Friday, April 28, 2006

Squares "squared" away!

Finally - all my squares are the same color! Now, I'm back to "forward" stitching on this project! I really like these designs - they're simple, cute and FAST!! (when not frogging!) :)
It feels good to be working on a project that I can actually see finishing in MY lifetime! While I LOVE the PV design "Delicate Beauties" that I've been working on - I've found that I really am enjoying working on smaller designs too. I'll keep "Beauties" in my rotation - but as I add in more and more smaller, fun projects - "Beauties" may get less of my stitching time for a while.
That's what's so great about stitching, eh? We make it work for our own personal needs - no hard and fast rules!!

It's a beautiful day here in the Sunshine State - but we have a wildfire burning over a thousand acres in our county today. DS has severe asthma so we'll be spending the day inside - watching the weather from our windows! Time inside will mean more time stitching - not such a bad trade-off!!!

Have a great week-end!!!


Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Feelin' like Froggin'

Argh!!! I feel like the only stitch I've done lately is the "FROG" stitch!! For every few stitches I put in - it seems I have to take twice as many stitches out! (Haven't figured that out mathmatically!)
I haven't been putting the stitches in the wrong places - just in the wrong colors!! How do you mix up colors? I've found that I stitched different sides of squares in different shades of green!
So much for attention to detail!! :)
I finally have all the "wrong stuff" pulled out and I'm slowly and VERY carefully stitching the squares again.
(BTW - I'm having all the troubles with the LK Ornaments designs. I'm putting all the designs on one large piece of fabric.) The square that I did finish correctly turned out cute and I can't wait for the whole design to be done - but I've sure gotten myself off to a rough start!!

On a MUCH brighter note - I had a wonderful week-end! On Friday, we went and hung out at the beach all day. The water was sparkling and clear and the most beautiful shade of turquoise ever! The sand was soft and white too and added the bonus of giving me a "natural" pedicure as we walked along the shoreline. The water was a little chilly for my tastes (but then I love to bathe in lobster water). Hubby and son thought the water was great. I also found some time to just sit in my chair and catch up on some reading. Hubby was able to snooze a bit and catch up on his sleep! :) I just LOVE living in "Paradise"!!!!

On Saturday - we went to our town's Art Festival. It's a really large festival and the talent that was displayed by the artists was amazing! I could've spent a ton of money buying beautiful things - but I need to save my $ for needlework "stuff", right? :)
Ian had a chance to use a potter's wheel and make a goblet. He had a lot of fun getting "goopy" and really treasures his "artwork".

Well - back to my "artwork" or lack-therof at the moment - I'll post a pic of my progress when I finally have some to show!! LOL!! :)


Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Back to Stay!!

What's that saying? Life is what happens when you're making other plans? Well, that's been the story of my life for these past couple of months - - but I'm back now and HOPEFULLY I'm here to stay!!!
I've still been stitching away on my "Delicate Beauties" project. This is by far the largest project that I've ever attempted - and right now it feels like it will never be finished - but I am making progress - small section by small section. (Sorry for the poor photo quality )I'm also working on LizzieKate's Christmas ornaments series - however, I'm stitching them as one large piece instead of individual ornaments. This project will be a gift for a special friend.
I'll post a progress pic on the LK as soon as there's more "progress" to show! LOL!!
I also have a wedding sampler that will be thrown into the mix...a couple of tea designs (my kitchen has a tea theme) and a few other small projects along the way. It feels heavenly to be out of the stitching slump that I was in for so long!
Stitching really is cheaper than therapy (although if I purchased every design that I truly wanted to - I'm not so sure that that statement would still be true!!) :)
As ever, I'm so blessed by my family - I love them and they keep me strong! Hubby and son are true treasures and I'm so blessed to share life - stresses, sorrows, fun and laughter with them!