Intervention Brought Me Back To My Blog

Wow!!  It's been a LONG time since I posted to my blog.  I guess life just gets in the way sometimes, and things, like a stitching blog, tend to fall by the wayside, however, I recently started a new project and it came to my mind that I should blog about it from the beginning.

I'm calling this project Intervention, because I think that is what I'm in need of for thinking about this.

It's all started with this book:

  I bought this book years ago when MJ and I were in Baltimore.  He was off with his baseball card geek friends, and I met up with a stitching friend and we were off on an adventure to The Stitching Post, a needlework shop in the area.  While I was there I found this book.  It is filled with beautiful French motifs and borders from the 18th and 19th century.  I haven't done a lot of stitching out of it, but I love to look through it, which I was doing recently when an idea came to me: I should pick different things out of the book and just stitch them.…

That Time Of Year

This is a very busy time of year for alot of us. We're trying to get the house decorated for Christmas, we have baking to do, and finishing to accomplish. With that in mind, I thought that I would start this post off with a quite moment. We could all use one, right? So, stop what you're doing, take a deep breath, and look at the colors of nature for a minute.

Pretty sunset, right? I took that the day after Thanksgiving while I was on the back deck grilling. I thought that the colors were so vivid that I could not pass up taking pictures of it so that I can take a look at them and slow down every now and then. Sometimes, that just the thing that we need.

The weekend after Thanksgiving weekend was spent getting our house decorated for the Christmas season. The tree is up, the lights are on the porch outside, my Christmas wall hangings are on the wall, and my ornament tree is showing off my bounty of finished beauties.

Actually, I told MJ that I needed a bigger tree because this on…

Lots Of Finishing Going On

I'm like alot of stitchers out there. I stitch on project after project. There is a never ending supply of things for me to work on. But, I have heard from alot of stitchers who say that their finished pieces end up in a big Rubbermaid tub or something like that, waiting to be framed or finished in some way. That is where I differ. I can't finish stitching something, and then just store it away until I decide what to do with it. There has been alot of finishing going on here lately, so if your ready for yet another picture heavy post, please follow me and read on!!

I finished stitching and beading the Halloween quadrielle with two days to go until the finishing class at the Lazy Daisy. Of all of the people who were at the class, I would say that roughly half of them were still stitching it while they were at the finishing class. I got it put together with the help of the staff at the Daisy, and it was not as hard as I thought it would be!!

The view of the cat side of the project…

What I Did With My Sunday Afternoon

Happy Monday!! The kids are in school, the husband is at work, and the house is quiet. It's not a bad way to start the week.

I was working on the Halloween quadrielle the other day and realized that I messed it up. You would think that as a 40-something year old mother I would be able to count. Really, what is so hard about counting? Apparently, I need to go back to school because my counting is off on the third square. There is supposed to be a spider web in the corner, like the one in the first square, but it's not going to fit because the pumpkin is over to the right two stitches too many. I'm not quite sure how I managed that, but I did.

In disgust I put the project aside because I have to figure out how I am going to adapt the web to fit. Adaptation is not my strong point. I have to get back to it, though, because the finishing class is in less that two weeks and I have to get the stitching done before then. Sigh.

Is anyone out there thinking about Christmas? I have to…

I Have Lots Of Obessions

I'm sure that I'm like alot of people out there that go through phases about things. I am like that with my nails. I've always been blessed with nice fingernails. Even when I was a teenager (many many moons ago!) I had nice nails. Now that I'm older with two kids, I go through phases about taking care of them. I can go for months without thinking twice about them, and then I can suddenly decide that I need to take care of them, almost obsessively. And I LOVE fun colors. Don't get me wrong, I have plenty of reds, pinks, and peaches, and I love them, but then there are what I like to call the "my mother would turn over in her grave if she saw me wearing this polish" colors. I guess since I feel like I am a mother with two kids about the only adventure I get is a wild nail polish color! I bought this at Target the other day.

It's called Texture Polish and this one is made by Nicole by OPI. It's silver over a cobalt blue polish. It's really cool b…

Am I Getting Anything Accomplished?

I have a friend who rejoices in reminding me on the 25th of evey month exactly how many months there are until Christmas is actually upon us. And on that day every month I take stock on what Christmas stitching I have actually accomplished this year. While I am WAY ahead of what I did last Christmas, which was very little, I have not gotten much done.

I think that a bigt part of my problem is that I have too many things started at once. I'm not like alot of stitchers out there who can have many WIPs going at once. For me, that is overwhelming. I feel like I have too many things to work on and I can't decide what to pick up, so I end up stitching on nothing at all. Not good, I know. That's why I try to keep my WIP load to three or four, at the most, one of which is usually a big project. That way when I get tired of the big one, I can work on one or two of the small ones and I feel like I am actually working on things and finishing them.

Let's take stock. What do I have…

The Holidays Are Coming!

It's been a busy two weeks here since I last posted, with lots to show. If you're ready for a picture heavy post, read on!!

For those of you who do not know it, I am a foodie. I like lots of different foods and I love to try new recipes. Now that you know this fact about me, I have to admit that I have an absolute favorite food. Ice cream!! I will by pass cookies, cakes, brownies, pretty much any other dessert in order to have some ice cream. Growing up there was always ice cream in the house, and when we were little going to Carvel or Baskin Robbins for a frozen treat was a big family outing. So, when I was browsing a stitching group that I belong to on Facebook and someone posted that she was working on a HAED called "Sundae Delight" I have to admit that I my interest was piqued. Sundae, with that spelling? That means ice cream!

Once I took one look, it was all over. I had to have it! It came in the mail the other day, but I will be strong and will not start it yet.…