18 April 2011

Weekend works

It was a stormy weekend here in Crazyville. We got remnants of the devastating storms from North Carolina. While we did not get damage here, there was a tornado warning for the greater metropolitan Crazyville area, and I did spend a few minutes downstairs on Saturday evening. I realize I could never be a storm chaser--the second a warning is issued, I freak out. Yesterday was a little nicer. When I left the house for church, there was a rainbow in the sky to the west, the trees and flowers finally are letting loose and coloring up the landscape, and it was a bit warmer. We even got a small concert at church yesterday for Palm Sunday; the City Band of Washington, a bagpipe orchestra, played for the 9:15 service, but we heard them in the parking lot on the way out from early service. I'm a sap anyway, but it was so joyous to hear such beautiful music on a beautiful morning.

I did make some progress this weekend. I FINISHED Plummy Fairy. I'm not happy with her French knot eyeballs and may pick those out and redo them, but I love this finish. Adore it!

5 Crazy January starts are now finishes. Woo hoo!

I worked on this as well. This is something I started in December. I know, I know. What is it? No, it's not a map of the Washington Metro system. It's Autumn, a freebie by Minguistitch.

Yes, it's tricky. Yes, I wish I was stitching a facial detail. But really, anytime you start a new design that has a lot of color changes, there is a moment where you have to wonder how the mass will eventually relate to the picture as a whole. It's getting easier-ish. I am relying heavily on a highlighter to let me know what I've finished. and I think I've done the hardest part. The pink blob to the left top are the goddess' lips and I'll soldier through. I'm enjoying the challenge and moving around so as not to get too frustrated.

Lastly, my kitties.

We have bad light in the master bedroom, which is where we basically hunker down to watch TV when it's too cold to go downstairs--basically October to May. It's workable when I'm working on something in white, but this black has proved to be a challenge. We were working on shifting lamps to provide better light, but I was whining. Left-brain came home on Friday with a clip-on lamp for me. I attached it to the headboard, and got a lot of progress done. All the new parts of the kitten were done in 2-3 hours, serious progress for me!

I hope this week is kind and gentle to us all.


Julie M said...

Glad you didn't get the bad storms in your area Rachel. So many awful natural disasters anymore. Some days it's more than a person can process!

Interesting Autumn chart you shared. I can't wait to see what it actually looks like because right now, it just looks like squiggles to me!

Glad you found some light to work under. You made a ton of progress!

Patty C. said...

Your sugar plum fairy is too cute

Siobhan said...

Beautiful stitching! The metro chart is really neat.

I would be lost without my little clip on light! I bought that to replace my Daylight lamp when it blew--I just replaced the bulb with a daylight bulb. Works like a charm!

Pumpkin said...

Sugar Plum Fairy is adorable! I think you're doing well with your challenge :o)

Kitties are really coming along quickly. When I first saw that piece by Minguistitch, I thought it was a bunch or Orts! LOL!

Kathy A. said...

Love those little kitties. They look so real!
Sugar Plum Fairy has turned out very cute

I do my thing and you do yours. I am not in this world to live up to your expectations, and you are not in this world to live up to mine. You are you and I am I, and if by chance we find each other, then it is beautiful. If not, it can’t be helped--Frederick Perls