Wednesday, April 6, 2016

April is Autism Awareness Month! And also some string....

I have mentioned it before, but both of my daughters are on the Autism spectrum.  They have been doing very well in school with the help of their iPads which they use for communication.

A few months ago, I listened to the audio version of In a Different Key: The Story of Autism.  I highly recommend it.  It is a great narrative about the history of Autism, starting with the first children diagnosed and the fight of parents to get their children out of institutions and into regular public schools.

In a Different Key: The Story of Autism

On a string note, I am almost completed with "The Long and Winding Road" by Blackbird Designs.  Here's a picture.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Belated Posting

Hello all.

I haven't posted in a month.  I've actually gone the way of a bunch of fellow bloggers and started posting pictures on Instagram.  But I hadn't been stitching a lot until this week.  The girls were out sick again and I've been busy since I'm now playing organ for church again.  

I reached a milestone in my current WIP.  I completed the center (minus the french knots which I will put in last).  Here's a look.  

The amount of detail in this piece is stunning. This is the center and I think probably the most dense part of the piece.  After this there's a lot of white space.  I'll be taking a short break to finish up a baby sampler and a few other things and then I'll be coming back to it.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

WIP Wednesday

It's been awhile since I posted.  When the girls came down with strep, I got tested and found out that I didn't have strep but had a sinus infection instead.  A few days into my antibiotic, I was feeling better when all of a sudden, I got worse.  I caught a cold virus!  Ugh.  Now, I'm over that but Mountain Cedar is pollinating and I'm apparently allergic to it.

Meanwhile, this weekend, my daughter turned 5!  Here's a picture of the cupcake cake I made for her.

Here's a quick look at what I've been working on.

Oh, and the husband bought me some stash for The Long and Winding Road.  I finally bought a plate frame for it ($16 on eBay!) and calculated the new thread count.  Instead of the called for 36, I will be using 28.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

A Framed Finish and a SALE!

By Wednesday, I had both girls back on the mend and back in school so Mommy had some time for doing string-type things, like framing.  So, I finally got Strawberry Fields Forever Framed and it is now in my husband's office.

The newest issue of Just Cross Stitch came out and I had to have the fabric for that cute hummingbird on the cover.  My LNS in Plano just happened to have a piece so we traveled out there today only to find out that THERE WAS A SALE!!!!!!

So, I bought some fabric.

That would be:
32ct. PTP Linen "moss"
32 ct. PTP linen some blue color I can't remember
30 ct. WDW "Gunmetal"

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Miscellaneous stuff

Hello everyone.

There's not much to report in the world of string lately.  We have been busy with an outbreak of strep with both girls.  I don't have it but I have a sinus infection so everyone is sick.

I did start work on a small cross stitch piece I got at SCRAP a week or so ago.  It is a cute little Wine piece, but right now it says "Win"

I also managed to crochet a scarf.  I was cleaning the garage and ran across one of my early experimental loom knit scarves.  It was not very good, so I tore out the yarn and added the second color and made this:

In non string news, I have started a new reading challenged but I am doing it on Instagram/Facebook.  I also joined a "read the Bible in a year" challenge on Facebook.  Which brings me to my next point.  I grew up with the 1984 NIV Bible translation and I own both the NIV study Bible and the Concordia Self Study Bible.  Many of you may know that the NIV underwent a major revision a few years ago in 2011.  This has caused many church bodies to have to make a major decision about whether or not to stay with the NIV with its new revision.  I heard last month that Concordia, the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church's publishing house, had come out with a new study Bible using the English Standard Version.  So I picked one up.  And I'm very happy with it so far!

Other things that make me happy is that Angry Orchard has their Cinnful Apple back in season!

And in closing, I tried that whole "Pizza in a mug" thing and it's not bad.  It is a very small serving.

Saturday, January 23, 2016


I finished it yesterday!  I just need to find a frame and frame it and it will be ready for my husband's office.

Yes, there is a mistake in it.  I was going to frog it but then my husband couldn't find the error and even when I pointed out the error, he couldn't see it so I'm not going to frog it.  I changed the numbers and letters in it from the original pattern.  I also had to substitute two WDW for the GAST because my LNS was out and it's not the required fabric.  So, basically, I made it my own.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Current String Projects

Since the New Year started, I have been working on "Strawberry Fields Forever" by Blackbird Designs.  I am hoping to have it done and framed by Feb 20 (which is my anniversary and the husband's birthday).

I also started a new project.  I have had the materials and pattern for a few years but I never got around to starting it.  It is a "January Sampler" and it has beads and metallics and everything.  I realized today that I had read part of the pattern wrong so there was some frogging but I have made a good start so far.  There are companion February and March pieces which I hope to two the next two months as well (and then frame them all in the same type of frame).