Friday, June 24, 2016

272 Words

All done! It is nice to have this UFO finished. Woohoo!
272 Words by Primrose Needleworks
Stitched on a 28ct fabric with recommended DMC floss
I do have to say...I wish I had done this on a higher count fabric. My eyes work best on 28 ct, but 32 ct was recommended. This stitch can be put on a wall 12' away and you could still read the dang thing. 
 
Started July from the Snowflower Diaries. Loving the rhubarb on the flamingos. Such cute patterns. 

Looks like the weekend is shaping up to be an inside (too hot outside) stitching weekend. DH wants to ride his motorcycle and visit his step-mother. Who am I to complain with more stitching time? 

Well, time for dinner and some television...

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Update time...

Mary Jane...seriously this is a quick stitch! Can't believe how much has been accomplished over a weekend!


Page four is nearly complete. But, the word brought on the top line is 10 stitches from fathers. Most other word breaks are between 6 and 8 stitches apart. And the last two words on this line look a little smooshed together. Brought is being ripped out and moved a little closer to fathers.

Something I have noticed in this pattern is sometimes the s's have tails and other times don't and the i's are sometimes 4 stitches high and other times 5. Why do designers do this? Is it me being picky or is there something going on I have missed?

Oh, thank you everyone for your advice on how to frame cheaply. I need to check your stores out. And no, sorry Dawn, I can not be your partner is a stitch shop. The drive is a bit long for a daily commute. lol. Now, Lori, how far from Cleveland are you talking? A bit further south...I'm in! Heading towards Toledo or Youngstown....umm. And Cincinnati is OUT!! Now, Columbus is fine. So, what town were you thinking?? :)

Well, kids, I'm off to rip my stitches out and try again. Hope you are doing well and enjoying your summer!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Mary Jane...better catch up!

Last night I wanted to stitch something, but starting on Colorful Sky just wasn't cutting it. So, I pulled out an old SAL I started with Mary Jane (CalamityJr.). Although, I went through old blog posts...I can not find when we started this.

In just a few hours I had reached the right side border and was ready to fly! And now I have the whole border in!!! (terrible lighting...sorry)

272 Words - Primrose Needleworks
28ct unknown color (until I find that post)

Oh for pete's sake!! The photo rotated again. And I did check to see if I had an 'auto-rotate' on my camera...I can't find it if it's there.

And when I pulled out Colorful Sky...I found that I had been rather optimistic in saying that I was nearly halfway done. Let's go with 1/3 of the way done.

Colorful Sky - Mystic Stitch
14 ct white aida
Courtney and I went to Cleveland today. Had my heart broken. The store may close. The owner is in the process of selling the store and if the financing doesn't go through...she will close before the end of the year. So, cross your fingers the potential new owner can finalize the loans!!!

And then - it broke again. We figured out the cost to have Naturistic framed. Needless to say, DH will be making me another frame and I will have to do the framing. At nearly $300...I choked.

And I wanted these two pieces to be framed by someone other than me....uh, they are bigger by far than Naturistic.

While shopping I got more fabric for the monthlies, stash fabric, 3 patterns with fabric for them, and a frame for the monthlies.

Adjust Your Sails, Flock Together, and A Little Cottage
by Hands On Design.
will be stitched on 28ct Cashel Toasted Almond
These have to be worked in to the rotation. Rotation...how did that happen? Colorful Sky, 272 Words, The Snowflower Diary monthlies, and these. Geez...I better get busy.

Time for bed. Let's see what time this post actually hits the web. lol Lately, it has been nearly 12 hours until it shows up on the reader.

Hey, MJ....better get your needles flying!!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Goals Met!

Not often anymore do I get to say that I met my stitching goals. This weekend...I did!

Can anyone explain why these pictures turn? This isn't how they were taken nor how they were uploaded. Sigh....

Anyway, here are March and June from The Snowflower Diaries. I ended up outlining the stork because the B5200 just didn't show up on the fabric I used. There are 4 "white" flowers that are now Apricot Blush. Again the floss didn't show up.

March - The Snowflower Diaries
28ct Cashel - Country Cream
GAST and DMC flosses
Now June went so well! Such a great little stitch. For some reason every picture I could get of the pattern was blurry. Ended up re-charting it. Not sure if I managed to get all the colors where they were supposed to be. But, it doesn't matter as I am thrilled with the outcome. Told DH I did something with the bear that I think went well. Instead of my usual straight across stitching and making something striped with the hand-dyed floss. I grouped the stitches per area. Did the foot, then a hip, front leg, etc. That way each area seemed to be a slightly different shading. Kinda like real fur. Yeah, I'm breaking my arm patting myself on the back. 

