A little progress

IMG_7499I finally found some time this past week to put in a little more effort on my current project, “Heart in Bloom.” Per usual, I find I’m changing the floss colors a bit as I go along, and am making some design adjustments to better suit my idea of balance. The actual chart isΒ  small, so the changes I am making won’t affect the overall size very much at all, and I doubt anyone but the designer would notice the revisions.

I almost always find it hard to stitch a chart exactly as it is shown, I keep wanting to fiddle with it. I suppose that’s the graphic designer in me coming out. I get a lot of pleasure out of adapting what I see to make it better suit its recipient and my own sense of color.

I’m glad that I chose a small design because the arthritis in my right hand has been slowing me down of late. It sometimes prevents me from stitching entirely — gripping that little needle is an impossible challenge some days. However, my “wear and tear” arthritis is quite mild compared to that of several people I know. Most of the time I don’t even think about it, it’s only when I go to turn a key in a lock or button a shirt or grip the handle of a coffee cup that I am reminded that there are some little things I just can’t do as well as I used to be able to do. All I can say is that ibuprofen is my friend!

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Santa & chocolate

IMG_5698Yesterday I had a visit from a sister bearing gifts, including the newest 2013 Prairie Schooler Santa card. She knows that I love to collect Prairie Schooler Santas, so this was a very welcome addition to my charts stash.

Russian-chocolateShe also brought me some beautiful postcards from her recent trip to Russia (foreign postcards are a big favorite of mine) and some delicious Russian chocolate, too! A quick Google search helped me to understand that this yummy fruit and nut concoction was made by Babaevsky Confectionery, the oldest confectionery factory in Russia. The gorgeous red and gold label was almost as impressive as the chocolate bar inside.

It’s been a few months since I last posted

Due to my mom’s death in February I haven’t felt much of an urge to stitch recently. However, lately I find I have been thinking about cross-stitching now and again, and I even ordered some long-desired charts from 123stitch.com last week to try to tempt myself into picking up a needle. I don’t know when I will start something, but you can be sure I’ll post about it when I do.

And I have some good news to share, this month I became a great-auntie for the first time. πŸ™‚ Meet my nephew and niece-in-law’s baby daughter Natalie.

A wish fulfilled

“Strawberry Garden” by Blackbird Designs is mine as of 10/22/09 πŸ™‚ With the help of a very kind online acquaintance I was recently able to purchase this beautiful OOP Loose Feathers chart. That my search to secure this design is finally over makes me very happy.

Decisions, decisions

Can’t decide whether or not to break down and purchase this lovely little cross-stitch chart called “My Hearth & Home” from With Thy Needle and Thread. The sweet design really appeals to me, but I have so many other charts waiting to be done…and I swore I wasn’t going to spend any money on new charts for a bit.

Oh, the agony…

I think this may turn into my holy grail of cross stitch

Oh, I really, REALLY want to get my hands on this “Strawberry Garden” chart by Blackbird Designs, but it’s OOP! *cries* It’s so beautiful, too.

I’ve been trying to track it down on eBay.com, but the only leaflet being offered for sale is for the whole project kitted out with floss and fabric included, and at $135! That’s waaay out of my ballpark, and I simply don’t need a kit. I offered to buy just the chart if the kit didn’t sell, but the (very nice) seller said no.

Going to keep on hunting, though. Fingers crossed!