I got a start on the Santa and remembered another reason it was so slow. Itís dark blue 18 count. Itís almost the same color as the 820, so itís a little easier than navy and black, but not by much. Iíve decided Iím not going to go back to the big ones until after the first of the year, but I will need something for a break from this. I pulled out another Christmas kit. The red antique car with the blue gray house and lots of snow. On white. On 16. Itís also a very easy pattern. I wonít get it finished this month but it will be a welcome change from the Santa that isnít an easy pattern.
CH - I hope the shot gets you feeling better soon.
Dark blue is hard for me to work on, too. I have to have bright daylight to embroider on darks. I w pi nder if a full spectrum daylight bulb would help.
Ha! Oh, yeah it can pay to be wordy! I sure was when I was writing short fiction and paid by the word! LOL! That was some of the best money I ever made, per hour, thanks to selling almost every story I wrote. That, and sewing boots per piece. Hope you feel better, even without coffee.
Nothing more done on the bags or birdhouses, but I'm set up to work on both tomorrow. At least I got a pot of minestrine made so we have decent suppers the next couple nights.
12-06-2019, 08:11 AM
The mystery quilts look interesting, but I do not think I would want to participate in one. Individual tastes very. What one person things is a wonderful pattern, I might think is kind of meh. If I put all that time into it, I want to be able to know up front if it is a pattern I really like.
Well, not like I have done any quilting for awhile. But it is on my retirement list. It occurs to me that between embroidery, stuffed animals and dolls, jigsaw puzzles and games I might still be too busy to get back to quilting. And that is not counting things like going to museums, the zoo, and other local attractions. I also want to get back to zentangle/drawing. I could maybe squeeze some of that in before retirement.
There is a part of me that feels like drawing and zentangle are good candidates for life long interests. They are do anywhere hobbies and are pretty cheap. I see my mother in a rest home and think of how very little space she has for her things. And I think that could be me some day. So that back of my mind thinks of hobbies I have that could take up very little space. Drawing would be one. I just need paper and a pencil or pen. In worse care scenario I could beg some off the nursing staff. I can fit quite a bit of thread into a small space. Since I do more free style embroidery, it would be feasible to work with what ever colors I have left.
I am not sure why my thought go in such a direction. My mom did not have to go into the rest home till she was over 80. I am only 51 and I eat a much healthier diet than my mom. So we are talking about maybe 30 years from now. And there are now age in place provisions to let people live in their home longer. There is also assisted living centers which are similar to rest homes except you have a whole apartment instead of a tiny room.
And it is kind of ridiculous that I am thinking about this now.
I should be focusing more on my life in the here and now, i.e. my life before retirement. I should just decide how much to contribute toward my retirement fund, then not think about retirement for a while.
12-06-2019, 12:37 PM
Kathy, I agree. If it is a project I am going to put a lot of work into I want to know how it is going to turn out, and I want to be able to choose the right fabrics. This week's instructions are for more strips. Still waiting to see how it turns out. I have seen some really beautiful Mystery quilts and I have seen some that would have benefitted from one or two changes of color or placement.
Meanwhile I have enough to work on. Here is the fabric I bought yesterday. Happened upon the center "London" print in clearance. It is a very pale pink, there was just over a yard left. My nieces wanted London and Paris quilts for christmas. Well, they're not getting them but they might get pillow cases. I found the "Paris" print @40% off, and the neutral, too.
I've decided I want to get back to writing after Christmas. I have a first draft WIP nearly finished that has gotten positive feedback in some contests I've entered it in, so it has publication potential. I also want to rejoin RWA Kiss of Death chapter and maybe Outreach which is for those of us without a local chapter. Outreach has global membership, which makes it extra interesting. These books won't write themselves, and I've been away from writing so long I'll basically be starting from scratch because so much has changed since I was an active writer, and my network is gone, too. I think about the published writers I knew, contacts I had in the music industry and on TV shows, publishers, agents, etc, and it makes me sick now. All gone. I don't have unpubbed writer friends anymore either, or my loyal and wonderful beta readers, my critters who helped me so much and made me a better writer, the list goes on and on. It's just me, and it will be a daunting task to rebuild all that. Luckily RWA is there to help with all that. I almost dumped my membership in July, butdecided on the last day to renew. Good thing.
