Nov 7, 2013

Squirrels, seeds, and sampler slides

Good day!  At least I hope it is for you.  I spent the morning at Hobby Lobby buying fabric I did not need and another piece of linen.  I checked Michael's and my store doesn't have the Charles Craft linen, just the Monaco and Aida.  The DMC (Charles Craft) website doesn't even list an Irish linen, just Carolina linen which is a cotton/linen blend.  So why do Walmart and other places have the Irish?  
I didn't stitch yesterday because I removed the pumpkin from the front porch and took it into the woods for the squirrels.  I always break it open for them, but this time when I swung it into the tree, my body became a human tuning fork.  Tough pumpkin.  After the vibration stopped, I swung much harder, hurt my wrist, the stem came off, the pumpkin landed on my foot, I jumped up in pain, got my hair tangled in a pin oak branch, stumbled backward over the pumpkin, poked a hole in my palm from the needle like short branch I grabbed on to, made up a few new cuss words, and there you have it.  To make a long story short, my hand and wrist are really sore because of my squirrels.  If they want the seeds they can dig them out themselves.
Samplers have not been on my mind, Santas have.  But I'm looking ahead.  Well, not really.  I happened to throw the new linen into the stitching mess which hit my pile of stash creating a chartslide.  As I picked them up while incorporating my new words into complete sentences, I quickly browsed. 
 These Essamplaire charts caught my eye, but they may be too fussy for me right now.  You see Sarah William's hips?  I think she had too many Mounds bars because I had a similar reaction.  I need a simple stitch with all the house projects going on and thought Lise Bagg would be good.  Lots of nice bands, but I don't like the colors.  I may do the alphabet one color and the bands different.

But I may come across a Scarlet Letter or R&R chart at the last minute, which is usually what happens.  I have quite a few R&R small and simple marking samplers (really?).  Lise is short and wide instead of my usual long and thin so it would be something different for the display wall.  That's another problem.  How do you decide which cabinet to hang where, which samplers, which sconce, when you change things continually?  It's so hard to make holes in a freshly patched and painted wall.
I picked my trim color, or rather it picked me.  I am so tired of this that I took the trim's gallon in for adjustment, brought it home, and what it is, it is. 
So that's all I have to report.  My hand is better today and I will pick up some threads this evening.
 
Enjoy your day and stitch away!
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23 comments:

Vickie said...

I hope you are feeling better Marly, sorry for the woes in the woods.
I have not stitched once today. I am devouring a really good novel.

Kaisievic said...

Oh Marly, you made me laugh! Poor you! Love all of your choices for designs - too many gorgeous ones to choose from. Can't wait to see what you stitch next. Hope that you get some stitching done tonight.
@Vickie - what are you reading?

C. M. Designs said...

Your story sounds like you had a "calamity Jane" experience.. I hope your squirrels appreciate all the trouble you went to for them to have pumpkin seeds..
I usually just put the whole pumpkin out and the squirrels gnaw through the skin to get to the inside..
I just put a bowl of loose corn and sunflower seeds out today hoping that that would keep the four legged, bushy tailed critters away from my bird feeder.. No such luck !
Please take care of your hands. You should have them insured ? You have many years of stitching ahead of you.
Have a safe, lovely weekend.
Charlotte in Virginia

Jacqueline said...

Oh that is so funny. I can picture it all in my mind because it is so like me. I have the best intentions but sometimes they bite me in the butt.. I hope you mend quickly and I am sure the squirrels will figure out a way to get what they want.

cucki said...

I hope you are feeling better dear...sending you big hugs x

Robin said...

Sorry you are sore from helping provide pumpkin innards for the squirrels. I like the Lise Bagg sampler. I hope you pick her.

Robin in Virginia

Janet said...

Dear Marly. Just letting you know...I LOVE your blog and look forward to your posts. I'm a stitching fan from Csnada...(I have squirrels too LOL )
Janet

Barb said...

