Yesterday I got some permanents put in and I also got two bad teeth pulled. Now I have a month to recover before the next round of replacements are done. They only gave me extra strength Ibuprofen - the same thing I would get if I exceeded the recommended doses on regular Ibuprofen. So I was not too out of it.
The spare thread bit reminds me of a something I saw that seemed to fit into the spend a bit to save a little category. I could buy a felting machine. These are used for making sheets of felt. They now have a version that is priced for home use. For a little over $200 I could felt all my felt scraps together into a sheet. Wool felt blends are around $1 a sheet and pure wool is around $2 a sheet. I do not think I would get my money's worth from it. Although I think it is actually more about creating unique sheets with interesting marbled or rainbow colors.
I think I might actually have some of the jacquard paints on hand. I played around a bit with fabric paint before. I got some Shiva paint sticks for fabric. They were a little pricey, but highly rated. However, they turned out blotchy for me.
I was able to get some specifics - kind of - from my husband on what he meant when he said he did not want to move to a place that was "too cold." First he said he did not want a place where it got to the single digits in winter. That still leaves a lot of places, including parts of the Midwest. Then he said - ideally - he would want to live in a place where the average low in winter does not get below 32 degrees. That rules out over half the country right there. The difference between the minimum acceptable and the ideal are pretty big.
So I think that I will focus on the cities that meet the ideal first. And if we can't find something in that category we both like, then we can branch out more.
He is still sticking to his "too early to discuss it" thing. Well he does retire two years before me, so I would hope at that point he is ready to talk about it. We should be able to make a decision in two years.
12-19-2019, 01:58 PM
Lucky thing to get the drug samples, D.
Kathy, have you run the numbers to see if it's worth it to stay in such a high COL area 2 extra yrs vs retiring 2 yrs early? Or transferring a couple yrs from retirement to a lower COL city?
Sorry about the dental work. No fun at all. Hope you have a speedy recovery.
I'm not getting anything done. My phone game finally got updated a week late. Yes, I'm addicted.
12-19-2019, 04:46 PM
The early retirement penalties are pretty stiff. The base pension would not be too different, 28 percent of my salary compared to 30 percent of my salary. But the penalty for retiring two years earlier than the minimum is having a pension reduced by 25 percent. For my circumstances at least. It will vary from person to person.
Plus I feel like my husband probably will not want to think seriously about it till he retires. In some ways it makes it more difficult to keep working if you are focusing on retirement too much.
12-19-2019, 06:16 PM
Always so many angles to consider. One plus is he will be home full time to do research and start prepping your home for sale.
I wish we could reach a conclusion about moving. COL is so cheap where we are it's hard to think about leaving, plus it's gorgeous. It's not perfect but nothing is, and it's hard to know if the imperfections we have are better or worse what the next place would have. For npw, we're focusing on getting this house purged and organized and finishing projects. At the least, we need to get this place in shape so if something happens to one of us, the other one will have less to do to get ready to sell.
12-19-2019, 06:16 PM
Hope everyone has had a good day. It was nice here, sunny an in the 40's. I got a little work done on the blue quilt. Cleared off the cabinet top where I keep my cutter and laid out some blocks. Added 2 rows/1ft to one side of the center part I already did. I am not sure how much of the dark blue fabric I have left, so I do not know if that will be the next ring, or if I need to use a different blue. I have remnants on hand if necessary. I'll have to do some measuring and counting of both fabrics and see how far it is going to get me. I'm ready to get back to pinwheels.
I like that cute kitty block, CH. That will be a nice quilt.
I was reading about how to set up a sewing room and apparently I'm doing it all wrong. I'm supposed to leave room on the walls for "art". Sure. I'm also supposed to have furniture with soft surfaces so I can "relax". Right. Oh, and I'm supposed to have brightly colored throw pillows because they're "cheerful". Uffda! Of course all storage containers are supposed to be decorative. Doesn't matter if they're ridiculously inadequate for the job, as long as they're cute. My favorite was the 4 oz mason jar for storing your button "collection". That article was presented as a plan that would allegedly work for everyone, regardless of their level of expertise, interest, or space. Seriously. :ugh: Oh, well, it was good for a few laughs.
