The raven, partially done
The women - they make me smile!
The raven, partially done
The women - they make me smile!
I stuffed the last 2 pillows yesterday. Today is outside work because of the nice weather. Saturday I may be able to do some hand sewing or cross stitch at dad's. Monday is likely the next sewing/projects day.
Thanks, EB. The new drawer will work out nicely.
DLR, I have a couple pillows to make, too. Husby needs new bed pillows and luckily I have a giant bag of stuffing in need of being used up. It's nice when things match up like that.
D, you're a glutton for punishment! 😁
My goal today is to finish the screen room. Hope I don't get interrupted too much.
The larger beads came yesterday. Pretty! As expected of course. Beads always are. There was one odd mistake. I ordered size 8 of a green color, and the tube was labeled 8, but filled with 11. Iím letting it pass. Iíll be using 11 more, and itís not worth hassling them about. I donít know if I already have that color in 11 but if I do they will just have some new friends.
Since the shelf pattern isnít already complicated enough - lol - Iíve decided to work it end to end instead of side to side. I would rather have the bulk of the fabric above and below the hoop rather than under my hands. That will rotate my Xs a quarter turn so once started I will have to carry on with it. It will also let me change the color set more often for more interest, but I will really have to pay attention to the page sequence.
Today I can finish the fifth cactus on that pattern leaving only the solid fill sun. I want to get that outlined so I can be done with pattern reading and then go back to the toucan for a while. I can pick up the cactus and do a few strands on the sun now and then.
I finished my latest doll. She has yarn hair. I like how the hair turned out. I don't have any more yarn this texture, but I think I will do more yarn hair dolls.
love those cross stitch patterns so detailed like paintings. haven't done much crafting. found out michaels is having fabric now. precut fabric. so have to check it out plus extra coupons too lol
Your doll turned out sweet, Kathy.
I finished the screen room.... then discovered I sewed the zipper halves onto the canopy backwards. Aaaaarrrrrrgggghhhhh! Everything works just fine, but the walls are inside out. I'm pretending I planned it that way. Most people probably wouldn't notice, especially if they aren't standing next to it. Here it is, looking all crooked since the ground is uneven. It's going to be a nice space, especially when the bugs are bad. Total cost was $60 for the canopy on sale at Ace and $5 for the screen walls.
I guess I'm not quite done. Still have to make 3 bags for tent stakes. That won't take long.
Of, yeah, I used 8 yds of ripstop @ .06/yd. I tend to forget that since it's practically free.
We're replacing the useless wire tent stakes with ones that actually work, by repurposing extras we aren't using.
At any rate, the total cost of both the screen room and Add-A-Room is about $250, not bad considering the AAR is around $700 by itself, retail.
Next up is trying to mod the saggy bag chairs that are so uncomfortable. We need to carry those along too, unfortunately. With the AAR in the storage compartment in the camper, they have to go in the truck. It's going to get interesting.
Kathy - I like the color of the yarn you used. It looks great. The dolls look like fun to do.
SD - as always I’m astounded that some of the things you do, like this project - can be made at home instead of a factory. Of course you planned the screens that way. Why would you want to sit there looking at the wrong side of them after you worked so hard on it? The backside is good enough for the bears wandering by - lol.
I went back and looked and the customizing time estimate is 5-6 weeks. Downer. I decided it was worth another shipping fee to go on and get the shelf pattern. There was however an oops. The patterns were on sale price which I saw but was so absorbed in the pictures I didn’t pay enough attention. Sale over today. Oh well. It’s still a great deal for such a huge pattern.
I can’t wait to start it! However I looked at the edge I want to start on and it’s all climbing flowers and trees. That is going to be serious confetti. Might as well get it over with.
Kathy - I had to edit the post. When it went up I noticed spell check had changed “dolls” to “fools.” I really meant no disrespect LOL
The doll is really cute, I like her little dress.
I did cut out the top and stitched enough to hand sew the hem tomorrow. Arm and neck bindings will wait until Monday. Barely had enough fabric and seemed a bit tight when I tried it on, another reason to seriously diet now to end of year. It's a summer weight fabric so next summer will be fine.....:vs_blush: It is getting cool enough for a jacket and long pants for the morning dog walk. Figuring out next sewing projects.
Thanks, D. But while I have made outdoor rooms from scratch, this one was mostly done already. I didn't have to do much to it.
