Stitching and Life in the Company of Pets

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Getting close

Well Hobb's is getting closer to a finish.  Once I've done some of the more confetti areas I think he'll finish fairly quickly.  My daughter and her husband are coming home to visit mid-March and I'd really like to have him done (and framed) by then to show off.  This has been a wonderful stitch so far, with no back stitch or partial stitches it's nice and straightforward.  Just need to pay attention in some areas that are more confetti heavy than others, but over all, much easier than I thought it would be when I first looked at the design.  I'd definitely do another Heaven and Earth design, clear easy to follow pattern and all full cross stitch, and the detail is fantastic.

Not much else is getting done lately, as work has been crazy.  We lost one person in our department with no notice, and have had some down days due to the weather causing problems (snow/ice) and being year end, so it's been quite hectic and we always seem to be behind.  Hopefully things will start to settle down soon.

With all the snow and ice, and the extreme cold, I'm so ready for winter to be over.  During the ice storm over Christmas we lost power for 3 days, I was lucky though, my parents lost it for 5, and may others lost it for even longer.  It took about 2 weeks for them to get everyone back up and running.  A house can get pretty cold in that time, especially given how cold it is outside (with wind chill we've had many days that are between 15 and 30 below, ugh!!).  Then after the ice storm we got hit with the snow storm that dumped about 2 ft of snow on us, which messed everything up again.  Spring and summer can't get here soon enough.
BTW, Jackie (Scattered Threads) if you're reading this I can no longer link to your blog to say hi, but wanted to say thanks for stopping by and hope you're keeping well.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone, hope it will be a good year for you all.  As usual time got away from me and it's been a while since my last post.  During that time my daughter and her husband came to visit for a week, it went by way to quick.  They flew home from Moscow, which is where the Kooza group of Cirque Du Soleil that they work for was having their shows.  The weather wasn't the greatest some of the days, but we did get to go to the Renaissance Festival one day and had a lot of fun (even if it was kind of rainy drizzle all day).  A lot of their time was taken up with the wedding of one of Amber's best friends, which is why they came home, but still got to see them.  Really hard to see them go back.  They are in Paris now, which they seem to be really enjoying.  Working for Cirque they really are seeing the world.

As to where some more of my time went, I adopted this little cutie from the local animal shelter the end of Sept..  The first picture is on adoption day, at 2 months old, and the next two are Mouse today, she's gotten a lot bigger and is into everything.

 My poor older cat Isis (whose 9) still isn't thrilled, but I do find them taking naps on my bed together at times (just at opposite ends) and I'm hoping as Mouse gets a bit older and calms down a bit more she'll be good company for Isis when I'm at work and such.  At the moment, however, her favorite game seems to be chase and pounce, which Isis is kind of vocal about not enjoying needless to say.

I did have a finish, Good Morning is all done, just needs to be finished up with a frame.  This is a Threads Through Time design on 40 ct. silk gauze.
I got a bit more time in on Oh Bats as well, and he's close to a finish.  He'll be done and framed well in time for this year's Halloween even if he didn't make it for last year.  Wish I could get the fabric he's on to show better, it's a beautiful purple/blue shaded hand dyed sparkly fabric, fun to just look at.
And finally here's where I'm at with my HAED Literate Dragon piece.  While he didn't get finished in 2013 as I'd hoped, I got a lot done and I'm happy with him.  This was my first Heaven and Earth Design, and I love it.  All full cross stitches, no partials or back stitch, easy direction and pattern to follow, and the detail is wonderful.  I'll definitely be doing another of their designs in the future.
Well that's all I have for the moment.  Hope you all had a fun and safe New Year's Eve and wishing you the best for the coming year.