Monday, 31 December 2007
My new stitching and blogging friends were a wonderful addition to my life.
To all I wish a Happy New Year and a wonderous 2008 filled with love, laughter and sunshine.
Thursday, 27 December 2007
I have been asked for the colors that I am using for Paradigm - DMC 502. I hope to work on it later today or tomorrow. Take care everyone - till the next time.
Saturday, 22 December 2007
From my friend Ann at Knowledge and Needles - another 10 skeins for my Little Book of Stitches - I was very optimistic buying 5 skeins wasn't I! LOL
From Stitching Bits and Bobs - Drawn Threads Sampler Gameboard, JBW Designs Christmas Stocking, a hibiscus needle minder and 8 packages of Piecemaker needles. I know - 8 packages - 3 are for my BFF Beatrice. I use a different needle for each thread color so I need (well, want) lots.
Now, here is my stitching progress for this week. I seem to be moving very slowly on Crystal Tree. I am so close to the end of the regular stitching but, as with everyone, it is a very busy time and when I sit, I just sit.Paradigm, however, is moving along well. I worked until 12:45 a.m. on this particular motif to get it finished. I had to give up before I got to the back stitching. - Ah, well, next week. The members of the Snowbirds SAL got a lovely surprise this week - a nice letter from Tracy Horner at Ink Circles. The link is in my sidebar. Check it out!
I also received the loveliest gift in the mail yesterday. I participated in a Christmas Ornament exchange this past year that fell apart in the middle. Some of the other participants lost their supplies and it was very disappointing for everyone. One of the stitchers - Margaret - sent me the loveliest Christmas card and a little package. Inside the package were the supplies for Rosewood Manor - Victorian Lace Snowflake Christmas ornament from the 2007 JCS Ornament issue.
What a thoughtful little gift. I appreciate it very much Margaret and plan to stitch it right away. Perhaps we will meet at another RR and it will turn out well for us all.
Friday, 14 December 2007
Here is my new deck - all porcelain tile. The three guys did a wonderful job and it is so much easier to keep clean. We get some wicked sand and wind storms here and the sand is so fine that carpet is almost impossible to keep clean. Over the last few years, people are replacing carpet with tile. We don't get much rain so the tiles hold up well outdoors. I am planning to put my Christmas tree up on the deck later today.
Here is my updated photo of Paradigm. I finally got the chance to work on it last evening.
And, I am still slugging along on Crystal Tree. I think I have two presents left to stitch then I will have to put it in Q-snaps. I usually work in hand so this will be my first use of them. I have many things to add that will require the fabric to be straight - silk ribbon, beads, rope, garland, snowflakes and charms - Oh darn, here I thought I was near the end. Oh, well, maybe next Christmas.
Sunday, 9 December 2007
If you notice that I am not commenting on blogs much lately, please forgive me. I am reading them but we have some issues here with the wireless and it cuts out quite suddenly. Many times I have typed out a great (in my mind) comment and it refuses to go through. Am I the only one having trouble with the comments? I try to read all your blogs. I so enjoy all the different projects that everyone is working on!!! Keep stitching one and all
Thursday, 6 December 2007
I worked on Paradigm all day yesterday and really enjoyed this section. There were several small motifs and so you felt like you accomplished something at the end. Hey, I get my enjoyment where I can.
Thursday, 29 November 2007
You will notice several new names in my blog list. Many of these are new stitchers that have joined the Paradigm/Cirque blog. Check them out when you can - Joyus, Tannia, Gail, Rob at Coastal Stitching, Lesley, and Mindi are the ones I can think of right now.
Tuesday, 27 November 2007
I participated in my first ornament exchange this fall. My partner was Becky K from Oklahoma.
Becky Thank you so very much. You knocked my socks off!
Someone told her that I was a nutcracker collector and she heard. Her exchange was amazing and I was stunned by all the lovely wrapped gifts.
