Friday, March 24, 2017

Feeling Like Seattle

Yesterday was brilliant - one wonderful day in a week of clouds and rain. Today it's back to the rain. I know that the wet side of the state (Seattle area) is worse than here, but for us dry siders, this rain is getting to us. I hope the moisture is going deep for all the crops coming later this year!

Daily life here has been typical. My ESL class size was down Monday/Tuesday - maybe the clouds are getting to them too. I've been going in to work in the afternoon, as usual, but am learning a new little bookkeeping job that has been neglected for awhile. We have a new agent that started for us this week in the Yakima office and training has been going really well, so that's exciting!

As for stitching, once again this week, I haven't done a whole lot, but I'll catch you up anyway. :)

Daisy Sampler - Country Cottage Needleworks
I've completed the alphabet on Daisy, but had to do a little reverse stitching on the border that goes under the flower, alphabet, and basket as it was off a row and really couldn't be fudged.

Springtime - Cathy Jean for Victoria Sampler
Springtime has been a nice, easy project to work on so far. I've enjoyed it a lot.

Now, for some reason, I've been in a mood to add to my stash and a little order from 123 Stitch came in this week.

Promise of Spring by Silver Creek Samplers has shown up on flosstube and blogs lately, and the sentiment appealed to me in this gray late winter/early spring. Then I threw in a couple cuts of 32 ct. linen: Wren by Picture This Plus, and Vintage Sahara (the lighter one in the back). But I have some darker linen in my stash that I'll be stitching Promise of Spring on.

In about a month's time, I will be heading up to Victoria, B.C. for the Victoria Sampler stitchers' retreat and our project came in the mail this week! This is the 20th anniversary of VS, so Thea designed a birthday sampler. It just so happens that I have a milestone birthday coming up in June, so the design seems extra appropriate!

Happy Birthday Sampler - Victoria Sampler
It's very colorful and looks like it'll be fun to stitch, and while it looks good on the Light Sand linen that was in the kit, I'm thinking I want to stitch it on blue.  So I went to my stash to do a little floss toss.

I really like the dark teal blue color, but some of the colors get a little lost. I also have a nice cut of a light blue that I can't remember the name of anymore, but it's leftover from my Neighborhood Round Robin that I participated in YEARS ago. It would work, but I went to a bit of Smokey Pearl linen that seems just right. No surprise there as Thea often chooses Smokey Pearl for her designs and her color palette looks great on it.

Unfortunately, I don't have a large enough piece of Smokey Pearl for the new sampler, so I ordered some from the Silver Needle yesterday. Gotta spread the orders around to my favorite online needlework shops!

Well, my work break is over so gotta get back at it!

Have a wonderful stitchy weekend, my friends!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Lost Inspiration

Must be the end of winter. We've had many rainy, gray days with a couple of wonderfully sunny ones every now and then. But they're too few and far between to cure the blahs that have plagued me. What I really want to do is get in my car and drive away - south, to the sun.

Since it doesn't look like that's going to happen, I've been immersing myself in YouTube videos of nomads who are roaming the country in their vans or RVs. Maybe someday I'll be able to spend some time traveling the country like that. I love going down the road!

Today is the 17th - Happy St. Patrick's Day to you all! And it's also new start day for Stitch Maynia's Year of Starts. Here's what I pulled out of the stash for March's new start.

This is Springtime by Cathy Jean for Victoria Sampler. I think I got this in a gift bag at one of the VS retreats I attended some time ago. I chose a piece of 32 ct. Lavender Mist linen to stitch it on with the threads in the acc pac. Should be a fun little thing to work up as I'm waiting for better weather.

My start for February is coming along. Here's the progress:

And I've put a few threads into these trees in Jingle Bell Christmas Tree Farm by VS

I'm trying to put in a thread or two every time I sit down to stitch starting this week, but I'll probably set it aside the end of this month until later in the year when it's time for snow again.

