Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Loara Standish - Week 9

IAfter stitching, ripping out, re-stitching, ripping out again, and finally restitching, I completed the right side of Band 20.  All because I was one linen thread off.

But, alas I finally finished, and was able to move ahead to Band 21. 

Band 22 was also an easy stitch and not shown in this picture, Band 23 is underway, and will be pictured in my next update.

I think, I have finally finished my Christmas shopping.  Things are beginning to arrive in boxes of all sizes.  This week, I plan to start opening them, to figure out what's inside, so than I can start wrapping.

I also got my packages mailed up, I thought without a glitch, until my niece in Georgia, let me know, that the postal worker put the wrong stickers on the boxes, so.....she received the box that was supposed to go to my sister in Illinois, and my sister got my niece's package that was supposed to go to Georgia.  EGAD, what's Christmas without a little added stress and drama!?  Oh, and here is another post office story for this week.  Back in August of this year, I sold a chart to a lady that lives in Indiana.  Sort of before, I know how the whole PayPal thing worked, and realized that PayPal for a flat fee will include tracking.  Of course the package never arrived, and I ended up refunding the lady her money.  Yesterday, she contacted through Messenger, to let me know that the package I sent to her in August, arrived yesterday. Yup, it took 4 months to be sent from Va. and arrive in Indiana. She said there was at least 6 different scan labels issued to post office, stacked on top of each other.

We have decided to not go all out this year and decorate out the ying-yang!  It's just my mom, hubby and I, here and it's sorta "like what's the point?"  My daughter won't be here for Christmas, because she is low man on the pole, and will be working on Christmas.  Both my sons will be here, but they both only stay for a couple of days and return to their homes and lives.  So in the long run, less work to do on the back end of tearing it down, and apart!

Brought my kids up to be independent, and self sufficient, and now that they are, guess it's sorta lonely sometimes.  Thankfully I have cross stitch to fill up a lot of extra time, and a house that still requires cleaning. 

My mom brought some of her decorations with her, when she moved from Florida.  I try to incorporate them with ours, so this place feels like her home too.  One of the things she brought was a small lighted wreath, that my father purchased for her when he was still alive.  (guess that goes without saying, as it would be difficult for him to purchase anything if he has passed!)  This year the lights, finally gave up the ghost.  I then had to dismantle the wreath, (a few years ago, I added some ribbon and a bow to it, and some other stuff, cuz it just looked boring!) Ripped out the old lights, and reinserted new lights, that I guess where also my mother's that she had purchased at some point, just in case the lights went out on the wreath.  Once the new lights were on, I had to reconstruct the decorations. turned out pretty well!

Finally put on the icicles on the tree this morning.  I decided not to put beads on the tree this year.  Once again, they are sort of pain to get right and one less thing to pull off the tree when Christmas is officially over!  But even with out the beads, I think our tree looks fabulous.

By the way, I found out that the Blogger application on phones and IPads, no longer works, and the creators are not going to issue another version, or update the one we all have.  Something to do with it being incompatible with OS systems.  Nice they let us know!!!!! No wonder so many people changing to other blogging sites.  I found out the best way for me to still use it, is to use my lap top to post my musings, then save the entry, and then I can open it on my phone, and add pictures to it, but you just can't really type anything using the phone or it will crash!

Well, that's all for this week!  Until next week, happy productive stitching!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Loara Standish - Week 8

I'm not really sure where last week.  It just flew right by.  Guess this time of year seems to go that way.  It's Thanksgiving, and there's a mad rush to get the house decorated, Christmas shopping done, packages wrapped, packages mailed and WHAM it's the New Year!

I am truly hoping to finish Loara by the end of the year, but some of these bands have been really slow going.  Slow going, in that they are wide, and there's a lot of detailed stitching for each band.
I managed to finish the left side of Band 20.  Meaning it will take me approximately the same stitching time for the right side. 

