Weekend Links — 10/14/17

Ah, another week has gone by already. I didn’t do any stitching, but I did finish rereading the Harry Potter series, participated in a panel discussion at a library conference, and went to a truly amazing concert.

But, here is this week’s roundup of needlework, art, and book news from around the web:

 

Video of the Week

“Go” by Glen Phillips

Posted in Creative News and Links | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Friday Finds — 10/06/17

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

friday-finds-2017-template

Here are this week’s links:

 

Video of the Week

“Everybody ought to hug somebody at least once a day…” ((Hugs)) to all my readers and blog visitors this week…

 

Posted in Creative News and Links | Tagged , | 1 Comment

WIP Thursday — A Small Stitching Update

So, there has not been a lot of stitching happening around here the past couple weeks. When I do have a spare evening, I’ve either been going to bed really early out of exhaustion or reading Harry Potter (see my previous books post).

But, here is where I am at with the Prairie Schooler “Evergreen” ornament series. First, I finished the fox motif:

finished-fox-prairie-schooler

He’s cute, and I love how he turned out.

Then, I started the deer ornament that appears on the back of the chart booklet:

deer-start-prairie-schooler

I love how it looks so far. I hope that posting this update will help me get my stitchy bug back so I can post more updates soon!

stitchy bug

Posted in Cross-Stitch and Needlework | 4 Comments

What I’m Reading — October 2017

Every month I share what books I finished last month and what I’m reading now. I also love to hear what others are reading. Share your own book recommendations in the comments or friend me on Goodreads!

What I'm Reading--Oct 2017

Finished in September

Well, my reading list this past month is an indicator of how stressed out I’ve been. I’ve been very busy both at home and at work, so I have been using books as an escape — big time. I finished a whopping seven books this past month.

  • If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?: Advice to the Young—The Graduation Speeches by Kurt Vonnegut. I listened to this one in audiobook format. I’m a fan of Vonnegut, but I did not love this collection. There was a lot of repetition in the speeches, so I felt like this didn’t really need to be a separate book, and there were a few things that made me cringe…
  • My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman. Oh my goodness, I loved this book so much. I cried like an idiot. So sweet, so wonderful, so magical…Highly recommended.
  • Small Move, Big Change: Using Microresolutions to Transform Your Life Permanently by Caroline L. Arnold. Meh, this was okay. I listened to this in audiobook format, too. The author basically has one simple idea about microresolutions, which she then beats to death with innumerable examples in order to fill enough pages for a book. The basic idea is great, but most of the examples were not relevant to my situation, so the book became a chore to listen to.
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling. Yes, here are the stress reads. I’ve started re-reading the Harry Potter series, and I cannot put them down. This is basically why I haven’t posted to my blog or gotten any stitching done in the past couple weeks.

Reading Now

I’m still reading the books I mentioned last month, although I did abandon the Bronsky novel. It seems like a good book, but I just wasn’t in the mood for that particular story. I’m also about 200 pages into Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.


Here’s what I read in October 2016. Hey, I read some good books that month.

What are you reading right now? I’d love to get your recommendations in the comments!

 

 

 

Posted in Books and Reading | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Friday Finds — 09/22/17

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

This week simultaneously dragged on forever and went by super fast. How it that possible? My husband and I have been de-stressing by re-watching the Harry Potter movies. Tonight’s film: Prisoner of Azkaban. It has been at least a couple years since we last watched these movies, and somehow they are even better than I remembered.

friday-finds-2017-template

Here are this week’s links:

 

Video of the Week

This vintage commercial cracked me up because my sister and I both had these dolls. I think mine was Mandy and my sister had the Jenny doll. But, this brought back memories.

Posted in Creative News and Links | Tagged , | Leave a comment

WIP Weds: Christmas Ornaments Progress

I have been doing some stitching around here even though I did not get a chance to post any cross-stitch updates last week. I’m still working on the “Evergreen” chart by The Prairie Schooler. They are a fun group of ornaments that use a limited color palette and stitch up fast.

WIP Wednesday logo

A couple of weeks ago I was still working on the dove of peace ornament. I did get that one finished last week. Here it is:

dove-of-peace-ornament

The white does not show up very well in the photos because of the oatmeal color of the fabric. I do wish I had chosen a darker fabric, but…live and learn. It does look a little better in person, but the details do disappear into the fabric.

After finishing the dove, I decided to start on the fox ornament. Here was my start:

fox-ornament-start

Partly I wanted to stitch something with less white. I love the bright, bold red that is used in this pattern.

Because the fox is red all over, he stitched up pretty fast:

fox-ornament-progress

Then I started on the details in the fox, including his eyes, ears, and feet, but I ran out of thread with only three stitches left in his second foot!

fox-ornament

I tried to make that last little bit of thread stretch, but I just couldn’t make it. I do have more 3371, but I thought it was funny that this was my stopping point.

I expect to have this little guy finished in no time. But, I’m still not sure how I want to finish the ornaments. I don’t know if I want to do a flat finishing or pillow-style. I haven’t done any pillow ornaments in awhile…we’ll see.

 

 

Posted in Cross-Stitch and Needlework | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

Weekend Links — 09/16/17

Ah, I’m glad I made it through the week. Will be posting some catch-up posts soon! But, here are this week’s crafty and bookish links:

 

Video of the Week

Never get tired of watching this. Such a gorgeous blanket.

Posted in Creative News and Links | Tagged ,

What I’m Reading — September 2017

Every month I share what books I finished last month and what I’m reading now. I also love to hear what others are reading. Share your own book recommendations in the comments or friend me on Goodreads!

What I'm Reading--Sept 2017

Once again, I only finished one book this past month. But, I have a feeling September will be a big month for reading.

Finished in August

Still Reading Now


Here’s what I read in September 2016.


What are you reading this month? Let me know in the comments!

 

Posted in Books and Reading | Tagged , , | 6 Comments

Friday Finds — 09/08/17

I can hardly believe that Labor Day was this past Monday. This did not feel like a 4-day work week. I’m ready to crash.

—*~*~*—

Friday Finds is my weekly round-up of needlework, textile, books and art links from my wanderings around the web.

friday-finds-2017-template

Here are this week’s links:

 

Video of the Week

This short video is a clip from an upcoming episode of Craft in America on PBS about the importance of weaving in Mexican textiles.

Posted in Creative News and Links | Tagged ,

WIP Weds: Prairie Schooler “Evergreen” Ornament 2

I’ve done a little stitching since last week, but not as much as I would like. I am continuing with the Prairie Schooler “Evergreen” chart and stitching the motifs as separate ornaments. I’ve made a start on the second ornament, which is a dove of peace. Progress pics below!

WIP Wednesday logo

I’m stitching all of the ornaments on an 18 count Aida in a rustic oatmeal color. Unfortunately, once again, I am wishing I had chosen a darker fabric because the white thread does not show up very well against the oatmeal background. But, I am sticking with it because I’ve already cut all of the fabric pieces for the ornaments.

peace-dove-ornament-1

The subtle effect of the white against the off-white background does look kind of nice, too. I think it will work out in the end. The photo below shows where I am currently at with this piece.

peace-dove-2

This ornament has more details that the Santa ornament did, so there is more changing thread colors for all of these little bits, but I expect I will finish it pretty quickly. By next week, I’d like to have this one done and be on to number three!

Posted in Cross-Stitch and Needlework | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments