Well, the stomach virus and cold/flu bugs have hit DJ's Digs pretty hard of late. I was out of commission last week for a few days with some sort of virus...was well enough to go to DS's hockey game on Saturday with DH and the lovely Miss. K,
and church Sunday, then the next wave of whatever it is hit. I blame DH, he brings all sorts of illnesses home from his place of employment. He was sick first! Thankfully DS is doing ok. They both got the flu shot back in October, while I was still in NY...so I'm wondering if that's why it has hit me harder than them? Who knows...thankfully I'm not important so no one has missed me!! LOL
I've mostly been sleeping, but I have managed to put a few stitches in here and there. Last month I worked on Winter's Majesty. I put in a few more stitches before the month was over. I did a few snowflakes working with Marlitt...ugh!! I like the way it looks, but taming that thread has become my nemesis!! It seems to take me twice as long to stitch with it than other threads. I keep staring at it hoping the backstitching will somehow stitch it's self. The backstitching is done with metallic thread, and though I've been schooled on Thread Heaven, I learned about it after I had done all this stitching with it, I can't switch horses in midstream...can I? There are times I wish I were Samantha Stevens....where I could twitch my nose and magic happens (please don't tell me I'm the only one who remembers Bewitched...the TV show...ok now I feel REALLY old!!) So...here are before, after and close up pictures, so you can see all the backstitching there is left to do around all those *&^% cherry blossoms and snowflakes...
I decided I would work on Sweet Nectar this month. I had all kinds of good intentions, but this one isn't as fun to stitch on. I have it on a scroll frame which is kinda heavy. DH made this lovely stitching frame made of PVC piping, but it takes a while to get set up with it, and I've been impatient, so I did stitch a bit, but decided I wanted something smaller to work on for a bit...here is before and after to show my progress right now...
I finally settled on working on Leave a Light On. This is nice to work on because it's smaller, lighter, and I'm enjoying stitching on it even though it's 28 count navy over one. I was hoping switching WIPs once a month would help me finish up some things I've had sitting around for many years, but all I've done really is waffle on what I should stitch. LOL I have so many, and some days I just feel like doing something different. So I decided I'm going to stitch whatever I feel like stitching. I won't start anything new until I finish something...or unless it's something small I can finish in a day or two. I'll eventually get those things finished, right? LOL I'll keep telling myself that and maybe it will actually happen!
Last, but not least, is my Linen and Threads Mystery SAL. This is stitched on 28 ct black over one using up some vintage Bucilla threads I had sitting around for ages. I've had fun choosing different color schemes, and from the posts I've seen on Facebook, others have seemed to like my choices, although they think I'm crazy for stitching over one on such a dark color. This has been a challenge for me as I really like structure and for someone to tell me what colors to use and what looks good. I guess it's good to stretch yourself from time to time! I like that I've had so many affirmative comments! For some reason, all the pictures I took today seem a little off in their true colors...it must be the cloudy day we are having. Hopefully they will be better next time!
Well...yesterday was a lovely day, it actually broke a record...it was 72 degrees and I had the windows open for a while. It felt good to get some fresh air without leaving the house. But today it's in the 30's, the wind is blowing and it feels like winter again. We were supposed to get snow, but looks like all we are going to get for the time being is wind. I know there are bad storms across the country, I feel like I live in a bubble. I hope the folks I know in the rest of the country and other countries too, are staying safe. Happy Stitching!!