Monday, December 15, 2014

So close, yet so far

Here is His Eye.

I'm so close, yet so far from being finished.  So many more motifs to go.  See?

Yup, lots more motifs to repeat!  Including another big bird.  Ugh.

Here are my fussy cut star halves, both mystery fabrics.  (Only two more Fridays to go!)

I thought the numbers were fun, and everyone needs at least one polka dot star, right?

I never do exchanges, as you may have noticed.  But Paula of Kelmscott Designs persuaded me earlier this year that we should do an ornament exchange that is sampler based.  So we did.  This is what I sent to Paula.  It's a design from the 2014 JCS ornament issue by Cherished Stitches.  The fabric it's on is the backing.  (I think it's a Minick and Simpson fabric from the Wiscassett collection.)

And look at what Paula sent me!

Paula said the design was a French freebie.  I just love her finishing and the hornbook too!  Thanks again Paula!  It was so much fun to do this with you!  I hadn't finished finished anything in so long -- I'm so glad I could find my cording tool!  lol!

The father type and I went out to our local charity Christmas tree lot yesterday to get a tree.  I'm not sure Mia was quite happy about it.

But she grudgingly watched the activities.

We are going to wait to decorate the tree until the boy child is home.  Hopefully the girl child will come and help too.

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week.  Less than two weeks till Christmas!!!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Um, yeah

Here is my progress on His Eye.  I finished Adam and Eve and the tree!

Now before you all start saying -- oh wow, you're almost done, let me remind you that I'm not almost done.  See all those motifs below the words but to the left and top left of the tree?  I need to stitch them all again on the other side of the tree.  Every single motif.  The berry basket on top of the tree also is a middle line.  So yeah.  Still tons to stitch.  I finished the flowers on the border though, so the border is finished.

But I am pleased with my progress, and glad to have that blasted tree of knowledge stitched.  I dislike stitching trees, especially this kind of tree.  Ironic, huh?  (I love Adam and Eve samplers, as you might have noticed.)

We have reached week 49 of Fussy Cut Fridays as of this past Friday.  So I laid out all my 48 stars once again.

See those white diamonds at the bottom between the stars?  I will be making white and off white diamonds to sew in between the stars just like that.  That is what will hold the stars together.  With this layout, I figured I need 8 more half stars, not full stars.  So from this point on, I'm making half fussy cut stars.

I made the top half star from the Moonlit collection (Cotton and Steel) by Rashida Coleman.  The bottom half star is from the Fancy collection by Lily Ashbury.

I'm wondering if I will be cutting out and sewing the diamonds between the stars all next year.  lol!

Last Sunday evening, something very unpleasant happened.  My laptop crashed yet again.  In exactly the same way.  It's an Apple Macbook Pro from 2011.  If one searches on this year, one finds that a bunch of the Macbook Pros made during 2011 were produced and are faulty.  They break down in exactly the way mine has broken down 3 times.  The first time was in spring of 2013,  when it was still barely under warranty.  The second time was this past October, mid October.  Not that long ago.  And now as of November 30 (a month and half later), it broke down again.  There is a petition that I have signed along with other Macbook Pro owners affected by this flaw, asking Apple to address the issue and give us a new Macbook Pro as a replacement.  I seriously doubt that will happen.

If anyone is interested in this matter of the faulty Macbook Pros, here is an article about it.  I have to say that in general, I love Apple products.  This is the one time I've found Apple to be at fault with something I've purchased.

Anyway, my sweet Father type took matters in charge instantaneously.  He ordered me a Macbook Air Sunday night.  It arrived Tuesday.

It's smaller and much lighter than my old laptop.  I'm still in the process of checking to see what files I'm missing.  I did keep a backup, but it was from October.  But I'm very happy with my early Christmas present!  Thank you, my Father type!  I'm so lucky Santa was able to give me such a present!

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!

Monday, December 1, 2014


Here is my progress on His Eye for this week.  I'm not showing the border where I did manage to stitch a few flowers as well.

I love that tiny owl, don't you?

I can't remember if I mentioned it or not, but for those of you stitching this piece, there are corrections on Beth Twist's blog.  Also, I ran out of WDW Havana and am getting low on GAST Caramel Corn.  And I'm using 40ct too, so if you are using a lower count, you definitely need more than one skein of those.  And you probably need more than one skein on 40ct too!  I'm pretty economical with my floss.

Here is my fussy cut star for the week, number 48 I believe.  I used a fabric from Horizon by Kate Spain.

Now for some catch up.  I neglected to tell you about my trip into NYC a couple of weeks ago.  I went in to have lunch with a very special lady, who I was so so happy to meet!  Ellen Chester!

I'm sure you all know that Ellen is the talented lady behind With My Needle.  She and I have been corresponding by email for quite a while, and now we have finally met in person!  My only regret is that I didn't get to meet Ellen's husband Tom.  One of these days I will make it to one of Ellen's classes.  I'm bound and determined!

I couldn't waste a day in NYC, so after our lovely lunch, I hopped on the subway to go to Soho for some Christmas shopping.  And a little shopping for myself too!

Yup!  I went to Purl Soho!  My second visit.  I really need to go more often.  lol!  Here is my stash.

I got some Purl Soho Line Weight yarn, the great Fringe Supply tote (It says, "Wool is an essential part of any high-fiber diet."), Some Fringe Supply removable stitch markers, and some ribbon embroidered with my initials (one with an M and one with a C).  I also picked up some of these from LaDuree.

