Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Greenland Rotation

Slightly more sheep than there was in February, as projected.

Stella's having a bit of a time. She got her stitches out on Tuesday and has "resumed normal activities." Unfortunately, she is suffering from antibiotic belly (or that's what they're guessing). This has resulted in the dude and I being woken for bathroom breaks any time between midnight and five am. We aren't particularly good at well...much of anything when our sleep is interrupted this way. That's my story and I'm sticking with it!

Anyway, don't worry too much about the dog; she's getting probiotics and home-cooked food. She should be back to normal soon.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Cinnamon Hours

Doctor, asking me about my stitching: How long will that take you, ten hours?
Me: (laughs)
Him: Twenty?
Me: A good stitcher can do about 100 stitches an hour.
Him: One hundred?! How big is that?
Me: It's 168 x 100, so about 168 hours.
Him: That's a whole week if you stitch 24 hours a day!
Me: Yes.
Him: So who are you making that for?
Me: It's for me. Not enough people know it would take 168 hours to stitch it.

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

Friday, June 17, 2016

Rotation, Continued

Despite the notable lack of time, I was able to fill in a flower or two and complete the white smyrna stitches.

Today is my first half-day (summer) Friday. (Summer hours started last week, but I was off sick.) Despite the fact that I have a doctor's appointment in the city today, my list of gardening chores is loooooooong. Looks like we know what I'll be doing this weekend!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Good News!

First the good news. Stella's tumor was "low grade" and the margins were clear. She requires no further treatment. Woohoo! She'll get her stitches out next Tuesday and should be back to normal before we know it. (Coming off the Benadryl has certainly raised her energy level.) It will take about four months for her fur to grow back, however.

I have returned to work so am well enough. I am no longer coughing so much that I need to mainline cough drops. I didn't even take Nyquil last night! 

I thought it might be good to get back to my 10 project rotation, so the plan for the rest of June looks like this:

June 13-15 Our Souls*
June 16-18 Cinnamon Stars**
June 19-21 Greenland Santa
June 22-24 Small #6
June 25-27 Mary's Stocking
June 28-30 Tis the Season

*I have a number of meetings these evenings, so there may be less progress than we'd hope.
**The three weekend hiatus from gardening may result in less progress than we'd hope.

Monday, June 13, 2016


I caught a horrible virus when I was at the end of my trip in Britain. I started with a sore throat and ended with a horrible racking cough. Our first weekend home was spent on the couch. Fortunately, that worked out well for Stella. She's been recovering too. On Thursday she had a small tumor removed from her neck. It is cancerous, but they are fairly sure that the surgery will be a cure. I'll know more later this week. She is taking in stride the five pills twice a day and the compresses four times daily that are part of her recovery. We, however, are having quite the time keeping our frankendog calm. (She has a four inch scar on the back of her neck that looks like it's holding her head on, so she has a new nickname.)

The upside is that I finished this year's anniversary sampler!
Mosey n Me
Ties that Bind
Called-for materials

Friday, June 10, 2016

Oh, Hello! Were You Looking for Me?

Sorry I've been out of touch. The dude and I were across the pond visiting the fam. In the flying, train riding, and driving about, I worked on a few projects.

I finished my May small. Unfortunately I'm blogging it too late to join in the Smalls SAL. This is Blackbird's Buttons and Pins Reward of Merit. I used the called-for colors and a random piece of fabric. I made one change; I didn't use chain stitch for the urn. (My chain stitches are kind of crap.) I just need to add the buttons in the blank spot.
 I worked a little on last year's anniversary sampler, "Our Souls" by Midsummer Night Designs using the called for floss and a random piece of fabric. You can see how it looked before here.

Then, I worked on this year's anniversary sampler, "The Thread that Binds" by Mosey n Me. I am using the called for materials. You can see how it looked before here. All that's left is a lot of white on white stitching (upper right) and that snakey bit on the bottom.

Finally I worked a bit on the Deruta Biscornu by Giulia Punti Antichi. I last showed it to you when I started it in January of 2014. Do forgive me that I haven't kept you up to date on this one. When I took this out, the three borders had been finished and the first line of half circles were in. (Let's face it, they kind of look like boobs) I thought I'd continue with the dark terra cotta so I could fill in on the plane ride home, but I went with filling in the roses on the 2015 sampler instead. 

I'm way behind in reading, commenting, and indeed blogging. But I'm back, baby, and better than ever!

Monday, May 16, 2016


Many of you have been sharing the joy of your children's graduations. On Saturday, I attended the graduation of my college roommate's college-aged daughter. (She of the mini-cupcakes craft day.) How quickly did those four years pass!? I swear, all I did was blink. At any rate, Cupcake Claire has moved home before she attends graduate school* on a fellowship. Look at her go!

To commemorate the occasion, I stitched
This is JBW Designs French Country Owl. I stitched it on 28 count of a beige variety with WDW Saffron, WDW Chestnut, and GAST Spring Grass. The white is DMC. The College's colors are yellow and white, with the owl as the mascot representative of Athena, the school goddess. (You can see how the students honor her during exam weeks here.)

Of course, the part I was in charge of charting got screwed up. I cannot center anything! To "balance" it I aligned the "College" four stitches in like the "Bryn" if that makes sense. If I hadn't been racing against the clock (I seriously finished stitching this, laced it, put it in the frame, got in the shower, dressed, and went to the graduation) I might have thought to put some buttons next to College. Whatever. It's artistic!

I think she liked it. She told me that she was a real adult now that she had two things in frames to hang on her wall. (Too true that the transition to adulthood is marked by no longer hanging posters with adhesive putty!)

And the transition to old age is marked by your children's (or your friend's children's) transition to adulthood. And yet, in my head, I am only 28.

I am so behind on blog commenting. I've been reading, and you are all fabulous! Soon, I will come and tell you in person.

*She's headed to USC!