Would a gold go better with the reindeer? Hard to tell colors accurately on my screen, so you would know better. I like the stars.
Glad you're feeling better and getting stuff done, D. It's going to be a good feeling when you're done.
I got the paint stuff moved out of the duffels and into the pails, so that's done.
I cut the last of the scraps into squares and got the blocks I just sewed all pressed. Husby said he wants to start learning to sew on 1/1, so I'm going to leave my quilt stuff out. That way I can get him started and then work on my quilt while still helping him, without hovering. I need to make 9-patches, a perfect mindless task that will tolerate interruptions well.
Oh, crap, I'm going to have to find somewhere for Husby to store his project.
Punch needle doesn't like me. I'm clearly doing something wrong.
It's definitely storming today. Lots of snow and wind. Don't know about freezing rain. Hope not, or our plow guys probably won't get up our hill. It looks like we have 3-4" so far, but it's hard to tell. The winter storm warning ends at 6 PM today, but now they're saying we need to brace for Round 2. Not sure of those details yet. Fun times.
12-29-2019, 11:36 AM
I’m so absorbed in my own life, I forgot to mention it, but I really like the reindeer fabric too. I think blue or gray would look great with it. Either silver or gold accents would work.
I’ll start the 2020 thread tomorrow night or Tuesday. While I’ve been working on the house, I have sort of taken stock of this year. On the whole, I would judge it a success because after several years I have been able to narrow my focus.
I decided that realistically I needed to give up the idea that I would ever be a paint brush person. It would take a lot more time and hard work to reach a level I would be happy with than I am willing to give to it at this point. I will consider giving away most of the art supplies not as an expensive mistake but as spreading happiness to others.
Crochet I am definitely not giving up; it’s just on hold for now. I will happily let others use up the RH I have collected over the years, but if it doesn’t find a home with someone who crochets for charity, I’ll keep it and perhaps use it eventually. But the time has come that when I get back to crocheting, and eventually I will as the pendulum swings, I want to use the yarn I bought specifically to make something for me. After crocheting for over 50 years, the only thing I have for me are the baskets I made in the spring.
The big craft I still want to master is the embroidery. I have a great stash for it, and it is just waiting for it’s time. So is the fabric. It’s there when I’m ready to play with it again, but that stash is complete until I use a lot of it up.
The really big thing has been re-energizing cross stitch by being brave enough to leap into full coverage patterns. Admittedly nothing has come of it yet except spending a lot of money, but I worked out the technique that I like best, after learning a lot online, and now it’s ready to go. Also as I’ve said, I really like some of the Russian and Eastern European designers. I’ve added a nice collection of their work in kit form. I’ve finally found a perfect stand, and have located the good source for cheap floss. Patterns, kits, floss, fabric, tools. It’s been more expensive than I’ll admit to a frugal forum - lol - but it’s all systems go for 2020, the Year of the Busy Needle.
All of this feels really good. Now, to finish with the house makeover and 2020 - here I come!
12-29-2019, 12:30 PM
DC, hope you get things sorted to your satisfaction. Yes, it often seems our ambitions are larger than our ability to realize them. (I'm looking at a sketch pad and colored pencils I bought a couple years ago)
I think that dark blue would contrast well with the reindeer print. A light blue, grey, or small print could be a 3rd choice for quilt blocks.
SD, hope you guys are snug at home. It looks like a big storm. The rain has stopped here, but it is getting colder and we get round 2 this evening.
12-29-2019, 01:09 PM
Yup, we're home and power is still on. Shadow is curled up in front of the fire, toasting herself. We don't plan on going anywhere till Tuesday.
I'm like you. D. I don't want to put the time into a hobby unless I feel I can learn to do it well. I don't count stuff like carpentry, skills I use to make things we need, not things that are more art than craft. But I don't attempt fine furniture. For utilitarian stuff, I settle for being merely semicompetent. But for beading, writing, sewing, etc, I have to do better. I've gotten rid of hobby supplies for that reason, too. Besides, there are so many projects I would like to do using methods I already do well or think I can learn to do relatively easily and quickly, I won't live long enough to do them anyway, so why torture myself?
12-29-2019, 07:41 PM
yes you need to decide if you like it or not. sometimes things are fads or one time projects. dh and I did one of those paint and wine nights..but then what do we do with the pictures fun but ...
love the sewing picture. and all those quilts are awesome. not as ambitious as you guys. finished a hat and started another. we had the open house and that took time and feel the effects today. laptop acting up too. and tv frustrating. dh went to the dump to get rid of dd old mattress he got another one for her a few days ago. so decided to shower and put laundry on. and clear out a few more things that got dumped into the bedroom for the party.