This means I have to clean up my office, which is so cluttered I can't even walk through it. The whole cabin needs to be purged and organized. That probaby won't happen, but it will be straightened up at least. I still don't have TV, internet, or phone out there and can't run any cables till spring, but maybe we can do something to get wireless internet out there. I have 2 cell phones I can use out there for now. Lots to do, but there always will be. I've missed being out there. It's such a great place to write and I need to take advantage again.
Got the birdhouses all done except paint. I'm waiting for some glue to dry before the paint. I might wait till Mother's Day to give them to her, or shortly before. It's unusual she mentions anything she wants, so that would be a good springtime gift. We did not plan on any Black Friday shopping but since we were there, I picked up a small electric frying pan we know she wants, and we have some other small items for Christmas, too. It would be nice to finish up the birdhouses now and have them ready, so I don't have to build or do anything right when we're ramping up our own outside work. Seems like a better plan.
Got 9 more labels pinned on bags before I got distracted by the unfinished birdhouses, but not sewed yet. Still want to finish 13 bags and the 9 labels today. I'm losing interest in the bags now that I'm about to obsess about my office, so need to get the entire DfG project done before I start out there.
12-06-2019, 01:17 PM
Those fabrics are wonderful for the London and Paris lovers! Lucky finds! I love when that happens.
12-06-2019, 05:56 PM
I found 2 colors of floss needed for the unfinished cross-stitch, just back-stitching. Still knitting the pink hat, about 4-5" now.
Dog club is in the Alexandria VA Christmas parade tomorrow morning, it's a huge deal every year. I got a ride with another member so I don't have to drive. Parking is terrible because of the attendance. 4 adults and 2 dogs in a Camry, that should be a hoot.
12-06-2019, 06:12 PM
I went to town for a grocery pick up today. Had late lunch and messed about on YouTube and just got the last of the groceries in. Tomorrow is kitchen day - dishes, putting things away, and cooking. I got a ham about a week ago that I’ve been putting off cooking. I’ll see what else to do to fill up the oven. Roasted potatoes for sure.
So now it’s time to get to real life - cross stitching.
12-06-2019, 06:45 PM
The parade sounds fun. Hope the dogs are small. Our dearly departed Sota ☹️ was supposed to be in a parade, but we came to see him at the shelter the day before and decided to take him. The shelter director was relieved he wouldn't be in the parade, because he was so pretty she knew they'd be swamped with calls about him. He really was a gorgeous boy.
I got 12 bags sewed, ribbon put in 12, and 9 labels sewed and then those 9 bags serged. I have 12 more that just need ribbons. Hey, I didn't notice a smell from the serger today! Progress! I'm starting to really like that serger. Since I'm getting the hang of using it, about the only thing I don't like about it now is its useless light.
I was sewing away on bags today and happened to look up toward the top of my stack of flat totes, up at the ceiling. At a JA bag full of fabric. And I remembered the last batch of DfG fabric. The stuff I bought right before finding out I had to join a chapter. I knew it had seemed like I was missing some fabric, but couldn't remember what it was. I didn't recall till I saw that bag that I had stuffed it on the top tote because it wouldn't fit in its tote where it belonged, with the other DfG stuff. So I hauled it down to look it over. There's 15 freakin' yards! MY ACHIN' HEAD! Luckily only a couple yds is flannel. I might just sew the strips together and cut them, and let C do the last serging. She said she likes doing them during her TV time. She doesn't sew, only serges. The rest of it would make nice kit bags. I'm going to do that with it. I like making a few bags now and then, and I still have lots of labels and ribbon. I might make a few from it now, but most of it I'll keep to be done later. Still can't believe I couldn't remember that fabric. I bought it only a few weeks ago. Oh, well, it will work out nicely to have some bag fabric on hand.
12-06-2019, 07:20 PM
LOL! I've lost a few things in my sewing room from time to time. 15 yds would be enough to back a couple of large quilts. Just sayin'.
