Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Busy Life

Things have been mentally crazy here for the last few months. The boys (teenagers) have been pressing all sorts of boundary buttons and found our patience trying.  While I've put in a few stitches here and there on variously WIP's. I have not completed any of the bigger projects. I did manage to get a few ornaments done for some of my customers though in attempts to salvage what was left of my Christmas Spirit. Hubby has declared only the DD will be getting gifts this year so while it was meant to be a wake up call to the boys - all it really has done is emphasize their already growing grinchy attitude and my desire to just take down all the decorations and just be done with the season already.


Here are my festive salvage attempt pieces:

Painting Elf from Issue 171 of WoCS Magazine.

Rudolphe also from Issue 171 of WoCS Magazine

Sapin Neige - was a freebie pattern from off the web but I am unable to find it again to give proper credit to its creator.

Seasons Greetings - From the 2010 Christmas Ornaments Issue of Just Cross Stitching Magazine

I don't have a clue as to why my photos always upload sideways. Would be nice if there was a rotate option.

There are 3 more that are almost complete as well.


Saturday, 26 October 2013

Stitchin' and Stashes

Its been a long boring stint at work in the afternoons, most people do their pick ups in the mornings. Leaving me with plenty of stitchable time useage, especially now that fall is in full swing and people are making less effort to even venture out of their warm homes (not that I blame them) or are in the throws of trying to get that last bit of harvest off the pastures. 

#1:
I completed a small smiling pumpkin baby book insert for my niece. This is her first Halloween.

 #2:
I finally finished my cousins dress piece. Whoop! I added a bit of glittery silver ribbon to the sides as the backing mat didn't quite stretch to the full length of the frame opening, and I was unable to find a mat I liked to go along with it. Now all I have to do is mail it off. 




#3:
While I've been plugging away at the cabin piece. It doesn't quite feel like I've made progress until I look back on here and see where I was at last posting. Mainly because once again, I incorrectly counted by 2. Well by 1, but in 2 places which threw the whole left side outta kilter. I had to frog it out as I went along making the proper corrections. Baaahhh!!! *insert frustrated hair pulling face*




#4

Working on a autumn scene for my husband. 

#5
Started an Old Barn, for a Christmas project

#6
Put some stitches into the 'Cadet', the Tribal Panda, Hot Stuff.   

Fun From Next Door:

My ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL neighbour lady brought over 3 big boxes of past cross stitch subscriptions. There was a box full of Stoney Creek Magazines, some of which I already have, most I do not. A box full of late 80's - mid 2000's mixed magazines & one of Needlework world & Anna magazines (most of which I won't ever use as its more for tatting or other yarn works I don't craft).

I had crazy excitement when, while flipping through the pages, I came across the corresponding pieces for many of the projects I have already completed and actually grace my own walls. 
***Sqqueee!!!!*** I've ear marked the future projects with sticky notes.


Thursday, 22 August 2013

Family Progression

DD & I went on a mini vacation the last week. I brought the 2 wedding pieces with us in anticipation of rain & long nights hung up in a hotel room. That however never was the case leaving me no real time to stitch & even on the plane arm room was limited so I couldn't really do any there either. It certainly left a bit of a set back so I've had to do some heavy pushing this week. 


Jason & Alysha's Wedding Piece:
I have managed to get some of the side & roof started on the cabin, as well as a nice chunk of the trees in the cabin back ground.



Martha's Gramma Piece:
I was able to get a few more hearts worked on and more of the foliage.



Amiee & Dan's Wedding Piece:
I got the upper body done & have started on the left hand side of the gown.

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

FUN IN THE MAIL:

Whoop! There is an emailed newletter that Silkweaver Fabrics puts out. When you sign up for this your name is entered into a monthly draw. My name was pulled for the July edition and my prize arrived this morning.

2 pieces of 18x26; 28ct Jobelan fabric:

 Iris Garden


Remembrance Rose

Yay excitement!!! I don't remember the last time I ever won something.


