saddled up again

After much coin, and many many hours of patience on Greyman’s part, the computer has been completely replaced, and is humming along again. Whew. Fortunately i had managed between freezes to back up all my files!

I didn’t get as much stitching done as i’d wanted to–that pesky life interference thing: dishes, groceries, laundry, housecleaning, etc etc etc etc……………–but i’m happy that my idea will be able to be used on the background of the large piece i’m working on.

From this old sketch:

neuron-pattern-skecthto this little sample piece:


Halfway through the stitching, i kicked over the box of paints from previous weeks sketching, and grabbed the bronze Lumiere for some discrete application. Just enough shine, but singular enough to be a feature as well. (Actually it was pretty dried up, but a bit of distilled water, a shake and a stir,  and it was good to go again. Waste not, want not!)

I’d been looking at bits from Raggedy Black Heart, (also the current background for the blog) and really liked the idea of using the idea again.


My Valdani threads arrived, but alas, i don’t think any of them are going to work on this piece, as beautiful as they are!

valdani-threadsI had thought the second from the top one would work on the potassium permanganate sections of the background, but it’s too pale and has too much white. And the dark threads are too dark! One of the pitfalls of online shopping is unfortunately, incorrect colour on the monitor, and alas, most shops have photos too that are so dinky, you really can’t tell what you are seeing properly. Luckily, my 123 order threads *are* the right colours as i’m just replacing the ones i’ve used up. Still, they are a lovely addition to the stash 🙂

I also managed to get a fair portion of the second seam done, though have to wait for the final run of threads down it, as i’m out of the Sticks and Stones colourway. One seam looks like another, so won’t show you that!

January has been extra cold and bleary, so it’s lovely to see my Tithonia in bloom!


And my Jalapeno and Chocolate Beauty peppers under the growlights have blossomed and fruited!

I’m going to stay as unplugged as i can for awhile, as tempting as it is to waste so much time. I tend to obsess over certain sites, or do too MUCH research and i need to concentrate more on being in the stoodio. It’s fine to be “inspired”, but if you never do any work, what’s the point? I don’t want to be just an idea stacker, but a doer.



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