Monday, May 15, 2017

Framing Tutorial

  Some of my Instagram friends asked for a tutorial on how my husband frames. I hope this helps.
  He gets all of his supplies at craft stores (like Hobby Lobby), and his frames from everywhere!
First you center the ironed stitching (yes, carefully iron it!) on foam board. He uses white or black - depends on how it looks behind the picture. Black makes it darker, but can be useful when there are lots of threads on the back side, showing through light colored fabric.
 Cut the board to fit inside the frame - not tight.

Ignore the mat - he was just showing me how it would look.  Center the picture on the foam - measure measure measure!!!
 Begin pinning the fabric to the sides of the foam board - Scott uses dress makers pins, 1 and 1/16th inches long, and you will need a lot!! Then stretch the fabric tight and put a few pins in the other side - measure and see how it looks to you. You can "eyeball center" pictures without a border, but if the picture has a border, you will want to be as close to perfectly centered as possible.  An unevenly mounted picture with a straight line border stands out like a sore thumb. Put some pins in the top - pull tight, then put some in the bottom and measure to make sure it is still even - and look at it to make sure it looks right. Some pictures may look funny if only measured - really depends on the picture. If you have it on there the way you want start putting in more pins.
  He does a few on one side, then switches to the opposite side, pulling the fabric tight each time.  He does a few pins in each side in this fashion. That way he can make it closer to evenly stretched.

 Once you get it pinned and it looks right and measures right, trim away large pieces of fabric on the side, but leave enough to re-stretch in the future if it should need it. (He didn't trim any off of the picture shown here.) Then use masking tape to tape down the excess. This is just keeping it down - with all those pins the fabric isn't going anywhere.

 Layer the glass (if using any) and the mat (if using one), then the picture into the back of the frame.  Look at it before you secure it, and make sure the picture is facing the way you want it to.  It's amazing how a wood frame with no pattern in the wood will look different, depending on the direction the picture is facing.  He secures it all into the frame using glazier points.

 Put a small amount of wood glue around frame.  He uses wood glue on every frame, even if it's not a wooden frame.  Spreads it flat with his finger.

 Then butcher block paper
 Trimming of excess - this is easier in a straight line if you've got a straight edge to cut against.
 Wipe off extra glue.
 measure for your hanger
 Carefully drill starter hole
 Screw in eyelet, and bend slightly toward the body of the frame.  Keeps it from standing out too far from the wall.

 Framing wire, tied into a small knot, then wound around itself.

 Wrap it around itself and cut off excess.  You want the wire tight, as the weight of the picture will cause it to stretch over time.
  It takes a few tries before you get it right, but it beats what they charge at a framing store!

cough cough

I have really become a bad blogger. There is so much going on and nothing at all - weird but true. I have been sick - I have had three respiratory illness since December. I am tired of it. This one was like breathing through cotton. I coughed so hard my ribs hurt. I probably should have gone to the doctor but who has the energy for that? I am finally feeling better - although last night I spent several hours on the couch trying not to keep Scott awake. Between my bagpipe breathing, coughing and the dumb cat yowling away in the bathroom (yes, I still lock him up but he has managed to shred one of the new chairs even though I watch him like a hawk) I hardly slept at all. Albuterol and decongestant are the only things keeping me going. I really do feel better though - doesn't sound like it but I do. I have a few stitchy things to show but school as really cramped the stitching. Scott and I made some tea boxes for our mothers - and one for me - for mother's day. Scott did everything but the stitching. He is so good at finishing projects!! Sometime this week I am posting a tutorial - at the request of some of my Instagram followers- on how he finishes pictures.
Nimue - the drunken hat

 Scott used a wood burner to put the stuff in the lid and on the bottom. I love it!!

