Friday, August 24, 2018

A Little August

Two words to describe August in Texas - Hot and Humid! I just keep repeating to myself  'we don't have to shovel snow, we don't have to shovel snow'. Doesn't make me sweat any less but there ya go.
I've managed to get in a little stitching time lately. Thought I should show you before August passes us by. Sorry about the dark picture.

I've had this frame for quite some time. Wasn't really sure what I was going to do with it so it's been in the closet until I came across this monthly set from Lizzie Kate. I have another set of LK monthlys that I change out every month but thanks to Priscilla's (if you haven't met her, go check out her blog - she has awesome finishing ideas!) brilliant idea of using magnets, I don't have to take this one apart every month! I covered a piece of tin with painters drop cloth and put that in the frame then put magnets on the back of the mounted stitched piece. (I think she sometimes, maybe always?, puts the magnet on the frame or whatever she wants it to stick to and then puts a washer on the stitched piece - probably a cheaper option) Anyway - cute as is but thought it could use a little something more so I added some mini pom-pom fringe.

I love pom-pom fringe! I think it was just the thing it needed! I have the one for September stitched and mounted but still need to add the pom-poms. Will soon have to think about getting October stitched.

That's about it from here at the moment. We have started painting the living room but have only finished two walls. Will hit #3 this weekend but it involves moving furniture so don't know if we will get to #4 or not. Not a lot of wiggle room for moving furniture around.

Much as I hate to get out in this heat and humidity, I've got errands to run today.

Hope you have a great weekend. I'll try not to melt in this Texas heat!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

This 'n That

My memory just ain't what it used to be. I don't think I've shown you my adventure in dying fabric. Hubby had to leave really early one morning so he didn't drink any coffee and as I got ready to pour out what was left in the pot I thought about some white fabric I had in my stash. Been there a LONG time - like over 15 years. I don't stitch on white fabric so I went to drag it out of the stash box. 

I pulled out a blue piece and a peach colored piece too - I doubt I would ever stitch on those pieces either. I didn't have enough coffee for all the fabric so I boiled some tea bags and mixed it in with the coffee.

Then I dunked it all in - and walked off and left it (I turned the stove off first!) I don't know how long I left it - a couple of hours maybe. Then I put it all in some warm water with some fabric wash and let it soak there for awhile. Took it out of the soapy water and rinsed well before laying it out to dry.

And this is what I ended up with. Much better!  Now I have some fabric I will actually use! I've used one piece, but it's a gift so I can't show it. 

I finished this little monthly piece but I guess I failed to take a finish photo. I need to get it mounted so I can display it. I've already started the September one. I have all of the monthly patterns and already have a frame - just need to stitch faster!

Went on a little girls weekend a couple of weeks ago. We rented a house in the country and spent the weekend stitching - we might have done more eating, talking and laughing than actual stitching! It was so much fun we are already trying to plan another one! 

Stitched up this little Christmas piece over the weekend. (I seem to be on a Lizzie Kate kick at the moment) I stitched with one strand over two and I like all of it except that little heart on the left (over the v) It doesn't show up well. I plan to stitch this again for a gift but I'm trying to decide what to do with that little heart - stitch with 2 strands, change it to pink/red or use a little charm? 

It's still hotter than hot here in Texas. We really need some rain, everything is so dry.