Of course I'm not doing it in white. It's got a good start on it, though!
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
Sunday, January 29, 2012
I'm not sure which is worse: stitching something prefinished or stitching and then finishing. This start came with everything prefinished, including a pillow. At least I'll be completely done when I'm done stitching.
Saturday, January 28, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
I had meant to start this piece earlier. It was a stitchalong offered by European Cross Stitch, but they didn't send the threads until the second shipment of the stitchalong due to backorders.... and it didn't arrive at all. The mail ate it. So I ordered a second set of threads and asked them to mail me the pattern piece I'd never gotten, and then Turkish Air decided that mail delivery to Chisinau wasn't going to happen. This sneaked in on one of their infrequent small shipments toward the middle of January and I finally got to start stitching. I like the colors with the fabric I picked, but I need to finish another large project before this one goes into the rotation.
Another set of squares looks done. This means I'm at least 2/3 of the way down the fabric and on the slide toward the finish. I'm beginning to be at the point of wanting this to be -done-, so don't be surprised if I make a big push for just that in the next few weeks.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
We finally got some flowers for inside the house. They're orchids, and we made the investment because one of the wives of Andreas' local employees grows them - so the orchid will have a good home when we leave. This one is from the local Metro and is beautiful. It wasn't -that- expensive, either, for an orchid. Now to see if I can make it bloom a couple more times before I give it away.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Monday, January 23, 2012
Finally, my last Christmas cracker was delivered on the one day we got mail two weeks ago. It wasn't the sender's fault that it took so long, but Turkish Air's. Isn't it beautifully stuffed with stuff? I can't wait to use it!
Although I'm not done with all the middle filling, I'm getting closer to having this done. The middle has another layer in a thicker thread to add. Once that's done, there's the rest of the left and then outlining the whole thing. It's getting so close to being done! Did you know that the fleur-de-lis is based on the shape of the head of an ancient weapon?
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Saturday, January 21, 2012
This is a huge stitchalong sampler from a designer in Argentina. She's starting the stitchalong from the bottom up, something Sticklounge does often, too. It's just about my least favorite place to begin. I decided to change up the colors, using hand dyed linen and Florimell silks.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Bits of blue on black don't look very interesting at the moment, but they're going to have bits of the Declaration of Independence backstitched across them later. For now, it's a crazy start and will get into my rotation eventually.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
I told you about the one stitch over problem in a previous post. Here's my workaround: I've stitched the top part of the Chinese character so I can make sure something's in the right place. Now I can just ad the reds in around it. There's not going to be a real difference in looks if they're a stitch off.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
This is one of a series of octagons I previously purchased from Fireside Stitchery. I finally got around to starting it as part of my Crazy January. The full outline is done, so you can see that when I get back to this, it'll be a fairly quick and easy stitch.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Just after the beginning of the year, I looked at the stuff in my stitch closet and saw a huge pile of things that were stitched but not finished. I decided it was time to buckle down and get things done. This is the first I picked - Jubilation. It's now an ornament.
Monday, January 16, 2012
I started my Take a Stitch Tuesday sampler on the third. The first stitch was fly stitches, so I made these little square fly stitch motifs. Each Tuesday Sharon Boggon adds a new stitch to experiment with. It's informal, so there's always an opportunity to jump in!
Sunday, January 15, 2012
I am subscribed to a Faberge egg series from The Needle House in Houston. It started in November, and, because of the mail situation, this is the only one I've received so far. The stitch guide and materials seem very complete. I hope to finish this one before the end of the year.
I ordered steak (costita) and ended up with a pork steak at this place. It didn't say "du porc"! Anyway, the atmosphere in this place is very Octoberfest. It's even underground and is two huge wooden halls. Of course, they have a lot of beer. When we were there in mid-afternoon, 90% of the customers were just there for beer.
There is currently a baby boom at the embassy, both among the locals and the Americans. Threee American spouses are pregnant, out of perhaps twenty-five. Within the past six months, I know of three babies born among the local staff. The latest was born last Wednesday, in Andreas' section. I made this afghan for her.
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Mykonos is the Greek restaurant in the mall. It's not great, but it's not bad, and it's not really overpriced. As usual, I started with soup and Andreas started with Greek salad. We had some taziki and our main courses, too. This was a dinner out with several others. They went bowling; we went to see Christmas lights!