|Snowflakes by Art-Stitch|
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
|The happy couple!|
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
|I love these guys!|
The piece I'm working on (aside from my granddaughter's birth sampler which I can't show cause I'm hoping it will be a surprise) is one from Cross Stitch Quick & Easy from Great Britain. I'm so sorry this magazine is no longer in publication. I used to love getting it and spending the day reading it cause I knew there would always be several patterns in it that I just had to stitch. This is one of those charts. In fact, I originally subscribed to the magazine because of it. I had seen in it a later copy of the magazine and it just spoke to my heart. It's from the DMC Purrfect Pets line that supported animal rescue organizations in Great Britain. I'm not even sure you can get their patterns any more. I know they have a few kits available but sadly no more charts. I got up early in the morning in Arizona just to call Great Britain (at the time there was no way to order an online subscription) and ordered the magazine. I also decided that I had to subscribe to it as well. It's been sitting in my stash for about 10 years now but I never forgot about it.
This year I decided I would stitch up several charts that I had been wanting to stitch for a long while. The first one that jumped on the list was this one. I dug out a piece of white 28 count lugana from my stash and gathered the threads. I'm stitching with a mixture of DMC and Anchor. It's been fun because you'll use half stitches as well as full cross stitches and backstitch and it seems to be stitching up rather quickly. Here's my progress as of today.
I'm so glad my desire to stitch has come back. There are so many things I want to do now. Not the least of which are a couple of birth samplers and my daughter's college graduation sampler.
Sunday, May 10, 2015
|My Front Yard|
This is Mother's Day, right? Almost the middle of May? Well, the weather here in Colorado sure isn't cooperating. Yesterday we had 6-8 inches of wet, heavy snow. That was on top of a torrential downpour earlier in the day. As you can see, the trees took the brunt of the snow. So many branches are laying on the ground, some still attached to the trees, some not so much. By this afternoon the snow was mostly gone, but the damage had been done. The tree in the front yard came back. Our neighbor wasn't so lucky. His tree is still in his neighbor's yard. The tree shown in the backyard lost a lot of large branches. Now there's a big pile of branches in the backyard that Dave sawed off the tree. And the flowers! My irises were just beginning to bloom and now they're all broken and battered. I had so been looking forward to having fresh cut flowers in the house this spring. But I guess Mother Nature had other ideas. Honestly, I'm done with the snow and winter in general. I now thoroughly understand how people become snowbirds.
|Some of my backyard trees|
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Okay, I've been doing the commuter/stitching things for a long time now. I just never realized exactly how long it's been. I found this last weekend when I was cleaning out an old jewelry box.
Way back in the 80's, when Prodigy reigned supreme (anyone remember those days when they gave you a floppy disc to load on your computer?), there were a group of stitchers who corresponded via a REC group. We eventually coalesced into a semi-formal group calling ourselves Online Cross Stitchers. For a couple of dollars you could buy the pin. That way when you met up at a stitching festival, you could identify with someone you might have met on line. Times sure have changed! Nowadays with all the different Facebook groups, message boards, and bloggers out in the world, there probably is no need for a pin such as this one. But it's fun to look back and see just how far we've come in the world of cross stitching.
|From the 80's!!|