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!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Ouch! But there's framing!!

Um yeah.  The first word of the title of this post says it all.  I somehow injured my left shoulder so that I couldn't do anything at all, lots of pain.  Not fun.  So I didn't get a whole lot done this week.  I'm hoping that it's getting better finally, but the return to my stitching and sewing and knitting might take a while.

But here is my small progress on His Eye.

I'm working on page 4 now, page 3 is all done.

Here is my fussy cut star for the week, a Judy Rothermel fabric again.

My friend and I did go to the LNS over the weekend to pick up my framing.  Here is the Crown Sampler from Plum Street Antiques.  Love this frame.

Here's the frame detail.

Here is Catherine Maudsley from Drawn Thread.  I love this one for its border.

Here is the frame -- it's perfect for this piece.

I hung the two up on the wall of the sewing room, which is getting a lot more crowded than I'd thought.  (The colors are off in this picture.)

Mia does not like the cold weather one bit.  She has been on my lap much more than is usual during the warmer months, and the heating duct is her best friend now.   (Father type took this picture btw.)

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

Monday, October 27, 2014

Home sweet home

I didn't get as much done on His Eye this week as I would have liked.

But I do like what I'm seeing.  I just dislike symmetrical designs where I have to stitch things twice.  lol!  At least the colors vary from one side to the other.

I didn't get as much done on His Eye because I started working on this.  (It's from Tula Pink!)

I'm so excited about it!  Here is my progress so far.

Here is my fussy cut star for the week.  I re-used one of the Judie Rothermel fabrics in a different direction.

My dear father type got home from his travels to London and Greece Saturday night.  I was so happy to see him!  He crashed into bed soon after arrival, but caught me up on all his adventures Sunday.  I think he really enjoyed himself!   Here's one selfie he took in Greece.

Mia and I are happy to have him home!  And I'm proud of him for being a good boy and putting sun block on religiously.  Here are a couple of souvenirs he brought home for me.

He went to Buckingham Palace just for me.  :D  I love the tin of tea he brought home, and the tile from Lindos.  I know he bought the tea tin for the right reasons.  (Hint: he knows I don't drink tea.  lol!)

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

Monday, October 20, 2014


Here is my progress on His Eye is on the Sparrow for this week.

Now I know how wide it will be at least!

I like this middle part.

Here is my fussy cut star for the week.  I used the raccoon fabric from the Acacia collection by Tula Pink.

This has been a very strange week.  My laptop broke down, but luckily it turned out to be something that wasn't too expensive to fix.  I took my laptop to the Apple Store on Wednesday and picked it up on Friday -- very speedy!

And then family members started appearing and disappearing.  My girl child came to spend the weekend with me.  She came partly to see a certain someone.

One of her neighborhood friends, with whom she's been besties since babyhood (14 (friend) and 6 (girl child) months old), recently had a baby of her own.  Which is wonderful, and is even more wonderful because it means girl child wants to see baby and mother and comes home more often.

Girl child and I also had a girls' night out.

with dinner and dessert too.

And in the morning, we had breakfast at our favorite diner.

While all this was happening, my father type left on an adventure.

He was only in London long enough to spend the night at a swank hotel, and then to see this in passing -- pretty literally.  (He was on a bus driving by.)

And he saw this, perhaps for slightly longer.

Lucky guy.  Then another flight to end up here.

And here.

Google is paying for a "team building" vacation for his group to Greece.  5 days of sun and sand, followed by a one day work meeting in London.  (They passed through London on the way to Greece and will go back to London for the meeting.)  Poor guy.  lol!  I think he's enjoying himself already.

Mia has been a bit unsettled by the changing of the family members.

But she got to enjoy a coffee high from the girl child

and has been doing a lot of this.

She loves lap time.  lol!

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

Mia at the time of writing this post