I received a package of mixed beads, a package of Christmas stickers, a needle case, a package of Snickers Nutcrackers (that's right - the ones I'm munching on) and the most beautiful stitched nutcracker. He is hanging above my computer screen as I type and I look at him in awe every time. Becky says he comes from a Christmas bellpull design in a Better Homes and Garden Book called A Cross Stitch Christmas - Handmade Heirlooms.
The guilt comes from not saving the nutcrackers for my collection and eating them instead. Becky reassures me they came from her favorite gourmet chocolate shop - Walmart - so I should be able to replace the ones I ate. Don't you just love it.
Below is the stitched piece I did for her. This is a JBW design - Hearts of Joy - from the 1997 Just Cross Stitch ornament issue. I made it into a little pillow for her and added some other goodies to the package. Becky emailed yesterday that she received the package so now I can post it.
And note to self and others - don't send a package in a Skinny Cows ice cream box. They work great for ice cream but not as packaging. Becky says it was delivered taped together but thankfully intact.
Today I went strolling to the mailbox to see what the mailman had dropped off . Mostly it is 6 million pieces of useless paper from our bank at home and the odd advertisement. Well, I got the coolest little surpise today. I found a little envelope postmarked Belgium containing a skein of Carrie's Creations hand dyed floss called Snowflake in my box. A cute little hand stamped card is in the envelope but no name or indication of who it is from. Whoever you are, thank you for such a wonderful surprise gift. I looked at this little envelope all the way home with a big smile on my face and a real sense of awe and gratitude. What wonderful thing can I find to stitch with this beautiful thread?
I have finally found the missing fabric for my Little Book of Stitches. I had bought it at Michael's I guess and it is 32 count oyster. Now, I can go back to working on it.
I have not done a great deal of stitching this past week. I seem to have hit a bit of a lull. I have picked up several things, stitched on them for a bit then put them down and picked up something else.
I'm off to check out the Snowbird SAL. Take care everyone
Friday, 23 November 2007
Tuesday, 20 November 2007
Travelling in the car to Arizona gave me lots of quality stitching time. Our activities here tend to end early evening so I have some stitching time then too.
I am off to Joann's this week. Their floss is on 5/$1.00 and I can't resist that. I am hoping to go through my floss boxes once I finish these windows and see what I need or might need LOL.Crystal Tree is finally coming together. I have finished the top 1/2 and now I get to stitch some presents and other colors as I work my way to the bottom of the tree. There is less confetti stitching in the bottom so I should be able to stay on track better. My neighbor came over to see my new projects and she wanted to see my stitching on the back. What did she pick but the Crystal Tree that is not my neatest piece because of all the confetti stitching.
I made some great progress on Paradigm too. This was one entire day in the car and I felt that I accomplished a lot that day. I am really enjoying this stitch.
Thursday, 15 November 2007
We arrived in Arizona late yesterday afternoon. We had a very busy and emotional two weeks visiting with my sister and Jim in Texas. He is doing better. Tiny little steps at a time. He can now move his right hip, knee and foot. The movement is small but we are grateful for each one.
It was very difficult to leave my sister on Wednesday but it was time to move on.
The weather is beautiful 84F and sunny without a cloud in the sky. It will take me a couple of days to unpack and clean the summer sand out of the place.
I am sorry that I did not keep up with everyone and their progress. Time just slipped by and there was never enough time to sit in front of the computer. Now that I am here I will do lots of catching up and look forward to seeing everyone's projects and progress. I will try and blog more often too.
Well, everyone gotta go - it is nine and dine at the local golf course tonight and DH is on the course and I am off to join him for dinner.
Friday, 9 November 2007
I have managed some stitching time. My work on Crystal Tree this week has involved pulling out an entire section that was in the wrong place. I need a reminder of why I am doing this piece.
I have made some wonderful progress on Paradigm. I don't like to put it down at the end of the day and have a hard time not picking it up again the next day.
Until next time, take care all.
Sunday, 4 November 2007
I am coming along nicely with page 3 of Book of Stitches although it did not get too much work.
