Thursday, May 29, 2014

Falling behind AGAIN...

It's been a crazy week here at DJ's Digs...I swear I don't have time for a job even if I really wanted one!  Today is the first day in a long while I was able to sleep in, relax and kind of take stock of what I've done (or haven't done) and whether or not I've met some of my goals. 

Monday was a holiday which were invited to a friends for dinner, such fun, Tuesday was a trip into Baltimore for an appointment at Johns Hopkins (I'm fine...just an annual appointment), Wednesday my husband, his co-workers and I volunteered a few hours at the Maryland Food Bank...great experience, and great fun, then off to visit someone in the hospital.  Today is Bible Study and game night, which is always a lot of fun.  Don't tell anyone, but I'm slacking off on Friday.  I need a day to unwind for the long busy days I've been having!!  My knee will thank me later...LOL  So am I excused for not getting much stitching done?

I'm a day late for the TUSAL but here is a picture of my threads for the past few weeks.  It's hard to get a good picture in this container, but I think you can see some of the shiny fibers I've been using lately!!  I realized, too, that when you are using more than one strand in your stitching, the threads mount up more quickly...I may have to rethink my stitching *wink*  It sure makes it look like I've got a lot more stitching done than I have!!

There are some new parts out for my SAL's but I just haven't had time to work on most of them.  I have finished most of part 3 in the By The Bay Needleart SAL being offered here, on her blog.  I'm just waiting for the embellishments as she calls them...can't wait!!

There is a new part out for the Marquoir Francoise found here, and it's in my pile to do...soon...just not sure when I'll get to that one.  LOL

I had hoped to get two Christmas ornaments done a month...please, hold the laughter until I've confessed all my shortcomings...and now that it's the end of May, I'm finally TRYING to fulfill my goal.  This is a little Mill Hill kit, a little rocking horse, but as you can see, it's coming along very slowly...and in order to catch up, I would have to stitch four before you think that's possible?

Well it might be, if I weren't so taken with this little beauty.  I am gobsmacked over this one!!  (How's that for a little British colloquialism?)  I think I'm going over to the dark side...using canvas and the threads associated with it is kind of expensive, but I couldn't resist this when I saw it on Facebook, I had to have the pattern, and then I had to stitch it.  I'm enjoying this so much, the crazy stitches, the wonderful fibers, and the lovely effect.  The colors, and this picture just doesn't do it justice, are phenomenal in this piece.  I will say I can't tell you how many times I've had to frog, reread instructions, and take painstaking care with each stitch...but it's truly a labor of love!!

And on that note, I'm off to really try to get some Christmas stitching done.  I need to catch up with this month and last month before I'm into June...June???  Where has this year gone??  June, the month when my son turns another year older, and so does my Mom, and my son is off on another missions adventure, and the raffle I'm having for a team for our church headed to Kenya to build a well (you can read more of that on my other blog, Grace Notes, found here) which winds down with a night of worship and prayer for the team, and the week my husband told me to keep free...for what???  I have no idea, but when he tells me that, it's usually something really fun.



Linda said...

Lovely stitching DJ. Love the purples in the last one.


Danielle said...

OMG!!! LOVE the counted canvas work! I literally gasped when I saw your progress. Yes, it truly is a labor of love, but the result is so completely worth it.