Monday, May 30, 2011

Antique Locks and Keys and more...

Morning all!

As they say..better late than never! I'm continually amazed at how fast time is going and not posting here:) I have a different job now Monday through Friday 8:30 to about 4:00 and I'm just exhausted in the evenings. I haven't touched my stitching for 4 or 5 days until I decided to stitch a new start last night:
Here's my progress for 2 hours (I finally hit the sack at 11 p.m.):

The thread is Belle Soie Plush Plum and the fabric looks to be 36ct something or other. I bought this as a kit from Shakespeare's Peddler and I'm thinking Theresa sent me the called-for fabric-36ct Fresco by PTP. Whatever it is, it's beautiful. By the picture you can see it has some plummy or burgundy-colored undertones. Perfect with the Plush Plum silk. The model is finished as a shelf pillow with crushed walnut on the bottom and stuffed on top; I may do the same. I'm finding out though, that 36ct is probably going to be the highest count I can possibly stitch on. 40ct might be a little too tight for my lousy eyesight! I'm enjoying this and stitching with silk, for me, is always fun. I need to do more of it! Right now, my stash enhancement plans only include a couple of threads to start and finish a couple of projects. The near-finish needs a skein of GAST and I'll be turning that into a long upright pillow. I have the fabric and embellishments for it already. The new start I need a skein of GAST for is this: Guess what? Blogger is not letting me post the picture! There sure has been a lot of  problems with Blogger lately. The planned project is Witchy Brew by Witchy Stitches. A small stitch-up and cute as heck! It says 'If I don't get my witchy brew I just might put a hex on you..

Anyway, last post I planned on stitching Winifred Witch (let's see if Blogger will post the pic): Nope, it's not letting me! Sheesh! I posted a picture of the witch over on the Spooky Stitcher's SAL:

I made progress on the witch until I got to the 1 over areas and proceeded to have problems, which is why I started the SP design. I watched the DVD 'No Reservations' with Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aaron Eckhart while starting it. A chick-flick and very nice! About a chef (Jones) who runs the kitchen of a high-scale restaurant who suffers a loss. During time off, the restaurant hires a new chef (Eckhart). The new chef worms his way into Jones heart and her niece who survived the car crash. Just a nice little movie. I would post a pic but I may not be able to!

Well that's it in a nutshell! Hope the weather is fine where you're at. Those people in those tornado-plagued areas sure could use our thoughts and prayers right now:) I've only experienced an earthquake and a somewhat minor one at that. Here in Arizona, our weather is kind of predictable!

Have a great 4-day week!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Spending time on sand and snow

Good Afternoon all!

Thought I'd update my progress on WaBH:
I might have straightened this out before taking the picture! At the bottom left, you can see the alphabet starting. As the title of this post states, I've been stitching mostly the sand and snow-with more to come! Right now my budget won't allow me to buy more GAST Cherry Wine thread which is what the alphabet and most of the house is stitched in. I have some but that is reserved for the border. Those little areas near the tree at the corner are one-over birds which I think I will tackle just to fill up that whole side. I'm enjoying this design very much but I think I'll set it aside and get back to this witch:
Hope your weather is fine where you're at and spend it stitching!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

Afternoon all!

My, how time flies. It's hard to believe the 28th of April was my last blog. I've been spending most of my time, outside of work, stitching on WaBH (Winter at Beacon House). Here's what it looked like before:
And what it looks like now:

I'm enjoying the Algerian eyelet trees with one under production. I believe there are 3 more on the other side. I normally avoid specialty stitches but these are going well and looking nice. The hardest part of stitching this design is all the sand and snow. I'm looking forward to stitching the alphabet and all the animals and the people on the beach.

School is almost over! Yay! I've finished one class already and have a test to do today for the other one. Sadly, I dropped Algebra some weeks ago. I was stressing over it and felt I had to drop it to save my sanity! Because my degree in X-ray tech depends on 3 Algebra classes-beginning, intermediate, and college-I may be looking at a change in what I want to do. I definitely want to stay in the medical field. So I'll start looking into Phlebotomy. It was my dream to become an X-ray tech but the college I attend chooses only 10 students per Fall to attend the Radiology tech classes, which would mean 3 more years of school, and its a requirement to take classes semester after semester. Not to mention there are dozens upon dozens of students enrolled in the Radiology tech program. I will be looking into vocational schools that offer Radiology tech degrees without Algebra. They're mostly down in the Phoenix area though.

Well, this was a short post. I'm going to get back to WaBH now. Enjoy this day all you Moms out there!
Spend it stitching!