Sep 30, 2016

Sale date

Greetings folks.  Sale will be Sunday evening at 8pm.  Hornie and set of 3 tags.  Eliza Pomeroy boxes and a few stragglers.  The rest will be in the bonfire this afternoon.  After all the work to change the brightness and color on the new printer, producing prints that can only be sealed with a product I wasted a day searching for, a part broke off inside and it no longer works.  I can't do this anymore.  The labels for the squares are tweaked for a printer that still works so if they are well received, I can make more of those.  But the boxes offered Sunday will be the last.  There may be a few others offered later if I find old labels in my folders.
Here's what the squares will be, maybe a few oddballs that were printed before my original printer died a few weeks ago.  Descriptions and total prices will be listed at the time because I have to estimate shipping.  The tag sets will be $10 and the hornies $8 without the shipping costs but I will list all that crap.

The berries will come later unless my sewing machine decides to croak.  I just haven't had time to get them ready and will be relieved when I sit there watching the fire, enjoying a chocolate coke.
I'm sorry if some of you are disappointed but I have always sold my items for less than my cost and time.  I enjoyed it.  But after wasting weeks of my time for a few bucks and a load of aggravation, I just can't justify starting over again.  You've suggested having them printed.  I tried that.  Color was off, clarity looked like a copy, size was off enough to not fit boxes properly, and I don't have the volume for it be a reasonable cost.
Have a great weekend.

Sep 28, 2016

My little peacock

Hey!  How the hell are you?  For those of you struggling with an issue, reach out to someone for help or comfort.  You may be surprised at the angels among us.
The little peacock from the needle book that I had to stitch for a label is so stinkin' cute.  I don't know if I will add a hanger for an ornament, or just display as is.
I've abbreviated several designs lately and have been pleased with all of them.  One day, when I remember, I would like to pull motifs from samplers for very small ornaments.  Not easy to find smalls small enough for miniature Christmas trees.  Of course, using a high linen count would make designs smaller, but would also make me crabbier.
I used Aleene's Tacky glue this time instead of my usual fabric glue and it worked just as well so I am switching.  Such a quick and neat close, all it takes is a thin line on the edge.  I never use it from the bottle nozzle because it's too much.  Instead, I dip a very thin brush or even the tip of a needle to apply. Cute, huh?
I am sanding and gluing today, hope to have the sale start Sunday and will let you know for sure on Friday.  If you think I've been annoying with the problems I've been having, think of how I feel! 
I will have the sander in one hand and the hose in the other as I jump around squirting woodpeckers off the siding. I better check the amps on the sander.
Have a good day folks.

Sep 27, 2016

The error of my ways

I am so sorry.  Why didn't anyone tell me?  I started stitching the peacock needle keep again for a freaking label.  The original is on dark linen which does not transfer well for labels and since the second new printer will not work (for my use) and I only need that freaking little bird to complete the sets, I am stitching it again on lighter linen.  But wait.  This chart isn't correct!  His tail feathers were screwed up and missing a plume.  That got my tail feathers and plumes in a tizzy.  How could I have missed it?  Someone plucked his plume!  So I corrected both the print and the color charts, both under the FREE tab.  If I ever do another freebie and there is a glaring error, please let me know.  Well, maybe no one planned to stitch it and never saw it!

Anyway, Canon customer service informed me that nothing should be applied over their inkjet prints.  Nothing.  Not only do I seal before gluing, I use several coats of gloss to protect them since they will be tossed around.  So, I cannot use my new printer #2.  It produces quality prints and other inkjets have the same setup, using pigment for black and dye for the colors yet there is no problem with color change when sealing.  I am giving up.  I will complete the sets and few boxes and that's it.  This is the fourth time we cut and sanded and drilled and glued and matched.  Why?  Because nothing has gone right, and here's another example.  Before and after spraying with a gloss finish.  NON-YELLOWING gloss finish.  No way to remove them so out they went.  The second batch went out because I tried a new glue that was a disaster.
Received my order from 123 today.  Got a few more pieces of Tin Roof which of course were different from my first.  These discrepancies are never the fault of the shop and 123's policy is the best.  You can quickly return if not up to your expectations or off in color.  I also got Weeks 1331 Brick and Gentle Art's 0350 Mulberry overdyed floss and they are both really nice for Santas.  Another skein looked green on the Weeks website (which I needed) but it's medium brown, the same shade as most of my dark linens.
Hard to believe September is coming to an end.  I must have been so wrapped up in trying to get these items worked out that the month got away from me.  It won't be long before the Golden Girls are taken off Hallmark for months of Christmas movies. Damn.
Have a good week!!
Thanks for visiting.

