Congrats on the borders, D! I bet the beads will be beautiful when finished.
Congrats on the borders, D! I bet the beads will be beautiful when finished.
Not having a computer out here, I do everything on the phone. Occasionally it’s aggravating but basically works fine. I just don’t let it remember passwords for anything involving actual money like the bank and PayPal. It play the audiobooks on it so it’ pretty much busy non stop.
Yes, the apps are another big reason I got the phone. Every place has one now and all the loyalty programs have switched over to phone apps. Now I always have a coupon for the craft store because I can pull one up while standing in line. Or look at the sale ad.
My phone barely fits in my purse, which is smaller than average. The phone is heavier than normal, too, because I was always forgetting to charge it, so it has a battery that lasts 3-4 days. It took time to get used to, but now it feels wrong if the phone isn't there.
I put FV in the phone, but don't know how you can stand it with the ads all over and the tiny links, I'm always clicking on the wrong thing. And it shows the 2018 stash challenge but not the 2019 thread.
Today I am working on a hair clip for the show tomorrow. I already made a scrunchie with the neon green fabric. Yes, nobody will miss seeing us on stage. If I do this right I'll have a nice flower clip-on that won't fall off or come apart.
I'm very careful about which computer I use when I'm purchasing things online, particularly if I'm at a place that doesn't have secure wi-fi. So I doubt I will ever purchase anything on my phone, especially since there's a chance I may forget it some place if I can't fit it in my pocket. I'm also worried the new phone will get cracked or I'll do a mis-dial. I can fit the new phone in my purse but I tend to not carry my purse during the weekend. I like the ability to just slip ID's, keys, and phone into my pocket and go. Right now, I want to remove apps, not add them.
I decided to de-stuff an old sofa cushion for padding the crate top and I found a large enough scrap of tan faux suede to use for the fabric.
I found a LOT of heavy orange felt in stash so thinking something pumpkin/Halloween related is on the horizon.
This web site has a ton of ideas using felt. This might be a portable project for dad's house.
Itís not trimmed or pressed, but itís done. The sparkle on the wings doesnít show well in the photo, which is a shame because they were a lot of work. I donít know why it made up that weird rippling at the bottom of the fabric. Itís all like the top.
Blech. Still hate the new phone. I think I need someone to show me how to get rid of the apps I don't want. The new phone comes with apps already uploaded that really just need to go.
The phone does fit in my pockets but not easily or comfortably. Sigh. I'm really annoyed with it. I also hate having spent money on things that don't work out.
On the other hand, I did get some work done on the wool afgan last night. It's supposed to get warm over the weekend and into the first part of next week. So I'm probably going to switch over to another project until it gets cool again.
D, your fairy turned out gorgeous. She's all attitude, too. I like that!
I never used to carry a purse, but I conceded to a small one because of my phone. Husby started carrying a purse, too.
There should be an option to delete apps within the app itself, or through Settings. Otherwise, try an online search for your model of phone to find out how to delete or disable apps. I don't understand the problem, because apps don't usually open unless you open them, so they shouldn't cause problems. If they do open, then that's most likely a setting you can change within the app.
CH, I use Ad Block Plus on my phone. It doesn't get rid of all ads but it helps a lot. If your phone uses Android, it's available free through Google Play.
CH, are you using the mobile option for FV? If not, you can find it by going to Settings within the FV site, then scroll way, way, WAY to the bottom of the page to a gray rectangle that says something about a mobile version. Click that. You may have to close the page and reopen it to get it to take effect.
Oops, it's not Settings where you find the Enhanced Mobile View button, it's at the very bottom of the page where all the different forums are listed. Sorry.
This is one bad thing about the mobile version, no way to go back and edit once you hit the arrow button to post.
You can change font size for the mobile version by clicking the 3 dots in the upper right corner, then clicking Settings and selecting the size font you prefer.
DC your fairy turned out beautifully! I'm sure the rippling will iron out.
