Sunday, May 19, 2013

Stitching on this and that and the other one too.

What with it being International Hermit and Stitch Weekend and all I made an effort to actually put in some solid time stitching.  I ended up touching three projects and getting about three or so hours in on each of them.  If you'd like more information on the IHSW click on the little crab button there to the left.

I first put some time into Lavender Pansies by The Silver Lining.  I finished up the last bit of stitching on the petals of the upper left most pansy.  It all kind of looks like a lavender blur, but I bet as soon as I get the backstitching on it will look much better.  I'm stitching this over 2 on 32 count waterlilies linen with the called for flosses.

Sunday morning I worked on the Heirloom Nativity Sampler by The Victoria Sampler.  I added a lot more snow, the blanket on the donkey, the stable, and started in on the sheep.  I'm stitching this over two on 28 count china blue linen... or maybe it's delft blue linen... I forget.

This afternoon I worked away on Halloween Rules by Lizzie*Kate.  I guess I'm probably halfway through the block and once I finish the block I'll be halfway through the pattern.  Yay!  I think this is a 32 count linen and I'm stitching it over two with the called for flosses.  The fabric is by Sassy's Fabbys.

The dwarf lilac bushes have bloomed out and they are a nice light shade.  I went outside to take a picture of the leggy bush and this is what I found visiting.

The wind was blowing and it was a bit of a challenge to get a non fuzzy picture.  Later after the butterfly had left, I went out with nippers and cut a few blooms to bring in.  The scent is delicious.  I used the cut-and-stuff method of flower arranging and tucked them into a vase from Grandma S.

And lastly, the sun was shining in my room this afternoon so I took a picture of it.

Hugs and Stitches (and Sunshine)

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Heirloom Nativity, TUSAL, China Glaze Sweet Hook, and SmartWool Socks.

Hows that for a title, eh?

It's been really busy at work and as a result I only stitched on the Heirloom Nativity this week. Some snow, some tree, and some more snow, oh and part of a donkey.  I'm going to enjoy seeing this last scene come to life.

It was time for a Totally Useless Stitch-a-long update the other day.  It's hard to tell that there are a few new threads in the jar.  I always hope for more threads than there ever are.  Too much time at work and at the gym.

Spring has finally arrived and I'm happy to see that the flowers I planted last year have survived.  I was worried about the peonies as the dog knocked the stems down last fall and the plant looked dead as could be when winter started.  But they've sprung back to life.  Yay!

The near plant gets a bit more sun than the far plant so it's grown bigger.  I'm thinking of buying another plant to put inbetween these two to fill in the space a little bit. It also looks like I need to do a bit of weeding and plant some low color flowers.  I think next weekend will be gardening weekend instead of Memorial Day weekend.  Memorial Day weekend I'm house and dog sitting for my brother.

The creeping phlox has survived as well and is blooming all nice and pink.  I didn't know it would bloom this color when I bought it last year.  I need to get some more of these to plant in the other rock walls.

And lastly, the dwarf lilacs have survived and are starting to bloom.  Yay!  We had a real cold snap this past winter and I was afraid that some bits of the bush got frozen and died.  Happily that didn't happen.

I'm guessing another week or so and it will be in full bloom.  It looks like I need to do some more weeding in this bed and plant some more color around to try and keep the weeds out.

I played around with my camera this week and managed to take a decent picture of the mani I wore for the majority of the week.  This one didn't have much of a plan to it but I really liked the way it turned out.

I started with the typical base coat and then did two layers of China Glaze Sweet Hook on the majority of my fingers.  This is a nice creme type color and one layer was pretty much opaque.  I did two for good measure.  On top of that I did one layer of Maybelline Magenta Mirage, a shatter/crackle effect polish.  It's a nice metallic finish with lots of shine.  For the accent finger I did two coats of China Glaze Unrefined which is a texture polish.  It is lightly nubby and matt in finish.  I put a couple of coats of a top coat on the other fingers, but left Unrefined uncoated.  I really loved the color combination, the light lilac of Sweet Hook, the sweet pink of Unrefined, and the metal magenta from the crackle coat. This mani lasted four days before the tip wear was starting to show.

 I like wearing little ballet flats but need to wear some little sockies with them to keep my feet happy.  I've been wearing little nylon footies which have been pretty good.  But I've been wishing for something that was a little bit hardier.  A few weekends ago I stumbled across some footies made of wool at Scheels.  My sister loves this brand and convinced me to buy a pair.  I did, and I loved them!  So then I had to go hunt down some more because one pair just wasn't enough!

These are great! Soft, cushy, and definitely better than the little nylon footies.  They are made by SmartWool and are the Secret Sleuth line.  They also come in black, grey, and beige (which is the color of the first pair I bought to test).  I highly reccommend these if you need something a bit hardier than the nylon footie to wear with your flats and other casual shoes.

Well, it's about time to watch some Top Gear, do my nails for next week, and then sit and stitch on something.

Hugs and stitches,

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Stitching Update for Santas Village and Heirloom Nativity

I accidentally skipped posting last week. Oops. Don't worry, though, you didn't miss much.  In fact I didn't stitch much at all so I figured there wasn't any use in posting.  This week I did managed to get some x's in! Yay!  And I managed to complete a couple of sections on two projects.

The first section completed was the Poinsettia House of Santa's Village by Country Cottage Needleworks.  Yay!  I'm stitching over 2 on 32 count Heaven with the called for flosses.  I've already got part of the pole stitched on for the North Pole Post Office, but not pictured here. (I'm waiting to the end before I sew the buttons on.)

I also finished up a section of sampler bands on the Heirloom Nativity.  Next Sunday I'll be able to start on the last scene.  I figure that will take me a couple of months and then I'll bribe my best friend to do the hardanger at the bottom.  I'm stitching this over 2 on 28 count Delft Blue.

I started on the wise men scene way back in 2011.  Can you believe I've been stitching a little bit here and there on this for that long? Me either!

The other morning as I was puttering around I felt like starting something new.  I have a few patterns all kitted up and ready to go and came this close to starting something.  But I was strong and resisted the urge to add another project to the WIP pile.  Instead I made another search through my fabric drawer looking for my missing piece of 32 count raw-gold linen that I want to stitch the Lizzie*Kate jingles on.  It's still not in the drawer and I haven't a clue where it could have gone.  I still think I will find it, so I'm refusing to buy another piece of the fabric.

I've been happily painting my nails and I'd show you what I've been upto there... except I manage to take some fantastically crappy pictures of my hands.  I can't seem to get my camera to focus at that short of distance.  I was thinking of joining the April A to Z blogging challenge next year, but if I can't take a decent picture of my hands, that's off.  Sorry, no photos of purple/glittery nails for you.

And an update on the 1000 miles of cardio in 2013.  Thus far I've covered 563.26 miles which leaves only 436.74 miles left.  My sister and I are planning on going to Yosemite National Park at the end of July and I expect I'll get some major miles in from hiking around the park.

That's it for this week,
Hugs & Stitches,