Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Framed~~~~~

Yesterday was a nasty day here in The Valley..... monsoon rains and flash floods..... we are south of where the damage was. If you would like to see a video of the flood that encompassed the interstate north of us....http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/north-phoenix/video-muddy-flood-waters-creep-down-interstate-17-in-phoenix?autoplay=true...(turn down your speaker volume as it was taken from a helicopter)...amazing rescues were performed and road closures still in effect in some areas. The  sky was amazing....
 The clouds were heavy and dramatic. We had to go out in the afternoon and were lucky enough to miss any rains. I did stitch on Elizabeth getting another bloom and more vines done, and managed to frame Grace.....
I think I like it... still deciding so I have not made it permanent yet. (blogger is giving me a challenge with placement and text today! so excuse appearances) Mr H seems to like it this way. I will live with it for a few days to see how I feel about it. Not sure where  it will be put ... hung or not. It is a frame that can be table top or hung. One thing I do like about it is that the dye color on my fabric looks just as I wanted to look. Love messing about with Rit Dyes. I may skip cross stitch today and do a bit of sewing. Found a couple of pincushion patterns I would like to do. A little headache this morning too which does not make cross stitching fun. At the moment, our temps are low and I am able to have the slider open in the kitchen... listening to the pond fountain..... maybe I should just sit outside for awhile and read. The lounge chair on the lanai is beckoning me to do so.....wish you were here to join me. Thank you for spending time with me and for your kind words. Hope you have a wonderful day.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Stitching complete

I spent more time on the border than on the center of this... one or two threads off is a problem...
after an hour of counting and re-counting I found the problem and fixed it. Such a torture to be off by a thread or two. I love how my fabric looks stitched with all white. Now to find a frame for it. Hopefully that will not be a problem. This is one of my favorite hymns. It was written by John Newton in 1773 and is considered one of the" most famous of all folk hymns" (Author Gilbert Chase) and it is performed about 10 million times a year. When I hear it played on bagpipes, well, I cannot explain.....
I have completed another bloom for Elizabeth. A little each day. I think I will be looking for a few Christmas ornaments to make today. I found a couple of pincushions that I want must make.... love pincushions. So I am not lacking for something to do that's for sure. We have been having monsoon storms at night...thunder, lightening and even rain. Right now there is a breeze because I can hear the chimes gently making music. Remember the crazy note? well, it is tossed. I figure why drive myself crazy trying to decipher it. A new note is here on the desk----butter Safeway. Now that I do understand. I need to go to Safeway and get butter. Why can't they all be that simple! Okay, time for a cup of coffee and toast. hope you enjoyed your visit with me. Have a wonderful day.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A bloom for Elizabeth

Spent time stitching yesterday.....
more to go, but so far so good. This is the piece of 28 ct that I dyed and I am pleased with the stitching on it. Even though I bought this design because I liked it, I wasn't sure I would like to stitch in one color especially white. We get into the track of doing the same type of stitching sometimes and never try anything else. Glad Mr H saw this at The Attic on display. Oh I must tell you....Vicki left a comment and thought from my posting about The Attic and reading that I lived in Arizona.... well one email led to another and we live about 5 minutes from one another! A small world after all! She shops at Jo Ann's (doesn't everyone) and thought my photo of me on the blog looked familiar.....hope her next visit to JAS I am there so we can really say hello. I love our blog friendships. I also spent time with Elizabeth....

bloom and leaves.... I plan.... key word plan, to continue working the design on each row as I go along. There is the thistle and small border and the bloom row. Most of you would probably do one row at a time, right? I just want to see it come alive as I go. Also, it will hopefully allow for accuracy in counting. At this point I have stitched with all the colors...looking mighty pretty. Again, I am in no hurry to stitch this. Actually I am never in a rush with my stitching. I enjoy the projects too much to rush with them. I have been thinking about which ornaments for Christmas I want to stitch. That in itself is pleasant, spending time going over each Christmas magazine in my files..... changing my mind each time. Isn't that what we do?! It is hard sometimes to think about Christmas stitching when the temps are in the triple digits. I really do not do much Halloween/Fall designs unless it is or an exchange. Is anyone interested in doing a Halloween exchange? You know, Trick and Treat. Well, my friends it is time to have that second cup of coffee and bring in the newspaper. So glad we had time to visit. Thank you for stopping by. Oh remember the note? still have no clue! Have a good day.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Delicious threads

Hi Gracie.  Your name was drawn as the owner of my threads!  Please send your address and I will get them in the mail Monday.  Hope you enjoy them!!
How happy this email made me...I put my name in the draw at Marley's blog . and I won!


 I love visiting with her and you will too....lovely stitching. The colors are lovely...like Raspberry Sherbert, Flame, Evergreen, Cranberry, Cherry and Sage...just to name a few.  A dozen in all...my lucky day! I finished the a on Amazing Grace and almost completed the r.My hands are still feeling really dry so I am not sure if I will be working with Elizabeth today. Lu, are you following all this?! Let me explain: Lu is my forever sidekick back in Rhode Island. We worked together during my last years there in a doctors office, side by side. By the end of our first week, we became sisters.... true friends. Lu telephoned me last night..... we chat like we are still together, well we are in our hearts. We have laughed, we have cried and we have shared secrets. She reads my blog and admitted to me last night that as she does not do any of these things, she gets lost in the posts! Sometimes you just know that a person will always be in your life forever, a true friend, a sister..... that's my Lu. I am so lucky!  Well now, it is time to get to do some laundry and bake that Banana Cream pie that I did not get to do yesterday. With the temps and humidity so hot, it is best to do baking early and this is early. I think I need a Pop-tart too.....glad you stopped by and we chatted today. Have a wonderful day. 

PS/ I just found a note on the desk; mag shirt finger mud.....do you know what this is? I sure don't. Guess I best toss it out so it does not drive me crazy trying to figure it out. Note to myself: write complete sentences with all notes to self.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Strawberries complete

I really did intend to coffee dye only one of the strawberries..... but I liked the one I did so I did the other too....
I fussed with this and that but in the end, I went with my first plan. I also dipped the cords and the caps. It is so hard to see, but one of them is a little darker than the other. If you look at the picture with the floss, it may be possible to see the difference in the brightness of the colors. I may still add some distressing to them...thinking about it.  I am so pleased with them and will probably make a few more. Only one will be staying with me. I added lavender seeds to them and it is a faint scent that comes through as I mixed it with the fiberfill. Love lavender but sometimes it can be over powering. I began to work on Amazing Grace late yesterday and hope to have something to show you soon. My plans today? Well, first a doctor appointment for Mr H and then I will  bake a banana cream pie. I do not think I can work on Elizabeth as I have a few dry spots on my hands and do not want to catch on the silk threads. Loads of lotion to be applied. Thank you for the kind words...they always brighten my day. Hope you have a wonderful day.....
sitting pretty.....