Got nothing done except I blew through the entire new level on my game. The next update won't be for at least a week. I really need to go back to using my laptop because it's less convenient than my phone, but I don't think we're on speaking terms ATM. But I did plug it in and got it charged up at least.
12-19-2019, 11:37 PM
hope everyone is feeling good! all that dental work close to xmas ugh. I know I should go to dentist but meah. dd has a wisdom tooth coming in sideways but no rush to get it out. she said fine when school is out. lovely necklace and quilt! what about a small crochet project that travels ? xmas is so close ..did some grocery shopping basics and extras for xmas ..have been picking up things for last few weeks. weekend then worry about more xmas stuff. finished a hat and necker from me. working on a hat for whoever. since I got more yarn must use up more lol
M, your necker and hat look nice and warm. Hope DD's wisdom teeth don't become a problem. Mine came in sideways, too and had to come out when I was a teen.
SD, in order to put art on my sewing room walls I'd need to have walls. LOL! There's about 6ft between the hall and the closet door, which opens and barely misses the window next to it, and then there's about 3 ft on the other side of that. And there are 4 book cases in those spaces. I'm going to guess my button collection is in a tin that is older than the author of that advice. I do have a really comfortable recliner to relax in.... but it's piled high with fabric and crap. Actually, I do miss having my bulletin board. I used to keep notes and ideas tacked up. No space now.
The new Star Wars movie is out tonight and everyone and their dog wants to share their review. Ugh.
Probably going out tomorrow. Need to enjoy what short sunlight hours we have.
12-20-2019, 08:41 AM
I do not think there is ever a good time to have dental work done. But I actually think winter is maybe a little better. When my teeth had the temporary crowns they were cold sensitive. No problems being out in the cold, but problems with things like drinking ice water or cold beverages. In the winter I mostly drink hot things, so it is not a big deal to refrain from drinking cold things. In the summer I would be harder to give up cold beverages and frozen deserts.
I do actually have artwork in my craft room. I have two abstract paintings I did. Their is an art print called "firefly knitting." My husband thought the model in the painting - Kaja Foglio - looked a lot like me. There is a picture of her here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaja_Foglio
Then I also have some mandalas I colored and some other art that is pictures from old calendars.
My home is pretty art heavy in general. Every room except the bathrooms have something.
There are no comfy chairs or decorative pillows though. Although I do not really do much crafting in the room except when I use my sewing machine. I generally sit in the sofa or stuffed chair in the bedroom to do my embroidery or other hand sewing. It is almost more of a store room.
I keep my buttons in small plastic organizers with little compartments where they are sorted by color. The jars look pretty, but they are not terribly practical. I might have more buttons that most people - about a pound or two I think.
I guess the good part of living in high cost of living area is that I have lots of available options left for things cheaper. I also feel pretty flexible on where I can live as well. It does not have to be perfect. It just has to meet certain basic criteria and overall have more positives than negatives.
No place is perfect.
This is difficult to put in words but ... I feel like my baseline of what makes a place "good" is maybe less than other people's. Well obviously my criteria are different. I like museums, so that rules out a lot of otherwise nice smaller cities and some mid-sized cities. But I still feel my choices are more broad than most people.
12-20-2019, 02:57 PM
Nice work, Martha. I like that color combo.
CH, could you put a bulletin board on a door, or hinge it to one of your bookcases, like a cabinet door?
You've all seen pics of my sewing room. I have almost no wall space for anything. I have 6 sewing machine tables, 2 wardrobes with 6 flat totes on racks over one of them, 1 large and 1 small bookcase, 2 big windows, a pegboard, a big custom floor to ceiling rack, a stereo rack with glass door, a stack of 4 DMC floss cabinets, a 5' wall cabinet, a small TV, 4 office chairs, 2 large and 2 small thread racks, a high shelf for sewing machine covers I don't use, and a rolling stack of plastic bins. I also have a 4x4 walk-in closet full of fabric and a rack with an ironing board. All my vertical space is used for storage. If I took it down for artwork, where would I go with the stuff stored in those spaces? Besides, once I put something up, after a while I don't even notice it, thus making it a waste of space. That's why I like D's idea of swapping cross stitch projects every so often, so you get something fresh to enjoy. If only I could get that organized.