I wanted to say the big cross stitch pick looks really cool. I have done some of the shelf theme pictures for jigsaw puzzles. The cross stitch is way too ambitious for me. My emboderies generally use around six colors.
I agree that "because I want to" should be the only reason you need. If you can afford it and it doesn't hurt anyone, that is all that matters.
This is something I have struggled with on and off throughout my life. People have asked me before to justify what I like or justify spending on a hobby. I started to internalize this. I made demands on myself to justify things even if no one asked me to. I have - mostly - gotten over this. I like what I like. If other people don't get it, I have no obligation to try and convince them.
Thanks everyone for enabling my insanity - lol. I think the reason I felt I had to justify it to myself is that I already have so many WIPs with a few sliding into UFO territory. My tendency is to go galloping off in all directions at once, and the older I get the less I control it. Iím way too good at ďfinishing whatís on your plate,Ē have pretty much overcome ďfinish the book,Ē but there isnít a prayer that I will ever master ďfinish the project before starting another.Ē Or two or four or ten more. Sigh. However on the positive side, Iím a lot better at knowing it doesnít matter. Lol again. I think it kicked in because this is potentially a spectacularly unfinishable project. I did the math last night. 375,550 teeny tiny stitches.
Iíve been considering the logistics of the project. Thatís about half the DMC colors and I obviously canít keep half the floss tied up in a project bag for years. I have a lot of cardboard bobbins I never use so last night I pulled them out and started marking them with symbols and color number - the site shows that for all the patterns. It also shows number of stitches per color. I will just move some floss to them. The stitch count is helpful because I know which colors are used only a little.
That scuttled my clever plan to work end to end because it reminded me that with lots of colors, the symbols get complicated. Up, down, left, right, all four diagonal directions with arrows, vertical and horizontal lines and ovals. If Iím working it at a quarter turn to the symbols, I donít even want to think what a colossal mess I could make of it. Iím glad I figured that out in time. Once in the days before you could easily flip things on a computer, I wanted a large complicated fish pattern to face the other way so I reversed the pattern as I stitched it. I had a younger more agile brain then and it was still really difficult. The directional symbols would be even more confusing.
I am excited about this project. I hope that lasts beyond the first 15 minutes of trying to stitch it!
We got the gutter done. It was an ordeal, so we're glad it's over. Since we won't be setting up the rain barrel this year any more, we decided to wait with installing the diverter that would allow the water to go into the barrel from the downspout, but yet keep the barrel from overflowing. That's a whole project by itself with having to level the barrel, build a stand, etc. I want to build a drip system for the front garden, too. It's all going to be lots of work yet. I hope the gutter will stop the erosion under the slab the house is on. We may have to add more gutter if it doesn't.
Nice to scratch another project off the to-do list.
SD - I thought: why won’t you use the rain barrel anymore this year. It took a moment to remember some places get snow all winter instead of rain. Good job to get the gutter done!
haven't been busy crafting but today got the thought of switching things in the basement. table and video game area so there is more room for sewing. where the table gets cluttered and crowded a lot. started going though the linen closet shelves. found things on the kids sheets shelf.. I thought were pillowcases but was battenburg lace curtain and a drawbag amongst them. plus a couple of emb crocheted edged pillowcases had holes so just cut the above the embroidery to save it and the crocheted edging. think it was handmade because it is pink variegated scalloped edging. my mom got it from thrift store or vintage sale. my dd needs cotton to sleep on for her skin. rest is rags for dh. will figure what to do with it later. put most in the wash since they haven't been used for over a year. have the rest of the closet to do too. amazing how much you can store in a small closet. will get rid of some things.
ordered a simplicity pattern from amazon reversible dress w no zips buttons etc. since I was getting other things from amazon.
We will have to empty our rain barrels and turn them upside down for winter, D. We're already getting frost warnings sometimes here. We moved all our plants into the greenhouse.
I decided I like this rack I made for my quilting rulers from an old dish rack, but it takes up too much room on my table.
I finally figured out what I want to replace it with. Now I just have to build it. Or them, since I want a set, 1 for the big rulers and 1 for smaller ones. Shouldn't be too difficult or time consuming. I'm looking forward to it. Maybe tomorrow, if I'm not in too much pain from today. I'm taking tomorrow off from doing any real work.
Got my new ruler rack done and the little box to go with it.
The box is sort of a catchall. It will hold small rulers, but also stuff I use all the time, scissors, rotary cutter, pattern weights, pencils, etc. I hate constantly opening and closing drawers to get stuff. The box should hold all that stuff where it's convenient.
