Sunday, March 1, 2015

Progress is Slow

Progress is slow.
It has been a busy week.  My co-worker took a few days off to go to Florida.
It doesn't look like the weather had been good, at least by her FB pictures.  
I have been working more because of it.  
I have also finished the scarf I made for myself and that turned out great.  
Too bad you can't feel the yarn.  It is a chunky alpaca yarn and is so incredibly soft!
 I have also been working on a pair of socks.  They were on hold until I finished the scarf.
I'm doing them on rather short circular needles for socks.  I have started on the heel flap.
Progress has been slow on His Eye is on the Sparrow.
There is a new tree, a weird animal near the urn of oranges, might it be a hyena? A crown, bird, flower, owl and something that may be a fox.  I'm starting on another star.  
 A little closer up.  
Then there has been a lot of time spent on assisted living and my mom.  She had the interview with the nurse last week and that went fine.  Now, I have a checklist of things I need to work on.  That is where the co-workers vacation is complicating things.  I don't have time to make phone calls.  The one thing I really need to do is find a mover:  2 guys and a truck type.  I have one I want to try and call tomorrow in between clients just so I can settle on a date.  Once that happens, everything else will fall into place with work.  I am thinking of taking the week on March 9th off to get the move and all the extraneous things done.

My sister and her family were here this weekend and did some organizing.  She went through pictures and a little of the closet.  She did take her shopping for underwear and that was really helpful.  My sister of course had to let me know that mom has mixed emotions.  Boy, don't I already know that.  My sister and her family now realize that this is the best thing.  They last saw her in July and have noticed she has slipped.  I only talk about my mom.  We are going through similar things with my mother in law.  Her name is on the list there too but, haven't heard on her yet...one at a time.

Trying to find time for the stitching because that helps keep me sane.  Good thing is that it is portable and I can take it with me.  Hopefully the week will be smooth.

Keep on stitching
Monica

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Give-Away

Ther is a wonderful give-away at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Give-Away.   I have won some floss from her and purchased trim bags.  Her trims are wonderful.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

His Eye on the Sparrow Update

It has been a very busy week with my mom.  
I haven't been working on His Eye on the Sparrow as much as I would like.  
I have only a few more apples left on the Tree of Knowledge.  
I do love this stitch.  
 The top picture looks more true to color.
The picture below was straight down.  
I have also been working on a scarf with a chunky alpaca yarn.  
It is so soft, its unbelievable. 

Been busy with my mom.  We finally got a phone call from the Assisted Living we looked at.  It is the style she wanted, a studio with a walk in shower.  It has a kitchenette, a sitting area and a sleeping area.  It is freshly painted, clean and waxed.  We saw a few furnished ones to get an idea of how much will fit in.  It will be quite homey and cozy.  

She's feeling not so sure about it.  I think it is more the prospect of change.  Ultimately, I told her, I think that once she is settled in, she will feel a weight off.  She is worried about selling her house.  

My son's take on the whole thing is, "Its a lot like living in a college dorm except there is less beer and more drugs."  Gotta love Ed.  

The next few weeks are going to be very busy.  I need to call the nurse tomorrow and set up an interview.  I'm sure they want to make sure she wouldn't be more appropriate for the memory care area.  Her short term memory isn't stellar (sometimes mine isn't either) but, I don't think she has Alzheimers.  Then the ball will really start rolling.  I'll need to get some guys and a truck movers, do some organizing a packing, then get a realtor and maybe talk to an auctioneer to see if it is better to go that route or just an estate sale.  I also have to talk to the financial guys and start moving money around.  I may need a vacation after this.  

It has been really cold and we are all getting winter weary.  I don't think it got above 0 today.  Thursday when I got up it was -24.  That is painful.  
Hope the weather it better where you are but,  I think that may be Alaska.  

Keep on Stitching
Monica

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Panic Attack After Stitching Group

I worked on my His Eye is on the Sparrow at stitching group Wednesday night.
Thursday morning while laying in bed, I had a panic attack....
"Oh crap I don't think I have enough floss for this thing.  I've only done about a page."
The pattern is just short of twelve pages.  
 I'm doing it on 28 count linen over two threads.  Because of that, I'm using two strands of floss.  I wouldn't have the coverage if I used only one thread.  I posted on the FB page, what to do?
1.  Rip and and try one thread...not a good solution
2.  Start over on smaller fabric like 36 which would mean buying a new piece of fabric
3.  Suck it up and buy more thread.
Of course this would mean a road trip or ordering fabric or floss.
 I went through my stash and had some of the extra floss I may need.  I decided to buy more floss.  That seemed to be the consensus on the FB page.  The group has a trip planned for 2/21/15 but, my buddy Arttie won't be able to go since her step daughter is competing at Cheer competition and she is going to that.  Having the day off and being me, I'm always up for a road trip.  We went.  I also figured if we didn't go, there will be a snowstorm and we won't be able to go.  If there isn't, I'm always up for a road trip.   There were some things I needed to get and I needed my sewing consultant with me.  We did have fun!
My progress on the piece.  