Stitches in - Stitches out:

Miscounted by ONE when I put a bunch of things in which had everything off kilter and so I had to frog out a bunch of smaller areas and put them back into their correct spots.
I also managed to get more of the cabin completed.




Saturday, 27 July 2013

Mother-in-Law's gift



Here is what I have thus far on my MIL's gift. As there are 12 hearts - I figure that if I do a single heart + a few leaves & flowers every day....that I should be completed this project in about 2 wks. My husband pointed out that I'll be going on a trip right away here, and since I won't be taking this project with me - it will take longer then that. However, I smuggly pointed out - I didn't say "consecutive" weeks. LOL As of today I have one of the newest family members added (Ashtyn 3-23-13, daughter of SIL #1) Madalynn's name will go on the right hand side (daughter of SIL #2, the most new having been born on the 23rd of this mth).

Wedding Projects

FUN IN THE MAIL:

Floss, fabric & a pattern arrived today!!!

The blue sky fabric (not pictured) is for my cousin Aimee's wedding. The bag of floss & pattern shown are for my cousin Jason's wedding. It is from Stoney Creek ~ their Serenity prayer cabin. I plan a few other tweeks - such as forgoing the poem as placement forthe wedding info, names/date/etc; will be removing the deer (which looks like its back legs either are about to give out or its needing a potty break) and perhaps even a set of cattails that look out of place.

Both are equally important as they have actual deadlines that will be shortly arriving. The 1st one I'm working on, as her wedding comes first - is entitled "Wedding Dress Abstract". A simple silhouette style of black/white & a splotch of red for a rose. I bought it off of Etsy The dimensions are 139x173 stitches. On 14ct its suppose to be 9.93 x 12.36 inches. The piece of fabric that arrived for it today is only 9 x 17....but on 16ct. I'm cutting it really close with that fabric *eek* leaving not much for edges. I brought it to work with me & have put a few stitches into it.


Thursday, 25 July 2013

A few finishes - The week of July 22-26

I went back & realized I didn't post the completed product of "Eagle at Sunrise". I'm still unsure of what its finishing technique will be. I think I shall have to learn some DYI techniques for mat cutting so I can be a bit more creative with framing more of the completed things. Along with my WIP's binder - I also have a Finished binder. Mainly filled with smaller stitchings that don't really have a reason other then they were cute or time fillers when I chose to stitch them. But that's besides the point.




Stitches Added:

I put a few stitches into "Strength" while sitting at home, outside, in the sunshine - as that is the easiest way to see though the navy cloth.

I also put a block of colour into "The Glass Skull". Good goddess that's going to be a boring piece after all.

Which brings me to admitting new starts....

Starts:

I have started the Christmas gift for my MIL. Now that my husband's brother has had his 2nd baby (Drew's wife is adamant that I am not the Aunt despite my husband being called "Uncle" - its very hurtful, and I think because she knows that it gives her glee.....in case you might be wondering why I didn't just say "my niece") I can fill in all the hearts. There will be 1 left over and I plan to find a small scrap booking sign that says 'reserved' for that extra remaining heart. It may never actually be filled, but it'll still be cute to have a place pending instead of just an empty heart.
To boot - I also too the "Crab is In" to work Monday (as its the long day and really, few people overcome the Monday blahs and venture in & no one actually comes in after 3pm so I've got a lot of sit time) and finished it. Again - still unsure of how I want to finish it. While the pattern had it's model stitched on oatmeal/fiddlers cloth, I chose to stitch mine on seafoam. Its actually just a few shades lighter then the words and I think it paired up nicely.

I realize the buttons are upside down, but they are top heavy & wouldn't sit nicely the other way (I tried it first).



Friday, 19 July 2013

In Sad passing....

2 days after wedding his bride, Tyler slipped into a coma. Over the next 2 weeks his wife lovingly sat by his side, despite his parents (also there) being so unbearable - their disdain for his bride abundantly clear. Sadly he passed on Sunday (the 14th)

He is survived by his loyal wife & 5 children.

I finished off their wedding piece so she will have one more positive treasure from the day she finally married her Cowboy.


