Monday, May 11, 2015

Baby Samplers

Special K and Sugar Rea are turning one next month. Where does the time go? I thought I should get a move on, especially since the needlework shop is having a sale on framing. (The sale is a bonus; the drawback is the influx of framing pushing the three week turnaround to six or more weeks.) I had to get these suckers done!

Last weekend I went to the needlework shops looking for additional silk because I was not going to finish both these baby samplers with the thread I had left. My two local shops didn't have the Belle Soie Carnation that I was using, so I looked for something that would "go." I was pretty successful, I think.

The original pink silk I was using forms the boxes and the lettering. The overdyed is Waterlilies Apple Blossom.

What's that you say? Mistake? Why, yes, there is. You will be relieved to know that I noticed, thanks to some eagle-eyed friends on Facebook. (Can't find it? Here's a clue. They aren't a scheduled C-section for this year.) Fortunately, I had Sugar Rea's sampler with me, so I picked out my work--more on that in a moment--and used the Carnation to fix the error. The five became a four before it went in for framing.

So, picking out the work. Well, Sugar Rea's sampler looked like this after the emergency unpicking.

My sister decided she liked the variegated/pink combination better and because I am an amazing sister--with nothing else to do--I am changing it. I hope to get it to the shop before next weekend. Wish me luck!

Friday, May 01, 2015


Well, hello!

You would think I would be more rested than I am, after taking a huge break from the blog and crafting. But I was busy. Looking back over my calendar last month, there are very few blank days. So many things and none of them crafting! I had hoped to finish that stand up, but it mocks me from the ironing board where it seems to have taken up residence.

The best news to come out of last month was I hired a new cleaner! She came and did a "spring cleaning" and let me tell you, as we went around the house putting everything back in its correct spot (don't you hate when people take your elegantly angled furniture and line it up against the wall?) we opened the dude's closet to see...the closet floor! I'm pretty sure we haven't seen that since we pulled up the kelly green shag carpeting when we moved in! She exceeded my wildest expectations; let's hope she can remember to lock all the doors week in and week out. (She's actually only coming every other week, so that doubles her chances, right?)

To help me get back on track, I offer these goals for May:

  • Finish (and frame) the babies' birth samplers for their birthday next month.
  • Knit the damn baby dresses. Remember how I thought I was so clever because I chose the one year size--I was giving myself So.Much.Time to get these projects done? Well, Sugar Rea is in the 98% for height! WTF, babies? Stop growing!
  • Entertain my MIL while she visits. (Now you see why I managed to hire a housekeeper!)
Happy May Day!
(This is my college, in the old days. They still run 'round the Maypoles.)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ignominious End

I totally forgot I had a hair appointment tonight. It takes a lot of time to look this good! But it gave me a chance to work on a Crazy January project. (Slow Poke, Ewe and Eye)

I will return in April, with less blogging but more finishing. With any luck, I'll manage to show you the 19 other finishes I had planned for this month. 

Sunday, March 29, 2015


So I went ahead and did something a little dumb... I've lost my focus! 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Baby Cakes

My mom is visiting, staying with Sissy and the grandbabies. Last time she was here, I was booked solid and didn't get to see much of her, so we went over and hung out. Sugar Rea and Special K are such happy babies. And doing so well after their bumpy start.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Muriel Ready to Travel

Miss Muriel has been visiting Kathy who has taken our Flat Grandma to quite a wide variety of places. Although Muriel has been quite crotchety, she loves to talk stitching. Anyway, she's ready for some (more!) new scenery, if you're interested in hosting, toss your hat in the ring.