Dear Stacy ...
I don't believe I've ever written to express my deep appreciation of your designing talent. Without fail, every time I visit your pattern site there seems to be a new pattern singing its siren song to me. "Buy me," it cries! "Buy me!" And I do : )
I have stitched several of your patterns in this my third stitching life & they have always been a joy! Well, most times they've been a joy. I am reminded of your gorgeous Seek Joy In All Things Pinkeep Pillow design which I stitched & hold the finished product near & dear to my heart, but oy ... that big honkin' house! I am not a fan of big honkin' anything. Big honkin' houses, big honkin' trees, big honkin' animals, etc. I love seeing them, I love having them, but when I have to stitch them myself, I repeat, oy! But this is not your fault, dear Stacy ... this fault lies with me alone.
A week or so ago I was perusing my chart filing system when I spotted your Winter Woolens Cupboard Pinkeep design. My heart began to beat a little faster. My breathing became labored. My hands started to shake. I mean honestly Stacy ... you had to have been inside my head when you designed this one! Winter? Woolens? A reindeer? Quick! Where's my needle? Where's my DMC? I couldn't start stitching it fast enough! It looked like a pretty quick stitch, & it was going along very smoothly until the end when I discovered those cute little berries on the backstitched fir tree were none other than French knots. FRENCH KNOTS! Why, Stacy? Why? What on earth possessed you? I know from past experiences that French knots & I are not good friends. Sometime last year I had the great privilege to be introduced to Colonial knots & we bonded. I comforted myself with the fact that I'd just make the substitution & my stitching life would continue along a happy path. It didn't. There are "only" 13 of these little knots in this particular design. 13. That number should've been a warning to me. Unlucky 13. I started, frogged, restarted, frogged again, restarted again, frogged again ... well, you get the idea. What in my memory seems like several lifetimes later I made the last Colonial knot, hid the end of my thread & whispered a little prayer that went something like "Thank God that's over!" Unfortunately for me, whenever I look at this cute little fir tree with 13 red berries on it I see nothing but a cute little fir tree with 13 great big fat ugly knots!
I have gently placed the completed stitching on my dining table (I can see it from where I'm typing now) & I guess I'm hoping that some little gnomes or fairies or elves will come in one night whilst I am asleep & re-do those knots for me. However, these little creatures have never shown up to help me in the past & I don't have much faith that they will show up now. I keep telling myself the obvious. "Look here," I say! "This is a primitive stitching! PRIMITIVE! Those knots are SUPPOSED to look like crap!" However, my bigger & much stronger personality trait, Perfectionism, opens wide her critical eye & taunts me with my inadequacies.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Dear Stacy ...
Posted by Shirlee at 8:59 PM
Monday, August 27, 2012
It's not often that I do 3 posts in one day (& the congregation says AMEN!) but on my way to the kitchen I took a look outside to see if I needed to replenish the water in the birdbath & look what was getting a drink!
Posted by Shirlee at 6:26 PM
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This trunk next to "Sophie's box" (photo can be seen at the end of this blog post) caught the attention of one of my followers. This is an old trunk that some very talented person painted with an Americana/primitive theme. I was lucky enough to find it at a local prim shop shortly after we moved here. I love Americana/patriotic type stuff & I fell in love with it : )
Posted by Shirlee at 11:07 AM
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Good morning & welcome to my new followers! I thank all you newbies for coming by for a visit & deciding to stick around! I also extend my heartfelt thanks to my established followers who continue to put up with me : ) So glad to have you all here!
I am really excited about it almost being September! Every day I look outside & I see more colors on the trees. Not a lot of color, mind you, but it's definitely there. It makes me want to do a September Dance! I decided to have a look around the internet to see if there actually is a September Dance & I found this little ditty by Earth, Wind & Fire. I have heard this song many times but never knew what the name of it was or that it mentioned anything about dancing in September. Once again modern technology adds to my font of knowledge : )
Posted by Shirlee at 11:37 AM
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Nothing tops off a blood testing, pancake breakfast morning like a little pampering. It's been ages since I've had my nails done professionally so I decided to splurge today before I returned home.
Posted by Shirlee at 9:55 PM
The start of a new day : ) Thus far my week has not gone as planned. I had good intentions. Lord knows I always have good intentions. However, it is at times such as these, when my plans are not realized, that I am reminded of Robert Burns' poem, To A Mouse. Was he talking about our Mouse? No. He wrote the poem in 1786 as an apology to a mouse when he was plowing a field & upturned her nest. Me thinks Mr. Burns was quite clever : )
Posted by Shirlee at 9:08 AM
Monday, August 20, 2012
Good morning! It's the start of a brand new week! Let's hope it's a good one for all of us : )
I did as much stitching this past weekend as I could do. My eye is definitely much better after a week of drops. I was so happy with how things were going on Friday that I probably stitched more than I should have & so I decided to keep my stitching to a minimum on Saturday & Sunday. Still, I completed 3 of the planned 4 Country Rustic Primitives Joy Pinkeep design : ) Below is a photo of one I made for a gift last Christmas, & the photo following that one shows the 3 stitchings I completed this weekend.
