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.
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
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

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!