Thursday, November 30, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Yesterday was an all Village day and I'm almost finished with block seven. Just the lettering to go - I'll work on it a bit tonight after Clancy's agility class and finish it up tomorrow night. I'm going to try very hard not to get behind with block eight in December. I'll do it in the evenings instead of other things.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
I have to work for a little bit tomorrow - my boss is having a meeting in Lake Forest just down the road from my house. So I have to go and make sure everything is just so. But it's worth the time on my day off. I'll get to use my corporate credit card so I'll get the points. I've been saving my points for over two years now and I have almost enough for a cruise! :-)
Friday, November 24, 2006
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
I've a ton of work to finish up today before my vacation starts tomorrow. And of course I don't feel like doing a bit. What else is new?
I need to gather all the ornaments I've stitched over the past couple of weeks to find out what I need to buy to finish them off. I have a ton of Christmas fabrics for those that need that and I also have many pieces of hand-dyed wool so I can use that for a couple. Right now the most I think I have to buy will be more floss to make the trim. And maybe some ribbon. I don't have a stash of ribbon at all. I can't wait to get into it.
Monday, November 20, 2006
Here are the finished I needed to take photos of and post. First Friday's finish, Cardinal by La-D-Da using whatever fibers I had around, mostly Weeks Dye Works and the recommended linen.
Second, Pear Tree by Little House Needleworks using the recommended threads and linen.
Part 2 of Marquior ABC. I love how this one is turning out. It's going to be huge!
For my train project this week, I started work on the My Treasure Workstation Project I'm doing with the Legacy Board by Judy Odell. I'm way behind with this as people in the group are already finished with the top panel But it's coming together super quick. Saturday night (one of the reasons I didn't find time to stitch) I went through all my fibers and linen to find materials for this piece. My goal was not to purchase a single thing for it. And I was able to do just that! I'm using a Waterlilies silk and four Crescent Colours of floss on a piece of 32 count Silkweavers Golden Harvest. I'm happy with how the colors are coming together. You can really personalize the stitching on this as well as the colors. Around the center portion (I will put my initial) you can do all sorts of speciality stitches instead of x-stitches. I'm hoping to do something really cool. Not sure what yet but maybe some stitches I usually use for needlepoint. When this is finished I'll get back to the Quaker Reindeer ornament I started on Friday afternoon.
I received in the mail my new Vikki Clayton silks I ordered last week - I think I might have a couple of strong prospects for my Cirque des Cercles. The lighter colors are just yummy. I also received my Blackstone Fantasy Garden in the mail. It is incredible. The Carrie's Threads that came with it are gorgeous. I'm going to look into purchasing more of her threads. The colors are beautiful. I did purchase a piece of Lambswool for it. I think I will look nice on it. I would like to start this piece sooner than later. But I will see what's what in the coming weeks.
Molly's and my agility trial was this past Sunday and I don't have any thing good to report. :-( Molly blew both start line jumps. This means she ran around the first jump that triggers the timing clock rather than taking the jump thereby starting our run. All I could do at that point was pick her up and ask the judge to excuse us. To say I'm a little disappointed is a huge understatement. We didn't even get a chance to do a single obstacle. After all the hard work we've put in. :-( And for her to do something that she has never messed up on before. I'm so bummed. The only thing that I can think of was this starting jump had little wings on it and she's never seen a jump like that before. I guess we just need to work harder. Our next trial won't be until February so we will have plenty of time.
Friday, November 17, 2006
I will post my photos over the weekend. Everybody have a great weekend!
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
I finished up Quaker Strawberry by Blackbird Designs using the recommended fiber and linen - like I said yesterday, it doesn't look like much now but will be very cute when completed into an ornament. I started on Pear Tree this morning. I love the sassy brass color.
I continue to ponder what sort of linen and fiber I should use for my Cirque des Cercles. I did purchase a piece of Golden Harvest (a variegated tan color) from Silkweavers to use with this piece and I was thinking of some sort of blue/green variegated silk from Vikki Clayton. Well yesterday that all went out the door. On the Ink Circles website, there is a photo of a completed Cirque des Cercles stitched on black 32 count using a DMC variegated gold #111. It blew me away. In the very beginning I had been thinking of using a dark linen with a light fiber. And once I saw that photo on Monday, I could not help but think that maybe I should go back to my orginial plan. So I went to the Silkweavers site and picked out a new color linen - I went with Evening Dreams. I just hope it's not too much of a dark purple and leans more on the dark blue, dark green side. And natually I had to go back to the Vikky Clayton site and look for more silks. I picked out seven more than might have promise. I will order them this week. And I can use the Golden Harvest for the design I purchased yesterday. Or hold onto it for another project - there is always another project. :-)
On the agility front with Molly - she was almost spot on last night. On her first run she only had two mistakes and one was mine! I'm so proud of that little girl. She has come so far and I think we are ready for our trial on Sunday. My goals are very simple - one is to have fun, fun fun and to only have two off courses. It might really happen.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Today I'm having another "what was I thinking" moment. Below is the latest Ink Circles design called Blackstone Fantasy Garden. Tracy has the most beautiful and different designs. I ordered it along with the Carries Threads that go with this piece yesterday. I haven't even picked out the thread yet from the last Ink Circles design I have! But I just could not resist. The Celtic pattern users multi colored threads and in between the knots are blackwork designs. It's not a small piece either - 225 x 225. Yummy, yummy, yummy!
