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Sunday, August 4, 2019

Is it really August and Slow Sunday Stitching

Well another page on the calendar has been turned I can't believe we are in August, I guess with the move and packing, being laid up with my knee and now a dreaded summer cold I was bound not to notice as the days passed by, before long the kids here in Florida go back to school.

After the cortisone shot to the knee I am getting around much better and relatively pain free, I am still a bit off balance so I keep the cane nearby.  The knee still starts to buckle but I have been lucky enough to catch it.

I finished the embroidery on the Flower of Life piece, washed off the stitch and wash away product  and thrilled to see the rainbow threads didn't run; I was concerned because I'd read several comments about the Threadworx floss not always being colorfast.
The above photo is before I washed off the product, the photo below is after washing, it's wrinkled but I am too lazy to drag out the ironing board.
It's been a long summer with July being quite hot and wet, this is the time of year I start yearning for autumn to arrive but this year I'm ready to skip it and go right to winter.  Our weather doesn't start to cool off until late October and by cool off I mean temperatures in the upper 70's.  So I think it may be time to start some autumn stitching.  I have several patterns to choose from in my pattern collection and a few days ago my friend sent me these cute patterns both from Bird Brain Designs

These cute wonky pumpkins for the Fall and the Snowmen for Winter, though I guess those are Jackolanterns  so maybe get them done for Halloween.  

I recently signed up to do the Kathy Schmitz Garden Sampler Follow along on YouTube.  
I signed up through her Facebook Page here https://www.facebook.com/KathySchmitzStitches/   I love her designs and have several of her patterns and books.  
While unpacking and reorganizing my fabric bins I came across a nifty fabric panel from a few years ago.

If my memory is correct I bought it to possibly use with some Old World Santa's of the Month stitcheries I bought a few years ago though I haven't  come across them yet.  Well that's all the news for now on my stitching and I will be posting at Kathy's Quilts for the first August Slow Sunday Stitching right here:

On another note I am half way through The Summer of '69 and enjoying it more than I thought I would.  I love when I am surprised by a book.
I finished Steeped in Murder a few days ago when my cold got the best of me and I didn't have the energy to stitch.  It was a fun light read though I am not sure I will continue on with the series, this is the first book in the series.  
I had some time to get some letter writing done yesterday with the move I fell behind on my replies so it's nice to have the time to sip some tea and write a few letters.  And yesterday I heard from a friend I hadn't spoken too in over 20 years and just like that we talked like no time had passed between us. 





Sunday, July 28, 2019

Slow Sunday Stitching and Pain Relief

Things are looking up after my visit to the Orthopedic Institute on Friday and a cortisone shot into my left knee, which was too bad until the doctor hit the sweet spot and wow did I see stars but more importantly I could feel all the spots in my legs that were effected by the knee pain. Before the injection the doctor stated the shot may not work or it will work and can last up to 6 months or just a week, also I can only get 3 of the shots in the same knee in one calendar year. I am moving about much better , I do feel soreness where the injection took place but for the most part I am walking without use of the cane but do keep it nearby in case I feel off balance.

I did get more unpacking done yesterday five boxes down I can move about steadily and filled 3 shelves of my linen closet and two bags for donations, I am making it a point to give up at least two items per box and anything I haven't used in the last year (or since my last move in 2011).  I bought a new bed last year it has one of those real thick mattress, the old sheet sets don't fit so those were the first things to go when I unpacked the boxes.  Oh my goodness don't even get me started on towels, I will say half of what I have are in the donation box.

The weather here has been quite rainy most of the week with the stalling of a storm front hanging over Florida for most of the week with temps dropping into the mid 80's for a few days, I managed to squeeze in a trip to the library mid week to pick up a book I had reserved. 

