Wednesday, April 19, 2017

How Tastes Change

I mentioned in my last post that I had found a new-to-me designer whose patterns I just fell in love with.  That got me to thinking how my tastes have changed over the years.  For a while in the 90's, I stitched every Just Nan that came out.  Then there was my Drawn Thread phase.  I went through Bent Creek and Lizzie Kate as soon as they came out.  But eventually all their designs began to look alike.  If I had stitched one Just Nan, I had stitched them all.  Of course, she has changed what she is doing but they don't appeal to me at all.  A little too fiddly for my tastes.  I'm really not picking on Just Nan, just using her as an example.  But what appeals to me now would never have found a home in my stash before.  I guess my tastes have changed.  Of course, that means I have a bunch of stash that I will never stitch.  I guess I need to find someone to give it a good home. 

But all this means is that I've found designers that are new to me whose patterns I love.  With Etsy and Facebook, a person can find it much easier to market their own patterns than it used to be.  Before you had to find a distributor and they would then sell to the shops.  Now you can search on Etsy for cross stitch and find all kinds of designers.  And most of the patterns can be paid for and downloaded with no waiting.  One of these has become a new favorite of mine.  The Frosted Pumpkin has some of the cutest designs I've seen in a long time.  I love their use of color and I especially like the way they design their little people.  I'm not usually a fan of using people in my samplers.  I have never liked the way the stick-figure people look.  It's a little too primitive for me.  But I love these little guys.  They make me feel good when I look at them.  I'm finishing up their tribute to the National Parks and I have two more waiting in the wings.  They were both SAL's from the past few years and I plan on working them into my rotation.  I just can't decide which to do first.
I'm leaning towards the Woodland sampler but I reserve the right to change my mind.
Passport to Adventure SAL 2015

Woodland Sampler

Friday, April 14, 2017

My Current WIP

I have recently found a new-to-me designer, The Frosted Pumpkin.  I fell in love with this design last year when it was offered as a SAL.  Now as usual I kind of took my time doing it.  I know most people like to keep up with the stitching but I've found if you give me a deadline, I tend to resent it and subsequently won't stitch it.  I tend to want to my own thing.  I will say this is almost finished so I'm not too far off the finish line on this one.  Obviously this sampler celebrates the centennial of the National Park system.  I have one more park to stitch.  For those of you interested, the parks depicted in the sampler are Yellowstone, Volcano National Park in Hawaii, Denali National Park in Alaska, Arcadia National Park in Maine, The Great Smoky Mountains and Joshua Tree National Park in California.  I just have Joshua Tree and the bottom border to finish.   I have purchased a couple more of their designs.  I just need to decide which one I want to start next. 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Oh My Gosh!

I knew it had been a while since I've made any blog post but I hadn't realized it had been since August of last year.  I had such good intentions for this year.  I planned to start blogging again at the beginning of the new year and here it is April already.  I have no excuse, just had other things that I got caught up in doing.  Well, I'm back now and hope to keep up more frequently thank once a year! 

One thing that is new with me if that I retired after working for a lot of my adult life.  I really couldn't take standing on my feet as a cashier at Michael's any more so I left them right before we went to Phoenix for Sherrie's wedding.  I still teach their jewelry classes but that's only a few times a month.  I am thinking of starting either an Etsy or an Artfire shop to sell some of my jewelry in.  I need to do some research first though. 

Another thing that has been on my mind has been switching from Blogger to Bloglovin'.  I've been happy with blogger but am not sure they are still supporting their blogs.  I need something easy to set up and use.  Oh well, one more thing to research.

I wanted to share a few pictures of Sherrie's wedding last June.  Hard to believe it's been almost 9 months since she got married. 
Sherrie & Eric 6/11/2016

The Whole Watson Family

Typical Brother and Sister

Monday, August 29, 2016

Where Has The Time Gone?

Okay, I know I haven't blogged in a while but 5 months?  It's been a very busy year and I hope to getting back here more regularly.  The big event was Sherrie's wedding in Phoenix.  That was a lot of fun .  I will do a separate post on that later this week.  I've also been hard at work on her wedding sampler.  I'll do another post on that later as well.  See, it won't take me too long to catch up.  ;-)  But here is one thing I have finished this year.  There's a SAL going on at the message board for Cross Stitch 123 called ILTWHIST.  That stands for I love this.  Why haven't I stitched it?  It's for those designs that we love and bought or have had kitted up for years, but for some reason or another they've just never gotten stitched.  Well, here's my contribution to the party.

This is Bittersweet Moon from Blackbird Designs.  Now I bought this years ago but never got around to stitching it.  Then when this SAL came along I thought it would be perfect to stitch.  But guess what?  I had misplaced my chart.  It must have been during the move but I couldn't find it anywhere.  Luckily someone from the board was kind enough to lend it to me and I was able to stitch it over the summer.  I haven't had a chance to iron it yet hence the wrinkles.  But I still do love the design and was so glad I was able to stitch it. 

Stay tuned for my updates real soon.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Have You Heard?

Have you heard the wonderful news?  There's going to be another Spirit of Cross Stitch Festival!  Yep, that's right.  Jean Farish is reviving the festival this year.  It's going to be in Richmond, Virginia this year October 13-16 (at least I think that is the correct dates).  I would love to go but there is no easy way to get there from Denver.  I remember how much fun the festivals were.  I went to Winston-Salem in 1992 (that's back a ways), then to Valley Forge in 1994 and 1996.  It was so exciting to go and meet new friends and catch up with old ones.  The classes were great even if I haven't finished some of the projects from them and the shopping was incredible.  If you're interested, Jean has set up a Facebook page about it.  If we support them, maybe they'll plan more in different parts of the country next year. 

Monday, February 8, 2016

2016 Goals and An Update

Please can someone tell me where January went?  I had all kinds of plan to be more consistent in my blogging yet somehow here it is, February 8 and I've only posted one entry.  It just seems like yesterday was Christmas and here it is almost Valentine's Day.  Well, I hope to post more often but I make no guarantees.

I did make some stitching goals for myself this year.  Aside from finishing Sherrie's wedding sampler, I also want to stitch another Prairie Schooler from the 4 Seasons chart I worked on last year.  I still haven't decided which season I'm going to do next but I'm leaning towards summer.  I also want to work some more on the DMC Pets chart I started last year.  Another piece I want to try and finish is my granddaughter's birth sampler.  She is 3 now and I think it's about time I finished it.  Then when hers is done, I'll work on her brother's.  And lastly, of course, I cannot forget about the wedding sampler.  I have made good progress on it but I need to get in gear to have it done by the wedding in June.  I'm debating on changing the medallion in the middle to a monogram of her new last name initial.  I've gotten some really neat books with charted letters and I'll see if I can find one that fits. 

Speaking of the wedding sampler, here is an updated picture of it.  I can't show all of what's been stitched because that would involve taking it off the scroll frame and I'm not quite ready to do that.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

I want to wish everyone a very happy new year.  2015 was lots of high and some low points but mostly the year was a good one.  I know 2016 will be even more eventful with Sherrie's wedding coming up in June.  I do have some stitchy resolutions that I'm making but more about those in another post.