Monthly Archives: February 2008

I can’t believe it’s been 10 days…

…since I posted and almost that since I did any kind of stitching. Life seems to have taken over.

I did have brief visit to my favorite hospital (I’m fine…really. Just something they needed to check out). But I really can’t point to two days of my life and say that’s why I didn’t get things done.

No, I think the real culprit is the enormous amounts of time I manage to waste whilst doing very little. And the worst of all the time suckers in my world is this infernal box I am using to pen this brief entry. Too many hours spent perusing websites, blogs and boards and too few actually stitching.

And, apart from the time here, I have also been trying to get myself back into my diet and exercise mode. Although I don’t consider this pursuit a waste of time, it does take a lot of energy and focus.. I have to believe it’s worth it, though…since it is also the most important thing I can do to assure I get to stitch at least the majority of this massive stash of mine.

I do have a few things to post….pictures and such….and a rather dismal accounting for the February goals I set for myself, but right now I have to get to work. Work…something else that’s been keeping me busy. Sigh… I NEED A PATRON!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Okay…so that’s not likely to happen. And no, I’m not really complaining. The truth of the matter is that, even more than a patron, I need a little self discipline. It’s probably time to suck it up and get better at time management.

So…in the interests of preserving my source of income and using my time wisely, I will say take care until later. I hope this finds you all doing more stitching than I am.

Blessings,

Julie

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Well one goal met is better…

…than none, right?

Dan and I have returned home from our midwinter long weekend away. On Friday when we left it was about six below and we were heading about 200 miles north. Crazy? Not really. February on the north shore of Lake Superior is beautiful, especially on a cold, sunny day. The lake is open and is the deepest sapphire blue you can imagine. The ice that rims it and occasionally float in floes is pristine white and sparkles like it was made of a thousand diamonds. The water is warmer than the air so oftentimes steams rises from the surface…like the whole lake is coming to a boil.

The roads were clear and dry, the Naniboujou lodge was warm and welcoming, the food wonderful and the quiet and peace refreshing in the extreme. There are no telephones (save one pay phone in the lobby), no TV, cell service is sporadic at best…it’s almost like stepping back 50 years. There’s a beautiful sun room filled with comfy chairs and sofas that overlooks the lake. We spent a lot of our time curled up on the soft cushions just reading, stitching and enjoying the beauty of the surroundings.

I think I’m a bit behind on what I’d hoped to accomplish this month, but as the title of this post suggests, I did complete one goal over the weekend. I finished knitting the third ball of yarn into my scarf…so it is on to the fourth and last ball, then I can say finis. Yeah! I also worked on Color Cubes a bit, too.

I am going to close for now, because I have guests arriving shortly. But I will post photos later and share some more about the weekend.

I hope this finds everyone well, warm and happy!

Blessings,

Julie

Yes, Virgina….

….I have been stitching. At least a little. It’s been busy, trying to catch up from last week and get ready for a little R & R this coming weekend. We’re finally out of the dumper temperature-wise (aka: above zero) and there is just the slightest possibility we may see spring in a couple of months. ๐Ÿ™‚

So what is my latest report from the wonderful world of needlework? Well, last weekend I worked on both Laura Perin’s beautiful Color Cubes and also added about half a ball of yarn to my scarf. I didn’t shoot another photo of the scarf, simply because it looks the same, just a tad longer. But this is what Color Cubes looked like by the end of the weekend:

Color Cubes

Sorry that I cut the corner off, but I’m working with a new camera. (Another adventure from the weekend.) And just so you can see some the detail from the corner of this lovely piece, here’s a closeup:

Close up of Color Cubes

My next step will be to fill in a lot of glittering metallics. I can’t wait to see how they make these colors pop! Have I mentioned I LOVE working Laura Perin designs? ๐Ÿ™‚

The end of last week and this week, I’ve been working on my Advent Sampler (Mary Beale) rotation:

Here is where I’d left off before the New Year:

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This was my progress by the end of last week after about five hours:

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Lots of confetti stitching in the greens at the bottom of the page.

My progress since then? Not as much as I’d like, but stay tuned. Of one thing I can assure you…Adam now has hair. ๐Ÿ™‚

This is stunning piece. HUGE but stunning. It tells the Bible story from creation through the birth of Christ in pictures, each one close to this same size. I”m doing them all on one huge piece of 40 count linen with DMC floss. I will do a small line (or two) of black cross stitch to separate the individual pictures. One neat thing about this is, I can have 24 little happy dances along the way.

If you are interested, the Advent Sampler can be ordered directly from Mary here. As far as I know, these charts are available only as a download. I had no problems accessing the files and while the charts themselves are hand-drawn, they are very easy to read and Mary’s artwork is a wonderful addition. She even gives some suggestions (with accompanying sketches) for finishing.

So that’s my week in stitches. How was yours?