I'm dying to try my new purse pattern, but my costume is top of the list for next week. I have just enough time to pull it off if there are no more delays. I don't like a big purse, and on the other hand I don't do well stuffing things in pockets. I've had money work its way out of my back pocket, I wouldn't want to lose an ID or CC. I don't carry a lot of keys but my car fob is nearly 1" thick and pretty uncomfortable. With a purse everything I need is already in it. Of course in winter I have a coat with big pockets, but most of the year I don't.
This is the pattern I got: https://indygojunction.com/products/...stitched-purse It's got a little pocket inside, I may add a 2nd larger one to hold my phone.
I'm trying a new goal: finish something before I start a new project. We'll see how long that lasts. I have so many open projects that just need an afternoon or two to get them done, I really ought to focus on one.
Thanks. It’s not the fabric that is rippled, it’s just a visual effect from the camera. On the whole, it’s a disappointing photo. The fabric is whiter and the colors brighter than it looks like there.
I have a pile of those unfinished projects too.
I started the cactus last night but need to spend more time on the house today. I also have a pile of thread that needs to be filed away in its boxes and other cross stitch stuff that needs to be put away.
Pics never seem to do a good job showing colors.
Got another batch of chicken air fried. I really need to start using it for other stuff, but even if I don't, it's still paying for itself. I made a double batch of hot pretzels, too.
Don't think we'll get much done today. It stormed overnight and it's really humid again. Consequently, I'm not feeling too well. My back still hurts, too. Oh, well, there's always tomorrow, and if not, it won't matter what I don't get done.
Also, when you're taking pics with your phone, try tapping once on the center of the screen to see if you can adjust the lighting values. A slide bar or something will pop up on some models.
We got very little rain last night, though some areas had damaging winds and power outages. Another round due tonight, late. It is very humid today. This morning's humidity was higher than the temperature.
Yes! That’s what she looks like. I really need to take time to learn how to use the camera. Thanks a bunch for the assist.
Beautiful cross-stitch, I don't think I would have the patience for a large project any more. Milk crate cushion top is ready when hubby comes home to help me staple. Going to rip the zipper from the cushion I took apart, need to store the leftover cushion stuffing.
Photoshop is pretty unfrugal though. I have found free and cheap photo and art apps I play around with sometimes when I feel artsy.
I have been playing with mirror lab - a phone app - recently. Here is one of my pictures.
Even photos for online stores can be off. I got my DMC thread earlier this week. There was one color I was sure was a dark red or burgandy color. It was actually closer to dark purple than red. It is the top right color.
I finished another puzzle.
I did not know thread came in big spools like that. Nice pictures.
I cut out another simple top to match a skirt (silky polyester fabric.) Sewing machine balking so I will finish Sunday. I have the hem ready for hand sewing today. Hubby came home late Friday and I was not able to finish the crate top yet w/ the staple gun. Need more than 2 hands to do that.
When I staple upholstery on, I put a single staple in the middle of one side, then stretch fabric in the middle of the opposite side and staple once, then middle of one remaining side, then stretch remaining side and staple once. Once it's started like that, it's fairly easy to add the rest of the staples. The main thing is to not pull the fabric till one opposite staple is in so you have something to pull against so you can tighten the fabric on the second and fourth side.
We went out to work on the gutter and discovered we need to connectors I forgot to put on the shopping list. So that project is postponed. We cut the 3 gh panels and got those installed, so we're done with that for this year. We have about half the building replaced now, plus the roof.
Back from holiday have lots of posts to catch up on. didn't get much crafting done. almost finished the scarf ..my yarn projects became a pillow most of the trip. didn't seen any crafts stores but found some yarn in a low cost little dept store. had to get some to say I got yarn on the trip. looks better then pic. Attachment 49353
M - itís good to have you on the forum again. How was your trip?
My cross stitch order finally shipped yesterday. With luck it will be here Tuesday or Wednesday and I will be able to start the toucan. Working on the cactus today.
