A Little Bit of Spring

Autumn is sneaking up on us here in Ontario. Thankfully, we haven’t gotten snow like out in the prairies, but it is getting colder and damper. I’m actually looking forward to the cool weather because I can sit in front of our new fireplace. But, in the meantime, I’ve been stitching something spring-y to help keep me warm.

Miniature Spring Sampler, designed by Teresa Wentzler (WIP)

Miniature Spring Sampler, designed by Teresa Wentzler (WIP)

This is Teresa Wentzler’s Miniature Spring Sampler, stitched on 28 count white Lugana (I think) using the called for DMC. I switched out the Highland Garden Gloriana for Victorian Garden because that is what I had in my stash.

Mini Spring Sampler - Violet

Mini Spring Sampler – Violet

This the third miniature seasonal sampler from TW that I have stitched. I was lucky enough to take the autumn one as a class.

Miniature Autumn Sampler, designed by Teresa Wentzler

Miniature Autumn Sampler, designed by Teresa Wentzler

And I bought the winter sampler when it was released.

Miniature Winter Sampler, designed by Teresa Wentzler

Miniature Winter Sampler, designed by Teresa Wentzler

I hope one day to have a place in my home where the appropriate seasonal sampler is displayed and updated as the year progressed. I haven’t found the right place yet, but I do have some ideas.

 

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Power of Moms – Making My Machine

I’m still working my way through the Power of Moms program, and I am loving it even more. I mentioned earlier how making use of the Someday folder helped reduce some of the stress involved in our move. (I’m one of those people who wants to do everything now!! It is nice to have a place to park all those plans–off my mind–and know that I will still get to them.) Now I’m digging deeper and working through the M.O.M. in Two Weeks program (which is offered as part of the M.O.M. Premium program that I am following, or as an add-on to the regular M.O.M. program.)

My planner and to-do list.

My planner and to-do list.

So far I’ve got a planner going, and, my goodness, I forgot how much I love having an agenda. I used one from middle school all the way through to when I went on maternity leave (~ seven years ago). I do regularly use Google Calendar through my iPhone (and a PalmPilot before that) I find having everything written down makes it much easier to visualize how my days are going to go. It is also easier to slot in my little to do list and cross things off as I go. (For more on the To Do list, check out free Master the Whirlwind series for the basics.) And, ladies, lazy ole me is getting things done. It feels so good to cross things off my list and know that there isn’t something else I should be doing when I sit down to pick up my needle and stitch.

My desk and laptop.

My desk and laptop.

I’ve also got the folder system up and going thanks to M.O.M. in Two Weeks, and I’ve started dumping all that junk that is in my brain (lots of goals and someday stuff in stuck in there) into the proper places. I have an inbox (e.g cubby in my desk) for papers I need to deal with (and some yarn I need to do something with), a system for handing email, and places to put things I don’t need right now but will need at some point in the future. No more piles of papers on my desk!

It is still early days, and I need to work on getting together routines and find time to review things, but I am so pleased with how organized I am becoming. I don’t just feel organized, I really am. Seriously.

I’m making big changes and I love it. The Facebook group for M.O.M. Premium is also a big help, as well as the monthly webinars, since it all helps reinforce what I am doing. I love it! I’ll share more about my Power of Moms journey in another week or two, after I’ve had a chance to finish up with M.O.M. in Two Weeks and live with the system for a while.

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In the meintime, why not check out the Master the Whirlwind series (it’s free!), or check out a free webinar about the program.

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Catching Up on SALs

So, let’s see, I did manage to post the check in for the Smalls SAL during the move. (And I am very sorry I haven’t had time to visit very many of the posts.) But, I managed to miss out on a bunch of other SAL posts.

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First up is the Totally Useless SAL (TUSAL). I managed to miss both July and August. :( But I have been collecting my orts. And, I’ve even managed to recover my large ort jar. Huzzah!

Little ort container

Little ort container

Large ort jar

Large ort jar

I also missed the August check in for the Stitch from Stash SAL. Can you guess what I spent during the insanely busy, anxiety filled month of August?

Stitch from Stash 2014 buttonYep, I spent exactly $0!! Yay me! Well, to be honest, I preordered something, but since it isn’t available yet and I didn’t have to pay for it, it doesn’t count. :P It will count this month, though and so will be Passione Ricamo chart that I may have bought…

turtlesI’ve also been missing the check-ins for Turtle Trot. To be honest, I haven’t had much to share. Nearly all of my stitching this year has been on older projects that fit within the rules of Turtle Trot, but I haven’t done a good job of keeping track or posting updates. So, you know, if you see a picture of just about any cross stitch project, just assume it is for Turtle Trot. ;)

I am doing my best to get back on track, and I should have SAL updates posted on time this month… except Turtle Trot since it was on the 10th. Oh, and don’t forget that the Smalls SAL check-in is on September 24th. I can’t wait to see all your projects!

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Needlework News

I’m getting back in the groove, ladies, and I thought I’d get started with some interesting and fun needlework news that I’ve been saving up.