Learn to Floss

Boo ya!!! My large order of dmc came in yesterday! I've paired it all up with their intended projects and am quite excited about it.

So Rustic Barn (the one pictured) gets its floss.....


The Crab is In - Gets its specialty flosses


Lobster gets his flosses -



I get to do some more work on hubbies :Strength piece now that I have the correct floss for that.



Love Tree is a small piece, easily carried around in my purse so I've added it to the floss gifting for when dd & I take our Mother/Daughter trip in a few weeks.


The rest of the pile goes towards Amie's piece - which I couldn't take a photo of as I couldn't find the pattern or started fabric when I did project photos. I'm sure its not far as the rest of these were all together.

Monday, 8 July 2013

Pause & Reflect

I'll start with the fun stuff because its a little more uplifting. I'm not overly fond of reading posts where straight off the bat its dreary news, that'll come but I don't want it to be first. Plus, if I put the harder stuff at the beginning, adding cheerful at the end comes across (at least to me) like I'm trying to bury the heavy. It's like telling a child "your pet has died.....here, have this lollypop".

SO!!! On to the Yay Stuff!!!

FUN IN THE MAIL!!
 

Some of the items arrive via email in pfd form like:
  1. Wedding Dress Silhouette
  2. Hug Me
  3. Woodland Sampler SAL
  4. Summer Sampler SAL
  5. Drinks All Around
  6.  Claddagh Knotwork

The Lot -  there are 2 pieces of Fiddlers (oatmeal) aida cloth 14 x 32 if I remember correctly & 3 packages of just white aida.
A dragon pattern along with 2 of the speciality threads required and a love tree.

Here is a closer view of the Dragon "Noon Basking". I have someone in mind for this, though do not think I will get to starting it this year as I have too many on the go. Plus, they may stumble upon this blog (doubt it) and figure it out. ;)
 

I thought this was a great Love heart tree. 

While this one isn't a "mail" funzie - its from a Cross Stitch World magazine I picked up from Chapters. It would be a perfect gift for my mother in law for xmas. There are just enough places to fill it with each of her grandchildren's names + leaving one heart blank (in case my brother in law decides that they are wanting to try for a boy eventually. His wife is due next week, with a 2nd girl. *haha*)


Something else - Indirectly related to xstitch that arrived in the mail today was the wedding invite for my cousin's October wedding. I already have to miss out on another cousin's September wedding, but have decided I will do the "Wedding Dress Silhouette" for her. He, on the other hand, I have not pinned down the exact project for it. Ideas yes, but nothing 100% decided. Regardless, I shall have to begin on both of those shortly here to avoid not running over deadline.

 

Soccer - finally was able to get the piece I did up for my dd's coach framed/matted and given to him today. Its been riding around in my van for a few days as when I went to his office it was already closed (summer hours) so I had to wait til today. I think he was actually shocked. Thankful, but obviously it was an unexpected gift. *I Win* - lol As I told him, I wasn't able to get the girls to all sign the mat as they weren't all there at the end game (many of our team was missing as they were at the Taylor Swift concert).
This is the finished product. -  It is by Woodrow Bowman.



SAL's - I've joined up with a few SALs. I've also fallen behind. My brain thinks I can stitch faster then my hands can. Most certainly a case of 'biting off more then one can chew" what with the other projects I've got going on.The one I'm working steadily at catching up on is the Summer Sampler by Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery.

Future Orders: I went over some of the bigger projects I'd really like to get completed plus a few smaller travel pieces. Then plunked myself onto 123Stitch and ordered all the colours I need for each & every project. They include:
  1.  "Crab Is In" 
  2. Lobster Trap
  3. Strength
  4. Glass Skull
  5. Amie's Piece
  6. Heart Tree
  7. Rustic Barn. 
  

