Friday, September 22, 2017

A New Stitching Accessory

Are you one of those stitchers who has that cute Ikea cart, or the look-alike from Target? For months I've been admiring those things, wanting one, but telling myself I didn't need anything more that takes up floor space. So I kept admiring and going about my business.

For awhile I had a little cart with plastic multi-colored drawers that I had next to my stitching chair to hold current supplies and WIPs. But the drawers kept coming off the rails and really there were too many drawers for that use and scroll rods didn't really fitb. So I took it downstairs to my craft area.

There's the cart to the left of my chair
I've been making do with project bags and side tables until one day I stopped in at Home Goods after my daily run to the bank for work. They had a few little carts and one went home with me!

Since I've been stitching in the living room, this cart is a little dressier and fits in well with the rest of the room. My projects on scroll rods still don't fit in the cart well, but I have a big Vera Bradley tote behind my chair that holds those.

I've since added an acrylic divided drawer organizer in the center to hold pens, scissors, extra needles, and other odds and ends that are handy to have nearby while stitching. It's a great addition to my stitching corner! As is that lighted magnifier you can see there. I've moved the other light to the basement for when I decide to have a change of scenery.

It's nice to change things up now and then!

Wishing you all a great weekend.

Monday, September 18, 2017

September Start

I have been starting a new project on the 17th of each month this year, and this month's start just arrived in my mailbox the other day.

Yes, I gave in to temptation, without much of a fight I'm afraid, and had the Silver Needle send me this year's Lizzie Kate Spirit of Christmas Mystery Sampler, with the beads, floss, and fabric. This mystery will come in three parts and WDW has a special floss, Oyster, and PTP dyed Heartland just for this series. The Oyster floss is a greyed lavender over-dye - very pretty and all the floss is set off nicely on the Heartland linen. I chose 32ct linen.

Here's where I left off Sunday evening, after having to do some reverse stitching - argh!! I like this first part of the mystery, and am excited about the coming additions.

On Red Velvet Inscription I completed the E square and got a good bit done on the F square.

This linen is 40ct and I'm using one strand of floss. I have such a long way to go that I am thinking about keeping it close and stitching one length of floss every day on this project. Perhaps I'll see it finished sooner that way!

Saturday evening Gary and I went to Frichette Winery's 4th anniversary party. Chazzy Green provided the music for the event - he's awesome on the sax. Good food, good wine, and good music!!

My schedule is getting filled again with the usual activities now that the new school year has begun. Yesterday we had our first choir practice, and today we started adult ESL classes. I'll be teaching Monday and Tuesday morning, level 3. This level reads at about a 1st grade level, and they need confidence and experience speaking English. This year I have Vietnamese, Kurdish (who also speaks Arabic), Burmese, and Iraqi ladies in my class. We had a great time this morning and I know we're going to have a lot of fun learning this year!

We got rain in the Northwest yesterday and with it much cooler temperatures. I heard Montana even got some snow. I hope it helped cut the fires down! At least the sky is blue again, instead of flat brown from smoke. Thank you for praying!

I hope you had a marvelous weekend. Now let's have a grand time this work week!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Keeping Up

This little guy was in my charge yesterday morning.


It's getting increasingly more difficult to keep up with him as he's into everything he can get his hands on. His balancing skills are getting better and he's even taken a few steps, although crawling still gets him places faster. But he does enjoy playing with the toys and Max, our dog, is quite a distraction. I just love that little boy!

Beach Cottage is coming along nicely.

The words on the edge say, "Dreams are made of sand and sun." The colors Thea used in this design are delightful. But I'm putting this one aside for awhile. All the Victoria Sampler designs are gorgeous, but that entails a lot of detail. The instructions include several charts that focus on one aspect of the design, plus stitch diagrams, and a couple of pages of instructions for backstitching, and bead placement, and other stitches that embellish the design. I mark off each section of instruction as I go along. After a few days I'm ready to work on something simpler.

Digging into my WIP bag, I pulled out Red Velvet Inscription Sampler. It hasn't been out to play since March! So here is where I'm starting this play session.

I wish I could get the color rendering to be more accurate. Guess there might be some editing I could do on my phone, lol! But the fabric is so pretty, a mottled dusky pink. This square is the "E" which is located right under those flower motifs in the corners. It's quite a game to find the letter in each square.

That's it for today! Have a great stitchy day, my friends!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Thinking of Florida

As Irma bore down on Florida this weekend, I spent quite a bit of time watching the storm track and praying for the best. We have a nephew and his little family in the Daytona Beach area that was hit yesterday evening with the edge of the storm. They were well prepared, having boarded up their house and supplies in hand. Word from them this morning was all clear and all safe and sound! So I drank my morning coffee from the Orlando mug!

Gary and I visited Orlando in January on a business excusion. The meetings were quite beneficial, but the weather was not good, much to my dismay. I was so looking forward to warmth and sunshine after the harsh winter we had been experiencing.

I also worked on Victoria Sampler Beach House. The beach in the design is definitely more of a Florida beach than the Washington beach as one rarely lays out on the chaise to soak up the sunshine in Washington!

Here's where I ended my last session and what I accomplished over the weekend.

Victoria Sampler Beach House
I will now spend a day or two beginning the backstitching before moving on in the rotation.

This morning I spent a couple of hours helping greet refugees who are interested in coming to ESL classes - which start next week! We do a little bit of testing to place them in the proper class, but some of my students from last year came to register and we didn't really need to test them as I was pretty sure they needed another year of Level 3 - and I'm reluctant to release them to someone else as we had so much fun together last year!

So another week is upon us - let's make it a good one!

Friday, September 08, 2017


The weather inversion that has kept the smoke trapped in the Northwest has begun to lift and the skies here are clearer - the health risk lower. It is such a relief to get some air movement! This does not mean the smoke is gone, or that the fires are out, just that it's better and we'll definitely take better!!

With better air quality I was outside this morning doing some watering and found a couple of surprises.

I found a beautiful new bloom on Lady of Shallot - are those colors glorious?!

And right behind her is an iris in second bloom!

So much fun! There is about a ton of deadheading and removing of spent blooms that I need to do. I love the phlox mixed in the garden, but when it's done blooming, it just needs to come out.

Coffee Quaker has been out to play all week and here she is at the end of her rotation.

I think I made some good progress and am just over half way done!

Have you seen the Starbucks You Are Here series of mugs - the ones that Michelle Garrette, Bendy Stitchy on Flosstube, features all the time? We have a small collection around here that we've picked up here and there on our travels. Our youngest daughter has worked at Starbucks for a couple of years, so we have an appreciation for that company now. :)  Anyway, I really like the size, shape, colors, just everything about them and look forward to choosing a new city or state each morning and thinking about the trip that took me there.

This morning I used Vancouver Island.

The city of Victoria is on Vancouver Island and that's where the Victoria Sampler retreat is, so I have many wonderful memories of several retreats, wonderful friends, and beautiful stitching!

As Hurricane Irma bears down on our friends in Florida, let's all keep them in our prayers and be ready to help in the recovery!