Sunday, December 6, 2020

Holiday Decorating

December arrived this week and I thought I would have my Santa's completely finished but life has been full of surprises as of late.  I do know it won't happen unless I keep at it. 
The steps to assemble them are not difficult and I used the assembly line method to get things rolling. 

Soon they were stuffed!  I decided since I didn't have my winter stitchery to hang  in the nook I would use my Santa's.  This was the result! 

 They are really cute with the twinkle led lights! Now to get the rest of the decorating finished! But today I'll put in some crosstitches and begin the December chart for the Linen and Threads 2020 mystery sampler. 


Sunday, November 29, 2020

How time flies!

Wow! I can't believe that tomorrow is the last day of November.  How time flies when your having fun they say!  I will start this post with announcing that the shot I received on the 16th was a success.  It's not a permanent fix but it has given me a lot of relief.  The orthopedic surgeon did say I have a herniated disc.  I will see him on Tuesday to see where we go from here.  I am praying that some adjustments and PT will help me cope with my situation.  So I have been resting and enjoying a bit of stitching since we got back from East Texas.   I finished up the November stitches on the Linen and Threads SAL.  I decided to include the fly. A little wrinkled but completed!

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I also made some progress on my spring cross stitch project!  I am feeling more comfortable with my cross stitch with all the practice I have done this year.  When I started stitching in January I felt like I took out as many stitches as I stitched!

  

But my focus this week will be getting my Santa's finished!  I did get the interfacing applied to the Santas and the backing fabric.  Then I sewed the back seam, so now I just need to sew the front and backs together with the hanger .  It shouldn't take too long, then the stuffing will begin.  The addition of the bow and maybe a jingle bell and they  should be  ready to enjoy this Christmas!


I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. There is always so much to be thankful for!  At our house we enjoyed a lemon meringue pie made with a couple of lemons off our tree. We really enjoyed watching it grow and form fruit.  Of course, enjoying the pie was wonderful too!




Sunday, November 15, 2020

Advances

 It's been a crazy the last two weeks at our house.  But all in all things have gone well.  We had our tile planks installed and the house is back in order.  We were very luck to have gorgeous fall weather and were able to stay outside while the tilers installed and grouted.  It took them four days to do three rooms and a hallway.  I must say I am very pleased with the results.  It is so nice to have the smooth transitions from room to room!






I also found some time this last week to work on my Linen and Threads November Chart!  I am hoping to finish this month's stitches this afternoon.  I decided I am including the fly.  Tomorrow morning I have an early start as I will head to the hospital to have an injection into my lower back to help with the back pain that I have been dealing with.  I found out I have two pinched nerve ends and bulging discs that are pressing on my sciatic nerve.  No fun, and I am hoping  this will do the trick along with some  physical therapy.



Not much progress has been made on my spring stitchery, but I will get back to it as soon as the SAL for November is completed!



We are continuing to have gorgeous fall weather here in North Texas.  I captured a pic of a neighborhood tree that showed some nice fall colors. Most of our trees are live oaks that stay green or oaks that just turn brown. So it was nice to this one sparkling in the sun.


Soon it will be time to bring the Meyer's lemon tree indoors for the winter.  I plan on picking the lemons and making a lemon meringue pie for Thanksgiving.  It has been a fun journey watching this tree bloom and finally get some new leaves  and actually produce some fruit.


On a final note, I purchased my interfacing to finish my Santas.  I probably won't be doing that however till we get back into town after Thanksgiving.  Hopefully all goes will with my back and I can get the Santa's stitched and the house decorated for Christmas.  Happy Stitching Everyone!




Sunday, November 1, 2020

Thankful for slow stitching!

 It's been a hectic week here.  The new floors will arrive Monday and take most of the week to install. We are replacing three rooms of carpeting with a wood plank look tile.  We looked at laminates and the new vinyl that all are beautiful but we didn't want to have a transition strip between the tiled kitchen floor and the other rooms. So we opted for the tile wood look planks.  I always am a bit nervous about decisions like this between the time we choose and the time it gets installed. Second guessing can drive you a bit crazy. Better to keep my mind off of it and take a deep breath and enjoy some stitching.  I finished up the fall stitchery and the Linen and Threads SAL for October so I decided to start the spring stitchery.  I know I skipped the winter but I need to dye or order some aida before I can start that one. 



I also spent some time adding interfacing and trimming up my Santas so they can be stitched and stuffed!  I need to pick up more interfacing for the back pieces before the assembling begins and that may not be till next week as the flooring people will have invaded.  I really like seeing them all together and trimmed up!   The different shades of tea/coffee dyed aida and being stitched on a couple different aida cts make me happy too!  Variety is the spice of life as they say!



 Yesterday, the November Linen and Threads Chart were released!  Just one more month and this stitchery will be completed!  However I didn't add initials as I stitched these cause I just didn't know what I wanted to do.  


