Almost there…

Finished up her hair last night with only a small bit of thread to spare! I went through 2 skeins of GAST Nutmeg for the hair on her with 4 strands to spare. The end is near! LOL Honestly the rest of this will be easy, just a bit of a pain as her face is done in tent stitch and I haven’t a clue what to do with the eye there. There is so much happening with bits of color here and there that I’m just not quite sure. I’m going to pull an assortment of DMC and mess with it today and see if I can make it look like an eye when I’m finished.🙂 I also like the look of the hair color much better than the blonde. The only reason I changed it as I wanted her hair color to be closer to mine and I haven’t been a real blonde since I was 5. I think this color balances a bit better with the other bright colors in the piece as well. I’m probably going to pull the Splendor silk I used on Twinkle pig for her face, there are a few nice lighter skin tones in that assortment that should work well on her face.

A small change on the template. I took my blogroll down because I was tired of this insanely long list of blogs wasting a whole sidebar. Ok wasting is not the *best* word but it was taking up a lot of space. I added the Google aggregator and love that, but I missed the list as there are times when I want to go back and look at something and if the blog isn’t updated its a pain so there is now a dropdown menu above the Google aggregator on the right side bar with the blogs from the aggregator. Yes there are too many of them😉 But as the aggregator scans them all daily for new posts and does a pretty reliable job, its not like I’m sifting through them all and I can keep up with an insane number of blogs as I do enjoy seeing what everyone else is doing. Seeing many people doing the HAED projects has been my latest thing, I managed to track down the small freebie on the bulletin board yesterday and I’ve printed it to hopefully start on in the near future. If I can manage a 6×4″ piece perhaps I’ll consider something larger.

Thank you as always to everyone who visits and those who leave comments. I do love hearing what everyone thinks of what I’m doing. I am my worst critic and its always nice to hear an outside opinion that yeah, I am doing it right🙂

This Space For Rent

Yes, yes, I’ve been a slacker about updating things here. What can I say, I can only move so many people before I just need to hide under a rock so my body can recover. First I help Jay move here which was a 2 day marathon. The loading and unloading wasn’t so bad, the need to drive 55/60 on the highway when I could be going 90, that was a bit traumatizing😉

Once that was done mom’s friend is moving so I end up at her house. I’m told before we go that she’s almost packed and ready, yeah sure. We had a pick up to move the boxes and a moving company was going to come for the furniture so we took 3 loads of stuff, IN THE RAIN (nice) oh joy, oh rapture.

Now of course its my turn. I’ve slowly been digging out all my “stuff” from the attic and the kitchen is starting to look like someone ate some Ivy and then got sick all over. My plates have ivy, and I think I have every matching piece, the towels match as do the table linens, the tea pot, candle holders… you get the idea😀 Oh and the cutting board LOL I’m not rushing this one though, every day some gets moved and at some point I have to move the furniture, ick. Since I have no interesting photos to share of anything we’ll substitute this nice photo on Indy. HE seems to think this is a good place to ride while in a car… dogs😉

Hey... what was THAT?

What the Hell??

Now let me start off by saying, I live in the “city”. Mind you its not New York city but its not small either. The average home lot in this area is 80×40 if I remember correctly. We are lucky enough to have 3 1/2 lots so we can’t reach out or windows and shake hands with the neighbors. The closest to wooded we have is a small area about the size of a city block that has miraculously avoided the developers, for whatever reason. Not the sort of place you expect to see much more than squirrels and rabbits. Once, about 10 years ago we saw a deer… of course when we told people no one believed us. A few months later a turkey came wandering into the yard. That time I ran for the camera and even though it was dark you could see it. We still see the turkey on the occasion but nothing else too unusual. So you can imagine my surprise this morning when as I am sitting here at my computer, reading mail I hear the word “deer” clearly among a bunch of garble from upstairs. I grab the camera and run and find this….

Now, I took this at 8am but it was overcast and trying to rain so there was just no getting a “good” shot but there are 3 of them, 2 doe and a fawn in the back yard staring at the fence, probably asking each other “what the hell?” I had to take a few steps off the deck to get this shot and they were not so impressed with my presence, no big shocker there. One doe, immediately leaps the fence you see from where she was standing. The other doe and the fawn dart to the far corner of the yard with the doe leaping the chain link thats on the other side. The poor fawn, however; couldn’t jump so well so I had one very unhappy fawn trapped in the yard.

