Friday, October 17, 2014

A new project

A counted canvas piece by Gay Ann Rogers called "First Florentine Ornament".  Stitched on white Congress cloth using several Krenik braids and a skein of Caron Impressions silk/wool blend. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Never forget

I'll never forget what happened on this day in 2001.  I'll never forget where I was, what I was doing, and the people I shared that day with.

Some people immortalize the important moments of life by writing--novels, essays, short stories, poems, and songs.  Me?  I immortalize the important occasions with my needle.

So today I pulled out a sampler I've been working on for years.  I'll be stitching on it tonight.  It contains part of the poem "We Shall Keep The Faith" by Moina Michael:

We cherish, too, the Poppy red 
That grows on fields where valor led. 
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies. 

Several years ago I purchased a wonderful chart from Laura J. Perin that I've yet to stitch.  My plans are to stitch it twice on a single piece of canvas as my own personal 9/11 memorial.  It's part of her sampler collection and it's called Red White and Blue Panel.  I hope to have it stitched in time for the 15th anniversary of the attack.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Getting started...

I started on the first of the new ornament series from Country Cottage Needleworks last night. I am DETERMINED to keep up with this series, stitching AND FINISHING each ornament--one each month. Here's my start on the August release:

Monday, September 1, 2014

RIP IX has started!

Readers Imbibing Peril has started!  I've picked my perils and this year I'm participating in:

I'll be reading Beautiful Creatures (Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl), a young adult novel.  It was adapted into a movie in a year or so ago and the husband worked as an extra on the film.  One of the nieces is reaching the age where she's going to be looking for books like this on so I thought I should give it a read before recommending it to her.

One of my favorite literary genres is the short story.  I haven't decided which short story (or stories) I'll be reading, but there will certainly be at least one piece from Edgar Allen Poe.

Peril on the Screen is easy this year.  The husband and I have been slowly working our way through the DVD collection of the original Dark Shadows television series, so why not count our nightly episode (or two, or three...) as one of this year's perils?

Peril of the Group Read--this is new to me, I've never been part of a reading group.  So I've ordered a copy of the The Haunting of Hill House so that I can join the read along over at The Estella Society.

If you want more information about RIP IX head over to Stainless Steel Droppings.  Everything you want to know (and more) will be posted on Carl's site.