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Sunday, September 1, 2019

Hello September and some Slow Sunday Stitching

Well August is gone and hopefully this nasty bug I have been down with will finally run out of steam, not only were both my eyes infected for a week which meant no stitching, reading or crocheting, after they cleared both my ears became infected and the fever just didn't want to break.

My eyes cleared a few days ago and you know the first thing I did was pick up needle and thread and put in some stitches on the Greenman piece.
Not much was stitched just the leaves on both sides of the mouth but it was nice to pick up my work and get in a few stitches. 

I have a few patterns I want to get traced onto fabric so I can start stitching them, the first one is a Liberty Rose design which I would love to complete before Fall begins.
I think a sweet little wall hanging using some of these fabrics for backing and border.  I want to make a few fabric pumpkins with this fabric too.
Maybe one of these fabrics below for the border, I guess I'll know more once I get the piece stitched.

The other pattern I want to trace to start stitching is the Kathy Schmitz pattern Still of the Night
And this Liberty Rose sweet little gingerbread man pattern I need to find just the right fabric to get the bowl fillers started.
I am linking my post over at Kathy's Quilts today: https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/2019/09/slow-sunday-stitching.html

The San Francisco School of Needlework and Design has another stitch at home challenge coming up it's the Fall Stitch-at-Home challenge, theme will be "Healing & Reflection".  Unfortunately with my move, the problem my knee and then this nasty bug I wasn't able to get a piece ready to take part in the last challenge,Talismans, I do plan to have a design ready in the next week or so, deadline in January 15.  Here is the link https://healingandeflectionchallenge.tumblr.com/?fbclid=IwAR0mNJE-pVp7B9MLWQk_7muM1rl25zT3zygqzLjD97O6VDBxh-pzHArY2K4



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.