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.πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

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 :-)


Sunday, June 18, 2017

Things I Learned in Memphis

Hi there,

I'm Back!  I had a great time last weekend in Memphis and met some great girls who I hope to see again some day.  I took the PickYour Poison class and my pick was the cookbook.  The biggest issue over 3 days was whether or not to put in the black lines between the cookbooks.  Poor Amy had to contend with that.  And yes I was one of the ones asking constantly.

It's a great Alice Peterson piece and the rumor is that there are 2 more - one with the classics and one of children's books.  Naturally, competition set in and there is a race between the Houston girls to  finish.  I think the pace is 2 cookbooks a month.  Right now I'm in the "clean up the threads from class" mode and so I'm working my way around the canvas.  In the lower left corner you can see where Amy taught me the twisted lazy daisy stitch - now I can finish Joseph!

The Blue Check Cookbook aka Fanny Farmer
There was a great deal of interest in figuring out the cookbooks, too :-)

There was also shopping- Amy tried to keep us in class but we kept drifting over to the shop where Jill showed off all the finished samples (tricky Jill) - very effective.  This is a singles club ornament.

And this is a corner of Scheherazade which is an old home study of Amy's that I had to have.  OMG the colors are beautiful.

I must say that I am super thankful to Amy for letting me take as many photos as possible of all the home studies that I have and have not finished.

 When I got home my beaded watermelon was ready for pickup

All in all it was a great get away and if I do my homework maybe I can go next year!


PS  You know you've arrived in Memphis when 90% of the planes on the runway are Fedex!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Jam-Packed Memorial Day Weeekend

Hi there,

I hope everyone had a safe holiday.  One of my husband's pet peeves is when someone says "Happy" Memorial Day.  So every time we saw a sign or someone said that to us I had to cringe because I knew what was coming..."there's nothing HAPPY about it".  But we still had an awesome weekend.

Starting with Emily's dog show ribbons😊 which are now on my refrigerator.  A long time ago there were report cards up there!

When we got back on Tuesday I went back to work on Putrid Pumpkin.  I am off to Amy's next week for a cook up class so I want to take it and turn it in for finishing.

 Last night I did the tendrils and some of the ooze.

Those beads are worms.

So I hope to finish in the next 2 nights and put it in my suitcase for hand delivery!

Have a great week!!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Lost My Mind...Briefly

And started a new project.  Worked on this all day yesterday while I was at the eye doctor.  Yes, you can even do this with your eyes dilated.  I love the background except for the compensating.  Can't wait to do the lamb and the flowers.

But I am back to the poison bottle now.

Phew,  that was a close one!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Sign is Done


Last night I finished the sign.   Those are colonial knots done on a 24 needle.  I had to refresh my memory on those - went straight to YouTube.  Today I'm going to finish up the background and work on the lid to the bottle.

Should have it ready to go sometime next week 😊

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

This Shouldn't Be Too Hard to Finish

Just the bottle top, french knots on the letters and the ooze and I will have another finish!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Apple Fix

Here I am almost done with apple number 4...meaning I will have to go back to the background soon
πŸ˜– and then work on one of my WIPs until we get the last lesson in July.  I figure I have 2 nights to finish the strap stitches and the beads in the letter.  I have been binge watching Lark Rise to Candleford on PBS - doesn't get any better than that.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day.  I sure did.


Friday, May 12, 2017

Just Peachy

My third fruit is back from the finisher - my peach.  It went all the way to Antarctica and back again.

Have a wonderful Mother's Day🌷🌷

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Baseball Diamond Apple

Hi there,

I did this last night and today while watching the soap opera that is our government on CNN.  Much better than the Young and the Restless.

I had better slow down or I will be back to the red and white stripes by the end of the week.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Enough With the Background Already

Hi there,

I find it very hard to stay on task especially when I have something that looks like lots of fun right in front of me.  That would be the 4th Apple!

So I spent 2 days working on the background stripes and THANKING HEAVEN that I have finished the border.  TWICE!!  FYI, those little red beads in the red stripes are a pill to put in.

I did work one leaf just so I would know how..  Still have the backstitch to do.

