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2017 Finishes

1. Now I Know My ABC’s (Winter theme) by Blackbird Designs. Finished Friday, January 6, 2017

2. Sew Bands by iStitch Designs. Finished Friday, January 13, 2017

3. Les Grande Pensée excerpt. Finished Friday, January 20, 2017

4.Spring For Rabbits by The Gentle Art Sampler Threads. Finished Sunday, February 12, 2017

5. Teacup Mice by Margaret Sherry. Finished Tuesday, February 14, 2017

6. New Years’ Magic by Brooke’s Books. Finished Thursday, February 23, 2017

7. Les étiquettes des bocaux (Jar Labels) Blue Teacup by Véronique Enginger of Les Brodeuses Parisiennes. Finished Thursday, March 2, 2017

8. Les étiquettes des bocaux (Jar Labels) Yellow Teabag by Véronique Enginger of Les Brodeuses Parisiennes. Finished Friday, March 3, 2017

9. Les étiquettes des bocaux (Jar Labels) Clothespin with Flowers by Véronique Enginger of Les Brodeuses Parisiennes. Finished Friday, March 10, 2017

10. Luck 2017 Flip-It by Lizzie Kate. Finished Sunday, March 12, 2017

11. Now I Know My ABC’s by Blackbird Designs (summer version). Finished Friday, March 17, 2017

12. Basket by Lizzie Kate. Finished Friday, March 24, 2017

13. Love by Lizzie Kate. Finished Sunday, March 26, 2017

14. My Wurk by At The Hop. Finished Thursday, April 6, 2017

15. Buttons and Blooms by Blackbird Designs. Finished Saturday, May 13, 2017

16. Tiny Flag by Shepherd’s Bush. Finished Friday, May 19, 2017

17. Winds of Change by Cross Eyed Cricket. Finished Wednesday, June 21, 2017

18. Summer by The Snowflower Diaries. Finished Friday, June 23, 2017

19. Flags and Friends by Bent Creek. Finished Tuesday, July 11, 2017

20. Strawberries and Cream By Casey Buonaugurio. Finished Sunday July 16, 2017

21. Be Kind and True by Blackbird Designs. Finished Sunday, August 6, 2017

22. Little Sunflower Doodle by SanMan Originals. Finished Wednesday, August 9, 2017

24. All Hallows Eve by Chessie and Me. Finished Monday, September 11, 2017

25. Creepy by SanMan Originals. Finished Tuesday, September 12, 2017

26. 2010 Fright Night Quaker Halloween by SanMan Originals. Finished Sunday, October 15, 2017

27. Boo! by Blackbird Designs. Finished Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

28. Yule by The Primitive Hare. Finished Monday, November 27, 2017

29. Merry One by Plum Street Samplers. Finished Saturday, December 9, 2017

Number of Finishes By Year-

1. 2008 Finishes -10

2. 2009 Finishes- 21

3. 2010 Finishes- 49

4. 2011 Finishes- 26

5. 2012 Finishes- 35

6. 2013 Finishes- 7

7. 2014 Finishes- 19

8. 2015 Finishes- 61

9. 2016 Finishes- 50

10. 2017 Finishes-

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

It may be fall, but it's still 95 degrees out

Ah, autumn in the desert. While the rest of the country is experiencing cooler weather and heartier food fare, in the crisp evenings during this time of year, yours truly is still baking in temps of 95 and above. But wait, dost my eyes and ears deceive me? The weatherman actually predicting a 10 degree drop next week into the frigid unforgiving wasteland of the mid 80's? Get out the parkas! Round up the soup and stew recipes! Get out the mittens and balaclavas! It's gonna be a long, and chilly ride into that which is known as winter.

I realize the snarkiness of this post has reached maximum capacity, however, there are reasons for this. And as we are dealing with the subject of my person, there is a story attached to it. Back a few weeks ago, I started experiencing severe pain and strain in my hands and arms, which neither ice, nor rest, nor scarfing down Advil as if they were M & M's seemed to abate. I hied myself to a doctor forthwith, as my hands and my arms are not just my livelihood, I WASN'T ABLE TO STITCH. That, my dear friends, is what caused sheer panic at the disco. I could not even hold a mere 6 inch Q-snap frame and stitch for any length of time. The thought of potentially having to give up a hobby that I have been practicing and collecting for the last 15-20 years was too much to bear. I procured a recommendation from a coworker and made an appointment. It wasn't as bad as I feared, however, I will have to change some things, take some drugs that probably aren't covered by my insurance after the samples have run out, and cut back some of my hours at work. Such is the price we pay, being in this thing called life, eh? I am counting my blessings that it wasn't as bad as I had feared, and there are simple things I can do to assist in the recovery of my person and for long term health and well being. Yay for that, yea? :)

It's taken a bit of time, but I feel a lot better and I am now able to stitch for short periods of time. I started one of these before my hands and arms gave me the middle finger, and the other I started the other day. Here I present my meager offerings for your viewing pleasure :)

WIP #1:

Design: Leaves from the Winter Circle leaflet #142

Designer: Cross Eyed Cricket

Fabric: 28 count Glasgow linen in raw

Fibers Used: DMC Embroidery Floss Art 117 in 310, 500, 502, 677, 730, 902, 918, 3013, 3721, 3826, and 3828.

WIP #2:

Design: Quaker Acorn

Designer: The Workbasket

Fabric: 32 count linen in Golden Maple by Fleur de Luce Hand Dyeds

Fiber Used: Crescent Colours hand dyed silk in Harvest

***Stitcher's notes: One thread silk over 2 fabric threads.

Well, I best be off for now. I have to work today, and I have some things to do before I go. Hope everyone is having a great week and stitching their butts off! :)


Respectfully submitted,



Christina said...

I can sympathize with you on the weather. We are still in the 80's-90's as well. Great start on both of your WIPs. Hope you can get some relief from your pain soon.

KaLu - Claudia said...

Same here on the weather, were getting a break this weekend because of the storm ... but monday they say were back to upper 90's

lovely WIP's i already love the fall leaves and its not even finished !