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Thursday, November 2, 2017


I forgot to wash my hair last night.  I didn't realize that it was Wednesday yesterday.  So today I went and got my hair trimmed and the salon washed it for me.  Cool.  What was weird at the salon was that all the other customers were men. 

This is where I am on the Alison Cole butterfly.

I got all around the outside edge and now I have to do long and short stitch in the middle.  I'm not very good at it so I have been avoiding it. 

Two things have influenced me lately.  A well known FlossTube person has just decided not to do videos anymore.  And a very dear friend of mine has some serious medical issues.  This has caused me to re-evaluate what is important.  I am not sure that I wish to continue this blog.  I have many kind readers but I have to do what is best for me.  So I thank you for reading and commenting and for your help in my dilemmas. 
I wish you all the best.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017


I watched a FlossTube by Theresa Craig from Australia.  She is a phenominal cross stitcher.  She has finished and framed Death By Cross Stitch.  She had a chart she had worked on for a year.  It is huge and beautiful.  But she a problem with it.  The colors in the kit seemed to be way different than the photo of the project.  Soft pastel colors that should be blue were bright lime green.  So she didn't know whether to continue with it or to start over.  I think what she had stitched was absolutely beautiful, it would be hard to just throw or give the original away.  While I was working yesterday, I was reminded of her dilemma.  I was working on the mystery BAP.  I know that the best part of the whole chart is very near where I am working.  So I have been working like a crazy person to get to that point.  I thought I was there but then the chart showed a big orange sploch.  What the heck is that?  Maybe a flower?

But when you look at it from more of a distance you can see what it is:

It's a face!  I'm thinking that when all the colors are in around it, it will look fine.  I have learned from being a watercolorist that the surrounding colors can totally change how things look.  So what seems crazy weird now, will work out.  But I've still got my fingers crossed.

We had less than 10 trick or treaters last night. Now I have a ton of candy left over.  I guess it is time to break into those mini Junior Mint boxes.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017


I am working on the biscornu that is the last piece in the Fraktur Sewing Set II.  I still have the part one set to go.  I just put in some cherries and they are so cute.  I love this design. 

I'm almost done with this side.

I started the Amy Mitten Darning Sampler.  It is more challenging than I originally thought.  First of all, it is done on 36 count linen.  Then a lot of it is just woven into the weave of the fabric.  It is kind of like working over one.

 I've made many mistakes and ruined more than one thread already.  I tried to pick out the thread and ended up pulling it apart.  I think I'll have to use a magnifier to make sure I'm using the correct holes in the linen.  Luckily this sampler isn't big.  It is somewhere around 8 by 8 inches.

DH is off to the grocery store.  I'm making sloppy joes tonight.  It is supposed to rain this afternoon and be around 40 degrees.  Chilly for the trick-or-treaters.  I can't wait to see pictures of Claire and Evan all dressed up for Halloween.  I hear they are going to be Moana and a 101 Dalmations dog.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Peacock One

It is Monday and the bathrooms are clean.  The walking is done.  It was cold and blustery today and I didn't see anybody on the trail. 

This is how far I am on the Sassenach Sampler.
I finally got the first peacock in. 
I changed the colors a little.  I wanted to work my way up to the slope that the house sits on.
I love the design of this sampler but it sure would be nice to have a complete chart.  It is really hard to know if you are in the right place.  It is really hard to match the pieces of the chart together.  I admit I was a bit angry that the slope was not completely charted.  "Just continue the pattern" is not good enough, we should have a chart of the whole slope.  There should be a master chart of the whole sampler.  I have no idea of how many more strawberries I need to stitch for the border.  But enough complaining.

Things I am grateful for today:  I can still walk outside.  I am alive and able to stitch (and I happen to have enough stuff to stitch forever).  I can get down on the floor and get up again without help.  I am warm and dry and have electricity.  I have kind friends.  Oh, I wanted tell you about my friend Kim.  She is making FlossTube videos under the name Stone House Stitcher. 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Eight Pages

I have eight pages done on the Mystery project.  I'm a little over half way finished.  All the confetti stitches just about did me in.  Two rows complete!

 I put in some more basting threads to help me not get lost.

 I looked at how many more pages I have left: nine through seventeen.  Several of those pages are only half pages though.  Can I get this done in 2017?  Maybe.

I went walking in the rain today.  At least the walking is done and I have nearly dried out.  I sent off the completed Shepherd's Bush afghan to the new baby (who was born early and not on my birthday).  I'm so glad to have it all completed.  (thank you, Chris) 

DH bought some more Halloween candy.  He made the mistake of opening the bite-size Butterfingers and Baby Ruths.  I love them.  It is so tempting to just grab one every time I pass the dining room table.  Last year we had fewer than 30 trick-or-treaters but the weather was awful.  We'll see what this year holds.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Peace Love and Little Donuts

I checked out the new donut place yesterday.  Just for scientific evaluation, of course, I got a dozen donuts.  I have to give them a big thumbs up.  I got six different flavors. (mocha macchiato, Andes candies, strawberry cheesecake, banana crunch, lemon blueberry, banana split.)  They are made fresh and iced as you order what you want.  Yes, they are expensive, but, wow, are they good!  When you get them they are warm.  See the lid of the box is all steamed up?

I got a book in the mail.  It is Mary Corbet's fault.  She mentioned the exhibit and book on May Morris. daughter of William Morris.  I am a fan.  I ordered the book from Book Depository.  It is in the UK but they have free shipping (How can they do that?).  The book was a good price for a large hard cover.  It covers May's life and all of her crafts.  Who knew she made jewelry? 

The book gave me some ideas for the design of one of my caskets. 

My walking is done.  There is no Farmer's Market.  Rats.  I'm hoping to complete the page I've been working on the BAP Mystery project.  Next week daylight savings time begins.  It will be good to start out walking when it is light out.

Friday, October 27, 2017

A Small Finish

I got the little red scissors fob all stitched and yesterday I put it together.


Now I have a set.

There is a rumor that a new mini donut place has opened.  I want to go check it out today.  BFF#2 told me about it and said it is similar to the Fractured Prune.   I'll have to try that out.  I hear that the strawberry cheesecake donut is to die for.

I got my Amy Mitten Darning Sampler kit. 

It has beautiful colors of interesting thread that I think is similar to #12 pearl cotton but it is silk.

  Her projects are always challenging but with great directions.  I can't wait to start it.

I got my walking in before the rain.  It is a nice day to settle in and stitch.