There are 24 bands in all, and after Band 20, there is still one more band that is between 4"-6". But definitely keeping my fingers crossed, that by the time 2017 is here, I will be moving in to the 1990's part of my stash.

I broke down and bought another chart this week.  Mary Slater.  I just couldn't resist.  Found it on e-bay listed as used, but the pictures showed, that it wasn't used, since the paper faces were still in tact.  I have been eyeing this chart for awhile, but the rerelease price, was higher than I wanted to invest at this time in my wonderful, addicting habit.

I also managed, to get Christmas lists, from my kids when they were here at Thanksgiving.  My husband has actually ordered a few things for the kids already, and upon hearing, what the others were buying for each, other, what is left is just a few things on each list.  Plan to do most of that on-line.  Then there is the necessary trip, to my credit union to purchase gift cards for the extended family members, who all live out of town.  Get them in the Mail.

We also got our tree and put it up and got the lights on to our satisfaction.  No ornaments yet, but I will work those into my schedule next week, along with two doctor appointments for my mom.

Until next week, happy stitching.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Loara Standish - Weeks 6 & 7

Readers, I have been particularly bad at posting to my blog.  I kept telling myself, tomorrow,
I'm sure you can relate.

I managed to finish several bands, which I will post pictures of.  I am currently stuck on band 17!

Bands 15 & 16

Left side of Band 17

Right side of Band 17 still under construction.

Lots of details to it.  It will probably be at two weeks before I'll be able to move on to Band 18.

We are heading into Thanksgiving.  My oldest son, and his girlfriend will be here for a few days.
My youngest son, will be here, Wednesday and Thursday, and head back to Harrisonberg, for work.
My daughter arrives Thanksgiving, and I think, she'll be here for a few days as well. 

We always get our Christmas tree the same weekend.'ll be a busy time from here on out till Christmas,

I try not to politicize on my blog, because it's a stitching blog.  But, I have to say, I am so happy the election is over.  I hope that sides will be able to be respectful and cut out the name calling and come together, to work on what needs to be done. Probably a pipe dream.  As for the rioters, I am personally praying for snow!!!! Lots  of snow.

All for now, Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you.  Happy Stitching  

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Loara Standish - Week 5

Band 14 was finally completed late last night, which is why my post is a few days later then usual.  

A rocky start to this band, where I had to rip out and restitch because of either my stitcher error or direction error, of where this band was to start.

This band is a full 7 1/2".  Which perhaps is another reason, why it took me longer.  I have two very short bands, but band 17 is another very long, very detail band.  But...still gets me closer to the end, which is band 24.

Things have been so quiet this week.  Today, I went out and voted.  My civic duty!  Took my mom with me.  She voted too.   I guess our county didn't want to take the risk of problems with all those touch screen voting machines, and everyone had to fill out a paper ballot which then was scanned into a machine.  Small line when we got there, but I don't think the whole process took more than 25 minutes total. 

Tonight, it will be all over for another 4 years.  I'm particularly pleased as this voting cycle has been filled with apprehension, consternation, and frustration.  I have been praying for our country, and pray that whoever, this country decides to elect, that they can bring the country together, and get on with the business of supporting our country and the people that they represent.

With that I will end....Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Loara Standish - Week 4

I really didn't think I would be able to finish another 3 bands of  Loara within a week.  But miraculously I somehow managed.  I am showing a picture of bands 11-13, and also a better shot of the most recent completed bands, and how they look with the bands above them.

On Sunday, I started on band 14 which is a particularly wide band.  On Monday, I spent the whole day ripping out everything I stitched, due to being off.  UGG!  But, I'm back on track now.

Things are very quiet here.  We had some trick or treaters last night.  It was great to see the little ones. A show that our subdivision is renewing with new families, probably due to the recent completion of a brand new high school in the district our subdivision is situated in.  For many years, even as my kids were completing the local school systems, I could see the bus stop, situated in front of our home, having less kids each year.  Now the primary bus stop is filling up again.

