Monday, 16 April 2018

Good afternoon, all.

I’m back from a weekend in Ocean City, MD.  It was chilly and really windy.  There were 25 of us in the hotel conference room just stitching and talking, and (of course) buying new things at the Salty Yarns store.  The drive took a long time coming home, though, the weather people said it was going to get bad, so a lot of people left around noon on Sunday.  Believe it or not, it was snowing during the Kansas City baseball game on Saturday!

Let’s see……the Amy Mitten project.  I just give up on this one.  Was trying to make the ivy leaf to cover Adam’s parts and it looked like a piece of lacy.  Not a solid leaf.  So, I got frustrated, and wrapped it up and put it in the car.  I am giving up on that thing.  Ahh well…..

I purchased some beads at the Salty Yarn on Thursday and finished adding them to the “Winter Typography” piece on Friday.  See the picture below.  Two of the girls purchased the same pattern this weekend.  I am adding the threads I used on this piece to the threads and fabric for the “Spring Typography” piece – it uses some of the same colors.

I completed the Bent Creek “Pink + White” piece – see below.  Onward we go….

Here are a few photos of some of the scraps of fabrics I picked up.  I’ll figure something out later on.  We have a stash pile – I think I talked about this many months ago.  Someone brought in scraps of fabric for the pile, and I ran my fingers through it.

New projects started:  iStitch Designs “Sew a Brown Bunny”, and JBW Designs “Peace at Christmastide.  Photos below.

What did I buy?  Renee Greene “Summer 2017”.  She has designed an Ocean City cross stitch piece every year for about 20 years.  If you want to see all of her designs, go the Salty Yarns website.

I also bought 4 Faby Reilly Designs – “Magnolia Sampler”, “Violet Needlebook”, “Wild Rose Needlebook”, and “Peony Biscornu”  Photos below.

I had a great time, but I was very tired when I got home.  Bye for now. And I thought I figured out the photo orientation!

Mary

 

 

 

 

Friday night, 6 April 2018

Evening all!  I’ve been lazy the past week.  So tired of snow, nice warm day, then rain, snow, repeat.  I can not wait for a little warmer day or two and no more threat of snow…..

Anyways, I finished The Sweetheart Tree’s “Tiny Spring Violet Sampler”.  I’ll upload a photo.

I worked on the Fig Leaf for Adam and Eve’s project.  I got to keep working on it……….

And I started Bent Creek’s “Pink + White” project.  This piece is stitch on 32 count fabric over 2 threads with 2 strands of floss.  The size of the stitched area in 2″ x 2″.  This time, before I started stitching, I ran a black thread around the stitch boundaries every 5 stitches.  I wanted to see if this “helped” me not to miscount.  So far, so good.  Photo below.

When I start a cross stitch project, I always starch the fabric.  And when I’m done with the piece I restarch it.  Always have, always will.

Since I’ve been doing ALOT of stitching, I have listened to any and all baseball games on TV.  It’s nice, and my mom use to do it also – but on the radio.

Well, that’s it for now.  Let me add the photos.  Guess I’m going to have to figure out how to rotate the pictures.

Take care,

Mary

Another 4 Boxes out the door!

I’m happy.  Today, I gave 4 more boxes of scrapbooking paper and stuff to my friend.  And a cart to hold the paper.  I can now walk from one side to another without squeezing thru stuff.  Also, I loaded 2 large bags and a box into my car to take to Goodwill.  It really feels nice to declutter, even if it is one shelf, or one drawer, or one box at a time.

Then I took 3 of Mom’s picture albums and took all the photos out (trashed).  Saved a few of them, and put the empty albums in the recycle bin.

Tomorrow, I am going to a computer repair place to check out what I can do with my old desktop computer, and laptops.  Also printers, keyboards, etc.  Would like to scrub the hard drives, but we’ll see.

So, now I’m stitching and listening to spring training baseball games.  All in all, a great productive day!

Mary

Monday and Household Chores

Boy, I hate the time changes.  It takes me a week to adjust…. So, got the wash going, and watching a Spring time prebaseball game.  Washington Nationals and Detroit Tigers.  They are playing in Florida, I think.

I went to the Tangle group meeting yesterday.  It was a nice day, but still a little chilly.  Here is an update on the “Winter Typography” piece I’m working on.

 

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Okay, I know it’s not much further along than the last one, but……anyways.

I’m going to stitch for awhile now.  We go to Ocean City next month and would love to have this completed. (HOPE HOPE). LOL

Later all,

Mary

Saturday night.

