Jul 12, 2013

Progress, but no donuts

Greetings!!!  First off, the cats want to know what that bright light is.  Sun!!!  Finally an end to the rains and humidity.
Missy feels pretty good about it.

Progress on the house project.  After waiting two weeks Ed is finally coming Monday to start the flooring so we had it delivered today.  We planned on bringing it into the dining room but the delivery man said it's over 2000# - don't do that!
We ordered 6-10 foot lengths instead of the smaller piece bundles.  We got everything ready for him since he is so far behind.
Also making progress on stitching.  These simple to do vines are on both sides and the bottom so I 'm getting excited.  I changed 3011 to 3012 in the flowers.  I saw a kit (can't remember which) that contained 36 count linen and a 26 needle.  Hmmm.  I thought that required a 28 needle.  So I went down to 24 for my 30 count, just to see how I like it.  I had quite a time of it trying to secure the floss ends on the back.  The needle was a little too large to go under the threads.  Back to 26.  If you take a good look at the house, you can see where I changed direction.  I use the sewing method and over the bottom window on the left, you can see how it looks like the rows are off a little.  I stitched vertical rows and the rest horizontal.  Yes I know that's another needlework rule that I fail to follow.  Been there before, and I run the eye of the needle, letter opener, bone folder, ruler edge, little screwdriver, nail file, my nail, laying tool between the rows in one direction and it usually solves the problem.  Strange isn't it, how the same exact thread and same stitch can look different depending on direction?  Sort of like the nap on velvet. Well I did it, I'm not sorry, and I'll do it again. The top windows were all done vertically between them and the very top horizontal.   OK, quit looking for more.
I was waiting for snap rings before I offer a few tags, and check this out.  The package (which are 89 cents for 2) states 1".  So I ordered 1" in bulk online to get them a little cheaper.  Here's what their 1" is like compared to the others.  Looks a bull's nose ring.  So now what?  Do you care if the ring is larger?  Should I quit offering the rings?  Do you use them? 
Oh my, I just had a hot flash and my head picked up like a buck smelling a doe, but it was a donut that I was looking for.  Damn.  I ate the last one.
And finally, in my stash tossing I found this.  I lined the inside of the tiny drawers with a heavy red cardstock and I plan on painting/distressing the piece, and adding old gold lettering in 24, 26, and 28 on each drawer for needles.  Sounds like a good plan, but I think I should put a few needles in and see if my fat crooked finger can retrieve them from these tiny drawers first.
I have to run over to my sister's and let her have my car for the day so I best be moving.
Thanks for visiting!
Enjoy the weekend and stay safe.


backporchcarver said...

I wouldn't mind if the rings are bigger or smaller, love the tags any way at all. I have one I use all the time for me and I got one for my step daughters
christmas stocking and I love them.

Margaret said...

I've noticed that effect on the nap (so to speak) too! Yes, I also break the rules when it comes to stitching vertically, horizontally, whatever. lol! I'm trying to be better but it's hard. Love your Eliza though. Yikes on how heavy those flooring boards are! Wow! I hope Ed comes and gets the work done. More hot weather next week. Better enjoy this weather while it lasts.

Peggy Lee said...

Oh crap...you mean it looks different when you stitch horizontally or vertically? I thought a stitch was a stitch was a stitch!
I have so much to learn.

PJ LANEY said...

Hurray for getting the flooring! Loving the Colorado in your project. Cute box, cant wait to see it painted.

PJ LANEY said...

Hurray for getting the flooring! Loving the Colorado in your project. Cute box, cant wait to see it painted.

Carole said...

Quit being so "picky" about your work.....it looks wonderful!
Love your idea for the little boxes...also, I keep a small, thin needle with my work (I use a lap frame with scroll rods) and use it for running my thread under on the backside...sometimes a amall beading needle/quilting needle works...goes through like butter (sometimes the eye is really small)....hope this makes sense!

Maggee said...

Your stitching looks great! I know what you mean about changing directions...I DEFINITELY see it when I am stitching. And I do NOT do the sewing method! Actually just don't know how... I look forward to seeing those boxes finished. I am sure you will do a great job! Hope your guy does the flooring quickly! If only you lived here... my husband is a carpenter/contractor and would have had it done ages ago for you! Have a great weekend! Hugs! Maybe even get more sun time!!

Carol said...

Hmmm... I had no idea that the stitches would take on a different appearance depending whether they were stitched horizontally or vertically, Marly. I'm sure I've broken the "rules" a few times myself :)

I'm up in NY at my mom's now and we're having the same glorious, non-humid weather--sure wish it would last the whole summer!

Hope the floor installation goes quickly and smoothly--good luck.

Ellen said...

Love those boxes, can't wait to see them finished! Love the progress on your wip! Yes, I see the difference when I change directions in my stitching ha ha!


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