Last week, while my husband was in Tampa, I ventured into his office and hung up all his diplomas and certificates.  They had been leaning up against a wall since he started working out of the house.  Granted, they hanging job wasn't perfect, if he had done it.  He gets out a tape measurement, and a level, and does all sorts of math to hang even a single picture.  I am just terrible at the math part, and end up hanging them by "eye"   Which also, means I have to have the spackle handy, for the mistake holes!  

I am happy to add, that I now have everything I need to start stitching my 1990 charts!
My next sampler after Loara will be Ann Rayner Sampler with a copyright date of 1990.  No more sharing of other 1990 charts on the horizon!

Well, that's it for this week.  Happy Stitching!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Loara Standish - Week 3

I was able to complete bands 8-10 this week. 

I have to admit that band is 11 is kicking me in the nether regions!  It has been quite the challenge!
But, I have started my trek on this sampler, and by hook or by crook, I will finish it.  Even if the only band I finish this week is band 11.

This sampler is so much prettier in reality.  The pictures of it show up as very muted, but although not bright like some of the samplers I have stitched, I would qualify this one as being elegant.

I pulled out all of the 1990's charts to double check I have everything.  The only thing needed was a piece of raw linen, of course in a count I didn't have.  But it has been ordered, and I'm not in a big hurry to get it.

I love being able to go into my stash, and pulling a project to stitch, and I have everything I need to just start stitching. 

Nothing much else going on here.  I did finally find a chair cover for my chair.  It's quilted and just ties on.  Plus it wasn't all that expensive.  Thank to Wayfair, yet again.  I just wanted something to protect the chair, since it's sort of a pale grey micro suede.    Prior to this, I just had towel on it, and it was always shifting around.  

Well, that's all for this week!  Happy stitching!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Loara Standish - Week Two

Very happy with my progress this week!  I managed to complete bands 5 - 7. 

I was happy to find out, there are only 20 some bands in this sampler, instead of 40 bands like I originally thought.  Not promising I can always complete more than a single band a week, but in anticipating how long it will take me to stitch this, 5 months is way better than 10 months!  Especially since this is my very last sampler with a copyright date within the 1980's.  I am very looking forward to moving into the 1990's copyright date samplers.  I have some real goodies!

Nothing much going on here.  I decided to go get a haircut.  My hair had grown out a lot since my last haircut.  I showed the stylist this picture of the haircut I wanted.

This is the haircut I got!  Thankfully, it will grow out, but it's definitely a lot shorter, than I would have liked.

So...with that, I'll sign off, till next week.  Happy stitching all.  Must return to my Loara!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Loara Standish - Week 1

I managed to stitch 4 bands of Loara Standish.  It has been quite the challenge.  The chart isn't the easiest to follow.  Plus, I hate kits.  I made a mistake, which wasn't recoverable, and had to rip out an entire line of blue stitching.  I am so hoping, I will have sufficient thread to finish the sampler.  Especially, since no thread #'s are supplied on the chart.

I finally got around to giving Dixie, the bath and cut, she so needed and deserved.  I did my best to take a decent picture of her, with her "do", but once again, she's not very cooperative.  She wouldn't hold still long enough.

The basement bathroom update is finished.  By the hair of our chinny-chin-chin.  I think we put the final touches on it Friday, with my mom's return on Saturday.  She likes it, and it definitely is an improvement, from the contractor paint, and fixtures from before.

I really don't have much else this week.  So.....with that note, I wish you all Happy Stitching!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Jane Woodward Sampler - Finish

Whoop! Whoop!  I put the last stitches in Jane on Saturday.  I am very happy with the final result.  Especially since it leaves one more 1980 era samplers left in my stash.

Yup, Loara Standish.  I had already prepared the fabric by serging the edges.  So, as soon as Jane was finished.  I removed the scroll rods from the floor stand, and replaced with small scroll rods, necessary for a band sampler.

