Saturday, September 16, 2017


Here's the blue book as promised with the compensating stitches in the midde

See you soon (I hope)


No Power, No Gas, No Internet

Until Yesterday!

We now have one out of three of the essentials here in Irmaland.  Without gas for the car and most of my area out of power we have been stuck at home.  We are slowly coming back and as past hurricane victims we know it can take a while.  Our personal worst was 3 weeks. That's why we got a generator.

Here's my hurricane work.  I still have to finish the top book but the red book and Joy of Cooking are done.  I'm going to work on the blue book today.  I was working on it last night went the generator shut down and we had to go outside and give it some oil.  By the time we were done with that I was too tired to finish, so will try today.  The edge is alternating scotch stitch but the count is not perfect so I am compensating in the middle of each section.  Will show a closeup of that tomorrow.

Have a great Saturday.  We are supposed to get out power back by Sunday.  Now who do I call when THAT doesn't happen?!?


Wednesday, August 30, 2017



Here is a photo of the ribbon holding the little apple which is the LAST thing I had to do on the apples.

I will probably take it off the stretcher bars and hang it up in my office until next year and then get it finished.  Too much Christmas stuff at the finishers now.

Next up is more Gingerbread House and back to the COOKBOOKS!

Have a wonderful Labor Day!


Sunday, August 20, 2017

Tandem Projects

Hi there,

I am closing in on finishing my first Amy project and and actually doing a little Amy project along with the apples.  Just to reinforce those crescents.  Yuk!  Everybody has something they would rather put off - those are mine (along with bullions- gee, those haven't been done either).

Here's Y...that was pretty easy.  Love the stars.

Here's L with the crescents - still waiting.  Sigh.  Going to have to do them sooner or later.

Here's the Amy Christmas Club project I picked up at the Cookbook class.  So I can practice doing more crescents.

And here's a crescent closeup..I really am nuts.  Oh well.

Today I'm going to work on the background stripes while pondering the crescents and bullions.  Sometime this week will be THE MOMENT I DO THEM.😅😅

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Almost a Deal Breaker

Hi there,

You all know what a "deal breaker" is...especially in needlepoint.  Sometimes there comes along a part of the project that you just can't get past and then it hits you - is this what makes me put it in the closet?  That's the deal breaker.   For me it's the Jessica stitch - or in Amy's case the "Heart Crescent" on the 4th apple. Which is like a super advanced Jessica.  I actually did stop there but in my defense, it was in order to go to Memphis for the Cookbook class and then home for surgery and out to LA.  Well,  here I am back home again and I thought, well ....I've come this far....let me tackle it again.

The first one took 3 hours - YUK.  As I recall I broke a needle.

Then, when we were in the Griffith Park Observatory we saw the Tesla coil and maybe that helped

So here's the second one - way easier.  It's right underneath the first one.  So I guess the key is not to give up.  And not to look too close.

Here's Y which as you know is the last letter in JULY so I am near the finish line.  There are a lot of beads in Y, but I like beading 😊

And my daughter's bunny pillow arrived from Ruth and is sitting on her bed!

So that's the scoop!

See you soon,


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Better Get Cracking

Hi there,

I've been reading about all the Christmas deadlines and decided it was time to get SOMETHING done about Christmas.  So for the next week it all about getting on with it while surrounded by my
4th of July needlepoint.

This first one is a banner that was a Correspondence Class with ANG.  I was going to put it on a scroll frame but I had 10x10 stretcher bars so am working with that and so far it's good.  Most important lesson so far...COUNT TWICE,  STITCH ONCE!  Already messed that up because as I was basting the left side I was off one thread.  RE-DO!!

These last 2 are for my baby who has a little tree - awesome - the first one is self finishing.  Double awesome.

Got to sign off - my littlest baby is ready to be picked up from the groomer :-)