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Friday, September 21, 2018

September Ramblings

I have started working on my cross-stitch.  I'm only working on it during my 15 minute breaks at work.  

In other news I had to change offices with my new boss.  
I had a slightly bigger office.   It's so funny - he wanted the bigger office.  It's about 1 foot bigger!  All that fussing, moving and commotion for 1 foot. 
I really don't mind except I have to redecorate.  As you can see the walls are quite bare.

For now I have to have the desk facing the wall until they inspect the new paint etc. I'll be changing that around soon so that I can look out outside.  They also decided to put another desk in with me. And divide up some of my work with a part time person. Except I don't have enough to give to someone else. I just shrug my shoulders and let the powers that be figure it out.  And maybe, just maybe I'm starting to count those days down to retirement.  

In the meanwhile, my littlest girl just turned 23.  She was on a mission trip and met a very nice guy from Colorado.... now she is talking about moving there and being able to work at the Christian Outreach program they have....Hmmm....I wonder if this will get serious.  Maybe it already is and I just don't know it!

After Mark passed, I went to Griefshare - it's a wonderful program and I highly recommend it.  
While there I met Angie, she had just lost her husband six months before me. We have cried and encouraged each other as we have struggled to come to terms with our lost.  I think it's wonderful that God knew we needed each other and provided us with this great friendship.  

She has now found someone to share her life with and I couldn't be happier for her.  She will be moving to Pennsylvania, I'm not so happy about that!  LOL We both agree that we are in a much better place and can't believe how far we have come.   

Yesterday I went with her to pick out a wedding dress.
Today she and her new love are looking at wedding rings. 

So I think that sums up my month of Sept.  I could tell you that I might actually work on a quilt - but you wouldn't believe me.  hahaha

 Happy Stitching,
Linda



Thursday, August 9, 2018

Cross Stitch is Started

Thank you so much for the suggestions.
 I've gotten my threads labeled and organized.
One thing I thought was funny were the comments that others have started a X-Stitch project and it's sitting in a drawer unfinished.  I fully expect that to happen to me too.  However, eventually it will get done.  And if not, who cares?  

So here is my start.

Also, and unfortunately, comments are not coming through to my email.  So I'm sorry I can not reply back.  I don't know why this hit be so much later than everyone else.  Di of Quilting is Blissful gave me a suggestion to remedy this -  I hope it works. 

Happy Stitching,
Linda

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Making Little X's

I can't get my old projects completed so I started a new one!

Wait until you see it and then you will know why.  
This is sew exciting and I can't wait to tell you.

Sandy over at Loves to Stitch posted about a cross-stitch that her cousin Vonda made for her (Post & picture is right here)
 Well I love it and she was kind enough to help me with the pattern.


She also sent me some notes that she had made.
 What is really cool is that it didn't come with floss (or fabric) and I had to pick out all my own. I changed up a few of the colors but for the most part I used the ones she had listed. 

Now I already know I'm not good with cross-stitch.  I lose my place all the time and make little x's in the wrong place.  But I'm going to give it another try.

I've blocked off this section to start with. 
 Any helpful hints or suggestions that you can give me I'll take!

Thank you so much Sandy and Vonda!!

Happy Stitching,
Linda



Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Should I use the Poppy Print?

I did some shopping and here's what I found.
I know Serena loves Poppies - but I wasn't sure about having this floral on the back of a more modern quilt.
I don't really think so.  Do you think is goes?

 I also found this butterfly fabric.  But no. There is not enough available. 


I saw this one too - Not enough fabric.  

Then I found these dots! Perfect.  But oh dear, I remember that Serena doesn't  like dots. 

So that's why I didn't complete #3 on my deadline list.

As for the Stupid Turtle quilt... I got it out. Didn't know what to do and threw it back in the closet.  Okay, I folded it neatly and placed it on the top shelf. So #1 not completed on my deadline list.

As for the backing for the Doggie quilt - I saw some cute stuff - but I was focusing on Serena's.  So #2 on the deadline list was a fail also.

Now I'm not discouraged - that I failed on all three items to be completed.  I'm still very focused on getting the backing for Serena's quilt.  

Let me know what you think, use the poppy fabric?  Or keep searching?

Happy Stitching,
Linda

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Next Steps on Projects

I need help and this is all I'm going to get:
a list of my projects and the next step needed.

Serena's Quilt
    Buy backing fabric & prewash
    Sew together, Iron & Starch fabric
    Tape and Pin quilt
    Start quilting

Doggie Quilt
    Check out Local quilt store and Beverly's for backing fabric.
    Decide on fabric and buy it. 
    
Stupid Ugly Turtle Quilt 
     Pull it off the shelf and either toss (I mean Salvation Army) or take off that binding and redo it.


Now I need a deadline..... how about...July 31th. 
       I should have the Stupid Turtle Quilt decision made.
       And I should have at least gone to Beverly's fabric for the Doggie Quilt.
       And maybe, just maybe I will have bought the backing for Serena's.

Happy Stitching,
Linda







Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Pockets, Pockets, Oh Dear More Pockets

Somebody (Mr. New Honey) figured out that if I could sew I could make pockets.

Little does he know that I can make pockets - but I don't sew on knits.
Well, I got my ballpoint needle and set to making 10 pockets on t-shirts.
Really?  Can't we just go buy pocket Tees? 

I put my quilt making skills to use and cut out double pockets, so I could sew the top hem as one continuous line.
And then cut apart.  
Yes!!  I love me some time saving techniques.

I didn't have any troubles getting all 10 pockets sewn and Mr New Honey was quite pleased.
So I can't complain. (Or can I?)

And this past weekend was the same as all my summertime weekends. 
Family over for pool and BBQ.

I really love having a pool.  And to think I didn't even want Mark to put it in.  

This is my mother's swing (glider? Rocker?) that she had in her yard. I brought to my house last year. She had told me that she would go out in her yard, sit, read her bible and pray.
I was missing her last week. I looked out and saw birds all over it.  They had not done this before. Well, not that I have ever seen before. 
 My mother loved birds.  Well many of us do.  Do you see them all over the seat too?  They are so cute.

Happy Stitching,
Linda


Monday, July 16, 2018

Mr.Hedgehog & Silly Cows

I've been working on my little Hedgehog.
I think I'm almost done.
 I think he needs one more quill added above his eye. And Serena thinks he needs his quills lengthen at the bottom up towards his eyes.  
What's your opinion?  

And what should I do with this? (It is on a 5 inch square.)  I feel like a have to make it into something or my New Honey will think know I'm a nut.  

Also I put my stove grates in bags with ammonia for several days.
I only did two at a time.  I wasn't planning on leaving them that long but I didn't have time to mess with them.
They turned out so nice!  I only had to rinse them!
I love when things magically clean themselves! 

And lastly, here a picture of my family dressed as cows for Cow Day
at Chick-fil-a.
We do this every year. So silly, but we have so much fun.   
So enough about me.  What's new with you?

Happy Stitching,
Linda