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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Tweeee....

O.k. I'm no good at sound effects but anywho,

Please be safe!!!!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

A Bit Of Holiday Stitching....




Some of the pictures do not show the true colors of the fabrics - lousy camera - hoping for a new one for Christmas!
Vervaco - Vive le Vent - Long Live The Wind (sung to Jingle Bells melody)
Bent Creek - Signs of Winter - WIP
Pinterest Freebie - Christmas Scene - WIP
Pinterest Freebie - Icelandic Ornament
Bent Creek - Snowman Snowglobe
Pinterest Freebie - Christmas Scene - exchange ornament sent

Having to take a break from stitching - I have Dupuytren's Contracture on my right hand and I accidentally bruised my palm so it hurts to hold a needle etc. Hope I can get back to it soon!


Monday, November 10, 2014

Ornament Overload!

Sometimes I wonder how I get myself talked into things! I decided to sign up for a Christmas ornament exchange - which I was and am so very happy that I did - it got me back into stitching on a more routine basis and more into the holiday spirit - it is on it's way to the recipient or else I'd show it here.

Why being frazzled? Well, I couldn't decide which one to do as I really didn't have any information about the recipient - I found one pattern I really liked - and am working on my 3rd color version of it - 1 is totally finished except for a bow on top, 1 is done and needs finishing, and 1 is being stitched.

But I wasn't sure about it - so I found a different one - got that stitched - 1 over 28 ct - whoo hoo to me :) and got it finished and mailed - so now my family wants one for them so I started it as well.

Then there is the snowman snowglobe - I made one - loved it - so another one is being made for a friend's granddaughter as a surprise - then I want to do the Santa snowglobe that goes with it -

then I found a darling Vervaco design of 2 chickadees (or something similar) sitting on a tree branch singing the French version of Jingle Bells - so I tea-dyed fabric with 3 different teas, bought the floss for it and have it to do as well....

and then there is the Enchanted Santa I want to do as well....anyone got an octopus I can clone myself with so I can have enough hands and eyes to get all these done? :) I'll post pics a tad later once more are finished, received, etc.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

This elf has been busy!

I am very happy to say it is starting to look a bit more like Christmas around here :) Got the stitching done on 2 ornaments (can't show either - they are for exchanges) - just need to finish them! Oh and a wonderful welcome to my new followers! Truly appreciate every single one of you! Well, back to work I go :)




Saturday, September 27, 2014

Friday, September 26, 2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014

A Little Bird....



A little bird stopped by and dropped me a note from Angela (Christmas Ornament Exchange - the sign-up is still open until Oct. 1st) wondering what kind of fabric I was going to be stitching my ornament on. This got me to thinking that perhaps a post about what kinds of fabric and designs I like might be useful to my exchange partner. So here goes and I promise it's pretty simple:

Hi Exchange Partner,

I really appreciate you taking the time to stitch a little something for me. I hope you will have as much fun in participating as I am hoping to, too. I think it's very sweet of you and whatever I receive will be treasured for many years to come :)

Fabric - anything. Design - anything (it's all for one here at my home). How it's finished - any way you want to.

That's about all I can think of :)

Thank you,

Laura

P.s. and yes, I did respond to Angela's inquiry.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

May just be the kickstarter I need!



Yes, we all know I've been in a stitching slump for various reasons. And what do I do? Rejoin FB and sign up to be part of many stitching groups. Oh wow, the eye candy! Yet my needle sits still, gathering dust. Not good. But then Angela at Hooked on Stitches is having a Christmas ornament exchange and after hemming and hawing a bit, I thought, get off your duff and have some fun doing something for someone else. My stitching for others always seems to motivate me as where stitching for myself, well....snooze....

So yes, even though it is still officially Summer (no matter what the stores think they might convince you of otherwise with all their upcoming seasonal holiday displays lol :) yes, I am starting to get a tad excited about this project. Which is weird for me this early in the year but none the less, I think I may look through my stash tomorrow to see what I can come up with for inspiration!

Oh, and if you are interested in signing up for Angela's exchange, I think you have until October 1st. It is an international exchange, stitched & finished ornament only. Here's the link: http://hookedonstitches.blogspot.com/2014/09/first-annual-christmas-ornament-exchange.html

And thank you Angela for organizing this. I really think I need it! Oh and a belated shout out to my newest followers  and to all my current followers - thank you for being patient with me! I will blog more stitching stuff soon!

