Saturday, July 26, 2014

Stitch from Stash -July


I'm happy to say that after being a stash-piggy in June, I behaved myself in July and didn't spend a penny!     :)

I kind of feel like it was too easy not to spend XS money in July because we've been so busy with family visits and just the general busy, busy, busy that summer brings.  It's more fun to spend time outside than inside.

I've been trying to stitch on the wolf every chance I get to put thread to fabric.  It's coming along nicely.  I'll post an update soon.  I haven't had any time to work to work on my "Cookies-Dark Side" project that I 'm making for my son's "man cave" in his new home.

I'm glad my XS budget is back on track and that I have the stitch from stash group to keep me on target.   It's helped me to distinguish between wants and needs.

Have safe fun in the sun!   :)

Hugs and Grace
Sharon

Saturday, July 19, 2014

White Fang*...(aka Wolf Update) & My Mid-life Stitching Crisis

 

   (*thanks to MiiStitch for suggesting "White Fang")    :)

This is the latest and greatest wolf up-date.  I am enjoying watching the wolf and his buddies come to life.  This is from a kit (and generally, I'm not much of a kit kind-of-girl).  I'm learning all over again why I'm not a kit fan.  One of the floss colors used with the "sky" in this design is a VERY, VERY, VERY pale blue.  (Did I mention how pale the blue was?)  So pale, in fact...that it is hardly even noticeable in the design.  I didn't notice how un-noticeable it was until I stepped away to look at it.  In hindsight,  I wish I would've picked up on this sooner.  I would've subbed my own choice of a pale blue thread that would've been seen, but subtle.  I still love the project and look forward to stitching it every chance I get.   I have one page completely finished at this point and a good start on the other pages.  There's still much stitching to go until I finish, but I'm plugging along and happy with it.    :)

So, I've hit what I call my "mid-life crisis" stitching-wise.  (And thank you to my "precious" husband for pointing out that I'm only of a "mid-life" age if I intend on living 100+ years.  He thinks I'm just a wee bit past "mid-life")  *Bless his heart*...those of you in the south know that *bless his heart* has multiple meanings....LOL.

Anyway,  I have found that with age comes wrinkles, flabby arms (when the heck did those set in???)
and reading glasses.  For me, it also has changed a lot of my tastes in what I choose to stitch.  I find that these days, I'm enjoying crawling out of my stitching "comfort zone" and trying new things.
I seem drawn to bigger projects (think samplers) and anything with a Quaker theme.  I've found Rosewood Manner, Blackbird Designs, Chatelaines and the Scarlet Thread to be appealing to me now.  I still find Country Cottage, Little House, Lizzie Kate and a couple other "new to me" designers  to be fun and delightful, (and I will stitch them with joy for my "on the go" projects, But for some reason, my taste is changing.  I'm even determined to tackle a HAED project someday.  Once the wolf is finished and my "Dark Side...Cookies" project for another son is finished, I'm going to see where this new direction in stitching takes me.   (Oh and I intend to work on these flabby arms too!)  

Have your tastes in stitching projects changed as you've, ahem... "aged?"    :)

Hugs and Grace,
*Sharon



Friday, June 27, 2014

Stitch From Stash - June


This will be a quickie post, we have family in town visiting and I. Want to be fully immersed in the fun!  I knew it would happen - I'd fall off the stash wagon sooner or later.  I made it 6 months without spending a single penny but this month, I found temptation that I couldn't resist.  I was hoping to have a  picture of my goodies to share with you, but I 'm still waiting on my order to arrive.
here's my report:

Moira Blackburn - Three Things Sampler.                 $ 8.00 Including Shipping
18 ct fabric for sampler                                                 10.00.    ".             "
Rosewood Manor - - Quakers and Quilts.                     18.00.    ".            "
(This also includes the Valdani Threads needed for the design).  
I think I found a steal of a deal on this one!

So, all together I spent,     $36.   This month was a bonus month for Stitch From Stash, so I had a little extra breathing room.    I spent $25 of my monthly allotment, plus another $11 for my bonus month money.   I can honestly say that I'm happy that I spent a little this month.  Having new stash to fondle can solve almost any woe.  Am I right?   LOL

Hugs and Grace,
*Sharon
(Posting this from my IPad... For some reason, IPad is not liking Blogger today.).   Please excuse any wonky typos.
Stitch From Stash

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Wolf Update

First, let me send a heartfelt thank you for the get well wishes I received.  Happy to report that I'm back to 100% and ready to roll!  So sweet of y'all to take time to comment.  (I love comments but I'm happy if you're just "driving by" too)  I LOVE sharing my love of the needle arts!  :)

Can anyone come up with a better title for my wolf update pics?  I feel like all I'm doing is wolf update after wolf update...  come on, somebody has to think of something catchy!  :)
I am happy with the progress I've made.  The colors are feeling a bit monotonous but when I step back and look at the entire picture, I understand the use of the colors.  (wouldn't be very realistic if the wolf was holding a multi-colored ball or umbrella!)  LOL

We've decided as a family that even though we miss our sweet little "fur baby" so much, it wouldn't be dishonoring her life if we find another little Japanese Chin to love.  So...we're in wait-list mode.  We don't want to rush in and grab the first chin that we see - we want to be sure that the pup we get is truly the one meant for us.  We got our last chin when she was 2 years old.  This time, we're going to go the puppy route. We're retired now and feel like we have the time needed to devote to a puppy...I'm sure it will be quite the adventure.  I hope somebody has a 24-hour puppy help line available.  LOL  Since chins are a bit of a rare breed, we're probably in for a long wait but we have faith that the right little sweetheart will find us.

