Not much happening here…

Between the pollen and the warm temperatures my sinuses have been screaming so much I have no voice. My family is grateful and I am too…they don’t expect me to say anything and I that’s good cause I don’t have anything to say.

And I am sorry to say that kinda goes here too. I am between big projects and no Devine inspiration has struck this week so it is kind of a regroup week.

The Value of Gray has been completed! I stitched a big piece for this but did not like it once it was completed and have set it aside until I decide what to do with it. My DH wants me to have it matted and framed to see if I like it better so I will but don’t hold your breath. I am going to give the book as it is written to two friends to look over and then probably will publish it. I’m not sure how to present it for general use yet, I want anyone who is interested to dig in and be hands on but I also think there should be samples; but with samples, your creativity could be stifled. Maybe I should offer the class online and then I could have everyone post there studies and I could post mine too. What do you think?

I have another project I am starting…I have been asked to explain how I use my graphics program and after contacting ACD and receiving permission again to copy the computer screens I am going to re-do the Using Canvas book I wrote for version 3 (we are now using version 15.) I have seriously been looking at this project for a couple months, incubating the ideas and researching whether I wanted to switch programs before I began. I think the advantages to the Canvas program are:

1. It is both and integrated draw and a paint program.

2. ACD is developing a program for Mac users again (they had this format up until version 10) and the two formats are inter-changeable. This means: Mac to Windows and Windows to Mac are possible with no loss of formatting, right now there is a formatting glitch.

3. Canvas is still available as a downloadable program and disks are available at reasonable cost while the other well know graphics program is available only through “the cloud”

The biggest dis-advantage I see is the co$t but both programs are pricey and I think you can probably get the program on a special and I know you can download a trial version to try it out. And I do think all graphic programs are similar enough that if you are already familiar with one, stay with it. The learning curve with any program is steep and graphics and draw programs can be daunting…

And of course there is a pile of finishing in my sewing room that needs to be addressed. I not only have the Shades of gray sewing book that I really want to do, because I still covet the one Kurdy Biggs has   (  I also have pulled thread pieces that I did a couple years ago and have never finished;  then there are my Halloween pieces for my grandkids that have been on the blocking boards over a year and several other projects that need my attention… I guess maybe I should think about writing finishing instructions for needlework next.

Okay now I am overwhelmed by the stuff that needs to be done…think I’ll take a nap. I will try and get back here this week with some stitching productivity…but no promises.

Thank you for stopping by this week and I hope you have time to stitch every day! ttfn…sue

Sidetracked…A present & Value of Gray study

I am still stitching on the flowers for Mom & Me. Hope to have it finished this week-end.

But this week I got a bit sidetracked.

My DH brought this find to me this week. He found it in the basement; I think it must have been in the tools and craft drawers from my uncle.  It must have been a pin at one time but the pin-back is missing. I also have a bracelet similar to this that my uncle gave me several years ago. And I also have 2-3 thimbles with this petit OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERApoint. I tried researching these but the best I could find is that they were made in the 1940-50 in West Germany or Austria. None of mine has a marking that I can see but all are backed in brass. Doesn’t matter, I like them and just wish I knew more about them. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnyone out there who knows about this jewelry I would love to hear from you. Hummmmm, do I feel another collection blooming?

And I worked more on my Values of Gray study. I have all the written work completed; I have begun to make computer pages of my samples and I have my paint samples made. I haven’t decided if I am just going to market the book with designs or whether to teach it online and share my samples too.

All my stitched samples are completed (well except for the big project I want to do) and I have had this idea in my head ever since I saw Kurdy Biggs sewing wallet (….I loved it! And while I was stitching the samples for Shades of Gray I decided to make my own sewing book (but that isn’t the big project).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo I have been mulling around my ideas…the other night at 2 AM an idea came to me.  Just as a thought…does everyone get these spurts of inspiration at odd hours or is it just me? These creative outbursts really cut into my sleep and I had to get up to draw a rough OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAsketch of the ideas. Next morning I drew them on the computer and then made up this small paper mock up. Now I am measuring needlework and thinking about how to construct the book. Any suggestions for sources of books or online helps would be appreciated. I have already decided to make a muslin prototype and think I’ll start this soon.

Today is opening day for the KC Royals so I see baseball and stitching in my afternoon plan.

Thank you for stopping by this week and I hope you have time to stitch every day! ttfn…sue