Sunday, 22 January 2012

The Art of Fudging

On this dark, wild and stormy morning, a good day to ya! We've had some snowy weather here last week, then temperatures rose and heavy rains came Friday night and we woke up as if from a dream, all snow gone but rain being our steady companion.

Snow days are good (when they aren't too many) for catching up on things. I actually got caught up a lot on work at home where it was nice and quiet. I think sometimes you have to get away from the office to really get anything done! 

On Friday, after my work was all done I picked up my needle again on Margaret Harris. I had to do  a lot of frogging, hence, I have learned The Art of Fudging a lot because I just got tired of the rippity-rippity noise!
I am really pleased with my progress since last week but today I will take a break. My neck was sending out warning noises last night so I will give it a rest today. *sigh* Hard to let goof stitching so maybe I shall play with my linens and prepare a few pieces for projects. 

Question for you stitchers who make a lot of smalls - where do you go for tutorials? I want to stitch and finish more smalls this year and want to try out some new finishes. (Thanks)

I am getting excited about the Nashville Market coming up next month. Already sneak peeks are starting to show up. I love the sampler that Theresa showed here, and Tanya's Miss Mary Roe (those funky looking people just make me laugh!). I am wondering what the Blackbird Designs ladies will dream up this time! I have so loved their designs of late. Has anything caught your eye? Do share!

Well, must get on with Sunday. Julius wishes you a cozy  one where you can snuggle down and dream (or stitch or whatever!).

Thank you for dropping by! Your comments are always a treat. A special thanks to new commentators on the last post. It's always nice to chat with new friends! Take care and have a great week! 

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Opening 2012 with Gratitute

It's the middle of January already and I am happy to be here to say:

(1) My back is feeling much better. Actually overall, I am off to a good start this year. With the help of acupuncture (thanks Yael) and the right chiropractic treatments and exercises (thanks Randy) I am feeling very hopeful...

(2) So Stitching I did go! I have been able to pick up the needle a bit at a time. And I have completed the house for Margaret Harris! I feel like I have been stitching with one hand tied behind my back but I'm getting there!

3) When not stitching I am, of course, Reading! I have decided that 2012 will be the year I read more widely, paying particular attention to non-fiction books. To that end, here is my second book finished this year and one which I can recommend highly.  Unbroken, by Lauren Hillenbrand. The story is amazing and inspiring.
I am currently reading The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn, subtitled "How a few simple lessons transformed nine culinary novices into fearless home cooks." It's an  interesting read. I thought it would be about how to fry an egg, how to chop an onion, that sort of thing - more technique. However, there were interesting bits about our assumptions about foods we buy at the store, and the lesson of tasting (as in compare various brands) everything. As much as I think I am a fairly decent cook, I came away learning a few new things and that's always good. 

4) The Joy of Books. For a lover of books, I loved this video. The music that does with it is just great! It is from a bookstore in Toronto. I found the video this morning when I was lurking on Eric Morgenstern's site. She is the author of one of my favourite reads last year, The Night Circus.  

5) The Joy of Pets. I haven't been showing you my kitties lately. Here is Mr Julius first giving me Kitty-Love mug.
I caught Miss Daisy giving me this sweet look this morning. Awww.
Here is my newest "pet". Meet Pigeldi! My boy bought this at Christmas Market in Germany and gave me to me for Christmas. Pigeldi is carved from one piece of wood and he's just so cute. I just loved it!
As you can see, I do have a lot of things to be grateful for! Not least of which is this "blog" thing which keeps me going. Your comments and encouragement and well wishes have always kept me afloat.

I've been admiring a lot of your stitching this January - it seems there are lot of new projects springing up all over the place, much to my delight! What's your favourite stitch so far?

Here we are at the end of another post. Thank you for visiting with me. If you have never left a comment here before, don't be shy, just say "hi"!  ;-)  Take care. Have a wonderful week ahead!