Sunday, November 29, 2015

Slow Sunday Stitching

I've been working on my reindeer applique today.  It's been a busy few days with Thanksgiving and family events.  I hope to get a lot more done on this during the coming week.  I love how the layout is coming along so far.  After I get this layer stitched down there will be a layer of falling snow and snow on the trees, which I think I might do with wool.  Then after quilting there are a lot of buttons and bells to add.

Wasabi Girl took a class with me yesterday and we made good progress on some tuffets.  It was a lot of fun and I'll have pictures of those when we finish them up next week.

Linking up today with Kathy for Slow Stitching Sunday.

Slow Sunday Stitching

Monday, November 23, 2015

Design Wall Monday: Winter's Dream

This is what I'm working on today.  It's an old pattern from Robyn Pandolph and these are just the first few pieces.  It's called "Winter's Dream."  I'm going to do needleturn applique, which I need to practice more.

Happy to be working on another Christmas quilt.  I've just spent some time on instagram and found a lot of inspiration. 

Linking up today with Patchwork Times and Bits and Bobs.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Timing is Everything

I keep a lot of notes in my calendar that repeat every year.  I've coordinated our family celebrations through so many holidays now that I have a system that works.  This year, everything is conspiring to defeat my system.

Take the amaryllis pictured above.  See how it's sitting in a turkey basket?  It's supposed to only be a few inches high.  I got the memo in mid-October to put in my amaryllis bulb order.  If I start them the third week of October, they always bloom just before Christmas.  I decided to just buy a bulb locally this year and look what happened.  It's in glorious full bloom already.  The blooms last a long time, but it wont last until Christmas.  Looks like I should have stuck with my original plan.

I spent a while putting together my Thanksgiving shopping list.  I planned to go early on Sunday morning and pick out most of my groceries before the crowds hit.  I took Wasabi Girl along nice and early - and the store was so crowded we had to hunt through the parking lot just to find a cart.  Who are these people?  They were supposed to sleep in while I browsed the aisles.  Note to self: Go in the middle of the night next year.

I even time out my cooking schedule so my Thanksgiving meal all gets to the table at the same time and everything is hot.  This year Jungle Boy will be working his job at the movie theater in the evening so we'll have to move dinner up to 2:30 in the afternoon.  This throws me a little.  But it will all be for the best in the evening when I can put my feet up and eat leftovers.  Makes for a different but still fun day.

Christmas trees are showing up in tree lots around town already.  I think it's pretty optimistic to expect them to last through Christmas.  How early do you get your tree?  Seeing all the green lots really puts me in the Christmas spirit.  Good luck to all those people who buy them this week!

Finally, a number of household products have all decided to run out at once.  My soap ran out in the bathroom - so I had to open up my Christmas-scented soap.  My "Autumn" room fragrance ran out in my bathroom  - so I had to pop in the Christmas one.  The car scent also ran out - guess what I replaced it with?  And last but not least, I had to use my gravy baster to help clear water out of a drain, and it finally developed a crack in the rubber and became useless.  Good timing though, I would hate to find that out on Thursday when I'm trying to cook the turkey.

So forces are conspiring to tell me that the Christmas season is upon us this week.  Can't really fight it any longer.  I'm ready!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Finished for Friday: Animal Advent 12

Another cute freebie from Brooks Books Publishing.  Glad to see the little squirrel has found a festive hat to wear.

I'm stitching away madly at Christmas gifts now, so I'll have to keep them a secret from my blog for a bit.  Just in case some intended recipient gets the urge to see what I've been up to.

I've started weeding out boxes in my garage and I'm finding treasures and trash galore.  I found a whole big folder of pictures and craft instructions lovingly removed from magazines.  That's what we used to do before we could save things on Pinterest.  I barely gave all those clippings a look before I tossed them all in the recycling.  I bet Pinterest has saved me money that I used to spend on magazines.

I've collected a lot of Christmas cross stitch patterns on one of my pinterest boards.  Maybe you'll find a project you like there.  Most of the patterns I like to collect are free.

Now back to my top secret projects...

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Tiny Turkey

I took a break yesterday from my afghan to stitch up this little guy.  The pattern as a free one I found here.  I switched around the colors to use up some leftover hand-dyed floss.  I think he's cute.  I'll make a tiny ornament out of him and throw him in with this month's bowl fillers in my entry hall.

I'm pretty sure if an alien landed at my house right now and looked around, he would come to the conclusion that we worship turkeys.  Pumpkins would be considered demi-gods.  I have pictures of turkeys, quilts with turkeys on them, a vintage turkey planter, turkey plates.  It's not my fault.  I just add one or two little things each year and they accumulate.  And all the turkey and fall decorations give a break from the spookiness of Halloween and before the Christmas craziness.

I keep passing by all the turkeys for sale in the grocery store.  It feels too early to get one now, but usually by the time I'm in the mood to get one they get pretty picked over.  I always try to find a smallish bird.  I like leftovers, but not huge amounts.

Gobble gobble, oh mighty bird!  You will be delicious.

Do you put out any Thanksgiving decorations?

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Slow Sunday Stitching: Fans and Pansies Afghan

I've started a new crochet blanket.  I found the free pattern on Ravelry. I'm using Patons metallic yarn and it has a pretty sheen to it.

This one is definitely going to take a while.  The pattern requires my full attention so I can't do it (yet) while I'm watching television.  So much counting and double-checking.  At least at this point, it's easy for me to see if I make a mistake.

The first few rows took hours and hours because they made no sense at first.  There is definitely a payoff in sticking with a difficult pattern though.

Linking up today with Kathy at Slow Stitching Sunday.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Autumn Harvest Festival Finished

I have another finish to share.  This is "Autumn Harvest Festival."  The pattern is by Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery.  I started this one back in January but it didn't get a lot of attention until this month.

Trying to keep the house in an Autumn mood for just a few more days.  I'm itching to get going with Christmas but I'll hold off decorating for at least a week more.  I used to be bothered when stores brought out their Christmas stock early, but it seems like lately Thanksgiving has been later and we've had fewer weeks to actually celebrate Christmas. 

I'll enjoy pulling this out with my Fall decor next year. 

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