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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

And there was light! And there are pictures!

Hey Everyone!

I hope you all had a great Wednesday. Life at Chez Chaos is, well, chaotic!
Today, the DH and I drove 2 hours to pick up his new truck. And 2 hours back again. The insurance company finally declared our little truck dead, they took their time cutting a check and today, we drove home a new-to-us '01 Silverado. It's a year older than the dead truck but it has less miles, is a full size pickup and has a manual transmission. All criteria that the DH had for a truck was met. He's happy. The down side to this whole affair was the truck was in Pennsylvania, 2 hours away. So, I had to take a 1/2 day personal to drive there with him and then drive the Explorer home. It was a weird day. I feel like I am on vacation but really I am not. It feels like Friday but I have to get up and go to work tomorrow. My reality is skewed right now cause I took time away from work in the middle of the week.

But there was light when I got home. The sky was brighter than it's been for the last week. Granted it was SNOWING (hello, Mother Nature, didn't you get the memo stating that it's SPRING? My daffodils are shivering!! Please send warm weather, soon!) but there was sufficient light to take some pictures.

May I present to you:

My progress on This is the Day:

Stitched on 36ct Lakeside Autumn Gold with the recommended thread. Tonight I started on the black border on the right side and finished stitching the black line under the alphabet. I am having fun with this sampler. I hope to make significant progress over the weekend cause I am sticking my ample backside in the corner of the sofa and stitching. All. Weekend. Long.

Next is Feed the Birds:

Honestly, this little sampler looks like a fast stitch but in reality it's not! I really thought that I would be done with it by now. Well, I am almost 1/2 way done. I am debating on stitching the checkerboard border or just leaving it off and putting a mat on it. The checkerboard screams 1990's! But it also adds charm to the piece. I'll have to see when the time comes. The sampler is stitched on 36ct Flax linen with good ol' DMC.
And this is my girl Bea! Only 4 more motifs to stitch and she'll be done! Can you believe it?

The motif on the bottom left next to the wheat motif should be stitched 2 threads higher than where I placed it. I am debating on ripping it out or just leaving it where it is. My OCD heart is telling me to rip it out and place it where it should be (and be accurate to the chart) but my lazy self says just to leave it. It's not affecting the placement of any other motif and I know that it doesn't affect the look of the sampler. It's just not correct. And it's a reproduction. So, dear readers, what say you? Would you rip it out and restitch it where it belongs? \
Ok, so that's all the news that's fit to type tonight. I am really tired and if I was honest with myself, I am a little anxious about work. I am sure that the work thing is actually nothing, I just have a tendency to build up things in my head. Well, time will tell... I think I am going to work a little on This Is The Day and watch some TV. And then turn in early.
So, once again, thanks for stopping by, I am tickled that you are interested in what I have to say. Leave a comment if you are inclined. I love reading what you have to say to me!

Have a wonderful Thursday!


Melissa said...

Hey, Joanie! You're doing great with your stitching. I love how everything is coming out. As to Bea, it's up to you what you are comfortable with. For me, I don't have to stay absolutely true to the chart. If it still looks ok, I would avoid ripping as I'm always afraid I'll do some damage to the linen. However, sometimes if something really bothers me, I will take the time to 'un-do' before it gets worse.

Guess what, I have not stitched since last Friday AT ALL! Hopefully will make up for it this weekend!

Glad you got your new truck. I guess your boy will be 'hands off' this one!

Jan said...

Your stitching projects are wonderful! Isn't This Is The Day a fun project? I have loved working on mine. Your Bea is lovely and I do really like Feed The Birds, don't believe I have ever seen it before. I would just continue stitching and forget the ripping, after all there are enough times that we have to do that!:)

Congrats on the new truck acquisition!

Barb said...

I'd say to do what makes you feel most comfortable. I have that OCD tendency to fix things on my stitching when I've made a mistake, but I know most people would never ever know that there is a mistake.

Hope things smooth out at work. It's awful to feel anxious.

Siobhan said...

Wonderful WIP pics, Joanie! Everything is coming along great. Personally, if it didn't look too wonky and didn't effect anything else, I'd leave that little motif where it is and call it my contribution to the piece!!

Safe travels in your new truck. As they say over here, "well wear".

Giovanna said...

Wow, you're making lots of progress on your WIPs! They all look great, keep going.

connie said...

Hi Joanie..Congratulations on your new truck.My husband and I both love our silverado..

You are coming right along on This is the day..I love feed the birds and thanks to you I see that I am going to have to get this pattern.LOL!!Bea looks great..I say if it bothers you rip it out if not leave it alone..

Vonna said...

BOY oh BOY...I can't believe how fast you are going on everything. This is the day ...stupendous
Feed the Birds...must have it...who designed it?! I love that song, never saw the pattern before - Can you let me know Joanie?
And Bea...miraculous...4 more motifs. You. GO. GIRL!

staci said...

Beautiful stitching and wonderful progress on all your projects! BP is soooo close to a happy dance...go Joanie go!!!

Leah said...

Wow, great progress pics! I think I'd leave the motif that's out of position - I think it looks fine where it is.

Deb said...

Your stitching looks great. Love the Feed the Birds piece.

Anonymous said...

Both of your WIPs look gorgeous! You're so nearly done with Bea and the Merrily Beams piece is very sweet.

As for the ripping out - well, I'm on the OCD side as well and sometimes I can live with leaving mistakes in, other times I can't. I made a mistake on my Bea at the top and if it hadn't been for the fact that it would have caused me problems further down the road, I would have left it. However, only you know how you are going to feel long-term - if it will really truly bug you, then rip.

Karoline said...

They all look gorgeous Joanie, great progress

samplerlover said...

Hi Joanie, oh my your Bea is looking lovely. It makes me want to pick up mine and do another motif. I think with Bea, that if it isn't going to affect anywhere else I'd keep going. When something like that happens to me I just think of that old Amish saying "That only God is perfect" and it's my little bit to keep the faith lol.
Your stitching is looking lovely. My there are a lot of you doing This is the Day. I can see why, it's beautiful.
I bet you will be so glad to see the end of winter. It is starting to get quite cool here. Some of my neighbours have started to light their fires.
Well dear Joanie, I hope that you have a lovely Easter and are able to have a lot of stitching time. - take care - Sandra.

Brigitte said...

Oh Joanie, your WIPs are wonderful. I will receive the JCS with This is the Day in a couple of days and then start it.
I particularly love Feeding the Birds. Whenever there are birds involved I`m thinking of buying the chart. It's such a wonderful design.
Beatrix looks terrific. I still have to stitch a couple more motifs on mine but seeing yours nearly completed makes me want to pull out mine and add more motifs. Maybe I'll do that ...

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