While cleaning up today I found the christmas cross stitch kit I bought last year. You know, the one I was searching for back in October to take with me to Florida. It was on my desk, I've been staring at it all year.
I sewed 8 pinwheels today, which brings me to 31 out of the 50 I need. I'm going to need to cut a lot more triangles this weekend. Have pulled out some candidate fabric for the next lot.
Also did a little stitching. Not much to show yet, just some scattered blobs of green.
Dlr, hope you have great weather for the parade.
12-06-2019, 08:05 PM
Yeah, but the fabric was RIGHT THERE, not hidden or anything. Gaaahhh. Some days. I know what you mean about stuff being obvious though. Happens here all the time. That, and losing something we had in our hands 5 seconds before.
I thought about quilt backing, too. But I don't have many quilt projects and have backing for at least 3 king size quilts. I'm still thinking about it, which is one reason I'm not in a hurry to make bags. But mostly it's because I'm already sick of making bags. I might quit after I finish the 9 I started today. That would give me a total of 33. Okay, you talked me into keeping it for now at least.
In a couple days we're supposed to have wind chills around -40. It's only early December. It's too early to be this cold. Good thing we like staying home.
12-07-2019, 11:32 AM
SD - and here it’s been unseasonably warm. I still have all the bulbs I bought sitting in the fridge and I want them out. But with the temps still pretty consistently getting into the 70s the ground is still quite warm. The first rain they might decide it was already spring.
The Facebook cross stitch group I recently joined is full of information. I’ve learned more about the Chinese brands of floss. I had gotten some to try through Amazon or eBay and didn’t really like it, and the supposed DMC color match wasn’t. But the ones who use it like the CXC brand. I went to the review by a designer who had experimented. He found that the 100% cotton (Royal something) wasn’t colorfast and broke easily, though some stitchers really like it. The CXC, a poly cotton blend was colorfast, tended to knot, but by using shorter strands that was not a problem. It was also thicker than DMC for better coverage. The color match was good. A few were off a little but not enough to matter, and no more than DMC itself sometimes varies. It is also much cheaper, of course, than DMC. He concluded that he was still using DMC, but that both of these other brands were ok. There are also suggestions from the group of which vendors they have had good success with, where you can specify the brand and buy the colors individually, though that might run as much as .15 a skein, from a low of .08 - lol.
My conclusion: I will continue to use DMC for all my normal patterns, but I am going to try the CXC for the big full coverage patterns that take a boatload of floss. I still want to experiment with doing them in half cross, and the bit of extra thickness should help. So after the first of the year I will pick out a couple of the relatively smaller ones and order the floss to try one with half cross on 25, one on 18. In the meanwhile, I won’t run out of anything to do!
I have some qualms of conscience deliberately buying Chinese direct, and all things being equal would rather support France than China for floss. But things are not always equal and everyone has to make a living no matter where they live. Politics is one thing, but in the end, people are just people, doing their best or what they have to do. I don’t want to start a controversy and that’s all I’ll say about it.
12-07-2019, 11:59 AM
It's sunny and may get into the high 40's today. DC, plant the bulbs while you can. The air might be 70 but the ground will be colder and in my experience bulbs know when it's time to bloom. The leaves might peek up early, but they will know if it is to cold to keep growing and will be just fine.
DH broke the large glass terarrium/vase I bought yesterday so we have to go back today and get another while they are half price. So goodbye sewing day, because it will take hours with two of us. He wants to cut up some more of the redbud, too, and we don't have many daylight hours to get stuff done.
It's supposed to get cold here next week, too. Fall is just about over.
12-07-2019, 03:01 PM
The parade was fun. It was really crowded in the car. My dog rode in the rear seat footwell with me in the seat. No place to put my feet down. My muscles will let me know about that tomorrow. He did really well, jumped right in the car when asked, did not try to bolt or get away from loud noises or strange objects. One other dog (don't know the owners) barked constantly the whole time.
