Well, it's been a while since I've posted anything other than when Rosie crossed over the Rainbow Bridge (which I still cry about when I think about her). But I do have an excuse for why I've been absent for so very long. BTW, thanks to all my followers for not abandoning me during this process. See, Dave and I are moving to Colorado! Yep, after 20 years of living in the Phoenix area, we are moving to Denver. Why? Well Lockheed-Martin, Dave's employer, has decided to close a number of plants across the country and consolidate them into either the Denver area or Valley Forge, PA. The program Dave is on is moving to Denver (Littleton if you want to be more specific). We actually have been in a state of flux since October when we didn't know where or even who was moving. We only found out in February that he was being offered a transfer. It was either that or a layoff so guess which one we chose. So we've sold our home here in Glendale and bought a home up in Highlands Ranch and are actually going to be moving in about 2 weeks.
I guess the hardest things will be leaving friends I've known for years. Having worked in 3 different LNS's, I've made a lot of friends with much the same interests as myself. Some of the ladies have been my friends for almost 20 years. I know I'll make new friends there (and I am looking forward to that), but I will miss my old ones dearly.
It's also been hard reducing my stash. We are moving from a 4 bedroom house to a 3 bedroom home with an unfinished basement. So for the past few months, I've been digging deep and culling the herd and getting rid of boxes of stash, mostly charts and magazines. But I've also donated a number of framed pieces I've done because there is just no room for them. So I've kept some of my favorites and donated the rest and boy, was that ever hard. My stomach actually was tied in knots just going through the process. People have told me I will feel good about reducing the stuff in my house but so far it's not happening.
Well, I plan on being better about keeping this blog up to date but for now I'd better go and try to find some more stuff to cull.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Rosie had a rough start in life. She was dumped in the Grand Canyon when she was 2 months old (I'm still convinced she was raised by wolves) and taken to a rescue organization in Flagstaff. They thought she would have a better chance of adoption if she was in Phoenix so she was fostered there in a home with 17 other dogs. By the time we adopted her, she had some pretty bad habits (like chewing everything in her reach and not being housebroken). During that first year, I almost gave up on her several times but was convinced by my family to keep trying with her. After a while, she finally realized she was home and became just the best dog. She never did warm up to too many people but she sure loved her family (and that included her fellow furbabies).
I still look for her in her favorite sleeping places. I still call her for dinner. I still want to hug her good night. But I know she's waiting for us and someday I'll see her again. So for now I'll just say I'll see you again, sweet Rosie.
Monday, October 21, 2013
I figured if I wrote about what I like about stitching (and to a lesser extent knitting and crochet), it would remind me of why I fell in love with it in the first place. So here goes nothing!
I love the way cross stitching makes me happy. I'm a frustrated artist. I would love to paint and sculpt and do all kinds of artsy type things. I would love to be able to walk into a gallery and see my artwork hanging on its walls. But if I'm being honest, I can't draw worth a lick. So cross stitching makes me feel like I'm an artist. I love taking a blank piece of fabric and watching the picture develope on it. Even if I am stitching someone else's design, I still feel like a real artist when the last stitch is in.
Stitching patterns done by someone else is fun, but I love taking that pattern and adding my own twist to it. I very rarely stitch a design exactly as the designer intended it to be stitched. I love adding beads or metallic threads to it. I love changing the colors around, taking some away and adding other. I love choosing a different fabric than what was originally shown. All these things make the pattern uniquely mine and I love that about stitching.
I love all the new hand-dyed fabrics and threads that are being used now. I do have to clarify that though. I know there are lots of new little companies that are dying fabrics but I'm honestly not too crazy about a lot of them. To me dying fabric is an art and I don't think splotchy fabric does the trick. I like a more subtle approach to the hand-dyed world. I'm not saying those fabrics aren't pretty. I'm just saying I can't imagine using them myself. So no tied dyed look for this stitcher. I'll take Stitches & Spice, Weeks, Lakeside Linen and R & R Fabrics, thank you.
So now that I've actually put down in words what I love about stitching, I think I'll go stitch some. I have so many projects that are calling my name. Which one should I choose first?
Monday, August 12, 2013
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Thursday, July 4, 2013
I would also like to thank the men and women of our armed forces for keeping us free. It's a job I certainly would not be able to do but I so appreciate and pray for our soldiers, sailors, Marines and Coast Guard. Thank you for all you do.
Sunday, June 30, 2013
I am convinced that it is almost impossible to open a LNS and have it be a success. I truly believe it's almost impossible to make a living owning a LNS. Yes, there are a few stores making it but I believe most small LNS will have a very rough go of it. I do believe that the stores that make it are going to be the ones with a large Internet presence. We're all familiar with Silver Needle, Stitches, N Things, Cross Stitch 123, The Attic and Elegant Stitch. Why? Because they rely very heavily on the Internet. Of course, they have good service and lots of stuff that make our hearts go crazy. But I really believe what helps them thrive is the Internet. Nothing wrong with that but it does make it hard for the smaller shops to compete. So I think the wave of the future is a number of what I will call mega-LNS's with some smaller ones scattered around.
So I'll get off my soapbox now. It's been a great 18 1/2 years and now I'm on to my next adventure.