Sunday, November 12, 2017

A Happy Dance

Technology...when it works.  It works and life is good. 

When it doesn't.  I get frustrated. 

Today...there's cause for a happy dance.

First, the sun is shining.  It's a beautiful day here.  Got a good night's rest.  Leah is good.  Was playing earlier in the morning.  Made a batch of one of my favorite pasta salads.  Uses shell macaroni, cherry tomatoes, bacon bits (splurged as I no longer eat pork and haven't since last spring), shredded mozzarella cheese, thawed frozen peas and buttermilk ranch dressing.  Cook and drain the pasta.  Lightly coat with Miracle Whip.  Set aside.  Mix together one package of mozzarella cheese, one package of bacon bits, one package of peas and coat with buttermilk ranch dressing as desired.  Fold in the pasta.  Chill before serving. 

Got the header for my blog the way I want it.  Shared some of my favorites on it.  Took me awhile to remember how to use the graphic program.  I had forgotten how.  Saved how I did it this time.  Will be able to reference it for next time.  Pictures include some of my finishes that have special meaning for me. 

Lord, thank you for letting me see the colors.  My first ever cross stitch design that I stitched.  Have done this design more than once down through the years.  I am thankful God has blessed me with my talent with needle and thread.  Without Him, my attempts would be nothing.  He supplies the wherewithall so I can stitch or sew.  He blesses me with the ability to create and finish each piece.  It's not my ability.  It's His.  I give Him glory for that.  I am so thankful for that.  I do enjoy working with needle and thread. 

Harvest Time ornament - favorite time of the year and Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday of all the holidays. 

DMC floss - my favorite colors - yellow, blue, green, purple.  Yellow is my all time favorite color.  My living room and kitchen is done in shades of blue and white. 

The two doll dresses are ones that were special to me and my favorites of all I've sewn thus far.  Both dresses were gifted to little ones that enjoy their dolls and playing dress up. 

Two long vertical cross stitch pieces - one is a Stoney Creek design.  Stoney Creek is right up there on the list of my favorite designers.  I have stitched alot of their designs.  This design was the first POM series I did.  Have done three since then with a few more in my to do pile.  The other one - Bless This House - hangs in my kitchen and is a prayer for my home.  "Bless this house O Lord we pray.  Make it safe by night and day.  Bless these walls so firm and stout, keeping want and trouble out.  Bless the roof and chimney tall.  Let thy peace lie over all.  Bless this door, that it may be ever wide to welcome thee."  The charm - With a Thankful Heart - was custom made by an Etsy artisan from London, England. 

The baby quilt and fleece sleepers - I sew quilts, baby and young children garments.  Each one that I've sewn has been gifted to a little one to enjoy. 

The schoolhouse - another Stoney Creek design.  I collect porcelain schoolhouses and was an elementary school teacher at one time.  Teaching holds a special place in my heart.  I come from a long line of teachers and farmers on my dad's side of the family.  My maternal great great aunt and her husband did missionary work in China.  She taught, he preached.  I have her diaries and some pictures of her when they were in China. 

The cup cozy, grime guard and needlebook are examples of other machine sewn work I've done.

In addition to figuring out how to do the blog header, I put in a few stitches on the lace that's on my current design I'm working on.  Feel better about it.  Actually feel better today about the loss of my needle (see yesterday's post).  I've done a thorough vacuuming of the floors, ran my magnetic wand over the living room carpet several times and still no needle.  I've prayed about it and if it's on the floor, it will eventually show up.  If it's been sucked up in the vacuum cleaner, it's gone.   I'll just have to be more aware and more diligent regarding my needles when I cross stitch.  Keep a better eye or watch on them. 

Where I was before taking out the stitches. Don't like how it was turning out.  Couldn't see the lace from a distance, thread color was blending in with the fabric.  Plus for it being labeled oatmeal, it had a pink tint to it.  Oatmeal isn't pink.  It's like an off white or beige or some such thing, but definitely not pink. 

Notice all three needles on the needle minder. 

First few rows along the top of the lace are done.  It shows up better using the DMC threads.  Like it alot better.  Can see the lace.  It's not a bright white or cream or ecru, but looks aged and vintage.  Will work on finishing up the lace today and then start on the woman sitting in the chair cross stitching.  Would like to have this one finished by the end of the week. 

My supplies for a cute Stoney Creek snowman banner should be here by the middle of the week and I would like to start on that.  I also want to pull out my VERY large design by Bucilla and get that set up to start working on that.  It's a countryside scene with a church and trees.  Beautiful.  Was gifted the kit.  The chart is HUGE.  Double sided.  I want to make a copy (gasp...yes, I do make a working copy and do destroy those working copies) of the thread list and symbols so I don't have to flip back and forth when I stitch.  Plus, I want to work with a more manageable sized chart.  Like a letter size piece of paper and NOT a counter sized chart/page. 

Only two needles on the needle minder.  Will still use needle minders.  Like them.  In addition to using them for holding my needles, I use them to hold my needle threader. 

Stitching Mends the Soul
Waxing Moon Designs
32ct Light Mocha Quaker, GAST and DMC Threads
Stitching 2 over 2
Started 10/10/17
Progress as of 11/11/17
Number of Days Spent Stitching on Design so Far -  5