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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Yes even a Goddess needs to wash her hands!
  Times are trying our patience and making us a little stir crazy and laughter is the best medicine or so it is said so I hope this put a little smile on your face today.


Thursday, March 19, 2020

Welcome Spring

Despite life being temporarily turned upside down, events being cancelled, and store shelves being picked bare I am warmed by the knowledge that the earth turned and a new season has begun.

Welcome Spring!




Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Don't forget that Saint Patrick is not the only saint whose feast day is March 17. It is also the feast of Saint Gertrude of Nivelles, the patron saint of cats and the people who love them. (Meme art from an original work by Carolee Clark, King of Mice Studios)

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Slow Sunday Stitching

March has been a crazy month so far and it doesn't look to be calming down any time soon but I have managed to get in some hand embroidery this week on the drum and dance piece, I finished the 3rd drum, I moved the hoop and didn't want to remove it just to snap a photo of the finished drum.
I am currently working on the hair, I decided to crochet some floss for a braid like look.
I have also been playing around with the pastel felt I purchased from Benzie Design for an Easter projects I have in mind.  It's the Pixie Dust palette. I love the option to buy the coordinating DMC floss.
pretty posies
pixie dust palette
I needed more Stitch and Wash Away sheets for some hand embroidery projects coming up so with my 40 and 60% off coupons in hand I headed over to Joann's to pick up a package or two and then made the mistake of browsing, 20 Fat Quarters and some DMC variegated floss I made my way to the check out.


I could not resist the shiny rainbow and mermaid scales fabric I have ideas running through my head, the batiks and the pieces that look hand dyed caught my eye and I always grab a neutral or two. All of them are currently on sale for .99 cents.
I will link to Kathy's Quilts today why not follow the link and see what others are stitching today.
https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/2020/03/slow-sunday-stitching_15.html
On a more stressful level on Wednesday morning my son had a heart attack, by the afternoon he had a stent put in and was discharged Thursday evening, he spent a few days with his finance to recover. 

Oddly enough both of us had heart attacks in March, mine in 2011 and both of us a stent put in the same artery, however he is 39 and much too young to have this over his head but it is what it is and just like me there was no damage to the heart.  Grocery shopping with him today was a real trip he was looking for low sodium everything. He is a very picky eater so diet change is going to be a real challenge for him.

Its getting crazy out there with the virus hanging in the air, so many events have been cancelled most with out rescheduling, schools are closed for 2 weeks, and the grocery stores have been well picked over. 

I for one will be getting lots of slow stitching done, as well and crocheting, reading but the reality is is a sad way to have the extra time to do something we love so much.  Happy Stitching and remember this too shall pass.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Marching Toward Spring and Slow Stitching

Every few days here in north central Florida the weather has felt like Spring then a little turn of the day and the temps are reminding us it's still winter here, last week I had to cover my lavender plants for the night as temps dipped to 31. On the bright side Spring is a few short weeks away. 
I hope all of you that live in an area using Daylight Savings Time remembered to move your clocks ahead, I set mine ahead on the stove and microwave last night preferring to do the manual clocks in the morning when I would feel steadier on the step ladder the oddest thing happened this morning when I checked the time on the stove and microwave both had gone back 2 hours.  Now to my knowledge the microwave doesn't have a built in memory to change the time, the stove may but I don't think so I will check the manual later. 

It's International Womens Day today if you like to read here is a link to The 2017  New York Public Library's list of 365 books by women author's https://www.nypl.org/blog/2017/03/08/365-books-women-authors-international-womens-day
I'm happy to say I have read several on the list and have made a copy so I can pick a few from the list from time to time.

Speaking of reading I finished reading the Laura Childs book The Jasmine Moon Murder, it was okay, if memory serves I read the first three books years ago and I didn't care for them at the time so didn't continue on with the series, then while browsing the library I decided to give one another try as I said it was okay so I may try another one of these days.

On my stitching progress, I started on the first drum earlier this week and began stitching the second drum Friday night.
first drum in progress
second drum in progress
The photos show both the first and second drums in progress the second photo shows my floss choice for the drum head being separated. There isn't much left to do on this piece but those drums do take quite some time to complete, they don't call it slow stitching for nothing.  Speaking of slow stitching I will link up to Kathy's Quilts today https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/2020/03/slow-sunday-stitching_8.html

Finally put my little kitchen witch up in my kitchen window, even with the curtains opened the photo was a little on the dark side so I used Photoscape to lighten it up.

There are several poems that go along with a kitchen witch doll one of my favorites is simple:
Nothing Spills, Nothing Spoils, 
Over Cooks or Over Boils
This Kitchen Witch upon her Broom,
Brings love and luck to this Room.

Happy International Women's Day to all of you!


Friday, February 21, 2020

Sunday Slow Stitching and What's been going on in my corner of the globe.

Time sure does fly I can't believe it's been a month since I made an actual post. It's been a little topsy turvy here at casa Deborah.

Nuisance ailments,  hard to believe I follow a healthy diet and exercise and still seem to get every bug passing through.  Just getting through the strides of daily life seems to have consumed my time lately though  I did manage to do some slow stitching and finished all the stitching on the Celtic Cross piece.
The photo is right after I washed the stitch and wash product off and it dried, it needs to be ironed and then framed.  I am quite happy with the results I did leave off some of the tiny knot work it looked messy even with a single strand of floss. Just a reminder the Celtic Cross is from a free coloring page from Dover Publications. https://www.doverpublications.com/zb/samples/826686/sample7b.html

Progress on the simple granny stitch shawl I am crocheting is coming along quite nicely.  I'm glad I chose the Prism colorway of the Shawl in a Ball yarn from Lion Brand.  My friend refers to it as the Mardi Gras shawl.
I also made crocheting progress on the Shell stitch using another Lion Brand yarn this time Wool Ease cake in the Athena colorway.
My thoughts have been drifting to Spring so I ordered some pastel felt and floss from Benzie Design one of my favorite places to purchase felt because they give you the option of buying the felt and

floss together, they do such a great job matching the DMC floss to the felt.  This is the Pixie Dust color palette.  Benzie Design has a web store here: https://www.benziedesign.com/  and an Etsy shop here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/BenzieDesign?ref=simple-shop-header-name&listing_id=709530662

On the non crafting side of things, my son Nick proposed marriage to his girlfriend, she said yes and are celebrating their engagement with a vacation in Ireland and are having a lovely time so far.   My grand niece Tessa celebrated her 7th birthday last weekend as I said time flies I can believe 7 years have gone by since we were blessed to have her in our lives, my son celebrated his 39th birthday on the 6th, was engaged on the 13th and left for Ireland on the 19th Life is good at Casa Deborah!

UPDATE 2/23/20
I began reading The Jasmine Moon Murder by Laura Childs I was looking for something new to read a light mystery to wile away the hours when  my sore fingers need a break from stitching.
I haven't read a Laura Childs novel in over 10 years so I thought I would give it a try and it has one of my favorite subjects in it, Tea, and I like light cozy mysteries and 3 chapters in and I'm liking it so far. After 3 chapters I decided to audition new floss colors for my next project.

I started the hand embroidery for a new Drum and Dance series piece. I am using DMC Coloris floss 4507 for the sash and the solid floss will be for the clothing.
DMC Coloris 4507 DMC 602 798 959 3808
I started with the hands using just one strand of floss for the fingers and hand so they don't look too bulky I did the same for the feet and toes.



I like the way she is progressing and glad I decided to use only one strand of floss on the hands and feet they look pretty good.  I will be linking up at Kathy's Quilts today for the Slow Sunday Stitching
here: https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/2020/02/slow-sunday-stitching_23.html