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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Greenman Embroidery, Crocheting and Roses too!

 February is flying by in a rush today is Saturday the 18th, one step out the front door and I know the air holds a chill 46 the daytime temps are expected to be low 70's,  ah winter in Florida. It's been a busy month on the 6th I celebrated with my son's for his 36th birthday, gee when did he get so old?
very Floridian Cake
On the 15th  my great niece Tessa turned 4 years old, she was happily surprised with a total bedroom makeover in top to bottom Minnie Mouse, her absolute favorite Disney character.

We had another day with gusty winds that toppled over the trash can and a few plants though luckily no real damage, odd a few weeks ago we had tornado strength winds and nothing toppled over, life is a mystery.

Early in the morning on the day before Valentine's Day my rose buds all began to open the next day

Valentine's Day morning I was given the gift of some beautiful blooms, they put on such a lovely show.
The hand embroidery on the Greenman is slowly progressing I need to raid my supplies for some new needles I've noticed the one's I'm currently using have grown a bit dull making it harder to poke the needle through the stitch and wash product I printed my pattern on.
Just off the crochet hook is a swiffer cover for my aunt who recently posted a photo of one and inquired if I could make one.  So I bought some Peaches and Creme cotton yarn and an "H" hook and began to stitch.
The end result came out quite nicely if I say so myself, I changed the stitch from the original pattern, I used the single crochet stitch. I'm not thrilled with the yarn at all I am going to have to wash it

before I  send it  because the dye was all over my hands while I was crocheting, I've never had that happen before though I know other people have experienced it.  I'll be making another one for my sister later today. I may wash and dry the yarn before I start the next one.  Here is a link to the pattern
http://onceuponbaby.blogspot.com/2012/04/crochet-swiffer-cover-pattern-and.html

Update February 19th:  stitching update on the Greenman hand embroidery, I will say I like the
sketch much more then the stitched piece, I sure hope I feel differently when I complete the embroidery.  I'm linking up to Kathy's Quilts today for some Slow Sunday Stitching, here's the link:
 https://kathysquilts.blogspot.ca/2017/02/slow-sunday-stitching_19.html

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching and Some Beads

This is my first Sunday stitching post for February and my first Slow Sunday Stitching since the eighth of January.  I posted other post with some stitching updates but for one reason or another the post were not on a Sunday.

I don't know about you but there are days when I just don't feel like posting to my blog, or I'm busy or I just don't want to sit at the computer, which for me is more often then I like to admit and some days I find myself with nothing to say.

My Brigid's Cross hand embroidery was finished just in time for Brigid's Day which was Thursday 
Brigid's Cross
the photo shows the piece after it was removed from the hoop it has since been pressed and finished.
I have started the hand embroidery on a new greenman project, I think this is the fifth greenman so 
greenman

 far or maybe the sixth.  I have also started on the winter goddess though progress is slow going I like how the few leaves turned out, I always had trouble with the satin stitch but these look okay 
On the last day of January I attended a wire wrapping jewelry class and had a great time, I have done lots of beaded jewelry over the years but wire wrapping was something I tried a few times and it didn't work out to my satisfaction, I think in part because I wanted to wrap some stones I have and I just couldn't get the wire to stay put or the wrap to be tight enough.  Cue up me at the local bead shop hunting for my supplies and having a chat and finding out if I had used half round or even square wire my results would have been different. Ha who knew? obviously not me!  There are lessons every where and I learned one that day, when you don't know simply ask.  All those jewelry making books and magazines I had read over the years, all of them at one time or other mentioned half round, square wire knew what they were talking about. (don't even get me started on half hard or soft wire).
For the first class we made earrings, I used silver wire and pink bicone crystal beads I was thinking
Spring time, I think they turned out nice, they look sort of Victorian in style, I even made the ear wires, I may remake the ear wires smaller. Oh and I did realign the spirals after the photo was cropped I noticed they were off. I don't wear long dangling earrings but I know the perfect person who does so I am going to gift these to her.  Here is a close up the loop on the bottom allows for
a dangling bead to be hung there most of us in the class opted not to add the dangle, I did make them so I will let my friend decide once she sees them.  There are four other wire wrap classes coming up in he next few months I'm not sure if I'm going to take them all, I do know I plan to take the class on March 21 we will be wrapping a cabochon to make a pendant.
There is also a beaded jewelry class coming up on the 22nd of February I have to check my calendar before I sign up.
All the supplies are included in the beaded bracelet class which makes it so much easier not to have to hunt through the beading supplies or shop which can lead me to add so many more extras then I really need.
I added a new rose bush to my garden, it's a bi-color rose in lovely pink shades. I resisted buying 
more of the rose bushes for now because I really have to clean up the garden before I add any more plants.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Happy Ground Hog Day!

Yes Punxsutawney Phil seen his shadow this morning so look forward to 6 more weeks of winter, while here in Florida it's like this:

Friday, January 27, 2017

Stitching update for late January

It's been a very productive week for me on the hand embroidery projects as well at the stitching for the 2 hand embroidery challenges I am taking part in this year.   1 Year of Stitches:2017 and A Year of Stitches.

First up is the Brigid's Cross, I'm going to make a small hanging or a small table top decoration.
Brigid's Cross
After several attempted starts and stops the stitching is finally in progress on the Winter Goddess piece.
Winter Goddess
The pattern is by Urban Threads and I used Stitch and Wash product so I didn't have to trace it.

