Tuesday, 17 April 2018

April 17/18

The odd stitches have been put into my work in between work, exhaustion, shingles, a dog bite on my hip, spring cleaning and the spaying of our puppy. This winter season is one that I would love to see far behind me as it has been several months of recovering from one thing or another despite my best efforts of sleep, exercise, nutrition and vitamins. Even now, I find myself getting tired easily and my lungs can not even handle things like vinegar for cleaning.

On a more positive note, I have 2 panels completed on my triptych. I have looked at some patterns for the third panel, but nothing has fully jumped out at me yet to say that it was the design for the third panel. The fabric is the remnant from a kit and the threads are all from my scrap bag.

So, our monster of a puppy was a little busy while unsupervised one morning (Hey! I like to sleep in on days off!). She pulled my needle work off the shelf and proceeded to chew away. Fortunately, the hole in the pattern is different from the hole in the fabric so I am able to start again.

I had been mulling over a re-start anyhow because I loved the pattern, but the 14 Aida was not doing the piece any justice. The re-start is being stitched on 28 count Antique Tan Linen Wichelt and I am much happier with the result.

Here is the monster of a puppy who is also known in these parts as Destructo Puppy. She was spayed yesterday and this is her "I am still drugged, but I am not happy with this cone" face. She is moving around much better today and has even attempted to chase a cat or two around the house, getting that cone caught in every corner and doorway.

Well, it looks like we have avoided the icy part of the freezing rain storm that has swept across Ontario, Quebec and the more northern parts of the Maritimes. This rainy day has been perfect for spring cleaning my kitchen and working on my French course. Now, it is time to use these pruny hands to stitch while I watch "Longmire" and watch the rain and wind whip around outside.

Happy stitching!

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Mar 31/18

I have no pictures for proof of stitching but there have been a few stitches done here and there in the past few weeks. I just have not had much time or energy to stitch in between extra hours at work, several migraines and a mild case of shingles. That being said, today is a glorious Easter Saturday here at my mother's place in New Brunswick so we are headed out to enjoy the afternoon. Wishing all of you many blessings, good health and lots of stitching!

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Mar 13/18 (I think.....dates are hazy on my days off!)

A snow storm rolled in today so what to do after a few chores and taking the dogs out to play...... Well, stitch, of course! A little progress has been made on my triptych. I have run out of scraps of the dark purple so I have to either find a matching colour in my stash of DMC or frog the colour.

The storm is still raging at this hour so I should head to bed in case I do have to go to work in the morning. The forecasts have been very inaccurate this winter for this region so who knows what I will wake up to in the morning.

Happy stitching!

Mar 13/18

The head cold is finally letting up so the stitching, reading, walking the dogs and general getting back to normal is in full force. Here is what is rolling off my needle these days:

I found the geometric pattern on pinterest, but once I was done stitching, I felt that it was missing something. I played with colour combinations until I found a handful of threads that were pleasing to my eye. Then, I started stitching. Initially, I had an idea of doing a vertical pattern of colour where I would fill in three little blocks with the same colour and then switch to another colour until the end of the row. The next row would have been staggered to prevent a block/square effect. Once, I started stitching, I decided that I preferred to do three down and then three across as a "row". After seeing the top right corner left uncoloured, I decided to break up the shading after the blue rows and the bit of purple is where I stopped this evening because my eyes were starting to droop. The movement and the colours are really pleasing to my eye and they should work well with the next pattern that I want to play with as part of my triptych.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Mar 6/18

Not much stitching has been happening around here because I have recovered from my recent brush with the flu to come down with a head cold. I CAN NOT WIN!! I can, however, have a great mail day. The Star Wars book came the other day and the Christmas books arrived today. My pattern stash overfloweth, but all cross stitchers understand the idea that one can never have too many patterns even if there is not even a remote chance that one will be able to stitch them all in this lifetime.

In other news, it is a good thing that I have borrowed a sewing machine from one of my book club friends. I had originally borrowed it to do a little fix job on a dog halter. The puppy decided to surgically remove one side of a zipper out of my new pillow cover so the sewing machine will come in handy to sew this shut since I know nothing about placing and sewing zippers.

We recently decided that we need to take time to reconnect with each other and disconnect from our electronics. It is so easy to veg out on the couch all weekend and tune each other out which has compounded some issues the fella' and I have been having. On Sunday, we put the dogs in the car and headed out to explore some beaches that we have not explored before. We had to use the electronics to get us there, but there is no cell service in many areas along the Bay of Fundy so we were forced to disconnect and focus on our dogs and ourselves. The dogs loved running along the waves that were higher than usual because of the wind and the storm surge.

I hope to get stitching again as soon as my head does not feel like it is stuffed full of cotton wool. Happy stitching!

Friday, 2 March 2018

Mar 2/18

I love Star Wars and I was so excited to learn about a book of Star Wars cross stitch designs from one of the stitching forums that I belong to on Facebook. My parcel from Indigo books arrived today and I can not wait to stitch one of the designs! Here is the link to the book. As a bonus, there is are materials to make some of the designs!!

Hopefully, the tiredness and weather related headaches will go away over the weekend and I will have time to do some stitching along with doing things like taking down the outdoor Christmas ornaments. 

Happy stitching!

Monday, 26 February 2018

Feb 25/18

Here is a photo of my current work. I have three scrap pieces that are the same size and count so I am thinking of building a triptych of some sort to hang on the wall or maybe turn the pieces into table runners. Again, finishing is not my strong point so who knows?

I was glad to get some stitching done this evening as I have been busy with life and the flu found me again. Fortunately, I recognized the symptoms right away and my doctor was kind enough to call in some Tamiflu for me on the weekend. The symptoms were hard to miss as I went from feeling fine on Saturday morning to being barely able to stand by supper time, having chills with bone aches and a headache. I hesitated about contacting my doctor on the weekend because I did not want to bug him, but when I started to cry because I felt so miserable and could not bear the thought of getting so sick again, I knew that I had to contact him. The medication is helping to beat back the flu as is lots of rest. Maybe I am going to have to start wearing a mask at work (I work in a drugstore) because I can't keep getting sick like this.

Happy stitching!