Taking a break

I am taking a two week break. Had a cataract removed from one eye and am having the other done in 10 days. And to add a little twist,  I either have a cold or allergies in my sinuses (even the doctor can’t decide). So since I tire out quickly and the whiteness of the screen tires both my good and bad eye, I am limiting my time on the electronic devices. My eyes are very important to me!

I am stitching and will be back in a couple weeks with ribbon flowers on the bird.

Thank you for stopping by… I hope you find time to stitch today!

ttfn…sue

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Pi Day

We are going to a wedding reception this afternoon and were asked to bring our favorite pie…I really didn’t think anything of it  (the host is a great pie lover) until this week and the news media started taking about Pi Day. Then it hit me…they are just waiting to see who bites (pardon the pun).

In case you don’t know, today is Pi Day.

What is Pi Day you ask?

Saturday, March 14 is a very special Pi Day that comes but once in a century. That’s right, it’s 3-14-15, the only time before 2115 that the date reflects five digits of the magical, infinite number, 3.141592653…from the Washington Post

15 used instructionsSo I had to make a pi/pie. Only kind that I knew would be successful was the kind I stitch. So I charted one and stitched it. I have included the chart and finishing instructions as a PDF in case anyone else wants to do one. Pi day is every year; this year just is special because it is 3-14-15

15-03-14 Pi ornament aBUT my little creative mind did not stop here… We had  bought the lucky couple a pie plate and were going to give them cash (not very creative but wait…last night I had this great inspiration…we are going to get $1 and 2 bills to line the pie plate (representing 3). and then fill with 14 dimes and nickels (representing.1415) and cover with cling wrap.  Our pi pie.

Well I must be more of a nerd than I though but this just appealled to me.

 

15-0314 Pi ornament bAnd my real pie…coming from the store of course!

If you have trouble downloading the Pi instructions just email me and I will send you the PDF version. I may not get to it until later today or tomorrow as I am on my way to a St. Patrick’s Parade and then I am going to the wedding reception.

 

 

BTW here are some pretty cool places to visit today …all about PI:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/03/14/pi-day-kids-videos/24753169/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/03/14/10-stunning-images-show-the-beauty-hidden-in-pi/

Thank you for stopping by to visit, I hope you find time to stitch today or do whatever helps you be creative!

ttfn…sue

PS if you hold up 3.14 (have to have pointed 4) it is this: 🙂

15-03-14 pie reverse

Almost Valentine’s Day

It’s almost Valentine’s Day (and it is Friday the 13th)  or as my sons used to call it, National Suck-up Day (This was before they were all married and have wives;  now they celebrate with candy, flowers, etc; typical husband duties.)

Years ago I told my DH I didn’t care to have flowers, I didn’t need candy and I sure didn’t want to go out to dinner BUT I did expect a card. So off he went to work and at the office shop he purchased a card and that night he came home and presented me with a card. Cute card had a couple on the front standing in front of a red heart; it said, “To my wife”…you opened it up and it said, “Couldn’t be without you. Happy Anniversary.” DH had crossed out Anniversary and written Valentine’s Day. After I stopped laughing, he said Hallmark should not be allowed to put out cards with hearts if they were not Valentines, especially at Valentine’s season. I told him he should learn to read and not just look at the pictures. Anyway to really appreciate his thoughtfulness, you had to wait eight months for out anniversary. On our anniversary, he brought me a card with roses, lace, ribbons the whole Victorian looking type; “to my wife….sentimental dripping sweet verse…and Happy Valentine’s Day.” He crossed out Valentine’s Day and wrote Anniversary and below that, ” You may not get the right card for the right occasion, but you get the right number of cards per year.” I still have both!

