Sunday, December 23, 2012
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Stitching!
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The snow is falling quickly today, making things feel more wintry and Christmas-like here. My outside tree ornaments are looking extra festive today. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone!
Saturday, December 01, 2012
Now to finish wrapping the parcels for the mail and sorting out which co-worker gets which ornament. Then, I will consider making some order out of the craft supply chaos which I am also considering making worse as I have a handy coupon from Michaels for double Air Mile points.
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Friday, September 21, 2012
Funny how I ran out of money at the cross stitch store. Lookee! Lots of fabric stash:
Friday, September 07, 2012
There has been some stitching of ornaments finally! These first four come from a book called "Cross Stitch Wit & Wisdom" by Joan Elliott. They are stitched on a light blue 28 count mystery fabric with threads from my leftover box.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Yesterday, I made a little road trip with my best friend to a place called Briggs and Little, a fabulous yarn company in a tiny town called Harvey. We were intoxicated by the woollen yarns and the colours on display. The woman working in the shop was very knowledgeable and passionate about knitting so we had a fabulous chat with her. I was inspired by a hat pattern called "Whale Tale" to take up my knitting needles again. My nephew is going to look super cute with the little whale flukes bobbing on his head this winter!
The other project I am in the midst of is reading and implementing the program from a book called "Throw Out Fifty Things" by Gail Blanke. My house and head have been very cluttered in the past few years as a result of being heartbroken and stressed out so this book came at just the right time as I have recently recognized that I need to get back in the driver's seat of this thing called My Life. Basically, the author encourages the reader to go from room to room and to assess things like the bedroom closet and the bathroom drawers. She tells you to go through each item in those places and think about whether it is a positive or negative thing for you to keep. Whether it be clothes, old make up or old medications, she asks the reader to evaluate how we view ourselves and our intentions. One question she asked about old medications is do we hold onto old medications because we fear getting sick again? Better to intend to be well and not keep such reminders or safety nets around.
So far, I am up to item 25 of things either being recycled, donated or trashed. My items have included a flat iron that works but does not heat up hot enough to do much with my thick hair, a toggle from a jacket that I donated a few years ago, a plastic container of paint that has dried out, a container of rolled change that is going to the bank this afternoon to be deposited, a blazer I bought in 1995 and a bottle that once held maple syrup and was rinsed thoroughly with the thought of finding another purpose for it. The relief I feel already in letting go of these things that are just taking up space is good. After a couple of years of stumbling around in the emotional dark, I am feeling stronger day by day and hope to continue on this path of strength and joy.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
To that end, I tackled my earring collection. It hit me the other day that I have some unused wooden frames, burlap, paint and glue. Voila! An earring organizer!
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
To give me a bit of a break which I always do after a big piece, I have switched to doing some small Christmas ornaments for a little while. The joy of finishing a piece is so long awaited when doing a big project that I need to change gears to get some immediate feedback for a while before starting another large project.
Happy stitching everyone!
Sunday, July 15, 2012
My laptop is being temperamental and it only struck me today that I could blog with my phone!
I made some of these hearts out of recycled red wool sweaters bought from our trusty Frenchy's, ribbons and a fabulous silk yarn that I purchased at Cricket Cove. The idea came from a similar heart that I saw in a shop in Annapolis Royal, NS a few weeks ago.
Other than that, not much crafting going on with gardening and summer season being here. That reminds me, I should pick my green beans today!
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Saturday, May 26, 2012
The other day I took my first trip of the year out to a piece of property I own in the country. I like to take a look around at the changes the winter has brought on the trees and property. One of the changes this year was the death of one of my apple trees. From the amount of etching on the trunk as seen here, I suspect that the tree had been badly damaged for a long time. I spent an hour or so, walking around and taking down the dead branches, all the while assessing what I would like to get done in the next few months.
In the yard at my house, the plants are bursting into green and blooms with all of the rain and warm weather we have been having. The lilacs are just starting to open up, much to my delight!
Somewhere in between working and wrangling the mess that is my neglected yard, I have been stitching as much as possible as the August deadline looms up more quickly that I would like. The cross stitching is almost done. One more evening should finish the bottom right hand corner and then I can begin the backstitching and filling in all the little spots I somehow missed. I also need to do the stitching with the gold filament. I love the finished product of stitching with the filament but really dislike doing the stitching itself.
Friday, May 04, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
More progress has been made on my brother's wedding gift. I would estimate that I am 1/4 of the way through the cross stitching part and I am a little anxious about whether I will get it completed in time. There have been several evenings where I have been exhausted mentally and physically after work so no stitching was done those evenings. Some times I just have maybe a half hour so I set a goal of stitching up a full length of floss (the floss is pre-cut). Sunday evenings are a good evening to stitch, especially one like tonight where it is grey and damp.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Yes, I am off on another trip. This trip has me really excited. I will be returning to the Dominican Republic for the third time, this time on a health care mission. I will be working with a team of American and Dominican doctors to provide basic healthcare out in the sugar cane villages and in one of the prisons. My role will be, for those who don't know what I do for work, is to be the team pharmacist and to dispense the medications we are taking with us. The sugar cane cutters are Haitian so they have little or no access to the Dominican healthcare system. The doctor organizing the team has told me that these clinics are primarily a well-persons clinic as the sugar cane cutters have to be able bodied to be working in the fields and to be eligible to rent the shacks in the company villages. I have no idea what to expect in the prison, but it will be all part of the experience. One of these days I will take a real vacation like a trip to Italy or Ireland, but for now, I love what I am doing.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
So in stitching news, I stitched up this bib for a Croatian friend of mine who lives in Dusseldorf, Germany. She is expecting her first baby to arrive any day now. The pattern came from a book that I have on traditional Scandinavian redwork and I used DMC 347.
Friday, January 13, 2012
No stitching will get done here for the next few weeks as I am heading to Africa for a few weeks. I am keen to check out Burkinabe textiles and to soak up the culture. Perhaps a small project might get tucked into my bag at the last minute to stitch on the flights.