Monday, July 24, 2017

Goodbye Baby B

March ??, 2008 - July 24, 2017

You were the best bunny in the world.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Stitching & Reading, Reading & Stitching

Stitching...
Got a little more done on Flock Together yesterday. I love the blue and white buoy thingy. (Not really sure what they're called but I'm going with buoy!) (Life ring?) The colors are better in person... natch... but it's drizzly out so indoor lights will have to do.

And reading...
Karyn from My Stitching Nook was super duper sweet and sent me this stack of fabulous books to read! I can't wait to dive in!

Hoping for a little sun this afternoon but I don't know if I'll get it. The last few days have been spectacular and I admit to getting a little spoiled by it all! Luckily rainy days are perfect for stitching and reading and reading and stitching!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

On Deck

It's too nice out to stay inside today! Luckily the deck swing makes a perfect stitchy spot!


Monday, July 17, 2017

Random Thoughts Progress

I thought it would be a great idea to take my stitching out on the deck swing for its photo shoot since it's super sunny out today but yikes! The shadows! I do like that you can see the bunny and the tree better. The thread color is so close to the fabric color that they don't show up particularly well. I do like the tone-on-tone look though, so I'm sticking with it. Over on the right you can see a row of Rapid Stitches. A new one for me and not too difficult once you get the first one done. I stitch backwards from most people so when I'm following a stitch diagram I switch everything around. I'm a very complicated lady!

Phil and I worked on getting the B&B set up over the weekend. We have three rooms and a kitchen to outfit so it looks like we have triplets going off to college when we hit the store check out! I'm doing up big baskets of all the essentials the guests will need while they're here and they turned out really cute if I do say so myself!

My order from 123Stitch came today so I am going to rip that envelope open here in a minute and work on Flock Together!
Off I go!
Woohoo!


Friday, July 14, 2017

ABCDEFG

I pulled this oldie but goodie out of my Big Basket of WIPs yesterday. I'd finished the center section (Autumn) way back in November 2015 so it's about time I get the last part done. I only have a few more years until I'm going to have to rip out that "1" and replace it with a "2"! The alphabet at the top is now done so I'm off to a pretty good start here!

Today is Friday and that means it's Stitchalong day! Woohoo! More Random Thoughts and more fancy stitches!




Wednesday, July 12, 2017

On a Wednesday

We're in the middle of quite an ugly storm right now. I went out on the deck to take a picture right before the sky opened up and it started pouring. You couldn't even see the other side of the lake!

I had to take this picture under the glare of the kitchen pendants which is unfortunate because I wanted to mention how I ripped out the old blue water and restitched it with the called for overdyed thread. You'll just have to take my word for it when I say it looks tons better. I went ahead and ordered a couple of the other threads I was missing so I will put this one on hold until they arrive in the post.

It's time for lunch so I think I'll curl up with my book in front of the fireplace and have a bite to eat while I wait for the laundry to finish up.
This is a great book, by the way. I've had to renew it twice because I read almost as slow as I stitch! It's all about the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago with a real life murder mystery on the side. (Did you know the alabaster city referred to in America the Beautiful is the Chicago World's Fair? I love learning little tidbits like that!)

Dryer just buzzed so off I go to swap loads!


Monday, July 10, 2017

My SAL Progress & Weekend Report

I'm really happy with my progress on Random Thoughts. I didn't get much done but I did get to do a few specialty stitches and that's always fun. I'm going to have to scoot my fabric over in the q-snaps so I can work on the left side a little better.

Phil surprised me on Friday with a Spiralizer attachment for our Kitchenaid mixer so I got adventurous and made Lemon-Garlic Broccoli Noodles with Parmesan...
There's supposed to be toasted pine nuts on top but I forgot to sprinkle some on before I took the picture. I was too hungry to re-do the "photo shoot" so you'll have to use your imagination! :-)

Saturday we went to the Krasl Art Fair in St. Joseph, MI. I had some Christmas money still left to spend so I picked up this pretty little chickadee etching...
I love, love, love little birdies!
I had to limit myself to only one but hopefully I'll be able to add to my collection next year!

Sunday was just as lovely a day as Saturday so we headed out for an early lunch and some shopping in South Haven. We ended up buying a swing for the deck so Phil assembled it when we got home and later that evening we were able to relax outside with our wine and watch the boats go by on the lake. We were even treated to a sunset serenade from a guy playing the bagpipes on his pontoon boat!

Which brings us to today!
I've got my lazy pants on and as soon as I have a bite to eat for lunch I'm going to head up to the Chicken Ottoman Empire, find something mindless to watch on TV, and hit the stitchy chair!


Friday, July 07, 2017

Come On Over!

It's a beautiful day for stitching on the deck!


Thursday, July 06, 2017

Sounds Like a Plan

Later this month I will celebrate my 11th Blogoversary. Our tradition these last few years has been to walk down to the Gazebo at the golf course and have a Paw Paw Punch. This year I thought I'd try something a little different.

The first project I ever blogged about waaaaay back in 2006 was this one...
It's called Lighthouse Teapot and it was one of the Secret Needle Night kits from the Silver Needle in Tulsa, OK. I found it wadded up in the envelope it came in so I had to practically soak it with Best Press to get the wrinkles out. Looks like it's still a bit damp there!

Anyhoosie, I have the finishing kit that came with the design so my big plan is to get this all finished up into the standy-uppy thing it's supposed to be. I figure after eleven years it's about time!

Tomorrow is Friday so I will be working on my Random Thoughts for the SAL! Really looking forward to it!

But what to work on today???
Hmmmm....


