Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Our Souls, Round 436

Thanks for your lovely comments on my ornament, and I hope those who visited for the blog hop found a reason to stick around. Hiya! To all the people who've been with me all these years, or even just a few of them.

As many of you know, I stitch an anniversary present for the dude every year. (Well, I start one every year.) I think this was supposed to be the anniversary sampler for 2014. I really need to knuckle down and finish! 

I realize I've been showing you close up shots of the (usually) small amount of stitching I've managed to complete per round on this piece. (ex 1, ex 2, ex 3, ex 4) Since I've stitched quite a lot of the border this time, I thought I'd give an aerial view. I think I might be in the homestretch, maybe three more rounds? The bad news is I don't have enough dark pink to finish it! Oh darn, I'll have to take a trip to the store.


Good news, I'm picking up the anniversary sampler for 2017 next. 

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Advent Calendar Blog Hop

Welcome to the Fifth Day of the Advent Calendar Blog Hop!

Jo of Serendipitous Stitching has organized us to count down the days to Christmas.

Since I have definitely underperformed in the stitching area this year, I chose to share an ornament that I stitched a while ago and finished two years ago. I love this finish, and I thought I'd give it a better show than it got back then. This is monsterbubbles Joyeux Noel from the 2007 JCS Ornament Issues

Jo asks, How do you plan to spend Boxing Day?  Do you have any traditions associated with this day? 

As you've learned from the Americans who've answered before me, we don't traditionally celebrate Boxing Day. When I was young, we used to either head to Boston to spend our Christmas loot at the sales or to the Carroll Reed sale closer to home. 

Then, I married a Brit. We didn't develop any specific Boxing Day celebrations right away, not until my parents moved to Florida, and we started celebrating Christmas in Pennsylvania. My cousin hosted Christmas Eve, my sister Christmas Day, so we started hosting a Boxing Day celebration filled with...Polish food! I don't know how we landed on that idea, but we went to the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia and bought pierogies of various flavors, and kielbasi, and cvikla (a beet puree), and I made bigos. My family is of Polish (and French Canadian) origin, but we in our forty years of celebrating, we never ate pierogies on Wigilia (the Christmas eve celebration that is our tradition). 
But because we do celebrate Wigilia with my mother's family, and then Christmas Day with our family, having another weighty dinner is getting to be a lot.

I'm not sure about this year. My father isn't coming to Pennsylvania for Christmas, and my mother is returning to Florida (and him) on Christmas Day without us this year. The dude and I are looking forward to a quiet homey Christmas Day with no obligations (we'll see) but I don't know whether or not we'll want to gather the remnants of our family on Boxing Day. Partly because my aunt's birthday is on December 27th. That's a whole lot of togetherness + big meals.

This is probably a lot more detail than you were hoping for, but I think I may have needed to think some of this through. Thank you for indulging me!

I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a relaxing Boxing Day wherever you celebrate!

Monday, December 04, 2017

Ortilda, The Spectacular Finish

I have spent so much time on the couch nursing this cough, that my first three day rotation produced results! May I present Ortilda the Witch?

That's a dye mark, not a wrinkle, bisecting the fabric. I think she's terrific!

Details: 
Twisted Threads kit (from 1998!)
Sampler Threads for stitching
Thread Gatherer "Wild Hairs" for her orange perm
R&R reproductions linen 30 count Over the Hill Purple
Based on original art by Emerson Quillen Designs

Friday, December 01, 2017

Three-Day Rotation

Goals for December. I don't know who I'm kidding, I'm going to be running around with my hair on fire most of this month, especially since I am still sick, sleeping on the couch, hacking up a lung, and trying not to break a rib when I cough. Still, aim high and all that. I'm going bck to the three-day rotation and to try to get some things finished, so I've included smalls. (Clever girl!)
Here's a photo of Stella asking permission
to get on the couch. Another pretty face.

December:
  1. Twisted Threads, Ortilda the Witch
  2. Our Souls
  3. 47 Hearts
  4. Deruta Biscornu
  5. Love Me, Love My Dog
  6. St Nick's Noel
  7. Tis the Season
  8. Drawn Thread, Four Fat Friends
  9. Lapland Santa
  10. Nunavut Santa 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Most Disagreeable Month

November moon, by The Dude.
Used with permission.
"November is the most disagreeable month in the whole year." Louisa May Alcott

I've never been fond of November. Growing up it was when all the leaves had fallen, but no snow had. It was cold, but there was no delight. Oh, and it was dark. Perhaps that's why I overstuffed the month with blogging, stitching, and exercise!

My goals for November:
     * Stitch every day
     * Take 10,000 steps a day
     * Blog every day

Days stitched: 16
(Days I did other crafts: 2)
Days I hit 10,000 steps: 10
(Days I had over 30 minutes of exercise: 18)
Sick days: I took 5 1/2 sick days from work.

But I blogged every day!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Waldorff, Round Five

I went back to work today. It was probably not the wisest decision but this is our busiest season, and there's so much to do. {Sigh} Now I'm home, on the couch under the throw in my jammies, and coughing up a lung.

I promised you Waldorff. Here he is the last time.

Homespun Samplar, called for colors (not sure why, some of those greens are weird), black cashel 28 ct.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Floss Tube

Facebook was the first of the social media platforms to dig into the blogging audience. But I have always thought of my Facebook as a place where I connect with my grad school buddies. Sure my college friends are on there and I'm even friends with some high school friends--and even some of you. I've joined a couple of stitching groups, but always seem to drop out of them again because I feel like I am being bombarded in a place where I want to make inside jokes and annoy the fuck out of my mother. (It's her fault; I was there first!)

Twitter didn't make much of an impact, I think, on blogging. Mostly because bloggers predominantly used it to promote their posts, and if you're subscribed, what do you need someone's tweet for? (I'm there too, but that's my angry political space.)

Instagram stole away a large portion of the audience since what bloggers do is share photos of our work and (oftentimes struggle to) write a few paragraphs. With Insta, you didn't have to do the struggling. Pop up the photo--make sure it's a good one!--and say just a few words.

I've been aware of vlogging for a while now--my god, the whole enterprise started the first year I had my blog!--but in our house, it's alwasy been so intrusive to watch. Usually I'm on one couch stitching and the dude is on the other reading. Watching videos online is always a balancing act. Sometimes the dude asks if he can watch footie highlights or I'll watch a clip of the twins my sister posts.

And then I got sick...in a house where the Roku stopped working. We never bothered to get the wireless doohickey for the smart TV, so when that went...{sad trombone}. Then I was all like...doesn't Vonna (Twisted Stitcher) vlog?

I have been watching her back catalogue for the past two days while I stitch. And all of a sudden, I'm subscribed to half a dozen channels. Don't worry about me abandoning this blog--first of all, it's ancient and I love it. Secondly, I'm a text based person. I have all these mad writing skills!

I stitched on Waldorff today. And since it's black fabric the photos will be better tomorrow. Come back then!