Tuesday, January 04, 2011

The Snow in Snowless SF

Hey there ladies and gents...Happy New Year! Four days in and you wouldn't believe how busy it is. End of year, beginning of year, payroll corrections, FLSAing, Workers' Comp, all day meetings, new years' resolutions, social calendaring. It is busy! Did I just have a week off because it certainly doesn't feel like it. Mind you, I played tourist for most of my week off and whereas, I had a lot of fun and I hope my sister and her family did too, it's tiring! New Year's weekend, I spent mainly planted in the recliner flitting from this program and that program and wasting way too much time on the computer. So even though I had huge stitching plans...the stitching didn't really materialize. It did...just not to the proportions or progress that I had hoped.

Mary Wigham is put away for a couple of weeks and I am still working on that squirrel motif. Lots of starts and stops with leaves to stitch and color changes. I'm hoping to finish part 2 and move onto part 3 by the end of the month.

My New Year's Day start was on BBD Snow Garden. Here are the supplies
Um, ignore the creases. I don't think to iron until *after* I take a photo. I'll be stitching the entire series on 40 count R&R Olde Town Blend with the recommended fibers.

Progress has been slow due to my flitting about. Why am I so restless and distracted?! Anywho, here's my start...with lots of little snowflakes.
I am trying to follow the model photo more than the pattern. I liked that in the photo, the border vine looked like I very light green-blue color and so I replaced the Parchment with Lexington Green in that area. We'll see what else happens...maybe it will stay, maybe not.

Today is also the new moon so you all know what that means...TUSAL time. Daffycat took up the reins on the TUSAL for this year so we can all continue the fun! Thanks Sharon! Here is my jar up to last night.
But it's a new year so that means I am going to start from scratch. Need to get rid of all of last year's bad mojo anyway.
Now here is my jar without one single ort in it because there's no stitching going on tonight. I bagged last year's orts and will try to figure out if I just toss them, spread them out for nests or get a glass ornie. Do I really want to keep bad mojo orts though?! I dunno...

Well folks, I have an all day meeting to cover tomorrow. This girl needs her beauty sleep so that she's not a crabby crab tomorrow. Stitching must wait til tomorrow.

Hope you all have had a good start to the new year.

Until next time...

31 comments:

Cole said...

Gorgeous new start Valerie!! Looking forward to seeing your progress in this year's TUSAL!

Theresa said...

Great start on you BBD piece!! I love this series especially this winter one~ The colors are so beautiful!!

Danielle said...

Snow Garden looks great!

Margaret said...

Love your new start. I want to stitch this series too. I've joined the TUSAL group as well. Don't know why I haven't joined before. Snow in SF -- you got me going there for a bit. lol! Good luck with your all day meeting!

natalyK said...

Great start on Snow Garden!

KarenV said...

Love your new start! Snow Garden is such a pretty piece :)

Sally said...

Nice new start Valerie. I'll be joining you, hopefully, tomorrow as I can't wait until Shore is finished lol!

Glenna said...

I like the BBD piece with its peaceful, restful snowy colors. Bad mojo orts: throwing them away doesn't banish their spirit--I think you need to find a nice bonfire.

Babs said...

I just noticed your blog in blogland, and I love your new start.

I'm keeping my orts in my jar, I have a nice vase to put them in. Bad mojo orts? Never heared of those before...

Love, Babs

Julie said...

A lovely new start, the BBD is a lovely design, i'm sure your jar will be filling up in no time

Laura said...

I love Snow Garden! I promised myself I wouldn't buy any new charts for a few months but that one is so tempting. Great start. Happy New Year!

Dee said...

Happy New Year, Valerie! No bad mojo in the new ort jar.

Michelle said...

Love your start on Snow Garden. I worked on mine last night too. And that's been bugging me about that vine on mine - maybe I should follow your lead and switch the colors?? I would toss last year's orts - just be done with the bad mojo!

staci said...

Beautiful new start Valerie! I've been seeing on the news the crazy weather CA's been getting!

mainely stitching said...

This is one of the few patterns that I fully intend to buy this year. I just LOVE it!!

Myra said...

That is one way to get snow in SF! Great start.

jane said...

Hi Valerie, just popped in to see your start on Snow Garden. I have just ordered the threads for my AotH so will be SALing with you very soon.
Great to "meet" you
Jane x

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Happy New Year, Valerie! Love your new start and will enjoy watching it come together.

I say, ditch the bad mojo - let the birds have colorful nests and start anew!

Rachel S said...

That is a great start for the new Year. I love the colors. Can't wait to see your progress.

Julianne said...

Valerie,

Wonderful start on your Snow Garden. I just love the colors in this one!

Thanks so much for visiting my blog recently and leaving me a comment. :)

Christina said...

Ooohhh, that's one of my favourite BBD designs EVER! Such beautiful colours.
I hope work becomes a little less hectic for you...there's nothing like hitting the ground running!!!

Beth said...

Beautiful new start! I will enjoy watching its progress. As an accountant, I understand the stress and hustle this time of year! Good Luck!

Blu said...

Gorgeous new start!

Meadows08 said...

I love the colours of snow garden! It's going to be so pretty!

Edgar said...

I love the BBD start!! It will be so pretty when completed.

Katrina said...

Love it!!!! I got sidetracked yesterday but I will get the thread out to your today, promise!!!!

Ziggyeor said...

Nice start on the new project! Don't know about Bad Mojo ORTs When I took mine out of their container they were in a nice rectangle shape so I kept it out on my desk. I think I've hard floss is bad for birds nest because they absorb and hold water and hurt the nests. I'd either throw it away or use it as finishing filler.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Nice new start for 2011 I find I've had a lot of distracted days lately and can't buckle down to any one thing.

Jackie said...

I want to stitch this too just have no idea when that's going to happen. You've made great progress so far. My plans for my time off between Christmas and New Years didn't materialize either thanks to a nasty cold.

I like the color change you made too!

Suzanne said...

Very nice start! I love this design.

Pumpkin said...

Super start Valerie! I can't believe how you can do all those snowflakes without worrying about whether you counted right or not. I'd have constant anxiety! LOL!