Wednesday, 13 June 2018

June 13/18

So, there has not been much stitching taking place around here because life has kind of taken over. My hometown and much of the surrounding area in New Brunswick just went through a record spring flooding where so many roads were closed that school was cancelled for three days in my town because the detours alone were 1-2 hours. Then, between various family and work issues, I found myself battling anxiety while almost doubling my usual work hours per week. The fella' went away for 4 days to see his daughter graduate from university so I found myself eating supper late at night after feeding, watering and walking the critters.

I have done some stitching and I will eventually find the energy to take a photo or two. I did buy myself this little beauty:

which has come in handy to keep the fella' happy with a constant supply of chocolate chip and chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. 

I also had to replace my favourite sneakers because our puppy decided that they should be slip ons:

Also, as part of a lifelong battle with depression and anxiety, I have recently been working on my friendships by dropping a line or two to a friend every day. As a result, I met one friend's three new kittens and I had a leisurely lunch with another friend yesterday in Halifax. Feeling more connected to people helped me nip the most recent bout in the bud.

Anyhow, that's what is up with me. What's up with you?

Monday, 21 May 2018

May 21/18

Here is my first attempt at making bath bombs. I used the usual citric acid, baking soda, cornstarch, olive oil and water. For epsom salts, I used the Body Shop peppermint foot soak that I had in the cupboard and eucalyptus oil. The mold is a muffin tin that I found at the thrift shop the other day when I was doing a shift there. The directions that I found on pinterest were pretty straightforward. The hardest part for me was figuring out how to change the measures of ounces into something that I understood so that I could double the recipe. After packing the mold tight, I left to sit in the mold while I visited with some friends and then left them on the cutting board to dry overnight. They are now in the bathroom for the fella' to try out during his next bath.

I did start stitching the Christmas ornaments for his kids, watching TV and stitching late into the night last night. My project for this evening is to make chocolate chip oatmeal cookies so that we have a treat for this week. I so enjoy making stuff!

Sunday, 20 May 2018

May 20/18

Ta-da!! Hot off the hoop. Life has been hectic and stressful around here. I have been coming home from work, eating supper, walking the dogs and collapsing into bed kind of stressful. Anyhow, I picked up the needle and hoop this afternoon to complete this piece, a Dimensions kit that I had to re-start on my own fabric because the darling little puppy had chewed a few holes in the original fabric. She did me a favour because I was on the fence about the fabric that came in the kit.

I have recently joined a Facebook group for stitchers in Nova Scotia to discover that two of the stitchers live within a few blocks from me. I met one of them the other night when I went to collect a book from her that I had purchased from her from another Facebook group. It is nice to actually meet other stitchers as discussions on line and shopping on line are nothing like face to face and hands

Some other things that I have been working on are baking cookies and soap making. The cost of buying home style chocolate chip cookies has become a bit prohibitive and the fella' loves home made cookies so I tried out a recipe that was not so stellar and then learned about this recipe from one of my co-workers. Well, this recipe yields more cookies for a lower price than what I was paying at the grocery store bakery. I had been scheduled to take a soap making class this week, but a sudden illness at work has delayed that class for me. I also have all of the makings for bath bombs because, similar to the grocery store experience, I was at Lush when I realized that I could make the same things for a much lower cost! Oh yes, and then there is gardening. I put out some potted plants and edged all of my flower beds yesterday. There are seedlings sprouting on my deck for broccoli and some flowers. A few new perennials have been added to my flower beds and I moved some of the plants that needed to be moved so that the garden looked more pleasing to my eye. The shorter plants were moved to the front of the bed and the taller ones moved to the back.

Happy stitching!

Sunday, 6 May 2018

May 6/18

How many excuses can I have about my lack of stitching?? My mojo for stitching has been low recently. There are just so many other things to do before I can get to my stitching. I won't bore with the list that does, sadly, include things like laundry and, happily, include time with my dogs. My latest excuse is that the bulb has died in my natural light lamp. The replacement lamp should be here from Amazon within the week.

One thing that I have learned for myself this winter is to not beat myself up for not getting things done. I constantly have a list of things to do and projects in all areas of my life. Being sick so much since November and being very slow to bounce back, I have finally learned to do what I can and rest when I have to. I try to do a little bit every day on my various projects so that eventually that little bit starts to add up to a completed project. When I need to rest, I do. 

I hope that all is well with you, dear reader. Some day soon, I will have some thing, any thing, stitchy to share with you!

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

April 17/18

The odd stitches have been put into my work in between work, exhaustion, shingles, a dog bite on my hip, spring cleaning and the spaying of our puppy. This winter season is one that I would love to see far behind me as it has been several months of recovering from one thing or another despite my best efforts of sleep, exercise, nutrition and vitamins. Even now, I find myself getting tired easily and my lungs can not even handle things like vinegar for cleaning.

On a more positive note, I have 2 panels completed on my triptych. I have looked at some patterns for the third panel, but nothing has fully jumped out at me yet to say that it was the design for the third panel. The fabric is the remnant from a kit and the threads are all from my scrap bag.

So, our monster of a puppy was a little busy while unsupervised one morning (Hey! I like to sleep in on days off!). She pulled my needle work off the shelf and proceeded to chew away. Fortunately, the hole in the pattern is different from the hole in the fabric so I am able to start again.

I had been mulling over a re-start anyhow because I loved the pattern, but the 14 Aida was not doing the piece any justice. The re-start is being stitched on 28 count Antique Tan Linen Wichelt and I am much happier with the result.

Here is the monster of a puppy who is also known in these parts as Destructo Puppy. She was spayed yesterday and this is her "I am still drugged, but I am not happy with this cone" face. She is moving around much better today and has even attempted to chase a cat or two around the house, getting that cone caught in every corner and doorway.

Well, it looks like we have avoided the icy part of the freezing rain storm that has swept across Ontario, Quebec and the more northern parts of the Maritimes. This rainy day has been perfect for spring cleaning my kitchen and working on my French course. Now, it is time to use these pruny hands to stitch while I watch "Longmire" and watch the rain and wind whip around outside.

Happy stitching!

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Mar 31/18

I have no pictures for proof of stitching but there have been a few stitches done here and there in the past few weeks. I just have not had much time or energy to stitch in between extra hours at work, several migraines and a mild case of shingles. That being said, today is a glorious Easter Saturday here at my mother's place in New Brunswick so we are headed out to enjoy the afternoon. Wishing all of you many blessings, good health and lots of stitching!

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Mar 13/18 (I think.....dates are hazy on my days off!)

A snow storm rolled in today so what to do after a few chores and taking the dogs out to play...... Well, stitch, of course! A little progress has been made on my triptych. I have run out of scraps of the dark purple so I have to either find a matching colour in my stash of DMC or frog the colour.

The storm is still raging at this hour so I should head to bed in case I do have to go to work in the morning. The forecasts have been very inaccurate this winter for this region so who knows what I will wake up to in the morning.

Happy stitching!