The Sad Stuff:

The sadness lies with a friend of mine. Her Dh a few mths ago (May) was diagnosed with having stage 3, aggressive brain tumors. While he had up days and many down days, he still held fast that he wanted to get married to her as they had planned for later this summer. So just this past weekend (June 29th) they held their cozy ceremony in their backyard with a few select friends and family members.The Claddagh Knotwork is the piece that was to be for their wedding as she really like celtic things. However as they had to speed track their nuptuals, I didn't get it finished (and still only just have 1/4 completed.). 2 days later he had a seizure so bad that while he's not in a coma, he hasn't woken up. 







Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Soccer

The soccer season has finally come to an end. Our girls (The Annihilators) were hard working, skilled and played as a team. Their last game, an already closely matched game with our other town team w/ just 1 point separating us from them in the tricounty standings - was riveting the whole way through, sadly we lost by just 1 point (score was 3-2 for the Blitz). This means our girls disappointingly do not get to go onto Provincials this year.

In years past I have stitched a piece for both the coach & co-coach. Had the girls sign the mats & give it to them at the season closer picnic party. This year there was none of that. My daughter didn't want to do the gift giving stitching and the coach is not a picnic closer kinda guy. I have stitched a piece for him though and shall give it to him when I turn my dd's jerseys. It is a repeat of the piece I made for our co-coach last year, only having changed the colours of the word "soccer", the cleat colouring and of course the team name/year.
Its being stitched on the Highland aida as it is a green/yellow tint, similar to grass one would find on the field. I simply need to complete the letter "E", some back stitch and frame it.





Sunday, 23 June 2013

Sheep and Hippos and Salt, oh my

Fun In The Mail:

I have a few more patterns arrive. This is the last of my current orders.
          
          Cloth:
  1. Tropical Yellow
  2. Mystic Aida
  3. Stellar Aida

          Patterns :
  1. Loving Free
  2. Tequila & Salt
  3. Imbolc
  4. Tribal Hippo

Cross Stitching Funage!

I was  finally emailed the PDF for Imbolc and took no time to start it. I've actually completed it, on Confetti. Its not a complicated piece, mostly back stitching. As the background is a light yellow, the wording "IMBOLC" doesn't show up very well so I've outlined it with green (703). I tried it in white first, but that didn't make much of a definitive difference. Clearly the green does. I have to wait to post a completed photo until she receives it.

Hippo-cala-fraga-listic….x stitch Al a ghost is. ;)
My eldest son’s favourite animal. The Hippo. I started this for him on the Mystic aida. Its almost a denim colour. Dark navy with lighter leaf like imprints faintly added. The whole stitching part though is done in a single colour of light gray (dmc 762).

I have found that these speciality dyed fabrics are a lot softer then Charles Craft aida. It means a hop is necessary, and that I have to be careful not to pull my stitches to tightly as it makes big holes :(

~ ~ Summer Solstice ~ ~

 Clearly there has been a void in my blogging. That is because my stitching has also been slightly way sided. Its been dreary outdoors with all the rain we've been getting. Thankfully its only caused a great deal of mud until recently and not the devastating floods that we've been getting in lower Alberta.

I've also be busy being chauffeur. Taking the kids from work, sports & appointments; as well as cramming in my own work schedule & volunteer work. Yes, people have been so ungrateful lately in many of the organizations I've become involved with, on top of creating so much unnecessary drama that it actually drags on and feels very much like work.   

My youngest sister finally had her baby and I was able to complete the welcome announcement I was making for her. She wanted to have as natural a birth as possible for her 1st baby. When I was down visiting her in May she was unsure of the middle name she would choose. Mentioning they had played around with Ostara, but being so far off from that Sabbat it didn't seem quite to fit. Lovingly they went with the middle name Hazel. <3

Its from Stoney Creek's booklet entitled "Woodland Babies". The original pattern has flowers along the side connecting the tree top creatures to those on the ground, but I found them to be tacky & adjusted my tree toppers lower.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Smashing

Isn't this the cutest pinàta? Its from Frosted Pumpkin Stitches. I've got it stitched on both sides of this ornament. I've also got it started on a piece of purple cloth as well.