Autumn Tree Barbara Ana Designs
 Love the frame he chose for this Autumn Tree - whimsical
Father Christmas Mosey N Me

Autumn at Hawk Run Hollow
 I am not enjoying this stitch - the colors are wonky but I will keep going
Red Velvet Cake Glendon Place
 I am using called for colors and fabric - irritates me that you can't see some of the thread.
Prairie Schooler
Loving the little stitches on this - may take the rest of my life though!!
I finished the jean rag quilt I made for my brother. He loves it which makes me happy.
I have been reading some books by Sarah J Maas. Two different series. One of the "Court of Roses and Thorns" Is really good. The last book came out May 2nd (and actually she is going to do more books from this trilogy - which makes in NOT a trilogy) I actually bought the book - I never buy books but I just had to read the next one - it was missing 33 pages in the middle. Then on several of her books I get the CDs from the library - well somehow on three different books I missed one CD - it seems like a conspiracy, except it's my own incompetence (well not on the actual book - but still). How annoying, guess I need to pay better attention.
Scott and I went to the Woodburn tulip festival - there were so many people that it took us two hours of sitting on the road to get into the place. Very pretty. They had craft booths and food. I managed to get a few pictures with hardly any people in them - the crowd was crazy big!! 

 One night the news went off early due to technical difficulties and they showed a local tourism show - we saw that Patrick Dougherty had put up a stick sculpture in Oregon so we went to see it. He has these all over the place - so you should check and see if there is one in your area - very cool exhibit!!

 They are huge!!
 So after applying in November, after two tests, two panel interviews, an information session, sit along in dispatch, a background check (where I had to provide high school and college transcripts, driver's record in every state I have held a license (yikes) and 30 other pages of information) a background interview, fingerprinting, a 5 hour psychological test and interview, an eye exam, hearing and general health exam including a drug test, I have received a conditional job offer. BUT I am waiting to make sure I passed the psych and medical stuff to know if I actually have a job and THEN I don't know if I start in June or September  (yes you read that right -  September) whew - no wonder nobody ever leaves this job - it's too hard to get back in. So, I am still waiting to hear.......
For Mother's Day my son bought me flowers and gave me a gift certificate to Bath and Body - what a nice boy!!
Scott made me biscuits and bought my favorite yogurt for breakfast. We went and saw Guardians of the Galaxy - love those movies!! It was a good day!! I hope all of you had a nice day too!
My mom and stepdad have cows at their house. Every year they have babies and then they take them to the ranch for the summer. One of the cows had trouble having her baby - it's her first - so they had to help her and then she walked away. Sometimes that happens and the babies die but my mom and stepdad are bottle feeding this one. HE IS SO CUTE!!!! I wish I lived closer so I could go love on him. He thinks Brian is his mother - my mom says the cow - named Slider - makes cute noises when Brian calls his name. So cute!!
my mom and Slider on his birthday - big boy!!
 My mom would yell at me for posting that picture - I think she is adorable but she would say "AHHH I had been up since 3am birthing a cow!! Don't post that!!" Luckily she doesn't read my blog so there it is.
AHHH he is so cute it's killing me!!!


So that is all I know - told you busy but not at all. School work is busy work and you don't want to see pictures of that! I hate math but I never thought I could hate it more - statistics - ugh worse math ever. First you have to learn formulas and then they are in Greek and you have to know when to use which one - ugh NO just NOOOOO.
Hope you are having a lovely Spring. I will try not to stay away so long next time!!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Ahhh I'm a jerk!

An Arizona Stitcher had a wonderful giveaway and she sent me a package - and I never even mentioned it. Yep, I'm a jerk - sorry Shelly - will you ever forgive me??!! I really did enjoy getting the package in the mail!!