Welcome home, Martha! FYI, if you save JA's coupons to your phone, you don't need to be online to use them at the store. You just open them on the phone and they can be scanned at the register.
I agree with you, CH, everybody has an app these days and that's part of why we decided on smart phones, too. There's getting to be so much stuff we don't have access to without one, like when people who didn't have internet suddenly needed it because every business got a website.
I made an educated guess and basted the roof gusset into the AAR. Next time it's cool and not rainy we can set it up again to see if I guessed well or not. I decided it's probably not as fussy as I thought because I've seen pics of this cabana-style room with the front wall straight up and down, but also tilted back towards the trailer, or tilted away from it. So I've decided not to care whether it's perfect or not. Not all campsites are perfect either, which could affect the tilt of the front wall. I added about a foot to the roof. I hope I don't have to redo it because it damages the fabric every time I sew it. If this is correct, then I can do the permanent seams and finish a couple small things left to do, and that should finally be done. That will be a relief! It will be so nice to have a room again.
Making myself cut and baste the AAR roof makes me feel better about not being able to work on the gutter.
love everyone's projects. catching up on everyone posts. dd and I were gone for almost a month.. should have planned a bit better for more frugal options of advance booking but hey that is life. we visited relatives, then the camp and back to relatives and to UK back to holland and flew out. arrived to a record breaking heatwave after no sleep for 24hrs w time change..they are not prepared for real heat there..no real a/c , fans in places, a/c in buses etc. over 100 degrees so yes melted. would have melted here too lol but we have a/c fans etc. so started camp w real lack of sleep. electronics getting broken... baking and lots of other food is so good over there.
was busy esp at camp go go go. was strange being with unknown group kinda you were welcome but not welcome and you have to follow their rules. which was be at everything extra early etc. city hike..give couple of kids the group map to fiqure out so an 8k hike was like 15k in the end. don't know what we were suppose to find. saw the city by walking behind the group no idea what or where we were going ..got points for being at certain places. no idea what but my suggestion of going though the maps first was a no go (cus in my opinion kids need to be taught how first) WW1 site tour great but could have dropped a couple of small places and had a break ..or visited places like vimy ridge just a little longer. because you didn't get to see the whole place. think if it wasn't for mandatory break for driver there wasn't going to be one. like 5am up go go to 9pm dinner bed 11 or later. and since with kids well they always find a way lol to do thing to remind you were a mom. and dd got upset homesick etc I just don't enjoy rushing around like that. but it was arranged by volunteers and all the others seem to think it was all great so maybe just the way they do things. we left the camp a day early. that was the downside but the upside my family was lovely, took us places, couldn't do enough for us, we saw a bunch of new places also. tourist spots, museums, zoo, met family, we kinda died when we got to the UK, a lot like home rain lots of green etc lol on our own for first time in weeks on our schedule. met online penpal which was great. very pretty area, people were lovely. didn't do some things because it was tourist season so the lineups were not worth it to us, couple of hours wait. harry potter studio tour was sold out but she got to kings cross store and pic w trolley. for another time seeing the other sites. something bit me on the foot at the camp bus tour so it has been swollen since but doc didn't see anything wrong. it was a once in a lifetime experience. took lots of pics. dd didn't believe in letting me sleep long though the last few nights either. the flight home was great both of us got our periods night before we left poor dh lol. it woke me up at 4am this morning. ds isn't back from camping w friends yet.
poor dh just had one thing after another while I was gone. even his week off was nuts. 20mins into his week off got a call from home to take his mom in to ER for her blood pressure so he spent half the night in ER over nothing ..just a dementia thing up and down blood pressure nothing you can do. his sister of course won't do it. but at least he told her she was on duty the next couple of days. she is off this month. helping neighbours. got a greenhouse from neighbour too and got it settled w pizza bribes for ds friend. list went on and on ..normally things at least you have your spouse to help out. plus not used to dealing with all the house stuff.
dh just got a call from his sister apparently his mom was asleep in her recliner last night..woke up to someone yelling help thinking it was in her place..so got disoriented fell down by her couch and didn't clue in until the firemen were picking her up. they all have the lifeline button on their wrists in assisted living but the person who was yelling help in her place turns out half way down the hall forgot that fact ..needed help w oxygen mask so that is why she was yelling in the middle of the night and forgot her button. and then mil forgot and yelled the same when she fell. just like kids one copies the other. his mom is fine. she has lots of padding so no one can lift her except certain people.