I actually like my sewing room, in spite of how crowded it is. I think it's because it's very organized and I can usually find whatever I need. I'd love more space, and a little bit of art in the form of some sewing themed cross stitch and signage. But when I'm in there, I'm working, not looking at the walls. 🙂
12-20-2019, 03:06 PM
I didn’t do much if anything last night. The traffic in town was very heavy and the drive back home was just at the time of day for the miles and miles of bare trees by the road to turn the sun into a flashing strobe light in my peripheral vision. It gave me a lovely headache and I just chilled for the rest of the evening.
UPS must be struggling this year. Another package - just for the record not cross stitch - has gone astray. It got to Jackson, Mississippi. Check. Then to New Orleans. Oops. Not our distribution center. Back to Jackson. Ok, they’ll pop it over to Shreveport. Nope. After waiting several days for an update, I saw last night that it’s on it’s way to Minneapolis. Someone needs to buy these folks a map.
Today and tomorrow are housework, but I have to do it in spurts. In the between times I want to go through all my full coverage patterns and pull out the smallest. The robin I started is probably the largest, but since I like all the patterns I think I will work more or less from small to large, at least for now. It would be nice to have a chance of finishing something - lol. I also want to try different combos of floss and fabric count so when I take on the really large ones, I will start with the best combination.
12-20-2019, 03:35 PM
Well, look what I found at JA, right inside the entrance, the week before christmas.
Traffic is busy here today, too, did not stay out long. I picked up some beads to make a last minute gift for a friend. Also bought a remnant of holiday fabric to make a gift bag for one of DH's presents. It's just too large for any boxes we have and I don't want to buy a large box that's going to sit around most of the year taking up space.
I keep forgetting the pillowcases I was going to make. I found a "15 minute" instruction page, but I think it's going to take longer than that.
SD, the only door in my sewing room is the closet door and it already has a long mirror, thread rack and calendar hanging on it. I suppose my calendar is my concession to "art". Besides, I have the plant rack between my machine and the window so I have greenery to look at. And I have a spot in the hall where I can hang my small quilts.
Feeling sleepy. Guess I better start sewing before DH decides to come home early.
DC, hope your UPS package gets sorted out soon.
12-20-2019, 03:53 PM
dc - I feel you on the wandering packages. It's clearly racking up frequent flyer miles, which unfortunately can't be used by anyone. I'm still waiting on a couple of packages with no way to track them. Sigh. Amazon. I'm still waiting on a package that originally said I would get it in 7 days from receipt of the email. Turns out it's being shipped from the UK to the US and will likely take 28 days. Again, with no way to track the package.
I think I will finish off the wool lapgan once I get through the yarn I unraveled from the skein already. Once that much is done, I'll start the second wool lapgan. I'll use the leftover yarn for scarves.
12-20-2019, 04:10 PM
D, I've always felt it's unfair when my stuff gets to travel more than I do. Hope your stuff gets home soon. Working on projects small to large seems like a good plan. It would be easier to feel like you're making progress. Maybe alternating small and large would work, or doing a portion of a large project aternating with small projects between portions.
Did you buy any Christmas cross stitch, CH? Looks like some fun stuff. Sounds like your sewing space is as tight as mine. Why am I not surprised?
Pinterest is my friend. I went looking for ideas to use an old crib, since I happened to salvage one or two side pieces a couple yrs ago. Actually I was thinking about whether I could replace the ugly pegboard in my sewing room with a crib side that looks nicer, therefore Pinterest. But then I found this: Attachment 49973
I really like this idea for our cross stitch and our living room. It's so simple and versatile and easy to change. I hope I do have 2 of them. I just can't recall. I know I have one because I just looked at it.
Why can't I finish projects as fast as I can dream them up? So unfair...
12-20-2019, 04:45 PM
Why canít I finish projects as fast as I can buy them? Lol.
I just talked to Amazon. Now they say it will arrive on dec 28. Iím usually patient and just wait, but this time given the choice, I declined it. Scheme - reorder and it will get here sooner. So now itís refunded, but Iím told just to keep it when it finally arrives, with their compliments. So Iím still waiting but at least itís free. Too bad itís not a bigger order. Amazon has a lot more money than I do. But I guess thatís being greedy.
Iíll earmark that ďfreeĒ money for floss. If I like the CXC Iíll need to add multiples of some colors for the small full coverage patterns. I had bought all the DMC I needed for the trees and robin, so I will still do those with what I have.