The weekend is upon us and I'm looking forward to seeing my grandbabies this weekend!
Have a great one!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A Little Haul

I love Hardanger embroidery, but it's been a long time since I've done any. In a Nordic Needle email the other day, they had a few Wendy KC Designs on sale and on a whim I put in a quick order and it arrived quickly too!

So here's what I got:

One-half yard of 32 ct. Vintage Country Mocha. It's a classic fabric that I have never had in my stash!

Next is "Flowers of Spring". It's a little Hardanger heart needlecase that doesn't look too difficult and might actually work up pretty fast. I ordered some of the supplies I need for it:

Then I got one of these:

This little pattern holder looks perfect for holding my patterns in a better position when I'm using my magnifier light upstairs and not my big Ott light in the basement that has a pattern holder on it. I'm excited to give it a try - hopefully tonight!

I'm feeling much better and we had a wonderful weekend with our Boise family that came up to visit. The great aunties got their baby fix with Gideon and Isaac, as well as an afternoon with our Winckler grandchildren, and visits with all their nieces and nephews! There's always a lot of laughter and we had a blast watching the Oscars together Sunday evening. Of course, good times are always over too quickly.

Of course, I'm way behind on my blog reading and I hope to catch up this week. But I also need to get caught up on the laundry and get some stitching done too!

Hope you are keeping up better than I am!! Have a great stitchy week!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Finish Friday

Not feeling quite with it yesterday or today as I'm fighting off a cold. It hasn't gotten bad yet, I'm mostly fatigued and congested, so no stitching has happened for a couple of days.  But I still got a finish in before the cold hit!

LHN - Blossom and Blackbirds
This is done on 28ct linen, flax, in the recommended DMC floss colors. LHN pieces are fun, sweet stitches, perfect for working on in between more complex projects.

Some of our Boise family are coming up this weekend to visit the new addition to our family! It'll be great to see them again, although I won't be accompanying them over to visit little Gideon - not with this darn cold, argh! Stitching time will be limited as well, but I'll be having fun all the same.

Today was the day I took Knox out to celebrate his 7th birthday, which is tomorrow. First off he wanted to go to WalMart for a lego set and a lock box. Oh my, such decisions! We spent 40 minutes considering all the sets, made more difficult because I gave him a budget of what I could spend. Up and down the aisle, finally narrowing it down to Ninjago and Star Wars, and at last settling on a Ninjago Samurai vehicle. Then we found him a tool box and a lock for it. For some reason all the Winckler grandkids have wanted lock boxes for their treasures this last year. We ran over to Costco for my weekly shopping, then lunch at Red Robin. The attraction there is the little digital gizmo they have on the tables where you can play games and Knox is a fiend for anything on a screen. But he's a happy, lovey little guy and lots of fun to be with. :)

Wishing you a great stitchy weekend, my friends!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Babies and Stitching

What a nice time I had with my baby grandsons this weekend! Isaac (5 months old today) has discovered his toes so he's grabbing them and pulling them to his mouth a lot. Of course, he's teething and loves to chew on whatever he can grab. He's just the happiest little guy!

Isaac with his dad, Kevin (my son)

Gideon did come home on Saturday, but what a long process! They didn't get home until 6 p.m. and everyone was wiped out. On Sunday afternoon, I texted my son, Geoff, to see if he needed anything at the grocery store as I was needing to go for myself. He did, so I was able to pick up a few things, drop them off and got to see and hold little Gideon. What a precious boy! Geoff and Amber have two boxers who are quite taken with the new family member.

Big Boss and Joy looking at Gideon
In between holding babies, I finished up L-O-V-E by Hands on Design. What a fun little thing to stitch for Valentine's Day!

And I'm closing in on a finish on Blossoms and Blackbirds!

I'll finish that and then get back to my Victoria Sampler designs.

Happy Presidents Day for all my U.S. friends! Have a wonderful stitchy week!