Unfortunately I cut the little containers for it too short, so I'll have to find some more for a do over. Oh, well.
The rack and box came out great. The catch all box will be a real convenience.
I’m back to the toucan. I got the beak finished and I working on the leaves. This pattern page doesn’t have a lot on it, but the ne to three, across the center of the pattern, do. The first three, across the top of the circle have given me a false sense of speed - lol.
The big one - 238 colors. What was I thinking?! I may faint when I see the pattern. Or have hysterics.
I might paint today's project some year. Or not. I put the box and rack at right angles to each other and like that a lot. I hope this is the last time I have to think about storage for the rulers. I use them frequently but they're kind of a pain to store. I could store them in a much narrower rack, but I like those blue handles I put on them, and they take a lot of space.
I finally started sewing the top I cut out. It's sleeveless. It was hot here when I cut it out. LOL.
SD - at least the top won't be a UFO.
I'll put the arm and neck bindings on the top I'm making, it is already hemmed. I'm also covering an old throw pillow w/ a quilt block and plain backing. I make the backing overlap and close w/ buttons so it can be removed for washing. Not sure what other projects are in store for the week.
There's that. The top will be ready for next year.
I always do bindings on the machine. You know my aversion to hand sewing.
Today I need to finish clearing off my work table so I can spread out my trip planning stuff. Gotta get the details down so we can let our house sitter know.
I need to try out my idea for taking some of the sag out of a bag chair today, too. The chair is becoming a favorite of the cats due to the its hammock shape of its seat.
It's going to be a long day. I've been playing a game on my phone in the evenings and last night I got a series of unlimited life rewards that totalled 4.5 hours. I had been stuck on one screen right before that, so there was no way I would give up all that play time with unlimited lives! I had to use the time then because there's no way to save it, so figured I could manage to stay awake till 1:30. The joke was on me because just before 1 AM I won an additional 30 minutes, so was up past 2. I'll pay for this nonsense today, but it was fun to play so long. See how exciting my life is? 😁😁
I have started my first doll reroot. It feels like I could make one of my little felt dolls in the same time or less as a reroot.
I want to finish this one, but I am on the fence about doing more.
I wanted to use the same yarn I used for hair for the felt doll I just finished. It was too thick. My second choice was also too thick. This one is variegated, but it has a long repeat so the other colors are not showing. I may cut off a chunk to get some color variation. The slightly darker green is from the second choice yarn.
Cloth and felt dolls offer more variety. Since the hair is sewn on, you can use almost anything.
In progress. She will have more hair.
This is the before. I am not a fan of the blue eyed blond tan look. I will am also going to recolor her eyes green or brown.
SD - at least your late night was fun. Schedule a nap.
K - I vote for your felt dolls. They are so cute!
I finished the page on the toucan and got a tiny start on the next. The 25 count fabric for the shelf is indicating delivery tomorrow. My boldness is sliding into nervousness. I hope it wasnít a huge mistake to buy the large piece without seeing the fabric first, but I think the holes on 25 lugana will be easier to see than on 20 or 22 count aida. It make take some time to get used to stitching over one instead of two threads though.
Hey, I'm back. We had a great weekend but wow was it a sensory overload. I ache all over and have vertigo, and DH's cold is back. Weather was great except one afternoon we had a massive gully-washer come through, horizon to horizon, with rain coming down sideways. So I never made it to the pool. The following afternoon the weather was perfect and the guys wanted to go book shopping. There's an old bookstore with good prices and they had a sale discount on top of that. And we did a fair bit of driving in really BIG city traffic, which DH hates. Overall it was a blast, but my brain still hasn't adjusted to being home.
I had a $10 Kohl's cash coupon that expires today, so I went and spent that this morning. They did not have a good selection of clearance goods, and I didn't want another t shirt, so i went with a Burt's Bees gift pack. I like their stuff and it doesn't irritate my skin.
JA is near there so I stopped to use my 60% coupon. Pretty nearly anything I wanted was already on sale. I was hoping to get christmas fabric to back my quilt with, but they did not have much out, leftovers from last year I suspect, and only 30% off. But pre-cut fabric strips were 60% off and I got 2 rolls of neutral prints. Picked up 2 half yard remnants of plain white cotton. Ended up using my coupon on a pack of expensive bead trim. It will go in stash. I would not buy it normally @$20/yd. FQs were 70% off (about $1) but I didn't get any. Had some in my hand but put them back in favor of the strip rolls.
