Thursday, January 31, 2013
Posted by Shirlee at 9:12 PM
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Although alcohol does not make a person's problems go away & in fact sometimes creates more, I sure do wish I had a bottle of something right now.
As I described in my last post, I had a bit of a problem with HE's Along for the Ride. I had placed 2 stitches between the snowman's back & the reindeer's tail when there should have been only one. This made the reindeer longer than it was supposed to be ... a rather wiener dog effect. I had also missed dropping a stitch before I started the last row of the reindeer where his legs hang down. This is akin to the Chinese water torture to an OCD person. Even though no one would've really noticed these errors unless I pointed them out, I knew they were there. As one thing so often leads to another, these stitching errors in the reindeer threw off my placement of the house & everything else underneath him so I had to fudge the smoke plume coming out of the right chimney to make it line up. Add to all this the fact that the suggested color of floss for the reindeer & the suggested color of the linen were very similar & I was thinking that I should've stitched the reindeer in a darker shade. (I was also thinking some thoughts about HE's designing of this ornament but I think it's best for me not to share those thoughts in polite company.)
I decided to put this project aside & work on something else for a while. I stitched a Stacy Nash bell ornament design which I shared with you in my last post, & then I went on to stitch her SNOW stocking ornament design. I stitched 2 of them actually since I had enough room for 2 on the piece of linen I had chosen to use.
Posted by Shirlee at 11:04 PM
Sunday, January 27, 2013
I'm on a slippery slope. Here is a photo of my progress thus far with Along for the Ride.
Posted by Shirlee at 10:43 AM
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Throughout my life I have been plagued many a time by second thoughts. Unfortunately, these second thoughts have almost always occurred after I've done something. "I should have never bought this house & moved to Kentucky" is a prime example.
Posted by Shirlee at 10:28 AM
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
I had a pretty good first IHSW of 2013. I finished my Festive Redbird. I decided to replace the date, which I wasn't too crazy about, with another holly leaf.
Posted by Shirlee at 10:53 AM
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Many years ago, I used to be a button collector. Not a collector like most of you probably think of ... a prim or crafty person who buys a jar of old buttons at a yard sale or at the local peddlers mall. No, I was an actual "sure I'll pay $25 for that button" button collector. I had some real treasures in the button world. After a while, like many things I've dabbled in, one day I woke up & thought "why in the world am I doing this" & I sold the whole shebang of a collection for about 1/4 of what it was worth ... but it was out of the house & thus made room for my next collecting venture, whatever that was ... lol!
When purchasing those collectible buttons I did come across a few types that I really loved & could not part with. One type was the plastic novelty buttons used on children's clothing in the 30s/40s/50s. The others were old utilitarian buttons such as underwear buttons, mother of pearl, bone, & various china buttons. I didn't have a whole lot of either of these types but I did keep the ones I had with the thought that I would use them in future crafting projects.
Over the past year or two I have been looking for more of these old utilitarian buttons when we are somewhere they might be for sale. I have had no luck at all finding them. I have also been unlucky when bidding for them on eBay. The price has always been bid up much higher than I'm willing to pay, & I can only assume that the reasonably priced "buy it nows" were snatched up the minute they were uploaded because I never saw any. Well, recently ... maybe because it's so soon after Christmas & many people don't have a lot of extra money to spend right now ... I have been able to win a couple small lots of old utilitarian buttons. Hooray for me : )
Most of the small button lots I've won ... 3 or 4 ... have been quite nice, but on Friday I received one that was so bad I actually was wishing I had put on rubber gloves before I touched them. They were grossly filthy things ... not something you could tell by the auction photo. They were mostly china buttons with a couple MOPs. I needed to clean them, but ugh! Then I got a pretty good idea ... either that or I remembered this from my old collector days. John has to use those denture soaking tablets every night for his partial. I thought soaking these buttons in that kind of solution might work quite well so he gave me one & I did an overnight soak. It worked wonders! There were still quite a few buttons that I had to use an old toothbrush on ... or scrape them with a single edge razor blade or push a toothpick through the holes to get the crud out ... but most of them didn't need anything else done to them! I then washed them all off in a soapy solution, rinsed well, & dried them with several paper towels, finally placing them on a fresh bit of paper toweling for the air to get them thoroughly dry.