The embroidery thread in balls is pearl cotton. It is a little different than embroidery floss, but you can use it for some of the same things. It does not have six dividable threads like embroidery floss. The thickness is about what you have if you use three of the floss threads together. That is for the size I use which is pearl cotton 8. It comes in thicker and thinner weights. The color selection is pretty large, but it is not as large as the DMC floss selection. So it would not work for most of the cross stitch patterns. I do a free form embroidery, so it works for me.
It uses the same color numbers as the DMC floss, so you could probably combine them. The pearl cotton is slightly shinier than floss but it is a subtle thing. It is hard to tell from the picture but it is not a big as a crochet thread ball. It is around the size of a golf ball, maybe slightly bigger.
There are some brands of crochet thread out there that are thin enough to substitute for embroidery thread. The cost per yard would be cheaper. But I like the compactness of the pearl cotton balls. I can fit over 50 of these in one gallon Ziploc bag.
I like not having to separate the thread or wind it on cards like with embroidery floss.
M - sounds like a pretty wild time all around, both here and abroad, lol. Iím glad you survived the heat wave. It must have been pretty miserable without a/c. Not nice weather for hiking around and sight seeing. Iím glad you got to have such a nice visit with your family.
I have a one color Christmas pattern that I will probably use perle cotton for. It will be a nice break not to have to keep dividing strands. Iíve considered doing that fairly soon. I would like to have enough Christmas patterns to do a whole Christmas bulletin board. Since itís 24x36, thatís a fair amount of territory to cover in cross stitch. Iím probably going to put the fairies on hold and focus on that. I have some beaded kits I really like and lots of great patterns. I know I keep changing my mind about what to do next but that sounds like a practical plan. I also have the large Quaker style pattern with the Christmas carol names, but thatís a huge project and I would rather focus on smaller things that can be finished in a reasonable time to display.
Meanwhile Iím working on the cactus, or cacti since there are five of them. Iíve looked for a good cactus pattern for a long time and never found one I really liked except for a hummingbird/cactus one. I recently found one on Etsy that fit the bill. A friend printed it out for me. Itís a fair size pattern but super easy so itís going quickly. The toucan wonít but Iíve wanted to do that for a long time.
The special fabric I bought for the toucan only comes in 14 count so Iíll be using three strands. I like to use the loop start, but it doesnít work with three strands. I hope the toucan is worth it. Expensive fabric, three strands, complex pattern. I can really pick Ďem, canít I?
I got the neck & arm binding machine-stitched for the top. Need to do the hand stitching on the inside still. Probably not until Tuesday since I have a dog club meeting Monday night. I did use the staple gun on the crate top by myself - came out OK but would have been better if I had a helper. That project was done for $0 so not really complaining.
I have been working with the lace weight yarn. It was sold as lace weight yarn, but it is really close in size to pearl cotton 8 thread. It works very well for embroidery. It is smooth, but it is not slippery like some silk thread I have worked with in the past. It is not shiny like some other silk thread.
This was $20 for a 100 gram hank. Pearl cotton is around $2.75 for 10 grams.
I want to play around with hand dyeing. Silk can be hand dyed with food coloring and citric acid. It is safer than other dyes and easier to do in small batches.
This is a picture of a wing for my current embroidered bird.
The main design is crochet thread. This has a small metallic thread wrapped around the main thread. It is a little thicker than what I usually work with. The yellow accent is pearl cotton. The off white around the edges is the silk lace weight yarn.
Love all the pictures.