I like the crib idea.
12-20-2019, 05:15 PM
Originally Posted by Spirit Deer
Did you buy any Christmas cross stitch, CH? Looks like some fun stuff. Sounds like your sewing space is as tight as mine. Why am I not surprised?...
I got a few off ebay, then found the one I bought last year.
I think my space is smaller than yours. I have 3 machines, only one small window, no wardrobe, and only one half-height cabinet that my cutting machine sits on. I have 3 small tubs of fabric squeezed in, and 4 narrow book cases with patterns boxes stacked on top. I have to go sideways between the serger and ironing board because the space is only as wide as my hips. I can't push my chair back from the sewing machine, it's already up against one end of the ironing board. The ironing board has to come out if I use the serger. Part of my problem is the number of small tubs and boxes taking up floor space. There are several quilts worth of fabric in those. I try to keep the floor clear but it has gotten bad in recent years.
Finished the gift bag just in time, not without effort. The thread decided to keep breaking when I got to sewing the drawstring tube. Have no idea why. I have been using this cone all year, and was sewing just fine with it and the bobbin yesterday. Today it's shredding. Well, it's done anyway. DH came home just as I was tying up the bow.
Ren, Amazon's service isn't what it used to be. I don't know where they cut corners, but I've heard a lot of complaints the past few months. I don't think it's just the holiday rush, though that is certainly straining their system.
12-20-2019, 06:11 PM
I heard a discussion of it on the radio driving home yesterday. For one thing Amazon had such unreliable service from fedex - I can vouch for that - that they have cut ties with them, taking out one carrier. They have also told third party sellers that offer prime items that they must ship ups. I don’t know if that has gone into effect yet. Also ups really is struggling to keep up this year. The people giving the report said it was probably partly because of the overwhelming cascade of packages with more and more people ordering online, and partly just because they are screwing up. They are trying and have added temp drivers. For a few weeks my packages were being delivered by a regular guy in his own car, who actually brought them to my door. Now we’re apparently back to the truck because they are being left on the road. Amazon is also taking over more and more of the delivery themselves which will be a problem for other carriers later on.
It seems to me that they should cut off orders guaranteed by Christmas sooner, and that customers should let them extend prome delivery dates a day or two right at Christmas. Maybe if there was less frantic beat-the-clock rushing there might be fewer mistakes. Still, it’s aggravating when they send an already late package to the other side of the country. I’ve never had a problem though with amazon fixing it, one way or another.
Maybe if they can get through this year, everyone involved can take a deep breath and start figuring out solutions.
Nowadays the world is changing so fast, it’s no wonder businesses have a hard time keeping up.
12-20-2019, 07:49 PM
My sewing room is 12x13, plus closet. A lot depends on how a room is arranged how well things fit in. That's another worry I have about moving, that I'll get the same size room but stuff won't fit due to door and window placement or where heating vents are, whatever. It's taken over 20 yrs of planning, tweaking, rearranging, and patiently waiting to find perfect furniture to get my room where it is. I dread the thought of having to start over, unless I can have half a basement.
12-20-2019, 09:00 PM
I don't have a sewing/craft dedicated space. 1 sewing machine folds into its special "desk" so I have flat surface to use the rotary cutter and mat. Ironing board and iron in the closet. I have 7 cardboard boxes holding fabric + 1 deep & 2 shallow plastic bins holding fabric and yarn. Large popcorn-gift-type can for buttons. Thread caddy and some zip-loc bags of thread. Bead/supplies take about 2 shoe boxes of space. Everything gets put away when not in use, it really doesn't take that long. There is a nice sewing cabinet at dad's house but I have no floor space for it.
The "newer" (1970's era) Singer machine is still in basement storage and I have not read or tried all the features to see if there are any I would use. Automatic buttonhole is the only thing that would be an advantage over the old machine.
Of course once I stop working and have TIME I may be completely dissatisfied with this arrangement.
12-20-2019, 11:18 PM
SD, my room is 9x10ft. The closet is just wider than an average interior door and just deep enough to put in hangars. I'm pretty sure my window is less than 3 ft wide, but I could be wrong.
