Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Rotation Update

I wasn't able to update until tonight because my dad passed away on February 19th. I do have a little stitching to show though. I already showed the first week of my rotation, but here is the rest.

Week 2 - Mirabilia - worked on At the Met and finished most of the skirt.


Week 3 - HAED - worked on the Astronomer. Didn't get much stitched because of dad, but got a few stitches in.


Week 4 - Free - worked and finished the latest part of the Joan Elliot Faces SAL. I'll be adding the beads at the end.


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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Trying Something New

I've decided to try doing a rotation. It seems to work for some people so I thought I would give it a whirl. My plan for each month is this:

Week 1 - LHN/CCN/CCW
Week 2 - Mirabilia
Week 3 - HAED
Week 4 - anything else

So last week was Week 1 and I worked on Queen of Hearts designed by Diane Williams for Classic Colorworks. Here is where I ended.


It's at least half way done. I picked up At the Met on Sunday to work on and I'll post a picture of it next week.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Finish

I started North Pole Express on Monday and finished it today. It is a nice, fast project. You can get the pattern from your LNS when you purchase the Classic Colorworks threads. I might try to make it into a little pillow, though I need to practice with the sewing machine before I attempt that.


 I used a remnant I picked up at my LNS. It is a 32 ct. Natural Opalescent. You can see some of the sparkle in the picture.

Now I have to go start something else. I do have startitis very badly right now.

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Most Recent Face

Finally got off my tush and finished the latest face in the Joan Elliott SAL. I stitched the face 1 over 1. I love these faces.

Now I am off to start something new. I have a serious case of startitis.

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Great Customer Service

I stopped buying Vera Bradley when they moved their manufacturing to China. No offense to the Chinese, I just believe in supporting my country's businesses when possible. Quite frankly, the quality of the bags went way down. The stitching was not as good and the fabric wore through very quickly. So, when we were visiting in Roanoke a couple years ago my sisters and I went to this little gift store. We were lamenting about VB with one of the shop ladies and she showed us a new line of handbags. The maker was Stephanie Dawn. I bought a bag and a wallet. I have had this bag for two years. Just last month the magnetic clasp came off. So I emailed them about getting a replacement clasp, planning on putting it on myself. I received a very nice email from them stating they did not send out replacement parts, but to send the bag back to them and they would fix it or replace it. They included a FedEx RMA with the email. I sent it out on Monday. Tuesday I received an email saying they were shipping something to me. I got it today. A brand new bag replacing my old one. In this day and age it is so refreshing to have a company not only with goods made in America, but also with such fabulous customer service. I highly recommend them.



Isn't the fabric pretty? This is how the handbag comes. I couldn't be more pleased.

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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Playing with a Christmas Gift

Several years ago my DH got me a Kitchenaid Stand Mixer. It has been my pride and joy since then. On my Amazon wish list I had the pasta cutter set. My wonderful in-laws got me the set for Christmas. I was planning on playing with it last weekend but the plague put a dent in that idea. So this weekend was it. OMG! I love it and now here is the picture show.
The dough in waiting. This was the hardest part of the whole operation.
I had to add twice the amount of water. I suppose because it is so dry in the winter.

The roller attachment close up

The mixer with the roller attachment (ignore the messy countertop)

The dough after it has been rolled out in all the settings

More fettuccini than I know what to do with
 
Next weekend will be the spaghetti experiment. You get two different cutters in the set I got. I plan on making chicken carbonaro tonight. Now I have to go clean up  the kitchen.

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

2014 Stitching

It doesn't look like I got much stitching done this year, but I worked on a lot of larger projects. So here is what I did this year.

Red

Frosty Forest - 9 stitching projects in 1

Faces - monthly WIP
 
Thanks to everyone for the well wishes. The plague has moved on and we are now getting our strengths' back.
 Happy New Year Everyone!