June - The Snowflower Diaries
28ct Cashel - Country Cream
GAST and DMC flosses
It had been years since my last Lazy Daisy stitch. I managed to make them at least equal. lol

Hoping to make it to Cleveland this week. I want to pick out a frame for these and another for Naturistic. Courtney is coming along to help with the process. I haven't had a piece professional framed....ever. Always done my own. So, this is scary. Oh, I need more fabric for these monthlies too. Maybe I can find a hand-dyed that is a blue on white. More sky-like looking.

Tomorrow is my first fasting day ever. Wish me luck. I just read a book that explains why diets don't work and how to re-set your 'set weight'. So, fasting...a new way to drive myself crazy. :)

Time for bed...
Night Night!



Friday, May 27, 2016

Naturistic Finished!

I did it! Finished Naturistic yesterday afternoon. One of the fastest large projects ever.

Started Feb 6, 2016 - Finished May 26, 2016
If I figured correctly, that is 109 days and 49,750 stitches. Which when you think about it isn't some amazing number of stitches on the average day...about 2 1/4" square per day. But, there were several days, even weeks that there wasn't one stitch stitched.

Taking this one to Crafty Ewe in Broadview Heights to be framed. DH just doesn't have enough time to make frames like I would like. Sigh....how dare work get in the way of a craft....geez!

Usually, I sign the large pieces below the lower right corner. This time I signed the piece in the picture like a painting. It's in purple and doesn't scream, "Hey, look here...a signature!"

My son has spoken for this piece. Courtney wants Colorful Sky.


I have the top half finished and need to get on it. BUT...

What did I kit up this morning? The Snowflower Diaries March and June. Going to do them both on a 28ct Cashel Country Cream. Just loving the bear in the June piece. These are going to finished in a frame so I can pop them in and out. I do this with some Lizzy*Kate pieces. It's just kind of wonderful to be able to see them all and tire of none.

Well...time to go enjoy the porch. The humidity is low and there is a nice breeze. Not going to be on the highways this holiday weekend. Let the cops bother someone else...and not worry of wrecks and wackos!

Hope everyone has a wonderful enjoyable weekend. Maybe on Tuesday I'll have another finish. Ha, that would be my second this year and twice as many as last year. What's happened to me? I used to stitch 50-70 pieces per year.

Ok, off to herd turtles.(as Coni would say)
Denise

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Blogversary Win

A few weeks ago, Edgar over at Blacksheep's Bit of the Web had his 9th Blogversary Give Away. I was lucky enough to have the one of his pups pick my name!

Edgar sent a wonderful package to show me what I am missing by NOT being in San Francisco. Next time I'm on the west coast...San Francisco WILL be a destination!


Ghirardelli Chocolates, Noe Valley coffee, Dianda's pastries, and an
amazing coffee mug from Starbucks!

The cookies....yummy! Most had a hint of lemon!
I was so amazed at the goodies he sent. I've not used the coffee mug for coffee. It is perfect for dinner of chili though! lol If you notice on the mug...it has the Golden Gate bridge and the skyline on it. I still have a few chocolates...which is beyond belief if you know the chocolate hound I  am. The cookies were delightful. Light, lemony, soft, and smooth. Not sure if Edgar knew I loved Italian food or I just got lucky. Can't speak for the coffee though...that falls under the men in my house. As soon as they brew it...I will have my very first cup of (sober) coffee. ;) We are not speaking of the time I had the other 3 cups of coffee in my life. Um, I barely remember them.

Had a surprise visit from my niece and nephews. Haven't seen them much this year. So, I grabbed the camera to commemorate the occasion.

Bryce -- will be 3 this fall

Alivia - 6 in August

Garin -- OMG...10 this fall
 Stitching has taken another slow down...library projects have taken precedence. One project at a time.

Until next time...enjoy the locust....
Denise



Monday, May 9, 2016

Rainy Monday

Had a wonderful weekend!

First, DD graduated from Zane State College with her Radiology Tech degree. Here are the girls from her group.

Courtney is the one on the left in the front row. 
 We decorated her cap. And had a great time with it! Mind you it took 4 hours...

The school knows her by her first name.
And here's a shot of the proud momma and poppa...


The graduation speakers tend to be long winded and we were feeling the pain. lol Actually, compared to Logan's graduation at KSU last winter...this went quickly. And the chairs were comfortable. 

Then later Saturday night I was inducted into Guernsey County, OH First and Pioneer Families. Meaning I was able to trace relatives to Guernsey County, OH prior to 1820 (First) and 1850 (Pioneer). 
Checking out my pins.

And I am still stitching. Remember when I said, "Arthritis be damned!"? Well, boy did it show me who was boss. Thumb pain won hands down. Compression gloves were purchased and worn. They helped, but rest was the solution. 


There are lots of black stitches that will make the finish a quick one. Then the framing. This one is going to be done by Crafty Ewe. Normally, I stretch and frame my own. But, I'm feeling plucky and want someone else to do this baby. 

Until next time....