FUN IN THE MAIL:   
 
These cloth bits arrived in the mail this morning. One of them was suppose to be for my other Frosted Pumpkin piece but I obviously clicked on the wrong size as it will be too small. Each of these is 8x12 and I needed an 8 x 18 *le sigh* Guess I'll just have to pop on and reorder a bigger piece. No worries though I'm sure I can find a great piece to use each one of these dyed fabrics with.





Friday, 10 May 2013

Whirl Wind!!!

Ugh! What a week of head aches. The kids are all sick, coughing, whining....you know, normal sick kids stuff. Complete with my eldest (who's finishing up grade 10 atm) calling during lunch break (his and mine) to see if I could drive to town with some TEA  for him. He's actually used the words "Mom, can you make me some tea?"  With my lunch break fairly short, I have been sending him to school with a thermos in the morning as it takes over 1/2 hr to drive to town and then home again, let alone factor into finding him once I get there. Poor bugger he's even had to miss work today - who wants to have cough added to their fries...yuck. All thanks to my Dh who brought it home with him last week. (We were totally healthy up until then! >>Dagger eyes<<)
Then there's been other people causing mental exhaustion. I haven't been getting a whole lot of sleep so my eyes are very dark. Even the farmers have commented. (* ~ *)

Stitching has been slow as I start, put a couple of stitches in and just feel......blazé.

Here's what I have made head way on though.

Husband & Wife:
I don't know why they've rotated themselves, or how to rectify them on here. I did do more work on the leaves, their hair and started adding the words.

STRENGTH:


 I'm going to add 2 pictures of this one. The first is what it looks like while I'm stitching. Dark Navy - which is why it hurts my eyes to no end unless its really bright. Even with the light Gina so kindly lent to me, it is hard to see....mainly because the light bulb itself blinds me and I just see spots. The best place for stitching this is outside in the bright sunshine.

Now heres what it looks like when I use my flash - easier to see what has been added stitch wise. The black shading under the letters specifically.



 Here is the little blood drop from the pattern below. Showing both the front and the back. Its not neat enough to be reversible, but isn't sloppy either.

FRAMED WORKINGS:

So I was able to get frames and mats cut for both boys pieces. I think they turned out really good!

Anthony's

And

Christopher's

FUN IN THE MAIL!!!

 Aida cloth arrived from 123 Stitch. The Herald was suppose to be a lot more of a bright green then the dark teal that it turned out to actually be. I'm not sure what that was all about - but it wasn't at all what I was expecting :'(  Especially since it was to be used for the Tribal Panda cross stitch.




I did start on the panda though despite the saddened colour mismatch.


Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Husband's Week

Every year my husband gets a cross stitch for his birthday. This year I was slacking and didn't get his finished. I've actually got about 5 on the go that are specifically for him. As I work through all these other WIP's and start up new pieces, he's been scowling knowing his pieces have been put on the back burner. SO! This week I've decided to dedicate my stitching times to him. There are 2 that I've picked to put some extra stitches into. The first is the couple "Man & Wife" by D. Morgan. A Leisure Arts leaflet.

The 2nd is "Strength". This one is a little harder on the eyes as it is on navy aida. I have brought it to work with me & this morning a community member ran back home to bring me a stitching lamp so that I didn't "damage your eyes young lady". Hahaha. Thanks Gina.



As both are larger pieces (Strength is a 4 page fold out) I'll probably be dedicating the next 2 weeks to them, with a few break up smaller quick stitches. As I have recently discovered the absolute cuteness of The Frosted Pumpkin! I've ordered 2 of their patterns, one I have already begun but need to buy a signal extra colour in order to finish it up. The other is a monthly SAL. I have ordered fabric from 123Stitch and need to wait for its arrival before I can start *twitch twitch*.


