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.
I’ve started a brand new facebook group, Time to Cross Stitch! Join at https://www.facebook.com/groups/362506337284591/
On March 4, I finished stitching this sweet little Easter design by Maria Diaz. It’s from the book, Ultimate Cross Stitch Cards, Voilume 3 (2014). I thought it was very cute and it stitched up pretty quickly. I had to use a different shade of gray for my backstitch because one of the cats (probably KittyPuff) decided to play with the designated color; the skein was in a hopeless tangle, LOL. I’m thinking about making this into a little cushion to hang from a door knob.
In other news, we’ve had about 10″ of snow here in Maryland. Not as much as our pals up in New England, but still more than enough. I love cold weather and snow (and sitting in a warm house, stitching), but even I am ready for spring. The dogs are especially enjoying the deeper snow! Gizmo is pretty-much buried in the stuff, poor little guy, but he bounces around and plays as best he can. Bonny loves to race through the snow at top speed but, like Gizmo, she doesn’t want to stay outside too long. The “new” dog, Mariska would stay out and play in the snow all day long, LOL; she loves to toss her toys around, “lose” them in the snow, and dig frantically to find them. It’s hilarious to watch!
Whatever the weather in your neck of the woods, I hope you’re finding plenty of time for stitching!
I completed this design Friday evening, 2/13/15. It’s a freebie on Lucie Heaton’s website (www.lucieheaton.com).
Happy Valentine’s Day!
This afternoon, I completed Lucie Heaton’s Heart Mouse from World of Cross Stitch #213. I’m pretty proud of how this little guy turned out 😀
I hope all my US peeps had a great Thanksgiving! We spent the day at my in-laws’ house; it was quite pleasant. I don’t really remember much from the ride home because I was in a pumpkin pie coma. Yes, my MIL’s pie is THAT GOOD!
Things have been pretty hectic around here for the past couple months.
I’m still working on getting my Etsy shop, The Timid Kitty, open for business. I’m also learning to take better photos of my items – I never realized how awful my photography skills were, lol.
This month, I’m working on Christmas gifts (almost no shopping, except for craft supplies), trying to get things ready for Etsy, making time for family & church Christmas activities…and I just remembered that I need to do Christmas cards! ACK!
I’ve managed to set up my new sewing space in the sun room. I’ll try to post pix one of these days 🙂 It’s very cozy, but I definitely need a chair with wheels. Right now, I’m using one of our dining room chairs and it’s just not working well.
Yesterday, I made the first embroidered lace Christmas ornament of the season. It looks black, in the photo, but it’s actually dark purple.
I plan to spend today Cross-Stitching. I might embroider another ornament…we’ll see 😀
Later this month, I’m opening an Etsy shop! I also hope to have my very own website up & running by the end of the year! The shop & website will be called The Timid Kitty, after my very sweet, yet very shy cat, KittyPuff.
In the shop, I plan to sell cross-stitched and embroidered items, handcrafted birdhouses, ornaments, and other things that I find myself creating. I also plan to sell my son’s handmade pens and wands (for all those Harry Potter fans out there). Other handmade items will be added, as they come along.
I’ll keep you posted on my progress toward opening shop. Right now, I have just a few items to list; have to photograph them first and I’m not very good at that (need practice!).
In other news, I just finished stitching my mother-in-law’s Christmas gift. It’s a cute little Furry Tales design by Lucie Heaton. As you all know, I absolutely LOVE her designs 🙂 My mom-in-law saw this as I was stitching it (before I decided who the recipient would be) and was taken by how cute it was. I’m thinking about making it into a little pillow ornament, but we’ll have to wait and see 🙂
(Now I’m going to go put the groceries away!)