Monthly Archives: May 2007

I will be back…I promise

I am still here, I’ve just been working through some major challenges (health and computer) which have been keeping me busy. With the exception of the class I took on beaded embroidery this past weekend, (Taught by Jo Wood…a lot of fun and the best part was seeing her artwork) I have not plied my needle in about 3 weeks time. I miss it so much!

Friday I will find out if I will be having open-heart surgery in the near term future. I guess the up-side to that is more time to stitch as I recover. 🙂 And I really am ready to quit doing this dance with the Cath lab and return to some semblence of a normal life.

What I do want to say is thank you to this amazing community for your words of love and encouragement and for the beautiful work you continue to post on your blogs and websites. Your caring, gifts and talents are a wonderful source of inspiration and comfort.

Blessings,

Julie

Blogging 101-‘F’

It’s been forever since I posted…and forever since I stitched which makes this blog a very dull place. And, when I think of my May goals, I shudder.

It seems I am at a point in life where I have enough energy for one—maybe two—things and the rest gives way before the need to nap.  I’ve been working more and enjoying my parents and between that and cleaning house I have forgotten what my stitching looks like. 😦

Mom and Dad were here (from the lake) on Mother’s Day weekend. We had a wonderful time, filled with good food music and games. It is not often I have the treat of having mom here on Mother’s Day. It was grand!

I’m off to work shortly. We had a major computer meltdown. So major, in fact, we will be doing an install of the new computers and software this week. So it promises to be busy.

I hope to have a more stitching related post soon…but in the meanwhile (((((((((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))))))))). I miss everyone!

Blessings,

Julie

Off to the Wilds of Wascott

Just a quick post on this Saturday morning. I’m off to the lake to welcome my parents back to God’s country. They live in Virgina for the winter months (close to my brother) and are due to arrive up at the lake home for the summer months. They should be in about five this afternoon. I am continually amazed at how they continue to make this pilgrimage at 81 and 76. I hope I have that much energy in thirty years.

Stitching-wise, I’ve been working on the Indigo Rose Folding Cross Needlebook. I’ve made good progress on the Tailor’s Buttonhole outline and started some of the double running as a change of pace. I spent more time frogging than stitching last night. Grrrrrrrrr!  I hope today will be better, I”m going to take this project with me as well as a small needlepoint canvas. I should be able to work on that and visit with mom and dad.

I’ll be back tomorrow evening. In the meanwhile…have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,

Julie

Oops…forgot something

One more thing for the list. I want to start the Gay Ann Rogers Redwork Mystery. 🙂 I just picked up my first set of patterns at Guild in April.

I have two sets of threads and I can’t decide which to use. Garnet (a deep red,overdyed silk) by Vicki Clayton or Granny Annie ( a Crescent Colors in a deep blue violet, overdyed cotton). Any opinions as to which would look better?

Off to work now.

Blessings,

Julie

I’ve Lost It!

Quit laughing! I was referring to my stitching mojo, not my mind. That’s around here someplace. I just realized it’s May. I had an abyssimal month (April) for stitching. I didn’t finish anything. I didn’t start anything. I didn’t work on my SAL’s. And, I didn’t miss it that much.

I think part of the problem is Spring brings other things to do…walks, gardens and family visits. I did keep up (uh…mostly) on my Walk to Rivendell. I have gotten a good start on our container garden for deck and patio. Mom and Dad will be here next week for a summer-long visit (and a 50th wedding celebration :-))))))

One of the problems is my messy work area. So this month I have to get my stitching room/closet back in order. Everything I’ve acquired in the last six months or started is in PILES. I am good at piles. In fact, I EXCEL at piles. Sigh….

The problem is, with all the piles I don’t know what I have where. I have pieces of canvas sitting around, parts for quilts, not to mention a 100 differernt WIP’s (counted thread) all begging for my attention. My sewing machine is half buried.

The rub? Well, doing something about the piles takes away from stitching time. So, being frustrated, I decide to practice avoidance and read a book. LOL

Has anyone invented a 28 hour day? And a way to give me a 2 year old’s energy for those 4 hours?

Actually, it isn’t that I don’t have time, but some days I don’t use the time I have very well.

Stitching wise-I am still ‘almost’ done’ with ED Stone Church. I have also been working on my Indigo Rose Folding Cross Needlebook. I think I’ve finally mastered the Tailor’s Buttonhole. It’s a knotted stitch that gives a lacier look than a standard buttonhole. This is also a ‘have too’ project, because I have to teach the assembly portion in June.

That’s it. Nothing more. April goals…we’ll just forget I set them. Now to look at May. Yes, I’m going to be brave and try again.

May Goals:

1. Do at least 4.5 miles per week on WtR.

2. Post at least 2 recommended readings.

3. Finish Old Stone Church and get it mailed.

4. Finish outline and start double running section on the Folding Cross Needlebook.

5. Stitch some on: Bordeaux Sampler, Anniversary pieces, Mystery Sampler I (from Papillion Creations).

6. Make progress on stitching room.

7. Assemble Block One of LeAnne’s House BOM.

8. Work on Lingerie bag (surface embroidery project)

9. Finish!!!! Part 2 of Chatelaine Mystery X

I know a lot of this is very vague, but with my family arriving and spring finally here and no mojo to speak of…it’s going to be an uphill climb just to accomplish what little is here.

I’ve stitched long enough to know that these blahhhhs will pass. But given my stash, I can’t afford down time. 🙂

I am waaayyy, waaayyy behind on blog reading and comments, but thank you to everyone who takes the time to write and maintain a needlework site! They are so inspiring! Thank you too for the comments you leave for me. I love them…and the friends who share them.

Blessings,

Julie

Today I am grateful for my family…both of my families. I am very blessed!