After much dread, I finally put the first stitches in today.  I have to tell you, that I am definitely intimidated by Loara!  Especially after looking after the complicated directions.  I think I will probably not stitch it double sided, to save myself some aggravation.  Plus, there are quite a few new stitches, I haven't even done before.  I.E.  The Standish stitch.  Named after Loara herself.  Not even in the few embroidery books I have.  At least the illustrations enclosed were large enough and descriptive that I was able to figure it out.

On the homefront, the basement bathroom is still not finished.  As of today, we have exactly, FIVE days to get it done.  Wish I knew how to do plumbing, and electrical!  I'd finish it myself!

I did manage, to bath Holly.  Dixie did finally get a hair cut.  I have, however, not been able to finish with her, since it has rained for the last 4 days here constantly.  Not conducive to trimming the legs!  But she got her ears cleaned out, and I can see her eyes again, due to the eyebrow trim.

Well, that's bout all for this week.  Until next week, happy stitching!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Jane Woodward Sampler - Week 4

Can't believe I've been working on this sampler for a whole month.  Doesn't seem like it! 

Maybe because I have been doing other things?!

Love all the different motifs!  And stitching has been a breeze since I finished the Algerian Eye stitches.  I had to move my scroll rods twice since last week.

As you can see I made the turn to the bottom of the sampler border.  Think I'll switch over to the left side and work on the border, turn and motifs on that side.  

Pulled out my serger, and prepared the edges of Loara Standish fabric.  While it was out fixed about 5 long sleeved t-shirts of my husbands.  He somehow manages to rip them out underneath the arms. All fixed! 

I finished with the deep cleaning of the Jack and Jill bathroom and my daughter's bedroom, just in time for them to both come home this weekend and mess it up!  Well at least it will be easier to clean up this time.

The basement bathroom renovation still continues.  Right now I'm busy priming and painting all sorts of pieces of wood that will be necessary to finish it up.   My mother returns Oct. 8 from Illinois, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed hubby's gonna kick it into overdrive!

Maybe this week the dogs will get their baths and much needed haircut for Dixie. 
Plus ear cleaning, nail cutting and other things that occur when dog grooming.

Not much else going on, but doesn't mean I'm not busy!  Try to keep myself busy, keeps the mind and body in shape!

So until next week!  Happy stitching!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Jane Woodward Sampler - Week 3

This has been just clicking along this week, considering how much time I didn't really stitch this week!

I finished the last Algerion Eye Stitch today, so the rest is all cross stitch. 

There's another line of numbers, plus Jane's name.  Couple lines of a verse, then the motifs. Then I'm finished!

So I mentioned in previous  posts that my daughter is officially out on her own.  So I decided it was time to go in there and clean her room.  First to figure out the random stains on her carpet, so I could pretreat those, before cleaning the carpet.

I couldn't resist teasing my daughter a bit after ascertaining the carpet stains.  Told her I was getting her room ready for the boarder we were taking in. To ensure she couldn't come back!  She finally figured out I was joking.

It's amazing when you go in to clean a room. You start out with I'm just cleaning the carpet. The next thing you know, I'm up there with a bucket, a sponge, and spicy and span and wiping down the walls and woodwork.  Oh, and those blinds are sorta gross!  They need a bath. Now that I think about it, I don't think those curtains have been washed since we hung them up. 

And the ceiling fan, probably need to take tge blades off and give them a coat is white spray paint.  Those glass globes?! I don't think they're gray.  Let's put them in the dishwasher!

Hopefully the next time my daughter comes home for a visit her room will be all sparkling clean.  But I still have to clean that Jack and Jill bathroom. Poor Holly and Dixie must wait another week for baths!

The downstairs bathroom project is at a stand still till the hubby gets in there to do his thing(s). He does plumbing and electrical.  I'm strictly painting and cleaning!  I finally got the mirror frame ordered and will have to paint that when it arrives.  But I'm sure it will be all finished before my mom returns from Illinois on Oct. 8!  Well I hope it is!