And over the years we have stopped giving each other gifts. We’re big kids, we know what we want and usually we’re together, well except at the needlepoint store but then he never says anything either. And I have a few canvases on my want list…like I need another canvas…but then need was never an issue with needlepoint.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis year I decided to do something different (usually buy needlepoint). I had my mother’s charm bracelet gathering dust in a drawer. My grandfather had it made for her when she got engaged to my dad, all the charms have a meaning. I’m not a bracelet person, so I found a chain similar to the bracelet, had the jeweler make me a necklace, put them together and I wear it as a charm necklace. Fun!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI also had all my charms and an charm bracelet with about 20 charms (gift from my family before kids) gathering dust in a drawer. Never realized how many charms I had collected over the years and not all were silver, but had meaning to me. So I had them put on a necklace too; 60 charms later I love it.  It is a real conversation piece.

I wear both (not together) all the time. I just love them. So this year for Valentine’s Day I got jewelry.

Today I’m off to have lunch with the girls…and then home to stitch and my outing this week is a yearly art show. I love this art show, it is small and all local artists. And when this art show arrives I know spring can’t be far behind…I’m ready.

Maybe I’ll buy myself some chocolate too (dark of course.)

Thank you for stopping by to visit, I hope you find time to stitch today or do whatever helps you be creative!

ttfn…sue

Not a good two weeks…fast becoming not a good month

… and the prospects are looking bleak.

It all started with the World Series. I sat in my chair for every inning since the wild card playoffs began and stitched. If stitching could help the Royals win I would stitch.

First let me say that the Boys in Blue are winners 14-10-06 Royalseveryone. There has never been such a group as this (and I was around 29 years ago); these young men are a class act, none finer.

I stitched three round disks (these will be finished as ornaments) and then got the brainy idea to stitch a 3-14-11-14 royal AD baseball for the World Series. I researched the pattern, drew what I thought was exactly what I researched and began stitching. Let me say that while I was stitching it looked great to me.

14-11-14 royal BThe problems began October 29th at 7:15 PM; not only for the Boys in Blue but for the stitched baseball. As I started to put it together I realized my proportions were off. But I decided to preserver and let what may be…BE. Well, we all know the outcome 14-11-14 royal Cof the 7th game and my 3-d baseball was no better. BUT if large cowpie baseballs every come into vogue…I have the first.14-11-14 royal D

Should I try this again I think I will invest in a baseball and take it apart for the exact pattern. But really I’m thinking round disk ornaments are just as good and less time consuming.

And then things went from bad to worse… Our Lucy 14-11-14 lucy dtore her ACL and is not a candidate for surgery (her age and other medical problems keep her from this. So Lucy is confined to the house, no jumping, no stairs, just lying around taking life easy. She gets her leg taped like the sports guys with KT tape (http://www.kttape.com/)…this is 14-11-14 lucy bgreat stuff, going to try on my back. We cut the tape to her size and apply it in a figure eight. She likes this and it comes in pink her favorite color.

14-11-14 lucy cShe also goes twice a week for laser treatments; doesn’t she look like something from “Back to the Future”?14-11-14 lucy e

But her favorite is the 3 times a day she gets heat on her leg.  She thinks this is the best and would lie there all day if you let her.

And then the weather is the icing on my month…record breaking low temperatures and snow… I am just not ready for this! Especially the snow, it is putting a damper on my social schedule! Our guild was supposed to get stitch-in tomorrow and there is nothing more fun than friends, food and stitching. Well, because of the snow we have canceled this and I’ll just have to sit in my stitching nest and stitch by myself…bummer.

Hope your month is going better than mine…although wherever you are I think it is cold and probably white or going to be white. Thank you for stopping by, I hope you stay warm and find time to stitch today and all week-end!

ttfn…sue

Good News: Tomato finishing and Royals win

14-10-01 1 clipsI think the size of the canvas was intimidating to me and I kept putting off the finishing but then I decided what the heck…it’s only needlepoint and it only took me six months of stitching time (the last six weeks were intense…to complete it). With my 2014-10-01 2 linetrusty canvas scissors I began to cut the tomato to within a 1/2 in of the stitching; then I turned and pined, clipping the curves and between the segments as I went. The instructions say wrong sides together but I am going to hand stitch mine using the ladder 2014-10-01 3 pin allstitch. Someone wrote me she stuffed hers as a frame weight and I thought this was a good idea so I’m going to go mine this way too.

