Let it snow,let it snow , let it snow

It has been snowing here since about six AM and I don’t here many complaints…we need the moisture! Our states (Mo and KS), many cities in and around Kansas City, and the counties have declared a State of Emergency…and so you should not be out unless it is an emergency. And you know it must be bad when our 24 hour grocery stores are closing until further notice and UPS has even suspended deliveries today. Roads and Interstates are closed all over the place. I’m glad I don’t have any place to go. And this is supose to keep up through tomorrow…we are expecting 12-18 inches of snow.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is what my back yard looks like so far and Lucy got a walkway shoveled for her.

I finished my Ninji Temari. It was an online stitch-in prepared by Jane Z for the members of Temari Challenge group (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TemariChallenge/). This was a fun ball to stitch as well as a learning experience 13-02-21 temariand inspiration. The instructions for the ball are on the website, I think you just have to be a member and membership s free. As I was stitching the ball I saw many other possibilities and made notes so I could make more.

Making a temari has many challenges because they are hand wrapped balls. Some people use styrafoam balls as a base but I hand wrap mine from a tissue core. I start with a tissue and wrap the tissue with yarns and thread. They are really spheres and not perfect round balls. This was the biggest problem I had this time…Because after you get the temari made then you  measure and divide it according to the design.   I could not get my temari to divide correctly. It took me a couple days of measuring and adjusting to get the pins placed to what I thought was acceptable. I usually do not have this much trouble but it was a challenge this time. I even asked Jane Z if there were any tricks I needed to know and all she could offer was, “sometimes a ball is just a difficult challenge. ”

You can wrap a ball to an approximate size but this will usually vary a centimeter or so…at least that happens to me. This particular ball was made at the large of the suggested size range and therefore I thought needed an extra row added to each color wrap. Of course this made each step need a correction, but I did it. I’m lucky because I can see these in my mind and adjust pretty easily. And as I was stitching I saw other possibilities so I made notes on this so next time I can try one of the new ideas.

I also think the base thread color of the ball (black in this ball) should be used in the design portion of the temari. It will make the unevenness of the ball stitching appear less noticeable.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo since I am not going anywhere today, I think this is a cover up, keep warm and stitch day for me and a cup of  hot chocolate will work (I’ll have two marshmellows , thank you.) I think I’ll have to share my space with Lucy too (she’s not liking the walkway idea much either.)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

If you are in this snowstorm too, keep warn and safe and if you are in the path (east and north of the Midwest) of this storm, look out here she comes! Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have time to stitch today!

ttfn…sue

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Dawns bright and sparkly

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This morning dawned bright and sparkly; there is really nothing more beautiful than a pretty snow. I know there are parts of the Midwest, especially central Kansas, that are really suffering from this snow. I hope they get relief very soon and have all found a place to be safe and warm. I think all our Midwest related fatalities have been vehicle related, so please drive carefully if you have to drive.

I am staying put. I have magazines, books and stitching to keep me happy forever…so I think I can last a day or two without getting cabin fever. I grabbed a potta…a cuppa did not even begin to handle my blog reading this morning. And since I have spent the morning blogging away I want to share with all who read my blog some things to keep you busy… 

Jane over at Chilly Hollow (http://chillyhollownp.blogspot.com/) has taken us on a great tour of Woodlawn Needlework Exhibit again this year. Her descriptions are wonderful and she has found great related blogs/websites to help you visualize the work. I will try to remember to be more descriptive next year when I do the NAN (http://www.needleart.org/) tour.

I am such a beginner at this blogging stuff that I do not feel qualified to give out awards but I have no problem suggesting to anyone who reads my blog the places I have been and explored.

Annica’s blog, Fabulous Threads (http://fabthreads.blogspot.com/) gave out Lemonade awards. There are beautiful things to look at here.

And Sharon B at Pin Tangle (http://www.pintangle.com/journal/) always has places to keep your creative juices flowing.

And if you still have any potta left… join Stitching Fingers (http://stitchinfingers.ning.com/) and read what’s going on here.

Okay, I am off to the fireplace and my book and stitching.

ttfn…sue

March snow

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I really don’t know why snow surprises me…I have seen snow into April. In fact the very first house we bought, we moved in March 27 or 28th and it snowed April 1…April Fool. We had a window in out kitchen that you could see the back yard and so DH and I built this great snowman looking in the kitchen window for our oldest son, Scott, who had just turned 3 years old March 26th. Well, it scared Scott when he saw it and DH had to go knock it down before Scott would come back in kitchen and eat breakfast.

Eight years later on March 26th, we were going to celebrate Scott’s birthday (Side-note: Scott was born on Easter Sunday, his birthday has been on Easter when he was 11 and 22 years old and will not happen again until he is 99 years old), Easter, and Edward’s (3rd and last son) 1st communion. We probably invited more than 30 adults and 50 kids,  11 years and younger to help us celebrate. My friend, Bev had asked me all week if I was praying for great weather…she was praying too. I assured her I had been on my knees…Guess I was not specific enough about the good weather because on Good Friday we had 18 inches of partly cloudy on my front lawn. It was beautiful Easter Sunday, warm, sunny and a mud puddle…you really have to be detailed when asking for things! But we all had a good time and that’s all that matters…mud washes.

So I don’t know why this is such a surprise to all of us here in the Midwest. We always say, “if you don’t like today’s weather, wait until tomorrow.”  BUT, I really feel sorry for the families in middle Kansas, they took the brunt of this storm and several counties have been declared disaster areas by the Governor. They had two and three feet and drifts up to 6 feet. We had mostly rain, and then it froze and we had sleet and freezing rain, followed up by 4-6 inches of snow. It is still snowing at 9PM but is supposed to taper off in about an hour. If the wind wouldn’t blow it would just be white and cold. It is perfect snowman snow, wet and heavy. Tomorrow it will cold and Monday we are expecting rain. Welcome to the Midwest Spring, it beats Tornadoes.

I hope everyone is safe, warm  and still have electricity. It was a great day to cuddle up with an afghan, a good book, magazine and stitching by the fireplace …I’m going back to mine for what is left of the evening and I’ll be there tomorrow too.  Everyone be safe!

ttfn…sue