It occurs to me that if I emptied the closet of the costumes that many of the small boxes and clutter would fit in there. But I have no place to put the costumes. That has been an ongoing issue for years now. And we can't consider the basement for anything due to the unresolved mold problem there.
Dlr, I hope some day soon you're able to have a dedicated sewing space that makes you happy.
12-21-2019, 01:38 AM
DLR, I'm impressed. I couldn't fit into a small space even when I only had one machine. I've been lucky enough to have dedicated sewing spaces since 1982. I did a ton of sewing on our dining room table from 1986-90 though, when the kids were all home and in need of supervision. Everything had to be moved every meal to a built in buffet we had, which was kind of a pain, but that's how it was. I sewed a lot more then, with 8 kids and Husby needing suits for work. I made most of our clothes back then. Supplies were kept in a separate area off of our bedroom.
That's a tiny space for all you do, CH. That's impressive, too. I hope you can find a place for your costumes and reclaim your closet, but I can understand that problem, too. I worry about losing the walk in closet in my sewing room. It's a small walk in, but bigger than normal closets. We have 4 walk ins in this house, and when we leave, we're going to miss every one of them.
Husby doesn't understand the concept of floor space. His office is 10x13 and it's our smallest bedroom. He keeps looking at houses that have master BRs that size or smaller, with secondary BRs even smaller. Drives me nuts. He likes my concept of an everything room in a basement though, so at least he recently has started looking at finished basements. Who knows what we will end up with?
12-21-2019, 03:20 AM
Just got an e from C in Duluth. 102 yds of DfG fabric has arrived. I wonder how much will come home with me. Looks like some pretty stuff. I'm excited to go to their sewing event next month!
12-21-2019, 12:43 PM
I talked myself out of another tool bag. No, really, I mean it this time! I could fit loads of shield parts into it, but I have nowhere to store it. So that's that. Back to plan A, looking for another duffel I can fold for storage, and maybe mod it if needed. Maybe I'll even find another gray one so I have a matched set. 😁 Or see if I already have something.
I poked around my sewing room seeing how I might be able to rearrange and take advantage of empty spaces to help pare down the space I might need in the next sewing room, if there ever is one. Not sure I made any progress. I changed around my pegboard so I could add back the basket I left off when I put up the pegboard and made some other changes for more space. I moved stuff into the space where I used to hang quilt rulers and templates, since they all have new homes. I have empty baskets now, so have to figure out what should live in those.
I think I do actually need a toolbox in the sewing room, but it has to be just the right one. I have lots of hand tools that need organizing, which are in various places now. I should round everything up and see what type of storage they all might need and where I could put a toolbox and if I already have something. I think that's a job for another day though.
12-21-2019, 01:59 PM
I saw a happy young man leaving JA with one of those pink toolbox sewing kits yesterday. I think he made a good choice and I hope whoever receives it appreciates the gift. I remember getting something similar, slightly larger, from my brother a couple decades ago. It was a nice upgrade from the cardboard shoe box I had been using.
Anyway, it's a beautiful -- dare I say warm?-- first day of winter and we have been busy. Our date with friends got cancelled, too many other things going on, so we finally have a day at home to get crap done. I finished the bead necklace this morning. Did a length of green floss on my stitch project. The cat has moved into the corner next to my machine to supervise. I'm going to figure out what the devil is going on with the thread in my machine and get sewing again.
SD, 103 yards doesn't sound like much. That's about 4-5 bolts of cotton.
12-21-2019, 02:36 PM
It's warm here, too, 30. Nice to have a break from the cold and a little sunshine.
102 yds will make hundreds of shield parts. I don't know how many pieces per yd when using a die, because that takes more fabric than cutting by hand.
I found a tool bag! Attachment 49975
It's been sitting in our back porch for yrs, full of tools but unused. I bought it before we realized all our tools end up in a plastic pail for any project, no matter how nice a tool bag we start with. I took it for my sewing room. It has everything I think I want for a sewing tool bag except a cover, but I can make one. A veritable plethora of pockets! Attachment 49977
I will have to add an extension to the front of my thread shelf, but that won't be a big deal. Amazon has this bag for $38 now. We bought ours yrs ago and I'm pretty sure we didn't pay over $20. Guess they've gone up a lot. I can't say I saved $40 because I wouldn't have spent that much now, but probably saved $15-$20 and put a nice, relatively expensive item to use instead of leaving it gathering dust and dog hair. We also found a bunch of tools we've been looking for. Wins all around! Now I just have to decide what should live in it.