I always planned a grapevine wreath w the old wooden spools of thread I have plus a few other things. next year.. looking forward to a new year and leaving this one behind for sure. this time can make it about us and the kids. no drama etc
12-30-2019, 08:21 AM
That's a consideration for me, too, Martha, where to put the results of our hobbies. It's why I'm limiting my quilting projects, and why I'm trying to make them s-l-o-w-l-y if they're not for gifts. I like piecing things, but I just don't have space to store them once they're done. I try to tie some of my hobbies to making items we need, too, so I get to be creative but not make too much that's only for display, which takes up space, has to be dusted, adds to clutter, etc. It's a relatively new approach for me, which I still haven't perfected. It's a big reason I'm drawn to sewing for charity, because I can sew a lot and then just move the results out of my house. Love that, and I like sending some good into the world.
We're supposed to get freezing rain this morning switching over to light fluffy snow with blustery wind and colder temps. NWS has conflicting info in the same storm warning, so it's either supposed to end at midnight tonight or noon tomorrow. We wanted to get some groceries before Wednesday but it looks like early this morning is best and that's not great, depending on how slick our driveway is. Oh, well, if we don't get to town till Thursday it's not like we'll starve. I wish our weather would just calm down for a while.
12-30-2019, 09:16 AM
I also feel like sometimes my ambitions are larger than my ability. Or maybe larger than my current lifestyle. I feel like with enough time and effort, I could do these things. However, this is willfully ignoring that I do not have all that much time to do them. And sometimes I do not have the energy to work on projects. And when I have had a rough day at work, or had other stressful stuff going on, I just want easy projects or projects with a high probability of success.
My husband got my watercolor coloring book a year ago. It is like a coloring book, but on paper that will hold watercolors. The spaces are pretty large. So you can fill in the spaces quickly and easily. You can also use the large spaces to try practicing shading. At any rate, the skills level needed for it is low.
I remain optimistic that after I retire I will have time to work on some of these new crafts I have not done much with. I am not sure it that will be the case, but I think it is at least a reasonable possibility.
On the other hand, I am kind of drawn to the idea of having days where I do not have anything that I have to do. Where I can just do what I want. Of course, I will still have house hold chores. But I will have most of the time free.
12-30-2019, 10:14 AM
We nixed the idea of errands after Husby went out and reported wet crap falling from the sky. Our New Year's junk food extravaganza will be limited to what we have on hand. This is a positive development, since my diet buddy and I hate ourselves ATM for constantly making excuses and plan to jump back on the bandwagon Thursday. Most of the junk food in our house will be gone by then, since we won't be adding more to it today.
I'm trying to decide what to do today and feeling lazy. We were going to shovel today but need to wait till tomorrow. It's a lot easier to shovel frozen rain if it's sitting on a layer of snow instead of a freshly shoveled surface. The aforementioned falling crap is supposed to switch over to an additional 4-8" of snow. Happy New Year! We already have at least 6"on the ground. And I see it's already snowing, no doubt mixed with the rain. Joy.
The end of the week looks better, so at least we can send the Amazon order now. Guess I better figure out how best to set up for cross stitch, since I'll want to get started on that right away.
12-30-2019, 11:38 AM
Cold, cloudy and windy today. I did not sleep last night due to the wind and DH's snoring. So I have limited functionality today. Not safe with scissors and my eyes don't want to work. The wind chimes have got to come down for the week, at least. We had a dusting of snow, might get more later. Or not.
12-30-2019, 12:14 PM
Kathy, you will love retirement. All the extra time is great, but one of the best things is just not having to show up at work every day, same time, same place, rain or shine, and the freedom to be busy or lazy as you choose.
One of the good things about cross stitch is that it’s a slow craft so there aren’t a lot of quick results to deal with. Especially if you never finish anything - lol. Since I don’t frame any of it, the finished pieces take up almost no space. The bulletin board, and now my huge whiteboard when the neighbors can mount it on the wall, is a perfect solution for me. It’s not elegant or stylish, and pins or magnets at the corners of pictures definitely don’t look as nice as a frame, but it’s practical. I also don’t like a lot of stuff on my walls and pretty quickly get impatient with it. The bulletin board was just standing on a bookcase, so it could just be whisked away. The whiteboard can’t but I can live with a 3x4’ patch of white on my light gray wall when I take the pictures down. I might even just leave them up more.