Met the father type for dinner at Bareburger when he got out of work.

And then we went home together.  A lovely day!

This past weekend was, of course, Thanksgiving weekend!  Hooray!  Which meant this.

And this!

Ack!  Please ignore the mess behind the girl child.  lolol!

Yes, my two kid-lings came home!  So nice!  We had a lovely Thanksgiving together.

(Note the man bun on the boy child.  Loooong hair!)

The cook 

The spread

But all too soon it was time to say goodbye again.

(Yes, that's the Sockhead hat I knitted for the boy child!)

So sad, but it will be Christmas break for the boy child in a few weeks, and the girl child will hopefully visit between now and Christmas too.  We hope!

Mia got a bit stressed by the kids being around.  She's gotten used to us old folks and our quiet ways.  She used my lap as a safe haven quite a bit.

Silly kitty.  

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!

Monday, November 24, 2014

See how big.....

I'm happy -- I finished the green of the border on His Eye is on the Sparrow -- and the borders meet!  Whew!  That's always a sigh of relief moment.  lol!

First off, remember when I showed you reaching bottom?  (I did a bit more after the last pic I showed you.)

And you saw this, the top third or so of the sampler.

Ok, now you get to see the two put together.  Plus some more.

So yeah.  Now do you see why I keep telling everyone I'm very far from finished?  Very very very very far?  lol!  There's nothing in that huge blank space -- no stitching pretties like pincushions or scissors -- because the blasted linen is so big, it didn't fit on my little stitching table.  lolol!  I'm holding the bottom right corner up and there's a pillow below the bottom left corner.  So yeah.  Huge.
And don't forget, I'm using 40ct linen, over two.  Imagine how huge it must be on the called for 28ct linen!  On 40ct linen, it takes most of a stitcher's half of linen, just to give you an idea.  I think with 3 inch margins, the linen has to be something like 28" by 24"?  For 40ct.  So now you know!

Here is my fussy cut star for the week.  I used the unicorn fabric from the Far Far Away collection by Heather Ross.  I wish I had more of this collection, but I don't.

My father sent me a box with some things from my mother -- he's been trying to clean his house out, which always means boxes of things sent to me from my mom's things.  (My mother died when I was in college.)  I was surprised to see what she had stowed away.

The fabric samples on top are by Brunsweig and Fils.  Pretty cool!  There were crocheted items and pretty linen towels with cross stitch on them, and such like.  And a pretty jewelry box.  I didn't think I remembered it, but I'm starting to think I do vaguely recollect it.

And only a bit of a skein of what I suspect is acrylic yarn, bright orange.  Waste not, want not.

That's some more upholstery sample fabric under the yarn.  I thought it looked pretty with the orange.

My mother was a big knitter.  She also tried her hand at other crafts -- embroidery and needlepoint, latch hook, I don't remember what all.  So yes, she passed her love of crafts on to her two daughters.  Although my sister seems to have abandoned her crafts.  Ahem.  I do wish my mother were still around so I could share with her my crafts, my children, my life.

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone in the US has a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.  I am thankful for so many things, and I never say so often enough.  Most of all, I am thankful for my lovely husband and my kids.  (And for Mia!)  But I'm also thankful for all of you blog friends.  I think we are an amazing group, don't you?

(Ugh.  Please ignore all the Mia hairs in this last picture.)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Reaching bottom

Of my sampler, that is.  Reaching the bottom!

The last three pages of the chart aren't full pages -- they are shorter than the rest.  So I skipped ahead to page 8 so I could reach bottom.  So exciting!  But page 5 is finished!  Hooray!

The squirrel, part of the tail and the legs of the big bird, and the yellow bird were on the edge of page 5 and onto page 8, just to give you an idea.

Oh, and a heads up.  I'm using 40ct linen.  And I've already run out of WDW Havana!  There are a few more motifs that use the color.  I'm trying to decide whether to order another skein or to just use one of the colors that I have and not worry about it.

And I have to say that I hope Bohin makes tapestry petites someday.  I have decided to train myself to use regular length needles just because their needles are so wonderful!  Wow!  No more shredded thread in the eye of the needle!  Very smooth and well made needles!  Now I know what everyone has been talking about.

Here is my fussy cut star for the week using a Jo Morton fabric.

We're getting to the end -- I think this was week 46 of 52.  Only 6 more Fridays in the year!  I have to find 6 more fabrics to use.  lol!

We got our first snow of the season this past week.  By the morning it was just a dusting, thankfully.  I hope it warms up for a while before the cold settles in for the winter!

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!

Monday, November 10, 2014

So exciting!

What's so exciting?  I've started working on the part of His Eye is on the Sparrow that's below the words!  Hooray!

But I should show the top part first.

So yeah.  I finished the top 1/3 of the sampler, then stitched that darned line of stitching under the words.  Then I finished the green of the left border all the way down to the bottom left corner and a bit around too, so that's a good thing!  And then I worked on the interior!  New motifs!  Yay!

I'm happy to be working on new motifs.  lol!

Here's my fussy cut star for the week.  I can't remember which collection this fabric is from.

Thanks to everyone for their good wishes about my shoulder.  Both shoulders are actually a bit iffy, but it was the left one that decided to totally lose it.  Luckily, it seems to be able to handle stitching as long as I support my left arm with a pillow.  I am mostly back to normal,  hopefully.  I have yet to try knitting.  Yikes!

Thanks as always for stopping by and saying hi.  I hope everyone has a great week!