Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Feeling lost

Just feeling like it will be one of those days. Mr H has a follow-up with his spine surgeon this morning. He had x-rays yesterday so we can be sure it is healing well. I must say Mr H has not had any problems with that surgery. Last evening he told me that he will tell the doctor that he does not want any further surgery. His spine is has many disc issues so it would be almost never ending to try to fix them all. Today just may be one of those days for me. I am feeling lost and really would like to be found. Have no reasons why. I did manage to make
a tatted heart on Monday with a very light pink tinged gem for the center. Not sure if I want to add a ribbon to the top so that is why you see the tatting threads still loose. It certainly has been fun making this small projects rather than tatting a large piece. Have you noticed that my list of followers is missing? Have no idea where it went or how to get it back. Speaking of friends....do any of you follow Coni over at The Spinster Stitcher ? Coni has not been feeling well and recently lost her beloved Master Stewey fur baby. I ask that you keep our fellow blogger in your thoughts. She is delightful and her posts are always fun as well as her stitching is beautiful. We all need someone to hold us in thought at one time or another if not daily. I think I will sit with Alice and begin her first motif after all it is the one she is using to stand on! Thank you for your kind words and for stopping by, but most of all thank you for your friendship. Have a good day.
PS if anyone finds me, please let me know...I do not like felling lost!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Alice is in the house

Today I put the shoes on Alice
Did you notice her hair ribbon is not stitched? Well, that is because it will be dimensional and I do not want it to get mangled once I start to move the Q-snaps up. Her stockings do not show up as well as they do in person with this picture. Glad to have her finally finished so I can get to the motif section. I have been tatting--------
these are Baby Lucky Pennies. The blue one will be mailed out to a special little boy...more on that later. I just bought a heart shaped pattern to try hopefully later today. I know...I just said I would be cross stitching on Alice and now I tell you I will be tatting. The truth is I go from one project to another in the course of the day. I enjoy working that way. Especially on a day like today. Our weather has been "off" with cloudy days, rain/drizzle on and off and cooler temps. Not complaining about the weather, just it is what it is. Variety makes my day pleasant. My list for today is laundry, well that can be crossed off, make pudding, wash my hair, organize my craft table, make bread dough mix around 1PM and then there is the line------ do something else. Not sure why I wrote that!?! Oh well, I make these lists daily and there is even the start of one for tomorrow. If you thinking, how organizes she is, think again, I only hope to get some of the items crossed off. I must say thank you for all the kind words for my Mermaid and her Jewels piece. This is the description taken from the page of San Francisco Needlework and Design
“Stitch at Home Challenge” as a way to encourage and inspire people to stitch. This is not a competition but a challenge. For each challenge we will provide you with an inspiration and you may use any needlework technique or combination of techniques in order to make a piece of textile art. We will offer a new Challenge and Inspiration quarterly. I will let you know when they post the pictures. I have given permission for them to post mine. It was fun and I hope to enter the next challenge as well. No then, I guess I should make a cup of coffee and have breakfast so I will have some ambition to work off my list, or not. It is much nicer to stitch or tat on this cloudy morning. Thank you for visiting and for your kind words and most of all for your friendship. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

So Excited

I just submitted my entry form and photo to The San Francisco School of Needlework!
Mermaid and Her Jewels
Back in September the school opened their Home Challenge, Jewels of the Sea,  and they would select people to receive a package of Swarovski crystals to use .... every one of the crystals sent had to be used. You could also add any other items to complete the piece. I thought and thought and over thought until finally today I sat at my table and voila! finished. The deadline to send or email entry is January 18th...so I was cutting it close. I used a piece of batik for the back round.
Her tail fin is a piece of tatting and sheer ribbon for the seaweed. She is a "paper doll" appliqued on with sheer ribbon for the body and the 2 heart shaped crystals. I used tatting for her waist band.
I had some clam shells so I used them to hold some jewels and some pearls from my beading cupboard.  I thought about a sea chest, but this appealed to me more.
Now I know these creatures do not really look like the real thing, but this is my octopus... and the other creatures are my turtles... remember I worked with what they sent.
I am very pleased with the finished piece.  I just could not wait until tomorrow morning (when I usually post) to share this.  I now, I sound like I am tooting my own horn..... actually I am banging the drum!!!! Off now to see if Mr H is planning on cooking my dinner or am I. Thank you for being here and for your kind words and friendship. Have a great evening.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

A bit of this and tat

What a lovely day yesterday.  Always is when you get to sit with a few friends and stitch. I have one of my KISS ( keep it simple stitching) projects that does not require too much thinking so I can chat. A short time after I arrived home, a telephone call from the restaurant that I email my concerns re: my debit card being compromised. The words I used in my email were may have been compromised but this corporate person choses to start the conversation , "I am calling in response to your email that we are corrupt!" I flew with that one. Never once asked for the staff person name on my receipt or the transaction number. I think he now knows who he was talking with and  I did set him straight. So I steamed for about an hour later then figured, it is what it is. We are still waiting for one transaction to clear. But let me tell you about the earlier part of the morning. I went to the bank to cash a check and asked Katrina if she had any new pennies. Especially since they will no longer be made as of this year. This sweet gal explained that they really do not have uncirculated coins and that the wrapped pennies are in paper but she would try to look. After opening 4 rolls we determined that there were quite a few shiny pennies for my Lucky Penny projects...
 This is the same pattern for the Sun Catcher without the final row. Once I get my ducks pennies in order I will show you what I am planning. Then I blocked the Star piece...
I did not like it before but think it is okay now. Did I mention that I enjoy tatting? Oh, I think I have. I really want to finish my Sun Catcher piece so I will plan to get to Hobby Lobby today. I also need more size 20 thread in a few colors. It is still dark outside...but all is quiet, well that is not true. The washer is doing its thing so a bit of back round noise there. I am taking a Me Day, but let's not mention this to Mr H...he will give you one of those looks...he thinks I have lots of Me Days, and I really do. I just want to stitch and tat today. Gee, that is how I feel everyday!
I have started to look for my Fairies...and found this one!
 She sits in one of my kitchen plants....wait till you see that I do have Fairies....I will introduce them to you here and there. I am sure there has to be a few in the garden....so far I only have seen lizards and hummingbirds. I think the washer has stopped so I must give it some attention. Such a pleasure to have you chat with me. Thank you for your kind words and your friendship. Hope you have a marvelous day.