12 February 2012

Chilly weekend

Is it May yet? This weekend has been freezing in Crazyville. I spent yesterday in wooley pjs, trying to stay warm. Today, I had to venture out to work, even though Left-brain did tell me to call in sick and he'd give me the money I'd earn working to buy something for the baby. I told him I'd rather take the money he'd give me, add it to the money I earn, and have even more. Besides, I'll be leaving this job anyway after the baby is here, so I'm trying to earn as much money as possible while I can. I told him this, and then the Disneyworld commercial with "Good life" came on, I started crying (as I randomly do, mostly at commercials, it seems). Left-brain started laughing, because my chin was quivering, and then I had to go to work.

I felt very productive in spite of myself yesterday. I went through my closet and pulled out all the clothes that I am giving away, then organized the remainder so that I have some order in there. It's amazing how a little order improves the situation--it was a pleasure to hang clothes in there. And I found a tote bag of fabric in the back of the closet that I ended up sorting, along with a box of finishing fabric that was so untidy, the lid wouldn't go on. It goes on now--woo hoo--and I found some fabric that I need to have sent to have made into a tuck pillow. 2 tasks crossed off my list.

And I managed to finish the stitching part of my first needlepoint ornament. It wasn't too bad, even though some of the stitches were fiddly and JCS didn't include a stitch guide for Scotch Stitch. A small rant: if they're going to include the stitch, include a guide for how to do it, this is not the first time I've had to go out and research a stitch because the magazine didn't include it. It's a small thing, and maybe they assume if you're doing it, you know, but JCS IS a cross stitch magazine, and so they probably shouldn't assume. I still have to do the beading, so will not post a picture til then, but it turned out nice. However, I don't think I will continue to pursue canvaswork. It's pretty, but it uses too much thread, and I'm inherently cheap. After all, if I use all the thread to stitch projects, how will I be able to afford to buy threads to throw in bags in the sewing room and forget about until I have a nesting moment, then throw a fit about waste?

Speaking of which, I am quite proud of myself. I decided to start one of the Little House Needleworks ornies from last year, because I have GOT to catch those up. I picked up Winter Forest because it's pretty, it's small, and doesn't use any overdyeds. Normally, I'd head off to the store and look for threads and fabric without checking my stash, but I plopped myself down, took a look through my stuff, and found EVERYTHING I need. The fabric is not what is called for, but that is no biggie. I had a nice small piece in stash, it looked good, and I've made good progress. I'm almost halfway finished, and it didn't take that long--I likes those kind of finishes, don't you?

Stay warm for the rest of the weekend.


pandy said...

I completely forgot to post on your last post, but I don't mind the ramblings about your fiber storage! it gives me ideas for mine. :D

I did my BIG CLEAN last week and man it really feels great. When everything is sorted and things donated or whatever, it just feels good!

Try to stay warm in Crazyville!

April said...

Sounds like you have had a productive weekend ! I need to get back to my rotating of projects! lol Been a great Cold Brrrr weekend here in Bama. Stay Warm and enjoy your stitching time!!

Julie M said...

Ok Rachel, enough of the productivity already! Not only does it wear this old woman out to read about everything you are getting done but now I'm wracked with guilt over my failure to do something similar! LOL!! Now go sit down and stitch so I can feel better about myself!

Pumpkin said...

It's been bitter cold here too and we aren't used to it since it's been a mild winter! Brrrrr!

I love it when you have all you need in your stash already :o) What I hate the most is when you're missing that ONE thing. ONE! Ugh!

I love canvas work! I haven't done it for quite a few years now but yes, it does take a lot of thread.

Meari said...

Sounds like a very productive weekend!

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