Well that's bout it for this week so I'm going to sign off and go back to stitching and off to bed early!  Happy stitching!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Jane Woodward - Week 2

Whoosh.  This week has flown right by, and I'm not sure what it is that I accomplished last week. 

I did make some required trips to Petsmart, Michaels and A C Moore.  Plus I also put gas and air in my tires. But other than that I got nothing!

Of course, I Stitched!

And was able to move my scroll rods.

This is a very simple sampler as far as stitches. But the colors just make make me happy!

Sold a couple more things on FB. Plus several years ago, I got both CD's of the Sampler  and Antique Quarterly for Christmas.  Never really looked at them.  Decided to take a gander at the first CD, to see if there is anything I might like to stitch.  Especially since it wouldn't involve me buying another chart. 

Well that led to me creating a spreadsheet of the sampler charts in each issue. Not sure what I'm going to do that info or how to make it useful for someone else. Or even if it would've useful to anyone else. Have to ponder on that a bit more.

The bathroom renovation has come to a complete halt.  Waiting for the hubby to sand two walls that needed to be fixed, due to the difference of the vanity we took out, and the new one we are putting in.

I did order a hand towel ring and an over the toilet wall storage cabinet.  Waiting to hear from a company that makes unfinished  frames for mirrors. We were able to selvidge the mirror that was in there.  I'll just paint it white, and have the hubby take it to this place to cut it down and put it in the frame. 

Nothing much new to report. So until next week Happy Stitching.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Jane Woodward Sampler - Week 1

Happy Labor Day.  Guess the summer is officially over. 

I started on the 2nd to last sampler chart I have in the 1980's. 

Jane Woodward Sampler
Canterbury Designs
27 ct. Unbleached linen

Very simple sampler, but the colors just spoke to me.  

I think it's appropriate that today I'm starting with painting the basement bathroom, since it's Labor Day. The sooner it's painted, the sooner the rest of the stuff goes back in or gets replaced!

New vanity and lights, new faucets. Plus the paint job to pick up towels and mats that I already have.  Plus the new shower curtain.

I am so happy to report my hubby fixed my table and I found this when I came downstairs.

Perfect!  Now just to finish the throw pillows I purchased fabric to make.

That's about all for this week!  Happy stitching!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Lucy Redd - Finish

Wherever you live, you probably can hear my whoop, whoop!  Doing the happy dance.  I always feel that way when I finish.

Lucy is big one!  Measuring 23 1/2" wide and 21" high.  

What is next you ask? Jane Woodward Sampler!  
 My second to last sampler in the 1980's.  After that, it's Loara Standish.  Then I get to jump into the 1990's where there are 5 charts.  

I can't believe how many charts I have rehomed via sales, plus how many ones that I actually finished and are still listed on my spreadsheet.

Another thing to do is update the spreadsheet since I need to add a few purchases. I have 2 more charts yet to arrive.  Dunvegan Sampler, which I had and now can't locate and Mexican Sampler by Queenstown. Both splurges from buy/sell group.

Wouldn't you know that Hands Across the Sea has put out another beauty of a sampler?! They need to have some pity on us stitchers and allow us time to stitch the last one they put out.  But they couldn't go by my method because it's definitely going to take me several years to get to the 2010's.

Praying daily my eyesight lasts that long.  Plus I have some other projects that I need to finish.  On top of that, my husband decided yesterday he wants to install the new vanity in my mother's bathroom. 

Which means I have to paint!  Plus ordering light fixtures, and towel bars and a new shower curtain and a new cover for the light for the exhaust fan.  And remove all the tile floor boards so they can be replaced with wood ones. 

Somewhere in there I have to work in another haircut for Dixie, and a bath for both of them, cuz they smell like stinky dogs.  Plus both the girls could use a nail trimming.  

So much to do and so little time!  To think September is right around the corner.

Well time is ticking away as I opine about all the stuff I have to do, which isn't getting done.

So with that I'll end!  Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Lucy Redd - Week 7

Little late in my posting this week. It one of those times when I procrastinated on Sunday, procrastinated on Monday, again on Tuesday, and here we are.

