Personal Update – 3 July, 2022

My life has been a maelstrom the last couple of month, and I’m still in choppy waters even as the storm is beginning to lull.

Work

My schedule was changed so it’s all over the place now. I was passed over for promotion as well, but the job went to someone who deserves it too so, I’m not unhappy about it. I have applied for a full time position in another department, and I have an interview on Monday, 4 July. Yes, I have to work on a national holiday….

Special Gentleman Friend

Our relationship has become a bit stressed due to his behavior towards me these past couple of months. We’re working through it, but things have changed between us. Only time will tell if it will get better even as we work on it.

Stitching

My stitching has been the only thing keeping me sane even as I struggle to find time to work on my projects. I work middays a lot now, and it’s hard to begin working on something only to have to put it down to go to my job. I don’t see how other people can put in a full day of work and then come home to do around 500 to 1000 stitches!

I did finish the June design on the Fox and Rabbit MSAL as well as one more side of the silver frame on the outside of the design. I’ll be posting pictures soon.

I found a small project to work on when I didn’t have time for the bigger pieces. It’s a mini biscornu, and I’m making it for the admin of a Facebook cross stitch group I’m a part of. This woman is really active, giving and so kind. I felt she needs a thank you so I’m making her one. I found a lovely free pattern from Tiny Modernist which I’ll link to when I post pictures of it. I need to get some filler and some beads to complete it.

Online Classes

I’m trying to resume my online language and business classes. Luckily these are go at your own pace classes so I don’t have to stress about deadlines. I have enough to stress about as it it.

Dollhouse

The main body of the house is done, and I’ll be posting pictures of it soon as well. It just needs its roof and attic walls put in. It’s been a learning experience as I’ve never built a dollhouse before. The learning will continue when I begin working on the outside turning wood into stone. I also need to add the outside parts of the fireplaces I’ll be adding to the house.

Crocheting

I finished the Fantail Fantasy afghan for my coworker, and she about cried on me. It contained all the yarn she’d given me from her late sister’s stash, and I only had to add a little store bought to complete it. She was very close to her sister, and this will help keep her close still.

I’ve also started adding more simple patterns to my Ribblr store. I’ll post about that later but for those of you who design knit and crochet patterns, this is a new venue I strongly recommend checking out.

In Closing

It’s been a horrible couple of months – stressed, depressed, distressed, upset, angry, tired, overwrought and a hundred other things. I am so ready for a vacation, but I don’t have enough time saved up so, I just have to wait.

Despite all this, I have managed to hang on to my sanity, my snark and my sense of humor so, it’s not all bad. I’ll be back to posting regularly as things slowly calm down again.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!!

Stitching Saturday: MSAL/June Pt. 1 and a new start!

Fox and Rabbit’s Changing Seasons Mystery Stitch-A-Long is now in June, and the new pattern features flowers and a pineapple. ๐Ÿ™‚ There was a bit of debate in the Facebook group as to whether it was a pineapple or another flower – corn maybe?? Since corn isn’t ripe until Fall, the general consensus agreed it was a pineapple. I was going to make it a pineapple regardless.

This is as far as I’ve gotten. I’ve also not done any work on the outside frame yet. I’ll be getting to it, it’s just going to take time.

New Start

On 1 June, I began a SAL that’s being hosted via Facebook Messenger/Group Chat. It’s for the Matrix. The goal is to do 200 stitches a day. A page with a grid containing 6000 stitches is released each month, and this will go on for a full year. So far, I’m keeping up, but this might end up being a follow along instead of a stitch along if things get to be too much for me.

The above is what it’s supposed to look like when I’m done. I can already tell you a lot of white is going to be showing through despite my best efforts.

I’m using white AIDA 18 count, and I’m using the tent stitch.

Here is what I have so far. The grid is 100 stitches tall by 60 stitches wide. I have one more 10×10 block to complete the first column. You can see the white even though I’m using 3 strands of floss. It might not show up as bad from a distance. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m not going to let this SAL interfere with my other stitching, it’ll be my job that gets in the way as they give me more hours.

