Friday, February 10, 2017

A long break!

Hello friends,

I am back from a very long break from blogging.  I feel like I've
lost touch with everyone and everything that has anything to do
with my hobbies, and I've missed that.  I was on a serious
stitching binge back in 2015, but hit some snags and ultimately
lost inspiration for over a year.  Part of my excuse is that I have
recently picked up some new hobbies that have quicker results,
thus more finishes, which is much more appealing than feeling
the hours drag by with little to no progress. Lately I've been
watching youtube videos of one lady who shows videos of
her stitching progress and finishes, and have found a fragment
of inspiration to start up my blog, and my stitching, once again. 
I hope this spark will take off and help me tackle my to-do pile.

The other hobbies that I've been focusing more of  my time on
are adult coloring...(there are SO many lovely coloring books
being published these days!) ...Writing...(as in poetry, but hope-
fully that will spill over into working on the book I started a few
years ago)... the occasional sketch...(which is something I do
very rarely, but I'm pretty sure I have at least a granule of talent
for it that seems to pop up out of nowhere on occasion!)...and
I've been making scissor fobs.  I have a whole line of scissor fobs
for sale in fact.  I even opened an Etsy shop last year, and I have
them for sale on Ebay as well.  My number of sales is still low to
date, but I really hope that by getting exposure in my blog, and
through word of mouth, that my sales and shops' popularity will
increase.  Please check out my Etsy page HERE

As I want to make my blog interesting enough to re-visit, I will
be posting my stitching progress, stitching finishes, fob finishes,
possibly a sketch finish here or there, coloring pages when one
turns out particulary nice, and I may even post a book review
here or there.  Of course I will leave it open to posting pictures
of cool stuff... oddities... or humour.

Will I use pictures?  You betcha!  Will I post novella length
entrees?  Probably.  Will I make it interesting?  I'll sure try!


I'll start with my 2 lonely stitching finishes from 2016.  They
are both very nice finishes, but for some reason it was a real
challenge to push through them. 

The first is "Merry Christmas, My Deer" from Country Cottage
Needlework.  It probably took me a week & a half to finish.  I
used the recommended fabric, but substituted some of the hand-
dyed floss with some that I had on hand, as they were very
similar. I like the subtle variations in the red colored balls on top
and bottom....some deeper, and some lighter.  I believe I used a
DMC Variations thread instead of the Weeks Dye Works that it

My second finish is a lovely picture that I am really pleased with,
as the picture looks so life-like and the colors are so pretty and
ideal for my home decor.  This chart is called 'Rose' by Inna
Peshkova  The berry tones are so very 'Me'.  I'm not sure what
this fabric is called, but it is a 28ct cream colored evenweave.  It
probably took me about 6 months to stitch, as I finished around
60% of it, then took a break for a few months and didn't get back
to it for a while.  There is actually alot of backstitching here, which helps the little details to pop, and the background is softened by using half stitches.  I love bird themes and roses,
and I'm so glad I persevered on this beauty!

There will be more to come...but this is a good start for now.  I
hope you find my ramblings interesting, and perhaps find some
inspiration along the way with me as we venture to make our
lives more beautiful and delightful through crafts and projects
that bring enjoyment.

Happy stitching!

Friday, November 21, 2014

A new finish!

I just finished a picture...!! ... well, 'finished' is perhaps a slight exaggeration, as the beads are nowhere in sight as of yet... but the main work is done and I am thrilled to be (mostly) done.  This is "Azalea" by Nora Corbett.   When I looked at the finished picture, I wasn't happy with how bottom-heavy she was, so I went ahead & gave her a little more hair.  Also, I used a darker pink kreinik for her shoe ties, as the suggested DMC color was not even visible on my fabric.  I like how it turned out. 

I also went back and added the kreinik to a previous project, "Fern".   I ended up giving her a little extra bling with the addition of a necklace.  Her shoulders looked so bare.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

WOW!  My 4th post in one day.  I must really be on a roll! 

Okay... I just had to share this video I found a few months ago.  I
keep going back to see it again and again because it was done so
well.  Plus, I really like this particular 'pairing'.  I think it's sweet,
and it deserves a viewing if you are in any way a fan of the show.

For the record.... My favorite Doctor/Companion pairings are
Nine/Rose, Ten/Donna, Eleven/Clara.   My feelings on the new
doctor are just so-so.  I am in the group of fans who prefers the
light-hearted Doctor, rather than the cold & unattached Doctor
we currently have.  You're free to disagree, but that's just MHO.
I should have posted this picture months ago, but I was on
hiatus from my blog for a while.  I finished the 'stitching' on
'Red' back in April.  I stitched her on a hand-dyed lugana.

After Red, I wanted a quick stitch, so I opted for a Country
Cottage Needlework.  "Mermaids".  Then I went on to finish
the stitching of "Mediterranean Mermaid"  Both of there are
also on hand-dyed even-weaves.

Since Meddy, I have been bouncing like a tennis ball from one
project to another.  For the first time in my life I have 5 WIPS!!!!
That is soooo not me, and I don't like feeling this unsettled!  I
intend to have most of them finished by the end of year...though
that could be tricky since I really want to stitch a Christmas
themed project.  Hmmm...  I'm not on a good roll here.  lol

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Don't judge me.....

Yes, this DOES deserve an entire post dedicated to the
absurd level of adorable-ness!

Had to laugh when I saw this cartoon.  As the daughter of
a seamstress, I practically grew up in a fabric store....
practically teethed on fabric I can relate to this
on so many levels.  *lol*   Back then it was something to
dread, but now that I am older, and one who enjoys arts
and creativity, I appreciate the occasional visit to craft/
fabric stores.  Still, it brought me a chuckle. :)

Speaking of which, I am overdue to make another stop
by Joanns.  They have coupons, and I need some floss
for a Christmas stitching project.  Must remember that.
I am also thinking about working on a knitting project,
as I need something that works up fast.  The only thing
about stitching that frustrate me is the slow pace of it.

Speaking of slow paced...(since I'm on a roll here)...I
am still waiting on my PictureThisPlus order to arrive.
I ordered it 11 weeks ago Friday.  Definitely surprised
by the delay.  Hopefully we're getting close!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Well, Hello, Winter!

Imagine my surprise when I woke up to this today....

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It wasn't in the weather report...and we don't get snow often, so it's rather a treat. :) (Sorry, I know that many of you are so 'over it' already...but don't begrudge me a little fun. lol)  We usually have short spurts of snow, so it won't hang around for long.

I had plans to make an amazing pot of Split Pea and Ham Soup, but once I added the Ham Hock and it started simmering, I noticed a rather foul smell coming from the kitchen.  Turns out I bought some less than stellar ham hocks, & it ruined my whole meal.  So, I had to scrap the whole pot, & hunt for left-overs.  It didn't make me too happy, but I'll put in a batch of GF cookies, & that will make it a little better.  Tomorrow I plan to make some chicken & rice soup, which is always comforting.  These days it's all about the hot meals, hot coffee, and fleece blankets.  Hot Chocolate is thoroughly acceptable as well.  ;)

It's about time I ask a question, and get some interaction on this blog.  I'd like to find out if I'm just talking to myself.....and if this blog is even worth keeping. 

What are your favorite Winter Meals?  And what are your favorite 'in a rush' meals?

My favorite Winter meals are soups/stews, and my favorite 'rush' meals are either Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with a creamy soup, or Fried Pork Chops with Saffron Rice.  Yum, yum, yum!

Please share!!  I like to be inspired!  :)