Sunday, March 16, 2014

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, it's back to work I go!

Well at least as of this Wednesday, I will be back at work.  From what I am hearing, they are more ready for me to come back then I am to go back to work. that I am getting out and about I NEED to return to work to help support my recent spending sprees.   Not that I have been too bad but after being housebound for four weeks I did so enjoy getting Home Depot, JoAnn's and Boscov's......I did so well staying away from temptations since the first of the year but, but, but.....I'm worth it.....right, that's my story and I am sticking to it.

This is some of what I picked up at JoAnn's.  A new Fiskar's cutting mat,  these little felt easter cuties and these adorable little teeny tiny clothes pins.   Since they are self adhesive, I plan to mount them on the felt, cut and hang on my springtime tree.

I just love love love these little bitty clothes pins.   Could be cute with card making too.

I managed to cross off a WIP off my list.  I started it July 2013 so it is not too terribly old of a start.  This is the third of a trio called Americana from Bent Creek.   Love those designs that come all kitted up.

Ready to frame up! 
These are the two companion pieces that complete the trio.

You know all the plans of things you would do when if you were home....such grandiose ideas and minimal completion.  My strip quilt/WIP may not be completed but it has moved closer to completion.  I had thought once I had started feeling better while on medical leave I could knock this out with no problem.   Well not necessarily the case.   I managed about an hour of sewing before I needed to stop.  And then when I able to go out and drive, the work ceased.   It's all good.   I am happy with the progress and I am in the  home stretch.  Just one more full sized square and some half and quarter sized squares to be stitched from the already prepped strips.

 I needed to slide my cutting table down to make some floor space to lay this out.   Hmmmm,  I wonder what Buddy will do with this once he gets ripping and raring around. in my sewing room.

And my current stitch.   This is Happy Easter from  SamSarah Designs.   This is to be finished to display on a wrought iron table stand.   Now that I can wear my glasses again I think I can knock this out by Easter.
 I picked up these two fat quarters hoping they would match.  Silly me, I like the one on the left that was already in my stash.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Hello Old Friends!

Yeah me!  Stitches from latest surgery out this morning and I can now put my glasses back on.   I can now see everything that is less than five feet away from me.  What a relief!

Yesterday I went to the 51st Annual Woodlawn Exhibit in Alexandria, VA.   I was somewhat disappointed with the display itself but it may be me.   You know when you first see something like the Woodlawn show you are knocked off your feet by sheer quantity and the quality of the pieces on display. Returning year after year nothing seems to quite measure up to that first visit when you were awed?   I think that is where I was yesterday.  There were a lot more needlepoint pieces this year and not as many Japanese Embroidery than in the past.  There was a special exhibition on loan from the White House of stitching of the First Ladies which was pretty neat.  Overall, I don't think the total number of pieces submitted for display was as many as there have been in the past.  What was there was exquisite and inspiring.  It was a very nice day.   Always is when you spend the day with stitching friends.

I did finish my wool table runner.   I've got some pesky wrinkles that I will have to gently steam out.  They are kind of a good indication of how long this kit has sat folded in the packaging just waiting for my attention.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Where There's a Will...

Given lemons, let's make lemonade!

Can't see to sew, bring on my snake-light magnifier

Can't see to read, use Apple Airtime to put my Kindle Ap in the TV.

And last, a breath of spring from the geranium I am wintering over in my laundry room.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


Needleprint has a post about Downton Abbey (click here) There is a Downton Abbey quiz to see which character you are.   I am Bates!  LOL   These are the things you did when home on medical leave ;-)

Monday, March 3, 2014