I'm surprised the chocolate even made it into the picture  - maybe that is just the wrapper haha. Funny story - the cute brown paper has - according to the wrapper - charcoal cookies - they smelled so yummy. I tentatively took a bite - because they look like coal - turns out they are wax haaaaa!! They will be wonderful in my wax burner - they smell much better than they taste!!
Thanks for the wonderful package Shelly!! I appreciate it!!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

It's Almost April

and I haven't posted since January. We went to Vegas in January and there were several days that were fun. I knew I would be alone and had made plans but those plans got changed several times and I ended up waiting in the hotel room for longer than anticipated. When you are irritated and alone you tend to reflect on the choices you've made in your life. I am not sure how I got here to this spot but it is clearly due to choices I made and I can't undo them. I want to change things - it's a slow process - and I am still in a strange limbo. I start school on Monday (yes, again) we really can't afford for me to go to school but it appears that finding a job is harder when you are uneducated. Even with 6 years of dispatch experience I am apparently unemployable. This next statement will make me seem old but - remember when you had to get dressed and go to a place and fill out an application? Well, now anybody can do it from their couch in their pajamas because everything is online. This means companies get hundreds of applications and I am sure they don't look through all of them - and even if they did look at mine - I have a spotty employment history and lots of moves under my belt and again - uneducated. So all the jobs I applied for I either get rejection emails or never hear anything. I applied to three dispatch centers (takes 6-12 months to go through the process) and all but one has turned me down so far. While I am unemployed I might as well be going to school even though it is financially irresponsible. My kids are a giant mess.One doesn't want anything to do with us and the other can barely take care of himself. One good thing - my husband is happy - he loves the area, he loves his job and the people he works with. So, I just have to get myself together - find something that I like so I am not always expecting him to make me happy. I am done whining (one can hope) - I was at the grocery store and I said to the checker "I don't mind the rain but if it could stop long enough so my groceries aren't wet"  and she replies, "at least you're not homeless" she has a point (even if it's a weird stretch from wet groceries to homelessness...)
 Here are some of the highlights from Vegas
Mystere Cirque de Soleil

petroglyphs Valley of Fire National Park

 Yes, that is my husband with a group of Vietnamese tourist - he was waiting to take a picture of the rock (you can't see) and they told him to come be in the picture - it was hilarious!!
Seven Magic Mountains by Ugo Rondinone
 art installment in the desert - crazy!!
Springs Preserve

Bliss Dance by Marco Cochrane

Bellagio  - year of the rooster exhibit
 We stayed at The Mirage for a few days and then at the Bellagio - beautiful hotel!!
Pinball Hall of Fame
 We had so much fun playing the pinbal machines at the hall of fame - they have some fantastic old ones!!
 These two adorable statues were at the Clark County WetlandsPark

Valley of Fire - what an amazing park. The desert is flat and then there is all this red rock - very cool place!!

this is the Mirage - see the wall all the way at the end of the hall? Our room was there - it was like an Alice in Wonderland trek to our room!!
I went back to my rotation in January but didn't have a finish until the end of February - then I had five in a row! I have some fun new starts - ones that will take me forever to finish which is good because every time we talk about what I have finished my husband uses the words "cranked out" guess it's the curse/benefit of being unemployed.
Teresa Wentzler Fantasy Sampler
 I only have one more WIP by Teresa Wentlzer and it was suppose to go in the rotation in the Fantasy Sampler spot but damn it I am tired of TW so I will put it in when I finish Red Velvet Cake.
Mad Hatter's Tea Party Bothy Threads
 The Mad Hatter fabric looks so washed out - in person it is much brighter - I love it!
Love Blossoms Bothy Threads
 I will post this again after it has been given to the recipients - I know they don't read my blog but why take chances.... I changed a lot of things on this pattern - the fabric was supposed to be white aida. The trunk was supposed to be silver metallic thread and there was also gold metallic thread. There were larger crocheted pieces on it but they looked weird so I switched to some lace daisies. I like the changes - much prettier.
Christmas at Winterberry Cabin With Thy Needle and Thread
 I changed the color of Santa to from Classic Colorworks chili pepper - too orange - to GA mulberry and I changed the leaves to Classic Colorworks weeping willow.
Sampler Berry Erica Michaels
 This pattern..... luckily it was small. Mine doesn't look like the picture on the pattern - three of the symbols have the threads mixed up which I didn't catch until I had done all of one of the colors and I was disinclined to rip it out. Also, there was no template for the top and no instructions on how to add ribbon. I suck at free hand leaves so mine isn't great but cute enough and it only took 3 days.
Last December I also finished Nora Corbet's Halloween Fairy but it didn't end up on the blog - don't know why. Scott framed a few pieces for me so I will put it here

