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Thursday, August 6, 2020

Gardening, Stitching and Technology

Today is the day I decide to be brave enough to try the new blogger format! Fingers crossed I can post with the first attempt with minimal grumbles... lol!

THE GARDEN
With all of the uncertainties of the year.... some by our own creation and some out of our control... I decided to keep the garden small this year. I planted a few handful of annuals and then waited for our perennials to "do their thing" and brighten up the yard a bit.
These Petunias and Salvia were volunteers from last year....I just moved them from the ground to the hanging baskets. Now THAT's my kind of gardening! 😀
We went a little over 5 years without tomatoes... mostly because I had tired of battling the rabbits, squirrel and deer. But, after having enough of the store bought (and even farm stand) mediocre tomatoes... I decided to try our back yard again this year.

While the tomato plants are super healthy... the battle with the squirrels (eating the green tomatoes) has begun! 😡 I'll save that for another post as I have a couple of experiments in progress.. yes, they are humane experiments. But, before I divulge what has been most effective... I'll wait for some proof of success! lol!

Like most of you, it had been quite awhile since I shopped in person at a craft store. About mid July was when I ventured to Hobby Lobby. Mostly stocked up on DMC flosses (to kit some patterns I have)... but, I also found this fun garden stake...
I just thought it was so unique and creative... the yellow corn is even glittered! lol! I guess I should bend a curve in the leaves so it looks a bit more authentic though.

YOU'RE A GRAND OLD FLAG
Progress is continuing on this one... but there are sooooo many stitches in this big honkin' house! After a couple of hours pass, I'm always left wondering why it looks like so little progress has been made? Note to self, "no more samplers with big honkin' houses"! lol!
I'll be starting a small drum pinkeep kit soon... not only to break up the time spent stitching on Grand Old Flag, but to also give another go at stitching in hand using the sewing method. It just appears that sewing in hand would make it so much easier to pick up a project for "just a few stitches"... and I'm also thinking the sewing method would speed my stitching up a bit! lol!

HOLLIS HANDS CREATE
I originally found Hollis Hands Create on Etsy. It was during my Nashville Market Frenzy! lol! And then, one day while watching Youtube, her flosstube showed up in my "suggested to watch next". What I enjoy about her channel is that she keeps it real. She shares what she is actually stitching on and also the plans for a reasonable amount future projects. One day she offered a giveaway of a "The Blue Flower" chart titled "The Color Of Winter"... and because I was already hooked on "The Blue Flower" designs... I entered for a chance to win the pattern... and I did! :-) Thank you Christine!
I'm looking forward to stitching on this.... thinking maybe Winter would be a good time to start a stitch that has so many cheerful colors and flowers in it! 

You can visit Hollis Hands Create Etsy shop by clicking HERE. And also visit her on Youtube by clicking HERE.

TECH CORNER
For the past month (or so), I had noticed that my blog was not loading correctly. The posts, heading and backgrounds would show up alright. Then, it seemed it took about 5 minutes for the gadgets to load. I tried the usual troubleshooting stuff like clearing cache, trying different browsers and trying different computers (mac and pc). And all showed the same result. So, I figured it was a "blogger blip" since they were in the process of bringing a new format live. 

Well... one day I get an email from someone that was trying to follow my blog, but the usual way of clicking on "follow" was taking her to a blank page and she also mentioned having difficulty with my blog not loading correctly. She also offered a few more pieces of information about different things she tried.... which then prompted me to investigate this bug further. Long story short is... I went to blogger help and searched a few key words... after only about 2 minutes of reading I discovered that this bug had been present for awhile and other bloggers had the issue as well.

What was it, you ask? It was a gadget called "linked within" that had known issues. The function of the "linked within" gadget was to offer the "other posts you might be interested in" at the end of each post. Do you remember seeing that on some blogs? I did, and in fact I had not noticed it was missing from my blog? lol! Well... all I needed to do was delete that gadget from my blog and WHALLLAH! My entire blog now loads super quick! 

So. THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN to Robin! If she had not taken the time to email me.... I'd be wasting my time waiting for blogger to load! lol! You can visit Robin's blog by clicking HERE

PASSING IT FORWARD
Another wonderful shop I found on Etsy is Needlecase Goodies! Click HERE to visit the shop. Yes, this is another shop I had frequented for my Nashville Market Stash Acquisition! lol! And, in all the rush to pack and quickly ship her orders... an extra copy of "Antique Sampler Fragment 1834" accidentally got added to my order. When I emailed Nancy about it, she thanked me for letting her know so that she could update the inventory status in her shop. And then told me to "Keep it and share it, or sell it"... soooooooo... after four months, I'm finally getting around to SHARING IT! :-) If you are interested in stitching this cute little sampler fragment... please mention it in your comment below. My apologies... but, due to all the shipping woes with the pandemic, this offer is available to US residents only.
So that's about it for now. I keep hoping to post here more often so that the posts aren't so long... but time just keeps speeding up! lol! As has been mentioned by many, I can not believe August is here already! But, after almost two solid weeks of heat and humidity with "feels like" temps above 100 F... followed by a tropical storm with 60 mph winds and torrential rains... I AM SOOOOOOO READY FOR AUTUMN!!! lol! The crickets are singing, the sunlight is getting more golden and the afternoon shadows are getting longer... it won't be long now...

Best get some witchy pumpkin stitches on the frame (or in hand)... 🎃

Until next time... be safe, stay well and stitch on!

~Sharon

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Progress

Just a quicky update to show the progress that has been made on Grand Old Flag...


Stitching the letters goes rather quick. Now....the roof of the house is taking a bit of eyes and patience! ;-) Just for effect, the roof has been stitched using a darker color thread for the "right leaning" part of the stitch. Then the "left leaning" part of the stitch is a different, lighter color thread. I used this opportunity to see how I like the "sewing method" of cross stitching....and I just can't get the hang of it. So, it's poking and stabbing method for this gal! lol!

I admire all of the pretty project bags that stitchers show on flosstube...but, I find that having these plastic projects boxes (scrap book section of Michael's) is a bit more practical for me. This way I can see what's in the box...and I can keep my ort jar, glasses and needleminder (along with the pattern, thread and fabric) with the project in progress. My hoop or q-snap frames also fit in the project box (when working on smaller designs).


And....I had some folks email me for the link to my eBay auctions... I apologize for not including the link here sooner... should you be interested in checking them out, click HERE. They end this Thursday (the 16th) in the evening.

Be safe, stay well and stitch on! :-)

~Sharon