I got to start Paradigm on October 31st for the entire day. I really enjoyed this stitch and did not want to put it down at the end of the day. I can hardly wait for next Wednesday to stitch some more.
Crystal Tree is coming along really nicely. I have found that an extra-large pattern, a highliter and solitude are the answer to working on this piece. I have done very little counterstitching and that pleases me greatly. For some reason, Crystal Tree does not photograph well. Will have to play with the camera and see if I can get a better shot. I have also stitched a piece for the Ornament Exchange on the Needle and Thread Board and cannot show it until it has been received - late November.
Jim is making progress and is now at home. His being at home keeps my sister very busy so DH and I have done our best to pick up the slack for her. She calls me her "laundry fairy". We are trying to accomplish some odds and sods for her - you know - those things you never have time for. Our days are full. We are enjoying spending time with her and her family.
Sunday, 28 October 2007
I have finally shaken the cold and bronchitis that has kept me down for the last 2 1/2 weeks. Our van is packed, my stitching bag is full, my Paradigm is marked and ready for it's first stitch, my wings are groomed and we are patiently waiting. I have a quick checkup with the doctor tomorrow and we are on our way. We will stay Monday night with our DH's brother and his wife in Windsor and cross at Detroit Tuesday morning. We should be in Texas sometime Thursday. For my Paradigm - Cirque stitchers, polish up those needles and limber up those fingers. Start date is close!!
Access may be sporadic until we reach Texas.
Till then, take care of yourselves and stitch, stitch, stitch!!!
Friday, 26 October 2007
This is not the greatest photo of Crystal Tree but we have progress. I ended up tearing out all the previous stitching and starting again. This is on 32 count Ice Blue Lugana and will be lovely when it is done. I have started at the top and it seems to be going better. I find it easier to keep track and I am trying not to wander too far with the confetti stitches. I have discovered that I cannot stitch this one with distractions though. I took it with my yesterday to my last Thursday stitching group and had to counter stitch everything I had done! It was wonderful to see my stitching friends again and sad to say goodbye to them all for the next few months. I wish you could meet them. They are such a wonderful group - so encouraging, so funny, so supportive and such great buddies. Take care everyone
On the cold front - things are progressing slowly. I had to see my doctor on Monday and I have developed bronchitis and a lung infection. I now have antibiotics, an bronchodilator and some narcotic cough medicine to get me through this. The cough medicine knocks me on my keister so I try not to take it unless I am desperate. The doctor has assured me that I should be on the upswing in the next few days. We have had to cancel our plans for the next several days and are now unsure of our date to cross into the U.S. I will still start Paradigm on the scheduled date.
Tuesday, 23 October 2007
Sunday, 21 October 2007
Jim is home from the hospital. After some discussion with my sister and the hospital, it was decided that his rehabilitation could continue at home. After delivery of a wheelchair and a few other necessities, my sister bundled him into their van and took him home. She says the smile on his face is worth a million dollars. She had to have a few adjustments made to their home but nothing major. She says the greetings from the dogs, cats, horses and baby pig all made him grin from ear to ear. Starting the first of the week, he will get physical and speech therapy at home. He can maneuver around the house, in and out of bed and into the bathroom with minimal help. The kids are glad to have him home but he finds their high energy a bit much. I am sure he will adjust.
I have a lousy, stinking miserable cold that is not getting any better. As a matter of fact, it seems to be getting worse. When I cough, it seems to start in my toes. While we were visiting the grandsons, they had eye infections. Well, DH caught the infection and this morning I woke up with the infection. DH gave me the cold too. Needless to say, I am cranky, cranky, cranky and DH is not my favorite person. I will be off to the doctor's on Monday.
I had a lovely dinner and visit with Dani last Thursday. Dani has continued her enabling ways. She is doing a Christmas ornament exchange over at her Needle and Thread Board (link on her blog). She asked if I would like to join. I had to decline since all my supplies are packed in boxes ready for the trip to Arizona. Well, at dinner, she presented me with pattern, thread and fabric to do an ornament. What a girl!!! Thanks Dani. I will get stitching on it right away.