More of the same today. I got through most of the black hole closet stuff yesterday, and the kitchen is pretty presentable, so the focus today is the living room where I need to try shifting some things around. If I can’t manage it, I can at least get them ready to be moved so when I can borrow some neighbor’s muscle, it will be a five minute job for him.
It’s sunny here today for a change. SD, CH - stay warm and safe. Drink cocoa.
12-30-2019, 01:01 PM
Sounds like a day of rest ch! veg with a good show. yes though realized didn't go to fabricland after xmas sales. not that I need anything and still need to get sewing machine fixed. and need to declutter more too..get rid of more things.now that mil is gone we can get rid of things she wanted us to keep but we don't want like stamps. but new years problems. finished a hat. sending some scrunchies to friends in diff city and wanted something for the boys hence the hats colder up there too so they will be used. part of the problem here is that you don't need a ton of winter stuff. have to build up stashes again. gave a fuzzy scarf as xmas gift to friend and she loved it. caron cake latte coconut. of course lots of wips.
we have been going to bed late midnight so up late too. grey cold and drizzling. turned heat up. deciding if we want to go out for new years eve to arcade event talk to kids..more important to teens. was going to do both stores today but will only go to one. dh just left to met a friend and was so you are back at noon...was 930.. started posting 25 mins ago but him, cats etc. his time management..yes I was going to drive for min 40mins work couple of hours and go to library and be home for noon.
if I am smart I should do both stores but will go tomorrow don't want to work that much today. maybe go to a free xmas lights tonight. depending on rain..would be quieter lol a outdoor museum featured in lots of hallmark movies. esp xmas. it is a perfect day for watching tv and crocheting!
12-30-2019, 01:16 PM
D, have you thought about using that tacky stuff used to put posters on the wall? It goes on the back side so doesn't show, and it can be reused. Not sure what's called. It's not the 3M wall Velcro, it's more like a clay or putty.
I'm really starting to like this idea of not framing out needlework.
12-30-2019, 02:34 PM
I'm not the kind that can sit still for tv unless I'm really sick. I've been puttering around, collecting trash, putting stuff away. Stuff that doesn't require a lot of thinking. Ought to start a pot of chai. The wind chimes are down (ah, blessed silence) and I need to do dishes, too.
Found two more %$#@!! bags in the pantry. A 2nd bag of soup crackers, open and stale, and a 2nd bag of sriracha chili chips, unopened. I swear there's a dimensional portal back there, stuff is just appearing.
SD, are you thinking of blu-tak? That's good for short term like DC would use. Long term it will leave oily spots and eat certain plastics. We used to use it in dollhouses, but long term it can be destructive (like if you leave stuff displayed for years).
M, we don't use a ton of winter clothing here, either. We get really cold weather and plenty of snow, but never a lot at once. So people will just stay home or do without for a few days. Like, we'll get 1-3" of snow and it will be gone in a few days, and it adds up to 32" at the end of the year but we rarely get 2-3 feet at once. And it will drop to below zero, but only for a day or two, usually we get one week in the winter where it stays frozen, but too cold to snow. So people don't bother with big heavy coats. It was 32 this morning, DH left his scarf and hat.
12-30-2019, 02:54 PM
:cheer4: I "framed" my first cross stitch. I love it! Attachment 50037
I still have to figure out how to actually hang it, but I can see this method will work nicely for us. We have so much cross stitch just laying around because we always said we would learn to make mats, but of course we never have. We've tried but they always looked terrible, and we more or less admitted defeat. If I can sew a mat instead, there's a much better chance we will get our stuff hung up eventually, and the excess can be packed away so much more easily than if it was framed. I even have an empty flat tote with trays that will be perfect for them. I still like the idea of the hanger made from the crib side, so will do that sometime.
I also like an idea I've seen of hanging things from branches. Since we live in the woods there's an endless supply of hanging materials. The cross stitch could be hung by tying them to twigs using jute. Worth a try anyway. Maybe.
12-30-2019, 03:14 PM
That could be it, CH. It's been so many yrs since I used it I can't be sure if I ever did, or just saw friends using it.
I suspect we will be digging around the back room, rounding up all the cross stitch in need of fake framing. Sounds like a good job for Husby, since it's mostly his stuff. I think I will be picking up some northwoods print fabrics when we go to Duluth, since so much of our work depicts wildlife. Hope they have a nice sale and a good selection of pine trees and leaves and that kind of stuff to make coordinating frames.
I did some cross stitch this morning. Not much. The lighting isn't good by my recliner and I haven't figured out how to fix that yet. I did find my magnet board so it's easier to keep track of where I am.
