Tuesday, April 30, 2013

So easily distracted...

As some of you may have read before I have an unbelievable amount of stash, definitely enough for a few lifetimes. And, lately, it seems I'm just getting distracted from my current projects by nice little designs I come across in the stash.  Oh, if only there were enough hours in the day to do it all... What do you think?  Is this because my current projects are not really stimulating?  Or am I just suffering from chronic over-stimulation by too much stash?  Hmmm.  New rule, no looking at any other projects until I finish at least a bit of what I have in progress!

So, a stitching update.  You can probably guess what the story is - still working on several items.  A couple quick pics for you all though.

Tomato - Thea Gouverneur

I just love the 32 ct fabric and stitching with one thread.  It looks so delicate.

Vervaco - Small Beach House

And this one just started (see earlier comment about distractions from my stash!).  You can't tell yet, but there's a great little beach house scene here - it just screams summer days!

Quince - Eva Rosenstand

The last of my fruit series - I can't wait to wrap up and frame all 4 of them.  I did notice that the colors on this one as directed seem to be a bit off - the brown in the center is a bit too dark I think.  I'm weighing the possibility of frogging it all out and going with the lighter brown in the middle and leaving the dark for the edges.  I just can't decide.  It may need to wait until finished so I can see how it looks altogether.  I'm a bit disappointed since the other patterns in the series didn't have any issues with the pattern/color codes.  At any rate, I'm looking forward to selecting a frame design for the four pieces and putting them on display.  It's so close I can just taste it!

Until next time...have a great week!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Spring is Finally Here!

I was so excited this weekend to see the green buds on the trees in our yard.  It's been rather a long winter for us and it's so wonderful to have 70 degree weather and some signs of spring.  Unfortunately today we're back to gray skies and drizzle, but I have faith that we're moving in the right direction.  I'm happy to say I'm getting back into my stitching again.  The brief hiatus to focus on the kids was necessary.  We had a great weekend watching my daughter at her first ice skating show.  She did a great job and I was a very proud mama watching her out there giving her all to it!  The boys enjoyed their week of school vacation and returned to school yesterday energized and ready to wrap up this year.  Only 8 1/2 weeks left!  I look forward to summer vacation as much as they do I think.

So, no stitching updates today, just a quick update on what's happening with us and a little "hooray! for spring" shout.  But I'm feeling energized and ready to get back to some spring projects.  Maybe a little sewing in there as well. Stay tuned and enjoy the signs of spring!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Long Time...No Posts

Hello All,

It's been a ridiculously long time since I've managed to post here on my blog.  It has been a very busy few weeks for us.  Before I go into that though, let me just comment on the explosions at the Boston Marathon yesterday.  Although not a Boston native, I have been here for 20 years.  Prior to moving here, I had no idea what the Boston Marathon was much less how important a day it is to folks in the city and neighboring areas.  This is truly a special day for Bostonians.  We revel in the return of spring, watch runners with anticipation, not only for the elite athletes vying for the crown, but for regular folks raising money for great charities, and we come out to celebrate our local sports teams and spend time with family and friends.  As the first day of our week-long school vacation families are out for the first time after a long, cold winter, together enjoying the sun and the festivities.  Boston is a college town with hundreds of thousands of local students that participate in these events.  What happened yesterday was a senseless tragedy and my thoughts and prayers go out to all who were affected.   While my family was not in attendance yesterday, my oldest son is in the Civil Air Patrol and had he been just a couple years older would potentially have been working security downtown.  I am so thankful that he was home safe with me yesterday and yet so proud and grateful to those folks who were present and willingly jumped in to help those who were injured or in danger.  For many not in New England, I'm sure this seems remote, but please take a moment to think of all the folks impacted here and how a very special, family day of celebration and joy is forever tarnished by this event.

Now to explain my absence from my blog (and so soon after I have so many new followers!) Truly pathetic.  I have FINALLY managed to get some pictures of the projects I was working on and the finishes from last month.

Lizzie Kate - March Flip-It

Eva Rosenstand - Plums

Lizzie Kate - Green Flip-It - Eat Locally

And my favorite finish of the month - Heart in Hand Wee Ones - St. Patrick Bird

I do have a few other updates to share as well.  Given my recent track record, I figure I better get these up here, just in case it takes me a couple of weeks to show off the finishes.  I'm 100% confident these can get wrapped up this month.  And, I'm hopeful that a few others might take their places in my rotation.  I feel so behind on my stitching.  I had grand plans of so many wonderful spring projects, but just didn't manage to get to them.  Given how the weather has been this year though, it looks like I may have another two months before summer arrives so perhaps I should continue my spring project efforts...hmmmm....

So, for the in-progress projects:

LHN - Fresh Watermelon

Lanarte - Two Penguins

Shepherd's Bush - Luck

I have to say I just love the little penguins - all half-stitches so super quick to do even on the 32 ct evenweave.  But Luck is just adorable too.  I ended up using different fabric rather than buy some new 10ct lambswool linen, but I think it's coming out just beautifully.  I can't wait to finish up the final stitches and get the buttons on it.  I'd like to make a pillow out of it for the finish-finish, but that's probably going to wait until I can get a better sewing machine.  The machine I have is just too infuriating at the moment.  One of these days...

Thanks for reading and I'll be posting again soon.  Have faith!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Welcome New Followers!

Thanks to Karen at My Stitchy Ramblings I see so many new followers here on my little blog.  I'm so happy to have some new friends to share with.  What a wonderful way to start the week and the month! Welcome, welcome, welcome!

And, welcome to April.  I'm so pleased to have some sun and slightly warmer temperatures here in Massachusetts.  It was a much longer winter than last year for us but I'm optimistic that we've finally turned the corner.  I know I need to get the March finishes posted, but it's been crazy busy lately.  Between the holiday weekend, swim team starting, high school orientation, skating competitions, Boy Scout merit badge university, the first flight for my Civil Air Patrol son, Girl Scouts and work, there just hasn't been time to iron and photograph the latest pieces.  It WILL happen this week.

I started March with grand plans for being a bit more productive than in February, but alas, the end of the month got away from me.  Now, looking at April, there's hope though.  School vacation should yield a little quiet time.  Swim meets and skating competitions should give me several hours of sitting so I can make some good progress.   But, what's on the list this month?

Hmmm.  I'm feeling so "spring-y" with the warm up, I might need to find something that puts that mood into fabric and fibres.  Easter was so early this year and the snow hadn't yet melted so I just couldn't get motivated to do any of those cute little bunny/chick projects.  Perhaps some of those will make the rotation this month.  I guess you'll just have to wait and see.  I will make it a goal to post some project plans by the end of the week - complete with pictures!

Alright, I'm off to start this Monday for real now.  Thanks again for stopping by and leaving your comments.  It's great to get to know you all!