Monday, September 1, 2014

RIP IX has started!

Readers Imbibing Peril has started!  I've picked my perils and this year I'm participating in:

I'll be reading Beautiful Creatures (Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl), a young adult novel.  It was adapted into a movie in a year or so ago and the husband worked as an extra on the film.  One of the nieces is reaching the age where she's going to be looking for books like this on so I thought I should give it a read before recommending it to her.

One of my favorite literary genres is the short story.  I haven't decided which short story (or stories) I'll be reading, but there will certainly be at least one piece from Edgar Allen Poe.

Peril on the Screen is easy this year.  The husband and I have been slowly working our way through the DVD collection of the original Dark Shadows television series, so why not count our nightly episode (or two, or three...) as one of this year's perils?

Peril of the Group Read--this is new to me, I've never been part of a reading group.  So I've ordered a copy of the The Haunting of Hill House so that I can join the read along over at The Estella Society.

If you want more information about RIP IX head over to Stainless Steel Droppings.  Everything you want to know (and more) will be posted on Carl's site. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Stitching like crazy!

Now that I've got my sampler off of the scroll rods I'm having a great time stitching away every evening. Yesterday I got our name charted, and today I'm going to work on charting out tne door with a slight change. What's the change?  You'll have to wait until I get it stitched to see!

Progress photo this weekend!

Monday, August 25, 2014

That may just have solved the problem!

It was much easier to work on my sampler once it was off of the scroll rods.  I don't think I will have to start over after all!


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Starting over...maybe.

It is breaking my heart--so much time wasted. But today I tool my original Family Sampler off of the scroll rods in order to start the project over on different fabric. 

I love the fabric I've been using--an incredibly fine tissue weight 49 count linen--but it is just too hard to stitch. I considered removing the fabric from the rods and starting to stitch in an embroidery hoop but I don't think it will really make that much difference.

Maybe I should give that a try before tossing the entire thing...

I did manage to find a piece of 28 count evenweave at Hobby Lobby yesterday that is almost the same color as my linen so I won't lose my color palate if I change fabrics. 

Decisions, decisions, decisions...  

EDITED:  I've decided to give the hoop a try before starting over...stay tuned for the final decision!

Monday, August 18, 2014

A berry a day...

I love these little strawberries that make up the border of this sampler. They remind me of the tiny wild strawberries that show up in our yard each spring.