 I spent some time reading when I couldn't sit comfortably from the pain in my leg, after the cortisone shot sitting wasn't a problem so I picked up my hand embroidery and stitched till my fingers ached.
I made good progress and I really like the choice of the rainbow floss for the background flower of life motif.
I moved my hoop to the bottom portion this morning and stitched a bit while I enjoyed my coffee outside listening to the birds and the quiet. I plan to get more stitching done today for Slow Sunday Stitching, for now I'll post this over at Kathy's Quilts why not click the link and have look at what other bloggers are slow stitching.https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/2019/07/slow-sunday-stitching_28.html


Sunday, July 21, 2019

A bit of stitching

Meet my new Best Friend, always there when I need something to lean on. It comes with me everywhere I go.  I will be seeing an orthopedic specialist for my leg this Friday to find out what is going on, in the meantime my doctor gave me a prescription gel for my leg and some pain medication which is helping me cope with the pain.
 
 I had time to do a little stitching yesterday began the Flower of Life motif using Threadworx 1154 for a rainbow effect.

  Unfortunately the pain medication I am taking fogs my brain so not getting as much stitching done as I like but I will try again today, I will link up to Kathy's Quilts here for Slow Sunday Stitching https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/2019/07/slow-sunday-stitching_21.html

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Stitching Bits Between Unpacking

Here we are with another Sunday upon us with some slow stitching on my to do list for today.

Unpacking is progressing at a better pace this week and the house is starting to resemble a home with most of the books now on shelves with all those boxes out of the way I can see the light at the end of the tunnel so to speak and the kitchen floor.  

I'm glad to have the task behind me and would love to say it won't happen again but I am a reader, a lover of books as long as I breathe there will always be books to unpack and shelves to put them on.  In fact, a new book just arrived on Friday, (thank you Amazon for speedy delivery), for down time with my fingers numb and tingling stitching was out of the question so reading a few chapters to unwind would do.
I did get in a little stitching yesterday afternoon not much because I popped something in my hand again earlier in the week so the tingling and numbness made holding the needle too uncomfortable after a bit.
The inner ring is nearly complete and after pulling out several stitches for the third time I put her aside.  While I was stitching I decided to change the color of the flower portion of the piece. I was planning a light lavender or green when it hit me to use rainbow colors, so I toss around the idea a bit in my head and looked at the piece wondering a different color of the rainbow for each flower, or each petal.  Then it hit me I unpacked a box of forgotten craft items some were hanks and skeins of embroidery floss, this Threadwork 1154 aka Bradley's Balloons may just be what I was thinking of.  
It has the rainbow quality I want, it's a variegated floss so the colors will just flow so I won't have to change colors for each flower or petal.  

Lately I have had the urge to embroider a sunflower or two and somewhere among my patterns I have a kit with sunflowers on it, well time will tell what I have time for.  Did you ever get an urge to embroider something specific?   I am linking up at Kathy's Quilts today here is the link check out the lovely things other bloggers are slow stitching. https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/2019/07/slow-sunday-stitching_14.html

Speaking of flowers this week some lovely Mexican Petunias popped up in the front of my house.
 I guess all the rain we have been getting urged them to come up, I'm so glad they did I love these pretty little flowers each evening the flower falls off and in the morning a new one appears.

I put my crescent moon statue out as soon as I pulled it off the truck,  I have a few other ornamental pieces to place in this area which will eventually be placed here and there.  
For now gardening isn't even a consideration at this time if I come across a piece while unpacking it will make it's way outside, with the arrival of autumn I'm sure I'll be more settled and have a few planters in place.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Stitching Slow In July

It's the first Sunday in July and the first slow stitching Sunday for the month. I actually made time on Monday to celebrate my birthday at one of my favorite places, the beach where I did some much needed stitching.  I will be linking up to Kathy's Quilts today click on the link to see what other talented bloggers are slow stitching: https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/2019/07/slow-sunday-stitching.html


I decided to bring along the Flower of Life piece rather then the Celtic Cross since the lines on this are simpler to see.  I managed to complete the entire outer circle and part of the inner circle while soaking in the sun, sand and surf.  The weather was beach perfect, clear and sunny,  quite hot  though the sea breeze made it feel comfortable.  The entire time I was stitching the Beatles song When I'm Sixty Four kept running through my head.



