Friday, October 21, 2016

Thinking out loud

Hi guys!

Since the end of the year is approaching and I haven't managed to make several of my goals this year, I'm starting to think about next year's goals and what I can do different.  I have two HAEDs that are probably my oldest WIPs right now.

There's Earth Song that I started in March 2009

and Lust that was started 10/1/09

I'm debating making Lust my focus piece for 2017 and stitching a page at a time then picking another WIP for a page and coming back to Lust for a page, etc.  I'm hoping I would be able to finish her in the next year or so that way.  I have 12 full pages and 9 partial pages.  Three of the partial pages are the last page of the rows and are only 12 stitches wide and I typically stitch them at the same time as the full page before them.  The other partial pages are the last row which are only 22 stitches long and the last page there is tiny.  It will probably take two more years to finish her even if she is my focus piece, but I would really like to see her done and on my wall.

I also have a small update on The Loneliness of Autumn.  I'm probably only half way done with page 4, but I'm hoping for a very quiet weekend.  Since my DH has a cold and probably won't want to do much, I may be able to finish the page.  Cross your fingers for me!

Monday, October 17, 2016


Feathers in the Wind is still out and I have almost finished page 1!

I'm hoping to get this done tonight so I can get away from the greys and purples for a bit.  I'm planning on pulling out SS Daybreak, Her Private Garden or even Lust to work one annual goal or another.  I have poblano peppers that I need to do something with though.  I made pepper relish with the fooled you jalapeno peppers I picked Tuesday. I may just end up making a spicier version over the next couple of nights.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Monday, Monday

It's another dreary, rainy Monday here.  Hopefully that quits soon since DS#1 has his last football game of the season tonight.  My in-laws have come up for this one and since they're here, my DH is actually going to go.  Gotta act like a parent sometimes!  Since they came up yesterday, a lot of my stitchy time last week and definitely last weekend were sucked up by house projects and cleaning.  Progress on Feathers in the Wind was made though.

Hopefully, I'll be able to pull off another page finish and rotate to something with more color than greys and purple.

It's supposed to freeze this week so we're probably going to have to pick the garden one last time.  I have bell peppers to cut and freeze, fooled you jalapenos to make into something, serranos that I won't touch and a couple others to figure out.  We might just pick them all and spread them out on the kitchen table so I can get an idea of whats there.  I might make cowboy candy out of the jalapenos.  I hear great things about it.  So, maybe.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Page 3 finish and a new start

First,  thank you for your comments.  Alicia, The Crafty Princess, you made my morning.  Thank you!  The Tilton new start SAL was an event with the Facebook group Cross Stitch and Discuss.

During the last week, I made pretty good progress.  I finished page three of The Master.

I debated about sticking with him since there is only about a page and a half left in this row.  In the end, I went ahead with my plans to join the Tilton new start SAL.  I chose Feathers in the Wind

This weekend was busy so I didn't make a lot of progress.  I wasn't really feeling her either.  I may just put her away for now and pull out another WIP so I can work on one of my 2016 goals.  I'll probably be debating that until I get a chance to stitch tonight.  I've got a short to do list when we get home tonight that will probably take a couple of hours so I've got some time to think about it.

Here's my current progress on her.

I've almost made it across page one and am about 20 stitches down the page.

Monday, September 26, 2016

The Master continues

The Master is still out and making progress.  Monday evening, I finished page 2.

I've been doing a few hundred stitches each night and had lots of time this weekend to stitch.  Last night, I left it looking like this.

I'm going to cross my fingers and hope for a page finish this weekend so I can join the Tilton new start SAL.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Update on Tilton's The Master

Last night saw me creeping up on a page finish on Tilton's The Master.

I'm hoping another evening or two will get me there.

Yesterday, I pulled and zigzagged fabric for a new start SAL in the Facebook group Cross Stitch and Discuss.  It's for a new Tilton start on September 30.  I have all the floss already.  It's not bobbined yet, but I may just bobbin what I need as I need it.  I haven't really felt like bobbining thread.  I chose to do Feathers in the Wind since I already had the chart.

While I had the sewing machine out, I also zig zagged fabric for Charting Creations The Forgotten since I think it will be my New Years start for 2017.

Is it wrong to be thinking about a New Year's start already??

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Page 21

I finished page 21 of Lust Monday night after we got home from DS#1's football game.  They won 26-8 against a team that went 4-0 last year.  This team has improved so much from the team they were last year.  DS#1 is playing any position the coach will put him into and having a blast.  Here's a punt return.

Lust when I took her off the qsnaps.

I brought Tilton's The Master back out to finish at least page 2 and get a break from the reds.  My goals this year for Lust was page 21 and 22 and for The Master was page 2 and 3.  I'm hoping using The Master for a break from Lust, I'll be able to meet both goals.

This is last night's progress.  If you look closely, you can see the white and super pale blue stitches.