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Barnabee’s Quest – Progress

  • Posted on March 31, 2008 at 4:00 pm

I made great progress on this design this weekend, despite working outside on Saturday, doing bills and a migraine on Sunday. I did the band with the flowers and verse, finished the border for Part II and then started the honeycomb for the final band for this part. Looking forward to finishing and moving on to Part III!

SBQ: Download Stitching

  • Posted on March 28, 2008 at 3:33 pm

This week’s SBQ is:

When you stitch a pattern that you have downloaded do you print out the pattern or do you stitch directly from your computer screen?

I definitely print everything I download when I go to stitch it. For how I curl up into my stitching spot, there would be no room for my laptop and I think I reference a pattern too much to be able to read it off of a screen. Besides, if you needed to mark where you are, how would you do so if you stitch from a screen?

I’ll be curious to see how others answer this. More specifically, I’m curious if there is anyone who is actually able to stitch directly from a computer screen.

Easter Visit and Depression

  • Posted on March 27, 2008 at 10:46 am

Yes, that ugly monster that is depression has managed to sneak up on me again the past week or so. But, I’ll get to that later. First, a recap of our Easter visit to my parents.

We haven’t seen my parents since early January when we did Christmas, Take 2. Still, I had some sense of reluctance to travel up there. I’m really not sure what that was all about. I think it had something to do with the lack of things to do at their place. We left around 1 PM on Friday and it was a lovely, sunny, warm day. Temperatures were around the 50s, I believe, and the weather seemed to be similar when we reached my parents’, even though they are several hours north of us. Imagine my surprise when I woke up Saturday morning to several inches of snow on the ground! My dad and I ran a bunch of errands on Saturday, including getting groceries and a bunch of other things, topped off by a visit to Long John Silver’s to get take-out lunches for me and Terry. I LOVE Long John Silver’s and we don’t have one anywhere near us, so my dad was clever enough to squeeze in a meal.

We had to be back by 1 PM because my mother’s new treadmill was being delivered. Terry and I managed to polish off our delicious lunch before the guy arrived. Yummy! Both of my step-sisters were due to arrive at 5 PM for our one-day-early Easter dinner and my youngest step-sister just celebrated a birthday, so I baked a cake for her. White cake with strawberry icing, at her request. Funny how she only ate half of her slice…

Friday night and Sunday morning, my dad and I played some table tennis. Some of my longest-term readers may recall that I bought him a portable table tennis set a couple of Christmases ago, so we dragged it out and had some bonding time. Despite being somewhat bored at points during the day on Saturday and during the evenings/nights, I was sad to leave and even shed a few tears in the car on our way home.

And thus began my latest little slide into depression. I had somewhat planned to take Monday as a vacation day and I ended up having to because I was totally unable (or unwilling) to get out of bed to go to work. At first, I was going to go in for the latter half of the day, then I still didn’t manage to get out of bed in time to do that, so I gave up. First thing Tuesday morning, I woke up with a BAD bladder infection. I mean, pink in my urine, pain when I went, feeling like I had to go all of the time, bad. I meant to work from home, but ended up sleeping a good portion of the day away. Needless to say, after two days spent slacking, I had absolutely no desire to get up and go to work yesterday. But I knew I had to (the desire to keep one’s job can be a great motivator), so I dragged myself out of bed and managed to get into work, albeit a bit late. I was feeling teary and weepy all day, to the point that, when a coworker stopped by my desk and asked how I was doing, it was all I could do to not break into full-blown tears. By the time I reached Dr. Steve’s in the early evening, I felt a bit wrung out and went through a lot of tissues during the session.

So, it turns out that one of my main issues is that I’m lonely. Don’t get me wrong, Terry is a wonderful companion and my best friend, but he’s a male and I need some interaction with females. Or at least someone with similar interests outside of work. And, let’s face it, men aren’t exactly into crafts. In fact, most of my male friends are from work and all they tend to talk about is work, computers, gaming and cars. Not really anything that I can and/or care to relate to. And both of my friends, Mary and Tricia, live 45 minutes away from my house. *sigh*

I’m not really sure what I’m going to do to find more friends closer to home, since I don’t have kids and thus don’t have that automatic bond with women. The thought of it all just brings tears to my eyes as I type this. It’s a very frustrating situation. And it’s hard to find time to go out and do anything when you work all day and have chores around the house to work on all weekend. Keep in mind, we still have a basement to finish.

I talked to Dr. Steve about possibly joining the local YMCA, since it’s right down the road from my house (literally a mile away), but when am I going to find time to do anything there? ARGH! Terry and I talked on the way home about the possibility of me working four 10-hour days a week and thus being able to take one day a week off. Then maybe I can visit with Mary or Tricia or find some sort of class at the YMCA to take. I don’t know, as the thought of working 10-hour days is a bit daunting at the moment.

