Tuesday, May 16, 2017

April and May

I have been dealing with some minor health issues which has certainly taken time away from my stitching an posting.   It is depressing to feel bad and it makes me very mad.  I do not handle "sick" very well.    I am well on the mend and back to actually getting some things done!  Anyway......on to the stitching.

April went by in a blur so I am moving on to May.


I started trying to work on one WIP a day for the firt 15 days of the month.  Did not work for me, but I did get some work done on a few but nothing to write home about.


Serbian Proverb

I really like this piece.  I will probably change the one of the colors but I am not yet sure.  The aactual colors that are called for are not quite the same as what is in the picture.  I like the semi-monochromatic color scheme and the mutted colors and, of course, the frame is just perfect.


I finished Afternoon in Paris by Country Cottage Needelworks.  Since I am determined not to buy any fabric I used "Silver Moon" 32 county linen instead of the Star Sapphire that is called for in the pattern.  Luckily I only had to sub out one of the threads.   I ordered the frame for it but it has not arrived.

I haveh been practicing making cording for my projects and think I am finally getting some that I can actually use!  This is a small pattern (a freebie I think) that I did playing around with some variegated thread.  I filled it with crushed walnut shells.  Again, Vonna, the Twisted Stitcher and her tutorial video on cording has worked a miracle and I can actually make some pretty decent cording!


I decided I had way too many projects that were done and just rolled up so I went to the Michaels frame sale.  I framed several pieces and they are ready to go on a the wall in my bedroom.  I feel better knowing they are "up".  The nice thing about framing them myself is that, although they are by no means perfect, if I change my mind or find a frame I like better I have no hesitation to take them out and re-frame them.  If I had paid to have them framed I would not touch them I can tell you that!

The three on the right side were finished prior to 2017 and were just sitting around.  I still have one more to complete.  I am waiting for a large piece of foam core for it.   I did not plan my trip to Michaels very well or I would have picked up the large piece I need.

Another life update......we decided to stay in California for the summer rather than going to Texas as we usually do.  This means that all of my patriotic stitching is in Texas so I guess I am going to have to do some shopping!  I certainly cannot expect to go through June and July without doing something in an Americana theme!

That is it for this post.  I am planning the next one in my head already!  I am trying to get this updated and post at least every month if not every two weeks.  Depends on show much I can get done.

Sunday, May 7, 2017


I have been so remiss with my posting.  I decided to go ahead and post the March update and move on to April rather than try to combine them.  Sorry all.  Hope you enjoy.

March is shaping up to be really, really busy for me.  Have lots of company coming in for a wedding the one of the weeks, I had some emergency dental work done last week (yuk) and that will be finished off this month, a granddaughter birthday and packing to finally get back to Texas.  Perhaps that is why I have been stitching and finishing like a crazy person for the first two months of the year. Everything stitch related will surely slow down from here on out other than my opportunities to get in some stitching time since the NASCAR season as begun and Sundays are race, laundry and stitching.

FFOs to finish out February

This was a little freebie from somewhere.

Woodland Wonder by Glendon Place.  Finally found a frame at a thrift store that it would fit into.  No glass but it has alot of beads so I am not too worried about it.  Also, will probably only have it out during Christmas.

A little flat fold done for Halloween.  This is by Trilogy but I cannot remember the name of the pattern.   Thanks to Vonna, the Twisted Stitcher I am getting a little better at flat folds!


Delivery Spring Blossoms by Homespun Elegance.  Pretty fun little stitch that I made into a little pillow I am sure.

And since I was playing with the ribbon technique I learned from Shepherd's Bush on the Utube I decided to fully finish this little project from last year.


Linen and Threads 2017 SAL: No real progress, I am at least a month behind

Ship's Manor Beautiful Sea SAL: So close to a finish, but no progress


Afternoon in Paris by Country Cottage Needleworks.   I am doing this for a niece that loves all things Paris.  I am using Silver Moon linen instead of the blue linen that is called for on the pattern (thanks for Stitching from Stash challenge) and I ordered the frame that is pictured with the sample.

I will be posting April and May soon.  I hope.  At any rate.....I am hoping to get caught up.

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