Friday, July 29, 2016

July patriotic stitching - Update

Hello everyone,
I seem to be back on track.
July has been HHH (hazy, hot & humid).
The deer ate most of my hosta plants so I've been busy keeping the hummingbird feeders filled.

But nothing says summer like some patriotic, reading and baseball themes.

I managed to dig out some lovely projects this month - just didn't have enough time to finish all of them - so maybe I'll have more of them to share next month.
I found this older freebie on the back page of a newsletter (November 2001) from Cross Stitch and More, Inc. that was included in a care package from my brother in Florida.
Land That I Love by Erica Michaels
Fabric: 28ct PTP Fog (3024) ** Pattern calls for stitching over 2 on 18ct mountain mist
and finishing as a bellpull- instead this will be a cute little pin pillow finish.
Threads: WDW and substituted HDF Magpie Tears for the Deep Sea since my skein went missing (found it after I ordered a replacement and had already finished this)
Stitch Count: 22 x 53, 2 over 2 , Cross Stitch


Then I finished this up (This was one of my take along projects to Dr. visits )
Jefferson Quotation Bookmark  Kit PC-1504 © 2012 The Posy  Collection
Designer: Ceil Humphreys
Fabric: 18ct Charles Craft Ivory Aida
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count: 120 x32, 2 over 1
Cross, Stitch, Back Stitch, Long Stitch, French Knot



Next I wanted a cute summer fun stitch, so I chose this
Hootie Baseball Let's Play Ball (This was a Hootie Single)© PinoyStitch 2016
Fabric: 14ct Blue Aida
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count: 31 x 37, 2 over 1
Cross, Stitch, Back Stitch, Long Straight Stitch


Then I remembered that I had this lovely design kitted up - from the August 2014 Issue of Just Cross Stitch
Flowers & Flag Hornbook & Pincushion © Designs by Elizabeth Talledo of Dames of the Needle / Finger Work.
Fabric: 35ct Weeks Dye Works Cocoa
Threads: WDW, GAST and substituted  DMC 310 for the Nun's stitch
Stitch Count  - Pincushion: 35 x 35, 2 over 2 **I really should read the directions before starting - It calls for 1 strand over 2




and Hornbook...
Stitch Count  - Hornbook: 54 x 78, 2 over 2 *** I kept using 2 strands to match the pincushion- still have to complete the nun stitch border and paint my hornbook
Cross, Stitch, Nun's Stitch







Then when I was putting away my magazine, I quickly glanced through the pages and found this cute little design that I could make into a scissor fob. Fireworks Tag as published in the August 2014 Issue of Just Cross Stitch Design by Elizabeth Spurlock
Such a quick stitch - I just might do it again on black fabric as I expect the metallic threads will really pop.
Fabric: 40ct Misty Rain
Threads: DMC Light Effects & DMC Metallic
Stitch Count:33 x 33, 2 over 2
Cross Stitch


I also worked on 2 take along projects...will share all the details when I get them finished.








New Stash!
I ordered : The JCS Halloween issue, Imaginating Wild Animals Bookmarks, Hinzeit Love Dogs & Love Baseball, Just Nan Romeo Mouse, Heartstring Samplery Grand Old Flag Pin Drum - and a few skeins of threads.









After I sent my order in, I found there is a companion piece to the above Dames of the Needle Design - Flowers & Flag Tall Drum  - I just might have to get it!

Samantha went to the vet early this month for her necessary blood work - liver showed some improvement so the Denamarin seems to be working, and her thyroid levels were right where we need them so medication stayed the same. He did find that she had another yeast ear infection so tried a different medicine. Bucky is doing fine although this long stretch of Hazy Hot & Humid has their appetites diminished and their siesta times increasing- only when it is cooler late at night do they have lots of increased energy and appetites.

DH had some eye surgery to remove cysts and skin tags that were affecting his vision - much better now - even has some new glasses coming. Next month is the next cortisone shot in his back.

My Dad had a follow-up for his leg bypass surgery - there is a point in his thigh that has significantly increased velocity - might need a stent in the near future - but primary wants a repeat ultrasound and PVT test done first. So looks like August might be another busy month.

Until next time,
Have a wonderful day!
Lisa

Monday, June 20, 2016

April - May & June 2016 & Stitching for Literacy update

Hello everyone,

It's been too long since I've posted. I had April & May's post complete... but not posted - every time I tried we went offline or lost power. So I combined everything to write this post.

Spring came early to our neck of the woods - and with it came lots of outdoor chores - picking up yard debris (branches that came down), tree trimming, digging up the south side of our house as we needed to re-seal the foundation, and getting next winter's wood cut split and stacked.  Then we opened up the swimming pool and found out that we had to change our chlorine system.


