Sunday, June 26, 2016

Where did June go?

Where did the last 20 days go?! I can't believe we are almost done with June and into July.

My cousin was in the hospital during the second week of the month. She needed surgery for a colon resection to treat her Crohn's disease. I spent two nights in the hospital with her so I didn't get much stitching done those days, nor the day after because I was practically in a coma. I do not understand how people get better when they are in the hospital. They do not let you sleep! Every hour they are in the room taking blood, checking vitals, changing IVs. One night I think we got three hours of sleep and the second night maybe two. She did recover from the surgery though, and thankfully went home before I needed to stay another night.

I did manage to get a little work done on the Faces of Joan Elliott SAL that week anyway.

From there I went back to The 12 Days of Christmas. The Ninth Day went really well.

During that week I had a day off and I finally turned on my mother's sewing machine and actually tried to sew with it. I got it threaded, and then ripped up an old tee shirt so I could use it to practice. I was so happy when I managed to sew a really straight line. I finally know that I can make a pillow. Still need some practice, but I can do it!

With that knowledge under my belt, I decided to keep working on The 12 Days until it is done. But this week was not a good stitching week. The train was really crowded, so I didn't get to stitch on the way into work most days. Work was beyond crazy, so I used the 15 minutes before work that I usually use for pre-work stitching, for pre-work work. Never took a break for lunch either. And I was even busy at home. But I made some progress, and progress is progress.

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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Stitchy Bug Left

I don't know why or what happened but my stitchy bug left me for a few days. Last Sunday I decided to work on a small and make my first ever greeting card. I made a card for our friends who are buying a new house using a pattern from World of Cross Stitch magazine.

Then I got my Flower of the Month  for July, which didn't need much more work to finish, and thought I would finish that early in the week,,, but I never put a stitch in until yesterday. I traveled to work and back with it everyday, but never opened it. I was right though, it didn't need much more work, and I was able to finish it yesterday while sitting in the backyard watching and listening to the birds.

Now I'm trying to decide what to stitch next that will keep my attention and my stitch bug happy. I should work on my Faces of Joan Elliott SAL, but I am definitely not feeling excited about that. I love the designs and I'm excited to give it to my cousin as a gift, but I'm working it on 14 count Aida, and I just wish I had had the confidence in myself at the time I started it to have purchased a 28 count material instead. I LOVE working over two on 28 count, and especially with all the quarter stitches I would be enjoying the stitching so much more with a higher count.

Well, I guess I will make the final decision a little later. Thanks for looking and please consider leaving a comment. Really enjoy hearing from you.