Wednesday, October 19, 2016


Centerpieces, later coupled with three 24"
balloons--light pink, gold, and hot pink
Feeling: Not a day over 28. Except for the knee that keeps clicking, LOL. We had the big party, for which I had been doing many things, including making the centerpieces (pictured). And that meant no stitching.

Listening: To the awesome jazz mix the dude made for the party.

Cooking: interesting things out of my Try the World boxes. They piled up for a while but we've now had Tom Yum soup and green curry from the Thai box, pasta with pesto and peas, and tonight a nice chicken breast with a side of mushroom risotto sprinkled with truffle zest, both from the Italian box. (These things aren't as exotic as usual...but everything is delicious.) I'm also planning to make pao de queijo and a beef churrasco from the Brazilian box that arrived during the Olympics, when we were thinking of Brazil...France, Sweden, and Portugal were some of the other boxes this year. And the only thing I've eaten from those are the sweets!

Eating: leftover cake--carrot cake and red velvet, because both go with cream cheese frosting! Mmmm cream cheese frosting.

Thinking: I really need to get back to stitching! Look at all those missed opportunities. And I'm not sure this is anything short of insane, but I've already been thinking about a couple of projects I want to add to the rotation next year.

Planning: a trip to NYC for the FIDE World Championship. Well, okay, we're both going to NYC but only one of us is going to watch the chess.

Reading: Just finished The Girls by Emma Cline, I read it for
my new book club "Books and Brew" that meets at a local pub. The book was only okay. Overwritten but an excellent look at the interior life of girls.

Me and Special K partying down
Wanting: a wake-up light. I have such a hard time getting up in the dark and forget feeling rested! I won't be happy until next spring,

Surprised by: The dude's touching tribute at my 50th birthday party. That man...

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Waldorff Again

As promised, I have returned to Waldorff. I spent Saturday crafting with my niece and cousin, and taking care of a sick dude. I didn't get as much time with this piece as I would've liked, but I outlined some of the blocks of stitching I will need to do. Not sure if that will speed things along or not. I suppose at some point when it will be hard to hold the pattern and stitch, this will facilitate things. So maybe it will pay off in the long run.

I've picked up Mary's Stocking.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Small SAL - Biscornu

It's nice to be missed! Thanks for all your comments. This week is a little less scheduled but there is a party coming up soon! And work to be done for that. This business of being old(er) is hard. ;)

For Heather's Small SAL, I chose Lizzie*Kate's Hoot, a limited edition biscornu and fob. And half a biscornu is better than none. I started this on the appointed day, and have spent the rest of the month--and more!--finishing it. Thus I decided each side of the biscornu could be a finish for this SAL.

So let's review this month.

  1. Waldorff, Homespun Sampler--finished page two
  2. Mary's Stocking, SB--closing in on a finish
  3. Wisteria Snowman, SB--she has a head!
  4. Our Souls, Midsummer Night Designs --a tiny bit of progress
  5. Christian's Stocking, SB--some good progress
  6. Cinnamon Stars, Plum Street--just a bit, but no photo
  7. Small #9--yes!
  8. Lovebird, JABC--no, see above
  9. I haven't decided yet what to put here. I may call audible on game day.--found Ladybug, Ladybug but didn't stitch on it
  10. Tis the Season, Blackbird--and also no.
In October I hope to stick to my Molly rotation with the same line-up, including Ladybug, Ladybug at Number 9. I also plan to have a fun and happy birthday in two weeks (give or take).

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Where the Hell Have You Been?

Dear Friends, I have been away for weeks, and I'm sorry. So much I wanted to do--keep you up to date with my rotation stitching, wish our friend Jo a Happy 50th Birthday (my own is not far behind), check in with the Spinster and our dear pal Stewie, but it's just been busy. (I can't comment from my phone, and this drives me nuts!)

The dude is hogging the computer with his "work." (It's actually real work, a second job no less.) (I apologize for the sarcastic quotation marks.) I had to go away for work last week, and I thought for sure I could catch up but I was delusional. So here we are. I'm supposed to tell you about my stitching small, but I fear that will have to wait for Saturday. (It's not quite done. And tomorrow is Stamp Night.)

When we last met, I was picking up Wisteria Snowman from Shepherd's Bush. She was headless then. Not so headless now...This is about the time my parents' DNA results came in, and I was trying to find my mother's father's relatives. We need more Eastern Europeans to jump on the bandwagon, alas. (My mother is a veritable stew of peoples. Including trace amounts of DNA from North Africa, South Asia, and indigenous America. My father is not as French Canadian as we thought clocking in at 57% British and Irish!)