Cats are so happy to see us. We are out of fresh food. I don't know if I'll go shopping today. I have chemo tomorrow and there's a Sprouts near the clinic, so I may do that afterward. We had cereal for dinner when we got in late last night. :)
Welcome back! I’m glad you had a great time and wish you an easy slide back into quieter home life.
Welcome back. I did not leave the house, hubby picked up a few groceries we needed. I was in purse & wallet (old ones of mom's) fix-it mode. Tapestry type wallet with LOTS of compartments, needed Velcro replaced. It had D-rings on the sides so I doubled a long narrow ribbon and stitched together so it's now a cross-body small purse. The black w/ brown leather purse turned out to be Liz Claiborne. Inside zipper pocket bottom was ripped out so I made a repair and will apply some shoe polish, hopefully it cleans up nice.
Welcome home, CH! Sounds like a fun of touring trip, and a nice escape from the daily news, too.
Naps never cooperate when I try to schedule. They just appear whenever they want.
Dorian is a worry. I wish the stupid thing would turn already. One of our daughters is right in the bullseye if it doesn't, or even if it does. I hope they evacuated, or will if they are told to. I feel so bad for people in the Bahamas, with Dorian just sitting over them and pounding away. It has to be hell.
Getting some little things done. I put a new bottom in a bag for a camp chair and patched a raccoon-chewed hole in it. We dragged in 6 bag chairs from the cabin and sorted 3 to keep and 3 to donate. I tried the mod on a saggy one and it helped a little, but I still don't like it, so it can go. I repaired one that had a screw that had pulled through the fabric the screw was holding in place. Stuff like that.
Got some more chicken cooked, after making up a salt-free chicken seasoning mix to try. It's okay but I got out the McCormick bottle, checked the ingrediedients list, and added a few to the mix. I'll be happy if I can figure out a good Montreal chicken seasoning clone.
I threw out some really old spices and combined some duplicate containers. My pantry really needs an overhaul.
Too tired to do very much.
Fun of touring trip? Criminy. Should be 'fun if tiring'. I'd blame my fingers but it was autocorrect again.
I’ve decided I like auto correct. A few extra laughs a day can’t be too bad. It’s aggravating if they aren’t caught in time though.
I just spent a chunk of time making a grocery list. I’ll pick that up tomorrow and if I can get myself together early enough get a haircut. By the time I get home the scary 25 count fabric will be here.
I think almost everyone who does some type of crafting has a few unfinished objects or works in progress. I know I do.
I have been thinking about my own unfinished projects. Some are works in progress I will most likely get back to. Others are more complicated. I don't like giving up on projects. So I wind up putting them aside, telling myself I will get back to them later. I wind up not getting back to them. But I keep them and don't admit that I have given up on the project.
I am thinking now of the whole doll reroot project I started on. I looked at a lot of websites before starting on the project. It looked fun to me. I really thought this would be something I would enjoy doing. I was wrong. So really there is no point in me finishing it. I guess it mostly that I don't like to think of myself as a quitter. Maybe I have read too many "never give up" motivational quotes. :vs_smirk:
But I need to remind myself that "never give up," "never quit," etc. is not something that was meant to apply to all situations. This is not a matter of quitting because the learning curve is to high. It is more that I just don't really enjoy it. There are other crafts I enjoyed just starting out, even without much skill.
Uh oh. Now it's scary? Can't wait for the next chapter in this story!
I have a love/hate with autocorrect. It's great when it actually corrects, but when it goes off on its own, not so much. And I really hate that it corrects any word that can be either a noun or a name to the name. Like if I type something like hopes it changes to Hope's unless I change it back. Hate that. And it always capitalizes words like Afghan. Ugh.
It's pouring rain out there. A good day to work on trip planning. This month has barely started and it's already flying by.
Sounds like people were busy this past weekend. I ended up working on the wool afgan for a friend. Finished skein #4 and now I'm about halfway through skein #5. I picked up two more skeins for it. I think I probably needed just one but I think I'll use up all the skeins anyway. That or use the remainders for a lap blanket. I can pass that along to the same friends, either for their own use or to pass it along to people they know who may like one.
I picked up a skein for a lapgan WIP. I'm not entirely sure if what I had already would be enough. Turns out it wasn't the same color but that's ok. I can still use it since it'll be a donation and make the lapgan look a little more interesting.