Hugs to all,
Laura

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Know it's been eons since I've posted, but hey, at least I remembered to make a post sometime during the month of August!

Not too much to report on the home front - still trying to find the right job - having physical limitations makes it that much more difficult, especially when being too over-qualified for what's out there locally and trying to stay away from a long commute. But I'm still trying daily so I am praying God opens the right door for me soon.

I've done maybe 7 hrs stitching for the entire month and maybe 3 hrs knitting. Nothing major to show (plus I need new batteries for my camera) and the photos by my webcam are worse than by my camera (so you know it's bad!) ha!

I did finally join FB (what a fiasco I managed to combobulate) - if anyone ever "recommends you to add other friends" - do it very slowly or else FB likes to freeze up your account - they want you to i.d. a whole bunch of people's photos (including ones of their kids etc.) that I had no idea who was whom, or is that whom is who? Oh well, so I reactivated my oldoldold account instead. It was very kind of the person to do so to help me feel welcomed in the groups she added me to (been feeling kind of down and lonely - don't worry, won't caterwaul a country song) so it made me feel good and then instead of using common sense to go about things, it went kablooey lol :)

Oh well, much ado about nothing. There really are some wonderful stitching groups on FB (only joined some cross stitching ones so far, not venturing into knitting/quilting stuff yet) with more than enough eye candy to make one drool a lot!

Anyways, that's the bees knees for now (don't ask me why I wrote that).

Hope where ever you are, that you are relaxing and having a pleasant time of it :)

P.s. I have no idea what that post card says - just thought it was cute :) Thanks to the Grapics Fairy!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Brushing the dust off....

Wow - where has the time gone? I know I haven't posted on here much of late - and what I have posted doesn't amount to much. Besides stitching for about an hour a few weeks ago, I haven't had any desire to stitch or to actually do anything creative. I've been wanting to make a tote bag and I've got all the supplies - just couldn't get the motivation I needed to sit and make the darn thing!
But I think that is changing a wee bit.

I woke up this morning (bright eyed at 4:15am) and wanted to stitch. And I did. I stitched about 2 hours worth on Tradewinds (not enough to show) - progress! :) I've also noticed a series of questions floating around in blogland about stitching so I thought that might be a good way to get myself back into blogging a bit.

So without further ado, here we go:

Q1 - How did you start?  Who introduced you to cross stitching?


-- I don't remember. I know my grandmother taught me some basic embroidery before she passed on when I was 6 but no one in the immediate family was really into a lot of needlework - my mom did sew from time to time but I think I gravitated towards it on my own really.

Q2 - Favourite theme or designer
-- Ocean stuff, some Asian designs, Amish/farming, natural elements, animals, Mirabilia, it really just depends on the individual design.

Q3 - What brand of floss do you use?
-- DMC but I do have a small selection of silk floss that I love to use - which reminds me, before I got into this stitching slump, I had finished Seashell Silhouette in silk and even have the frame for it but I haven't framed it - I am really out of it!

Q4 - What is your fabric of choice?
-- Monaco - being on a very tight budget has kept me from being able to try different fabrics like I would want to. Monaco is my standby that never fails me.

Q5 - Do you use a needle threader or are you a floss licker?
-- Definitely a floss licker. Sometimes I use a needle threader if I really am having problems with it - maybe with metallics only but definitely a licker. Once in a blue moon, I've been known to get a tiny paper cup with a bit of water in it to stick the end of the floss in it - especially if I am getting over being sick - don't want to contaminate anything more than I have - I never could understand how people who are very sick sometimes with a bad cold or flu will go ahead and stitch.

Q6 - What brand of stitching frame (or hoop or otherwise holder) do you use?
-- I have a few QSnaps, a few scroll-frames bought at Joann's - nothing too expensive. I once bought a floorstand from Nordic Needle but it didn't work too well with my eyesight and chair - I need my projects close up (I use the clip-on magnifiers) - so I often hold the frame in my arm and on my tummy.

Q7 - How many projects have you finished?
-- HAHAHHAHAHAHA uhh, I can't count that high - plus my braincell is AWOL as usual.

Q8 - How many completed works are hanging in your house?
-- I actually have 3 on display for a change - a pair of dolphins, a small cross and a summer-themed scarecrow - oh and I just noticed that a small pillow I did for my sister is still out oh and there's a small bird one I did that is also out too. So I guess that makes 5. But only the dolphins belong to me - everything else belongs to others.