Still, stitching helps me relax so I’m going to keep going forward with my three projects. ๐Ÿ™‚

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

YouTube Tuesday: Jack Mack Wodturning

This guy has some serious skills I just had to share!! Check out his video below for some awe inspiring ASMR and visual effects!

I have nothing but respect for the way this man works!! I really enjoy watching his videos, and I hope you will too. Join me in subscribing, liking and leaving comments on his video!!

Let me know what you think of him, and if you have any more woodworkers you’d like me to check out, leave them in the comments below!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!!

Dollhouse Project: Second Floor

I know some of the walls are not quite straight, but I didn’t notice it until after everything had dried. Short of tearing it up, the walls will remain a bit crooked. I also know they don’t all line up with each other, but I did this on purpose. Not all rooms in a multi-story house line up with the rooms above and below so why should mine?

This house’s outer walls and roof are being created using new 1/4 Luann while the walls are being cut out of the old walls and roof of the original house. I’m reusing the original base.

I say “we” because my son, J, is helping me with this build. We are using a hand saw because I can’t afford power tools right now. I was gifted with a Dremel 3000, but it’s not going to be used for cutting out walls.

We were using 32 TPI(teeth per inch) metal blades, and they were so hard to get through the wood! At one point, one of them began to bend. I switched us to 24 TPI metal blades, and it’s much easier to cut wood. I was worried the coarser teeth would splinter the wood, but it really hasn’t. What has splintered can be easily sanded, and it’s just the edges, not the main part of the walls.

Right after I took this picture, I added three walls to the third floor. I’m using wood glue to attach everything and nothing else right now. Eventually, I’ll be adding tiny magnets to hold the front wall to the body of the house.

There will be a third floor and an attic with a mansard roof. I am planning on four fireplaces and around four gabled windows.

If anyone has any suggestions for how to shingle the mansard roof where the front meets the sides, I’m all ears.

That’s it for now. I’m working on getting more walls cut for the third floor and for the attic space. After that, I’ll be adding the left side and putting on the roof. The roof is going to be a challenge because I have yet to find a video on how this roof is built in miniature. I’ll be winging it.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

Stitching Saturday: Land Baby Pt. 7

So, as you may, or may not, know, I’m stitching a painting that was charted and put out for free as images. It’s a painting by John Collier done in 1899 called The Land Baby. It’s a lovely piece of a mermaid and her land bound daughter. I’d like to think she was waiting to give her little one her first swimming lessons since she’s waiting by the water’s edge with her tail in the shallows while her daughter, on two legs, is coming towards her.

Anyway, I’m working this piece on 18 count white Aida, and here is what it looked like last time I posted:

Here’s where I’m at now with only 1 1/2 blocks left of the column I’m currently working on:

It appears Mr. Collier even gave his mermaid a scar on her bum. Not sure how else to explain the light stitching that’s in a crescent shape on her right buttock. I even double checked the chart to make sure the color was correct, and it was so….

This piece is in two parts divided down the middle into left and right sides. I’m halfway done with the left side.

I’ve already decided I’m going to frame this piece, and I’ve begun searching for the right frame.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!!

Stitching Saturday: Land Baby Pt. 6

I didn’t get as much done on this as I wanted to, but here is where I was last time I showed you my progress:

I was almost done with the second row here. ๐Ÿ™‚ Below is where I am, lost in a sea of color changes.

In that little 20×20 block is over 25 color changes! I’m about halfway through them all, but it’s well worth the trouble for how wonderful it looks once it’s done!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!!

Free Pattern Friday: Fantail Afghan Halfway Done!

Back in March, I talked about making an afghan called Fantail Fantasy in Bright Yellow yarn by Red Heart. The pattern I have is written down, and I couldn’t find it online anywhere. I think it was a free pattern by Red Heart many many years ago, but I can’t really remember.

Here’s what it looked like originally, and I didn’t like it that way so I reworked it recently. I’d had other projects pull my attention away as well as running out of yarn so I had to wait to get some more in.

Here is where it’s at now. It’s about halfway done according to the size my coworker wants it to be. ๐Ÿ™‚

It has a border that will go on after the body is done so maybe, if I have enough yarn, I’ll have it done by next Friday. We’ll just have to see.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

YouTube Tuesday: Mad Morti and a FFO!!!

