Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tuesdays Are My Stitchy Night!

Jeezus, it took me 45 minutes to figure out the Picasa Collage function! Doesn't the computer know I am supposed to be stitching and not figuring out why it's having a temper tantrum or realizing how inept it's owner is at figuring out techie stuff? So I could have done better with the collage but the light wasn't blazing into my apartment like it usually is when I got home and the pre-stated technological issues kind of made me lose my steam on my "hey, let me learn how to make a collage...sounds cool!" mood. I do kind of dig how the words go in all sorts of different directions though. One day...I'll be good at the photo-taking and collage-making. I promise! But here's the L&K ABC Lessons a la collage with more normal lighting than that last snap.
Someone had asked what my plans were with the ABC Lessons and my answer is that I'm not very sure. I can't picture it up and framed in my apartment but I can in a house. I bought this kit as a reminder to myself to strive to be and do all the things suggested in this sampler. Some days, I find it hard to not let the little things get to me...and with the stress of the past year...even more so. This should probably be hung up on the wall though...so it's a constant reminder to be kind, to scatter joy, to understand others and to x-ercise...amongst other things. We'll see how this piece ends up.

I realized as I was driving home and setting the plans for this post that I should have taken pictures of my floss tosses for Gwendolyn and Mary Wigham before organizing it all into floss away bags. Oops! Too late now...I guess it will be a surprise! But here is the floos toss for the BBD Red Sampler that I'm making for my mom. I'll be using 32 count Lakeside Linens Vintage Light Exampler (surprise!) with WDW Lancaster Red, CC Clay Pot and GAST Antique Rose.
I didn't want to go as dark or bright as red but wanted something close. I think she'll like these colors and they will be complementary to the "Mom" piece I gifted her last year. I'm sure she'll put this piece in the same room.

And I almost forgot...hence crappy picture...that it's time to share my TUSAL progress. I'm three days late!! The jar is only 1/3 of the way full despite stitching my little heart out! Most of the colors on the top are from the ABCs so there is a lot of brown with some green, blue and pink thrown in for good measure.
I don't have any new stitching to show. What little I did over the weekend was more and more leaves for my Snappers border. It's boring. I don't want to stitch more leaves or photograph them either. I'm debating whether to continue with the leaves to try to catch up or start the BBD since it's sitting right here. Decisions, decisions.

I leave on vacation in FIVE days!! Yay! I have the feeling stitching time will be scarce leading up to the trip since I have to get the apartment in order, figure out and organize what I am taking with me and make sure I get my mani/pedi in before leaving! I can't wait!! I just hope the weather cools down a bit over on the East Coast! I'll touch base before I leave for sure and will probably post while away....maybe.

Hope everyone is having a stitchy Tuesday too.

Until next time...


Branlaadee said...

Haha...you sound like me. Sometimes I forget to stitch because I am fooling around with something new.

I think you should hang up your ABC Lessons. I have been thinking about doing it since I saw yours. I'd put mine right next to our front door as a reminder.

If I dont come by before you leave on your trip...have a fun and safe time! I hope it cools down for you.

Melissa said...

I like the floss toss for your Red Sampler. I bet the colours are a lot brighter IRL than the photo, right?

Hey, I want to get Picasa loaded this week and learn to use the collage function too! I've been wanting to do that for quite sometime.

Ooooh, vacation count down! Have fun!

Theresa said...

I think your collage looks really cool!!!! It does take some time to figure out all the picasa functions, and I was playing with it tonight as well and totally lost track of time!!!!

LOVE your floss colors for your next project!!! I'm sure your mom will love it as well~

Counting down for vacation!!! How exciting!!! Have a great trip~~~

Melissa (The Daily Mel) said...

Oh crap! I forgot about TUSAL. I'll have to try and get a picture and post it tomorrow.

LOVE the Red Sampler floss toss. That's going to be a real stunner. :)

Katrina said...

Very fun! Love the collage. That's definitely a piece I could see framed by Jill Rensel, the Shepherd's Bush framer. Maybe in a bedroom?

Can't wait to see what you do with the reds on the BBD piece!

Missy Ann said...

Congrats on the finish! I think the collage looks great. And if I had attempted it it would've taken 90 minutes I'm sure.

Lovely reds, can't wait to see how it works up.

doahleigh said...

Hey! Thanks for the comment over at my place. I like what I see so far here... I'm adding you to my reader. :)

Go crafters!

Sadie said...

Nice collage, and i love the colours on the floss toss, very pretty. I say ditch the leaves and start something else :-)
The leaves aren't going anywhere and will be there when you are ready to work on it again.
Holiday countdowns are such fun (if a little teeny bit stressy)
Aaaaahhhhhhhh sunshine!

Carol R said...

Love your collage - looks really good! I use Picasa for some and http://bighugelabs.com/mosaic.php for others! Great fun!

Love the colours you have chosen for Red Sampler!

CindyMae said...

Even though it took 45 minutes, the photos look fantastic. Beautiful stitching!! Love the threads, gorgeous colors. Great tUSAL progress as well!