I next picked up Christian's Stocking because I thought I was going to be able to get this done for Christmas. I haven't picked it up since January 2015 when I was in the throes of Debbie's Ultimate Crazy January Challenge. Now it looks like this:

During this three day period, I was also attending Cookbook Club (Chasen's Chili from A Twist of the Wrist) and trying to salvage the overload of pears we got from the farm share. (I made pear sauce, which is like applesauce, but we all need to make it more often so pearsauce becomes a thing I don't have to explain.)

I moved on to Our Souls but I was in the midst of getting a flight for my Big Birthday Trip that my mother and aunt and I will be taking in February. More later. I was also attending meetings for my volunteer work and preparing the invitations for my Big Birthday Celebration. This poor sampler got so little attention.

I moved on to Cinnamon Stars but with only one day of stitching, I'm not sure it's worth the photo.

When I went off to Pittsburgh for the conference, I brought a small, Lovebird, and Ladybug, Ladybug (it's been found!), but I only worked on the small...and I'm still working on the small.

So there's been a little stitching and a lot of thinking of you all. I think that catches you up!

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Mary's Stocking, Part VIII

I've gotten somewhere with Mary on this rotation. The top is nearly finished--just a couple more leaves and one small tendril on the left. I had had to fudge things a bit on the right side, and as I was moving swimmingly along on the left side, I was thinking that I was going to have to fix my mistake. Then, I came to the realization that I made a similar mistake on the left. Problem solved! (Here's how she looked last time.)

I was also able to stop off at the LNS and get the right color for her face and hand. So I quickly filled those in.

The M looks disproportionate in the name, but it's just a fold in the fabric distorting it.

Next up: Wisteria Snowman

Monday, September 05, 2016

The Return of Waldorff

There is something about this dignified Airedale, that in no way reminds me of the goofball dogs that my aunt had. Max, Woody, and Jameson were terriers through and through--stubborn, energetic, rambunctious, and (worse!) diggers. But she adored them all.

I'm pleased to report that I have completed page two. The colors in the leaves on these flowers are so strange, but I just go along for the ride. We wouldn't want to detract from the main feature!

Thank you for your kind words on how this rotation is working for me. I am pleased that a thing (or two) will get done this year! Three days seems to be enough time to make a difference and not too much time that I get bored. Which is my wont.


Thursday, September 01, 2016

Last Up in the August Rotation, Tis the Season

Ah, September. I look forward to your cooler temperatures. You have cooler temperatures for us, right? RIGHT?

The last project up in my rotation was Tis the Season by Blackbird Designs. You may remember that I am stitching this for my aunt (she of the "In the Pink" project) because she asked for a Christmas stitch. I am stitching this on the called-for fabric with the Belle Soie silks. I am enjoying it very much.

The last time I worked on it, it looked like this:
Once the cardinal is done, most of what's left are smaller motifs which should give the feeling that I am zipping along toward a finish! LOL We'll see about that at the end of September.

There is a needle stuck in it now, so we shouldn't have any future mishaps!

My goal last month was to stick to my "Molly Rotation."

  1. Waldorff, Homespun Sampler -- yes
  2. Mary's Stocking, SB --switched Mary with Wisteria, but did stitch on her
  3. Wisteria Snowman, SB - yes
  4. Our Souls, Midsummer Night Designs - no
  5. Greenland Santa, Mill Hill - finished!
  6. Cinnamon Stars, Plum Street - yes
  7. Small #8 - finished!
  8. Lovebird, JABC - yes
  9. Ladybug, Ladybug, Rabbit Workes - I couldn't find it! Nominally, I switched it out with Deruta biscornu, but I didn't actually stitch on that either.
  10. Tis the Season, Blackbird - yes
During September, I plan to stick with the rotation. After all, things are getting done!
  1. Waldorff, Homespun Sampler
  2. Mary's Stocking, SB
  3. Wisteria Snowman, SB
  4. Our Souls, Midsummer Night Designs
  5. Christian's Stocking, SB
  6. Cinnamon Stars, Plum Street
  7. Small #9
  8. Lovebird, JABC
  9. I haven't decided yet what to put here. I may call audible on game day.
  10. Tis the Season, Blackbird