12-07-2019, 03:38 PM
I think, in a global marketplace, it's impossible to be 100% "pure" from a political standpoint when it comes to shopping. Things are too complex and sometimes it's impossible to even know where an item comes from.
Sorry about the broken terrarium, CH, but at least the sale is still good.
Glad your doggy was so well behaved, DLR. We felt the same when ours did well on our trip to IL/MO. Sometimes they can be so unpredictable especially in new situations.
I was lucky today. I thought of a piece of fabric in the middle of the night last night. I figured I could make a few bags from it, like maybe 4. I dragged it out this morning and was reminded it was 52" wide x 4-5 yds, way bigger than I remembered. I got 16 bags from it and got the labels pinned on and ready to sew.
I also put the ribbons in another 12 bags, so got 24 bagged and in the suitcase.
I cut and serged the edges of the narrow flannel strips for more liners, then cut the wider strips, pinned everything possible together, sewed them, and cut 38 liners. I bagged those and stuffed them in the suitcase for C to serge. Given all the trouble I've been having serging liners the past 6 months, I'm very done with wanting to mess with them.
I sewed the side seams on the 9 bags in progress and the casings on 1 before someone started yelling at me that it was lunch time. I haven't gotten back to those yet. Once I get those done plus the 16 I cut today, I will have 49 bags for my new chapter, a well stuffed suitcase, lots of yardage out of my sewing room, and all my own DfG fabric sewn up. Still can't believe I got so much done so fast.
My friend loves the table runner. Glad that's done, too.
Another busy day here.
12-07-2019, 05:41 PM
Well, we got stuff done after all. I cut a bunch of triangles, sewed and ironed them. I need ~10 pinwheels of each kind. I think I will still have some cutting to do after I sew this batch. DH sawed up some more tree, not sure how much but he showed me a picture of some logs. Will have to figure out how to split them. Don't have an axe and don't think my joints could handle that if we did. Used to be one of my chores when I was a teen, to split wood after school. Back in the old days. It will need to dry in any case.
Glad your parade went well, Dlr.
And happy to hear your table runner was well received, SD.
12-07-2019, 08:50 PM
I finished in the kitchen, cooked, ate well, and put everything away. The pans will wait until tomorrow.
I picked up the Santa, put in about 4 stitches of dark green on dark blue and thought of half a dozen things I had to do online Right Now. Sigh. That’s not the way to get it done. I put it back in a small hoop to pick up and do in hand, leaving the larger kit on the stand. It will make it more appealing to pick up and do a few strands that way. Even if they’re dark green.
Package wrapping is also on hold for tomorrow, and I have to finish the last couple of rows on the last basket.
12-07-2019, 09:41 PM
I used to split wood, too. That was real work. It helped that we burned cobs as kindling, so didn't need a lot of really small wood. Glad you got to work on your quilt after all.
Doesn't sound like your Santa is providing a very merry Christmas yet, D.
I was hoping to be done with DfG by Monday, but since I'm doing extra bags, I'm revising that till Wednesday. Still record speed for all I've gotten done. It's sure nice they wanted the suitcase. It's working out extremely well to put everything in for delivery.
12-07-2019, 10:10 PM
spirit you make me tired just reading what you do! think a mystery quilt sounds like fun..think just depends on skill levels. I did mystery crochet blanket in the spring. love seeing the cross stitch.
jettsmom..sorry about your mil. kathyb yes i think you think of it in your 50s just because time seems to fly by faster..does for me. dh cousin passed early this morning fighting cancer for years only 63. always worry because dh is almost the same age as he was when he got sick. he was a nice person. dh had a meeting today w sister and lawyers etc apparently estate is settled already. quick. kids don't get money until they are legal age. we have been fighting off colds too dd has one. so made chicken soup and carrot soup. ordered a wildlife centre about $120 things off their amazon wish list..nothing exciting but they need it garbage bags, cleaners, nuts for the wildlife etc.
family is hard at least dh has realized finally that his sister really isn't interested in us and the kids. wish she had admitted to her mom and dad years ago but she liked being catered too. she had made plans for xmas dinner with others plus is enjoying the poor me invites. (dh is her only close family now) so off the hook! not that I want her around at all. but just made my point..nothing to do with us or our actions (esp mine) because she never asked us about xmas plans. free at last now if she just would never phone again.
almost finished a scarf.. really need to work on the xmas blanket. well they don't know they are getting it so can be for anytime. just want a couple of small things for the gift box. gets rid of some yarn too.
