Monday, May 21, 2012

TUSAL and hermitting

Another new moon and another hermitting weekend...and very little stitching done...again!

I did get some things kitted up this weekend, and while looking for threads, found some long lost projects that will soon see the light of day...I promise! But this weekend was spent playing and laughing and reading books with Asher, and needles and little boys do not mix well! I did do a l;little stitching on an exchange piece, but I can't show that yet, so the only pic I have is of my meager orts. Not much, but pretty colors just the same!

Off to work soon...but a long weekend to look forward to. 
Thanks for stopping by to visit!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

another blog hop!

The question posed this time is:

Do you use a stand when you stitch? If so, tell us about it and share pictures if you’ve got them. If not, would you like to try using a stand? Do you have any tips or tricks around using a stand versus not using a stand?

Well...I actually have two is a lap stand, and the other is a Lowery stand that my wonderful husband surprised me with one year for Christmas. I've used them both from time to time, and I actually do like using them. But the problem right now is that my good stitching light and both stands are upstairs, and I seem to be doing most of my stitching downstairs in the living room.  I know that I could easily bring the stands down and then back up but usually I just don't take the time. It's a shame really!
And I've never taught myself to stitch two-handed, which from what I've read is made easy with a stand.

So I guess I should be less lazy and put some more mileage on those stands! Can't wait to read what everyone else does!

Visit all the blogs in this round of the Stitching the Night Away Stitching Blogger Blog Hop:
1.Cindy2.Stands - Love 'em or leave 'em?
3.Stitching Stands4.How Do You Stand It?
5.Faithfully Stitching's Blog Hop6.BLog Hop #2 stand or no
7.Using a Stand8.another blog hop

Thanks for taking the time to visit!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Sunday....

And Happy Mother's Day to all! We've been having a quiet day...had a nice breakfast out this morning...they gave a rose to all the ladies...really sweet. I spoke to my mom and my girls today, but won't see any of them today. Hubby and I will be going out to dinner later, and then off to see Iron about a blast from the past! The weather has been beautiful all weekend...warm and sunny...I'm loving it! I've been going through some stash and will be having a few giveaways soon. I have to get rid of some of this stuff that I will never stitch. And the Mariners finally beat the Yankees today...this day just keeps getting better. Off to find an ornie to stitch for May...hope you are all enjoying this great weekend! Thanks for taking the time to visit!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

May WIPocalyse

It's WIPocalyse time again...I never seem to really work on a WIP for these...maybe next month. This month I started three new round robins. I posted a pic of the first earlier, but here are the next two.
This first one is being done with a group of stitchers from the Friendly Stitchers yahoo group.  I have chosen Yesteryear from Little House Needleworks  for my piece. It is stitched on a mushroom evenweave with DMC threads. I have done the top border and heading. I think I  will have to  stitch one block and the bottom border when it returns. I am also going to add everyone's initials to the bottom.

The second piece is being stitched with friends from the Every Stitch Counts group. This is the first robin for most of the stitchers, so we are stitching on aida for this one. I have chosen Papillon Creations' Simple Little Quaker for my piece. It is stitched on a capuccino country French aida with DMC variations and coordinating threads. Each stitcher will do one of the larger bits and I will add everyone's initials when I get it back. I have stitched one of the two center motifs.

It was too cloudy here last night to see the full moon, but I hope to get a glimpse tonight. It is supposed to be spectacular this month.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. We had a fun time with our grandson again, I got a little bit of stitching done and tonight we are off for some Mexican food. I think I will spend some quiet time reading later too.

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

who's lost that stitchy feeling?

Loretta at Stitching the Night Away has started a blog hop...sounds like fun! This is the first prompt:
Have you ever had a case of the “stitching blahs” where you just didn’t want to stitch? Or maybe it was more like you didn’t get to stitch because you were busy and that created a chain reaction sense of the “blahs” and led to even less stitching…. sort of like a case of “the Mondays” that we are all familiar with. How do you handle your stitching blahs and get back into stitching mode?

This does happen to me from time to time...usually because a) I have tired of the piece I am stitching on and need a break (in which case I just start yet another project which gets added to my growing pile of WIPs and UFOs!) b) we are just too busy with family things and time slips away or c) I am so pooped after working all day that I just fall asleep in the comfy chair. Usually when I am that tired I pick up a book and try to read instead of stitch, because I have found that it is much less painful to fall asleep with a book in your hands than with a needle and thread! Ouchy!

But one thing I have noticed, is that even if I am not actually stitching, I am thinking about stitching....browsing on-line shops, reading stitchy blogs, thinking about what I'd like to stitch next, playing with my stash...those kinds of things. And before I know it, another new project appears and I am back in the comfy chair...this time with needle and thread (and awake!).

Visit all the blogs in this round of the Stitching the Night Away Stitching Blogger Blog Hop:
1.Stitching Blahs? Who, Me?2.Losing the Stitching Mojo!!
3.My Life and Stitches 4.Stitching the Night Away Blog Hop
5.It's a Blog Hop!6.Linda K's Creativity Works
7.Dealing with the Stitching Blahs8.Cindy
9.Faithfully Stitching's Blog Hop10.Blog Hop? Sure, I'm in!
11.STNA Blog Hop @ Handmade Redhead12.Einschies stitching blog hop hop #1
15.Milly's Stitches16.Cathryn's Place
17.Stitching Blahs18.Who's Lost that Stitchy Feeling?

Thanks for visiting! Hope to see many of you join in!