Q9 - Do you stitch for gifts or for yourself?
-- Not near enough. Seems whenever I start to do something for myself, people come along wanting/needing stuff - gifts, whathaveyou - and I cave in and do things for others. Which most times I don't mind, but more and more, I want to do for me.

Q10 - Favourite finished cross stitch piece?
-- It's actually a crewel/long embroidery piece - of a gorgeous kimono - but it is in storage in another state - hope someday to be able to get down there to pick up the darn thing!

Q11 - Worst experience whilst stitching?
-- Same project as in question 10 - the project was stitched on the material provided in the kit as the outlines were pre-printed on it - the material has tiny flakes of darker natural cotton fibers in it - that really don't show up unless you have your nose next to the fabric - I had finished it and was showing it to a family member who took one look and said I needed to use bug spray on it to get rid of the bugs. I have never been so insulted in my life when it comes to my stitching and it took me a very long time to forgive this person for saying what they did - it still makes me angry.

Q12 - What do you love and hate about cross stitch?
-- Love? The creativity and painting with thread. Hate? Nothing really except for not having enough time, or my tendonitis flares up in my hand, and some designers patterns are hard to read.

Q13 - Have you introduced anyone else to cross stitching?
-- I have tried but no one has really took to it so to speak - plus I don't have the patience really to teach it that well - I can but I rather be left alone so I can stitch! One reason why I don't think I could go to a stitching retreat and expect myself to stitch - I need it quiet where I don't really interact with others.

Q14 - The first project, did you finish it?
-- I don't remember my first cross stitch project so I can't say :(


Q15 - How do you store your floss?
-- I have 2 large plastic storage boxes for scrapbooking paper that I have the majority of my floss in - the rest is in bags.

See ya next time :)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Twinkletoes strikes again!

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Got back from seeing the doctor about my left ankle and arm - now on crutches, metal boot, orders to stay off of it for a tad longer and may get physical therapy on my arm once it's not so sore. Feels like a charlie horse in my bicep all time. No fractures, no stitching but on a good note, my sister wants to learn how to stitch! Yea!
Cept I may have developed glaucoma or a cataract in my right eye - find out next week. At least I was still able to thread a needle with a very small eye earlier today in dimmer light with 2 strands of sewing thread - so that's good : ) Hope for me yet!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Edmonds Flowers 2014 Photo Slideshow




These photos were taken at the end of May, 2014. Windy and overcast conditions with old point & shoot camera. Hope you enjoy :)

Friday, June 6, 2014

O.k. so this isn't exactly what happened....

But it feels like it! I've been having iron infusions now - 2 of 8 so far - and I feel wonky wobbly for a couple of days afterwards. One of the problems with being anemic is that one will also feel extra cold at times - usually in my feet. Earlier this morning, I decided to lay back down for a bit of a rest, covered my feet with a lap afghan, and promptly went to sleep.

I woke up about an hour later and needed to spend a penny/visit the little girl's room, which just happens to be located about 7 feet from my bed - I have to walk past 2 closets to get to it - I took about 3 steps and my left foot was unbeknownst to me, half asleep (didn't feel any numbness or tingling). It crumpled under me and my shoulder and arm hit the door frame and closet door when I tried to catch myself from falling.

I now have a bummed up ankle (not too bad considering) and 2 scratches on my left arm - one of which is very long and bruising up quite nicely. My shoulder also is a tad achy at times.

Basically, I feel like this lady probably did once the picture was taken!

Therefore, my stitching and sewing post will have to wait a bit until I can move more gracefully again without going tush over teakettle!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Uh, Next!

May's Ort Report:

“If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried”

 

That about sums it up. Maybe next month.

And I don't blame Mr. Ortolan for being a bit peeved at me. I am too. I'm blaming it on the vampires, Igor and zombies oh and the Blob while we're at it too! (medical stuff).


Monday, May 26, 2014

Someone's Having A Lovely Giveaway!


Be sure to head over to The Snowflower Diaries - she is having a fantastic giveaway of 3 of her beautiful designs, two lovely pieces of fabrics and gorgeous floss too :) All you have to do is be a follower!

Here is the link to her site:

http://thesnowflowerdiaries.blogspot.com/2014/05/giveaway.html

Add her button to your blog, and you get 3 entries :)



Best of luck to everyone!! I hope to have a stitch and sewing post on here soon!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Lots of Stitching Catch-up and a Birthday!