And here is J - I am also thankful that July only has 4 letters!  Meaning, I may finish this in 2017!  Yes, I still have the pumpkin parade to finish πŸ‘»

So the new plan is to work the next apple and return to the background.  It's nice having 2 months to do your homework.

Happy Wednesday!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Happy Derby Day

Happy Saturday,

Apple No. 3 is done except for the letter - that's next week along with the background up to 
apple No. 4!  So far so good!  Enjoy the Kentucky Derby!


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Doing the Amy Two Step

No it's not a dance!  It's apple number 3

Step one was the starbursts and to make sure they line up correctly.

Step two was the red background.  This was broken down into 2 steps too.  I used all different methods of laying my thread.  My finger, a needle, my trolley needle, and my BLT.   I love using the trolley needle but the BLT REALLY separates the threads giving better coverage.  I'm just not that comfortable holding it.  I guess I need some more practice.

Tonight I will tackle the white diamonds - just finished ironing my neon rays!


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Yay! I'm Finished!

Happy Sunday,

Don't you think that's what she's shouting?

Here's no. 9 of the 12 days of Christmas...meaning...only 3 more to go in this set!  She looks a little crooked but that's because I probably should have taken the photo while the canvas was still on stretcher bars.  

Nine Ladies Dancing

Back to 4th of July apples :-)


Monday, April 24, 2017

Miss Mouse

Hi all,

I just finished my Autumn Mouse, known as Miss Mouse around here.  It's amazing how these little WIPs can get done in a few days.

She will be paired up with Mr. Squirrel which was finished last year - he's been waiting a while for this date!  I've already got the next WIP lined up :-)

Have a great week


Friday, April 21, 2017

Watermelon Love

Just finished my beaded watermelon and dropped off for finishing!  Yay!!

I've been using my extra time after finishing my 4th of July homework to get some WIP out of the way.  Two fruits to go..

Happy Friday,


Monday, April 17, 2017

Red White and Blue Apples

Hi there,

All caught up and ready for the next lesson :-)

All smiles here !!!  And yes all those Walnetto re-dos are DONE!


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Bunnies and Candy

I have my bunny back and he is overseeing the Easter parade display in my dining room.

Here are eggs from when I couldn't get enough of smocking...

 Starting the display...what's missing?

Closeup of Mr. Bunny.   I know he's PINK but I have referred to this canvas as "Mr. Bunny" for so long that I can't change now.

and his gusset

Now you're talking!  Chocolate was missing!

 Hope there will be some left on Easter!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Feeling Better About Things

Hi there,

I have started the long slog re-doing the Walnettos and rewarded myself with the little apple

 Of course I was watching tv when I started laying down the Kreinik and whoops! laid it right over the letters.  Then I forgot about compensating a cross stitch when you only have 3 sides so whoops! that had to come out too.  Guess I need a quiet room to stitch.

Right now I'm in here with the painter who is painting the ceiling over me - yet more distractions!  But I'm expecting my Spring Bunny from Ruth and boy he's having a hard time getting here. Just HAD to check the tracking.  First he was held up by snow up north and we woke up this morning to a fire in the main UPS warehouse in Hialeah where he's headed.  Poor guy - it's just one little 3 pound package! Of course I am relieved that no one was injured AND that my bunny is still somewhere just south of Baltimore.

Going to do a few more Walnettos now :-)


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Walnetto Madness

Hi there,

Working the long way around my 4th of July Banner and what do you know???  I did the Walnetto stitch wrong.  The stitch I did is a nice woven stitch but definitely NOT a Walnetto.  So out they will come although not all at once as I need to console myself with an apple.  Plus I need more thread!

Yes, we were warned to follow the diagram closely and yes that's what I thought I was doing but with Walnetto it's more than just numbers on a's the WAY YOU GET THERE.

The one in the corner is wrong and the ones on the right are correct.  Yuk!

At least they are super easy to take out!

Going to keep trying not to mess up...

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Finish One, Start One

Hi all,

This has to be the most widely travelled Christmas ornament!  

Amy's Christmas Club

And now I can start this !

Happy Wednesday!