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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day 2015

I hope everyone had a wonderful day.  I spent a wonderful time this morning visiting with my dear son.  I so appreciate that time when we can just talk.  I had a good time and I have loving memories from just this morning.  Then I indulged in TV and the pansy project.  I have the corners done!!  Inside corners, that is.  I can now cut the outside part.  Did I mention that I like to do the cutting outside and then pull the threads out.  Then you don't have to vacuum after the procedure.  Let the birds and lawn enjoy those little pieces.  I do collect the long threads but those little bitty parts are gone with the wind.

I also want to share a surprise that I received on Friday night.  I was watching the show Grimm (scary stuff), it was dusk.  I caught the shadow of a large person on my front porch. OMG!!!!!  It was the UPS guy delivering a surprise.  This is to celebrate the news on camp!!  How wonderful is that?  A basket full of Mrs. Fields cookies.  It certainly made me smile.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Deck Stitching - does it get any better?

Spring and summer temperatures are here!!  Plants are getting green and starting to bud out.  It is slow but once we get some rain, things will really pop.  I have been busy with those type of things but I have also been busy with my stitching.  I did some stash acquisition and here is the results.

 I spent some time on the back deck.  Warm breezes, gentle sunshine and peacefulness were there for me this afternoon.  I spent part of that time cutting on the pansy piece.  I am all cut out for the center part and ready to do a bunch of woven bars.

 I have been able to spend a bit of time on the ice cream shoppe.  So pretty!  The red is the chairs and table outside of the ice cream parlor.  It is coming right along.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Summer is here?

Suddenly we have tree pollen that is making everyone sick.  I have not opened up the house yet.  First I kept the windows closed because of the pollen.  Now, it is because of the heat!  It is a hot and windy day out there and much cooler in the house.  The change over was fast.  I have been stitching.  I am having fun with the 'over one' house building.

I am working on the ice cream parlor.  Fun, summer time scene.

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.