I have a huge photo dump post coming up...need to get my photo ducks in a row.  I'm also planning to have some give-a-ways some time this summer.  I have been blessed by the kindness of others and I really want to pay it forward.  Stay tuned!

Hugs and Grace,
*Sharon

(PS - I knew it was going to happen, I fell off the wagon from the "Stitch from Stash" group.  I'm still within my alloted amount, I just can't say that I haven't spent a penny on stash anymore.  I hung in there from January until June - I'm happy with that.  I'll tell you all about my goodies once they arrive!)

Saturday, June 07, 2014

The wolf is getting a friend!

It's been a bit of a yucky week around here...it seems I was having the perfect storm of multiple infections...having a kidney infection,  the flu (confirmed by testing - who gets the flu in May for crying out loud?) an ear infection and a blood pressure that bottomed out (40/20 for a little while, so I've been told - I don't remember too much that happened last Friday/Saturday).  None of these issues are  anything I'd recommend to anyone.  I was running a temp a bit north of 105 and can honestly say that this is the sickest I've ever been in my life.  Apparently, when I had the high temp, I was a little "out of my right mind" (even more than usual - ha ha) and decided that this would be a good time to text my kids.  I was completely jumbled and couldn't form complete sentences.  I sent messages that said "cougar blue bananas wuz so cold until beach sings".  (and that was the message that made the MOST sense...they went downhill from there.  LOL)  Oh, and did I mention that I sent those messages at 3:59 a.m.?  Apparently, my boys called each other to ask if they thought something "might" be wrong with mom and then called my hubby to find out what was going on.  New rule around our house - whenever one of us has a really high temp and isn't quite "with it", we have to promise to take the cell phone away.  My boys have since joked that it might be time to put mom on a canoe and send her out to sea...ala eskimo legend.  (At least I think that they're joking!)  LOL
I am doing much better now and I'm slowly getting my energy back and am somewhat more coherent.  (I hope!)  Hee hee.
The up-side to this weirdness in my life is that I have had lots of time to sit while I've been recovering, so I've had time to stitch!  I have grundles still left to do on my wolf project but I find it encouraging that a second wolf is beginning to take shape.  :)   I am loving this project more with each stitch I make.  I love watching it grow and seeing progress (even if it is at a snail's pace!)
All that to say, I'm so thankful for my family who care for me (even at 3:59 a.m.), my wonderful hubby who has stepped up to keep the household running smoothly and who cares for me with more TLC than I could ever imagine or deserve, for modern day miracle drugs and a great hospital with a great staff. 
As a friendly reminder, don't text and drive and don't text your nearest and dearest when you're not the brightest bulb in the chandelier, nor the sharpest knife in the drawer...you get the idea.

Hugs and Grace,
*Sharon

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Stitch from Stash - May


Another month with no money spent on anything cross-stitch related.  5 Months with not a penny spent!!!   :)   I've been so focused on stitching the Wolf and my on-the-go project, I just haven't felt the "need" (lol) or desire to buy anything......yet.  I know my time is coming.  It will be fun to see what finally tempts me to go 'off the wagon'.     :)

Hugs and Grace,
*Sharon

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Watching the Wolf Grow

I've really been purposely trying to get needle in hand nearly every day for at least a few minutes for the past couple of weeks.  I've been amazed at how 20 minutes here and there can make.  It's fun to watch the wolf begin to "flesh out".  I have SO much stitching left on this design, but I'm happy with the progress.

On another stitching note, I've started a new "on-the-go" project.  One of my son's just bought a new home that has a  man cave  just for his stuff.  (I think just like many wives, his wife wants to give him a room to keep all his "stuff" in just so she doesn't have to look at on a daily basis.)  Andrew falls into the "Star Wars geek" group, so I kitted up a freebie for him that says "Come to the Dark Side, We have cookies"  by Dorkstitch.  I already had the fabric and floss, so this really IS a freebie for me...always a bonus!  
I have just started the border, so not much to show yet.  I'll keep you posted on any progress on that front.

Photo-dump alert.  In the next couple of days, I'll be doing a few photo-dump posts.  I have pictures from Easter at Disney - incredibly beautiful Easter eggs - as only Disney can do and I also have pictures from the flower and garden show at Epcot.  It would be REALLY nice if I could learn to post these pictures closer to the time I take them.  LOL

Hugs and Grace,
Sharon