12-21-2019, 03:03 PM
If my math is right (big if) 102 yds of 45" fabric would make about 2,300 shield pieces. Each shield uses 2 pieces, so 1,150 shields. However, pockets have to be made too (2 per shield) and they take more fabric than expected. And the whole lot is bought in bundles, some of which is too light colored for shields so will be used for bags. But it'll still be one heck of a lot of sewing.
Another win on my Irwin bag, I didn't add to clutter in the house by buying another bag. :cheer4:
I actually went to the thrift yesterday and got about 4.5 yds of general purpose fabric, 2 pcs the same print for my quilt, 1 pc navy checks a nice weight for a bag. Or an Irwin cover! Also got a couple yds of sticky Velcro and 2 balls of baby yarn bundled together. They had a 30% off sale and my stuff was all marked .99, so it was cheap fun.
12-21-2019, 04:10 PM
Great finds at the thrift store, SD! And nice to find a bag to repurpose instead of leaving it sitting around gathering more dog hair. :)
One pillowcase done. It took just under two hours for the "15 minute" instructions but now that I know what I'm doing the 2nd one should go much faster. Sewing machine is working just fine. My guess is it had something to do with the christmas fabric, maybe the glitter was responsible for shredding the thread?
12-21-2019, 05:03 PM
Glad your machine is working again, CH. Sometimes I think thread has bad spots in it, which causes breaking and swearing, but then you work through the bad spots and it quits breaking. Sometimes rethreading the whole machine helps, as I'm sure you know. Lately I've had problems because the bobbin thread wasn't threaded quite right.
I got the shelf extension cut and prepped for painting so I can start that tomorrow. It's just a chunk of 2x2 I'll screw to the front of the shelf. Utilitarian stuff. That will make the shelf 1.5" deeper, just enough to fully support the tool bag.
The checkered fabric is too big to use for the bag cover, so will find something else. I don't have a lot of fabric that weight, so I want to keep it for a bigger project. The bag cover doesn't need to be heavy. Hope the smell of ganja washes out of the checkered stuff. LOL! Luckily it's not very strong.
12-21-2019, 06:18 PM
The second pillow case took about 45 minutes. Part of that was having to cut and assemble pieces of a badly cut fat quarter for the different color cuff. I'm glad I got a deal on those FQs because if I had paid full price I'd have been upset a how off grain they were cut. Since I got to use something from my stash, it's a mere annoyance. The silver glitter on the "Paris" fabric did not seem to bother my machine. I think they came out very nice. DH says I need to make pillowcases for us, as they get lost in the wash like socks do.
CH - those pillow cases look great. I really need to make another for me but I’m too dang lazy to get out the sewing machine. It’s an extra pillow and when I emptied out the batting to move to the attic for now, I had room to stuff it in a cabinet. Out of sight, out of mind, so I may never do it.
For a change of pace I did math all last evening. Or supervised math. The calculator did the actual work - I just told it what to do. I love my little pattern bobbin cards. I went through all the full coverage patterns, plus two or three others with no background, but big. On the back of the little cards I put the stitch count, design size for 18 and 25 count, and total number for stitches for a measure to really compare them. They ranged from a low of 15,700 stitches to a second highest, the robin, at 199,901. Not the one to have started with. The green trees are large too, at 93,750, in the top third.
The actual largest is a jellyfish that is on white, though it’s s loose watercolor style with some random splashes of color. It’s had been in and out of my wish list for a long time, and when I did an order from Heaven and Earth Designs, the mother lode of big spectacular patterns, I decided since it was a frequent wishlist resident I should just go on and get it. Lots of unstitched white too. Those things led me into a sad lack of due diligence and when it came and I looked at it - OMG! It’s enormous. If the full background was stitched, it would 307,704 stitches. With the long stringy tentacles and not background stitches abutting them, I would probably have to do it in full cross rather than half cross. If so, it would be faster to do the background so I could use half cross. However, that one may stand as an error of judgment, never started. When will I learn to check full coverage patterns carefully and rationally weigh the I-love-it against the OMG-it’s-huge?
