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Friday, July 13, 2018

The ORT report for July's New Moon

Today is the new moon which is also time for the TUSAL ort report, now if you aren't familiar with what a TUSAL is jump on over to the link here to read what it's all about and perhaps join in the fun https://itsdaffycat.blogspot.com/2018/01/a-totally-useless-stitch-long.html

In a nut shell TUSAL stands for Totally Useless Stitch a Long but to me it's so much more than that, it is sharing with other bloggers what we are stitching and showing off our orts.  If you aren't familiar with the term orts its those little snippets of thread, floss, ribbon yarn etc. from the project you are currently working on.  Here are mine for July so far.
July New Moon Orts
There are a variety of snippets this month so far, I have been working on hand embroidery, some crocheting and even stitched up few Barbie doll dresses for my great niece Tessa.
All the green orts are from the Green Woman piece I recently finished stitching, the purple and pink shades of yarn are from the granny square afghan I am crocheting.
The blue metallic ribbon is from the piece I am making for the Stitch at home Challenge hosted by the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design.
Kreinik Threads provided a Bag o' Bits to each participant for this challenge and each of us has to use some of the threads in our design. As soon as I saw the blue metallic ribbon knew exactly what I wanted.
I didn't have too much trouble threading it through my needle and it stitched easily through the fabric and the stabilizer with no fraying and I plan to work with it again in the future.

Earlier in the week I came down with a summer bug, fever, sore throat, cough and now a tight congested chest which feels like bronchitis again so my stitching is slow going for the most part I am getting as must rest and sleep as I can so I can shake this bug fast. 

We had a brief but very drenching rain this afternoon so I don't need to water the plants

Well that's it for now I need a cup of tea and a place to rest my head for a bit.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

For Hiroko the raised beds I was telling you about

These are the raised beds I was telling you about  this is how I made my cement block bed
before planting
early planting net for peas
These are the boxed kits I was telling you about available at Lowes, Home Depot, and Walmart store an online and at Amazon
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Greenland-Gardener-Raised-Garden-Kit/40410332?athcpid=40410332&athpgid=athenaItemPage&athcgid=null&athznid=PWVUB&athieid=v0&athstid=CS002&athguid=466001f5-c97d5990-b9e0e969c0f80818&athena=true


Here are some old photos of my raised beds from 2012
I hope this is helpful to you.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

A new month begins with a birthday, a good read and a yarn a long.

Here we are starting a whole new month, summer is well underway here in Florida with lots of hot humid days and thunderstorms rolling through just about every afternoon.

On the 1st of July I celebrated my 63rd birthday, enjoyed a lovely day with my son and some birthday cake in the afternoon.


The day before my sister and great niece Tessa came for a visit, Tessa made me a sweet birthday card and bookmark.
I am using my new bookmark to keep my page in this week's read Hardcore Twenty-Four another fun Stephanie Plum novel by Janet Evanovich, I really enjoy her Plum novels they make me laugh out loud and always bring back memories of my home life back in NJ.

We spent a few hours at Silver Springs State Park, took the 30 minute glass bottom boat ride which Tessa just loved.
fish seen through the glass bottom boat
I finished stitching the Green Woman hand embroidery piece last week, now I am trying to decide whether to frame her or make her a wall hanging or pillow cover.
In the meantime I am crocheting a continuous granny square afghan for Tessa using Lion Brand Mandala yarn in Wood Nymph colorway. It's odd for me to be crocheting an afghan, usually the summer months in Florida are too hot to have a large project on my lap even with air conditioning yet I have been itching to crochet and so far the heat isn't bothering me. 
growing granny square
When Tessa saw the afghan she rubbed it on her face claiming it was so squishy and soft it was like fluffy clouds.  She says she loves pink and purple so I told her it was a good thing I was making it for her.

So yesterday I spent 45 minutes at the DMV to renew my driver's license and to my surprise the birth certificate I have had for 63 years is no longer acceptable and I will have to send for a new copy. Which I just finished doing, hoping it is processed quickly but I have the ugh moment of ordering a new birth certificate from NY.  In the meantime, I have an exception letter so I can drive using the new license for the next 60 days and if I don't have the new certificate by then I just bring in proof that I sent for the birth certificate and I can get an extension.  I'm fairly confident I'll receive it in time since the place I ordered was actually an outsourced company, which take up to 3 weeks to process and I paid $17.00 for UPS express shipping rather than the US Mail.   Our local DMV office is quite helpful, the employees are friendly and I always have a pleasant experience. Oh and the eye test was a breeze.

For my birthday one of my friends sent me some lovely Shawl in a Ball yarn in the Prism colorway
I love this blend of cotton and acrylic yarn and I love the colors. I'm not sure what I'm going to make yet though I was thinking of trying the Virus Shawl pattern, I've watched much of the YouTube video and think I will use it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOQ6GBjTjO8

I am linking today at Super Mom No Cape https://www.supermomnocape.com/embroidered-felt-christmas-baubles/
And also here for Yarn Along http://www.gsheller.com/2018/07/yarn-along-july.html

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Slow Stitching, TUSAL and More

Well the month of June is just moving right along our summer thunderstorms have moved in so everything gets a good soaking most days.

