Wednesday, September 28, 2016

oy vey

Happy Fall kids - loving the cooler weather and the pretty foliage. I have another finish - finally. A continuation from my last blog post - they mailed the thread the 17th but I didn't get it until the 23rd - earlier that day I had to stop by my lns for some other thing -  I bought a skein- so of course it showed up. They included a skein of limited edition Gentle Arts Sampler (because I paid more for shipping than the skein itself) so I will stop complaining .
I had a week to work on Red Velvet Cake by Glendon Place before it rotated out
called for threads and fabric so it's weird that it is hard to see the thread on the fabric
I am currently working on a Just Nan Halloween Tweet - I am changing it to a needle minder. Let me say again how irritated I am that they use hard to replace supplies in their kits - and don't sell extra. I am sure I was boycotting them because of it and then bought the kit - I can't keep track of my irritation boycotts. I bought a clearance piece of fabric to use for Scary One by Plum Street Sampler. It got here and it was way too light. I want to be like Marly over at Samplers and Santas - she dyes things with crazy abandon and they always turn out perfect.  So I questioned her and tried it. Well, rats it didn't turn out. I sprayed it with straight dye - too dark so I rinsed it thinking it would be perfect lighter but it turned purple
and you can see my spray bottle pattern. It doesn't look purple but it really is - looks like a pen leaked on it. So I asked Marly again  (I might not be following her suggestions - I do that sometimes - I think she said try a corner....) So then I bleached it and most of it came out. Then I thought I would ice dye it - I've seen others do it and it sure is cool! Well - mine turned out cool but way way too dark.

I didn't do the soda ash soak and I only left mine until the ice melted (impatient). I guess I will try another bleach dip and hope it lightens without changing the colors. I would have already done it but I ended up going to the ER Saturday for a cat scan (Mo is mad at me so I had to pay for one - haha I'll be here all week) Even though I had 12 inches of colon removed a few years back because of chronic diverticulitis - it's back. I can't even tell you how disappointed I am about that. What's worse - no insurance. Worse still - spent ALL day Saturday doing that - so half of Scott's weekend was wasted.
That is all that is going on here - pretty exciting! Hope you are having more fun.  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Well, that took forever!

We finally have internet. YAY I have my phone but doing anything on it is challenging so it's nice to have the computer to work on!! We moved into the house. It's not bad. We have owned the last 3 houses so it's weird to rent. The house it a little beat up - carpet bad  - appliances are older. The downstairs is nice - entryway, living room, dining room, kitchen and half bath. The upstairs is dumb. On the left at the top of the stairs is a big room - which we are using for a bedroom because our bed is huge - with one small closet. Then there is a bedroom on the right- small - 10.5x11.5 - with one closet. The next room is supposed to be the master maybe 20.5x11.5 with two walk in closets - one smaller than the other and a little master bath. The next room is a larger bathroom and the final room is 10x11 with one closet. Ryder gets one small room and the craft room gets the smaller room. "Master" is the office/ music room. The set up is odd. We have too much stuff - it's hard to go from 14 closets to 6. We are so close to the other houses. The last house was far away from my neighbors - couldn't even see two of them when the leaves came in - no chance of that here. The weekend we moved in there were a million kids on the streets and barking dogs - but since that day it has been pretty quiet here.
so much work!!
We are happy to be out of the hotel room! I will show pictures once we (I mean Scott - who I call Marty Stewart haaa) get it decorated.
We bought new furniture - yes I just said we have too much stuff but we left our old couch and both recliners behind. I had no stitchy chair - WHAT?!?!? 
the little couch has two recliners and the separate recliner - can you tell which one is mine??

Scott picked this but it doesn't fit so it's in the corner

Sadly, my cat likes to tear up furniture when I leave the house or go to bed.  I have been putting him in the bathroom at night. You would think I was torturing the dumb animal with all the yowling. He has his litter box - a big bathroom and soft bedding. He sits in the sink and yowls. He will have to get used to it.
"hiding" from me

I have a finish!!! NO MORE BELL PULL!!! I was so excited. I carried on about it for so long Scott started looking at me like I was crazy. Seriously - I started that when we lived in Alaska in 2005 - 11 years ago!!! I'm sure I have said different years every time - but this one is correct. I had signed up for a Teresa Wentzler chat board and posted about this project.
last block
I also had an almost finish. I had changed colors to stitch from stash - which I only do it I have enough thread because if I have to buy the new color I might as well buy the called for color. Well, I miscalculated,  plus I got the wagon halfway done and realized I was missing an entire row. Hand dyed thread doesn't come out easily so I had to order one skein. 123 Stitch was out of that color so I ordered from somewhere else - I ordered on the 8th they didn't ship until the 17th!! I ordered some fabric from 123 Stitch last Friday and will probably get it before the thread - that is why I always use 123Stitch!!
Patriotic Poppies With thy Needle and Thread
almost done.... Another fading sheep - grrr I visited my new LNS ( before I knew I would need thread) Acorns and Threads - love it!! I bought a strawberry pattern!!
Awhile back I bought a Milady's Yuletide Hornbook pattern - which only comes with one hornbook but has 2 patterns. I found someone to make me some extras - love the new ones better than the one it came with. When I get the pieces stitched I hope to have Scott stain them and add the handle holes!! 
So when I put my stitching stuff into my new room I decided to do inventory. I am using an app called Stash Cache. I now know what I have in my stash - threads, beads, Kreinik and even what patterns I have - including the fabric that goes with each. It's awesome!! I also organized while I was at it. I used wood skewers to keep my stuff from moving around. I hope to have Scott make some wood dividers - I am demanding - I know.

looks like I have more when it's just thrown in there!!
I have my next 4 rotation projects ready to go - Red Velvet Cake by Glendon Place, Tea Party by Bothy Threads, Fantasy Sampler by Teresa Wentzler (WIP) and the smalls week - different smaller patterns so I feel like I am getting something done.
We started back on Whole 30 this last Saturday. We also joined a gym - this time it will be uninterrupted! I made pickles for the first time. Quick and Easy Dill from Serious Eats, they are a little sour but added to food they are fine. I made hard boiled eggs in the instant pot. Takes longer than on the stove but easier because you put them in and turn it on and walk away.
That is all I have for today - hope you are all doing well and thanks for dropping by!!