12-08-2019, 12:35 PM
I'm in decreases for the crown of the hat. Pretty sure there's enough yarn for a 2nd hat. Cross stitch finished and I put away everything I had pulled out for possible projects. I bagged 1 design and the Aida and floss (need 3 or 4 colors though) but I don't plan to start that any time soon. Lots of scraps & random stuff inherited from MIL.
I need to repair the mattress pad this week (sides and elastic), plenty of things to re-use it will just require figuring out & sewing.
WTG on the DFG stuff, SD. When do you plan to drive the stuff up there and meet everyone in person?
12-08-2019, 03:06 PM
I always like getting to the end of making a hat. The rounds just go faster and faster through the decreases, so that makes them fun.
We're planning to go to the DfG chapter meeting in Duluth 1/10, depending on weather. It should be fun and interesting, I hope.
I got the 9 bags done from yesterday and put ribbons in them. Then I sewed the labels on the last 16 and got those serged all around. They're waiting to have casings pressed and then the side seams can be sewn, casings stitched, ribbons inserted, and then I should be all done with everything. At least I'm hoping nothing more turns up that I forgot I bought. I do have to do an inventory, because I track everything I donate each yr.
I also cut 150 yds of ribbon for the bag drawstrings, 3 different colors. That will hold me a long time, probably. I will be keeping my eyes open for cheap but nice fabric to make bags because I do like to make a few dozen each yr. But for now, everything is made up except the 16 in progress.
12-08-2019, 04:25 PM
SD - you’re really zipping through those.
I have the easy things wrapped. The bags I have for the crochet baskets are just plain white so I decided to decorate them. Just some simple tissue paper cut outs, but why do I decide to do these things? Bah, humbug!
When I got out the baskets, I saw I don’t have a couple of rows left. I have about half of the finishing off reverse sc to do. After I get out the new skein and find the hook, I should be done in 10 minutes. Then pop the gift cards in gift card holders and Christmas is done. Nothing left but the feasting.
I figured out why the dark green was hard to see. I had my light dimmed two steps. It was bright, but on full it is very, very bright. The stitching suddenly got easier. When I was working on the Noel on the white sparkly opalescent fabric my two choices were dim the light or snow blindness.
12-08-2019, 06:05 PM
Sounds like everyone had a productive day and is getting stuff done. I got as far as turning the lights on in the sewing room, and DH asked if we had any more milk. I know I bought one extra last weekend, but apparently it is gone already. So I got to go grocery shopping and before I knew it, it was 2pm and I hadn't left for my party yet. And now I'm home from dancing and we have another holiday dinner in an hour. I really want a nap, though.
People seemed very happy with the zippered cosmetic bags. And the fact that I MADE them. :vs_whistle:
12-08-2019, 07:46 PM
Iím pretty amazed that anyone can make zippered bags too!
Could I have chosen a more fiddly material to cut and paste than thin fragile tissue paper? I put a three tier Christmas tree on the bags with a star on top and called it good. If I ever decide to do this again it will be time to haul out the fabric or felt. It was just another chapter in the Not Thinking This Through book. After that I stopped to eat and watched another Bondi Vet on YouTube. Iíve gotten hooked it. Animals and wonderful Australian accents - whatís not to love?
I found the hook so itís basket finishing time, then to finish putting the bags together. Iíve somehow frittered the whole day away.
12-08-2019, 11:05 PM
How’s this for uninspired. Fortunately we don’t go in for fancy wrapping here.