I tried to sneak around and open the gate for him but he took my movement as an opportunity to bolt. Off they ran, probably back into the woods. The End… ok that was lame but that was the end of the story. After that I had to run like mad to make it to my nephew’s football game which was outstanding! They won again 26 to 18🙂

A Small Finish and More Progress

First the finish. No, not a major one but a finish just the same. This is the scissor chatelaine I made for mom. Mostly a black and white design with the only other color being added on the circular beads on the scissor tail on the bottom. This one was a bit of trial and error as I couldn’t find the same beads I had used on mine for the whole thing so I’ve had to substitute a few different things in to make it work.

Seccond we have the progress on the Red Hat Lady. This, sadly, is the best of 6 photos I took of her, I can’t seem to get the fabulous effect of the dark over dyed thread to show no matter what I do. Next time I will have to try a scan and see if it will show up that way. The effect is quite cool, this is one of Soy Lusters “Shadows” colors so its got variation of the color within the strand to give the effect of shading, add to that the fact that I can’t get 2 strands that are the same and I’m stitching with 2 strands and its making a rather unusual effect.

And I just couldn’t resist lasta night, I had to start Mojave. I think the colors in it are fabulous and I want to make sure to keep up with the series so its been mounted onto stretcher bars and I’m working on the border, I should have enough progress by Monday to post.

A Beading We Will go…

One of my favorite Bead stores was having a sale this past weekend so I headed out to get some beads for the other 3 scissor chatelaines. Some of these beads were from the stash and a few were from the 1st one I’ve made.

That will be enough bead buying for now I think😉 I am starting effective Monday on my goal to finish 50 projects before I buy new stash which I’m sure I will fail at but its a nice thought.
Thank you everyone for all your comments on my finishes. No Jenna I have no intention of letting them have any more of my finishing, not if I can at all help it. Monday I sat and was stitching on my Red Hat Lady with threads obviously not purchased from them, and another stitcher appeared with a finished piece not done by their shop (she also had a bad experience, it took 2 months and she got her work back unfinished) so you think they would get the hint that they’re not doing something right but all the owner could say was to point out she had found better soy thread in Arizona when she was there. She also made it a point to tell us she was going to have my regular finisher start doing finishing for the shop. Hello?? With what they charged me for my bag I shudder at what I know the markup will be if I let THEM mail my finishing to the same place I could send it myself. The only advantage is my finisher being independent doesn’t accept anything but checks. I certainly hope they see what their poor way of doing business is causing to happen or soon that shop will cease to be.


FINALLY!! YAY🙂 Before I start rattling on about the finishing I want to thank everyonen who’s come by and left comments, particularly on my Red Hat Lady, I was a bit unsure when starting with that stitch but I’m extremely happy with how it came out. Can’t wait to have her done!🙂

They actually arrived on Friday but since the finisher sent them insured they needed to be signed for so I picked them up Monday morning at the Post Office. Twinkle pig is done with things I found at Hobby Lobby… isn’t the trim fun?? I found the fabric first and loved it because it had the same diagonal pattern I had in the background and at the same time brought out the yellow in her shirt. Now comes the dilemma of where to put her that Indiana won’t think its something to burrow in. I had it on the couch last night and he was up there trying to make a hole to nap in, EEKK!!

Coronation was done very simple. Its much bigger than I expected it to be for an ornament so I had it finished like the photo on the pattern with no trim, just a loop to hang it from the tree. Finished size came out 5″ x 5″. The back is red ultra suede, a favorite for trimming the back of ornaments for us. It is rather pricey but I can buy a 1/4 yard and use it for several ornaments so it doesn’t work out to be too bad and I like the look and durability vs regular fabric.

And at long last… Gloves and Kisses in its bag. This was a preassembled bag I got from Lee Needlearts. I love Lee bags, the red purse as well as the black clutch and jewelry case are from Lee as well. I picked this one as Gloves and Kisses with all its raised elements just didn’t seem like it would make a good every day purse so this will be an over night or stitching bag. Aside of the time it took the shop to get around to inserting the canvas I’m a bit bitter over the price they charged me. I paid less to have Twinkle Pig completely made into a pillow than I did for this. I will most definitely try to do the Red Hat Lady myself if at all possible.

An occasionally crafty, supposed grown up, plant killing dachshund wrangler living in the pacific northwest