Thursday, July 20, 2017

Love Never Fails - Barbara Ana Designs

Hello readers!  Back at it again!  Truth to be told, I would have updated my blog yesterday, but I spent the whole day, trying to back up my photos from my iPhone.  Something according to YouTube videos and also articles on the internet are supposed to be so easy to do.  The reason being, as I refuse to spend more money on storage, especially when it's a monthly fee, not a one time purchase.

I'm sure if anyone of my three children were here, that are a lot my technically experts than I am, it would have been completed in a nano second.  For me, I had to just keep plugging along, until I found something that actually worked, or rather I could get it to work.   You're probably asking yourself why I did this!  It's because I kept getting these pesky reminders that I was running out of Icloud space.  Believe me, I was.   Filled up with text messages and photos, my icloud, and soon my phone would have been overflowing!

After much research, I finally downloaded Google Photos to my phone, which is a free app., backed up all my photos, videos, etc., to it, then when in and deleted all the pictures on my phone.  I now have more than half of my available storage back! Plus a picture I took this morning was already showing up in the Google Photos place, which means the transfer is immediate.  Plus it's unlimited storage of those photos for free.  Course the proof will be in the pudding, in whether I will be able to post pictures to the blog.

Not that it previously hasn't been a real chore as it is!  Blogger decided not to update it's application for mobile devices, so, the only way I can post to blogger is through my lap top.  If I tried to make an entry to my blog through my phone, it would freeze, erase everything, do some crazy stuff.  I live my life through the belief that there is more than one way to "skin a cat!"  (sorry animal lovers, I would never actually skin a cat, but it a familiar saying!) So to fix that little bleep, I would type my post through my lap top, then use my phone to edit the post, just to add pictures.  Now it seems I may be able to do all that, from the laptop.  HOPE HOPE.

As my previous post states, I lost my stitching MOJO for Ann Hill.  It still is on my floor stand, but I decided to pull out a random sampler, that looked easy, had the fabric for, and just work on that for the time being!  Love Never Fails by Barbara Ana Designs.  Copy right 2014.  I found that I had the right count of fabric in my stash, probably a lighter in the color, than recommended, but hey, got to use up the stash when you can!  As I catch up on every episode of "Persons of Interest," I stitch away!
I finally know where, and when the two women characters came to be, and where the dog came from.
Something I had no idea about. 

Cute little reproduction style sampler, done in I think they call it Frankur style.  With my German, Pennsylvania Dutch heritage, I just sort of speaks to me. 

Other than that, nothing much is going on.  Waiting for some 27 ct., unbleached/raw linen to come.  Good price, and I have several charts which call for it.  Hoping to get several of out the piece I bought.

With that, I will end!  Guess I figured out the whole upload thing!  Happiest of Stitching!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Ann Hill Sampler continues

My Some samplers are quick stitches, some are not!  Ann Hill falls into the Not category.  Maybe if I spent more time stitching, I'd be further along.  But, I've been busy!

I had a visitor from Daytona Beach, Fl.  My friend Lori, who I've known, since I was her supervisor when I was in my 20's.  I'm over 60 now, so for 40 years.  Truth be told, we haven't been continuous friends the whole time.  Not because we had a falling out, or a disagreement, but sometimes life just gets in the way, and you lose touch.  But, Lori is one of those friends you can pick up where you left off, no matter how much time is in between. 

With company arriving, I had to forgo stitching and clean my entire house.  All the bedrooms, all the bathrooms (4 1/2), make beds, vacuum, dust, on top of laundry.  I always do a deep clean before I have company! I don't want people to think I live like a pig or a hoarder.  It's never really that bad, but I do tend to let it go, sometimes.

While Lori was here, we made a trip to In Stitches, in Alexandria, Va.  I found 3 charts within the first 5 minutes, I was in the place.  Thankfully, they were having a sale and I had a $60.00 gift card.
Took Lori a bit longer to find some charts.  Only because I think she was overwhelmed by the sheer volume they have.  Plus she bought some fabric, since evidently Daytona has no cross stitch stores.
We spent the evening watching old episodes of Person of Interests, since both of us liked the show and had managed to miss quite a few episodes.  I always wondered where the two women came from that became a part of the crew, and where the dog came from.  I now know where the dog, and one female character came to be.

In addition, I took her to my favorite used book store in Manassas.  McKay's!  She walked out with 6 books for less than $10.  Two of the books were .06 each.  Plus, we made a trip to the Wegmans grocery store, bought some horseradish cheddar cheese, which we gulped down.  Plus some olives from their olive bar.  We passed on the desserts, but they certainly looked delicious!  On her last day, we walked one neighborhood of Potomac Mills, which is our outlet mall.  Lori splurged and bought a few pair of shoes.  I bought a few things from the Vera Bradley outlet (always trying to organize my purse!) and a shirt on sale from the Ann Taylor store.  Course, we couldn't leave the mall without splitting a designer caramel apple.  It was to die for!  Had caramel, chocolate, nuts, and pieces of heath bar.   Yummy.  Plus, a visit to T.J. Maxx, where I stocked up on puppy things.

In addition, my son and his girlfriend asked me to come to Norfolk for a visit, to meet my new grandson.  Andersen is lovely.  I spent 3 days, and 2 nights there.  Mostly just holding the baby!  I did give them a few recommendations.  But.....I'm just the grandmother, and even though I birthed 3 babies myself and raised them, what could I possibly know about children?  Makes me laugh, that they will find out on their own, just like I did, since babies don't come with a book!

With updating my blog tonight, I have been doing laundry most of the day, stripped my guest bed, and did manage a trip to the grocery store.  Also stitching on Ann. 

With that, I will sign off, I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July!  As always.....Happy Stitching!