I've been keeping busy of course. Somehow I don't seem to get in those stitching slumps some of you do...I may not get as much done as a lot of people but I've lost not a bit of the desire to stitch every day as much as time permits. I've held myself back from starting too many new things this year other than my monthly ornament I promised myself and the 2012 Year of Smalls projects.
I finished up stitching the March 'smalls' project - have all the materials laid out to make this into a pincushion which hopefully will get done this week. I loved finally finding a project I could stitch on this pinkish linen! I love almost anything pink :).
Blackbird Designs Reward of Merit - "Pins & Needles"
stitched with overdyed cottons on LL "Vintage Bittersweet"
Then I finally got around to finishing up this little patriotic piece....last year when the 10th anniversary of 9-11 happened I felt guilty this had been in my stash almost 10 years and not been stitched!! It is a BBD pattern that I added the commemorative date to as I saw a similar model in my LNS. I'm debating whether to frame it or make it into a hanging pinkeep-style finish. It's small - only about 8" by 3" because I stitched it on 40-ct. This wasn't my most favorite piece to stitch...I was having issues seeing it on the top half...and I was bored with it. Once I reached about 60% done though I got a second wind like a sprinter heading for the finish line - I picked up speed and got the rest done in 3 evenings! (okay..no laughing...that's fast for me!)
Blackbird Designs "Home of the Brave"
stitched on 40-ct something with Gloriana silks
Last but not least, I am making continued progress with American Sampler .I thought I would first show you a photo where I left off about 3 years ago, before I picked it up this past January to work on for the 2012 WIPocolypse.
pre-January 2012 (geez note the date I took the photo- January 2009!)
Here's how it looks today. I love the house which is one of the features that really attracted me to this sampler. Who wouldn't want to live in such a pretty house?? It had a lot of over-1 stitching though for all the doors and windows. I'm almost down to the flower vase on the right border which will be exciting. My queen stitching is picking up speed a bit now that I'm regularly working on this piece. There will be a miniature "George & Martha" on the grass by the house soon...at least that's what I'm calling the couple since they resemble George & Martha Washington and this is after all the "American Sampler". Sorry these are all colored slightly differently - so hard to get accurate photos of how it looks!
I'm getting ready to go on vacation in about 10 days...lots to do getting ready and I haven't even started my April ornament or April smalls project. I'm falling behind but they'll keep. Last night I bought a new toy .....a Kindle Fire. So far I just love it! We have so many gadgets at our house already...multiple networked computers and laptops, then we have our work laptops because we work at home most of the time, various iPods, smart phones and my husband's iPad. He was wanting me to get an iPad also but I wanted something smaller I could carry in my purse. Maybe I'll actually be able to fit in some reading now...I've downloaded some free classics so far but need to go out and do some browsing for some good books to read. What is also a great feature is being able to load my stitching lists - I'm an obsessed list-maker. I keep an inventory of all my patterns, all my threads, linens, and 'wish list'. Maybe having these with while shopping will stop me from buying duplicate patterns! I've done that way too many times.........
Last night was the season premiere of Deadliest Catch Season 8.....I'm a big fan having watched it for many years.....so I was parked in front of the big screen TV stitching on LHN Poinsettia House and glad my show is back. Life is good!