First my FFO(Fully Finished Object) which is my small cross stitch cat project. I promise, there’s a link between it and Flosstuber Mad Morti. First, here’s how the project is supposed to look like:

The cat is cute, but the words are meh. So, I changed things a wee bit. *WARNING* If you’re easily offended even by innuendos, don’t scroll down any further.

For some reason, his expression fits the words lol!

Now, I chose the word “Duck” as a homage to Mad Morti, her husband David and their field of ducks. Below is the video that began a very funny running joke that I plan to keep laughing at and sharing as often as I can:

These two have a great time together, and they’re a definite relationship goal! I am ever so grateful for the recommendation to watch this couple. Below is the video that brought the stitching journery to an end for the field of ducks, but the joke will live on.

I didn’t know this was going to happen, but I do strongly encourage you to view video #17 in the playlist to see how the Field of Ducks looks as well as find out how the original designer reacted to what Mad Morti has done to hers!! I know you’ll get a laugh out of it.

I really enjoy watching this pair, and I want my own Field of Ducks now so it’s going on the Want list. ๐Ÿ™‚

If you enjoy this wonderful couple as much as I do, please Like or Subscribe or Both and do leave a comment of some sort too. I know Morti reads them all, or as many as she can. ๐Ÿ™‚

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!

Stitching Saturday: MSAL May

This Mystery Stitch A Long(MSAL) is being hosted by Fox and Rabbit, a pair of Australian designers, fabric/thread dyers and fellow stitchers. It’s called Changing Seasons and each month, a new design is released on the first of the month, Australian time. Since they’re a day ahead of those of us in the U.S., we get it a day early. ๐Ÿ˜€

May’s design filled one of the small blocks in the center area of the design and was quite simple. I used two of the three colors I’d chosen for Spring to complete it. I also did the third part of the frame that surrounds this center area.

Looking at it laid out this way, I’m wondering if there’s going to be something in the area between the outside frame – mine is silver – and the inside frame – the variegated green. If there’s not, I might look for something because I think leaving it empty wouldn’t look right. That’s just me though. We’ll just have to see what the designers have in mind when the time comes.

So far, I’m not regretting starting this big piece. I might be once I get going on the metallic silver frame. That’s going to take me the rest of the year to complete I’m sure of it.

I’ll see you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!!

Dollhouse Project: First Floor

Just thought I’d show you what we’ve done on the dollhouse thus far. Last time, it looked like this:

Ground Floor

and today, it looks like:

First Floor

I assure you, the floors aren’t crooked, the angle of the photo is. I am not a good photographer, but I’m better than I was this time last year.

So, we have the Ground Floor and the First Floor, just two more floors to go before we get to the Attic.

The First Floor rooms from left to right are: Study, Library, Music Room, Grand Staircase, Sitting Room, and Ballroom.

This project’s framework is being made out of 1/4 Luann and wood glue. I am not using nails or screws anywhere – yet.

The front of the house will be attached with magnets and small screws(or nails depending on what I can find. The roof of the house is going to be a mansard roof.

At present, the production of interior walls has come to a standstill as my son and I look for a better way to cut the wood. The tools and blades that were suggested to me are hard to use. I don’t own any power tools and can’t afford to buy any so everything is being done by hand. If anyone has any suggestions on what to use to cut the wood without splintering it, please leave a comment below.

I’ve already begun making plans for the decorating of the ground floor. Three of the rooms: both cellars and the mudroom, will have stone floors. I might put stone on the washroom floor as well. I’m not sure if the kitchen will have the stone floor as well or get a wooden one.

This is a French Chateau that is being renovated into Modern – for now – but the Ground Floor is keeping it’s original stone floor for the most part. Let me know what you think : stone or wood in the Kitchen??

I realized, belatedly, I forgot to cut a hole for the door into the mudroom – the Tradesman’s entrance as it were. I may just put up a fake one in the room itself if it ends up being too hard to cut one out.

While I hope to have another floor done by next week, we shall just have to see. The tool and blade is hard to work with but not impossible to use.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!