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Monday, April 18, 2011

Random Thoughts on a Dreary Monday Afternoon

Random thoughts as I count down the minutes until I can go home....

I ate an entire bag of Dove chocolate eggs. Yes, the ENTIRE bag and now I feel ick. My bad. Tasted good while I shoveled them in my mouth. Now? Not so much. And I'm waiting for the eventual sugar crash. I have a doctor's appointment next week too. He'll just be thrilled when I get on the scale and am up 7 pounds from last year. I can't wait for the lecture and the threat of dire diseases because I can't resist chocolate-y goodness.  (Oh my, I just figured out the number of WW points in that bag of chocolate- 42!!!!  I'm!).

Wishing I was home stitching. I am almost done with Alphabets. Only one more bird, a cherry and the bottom border to stitch. If I put my mind to it, I could finish it up tonight but I need to stitch on something else so that will have to wait. Hey, it's only been a Wip for almost 3 years so what's a few more days or a week?

I Sigh Not for Beauty is making me sigh....actually, the sampler is making me curse. A really nasty frog has attached itself to this sampler and won't let go. I messed up those pomegrante flowers and had to rip out 2 of them and I misplaced one of the vines coming off the border. It's been a struggle, but I shall overcome! I love the sampler too so that helps.

I got Lucy Minton and Her Sampler back from Michaels. Her Sampler looks ok but I can't help but think of the crooked hacked off fabric stuffed behind the frame. Lucy Minton has "issues". Michaels left out the spacers. I got that fixed. And she's stretched a little wonky. The woman who stretched her pulled the linen to the right so the linen weave slants. It bothers me a little because if you come up close to the piece you can see it. Is it something I should have redone? Maybe. But I've learned a lesson, I will stretch my pieces from now on. Or maybe insist that Heidi (the framer that I like) frames my pieces exclusively.

Check out Woolwoman's blog for a pic of what she won for my "I'm Sick of Winter Giveaway"....the piece I made her came out sweet...

I painted my craft room tangerine. Yes, tangerine. It's the coolest shade of orange. My DH thinks I'm nuts. But I love that the room glows. You should have seen me moving all the goods out of the room. It was like a clown car. things just kept pouring out of it, filing up the hallway and the balcony. It was embarrassing and my DH was astonished at all MY STUFF. It's been sorta suffocating but I vowed, as God is my witness, that when I reassemble the room, I will be able to stitch there, paint there and not feel like it's crushing me.

I started to disassemble all my magazines, keeping only what appealed to me, mainly the sampler patterns. I felt like I was committing a crime ripping up Samplers and Antique Quarterly magazines, but people, I've been collecting them for at least 10 years and I think I can reduce that 10 year collection to a binder or 2. Please don't be hatin' me for defacing those magazines. Oh, and I threw out about 10 years worth of Martha Stewart Living too. And I have Country Sampler magazines, Country Home, Mary Englebriet, oh my...can I qualify as a hoarder? I am looking forward to getting the room back together, organized and calm. The sheer amount of stuff in there actually made me nervous. I am having the DH put up a shelf close to theceiling so that I can put my "toys"on. Looking forward to having them up off the tops of the cabinets and desk.

So, if the weather would cooperate, I may be able to snap a few pictures. I don't know when I will be able to though, it's cold and rainy here....there was SNOW in the air yesterday. I don't think Winter wants to unclutch us yet.

Oh, how I want warm weather....

And one last thing....a question about storage of linen and WIPs.
How do you store your excess fabric and WIPs?  I was storing my linen in a dresser but when we moved it we noticed that 2 of the 3 drawers were falling apart.  My DH isn't sure he can fix them so I may have to find an alternative method of storage.   What do you do?
And my WIPs are stored in hugh ziplock bags, with the fabric, pattern and fibers.  I have "ahem" many and they are stuffed in a few baskets.  I'd like to store them in one place neatly.  How do you store your Wips so they are accessible but "out of sight?
Anyway, enough rambling....thanks for coming by!


Teresa said...

