Friday, November 17, 2017

Autumn in Vermont

I brought out Autumn in Vermont while I was convalescing on the couch. I watched NCIS I finished the leaf I had started and then I realized this would be a good project to bring on a trip, big blocks of color that can be easily outlined, so I did the outlining. I am ready to go somewhere!

(Note: I am not going anywhere.)

(Note 2: Except to bed.)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Mermaid (I Got Nothing.)

Whatever the dog has I've got it too. I was home yesterday (and today) trying not to cough. And sleeping. I am so exhausted. All I can manage is to stitch and watch tv. (And, apparently, let the dog out 100 times. What does she do when no one is here to let her out? Why can't she do that when I'm home?)

I picked up Off the Deep End by Raise the Roof Designs. I am stitching it on (I think) Gunmetal WDW fabric probably 28 ct. I am stitching with the prescribed colors. I worked on this the last time I did a project a day in November. This time I finished the orange flower, added the goldfish (it's probably supposed to be a saltwater fish, but it is stitched with Crescent Colors goldfish so it will be a goldfish to me forever), did the lower ribbon, and started the seaweed. It feels like a great accomplishment.

In fact, writing this feels like an accomplishment. I have to go back to sleep!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Tis the Season

I didn't get much time to stitch yesterday but I did complete one of the snowflake motifs and start (just barely) the lettering on Tis the Season by Blackbird. You can see how it looked the last time I took it out for a spin here. I am stitching on the called for fabric with the Belle Soie silks.

As I was deciding on a title for this post, I went with the project name. For a split second, I thought well, it's too soon to refer to The Season but then I remembered that I saw the Hershey's kiss handbell advertisement and I groaned inwardly realizing we are a week out from Thanksgiving!

And I have made precisely zero Christmas cards.

I need a schedule!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Fashioning Cross-Stitch

Pilates last night and a hair appointment tonight, so nothing to show. How about a fashion show?

Emma Roberts’s Moschino needlepoint purse (sold out) is my favorite “edgy Grandma accessory.” The article encourages the reader, who they imagine can’t afford a Moschino bag (raises hand), to stitch their own. But of course, since Grandma is invoked in the title, she closes the article too: “And if you need help, give Grandmama a call.” (Eyeroll.)

Sticking with the fashion theme, here's a story about the 176 year old Angels Costumes. The north London warehouse’s 1.5 million outfits make it the largest privately owned collection of costume for film, theatre and television anywhere in the world.

The journalist who wrote about this "ugly Christmas sweater" maybe has never heard this Christmas song?

Monday, November 13, 2017

Back to Stitching

Sunday is the traditional day of rest, and I rested the hell out of Sunday. Eventually, I also stitched. I worked on the Mill Hill Arctic Circles Santa, Nunavut Santa, the one with the polar bear. I started this for Debbie's Ultimate January Challenge back in 2015, but I made some good headway on this round. (You can see the start here.) He's almost starting to look like a bear! And I switched to color! I'll be happy to get back to this in the December rotation wherein I will try to finish ALL THE PROJECTS so that I can feel like I actually stitched this year.

Sunday, November 12, 2017


The stockings for my sister's family arrived home from the finisher today! I couldn't wait to share them with you. But first I had to take a nap. (I am so old and tired and the dog woke me up early and then has been a pain in the bum. We went on a hike and she's still been in and out, in and out, because she is bored and at loose ends and still can't go to daycare because she is coughing. St Francis help us, amen.)

 I sent them to our friend Faye. And she did a great job! I love that they have miniwale corduroy backing--matches the ones I did for my cousin. And the colors she chose are perfect matches. I feel so relieved! Let's imagine I tried to do this myself...first getting myself to the store for fabric. Going to every store in the greater Philadelphia area to get matches. Then clearing off enough of the sewing table to cut and sew and then the piping. I could have gone nuts.
Instead, now they are done. Done and beautiful and I am so so very happy!