Ten minutes to finish the basket? Yes. I actually believed that would fo it. Find variegated yarn and hook. Settle in recliner, put quilt over lap, get all cozy, lay it all out on my lap, discover it was not the variegated I ran out of, but the yellow. OMG. I hope that hasn’t been moved to the attic. Get up, scrounge through all the yarn, finally find it. Settle, add quilt, get cozy, everything on lap. Hmmm. Am I sure this is the right hook? Unload lap. Get up, hunt pattern. Nope. Wrong hook. Switch hooks. Settle in recliner, etc. attach the new yellow. Reach for scissors. Remember they fell on floor just as I was quitting last night. Can’t see where they landed from here. I am NOT getting up again. Rummage on side table, find another. Crochet for about ten minutes and done. I don’t know how long the whole thing took but it was a lot longer than the projected 10 minutes.
My underwhelming bags. All I can say is that I used up a tiny bit of tissue paper glue stick.
12-08-2019, 11:33 PM
dcompton do that too or the cats are whining to go in and out never all at the same time. miss piss pants hangs off the screen door and bangs and bangs. and course once settled one is I want in or out. until I get mad. love the bags..I have to admit I am a stuff in gift bag type. fabrice ones for family. michaels has linen ones now so got some too.
made this cowl out of clearance yarn I got last year after xmas. was only out in canada bernat rudolph red. wish more co would make this colour combo. but have two so used one for this cowl and the other a hat and necker I think. realized I don't have to get blanket done since I have a wrap and dh bought something too. so will get some small stuff done. Attachment 49889
12-09-2019, 08:23 AM
Sounds like everyone was busy over the weekend. Glad the dog parade went well.
I ended up not spending much time crocheting this weekend. I went to a Krampus walk on Saturday. The drive wasn't that bad. I had gone to the town once before last year and I was surprised that it didn't take as long as I expected. So I felt a lot more comfortable about going to this event this year. The biggest problem was trying to find parking.
I spent most of Sunday at the coffee shop. I meant to get some work done on my writing but ended up reading fanfiction. :lol:
12-09-2019, 11:07 AM
krampus walk? never heard of that before but sounds fun.
12-09-2019, 03:58 PM
Martha, Krampus parades are becoming popular, particularly in the last few years. I think they're similar to Santa runs, at least here in the US. The walk I went on was more like a ghost walk where we stopped in front of various stores (we were in the business section of town) but were told folklore stores on various Northern European winter/Yule related spirits, such as Krampus and Perchta, instead of stories of various hauntings. I think the Krampus walks/parades are likely to be a lot more raucous in Europe.
12-09-2019, 03:59 PM
TA-DONE! :cheer4: My suitcase is full to overflowing. Attachment 49891
Final totals are 376 shields, 305 liners, and 49 kit bags. Attachment 49893
Can't believe I'm finally all done. Can't believe I did all that!
Tomorrow I can put stuff away and start getting the house back under control. I also want to make a sewing apron so I can wear most of my tools, accessories, phone, etc. I don't want to leave a purse laying around among people I don't know, and want to have my other stuff handy and not out where it can be picked up accidentally or otherwise, or where I can forget it. The apron is turning into more of a project than anticipated, but that's okay. I'm still in the planning stage but now I'll have time to think about it. The base of it will be a crossback apron I have and like in the kitchen, so at least that part is decided.
12-09-2019, 04:56 PM
Forgot to include 38 partially made liners. 768 pieces in all. I don't know how much it all cost. I'd guess $200-$300, not counting gas to go buy the fabric. At least the suitcase was free. 😁
12-09-2019, 07:02 PM
Wow! That’s amazing! Congrats on getting it all finished, and finished so soon. The apron sounds like a great idea.