Now maybe I'm cruel but your episode with the squirrels made me laugh! I do hope you are feeling much better!

Maggee said...

Sorry about the mishap with the pumpkin... where did I hear that elephants like pumpkins? Maybe on the radio... anyway, NEXT year, go to the Zoo with your leftover pumpkin! No, wait...you might suffer a worse mishap with those BIG pachyderms! You KNOW I love you... Hugs!

Judy said...

Ouch!! The squirrels will manage, they can get into anything! Sorry it was so hard on your body but the story was hillarious. Hope you will recover very quickly. Looking forward to more santas.

Judy Heartland stitcher

Margaret said...

Yikes on the pumpkin throwing! Sounds like something I would do. Glad you are feeling better today at least. Love all those designs you showed. Sigh. If you're anything like me, you don't know what you will stitch till the very last minute. :D

Vonna Pfeiffer said...

I am so happy to read of another poor soul who tries to "do unto others" (even if they are of the furry variety) and then it seems it all goes downhill from the trying...LOL! I chuckled all along your body tuning experience because I can't tell you how many times in my life (they are countless) that I make a complete mess of myself and the world around me, stumbling, falling, trying to do something nice! LOL! Awww well...just gotta laugh! :)

Beth Wiksen said...

The pumpkin story had tears running down my legs......thanks.

Melody said...

Your act of kindness for the squirrels was punishment for you! LOL loved your description I could just picture it happening.

I'm glad you are feeling better though. Those squirrels better appreciate it!

I have been loving those PS Santas you have been doing. I need to do some more of them, they continue to be favorites of mine. I've given lots away at Christmas for gifts.

Karen said...

I vote for the Bragg sampler. It is Christmas time and you don't have time for fussy. And I vote for giving it to elephants because they are cute and I like the way they move. I pick out projects the same way you do. As I reorganize the mess into another mess and then something will fall out and oh look at that I forgot all about that oh but maybe this oh crap I haven't finished this I can't pick another project I got curtains and bedskirts to sew oh here's another one! Just saying the Bragg is simple, but you know I couldn't even handle that one now so who am I to give advice!!!

Shirlee said...

You really ought to have a camera set up at various places around your house & yard to record all these exploits of yours!

Colleen said...

I chuckled when I read about your "squirrel/pumpkin" misadventure. Not that I thought getting hurt was funny but because it reminded me of me!! The squirrels were probably getting a kick out of watching you :) Little buggers.

I hate to pound hole in my walls so I've been using the Command hangers that peel right off your walls without leaving a mark. They're great.

I love all those samplers but sometimes I, too, just need something "simple" to work on.

Mary said...

Your "squirrel story" is hilarious Marly but I do hope you are feeling ok after your mishap!
I love all of the samplers and know what you mean about finding a simple, non fussy one.
Happy Stitching! Are all of the Santas finished?

Loraine said...

You have me laughing today! Oh my, that is a funny story, and the mounds bars...you are too cute.
Love all of the charts you have in your stash. You have great taste in samplers.
I've really been admiring your Santa finishes. Everyone is amazing. I can't wait for your holiday decorating! I was just showing your mantle picture to a friend the other day, and telling her I want to decorate like that someday. Have a great weekend.

butterfly said...

That pumpkin did not want to leave you .

Great samplers i wonder what you will stitch next.

Barbara Shores ~ Village Folk Art said...

Oh Marly ... so sorry for you and am hoping you feel better soon but you had me in stitches again.
You are being very good to the critters you share with.
Love all the sampler designs you showed especially the small one as this is more my speed.

Snickers are my weakness ... um ummm.

Have a safe weekend, if possible funny lady.
Fondly with Peace to everyone, Barb

Pam in IL said...

You're really good at describing things so I get a really good visual in my mind! Sorry that you had such a rough time just trying to help the squirrels. You didn't need that with the neck thing you got going on.

Hope your weekend is great!

Sherry said...

You always make me giggle and brighten my day! Love your new choices. I can't wait to see which one you do.

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