Monday, April 23, 2018

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After a few blustery days, I needed to rearrange and spruce up my door wreath but Mother Nature had other ideas for me.






  It seems that I have some “broaders” for a few weeks.  Between working on this flower bed and that I tried all day to get a photo of this lodger.


















I finally got a photo by sneaking around the back of the car at dusk and zooming in from the driveway.

Sorry, little momma.   I'll leave you alone now.


So if you find yourself in my neighborhood and stop for a visit, you are going to have to use the side door for now!



Sunday, April 22, 2018

In the Mood

No really, I was in MOOD!   If you don't know what Mood is, think Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn and Project Runway.   Project Runway is one of only two reality shows (the other is the Amazing Race) I watch.

I took a bus trip from Mt. Airy with the Handcraft Workshop to NYC yesterday with my daughter. What a great day we had.

You know you are in the garment district when you see this giant button and needle.


Overwhelming....where to start!


Alcoves and alcoves like this filled with trims.

and aisles and aisles and floors of floor to ceiling racks like this.

Women on my bus actually had suitcases they filled with fabric.  And I am not talking the weekender sized suitcase!  

And this is what I bought.
Chinese braid.....we were told by the tour leader, when in doubt, buy three yards.   At $0.75 a yard, that is what I did.  The cutters were very interested in what I was making with all these trims.

These are the only thing I bought at Mood with a project in mind.   Albeit, one project and one button is needed but I am not sure which one would work best.    A finished to be shared soon.

 Seam binding, this was 4 yards for a dollar.    A no brainer right?  I don't know why I gravitated to the same colors.   Next time, I will take a list!




























Mini pom-pom trim.    See why they wondered what I was doing.   They must have been thinking I was making one wild garment!

 1/4-inch twill ribbon....this may have been $1.00 a yard.
 There were so many colors to choose from.  I don't each have a project in mind for anything but the buttons!


 The city is an overload to your senses.   City streets and pretty parks
The weather was perfect and it was a beautiful day to visit the Big Apple.


 Lunch was at Pig and Whistle on 39th Street.   A great Irish Pub that Heather I found.  I recommend the Jamison Honey Bee and Ginger Ale.

 On to Gotham Quilts.  For yardage,  I got a yard of this cute winter themed fabric.   I plan to stitch the Lizzie Kate Snowman series as ornaments and this will make a great backing for them.
 Also at Gotham Quilts, I got this roll of fat quarters.   The girls and I plant to revisit our 4th of July sew-a-thon long week this year and we are making project bags.  I've got the fabric!


We also went to Purl Soho.   A great yarn and fabric shop.  I didn't take any photos there because I had discovered at this point that every time I took a photo, Heather took a photo of me taking a photo and was subsequently posting them to her twitter account.  Brat!  hmm, I will have to see what I need to do to get her back.

Next up for me, yard work and then to figure a way to stow and store my goodies.  Have a great week and keep on stitching.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

I Did a Bad Thing

.....I am not going to even start with justification.......Ack!    I signed up for the Just Another Button Company's monthly button club.    We all love their buttons.   They add just the right touch to finishing.   Check out their blog and clubs page.  I can't wait to get my first monthly order.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Lucky me

Sharon at MooseCraft USA ran a contest and I was the winner.   Woot! Woot!  I was thrilled to get home Saturday to find the package.    Look at all the goodies!

A Brenda Gervais chart using mixed media, two magnetic note pads and a DMC Color Chart.   I had one of these years ago and gave it away only to regret it later.


The caddy is awesome.   I can see me using it many ways.   A bag of scraps which is always an awesome thing, pretty brown and pink fat quarters, a candle and more do-dads for finishing.

This is making me think I need to go through my stash and assemble a give-a-way.  



Not only was it fun to open and discover all the goodies......it is going to be fun adding them to my stash and using them in upcoming finishes.

Thanks again Sharon.     If you haven't checked out her blog, please do so here.