Ive just finished pulling fabric and floss for the spring pattern and the second smallest full coverage. The smallest is a lightning bolt and the multiples for it are in the CXC order. This one is a jungle Buddha. I found some patterns someone had made from photos she took on a trip to the East - some of the beautiful classic statues. Being smaller the shading won’t be as refined as in the larger ones, but I really liked them and they are very different from what I usually do. I got three of them. This is the smallest but they are all fairly close in size. I’m doing it in half cross, the first trial of that method, with DMC on blue gray 18.
This was way too long a post, but I’m eager to get into these and just babbled on. It’s been a while now since I’ve stitched.
12-21-2019, 08:26 PM
Beautiful work as always, CH. Those girls should love the pillowcases.
I told Husby you're countjng stitches, D, and he said, "why is she doing that to herself?" LOL. Sounds like youre winding up to get going on something big. It will be fun to hear about your progress.
A project I don't want to do fell into my lap. I bought a set of 4 little cutters a few yrs ago. They came in a case that is made with a sheet of hard plastic. Attachment 49985
It's supposed to fold in half lengthwise and zip shut. The plastic sheet is so hard and inflexible, that's impossible. I tried it once and the zipper broke immediately. It annoys me it doesn't work, so I'm going to take it apart and remake it so it actually works like it should. That's my hope anyway. I don't expect it to be very easy.
12-21-2019, 09:06 PM
lovely gifts ch! reminds me I was suppose to make pillowcases to go with dd duvet. thanks about the hat.. the colours I didn't pick it was the bernat yarn. though I don't know why none the yarn people make one in that colour. the latest ones from lion brands are all mixed 2 colours and then multicoloured. don't like them which is fine because I don't need more!
my craft stuff is all over the house because no room. not that any of our rooms are that big. but working on it. after new years project! have the tables set up downstairs but not until xmas season is over. dh put a new light over the table too so lots of light.
12-21-2019, 09:08 PM
Because I’m crazy? Since I decided to start with the smaller ones and work up, I wanted to know real sizes. The patterns give stitch counts and it’s simple to just multiply them. That’s easier than the apples and oranges of squarish vs long and narrow. I certainly won’t stick to it strictly. As for calculating fabric size for 18 and 25, these will all be done on one or the other and it will be nice to have that already figured out when I need to find stash fabric that will fit.
12-21-2019, 09:24 PM
I knit a baby hat today while at dad's. Started a hand warmer. I need to pace myself because I think that is why my wrist hurt last weekend. Finished the book, I have the next one in the series on hand also.
Brought more silver-plate home to polish - a nice Sheridan ice bucket and 3-stem candelabras. Going to take a lot of polishing. Some pieces have graphic maker's marks (instead of a stamped manufacturer name) that will take some research.
12-22-2019, 09:46 AM
A few days of rest and recovery. Maybe do some easy projects.
I did some God's eye craft with toothpicks and embroidery thread. One basic and one advanced. Pretty fragile but fun to make.
Some of you may remember making these out of yarn and popsicle sticks as a kid.
I remember talking with someone about them once. She was asking why are they called God's eyes? They do not look anything like an eye. I am not really sure.
The simple one was especially relaxing to make.
I have read that in times of stress going back to things you liked as a child helps.
12-22-2019, 11:21 AM
Kathy - those are cute. The bottom one looks like it has a rose in the center. They were after my time, I think. At least I never saw or heard of them as a child. However to be fair, I always had my nose in a book and probably wouldn’t have noticed if they were making them on the other side of the room.
I started the jungle Buddha on 18 ct Aida. It’s going to be ok, I think, but is sort of hard to stitch. I have to use three strands, and getting the eye of needle with the folded over three strands through the hole takes a bit of a tug. It would be hard on my hands to do it for long stretches. I don’t know if this would always be the case. Fabrics vary and this seems to be a pretty tightly woven piece.
I’m still going to try blocking out my stitching year by quarters, so it’s nit quite so free wheeling. For the remainder of the winter quarter, Dec-Feb, I’ll rotate among the beaded Christmas kits, the half stitch Buddha, a regular pattern - the spring sampler, and a WIP, the north wind rhyme. I can’t just abandon the WIPs. Or I could, but shouldn’t. I need to pull out north wind and get the thread out again for it. Then all four will be ready to roll in the rotation. With the beaded kits and half cross projects, I will have plenty of variety to keep it interesting.