 The pattern is called Earth Mother and can be found here:
 http://www.urbanthreads.com/products.aspx?productid=UTH2073

The hand embroidery for the Elemental Goddess is also coming along, I want to add a few symbols to the piece before I add any other embellishment to it.
Elemental Goddess
I have another project ready to put in the hoop once I make the choices of floss colors  than I'll post the project.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Mid January Ramblings

The weather here has been especially nice the last week or so with some rain on the way this weekend.  My rhododendron has begun to show some promising buds and before I know it she will be full of delicate white blooms.
The lemon and lime trees have buds showing too and before you know it I'll have fresh fruits from the trees.
lime buds
lemon buds
 The poinsettia my son bought me for Christmas is still full and lush, this is one on the nicest poinsettias I've had usually by now most of the foliage has fallen of and I forgot to cover this plant when we had the freeze a few weeks ago.
This week I made it over to the local library to pick up a few books that were waiting for me, I just love requesting books ahead of time so I don't go browsing for items that have been checked out or are in another branch. Here's what I'm reading this week:
On Living-Kerry Egan
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga-Deepak Chopra
Eyes Like Leaves-Charles de Lint
I joined the 2017 Goodread's reading challenge here is a link to check it out:
https://www.goodreads.com/challenges/5493-2017-reading-challenge

I chose 25 books to read for the year, for me I'd like half to be new to me authors. This is the only reading I joined so far this year. I like Goodreads I have been a member for years my only problem is I tend to forget to log in the books I read, I keep a spread sheet for the books I read each year so when I hop onto Goodreads I update the books I've read from my list though sometimes I forget to log what I'm reading onto the spreadsheet too. I will be a fourth of the way into a book when the story seems familiar, I just may have to go back to recording the books into a little notebook ha! like I haven't missed recording books that way too.

The other day I brought my cell phone along on my morning walk this is the trail I walk most days.
What I love about the trail is all the winding paths along the trail and the exercise equipment stations along the way, here are a few of them.
The wooded area is one of my favorite spots to walk when the sun is high and you can get a little relief from the shade. This photo shows the start of the wooded area.
More equipment in the wooded area the shade makes working with these machines pleasant on a warm day.
I love the leaves across the path it reminds me we get autumn here in Florida and leaves do fall from the trees. Early in the morning the scent of wet leaves brings back fond memories of autumns gone by.
The leaves here are dry since it was later in the morning when I snapped the photos,  I'll leave you with blue skies and wishes for a great day.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Stitching Along

The progress on the Elemental Goddess embroidery is coming alone at a nice pace the fourth goddess
elemental goddess
has been stitched so I'll start stitching the moons later.  I'm going to add a few symbols too and I'm shaking my head wondering how I forgot to draw them on before hand, well it isn't the first time I added something after I started.

The weather is warming up here in Florida during the day today it was 60 tonight though we are set to drop to about 40. I did get in my walk today happily not coughing too much I think waiting till afternoon when it was warmer help keep the coughing to a minimum.

I'm linking my post over at Super Mom No Cape for the Monday linky party. Drop on over and have a look and if you like to embroider there is always a free vintage embroidery pattern to download.  http://www.supermomnocape.com/vintage-embroidery-monday-stitchery-link-party-92/

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Getting Hygge while Slow Sunday Stitching

Yesterday it was one of those mornings when the world is the color and consistency of old wet flannel, I love to walk in the winter. Lately bundling up against the cold, putting on my gloves and off I go. I love the bare, stark trees, the sounds of the birds and watching the critters digging for and burying food away for the winter. I like to collect things along the way bits of greenery, pine cones, feathers, rocks etc. I have a big glass bowl that holds my treasures when I get back home. Coming back to a warm home, warm blankets, a warm drink…well it’s just a Hygge moment! Now you may be shaking your head wondering cold in Florida is she off her nut, and what the heck is hygge? Yes it gets cold here in Florida and after a night of heavy rain storms the wind kicked up and the temps dropped fast while I walked the track at the park the blowing wind made it feel like it should have been snowing.

Do you want to know what is Hygge? The Danish word 'hygge' (pronounced 'hooga') translates roughly to 'cosiness'. Hygge….a Danish concept of coziness, joy, family, food and a complete sense of comfort and well being. Hygge is more than a cozy room full of candles, company and good food. Hygge is a philosophy; a way of life that has helped Danes understand the importance of simplicity, time to unwind and slowing down the pace of life. So hygge may have started there, but you can definitely start practicing it at home! Create space and time to do nothing but enjoy the little things with family and friends and perhaps some hand stitching or quilting to chase the cold away.

Speaking of hand stitching this week I started on a small project of Goddesses done in the colors of the four elements.
Elemental Goddesses
I like this little goddess piece not to be confused with the Calamoondala piece I made a few weeks ago, very similar don't you think?
Calamoondala
I will be posting today at Kathy's Quilts where you can click over to see what lovely projects other talented bloggers are working on today. 

I'm all but over the bronchitis, the lingering cough that hangs on for a few weeks is less and less frequent each day and the crazy weather doesn't help things, the day before yesterday I spent a few hours at the beach soaking up the sun and getting in a little hand embroidery, I was dressed in capri pants and a tee shirt, today I was wearing a hoodie over my shirt and gloves to keep my fingers warm. It will be cold for a few days, night temps dropped to 29 degrees last night, by Wednesday we will be back to the upper 70's. (77).

I mentioned in December that I would be taking part in the 1 Year of Stitches 2017 challenge where you make at least one stitch a day the link is here:
I also decided to take part in A Year in Stitches for 2017 and you try to embroider at least once a day the link to the Facebook Group is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ayearinstitches


There are no set rules or guidelines for either of the challenges mostly its to get you to embroider on a daily basis though you don't have to stitch every day its all up to you. You don't need experience or you can be an expert, you may post progress of your work on the Facebook groups, Instagram and your own blog but it's not a requirement. For me taking part in the challenges keeps me motivated to stitch which help improve my hand embroidery over all. I want this to be a stitch heavy year for me so I will be eager to see my own progress as well as everyone’s progress in the groups.