.....and keep on stitching.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Catching up

in more ways then one......how is it sometimes you just seem to find stitching and crafting time galore and other  times you can barely eek out ten stitches in a week.   Even my lunchtime smalls have taken a hit.

All that said, I did have a fabulous visit with my grandson.   He finally has a name for me....dam mom...and it is so adorable.  Love those little boys hugs and kisses and him grabbing my finger as we walked thru the neighborhood.  As if dam mom is not cute enough, somehow “Heather” became “Fred”.  There was help from his ornery dad.   I even found a shorter route which took me through the heart of Lancaster County (which wasn’t a chore to me at all) and took almost an hour off the trek.
 I took his birthday present albeit 4 weeks early.....but I won't be out for a visit again until the end of May and well, you know toddlers, they love the boxes just as much as the presents.

 In the car, while my daughter Amy drove, I finished hand stitching a quilt binding.  It was a joy to come home and wash and dry it to have it crinkle up and get that well used look.


Here’s my lunchtime work......  One completed, one almost completed and a start to my pre-stitch for my Prim Stitchers Retreat.  It is amazing what 20 minutes here and there on these smalls can get accomplished.
Prim Stitchers Pre-work

This design is a strawberry is from Blackbird Designs.   I am considering it as the exchange piece at Prim Stitchers Retreat.  I used the called for threads but I did not get as much color variation as the sample in the book.


This next lunchtime stitch is also a Blackbird Design.   This was my first stitch idea for a retreat exchange piece but truthfully is looks a little like an alien to me.  But more important, I am not sure I can finish as nicely as the photo in the book.
 I thought it looked like a real sweet prim piece.


Not much progress to show on Corsica River but I am still plugging along and still enjoying this one. I need to make a big push to fill in the blue long armed cross and tackle the next bit of blackwork.

I have been taking the time to go all the way back to January 1st to catch up on posts from some of the blogs I follow.  Recipients of my comments must think they are in a time warp as I commenting on months' old posts.   Well....I enjoy getting the comments so I figure others enjoy comments too.....  I have seen some great projects and pretty finishes.  One more blog to catching up on and then I hope to keep current.

I am longing to get out in the yard but, what, we are expecting more snow this weekend.  3 to 6 inches.  I laugh at you Mother Nature.  I do love snow but the desire to get out in the garden is a bigger pull now.

Well that’s all I have right now......thanks for stopping by and keep on stitching.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Stitching Along

Well, that 'idea' of mine to rotate projects throughout the week went out the window already.   I know some swear by it but I feel like it takes me so much time to get back into where I was before I left the project.   My stitching is my relaxation and not meant for causing me stress so......I guess I will go back to working on one project at a time until I am feed up before switching off to a different project for awhile.   I guess it doesn't really matter as long as I keep stitching.

So this week I feel like I made good of progress on the monster stitch  Corsica River.  This is where I was last week.....

 And after the help of having a snow day.....

I really like how the stitching creates the recessed look to the areas not stitched.

Overall I really am enjoying this piece.I hope to keep up on this for at least another week or two before I feel the need to switch projects.    Until than, I will keep at it.

Thanks for stopping by and keep on stitching!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Snow Day

and I took advantage of the time off.   Heaven knows there are things I should have been doing but........

So my picture walk today is not stitching......it is snow......We have been fortunate not to get the 40 to 50 mph winds that were predicted.

 The trees look so pretty and I love get over the 'silence' of a snowy day.    This dogwood will be in full bloom in a quick 6 weeks.   Hard to believe under all this snow.




Just think, in about 6 weeks we will be sitting around the pool.....not swimming in six weeks, but enjoying the warm spring time breezes for sure.





 My red TWIG dogwood that I previously identified as a red stitch dogwood.   Guess stitching was on my mind.


