Saturday, October 15, 2016

I'm Back!

Well, sort of...

July 4th Designed by Breanna Stewart
(Oldest daughter of Paulette Stewart of Plum Street Samplers)
I'm using perforated paper for this one. I can hold onto it better. This is 3 days worth of trying to stitch. 

Then there is this...

Can you tell it's a toboggan? Pinterest shows using a thinner yarn and now I know why. This yarn may be better for the yarn garland. It is so soft. I have no idea what it is..suppose the label would tell duh. Today though, I'm just running on fumes. 

This healing stuff is exhausting. Started therapy this week. Going up to 3x a week. My therapist has been terrific. I've been to some that seemed to think their job was to hurt me. Terri has said more than once, "Being uncomfortable is good, pain is not." She expects you to try your darnest, but understands how quickly you tire. And she gives a wonderful massage. 

But, being that it is Sweetest Day, I'm really trying to help Rob with the housework today. On load 2 of laundry and I washed a whole 9 glasses and some silverware. Isn't much, but it's way more than normal. Plus, I washed my hair today too. I know, I know, big deal. But, it really is a big deal to me. 

Well, the Clemson game is over and OSU doesn't start until 8p. Think I'll try to stitch on the porch. 
Here's to everyone having a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Doing My Part!

Well, I'm trying anyway. Gotta love your online stitching supply stores when you are grounded.

Hands On Design - Grab Life, Oh Whale, Anchor Down and Stars in the Sky
Lt - CCN Garden of Snow and Snow Days, Middle - Beneath the Harvest Moon by Whispered by the Wind,  and Rt - This is My Happy Place by The Scarlett House 

Sandy Toes and Salty Kisses by Hinzeit and Old School Santa 2016 by LK
As of today, I am no longer as grounded as I had been. I got my bra on all by myself! Yeap, definitely TMI, but I'm so excited.

Driving makes me nervous because one handed doesn't feel like I'm in control. an illusion.

But, I'm able to fold blankets now too. Dishes are still out. If the laundry is where it needs to be...the machines can do it...folding is still a pain. I can sweep, but a broom and mop are out. Cooking all depends.

Have to say though, men are oblivious.  The tub, toilet, sink, floors, and changing sheets....need desperate attention.  Hints don't work. My daughter even told me she can tell I live with males. Now, I should qualify men are oblivious.

Today is gorgeous.  Think I may get some porch time today. Natalie, the porch is still open...grab your stitching and come visit!

Oh, I'm going to have to make plans to visit Indiana.  Paula will be in state soon, and there are some other Indiana stitchers I'd love to meet. And Mary Jane could meet me at a half way point. So, I'm thinking maybe next summer. hahaha. Wishful thinking.

Well, lunch time and then the hammock calls!
Happy Stitching all!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Quick Update

Well, my brace isn't quiet as ugly as that picture I showed you. Going to have to wear it 8 weeks. Until then, I'm to work on movement not strength.  Strength PT comes after the brace is removed. Had somewhere around 30 staples on the incision.  And that wasn't 4" the incision is closer to 6".

Not sure how long it will be until I can stitch. Guessing at least a few more weeks. But, this not having to cook, folding laundry, cleaning, and dishes is working for me. Not sure hubby would agree. teehee....

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Oopsy...leads to Ouchy

Let's start this post off with good news...I finished both quilts before the first OSU game.  Let me tell you...that is one warm quilt. I won't show the smaller quilt as DD has been known to lurk on this here blog.

As I've told Mary Jane, no good deed goes unpunished.  And also, we all know I tend to be an overachiever.  On the 2nd, I journeyed to the store to gather provisions for Logan's birthday dinner. Wish we had decided to eat out. I saw someone crash their scooter and I stopped to help. I stepped back on an uneven sidewalk catching my foot. My bad knee had been acting up all day and I tried to protect it as I fell. DON'T DO THIS. TUCK AND ROLL. I landed on my right hand. There is no memory as to how I ended back up on my feet. But, I knew I had broken my arm. A call to 911, an ambulance ride, xrays, manipulation, lots of pain meds, long holiday weekend, ortho appt, and bad news. Not only had I dislocated my elbow, I had shattered the radial head. In doing so, I guaranteed surgery and a new titanium implant.

Here's an ugly xray. Lots o'pain when it was taken.

Surgery is next week, two weeks more in a splint, stitches out, and then this ugly a** brace for at least 6 weeks. I hope to be able to help with Thanksgiving dinner. lol

So, you all stitch your little hearts out and make me proud. I'll be sitting in my chair playing Township. Stupid addictive game....

Saturday, August 20, 2016

And So, It Begins...

Does stitching a blanket stitch count as 'stitching'? My mojo has gone on vacation. Wish I knew where it went. I may have liked to join it. I think an email helped it take this vacation. See, I subscribe to this quilting store's emails. Not sure why. I haven't made quilts for years. Like several years. And then an email shows up in my inbox and all hope is lost. And this was the quilt pattern shown on said email.

Red, gray, and black....O's all over.....O-H-I-O! A raggedy Ohio State quilt and just in time for football season. Finshed size 48"x 56". Not very big. But, too big for a baby quilt. Oh, a baby quilt. Hmmm...

