May Stitch from Stash Check in

Wow, it’s been a full month since I blogged.  I would like to say that I’ve been busy stitching but I think I spent more time playing games on my tablet than anything else.  Since I was playing games, I didn’t do any shopping…So my May spent amount is ZERO.  But I didn’t earn anything either.  I did actually work on a few things though.  I have pictures to prove it….

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I finished up my rotation slot on Spring Carousel Horse by Teresa Wentzler and I started the rotation slot on Memories of Tide Pools.  Just so you all remember what it looks like….

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I’ve also been volunteering up at This is the Place Heritage park and when I’m up there I have a scrap quilt that I’ve been working on.  I’m surprised that I haven’t done more on it considering the amount of time I’ve had to quilt between guests.  In addition, I’ve been working on Nora Corbett’s Christmas Elf which is my current travel piece.  I figure if I can do a thread a day I will eventually finish it.

So that was my month…

April Stitch from Stash Check In

Business First

Month: April

Spent: 7.50

Earned: $24.00 – 2 pieces the first worth $16 and the 2nd worth $8

So I was over budget by 4.91 last month which meant I didn’t have the normal budget to spend this month.  I was limited to what I earned after I paid back my overage.  Early on in the month, I finished an original design sampler meant to teach specialty stitches, being mainly specialty stitches It counted double (plus I should get designer credit)

EGA Green and White Sampler

And the rest of the month, I worked on finishing The Raven by La-D-Da using Fibers to Dye For and stitched on Silkweaver’s Parkland and tonight I finished it.

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I started this for my son, Light.  I have 2 other La-D-Da pieces for the other children but I won’t be starting those for a bit.  The 7.50 I spent was for the missing fibers and beads I needed to start Christmas Elf by Mirabilia/Nora Corbett and I started her and she’s now my travel piece.  Finishing The Raven means that this rotation slot is done and it’s back to a TW piece – and up on the frame is Spring Carousel Horse.

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Let’s see what 10 hours on this will produce….

Wipocalypse April check in

So the topic for Wipocalypse this month is which stitches to you dread and what do you like?

About the only stitch I dread is bullion knots I just can’t get the tension right and they look like sad worms….  As for stitches I like, I enjoy Queen stitches.  I know other people hate them but I find them easy. I haven’t really understood why people find them so hard, for the longest time I thought I must be doing them wrong.  Several  years ago though I had a conversation with a designer who enjoys Queen stitches too and she said I was doing them correctly.  So I don’t understand the fuss.

For a background stitch on Needlepoint canvases, I usually fall back on Queen Anne’s Lace, often referred to as a T stitch. It’s a simple filler stitch that works up quickly.

If you want pictures of what I did this month, check out the blog entry before this one.  I’ve done 2 rotation slots in a short period of time and I’m progressing on The Raven too.   Pictures of that to come next Wednesday. Hopefully it will be finished by then or at least close to being done.

One finished rotation slot…

April 2014 rotation completed

April 2014 rotation completed

And on to the next Theresa Wentzler design on the rotation list – Spring Carousel Horse.

But the rotation list does say that I should work on something in between the TW designs and I went over budget by 4.91 in my stitch from stash challenge. If I finish some pieces then I can earn back the 4.91 and be back on track. I’ve finished one piece – a sampler I designed from a stitch sheet we got in EGA last month and using threads given from the EGA teacher.

EGA Green and White Sampler

This is the sampler… it’s 67×68 and mainly specialty stitches which equates to a credit of $16.  That makes up my deficit and covers the 7.50 in beads and Krenik I need to finish kitting up Mirabilia’s Christmas elf.  However, just to be on the safe side, I would like to finish up one more piece and the only small piece I have which is close to being finished is The Raven by La-D-Da.

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I started this one a few years ago for my middle child and it’s been my travel piece but I want to have Christmas Elf as my travel piece so Raven needs to be finished. I should be able to finish it in under 10 hours it’s only 161 x 64 and I’ve done about one out of the 6 rows of blocks.  I can get this finished this month, right?

March Stitch from Stash Report

I knew this month would be a big spending month.   Once a year I go to Logan, UT to teach Hunter’s Education classes for a USU professor who my daughter had 5 years ago.  We’ve been helping teach his classes every year since then.  In Logan is the retail home of Embroidery.com which is a huge seller of Nora Corbett/Mirabilia designs.  They were having a 20% off sale.  I got things off my wish list – Pixies – Holly, Lilac, Wisteria and Lily of the Valley as well as some of the supplies for those patterns and the threads I was missing for Christmas Elf.

So my report for the month –

Spent – $61.64

Earned – $0

But I have been stitching.  I finished up the rotation slot on Autumn Queen and I’m working on the plum block for Fruit Bellpull.  I also put a few stitches in on my travel piece, The Raven.  Hopefully things will get easier to stitch when I pick up my new glasses.  Yes, my prescription has changed again.  The joys of growing older.  I’ll add pictures later.

