Monday, August 22, 2016

Greenland Santa Finis

Many of you had complete confidence that I would be able to complete Mill Hill's Greenland Santa. And we were right! Woo-hoo!

Not only did I complete my small with enough time to finish this, I started my next project--JABCo's Lovebird--with the "extra time!" Look for some incredible progress on that one. Of course, I started out rather weakly.

Okay, kids, keep on keeping on!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Cinnamon Stars

The dude is totally into track and field--what the Brits call athletics. So I have been watching races while I stitch. The good news is many of them are over in a minute or so, and don't take my focus away from the stitching too much! 

I focused on what drew my attention to this piece in the first place, the smoke stars. 

Tonight, I'll pick up my small and hope to breeze through it so I can finish that little Santa! Here's hoping.

This is Cinnamon Stars by Plum Street Samplers. I am using the called-for materials. You can see what it looked like previously, here.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Greenland Santa, Nearly There

You might have thought you'd see a photo of my progress on Our Souls which was next up in the rotation. But I didn't stitch for three days (four, really) so it didn't see the light of day this month.

And that fourth day of not stitching means that I won't finish Greenland Santa in this round. So close! Just a few more beads in his boots and the ram. I love beading these things. So much!

It is time to move on to Cinnamon Stars, which is on this list because you chose it, so I am sure you don't want me to give up stitching on that just so I can finish this ornament. (And besides if I work really hard on my August small, I might have a spare day to return to this one.)

Friday, August 12, 2016

Mary Grows

Not the best photo, but here's our friend Mary back in the rotation. I didn't get as much done these three days as I did after several hours in the car, but the top of the stocking is starting to take shape. And she has a head! If not a face--still not sure what to do about the color.

Today is the end of summer hours, my last half day Friday. Two years ago, I bemoaned the fact that I never went thrifting on my half days as I had planned. Nor cleaned the craft room. (If you click through, you will get to see tiny baby pix.) Today, recognizing that it was my last half day, I spent a couple of hours cleaning up the craft room. I'm about halfway done. The scorching temperatures forecast for the rest of the weekend suggest I will be able to perhaps finish the job. Wouldn't that be nice?

Monday, August 08, 2016

In the Meadow, We Can Build a Snowman

In the U.S., it's definitely not snowman building time. We're back to PA with temperatures in the mid-90s and humidity to match, barely cooling to the 70s for sleeping. In Maine, temps were in the mid-70s during the day--with low humidity--and cool nighttime temperatures. No wonder I popped out of bed between 6:00 and 6:30 every morning ready to start my day (with a long walk with the dude, my mom, and her dog). Sigh. Who ever thought I'd spend my summer vacations chasing cooler temps? Would that the memories would help me sleep better. Anyway, the ride home gave me plenty of time to work on Shepherd's Bush Wisteria Snowman (kit). (I've gone out of order, since my sister was with us for the last three days of our vacation, and Mary's Stocking is for her.)

I would be remiss if I didn't tell you that one of our vacation days was spent in South Berwick (in Maine, they pronounce that W) (in the UK, they don't) to see Sarah Orne Jewett's house. We arrived at 11:30 not realizing that tours were only given on the hour. There were about six shops on the tiny main street--that hadn't changed much according to pics we saw from the 19th century--but fortunately one of them was a quilt store! And it just so happened that my mother needed fabric for a quilt.  (I acted as her proxy.) She recently gave in and bought my father a lift-chair, which she has declared the "ugliest chair you have ever seen." Complaining on Facebook brought her the offer of a quilt to cover the chair. Of course, I've never looked at fabric without needing some myself. This is what I picked up at Saltwater Fabrics for me. I bought larger quantities of the waves and jellyfish for my mother.

Sunday, August 07, 2016


Eating: Lobster, all I can stuff into myself while we were in Maine! (That's a baked-stuffed lobster with three giant scallops on top!) (And lobster number three...)

Listening: The dude and I are listening to Bill Bryson's The Road to Little Dribbling. He cracks us up. I still maintain he was writing about my MIL in Notes from a Small Island.

Wearing: Sandals

Feeling: Relaxed, at last

Weather: Warm enough for the beach, and cool enough to sleep at night

Wanting: More time off...

Enjoying: The ocean. I swear I was a mermaid in a previous life. Unless mermaids were river creatures, then I was a narwhal or something.

Surprised by: Through Facebook, I managed to get together with a high school friend that I haven't seen since college! (We think it's been 30 years!)

Friday, August 05, 2016


I thought I might get through the second page of Waldorff but I got sidetracked by my vacation. As it should be. Everybody who saw me working on it asked if they knew who it was for, and they do--a special person who's had a few such dogs. I'm trying to decide if I can incorporate the dogs' names as well. Right now I'm thinking around the edge so I don't have to disrupt the design. What do you think?