WIP Update and Friday Finds for 6/29/18

I did not do a lot of stitching this week, but here is my progress on the cross-stitch pattern “Fear Not” by Little House Needleworks:

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If you compare it to last week’s post, you’ll see that I finished stitching the little fence that runs along the bottom of the grassy hill. Next I plan to tackle the rest of the border on the right and then start stitching the rest of the verse which appears in the bottom half of the project.

Friday Finds

And, here are a few things I thought were worth sharing this week:

Video of the Week

Yes, you’ve probably already watched this, but if not, it is a must-see. Grab some tissues before pressing play. Also, Fr. James Martin has some great thoughts about the whole encounter, too.

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Current WIP, Friday Finds, and More!

The spring semester ended on May 12 with final grades due May 15. Teaching two sections of Art Appreciation while also working a full-time librarian job really kicked my butt, but I’m so glad I did it. I LOVED teaching the class, and I can’t wait to do it again in the fall. I am also teaching Art History I in the fall, and I have already put a draft of my syllabus together and have started working on course materials for that class.

I have so many ideas about what to do! I am trying to incorporate active learning activities into the course, which is completely different from the way I learned art history in college, which was the then-typical “art in the dark” lecture classes. But, now I am developing in-class discussions, writing assignments, group activities, and more. So, I am keeping busy this summer.

But, I am also making sure I get plenty of downtime, and I have been stitching this “Fear Not” pattern from Little House Needleworks:

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I was gifted this pattern a year or so ago along with all of the variegated threads by a very kind lady I met through Instagram.

Here is my progress so far:

Fear Not cross-stitch pattern by Little House Needleworks

It has been a nice, low-stress stitch. I’ve been working on it while I binge-watch Supernatural on Netflix. I’ve started with the first season. We’ll see how far I get.

I haven’t done a “Friday Finds” in a awhile, so here are a few things worth sharing this week:

 

Video of the Week

This brought a smile to my face.

 

Have a great weekend, and happy stitching!

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Friday Finds–04/13/18

Feeling under the weather today. Stayed home from work and spent half the day napping. Last night I put together the final PDF of my first new cross-stitch pattern in many months. It’s the first of a series, and I can’t wait to share it.

Spring is coming slowly. Today was warm, but now the temperature is dropping, the rain is moving in, and parts of the Chicago area may see snow this weekend, although it likely won’t stick. In the meantime, the daylilies are starting to come up, but the tulips have been re-frozen so many times, I don’t know if we’ll see any flowers.

But, let’s get down to business. Friday Finds is my weekly round-up of book, art, embroidery, and textile news from around the web.

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Here are this week’s links:

 

Video of the Week

Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. We need to support the arts in our schools.

 

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Friday Finds–04/06/18

Friday Finds is my weekly round-up of needlework, art, and book news from around the web.

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Here are this week’s links:

Other things: I’ve been a busy little bee behind the scenes the past couple weeks. I am working on new cross-stitch patterns for my Etsy shop! I have a whole series planned. One is done and four more are sketched out. Stay tuned!

Video of the Week

It’s been along time since I featured any animated short films, so enjoy “Defective Detective.”

 

 

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Weekend Links — 03/24/18

I made it through another week and spent the entire day today prepping for my classes for next week. But, I got done what I needed to get done. Maybe I can give myself a break tomorrow and do something crafty and fun for a change. I played around with some small projects this past week, which I will share soon.

In the meantime, here is this week’s round-up of needlework, art, and book news from around the web:

 

Video of the Week

I’m crazy about sandhill cranes. I love them. Right now they are migrating back north, and every time I hear them flying overhead (they are very noisy), I run out of the house and scan the sky until I spot them. Here’s a short video about the Great Migration that takes place out in Nebraska.

 

 

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Friday Finds

I’m back this week with another Friday Finds, my weekly round-up of needlework, art, and book news from around the web.

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I’ve been going through a stressful period recently, which has taken a toll on my health and my personal time for stitching or anything else, but I’m trying to pull myself out of this funk and reclaim my time. So, here we go…

Here are this week’s links:

 

Video of the Week

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Weekend Links — 03/03/18

Every week I post a round-up of needlework, art, and book news from around the web.

Here are this week’s links:

 

Video of the Week

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up, March is the month for luck, so here is a classic “lucky” song.

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Friday Finds — 2/23/18

Friday Finds is my weekly round-up of needlework, art, and book news from around the web.

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Here are this week’s links:

 

Video of the Week

I don’t know what this says about my sense of humor, but I own all three Trip films with Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, and I cannot get tired of watching them. Here’s a clip from the most recent The Trip to Spain.

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Friday Finds — 2/16/18

Friday Finds is my weekly round-up of needlework, art, and book news from around the web.

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Hello all,

Still very little stitching going on here. I miss it. A lot. I need to carve out some time for myself. I just requested a couple of days off during the university’s spring break in the first week of March. I am hoping it will be a few days at home to read, sew, and make stuff.

In the meantime, here are this week’s links:

 

Video of the Week

This was a song that my husband selected for our wedding playlist. Awwwww.

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Friday Finds — 2/9/18

Friday Finds is my weekly round-up of needlework, art, and book news from around the web.

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I am home from work today due to the major snowstorm in the Chicago area right now. So far I have been using the extra time to get ahead on planning in my online courses. No matter how prepared I am, it takes forever to build things out in Blackboard, which can get very frustrating. But, it is what it is…

Here are this week’s links:

 

Video of the Week

Harry Connick, Jr. “A Wink and a Smile”

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