Monday, July 6, 2020

I'm Going Off the Rails of the Crazy Train....... (558-560)

I can't seem to get that verse out of my head after listening to it play on my car radio. I didn't even know who sang it so I googled it....Ozzy Osbourne. I thought I'd read some of the lyrics and here is the first verse:

"Crazy, but that's how it goes
Millions of people living as foes
Maybe it's not too late
To learn how to love and forget how to hate. "
 Yikes, I so wasn't expecting that, but it rang true for today's issues. If only........
It has so saddened me lately how fellow stitchers are attacking each other on social media to push their agendas and not showing respect for others whose opinions/beliefs may differ. Yes, we are ALL brutally aware of what is happening in the world today and want to see things change. But there is a place and a respectful way for expressing said views without trying to ram them down peoples throats. I tend to find I get my ire up when I see others being bullied and jump to defend them even if I don't agree with their views. Sometimes being "mean/nasty" can be counter productive...just my humble opinion...enough said!

I have continued to be a crazy woman stitching and it's time to share. First up are my FFO's. I showed this last post, but not FFO'd. Here is Fourth of July Sampler  by The Humble Stitcher.  stitched it on 40 ct. Iced Cappucinno, over two, with VMSS fibers.   I wanted it plain and frills! This was my first time using sawdust as a filler and I love it. You can get it very firm and it holds shape well. I have a big tub of it from my SIL, and will definitely use again.

Next up is Project Quarantine  by With Thy Needle and Thread. I stitched this on a 40 ct mystery linen, over two, with a combo of DMC, WDW, GAST and VMSS (trying hard to stitch from stash). I had a frame I'd bought a couple years ago from Wal-Mart that was the perfect red. Now it had a wooden cow, mounted on chicken wire, in the middle, but I removed the cow and glued fabric covered mat board over the wire. Added some pretty red rick-rack (thanks again, Robin) and voila!

This last FFO was a major save!!! I had stitched this in 2013, as a box, and  finally started to FFO it last week. I accidentally tore the perforated paper and that would have meant for a very messy joined corner. So, I had gotten a cute little hornbook at Hobby Lobby the week before and inspiration hit! I Mod Podged the stitching....yea I know, but  otherwise I couldn't cut without all the stitching unraveling....and glued it to the painted hornbook. I think I like this much better than the box! WIN!!!!

Now my SAL status:

FB Peppermint Purple Blackwork SAL

iStitch Designs Burgandy Sampler Band SAL (only 1 week and bonus chart left)

Learning Stitches by Jeanette Douglas via Sassy Jacks

 A couple new starts: 

Token of Love by WTNT.....stitching, over one, on a 28 ct. mystery linen with WDW and CC. I chose a darker blue, Teal Frost, since I had in my stash and subbed Putty for Sandcastle for the same reason. It seems Oscar is a tad hard to come by so I sent out a plea on FB and a stitchy friend came to the rescue...thanks Nancy!I love these colors!!!

Then I finally decided on a piece to do in honor of my second granddaughter, Esther. She likes ballet, flowers and the color red...and this really seemed to fit the bill. This is French Schoolgirl Sewing Bag and Smalls by Needlemade Designs. The original design for the bag front said "Amities" and you would put initials of friends and/or family there. But Esther asked if I could put the wod "love", so I obliged her. I found four different large alphabets and stitched each letter in a different style. I may go back and add some initials but am going to wait until the end. It's stitched over one on 27 ct. Natural/red ticking banding with GAST Soot and CC Cupid. This ones going to take awhile!!!

Then, in the midst of it all, I stitched up this dapper turkey......Dressed for Dinner by Erica Michaels. I did him on 7 ct. Klostern with #5 perle cottons and Rainbow Gallery Tweedie. I wanted him  to look like the turkey we all made in school with the brightly colored feathers. He's a bit out of proportion to go with my LK pilgrims, but that's okay, he'll hold his own.

A couple things to end with...look at this cute little fan you hook into your phone!!! Hopefully it will help me when I'm hot outside!!!

And, Rich and I had a hankering for some steamed crabs over the weekend so, yesterday, we took a little drive (about 2 hours) to Billy's Crab House just over the line into Maryland.  The crabs, shrimp and hush puppies were delish and you can see we ate it all!!! A nice respite from the "crazy train"!!!

I hope you are enjoying your summer so far and continue to do so. Thanks for stopping by and your "twisted threads" of friendship!