Thursday, March 1, 2012

Joy - or lack there of....

I know last time i posted i thought i was ready to get back to work.  I know i have things i need to get working on.  I even have a few things that i would like to start. 

The problem is every time i walk into my sewing room (that isnt even finished), i think "I dont even care."  This past year has been so hard that i have almost no joy in anything i do.  Even the things that i used to love. 

My youngest daughter is visiting my oldest daughter in another state and has been since Jan.  I think she really needed this, but i miss them - and especially Lindsey - sooo much.  They and 2 of my grandkids are coming up by car next week so i wont have to wait long to see them. Hopefully then this funk i'm in will start to lift.  I'm sure if they have their way we will not be home much and the grandkids will be a breath of fresh air.

I was cruising around a while back looking for something to thrill me and saw a cross stitch pattern that i thought my son & brother would like.  Well, i hee-hawed  around for a couple of weeks, going back & forth on getting it.  I wasnt sure i'd even do it, or if it would just sit there.  Anyway, the other day i noticed it was on sale & they had a coupon for free shipping.  It should be here tomorrow.  :)  At least i can work on that and not have to get out of bed.

Hopefully i'll have some project(s) to report before Easter, but if not yall have a good one.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Cross Stitch

When i started gathering together the things i needed to start quilting again, i noticed that the blade on my rotary cutter was very dull, and i couldnt find my cutting mat.  I dont know if i left it in Tx, or if it just got put in a box somewhere. 
Now it just so happened that my hubby had to take his chainsaw to Sears for repairs in the same shopping center that you can find a Joann fabric.  So off we went.  I had already looked online so i had an idea of what it would cost. 
But i tell you what, it was much higher in the store.  I was really surprised at the difference.  Needless to say, i decided the wait was worth it.  I'm glad i did too cause when we got back home and i checked facebook, my niece had "liked" Joann Fabrics, which led me to go their page and find a coupon for 1/2 off any regular priced item.  Score.  Not only was it cheaper (even with the shipping) but i got 1/2 off my highest regular priced item. 

I still wanted to get something accomplished.  To get back into the feel of sewing.  So, out came one of my cross stitch projects.  This project was given to me in 2005 when i was very, very sick by my mom & daughters.  I was in the hospital with several things wrong and had just had a major seizure that left me with nerve and muscle damage.  I couldnt hold a fork or pencil correctly.  To build my strength back in my hands, Moma & the girls got me find-a-word puzzles and this cross stitch.  They would have to thread the needle for me at first and i could hold it in my fist and poke at the fabric.  But soon it got easier and easier.

Anyway, as i got to doing other things, i put this to the side, working on it here and there.  I worked on it some last night & today.   Here's my progress.


After:  it's actually not a lot.  I was trying to watch Unforgotten on and kept having to refresh the video.  And of course this is in between dishes, meals, etc.

I messed up on the words or maybe the white behind it cause the 'g' and the 'i' are too close together.  I'm thinking about doing another one of these only on yellow instead of light blue.  It's one of the things i like about counted cross stitch.  I can make as many as i want. 

There are lots of blogs out there showing very talented ladies doing their stitching without a hoop (like me) but their fabric is always so flat.  And they sometimes have two or three needles going at once.  I'm afraid i'd have a big mess but i may try it.  Do yall think paper towel tubes would be good to hold my work so i can roll it instead of folding?  Or would that be too flimsy?  Maybe i could put duct tape around it and make it stronger? 

Well, hope everyone's staying warm.  Maybe i'll be able to get more done since i'm spending the days by myself.  My youngest is visiting my oldest daughter in Tx and i am so bored.  Thank goodness for texting so we can 'talk' every day.


Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A Gift for the New Year

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and are starting out the New Year with a bang.  There really hasnt been a whole lot of anything going on with me.  I havent been sewing or cross stitching or anything.  It's been one of those situations where i want to want to sew but never get enough energy to actually follow through.  So, i am going to try really hard to get out of my funk and start getting something accomplished.

But first,  I received a wonderful gift a few days before Christmas that i want to tell you about.  Well, way back earlier this year (i'm not sure when) Judy from Lazy Dog Quilts & More was doing a "Pay It Forward" and i signed up.  And then forgot all about it.  It's a good thing no one signed up when i offered to pay it forward cause i just wasnt up to sewing or crafting, but i'm getting away from the point here. 

Judy sent me a great hand bag, some Kona charm squares, a folder of fabric samples, peppermint bark, candy cane cocoa & a very lovely card with a personal message inside. 

As you can see, its red with black handles and white / black on the inside.  I really like the inside. My youngest daughter saw this and started bouncing and clapping.  Sorry charlie, this is mine. : )


The charm squares will be perfect for the grandkids' quilts i want to make this year.  Unless of course i get some other inspirational idea.

and to help with my inspiration...a folder with samples of fabric.  This is only part of it cause it folds out. 

And last but not least... chocolate and a very pretty card.  I really appreciate the care and time Judy put into my gift making it special.

I really only have one list for this year.  Same as last year.  Quilts for grandkids, my youngest daughter, nieces & nephews.  Here's hoping that i can at least get the grands & daughter's done.  Now that it's really cold out, i would like to do some cross stitch projects as well. 

There's a challenge going around that's called Crazy Challenge.  I kept seeing it on different blogs but couldnt figure out what you were suppose to do.  Some of the projects were small and were getting finished in one or two days.  I thought "Wow. There's no way i could start a project and get it done in one day." 

Well, i finally found a blog that spelled it out and guess what.... you start a new project each day for 15 days!  Hello.  Starting projects has never been a problem.  So i might do this.  Of course it may mean that i'll have to get more fabric and maybe a pattern or two especially if we get a couple of half-way decent days. Then it can snow & blow while i'm snug in my blanket sewing my little heart out.

If i were being really ambitious, i would also join at least one swap at Another Little Quilt Swap.  We shall see.