Wednesday, 27 July 2016

July Smalls SAL
2016 Smalls SAL 

2 more finishes - one from the WIPs drawer (Chicken Trio) and a fresh Start/Finish (Cat Attitude).

A few years ago I gifted Linda some chicks when I put in my order. Alas she found out she was indeed allergic to birds and had to give them away herself. I'd started this piece with the thoughts it would be a set of birds she wouldn't react to. 😉 I dropped it off to her today at lunch. She wanted to know if it was a "Red Bench" stitching. Haha. I assured her it was and she seemed happy. 

My Red Bench is, well, just that. A red bench we've set outside my office that I spend a great deal of time on when it's quiet. 

I did the Cat Attitude for a sassy community member. She's turning 82 shortly here & had asked me last year for a cat stitching. When I found this one I immediately thought of Shirley. 
The blue flowers that make up the body reminded me of China tea cups that boast the similar pattern.

She was very excited receive it & claimed to have a perfect place on the chesterfield for it.  I surprised her, I don't think she thought I'd actually stitch her down thing; which is good... I like surprising people. 

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Drama, drama, drama

Small towns are not as cozy as we dreamed they would be when we moved here almost 10 yrs ago.

We've been having issues with members of our community the last few years & we'd finally come to a calm....then the other night there was another unexpected issue brought forth so now its drama again. I can't go into it as the police are now involved & its before the courts. It would be so great if these troublesome people would just move away - but since that doesn't seem to be the case, I've been daydreaming on the site. What I do know is its really hurting my family and we don't feel comfortable in our own home anymore. I've got a few homes favorited back East - and looking at some property in our province in case we just decide to build something.

The heat is taking a tole on my birds. We lost Gabi, the little white bun-looking chicken to heat exhaustion. Skippy, one of my EE's, also felt the heat and developed some breathing issues. I had to give her a cold bath and then add electrolytes to their drinking water. She's sounding a lot better, but it has changed her voice. 

Chicken math for this month: 10 - 1 = 9 birds.
(Little suspicious that Raven might wind up being a rooster....she's got some really pretty curled tail feathers. Not really a "She" quality. :(
Mom got a rooster out of the 3 I gave her. It wasn't the one I thought it was going to be so Yay for being wrong. The one she named "Lady Thunder" (the brown one) - has now changed titles to just "Thunder". The other 2 are Snow Queen (grey) & Wonder Woman (black & white).

Ronnie finally picked up his project & was planning on taking it to his daughter this weekend.  I'm hoping she likes it, but will probably hear about it sometime this week. *fingers crossed* The matting didn't go well & I kept nitpicking so Hubby finally just took it away from me because I was making it worse then it would have been if I'd just left it at the start. She can always get the framing done professionally if she wants to. Aaahhh!

Now that I've finished that big project, I can get more of the little ones done. I started & finished a piece for my cousin's October wedding. I just went with a simple rose & am adding their names + date to it.  Pastel Rose; a (c)1990, Sam Hawkins. Published in the Nov. '90 CrossStitch & County Crafts magazine.

Working on the Chicken Trio for Linda and the Stag for my FIL.

Friday, 8 July 2016

Finished the Requisition!

Finished of Ronnie's requested piece today! He saw a preview of it in the am while I was working on the back stitching.

Here's the business card inspiration and the final stitching. 

I'll take it to the city tomorrow and get it framed/mounted.

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...