I want to leave each of you with my very best wishes for a wonderful and peaceful St. Valentine’s Day. Willa Cather said, ‘Where there is great love, there are always miracles’. May your day tomorrow, your week and year all be filled with great love and great miracles.

Blessings,

Julie

What personality? (Can you tell I have a little cabin fever?)

You Have A Type B+ Personality


You’re a pro at going with the flow
You love to kick back and take in everything life has to offer. A total joy to be around, people crave your stability.While you’re

totally laid back, you can have bouts of hyperactivity.Get into a project you love, and you won’t stop until it’s done

You’re passionate – just selective about your passions

I think what scares me is this is close to being right on. ๐Ÿ™‚ I will have a stitching post later. Hope everyone is having a wonderful day.
Blessings,
Julie

Have I Mentioned…

…that I love Laura Perin designs? As part of my plan for the year, I wanted to spend my weekends either knitting or with my needlepoint. Last weekend, I decided my rotation was incomplete without a Laura Perin in it, so I started Color Cubes.ย  It is fabulous fun. I am working with the alternate color she gives for Splendor, so this a darker, more jeweltoned version of the cover photo.

This was my progress after two days:

Color Cubes by Laura Perin

As always, the chart is a dream to read, the pattern works up quickly (think immediate gratification here) and the color usage is phenomenal. I hope to have this done by the end of the month.

My other weekend project, the scarf I’m knitting, was regulated to my Super Bowl watching time.ย  I’m working on a very simple k3, p3 scarf to get my knitting legs back again.ย  The yarn is a wool Noro that I love!!!!

This is my progress to date, I am just into my third ball of yarn.

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Aren’t the colors pretty?

This week’s stitching time will be devoted to The Advent Sampler. I’ll share progress photos later in the rotation.

I want to thank everyone who has left a comment recently or sent an e-mail. It is such a wonderful blessing to hear from each of you. Sheri, if you’re out there and reading. I did try to send you a note using the e-mail tag associated with your comments. It got bounced back to me twice. So please, please, please….send me an e-mail so I can send you my thanks in person.

Well, that’s about all for today. I hope the week’s beginning has been wonderful for all.

Many blessings,

Julie

February Needlework Aspirations:

–Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them and follow where they lead. –Louisa May Alcott

I like the word aspirations…you know, kind of like a kinder, gentler version of goals. (I’m into that ‘kinder-gentler’ stuff!)

So, what do I aspire to do in the month ahead?

1. Submit the next section of my Master Needle Artist research. This needs to be accomplished no later than the end of the month, but I am hoping for sooner.

2. Completely stitch a Christmas ornament

3. Complete first three bands of Ann Holewll to keep up with the With My Needle Stitchalong.

4. Complete 2 ten hour rotations in Counted Thread. One on the Advent Sampler, one on The Ancestral Wedding Sampler.

5. Finish the Pine Mountain Love pillow. (this includes ripping out. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

6. Finish my Laura Perin Color Cubes (started yesterday)

7.ย  Finish knitting ball #3 into my scarf

8. Continue to blog at least twice a week, including photos as often as possible.

9. Finish work on my library listing and get the updated list posted here.

Apart from needlework, I am hoping for a quiet month. We have a short winter vacation planned (ie: long weekend) over Valentine’s day, but apart from that it will simply be work, rest and play here at home. Sounds wonderful to me!

It’s been a great weekend here. Yesterday we had a stitching get together. What fun!! And, as usual, I completely forgot to take pictures. Ah well, there’s always next time.

Today we are joining friends for the ‘big game’. Chili, TV and a lot of laughter. ๐Ÿ™‚ It is a long-standing tradition and I am really looking forward to our time together. I do, of course, have my preference for who will emerge victorious, but most of all, I hope for a good game. It saddens me so much to see all the allegations of cheating in a sport I’ve enjoyed since childhood (watching, not playing :-))

Hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday. May all your stitches be doubly blessed.

Julie

My Second Finish of the Year

‘Grace isn’t a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It’s a way to live –Jackie Windspear’

One of my goals for this year is to get 11 Christmas ornaments stitched. I have my start. ๐Ÿ™‚ I finished my January ornament one day late. The over one was NOT going well last night, so I decided it was okay to leave it one more day, so I could finish it in the daylight. I’m glad I did. Frogging over one is NO fun!

This ornament is from 2004 Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue. It is ‘I Saw Three Ships’ by Jane Timmers of Fancy Work.

I Saw Three Ships

It is done on 32 ct Star Sapphire Jobelan with the recommended DMC cotton floss. This is the photo taken without the flash–blurry, but the color is better.

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This is the photo taken with the flash. Sigh…will I ever get the hang of needlework photography?

I have several ornaments in this shape by the same designer. I plan to finish them all and frame them together.

Hope everyone has a wonderfully stitchy weekend planned. I do…and even some knitting whilst watching the game on Sunday.

Blessings,

Julie