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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Update on the Orange Piece

Today was a delightful day. I had a million and ten things to do, and was able to get through most of them and also find about 30min to stitch. It wasn't a lot, but it scratched an itch. Unfortunately, I will be having shoulder surgery in August, so again I will be unable to stitch for a while...but maybe it will only be for a short while this time. I am hoping I will be able to make great progress, or even maybe finish this delightful piece before then (ok that's a little bit of a high hope).
There has been a good amount of frogging done on this piece. I am hoping I am through all of that and can just focus on adding to the stitches rather than redoing my boo-boos. Basically this is just about 1/4th completed. The upper right, where the large flower is, marks the center of the piece. There is just a bit to go on the lower part to get the 1/4th completion point. Cross your fingers for me!!

Happy stitching (or gardening, or whatever your hobby may be).

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Retreat Finish and Back to the Bramble

On June 3rd I finished the needle keep from this year's stitching retreat. I would still like to finish the pin cushion, but I have to wait to get a piece of the matching fabric from my friend Gail. I accidentally cut through the piece I had. Oops!

The needle keep was definitely a fun project and I learned a great new (easy) finishing technique. I guess I can make all sorts of things now which require structure. The front and the back of the peice came out great:



When it is folded up only the stitched parts are visible:



And this is a picture of it as it is folded:


Meanwhile not much other stitching has gotten accomplished while I settle into my new home, attempt to sell my previous home, take classes for a certification, and do that job thing. This weekend I was able to find some time to myself and took the opportunity to pull out a long-time WIP:


Unfortunately I found an error with the decorative flower on the upper right section and just spent a couple of hours ripping. But, now I am ready to press on! At least I have a dog and cat hair free zone to stitch in my new place. I won't have to worry about the dogs trying to lick the procject or wander off with it!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Time for Me to Fly...

I'm getting ready to move in the next week. It's been crazy getting everything ready for the new house between the paperwork, the packing, and trying to get things set to move my pack of dogs and the cat. Today I was able to take some time to relax a little and finish the last project in my current house. It's just a little that I received at a previous stitching retreat, but I think it will make a nice cover for a coaster box at the new place.
Also, my dog helped me work on my projects a bit last night by eating a needle and about 14" of thread. But I learned a neat little trick to get thst all through the pup: feed him a handful of cotton balls soaked in mineral oil. It collected all the thread and everything came out (pun intended) alright today! Whew!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Some Assembly Required

I was able to finish stitching the last piece of Grandma's Heart while I was waiting for my dad's loaner car to get fixed. This is why I don’t mind waiting!
Now I just need to find someone with an iron available  (mine is packed while I move) so I can assemble the last heart. Then it's the blanket stitching around both of the stitched hearts and attaching everything together. I can't wait to complete this gorgeous project!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Annual Stitching Retreat Summary

This past weekend was wonderful! It was the annual A Stitcher's Garden retreat, and it was well run as always. Jan, Jackie, Gail, and Amber bent over backwards to make the retreat fun for everyone. Beth from Summer House Stitche Workes brought a project that was perfect for the event and had some new techniques for me to learn. And the ladies had a local woman, Lisa, in to teach us how to make a scrapbook that coordinates with the retreat project.
This was the scrapbook kit from Friday evening.
The inner pages assembled after painting the sheets with scrapbooking ink.
The assembled journal :). It is lovely!

Then, of course, there is the retreat stitching project kit and assembly...
And...the stash enhancements...


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Upcoming Fun!

It's almost time for the annual stitching retreat held by Jan at A Stitcher's Garden! I am getting excited about this year's project which looks amazing. I am in the process of trying to sell my home, so all of my stitching equipment is packed and sitting at my friend John's house. I am hoping I will be able to unearth my light, scissors and needles for the retreat. Although, if I can't find them I guess I will just have to buy new ones, ooooh well!

Over the winter this year I have been mostly knitting hats for friends. 
Sorry about the creepy eyes. I'm not so much a captain of the selfie.

Other than that I haven't been able to craft much because I have been focusing on work and learning to dogsled with bloodhounds:


HAPPY STITCHING (or whatever it is you enjoy)!!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Small Finish, Purchase and Nova Progress

I've been able to find some time to myself over the last couple of weeks to get some stitching done. It's been quite relaxing and, as it happens, necessary for me to unwind a bit. I have made some progress on my large project "Nova":
I was also able to finish a little project that was a stitching retreat freebie:
I started working on another little freebie and have gotten a good way into it, but no photos of that as of yet!

I also found this fun pattern on pinterest about a week ago and just couldn't resist getting it:
I was laughing as I bought it because I had recently seen a post on facebook from a friend that said something like "I believe all crafters actually have two separate hobbies: completeing the crafts and buying the materials"... so true, so true!