Thursday, October 30, 2014

HTOTBH (blog hop)

Welcome to the Hallowe'en Trick or Treat Blog Hop organized by none other than...Jo, from Serendipitous Stitching who keeps on thinking of fun ways to meet new bloggers and blog hop. Here is my theme picture...
You first met this gal back on September 11 2013.  I am not much of a Halloween stitcher, but every once in awhile a design calls to me like the recent Jack in the Hat and Pumpkin Head .
Before I know it I am gathering supplies and stitching them.  Those of us who joined in are given a letter....mine is A and then I am directing you to the next blog which is Needleworker's Samplings for your next letter and a peek at a Hallowe'en picture. Thanks for stopping by today and be sure to follow all the clues to find the secret phrase/word. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pumpkin Head and doctor's report

Met with the doctor yesterday to review the MRI and he had an x-ray taken. I do have a meniscus tear, a cyst, arthritis and a bone spur.... but he is not recommending surgery at this time. Instead I will have an injection of Orthovisc every week for 3 weeks and physical therapy for a few weeks. Then he will check to see if I feel any better and then it would be surgery. In the meantime...my knee feels terrible. Hopefully this will work. I did finish a little stitching project. Pumpkin Head...
He is a door hanger. This was a freebie from Donna at By The Bay Needleart ...isn't he just dandy. A quick fun stitch. I had just the right 28 ct linen that I had dyed last year.
I really like these door hangers for small projects. They are easy to store, although mine remain out in a basket, and are a change from pin pillows and the such. The actual linen color is what you see on the hanging piece. We bought a new recliner for the bedroom yesterday and it was just delivered. But, it is the wrong chair, wrong color and wrong fabric. Waiting for the furniture store to open so I can go there to clear this up. The delivery company left the chair and said they would deliver the correct one when they are notified by the store..... this should have been a simple thing, but no, complications. I guess I do not have to tell you what I will be doing this morning.... then home to start stitching on my next RR piece. Thank you for the good wishes for my knee. It may not feel to great but I do just knowing that you care! Hugs to you all. Welcome to a couple of new friends....have a good day.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Jack in the Hat

Mr H and I had a nice relaxing Sunday...football and the NE Patriots won, the PBR and more football,  and stitching. What more can a girl ask for. Today is our monthly stitch group meeting so not much stitching gets done there. Today the gals will sign up or the Christmas ornament exchange which will be at our November meeting. Tomorrow will be my visit with the surgeon and I will find out what we will be doing. I am so glad I decided to  send for this next design....
Jack in the Hat is finished. Design by Nan Lewis from Threadwork Primitives. I stitched on 32 ct linen from my linen box...love the color. I used the listed DMC threads but stitched with 2 over 2 instead of 1 over 2. I wanted heavier coverage and the colors deeper.
stitched him into a bag and stuffed and weighted him then attached his bright ribbon...he looks nice with Betty The Witch on the mantel. I am almost finished with another pumpkin....Pumpkin Head, and I have gathered all the stuff for my next RR partner project. As much as I have enjoyed the RR I don't know if I will participate again. I don't mean to sound petty, but I do believe in sending a thank you to the person who took time to select and stitch a special design for you. As soon as I open any package that I receive, I sit right down and send off an email. I appreciate the talents of my fellow stitchers. If nothing else it also lets the person know that it arrived. We all know how the mail can be. Anyway, most of my partners have acknowledged the pieces sent. Our wonderful Arizona weather is finally cooling; we have been in the high 80's and low 90's. Soon, soon I will be outdoors stitching comfortably. Oh my, I am just noticing the time! I must have a bite to eat before leaving for the meet-up. Glad you stopped by and thank you all for the kind words which always mean so much. Have a great day.

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.