Monday, January 26, 2015

Snowy Monday

We are having some snow flurries this morning.  It is so pretty because these have been the bug white fluffy flakes.  It is so quiet. I have to admit I enjoy this more from inside our house, with no real destination or schedule today.  Other than a dentist appointment later.  I don't think we are supposed to be getting anything major in regards to the snow.  Nothing like those of you in the northeast!

I have been diligently working on Robins Song.
Forgive the wrinkles.  I see I also have my needle by the house window I am filling in.  It's been a fun piece to work on.  I especially like what will be the center square.  But I've always liked quilt type designs done as cross stitch.  

I am feeling kind of pressured to get this done as I have so many other things waiting for me.  I finally got the over dyed white floss to finish the BBD Cardinal piece.  Then I have a close friend that has asked me to stitch something for her.  
She is not a cross stitcher, but wants to make this basket, with me doing the cross stitch for it.  It shouldn't take too long.  

Then I have been thinking about a baby sampler...  I want Holly to pick a design she likes. The kids are working on the baby's room now.  Joe is finishing up re-wiring the upstairs of their house, then they will be ready to paint her room.  Holly picked out a pretty soft minty green.  She's in love with the owl treetop theme from Target.  So she wants to decorate with wall decals from that.  I was looking at the baby in a pea pod in a tree design from Bent Creek.  But haven't decided for sure yet.
We have no lack of projects around here!!  

I have been enjoying some spots of indoor color recently 
The Christmas cactus has been putting on a beautiful show of late.  It has been so pretty.

Then when I was at the grocery store yesterday I had to pick up this sweet little primrose.
I'm not sure how long it will last but a spot of something green blooming is welcome.

Well I hope you are finding time for stitching during these winter days.  It looks like it's time to head out into the day.

Happy stitching friends!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Frigid January

Hello Stitching Friends 

Greetings from the deep freeze.  We had a high temperature yesterday of -5, and wind chills have been unspeakable.  The days prior to the very cold we received about 7" of snow.  So it hasn't been very hospitable here in the Midwest.

I have had some stitching time, and time to finish my current book and start another one.  I even unpacked the sewing machine I got for Christmas, read the instructions and got it threaded up successfully.  
I managed to sew up a simple pillow finish for the little owls I stitched for the anticipated baby in our family.  I'm impressed with the sewing machine.  It seems to have lots of nice features.  It isn't anything that was expensive.  I have to say I was shocked at some of the prices I saw for sewing machines when I was looking for one.  Many cost more than the first car I bought.  (Wow that makes me sound old). 

I've always felt rather inadequate at sewing skills.  But I usually can manage simple projects.  I need to spend some more time getting comfortable with this.

I still haven't received the necessary weeks dye works whitewash to finish the cardinal piece.  But I have been making good progress on the new start of January 1st.  I started the owls on December 30 or so and finished them on January 1.  Then I pulled this piece out of my stash.

So, here's where I left off last night

I had the leaves done under the bird on the left, but ended up frogging out the brown stem and leaves because they were off.  So I restitched the stem and the brown circle yesterday.  It has been a fun one to work on.  I have to admit there isn't anything better than stitching in bright sunlight streaming in the windows!  Wow!  I usually do most of my stitching in the evening by lamplight.  I do have a floor standing ott light for when I need it.  But, I have to say sunshine trumps it!  

Well, I had best be getting ready to head off to work. We've been closed some for the bad weather, so there's going to be lots to catch up on.  

Stay warm, and happy stitching!