Hope you're enjoying your tea. A warm drink is good on a cold day.
12-30-2019, 03:52 PM
The tea is nice and warm and the house smells amazing. I went downstairs for something and forgot what it was. Oh well.
That's a clever way to frame your projects. Since it's very lightweight you may be able to hang it with straight pins. I use them for small pictures and decorative items. They are sturdy and don't leave huge holes.
12-30-2019, 04:25 PM
That's a good idea. If I used the cheap straight pins I have no other use for, those would be pretty much invisible on a busy fabric, too.
I have a ton of drapery hooks and might use those to hang stuff from the repurposed crib parts. I'll be putting backing on all the pics, so the hooks wouldn't show. Might need to add some interfacing for strength, but that could just be some little squares ironed on, quick and simple and cheap.
12-30-2019, 05:04 PM
I would concerned about using the tacky stuff directly on the fabric. It might draw out oiliness faster than paint. Anyway the board and magnets are bought and here so it’s a moot point.
12-30-2019, 06:09 PM
Maybe you could decorate or paint the magnets. OTOH, if you're happy, why bother? 🙂
Chester had another seizure. It seems like they might be getting more frequent.
12-30-2019, 07:10 PM
Poor Chester, those seizures are exhausting.
I finished the poinsettia pillows, they are smaller and no ruffles. I went back to the cross-stitch ornaments, definitely making progress. I need to keep at it until they are finished.
Client send me a personalized e-card for the holidays. Prairie dogs wearing Christmas hats and singing carols. There is a point in the song where they sing the person's name and at the end one is holding a sign saying Merry Christmas and my name. Hilarious.
12-30-2019, 09:51 PM
SD - I came back on to say I really like the border on the cross stitch. It looks great. I just forgot to do it in the last post.
This is perhaps not the best time to suggest messing with magnets. Last night I decided before bed that I would go on and make the needle minders, though I will use some more like refrigerator magnets. First just getting the different sizes of magnets in the box separated was a trial. I would get one strip off, put a second strip, finally, down well away from it, and before I could get the third strip free, the first two would smack together and I would have to start over. Finally I learned about 8-12” apart would do, unless I jostled a set or carelessly set them down closer, and wham. Then that larger mass would start hauling in the others. When I finally got the glue tube open and working again, I starting the gluing and it was all going swimmingly, until one would suddenly go catapulting onto another. Then I had a time getting the magnets slid apart, which slid them off whatever they were glued too, getting glue all over my fingers that then got it all over the bead or button. This did not happen just once. Once I had a four magnet pile up. Eventually it was done, but holy cow! From now on I am leaving this job strictly to the magnet and glue handling professionals.
12-30-2019, 10:04 PM
Chester is back to normal now, poor boy. It seems like it happens about once a month. Vet said there's no treatment and that it doesn't really harm him. They last about a minute and he's recovered about a half hr later. It could be worse. And I was wrong, they're not getting more frequent. His last one was more than 6 wks ago.That's a good thing to be wrong about.
Got some more cross stitch done. It's a small project, so it's going fast, even with all my mistakes and redoing.
12-30-2019, 10:11 PM
Oh, no! That sounds like a problem of magnetrific proportions! Are they rare earth magnets? Sounds like they're strong. Hope you can get them under control. And forgive me for lol and getting a mental picture of a Laurel and Hardy routine. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
12-30-2019, 11:59 PM
Magnets are great fun. DH has made some projects and accidentally glued some in upside down. :(
Sorry to hear about Chester. It is hard to see them struggle and not be able to help them.
2020. How did we get here?
12-31-2019, 02:50 AM
SD - yes. You’re forgiving for laughing. I was more like cussin’ at the time, but laughing in retrospect. I’m sure it would have been hilarious for a bystander. Again yes. They’re the little round rare earth magnets. Strong is an understatement. Happily the glue scrapes off with a finger nail when it’s dry and it peeled off my fingers easily enough.
I didn’t worry about which side was down. When I use them on the cross stitch to hold my pattern or whatever, I’ll let the loose one underneath the fabric decide which way it wants to face. They are very particular.
Tonight when I was moving stuff I decided I had to finally do something about the philodendron, or really probably pothos. The vines were from 4 to 6-7 feet long, trailing over a four foot bookcase to the floor and across the floor to beneath a bench. I cut them all back to maybe 3’, and have the rest cut into segments in water. I hope at least some of them will root.
12-31-2019, 10:40 AM
On to a bright shiny new year. I’ll start the new thread. See you there!