Thursday, May 25, 2017

Tender Heart

I made a good start on Tender Heart by Riolis.  It's about a fifth done!  

Yup, Still Black

I am still filling in with lots of black, but you can see the progress because Andreas took the photo instead of me.

Handwoven Cotton

An NGO came in to the Mumbai consulate to sell stuff, and I found this beautiful handwoven shawl.  It's well over 150 threads per inch and whisper thin.  The colors shimmer.  Of course, this has the same problem as my other shawls at the moment - the cat.  Argh.


I bought these three shawls in Mumbai.  All are soft and pretty, but out of different materials.  I'd get them out of packaging and wear them here, but my husband has decided to keep letting the cat into our adjoining closet on his side.  I hate cats.  And I hate cat fur on things I want to wear.  He doesn't get that, so they stay packaged until I can get away from this dreadful house in this dreadful place and enjoy wearing what I want to wear without cat hair.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Amethyst Ring

A silver ring with an amethyst.  I just thought it looked nice, and it wasn't overpriced.


This is my largest Stitch Maynia start so far.  It's Resilienza by AAN.  

Small Purse

One of the groups that came into the Mumbai consulate was selling these cute, but very small, backpack purses.  I was taken with the color of this one.

Another Ink Circles

Stitch Maynia start again of Ink Circles.  This one's Peace Wheel.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Another New Purse

I haven't had the energy to switch to this new purse yet, but I want to.  I'm hoping to do it in the next couple of days.  It's slightly bigger than my current one and a surprise from Andreas.

May's Done

In another week, it'll be time to start June.  At least I'm not taking until the end of the month to finish each of these.

Magnet For Andreas

One of the shopkeepers gave me this magnet especially for Andreas.  It's got the Gate of India and the Taj hotel on it.

Horseplaying for Stitch Maynia

This is one of my Stitch Maynia starts, Horseplay by Ink Circles.  For some reason, I'm starting a lot of Ink Circles this month.  Fabric is carnival by Picture This Plus.

Monday, May 22, 2017

First Border

My fleur-de-lis has its first border done.  It was rather hard to do in a dim hotel room with dark canvas and floss, so most of it had to wait until I got back to Angola.

Lone Star

I received another needlepoint kit!  Time to start doing more needlepoint.  I'm almost done with Fun Stuff, so I will be able to add to the rotation soon.

Both Started

I already have one copy of each of these, but a friend visited Moldova and brought new ones back to me.  Now I can make and give away!

Another Leaf Appears

I have gotten far enough along that I get to add another leaf area.  Progress, indeed! 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sapphires For Me!

Sapphires and white gold from my husband!  Andreas insisted on buying me some heirloom jewelry while we were shopping.  I love them.

Part Of One

This is part of a petal and hard to see, but it's one of my Stitch Maynia starts.

Jelly Rolls

When I went on my spree on, I found these in the sale section.

Saturday, May 20, 2017


I now have a jellyfish to stitch!

Ipsy For Once

Yay, another ipsy made it through!  I'm hoping that when we move, I'll get more of them.


These papier mache hand painted hearts are so cute, I had to get them.

Little Dots And Swirls

There are some little dots now in the piece and the width is almost as wide as it is going to get.  I like the colors.

Friday, May 19, 2017


Branches falling down the area, making for leaves to stitch in a bit.

Three More Windows Framed

Just a bit more infrastructure needed on the second house's first floor.  Despite working on this less often than I'd like, it's coming along pretty quickly.

Pendants And More Earrings

Andreas took a photo of both some earrings and my pendants.  I think he was getting tired of taking so many photos.  I like both pendants, and I am especially enamoured of the malachite earrings.


Peacocks to hang around the house in Kosovo once we move.  Every time I see them I will smile.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Two Tubes Plus

Working on the third tube now.  I keep changing colors of the next tubes as I fill in previous ones.

Festive Square

This square is the latest Little Extra for my CyberStitchers chapter.  Now I need to write it up for them.

Hard To See

You can't see it very well, but this is a featherlight Kashmiri wool pashmina shawl.  The design is woven in and fits my style.

Paintings On Silk

More things to get framed!  I found these on Elephanta Island, and decided to get them because of the top one.  It reminds me of eastern Europe.  The others are peacocks, so I had to get them.  Because we were the first customers of the day, the elephant was given us.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Springing Along

Another Stitch Maynia start.  I seem to be in an Ink Circles phase, as this is yet another one of them - Spring Tapestry.  This came as a full kit, so it was easy to start.


I am planning for all six of these to be filled with little ornament bits come December.

Moar Thread

I admit that I have a thread obsession - especially if it's overdyed.  These were on sale at Colour Complements and I decided I must have them.  Now to plot stitching.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

More Black

Stitching black on black means that it's very hard to see progress.

More Of May

I have more of May done, yay!  I am getting more and more anxious to complete each rectangle each month.

Third Iteration

I keep making this pattern and giving it away to people getting married.  This time, I am going to keep it to myself!  I like the color combo and hope to finish it sometime soon.  It's one of my Stitch Maynia starts.

It's Not That Dark

I bought these two pieces of cotton lawn on my first visit to the fabric market in Mumbai.  They were the only pieces I bought; my local guide was sort of baffled at being in that place at all.  They've both got beautiful machine embroidered peacock feathers on them.  I have yet to decide what to do with it, though.  Sorry for the dark photo.  It was taken by me in my hotel room.

Marbly Fabric

I saw this fabric on pinterest and found it on sale at  It's mine now!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Marching Elephants

I have eggs and elephants so far.  What other handpainted items did I buy?

Showboating Along

He just grows more handsome with each stitch.  I've started on the globe pretty well now, too.

Stitch Maynia Start

I have decided to switch over to Stitch Maynia instead of Crazy January because it's a much more active community.  That's why I did only fifteen starts in January.  I will not be doing Crazy January at all next year.  This start is flag box, and it's a really quick stitch.  I'm hoping to get more stitching done before the end of the year and get a bunch more things finished.  Hopefully this will be one of them.


This is part of what you get when you spend too much money at an Indian store.  Not sure what I'm going to do with it, as Andreas thinks I already have too much on my keychain.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Three Small, One Big

Three of the elephants are approximately 2x3 feet, and the one with the red background is about 3x5 feet.  They are all handmade and quilted, with a bunch of stitches and beads.  I am going to have to find places for these in the next place.