Sunday, May 18, 2014

Hanky Pysanky

Hanky Pysanky by Ink Circles. Finishing by In Stitches Needlework.

This little gem only took forever to do. I started it shortly after the chart was published. That was in 2007.

7 years ... that may be a personal record for procrastination!

While I love it, I found working on the black fabric to be a chore. I needed lots of light and a white cloth in my lap to even attempt it. I would drag it out, stitch for a day or so, maybe one design, maybe not a full design, and put it away. This went on until I finally got afraid that I would lose the thread. Since they are hand-dyed, I figured that I would never match the colors. So this year, I dug it out and finished stitching it. Not every motif is exactly the way it was designed. But, I think it works. At least, it does for me.

After it was posted on Facebook, my nephew decided that he really liked it and it is now the background on his smart phone.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wow - February was my last post

I keep thinking I should go update the blog. And then something happens and I don't get there. As some one said, 'Life is what happens when you are making plans.'

I haven't done a lot of stitching as my right thumb is terribly arthritic and is forcing me to stop stitching after only a handful of stitches. Not fun.

My niece announced that she is getting married in August. I have been working on a small piece for her. Happily Ever After.  with their names and I am including the date of the wedding. I don't have a picture right now. I am hoping to do that in the next few days.

Her fiance's mother held an engagement part for them in Yorktown. But, we didn't make the trip because Bill had an awards luncheon the same day, and he was not willing to make that drive after the luncheon. Can't say that I blame him. Since I knew we weren't going, I chose an item from her 'registry' and arranged to have the store sent it to her. Then I sent her an email apologizing that we weren't going to make the trip and asking her to watch for the gift. She emailed me Monday night that they had never received anything. I checked my credit card statement online - no charge for that store. I checked with the store - no record of a purchase. I asked why - well, if you didn't get a confirmation email, the purchase was never finalized ... never mind that I had received a receipt of the purchase, just no confirmation email. So, I had to make the purchase again ... this time, I am delivering it in person. When I emailed her telling about the 'saga', she email back - too funny ... I just had the same thing happen with a gift for a shower (from a different store though).

The LI grands have made their choices for designs for ornaments this year. One wants a giraffe, one wants her school symbol, one wants a dinosaur-robot, and the other is getting a more traditionally Christmas ornament. The MD grandson is getting a his school's seahawk (done very much like the emblem for the Seattle Seahawks).