Sunday, March 29, 2020

Checking in...and a Drawing Reminder (548)


Greetings all...I hope this finds you healthy in the confines of your favorite sheltering place.....home sweet home!!! 

It's been a fairly busy week ...I started out by making 30+ face masks for my niece, who is the administrator of an assisted living facility in the Baltimore area. She had put out a request on FB and I felt the need to respond. There were quite a few tutorials on YouTube, and they were not hard to make...not ideal for the situation but better than nothing. I hope the supply chain picks up and turns this around soon!!!

I have had a finish-finish this week....Little Dumpling Travel Bag by  Thistles. Mine was a lit (leftover from a class at Market) but there are charts available. It was much easier to put together than I anticipated and turned out so darn cute!

My new start is an exclusive kit from Salty Yarns, A Fish Tale by Hands on Design. I love the colors in this.... so beachy!!! The design features a box lid, three fobs and a pincushion that all fit in/on a drawer style box. The kit is all inclusive..fabric, full skeins of WDW, the drawer to finish it on, shell pins, a waxer, an ort jar, a coordinating thread holder, a fish ruler, fabric, trims  and cardboard for finishing and all the instructions. Cathy's finishing instructions are superb!!!

This is the band for the pincushion.

 Trying to adjust to our new oldest had a birthday Friday and even though we only live a few miles apart, we did not participate except for me making her favorite cake and dropping it off. I'm not going out except for necessities and to walk/hike. I've been calling a friend a day to keep in touch and hanging out on social media. I try not to listen to the news and depend on Rich to let me know what I must. I am enjoying small things people are doing to stay positive. Some of our neighbors are having themed days like zoo days where they put stuffed animals out on their front lawn. Today is flowers day and a number of them have chalk drawn flowers in their driveways. We are seeing more neighbors out and about than ever before..though safely practicing social distancing. We've had parades of teachers from our local schools drive through the neighborhood honking and waving to their students. These small gestures are so uplifting and I choose to focus on them!

A reminder that I have a drawing going on for a With Thy Needle and Thread or JBW Designs chart. Please see my previous post and enter there by commenting and stating which one, or both, that you'd like to be entered in for. I will draw two names, one for each chart on the 31st! If you have previously commented and are not an official follower of my blog (found on the sidebar), please become one  so you are eligible. Also, if you are a no-reply blogger, I can't contact you by e-mail so be sure to check back to see if you win and, if you do, get me your contact info so charts can be mailed.

So please everyone, be safe, stay home, wash your hands, stitch the day away...... and we'll get through this! Sending virtual hugs!!! 

Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!


  1. Thanks for your post. I too have been making masks and passing them out!

  2. That little pouch is too cute!
    What a great project from Hands On.
    Cathy has some unique projects.
    The kids here are chalking the sidewalks, & a photographer offered to take a pic of you & your family on your porch, safe distancing for you. People ar purgin & putting things in front of their houses for free for anyone.
    Take care!

  3. Stasi, Your niece must be so appreciative of the time you spent making so many masks. They are nice and colorful and will help keep the recipients safe.
    Your neighborhood must be a tight knit community to coordinate those activities. I'll bet the kids enjoyed decorating the driveways.
    The travel bag is adorable and lining and binding don't look easy to me!!
    I'm glad to hear Cathy's directions are excellent. Your making good use of your extra free time!! I'm spending far too much looking at the news. I need to shut off the computer during the day as I'm too obsessed with looking for the latest news. The dog has been getting more walks, I go in the morning with her and then again in the afternoon with my husband. Other than that we are housebound. Take care and stay well. Mary

  4. Good for you on making masks for your niece and others, Stasi! Like you, I am trying to focus on the positive and the kindnesses being shown. I watch the local news to catch the weather, but have basically turned off the rest. While I think it is a good idea to be informed, it isn't good for my sanity (or others) to be focused on it 24/7. That little bag from Thistles is adorable. You are making good progress on the fish/beach piece from HOD. Be well and safe!

  5. It does seem so strange to not see our nearby children, doesn't it, Stasi? My son and his girlfriend almost always came over for Sunday dinner, but that is on hold for now. I fear that it will be a while.

    Great job on all those masks!! I know they will be appreciated and well-used. Did you have all that elastic or have to purchase it? I hear it is in short supply.

    Beautiful little bag and your new Salty Yarns project is so lovely. As you say, the colors are so beachy and fun! Enjoy :)

    Take care now and keep looking for the positive! ♥