Friday, September 29, 2006
The middle back Pine Mountain's "Winter Tie One On" is from Down Sunshine Lane. Also from DSL is Little House Needleworks Thread Pack, "Berries."
Thursday, September 28, 2006
It depends on if the project is obligation stitching or just for myself. Most of my own muddled projects have become UFO's. If it's no fun, I may put it away and try days later, but usually, if it gets put away, that's where it stays, and therein, have I taken on the guilt of the whole blasted world of stitchers. Got a sin? Let me take it on and suffer for you. I'm great at suffering. I suffer better than I stitch!
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
I managed to continue buying stash even when I wasn't stitching. I'm on so many ONS' email lists, it's just too tempting to ignore, especially when I see the magic word, "sale."
I've gone on many stash diets, but they result in failure like all my other "I'll start Monday" diets do. But I'll fill in a few days here showing what has been in my squishy packages lately.
I just recently re-subbed to "The Cross Stitcher" magazine, but for the life of me, I'm not sure why. Just sounded like a good idea at the time, I guess. Why does anyone do anything stupid. I have years of this magazine stored and have yet to stitch a design. I quit my subscription for a reason, but I forgot why when I sent the check.
Monday, September 25, 2006
Friday, September 22, 2006
This question is from Elisabeth and nearly impossible for me to answer exactly, but I'll try. Since I've been stitching for 25 years and not only stitched gifts and things to decorate two homes and a family business, the number of things I've stitched would be only a guess. From here, I'll go by percentages. The number I have done and kept would probably be 85%. The percentage with cross stitch accompanied with other stitches would be very small. I would estimate 2% because most of my stitching was done before those stitches were introduced into cross stitch.
Thursday, September 21, 2006
I don't buy all my grandkids' clothes, but when I do, I treat them to Hollister. It's my perogative as a grandma to spoil them now & then, and they love it!
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
These pix are of a RR that has been a long time coming after getting hung up. I've written about this before, but after two years, I actually got my piece back from the stitcher who never followed through, so my Prairie Schooler is going to my Australia friends (not bloggers to my knowledge), Samantha, whose RR is the one below with her Tempest and my panda (theme - My Favorite Things), Sam's sister Jo, and Michelle Legge. I've always been able to depend on my Australian friends, and I'm so glad to have this moving along again!
Monday, September 18, 2006
What's up with Blogger? Seems everyone is having problems uploading pix, so I also did the Photobucket thing.
This is the 2nd pillow design that comes with all the Little House Needleworks "Dear Diary" series designs. Rather than making a ton of little pillows, I'm stitching them onto a large piece of 28ct. Lambswool Linen, and I'm going to love it! There is a diagram on Diane's webpage of where each pillow design is placed on the fabric.
This is one of the little things I was able to do during my non-blogging, little-stitching days over the last 3 months.
Sunday, September 17, 2006
It's been a long and difficult summer, and I poured out my heart to Anne Shackles yesterday and some time ago, before everything hit the fan, to Dawn Bowers and Dianne Collins. I know for a fact like I know my own heart that when times get hard, it helps to stitch, but even that went by the wayside. I did two or three little things and felt selfish for doing even that. With all that was going on with my family, I didn't think I deserved to feel any better. The good news is that no one died, and life does go on. The one thing I've learned about life when it's particularly difficult is that if you can hang in there, it always changes.
You want to hear the weird thing about all this? I never quit buying stash. Wasn't stitching a lick, but I have an LNS here in town who kept asking a best friend about me, so I'd go in and buy something, and I had a couple ONS's I get automatic shippings from. Both the sweet gals would email and ask if there was anything else I needed before sending the auto shipments out. Well, that's a given.... a little squishy package in the mail was always a happy moment, though there were a couple of times that I would make myself wait to open it cuz I felt guilty when my sister was having problems or my granddaughter was in trouble, etc. I won't bore you with the details. It's quite a long story, and Anne got the whole sordid truth. I felt like a weight lifted off my shoulders just telling a special stitching friend my troubles.
So, please be patient with me and give me time to get around and visit your blogs. You're all such inspiration to me and your friendship warms my heart. In the meantime, should I take pix of my acquired stash to share here since I've been un-blogging, and should I answer all the SBQ's since my absence, and should I share the few little things I managed to stitch? Should I trash this blog and start with a totally new look? Is the cat thing passe'? I've even lost my confidence and need suggestions. What I really need is a kick in the rear end to get me going again!