Stitching and Life in the Company of Pets

Friday, September 22, 2006

Stitching ADD?

Is there such a thing as stitching attention deficiet disorder? If so, I think I am currently suffering from that. For some reason I just don't seem to be able to stay focused on a project long enough to get it finished lately. I've never had so many WIP's going in my life, a couple are in danger of drifting into the UFO zone if I don't pick them up soon. There just seem to be so many fun projects that are attracting my attention lately, and I don't seem to have the willpower not to start them.

Maybe it is a winter nesting instinct. Squirrels store up a cache of nuts and things to have at the ready when winter hits. Maybe I'm stocking up on WIP's so that I'll have a good selection at the ready to pick up and work on at any given time. Oh well, I'm enjoying working on them, and enjoyment of what you are stitching is important, otherwise why do it, right?

The project I just started is a cute little Santa Bear, here is what I've done so far

Santa Bear is from the Dimensions Daydreams kit series. These kits are great if you don't like finishing. The kit comes with the decorative mat, backing, supplies to stitch the center portion, glass, and clips to put it all together. When it is done I'll have a 8" x 8" square finished picture that I can either hang up or set on a bookshelf or someplace. This is the cover of the kit so you can see what it will look like finished and in the mat

The little guy is so cute that I bought two of the kits, one for me and one for a gift. The craft store near me had all the Christmas stuff on sale for 25% off, so it was only $7.50, which I thought was a great price for getting the kit and all the stuff to finish it off. I'll enjoy mine, and as a present I'll have fun doing it and they should have fun displaying it. Plus, since it is so flat, it will take up almost no room at all to store outside of the Christmas season. I can't believe that it is getting to be Christmas time again, this year has flown by way to fast.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Blogger Gremlins and Snow Ho Ho

Help, I think I some of the computer gremlins that were visiting Lynn come over to my place. I changed my blog templete to be blue instead of the previous Rose color that it originally was. When I did it, the system said I would lose any of my previous formatting. I figured that was ok, as I hadn't really figured out how to do much anyway, just post the links to 3 other blogs, which I could redo. However, when I got on this morning, my blog's blue like I wanted, but now my profile is at the bottom of the blog, way below my entries. If you don't scroll down to see the older entries, you won't even know I have a profile. I don't see a way to put the profile back up at the top, does anyone know how to move the side profile up to the top again?

On a stitching note, I decided to work some more on Snow Ho Ho by Waxing Moon. Dogs was calling to me too, but that seems to be working well as a travel project, and Snow Ho Ho with the darker fabric and higher count is something I really need to work on at home with better light and my magnifier close at hand. I'm having fun with this little guy as he is so chubby and cute, and I may actually get him finished before winter/Christmas hits this year.

Here is a picture of what he'll look like when I get him done. The fabric he is on is a denim blue Jobelen, and has a great feel to it.

It is another overcast, chilly day here, perfect for staying indoors and stitching. What is everyone else working on?

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Ground Hog

Today has been a cool, drizzly one. Not the nice summer soft rain you get sometimes, but the colder fall is here, start thinking about winter drizzle. All in all, the type of day where it is nice to just stay home and indoors. While I did get some errands ran, I also found time to read my new Cross Stitch Crazy magazine. I love the little Christmas Mice that they had this month, they'll look so cute if I get organized and get Christmas Cards stitched this year.

I also got some stitching time in, well really beading. I've had Ground Hog (a freebie by Bent Creek) done for a while except for the beading on the outside edges. So now the little guy is done, all I need to do is tuck him into a tuck pillow. This is actually the third Ground Hog I've done. The first one I finished, my daughter liked so well she ran off with it (nice to know my stitching is appreciated, LOL). The second one I made for my mom, as she loves to decorate for all the holiday's and there isn't much out there for Ground Hog's Day. I like this little guy so well, and he works up so quick, that I decided to make a third one so that I could actually have one too. He'll be a lot of fun to set out in the spring.

Now I just need to decide what next to put some time into, decisions, decisions, there are so many fun projects. :)

Monday, September 04, 2006

Mysteries and cat assistance

Today, while I did get some cleaning accomplished, I mainly finished a mystery I'd been reading. If you like mysteries and knitting, even if you're pretty much just a scarf person like me or just like looking at all the wonderful colors and fibers out there, this was a fun series. It is by Maggie Sefton and it's set in Colorado, so you get to hear all about the beautiful Colorado scenery while reading. I finished the third in the series, A Deadly Yarn, and am almost ambitious enough to want to try the shawl that they talk about. Yup, it gives you a pattern and recipes along with a fun mystery. Hey Lynn, with all your great stash of yarn you'd be all set. :)

Anyway, it got me to pull out the scarf I'm knitting for my daughter. She's in Colorado, and says it is getting pretty nippy in the early mornings and late evenings, so I figure she can use a warm scarf for this winter. The picture seems pretty close on color, and it is twice as wide as shown as I doubled it over to scan it. It is a deep varigated purple, and really soft fuzzy yarn. I'd probably get more done if my one cat Bug would quit trying to help. The moving yarn is just to much of a temptation for him and he loves to try and catch it in his teeth. Working with slighly damp yarn is such fun. Oh well, it is easier than when my other cat Midnight wanders in, she is determined to make a nest in the bag of loose yarn.

Tomorrow it will be back to work and I should get a little more done on my Dogs project. Hope everyone had a safe and relaxing Labor Day weekend.

Sunday, September 03, 2006


Here is my current travel project (if this works) Dogs of Duckport, a Suzy Zoo design. I love the dogs, they remind me of mine. I have two dogs, Sasha a Retriever/Newfoundland mix who is about 130 lbs and Jazmine, a Retriever/Spaniel mix who is about 80 lbs. Needless to say, all I have to say is the word treat and they get the same big goofy type looks on their faces.

Here is what the finished one should look like

It's fall

The mornings are so much cooler now I can certainly tell that fall is on its way. I don't know where the summer went. In looking at my last post, I can't believe how fast time has gone. I was planning on blogging if not every day at least regularly, but that doesn't seem to have happened. However, I have had a great time reading everyone elses blogs, what a busy group.

Work has been crazy for the last month or so, but looks to be slowing down a bit now, so hopefully I can get some more stitching in. I'd really like to get more work done on my Dogs of Duckport (a suzy zoo design) and Snow Ho Ho (by Waxing Moon). Next month is October, so it doesn't look like Trick or Treat Mice (by Lori Birmingham) will get done this year. Oh well, Trick or Treat Mice seems to have turned into my life time project, which is really sad as it isn't all that big and it is very cute.

I haven't figured out how to post pictures on my blog yet, that is my next challenge. However, I do have a webshots album with my stitching stuff if anyone wants to peek.

Also, thanks Lili for the post, getting comments is great.