Wishing you and all of yours a Wonderful and Joyous Holiday Season!

New Dyes

Christmas is almost here and I still havent done a thing! No decorating, no baking. nothing. I am sure though, that when Marie and the rest of the family arrive we will be cooking and playing away!
I spent the morning trying to fix my chair. My brand new chair that D bought me before we moved broke. I am so sad. The store we bought it from is a gazillion miles away so no hope to return it and fixing it is proving a bit of a challenge. I now lean to the left quite precariously and wonder how this will afect my stitching *grin* I will test it tonight ^^
SO I rigged up an area on my dye table where I could do some flat dyeing.I have been wanting to try this method for awhile and just didnt have the space or the equipment. Well the equipment part I solved with a big sheet of florist plastic. I just taped up the sides to make a nice big tray and there you go! I love this idea because its like painting almost. You only use enough dye to get the job done.No waste. but then...all the methods I use are the type that use little dye. So here is my first flat dye, what do you think?

Also, here is a pic of a few more of my ornies finished

Now I am off to fix some lunch.

Your Boss said WHAT?!?

I have been reluctant to pull out any of my big projects. I have made one excuse after the other, each feeling valid in it's own right but looking back they all seem excuses to me anyway. I just don't feel settled here. I'm not sure why. I love this place. Love the city. Love the apartment. My little room to work in is wonderful although again, not settled. It is set up perfect to sit and stitch on little things. No real area to do bigger work. No place to lay things spread out to look at them. This is important to me. You must be able to look, to gaze for days if needed, to get the feel for something. It carries you on to the next step. I am lacking that here. I could fix this I'm sure with a few more pieces of furniture, a fabric wall, etc. but I'm not going to. I will not be working on any big projects in the near future and here is why...
D is being considered for a new job. He was approached and asked if he was interested. Seems they find his communication skills excellent and wish to put him at the projects base area to better communicate. It's a big step. Just as the last one was. He has stated what his requirements are and they are flying him up there for an interview next month. The project's head has requested him. So, if all goes as planned we will be moving again in April to Strasburg. Quite an upheaval, and very unexpected...
so I dont see myself becoming settled here. Even if I want it. I am not going to jump to conclusioins and say we are definitely moving but I know my husbands capabilities and I think it is a likely conclusion.
Therefore I will content myself with simple stitching for now. Making pretties for my shop, dyeing beautiful fabrics and threads. These I feel comfortable working on here and hopefully if we move, I will find a good place to settle.

In the meantime, I have started on my new project.

I did a preliminary sketch the other night then I photographed it.

Uploaded the pic to photoshop and stretched it out.

Afterwards I fues a piece of black satin to some cotton fabric for stability and fused a few of the design elements on top.

Now it is ready to stitch!

We were also visited with a wonderful snowfall! I am just LOVING it!


Finally, FINALLY, after a long wait we have the internet. We actually had to cancel our original order and switch over to another company. It's really crazy what we had to go through to get it, and unfortunately this one doesnt have the bandwidth we are used to. It's much better than using a hotspot though!!

So yesterday I was able to upload ALL of my photos. Something that would have taken me days before. I have them all ready to start listing my flosses and velvets. Only need to finish naming things. This is one of my favorite new floss...of course XD

Coffee and Cream

and one of my favorite velvets...

Mermaid's Garden 2

I like them all so much though. They are just GORGEOUS!

I am also still working on finishing up these ornaments. Almost done now but need to spend one more evening on them.

This one is waiting for it's ribbon to be sewn on..

Then I have a whole new project in mind but I have to do some preliminary sketches. With D's whole family coming up for Chistmas I might not have much time this next week. That's ok though. I cant wait to see them =D

Time Flies

It seems Christmas is almost upon us. How did it sneak up on me so fast?

I have so much to do but little motivation. D's family is flying in, which means I need to shop for an air mattress and sheets. We need a tree and such. I need to plan a menu...

Instead of doing these things though...I have been stitching.

