Monday, July 19, 2010

3 Weeks to School - an Update

No, no food this week - same old, same old. Though I did make a triple chocolate cake yesterday, but it's already half gone, so not really picture-worthy at this point :) A kid will probably have it for breakfast today... And yes, only 3 more weeks before school starts here. I am not ready - don't have stuff bought yet, don't feel like getting them up again, not ready to give up my free child labor, especially in the laundry department - since most of of it is theirs....

(yes, that's a dandelion, the much maligned scourge of lawns everywhere - and fun for macro photography, WHEN you don't have a dog trying to take your arm off...)

On to the stitching. I think it is safe to say the slump is over :) I had a finish - Sonnet 18 by The Bard is now complete, and will be a companion to the Papillon Creations Romeo & Juliet pieces I have waiting, if I can decide on fabric for them. I am thinking Days Gone By for them, but since both contain yellows, not sure that's the right color. Might need to stick with something way more neutral. Anyway, here's the finished Sonnet, done on 28ct Chocolate from Silkweaver's (an RAK from Viv in the UK - thank you again!), using Carrie's silk in an LE color, Chestnuts:

Now, the only reason I finished the Sonnet was because I, ummm, *cough* started a new project last week, so was feeling guilty that my travel bag is FULL. Patricia Ann's A Secret Garden has been on my To Do list ever since I picked it up off the clearance rack at Hobby Lobby. And frankly I just got tired of listening to it whine, so Monday, I got home from work, walked straight over to the file cabinet, and pulled it out. Next thing you know, it was started. And I got the green vine all done before I decided it was not perfectly centered (I measured in from the corner, instead of starting in the middle); I was close, but being just perceptibly uneven would bug me, so I took out the vine, and starting in the middle, redid the left side, then the right side. That's better :) So by doing the gate then, too, the top band is now done:

This is on a piece of Star Sapphire 28ct jobelan that I have leftover from Knotgarden, using DMC, though I am going to add DMC Variations into the specialty stitch bands here & there. Might have to dig through the Carrie's, too, maybe :)

It was all I could do to not start another project, Vickery's Dragonflies, so to put that urge off, I worked on Natalie's RR instead. Her first piece was already completed, so I get first crack at her 2nd one for this year, Ink Circle's Second Chances :) You know, the one with all the PURPLES in it :) :) I got a few motifs done on Sunday afternoon. I want to work down to that bottom right motif, but it's a long way away...

I want that bottom right motif to be recreated in sterling silver, to be used for chandelier earrings :) Much smaller, of course - don't want to pull any neck muscles hauling big-ass earrings around :)

When I wasn't working on the things above, I was working on Medieval Town still, and am now to the dreaded middle building side 4. I will keep on with it this week and see if I can get that damn thing done - I will be so glad to put that particular building behind me! Here's just the shot of where I worked - the overall still looks like it did last time (which is code for I was too lazy to take this out of the Qs for an overall picture :) ):

And that's it. I didn't go to stitch in last week - barometer headache - so no update on Tanglewood. I am planning to go tonight, though, so plan to work on that then. Unless something else screams louder. Continue on with MTM, and who knows what? I have tomorrow off - Kid has senior pictures at noon, and I need a day off that doesn't involve driving all over ATL for doctor's appointments :) And Lyne will be in Atlanta this week, so I am planning to take Thursday afternoon off to go meet her, finally - though DH thinks I am meeting a guy instead. Idiot.And PINS meets this weekend - I can't wait! We always have such a good time! Anyway, check back next week to see what actually gets done - hopefully no new starts, though Glendon Place has 2 new awesome Halloween releases, so I am kind of itching to get 6 Bats out & finished as start the 2 GP's I have kitted :) Yeah, I'm an addict - but last I heard, cross stitch never killed anyone :) Made dinner late a few times, but too bad, huh? Well, happy stitching until next week!

1 comment:

Terri said...

Your stitching as always is wonderful Karen. I love the Sonnet. Love the 2 new GP as well dang going to have to get them lol. Hope you had a good time with Lynn