Wednesday, July 05, 2017

It's a SAL!

Clare over at Craftlady in Kiwiland suggested we do a Stitchalong! Both of us had started Random Thoughts by Drawn Thread so we will be stitching it together now and sharing our progress. Here is where I am...
Not too much done so far.

We are both planning to stitch on Fridays and anyone is welcome to join in. If you want to stitch something smaller there are a bunch of feebies over on the Drawn Thread website.
The more the merrier!


Friday, June 30, 2017

Be Brave

Be Brave
by Shepherd's Bush
stitched on 10-ct. Pewter Tula
with Classic Colorworks, Sampler Threads, and DMC

Good golly, miss Molly, but this turned out cuter than I expected! I have the necessary fabrics for making it into a pillow, a la SB, so I'll try to do that next week. I didn't notice until I was doing my pre-picture ironing that the floral fabric has little flags stuck in among the flowers! I'm just in love with the whole darn thing!

(I must give a shout out to the Twisted Stitcher for introducing me to Best Press! It has made ironing a breeze! Thank you, Vonna!)

We're heading into the long 4th of July weekend here! No big plans but I'm sure we'll find plenty to keep us busy!


Monday, June 26, 2017

More Summer Stitching

I decided to take a break from Lizzie Kate-ing and grabbed this chart by Shepherd's Bush out of my Big Basket of WIPs. I hadn't actually started it but since it was all kitted up I thought that was close enough to earn it a spot in the WIP basket. This is on 10-ct. Tula and I must say it's a nice break from linen. Getting three strands of floss to lay nicely hasn't really given me any trouble so I should be able to get this one done before too long. I believe Shepherd's Bush had a whole series of Be This and Be That so I might have to look into getting a few more.

We had a great weekend here at the lake! We managed to cram so much into it that it felt like a three day weekend! The weather was fabulous so we spent a lot of time outside. I think we ate every single meal out on the deck!
You gotta love summer!
 
We've been flirting with the idea of renting out our bottom floor on Airbnb so we spent Sunday afternoon doing some cleaning and tidying up in case we decide to pull the trigger there. Family came over for an impromptu pizza party Sunday evening and helped us make sure all the pinball machines were in good working order. We'll have two bedrooms, one bath, full kitchen, large patio, just steps away from the lake. Plus pinball, foosball, ping pong, and free parking! Sounds like a great place for a vacation to me! In fact, this whole area used to be a resort back in the early 1900s. Next door to us was the old WigWam Hotel and where our house is was the annex where the hotel employees lived. Down the street was a dance pavilion where they played big band music. There is a lot of history in this area.

Time for lunch and then I'm heading out to the deck with my stitching!

Friday, June 23, 2017

So here's the thing...

I first learned to cross stitch from a co-worker back in the 80s. While everyone else went out for lunch, we'd sit at our desks with our brown bags and keep each other company while we stitched. Budgets were tight but aida cloth was cheap and we could get a lot of mileage out of a skein of DMC!

Later, when I moved to the 'burbs I was fortunate enough to have a next door neighbor who was also a stitcher. We'd sit out in the backyard and page through the latest issue of Cross Stitch & Country Crafts while our toddlers played on the big elephant slide. She was an experienced seamstress and taught me how to use a ruffler and make pillows and together we pieced together a quilt with squares she had stitched.

Fast forward to the early 90s when we purchased a home computer. CompuServe made it possible for me to be able to meet even more stitchers without ever leaving my living room! I got to know several local stitchers through the cross stitch forums there and we'd meet up to go shopping at our LNS and even went to the CATS festival in San Antonio together. We did round robins and birthday exchanges and it was these CISters coached me through my first project on linen!

Somewhere around 2005 I discovered these things called blogs. Hundreds of ladies were out there sharing WIPs and BAPs and FUPpies and you name it! I became a blogoholic overnight! About a year later I worked up the nerve to start my own blog. My posts have become sporadic of late but I do try to check in at least once a month.

Which brings me to today. I'm sitting here in the Chicken Ottoman Empire feeling a little sorry for myself. I'm missing the camaraderie I once felt with my fellow stitchers. You would think in this age of social media it would be easier than ever to connect with folks but instead I feel overwhelmed by all of it. I know there are dozens of groups on Facebook, and I have joined a few, but each time I feel like I've arrived late to the party and everyone has already divided into cliques and all I can do is quietly observe. Instagram with all its hashtags leaves me baffled. I'm no Floss Tube superstar either. I'm just one person who would like to connect with a few ladies who maybe want to head over to an LNS once in a while. Maybe go to lunch. Maybe join me for some lakeside stitching. I don't know.

Believe me I have tried reaching out to stitchers I know are in my area. I guess that's where my frustration comes from. How many times can I read on someone's blog that they're planning this or that, express a desire to join them, and never even get a reply? (And hello, if you're reading this you know who you are...) I'm a nice person, guys. I really am. I'm not pretentious or obnoxious or have horrible body odor that I'm oblivious to. I'm decent and kind and flat out don't understand why no one seems to want to let just one more nice, decent, kind stitcher into their little group.

Anyhoosie. It's the weekend. Time for a little R&R and hopefully by this time Monday I won't be feeling so darn glum.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Birds, Bees, and Berries

As promised, here is Birds from Lizzie Kate's Summer Smalls! I wasn't kidding when I said these were quick to stitch! Bees and Berries are soon to follow!

(Sorry about the blurry picture... I think I must have deleted the "good one" when I was going through my photos! Am I the only one who takes a half dozen shots of everything and then goes through them all later to pick the best one?)