I AM in the mood for Christmas even with all the pressing to-do's on my mind as you can see from what I'm stitching :)

Hope all your holiday plans are going smoothly!

Christmas Goodies

I managed to get some of my dyeing done.Six new velvet quarters and 7 floss. I have yet to get the photos finished though. In the meantime I thought I would post a few pictures of what I am working on right now.

I am trying my had at a few embroidered christmas ornaments. These are just two of them and I havent ffinished either yet. I am also working with some burgundy and metallic ones which I will post pics of soon.

Hope you have all had a good week...TGIF!

I see light at the end of the tunnel!

Each day has been a slow improvement. I have had trouble with my neck for years. In and out of chiropracters, etc. I never realized though, just how debilitating a serious neck injury can be. The nausea, dizzyness and fatigue have just been crushing. Today I sit here feeling close to my usual self again thankfully. D says there is still a swollen area down my back but he says it gets smaller every day. He has been much help with massages and just being understanding. I went and sat in the park Saturday and watched him play basketball. It was a glorious day!

Best news of all, I was finally able to do some dyeing last evening. I am sitting here now listening to the washing machine run...waiting for my new batch of dyes to come out. I even feel well enough I am considering getting some stitching out tonight! Maybe tomorrow I can post some pics for you :)

Hope you all are well!

Moving Forward

So today I made a decision. I went to my bloated blog reader and made a new folder called 'Daily Reads'. Into this folder I moved a selected number of blogs and I'm determined to put an effort towards trying to read at least those every day. This doesnt mean I will stop reading the others, just trying to take some of the pressure off myself. I so enjoy reading everybody's blogs and find them all so interesting but time after time I look at my reader and see 1000+ posts to read and become overwhelmed. I find myself skimming through them to try to reduce the number. Even skipping whole posts or more likely just not reading any that day as it seems a chore. I dont want this to happen! I started reading them for a reason. I love all of you! You have opened up a whole new world to me and given me so much insight and inspiration. So now maybe I can enter that page with a little less guilt. Settle down with my coffee and spend some time with my friends. The people who's blogs I will read daily are the ones who I feel a personal connection with. People who I have talked with, shared ideas, etc. I have been shorting myself by not spending time with them each day. So that's a big load off my mind as it's been bothering me for awhile and I really felt like I was missing out!

Today I woke up to find myself with a little more mobility. The muscle running down from my neck along my spine on the left side was still quite swollen last night and this seems where the greatest problem lies. I cannot turn my head too far to either side. My hip is also affected and of course my poor bruised knee!It's amazing how you can be walking along just having the best of times and then WHAM! everything changes in a heartbeat. I am grateful though that I didn't break any bones and that my recovery does seem on it's way! Here's to being well enough on Sunday for the trip my honey promised me. We are supposed to go visit the village up above us in the mountains. Take a train up there and spend the day. Sounds exciting!

I have all my dyes mixed now. It took a few days since I really couldn't move much but I was so excited when I received them that I wanted to mix them right away! I have a pile of floss tied and ready to dye. I tied them all when I was sitting in my old apartment with it all packed up waiting to move. I'm so glad that part is out of the way as I dont think my arms would cooperate with that process right now LOL! So I think I might try my hand at a little dyeing today. I dont think it will be too much for me. If so, I will stop and wait till tomorrow!

If all goes well I will have some pretty colors to show you soon. Hope you are all having a good week!

In the meantime...

...and look what came in the mail!


Just call me Grace...

Monday while out shopping in downtown Grenoble with my mother-in-law I slipped on a pile of snow and fell right on my left knee. At first I thought I had only hurtmy knee, although my reaction to falling was unusual as I immediately felt very hot, lightheaded and sick. Woke up that night in bed wth extreme pain in my neck. Seems I got whiplash also from my fall. Yesterday I spent the entire day in bed. I tried this morning to get up and do things but I think iit's back to bed for me. Thank god I didn't want to be a ballerina....