Tuesday, January 15, 2013

I'm Not Really a Heart Person

My thanks to everyone who sent me their prayers & good wishes for my surgery!  The endodontist decided to perform surgery on the worst of the two root canal infections but he believes he can take care of the other infection without surgical involvement. I hope so.  He didn't want to work on both sides today for which I am glad.  We just got home a little while ago.  Although he pumped a lot of anesthetic into me beforehand & I felt literally no pain as he was cutting & drilling & filing & pushing & scraping & stitching away, when the anesthetic started to wear off then the pain came with it. It's not real bad but bad enough that I'll be definitely taking a prescription pain reliever tonight.  He referred to the infection as "massive" & more pronounced than he originally thought but  not as damaging as it could have been.  I go back on Friday to have the stitches removed.  I'm supposed to eat soft foods until then.  Naturally right now I'm craving anything that will make a crunching noise when I eat it ... lol!        

I thought I would share my 3rd & 4th finish of the year with you.  First off, HE's All Is Calm.

I know I've mentioned it before but I really, really had fun stitching this ... even with the backstitching & the 3 colonial knots that the designer slipped in there.  All in all, I found it quite relaxing as well.  I made just a couple small changes.  The snowman is supposed to have a mouth.  I did stitch it but didn't keep it because I felt it made him look too cartoonish.  We will just say he's being very pensive as he gazes out over the fields on this cold winter's night.  The other change I made was the sheep's eyes.  The designer wants them made with 2 short backstitches using 2 strands of DMC 3045 which is somewhat yellow.  I tried it but the result looked like a movie poster for Zombie Sheep. I decided to use DMC 3371 instead which is a black brown.  If you look very, very closely you can see them.  They are more visible in person but not by much.  It just looks like she's closing her eyes, feeling safe standing by her snowman shepherd.  Yep ... great stitch   : )   The only thing that is missing at this time is the little star charm that will be attached to the top of the snowman's staff when it comes time to finish the design into an ornament.

My next project I chose not only because there was something about it that called to me but also because I felt it was time for a quick stitch.  Another HE design.  This one is from their Merry Noel Collection  & is called "Joyous Heart."  I'm not really a heart person but something about the design really called to me.  It will make a nice bit of difference displayed with the usual square or rectangle ornament shapes.  I used 32 count amber linen rather than the suggested 28 count along with the suggested CC, Sampler, Weeks, & DMC floss.    
I did leave off the stitched border.  I think it would look nice if you were going to frame the design or even if you were going to finish it into a rectangular shaped ornament, but it just seemed out of place to me on the heart shaped finish.  That's just my thoughts though.
Once again HE snuck in some colonial knots which I didn't notice when I ordered the chart.  12 of them!  It took several tries but I finally got them all stitched.  This ornament also has a little pineapple charm which will be added before making it into an ornament.

You will note that I stitched the above ornament to the side, rather than in the center, of a bigger piece of linen than necessary.  This piece of linen was cut this size in my stash & I thought I could maybe add another heart design to the other side if I planned things right which I think I did.  Yep, another heart design caught my eye.  This is not going to be a trend, believe me, but when something calls to you, you answer   : )   This design will be another from HE's Merry Noel Collection ... Festive Redbird.  I think you can see why I couldn't pass it by   : )   I don't want to stitch the date but I'll figure out something to put down there.  If you have any ideas, feel free to share   : )
That's it for now ... time to ice my face again  : )

19 comments:

Maggee said...

So glad to hear you got through the surgery well enough. By next week at this time, it will hopefully all be a memory!! Cute cute finishes. I received the third one, with the red bird, as a present, and I really like it too! Take it easy now! Hugs!

Peggy Lee said...

I am so happy to hear the surgery went well, especially since the infection was more than the doctor had anticipated. I said a little prayer for you today.
Your finishes are beautiful. I agree with every change you made. I especially like the last one though. So cute!
Hope you have a peaceful night's rest.

Judy said...

Hope all goes well post op. You have certinally be through alot in the dental area! The HE sitiches are as cute as ever. I have all of these charts also..someday I will get to them.

Judy heartland stitcher

bettyj said...

Glad you are doing well and I love those hearts! Prayers for you to see some light my friend and no more very, very, very, bad stuff!

CalamityJr said...

Oh, your poor mouth. Hope you're feeling much better by the time you get back to reading comments. Your finishes are lovely. On the second heart I'd be tempted to change to ABC to Peace and the date to Joy. It's an option, anyway!

Kaisievic said...

Oooh root canal surgery is dreadful! I once had one done with no anaesthetic as the infection was so massive that the dentist said it wouldn't work. I now have such a fear of going to the dentist. I think it was worse than childbirth! Needless to say, I now go to a much better dentist who is very sensitive to my pain and understands my fear of dentists. I feel your pain, Shirlee. Lovely finishes - love both designs.
Hope you feel better soon.

April said...

Wishing you a painfree speedy recovery. Those are great stitchys from HSE. Take care of yourself and get lots of stitching done! lol

Mouse said...

yeahhhh well done you ... not just for the dentist ..lol
lovely stitching and the cardinal bird one is gorgeous too , how about your initials there ??? love mouse xxxxx

cucki said...

Hello dear Glad you are doing well and I love the hearts so much..
Prayers for you xx

Siobhán said...

I'm glad that the surgery went well! I hope you heal quickly and that you're not in too much pain. Love the stitching! I need to dig up my Redbird chart pack. I know I have it and had planned to stitch it asap, which means it went into a 'to be stitched now' pile, and I have a bunch of those floating around the house. Egads. Hope you're feeling okay today! xo

Mii Stitch said...

Glad it all went well. Hope you don't suffer too much & congrats on these little beauties!!!

The Inspired Stitcher said...

I'm glad you made it through the surgery okay. Dental stuff shoots me to the moon. Yuck! I love the finishes. Maybe you could add more of that chain border above the cardinal just below it. Take care of yourself and feel better! Hugs.

Carol said...

It sounds like the worst is behind you in terms of your mouth surgery, Shirlee... so glad you found a dentist you trusted to do the job right. I hope you heal quickly and without too much pain...

Your little HE finishes are so cute--I also have the Festive Redbird in my stash--hope to stitch it this year, too! I'm nervous about doing a heart finish, though!

Hope you feel better and better as the week goes by...sending a big hug down to KY!

Vickie said...

I am praying for you Shirlee. You hang in there. Don't miss your meds!
Sweet stitching Shirlee.

gracie said...

Hope the pain will be tolerable...and soon be gone. Love the stitching.

Melissa said...

Double root canal... I admire your bravery! I hope everything clears up soon with the infection!!!! I love your ornament finishes - all so lovely :) I especially like the one with the cardinal. Something about that bird which just so elegant and beautiful. Happy Stitching!

Melissa

marly said...

I love the Joyous Heart design. Sorry you have so much discomfort and pain but I'll bet you're glad it's over. Take your pills and rest while dreaming of prohibited foods!

geeky Heather said...

Ouch!!! I hope you are feeling better! I do see why you couldn't pass that red bird by. :) What about "Noel" where the date is? Same numbers of characters.

Suzanne said...

Glad to read that the surgery went well. I hope that you are feeling much better now. Nice finishes!