Monday, November 13, 2006
I stated the Quaker STrawberry from Blackbird Designs from the Christmas issue of JSC 2006. I'm using one strand of floss and it's coming out pretty light - maybe I should be using two to make if pop a little better.
I did manage to take some pictures of Molly and Clancy for our Christmas cards this year - here are two cute ones (the quilt was one I completed last year). I'm hoping to work with the woman who helped me out last year. It was only Molly because I didn't get Clancy until after the holiday but it was super cute.
Friday, November 10, 2006
I also finished up Heart and Hand, a free design from Hands To Work. I used Silkweavers 32 count Golden Harvest using a Vikki Clayton silk called Fire Dragon. I'm very please with how it turned out. I love using Vikki's silks - I find they tangle much less than say the Waterlilies silks. I use thread conditioner on Waterlilies but I never have to while using Vikki's.
She was having a blast and I think both the photos show just how much.
I have no major plans this weekend except work with Molly to fine tune her weave poles and jumps for next weekend agility trial. I hope to work on Marquior ABC and I would love to finish up part 2 (and what I pulled out of part 1 last weekend) but I think that is a little ambitious. I chatted with Drema yesterday and she told me she has the new Loose Feathers in hand! I bet they are mailed by tomorrow so I should have my copy by Tuesday. Yeah! But it does make me wonder if Barb and Alma are back on track. If they are, that means that #23 will be out on schedule in early December. That one should be the holiday piece I've been waiting for.
And again thanks for checking out my blog and giving me such nice feedback! You guys are the best!
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Yesterday I did order the five Weeks Dye Works threads I need to start Blackbird Designs, Moonlit Garden. I have a piece of 32 count Golden Wings from Silkweaver that I think will be perfect. If it's too dark of a linen for this piece I also have a piece of 28 count Antique Gold that also might work. I'll do a toss when I get all my threads together and see what's what. I probably won't have the chart until late next week at the earliest so it will be a while before I get started. But I will stop whatever train project I'm working on to start this project. But who knows? I've said that before and maybe I'll be working on my Quaker Sampler so I won't want to quit.
Last night Clancy had agility and he had a blast. That little guy is so fast I had to run him off leash a couple of times because I was holding him back. I think I'm going to have to teach him contact stops at the end of the contact equipment (a-frame, dog walk, teeter) so he doesn't blow the contact.
I will now translate that previous statement for you non-agility people. :-)
In agility, for their safety, dogs have to hit the yellow areas (in AKC rules, contacts are painted yellow) at the beginning and end of certain pieces of equipment - these pieces are called the contact equipment. When a dog is really going fast, it will have a tendency to just jump off the equipment before the end of the piece or as we say, blow the contact. So you teach your dog to pause for a fraction of a second at the end of the equipment. There are numerous methods to do this. I will teach Clancy the two-on/ two-off method. He will learn to pause with his front two feet on the floor and his back two feet on the equipment before going on. I don't have to do this for Molly because she doesn't go fast enough to blow the contacts. She just saunters around the course. :-) It's a fast saunter but a saunter none the less.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Here is my progress on my Prairie Schooler piece, Winter - I should be finished with this tomorrow afternoon. I received my fabric cuts from Drema yesterday so I'll be able to start right away on my next ornament. It will most likely be the Brittercup - Britty Christmas Puppy. I plan to make two of them, one for my sister and one for my agility coach. I also made a little more progress on Part 2 of Marquior. I should have a progress photo tomorrow after tonight's stitching. I didn't get as much done last night as I had hoped because I had to play with my linen cuts and I received my monthly fabric from Silkweavers. I received two beautiful fabrics but there seems to be a problem with the instructions I sent them. They keep sending me 28 count which I hardly ever use instead of the 32 count I requested. I'll give them a call today to straighten it up.
Last night was agility with Molly. I'm starting to see real progress with her. The off courses are almost a thing of the past and next week I will no longer depend on a tab to control her. I still think our next agility trial in ten days won't be a spectacular performance, but we won't stink up the arena either. Yeah!
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Here is my progress on my two current ornaments - almost done with Santa! I had been planning on stitching on some white fuzzy stuff on his beard after I did the cross stitch (thanks for the suggestion Sue) but I just want to finish this one up - I'll save the fuzzy stuff for another Santa. And I can finally tell the second one is a house. Last night I made some more progress on Marquior, I finished up the the medium size alphabet - I'll work on the smaller one tonight before I leave for agility. Then I will be half way done with part 2.
Here are the two colors I picked out for Quaker Samplers I and II - Milady's Teal from Crescent Colours and Grape Green from The Gentle Art. They will both be done on Sugar Maple 32 count linen. I think they will look really nice hanging together. That green is exactly what was looking for.
I signed up for the My Treasures Workstation class from Nancy Odell. What was I thinking??!! :-) I will have six works in progress plus a half a dozen more projects kitted up. And I said it was never going to happen to me.... LOL! I'll be picking out the linen and fiber over the next several days. I think I'll be using overdyed silks and a Silkweaver linen. I have received four now from my new autoship program - maybe one of those will work? Does that make sense? Starting with your linen and then picking out fibers to match it? I think so, so that's what I'll do.