Sunday, June 23, 2013

It's Never Too Early

So I had this dream last night where I was completing a lot of stitching projects.  I just kept finishing them, one after the other, and in the dream I was so happy with myself.  I woke up a little disappointed because my stitching has seemed to go nowhere lately.  Oh well, dreams are goofy anyway. 

I did have a little ornament project that I completed this week!  Peppermint Twist has finally been turned into a Christmas ornament.  We stitchers know that it's never too early to work on Christmas projects! 
There it is, ready to go onto the tree. 

I also got a happy package in the mail this week - my materials for LHN's Song of the Seasons Sampler.  I'll admit that I was a little apprehensive about starting this one because you have to start at the top and I'm a middle of the fabric starter.  You know why.  So I spent part of this afternoon meticulously measuring the fabric after calculating the dimensions.  Then I put a safety pin where I want to start.  I measured again.  Yes, I have this fear of getting most of it done and then realizing that I'm going to run out of fabric at the bottom.  Right now I'm sure that I have a good starting place and am ready to begin stitching this fun project!
Look at me, stepping out of my comfort zone.  Seriously, though, I've seen some finishes of this first part on various Facebook pages, and it looks very pretty.  The colors are gorgeous, and I'm sure I'm going to like this one.  Stay tuned for progress!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

In The Confetti Zone

Well, did I tell you I was back into stitching big time?  I actually have a finish!  I spent part of yesterday evening and this afternoon completing "Love", and most of that completion involved the stitching of the dreaded confetti stitches.  Admittedly, those little confetti stitches are very cute on the design, but it's just the positioning of them that gets to us stitchers.  After doing a few, I got into the zone and I was enjoying it a little!  I "love" this finish!
I'm thinking of making it into a small pillow and displaying it at Valentine's Day.

In my last post, I talked about meeting up with my fellow Sisters In Stitches for a very pleasant Stitch Day.  I forgot to show you what Pat, a member of our group, gave to each of us.  We all received a beautiful handmade scissor fob.  Each one was different.  Mine has a little cat charm on the end because, as you know, three cats live in our house. 
Isn't it pretty?  I also like the way she packaged them for us, in a little bag with our names on a created-for-us tag.  Makes you feel special when you get a gift like this, doesn't it? 

I'm also embarking on something in the stitch world that I've never done before - a mystery sampler.  I just ordered Little House Needleworks' "Song Of The Seasons Sampler".  My biggest fear about doing these is that I won't like the finished product, but I'm a big fan of LHN so it will most likely be lovely.  So I'm taking the plunge.  I ordered it from Stitch And Frog, which is a great place to order stitchy stuff from. 

Thank you for all of your kind comments on my blog.  I appreciate every one of them.  And welcome to my new followers!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Jump Start

So there I was all ready to be a prolific blogger, stitcher and crafter.  Then it hit me -- the Ugly Monster Virus.  No ordinary cold, it slammed me flat on my back like nothing I'd experienced in a long, long time.  The only thing I could do for the first couple of days was watch TV, and the more mindless the better.  Monster Virus actually let me read by the third day, but stitching was out of the question due to my achy and stuffy head. 

Luckily I was better by the time we were supposed to leave for our beach vacation.  Ahhhh, what a good thing some ocean air is when you're recovering from the crud.  It took care of that cough quickly and I was able to enjoy some lovely time with my family at the beach.
But still no stitching until yesterday when Sisters In Stitches gathered for our monthly stitchfest and gabfest.  Wow, that quickly cured my stitching slump caused by being sick and then beach-brain.  What a great jump start back into stitching!  Because of the beach-brain, though, I forgot my camera, so photos will have to wait for next time.

I did get quite a bit done on "Love" by New York Dreamer.  And once again I'm stitching on black fabric, which I like a lot because of the color contrast on it.  Pretty pattern, isn't it?
Thank you to my followers for not abandoning me during my stitching and blogging slump!  I appreciate your loyalty!