Oh I have been there eating the entire bag of something or another, and I don't mean carrots.
I commend you for only keeping out of the magazines what you want. I keep saying I am going to do that with my cooking magazines.
Good luck with the tangerine room, I have not been stitching long enough to have a linen stash my little bit is in a small file type box.
Teresa's Heartfelt Stitches

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

What a newsy, great post! I love that you ate a whole bag of chocolates - a girl after my own heart!!! I've done that more than once and yep, the crash (and calories) is not fun.

Sorry about the frogs and ISNFB. I hate when they come to visit - it can really take the wind out of your sails, doesn't it?

I would love to see pics of your tangerine room - how cheerful and fun!!! I love my watermelon pink room - not something I could do anywhere else in my house but in my space - anything goes!

I'm all for tearing out the patterns in magazines. Easier to store and lets face it, way easier to find one if you only have to flip thru a notebook rather than several magazines to find a pattern.

Terri said...

Oh gosh, I'm so glad to see this post! I'm getting ready to start ripping on my magazines as well. I have put it off trying to decide how I'm going to 'index' them so I can find what I'm looking for. I'll probably just list them as the magazine is listed (Summer 2010, etc.).

I would also like to see your tangerine room. I immediately thought of a creamcicle when I read the color.

Barb said...

I ate an entire bag of jelly beans within 3 days a couple of weeks ago. Disgusting. Then I joined Weight Watchers! I want some candy!

I sold all of my old magazines (not cross stitch ones) at a yard sale and I rarely buy magazines anymore. I'm just not into clutter these days.

My method of storing stuff is not so great. I have plastic storage drawers with fabric in zip lock bags and kitted projects in their own bags. Charts and magazines go in a plastic file box. Nothing fancy but it suits my needs. I don't have the space for too much stuff. Someday I may have my own space but til then this will have to do.

Michael's left the spacers out on some of my stuff once. You would think they would automatically put them in!

marly said...

I'm SO glad to hear I'm not the only one that can eat an entire bag of chocolate at one time. I'll bet that recycle dumpster was awful heavy with all those magazines! Good for you - let's see the tangerine room!

Nancy said...

I hate to admit it but I too have eatten a whole bag of chocolates in one day and more than once. Chocolate just calls to me! LOL It does leave you feeling icky and tired in the end.

Sorry about the frogs! They are frustrating. Hopefully they will disappear never to return once you rip them out.

Hope your stitching moves on with no more problems!

Please post pictures of your room!

Laurie in Iowa said...

You mean there are people out there who don't eat an entire bag of Dove chocolate eggs???
Sorry the frog is plaguing you on ISNFB. That's always a bummer when you have to unstitch.
Wow... your room is undergoing a major renovation and organization. Good for you. We need to see some pics when you have everything to your liking.

Terri said...

Oh, I forgot to add my chocolate eating confessions too! I once was craving chocolate so bad that I ate an entire bag of double dipped peanuts. And I don't even LIKE peanuts! I was so good going down, but like you I felt awful after the sugar high went away. Hope you're feeling better today :)

woolwoman said...

I'm a terrible organizer - all my stuff is just thrown around my wool room - only my rug hooking stuff is decently organized - my stitching stuff is a wreck - piles of charts - stacks of kitted projects - AACCKK - hope you find magic in your tangerine room. Love those Dove eggs - hope they are not sold out when I stop to get my personal bag. Hope Easter is bright and sunny up in your area - cheers! Mel

Sherry said...

I too feel the need to go through magazines and lessen the load a little. I have eaten more than my share of chocolate in a single sitting too.

I have been wanting to get ISNFB but there are speciality stitches which I hate doing. I love the verse but the border is another thing holding me back right now.

ohiofarmgirl said...

Oh my...42 might have to do a long walk to help out. It is so hard, isn't it. I am on hold since my Mother became ill, I just can't do it...I am trying to be careful not to gain. I was within 20 lbs of my goal but I just have to be with her right now.But I will start again and finish this time.
Hope all is well. Dianntha