  • Old Sweaters New Again – Mary Maxim and Roots have teamed up to sell remakes of vintage curling sweaters. You can also listen all about it on this broadcast from 610 CKTB (starts at 44:26). You can get yours in November from Roots (fully knit) and as a kit from Mary Maxim (in December).
  • Where There is a Will To Stitch… – Miss Yang Pei of Malaysia lost her arms in a tragic accident when she was a child. She has since learned to stitch using her toes and makes speaking appearances to encourage children to pursue their dreams.
  • Stitching Machine – Researchers have created awesome fabric circuits boards that can be washed, folded, and even shot! Just think of the applications! Maybe someday soon we can stitch on fabric computers.
  • Table Cloths for Charity – 95-year old Gertrude Treat stitches tables cloths for $100 apiece and donates her profits to HospiceCare in the Berkshires, Massachusetts. Her work is stunning, and you should click through to have a peek. I can only hope that I will be half as talented when I am her age.
  • Yarn Ramen – I have a soft spot of crocheted food, and I just love this video. It is in Japanese, but you can still marvel at his skill, and at how realistic the finished product appears.

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Stitching Nest

It’s been two weeks since moving day, and we are starting to get settled. The little man started school today, and so we are getting into our new schedule as well.

Mr. Pouty Face - Seriously though, he was okay. (blurry iPhone first day of school photo)

Mr. Pouty Face – Seriously though, he was okay. (blurry iPhone first day of school photo)

I’ve been busy with this move than expected. Last time things went very smoothly, even though I was two months pregnant and very sick. This time, with a small child, double space in the new place, and so much to be repaired/repainted/redone, it has been a much more difficult move. Add to that a week of day camp all the way downtown just after we moved (to far away for me to drop him off, come home, and then return), not as much as gotten done as I had hope. However, I did find time to work on a sock:

Part of a purple sock

Part of a purple sock

And, I’ve gotten started on my small for September:

September's Small. I wonder what it can be...

September’s Small. I wonder what it can be…

Hopefully we will get into a nice groove soon, and get the rest of the furniture for our living room. ;) I’m also eagerly awaiting the return of the rest of my crafting supplies. The sewing machine and serger are back, but all my tools and tread are still at my in-laws. Baby steps!

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Smalls SAL – August Check-In

We’ve made it to the last Wednesday of the month again, so it is time for the Smalls SAL check-in! It has been a busy month, and a busy summer, for me, but I managed to stitch (most of) a small this month.

Delightful Dragon Scissor Fob, designed by Teresa Wentzler (WIP)

Delightful Dragon Scissor Fob, designed by Teresa Wentzler (WIP)

This is Delightful Dragon Scissor Fob from Teresa Wentzler. I took it as a class from her at the Creativ Festival in 2008. As much as I love it, I put it aside after finishing most of the dragon, and I didn’t pick up again until this month. Unfortunately, I ran out of one of the colours and I haven’t had a chance to get any more. (I’m hoping that when I am reunited with my stash I will find some there.) Once it is totally complete, I’m going to leave in on my sewing table until I finish it into a fob, since I want to make sure I get it done soon!

A delightful dragon.

A delightful dragon.

So, what did you stitch this month? I can’t wait to see. Please leave your link in the form below. You get an entry into the end of the year draw for every month you finish something (or as close as you can) and leave a link. Also, please consider leaving a comment here and/or on some of the other participants’ blogs. We all love visitors and comments!

September Check-in – Summer is quickly coming to an end around here and September and autumn will be here before you know it. (Those of you in the Southern Hemisphere are eagerly awaiting spring, I’m sure.) Next month’s check-in will be on September 24th. Get stitching!

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Getting Crafty

Hello from my new home! Our furniture and the majority of our boxes were moved last Tuesday, and we are getting settled in nicely. Unfortunately, most of my craft supplies are still at my in-laws. But that hasn’t stopped me from starting to get my craft room ready.

New worktable, just waiting for my sewing machine

New worktable, just waiting for my sewing machine

I chose a Galant desk from Ikea for my worktable because it is large, the height is adjustable, and I can easily add another desk to it later if I decide I need more room. I also picked out an Alex filing cabinet to hold some of my tools and patterns. Once I recover my sewing machine and serger from my mom, they will live on this table. (One on the table, and the other stored under, and I will switch them out as required.)

Yarn and fabric

Yarn and fabric

 

More yarn...

More yarn…

I’ve also started to fit my yarn, fabric and cross stitch supplies into the closet. Sadly, this is only a small portion of it. Part of me is very worried I won’t have enough room. You see, this will also be our guest room, and I want to make sure I leave room in the closet for guests to use.

I plan to add a pegboard over my worktable, set up my bookshelves on the opposite wall, and then get back to sewing as soon as possible.

Smalls SAL- I haven’t forgotten about the smalls SAL, and I hope you haven’t either. Tomorrow is August’s check-in day. And, amazingly, I have something to share!

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