Tuesday, June 19, 2012

it's TUSAL time!

Time for this month's posting for Daffycat's Totally Useless Stitch-a-long! I'm almost halfway to the top of the bottom of this jar...not bad! It doesn't seem like I have been stitching as much as I'd like, but all those little orts add up!

Till next time, thanks for visiting!

hermitting time....

This past weekend was the monthly International Hermit & Stitch Weekend...and it's actually the first one in quite some time that I've actually had some time to really stitch! A good portion of my time was spent stitching a piece for a Patriotic exchange, so I can't show that one yet, but it was fun to stitch and I was pleased to get it finished.

This little pillow was stitched for a summer ornament exchange with Stitchers Timeout. It is Summer Spots from The Trilogy, stitched on a piece of random evenweave with DMC threads. I added the little bee button because I didn't have the one called for.

This is my part stitched on the round robin we are doing with Friendly Stitchers.Gillie chose The Drawn Threads' Cloister Garden. There are lots of specialty stitches in this piece...luckily I didn't have to do too many! It is stitched on a lovely lavender fabric with some kind of silk threads. It's hard to see the signature in the photo but it is easier in real life. Gillie did the very top part with the topiary trees before sending it along.

This last pic is Dawn of Spring through part three...the lovely sampler that Mouse is designing for us at Friendly Stitchers. I have fudged most of the specialty stitches (not my strong suit!) with beads, but am thinking about going back and doing them when the sampler is done. I also realized that I made a counting mistake in one of the other rows so I'll change that later as well. Maybe I should just start over!

I'm in the search of some Christmas ornaments to stitch for another challenge...it's fun hunting down the ones I want to stitch. More about that later.

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

WIPocalypse & catching up

I'm late with my WIPocalypse, I know. The past few weeks have been crazy! I'll show you a little stitching first, so if you don't want to read further I won't be insulted!

I was able to complete a couple of small things. First up is the first part of the "Waiting for Christmas" SAL. I'm not quite sure how all the parts will fit together so I will wait to "finish" this until I see. I used a piece of 32 ct. jobelan (color: Queen Anne's Lace) and Carrie's silk thread (color: New Vision). I really love this thread...it is wonderful to work with.

The second piece is another of the exchange blocks we are doing with Stitches Timeout this year. The theme for this one was Autumn, and I found this San-Man design called Just a Little Autumn. It is stitched on an unknown piece of linen with DMC. I forgot how much fun San-Mans are to stitch!

I also completed a piece for the Stitched with Love Exchange but it is on it's way to my partner, so I will show that one when the exchange is completed.

I also forgot to show this...I was the lucky person chosen when Tricia had her "scissors scamper" awhile back. She sent this adorable Lizzie Kate scissor fob, with the scissors...and she also included the pattern with a piece of fabric and some beads, so I can stitch it up and pass it along to another friend. It was so much fun to see everyone's scissor collections...I still don't know why I need (?) so many, but they are sure fun to collect! Thanks again Tricia!

So, it's been a few weeks since I posted last and like I said before, we have been busy. Our anniversary was on May 22nd, and we went to see Roger Waters that night. He is touring and performing "The Wall".  We had seen a piece about it on 60 Minutes the Sunday before and thought it would be a fun way to spend our anniversary. Luckily we were able to get tickets because it was a really amazing show.

The we headed off to Boston for the Memorial Day weekend to see our daughter. We were helping to host an engagement brunch for her and her fiance. We had such a nice time. We got to meet Kevin's family and everyone had lots of fun. The weather was great too, so we were able to get out and about a little bit. I didn't take too many pictures...I always forget that I have my camera with me! But here are a couple. We went on the Duck Boat Tour which was lots of fun. Our driver was a hoot! Part of the tour is on land and part on water.

We also went to the JFK Library which was fascinating, and Battleship Cove, where we got to walk through a submarine and battleships. I am in awe of the men who lived on these vessels during the war. There is so little space, especially on the sub. I kept banging my head (and I'm a shorty!), and the stairs are so steep. They make it look so easy in the movies!

And here at home, our annual Rose Festival has begun...parades, lots of activities throughout the month of June. We stopped by the Fun Center with Asher on Saturday, so I'll leave you with a picture of him in a little canoe ride. He's so cute...loves to tell everyone that he's 3 1/2!

So, back to work where our summer reading program is just getting started. Always a very busy time for all of us here at the library.

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit...hope you all have a wonderful day!