be humbled and grateful at our ability to transfer the power peacefully.  I pray for our leaders, our country, and our world as we go through this transition.  No matter who the leaders are, we individual citizens can make positive impacts on the world by treating one another with respect and compassion.  With all the bitterness expressed lately, I truly hope we can all improve on that.

Happy stitching!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Contest at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

Nancy at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is hosting another contest for some of her beautiful floss.  Visit her here for more details:

Valentine's Day floss giveaway

PS Partridge in a Pear Tree

Christmas again!  lol!  I'm in a Christmas Ornament SAL blog and we decided that one of our themes could be 12 Days of Christmas.  I'd stitched PS 12 Days of Christmas all together on one piece of fabric but always thought they'd be cute stitched as individual "days" and finished as this theme at the blog was my little prod to do it.

Here's my Partridge in a Pear Tree:

I've been "down" with a cold this week so had some extra stitching and reading time.  I'm almost finished with Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline.  I'm enjoying the book but it makes me sad to think of what many of those children had to endure in real life.

I made some split pea soup in the crock pot for dinner yesterday.  I don't know if I was craving the soup or did it wishing for some real winter weather.  (It was about 80 for our high yesterday.)  DH wants me to take it easy today so when we were discussing dinner plans for tonight, he reminded me of the homemade lasagna in the freezer.  He didn't have to twist my arm!

Happy stitching!

Monday, January 9, 2017

A New Year...And a Little Holiday "Report"

Happy New Year!

We enjoyed a bit of travel to visit our daughter, son-in-law, and grandbaby.  Our sons were there too and it was nice to have everyone together under one roof even though the roof wasn't ours.  Some of us traveled together on Christmas Day.  It was actually a pleasant day to travel.  We joked about our "traditional" Christmas lunch of pizza in the terminal.

We got there in time for a nice Christmas dinner prepared by our son-in-law with dessert of a wonderful flan prepared by our daughter.

Then we opened our Christmas crackers and proceeded to open gifts.  The center of attraction, of course, was the baby who seemed to enjoy her first Christmas.

The siblings and our son-in-law (who is behind the camera) went hiking.

We went hiking another day.  We hiked up a hill but the most challenging part of the hike was hiking back up the street to DD's house.

We really enjoyed the family time...and playing with the baby who is such a fun age.

We arrived home late Tuesday night (actually early Wednesday morning) and have been pretty busy ever since with work, taking down Christmas decorations, rehearsals, stitching with my friend one afternoon, our monthly night out playing cards, and church.  A cold front blew in Friday and we enjoyed a weekend of winter temperatures even down into the mid 20's.   (I say "enjoyed" because it's already back in the 60's today.)

On the stitching front, I was able to finish Little House Needlework's December Calendar Girl.  (I have a few more to do to finish the series.)

I'm working on Day 1 of PS Twelve Days of Christmas for the Christmas Ornie SAL blog.  I've stitched the whole design on one piece of cloth but always wanted to stitch the individual days for ornaments and, since the theme this year is 12 Days of Christmas, this is the perfect opportunity.

We really enjoyed our holidays but it's always nice to get back to (our version) of normal.

Happy stitching!