I have been taking longer morning walks and much earlier pretty much a long with sunrise. I have made an effort to get to the library weekly again so I always have something on hand to read, which is silly since I have hundreds of books on my shelves I could read.  So a task for the upcoming weeks is to purge those books on my shelf I know I won't read.  Does that happen to you? you find a book that sounds like a good read buy it, take it home then put it in the to read pile and never get around to reading it.  I happens to me quite often then when I get around to it I find I am no longer interested so I put it on the shelf and then it goes in the donation box when I realize I'm never going to read it.
Here is what I am reading this week:
I finished Queen Anne's Lace which I really enjoyed last week during a rainy day while my fingers were resting from too much stitching.

And speaking of my stitching, I finished a little piece from the DMC Stitch a long group, it was one of the first pieces possibly as far back as January available free I think it was in the Girl Power set of patterns, I printed the pattern, traced it and put it aside for one of those between projects I like to have on hand. I finished it about a week ago experimented a bit leaving loose strands of floss for the ends of the hair.

My latest project piece I am working on is a new piece coming along nicely, so far I've used Weeks Dye Works floss and oh how it loves to knot while stitching so I am keeping the length of threads as short as I can and still put in a decent amount of stitches.
There is knot work, spirals,leaves and an acorn or two most are being stitched in shades of green, though a brown or two will be tossed in. 
These are the colors I will be using, I love the over dyed colors with names of herbs and other fine greenery.
all those greens
While I missed posting my June, TUSAL report on the new moon last week here it is better late than never.  I will link this post at Its Daffy Cat if you are curious jump on over and check out what the TUSAL is all about. https://itsdaffycat.blogspot.com/2018/06/totally-useless-sneak-up.html
Most of the green orts are from my current project The Green Woman which is progressing quite nicely despite the annoying knotting of the Weeks Dye Works floss.
green woman in progress
I did the eyes in a variegated amber DMC floss 111 and not one single tangle or knot.
close up acorn and eye
 Here is a close up of one of the acorns, her eye and some leaves. Despite the tangles and knotting I do love the colors of the Weeks Dye Works floss.  I will be linking my post today over at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching feel free to take the link and check out what Kathy and other talented bloggers are slow stitching:
https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/2018/06/slow-sunday-stitching_17.html




Monday, May 28, 2018

Rainy days and other things

Wow! Can you believe Memorial day is here?  Where does the time go? So often I ask this question yet I still wonder, then I take the time to look around me and see what has been accomplished in those days.
Some of the time I'm tending the plants in my garden or pulling weeds and clearing debris, watering and repotting, it all takes time and as I grow older and move a little slower the time doesn't stop and wait for me to catch up, it keeps moving.
On Friday all my potted plants had to be  moved to make room for supplies and equipment that will be used to stucco my house.
Then mid way through the weekend the rains came from sub-tropical storm Alberto visiting us this weekend.  That can't be good for the grass. Sigh!  The groaning of the cement mixer all day Saturday made the day seem extra long, why wasn't the time flying by then.  The headache I woke with in the morning stayed with me most of the day.  The sun stuck around most of the day as well and by 8:30 Saturday evening the workmen left for the day. 

Sunday morning started off with some rain and clouds then gave way to sunshine and the return of the workman.  The cement mixer didn't drone on all day but the work did and right outside the window where I was stitching away.
And stitching I did until the Aine piece was completely stitched
The next time I work a Sashiko piece I will be sure to use sashiko thread, while the perle cotton that came with the kit did the job I found some of the stitches look thicker in places which could be because of the twist. 
I do like the finished piece and plan to finish it as a pillow.  I learned a few things along the way, the first is not every thing I stitched needs a backing fabric so I should make a few test stitches first.  The fabric had felt thin to me so I backed it with a thin cotton chambray which made stitching at times difficult when pulling the needle through when my stitching progressed.
I love the Celtic knot design which is probably why I continued to stitch it long after I should have tossed it onto the discard pile.
My next in between project will be this pillowcase sundress kit I picked up a few weeks ago.  I thought it would cute for Tessa.
Pillowcase dress 
There were two different motifs to choose from the floral one here and one with kittens.  I like to having a piece or two to stitch between larger projects or when I have no idea what I want to do next. Pre-stamped kits come in handy for that purpose too. 
Everything is included in the kit for the embroidery: floss, stamped fabric and needles, a clearance sale bargain for $1.75. 
I will link up to Kathy's Quilts here:https://kathysquilts.blogspot.ca/2018/05/slow-sunday-stitching_27.html
I need to put the final touches on my design for the next stitch at home challenge click the link for more info  http://www.sfneedleworkanddesign.org/rules-and-entry-form/