Sunday, February 08, 2009
Good Sunday morning to you, or Monday afternoon, or
Wednesday evening, or whenever you may happen to be
dropping by for a visit. Welcome.
It's time to updated my progress for this week on My
Needle's Work, and to confess another mental lapse
on my part. I've carried the border to the top and
now know the exact height of this piece. I know it
tells us on the package what size the finished piece
is suppose to be, but there's always that nagging little
voice of doubt at the back of my mind that worries
that they might have made a mistake, and it'll be half
again as long/wide as they claim and I'll run out of
fabric. So, we're good there. All is as it should be
for border size.
Unfortunately, not so much for the girl's clothes.
I picked up needle and thread one day at work
and merrily began to stitch an arm. Got to the
chest area and was stitching that when I suddenly
awoke to the fact that I was stitching with Wild
Berries, when I should have been using Almost
Auburn. Nuts!!! As you can see from the above
picture I didn't rip it out. At least her under
skirt has stripes of this same colour running
through it which, I'm arguing, allows the
blouse (not dress now, but blouse and skirt)
to be the same colour. What can I say??? I
happen to love burgundy and rose and pink
and red. So my fingers tend to just gravitate
to those colours when stitching.
Meanwhile, I'm a bit worried that I'm running
low on the thread for the border and the girl's
hair which is called Hickory Sticks. Can anyone
out there who's already stitched this design tell
me if you came close to running out of this
colour too?? I think I have more in my stash
so that's okay, but I was just wondering if any-
one else ran short too.
I don't do rotations. I'm not that disciplined. But when
a project starts yelling (see previous posts on that subject)
I tend to listen. Last week November Window decided
that it had been ignored long enough and deserved some
of my time. I haven't stitched on this since I started it
during my holiday week in November (appropriately
enough) when I spent that whole week stitching on it.
So a few evenings this week I spent some time finishing
the bottom border and getting started on framing out the
top. I love the size of this, and the colours are rich and
warming to look at. We'll see if I stick with it this week
Killing two birds with one stone (Ewww! What an awful
expression!) here is a progress picture of Wayward Garden
plus my latest bundle of Bits, eleven more Crescent Colours
to add to my collection.
The final book in my renewal order from the Folio
Society arrived this week. It's Bram Stoker's Dracula.
Beautiful cover, fine pen and ink sketches inside, and
that wonderful new book smell. What do you think
Michelle?? I love it! Book pretty. Nice book.
I finished reading Inkspell on Thursday and am now well
into Inkdeath, the final book in the trilogy. I really loved
this one. Where the first book takes place in the "real"
world, the second book takes place almost entirely in the
Inkworld. That and the fact that my favourite character,
Dustfinger, has a much larger role in this chapter of the
story may be the reason why I really enjoyed this book
more then the first one. Which isn't to say I didn't enjoy
the first book mind you.
Just a note to add, nothing in this book looks anything
like what's in the preview for the Inkheart movie. Did
they just take the premise of the books and make up
more or less their own story??? Still haven't found time
to get to the theatre to see the movie. Since the reviews
weren't overwhelming in their praise for the movie, and
it hasn't been drawing in the crowds at the threatres, I
don't imagine that it'll be available on the big screen for
long. I will get the DVD, whether I see it in the theatre
or not, so I will see the movie, eventually.
Mom is doing great being back home at the retirement
residence. Everyday people are coming up to her and
welcoming her back and exclaiming about how wonderful
she looks, even better then before she left. Residents,
staff and volunteers are all making her feel better each
and every day about being back. She's gone back to
Bingo (and won four games on the first day), Yarn and
Yack and morning peach juice breaks with a friend in the
cafe. She's doing well, and is beyond thrilled with being
Yesterday DH and I did a bit of running around. The
basement library is full to overflowing and needed to be
cleaned up, re-arranged, thinned out (!!) and dusted.
First step, thinning. I filled a half dozen boxes with
books and yesterday we took them to the Humane
Society thrift store down the road from us to donate.
In the afternoon we went back with an old desk that
I've had since I was in my early teens (only a few years
ago...cough! cough!!!). That freed up space for a few
more bookcases. So we then drove to Ikea and picked
out three large and one small bookcase, plus extenders
for three small Ikea bookcases. Next step will be
putting those bookcases together, putting them in
place and then rearranging the books. I'm on a weeks
vacation starting next weekend so hopefully DH will
be able to put the bookcases together for me and I can
start messing around down there. Pictures to follow
when it's all done. I'll probably be getting rid of other
"stuff" down there too since I've got the bug to declutter.
Getting the desk in the car (a Jetta) to drive it the short
distance to the thrift store was a bit dicey. DH perched
it in the trunk, more sticking out then in, and then tied
it all down with rope. We got it to it's destination
safely but it was a good thing we only drove a block and
a half that way. Then the boxes from Ikea also didn't
quite fit completely in the car, even with the back seats
folded down. So the trunk was open a bit all the way
home from the Ikea in Burlington, and the rope was
once again put to use holding the lid down.
Fortunately we lucked out with the weather yesterday.
After -20 celsius temperatures last week, yesterday
the temperature rose to + 9 which was incredible.
It seemed to threaten rain for much of the day, but
in the end we didn't get any, which was great because
of the open trunk when we were transporting stuff.
It looks as though it'll remain unusually warm for
much of next week so alot of the snow we've had will
melt away. But it's only the beginning of February
so much as it may seem like the start of Spring the
reality is that we will in all likelyhood get more snow
and more frigid temperatures before the end of this
I don't suppose I need to mention to any of you that
this is Nashville weekend once again. I know we're all
waiting with baited breath for the new releases.
We'll wish, we'll sigh, we'll hesitate, and then we'll
either turn off the computer and firm up our resolve
to be good, or we'll blow the wad and consequences
Well, I should be off to do chores and stuff. My
desk top here is buried in clutter and needs to be
cleaned up and sorted. So I have more room to
clutter up again. Hope all of you are well and
have a great week.
And to any readers from Australia who visit...
hope you and your families are all well and safe.
It is heartbreaking to see the devistation that those
fires have caused, and the lives lost. Hope it ends