Sunday, 24 February 2013

Checking in with Miss Mary Ann

As I type this, it's late Sunday afternoon. It is POURING rain outside. We had a magical day of sun (and wind that blew the clouds away) yesterday; now 'tis but a dream.

I have made some progress on Miss Mary Ann Myers but not as much as I would've liked. I will tell you why in a minute. For now, I'll let the photos speak for themselves.

Isn't that the oddest looking flower in the basket? It's supposed to have two green things coming out from the top. Maybe they are supposed to be branches. I'm skipping them for now as I'm not sure I like them.  Other than that, I think she is such a pretty design! 

Thank you for all your kind wishes in your last post. I was feeling awful for awhile. A lot was due to the fact that I might lose my work and it turned out to be true last Monday - they cancelled my project. *sigh* So, it was a lot of waiting and worrying to hear that news.  At least when the decision finally came then I could start looking for other work.

The oddest came on Thursday though. Because I had a few days' notice I was scheduling good-bye coffees or lunches with people. Out of the blue I decided to schedule a coffee with someone I'd worked with years ago (at the same company) and she said "this is weird to hear from you, since as of last evening, someone had to quit on my project, are you interested in the work?" 

So, I am back on the horse, so to speak, and I've been told I will be very busy for the next few weeks! How funny things turned out!

Here's something else that will make you laugh. In the wee hours of this morning, I had gotten up as I couldn't sleep (not uncommon). I usually just go sit on the couch and read and usually that will help me sleep for a couple of hours. I dreamed. 

I dreamed this most wonderful technicolour dream. We had moved to live in a place that was part of a resort. There was waterfall, there were gorgeous sunsets, and you know what was my thought while I was dreaming? I have to take photos and blog about this!!! True. Then I thought I would have to invite you all to come and visit me in this island paradise. In the dream I really felt like I was there, you know that kind of dream? When I woke, I was a bit disappointed.  I wondered why I had that dream. Then I saw the scarve that I bought yesterday to brighten my otherwise grey rainy days. 

See what I mean?
Have you noticed any upcoming Nashville releases that you like? I have! I am always looking forward to seeing new releases from market. Actually, I await them with both excitement and dread. The dread part is only how much of a hit my piggy-bank will or can take! 

Have a wonderful week! Remember there is still time to enter the February giveaway in my last post! 

Sunday, 17 February 2013

February Giveaway

Hello, my friends! This will be a short post. I haven't been feeling well and have not done much stitching so no updates to Mary Ann this week. By the way, I'm so glad you like her! 

I am going to pass on a couple of never-used charts with the Love theme for February.

Simple rules:
  1. Leave a comment on this post that you are interested in this giveaway.
  2. Make sure to provide an email address where I can reach you. If you have a blog, make sure there is an email address attached.
  3. Tell me what you are currently stitching or reading. I'm always interested in finding new things!
I will pick a winner at the end of February. 
Sorry for the short post. Hopefully I will be back with some progress on Mary Ann next week. Take care!

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Miss Myers has come to play

Greetings on a almost-sunny Sunday afternoon! 

Please welcome my next victim project on my scroll frame. When I first saw the design on Diane's blog, I knew I would have to stitch it. I'd wanted to stitch something different in colour - this one goes into the Blue/Brown/Creme combination. 

I am using all the recommended silks and linen. At first it was weird to stitch on this 28 count (or maybe 30?) linen but I really like the effect it provides to the design. The colours of the silks that Diane chose are just gorgeous together.

I was struggling with this when I first started stitching it but then I realized I was NOT enjoying the audio book that I was listening to. It took a few more tries before I finally settled on a classic - The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot. Ahhh, the idyllic countryside of England... it's very soothing.

Question for you - when it comes to borders, are you someone who has to finish the borders first before you tackle the rest of the sampler? I very rarely do that. I am what I call a "relative" stitcher. So, if I am stitching the bird on the left, let's say, I will count that it is the right number of spaces from the border and the flower and the basket. "It's all relative".

The reason why I asked is that I had to frog the right hand side of the border a bit and then I wonder about how stitchers take to doing borders, if there are any tips and tricks. 

It is a long weekend here as it's "Family Day" here tomorrow. Woo-hoo! More stitching and fun to be had! Daisy is keeping my stitching chair warm.  Yes I sit on a regular chair as I need to sit up when stitching with my scroll frame. The soft comfy chairs are hard on my back and don't work at all for my stitching. 

Doesn't it look like Daisy is listening to my audio book too? 

Well, that's another post for me. I see I've gained a few followers lately - welcome!

Thank you for your visits. Your comments have helped enable me to keep on stitching (yes, work is still full of crazy-makers)! I hear there's been a lot of snow back east - for those in the cold, I hope you are keeping warm and snug.  Take care!

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Fabulous February (?)

January was "J-J-Jarring", what with having to return to work after almost two weeks off. I am hoping February will be FABulous! First, there is Chinese New Year next Sunday, followed by a stat day off due to the first Family Day ever in our province, and then Valentine's day (think Chocolates!).  So, I reckon February will have some FABulous moments!
I finished Sarah's House, by Blackbird Designs. Here she is in all her prettiness!

Now, I think someone asked me what colours I used for the flower buds in the border. First of all, I used all the recommended silks. The flower buds in the original design had 2 colours that made up each flower bud and were very pale.  I decided to use one colour instead and wanted the colours to show up. I alternated between BS Rustique and BS Angel Blush.  

For the flowers in the basket, which had called for Rustique, I substituted BS Paprika which just added another dimension of colour to the design.  The two greens that were used in the grass section were very close in colour so I just pulled out a paler blue to make that stand out more (the two patches on the grass).  

Hope that makes sense. If you have more questions, just email me.

All in all, I am very pleased with this finish, especially as this is my first finish in nearly SIX months!  I can't believe that neither.

Now, I had every intention of starting a new project today but I got waylaid by this book! I started reading it last night and I couldn't put it down.  With the title "Snow White must Die" it intrigued me from the start. It is a very interesting mystery with a lot of characters and back stories. It's the first book translated from German into English though when I researched it, it's not the first book in the series which is the disappointing part. 

Switching gears slightly, this book is hilarious (photo below). I bought it a week ago and it sits by my bedside table. It's especially handy to read something funny at the end of the day, although, I must admit, some of it is just sad (appalling customer behaviour) but such is Life.
It is just after 3pm here and now I must head off and try and prepare linens for my next project(s). Of course, the deciding which is always the hard part as the projects jostle amongst themselves vying for my attention. 

Each project states its case to me - "ooooh, look at all my reds you know you love Red!" Another says "no, don't get fooled, look at all the over ones, you know you dread them, look at me, straight forward over twos, I will make your stitching so much more enjoyable."  ...and on and on they jibber jabber at me!  You'll just have to wait till next week to see who's the winner! 

Thanks for your visits and your comments! Have a lovely week!