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Friday, May 1, 2015

May Day 2015

Where does the time go?  I have been having a difficult time this spring.  The two year anniversary of Jack's death came and went.  I seemed okay.  Since that time I have not been okay.  One friend said that the third year can be even harder as you realize that there is no going back and it is final.  Yes, it is.  I feel a turning point is near but I am not sure where I am turning to.  There are days when tears stop all stitching.  I am hoping that I can now return to my stitching as I feel the need to 'get something done'. 

I have been working on the hardanger pansy piece.  I finished the cross stitch and I need to start cutting and doing a ton of woven bars.  I found the prospect boring so I moved on to something new.  Here is the pansy piece.

For a distraction, I started stitching a summer village scene.  Stitched over one and part of a series.  Autumn and spring already hang on my wall.  I am enjoying the stitching.  That is a huge improvement over the last few weeks.

Meetings are happening on the camp project.  The builder is seeking agency approval which will be first before the building permits.  When this happens, life will be hectic and things will happen fast.  At least I hope so.  I will continue to share these plans and ideas on that project.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Spring is coming - -

Hi All,

Spring is coming.  I saw tulips pushing through the soil today.  Trees are budding and the grass and trees look greener.  Temperatures are rising a bit slowly.  The weatherman mentioned snow for tonight.  Grr...

I have been sick with a cold.  I haven't had a cold is a very long time and it was a shock to realize that I was sick.  So it was a weekend of naps and blowing my nose.  I am doing better.  And I have been busy.

 This is part of the Chalk series by Hands On Design.  Done and ready for finishing.

Then I picked up a Lizzie Kate kit.  Hip Hop.  Done and ready for finishing.
Now this is a Premin kit.  I will be trashing this one.  I started it last month.  I am just an inch from the end and there is not enough fabric.  I hate the fabric anyway.  I will most likely remove the stitches I put in and use this fabric for book marks and other little things.  I found a piece of Lugana fabric that is perfect and I am working away at it.  This will be a hardanger table runner with violets. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Shame, Shame, Shame

I have been missing in action and ignoring my blog.  I am so sorry.  I have been putting in 5 to 7 hours a day on a model.  (More about that one when it is released.)  It is now done!!  I am happy dancing to have it done.  With any kind of luck, I can get back to a more normal life.

Meanwhile my last model was released.   Xs and Ohs released Little Bo Peep.  Here is the model that I did.

Very cute.  Perhaps a good idea for a birth sampler.  She was also to get beads for her petticoat but I didn't do that part.  Meanwhile - - back to my own stitching.  I am about half way through the lastest Hands On Design Chalk series.  More to come....

Monday, April 6, 2015

The Party

Well, the evening was grand.  It was complete with limo, champagne and a princess wand.  Amazing.  I have been neglecting my blog friends and I want to say I am sorry for that.  Once again I am on a secret stitching mission.  I will say that there is an impossible deadline (March!) to meet and I am working frantically not to bust the deadline too badly.  I inherited this piece which was something strange for me.  Have you ever taken over a project from someone else?  How does one match their tension and technique?  The project is scheduled to appear in a magazine - if I get it done in time.  I will share it with you as soon as I can.  Meanwhile - back to the needles.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Time for an Update

It has been almost a week since I posted.  So sorry.  I have been busy.  I have also been saying very bad words as I watch the snow.  Make it stop!  Where is spring?  I will admit that the snow on the roof is almost gone.  Snow banks are shrinking.  Temperatures during the day are slowly rising but then they dip right back down again.  Grrrr.  So while it snows, I stitch.  I finished the Little Grey Hare by Lizzie Kate.  Very nice spring colors which brighten my day.

Then I decided to move on and do some hardanger.  So I picked up a Pocket Keepsake by Nordic Needle.  It was quick and easy to stitch.  It now needs finishing time.  The good news is that the stitching is done.

Next I decided that something quick and easy might be warranted.  So now I am working on Hands On Design's March for the Year in Chalk.  I have been making great progress on it. 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

I Am Back Stitching On My Own

Winter is hanging on right into spring.  Snow flurries were blowing around outside today.  The snow is melting and the snow banks are shorter but it is still winter in my neck of the woods.  I finished the model (I will post once it is released) and moved on to my own projects.

This morning I put the beads and beard on the Santa.  This is Mill Hill's Pine Tree Santa.  He is ready to be cut out and then glued to felt with a hanger.  That makes three for this year!!

Then I had to start something new so I started Lizzie Kate's Little Grey Hare.  I have it about half done!!  I put out spring flowers around the house yesterday and I need to find my Easter decorations soon.  Pastels are calling my name.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Market Stash and some News

Hi All.  Spring is arriving slowly on the hill.  Another tree fell on the drive but the new trusty chain saw was handy to help take care of it.  Thanks to my very handsome son.  Meanwhile I can't post my recent stitching.  I am stitching for a designer and the model should be done tomorrow.  I will post photos once the design is released.  Meanwhile, for those of you in the cross stitch world, the Nashville market represents the spring release of many new things.  My market things are so much fun to dream about.  But I really do have to stick to the model and get it done.

Here are some photos of recent acquisitions:

I also have spent some time with a smile on my face lately.  I have a big event coming up soon.  I just have to share.  I will be attending the Make a Wish gala.  Formal attire. Dinner.  Silent auction.  The limo will pick me up in the early evening to insure that I arrive on time.  (Giggle, Giggle).  I am considering wearing a tiara and taking along a wand.  What do you think?