Wow, life sure gets in the way when you really think it shouldn’t or when you try and plan out your life for ahead. I find that once I start planning for stuff in my life or for doing things that something comes up and turns my plans completely upside down. Like trying to finish a piece of cross stitching, or getting to a certain point before the end of the month; even making these blog posts, I plan to take time out of my day to write one and then something happens and then before I know it over a month has passed. I wish I could just make it stop and actually take the time and sit down and write, but it just can’t always be stopped. I am grateful though to all of you who all seem to be reading even though I don’t post very often. I know there aren’t many reads, however, I’m not looking to be the best or anything like that, but a few likes and few reads and comments tell me that at least me doing this is not a complete waste of time. Also, another reason that I do like to make these post (when I can) is that I really like to have this permanent record of my stitching, what was going on in my life, and what I was feeling stitching the piece. I have for a very long time found that writing is a way to just get my thoughts of something elsewhere and since I don’t have anyone that I can stitch with I find writing about it makes me feel like I am sharing my pieces and thoughts with other stitchers or crafters.
I have done a lot of stitching since I last posted, however, I haven’t done as much as I wanted and would have probably done more if it wasn’t for spraining my left wrist, which is the wrist that I hold my hoop and at the angle I hold it at after a few minutes it just gets more irritated, even when I am wearing the brace. The brace does help with everything else and I can even still work, which is very good since this will not be healed for at least another two or three weeks and I can’t or maybe almost anyone can’t just not be working for three weeks to a month. So that was a quite recent thing that happened and I guess another part of life just getting in the way is I would have to say work. And I know that that is just a horrible excuse, but there are just days that after work it is all I can do to just make it home and collapse on the couch and not able to get up for some time. Maybe I’m just easily lazy after working eight hours or maybe I’m not getting enough rest that my body needs. There are I guess just some days that I wish I could work less and just have more time for stitching, writing, and I probably would find the time and energy to clean and organize my house the way I want it to be.
Well, I have now just realized that I have been rating for over two paragraphs long and you are probably now sick of me just rating, however, though lots of my posts have little rates. This blog for me isn’t just about showing my stitching, I also like to share pieces of my life, not just to share for fun but also I think for me a lot of the times I really need to get stuff off my chest and I have found that I feel the best afterwards or have the best results doing it by writing.
So if I remember correctly my last post was before I went on my little weekend getaway to Calgary and then off to Banff after that. Stayed two days in Calgary and then two days in Banff. When we went to Calgary I got to go to the LNS that they have there, which is called: Traditional Stitches. First off what a hard place to find. Sure the address will show up on Google Maps and it will get you there, but when you get there it looks just like a two story house and there are no signs. So you think it is the wrong place and you leave, but it is the right place and if you just go up to the door there is a small white sign taped to the screen door with the name and their hours and all you do is open the door and walk in. I wish I had taken pictures. This place is just so beautiful inside and filled with so much framed stitching all over the walls. There are racks of threads of all kinds, stitching notations: like thread keepers, scissor keepers, and all those neat other things. They have so many patterns and beads, thread packs and charm packs. The store owners are so nice and kind and welcoming. I went there on the first day to Calgary and then when we were on our way back to Saskatoon we went back through Calgary again, so I just had to stop by again and the shop owner remembered me and even told me: “Oh, I knew you would be back.” which I found was very nice and funny. I found out from the owner that the reason that there were no signs out front or even a big sign in the window was that because the place is in a rural area they are by law not allowed to have any advertisement signs out on the lawn or even showing out the window. So if you decide on visiting this store the directions through Google are correct.
I don’t think I am going to show any of my stitching this time, but I will be showing what I bought when I went to Traditional Stitches and then hopefully this week will make a post of all my stitching I have done so far.
I had heard of these before on a FlossTube video that I watched, can’t remember which one it was or if it was more then one. I thought I would try them for when I am framing my own stuff. I will have to let you guys all know what I think of it when I frame something.
Of course, I had to get some fabric. The price is a lot but I would be paying the same for it ordering it and paying for shipping. I also have wanted to try stitching in 32 count fabric for a long time.
These are a pack of the Hands Across The Sea Samplers greeting cards that have a little chart on the back of each card. I have a few FlossTube friends and just cross stitching friends that I know through FaceBook and I thought I would give them a little card just to say thank you for making the videos and I have a friend through FaceBook that makes journal pages and she gave me some so I had wanted to say thank you to her in a more personal way. I will most likely never use all these, but they are really nice and a nice card to give to a stitcher.
You can’t see from the picture as the thread pack is covering it, but this pattern is from Jeannette Douglas Designs. I have always loved her designs, even though I haven’t finished anything from her, but other then what I bought on this trip I believe I have two or three other of her designs that I bought on a different trip. I don’t know what it is about her pieces but I am always just so drawn to them as soon as I see them. The one mistake I made though was that I didn’t make sure there was no charms or beads in this piece, and man is there a lot of charms and beads. I haven’t been able to find them to buy them individually, they luckily though have a charm pack for this that is actually sold at the same place I got this. So I have decided since I am going through Calgary in July when we go up to Jasper I am going to buy it there.
Had to get this chart when I saw it. I have been wanting to stitch a bee chart for a while now, but everything I had kind of seen I really didn’t like it or I liked it but I wouldn’t want it hanging around in my house. This though is very cute, not girly, and just kind of elegant.
Finally got this chart. It has been on my wishlist for over a year and when I saw it there I knew I just had to buy it.
I never knew about this designer until I listened to an episode of FiberTalk on YouTube, where they had a guest of this designer and they showed a few of her pieces and even though it is all specialty stitches I just fell in love with her work. At the store, they only had two of her patterns, the other one they had I didn’t really like it that much, but this one was one of the ones that I had liked when I went to her sight and was thinking of ordering one of her patterns. Glad I didn’t cause as you all know I love supporting my local small business stores.
I actually didn’t think I would ever buy one of these or ever stitch one. I think this was more an “Oh it is here let’s get it,” kind of purchase. If you are any kind of crafter I think you will know what I mean by that. So know that I have this one I will be getting the other three in the series and be getting the thread packs for all of them.
Yes, this is another “Oh its pretty and here, let’s buy it,” purchase. I have no plans for this at all and it might even be years till I actually stitch it. I know though I wouldn’t be doing it in those colours, I might even do it in two variegated colours, which I think would look very nice.
Another Jeannette Douglas design. I have actually already started this, and of course, I am making changes. I am deciding to give this to my mom for her birthday in August. So my plan is that instead of having the word “Friends” I am going to put the word “Mom”.
Well, that is all the stitchy stuff that I bought on my trip. I do plan on making another post with all my stitching that I am hoping I can have up this or next week. As always everyone, happy stitching. 🙂