This is the very bottom right side of the chart.  So I'm definitely on the final stages.  Not thinking I'll be finished by this week either.

I been busy selling my stash and those given to me by my sister on the many buy/ sell FB groups.  It's a lot of work!

Doing research on the charts of what they originally sold for.  Taking pictures of each chart.  Putting descriptions on each chart.  Getting in touch with buyers, sending them invoices, packaging and mailing stuff.  

Deleting posts once they are sold. Moving left over charts from one FB group to another. (Cross selling is usually prohibited- which means have the same chart listed in 2 different groups.) I have had to print out the rules for each FB page group, so that I'm following the rules of creating the album.

Plus remembering to transfer money from PayPal back to my checking account for the cost of postage.  Thankfully I had many years of working at banks!  Helps keep me organized. 

But I'm almost done with all of it, and my stash consists of things I really want to stitch.  Well, that is until I see something else that I just must have!  There is a definite bonus of having the PayPal balance for those "can't live without purchases!"

There is a wonderful feeling of letting things go, and rehoming the charts to someone else to enjoy the stitching and challenge and the final product hanging on the wall.

I'm really thinking of trying to chart out my version of a "Stitcher's Prayer."  I have some ideas about it, now it's just finding the perfect alphabet.  Another project that may have to take a back burner until then. 

Well that's all for now!  Happy Stitching!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Lucy Redd - Week 6

I was hoping I would be a bit further along in Lucy!  And perhaps I would have been if ......

I didn't discover that the chart had 2 "X's" for 2 different DMC colors.

 Supposedly one bold and one not.  Believe me there are only a couple of spots that I can tell the "X's" are bold.  I have now have started referring the the picture on the chart.  Which isn't all that great!

So a lot of my time I have spent this week doing this! 

Froggin - ripping it out and restitching in the correct color.  Almost completely done with that, when I also realized that somewhere you were supposed to do some Rice Stitch.  Oh crap!  Where?  

Oh ya, one whole line I stitched in Algerian Eye Stitches was supposed to be in Rice Stitch.  Having a mental debate with myself whether to rip it out and do it correctly or just leave it.  Decisions, decisions!  And we get mad with the men in our lives that refuse to read or ask for directions!

I bought another chart this week!  I am weak!  It sort of defeats the purpose of getting rid of my stash and then turning and buying another chart!  But I just couldn't help myself!

 It's so pretty stitched.  Blairgowrie Sampler by "With My Needle"

I did also purchase my table.  However in transporting it, I cracked a leg on it.  Absolutely sick about it!  But hubby says it can be fixed. Problem is if it takes him as long to fix the table as it took him to rewire the lamps, I won't be using the table anytime soon!  Wish he'd just let me call someone!

Before I cracked the leg.  Drum table Circa.1950's.

I am in the hunt for a sampler that was only offered in a SAL.  Someone I know stitched it and said I could 
buy the chart but she has not gotten back to me. Maybe she is having second doubts?  I contacted the designer through her blog and website and asked "if" and "when" it would be released for sale to the public. Haven't heard a response from designer either. 

Well it's officially!  My daughter made her final move to Charlottesville.  She took her "devil dog" with her! I will be soon doing a deep clean of her bedroom, which is probably the cleanest I've seen it since she came home from school.  Plus a deep clean of the shared bathroom.

Unfortunately our upstairs air conditioning unit is on its last legs.  So we have been turning it off during the day so that it doesn't freeze it.  But it gets really hot up there, really fast!  Not best conditions to work up a sweat cleaning!

It's a hot one in Northern Va.  So all you stitchers out there stay cool and hydrated.  I'm returning to the basement! Till next week happy stitching!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Lucy Redd - Week 5

Oh lucky me!  Earlier this week I put the very last Algerion Eye Stitch in this sampler.

And with that I was able to move the scroll rods up and start working on the borders and the wonderful motifs plus another verse which runs across the bottom of this very large sampler. 

