Monday, July 29, 2013

New Additions to the Family, and Stitching.

I'd like to introduce two new additions to our little family.

Samantha (Sam) on the left and Dean on the right. They are exactly 7 weeks old today and joined us yesterday. They are already as big as Gizmo and weigh more! I'm sure you'll be seeing more of them in the future.

On the stitching front I've only worked on one project since last time. Fantasy Blue has had my attention when I have found the time and energy to stitch. Not as often as I'd like but I had settled into a bit of routine with it. I know that will be different while the puppies need so much attention but here is the update pic after yesterday.

Other than this life goes along. I have had some health issues slowing me down a little and hope to have those resolved soon. There is work and Gizmo and the new puppies, stitching and spending time with my husband. Life is full and busy. The stitching helps keep me centered. What a great thing it is to have a hobby that is always there to look forward to and enjoy.

Until next time, Happy Stitching everyone!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Mysteries Of The Universe, and stitching.

Such as, why is DMC thread so much less expensive in the US than in Europe? or Why does DMC sell Magic Guide in the UK but not in the US? And why have dye lots on the skeins if you don't have dye lots? Things that make you go Hmmm.

Then there are my skirts. Yes, I prefer making them to fit and today I am reminded why. Three ready made (store bought)  skirts that are just me. All were sort of tea length, or what I call cowboy boot length, except one turned out to be a maxi, swoon! All in the same size, two by the same manufacturer. One is tight enough to have been used in medieval torture. The other just right and the third from a different manufacturer a smidge too big.  The just right one is the maxi, so all cool there at least. But huh on ready to wear sizing?

Now to the stitching.
I pulled out one of my all time favorite pieces, Basilisk, and re-kitted it. Yes, I know I said I hadn't the inclination for a something with a lot confetti or colors right now, but apparently my mood changed!  I don't have a new pic because I didn't have about 5 colors. I was going to work on it anyway but naturally three of those five colors were in the first row so I put it aside until I get them. Here is where I was the last time you saw it.

On Friday I was having what I like to call a Karen day. After the past few weeks of dealing with some illness and the new job settling down I was just frazzled out. So when I was off on Friday I didn't run errands or do lots of useful stuff around the house.

I sat on my bottom and made a new start on the only thing I had kitted up.
Fantasy Blue. You may remember that I surprised myself by buying her back in April. Well, I didn't get a lot done, but here is her progress so far.

Probably not the greatest picture ever but a nice little beginning.
She should look like this when she is finished, and is available from Tilton Crafts

I also hung out laundry. lol. I actually enjoy that.

I've been following along on a certain stitch-a-long that I meant to take part in that began in June but I didn't get everything kitted up in time the way I thought I would. You saw those charts in a previous post and if you haven't seen it yet take a look at HAED's Owl in a Poppy Field being stitched over on It is looking fabulous and cute and sweet.

That is all for the moment friends. I hope you guys are enjoying your summer if it is summer for you and enjoying your not so summer Down Under.

Happy Stitching this week!