The problem is, we’re not very sociable people when we’re at home and I’m an introvert, so I’m kind-of doomed when it comes to building new relationships outside of work. And there aren’t many females at work to hang out with and we’re all fairly reserved when it comes to our private lives. If only some of my stitching buddies lived closer. It doesn’t help that not only are some of you spread out across multiple states, but multiple countries, as well! Any ideas, anyone? I’m so tired of being lonely.

Stitching Photos

  • Posted on March 26, 2008 at 4:08 pm

Wow, it’s Wednesday already? How did that happen? Oh right, I took Monday off and then stayed home yesterday with a bladder infection. THAT’S how that happened. 😆

I have some stitching photos to share with you. First up is my last progress on Pretty Posies, which I meant to post back in January. This is the middle section of the design:

Next up is the yellow butterfly that I stitched while I was away this weekend. I finished up the last bits on Monday evening. This is the last of the butterflies for a little bit. I still have the green and orange (re-do) ones to stitch, but I’m waiting on some 32 ct. Antique White Jobelan that I ordered to arrive.

Finally, I actually pulled out Barnabee’s Quest and mounted it on my stand Monday night. I was able to stitch two bands, including the little over one bunny. I hope to keep plugging away at this one, now that it’s on my stand.

And that’s all I have to show, for now. I hope you enjoyed the browse. 🙂

Quick Post

  • Posted on March 21, 2008 at 12:25 pm

Just a quick post to say we’re out of here for the weekend. We’re traveling to my parents’ for Easter. I don’t know if I’ll be online to check blogs or to blog myself, so Happy Easter everyone!

Red Butterfly Heart

  • Posted on March 18, 2008 at 7:22 pm

I feel like I don’t have anything to blog about right now if I don’t have some bit of stitching to show, so here goes:

Weekend Finishes

  • Posted on March 16, 2008 at 4:44 pm

I’m still plugging away on Just Nan butterflies. This weekend, I started and finished an orange one and a blue one. Unfortunately, I realized today when I added the blue to the finished pile that the orange butterfly was stitched on 28 count fabric, while the rest are on 32 count. Bummer! So, at some point, I’ll finish it off and offer it up for adoption.

I also started, completed and finish-finished a small ornament for my friend Mary, in anticipation of being able to visit with her sometime in the near future. The design is a freebie from The Victoria Sampler called Friends Forever. I think it finished up quite nicely.

Now, I’m working on a dark pink version of the Just Nan butterfly. I could not believe that DMC didn’t have an appropriate set of graduated reds. So I found something that’s a cross between red and pink, as close as I can get. I’ll finish off the original charted pink completely as charted, with beads and extra bits to the design that I previously left off. I’ll finish that one off eventually and maybe offer it up for adoption, as well.

And now for the pictures:

Here Comes Peter Cottontail…

  • Posted on March 12, 2008 at 12:14 pm

Hippity hoppity, Easter’s on its way! And I have the bunny to prove it:

Stitching Progress

  • Posted on March 10, 2008 at 1:00 pm

I decided to be bad yesterday and start a new piece. I kitted up Just Nan’s Peter Cottontail and worked on it for a good chunk of the day. I even skipped working on the laundry – bad me! I am at 75% or more on the piece, so I didn’t bother scanning a WIP photo, since it will be done and framed hopefully by the end of the week.

I still can’t seem to accomplish much stitching during the week because I am still tired when I get home from work and having to take naps half of the time. I wonder if I am setting a bad trend here and letting my body get used to all of that sleep? I am going to have to work on staying awake and hopefully my stitching will entice me, particularly this close to a finish.

Otherwise, on the stitching front, I love the Butterfly Heart design so much and am finding it such a quick stitch that I am considering doing it in a rainbow of colors – orange, yellow, green and blue – to add to the pink and purple ones that I have now. I’m just nervous that I will burn out partway through and be sick of the design before I actually manage to finish all of them. We’ll see, but I think I’m going to do it in a set of dusty blues next. First, I have to get some more fabric. Believe it or not, I don’t seem to have much in the way of white or antique white. I’m not sure how that happened. Shopping, here I come!

Another Butterfly Heart Happy Dance

  • Posted on March 8, 2008 at 6:14 pm

May I present Butterfly Heart in purple:

I’m not sure what to work on next, but I can’t seem to kit up Peter Cottontail yet, so he will have to wait. Perhaps I should work on something that I have already started? Hmmm… to be good, or not to be. 😉

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