Never too early to introduce this baby to OSU. Right? So, what if I scale down the block size and make another quilt to be 36"x 48". Ok, then I can buy more fabric and use the extra in mine to make it bigger. Sounds about right. Except, as I tend to do, I over bought fabric. I even made a second trip to the quilt store to get more fabric today.

The bottom row of fabric came pre-cut for the quilt. Nice colors. Look great together. So, I need more for the baby's quilt. Can you explain why I purchased 13 pieces of fabric for a quilt that only needs 80 - 6" blocks?

Lots to be left over for my quilt. Teehee. Hubby didn't even flinch. So, now I need to pull out the cutting mat, rotary cutter, the plastic templates. Um, not sure where those are. Thinking I may take this all up the my loft (genealogy area) and then I can spread out.

Wish me luck. First game Sept 3rd. Two weeks. I better go get busy!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Two More Complete!

Hot off my needles...
32 ct. Toasted Almond - Hands On Design -
On Beach Time
I swear blogger drives me crazy sometimes. This picture was not taken this way. grrr

Anyway, as you can tell I changed it a bit from the pattern. I was running out of the color for the chair - so, I improvised. 

And this I finished this one last week - 

32 ct Toasted Almond - Hands On Design -
Little Cottage by the Sea
This one is pretty true to the pattern. The sign took much longer than I guessed it would -- all solid stitching. 

Remember I mentioned running into Natalie a month or so ago. In talking to her (ok, emailing) I mentioned I collected my orts. She wanted to know why we do this. I told her I saved mine so I can see my old projects in the floss. Also, some stitchers save the floss for the birds. Why do you save your orts? 

This is my ort bottle. Sixteen years worth of threads rolled into little balls. Does anyone else roll their orts up like this? 

On another front - both of my kids now have their 'big kid' jobs. Courtney just got hired for a community hospital as a Rad Tech and Logan is working for a climate firm recruiting voters. Thank goodness. In this job market I was beginning to worry. 

Wish me luck this weekend - heading to another auction for more Fostoria. I just need a few glasses and I would like a large straight sided vase. 

Off to gather my floss for the Nora Corbett sleigh. Hmm, I hope I have them all. 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Forty One Days Until Fall!

Come on Fall! These blast furnace summer days are for the birds. Although, I'm not too sure how the birds feel about them. You know the birds don't speak to me. Dr. Doolittle I am not.

So, since it is so toasty outside - I stay inside where it is blessedly comfortable. And I have results! Do you wanna see what's been on me needle?

April - Snowflower Diaries
28 ct Jobelan Summer Skies

May - Snowflower Diaries
28 ct Jobelan Summer Skies

Adjust Your Sails - Hands On Design
32 ct Toasted Almond
The Snowflower Diaries pieces have a few changes...Once again the B5200 wouldn't have shown on this fabric and I changed a few flowers to more colorful ones. The rabbit became gray because my rabbits in Ohio are gray. My squirrels are gray/red. I attempted to do them justice. And in May...I re-graphed the kitten. And made the bird a bluebird.

I love the Hands On Design series To The Beach. There are 6 designs so far in this series. I hope there may be a few more. I passed on picking up the whales (Design #1) and then it hit me how I want these finished. Going to find a nice summery fabric in matching colors and make these a summer bowl. So, now I need to get it and #6 Stars in the Sky.

I thought my older GAST colors called for seemed to be a bit washed out - so, in the Flock Together piece I have ramped up the colorway. Instead of Old brick - Poppy, the yellow became Daffodil and the blue is now some deep turquoise. And wow do the colors look fabulous.

Switching gears here -- I have to tell you about a coincidence (remember, I do not believe in coincidences) that happened a few weeks ago. DD had an interview at nearby hospital. I drove her to the interview hoping to let her relax on the trip and be fresh and ready to go. While she was back doing her thing - I sat in the main lobby and stitched on 272 Words. A nurse came over and admired the piece. She asked where I was from...I told her and low and behold...she grew up here too. And the really weird thing...I KNEW her. We worked together in my grandfather/uncle's dairy in the late 70's. And the icing on the cake...I had just been thinking about her a few weeks before I ran into her. Then, she started talking about HER stitching! Yep, she's one of us! And we love the same stitching shop in Cleveland. Needless to say, we are now emailing and catching up. I love the way the world works. (btw -- waving hi to Natalie)

Today I am once again enjoying being at home. The last several days have found me traveling every direction. On the 11th - north to Cleveland, the 12th - east to the genealogy library, 13th - lunch to the west, 14th - south to meet a new-to-me cousin, the 15th - back to the library, the 16th - west to a bridal shower, home the 17th - the 18th north to another interview for DD, the 19th to the library. I had started to forget what staying at home felt like. And I dodged a trip to Lake Erie this week. Dodged would imply I didn't want to go. Far from it, but it has been put on hold until after the school year begins.

Okay, time to email some photos and catch up on the laundry. It isn't going to do itself.


PS -- since I wrote that last post I have become a bit more aware of the violence happening in the world. It's been 13 days since that post. We have had a shooting in a courthouse in MI (I believe), a hospital in FL, more violence in Baton Rouge, and then there's Nice, France. And it has made me repeatedly ask...What are we so angry about?