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Sunday, May 31, 2015

A Little Stitching Progress, and a revived UFO.

I am SO FAR BEHIND on reading blog posts and commenting, but I will be using this week to catch up!  My feedly list is bursting at the seams :D  I've discovered Flosstube videos - I never knew that was a thing! - and I've been fascinated!  Don't know if I'm fascinated enough to ever do my own but they are so much fun to watch.  Very Enabling, though, so watch your budget if you start watching, too.  All you have to do is go to youtube and type in flosstube.  There are hundreds!

Anyway, I've been stitching some.  Here's my update on Unspoken - last time:



April that I forgot to post here, but wasn't much:




And now this time:



I think I have finished most of the confetti; only a little to go and then this page will speed up :D  Just a lot of white and off white in big areas.

I was working on my craft room, trying to get it organized (it's an ongoing battle) and I picked up one of my UFOs and just - randomly started it up again.  It's 'Smell the Coffee' by Janlynn:


I know this kit is OOP - I bought it eons ago at a discount store.  I had only stitched this:



I have worked on it two evenings while watching those Flosstube videos and now it looks like this:




I don't know how long it will keep my attention but right now I can't seem to put it down.  Weird.


Friday, May 22, 2015

Crafting ADD

I has it.












A new cross stitch project (my own pattern!), my second finished coloring poster, 'Cherry Basket', my first book-folding project, and my solid-color Rings of Change is now almost as big as the finished Mini-Rings.

I haven't touched the striped Rings of Change again (yet), but I have worked on Unspoken and Lovers.  I'll show them soon!

I managed to get another bird at my feeder; I wasn't at the right angle to get a good shot but here's a handsome Blue Jay investigating the pickings!


These birds are so loud!  And they'll eat the fruit crop right off your trees, but they are very nicely dressed, I always think!  Oh, and this morning when I left for work, I finally saw a tiny brown hummingbird at my liquid feeder!  I KNEW someone was drinking that!  I wish I had my camera in my hand but alas, I did not!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Worth the Wait

Haven't posted in a few days - it's been busy and stressful but I'll not go in to that right now!  I have been stitching; I'll try to post about that tomorrow.

A couple of weeks ago I started reading this blog, by Beth, and it made me really want to put up a bird feeder or two.  I went to the store and priced them, and anything well-made was out of my 'petty cash' budget for now.  So I got a little hummingbird feeder to start, and thought I'd wait to get a big one later.  But then my Mum told me that there were two really nice ones in her side yard, left behind from the last owners - the side yard is fenced in and has a building in front of it, there is only a very narrow opening to get there.  It's also full of a huge magnolia tree, so I have been back there maybe once?

Anyway, I got one of the feeders as I only had a place to hang one big one (so far) and filled it with seeds and suet blocks and put it out.

And waited.


And waited.


And waited.


And finally, early this morning, after a week of nothing, I got a visitor.



A very handsome fellow, and if you look close enough, he has a sunflower seed hanging out of his beak!

So very much worth waiting for! :D  Now if I can just get some hummingbirds at the little feeder - something's drinking from it, but I haven't caught anyone in the act just yet.



Extra info for this pic:

1. The bird feeder had been sitting back there so long it had moss growing on the roof.  It was pretty, so I left it.

2.  I love the way early morning light looks in pictures, but I hate getting up early enough to actual take advantage of it.  If I hadn't had to go to work, I wouldn't have gotten this.  He was there when I came home at 11 for lunch, but the light wasn't nearly as pretty.

3.  The tree has a strap around it because we transplanted it last fall.  It is a grafted apple tree and it was in the way of my father's building project.  It has four different varieties on it and we hated to cut it down, so we risked moving it.  I have pictures, I'll show you someday.  When it was moved, we discovered that it was actually two trees, with their roots entwined and growing so closely that it looked like one big trunk.  So they are strapped together to keep the little one from falling down, and will have to stay like that for a year.

4.  I really need to mow my yard XD


Saturday, May 2, 2015

Stashy Saturday

It feels sooooooooooo weird not to post a letter!

Here's a bit of stash that I've fallen in love with recently - I always wanted to get a needle minder just to try them out but I kept putting it off - they were pretty, but I didn't think they'd make that much of a difference.

Then I saw this one on sale and thought 'why not'?  Because that was one of the books I liked that they made us read in school.



Well, I found out that I love a needle minder!  So handy!!!  And since I adore books and reading, I decided that I needed a couple more, so I wouldn't have to transfer this one from project to project.

I used the craft portion of my last payday for these:



So cute!  My camera focused on the printed background instead of the books; they are not that fuzzy! I'm hoping the seller (PinoyStitch, on etsy) will do an Agatha Christie title.  She does have a poll where you can vote for the next book you'd like to see, and she added Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express for me.  So I will be keeping my fingers crossed!  She's got a lot of other titles I want, too, but I found a seller on Facebook that will do round button-style ones to order, so I'm saving back now to get one with Spike on it XD XD XD

I also bought this needle holder from her:



I may get another of those, too, as I've lost this one three times and counting...  I had to borrow the picture from her shop.