I cleaned and did laundry and put up my spring decorations instead.   And I snuck in a couple of half hours here and there to work on Corsica River.   Yes, I know.   I vowed to work on Corsica River on Sundays and work on Quaker Halloween Monday to Friday.   Well I don't seem to be too good at sticking to that plan.   I was on a roll with putting in the blackwork that I just wanted to keep going with it.  A couple or four more lengths of NPI and I will be ready to go back to filling in with the long-armed cross.

 How appropriate to have carrots made from bobbins.  Great craft fair find.


 I'm ready to retire and replace this tree.   Saw a great pencil tree at Christmas time but hesitated telling myself there was nothing wrong with the one I have......it is a $29 tree and looks like a $29 tree (in person) and several branches on broken.

This Easter Egg tree used to be my mom's!  It have to be 35 years old.  The ceramic chocolate egg as $1 at a consignment store.


Nothing to do now but wait for the snow plow to come through my neighborhood and off to work in the morning.

Thanks for stopping by and keep on stitching.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Steering

While I have been on this binge/purge march right down the yellow line parade route of mine I came across so many UFO's.   I decided I really need to make an effort to make some progress on them.    One January several years ago I started that whole stitch-a-different-project every day for 15 days and then rotate through each one to work towards completion.  I found that I just ended up with a ba-zillion starts and slow finishes so I kind hit a road block.

Currently I have my own strange rotation. I have my floor stand project and my lap project which is also my lunch time/stitching group project. I have been happy with that amount of diversion.    But I am about to add to this route to map out another direction. Who know how long it will last or if I will be successful.  It's a journey remember.

I really, really, REALLY need to work on Corsica River.   It is just so large and so overwhelming that I steer clear of it too.   I have decided to make this my Sunday project.  Any stitching done on Sunday's will be on Corsica River.   Pat and Anne gave me good hints today for helping me see my progress.   Pat likes to take photos and look back at how far she has come.  Anne suggested placing a pin at where I am when I am at the start of the month and then look back so see how far I have come.    Both good ideas to help me measure my progress and give myself some encouragement.  Slow and steady I will get there.

I pulled this Chester County Sampler out of the basket of shame.   It has sat in the darkness of the closet for several years.   This is going to be my Saturday project.  I sidelined this because it has so many Algerian eyes.   Duh, it's a sampler so of course there is a sampling of Elizabeth Pusey's speciality stitches and not just cross stitch but all those Algerian eyes is why I parked it.   One letter at a time is how I will measure progress here.  The cool thing about this one is that I have seen the original at the Chester County Historical Society.  I really want to cross this off my list.

I have just a wee bit of progress on Quaker Halloween.    This is going to be my Monday to Friday pre-work project.  I am almost done two of the six pages of the pattern.   And of course, I have seen the new Quaker Christmas from Lila's Studio.   I would be rash to promise being able steer clear of purchasing it.





















Now for a take-a-long project........not sure what that is going to be but I have a thought.    I have been searching for this project for a couple of years.  (yes, years!) I remembered purchasing it at a quilt show but when I went looking for it I couldn't find it.  Every visit to the quilt show, I wouldn't buy it because I knew I had it.  Imagine my surprise when putting away fat quarters recently and there it was.  All my in and out of my storage boxes of fat quarters and I never saw it in any of the boxes makes no sense.   I don't know what logic had me put it away there but it must have made sense at the time.  This should be an easy take-a-long piece.    My recent taste of surface embroidery might be driving this project.  I've also got to stitch up an exchange piece for the Prim Stitchers Retreat in June.......another take-a-long possibility.


At least that is my plan for navigating my world of stitching for today......no telling where my thoughts will steer me tomorrow.

Oh and one more thing.....

I started and finished up this basket tag in two days this week.  The basket was a thank you gift from the shop owner of Stitch by Stitch, Cape May, NJ at retreat this past fall.   The teacher that weekend was Cathy Haberman of Hands On Design.   Cathy gifted us with the complete kit for stitching and finishing the basket tie-on.    I might take it to work for my desk......except that I have removed almost all my personal items from my desk when I started my retirement countdown.

Thanks for stopping by and keep on stitching!