First off, today would have been one of my utmost favorite actresses' birthday - she would have been 85 years young - Audrey Hepburn:

If you love gardens, flowers or just enjoy seeing Ms. Hepburn, then definitely look into Gardens of the World dvd set - a true family favorite and classic & timeless - the trailer above shows a bit of the dvd set.

Now on to some stitching - mind you, lousy weather and funky camera makes for wonky pics!

Frosty Forest - don't ask me what that weird coloring is in the bottom left section - doesn't look that way at all in real life.



Tradewinds - you can barely see the start of a dolphin in the bottom section.



And Seashell Silhoutte - except the fabric looks totally wrong!



This is the correct fabric color!
And that's it for today folks :)
Thanks for stopping by :)

Mr. Ortolan Says....

Where the blazes have you been?!?!?

Well, I've had a lot going on but I have been stitching and sewing - or at least trying to every so often - 
see....

And that's probably about half of what should be in there too!

Of course, it didn't help that one of my attempts to wind sewing thread on a bobbin went bonkers! :)


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Springtime In Paris....

Wish I had lovely flowers and trees in a garden with warm sunshine glowing gently and a nice soft breeze to accompany you as you stroll about the place, but alas, I don't.

But seeing and stitching this little freebie (found doing a Google Images search) evokes those feelings to me....

Someday, perhaps, I shall make it to France....

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter!!!!

Happy Easter to you and your's :)
May God bless you too :)

My mom was just extra blessed....
she just now found the package from the store where she had bought 8 Easter cards a while back, thinking she'd be ahead of the game.
Then she couldn't remember where she put them. So she bought new ones and sent those out instead.

As a bonus, it also has an extra St. Patrick's Day card too :) At least she'll be ahead of the game next year. If she doesn't forget where she puts them again.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Crazy Contraption & Wild Few Weeks....

That's what I feel like right now - getting used to a new computer and new OS - Windows 8.1. Such a change from Vista in some respects. But at least I am back online. Not sure if anyone missed me - ha!

I can't remember if it's been 3 weeks or 4. Long time for me. I never really did make it to the library to use their computers.

Thanks to Mother Nature, I have become severely anemic and get to have 4 weekly iron IV infusions - it should stop the very bad palpitations I've been having (wearing a heart monitor for 24 hrs and having an allergic reaction to the tape holding the wires is so much fun - not!, also tons of lab work), along with the lack of energy, sleep, etc. I also have finally improved physically enough, got all the doctors' approvals, as well as get the insurance straightened out where I can get a Merina IUD to really slow down my monthly - which means hopefully in a few months, I will no longer have to be bed-bound 3-5 days of each month!

I am praying God truly has me on the right path this time and while I know both are not cure-alls, at least I hope my health continues to improve!

Hope to have a stitching post soon!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

A quick note....













Due to my home computer deciding it's time for it to retire, I'll only be online when I make it by the library....for now - not sure how long that will last. Oh well, always have enjoyed snail mail and I'll get more stitching time in too - least that's the idea. I'll post updates to projects as I can but it will be slowly. Till later....

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

To Spring....



To Spring....

O thou with dewy locks, who lookest down
Through the clear windows of the morning, turn
Thine angel eyes upon our western isle,
Which in full choir hails thy approach, O Spring!

The hills tell one another, and the listening
Valleys hear; all our longing eyes are turn’d
Up to thy bright pavilions: issue forth
And let thy holy feet visit our clime!

Come o’er the eastern hills, and let our winds
Kiss thy perfumèd garments; let us taste
Thy morn and evening breath; scatter thy pearls
Upon our lovesick land that mourns for thee.

O deck her forth with thy fair fingers; pour
Thy soft kisses on her bosom; and put
Thy golden crown upon her languish’d head,
Whose modest tresses are bound up for thee.

-William Blake

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Wishing you a rainbow....

Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Martha

That is one awful picture.
And that was the best out of 10.
Including being scanned in.

Sigh.

It's done on 22ct on a beautiful soft
peachy-ecru tea-dyed (my first time) fabric -
random colors chosen.

In person, it looks so delicate. Not near so harsh.

Oh well, original free pattern is here:

Martha

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Looks a tad lacey....or is that lacy?

It needs washing & blocking but, not bad for not crocheting in a couple of years:

That's probably oh about 40" worth - done in 10 ct. One down, and one to go.
Mom gets to sew them on to her pillowcases :)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Eenie Meanie Minie Moe - Another VMSS Giveaway!

