Monday, May 15, 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness St. Michaels Style...

It's that time again, time when we show the things we have stitched....either patterns that have been gifted to us, or things we have stitched for others, or things we have stitched with floss or fabric that have been given to us.  If you want to read more about it, you can visit Jo over at Serendipitous Stitching, and if you want to see who is signed up, you can see what they've been stitching by clicking on their link on this page.  

It was our annual stitch retreat to St. Michaels.  As always it was a giggle fest.  But the best part about being there was the amazing amount of stitching we got done.  So without further ado.....

I was able to finish Leave a Light On.  This was a gift from my husband for my birthday last year.  I started it on the first of the year!  I changed the pattern just a wee bit (for those who have seen the pattern, I left off the beacon lights...they just didn't look right to me).  It is stitched on 28 count over one using the recommended threads.  It was a joy to stitch!  I think I'll miss stitching on this the most.


Next up is the free SAL from Linen & Things.  I am stitching this on  28 count Black over one using Bucilla threads.  These threads are no longer being made....and I haven't been able to find a conversion chart for the colors, they are 2460, 2464, and 2466.  You can find the pattern here, it's never too late to jump in!

I made an ornament for an exchange at our stitch retreat.  This was Spell of the Moon by Blackbird Designs. I did the finishing myself, the day before the retreat....nothing like procrastination....LOL


And now....just a few pictures from our retreat.  Here are a few things the stitchers were working on...






Here is a picture of all our exchange pieces.  We sure have a lot of talented stitchers and finishers in our group...what fun to be able to leave the weekend with such a lovely souvenir!


Here is a close up of the one I came home with.


We even had a little visit from the friendly frog...
 

We saw a little wildlife while we were there.  We watched this loon for quite a while, as it dove and looked for food.  It was hard to get a good picture because he was so far away.



I can't explain the serenity of this place...and I took this shot at night one night.  Not the best shot as I didn't have a tripod....but the colors came out pretty true...


And last is a picture of all of the ladies who attended.  Too much fun...as always.  Thanks ladies for such a wonderful weekend!



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Getting ready...

Tomorrow begins our annual St. Michaels stitching retreat weekend.  A few close friends get together once a year at a little out of the way place in St. Michaels, Maryland.  We stitch, laugh, eat, laugh, exchange something we have stitched, laugh...and if there's time, we sleep haha.  I have been thinking, stitching, and thinking some more and trying my hardest to decide what I'll bring to stitch.  I'm not usually a procrastinator but this year I just couldn't get my act together to assemble my ornament for the exchange....until tonight.  I finished it up...so I'll post pictures after the weekend once the recipient has received hers.

I've mentioned before that I've lost my mojo, and hopefully this weekend will jump start it again.  I've been trying to finish up Leave a Light On so that I can start something new, but I guess I just got stuck trying to do the border.  I finally visited my LNS and got some more floss because I was afraid I was going to run out, and stitched on the border with a vengeance.  I'm almost done!  Hopefully I'll finish up this weekend.


I've been trying to get May's portion of the Linen and Threads SAL done too, and I guess I just ran out of steam.  I'll bring that too, and hope to finish that section.  Here's where I am on that...


Check back Monday, I'll have my Gifted Gorgeousness post and what I've accomplished over the weekend!  Happy Stitching!!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Mayday, May Day, May Day...

Sending out a distress signal!!  My mojo is still missing, so if you happen to see it somewhere,  please send it home.  LOL  How ironic to have a Mayday on May Day.  Out of curiosity I looked it up, because I wondered why there was a bank holiday in some areas of the world....and I still haven't figured it out, so if you know the reason, please let me know.  I know it has something to do with being the midpoint between an equinox and a solstice, and it's usually a point where spring begins.  Other than that I'm clueless.  My violets decided to make an appearance....


I hope you aren't too disappointed...I didn't put one stitch in all weekend, even though we were staying in the same building as the Salty Yarns needlework store (which I visited THREE times!!) and there was a needlework guild having a retreat in the lobby of the hotel.  Haha!!  If I had known I might have joined, grabbed my stitching and sat down to meet the ladies (and there were a lot of them!)  Poor Mike felt like a fish out of water!  LOL

We had a busy weekend, driving to the coast to spend the weekend by the ocean.  It was odd weather while we were there.  It was over 20 degrees warmer than the day before, and oh so humid.   It led to some pretty weird weather...like pea soup fog.  It was so foggy at one point, that even though we were staying right on the boardwalk, we couldn't see the water only about 50 feet away!!  But it didn't stop us from walking a few miles, strolling along the boardwalk, taking in the sights.  This picture was taken around 3 in the afternoon on Sunday...after some of the fog had burned off....but it was still pretty foggy!


Ocean City is becoming a favorite place to visit (during the off season) .... it's so beautiful there...here are some of my favorite camera shots...




There was a kite festival going on while we were there...here's a few that we saw.





There was a sculpting, carving, world championship going on while we were there.  There were far too many to show, but I'm amazed how lifelike some people can make a hunk of wood look.  Here are a few of my favorites.