May started out very warm. Then a cool front moved in around mid-may and the following week? You guessed it - snow!!!! At least the crabapple and apple tree buds were late enough this year to escape the frost.









Looks like this year will be a good apple year!


We've also had quite a few power outages - usually short in duration (part to most of a day) - but almost always on the day I planned to be on the computer. Luckily this is the year for the power company to have the tree crew in our area clearing the lines.


 





After the last post, Bucky spent a few days at the animal hospital - still not sure what it was but his breathing is better and fever is gone. Dr. was surprised as his bloodwork showed improvement over his January tests. He is still having the occasional bouts of pacing at nights. Then he scratched above his eye. Took awhile, but it is almost completely healed now.






This was also a spring with lots of medical appointments for my Dad and DH.  Also, a bit more driving both my parents everywhere they wanted to go (shopping and other necessary appointments).
DH found out that in addition to his scoliosis- he has a herniated L4-5 disc in his back as well as spinal stenosis. Hopefully the cortisone shots will continue to help him.

A few weeks ago DH & I had the chance to meet up with my college friend & her family - Lunch was great and we had a nice time catching up - and making plans to meet up again in the fall.

So as you can see, it's been busy here - not much time for stitching. Also, I don't do much stitching when I have lots of blackfly bites as I don't want to get blood on my projects. So this is usually when I try to catch up on reading and some other home projects -this year it's been re-organizing our multi-media and building some shelving.

I started a few small stitching projects at various Dr. visits  - just not enough worth showing yet... and my HAED and the Christmas in the Adirondacks projects are just too large and lighting is to poor to work on them there. Hopefully next month.

But here is where I left off before the spring season projects took me away...
Dimensions Gold Collection - Petites Kit # 8720
Christmas in the Adirondacks © 2003 Dimensions Designed by Martha Edwards
Fabric: 18ct Aida
Stitch Count: 90 x 122 varies over 1
Cross Stitch, Half Cross Stitch, Backstitch, Blended, Color Chart


In my spare time,  I managed to get these bookmarks "Finished" and sent out for the Stitching for Literacy Program. Here is the info for all the completed bookmarks.












1. Between the Pages CSB-73 Cross My Heart Inc. Choose A Book ©1992
Fabric: 18ct White Aida
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count:  26 x 100, 2 over 1
Cross Stitch, backstitch

2. From 501 Cross Stitch Designs by Sam Hawkins for American School of Needlework, Inc. © 1993, Baseball
Fabric: 18ct ivory Aida
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count: 61 x 21, 2 over 1
Cross stitch, backstitch

3. NMI Stitch 'N Frame Kit Item 4112 Dolphin
Fabric: 14ct white Aida,
Threads: single strand included in kit
Stitch count: 27 x 21, 1 over 1
Cross stitch, backstitch
4. Beaded great white Shark
Designer: Lisa Overduin
Published in Jill Oxton's Cross Stitch and Bead Weaving Issue 62
Silamide Gray Thread
Miyuki Delicas
Stitch Count:45 x 19

5. Prairie Schooler Design Book No. 154, July Inset Ornament © 2009 The Prairie Schooler, Inc.
Fabric: 32ct. Lambswool
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count: 28W x 36H, 2 over 2

Cross Stitch

6. Wonder Bookmark by Ship's Manor© 2011 Ship's Manor and Erik D. Shipley - This pattern was available at the Stitcher's Village as a freebie for the Literacy Challenge in 2011.
Fabric: 32ct Silkweaver Reflections   Rainbow Sparkle
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count:28 x 122, 2 over 2
Cross Stitch, Back Stitch, French Knots

7. Reformed Day of the Dead Pirate© 2004 Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (I used one earring to make bookmark)
Nymo Black Thread
Miyuki Delicas
Stitch Count:23 x 40

8. I thought this Flower Owl will make a pretty bookmark
Plaid Bucilla Kit #45749 ©2014
Fabric: 14ct Aida
Threads: Included in kit
Stitch Count: 29 x 31, 2 over 1
Cross Stitch, Backstitch, Long Stitch, Running stitch, French Knots

9. I was intrigued by the finishing of this one - so I chose this Celtic Corner Bookmark
Published in Cross-stitch & Needlework Spring 2016 (www.c-sn.com)
Designer Elizabeth Spurlock
Fabric: 14ct White Aida
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count: 27 x 27, 2 over 1
Cross Stitch, Back Stitch

10. Panda Card Kit #840 © Joan Elliott Needlework Kit by Design Works Crafts Inc.
Fabric: Aida
Threads: Included in kit including metallic
Stitch Count: 43 x57, 2 over 1
Cross Stitch, Back Stitch

and still a few more finished up.....


