Posted by Shirlee at 11:05 AM
Thursday, January 17, 2013
I didn't sleep well last night & then woke very early this morning. While sitting in my recliner I thought I'd have a bit of Christmas & open one of the packages still under the tree. I chose to open the gift my friend Paula sent to me. She lives in Portugal. She used to have a blog & I hope she will again one of these days : ) Sadly I forgot to take a photo of the package before opening it but here is what was inside!
Posted by Shirlee at 11:47 AM
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Thank you for your prayers & good wishes regarding my recovery. It has been a rough 18 hours or so. Once the anesthetic started wearing off last night, the pain hit with a vengeance. The prescription pain medication barely made a dent in it. The right side of my face is quite swollen despite the postop instructions to ice it. If this had been a regular root canal or even treatment for a slightly infected one, I would not be going through this. However, since the infection in this root canal was so massive, the endodontist had to literally cut my gum where the root canal had been done Lord knows how many years ago to get out the infection with lots of cutting & scraping, etc. He even had to do a bone graft because of how much damage the infection had done. The procedure lasted 2 hours. I have 8 or 9 stitches ... I lost count while he was making them ... & an appointment to have them taken out on Friday. I called & left a message for him earlier this morning but thus far no callback. Looks like I will have to call again after lunch : (
Despite the pain & swelling, I am hungry as a horse! Sadly I can't have anything except soft foods & liquids for the next few days. I am longing for chips & salsa or a good burger : )
Last night I made an attempt on a new start ... the Festive Redbird I posted about yesterday ... but I didn't get more than a few stitches put in before I just couldn't concentrate on it anymore.
Posted by Shirlee at 12:43 PM
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
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.
Posted by Shirlee at 6:50 PM
Monday, January 14, 2013
Before I say anything else, I would like to thank everyone who has left comments on my blog these past 2 weeks or so. Sadly, with the very, very, very bad thing falling into my lap (please do continue to pray about this, by the way ... it's still overshadowing my every waking moment), the holidays, & my getting sick, I have not been able to respond to them : ( I deeply apologize for this. I know that some of you have asked me questions in your comments & I will eventually answer these. Please just give me a bit more time. Thank you : )
Now for the fabric choice question. This year I would really like to stitch Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow. I will be using the recommended silk threads thanks to Santa Bear's generosity : ) I know some of you have stitched this chart on something other than the recommended 40 count examplar linen. I don't mind stitching on this linen. I'm assuming I stitch over 2? However, if someone knows of a nicer linen for this project, please let me know.
I would also like to stitch a few Prairie Schooler ornaments this year. I have yet to stitch any even though I started buying charts during the Christmas of 2011 when Marly so brazenly posted photos of her multitudes : ) I remember someone posting once upon a time that using the recommended 18 count Davos made the ornaments too big. I don't want them to be too big. Can anyone recommend a nice fabric to use for these ornaments that won't make it look like I'm hanging sofa pillows on my tree?
I've been stitching but I have no photos to share with you yet. Maybe today : )
Yesterday I noticed a female cardinal perched outside the back door for the longest time on top of a tree post. She seemed to be looking for something in the yard or maybe surveying it for some reason. She was there for so long that I grabbed my camera. She flew away soon after I took the photo. Last year we had about a dozen pair of cardinals coming to partake of our bird seeds & cakes. This year I'm counting 6 pair.