Sunday, 28 April 2013

Other Bits

A few weeks ago, amidst all the pleads for donors that were circulating both in the news & in life, I went and signed up with One Match . Actually, I had started the process a few years ago, but my husband talked me out of it w/ scare tactics of companies having my dna on file & how I react badly to needles as it is.
It has always sat in my gut as being the wrong choice for me (the backing out) though. A strong guilt, if you will, nagging me to continue on. I'm already a blood donor & have been for years. Some years more routinely then others - but I do like to make an effort. Its a little harder at times because we have to actually drive to the city (2 1/2 hrs away) to be able to make a donation as they no longer have the mobile units. As I occassionally feel woozy afterwards (and can not eat/drink the items they have in their cafe due to my many food allergies) I don't always like to venture down solo. However w/ my husbands shifts being all over the place - solo it gets to be. This year I have already donated twice w/ my third appointment coming up in June. 14 years ago I gave birth to a very sick little boy. He was covered in what looked like severe chicken pox. After tests (and rudely presumed questions by the nurses *scowls in recollection of the cranks @ the Grey Nuns Hospital*) they discovered that he also was filled with internal lesions and was diagnosed with Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis (LCH or Langerhans X. Depending on which lingo a dr gives you). He had to undergo 9 mths of chemo as well as 8 blood transfusions. My thought was if he was using from the blood bank - I should be replenishing the stocks. Thus began donation commitment.

So.....I popped online & had them reinstate my name.  After speaking to a representative, who flukingly enough was the one I had spoken to when I had first changed my mind - I still had questions and concerns though. I understand donors don't get to know their recipients. @ least not unless both parties agree, and this is only after a year presiding a healthy/successful transplant. My fear is that someone, for lack of a better word "unworthy" winds up with this second chance. I'm not meaning someone specific based on gender/nationality/religion....I'm talking (worrying) more about those individuals who CHOOSE to make poor health choices like smoking (thus they have gotten lung cancer from that) or are severe drug addicts whose rehabilitation is less then stellar. Those kinds of choices. Ones where it was the persons own choosing and because of that life style choice.....wound up with the increased risk, and essentially developed the issue in which they now need this serious medical help.

Everyone deserves help - I know this, and genuinely feel it....but it would be dishonest to not admit that there is that snarky voice at the back of my mind that scowls and sneeringly goes "really? you're risking yourself to help them?"

 The rep pointed out that persons on the other end of this are also heavily screened before it is sought out as an option anyways. That there are certain quotas that need to be met health wise. This helped shut that nagging little voice up for a while.

They mailed out the package and it arrived this past week in an otherwise bland looking envelope with 4 cotton swabs (q-tips with extra long handles) in which to collect my mouth swabbing. One top right, one bottom right, one top left, one bottom left. Then I applied the label with my name & the date of collection to the handle and put them each into their respective spots on the cardboard holder that also came enclosed. Popped it back into the return envelope and mailed it away.



I have made a little blood drop kawaii pattern in celebration. I couldn't figure out how to convert a PAT (PCStitch program) document into pdf form so I just took a photo of the pattern with my phone and uploaded it that way. If anyone knows how to transfer program types I'd love to know. The free Pdf conversion website I usually use doesn't recognize pat files.

DMC Colours are (from outside in) : 350, 352, 758
310 for the eyes & mouth
321 for the cheeks and as the back stitching around the whole blood drop.

While its not on the pattern, on the one I'm in the process of stitching I've added the word "Donate" in black down the side. I have found a fabric I want to use to make it into a pillow or small wall hanging. Perhaps it will even get donated to the Canadian Blood Services I frequent.


Saturday, 27 April 2013

The Eagle


THE EAGLE
He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ring'd with the azure world, he stands.
The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls. 
By  Lord Alfred,Tennyson


Whoops, I seem to have left the yellows for my Eagle @ work so I won't be completing it fully this weekend as I though I would be able to. No worries. I have finished all the black (except the final outlining of the beak) and do have the red to finish up the wings.

 Fun In The Mail!

My dd loves pandas. She really wanted to do a cross stitch of them for herself & I came across this cute one on ebay. It is a kit (a well put together one I will add ~ as it not only came with all its colours presorted; it came with the aida cut and the dmc #'s for the colours on the chart as well!)  Its actually a very large piece because it is stitched on 11ct. And while each panda is on its own separate piece of cloth (the kit came with 3 cut pieces instead of one big strip of material) they all measure 100 x 100 stitches. She has begun work on the one on the far right. The one that looks like it's doing chin-ups & informed me that this one reminds her of a specific friend of her's who likes to do pull up on the door frame at school . The one on the far left is more like her best friend ~ kinda lazy, swatting at things if they get to close and the one in the middle she's identified as more like her. Cute, a little silly and wanting to play while munching on food. LMAO!
 

