Saturday, November 14, 2009

stitching ADHD

Ahh, finally some computer time for mom! I have been wanting to post for a week or more, but my DD is now in middle school with the workload to prove it--she has been asking me to wake her up in the mornings at 6:00 or 6:30 (believe me, this is waay early for her) so she can finish her work for that day. Unfortunately, this cuts into my computer time, as early morning is (usually) about the only time I don't have competition for the thing! Note to Santa: please bring me a laptop (don't tell my kids).

My stitching ADHD has reasserted itself. I have been going from one project to the other, to the next, not satisfied with anything....
I started this freebie from Carol R. at iStitch which I planned to finish as an ornie for one of the kid's teachers--I make ornies every Christmas which can take up a bit of time as some years they have had as many as seven teachers between the two of them. I started stitching this over one and then decided that stitching over one isn't anything I can tolerate for long.

I got a start on Rest and Be Thankful from The Cricket Collection, which has been in my stash for years. I decided that this was going to be the year I finally started it, but now that I have I am having doubts about my fabric choice (its Silkweavers' Poltergeist which I purchased, though I'm not a big fan of purple, 'cause I liked the name). I think it might look OK once it's completed so I am not quite ready to frog it out yet.

This is the project I have spent the most time with lately--I have gotten even further with it since this picture was taken and may be able to show off the completed piece soon. This is another old, long out of print and very hard to find Goode Huswife chart, Currants, Coxcomb and Rose. I searched eBay for an eternity before I found this gem, and have been enjoying it tremendously.
Ah, where would be all be without eBay? (I for one would have a lot more cash in my pocket).

And here is another one I am not sure I like--another I have been wanting to do for a long time, BBD's Bittersweet Moon. The house in the photograph of the model for this one appears to be a light blue, but my particular batch of WDW Cadet looks to me like a bluish-green. I checked several times to see if I had purchased the right color, and the color I have is Cadet, but...I just don't know. The bulk of the house is stitched so I guess I will carry on with this project too and see how it turns out.

I have been the recipient of some goodies too--I won one of Jolene at Dip Diddly Design's Halloween drawings--meant to post this a while ago but for the above-noted computer access issues. I would post a picture of my winnings but for some reason Blogger wants the picture to be turned sideways! Jolene has an awesome blog which should not be missed.
I also received my piece for the BBD exchange...
this is the Blackbird Designs ornie from the 2009 Just Cross Stitch Christmas issue. It is very pretty though I was not able to get a good picture of it. Thanks partner!

UFO Tuesday has been resurrected at the ILCS Yahoo group I belong to, and given my propensity to start one project after another and then toss them to the side, I figured I needed some encouragement to actually finish something! Here is my pick
for this endeavor--Chester, another Good Huswife oldie..

I know why I stopped working on this one--he was begun at a time when I only stitched on 14 count white Aida, and now that I have been exposed to the wide world of cross stitch fabric choices, I hate 14 count white Aida. That, and the yellows in the pattern seem too bright to me. However, I think if he has a good coffee/tea dye after he is finished, he'll be fine. I am hoping to finish him for my DD for Christmas--she has a collection of Goode Huswife cats in her bedroom (I know, what tween girl doesn't?)

Speaking of my DD, I leave you with this snap of the back of her front. She is now 12, which is somewhat astounding to me 'cause it seems like she was just born a few years ago, and hates having her picture taken...I don't know where she acquired this trait, but it is true that there are precious few pictures of me around that haven't mysteriously disappeared.

Until we next meet, hope you get lots of stitchy time. Thank for for all past & future comments!