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Sunday, November 02, 2008

A small update

A small update for you...I am not in the best of moods so I wanted to blog a little bit of stitching.
Below is La-D-Da's, Something Wicked. I started this for my SIL a few weeks ago and believed (erroneously) that I could get it stitched in time to send it to her as a pick-me-up for Halloween. She likes Halloween, she gets a chuckle out of it and God knows she certainly needs a cackle right about now.

I made a counting error near the instep of the boot which meant a run in with the FROGS. I had the entire top of the boot outlined including the curling toe. When I started stitching the sole of the boot I realized I made a mistake because instead of 3 stitches where the boot thins out, I had 5. I really thought about leaving it or fudging it but my anal retentive self stepped in and forced me to pull out at least 200 stitches. I am really glad I am using DMC instead of NPI silk that the pattern calls for. I would have been doubly mad at all that waste of silk thread. All that's left to remove is that black blob on the right. I couldn't stand ripping out any more stitches so I ended up fixing the error and restitching the top portion. And it was worth pulling out all that black DMC cause the charm of this boot is that L-O-N-G, thin section. And yes, I've counted correctly this time. And no, my darlin' SIL will not get this for Halloween this year. Sigh...until NEXT Halloween.

As part of the stitching challenge on Let's Stitch, I started a little freebie by The Prairie Schooler. It's one of those little freebie cards. This one is a snowman. I need to make some ornaments. I want to give the Cadet and the lovely Jenna some handmade things for their tree. I thought the snowman was cute. It's stitched on 32ct Rue Green linen with DMC.

Well, I think that's all I'll post for now. I was going to bitch to you all about my frustrations with this house and the fact that nothing is 100% complete and what is, is not right and that we have 12 windows to install, 1/2 the siding to re-buy, trim and moulding to install and NO MONEY to do any of it because my no good contractor fleeced us for an obscene amount of money and left us high and dry. But I decided not to pour out those feelings to you cause a) you can't help me b) I am trying to stop complaining about everything that's not right and just be grateful and thankful that I have what I have. It's not easy. And I took out everything on my poor DH who is just beginning to thaw out after my unlady-like outburst complete with angry words and tears.
Sometimes it just goes that way.


Miss 376 said...

Hope the frogs stay away this week and you feel better able to cope with the world tomorrow. Some days it all just gets on top of us

Leah said...

Contractors scare the bejeebus out of me. I'm sorry you're having a rough time with one. :(

Love the PS's going to look great when it's done!

Laura said...

Hang in there!!! Things will get better! I had a no good contractor too; not as bad as yours though.

I am convinced the only way to get through life is to keep concentrating on all the blessings we do have and try not to dwell on the bad stuff. Easier said than done; but just know you are not alone!

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Karoline said...

{{{{Joanie}}}} I hope the frogs have taken a hike. Both projects look very cute

Caroline said...

Hi Joanie - I really like your blog! Could I ask where you got your PS snowman freebie card from? Was it your local LNS? I think this is so cute and would love to track down the pattern.


samplerlover said...

Hi Joanie,
I hope your frogs have now jumped away from you. Your shoe will look lovely when it is finished.
I love your snowman and I'm sure that the Cadet and Jenna will cherish your thoughtful gifts.
Sometimes these contractors are a right pain in the butt. If we only knew now what we knew before would save us so much hassle. Regarding this man just think of Karma. - Sandra.

Shelleen said...

sorry for how everything has been going with you. Take it easy.

Lee said...

I've been through the ringer with dirt-bag contractors, too. Not once, but twice! I feel your pain. Just remember that it all will get finished eventually and the aggravation will be only a distant memory.

Your PS freebie is going to be adorable!

Sherry said...

Cute projects! I hope things get better for you soon!