Glad you survived the heat on your trip, Martha. Hope your dh survived all the issues with his family and everything else while you were away.
Got some work done on the wool afgan on Friday but switched over to the lapgan WIP on Saturday and Sunday due to the heat. The next few days are going to be hot and sticky again before dropping to more comfortable weather by the weekend.
I ended switching over to the basic phone service on Verizon. I only want/need to be able to text and call so that's a better plan for me. And if I do decide to get a smart phone, I think I prefer to go with a company that has convenient stores near me. I did notice a smaller sized smart phone offered at the Verizon store but didn't get it this time around. I was too annoyed with the whole situation to be bothered with it. But the small smart phone looked like it would fit in my pocket easily, though.
Kathy - thanks for the info on the lace weight yarn. I had not considered that for embroidery, that I want to get back to when the cross stitch craze runs its course lol.
I planned to do some errands today I’ve been putting off but they’re put off again. I woke with a cough and just feel ick. Not an ounce of energy. I had a pb&j sandwich for breakfast that I don’t much like but keep on hand for times I can’t even be bothered to stick something in the microwave. It’s definitely not an errands day.
Last night I got about half finished with the third cactus, the smallest one. The 123 Stitch order is out for delivery so I’ll have the toucan fabric mid afternoon. I’ll probably finish the small cactus and then dive into it. Finally. I’ve never had an order from them take so long to get here. A whole week! How impatient I am. Usually though it’s not holding up a project I want to start.
I think a small smart phone would be maddening to use. They're basically tiny computers with touch screens. Trying to touch tiny little spots on a tiny screen could be frustrating. My unsolicited advice is to be sure to try typing and navigating the internet on any phone before you buy. We ended up buying bigger phones than we thought we wanted, after trying them in the store, and haven't regretted it. We were sure we would not use them much, but have ended up using them for so many things we had never thought of.
We set up the AAR, did some work on it, and marked some stuff, so I should be able to get that done now. Can't wait! Then it can be packed up and put away, finally out of my hair. What's left shouldn't take too long.
[cheer4] Yea! Viking Village just called to say my serger is done! I was just sitting here thinking I wanted to do some DfG sewing, something mindless, and also get the top I cut out sewed. Guess we'll be having a short road trip this week, or one of us will. Or maybe another camping trip to GR. Will have to see if JA has a good ad this week. It would be a good opportunity to test drive all the camper mods we've done, before our big trip next month. Including the AAR. Guess I better get that thing done TODAY.
SD, good point about checking how the typing feels before buying the phone. I'm not ready to buy a iphone but the smaller one did catch my eye. I'm looking for one that fits well in my pocket. One of the other customers made sure the smart phone he was getting had GPS on it. And the sales rep set it up with larger fonts and icons so he could see it better. That's something I would consider so I wouldn't get too frustrated with the smaller size.
Trying this from my phone...
Using the big table at the quilt bee.
Nice picture, CH. The local living history farm I regularly go to will be having their quilting event at the end of September this year. They alternate that event every other year with their auction fundraiser. They hang a lot of different quilts up in the barn at the visitor center. They also have a quilting frame set up so people can come and help stitch a quilt together. It's a great way to feel what it might have been like to do something like that. Most people aren't as crafty as they could be these days.
The annual Sheep and Fiber Festival is coming up quicker than expected. It's in a little over three weeks. This year, I don't have any need for more yarn although I'm sure I will likely pick something up if something catches my eye.
CH - pretty quilt.
Itís here! Itís different! Well, somewhat. This is a speckled fabric with multicolor speckles. In the small piece I have, a sort of golden yellow seems to stand out, which is why I though of it for the toucan. On this one the blue specks seem more prominent. It will be fine but it was a bit of a surprise. It may be that the yellows in the pattern will pull out those colors more. At any rate, the bold blocky pattern is what the fabric needs to hold its own with the busy speckles.
I just have a little left on the cactus so I will finish that up and then get the thread set up on the needle/thread organizer. With so many colors that will take a while.