Friday, July 24, 2015

Stitch from Stash - July

My first Stitch from Stash post.

For the month of July

Monthly allowance           $25.00
Amount spent                     $0.00
Credit for finish                  $8.00
(Pine Mountain July Typography)
Amount to carry forward  $33.00

So I get it, this Stitch from Stash may not be for everyone.  But face it, many of us use a different mind game as an "incentive" or "trick" to get the stitches done.  You may save a favorite project for Sunday's or do the crazy start January Challenge as a stash buster.  I admit to doing each!  I am at a point in my life that I have enough disposable income I could could buy until I could open my own store!!  Time to reign me in!  Realistically I need to reduce the S.T.A.B.L.E. Stash that I possess therefore, a litte trickery with Stitch from Stash!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Them There Are Fighting Words

 Last year everything was moved out of the living room....this year everything is in the living room!
Of course I am at it again......Mr. W. is away so I am in construction mode.   I am having some damage fixed from a leak in the roof and my dining room painted....which is the room where the leak was (fingers crossed it is fixed)  Anyway my friendly small job contractor, who I have known forever, came by to go over 'my list' so he can give me an estimate.   Along with painting the dining room, I  ask him for an estimate paint my front door and shutters.   So here's what he and his buddy say to me.......

Little Buddy - "You can save a couple of bucks if take the shutters off and power wash them yourself."
My soon to be ex-friend says "Oh Lord if we have to wait for her to get around to it, we will never paint the shutters.  Besides she won't mark them and we won't know which window they go back on."

I believe this is about the time he saw the look on my face and he tells his little buddy .........this is one busy lady and she has so much going on.....really?   Schmuck!  Too bad he does all the jobs too small for the regular contractor and does nice work at a good price.   Might be a good idea to work on his customer service skills!

Well the worse thing you can say to me is to tell me I can't accomplish something because I am going to go down trying.   What do guys think?   That women sit around and eat bon-bons all day?   That I am afraid to grab a screwdriver and climb the ladder for fear of breaking a nail?  Maybe I am understanding why Mr. M. has a couple of ex-wives......hmmmm, makes you wonder.   I may have lost some of my stream over the years but I still have enough to empty a room and to remove shutters!  So less than 24 hours later, the dining room is emptied except for the antique china closet which I concede I cannot do alone.   The curtains, curtain rods, blinds and all the outlet covers have been removed. 

This morning I am out the door to grab the ladder and take all the shutters down, which will be labeled for rehanging.   Probably all of this before Mr. Murphy gets back to me with an estimate!   Wow little old helpless me did all that, meet friends for dinner, attended a cookout, worked fulltime and even have a needlework finish to share.   Men!   They sure can't multi-task.    I kind of left him a voicemail to the effect that  the house is prepped and I am the one waiting on him.  Oops!  He'd better be the one to hurry now so this can be done and the room restored before it is my turn to host needlework!

Here's my finish for this week.  I may have missed the 4th but as least this didn't end up in the WIP basket and I have a head start on next year.

This is Pine Mountain's Liberty Typography.   Everything you need but the pillow form in the kit.   I may need to re-do the pennants.   I stitched one of these previously and the pennants were felt.   These are wool and even though I used iron on interfacing, these little pieces wanted to shred as they were stitched.

  Happy week to everyone!  Stitch on!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Enjoying the view

Hi folks.....been a couple of weeks..... bear with me as I recount my comings and goings and doings....

I had to get a new windshield......nasty rock kicked up by a truck.   The claims rep. wanted to know if I got the tag and name of the driver.....ummmm, at 65 mph on the, I didn't.  Maybe next time.

This is my view most weekends and evenings and I am enjoying the results of my labors for sure.   Now let's not look too close for I could spend a bit of time pulling a weed here or there.  But I am mellowing and finding that the need to have every blade of grass and every ounce of mulch pristine is over-rated and not noticed by anyone but me.

Don't mind the scratched up post.   It is Buddy's scratching place.   Better than the furniture!
Fern really coming back better than before since being repotted.  
Deck planters are filling out and in full bloom.

View from inside the pool.  Weekends can be rough!
Color, color, color

I got my hair cut cut cut.   I had managed to get it all one length and down to my shoulders.  But BAM!  my hair is so thick and it was so hot.   I miss how nice if felt to run my fingers through how soft and silky it was.   My new cut requires 'products' so I don't have that silky feel anymore.   My ideal cut would be cute, short and gray like Jamie Lee Curtis but lets just say we don't share the same bone structure and leave it at that.

Birthday Girl Photo Bombs when I take a pix of Tessa.
Enjoyed a great 4th of July as we celebrated a big birthday for my eldest daughter.  My normal 4th is usually just me enjoying the pool but not this year.   My daughter invited four-score and 6 friends to a picnic in Thompson Park for her birthday!  We were so busy with ladder golf and bocce and water balloon tosses  and sidewalk chalk and smores that I didn't take but a half dozen pictures.   Good food, music and great fun.

Griffin didn't want to wait until dad Martin moved through the food line so he grabbed a fork and just dug in.

I didn't manage to finish up the Red-White-Blue Pine Mountain piece but I am close.   Maybe by the end of the day today.    

Of course a finish is not the only thing that dictates a new start....I suddenly realized I didn't have one finish for 2015.   This is what happens when you are working on a SAL and a BAP!   So I got a bit antsy and needed a little something something for that instant gratification.

I started ANOTHER small project.   This is a square-ology design from Hands On Design.  

It's a neat concept.   One design.....stitch and rotate 90 degrees and stitch again.

For my SAL, I should have completed this row for this month's meeting but alas, I strayed.   No worries, I plan to be back on track by August.

I haven't even touched Cornwall Cottage from Rosewood Manor!  But I am sure it will be waiting on the stand when I am ready to get back to it.

Yesterday I watched a Mama Robin feed her babies.  I fear feathers or fur are going to fly before these little ones leave the nest.   Yes, Buddy, is in endless pursuit.   He has been swooped upon more than once.
 Buddy is cowering under the bench right about now.

 Going to harvest some kale and try my hand at making kale chips.  

Absolutely have to have prism reflections on the bottom of the pool.

Taking my cue from the garden gnome! 

 Enjoy your day and week wherever it takes you and whatever it brings your way.