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Friday, July 28, 2006

Halloween Fairy update

halloween fairy progress, about 1/3 done

Two posts in one day! :) I'm pleased with how the Halloween Fairy is coming along. Claudia, congratulations on finishing your Magic in Motion and being hooked on cross stitch again! Michelle and Singular Stitches - thanks for your comments on video games. I always think I must be a little strange to most people because I love playing video games, and I'm older than the target demographic for most of them. Just can't fit me in a neat little box. [grin]

On the health front - my local orthopedist is going to give me the next cortisone injection next week. I talked with him about it yesterday, and we are both confident about his ability to give injections (even though he hasn't done one in this area yet), and that would be SO much more convenient than my driving 7-8 hours [one-way] to get the next one. I didn't see any improvement over the initial assessment on the first one, but hopefully the second one will really help.

Have a MOST wonderful weekend everyone!

Doily finished

Crocheted with a size 6 hook, Royale Classic Crochet Thread size 10, color natural, pattern 'November' from A Year of Doilies, book 4, by Leisure Arts.

doily finished

I've also been reading a book by Jude Deveraux (never read any of hers before), called Forever, and it's pretty good so far. Maybe I'll finish it this weekend, somewhere among the gaming and the stitching and the obligatory housework / laundry. :D Have a great weekend everyone! I'll try to post an update to Halloween Fairy in a bit - I worked on her last night some while we watched some Stargate SG-1 on dvd.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Distracted again

I'm discovering the fun that is playing The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap. I've never played a Zelda game, but I'm really enjoying it. Tonight is Game Night for the boys playing Madden football, and I've decided it's Game Night for me too. I have been working on the doily, and it's nearly done (the last round may be finished tomorrow evening). Hope everyone is staying cool (or warm in the other hemisphere). I'm off to walk a bit before settling in!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Halloween Fairy so far...

halloween fairy

Micky, yes the Stitchin Post is my LNS. The last time I went over was to pick up the Halloween Fairy I had them order for me. I haven't ever ordered anything and had it shipped (I usually just send them an email or call and pick it up), but Pat & Mike are really nice people, so I shouldn't think you would have any problems ordering from their web site.

For the person who asked about beading as I go - I am finding that I use q-snaps and scroll frames less and less frequently, except for times when I need tension for specialty stitches or on needlepoint canvas. I use the sewing method instead of the stab-stitch most of the time, so I don't worry about the beads being crushed. However, when I did use frames more often and had added beads, I would cover the part of the design in the frame area with some flannel fabric before clamping it down, and that seemed to help.

Fingers crossed on the health front - I just got back from an appointment with a doctor who has dealt with a lot of coccyx / tailbone problems, and he gave me a cortisone shot right where I was experiencing the pain. This seems to have helped about 10-20% so far, and may or may not help more. We shall see. At least it's not surgery, which is what I was afraid was going to be recommended. I really like this doctor - he's very forthright, honest, and knowledgable in this area of practice. He's not close to me, which was the reason for the car rides, but I feel so far that it was worth it. If needed, we will continue with the cortisone shots as necessary, and hopefully that will take care of my problem. I really would rather not have surgery if I don't have to (he considers it the LAST treatment option), and I'm very glad he doesn't want to jump into it without trying other options first. But if I do end up having to have surgery, he is the surgeon I would want to do it.

While we were driving over, I worked on that doily I'm crocheting for a friend's mother, and have completed 22 out of 35 rounds. Here's how it looks so far (I'm really pleased with the design). It's November from the A Year of Doilies Book 4 booklet by Leisure Arts.

November doily so far

Sunday, July 16, 2006

You're absolutely right

Thanks for your comments on the Halloween Fairy and my rotation. You are absolutely right in that it's just another tool to help me along to finishes and to keep me from going crazy starting hundreds of projects!

I'll be in the car quite a bit today and tomorrow, so I'm taking along 3 projects - another fuzzy scarf I'm knitting, a crocheted doily I just started for a friend's mother, and my Halloween Fairy. I'm also taking my DS and a few games, so I shouldn't lack for entertainment.

Oh, and here is the latest on Halloween Fairy. I really like her, and I'm glad I started more or less from the top - I love having her head nearly done already.

Halloween Fairy as of July 13, 2006

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Rotation hijacked again

And I was doing so well... wink After all, I worked on Autumn (Maidens of the Seasons), and made some nice progress.

autumn maiden progress

But then I got the call from my LNS telling me that the Halloween Fairy kit was in! And so I went yesterday and picked it up after work, and [of course] it's so cute that I HAD to start it - getting in just a couple of stitches before my girlfriends and I went out to dinner. giggle Check out the progress!

halloween fairy just barely started

I know, I know, I just got back around to the rotation. But I just HAVE to work on it. I've been reading some of the messages on the Mirabilia board, and several people have run out of the black coffee floss in the kit, so I'm trying to be especially careful and frugal with that one.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

63 Squares Afghan

And it feels so much softer now that I've washed it (I used some fabric softener in the rinse). It's also very heavy - great for snuggling under when the weather gets cold again.

Thank you to everyone for your comments on Merrick! I haven't hung him on the wall yet, but when I do, I'll take pictures of my bedroom and share them. Now I'm trying to decide if I want to rearrange some of the pieces in my bedroom - but I haven't made up my mind. Oh, and yes, Katie, it was Anita who did the framing - and she did as fabulous a job as ever.

Meanwhile, I managed to have another Happy Dance - Halloween (First Love Designs) is done!

I am trying not to start anything else this month, but I've ordered a new kit just out - Mirabilia's Halloween Fairy, and I may be hard pressed not to start it when it comes in. I really hope it turns out just like the model photo, it is SO cute!

But for now I'm working on Mirabilia's Maidens of the Seasons - Autumn and my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt. I now have almost 4 flowers pieced. And I got to thinking - I know this quilt is going to be a very long term project, because I'm doing it by hand, and because it is going to be for me, but that doesn't mean I can't put it into my schedule. In fact, it might really help to set a goal of piecing one flower per month, sort of like I was doing with the 63 squares afghan. So, I think that's what I'm going to do. A flower per month. I think that's do-able, even with everything else I've got going on. I'll post new pics of that when I finish up the fourth flower. :)

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Merrick framed

Isn't he just handsome? [Yes, I know I'm biased, but still...]

We are heading over to a friend's house for a cookout, then will probably spend the rest of the afternoon inside, escaping the heat. Oh, and guess what - I finished my 63 Squares Afghan too!!!! I just need to wash it and then I can share a photo.

Margaret, I hope to have some sort of news about my tailbone in a couple of weeks. I have an appointment with a spine specialist in another state. The good news is that it seems to have stopped getting worse. The bad news is that it doesn't seem to be getting better though.

Happy Independence Day, USA, and for those of you everywhere else - Happy Tuesday! :)