Kendra from the Stitching Bee is going to market this year.  I have placed an order with her for some of the show exclusives.  
My list:  Stacy Nash Cherry Hollow Farm
Chessie and Me:  1801 House
Nikyscreations:  Seasonal Band Sampler
With Thy Needle and Thread:  Summer at Cherry Hill
Plum Street Samplers:  Sampler Lessons (Serial Bowl Collection)

It has been unbelievably cold here.  Today was warm, 5 above 0.
Yesterday the high was 1 with wind making the windchill -24 to -30 all day.
I did not leave the house. 

Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day.
Have a great week and thanks for the wonderful comments. 
I love hearing from you!
Keep on Stitching 
Monica

Sunday, February 8, 2015

I'd Rather Be Cross Stitching

Just noticed the big ole hole in the screen...Thank you Henry Ford!
Well as a first attempt at piecing, I think I did pretty good but.....
I'd rather be cross stitching.  
 I figure I have at least 10 hours in to this and I don't even really like to sew.
Quilting requires a love of sewing at a machine. 
I can honestly say, I don't enjoy that.  
 I am glad I did it so my mom has something to do other than "Putz around the house."
I'm not exactly sure what that means.  
I'm an occupational therapist and I do honestly believe that no matter what age, people need to be productive and have some purpose.  
I do believe that when she does have a project to work on, she is much more clearer in her thinking.  
One other thing, the nice bright colors, everything around here is white and grey.  :(
 Did some shopping for her then went down to her house today.  
We got the back and filling cut and pinned with the top of the table runner.  
Will do the placemats sometime later if she can't do it herself.  
I helped her finish the bag she was making for her friend.  
She just can't do some of that more sophisticated process.  
I talk her through it.  
She'll be able to do the finishing hand work, the binding and putting on some buttons to help reinforce the handles. 
She did all the hand quilting and did a good job at that.  
It turn out very cute.  I should have taken a picture. 
It is very good to work together and I know that means a lot to her.
It means a lot to me to be able to do this for her even if I'm grumping around about it. 

Hope you had a great weekend.
Mine was even with that quilting!

Thanks for stopping.
Keep on stitching
Monica

Thursday, February 5, 2015

So Why do People Like to Quilt?

I think I have talked about my mom who will be 88.  
She use to be an excellent quilter but, as she has aged she has really lost her ability to do the most of the piecing.
She can still do the quilting.  She has been able to do a Split Rail pattern but she wants to do something different.  
She wants to make her friends and people who have been important to her gifts.  
The latest was a book bag for her hair dresser who admired her book bag.  
I helped her last weekend get the pieces going the right way.  
Her sister helped with cutting out the pieces.  
Its given her something to work on this week.  
I really think, that she is better mentally when she has some quilting to do.  
A friend of mine is making a top for me for a bed throw my mom will quilt.  
In the meantime, I figured I better get something together for her.  
So, I thought how hard can this be?
I had bought some material this past summer to have her make something since, it had a bigger pattern on it and she could quilt around the flowers.  
Since, I helped her last weekend, I figured I could make a table runner and some placemats.  
It is a very simple nine patch square.  
 Making triangles.
 I have one square put together.  
 Looking at it, I might have changed some of the fabric around.  
 I am going to use the floral for the border and the blue will be the binding.  
The red fabric has a sort of dot in it.  
I should have maybe changed the orange with the floral.
I can't say I have been having fun doing this.  
I really don't think that I will start doing this on a regular basis anytime soon.  
I really think that cross stitch is my passion.  
I started my His Eye on the Sparrow by Heartstring Samplery.  
This is a really large piece.  I think finished its 31x26 but, the small motifs I think will keep it interesting.  
Henry Ford is now refusing to sleep in his crated.  
He has been sleeping under the bed (which is high) and dragging all kinds of things under it.
He will take the bathroom rugs, clothes, shoes and Buster's bed.
One night, he just wasn't going to give it up, taking Buster's bed.  He also tore a whole in it and pulled out stuffing.  We put Buster's bed in the crate.  
Later that night, Buster opened the door and slept in his bed in the crate.  
 Now, we refer to it as the Shih Tzu condo.  
That should just about do it.  
Thanks for stopping and taking the time to send me comments.  
I love to hear from you.  

Keep on stitching
Have a great weekend. 
Monica

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Drawn Thread Nearly Finished

Just cruisin' on Drawn Thread B My Valentine.  
I have a little on the bottom left square then one more row.  
I love doing these.
Each square is a small triumph!
Tried another spot to take pictures and this appears to be the best yet.
I did it in my sewing room with all the lights on especially the pseudo Ott.  
These colors came out pretty true.  
Did a little shopping yesterday with my friend Arttie.  
She is making a quilt top for me, a throw for the bottom of the bed.
It will then give my mom something to hand quilt. 
We went to the quilt store and picked out fabric. 
We went to the yarn store too.  
I got a book of hats/scarves/mittens etc, a pattern for baby/kid sweater and sock yarn.
The sweater pattern has owls around the yoke of the sweater that are just a variation of a cable stitch.  If I don't get the pattern now, while I can, when I want one, I won't be able to get one.  
Downton Abbey tonight but, also Sons of Liberty starts on the History Channel so dvr'ing that one to watch later.  
Hope you have had a great weekend.
It was pretty good here.  The weather was really nice the last few days but, cold today, 10 degrees right now. 
I hope you ladies on the East Coast have projects ready and head lamps in case the power goes out and you can keep stitching.  
Stay safe!
Have a wonderful week.
Keep on Stitching
Monica