Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Action packed

It has been a busy month.. and a bit.

On the 9th I went to see my parents, during this visit we planned a day trip.  My aunt joined us as we went on the 1000 Island Cruises Lost ships of the 1000 Islands cruise.  It was a little cool and windy for the first part of the trip but was bright and sunny by the time we got back.  This cruise does not include a stop at the restored Boldt Castle but it did go around it.  It was very pretty but I am not sure of the practicality of living in a castle in the middle of a river.

After the cruise we enjoyed a lovely bbq and visit.  And the next day I returned home.

I had a fairly quiet weekend the next week.  A friend and I went to see Wind River and to lunch.  The movie was excellent though the subject matter is not for everyone. 

On the 20th I took the train from Ottawa to Toronto where for the first time I went to Union Station before getting on the GO train and heading to Burlington.  Why would I go there you might ask?  I had a work meeting the next day but had a lovely dinner and walk along the pier.  After my meeting I got back on the GO and headed off to Oshawa to meet Bonnie.  We spent a few days in Toronto going to the Royal Ontario Museum and doing some shopping.  On Saturday morning we went to Gitta’s where we met friends for stash shopping and lunch. 

It was a packed few days, the weather was hot and not at all normal for the time of year.  Still we had a great time and managed to do almost everything on our list.

I headed home on Sunday very tired.

The last weekend of September was the Cataraqui Embroidery Guild Marketplace and Show in Kingston.  Dani and I headed down for the day and had lovely afternoon/evening visit with local stitching friends before we headed back home.

This past weekend was Thanksgiving (Canadian) and once again I travelled to see my parents.  On Saturday my aunt joined us for dinner and then I made her help identify some old photos.  We seem to have a lot with no names or the “grandma and I”. …. Not helpful!  They will be labeled shortly and I have scanned them as well.

We went to see another aunt for a large meal on Sunday before I was back home on Monday morning.

So much travelling and many things going on! This is not normal for me and I am ready for a few weekends at home.

I have managed to do a little stitching and have been trying to make progress on the stash zone:

Added some drawers to the stash zone

Touching the Autumn Sky

Started the second page on Cougar kitten

Blackstone Fantasy Garden

Second round of Serenity prayer

Merry Ho Ho Lizzie Kate

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

October Goals

It has been ages since I posted or set monthly goals.  I hope to do a catch up post this week,  September was very busy and I did some travelling including a visit to a stitching store.

While I am still working on that I thought I would post my goals for this month (before it is half over lol)

October Goals

Work on cougar kitten
Finish Merry Ho Ho
Work on Blackstone Fantasy Garden
Stitch an ornament
Work in stash zone

Thursday, September 07, 2017

A cougar, a garden and Canada

I made some progress on a couple of pieces in August.  I also started a new piece that has been in my stash for a few years that I kept meaning to get to, also Monday is now Ink Circles Monday for a dedicated Ink Circles project night.


Cougar Kitten (Stitching Studio)

Blackstone fantasy garden (Ink Circles)

Canada sampler (Stitchrovia)

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

You have to start somewhere

In the last month or so several stitching friends and I have been discussing our stashes and how it is all stored.  Most of us are lucky and have a spot for our stitching supplies but keeping things neat, organized and inventoried.  

I made up a list of questions for a friend as a starting point for us to make a plan for her new space and thought I would share it (also have it accessible later instead of "somewhere" in the email folder.  There are more things to consider but this is a good place to start when either setting up a spot or making changes to an existing space.


1. Is there a spot that can be taken over just for the stash?

1a. How big is it?

1b.Is it open to other parts of the house?

1c. Do you want things to be hidden/covered if it is? Or  mix?

2. Is there a theme or colour scheme?

3. What furniture pieces are available?  Are they going to be purchased or taken from other parts of the house?

4. Do you want to have display for finished pieces such as tree or hanging frame?

5. Do you/will you be putting away things as they are acquired/used or should there be a place set up to hold things?

6. Is everything in one spot right now?  Going forward do you want everything in one spot or are you to use several?

7. Are WIPs going to be in their own spot in the stash area or by your stitching spot?

8. Is the space going to be just for your cross stitching or other hobbies?

9. Are you going to purge while setting things up or keeping everything?

10. How are you storing the following and are you happy with it?

10a. Charts
10b. Kits
10c. Magazines
10d. DMC – Regular
10e. DMC – Other
10f. Threads – Skeins
10g. Threads - Spools
10h. Fabric
10i. Beads
10j. UFOs/Pre-Kitted Projects
10k. Finished Unfinished pieces
10l. Finishing materials
10m. Stitching aids like hoops, frames, scissors, needles, highlighters etc.

Most of these questions look pretty easy to answer but can actually be challenging.  Then there is the hard part: setting things up.

I have added some more drawers in my cubes in the stash zone so have been tweaking things a bit. I hope to be done soon and will post an update.

All about bees

And it's a finish!

On Sunday I put the last stitches in Bees Knees.  I almost finished Saturday but bed was calling by the time I put the last stitches in the middle.

Bees knees
Ink Circles
32 count African Daisy joblean
DMC 4000

Monday, August 07, 2017

Nothing in my eye

Good news - the gas bubble is now gone from my eye!  Late last month the gas bubble disappeared from my eye which means that I can see again.  I still have at least one more appointment with the specialist but things are healing as they should.

I have managed to get some stitching done :)

I finished Island Geese

Island Geese
X's and Oh's
28 count Babbling Brook Jobelean 
DMC threads

And I have worked some more on Cougar Kitten by The Stitching Studio

And I got out Canada Sampler

Unfortunately I have had to frog a bit of Bees Knees.  I was out by a stitch.  Ugh.  This is at about the half way point.

I have been considering my stitching project options now that I am I back to it... I have been playing with the idea of a 3 day rotation of two projects for the month with the addition of Ink Circles Monday.  Still working on that as an idea because while I like the idea I am unsure if only two/three projects is going to work - mostly because it leaves so many in the pile not being touched.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Needle in my eye

It has been ages since I have blogged, partly due to lack of stitching and partly due to non-stitching events.

First, a little stitching progress:

Bees Knees

And I started Island Geese by X's and Oh's.  It is almost at the half way point now.

And the non-stitching:

At the beginning of May I had an ergonomic assessment scheduled at work; part of this includes when your last eye exam was... and I realized that it had been more then two years and I should go and have them checked.  

Did the exam and ordered new glasses.   As part of the exam, what appeared to be scarring was observed on my right eye so I was referred to a retina specialist just to see what was going on.  I had an appointment for that at the end of May.  

As it happened, the retina in my right eye was starting to detach. In order to have it fixed I needed to have gas injected into the eye and a laser treatment.  I had the gas injected on the 7th and then had to spend two days on my left side to settle the resulting bubble in the correct spot. Then on the 12th I returned for the laser treatment.  I still have the bubble and restrictions on how I can sleep.  

As of right now, I have a black spot on the bottom of my eye that makes seeing challenging.  I can't really stitch for any length of time and I discovered the overhead lights at work are irritating.  The bubble is expected to remain for a few weeks and I have a follow-up appointment in a few weeks to make sure everything has healed well.

Needless to say the "eye drama" has had a negative impact on the amount of stitching and other things but it was caught early and before surgery was necessary.  I also now know what it is like to have a needle stuck in your eye (not pleasant).

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Four corners

I have managed to make some progress on Bees Knees (Ink Circles).  It has been ages since I posted a progress picture, this project tends to travel around in my work bag so I can word on it during my commute, lunch etc.

I have all the corners now, and have started working on page two of the middle. Its starting to look like I'm getting somewhere