What’s up next for the year of TW Stitching?

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Fruit  Bellpull  by Theresa Wentzler started in 1997. Originally a gift for someone I no longer know how to contact.

Stitch from Stash February check in.

So business first
Total spent: 16.99
Total earned: 2.00
Total for month: 14.99

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I finished my band for Wendy’s  TWRR.  I also finished a baby quilt but forgot to take a picture of it. I know this band doesn’t  seem like a lot of work but it was a good start to kick off a year of stitching Teresa Wentzler projects.  Up next is Fruit Bellpull.  I’m working on the plums and then I have the pears and the cherries to finish.  If I put up the video games, I’ll have more stitching time.  In the long run, my kids will remember the things I made and not my high scores.

What do you like to do with a lazy day

Two thoughts immediately come to mind.  If money were no object and the lazy day was actually a weekend, I would travel.  I have a goal to ride the Carson County Carousel some summer.  I would like hubby to see Maui or some place on Hawaii other than the military bases.  If it were summer, Yellowstone would be a great weekend runaway.
Given the current state of life, however, the other thought is a lazy weekend existing of sleeping in, a drive to the mountains or out to the desert with a camera; window shopping at a craft store or the mall.  Stitching or quilting may occur and possibly video games like Katamari, Kingdom Hearts, and silly ones on the laptop or tablet.
I’m lucky in having many lazy weekends, probably more than I should take. If I look around the house, many projects could be done if I put in more effort. Cleaning, simple inexpensive repairs, even some DIY upgrades could be done if I got up early on a weekend and worked the way I remember my father doing. My yard would look fantastic if I spent even 30 minutes a day on it.
This begs the question, at what point do you take a lazy day without feeling guilt for things undone.  Could you do more toward your goals if non-essential things didn’t worm their way into your life? Would you want to do more than you do now?
I would love to hear your answer to the topic and resulting questions.  If you blog, post a link in the comments.  If you don’t blog feel free to answer in the comments.

Have you thought about a personal history?

I’ve been feeling like I should write more.  I used to write quite frequently (according to my archives). In an attempt to find more topics, I found a great little books of writing prompts.  Looking through them, not only may they be interesting but they could provide a way to leave a personal history for my children and grandchildren.
I know that many of my ancestors kept journals and I’m not sure what happened to them but sometimes I wish I had access to them just to know what life was like in that day.  What did they think about?  I have a few stories that I asked my grandmother and great grandmother but as I get older, the questions change and they aren’t  around to ask.

I’ve been told that one of my great grandmothers journals was mainly to do lists and grocery lists and budgets.  That still would be an interesting look at her life and a historical record.  So often we think that what the future wants to know about is the exciting things that happen but not all of life is exciting.  So much of life is what happens between adventures.

So how do you live between the adventures and with whom do you share that information?

Wipocalypse Check-In – Stuck in a rut?

February Topic: How do you overcome that feeling that you’re in a rut with a particular project?

Wait, you’re supposed to overcome that rut feeling? You mean you don’t just say, okay, time to move to the next project in the rotation and put that one back in storage?

Eventually though that time comes when that not so fun project comes back up in the rotation. That’s when that feeling of dread comes into play.  I can slog through 5 to 10 hours on any project doing 2 threads a night.  What I do in those situations is find something I really want to work on an promise myself, I can work on the fun project after I finish 2 threads on the boring project.   It’s that same principle of “you can have your pudding after you eat your meat.”  The thing is though that often, the 2 threads turn into more and, in some cases, I may even fall back in love with the dreaded piece.

The next analysis comes with why did I fall out of love with the piece. Sometimes a piece gets put up because I made a mistake and can’t find where it is and I start thinking if I let it sit then I’ll find it the next time I pick it up. Yeah, unless I leave a note, I forget that I put it up needing frogging and I’ll start stitching and have even more to frog.
Another reason for falling out of love is boredom. I don’t really like doing large blocks of the same color. Doing those large blocks is good for gauging if my tension is correct. However on the other end, too much confetti gets boring too. The bests designs have a mix of confetti and large color blocks.
On some occasions, I can no longer remember where I plan to hang the finished piece, or I have a falling out with the person to whom I was gifting the finished piece. I know that’s the case with “O Christmas Tree.” The person who chose it, called a silk and linen ornament “kitschy” not realizing the time and money I spent making it. Since then, I haven’t stitched anything for her.
Sometimes, I’m getting too close to finishing a piece and completion anxiety sets in. See I spend so much time with my pieces that they become friends and it’s hard to let them go. Those are cases where I just need to power through it and think about how lovely they will be completely finished. Knowing how they will be finished and visualizing them in their final space helps with that.

So why do you stop working on pieces?

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