Change is NOT Easy

Happy Saturday, everyone!  It’s a beautiful, blue-sky day in Maryland – my daughter & son-in-law have already taken their kids and dog for a nice walk around the neighborhood this morning because it’s going to get hot, hot, hot this afternoon.  My allergies have been acting up, so I’m spending lots of time indoors.

As I mentioned in my last post, my daughter and her family moved in with us.  Our house is not huge, so things are feeling more than a bit crowded, LOL.  We’re all trying to make it work – thoughtfulness and cooperation are keys to happiness in this situation.  Change is not easy for me (or my cats!) (or my husband!), but we’re trying to keep a positive attitude.  Sometimes, I’m just positive that this is not going to turn out well, LOL.

I do, however, enjoy hanging out with my grandchildren.  My granddaughter is 2 and her baby brother is 8 months.  She loves to talk and dance and sing songs, as well as help with housework.  Just this morning, she helped unload the dishwasher!  She would pick up a dish and I would tell her to give it to Poppy.  She would tell him, “Here ya go!” and he put the dish away.  It was so sweet!!  Baby Bro has figured out how to pull himself up onto his feet!  He’s a smiley boy who loves his big sister and the dogs (they all love him, too).

With all that’s been going on, I haven’t cross-stitched anything in about a week and it’s driving me nuts!  Maybe I’ll take some time this afternoon to relax and stitch and enjoy the sunny day from the sun room.

Happy Stitching!

 

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Work

Hello, again!

Things have been busier than usual, lately.  As I’m writing this, my Handsome Hubby is at the hospital visiting his father who has been in & out of the hospital over the past few months.  I’m training a psychiatric service dog for my daughter.  Hubby & I returned from the Detroit area last week, where we set up a booth at the NAMES Expo.  We’re rearranging the house in preparation for our daughter, son-in-law, and their 2 small children to move in for a few months.  On top of that, I start a new job next week!  It’s my first “real” job since 1993, so I’m pretty excited and nervous and maybe a little terrified, LOL.  I’ll be working as an Administrative Assistant at a church.  Hopefully, I’ll have the time (and energy!) to continue my blog.

In stitching news, I’m working on project number 12 or 13 for the year – a cute little bird on a teacup.  It’s going slowly because I’m having trouble finding time to stitch, with all the other things going on.  I’ll post a photo when I finish.

I recently stitched a cute Birthday Mouse from Lucie Heaton’s Furry Tales collection.  I framed it and presented it to my granddaughter on her 2nd birthday; she loved it!

I hope you’re stitching merrily along!

Joy

 

Mama Wants Her Mojo Back!

Last month, while Hubby and I were away for the weekend, I started what was supposed to be a quick stitch.  Basically, it was a fill-in project because I was certain to finish the current stitch before we got home.

The problem?  I’m just not excited about it.  I wasn’t overly excited when I began, but thought, “It won’t take long and might make a nice gift for someone.”  It’s a silhouette of squirrels inside a heart (scherenschnitte style); I chose a pretty auburn-colored thread, rather than black, to make it nice for autumn.  That weekend, I got about 1/3 finished and haven’t really worked on it since.  Now I’m ready to toss it in the bin. There are just so many other projects that I really, really want to do!  Am I making sense?

Anyway, I really feel like I’ve lost my stitching mojo and the only way to get it back is to either finish this design or toss it & find a small something that I’m really interested in finishing.  The nearly instant gratification of a cute, finished stitchy project, should get me excited about stitching again, right?

Any advice for handling not-so-exciting projects or getting back the stitchy mojo?

Lovely, but…

BUNNY CROSS-STITCH - FINISHED

Waaayyy back on March 23, I began stitching an adorable design from The Vermillion Stitchery’s Bunny Collection. I finished last night and love how it turned out.  Stitching it…didn’t love that nearly as much.

So what’s up with that? I’m so glad you asked! The Bunny Collection is a packet of 9 counted cross-stitch designs featuring…you guessed it!…bunnies 🙂 They’re all very cute – lots of flowers and cute bunny faces. But then I got started.

Before stitching, I made a high-quality copy so I can use a highlighter to keep track of my stitching; not a problem since all the charts are black & white. I gathered all my DMC embroidery floss (over 30 colors in this design). Part-way through, I found a symbol that wasn’t on the listing. After looking through several other charts in the packet, I found the symbol and ran to the store to get the appropriate color thread. Back to stitching. Then, I found another mysterious symbol. Once again, I searched through other charts to find it and ran to the craft store. Sigh…

Ok, fast-forward to backstitching.  Some of the outline symbols were hard to read, but it wasn’t too frustrating. Until I got to the blue flowers. The outline symbol on the chart (I had returned to the original chart by now, to make sure I read the backstitching right) was so hard to read! Maybe it would’ve been better if I had enlarged the chart about 10 times… Anyway, I finally finished last night and I’m very happy with the result. It will probably end up being a Christmas gift for some special person, but don’t tell!

As for The Bunny Collection, I don’t plan to keep this chart pack (hello, ebay!) and will probably never buy another thing by The Vermillion Stitchery. That’s ok, though, because there are plenty of other talented designers out there that I like better anyway 🙂

Happy Stitching!!

PS:  I was in Michael’s yesterday with my daughter, getting ideas for wedding stuff (June 20 is the big day!) and found some really cute wood picture frames on sale (buy one, get one half off!).  I bought a few and plan to get some things framed soon so I can (finally!!) open my etsy shop, The Timid Kitty.

PPS:  Look for me on Instagram – thetimidkitty

Woodland Bunny

Woodland Bunny

Last week, I finished this cute little Easter project by Lucie Heaton.  It’s a freebie from her website (lucieheaton.com) and stitched up very quickly.  I decided to make this for an Easter-themed Stitch-Along for a Lucie Heaton fan group on facebook.  I’ll post it to the group on Good Friday.

After finishing this cutie, I’ve started on yet another bunny design.  It’s a bigger project (will measure about 7″x7″ when finished); I’ll be sure to post a photo when I’m done!

Remember!  If you’re on facebook, look up my cross-stitching group, Time to Cross Stitch!  I’d love to have you join 🙂

Happy Stitching!

Panda Love!

Good Evening, Stitchy Pals!

On March 10, I began stitching the Mummy Panda from CrossStitcher issue #288.  I just finished it tonight!  The finished design is stitched on 14-count white aida and measures about 2.75″ x 4.25″.  I think this will make a lovely little pillow or wall-hanging.

This project came with a few challenges, but nothing that couldn’t be overcome 😉  First, I wasn’t feeling well and found out that I have Shingles; the pain from that has slowed my stitching a bit.  Second, I ran out of black embroidery floss when I had just FIVE stitches remaining!  Fortunately, I found a just-barely-long-enough scrap of floss and was able to finish the black stitching.  Whew!

I wish you all good health and Happy Stitching!
PANDA