Thursday, July 4, 2019

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Last Sunday in June and I mean to Stitch!

It is the last Sunday in June, all my belongings are now moved from the old house and unpacking has been a near daily task. I am stiff, sore and bruised in places I didn't know could ache but today I am determined to pull out the Celtic Cross project and put in some slow stitching I NEED it!
This is a free coloring book page from Dover publications I thought would be lovely embroidered I have been itching to get back to it, this is where I left off.  I know exactly where my project box is so I don't even have to hunt for it.

I am going to link to Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching

https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/2019/06/slow-sunday-stitching_30.html

and also here is a link for a summer give away by Red Thread Studio for a complete set of Sue Spargo Elaganza thread https://win.redthreadstudio.com/thanks/70324/RedThreadStudioGiveaway

 I hope you are all having a great weekend.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Red Thread Studio Give Away

A lovely summer's day and I came across this summer thread give away so I thought I would share the link.
https://win.redthreadstudio.com/thanks/70324/RedThreadStudioGiveaway

I am Moved out of the old house and now slowly settling in the new one, things are still chaotic but I am going to attempt to get some stitching time this weekend.

Good luck with the give away.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Still Up to my Knees in Boxes

Still in the process of moving,  mostly unpacking boxes which seem endless, this week we will be moving the contents of the garage and a few things in the house that didn't make it on the last truck load which translates to stuff I am most likely donating but have to be sure I don't want it. 



Luckily there are several spaces in the house to use for drop spots which makes a mess but allows for all the stuff to be sorted and moved to designated rooms, closets etc.  I'm happy to say that just about every box I open more items are removed to the donate boxes, which is great since many things were designated to donation boxes while I was packing. 

I haven't had a moment to stitch, read or any other activity, after moving stuff during the day my body is so tired I barely have the energy to eat before I fall to sleep.  Once all the stuff is moved from the old place I will carve out some time for myself and unpack and a less hectic pace. 

Sunday, June 2, 2019

A little garden tour

This is the pond that almost was and part of a slate stone patio, when we first looked at the house I
was certain there was a plastic pond liner basin resting upon the two branches waiting to be installed
and it was there another time when we went back to take a closer look when it was raining, it was still there, I didn't think to snap a photo.
however the day of the closing when we did the walk through it was gone, my son doesn't recall seeing there but I was certain it was sort of kidney shaped.
So for now I am considering finishing the pond of filling it in, for now though it will have to wait till after I'm moved in, I do know I want to paint that big round rock perhaps with a big sun face.
The area where the pond is located is very shady spot with dappled sunlight, the beginnings of a serene garden area was in the making, this area below is to the back corner of the garden and has been cleared.
There is I think a pear tree in yard though I don't know how well it will do considering all the shade.
And either lime trees or very neglected grapefruit trees or both which should be an easy fix with proper fertilizer
limes?
grapefruit 
Well those are a few photos of the garden on one side of the house, this week the real moving in begins when the furniture starts getting loaded onto the truck.  Today though I have a few little projects to do with the assist of my brother in law and then hope time to stitch.

Adventures in Moving

Yesterday the appliance were delivered after a 30 minute delay and just in time for the afternoon rain, silly me remember to measure all the spaces where the appliances were to be placed but I forgot to measure the opening to the front door, so the refrigerator doors had to be removed before bringing it in. 
The stove followed after and was easy move as were the dryer and the freezer, my current dryer is a gas dryer an old Kenmore possible original to the house so replacing it was necessary.  I went with a smooth top stove for one main reason the coil  get so warped and wobbly after a time which drives me crazy.
I spent most of the day Saturday at the new house cleaning even though the house was quite clean I always have to put my own cleaning touches in each room, whether is was wiping counter tops, and dusting out the cabinets, sweeping and mopping the kitchen floor or scouring the tub and toilets, I just feel they are cleaned to my standards. 
The first thing I did though was hang a clock and calendar, yes the calendar is crooked which is a strange quirk I have had since hanging my first calendar when I set up my first home straight out of high school.

