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Sunday, December 29, 2019

Some Slow Stitching

Well time is moving at a slower pace this week since I closed the shops the day before Christmas Eve. Still there were many packages to pack and ship for the items that were waiting and a few that were pending, not to mention labeling 24 boxes of inventory to send off to Amazon so the store would be fully stocked.  It was crazy right up to the last moments but as the dust settled I was able to slow down and stitch.

I pulled out the Celtic Cross piece which has been patiently waiting for me to get back to it, rather I have been waiting to get back to it, I did.

While it may not look like much progress was made the hours passed pleasantly enough while I found my groove and felt the tension leave my body.   I left off here last night:
I didn't just manage to get in hand embroidery this week, I finally finished the mystery novel I began in November and after unraveling the start of a shawl I was crocheting I restarted it adding a stitch marker to the bottom so I wouldn't make the same error I did when I put it aside for a time. So now if I get to the stitch marker I know I went wrong again and won't have to tear as much out.
The original start of the shawl
the restarted shawl
So progress was made on the crocheting which I tend to pick up when my fingers start to ache from holding the embroidery needle or when my eyes just can't see the fine lines to embroider.

Yesterday morning I bake some strawberry scones, another mix from the Sticky Fingers Bakery, I love the ease of just adding water and baking.
The weather yesterday was gloomy and humid so the dough was sticky but still dropped okay
and the end result was just wonderful.
Today is another rainy day here in Florida and while my plants are getting a nice watering I am a bit tired of the rain.  We have had rain just about every day for two weeks and this is our dry season.
Despite the rain the hibiscus gives me blooms of sunshine even on a cloudy day and these quite surprised me because most of the time the rain knocks the flowers off.   

The New Year is fast approaching so I spent some time searching for a few online groups and challenges to start in 2020, the first is a FACEBOOK group Journal Threaders which can be found here  https://www.facebook.com/groups/journalthreaders/?ref=nf_target&fref=nf   if interested check it out closing sign up is January 14th.  The concept of stitching as a way to journal is interesting to me, not sure how I am going to layout my piece but the idea seed is planted.

I have rejoined the A Year of Stitches for 2020,  the link is

I participated in the Year of Stitches for several years which kept me motivated to stitch each day or as often as I could in the early days of rediscovering hand embroidery, when I go through my clearing out the groups I don't participate in I purged this group in error, thinking it was 1 Year of Stitches.  Do you ever do that?

I will continue to do the at home challenges put out by the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design and hope to have my piece completed for the current challenge deadline of January 15th.  You can find the info here on the website https://www.sfneedleworkanddesign.org/

Well it's getting late and I need a bot more coffee before I pick up my needle and stitchery, my post today I'm linking up at Kathy's Quilts for the last Slow Sunday Stitching of the year. Take a few minutes to see what other bloggers are slow stithcing https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/2019/12/slow-sunday-stitching_29.html

Thank you all for your comments, for taking the time from your day to stop and read my blog. I wish all of you a Happy New Year! 

Monday, December 23, 2019

It's a Rainy Night Time for A Cup of Tea

A Cup of Tea
When the world is all at odds
And the mind is all at sea
Then cease the useless tedium
And brew a cup of tea.
There is magic in its' fragrance,
There is solace in its' taste;
And then laden moments vanish
Somehow into space.
And the world becomes a lovely thing!
There's beauty as you'll see;
All because you briefly stopped
To brew a cup of tea.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Hello December and Some Slow Sunday Stitching

The last few weeks have been busy with things picking up now that Thanksgiving is behind us. This year with Thanksgiving falling in the last week of the month sales have been crazy, but a good crazy for the business.  Unfortunately it doesn't leave me much time for anything else.

This year I went to my sister's house for Thanksgiving dinner my sister's youngest daughter who recently moved to Tampa and will move on to Chicago this summer was there, my son's girlfriend (aka The One) Megan as joined us for dinner, it was a wonderful day and the first time I celebrated with family other then my son in over 20 years.

On the stitching front I haven't done much in the way of hand embroidery but I did finally have time to remove the stitch and wash product off my greenman piece, now to iron out those pesky wrinkles.
Nothing will be done with him until after the holiday season when I have the time to find the right frames for him and the Greenwoman piece. I plan to do some Slow Sunday Stitching today.
My plants are doing well and I added a new Rosemary this week, I could resist the Christmas tree shaping.
The lavender is growing fuller and filling out nicely, I had planned to transplant to larger pots this month but I don't think they need it yet.
Oct. 2019

Dec. 2019
The Mums have re-bloomed and changed color from a light orange to a deep red orange and are just lovely, I love how they change color, a few years ago I had Mums that re-bloomed 4 times each with a new color.
November 2019
September 2019
This week I'll pick up some poinsettia plants to add more color to the front and near the rocks along the driveway.  But for now I plan to get in a bit of stitching before the busyness of the day begins. I plan to pull out the Celtic Cross piece to work on for a while today and I am linking up to Kathy's Quilts here:https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/2019/12/slow-sunday-stitching.html

I am going to try to hand stitch every day throughout the month of December even if it's just a handful of stitches I miss the quiet calm that stitching brings to me.