11. This Space Rocket bookmark is included in the Leisure Arts Bookmarks Galore  66 Designs ©1997
Fabric: 18ct Back Aida
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count: 27 x 105, 2over 1
Cross Stitch, Backstitch

12. Leisure Arts Leaflet 420 Booklet Collection 10 designs by Terrie Lee Steinmeyer
Music © 1986
Fabric: 14ct Ivory Aida
Threads: DMC   
Stitch Count: 25 x 81, 2 over 1
Cross Stitch, Backstitch, Long stitch, French knots

13. Queen Bee free pattern ©2013 The Prairie Schooler, Inc.
Fabric: 18ct Black Aida
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count: 33 x 40, 2 over 1
Cross Stitch

14. Plaid Bucilla Kit # 45910 - Bee

Fabric: 14ct white Aida,
Threads: 6 strand floss included in kit
Stitch count:  31 x 31, 2 over 1
Cross Stitch, back stitch, French knots

The rest will have to wait until next year.

No new stash... maybe next time.
The winner of the thread giveaway was Christina!  I'm so glad she liked here package.
Stayed tuned... I have more giveaways planned real soon!

I'll leave with a picture of Samantha...enjoying the summer-like breezes
 
Until next time,
Have a wonderful day!
Lisa

Monday, April 4, 2016

March 2016 Update

Hello everyone,
I'm a little late with my March update - Hopefully I can get back on track this month.
This month, I have some smalls a little progress on the new start gold petite and some stash to share.


Brrr ©2011 by Linda Stolz dba Erica Michaels Designs
28ct Silkweaver Reflections Winter Skye
Ice Dragon Premium silk hand dyed fibers (Vickie Clayton)
Stitch Count: 42 x 42, 1 over 2
Cross Stitch




Savoir faire © 2003 Blackbird Designs
28ct Picture This Plus Fog Cashel
DMC, GAST and Weeks Threads
Stitch Count: 40 x 45, 2 over 2
Cross Stitch, Lazy Daisy, Smyrna






Queen Bee free pattern ©2013 The Prairie Schooler, Inc.
18ct Black Aida
DMC Threads
Stitch Count: 33 x 40, 2 over 1
Cross Stitch







A year of Celebrations - March   Published in Cross-stitch & Needlework March 2014 (www.c-sn.com)
Designer Cathy Habermann of Hands on Design
Fabric: 32ct Summer Khaki Belfast  (DMC 613)
Threads: Weeks, GAST, Crescent
Stitch Count: 50 x 50, 2 over 2
Cross Stitch, Back Stitch, Lazy Daisy
Hopefully I'll make the time to stitch up all the months in this series.

Dimensions Gold Collection - Petites Kit # 8720
Christmas in the Adirondacks © 2003 Dimensions
Designed by Martha Edwards
Stitch Count: 90 x 122 varies over 1
18ct Aida
Cross Stitch, Half Cross Stitch, Backstitch, Blended
Color Chart

I put down my Dimensions kit when in mid March I got my reminder e-mail from Jen at Funk & Weber Designs requesting bookmarks be sent out soon. Since I had some time, I decided to stitch up another few bookmarks for the Stitching for Literacy program - and I have been spending some time getting them 'finished'. I'll show them all in my next post.


This Space Rocket bookmark is included in the Leisure Arts Bookmarks Galore  66 Designs ©1997
Fabric: 18ct Back Aida
DMC Threads
Stitch Count: 27 x 105, 2over 1
Cross Stitch, Backstitch





I was intrigued by the finishing of this one - so I chose this Celtic Corner Bookmark
Published in Cross-stitch & Needlework Spring 2016 (www.c-sn.com)
Designer Elizabeth Spurlock
Fabric: 14ct White Aida
Threads: DMC
Stitch Count: 27 x 27, 2 over 1
Cross Stitch, Back Stitch

I thought this Flower Owl will make a pretty bookmark
Plaid Bucilla Kit #45749 ©2014
Fabric: 14ct Aida
Threads: Included in kit
Stitch Count: 29 x 31, 2 over 1
Cross Stitch, Backstitch, Long Stitch, Running stitch, French Knots





New Stash:
I ordered the new little hedgie from Just Nan as well as the limited edition Flying High Stitching Case by Just Nan.







Bucky has been feeling a little under the weather for the past week - He hasn't been sleeping well at night - can't seen to stay settled and he's puffing a lot - almost like his nose is stuffed up. It might just be a cold - waiting to hear from vet - time will tell.

Sam has been sleeping fine as you can see - she likes to use DH slippers as a pillow /play toy.

It's been lightly snowing today so they have been enjoying their time outside.

For those that stayed with me until the end... It's time for spring and a thread giveaway - some micro spools of HDF, a skein or 2 of Carries creations, some Victorian Motto sampler threads, to name a few. Doesn't matter where you live to enter just leave a comment with your email and I'll have DH choose a winner on the 24th.

Until next time,
Have a wonderful day!
Lisa M.