12-22-2019, 11:41 AM
Martha, what really got the ball rolling for me when I started to purge and organize my sewing room and pulled out ALL my bead stuff. I was shocked what I had! I thought almost all of it was in this little cabinet, without the boxes: Attachment 49991
Hahahahahahaha! Such optimism, thinking all that stuff would fit in there! I sorted it all, purged a bunch, and then bought a tall narrow entertainment center for $10. All my bead stuff fits into the top part, with leather, fur, and macrame stuff in the 3 bottom drawers. Getting all that bead stuff out of the sewing room made such a difference. It got me off to a good start and helped create space to organize the sewing stuff. I bet rounding up your yarn so you can get it in one spot and see what you have will do the same for you.
I highly recomend repurposed entertainment centers for craft storage, if you can get them cheap and find the right ones for your spaces. We were picking them up for $10 each. They're big, but they hold a lot. The stuff has to be somewhere, and they look nice.
12-22-2019, 12:17 PM
Makes sense, D, about organizing your fabric. Can't wait to see the Buddha .
Looks like fun projects, Kathy. I never did any gods eyes projects, but I did have a pair of copper earrings in that design, which I bought in Yellowstone in 1973. That design was popular then, especially for macramť. Hope you're feeling better soon.
I got the case taken apart and cut in half, ready to rebuild. Hope my machine can handle it.
Still have to paint the shelf extension. That won't take long. It'll need a couple coats ar least, but it should be ready by Christmas.
I finally had the idea to check certain cat litter pails and found out they would hold shield pieces perfectly. Since we have approximately 24,591,748,521 of those, I shouldn't have to worry about how to haul shield parts around ever again. I'm still going to look for another duffel but if I need anything beyond that, I can always use pails.
12-22-2019, 02:29 PM
neat spirit... I have things organized lol just that no room for me. until a kid moves out which won't be for years. I know where everything is.. and somethings no one needs to know how much lol like yarn. my sewing stuff is in the storage seating bench downstairs and a cupboard..a chest of drawers holds beading stuff. have two wooden sets of drawers from a closet w stuff in it in a storage area..my stamps etc. couple bins of scrapbooking stuff to go though and get rid of lots of it is the last one to declutter. we have barely any closets in our house. my caron cakes are in an armoire in the bedroom (10x12) and i have baskets of other yarn on top. 2 under the bed containers of mandala and a bookcase I moved from bedroom to dining room of mandala..foot by 6 ft. there is some other stuff too lol. kids craft stuff is in the old tv entertainment unit and bins on top. and then there is stuff downstairs wall unit holds tv books, dvds games etc. lego etc. bookcases.. dd is like her dad takes over space..she has a desk in her bedroom but takes over the desk in playroom and the couch there too. it is an ongoing process. we have to update wiring and put drywall etc up to finish off the basement. plus my cabinet of decor that is not xmas or halloween lol
but we have things like painting and paint supplies in the house not the garage because that is so messy from dh. his office over flows... like he has a box of drawer slides etc he bought months ago still sitting by his spot in the living room...he just spreads like his dd. he had a 3 bedroom w rec room and storage and workroom full when I moved in. I say he could fill buckingham palace. why get rid or declutter if there is space.
just more never had a locked room ..you know if you wanted to leave something out that the kids wouldn't get into so you could think about it like a beading project or the cats not get into it. you know little kids always want your stuff and then you get them their own. so working on it. why I crochet lol portable and can keep piles beside me. another yarn stash lol and then we have the fact things on floor get peed one by miss piss pants. liked sewed..kids got into it now non working machine that I still have to deal with after xmas. all new years projects!
12-22-2019, 05:27 PM
I attacked the work table while ago. It felt like a lot of shuffling between piles, but I actually did make at least some progress. I won’t get anything more done on it today. I’ve got to get a shower and make myself fit for socializing in a few minutes. Round one of Christmas is tonight with our gift exchange. Some of the neighbors’ relatives will be here at Christmas so they will do family gifts on Christmas morning at their house. The rest have to work tomorrow, some of them early, so it won’t be a late night. I’ll stitch some when I get home.