Monday, March 19, 2018

Where does the time go?

Can't believe it's been over 3 months since I've done a post. Been super busy with life and really haven't done that much stitching although I have made some progress on my Tree of Life, completed a I Love Watermelons freebie and kitted up 7 projects for the year and then a week later, found another chart I want to do for St. Patrick's Day. I don't have pictures or links this time around as my tablet is being wonky so hopefully in my next post, I will have it all sorted out.

I've been working on one of those "popcorn" stitch baby afghans for what seems like forever. It's for a good friend - I had it mostly completed then I came down with the norovirus - unknowingly to me when I was working on it - so I had to toss the whole lot.
I didn't want to make anyone ill from handling it. But damn, that made me mad.

I managed to purchase the yarn again for it but my stash is in a shambles right now (don't ask) so now I get to dig through everything to find where half the yarn went to and it's no fun when your rheumatoid arthritis is flaring up. The medicine I take once a month for my RA is by an IV and it really compromises my immune system (lovely side-effects) - so when I got the noro bug, I was sick for almost 2 weeks. And I still don't feel like I've come completely out of it. My energy level is not anywhere near where it should be (yes, my doctors know about it).

So to keep my brain at least in stitching mode, I decided to start watching more FlossTube on YouTube (stitchers who show their work on YouTube). I used to have a FlossTube channel eons ago so I know what it takes to make the videos, keep up decent content etc. but here lately, it seems like there are more and more "talk-show" type stitchers who are getting the vast majority of subscribers, while leaving the regulars out in left field.

Maybe it's just me but I want to watch just regular hobbiests showing their work etc. Not people who are trying to make "professional" type videos that so many people ooh and ahh over - there's too much artificiality for me in how they handle themselves. I know there are some people who do have large audiences, large amount of subscribers, and they are natural in how they are on camera.

Sorry for the rant - there is definitely a place for the professionals (designers, finishers, etc.) online - and the ones I watch are themselves - not putting on airs so to speak - but these other ones - maybe it's just me but it takes away from the human factor that draws me into stitching - the time and effort, the desire to make something by hand, something that is not made by machine on a conveyor belt, something honoring the generations before us in continuing an art form that brings so much into our lives, records of our individual journeys in life....painting with thread on fabric....

and then to see some people come along and flaunt themselves - that's the best word I can come up with to describe them - it just leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

To top it off, I'm hearing more and more Joann's Fabrics are clearing out their needlework sections. Really disgusting.

Hopefully my next blog post will not be so grouchy.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Another Victorian Motto Sampler Giveaway - Please Go Peek!

Beautiful rose colors - just gorgeous :)

This Holy Sunday....

Happy Easter everyone :)

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Feel like a cat....a whole lot of yarn and a bit of stitching....

Am doing a lot of knitting of late - Tina at Simply In Stitches (flosstuber on Youtube & also on Instagram) has been kind enough to do some knitting SALs and also tutorials - so I've been doing house slippers (2nd & 3rd sets - actual color swatches in corners):

Socks pattern and yarns

Sweater pattern and yarn

Cardigan pattern and yarn (yarn is actually black)

I also started a scarf:

Actual color swatch in corner

On the stitching home-front, slow progress on my Mom's birthday present (was back in January):
Upside down Raggedy Ann - color of actual material

And then will be doing an Easter ornament exchange - doing it on opalescent:

The lady I am doing it for lives overseas in South Africa so I decided to get some extra fabrics to send her for finishing - the fabric on the left is probably the one I will be using to back the ornament with - haven't decided yet:

Friday, February 3, 2017

Giveaway at Lov'N My Stitches Blog!

Lovely LindaLee over at Lov'N My Stitches blog is having a fantastic giveaway for a $25- gift card to LoneStar Steakhouse!! Please go check out her delightful blog and subscribe as she does beautiful stitching of all sorts of projects and she always encourages everyone to "Feel the colors" :)

Good luck!!