Evening all,

Had a beautiful day today (except for the cold wind)…

Broke down and bought a cross stitch pattern.  Magnolia Sampler

This picture does not do the pattern justice.  Faby Reilly Designs website is:  www.fabyreilly.com .  She is in England, I think, but has an etsy store.  She has many designs that I am just drooling over.

I also bought some bead storage containers at the craft store.  I am working on gathering all the beads packages I have and putting them in order, in one place.  YEAH!

Ellen took me out to lunch for all the running around I did last week.  And tomorrow is the Tangle.  Speaking of that, I am stitching something tonight! Got to show some progress on something.

That’s it for now.  Bye,,

Mary

15 February, 2018

Good afternoon!  It’s Thursday according to my watch.  I have the Olympics on TV, it’s 60 degrees outside and I have a window partly open for some fresh air.

Yesterday was a good decluttering day…..I donated 3 boxes of rubber and acrylic stamps to a friend, who is really in to the card making, and scrapbooking stuff.  Why?  I don’t have the patience to list one stamp at a time on Ebay, etsy, etc.  I haven’t used them in over 5 years and (if you remember), I’m on a decluttering mod.

So, tomorrow is trash day, and I was a bit lazy last week with getting the trash to the curb.  SOOOOOOO, anyways……

When I started cross stitching in 1986, I was in the Navy and moving around the world. I started buying/gathering all the colors of threads so, in my thinking, I would have what I wanted in case I found a pattern I liked and not being near a store.  Haven’t use them.  So I think some of them have gotten a bit of dry rot now.  So, to the trash bag they go.

Here is a picture of my first cross stitch.  I was stationed at the Naval Reserve Center in Bangor, ME.

So, that’s it for now.

Mary

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Thursday. Enough said.

Well, today wasn’t a total bust.  I shredded another bag, which is always nice to try and get THAT pile down.  Ran the sweeper in the master bedroom again afterwards to pick up the shred stuff that escaped the bag.  Rusty and Sara Sue hate the sweeper and the noise it makes! LOL!  When they run and hid, I get a hour of peace and quiet!!

The phone has been ringing a lot lately, I turn 65 (and have to change insurance to Medicare) very soon and everyone wants to tell me about their product, or get me to donate to their organization.   Geez!  Back off, will ya?

Okay, about my stitching,  still no progress on that!  Actually, I haven’t left the house for about a week now, too cold out and nothing needed at the store.  But tomorrow I got to go to Giant and get my prescriptions – boo, hiss…..

This is what I am working on now, as a break from the Adam and Eve piece.  This is Just Nan’s “Winter Typography” in the first two pictures, and the “Autumn Typography” of hers that I completed maybe 4-5 years ago.  I have the spring and summer one’s all kitted up (meaning I have the threads, and material together in the pattern bag).

Okay, last, but not least, the Olympics preshows start tonight.  So, after I get the trash out to the curb, I’m sitting, stitching, and watching the tv.

Later all…

Mary

 

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Good afternoon,

Well today, my favorite handyman came by and replaced my 3 smoke detectors.  They were hardwired into the house when it was built and the first batch of smoke detectors I bought were not the right one.  So, I (with the help of an Home Depot guy) figured out the ones I really needed.  But the detector on the new ones didn’t fit into the base of the old ones (figures, right?).  Also, the outside tongue latch on my front door broke and had to get a new hardware set.

The end product was Pat replaced the smoke detectors in about 20 minutes, took the door handle apart, found the missing screw and fixed that!  I’ll return the front door hardware that I bought and get a refund – $125.00!

So, since I finished my stitching project, I was looking through my “stash” for a new one.  3 full bins and a file cabinet drawer later, I came to the conclusion that I have way to many projects.  No more buying!  Lots more stitching!

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The project is named “Ten”, by Amy Mitten Design, Ltd.  It was published in 2009, and advertised as a weekend mystery sampler with 10 chapters.  You read a bit, stitch a bit, etc…. The material and threads were provided along with Amy herself teaching us.  I’m stitching on 40-count, I think, and have been putting it off for years….No more.  On ward and up ward.

So, that’s it for now.  Well, except for figuring out what to weed out from my stash and taking it to the next Tangle Stitches meeting for redistribution..

Later,

Mary

 

It’s done!

A Journey with Sibbel is complete!  All the pieces are together and I’ve clipped the extra threads and pieces.

Truefully, some of the instructions and graphs didn’t match each other, and some of the picture examples, I felt like they were not done by the person that wrote the instructions, nor stitch the motifs.

Soooooooo, now I am going to sort through my “stash” and figure out what I need to put in the Tangle Stitcher’s Stash and what to make next.  My “stash” is all over 3 bedrooms, LOL.

Bye for now,

Mary