 Far left side, has a large vase of flowers. Been a bit challenging as the print on the chart is quite small.  So I made a copy and have been pink high-lightening the random stems as I stitch.  Seems to be working as everything is lining up.

My husband is always bugging me about down sizing so I pulled all my charts that I already stitched and charts that I'll never stitch. I ended up listing on several FB pages that are set up for buy/sell.  I have done fairly well.  Almost all charts have sold.  In fact I referred a few of the purchasers to my blog (hoping to get a few more readers) and one of the stitchers asked to purchase 2 charts she liked from my blog.  Works for me!

I made enough $ to purchase Myrtle & Rose by Tempting Tangles and the fiber pack which were all on sale on Stitch and Frog. Plus I still have over $70 left in my PayPal account.  

I also have to share one of my experiences on the whole FB group sales thing.  I had 3 charts that were State Souvenir charts that weren't moving in the FB group I had originally posted.  Mostly because the original site is more samplers, country and primitives.  So I joined another site and had belonged to it less than 24 hours.  I listed the charts in an album and immediately one of the administrators calls me out publicly, no pm, for my album not being in their format. I just thought they were the groups were set up the same way.  Meanwhile I start getting comments about the charts and an offer to purchase 2 of the 3 charts. I go back into the album and make an attempt of a good faith edit of the album in the format they want.  Of course some of the comments are "I'm looking for this state or that state!"  None of which I have.  I try to be a helpful stitcher and I refer the ladies to a site that carries the charts.  Apparently this is not allowed, same administrator deletes the link post and tells the ladies that one of the other administrators will start carrying those charts and they are to contact her.  I let the administrator know I think I have corrected the format and her response is she doesn't see that.  By then I'm frustrated, I have sold the 2 charts under the nose of the administrator while she's giving me crap about the format.  I get the buyers info and request to leave the group.  Seriously don't need a stitching police in my life and especially one that must spend a great deal of time looking at each post and comment. And especially in less than 24 hours!

Meanwhile I have been in the hunt for a pie crust table, drum table or tilt top table for my living room.  I think I finally found one in Fredericksburg and will take a road trip on Tues. to take a look. Let you know how it works out.

Well that's all for this week.  Back to Lucy and readers have a wonderful stitching week.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Lucy Redd - Week 4

Alas, I didn't spend much time stitching this week!  My sister was here and I spent the time enjoying her company and taking her someplace everyday.  

All those eyelid stitches are a real challenge, but I am almost done with that area.  I believe the saying is "and this too will pass!"  But I did get some stitching in today, once all the relatives left.  In between I managed to do 3 loads of dark clothes that had piled up, 2 loads of queen sets of sheets, and 2 loads of towels. Love multitasking!

On my sister's first day here, a trip to In Stitches was a must!  Here is a picture of my sister's stash.

Which does not include fabrics.  Barbara Hutson of Queenstown Samplers was very happy with my sister's choices.

I was very good and only purchased one chart.

After the trip to In Stitches, I took my sister to see the Wegmans grocery store.   They don't have Wegmans in Illinois. We decided if there ever is a zombie Apocolypse we're heading there! 

Another day I took her to Old Town Fredericksburg where we wandered in and out of the shops and especially enjoyed all the Antique stores. We stopped for lunch there at the Capital Ale House and had the best calimara we both have ever had.

Friday morning we wandered through the designer stores at the Potomac Mills.  We spent nada which was probably a good thing. 

In addition, I showed my sister how to get her photos off her camera and onto her computer. Hopefully she'll share her needlework now! I also set her up a google account so she can follow me and comment.  

On Saturday we spent the day on the boat.  Seafood at Tim's Rivershore, then a trip up the Potomac past Mt. Vernon and past the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, to see the Capitol Building, Jefferson Memorial and Washington Monument in the distance.  

It was a great few days and went by too quickly!

Well that's bout all for now. Happy Stitching.