The Eagle

  by Lord Alfred Tennyson
He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ringed with the azure world, he stands. 

The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls, 
And like a thunderbolt he falls.
- See more at: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/19731#sthash.jUTekoUK.dpuf

The Eagle

  by Lord Alfred Tennyson
He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ringed with the azure world, he stands. 

The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls, 
And like a thunderbolt he falls.
- See more at: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/19731#sthash.jUTekoUK.dpuf

The Eagle

  by Lord Alfred Tennyson
He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ringed with the azure world, he stands. 

The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls, 
And like a thunderbolt he falls.
- See more at: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/19731#sthash.jUTekoUK.dpuf

The Eagle

  by Lord Alfred Tennyson
He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ringed with the azure world, he stands. 

The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls, 
And like a thunderbolt he falls.
- See more at: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/19731#sthash.jUTekoUK.dpuf

Thursday, 25 April 2013

This week has Gone to the Birds!

Stitch literally!! Both my big & little projects this week that I've chosen off the WIP/UFO list are avian in theme. I'm not sure when I started the Northern Cardinal. I think it was originally tabbed to be a 'any child' charity piece for one of the quilt stitching groups but never did get completed. Thankfully it wasn't one that anyone was expecting or waiting on so I harbour no guilt on its incomplete nature. I came to that conclusion based on the square size of the surrounding cloth in comparativeness to the small bird plunked in the centre.
However - like with all things - it should really get finished and find a good home. I have discovered that there is a large berry that needs to be frogged out as it is 1 line out of place. Infuriating! Now I could just leave it & pretend its suppose to be that close to everything else, or actually take the time to frog it and move all 70 stitches now that 1 line....but I probably won't.

As both pieces are on 18 ct instead of the faster 14ct - my eyes tire faster stitching in the dim light of my office (I only have 1 window & it's around the corner from my desk & the lights are just basic boob lights w/ 60wt bulbs)


The 2nd bird is the "Eagle at Sunset". I'm sure I can get at least this one completed by the end of the weekend as there will be plenty of sit around time while my DD has her dance recitals. My parental volunteer option has very little hands on need. Given that there are only 7 colours to this chart, it is easier to store in my purse and have as a take with me piece then the cardinal who has 30.





















Fun In The Mail:

I realize it isn't cross stitch based, but its still FUN....in the mail! Love'n me some good Canadian ribbing & investigative props :D Another equally as wonderful Canadian series is Republic of Doyle (if you happen to be interested in watching some other detective styles that have wonderful characters and are not as hack and slash as many other shows are)

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Another 2 off my list!!

Da Tada DAaaaa! Let is Snow is complete! This is a poor photo (taken with my dd's ipod). Now just to get it framed. Hopefully this will be the last of the snow for this season? Most of it has melted off our front lawn, though there are a few large patches by the apple trees & in the flower beds by the deck. Everything else is ugly brown....and sloppy where it has yet to absorb into the ground. 
**Fingers crossed the forecast for the next few days is wrong***


A Mother's Love COMPLETE!!! I decided to put the little boys name along the bottom in 435 brown.


 Now I just need to get a mat cut so I can put it up into the frame.



Fun In The Mail:

2 leaflets arrived. This wintery scene can be shelved. I want SpRiNg and fun coloured stitching right now.


The second is The Bridges of Madison County. I love the kissing bridge references. I'm going to have to do a bit of searching to find our Canadian bridges and replace the American names with our own. I'm fairly certain that our oldest one is in New Brunswick.......


Outlander ( April Smalls)

I caught the 1st season of Outlander onto last year and was hooked. I’d made a generalized post about it and had a bunch of friends and fami...