This month as you can see in the lower right hand corner along with very traditional  motifs there is a fly!  Oh my a little different but yet intriguing  to me.  Wondering how the rest of you stitchers that are working on this feel about the fly?


I'm not sure how I feel yet!  I guess it will all depend on what I want to add in the other open spaces that were initials in the original charts.  I guess I will stitch  everything but the fly and decide once December charts is completed!  Not sure how much I will get done this next week, with the house in floor chaos.  I also have to go see a orthopedic surgeon this week about my lower back. I had a MRI last Wednesday and I have a couple of pinched nerve roots along with some narrowing that has caused my back to ache for too long.  I finally said last week it's time to see my doctor!  It is all a little scary, but I have told myself to just not give it a thought until I hear what the specialist has to say.   So glad I have some stitching lined up to get me thru this!


Sunday, October 18, 2020

So many stitches, so little time!

 Well, it didn't take long to complete Santa #12!  I can't believe I have finished the stitching part of my 12 Santa journey!  I have to say I have truly enjoyed stitching everyone of these and I have my eye on a few more that I would like to add to the collection in the future.  I hope to start finishing them, once I complete the October Chart for the Linen and Threads SAL.



I have already started stitching but still have a ways to go!




I also finished my autumn stitchery!  I got busy and mounted it on foam core and it now up so that it can be enjoyed.  I know I will be too busy to get anymore of the seasons stitched this year.  But I have ordered the two I didn't have so they will be there when I am ready.  We are getting some flooring replaced in our front room and living room and going out of town mid November  so that may put a kabosh on my stitching for a while.  So if I can get my Santas finished and keep up with my SAL I will be happy. 




 Then once the floors are done I can think about pulling out the king size quilt top and getting it basted.   I have no idea yet how I will quilt it???????  What do you think????????  Nothing fancy for sure maybe it's a great candidate for some Baptist Fans, time will tell. So looks like there is plenty of slow stitches of one kind of another to keep me busy well into spring!



Sunday, October 11, 2020

Progress

 It's been busy here! We had a new fence put in on the east side of our yard so we spent Tuesday spraying it and the west side so now they are all coherent and ready for the weather.   I have spent a little more time outdoors getting my  daily 10,000 steps.  You have have to take advantage of the gorgeous fall weather here in Texas. Fall is a bit like spring in some places after being cooped up in the AC it is so nice to be able to do things outside again.  Stitching is coming along on the final Santa!  He's all about birds!  I really need to mount my fall stitchery before the season ends, so that will be a priority this week. October seems to be moving along too quickly.  But there's plenty of time to stitch so hopefully I will get my October SAL charts stitched before the month ends.


Yesterday, we needed a change of pace, so we drove up to Turner Falls in Oklahoma.  It's really a beautiful area especially now that the temps are enjoyable.  




We don't get the gorgeous fall colors here like the northern states but the area was gorgeous and the weather was perfect!  

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Football and Stitching

 Oh what beautiful weather we have been having.  I have spent a lot of times outdoors just enjoying it.  Today, we will warm up a bit so my plans are to enjoy some slow stitching and football.  My daughter who is living in England at the moment, but still a SeaHawks fan is hosting a virtual party so we can all enjoy the game when they take on the Cowboys.  Should be a lot of fun so I am hoping that I can get a few stitches in before the game starts.  Last week I finished up Quilting Santa for the second time around. He was as much fun to stitch the second time around.


Then I tackled the Linen and Threads September Chart.  The chart took us over to the otherside of the piece so it will be fun to see what comes out next. Won't be long now as this month is almost coming to it's end.  They seem to go by faster and faster. 



 That means I really need to start Santa # 12 soon so that I can get them all finished for Christmas.  But, I thought I would squeeze in this fall stitchery.  Tom and I made some wooden pumpkins to decorate at our house so it really put me in the mood to start this piece. Maybe I can finish it in time to enjoy it before the season ends. Time will tell!






Sunday, September 13, 2020

Few stitches, a lot of relaxation!

 It was a fun week in East Texas!  I always look forward to quality time with family!   The weather was really nice, good food and good times, you can't ask for more than that!  There is a lot of wildlife in this area and since the community is gated, I think they feel very safe.  We came across groups of deer and they didn't even budge from the side of the road.  One morning we saw three red fox heading for the culvert which they must use.  My daughter in laws sister lives in this area and one night we had a lot of fun in the new game room they had built last year.  The photo is of my son and daughter in law behind the karaoke mic! 






 

Friday, I decided to finish up my pillow!  



I didn't really spend much time stitching while out of town, but I was able to get Santa's boots stitched one afternoon as some were out in the Razor and others napped!  I did get more stitching done last night but he isn't finished yet!  Hopefully, today I will finish up the spools in his pack and start on his quilt!  Once those are done the finishing stitches won't take very long!