Sunday, November 17, 2019

Walking about the Garden

Midway through November, the weather here in north central Florida has been cloudy for nearly a week with a few bouts of rain tossed in, and for the last few days it's been cold and gray so gray in fact when I step outside I expect to see bare trees and snow flakes but it's Florida so I am ever disappointed.
What I have seen though is some unusual fungi growing in the grass in front of the house, I have only been living in this house since June and I am finding all sorts of interesting things here and there in the yard.
At first I thought is was a large mushroom that I had squashed while walking along with my cane until I saw another one about a foot away from the first.
I supposed I should have zoomed in a bit but I was having a hard enough time holding the phone and cane so it is what it is.  I try to walk around the house a few days a week, daily is out of the question now with the uneven ground even though my knee is improving my footing has not. 

Along the back of the house there is a fallen tree which I'm sure host all manner of insect and little wildlife.  On Friday I noticed these lovely fungi growing I wonder if they will nourish a critter or two. 
I plan to leave the fallen tree and plan to document it's decay, for me there is something sacred in knowing it's feeding the earth beneath it and perhaps housing something within as well. 
The oranges are ripening slowly on the branches and several have fallen without me noticing them until they have half rotted.
Once these are ripe and picked I will trim the branch back it obstructs the entrance to the side of the house.
Moving it out of the way takes care because her 2 inch thorns lethal weapons to say the least.  I imagine those thorns are the reason the birds don't peck into the oranges.
The palm tree in the front of the house needs to have a trim as well not too much just enough to keep
it from sweeping the driveway.  The two lavender plants are doing quite nice filling out a bit and growing taller. 
I really hope that growing them now during the fall and winter will be enough for them to thrive in the spring and summer months, my thinking is once I put them in larger pots during the warmer weather I can move them during the high heat of the day. 

Well that's my garden update for the first half of November.





Sunday, November 3, 2019

November Sunday Stitching, Time Change and Greenman Progress

Well November just rolled right up along bringing with it some much cooler weather here in Central Florida and a time change too, this time around it's Fall back and poof just like that we get an extra hour to our day today.  Did you remember to turn back your clocks? This year I actually set the clock on the stove and microwave before bed and waited till morning to set the wall clocks back.

I spent the late afternoon and evening stitching away on the Greenman and I'm happy to say he is now completely stitched.  I still need to wash off the stitch and wash product off today but I am so glad I finished the stitching. This is him just out of the hoop.
I can not begin to tell you how relieved I am to have finished the stitching, my moods have been so off lately when it came to hand embroidering, on the days when my knee was bothering me so much I just couldn't trust my hands to hold the needle or my eyes to see well enough to stay on those lines. I missed the slow steady steps of stitching each day and I could feel my blood pressure increasing with each day I missed stitching, I needed my zen space back and in the end patience and rest paid off in as the pain lessened on my knee to the point where I am able to walk again though I still use the cane for balance. 

Yesterday morning with a bit of chill in the air my thoughts turned to baking a bit of something for breakfast so I pulled out a package of scone mix, preheated the oven and proceeded to mix up a batch of raspberry scones along with some brewed coffee.

Raspberry Scones Mix
ready for the oven
one bowl and a fork to wash
coffee is brewing
baked to perfection
I love the ease of just add water mixes the Sticky Fingers Bakeries scones are ready 16 minutes after you pop them in the oven and they tasted wonderful, light with just a hint of sweetness to them. Clean up was a breeze along with the bowl and fork to wash there was the measuring cup and the baking pan, I used parchment paper instead of greasing the pan and the bottoms browned just right.

Now that the Greenman embroidery is completed I can concentrate on a few Christmas pieces I want to do.  I am hoping to get this  Kathy Schmitz pattern traced later today. As lovely as it looks on the package I don't plan to stitch it in black I will use a few traditional Christmas colors.
Still of the Night by Kathy Schmitz
I am linking my post today to Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching the link is here:https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/2019/11/slow-sunday-stitching.html
Stop by and see what other bloggers are slow stitching today.