Sunday, April 10, 2011

Dive right in, the water's fine!

Good afternoon!

After a few weeks of walking past this project and wondering when I'll start it, I finally took the plunge and here is where I'm at:

It's funny because I fell in love with this design when I first saw it on someone's blog as one of their Crazy January Challenge 2011 starts. I waited about a month for the fabric and during that time, I waited 2 or 3 weeks for all the threads. I just couldn't wait to start it. I think I hesitated because it'll be so long and I haven't stitched anything so huge in quite a while. I'm having fun with it. It's a large piece of fabric, though. I stitch in-hand so I'm having issues handling this. I haven't used scroll bars in years but am thinking it may come in handy. But it has to be a large one, as this design measures 8 1/2"x19". For now I've rolled up the extra fabric on the right and held in place with plastic coated paper clips! Also, that red border is GAST Cherry Wine. It calls for 2 skeins and I have about 1 and 3/4 skeins, and HORRORS!, the two skeins have a noticeable difference in their color. All because I wanted to save some $$$! What I've done is taken the two skeins apart and re-aligned threads, one strand from one skein and one strand from the other. I will use these two skeins on the border while holding my breath! The red house and the bird house also uses Cherry Wine but I'll buy another skein for those.

I just finished up another WIP, the 7th one. The Up for the Challenge 2011 is one of the good things I've found. Before I stumbled upon that site, finishing up my WIPs was one of my '11 resolutions anyway. But I'm glad I found the site and joined. This freebie is by BBD. It turned out really nice and is bigger than the usual small freebies. I'll be framing this and keeping it.

Friday night my daughter and I drove to Phoenix to see the Phoenix Coyotes (NHL hockey) versus San Jose Sharks for a playoff home arena start. My daughter is the rabid hockey fan and I kinda just fell in line! It was great! For one, it had been a year since we've been in Phoenix. And the weather was cool, always a big draw in Phoenix! We did run into rush-hour jams but made it to the rink in time. We had a great time. The drive home was at 11 p.m. and thru a few sprinkles. At midnight, when we got home, it began to rain. Here is what I had to drive in the next morning to work:

However, today, it's all melted. Welcome to Arizona weather, as soon as that sun comes out there goes the snow. But that's o.k. because here's the results:

This Prickly Pear cactus always sprouts about 20 or more fruits in the Fall. And every year I 'say' I'm going to make Prickly Pear jam with them. But those darn skunks or javelina take them all. So this year I'm going to fool them and cover my cactus with chicken wire. Those little purple/blue flowers really take over the side of the house. They spread, and come back every year. I'm not sure what they're called though. I'm ready for some spring weather though, and the weatherman says it'll dry out and gradually warm up. Hooray!

Well that's my story and I'm stickin' to it! I will be stitching more on my big project and will post pics after I get that border done and start on the sand/snow near the black fence.

Thanks for dropping in! Have a wonderful week and spend it stitching! (wishful thinking)

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