I’m getting ready to call Amazon about a real mess with an order. I don’t know what happened, but it needs fixing, something rare in my history with them. I discovered a new kind of hoop, quite by accident, on 123 Stitch. They are beyond $$$ for a plastic hoop, but it sounded good and I decided to splurge on one. They have a groove that runs around the middle of the hoop between the rings and have an overkill screw. Larger hoops never seem to hold tension well, but that’s what I want to use with my frame. I found a 9” a little cheaper on Amazon so I bought it and it is as good as advertised. Happy days! Then I ordered a 10”and 7”. Both good prices, considering, and both Prime. The 10” arrived as predicted on Nov 26. The 7” did not. I checked and it was marked delayed, and saw on tracking that it was being shipped, expedited, from China. ??? Well, whatever. Eventually it showed up in US clearance in Chicago where it sat for a while, but it’s probably a really busy time. Still being patient. Next it arrived at a distribution center somewhere in Illinois. On its way so still ok. Today I woke to a message of a failed delivery attempt and that it is being held for pickup. In Montana. No longer ok. And now it says it was delivered after all. In East Helena. I just drove out to the mailbox to check and it isn’t here. Amazon will fix it but it’s aggravating. I’m all for abandoning it there in the frozen north, letting them figure out how to get it back to China, and starting over with one of the Prime hoops, 12 in stock. But I’ll see what happens.
Did it by chat. Cancelled order. I feel sorry for the seller because I think this one is Amazon’s screw up. Since I ordered the more expensive prime one, and that was acknowledged in the projected arrival date, there is no reason he should have gotten the order.
I’ll try again later. That is a size I will need to work smaller pieces from the frame. The 7” I have now just doesn’t hold the tension well enough, though that type in my 5” is great.
12-09-2019, 07:33 PM
I hope it all gets straightened out, D. I've been seeing news reports about crazy work hrs at Amazon lately and warnings to expect pkgs to be late. Saw that one on TV the day ours arrived early. LOL.
Thanks, about the DfG stuff. Every time I got tired, I would think about the empty corners in the suitcase and obsess about filling the spaces. It was a useful obsession for once.
I actually came over here because of you, D. We're having trouble with UPS because they don't bring our stuff to the door anymore, but tie it to the mailbox down by the road instead. Snowplow bait. Can't really blame them, since our hill is so treacherous and they don't have their AWD vans anymore. Anyway, I've been looking at Pinterest for parcel delivery boxes for us and realized your neighborhood could probably use one too. I kind of like some version of this one: https://pin.it/nynfvd5v6qnsc2
We salvaged plywood from a shed to use when we built our workbenches in the garage, and I have some of that left I would probably use. It's a simple design that could be made from lots of different types of lumber. The instructions don't say it but in the comments the owners say they have a hook with a padlock hanging inside so the delivery person can lock the box. If you used a combo lock, everyone in your family could have the combo so all could get into it to get their stuff. Then you wouldn't have to worry if it was raining or whatever when your stuff was arriving. Maybe someone could build one to put by your gate. Pinterest has lots of designs. Search for parcel delivery box if you're interested.
12-09-2019, 07:55 PM
Way to go, SD! I'm sure those liners will be well appreciated. The apron project sounds fun.
Slow day here. I have been watching the thermometer drop. It was 50 this morning and it is 24 now. I sewed pinwheels. Now have 22 left-facing ones. Will get some more tomorrow. Worked a bit on the stitching. Finished the strand of "light green" and picked up a strand of "light yellow green". Must be leaves. I am not sure what I did with the photo of the design, but I can sort of tell by the pattern. The threads are ~34" long, never worked with any that length before.
Hope you get your hoop order straightened out, DC. I am still using the plain wooden one I bought at Woolworth decades ago. I guess if I did cross stitch more I would want different ones.
12-09-2019, 08:33 PM
SD - actually since a few weeks before Thanksgiving, UPS has been bringing packages to the door, so our gate code is obviously in their system. FedEx always does. We are so remote we actually don’t usually worry about packages left at the road. We have a larger parcel size mailbox we all share and a lot of things will fit in there. Otherwise pretty much the first person to go in or out the gate picks up anything spotted at the mailboxes and brings it on in. The only time I watch really carefully for the delivery notification is if it’s sonething pretty valuable.
The hoops I really like to use by hand are the plastic ones with a lip around the top of the inside ring, a couple of dollars at 123 Stitch. I have smallish hands so 5” is most comfortable to work with, but will use a 6”. I would only use a larger one if I needed the whole picture clear of the hoop for beading. The outer ring fits under the small lip and keeps the fabric tight. JA has them and with a coupon would also be quite cheap. If you’re ever there and have a coupon you’re not using, I would recommend trying one.