Posted by Shirlee at 7:44 AM
Friday, January 11, 2013
Posted by Shirlee at 10:41 AM
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Recently I was lucky enough to be the winner of a giveaway offered by Ranae over at Stitch by Stitch. She had stitched Bent Creek's Photobooth Snowmen & offered the chart to one of her followers. I was very excited to win it because I love snowman & this design just makes me smile when I look at it : ) However, when I received it I realized that I will be needing to stitch 2 of these designs ... one for me & one for my best friend from high school, Ruthie. Ruthie & I have a history with snowmen & whenever we give gifts to each other they are snowman related, but there's a bit more of a history here than that : )
When we were seniors, Ruthie & I occasionally met at school in the mornings before classes began & decided to skip. Most often we skipped a couple classes, but there was a time or two when we left the school grounds & skipped the entire day. One of these days in particular stands out in my memory. It was in the wintertime. Both Ruthie & I loved snow. We walked nearly 3 miles through the woods, enjoying the silence of the early morning & the snow falling down, to Fox Chapel Plaza where we caught a bus to downtown Pittsburgh & spent the day strolling through the stores & getting ourselves a cup of hot chocolate at a place called The Colonnade. We timed things so that we were back at the Fox Chapel Plaza when the school bus for that area arrived at the nearby stop. We then each called our mothers & told them we were at the plaza because we had mistakenly caught the wrong school bus. We separated at that point because Ruthie lived in a totally different town than I did & our being together when our mothers came to pick us up would've raised suspicion ... lol! Oh what a tangled web we wove : )
On this particular day we splurged on a strip of photos from a photobooth. I was really on the ball back then & had the smarts to write the date on the back ... December 8, 1970. 42 years ago! Good grief! Little did we know back then what a precious gift the memory of that day would be for both of us in the future. In the first 2 photos Ruthie is holding a note. It's totally unreadable in the photos but it says "Come and get us Eugene!" Eugene Bolt was the name of the assistant principal at school. He was the staff member who patrolled the halls looking for kids breaking the rules. We gave him more than a few gray hairs, I'm sure : )
You can see why I need to stitch 2 of these designs : )
Posted by Shirlee at 11:08 AM
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
First off I want to thank everyone who has sent me prayers & good wishes. Surely I have never been so sick in my life. I feared that pneumonia was settling in (I've had it twice in the past) so last Friday I got an appointment with the doctor. No pneumonia, thank God, but no flu either! Turns out a virus is going around with the flu & I caught the virus. I was told nothing could be done but get lots of rest & wait it out. Today I am feeling a bit stronger & for the past 2 nights I have been able to go to bed without plastering my chest with Vicks VapoRub. Although death is still gripping at my ankles, I have the feeling that by the weekend I should be right as rain. I hope so!
Now that I'm not constantly thinking "take me now, Jesus," I am thinking of rather unpleasant things like taking down the Christmas decorations, opening the last of my gifts (yes, there are still gifts under the tree) ...
Posted by Shirlee at 11:08 AM
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Okay ... I'm probably not literally at death's door but I sure do feel like I am. Lord knows I have plenty of health issues in my life but I hardly ever get colds or the flu. In the past when these maladies have stricken me, I usually felt fine within a day. It has been years since the last time I was sick ... so many years I can't even remember the last time! In retrospect I probably shouldn't have gone to my endocrinologist appointment yesterday but, in my defense, I thought I was getting better. Foolish me. Last night I begged John to return all my Christmas gifts & bring me home a gun. I don't think there's a part of my body that doesn't hurt. My nose is constantly running. My throat feels raw & 3 times its size. I'm coughing & feverish. I have chills. I hate this!!! In retrospect again I probably should have had the smarts to remember that the symptoms of illness are always better during the day & worse at night, & I should have asked John to stop at one of the many drug stores we passed on the way to & from my appointment so we could pick up some Thera Flu or Nyquil or something. Instead I curled in my recliner, covered up with 2 blankets, & waited for Jesus to come get me. I'm still here.
I did manage to do some stitching last night & I finished LHN's It's Snow Cold.
Posted by Shirlee at 9:36 AM