Dani and I went to see "Elizabeth - The Golden Age". It was excellent - visually stunning and the costumes were spectacular. Sometimes, the acting was a little over the top, but, all in all, a movie I would highly recommend.
I have been slowly working on a gift and also on my Book of Stitches. Progress however has been very slow due to my not feeling well. Hopefully, I will have something to show you soon.
Wednesday, 17 October 2007
Beatrice (Stitching with a View)
Annmarie (Wacky Wanderings)
Dani (TKD Chick)
Carol (Garden of Stitches)
Carol (Linen Stitcher)
Vonna (The Twisted Stitcher)
Wendy (Wendy Home at Work)
Teejay (The Tapestry Chronicles)
Ranae (The Needle and I)
Karen (Little Cat Blogs)
Ann (Knowledge and Needles)
Okay, so I can't count either. Each of my fellow stitchers give me a laugh or a smile every day. Consider yourselves sharing this award!!!
I am stitching away on a gift that I cannot show and on my "Book of Little Stitches". Not really much progress there or not enough to photograph anyway.
I have added my fabric choice and threads to the Snowbird SAL if you are interested. Have a great day one and all.
Sunday, 14 October 2007
Saturday, 13 October 2007
It took two weeks for it to travel to her. I could have driven it there faster. Our Canadian postal system leaves a great deal to be desired.
Beatrice and I have done a second biscornu together since then but I do not have photos yet.
I worked on my Little Book of Stitches or rather I unworked. The cross in the bottom right hand corner was out by 1/2 row and I did not discover it until I was almost finished that corner so my stitching time was spent counter stitching that whole area! I was asked where the pattern came from. It is from Gift of Stitching - August 2007.
Carol's house is done but I am waiting to photo until I add some animals to the scene. It is crying for a little something.
I am not feeling the greatest today. I have caught DH's cold and it is really knocking the heck out of me.
Thursday, 11 October 2007
Her mom, Adriana also stitched me a little angel. I forgot to photograph it but will for my next blog.
Been stitching away on Carol's neighborhood. Got a nice chunk done today.
On the personal front, DH and I managed to pack all boxes and other assorted belongings into the van today without an argument or hassle. That is rare but today it worked. Cause for celebration. We are closing our house up tomorrow and going to visit our son in Ottawa for a week.
I talked to my sister Sherry last night. Jim is making steps forward. When he saw my mom yesterday he said "Hey" for the first time. Sherry bundled him into their van with my mom and her kids and they took him to IHOP for supper. Sherry was rattling away about the menu to him. He spoke up "Your" he said, she said "talking too fast". He said "Yes" and pointed to his choice on the menu. He has taken a couple of steps with a three-footed cane. He can haul himself out of his bed to the wheelchair and from the wheelchair to the tiolet and back. He is learning to compensate for his paralyzed right side. They are small steps but good steps. Each one is the answer to a prayer.
Wednesday, 10 October 2007
Here is a photo of Carol's neighborhood to this point. Isn't it nice. Carol has asked that we stitch with one thread and it adds delicacy to the work.My second new start is from the Gift of Stitching magazine.It is "Little Book of Stitches". I am doing it on 32 count linen with WDW 2149 Peacock. I am working on page 2.
I am starting a SAL of Paradigm Lost on Nov. 1 with Dani and some other friends. Dani and I decided last year that we would like to do this as a SAL. Since then many friends have joined us and the group has grown considerably. Some of the fellow stitchers have decided to do Cirque des Cercles. Dani has set up a blog for us as we stitch along. Check it out. It is called Snowbird SAL. If you would like to join with us please feel free.
I checked a few minutes ago and Vonna has decided to join us doing Cirque. She has resisted for the longest time. What a fun group this is turning out to be.