CH.- are you using two strands? If so do you use the loop start? If not, try that. Take one one of the large strands, fold it in half, thread the two ends through the needle with the loop at the bottom. Start the stitch coming up, and on the down stitch go through the loop that is hanging loose beneath the fabric. Voila! Secured thread and a shorter strand to work with. Or with the frame I start it from the top, go through the loop with the up stitch and back down in the same hole I just came up through. When it’s snugged down you feel a tiny pop and the loop is drawn under with a smooth stitch on top. It’s like magic. But you probably already know all this.
12-10-2019, 12:17 AM
Thanks, DC, that's a good idea to use a single strand doubled up. That will be shorter and easier to work.
Looks like it is going to get down into the teens tonight. Brr!
12-10-2019, 02:34 AM
We're at 11 below at 1 AM. High tomorrow is supposed to be minus 2. Good day to stay home.
It's good your deliveries usually come to your house, D. We have the giant mailbox too, but it's illegal for anyone but USPS to put stuff in it so they don't, which is why they tie our stuff to the mailbox or just set it in the snow beside the box. Very annoying. We should have built a delivery box yrs ago but the drivers used to bring everything to the house. I need to start a list of projects for next spring.
I might haul out my quilt tomorrow and work on that a little while. This is the pattern: Attachment 49895
I haven't done anything with it for a couple yrs. It's kinda mindless, which would be good right now. I think I have the triangle blocks cut already. I also have lots of the nine patch squares cut, and a pile of DfG scraps to cut, too. It would be fun to make some progress on that while I think about the apron some more.
12-10-2019, 08:27 AM
One benefit of living in an apartment complex was that deliveries would be dropped off at the leasing office. Now they have a 'hub' where they drop off the packages in cubicles that need a code to open. We have 3-4 days to pick them up but I'm not sure what happens after that time. I think they're left with the leasing office so the drivers don't have to lug stuff back to their warehouses. Some packages, if they're small enough, get shoved into the mail box, which is annoying since the mailboxes are so small to begin with. It's ok for CD's in small envelopes, though. Sometimes I see packages at my doorstep, though.
There's a video goes around on a driver's response to someone leaving goodies out for delivery drivers. While it's a sweet idea, I doubt I'd be able to do something like that. I'm afraid that the kids would raid it before the drivers have a chance at it, particularly one family where the kids are left to run around pretty much unsupervised (they're ~5 or 6 years old). Plus, I don't want to give the kids any reason to come up to my floor anyway. I'm on the top floor and people rarely come up there, except for people visiting my neighbor (I rarely hear or see them) or some intrepid sales person.
12-10-2019, 10:42 AM
I expect UPS to go back to dropping packages at the road after Christmas when the package thieves may be a little less diligent. Right now we have a new driver delivering from his car. They must have put on an army of temps for the holiday season. I also think where it is left may depend on the driver to some degree. For a while we had someone who “helpfully” would put any packages he could through or over the gate, which was the most annoying of all because I would have to get out of the car and hobble around it and over to the package, often through mud, and then bend my unbendable self to the ground to pick it up, a literal pain if it was a flat envelope package. I was glad when that stopped. It took a while, but eventually they did start using the large mailbox. We have a sign on it to please leave all packages there. Maybe they are emboldened by it not being specifically for any of the four addresses, or we are just so far out, who’s to know or care? USPS uses it too and our carriers apparently don’t get upset if they see a UPS package in it.
I did other things than stitch yesterday and may today as well. Life can’t be all cross stitch.
12-10-2019, 11:36 AM
I finally got the quilt back cut out and was short about 3 inches on the lighter color. I found a small piece of blue fabric that was almost the same pattern as the light color and matched the blue on the darker color. It will be fine. Still need to sew the two sides together. I got the batting last week when it was on sale. I'll finish the back and then I just need to put it all together and start quilting. I think I just may get this one done. Maybe I'll get the other one done for her birthday in the summer. I doubt I'll get it done for Christmas, although it won't be as involved and should go together quicker.