Posted by Shirlee at 10:41 AM
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Posted by Shirlee at 6:00 PM
Good morning! First of all I want to welcome my new followers! This is something I usually neglect to do publicly. What a rude, ungrateful loser I must appear to be! From now on, public welcoming will be the norm : )
Remember not long ago I mentioned that an iris was getting ready to bloom in my garden? Well, here it is!
Posted by Shirlee at 10:52 AM
Saturday, August 18, 2012
The list goes on & on!
Last month ... July 21 to be exact ... I posted about some strange fluff that gathers underneath my furniture, adhering to the furniture legs like it's adhering to fly paper. I have never seen fluff like this in any place I've ever lived but I've been plagued with it since we moved here a little over 3 year ago. I have wood floors & do keep up with the dusting but within a few days of having dust-free floors I suddenly see this fluff everywhere. My only guess was that it was coming from the furnace unit. However, when the repair guys were here last month to fix the air conditioner I scooped up a handful of this fluff from the floor & asked the head guy what it was. He said he had no idea. I asked if it was perhaps coming from the air vents but he said that was unlikely since air filters would prevent that from happening. Several followers suggested that it was dryer lint but I knew that was not the case. I suppose it sort of resembles a conglomeration of dryer lint in the photo I shared but it is not anywhere near the consistency of dryer lint. It is instead light & airy & very, very strange.
Now it's time to figure out where this fluff is coming from (obviously the furnace unit or perhaps the air vents themselves), why it's coming from there, & what it is!
Posted by Shirlee at 6:59 PM
Friday, August 17, 2012
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Thursday, August 16, 2012
Last week my sweet & thoughtful stitching friend Edgar did a post about cookies. Just seeing the word "cookies" in the title sparked my interest. I do love a good cookie : ) Edgar posted about 2 cookies in particular. You need to know up front that before he started describing these cookies he said "I am not really a fan of cookies." For someone who is not a fan of cookies to post about cookies, you just know it's going to be an interesting read : ) One of the cookies, a dark chocolate yummy from Keebler, did indeed look good & I was sure I could find here. The other cookie I have never seen for sale or even advertised here or any other place where I've ever lived or visited ... & we all know I've been around : ) This second cookie really intrigued me ... a cookie by Mother's Cookies called Taffy. Edgar indicated that these have always been his all time favorite store bought cookie. As I read the description I became more & more excited, especially when I read "What's so great about Taffys is that they are coconut flavored cookies with a slightly sweet vanilla cream filling!!" Vanilla cream? Coconut flavored? All time favorite store bought cookie? As I sat here drooling uncontrollably I commented about how luscious they did indeed look. Next thing you know, Edgar tells me he is going to send me a package to try ... & he did! They arrived yesterday! Please excuse the less than stellar photograph. My hands were shaking as I held the camera because I couldn't wait to rip into the package to try one : )
Posted by Shirlee at 8:40 AM
Monday, August 13, 2012
Ahoy, me hearties!
Came home from seeing me eye doctor & I looked pretty good!
Posted by Shirlee at 8:28 PM
Posted by Shirlee at 8:07 PM
Fear not ... I have chosen a winner in the primitives/decor shop category but am needing to "work" on the craft supplies name a bit. I have a couple avenues I can follow but the winners will be announced either this afternoon or this evening. Thank you for bearing with me : )
I am about ready to head off to the eye doctor. Yes, another doctor appointment, one which was not in this week's plans until a few moments ago. On Saturday I was my usual uncoordinated self & while using my round bristle hairbrush to blow dry my bangs ... same as I've done for years & years & years ... I somehow brought the brush up to do another pass through the bangs but ended up whacking myself ... hard ... in my wide-open right eye instead. Ouch! My eye watered & hurt for quite a while. It was of course the weekend. Not much I could do about it. Noticed later a strange "bump" to the right of my iris. It started out small, got bigger, & now has shrunk back down a bit but it looks kind of like a yellow blister & is definitely noticeable. Since it's still there & bothersome to boot I decided to call the eye doctor's office & was told I had better come in this morning. Maybe I'll get to play the part of a female pirate for a while. John might like that : )
Before I go, I wanted to share with you a new punchneedle goodie which I purchased from Ronda at Simple Thyme Prims.
Posted by Shirlee at 10:14 AM