Thursday, October 23, 2014

Time keeps on slipping....

into the future...that's how I am feeling this morning (thinking of Steve Miller's song). I think the older I get the easier it is to think I have loads of time to do or finish or to post. Mostly, to be honest, I am keeping busy. I stitch every day here and there and of course real life has me  also. Yesterday morning I went for the MRI on the knee...and the doctor called me a few hours later to say, yes there is a Meniscus tear and he was setting up an appointment with a surgeon. That being that.... it is a wait until I see the next doctor. As for the stitching....
This has been completed but I forgot to show it to you...key word...forgot. It is from The Primitive Hare...Autumn. It was a freebie. Mr H painted my door hanger the perfect shade of purple and I had the brass cluster of grapes in my trinket box. Linen from the linen box so I do not know what it is. I do try to use up the pieces I save and usually keep descriptions with them. Next is another stitched finish...

the wonderful Jack in the Hat by Threadwork Primitives designed by talented Nan Lewis. Not sure how I want to complete this one....
I stitched it on 32 ct Belfast Linen but do not have a name for the color. It is not the  Grey that Nan used. The pattern called for stitching with one over two but it did not show up as I liked so I did 2 over 2 and like the look. It is with the listed DMC thread colors. I am off to work today....only hope my knee holds out. It is always so nice to have you stop by for a visit...hope you have a wonderful day.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

A few weeks ago, June invited me to join in on this blog hop...of course I said yes.... another way to share my love and find new friends as well as learn a little more about those I already think I know. We have questions to answer so....

#1 What am I working on
This is a hard one. I always have at least 3 things I am working on and then there is the planning basket with what I want to do. For now,
this is Jack in the Hat from Threadwork Primitives designer is Nan Lewis. Truth be told I am also trying to finish a tatted ornament for my tree and I must get to work on a few Christmas gifts. I try to keep busy and usually succeed.

#2 How does my work differ from others of its genre
I do not think I differ much. Well, maybe I am more apt to make some changes to the design. Not that I do not like what the designer has done, but I make it a little more of me. Some choose to only do one craft, I am ready to do it all...tatting, quilting, sewing, embroidery; you get the idea. I want to do it all!

#3Why do I write/create what I do
I have been blogging since September 2010.... never in my thoughts did I think I would have a blog. I really enjoyed visiting others and realized what a wonderful world the blog-land is. Friendships around the USA as well as the entire world. Like many, it my journal of my thoughts and work as well as a place to share and learn. Bloggers are a special community of caring people.


#4 How does my writing/creating process work
I sit at the computer and think of you as sitting right here with me....and I talk to you. I am hungry to do and learn all the time. When I find a project to do, I enjoy the fabric selection, the thread gathering and then the actual stitching. I have very little plans for it until it is finished then more fun to figure it all out. I keep a basket with this and that to do. I do not fool myself for one minute thinking I will ever get all that I want done, but isn't that part of the enjoyment, thinking I can?
I have a few ornaments ready to be finished.... but still thinking on them...
I need to find just the right fabric for backing and decide how to finish them. What I do is always get the hanger to put with them. My work table is always at the ready.
Hope you learned a little more about me and hope you will visit June . We were asked to invite others, I did, but many were already committed to posting but Lelia whose blog is an inspiration to me . She is a tatter and her work is wonderful. Yes, not everyone is a cross stitcher! Her post will be on October 27th so be sure to visit with her now and of course then.
Have a wonderful day.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Cinderelly!

"First I"ll need a pumpkin", said the fairy godmother...

A wave of her wand and magically a coach appeared.



Mice! So once again the fairy godmother waved her wand and Gus and Jaq and 2 more friends turned into beautiful white horses.....then, Cinderella was transformed into a beautiful princess complete with glass slippers...

The tale of Cinderella...one of my favorites. When I visited Disney World years ago, I fell in love with the glass coach on display as you entered the Magical Kingdom. I told Mr H I wanted my own glass coach! This lovely glass coach and slipper were gifts to me from Mr H. They are from The Franklin Mint and I have had them since the 1980's. Such detail on the heel of the slipper and the lid of the coach lifts to reveal a frosted seat. The darling mice, Jaq and Gus  hang on my Christmas tree every year but stay with me all year in the sewing room. Everyday I enjoy my tea in my special mug...
somehow it tastes nicer!
When I saw the design from The Primitive Hare for Cinderella's coach, I knew I had to stitch it. Isabella captured it so perfectly for me.....
I stitched it on 28 ct Cashel linen; Toasted Almond and the listed DMC threads. I made a change and do hope Isabella does not mind, but I left off the words Cinderella along the bottom and added a piece of cotton lace that was in my lace box. I found the frame at Jo Ann's and it can be table top or hung. For now, I will put it on my bureau along with my coach and slipper.....
Hope you have not been too bored by my playful post today....I am glad you stopped by to read it. Little things that make me happy truly make life easier ....
Have a wonderful day...I am planning on stitching Jack in the Hat today outside on the lanai...beautiful day here in The Valley of the Sun...Arizona!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Rumor has it......

I asked for today off from work. It was a mistake to go in on Thursday right after having the procedure done on my knee.... I think resting my knee is really important right now. The MRI is on Wednesday night and then I will be speaking with the surgeon...maybe I will not have to have surgery. I do know that there is more fluid in the knee today, not as much as before, but it is there. The finger is just about all healed which is wonderful as I am stitching away the hours. Rumor has it that Cinderella will riding in her coach tomorrow!Today is just a lovely day...sliders open, sun shining and temps comfortable....good day to sit outside and stitch.... wish you were here to join me. Have a wonderful day.
Just look at our Mexican Bird of Paradise at the side of our house....love it!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Resting my knee but not my hands...

First I want to must show you this sunrise picture I took this morning when I walked out my garage for the newspaper....took my breathe away.
Our forecast for today is for overcast skies and cool temps...love it!
I went to work yesterday and my 5 hour shift felt like 20 hours. My knee was so so sore that I have asked for Saturday off (off today anyway) just to rest it.Of course Mr H could only say " I told you not to go in to work, but do you listen". My finger is much better. I did not do any corst stitching, but did manage  not have withdrawals completely by working on this...
It was from the drawing I won from Donna at By The Bay Needleart....I did finish it differently from the design, but now have it hanging complete with twigs and fresh Rosemary by the front door. Really enjoyed this applique and easy stitch.  I am hoping to start Jack in the Hat this weekend. I miss stitching on Cinderella... and it is getting nearer to completion...
Before I know it, Cinderella will be off to the ball! Cinderella has been one of my favorite Disney Movies...fond memories of going to the theater with mom and sis to see it as a very young girl.
Well, dear friends, time for some breakfast and coffee and back to stitching. need to do a few errands with Mr H later but then it will be my time and maybe sitting out on the lanai to stitch. Glad you visited with me and thank you all for the kind words...whatever your plans are, hope you have a wonderful day.