My local sheep and fiber festival is this coming weekend and I can't wait. I just hope that the rain will either end with enough time to dry out the ground before the weekend or totally hold off.
Kathy, life is too short to spend time on projects you don't enjoy. Especially a hobby project, where it's supposed to be fun or relaxing. Otherwise it's called "work". I usually enjoy gardening, but often it is not fun and it's just drudge work like weeding and picking up branches and blown-in trash. But that has to be done. I don't have enough days left to keep working on a frivolous craft project gone wrong or that brings me misery.
It's shaping up to be a beautiful day. Unfortunately I'm going to be indoors most of the day. DH is really sick this time. I don't know if it is the same bug he had before our trip, we thought he was over that, or a new one he picked up from the crowd in the convention center. Today he actually crawled back into bed after checking in with work early this morning.
I didn't buy much this trip. Spent about $50 with vendors and made a donation to the animal shelter that was there advertising their cutest adoptables. DH spent more. He had me panicked for a while, all the CC receipts came to my email, and I didn't recognize the signature. I thought our card had been stolen. No, DH signs those finger pads by drawing a stick figure.
I think all of us were probably raised with the don’t be a quitter ethic, but sometimes quitting is the reasonable thing to do. It’s too easy to equate quitting with failure, but they aren’t the same thing. Knowing when to stop is as important as perseverance. I agree that hobbies, or a specific project, should be fun, and if they aren’t, there is no reason to continue giving them more time and resources. (Steps off soap box.)
The road work that blocked the direct route to town is finished so I won’t have to take the looong way around today. That will save a good bit of time.
I understand the dilemma, Kathy. But I feel like it's been personal growth for me to learn to let something go if it's not a necessary project or it just isn't any fun. Case in point, the recent storage tube fiasco for the camper. That was a rough one, since it was so close to working and we invested so much money in it. But since I accepted it was a miserable project, I'm okay about it. Another approach, if you don't want to let it go yet, maybe using a different type of fiber would help. It depends why it's not enjoyable though.
CH, I hope your husband gets better soon.
D, did your 25 ct fabric arrive yet?
I got some trip planning done and got us to Hannibal, MO. That ended up being Day13. This was supposed to be a 2 week trip. Husby wants to see a bunch of stuff on the way home. This is going to be interesting.
It’s here! It’s tiny for sure but I think I can do it. I actually got both packages today. The one I ordered last Wednesday where I ordered the wrong fabric - 32 instead of 25 and the one with the 25 ct I sent the next day. I was totally confused when I opened them because the one with the larger grid was marked 25. Eventually I realized the 32 was also gridded - I was expecting just plain, but that makes it easier to understand how I made the mistake in the first place. Part of the confusion was because when I work with 32 I’m actually thinking 16, since it’s always over two. Eventually I got over my senior moment and figured it out. As I expected, the small piece of 20 count aida is harder to see that then 25 lugana, which is an evenweave more or less like linen but with the irregular size threads. I can’t imagine doing cross stitch on it. Maybe some intricate blackworkf over two squares. It’s just going in stash now.
No haircut. I puttered around and got off later than I intended. I’ll just have shaggy hair a little longer.
I can’t imagine being in a category 4/5 hurricane, much less for 36 hours. Those poor people must feel like the universe hates them.
Sunday I worked on a quilted pillow cover to fit over an existing throw pillow. I can see my method has flaws and if I want to do another one I need to come up with a better construction method. But I should be able to finish tonight. The rest of the week's plan is finish the arm & neck bindings on the top and knit some more finger-less gloves. We're planning a dog event 1st weekend of February and the facility is always freezing. So I bring those along for the workers and they are appreciated. I think I found enough small leftover yarn balls to make 3 pair.
I got a fair amount done on the toucan yesterday, but spent some of my stitching time putting thread on the cardboard bobbins for the shelf pattern. Just a start. I also regrouped on the bobbin boxes, moving duplicates into their own boxes. That cut the working thread down to four boxes which is more manageable.
Today I need to finally put away the new larger beads. I think that’s going to require some shifting around too. I also have a lot of kitchen work, putting away the rest of the groceries and washing some really unpleasant containers. Bleach will be involved. Before I left yesterday I finally made myself clean out the refrigerator, a job I had obviously put off way too long. Last week was such an awful arthritis week I couldn’t do anything at all, but I’m better this week and I have a lot of catching up to do. I hope the good times last until I can get the house more under control.