Big Mistake: Tried to make one long cording using 3 skeins of floss, my arms are not that long, even with the help of two other people. But I got it done and have one long humongous green cord. Make smaller cords.

2014-10-01 4 weight battingStitched the bottom segments together and made a muslin bag for the aquarium gravel to make weight. Used quilt batting to place around the quilt batting and then used polyester stuffing to stuff firm and then stitched the top segments closed. I attached the cording and sewed it in place then finished leaves 2014-10-01 5 leaf liningand strawberry.  I lined the leaves with a ladybug material from my stash and used cording around them too. I also used a red cording to cover the seam and around the top of the strawberry. I attached the leaves using a doll needle 2014-10-01 6 strawberryand ribbon; I started at the bottom and pulled the ribbon through the tomato; I added one end of the strawberry cord and then stitched through the leaf canvases and used two of the buttons I painted on top of the leaves. Tied a

2014-10-01 6 finished topsquare knot then a bow, placed a dab of Fray Check to secure the knot and cut the ends.  And the frame weight tomato is completely finished and read for use.

 

Can you tell the difference in these two pictures?

2014-10-01 7 finished all2014-10-01 8 finished all

Yes, it is different sides of the tomato, but look at the strawberry. I can wind the strawberry up under the leaves and it will be shorter when I use as frame weight.

See me smiling and doing happy dance.

And BTW, I smiled and did a happy dance well past my bedtime yesterday. The Kansas City Royals won their playoff game last night! It was by far the best baseball game I have ever attended or watched!

Congratulations guys, if I were a wealthy woman I would buy tickets (better yet a suite…need 20 tickets) for my family and we would watch you win it all.

Go Royals!

Nice way to start the month and end the week (especially after previous post)… Good news is always best!

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you find time to stitch today! I’m going to design a baseball to stitch this week-end…ttfn…sue

Copyright infringement…it is illegal!

14-09-29 ron pic

Ed Note: I mistakenly called this plagiarism. And while plagiarism is illegal too Copyright infringement is what this is. And either makes my blood boil!

My friend Bill’s son, Ron, is a professional photographer; Ron works for a newspaper in Texas. Last week on his Facebook page he posted this comment:

“…Another day, another art show, and another surprise turn around a corner to find one of my pictures rendered in oil. At least she’s consistent, she only seems to like my rodeo photos.”

I cannot imagine that this person does not know she has committed copyright infringement and as my father (a lawyer) and my friend Bill (another lawyer) would say, “Ignorance of the law is no excuse.”  You will never convince me that this person doesn’t know and probably even signed an agreement with the art show committee that these were her original works of art. The other thing that amazes me is she lives in the same area as Ron does…he actually saw the picture. As Ron said:

It wouldn’t have been so bad if she had asked first, that’s happened before and I was flattered and allowed it. But just to do it and then display the work someplace where the original photographer is certain to see it is just callous and not too bright.”

The lawyers for the newspaper are looking into this but as you can see from the picture it is copyright infringement. He had given permission to another artist to adapt one of his photos but this person didn’t even ask. And the kicker is this is not the first time this artist has done this to Ron, so I would be guessing that many of her pictures are someone else’s property. If Ron would give me her name I would post it here and maybe all of you in her area would boycott her pictures…

Amazing…I’ll let you know any new developments if I hear.

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you find time to stitch today! ttfn…sue

Oh my gosh…Thank you

I had a blog all ready to post about cording BUT I have to show you what arrived at my house last week. The UPS man arrived and I am still speechless when I look up and see this picture…

14-09-02 In the Workshop

I hung this immediately in my office so I see it everyday; I also have a nail in my stitching nest to hang it there too. I want this to be an inspiration to me to complete some of the designs I have in various stages of completion. This is a lithograph titled “In the Workshop” by Fritzi Brod. I have loved this artist since I was a little girl and have several of her originals in my home. I have always loved this picture too and a dear friend sent this to me. As soon as I finish the roll ups I will write all about Fritzi Brod.

14-09-01 In the workshop wall

Right now I am still speechless. Very few things leave me speechless and almost in tears, but this gift did both. All I can say is: Thank you so much.

ttfn…sue