Early evening had me picking up a few things at the store, outside trashcan, curtain rods, some bottled water, hurricane season began yesterday, I dropped then off at the house.

So funny story, I was back at the house checking to be sure the new fridge was getting cold (it is) and decided to take a real look at the back yard so I'm looking and I see a body of a cat or a dog and all I can think is oh gosh I got to call animal control to remove a dead animal and I haven't even moved in yet then I started walking on the other side of the pond that was area and tried to see if it was dog or cat and its a cat alive and well and looking quite indignant because I disturbed her sleep. Oh the adventures in moving!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Some Stitching, New Buttons and Two New Challenge Projects

Tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. we have the house closing, it was moved up two days early so I have been busy getting my ducks in a row and looking for kitchen appliances and found them on sale until early June.
We had a long hot weekend, yesterday evening we did get some much needed rain which I listened to while I did some stitching to unwind after a busy day.  I put aside the Celtic Cross for now I'm just working on some less detailed pieces when I have some downtime.
This is a new piece for the drum and dance series I am doing.  A while back I purchased several crystal grids this one is the Flower of Life grid. Then simply added the drumming woman on top of the grid scanned it and printed it onto Stick and Wash product.  The photo is a bit blurry.

On Saturday the Theodora Cleave buttons I ordered arrived, I just love them and can't wait to be moved so I can get on with some projects I have in mind.
The designer Barb Smith creates such wonderful buttons, about 10 years ago I came across her hand embroidery patterns back then as The Woodcutter's Daughter, I still have the patterns and once I move I plan to stitch some up.  Here is a closer look and the large button, I guess I should have taken them out of the package before snapping the picture.
These are the other two buttons
The buttons can be found here https://www.theodoracleave.com/

There are two Needlework Projects I am taking part in over the next few weeks I thought I would share the website info if you are looking for some interesting needlework projects too.

The San Francisco School of Needlework and Design's newest stitch at home challenge is underway, the theme is Talismans here is a link for information:
https://www.sfneedleworkanddesign.org/rules-and-entry-form/

The deadline to submit is August 15, 2019  which gives me plenty of time after I move to make the deadline, I have drafted a few designs now I just need to get moved so I can begin working on it.

There is also an interesting on-going project by Paula MacGregor called Dangerous Pockets Project which I'll be taking part in, though it's been put aside for a bit while I move. For information check out the link here:
http://www.paulamacgregor.com/dangerous-pockets-project.html

And the Facebook pages can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/DangerousPocketsProject/

Paula MacGregor idea for the project was inspired by the Sharon Owens poem Dangerous Coats.

DANGEROUS COATS    by Sharon Owens

Someone clever once said
Women were not allowed pockets
In case they carried leaflets
To spread sedition
Which means unrest
To you & me
A grandiose word
For commonsense
Fairness
Kindness
Equality
So ladies, start sewing
Dangerous coats
Made of pockets & sedition


These 18th century pockets could hold many a secret bits as well as leaflets I wonder if this is the type of pocket Sharon Owens thought of when she penned the poem.

To take a look at the size of the 18th century style pockets follow the link to Jenny LaFleur's designs https://www.jennylafleur.com/precis/2013.001.htm

Anyway you can view the various types of pockets participants are making on the Dangerous Pockets Project website and Facebook page at the links above.  I first read about it Sunday in the current issue of Be Creative Workbox magazine

Perhaps I will make something similar to the little pocket purses I made a few years ago using an old pockets from worn out jean.  I have several pockets from clothing found at thrift stores or have worn out, I usually cut off  the pockets and buttons and a square ot two of the fabric if not too worn out or stained. 
Though I like the idea of making a pocket from fabrics in my stash that have been waiting for just the right project.  All will be revealed once I am moved and the project is underway.