 I really love the gold showing through - brilliant!!

look closely and you can see some glitter!! Shepherd's Bush Joy to Ewe


Patriotic Poppies With Thy Needle

Pomegranate Santa Plum Street
 no before pics for these two pictures but he did change them from the original frames!
Jingle Bells With thy Needle

one of my favorites!!  Gardner Goode Witch With Thy Needle
Little House Needlework
Scott mounted this on a burlap covered frame.
Scott really has a knack for this framing thing - his choices are all perfect!! He pins the pictures to foam board - it's great!!
My quilt is coming along sloooowly
I almost have one row done - just need to finish that last flower!!
I am making a jean rag quilt for one of my brothers. I just need to take it to the laundromat and wash it - it is 15x16 6 inch squares. My thumb and fingers were swollen for three days after clipping all those seams - still feel weird when I touch things - yikes!! I am making a flannel Christmas rag quilt too for us - much easier!!
My new starts are
Autumn at Hawk run by Carriage Samplings 1 over 2 40 ct
Prairie Schooler Alphabet 1 over 1 28ct
Both Scott and my mom think the Autumn Run is an uncommon choice for me - I think the colors are a little weird. I actually like the witch and the cemetery and those are the two squares that made me want to stitch this. Not sure I like the one over two though - kind of washes the color out but it's too late to change that. I really love the alphabet - the full picture is kind of loud but I really love each piece. I enjoy the one over one on this one - so tiny!!

 I started the Linen and Threads Mystery SAL  I fretted about what color and what fabric to use - I looked at their facebook page to see what others had done. I copied someone else's choice - 32 count Belfast linen - antique ivory and DMC 53 and black for the birds. I thought I could bump a rotation project and catch up to everyone but no - everybody posting on instagram goes so quick and I am a fast stitcher but I didn't even get January done - dang it. so now I have two WIPS - Teresa Wentzler the Story teller and this monster.
St Johns Bridge
Forest Park
 We went to Forest Park for hiking and letterboxing and I picked up a shell. Well after a week in the house he decided it was spring and woke up. He was fascinating and I kept him for a week - I felt bad about it and we drove all the way back to the park to put him back! Very interesting creature.

Cherry blossoms Portland

tulip tree - I think
We went to Ikea for the first time ever - it was great!! they have good prices and fun things!! I saw two things I had to add to my Christmas wish list - a night light that changes colors and a utility cart - they are all the rage with stitchers on Instagram!! I wish we had gone sooner - we have lived in three states that have an Ikea!!
 Scott and I have been doing Whole 30 and are feeling good and losing weight. We took the weekend off and ate what we wanted and we both feel terrible. When we started this change of lifestyle I never thought it would point to Scott having gluten intolerance issues and me having problems with dairy. Tomorrow we go back on Whole 30 - My triglycerides have dropped from over 350 to 220 - pretty impressive. The change in my bloodwork means I will always be on Whole30 with some breaks for special occasions. I did just get bloodwork done and I am waiting to talk to a hematologist because of some bad numbers in platelet production- hopefully nothing bad but the wheels of medicine do move painfully slow.
Okay I am done - lots to say when you wait three months to post!! Just under the blah lately - with school starting I will feel better - like I am doing something! Losing weight has helped my self esteem. I am on the way up!! To quote Stuart Smalley, "I'm Good Enough, I'm Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People Like Me!" Haa! 
I did add a sale tab to my blog - just some patterns I am done with. If you see something you like - let me know.
I hope you are having a nice Spring - thanks for stopping by!!