Saturday, February 13, 2010
I will make a notation on paper and on March 1st put all the invite names through Google blogger to let you access the blog. I know this sounds restrictive but I have no choice in the matter at this time.
I have researched about Google Blogger and if you are interested in having an invite (the only way Google Blogger private will do this ), then send me your email address to:
I will add your information on March 1st, email to the invite and the blog will continue but only through private access. This should not affect your reading or visiting the blog if I put your name on the invite list.
Thank you for understanding in this circumstance.
You can still contact me through email after March 1st, and I will add to the invite. But unfortunately, this has to be adjusted.
Until March 1st I will continue to blog my progress on stitching and other stitching related issues.
I do apologize for the confusion and conflicting thoughts and feelings. I really don't know who else to vent too and it's really inappropriate for me to put this on a public domain. I realized that and have made plans to put stitching blog issues on a private blog. There should be no extra problem for you if you give me your email address to invite.
This should resolve any other conflicts or confusions on my or your part. I realize that personal journaling has no place in the public domain especially in my circumstances. I do still love stitching and plan to converse and share stitchy related issues. The rest will go unsaid.
Afghanistan thoughts will be kept inside. Thoughts of my life will be kept inside. I do apologize for being so aggressive with my opinions on the matter, my thoughts about life in general will be kept inside.
This is an unfortunate circumstance that I should have taken care of many months ago but I enjoyed hearing from people all over the world who also love stitching that I risked the negative for hearing the positive.
I realized last night that I was not only burdening my family but also probably hundreds of people who don't really know me. However, I would like to still stay a part of the stitching community.
I'm ready for something more than just being.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Got home about 7pm. I had to drive at a snail's pace tonight.
The day started out ok and by the time I got to work, I was full of cafe mocha from home with a dip of cool whip and the temp was a little above freezing.
I jammed with the 80s and 90's channels for adrenaline. At my destination, Michael Jackson was playing on the 80's.
Somewhere in between 8:30am and 4 pm and no lunch, the weather turned for the white stuff, coming down hard starting about 2ish. This didn't stop anyone from seeing the gynecologist today. LOL Yep, its that Valentine check-up.........the love bug check.
The temp in the car was now below freezing and the roads were very treacherous. No salt trucks have been out yet.
Yep, only I would take pics riding down the road, driving with my knee on the steering wheel in icey weather listening to Duran Duran again.
I can't wait to get home and snuggle by the fire with my stitching. I almost finished the little sampler and have the perfect old frame I found at a thrift store yesterday. I will have lots of thrift store find pics later this evening.
Remember that tomorrow is the last day for the Valentine Give-away. Not sure why more people didn't post for it because it's a beauty! The earrings alone are certainly worth it. They are sterling silver and oh, so Irish......just like Katie Scarlett O'Hara!! Don't miss out and see the side bar to post.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
I'll add it to my basket of smalls this month.
It's 12:30am now and I'm still awake. Medicine to help but somehow my body fights it and I end up staying up anyway, maybe not quite coherent and humerous, scarey. This morning, I found a note in my email -----from myself-----to myself------thanking myself for all the kindness and and the colors of floss sent to me. I laughed when I saw it.
Ok, I think I emailed Jennifer H., that was who gave me those beautiful Belle Soie Silks but evidently I mailed myself one too. Now that is tired.
Wired and tired.
I'm guilty of being an avid Ebayer to find the best prices as I can for stash, even though I do also order online through some shops. You just have to in this economy today.
This week I found a great deal on a pile of linen, in various colors, 32 count, most larger pieces for the price of 1 small piece at a retail shop. I couldn't resist.
I saw this Antique Green 32 count and started substituting out some of the DMC colors for a few of the silks I got this week from sweet Jennifer H. I couldn't wait to use those colors. I also used a beautiful Red Current from Crescent Colors that is so complimentary to the antique green.
I'll save the designer and name until I finish this time. It's a small so a quick finish and I swear I will get finished with Emma then. My frame is in the mail, so time is of the essence. I work under pressure.
At first I thought I would never use this green color for anything and then an idea popped in my sleepy head last night.
Stay tuned. I love smalls. They just give that sweet quick sense of accomplishment that I sometimes need and also serve as gifts too.
Well, I better try to get at least 5 hours of sleep ........this morning.
Nite nite, stay warm.........I think it's too cold for bed bugs to bite! LOL
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Today in Georgia, snow fluttered across very faintly with a flirting 36 degrees when I left work.
Now, about 29 degrees and no snow but it's so windy and cold I bet the wind chill is below O.
So, I thought that I really couldn't complain as many, many people have too much snow.
But I thought it would be interesting to get your experiences all over the world.....so......
I'll leave it up to you to complete the sentence....
It's so cold outside that________________________.
I usually __________ and now I have to __________.
I know this is wide open for discussion..........so all the cabin fever can let it out!
I'll start it by saying:
It's so cold outside that I get dizzy when walking out in the wind.
I usually go without a coat and now I have to wear one even with hot flashes.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
We clapped when they took their first step, when they sat up the first time, cut their first tooth, celebrated their first birthday. We were there in parent teacher conferences, and Boy Scouts (even though I did iron on too many patches LOL). We aren't perfect as parents but we sure as heck know them a little better, I think.
This area in particular in Helmond Province is where 90% of the world's opium is grown.
They are after the Taliban who so totally disrespect and hate Americans. This picture is sickening to me.
Boys falling out of helicopters, getting ready.
And an Afghanistan soldier praying in his tent yesterday for this battle.
Army getting ready
Monday, February 8, 2010
And it seems to put some mojo back in the fabric.
I just sprayed alot of starch on the back side of the linen and steam ironed the heck out of this fabric and it is muuuuuuuuch better. It doesn't look stretched out all wonkers now.
However, I won't steam it after I finish with that red overdye NOT colorfast floss...........wouldn't that be a mess?
What a sweet, sweet (way too much but I love it!) surprise!
Seriously, the card was so pretty and when I opened that floss, OH MY! LOVELY colors and soft! I can't thank you enough and will definitely use these. I don't have but about 5 silk colors and now, this is an awesome and luxurious stash addition.....THANKS, Jennifer H. I so appreciate this.
A happy dance!
Now, I can share with you this linen and floss. I ordered this pattern from Vicki Clayton's website because I had used the regular silk floss there before once. The pattern is Exemplar from the Heart and is an old reproduction Dutch sampler in a monochromatic tone.
I tried, I really did for 45 minutes. I stitched with 1 strand, because the Premium floss (not standard) is supposed to be a little thicker. Well, my linen is 32 count. One was not enough. Two was too much.
Here's one over two.
This is the Premium floss vs. the standard. Vicki Clayton.
It feels very cord-like to me and not like Belle Soie. I know I'm confusing this but I like firm linen with soft floss.
And last night I did another happy dance......I had been looking for this for about 3 years, going through stash boxes on rainey days many times with no avail.
But, I resisted starting another one till I finished with Emma sampler.
I'm not sure I want that V. Clayton fabric to be as stiff as R and R fabric here but I'm fixing to put some starch in this piece.
Do you iron your linen before you start stitching? Is it ok to starch the linen before stitching?
I'm heading for the ironing board right now.