Nancy is doing it again! Head on over to Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe to pick your
favorite of the eight latest samplers she's designed and comment for a chance to win!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Bleeding Hearts Crochet Edging - Take 1

Decided to try a crocheted edging test of a pattern that a lovely lady on 123Stitch re-wrote for me from the original (here). Mine does not have the top loops yet as you do that once you reach the length desired. I'm trying it with 10 ct crochet thread - definitely would be better in 20 ct. Love the craptastic photos my camera graces me with these days. Ha! My mom wants this edging for some pillowcases I made her - yes, for the fabric underneath the edging - teddy bears and hearts. My mom's a wild-thing! :D HA! :)

Monday, March 3, 2014

So, where is it?

I can just hear Mr. Ortolan asking me that in a scolding tone of voice. Or would that be chirp?
No, no new photos of my "orts" - as there aren't any - well, none worth showing. Local shop is out of B5200 (bright white) and I need more of it. I did finish Frosty Forest 2 - Snowy Deer - but need to take a photo. Super rainy out and makes for making my funky photographic skills even funkier.
Am going to be starting a crochet trim project for some pillowcases I made my mom. If I can get my braincell's fog to clear up. Been down with a bad bug the past week - slow to get over - not feeling up to doing much. Oh well. Happy Monday.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Well, I tried....

First off. Welcome to my new followers :) Thank you so much for joining me on my wonky journey!

What did I try today? I decided to play with the sewing machine for a bit and some scraps of fabric I had left over - I've seen those cute fabric triangle ort / thread catchers that were popular to make awhile back so I thought what the heck - I'd give it a go.

Here's the tutorial I used: Triangle Ort Thread Catcher Instructions are very clear and look easy enough.

Thoughts on results: 
  • Admittedly, I am not an expert sewer, especially with triangles - need to practice more.
  • Feel it needs to be of a larger size for home use - pattern size is good for traveling - or I've got fat fingers.
  • Understand the need to reinforce corners but felt it was a bit overkill. Did this every time I came to a corner, whether inside out or right-side out. Of course, she suggested rounded corners when you first sew - and I am not comfortable with doing that.
So here it is:















My camera is being a brat and making a burgundy-colored thread catcher with pearlized buttons look washed out.

Maybe I could put it over my nose and have a side-show as a clown or wear it as a funny hat.

Nah.
:)






Thursday, February 20, 2014

Just a smidgen....

it was there....not for long....but it sure was pretty while it lasted this afternoon....





Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Spring Fling Floss Giveaway Alert!





Just when one can't stand any more rain or snow,
along comes a bit of sunshine - in the way of Nancy
at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe having another
wonderful floss giveaway - 5 skeins of her beautiful
hand-dyed floss to 10 winners! Be sure to check it out here!

Monday, February 17, 2014

No, they are NOT toilet plungers!

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She, who shall remain nameless, asked me why I was stitching toilet plungers....

Sigh.

They are tree trunks.


Oh, and here's the stupid cat table-runner (which drove me bonkers) that I may send to my cousin....sometime. It's on top of tote bags so the photo looks weird - but then what else is new in my life?

Clickable

Sunday, February 16, 2014

No, I don't play golf....

But I feel like this guy here - whacking away at that stupid ball! (sorry any golf lovers out there). In the past 2 days I've sewn 2 kaftans (loose dressing gowns), 1 table-runner, and 6 pillowcases - all with a bad large blister on the inside of my left thumb - and it hurts. Badly. And then I get told, well, your pillowcases are nice and we're soooo grateful but....you should have done this hem that way. Bah! I'd have pictures but the camera is that-a-way, the batteries are this-a-way, and my bohunkis is here-a-way.

I also watched Chasing Ice - a stunningly beautiful yet haunting in impact film about the state of world glaciers and global warming - don't think I ever posted this but I have always wanted to study marine science - just not the biology aspect but also the geophysical / oceanography / glaciology part as well - I've had several courses towards it and have loved every second of it - but thanks to health and family issues, that dream is - well, it is what it is. Just seeing stuff like this makes me miss it so much more. To be in the Arctic / Antarctic regions - underwater - pelagic stuff - sigh....

I need to get back to regular stitching. But my thumb hurts. And I'm hungry. Only having had a few bread & butter pickles today (it's now 2:31PM) may have just a teeny bit to do with my mood. Oh well, at least there is more Sherlock Holmes (with Jeremy Brett) to look forward to later today :)


Thursday, February 13, 2014

To You, My Dearest Readers....

Thank you for being with me thus far,
My heart to your's - Happiest Valentine's Day!