Hey Peeps! I'm alive and well here, I just haven't been that into posting often as I was. I am blaming at the heat. It just zaps my energy.
I used to pride myself on being a Multi-Task Aficionado but since I retired I feel like I am a One-Track Jane. I dive in stitching and yard work suffers; I dive into yard work and housework suffers; I dive into housework and paperwork suffers. I dive into my craft room and I lose a few days.…..lol. You get the picture. I need that multi-tasking Robin back! I am still eating those words to my kiddos - "do your have-to's before your want-to's". But alas, when I don't want to deal with a task, I admit it, I hide in my stitching or in my yard. It really is hard finding time for everything when you are retired. But enough....
Since I took July to finish the stitching on a bunch of smaller projects I decided to spend August working on fully finishing some of them. I decided early on to use this pansy on a box lid. No one has ever seen the amount of zig zag lacing I did on the back of this to pull out all the wrinkles. I haven't glued it to the top yet because I am not 100% sure I am going with the paint color and I do have to apply the wax still. Looking at it now, I am thinking I should swap the chenille trim with some cording. Hmmmmm....?
I also stitched and finished this Theresa Baird Strawberry for our September EGA meeting. While I was at it, I took a handkerchief I bought for $2 at a consignment shop and decided to turn it into a strawberry. I only was interested in the tatted piece on the top when I bought. These are my first two strawberries and I am liking how fast these stitch up and how easy they are to finish!Below is the handkerchief I purchased. I thought the tatted flower would make a perfect strawberry top.....and then..... I thought why lose the pretty tatted edge and decided to use the hanky to make another strawberry. I cut the corners on a 45 degree angle and added to them to the top edge before I gathered and stuffed the strawberry.
Here are three EGA Christmas in July ornaments I finished.
I mounted March from Hands On Design - Year of Celebration. Three months done/nine to stitch.
My only stitching stitching this month has been on the Terri Bay Lotus Box. First half was done and I now I just have to finish the last section of satin stitches and then the blackwork corners and I will be ready to assemble. Super happy to have gotten this much done. I can see this finished before our meeting in September which was my goal!
I took a day and went to Lancaster County. Always a pleasure. I did some antique shopping and almost bought a Mauchline pincushion/needlebox but the design had been taken off. The whole point with Mauchline is the design, so I passed. Not to worry, I can't be in Strasburg area and not stop at Hodge Podge Cross Stitch store. Passing on the Mauchline ware gave me justification to pick up a couple of charts and fabric that spoke to me. Since I now stitch on higher count I need to build my inventory (further justification of purchases). I want to rethink what I have kitted up already and change out the fabric in some to 36 count and heaven help me, 40 count could be just around the corner.
But I can't do that until I finish this t-shirt for Sweet William. I created this pattern and will use fabric paint to get it ready for him for Monday morning. The thought is that on the first day of school every year he wears it (heaven help us, not to school but just for a photo op) and we watch him grow into it.
I continue to spend time with my sister each week. We usually do something crafty and always do lunch. Baby sitting one day a week continues. Frequent weekend visits from the grands has left little stitching time. It is a happy trade off. Raegan needs to be renamed the Boss Baby Terminator. Such a strong-willed, over-achiever that I think she has reached the terrible two's six months ahead of schedule. She really is 100% girl, loves flowers, and dressing up and loves anything with glitter! She is in for an adjustment next week with her big brother is in school all day.
So that's where I stand. The days are growing shorter and the evenings cooler and with that a relief from the heat and humidity that we have all had enough of. Thanks for stopping by. Stay safe, stay healthy and keep on stitching.