Friday, April 21, 2017

Quick Catch-Up

Blogging and reading blogs has definitely fallen to the bottom of my to-do list recently, as happens in the spring when there are so many other things to do. The roses have been pruned and now I'm in the middle of clearing the ground to prep for fertilizing and mulching. Being a fair weather gardener, the going is slow, but I did get a chance for a couple of quick sessions outside this week. It's gorgeous outside today, but I'm stuck here at work. At least with longer days now, I should have plenty of time to work this evening.

Some of my roses aren't doing too well after the long, cold winter, but there are signs of renewal on even the worst of them.

Stitching progress has been slow too. For my April Stitch Maynia start, I got my VS Retreat project loaded, put in a few grid lines and make a start on it.

The lighting is bad on this pic, but I've chosen to stitch it on 28ct Smokey Pearl linen. So far I've only done some backstitching, but the florals will go on next with a birthday cake in the center of this section.

And here's my progress on Hello Spring.

I am really loving this little sweetie!

This week I joined a Facebook group stitch along for the Coffee Quaker design that was released earlier this year by Heartstring Samplery. It's been really helpful to look at what other stitchers are doing, the choices they've made, etc. to help me make my decision before getting started. I was originally planning to get a length of 40 ct platinum linen, which I would have to buy somewhere. Now I think I'll just go ahead and use 32 ct Vintage Country Mocha that I recently ordered. Several other stitchers have used that and it's looking really good. There's really no need to spend more money when I have something perfectly lovely at home already!

We had a really nice Easter weekend. Saturday the grandchildren came over to color eggs and then have an egg hunt. This year Uncle Brendan and Uncle Kyle did a fabulous job hiding the eggs for the older boys (ages 13 and 11) and it took them over an hour to find all their eggs! Then on Sunday we had Easter dinner with most of our adult kids who didn't have to host dinner for their other sides of the family. I try to keep Easter low-key since Christmas is such a big day. And we have our big birthday bash coming up next month on the 20th where we celebrate everyone's birthday all at once! Love that!

Well, I think my break is over and I'd better get back to work! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend my friends!

Friday, April 07, 2017

Hello Spring

The forsythia bushes have been blooming and my tulips are showing out too, so it must truly be spring! We've had some decent enough weather this week and I've been out in the garden pruning all of my roses, very hard this year. Now the yard is full of rose canes to be chopped into the garbage. Wednesday I brought my oldest grandsons over to help begin the cleanup - they love to earn some extra money and I love the help! But we're a long way from being done so I hope the weather cooperates with me tomorrow (Saturday) and next week.

In this year's Nashville design releases, I found a couple that somehow found their way to my mailbox. First is Hello Spring by Plum Street Samplers. There is just something about the whimsical design and muted colors that appealed to me.

I pulled out a piece of 28ct Platinum Cashel I have in my stash and it seems to set off the floss colors really well. I made a run over to my local lns Saturday to pick up the called-for threads, but had to make one substitution as she didn't have Classic Colorworks Secret Garden. WDW Kudzu seemed to have the same colors so I went with that.

The other design I bought was the oh-so-popular Coffee Quaker by Heartstring Samplery. I tried to resist this one, but this caffeine addled brain just had to have it. While at the lns, I got the threads for that too, but I think I want to stitch it on 40ct linen so will have to order some, or see if the shop in Victoria has what I want when I get up there.

And I should have yet another new start this weekend as today's mail should bring the linen I ordered to stitch the Victoria Sampler design on for the upcoming retreat. Oh my, the wip bag is getting full!

Wishing you all a very happy, productive weekend! Tomorrow Gary and I get to do a little wine tasting when we pick up our latest wine club release from Kitzke Cellars!


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!