The last one there was one of my favorites as I didn't realize it until later that there waws a little mouse scurrying away as the shadow of the bird passes over....I'm sure he made it to his hole in time which is just there in front of him.  It amazes me that people can see these images in the wood before they start carving.  I wish I were as talented!!  I thought the one above it was interesting too, as that bird of prey is carrying a snake....genius in my opinion so that the snake is holding up that enormous bird and his wing span!

There were real birds being shown outside the convention center where the Championship was being held, but I didn't get there in time to catch all the birds they were showcasing.  And then....my camera battery died.  Just my luck, so I only was able to capture the Barn Owl and the American Kestrel. 



But the best part of the weekend was meeting up with a friend of mine who I don't get to see very often.  She and her husband met up with Mike and I for dinner one night.  We talked for several hours.  She had a surprise for me.  If anyone really knows me, they know I sign all my emails with *Hugs* and sometimes I use that as a comment on Facebook.  And this is what she stitched for me.  Isn't it the sweetest thing?  I have it hanging next to my china cabinet for now. 


So...hopefully next time I'll have some stitching to show you.  As it's the first of the month, I had a ton of SAL pages to print out and get started with.  Linen & Threads came out with their 5th part, Passione Ricamo sent out the first step of the new Mystery SAL, and Reflets de Soie posted their 8th step in their SAL.  I'm going to be busy for the next little while now if I can find my missing mojo.   Til next time.....happy stitching...oh yeah...and *Hugs*

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Flip flopping...

Well....I'm not sure what got into me, or what left (perhaps my mojo went walkabout?) but I've become a recluse lately.  I'm sure my friends wonder where I've gone, it's nothing personal, it's just me being me.  Life is just a bit overwhelming lately.  For those who I usually keep in regular contact, don't worry, it's nothing you've done, and believe me NOBODY has heard from me...  Perhaps you think I'm rude, that's ok, that wasn't my intention.  

So....in my self imposed hermitting, I've been stitching up a storm.  Except for today, today I've been a slug all the way around...LOL  Here is my progress on "Leave a Light On"...


There is still a tremendous amount of stitching left (the border is going to take quite a while!!) not to mention more outlining (my nemesis) and some stars in the sky and the roof on the light.  But hopefully I'll finish it soon, I want to start something new and I promised myself I wouldn't until I finished another project.

I also put just a few stitches in on this little gem.  





This is  Vierlanden  Diamond Stags by Wiehenburg Designs.  Martina is a very talented designer, and I like her patterns very much.  I started this quite some time ago, and am only now getting back to it.  It's done on 28 ct. Lugana and I'm using Gloriana Pacific Blue.  I love working with silk thread!!  I try to make the pattern caused by the hand dyed thread come out even, so it takes quite a bit of time to stitch with it.  I think that's why it gets set aside so often, because I have to use my brain and it gets tired...LOL


Last, but not least, is Quaker Diamonds by Rosewood Manor.  I started this a long time ago, it uses Valdani threads.  I am stitching it over one on 32 ct. fabric so it is very slow going.  I can work on it only in short bursts, there are so many thread changes and lots of counting.  I'm not a patient person...LOL...so I lose interest if it doesn't go too fast.  I'm a work in progress people!!  LOL

I'm off for a trip to the ocean, I need a little vitamin sea.  My husband knows when I get overwhelmed it's time to take a break from reality.  Cherish the time you have with loved ones, my friends, this world throws too many curves and it's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle and miss just "BE-ing" with the ones you love.  I know it's hard with youngsters still at home, and it will get easier once they fly the nest...but make the most of every opportunity.  It looks like the next few months will be the calm before the storm, so if I disappear, don't worry, I'll be back when the world tilts back on it's axis.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

April Gifted Gorgeousness

Long time, no see...LOL  Yes, I know I just did a blog update yesterday, but this time I get to show you all the things I've been stitching for the gifted gorgeousness. (And then some!)  If you don't know what the Gifted Gorgeousness is, stop over to see Jo at Serendipitous Stitching.  She organizes us all each month on the 15th to show things we are stitching that pertains to a gift.  Either a chart, fabric or floss that was given to us, or something we are stitching for someone else.  It's been a great way for me to bring myself to accountability.  You can read about her "rules" here if you would like to join in the fun.  And you can see what others are stitching by visiting her blog.

First off is the Linen and Threads Mystery SAL that I'm participating in.  You can find the patterns here.  They are still available so it's never too late to join in.  There is a facebook page where you can see all the beautiful colors people have chosen, and there are already 4000 members.  Here is my progress...


I'm still working on Leave a Light On which was a Birthday gift from my husband last year.  I'm not making a lot of progress, but every little bit helps, right?


I'm going to mention this here...I have finished an exchange piece I stitched for our annual St. Michaels retreat.  I can't show all of it because a few of the ladies visit my blog occasionally and I want it to be a surprise.  Here is a little snippet...I still need to finish it off, but by next month I'll be able to show the whole picture.


I've been a bit preoccupied lately with life in general.  The most exciting thing that has happened lately is that my son proposed to his girlfriend.  They are the cutest couple (and I am in no way impartial...LOL) and we couldn't be happier to welcome her into our little family.  No date has been set, but things are already being discussed.  I can't wait for the happy day!