A sampling of my designs as well as personal stitching, and life in general.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Needlework update

Yes, that rare thing lately.  I have made very litle progress on the 12 months so no photo there.  But yesterday I did start a new project which hopefully will stitch up quickly.

Here's the project and my start.

It's an oldie from Cross-Eyed Cricket but truely a classic.  Perfect for Thanksgiving and also for year round.

Hubby is improving but still in the sling.  We see the doctor in 2 weeks and hopefully there will be good news.  One day at a time for now.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Here is a photo of my off-and-on stitching project.  I started it on New Year's Day.  I thought about trying to finish it all this year but with the news of a new grandchild being born in 2014 - I've decided against that.

It is Blackbird Designs Houses of 2010.  Each month had a new house and a different relative of one of the ladies.  Each month will have a close relative of mine or my husband - i.e. parents, siblings, children, grandchildren and neices and nephew.  Once it is complete, I will add a small genealogy to the back of the piece before the final framing paper goes on.

As you can see there are months that barely basted and some have only the stitched outline.  None are complete.  October comes the closest.  I have changed colors in some months and will eliminate a motif or two in some to get the names or initials in place.  It will definitely be an unique genealogy by the time it is completed.

It is being stitched on 40 count linen called tea which I had in my stash.  I don't think that the fabric is even made anymore.  I am stitching over 2 with one strand on fiber.  I'm using Crescent colors, Gentle Arts (sampler threads), Weeks Dye works floss, silk and DMC.   The photo really doesn't show the fabric off very well.  In January you can't even tell the border is in.  That border may get re-stitched later.

Starting at the upper left corner, the rows are as follows:
Jan, Feb Mar
Apr, May, Jun
sampler, July, Aug
Sept , Oct , Nov
Dec, sampler

The two samplers were included with the July chart and the December chart.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Good news.  Hubby got his staples out this morning.  Yes, I said staples.  no stitches to inspect.  He is healing nicely that way.  Now we begin the at home therapy which is working on minor range of moion.  He is still required to wear the sling contraption for another 5 weeks.  He sees the doctor again in a month.

Now we need to work on comfortable sleeping positions.  Nothing seems comfy to him. Once he starts sleeping better than maybe I can too.

Hopefully a stitching report tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

I decided to do more tidbits.  Not much new to say on the home front and less on the stitching front.  I'm not getting much sleep since hubby is not sleeping well.  I'll be glad when the stitches come out!  Meanwhile here's few things to celebrate today - August 6

1782 - General
George Washington establishes the Badge of Military Merit, known today as the Purple Heart, to honor soldiers' meritorious actions in times of war.  
( a small way to honor our wounded warriors)

1986 - Timothy Dalton became the fourth actor to be named "James Bond."
( an acceptable Bond but not my favorite - Sean Connery ranks #1 with Pierce Bronsan very close behind)
1996 - The fantasy epic A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin is released.
( I love the HBO version)


Lucy Ball – 1911

Andy Warhol – 1928

Alfred Tenneyson – 1809

Edith Roosevelt - 1861 

(One of my favorite people.  She had great ideas, not all worked, but she still tried to improve other people's situations when time got tough and let them keep their self respect)

ENjoy your day!


Sunday, August 4, 2013

Tidbits of the Day  -  August 4th

August 4 - 1966 - A ban of the broadcast of any and all Beatles records on most U.S. radio stations went into effect. The ban was in response to John Lennon stating that the band was now more popular than Jesus Christ.

1735 - Freedom of the press was established with an acquittal of John Peter Zenger. The writer of the New York Weekly Journal had been charged with seditious libel by the royal governor of New York. The jury said that "the truth is not libelous."

1958 - The first potato flake plant was completed in Grand Forks, ND.

Birthdays - Percy Bysshe Shelley 1792 - Poet

Helen Thomas 1920 - Journalist

Roger Clemens 1962 - Baseball player

Jeff Gordon 1971

Saturday, August 3, 2013

The tidbit for the day

August 3: National Watermelon Day.   

Not one of myfavorite foods but enjoyable when it's really hot outside.  However my mom LOVED it.  Enjoy yor day.


Thursday, August 1, 2013

Yesterday the saga of the unhealthy shoulder took a new turn.

THe sga began in June when we were supposed to be on vacation.  My husband fell flat on his back.  He thinks that perhaps his knee gave out (which has happened before).  Anyhow there he wa flat on his back on a tile floor.  And he continued with the pain for a couple of days thinking it was just bruised.  THen finally he thought he would find a chiropracter, which we did who sent him to an ortho doc who did x-rays and find that hubby tore his rotor cuff.  Finally he decides we will go home early so he can get follow up treatment at home.

We see our ortho guy at home and get the MRI and wait for results, and wait.  THen the bad news, hubby really, really tore his rotor cuff.  They can't see the end of the tendon either.  So now it came down to scdeduling surgery. 

Surgery was yesterday.  First thing the ortho guy said afterwards was that the tear was even worse than the MRI showed, hubby completelytore the tendon, ortho guy had a hard time getting the tendon and stitching it and it was very close to being impossible.  NO wonder the surgery took longer than expected.  Now hubby is home and on lots of pain meds for the upcoming week. 

So now the long road to recovery begins.  Stay tuned.  I will return to stitching posts.