March 1, 2015

March-ing Along

So another month is gone and we're starting the 3rd month of 2015.  Is anyone else freaked out by how quickly time is flying by?  I don't like it!

Last Thursday I took a class at Michael's - my first ever at the store.  They had an Art Journaling course and I've been wanting to try this craft for a while.  I've looked at some stuff on line and I have tons of supplies accumulated over the years so when I saw the blurb in their February class flier, I decided to sign up.

It was very informal and the store manager was the instructor.  There was one other lady beside myself there and it turned out to be a relaxing and fun way to spend a cold Thursday evening.  Here is the start of my journal - the cover.  In case you can't read the letters, the typewriter keys spell "change".

On the stitching front, I did start BBD Spell of the Moon which is one of the projects I kitted up in January.  This is the tree and the start of the outside border.  I hope to put some additional time into it tonight if I can stay away long enough!
And also waiting on the horizon is a new crochet project.  I'm going to attempt the Greenway afghan using some Caron Simply Soft and Bernat Satin yarn I had in my stash.  It will match some throw pillows in my living room. 
I'm still struggling with my crochet skills and this has a tricky for me pattern so I'm kind of avoiding starting it but I just need to start that chain and get it going.  Worrying about not getting the pattern right has prevented me from starting.

Thank you for visiting and I hope your weekend was a good one.  It's on to another work week all to soon.

February 25, 2015

February Smalls SAL Update

Here is my small for February.  This is another of the Halloween kits I have in my stash.  It's smaller than last month's but since it was a short month and I had both a knitting and stitched gift to complete this month, I felt it was okay to stitch something a bit on the small side.

I'm not sure on the fabric or floss details but it's a lovely hand-dyed purple with a variegated orange thread.  I've lost the details if they were included in the package.  The backing fabric also got lost so I used some from my stash.  The design is Boo! by the Cross Eyed Cricket.

I did a simple twisted cord finish in two DMC colors pulled from my floss box.  I was not as pleased with my finishing this time around as the bottom was wonky and I trimmed the edges much too close and the top left corner was fraying.  Thank goodness this is for me and not a gift because it would have to be a do over.
I have to say I'm really pleased I already have two finishes for display come Halloween!  I am going to sort through the project bag with the remaining kits tonight and choose my next victim.

Thank you so much for stopping by and your comments on previous posts.  I'm still not where I want to be with blog visiting and commenting but I'm trying!  It's that "snow fatigue" thing....

February 23, 2015

Late TUSAL Update & Trying to Stay Positive

So I think I'm going to use "snow fatigue" as my excuse for no posts lately.  But I did take an updated of my TUSAL (totally useless stitch a long) jar, which is now much cleaner than last month, which contains proof that I've been stitching so maybe snow fatigue is not such a bad thing (yeah right....).

New for this month was lots of red from the HIH Collectors Heart I stitched for my sister which went out in the mail today (her birthday!) and orange from my February smalls choice which I can't show until later this week.
Here is the heart finished.  My sister opted to frame it local to her so I sent it out as is.  She seemed very pleased with it.
As you are aware, my neck of the woods has had an exceptionally cold and snowy last few weeks and its really been tough to not bury myself in a snow bank in despair.  So when I saw this lovely frost gift on my window on Valentine's Day, I decided to try and capture the incredible beauty that Mother Nature gifts us with if only we can see it.  To me it's like a tree of life in ice.

That design is on the inside of the storm window!  And the next day, it had morphed into this beauty.

And for a final taste of what we've been having, here are some photos of a window on the 2nd floor of one of the hospital's I work at.  I considered it my own mini-Alps.  It's a good thing I took the photos when I did because it's all been shoveled off now.

I can't wait for it to all go away - overnight with no messy thawing, refreezing, ugly mud season please!

February 2, 2015

January Smalls Update and Progress Report

I'm late in posting my January small but here it is.  I finished the stitching on Tuesday morning during the blizzard we had and the finishing finishing on Saturday.

The reason for the delay is that I wasn't sure how I wanted to finish this piece.  It came with backing fabric and it could have been a pillow or hanging pillow but I decided I'd like a flat door hanger type finish that I could use for my front door.

Luckily, I had a gorgeous piece of orange wool in my stash and some fun trim.  The piece came together pretty easily and I'm happy with how it turned out.

I found that with several projects going, it didn't feel like I was making a lot of forward progress.  I have also been working to finish this cowl for my niece so that she can get some use out of it before winter passes.  At the rate we're getting snow storms, she's gonna get a lot of use out of it!

I have also made some progress on the HIH Collector's Heart for my sisters birthday and I will show you that and the February smalls project I picked out for that SAL.

January 20, 2015

First 2015 TUSAL Post

By the looks of my TUSAL jar for January, I'm not doing enough stitching!  This is pitiful looking isn't it?

And to make it even worse, my jar needs a good washing.  This tells you how dark my living room is because I didn't realize how bad the jar was until I brought it into the office to photograph!

I'm going to work harder at filling it up so next month's photo should be less dusty and much more robust.  I hope you are filling your jar up with lots of stitching orts.

January 8, 2015

Cold Weather Fashion Statement

I wanted to wear a skirt suit to work today.  It was -12 when I left for the office at 6:15 for an early meeting.  I decided that my tights probably weren't enough so I put my long johns on over those, wool socks, my great winter boots and my dog walking coat (think puffy down) and off I went.  Thank goodness for my seatwarmers in the car.  Best invention ever!

I may have been a fashion don't but I didn't get frost bite either!  I really hope this arctic turn of the temperature goes back north where it came from really, really, really soon.

I did make a start on my Heart in Hand piece but didn't get too far on Monday. It's been a crazy buzy week back and I've been quite tired after work.  I've also been trying to get my scarf for the upcoming Maine Special Olympics done so stitching has taken a back seat to crochet this week.

Tonight at knit night, I started weaving in the ends so that it wouldn't all have to be done at the end.  I'm off to put a few more rows before crashing into bed.  TGIF tomorrow - yeah!

I plan to do some serious blog hopping this weekend to see what you all have started for the new year.  I know there are some crazy challenges going on so I'm guessing there will be a lot of things to see.

January 5, 2015

PS Welcome Update

I went to visit a friend in Connecticut for the weekend and didn't bother to take any stitching with me as I new I would probably not have any time to stitch and that was true.  However, I did get home relatively early on Sunday and had some time in the evening to work on my Plum Street "Welcome" ornie.  The crow's tale is done and I've started in on the upper half of the body. 

Not sure if I will pick this up again tonight as I feel the need to make a start on the HIH heart I want to get done for my sister's birthday. 

I hope those of you experiencing this arctic weather blast are keeping warm.  The dog (unfortunately) did not seem to mind it tonight and I forced myself to go back out to the gym but I'm glad for my warm down coat!  These are the temps that make me long for Florida again.