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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Walking in the Rain

It was 50 degrees when I went walking.  Wow.  In February, can you believe it?  Unfortunately, it started raining when I was half way done.  I made it it just fine but had to change clothes when I got home.

I am working on too many things!  But I love them all.  I am putting a little bit of time and love on each one.  I just finished my Evan banner but now I need to make another one.  Claire has a vertical name banner on her bedroom door and I need to make Evan one for his bedroom door.  I have a Prairie Schooler animal alphabet so I started that.  I'll show you tomorrow.

I worked on the Jenny Adin-Christie Row Houses.

 I finished the tower.

 Looks good.  Next was the roof of the tower with copper plate.  I've never worked with that before.

  It went pretty well.  I haven't put the tower on so I'm hoping they will match up okay, that the roof fits under the tower part.

The next step is to couch down gimp for the left hand cottage.  This is a pretty small design.  If I concentrated on it, I could get a lot done.

I watched a FlossTube video yesterday.  It was an hour long but for some reason, there was no audio, so all I could do was look.  I was shocked - and it takes a lot to shock someone with lots of WIPs. This lady had 27 WIPs.  It was fantastic to see kits and classes that I haven't seen before.  I think the lady must have been from Australia.  FlossTube keeps me entertained when there is nothing on TV.  It also gives me ideas about ordering stuff.  Uh-oh.

Monday, February 20, 2017


I saw Sally at Salty Yarns finished this.

  It is so cute!  She changed the colors a little and added real buttons, pins and needles to the design around the edge.  So I dug out the parts I had for this design.  I had bought some blue Monaco fabric.  I started stitching on it but didn't like the feel of the fabric.  So I went digging to see what was in my basket of fabrics.  I found some nice blue fabric that I think will do.  I believe the pattern calls for 28 count but what I found was 32.  Whatever.  I didn't have the called for colors so I was using a combination of DMC, Weeks and GAST.

 There wasn't enough contrast in the pin cushion.  You couldn't see that there was a pattern on the pin cushion.  Scrap that.  So then I went digging through my Vicki Clayton silks.  I found some that I think will do.  What I have done so far is a combination of everything I have tried.

 Am I going to take it out and start over?  Are you crazy?  There are two greens on the top of the tomato and it just isn't worth it to take it all out.  It looks fine.  I also wasn't sure what to do about coverage, one strand or two?  I tried one of DMC and Weeks, it was a little skimpy.  Then I tried the premium silk which is heavier.  One strand of that is plenty.  The surprise on this is that it is fun to stitch.

The bathrooms are clean and the walking is done.  We've had two days of temperatures in the sixties and today is going to be warm too.  I love it.  Enjoy it while you've got it!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Amaryllis Fell

Our Amaryllis plant is so tall and  top heavy that it fell over.  I don't think it hurt itself.  So DH put in two stakes to help hold it up.
I see some red inside the buds.  Maybe the bloom will be red?

I got the front side of Home Sweet Home done!!
Mandy wondered why I don't like working on this.  It is mysterious as to why some things are fun to stitch and some things I dread stitching.  You never know beforehand how you will feel about stitching something.  With this, I think the constant fear that I am going to mess this up spoils some of the fun.  Also this is going very slowly.  I don't like when things aren't nice and neat and perfectly done.
Here are the pieces so far:
Next step:  trace another side onto the embroidery fabric.  I think I'll choose the end side as it is smaller.
We are enjoying another nice day here.  It was 65 degrees yesterday.  Wow.  I made another little start.  I'll show you tomorrow.  It's Sally's fault!

Saturday, February 18, 2017


I put the Heart of Elizabeth all together using some silk dupioni that I had on hand.

All done!  I tried some twisted cording with just black and white but didn't like it.  So I added the gold and I like it much better.

I think it turned out nicely.  Mandy, this is a Gay Ann Rogers design. On her website she has two sales a year, the heart sale that was last week (that did not include Heart of Elizabeth) and the e-week sale in October for just certain designs.  You can sign up for her newsletter then she will let you know when the sale is.

I need to get back to Home Sweet Home and make some progress.  I love how it is turning out but I hate working on it.  So I just have to push through.  I am very close to being done with this side.

Bunny is done.  Charms are added.

 Flowers to the right of the door are done.  I'm working on the rest of the bottom edge.

It is lovely outside.  I watched lots of the Four Continents ice skating yesterday.  Fun.  I should get my new earbuds today.  My old ones are broken.  I bet some oaf stepped on them (me?).  I'm seeing lots of new cross stitch designs coming out for the Nashville market.  Yes, I'm tempted.  But my heart is set on the wren.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Second Kit

The other kit that I got from Jenny Adin-Christie is called Lakeland Odyssy.

It is a beautiful design using the bookbinding material that was also used on The Owl and the Pussycat.  (I'll be more careful with it this time!) Many supplies, all nicely labeled.

 This kit also has part of the design printed on organza that you embroider over.  It really doesn't look too hard to make.  I just need time.  How lucky am I to get to stitch these kits?

Mandy (no-reply) asked me about the kit for Home Sweet Home.  I bought it a couple of years ago.  But now that I am using it and finishing Home Sweet Home, I can give you a better evaluation of it.  Janet Granger (she has a blog) has made Home Sweet Home without the kit and by substituting threads.  On her site she lists the substitutions she made and gives recommendations if you are making this project. This project can be made without the kit.  I have many threads in the kit that I have used one 18 inch strand out of the whole skein. You need one gold bead for the door knob, so I have used one out of the whole pack.

 I will have a lot of stuff left over.  There are a couple of threads that I would recommend getting instead of substituting.  One is the thread that is used on the roof.  It is the perfect weight and texture but I've never seen this thread before.  The kit was expensive.  But it was great not to have to go tracking down all the stuff needed to stitch this.  

Today is the start of great weather.  That's something we don't get much of in the winter.  But for the next four days we get warmth and sunshine.  I love it.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Oh Happy Day!

It was just too cold to walk outside today (19 degrees).  So I went to the Y.  It was nice to see my regular walking friends.

I finished up the Heart of Elizabeth.  Happy dance time.

I dug around in my stash and found some just plain black silk dupioni for the backing so I can finish-finish it off very soon.  I'm really happy with how it turned out.  And I'm really happy to have finished it.  It was a nice break from Dudley and Home Sweet Home.

Then I got great mail yesterday!  The mailman brought me two of the kits that I ordered from Jenny Adin-Christie.  (Not the wren - yet.)  I'll show you one today and one tomorrow. There are so many pieces to these kits.

 They are all nicely labeled too.  I think Jenny's mother does a fabulous job putting them together.
There is a 21 page booklet of instructions too.  Everything is in a tote bag.
My friend Janet did this one and has it all framed.  It is beautiful.
Could I resist starting?  Are you kidding?  I had to put in a few stitches.

The amaryllis has a tiny petal sticking out of it.
It looks to be white.  We'll see.
Have a fun day!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


I got to the beading part of Heart of Elizabeth.  I got her collar/ruff done and now all that is left is her necklaces.

Maybe I can finish this up today.  Then I can get back to my regularly scheduled programming.

The amaryllis' bud is starting to crack open.  I still can't really tell what color it is but we will know soon.  I'm guessing it might be white.
This is what's left of the amgel food cake.  Very yummy.

It is cold and overcast today.  If Mr. Mailman brings me a package, my day would be brightened up considerably.