Welcome to my blog. My name is Joy and I am an avid Lutheran, cross stitcher, loom knitter, reader and mother of two toddlers.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Are Your Ears Ringing?

Well, they will be now!

If you've been a follower for awhile, you might remember me talking about my experiences in a handbell choir.  I was feeling nostalgic today, so I looked up some of my favorite bell pieces.

First up is "Variations on Madrid" (also known as "Savior, When in Dust to Thee").  It uses almost every technique in the book (except maybe suspended mallets, mallet lifts and a tower swing).

Another of my favorites is "Fantasy on Hyfrydol" (also known as "Love Divine All Love Excelling).  Known for the part where almost every bell rings and then goes into a tower swing.  It is also one of my favorite melodies in the hymnal.

This last one is a piece we did at contest my junior year at high school and it is absolutely gorgeous.  It is called "Soliloquy for Bells."  It has a bit of a story behind it.

My sophomore year of high school, the freshman choir director convinced the Ladies Auxiliary to buy the school a five octave set of handbells (so we wouldn't have to borrow a local church's set for Christmas).  When you ring in a handbell choir, it is very hard to cover if a person is absent because it takes the whole choir to make a song so after the first year, I was designated the extra "floater" because I can sight read music without a problem and I filled in for anyone who was missing. Well, we showed up to contest and we were missing two ringers.  We had to start because you have designated time slots so we had to do our best to absorb the missing person (since we had one extra person, not two).  We still did well on the song and made it to State.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Stitch from Stash Prize

I have been participating in the "Stitch from Stash" initiative this year.  The goal is to spend less than $25 per month on stitching supplies with a few extra "cheats" thrown in.  So far, I've been on task (mostly because I have not had any extra money for stitching supplies).  This month, I won a giveaway and won this wonderful HAED:

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Holly Update

I was able to get a bit of Holly done today.  It is not quite looking like anything at this stage still.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Some actual stitching

This weekend, I was able to finally make it to my library's knitting and crochet circle.  Here's what I worked on.

This was a new project.  My mother-in-law saw some infinity scarves at Wal-Mart and wanted one.  I discovered the "crazy stitch" for crochet so I am crocheting an infinity scarf.  It crochets really fast.  I'm almost done.

I added another line to my flag afghan.  I have one red and white done.  Back to red.  Soon I'll need more yarn.  Eventually, I'll get to add blue.

I'm almost to the end of this pocket scarf I'm making for Zoe.  It is working a lot better since I got aluminum needles instead of the wood ones I was using.

I also started a new cross stitch project.  I am doing the "Stained Glass Holly" ornament out of the JCS preview issue.  The pattern is my Ink Circles.  It is solidly stitched with no partial stitches so I decided to do it on gold perforated paper instead of the recommended 32 ct fabric.

Sadly, there's not much to see yet.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Stitch from Stash Update: September (Warning: Quite Pathetic!)

I have only a microscopic amount to show for this month.  I spent absolutely nothing.

The only piece I worked on was Jingle as ye enter by Victorian Motto Sampler.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Show Your Stash: Threads

Well, I have survived the first two weeks of first grade.  I started teaching a bit this week and I will take on more next week.  It is definitely challenging but I am learning a lot.  I had a seminar today on Mental Health issues in the classroom which was quite interesting.

I am now in my third week of the South Beach Diet and I am down 10 pounds!  I hope to lose at least 20-40 more.

I have stitched only a little as my time is definitely eaten up with teaching all day before coming home and having to check on homeschooling and regular chores.

I saw this Show Your Stash on Meari's blog and I thought it would go along with the Stitch From Stash project that I have been participating in all year.

What Thread do you usually stitch with?


When you shop for threads do you buy on impulse or buy only what you need?

I mostly only buy what I need, especially when buying specialty threads. With the DMC, I try to have a spare skein of anything that I am running low on.  I will buy on impulse when I shop at SCRAP.

How do you sort it?

I have my DMC wound on bobbins in plastic boxes.  I have my specialty threads in Quart size zip bags sorted by type.  Each individual skein (Like WDW) is in an small snack bag.

What tips do you have for building stash?

I buy a lot of stuff on clearance.  Thrift stores and community rummages are also a good place to find stash occasionally.  I find that you don't generally have to do a lot to build stash.  It generally accumulates over time.

How much is too much?

If you don't have room for it or it is causing damage to your relationships, I would say you have too much.  This, of course, varies by person.

How do you whittle down your stash when it's gotten too large?

I unintentionally whittled down mine when I moved from Wisconsin because I had to leave stuff behind.  I have also given it away or donated it to the local craft thrift store.

Do you have a current favorite in your stash?  Let's see it.

I really liked working with the Belle Soie but I don't have a picture of it.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Blue Ribbon

I got my cross stitch back from the fair.  Blue ribbon!