Monday, May 02, 2016

Butterflies and Bunny Finished

Good Morning. I finished this piece early this morning. I loved every minute of stitching on it. It is very detailed but the back stitching made the piece come to life.

I have a Wildflower piece from a kit that has been sitting here so I'm going to do that. I'm doing great at on my New Years Resolution not to buy any patterns so far this year. I got a couple of pattern books that I had that were so damaged I got new ones to replace them. I think this book was one of them. Someone had it in their sale list, same with the other book.

Tomorrow night is our Mother-Daughter banquet at church. I haven't gone in years but this year I am going with another lady from church. I'm on the Board that planned it so I thought I better go. We are trying to have an activity each month, all of them involve food.....of course! We're Baptist and the joke is Baptist like to eat!

On that note, I'll sign off. Until next time....Happy Stitching!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Update on Butterfly and Bunny

Good afternoon. I just got home from the cat shelter, ate lunch and decided to post here before I do some more stitching. This is where I was yesterday. I did get a little more done on the rabbit this morning. I made a mistake somewhere on him so will not rest until I find it. It doesn't look like I'll have to do too much frogging though. I am really enjoying this piece and it's been fun seeing it come to life.

I'm still having problems with vertigo but I'm hoping it's getting better. I went to Dr. the other day and he isn't convinced that this attack is a vertigo attack. I will admit it's different from the other ones but I'm hoping it's just that and nothing else. I'll go back in a month and we'll see how it is then.

It seems so good to have the spring season finally be here. Yes we are getting lots of rain but April showers bring May flowers so they see. I need to get a few more plants for my small garden. I want to get some annuals as they will last the whole season and some that come back every year although they don't usually last the whole season. My garden is very small as I live in an apt.

Well....until next time.....Happy Stitching!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Butterflies and Bunny well under way

Good morning! It looks like Spring is finally here to stay! Finally! I started this cute piece a little over a week ago and am really enjoying it very much. Yes it is very detailed but not as difficult and aggravating as that cross was. It has an awful lot of backstitching but I like back stitching, it really makes the piece come to life. It also helps me see where I am at on the piece.

I'm still having problems with Vertigo but not as bad as it was. I can at least walk without grabbing on to walls. Night is rough but it's always been harder at night.

My sister came in last weekend and mostly we stayed here. Kay and Tim did any running, they picked up groceries and my DMC floss for me. We played Push Rummy and Mexican Dominoes. I lost every game. One game on Push Rummy I went out every hand but 2 and lost as I got burned in those two hands, my score was over 150 in both those games. I don't know why but Saturn is a whole different cat when Kay is here. It's like he doesn't like having Kay and our brother Tim around all the time. But the house is sure quiet after Kay leaves and Tim goes home, Saturn is back to himself, and I always swallow hard as I know it'll be another two or three months before I see her again. But Kay and Ken will be retiring in a couple of years and selling their house and moving to this side of state. They'll probably live closer to their daughter but it's still a lot closer than what it was, and day trips won't be that hard.

Well...until next time.....Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY DANCE!!!

And yes I am shouting! This piece almost caused me to give up stitching altogether. It was a bear to stitch. But I stuck to it. So much frogging, so much improvising.....and all those quarter and half stitches! Fortunately the other 3 seasonal crosses don't have any quarter or half stitching and only one has back stitching so they look much easier to do. And I probably will do them.

After struggling through this piece I got out a Stoney Creek piece from book "On Butterfly Wings" It has a cute rabbit in a mailbox surrounded by flowers and the rabbit is looking at two butterflies. This one seems to be much easier!

They say it's spring but you can't convince us of that. We've had snow and will get more snow although our snow hasn't stuck it's just irritating we want spring. They say the end of next week it'll warm up. Hope that is true.

Man! My vertigo is really acting up again. I'm doing a little better, as long as I just sit or lay, and don't try to walk I'm okay. And if I stay off the computer, something about the computer makes it worse so I don't get on it much right now. And I love to play Word Chaos and Jigsaw Puzzle on Facebook. I can spend hours doing that.

My sister is coming to town this weekend, maybe. She's mandated to stay over to work if someone from 1st shift calls in. She's not too worried, as if you call in a weekend, you have to make it up the next weekend. So people don't usually call in unless they are really sick.

Well.....until next time.....Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

A New Start but......

Good afternoon. I started this piece the other day thinking it would be a quick stitch. WRONG! In all capital letters. It is a very difficult piece. This piece is not going too well so may be placed on the "endangered pieces list" but I'll keep at it for now. It is such a pretty piece but oh the half stitches and back stitching drive me crazy and the pattern is not the easiest to read you have to guess and hope you are reading it right. Anyway here it is....I do have to do some frogging and yes I did a little improvising. I'll give it a few more days.


How was everyone's Easter? Mine was nice and quiet. It was just going to be my brother and I but then the lady across the parking lot rode with us to church Sun. and said her daughter was in Ann Arbor having brain surgery the next day. So we invited her to join us. I had plenty of food. The ham I bought was 9 llbs. It was the smallest ham I could find. I had never done a full Easter dinner before so was sort of nervous. But everything turned out well. For now on I'm buying real hams, not the canned ones. The pacakaged ones are much better.

Usually Tim and I would go to our brother, Kevin's for holiday meal. But this year their daughter and family were moving and so they spent the weekend helping them. Hopefully it'll be Melissa and John's last move.

Oh my niece Christina and her family moved to North Carolina. Something Christina especially has wanted to do for the last 3 years. Jared got a job out there so them and their 2 little boys moved. That was hard not just for Kevin and Beth but Jared's dad too as he worships those 2 little boys. In fact he has already made a visit out there. (I knew it wouldn't take him long to go out there and I expect he will be making many more trips out there then what he was). Jared's sister lives out there too but she doesn't have children yet.

Well....until next time.....Happy Stitching!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Happy Dance

Good afternoon! After a week of crummy weather the sun is shinning. We bit the bullet as far as the winter storm goes, it went all around us. We did get a lot of rain though. Now the next week is suppose to be nice, Right now 37 and 38 are at end of 10 day forecast but that can change by the time the days get here. It can go up.

I finished this heart piece a couple of days ago. It was a love-hate relationship. I loved doing it but hated the blending filament. It will go to one of the quilts being done for the Kalamazoo shooting victims.

My sister was going to come in on Tuesday for a couple of days but because of the weather forecast she didn't want to get here and then not get home Thurs. So she'll come a couple of weeks from today.

The last two Easters my brother and I went to another brother's house for Easter. This year nothing was said about it. But I think because of their daughter and son in law moving this weekend they will be busy helping them. So I'm just going to have Tim come here after church and we'll have a ham dinner. I've never made a good ham before but I think I bought a good one this time. (Usually I just buy canned ham and I didn't
like that as well as the real ham which I bought this time.)

With it being Easter, I decided to do a cross piece by Sudbury House. It had 4 seasonal crosses. I made a couple color changes because I didn't have the Silver Krenik but had another one that made the cross more rustic, plus didn't have enough 761 so used 760 instead. So both changes do make a difference on the appearance of the piece I can see that already.

Well Hope everyone has a nice Easter. Until next time.....Happy Stitching

Friday, March 18, 2016

More Progress on A Loving Heart

Good evening!
I have been stitching on this piece. I think I will have to do some frogging though as the two sides are not coming out even. I'm hoping it's an easy fix. I really like this piece so if I have to frog some to make it right then I will. There is a facebook group planning to do quilts for the Kalamazoo shooting victims and I'm thinking this piece will be perfect for one of the women.

Today I took my cat to the Vet. He got a clean bill of health. He was so sweet at the Vet's. He was making her pet him the whole time he was there even when giving him the shots (Rabies and FIV) and when clipping his nails. The Vet did tell me to watch his diet as he is over weight. He weighed 17 lbs. He's not a big eater but I was feeding him 2/3 cup cat food and she said to cut it down to a half cup. He doesn't like canned cat food or human food or like any treats so the dry food is all he eats. So that part is good. She said I could try diet cat food but some cats don't do well with it so she only recommends it if cutting down food doesn't work. Think I'll try to get him more active too. He sleeps most of the time like most cats.

One of these days I will finish off the Amazing Grace piece, that is so huge. A lady from our church gave it to me to finish because her eye sight got so bad. She gave me a bunch of other started projects and projects she wanted to do but couldn't. Well today she died. So I think I should get it out and finish it in her honor. Her stitching is so much better then mine, I discovered on Friends are the flowers....piece so that just discouraged me. Plus someone on line in a group I'm in told me my stitching wasn't what it use to be and asked me not to stitch for the group any more. So I just took myself out of the group. I will still stitch for Love Quilts though and a Quilts for Older Children and Adults. Although I haven't lately as I've mostly been stitching for family and will for a while.
Well...until next time.....Happy Stitching!