Sep 26, 2016

Good thing I have thick hair

because I've been pulling it out. 
But some of us have not a care in the world.
Did I ever mention how I LOVE the gingham oilcloth I got at JoAnn's?
Finally received the recommended printer that I ordered online.  The original one that all the labels are tweaked for, is not coming back to life after $86 worth of new ink.  So I bought new ink for the other HP that doesn't have the quality print of the one that died, and had to rescan and rephoto all the labels because it printed the files so far off color.  Even then, several designs did not print well. The Canon arrives (their ink is usable in several models so if it dies, I can transfer the cartridges to another) and I start the process over again for some of the labels.  Everything works fine, quality is better, worked out the color changes and such, printed.  Was almost to the finish line.  Almost.  In order to clean the edges when gluing from excess and fingerprints, the paper must be sealed.  Matte Modpodge.  Always worked fine, clear, no smears.  Here is the final page of peacock labels.  As I was applying the Mod, I saw something happening.  They turned mauve.  The two on the right, second and third down, are as they should be.  The other freaking pink ones have a thin coat of ModPodge.  I have never ever ever had this much trouble. 
And I never heard of ModPodge changing the colors of a photo or print.  So another printer and another set of individual ink cartridges, worthless. 
Where's a can of icing when you really need it?
Hope all is well with y'all.

To Sarah.  I'm sorry I can't help with the lost blogs.  I follow blogs and updates on the dashboard page's Reading List.  I click on the orange G in top corner and it opens.  I am not Google+ , and you are now no-reply as is everyone that signed up for Google+.

Sep 22, 2016

Thank you

I felt a virtual hug!  I'm not down, in fact, I'm giddy.  When I realized the sign in front of me read Exit, I started giggling.  When my husband gives me that what are you doing look, I start giggling.  My knuckles really hurt when they were smacked into the edge of the stone, but I giggled.  Still, your comments made me smile, and I am on a roll this morning. 
Santa will be Mulberry and I will hit the Order button and send it through.  Not taking into consideration his green bag, the coat's light trim, the light beard, was a big mistake.  Once I looked at all the other colors involved (and changed), Santa will be just fine.  The Magma is locked and loaded.

I am going through a bookcase with neat stacks of years of magazines and sending them to the recycler.  I have every issue of Early Homes, most of Simple Life and Primitive Place.  Holding on to those but will revisit and then sell off.  (Do I really need to waste time going through them?  No.  Out.)  That's progress.  Getting rid of clutter and opening space always feels good too.  Why Madam, I believe you deserve a chocolate for that.  And if anyone is interested in cream cheese frosting, here's what I found.  I always keep a canister of it on hand but much prefer the real deal.  Last time I needed it, I also had Philly in the fridge, so I softened and added more than half a brick to half of the canister.  Sooooo good.  Less sweet more cream cheesy, I loved it.  You can adjust the amount of Philly while you're blending and get the right taste for you.  Easy peasy.
I have lots to do today - should be getting to it.
Thanks for visiting!  And for being so sweet.

Sep 21, 2016

Am I the only one...

that is out of sorts? 
...feeling like you're falling off the planet? 
...choosing the wrong stall in the restroom? 
...picking a new printer after hours of research that is not in stock online or in stores?
...squirting yourself in the eye with bug killer? 
...getting in the wrong car AGAIN? 
...standing in front of large glass doors that say EXIT waiting for them to open?  
...staring at an online thread order that never gets ordered? 
...seeing hornies and boxes and squares everywhere and wondering when the hell you'll get organized? 
...calculating calories of the tall canister of cream cheese frosting that you ate with a spoon? 
...wondering why she rudely says to shut-up in the KMart commercial?
...wondering if menopause can go into remission, play with your head, and then whack you upside it? 
...getting distracted by a stink bug?
A stink bug.  Staring in wonder at an almost square and flat bug.  I don't know what's going on, maybe the season change and my woe at losing summer.  I posted recently about being distracted, but this is like being in a stupor.  Snap out of it!
As for the fricking Santa, problems problems.  This linen came out very nice from the dip, but something is not right.  For me, the threads look mauve and cool on this Gunmetal, even the warmer reds.  I can't seem to settle on a good shade and ordering overdyed online is a crap shoot.  I have several GAST reds and Mulberry looks the best, less of a pink-red.  DMC 221 blends nicely with it and I may mix in a few strands to ensure I will have enough.  Shown in the photo is the red I dyed twice and used on this project, but I removed it.  It looks good on everything else but not on this odd blue. My options are to test the Mulberry thread or start over on brown linen.  As soon as I'm aware of my surroundings and my eye stops burning from the bug spray.
The boys are enjoying the weather.  I'm enjoying a few bags of Dove but they were better dipped in the icing.
Have a good week.  Hope you pick the right stall.
Thanks for visiting.

Sep 17, 2016

Call me crazy

Go ahead.  It's OK.  When it comes to color, I have a real problem.  This Gunmetal is perfect for a night sky, but it is bugging the crap out of me.  I see a purplish cast and I hate reddish blues.  We all see color differently and it may be a perfect dark blue to others.  I mixed the dye until I got the right greenish brown and after a quick dip, the difference is subtle, the purplish cast is toned down, not as harsh.  On the right is my dip after drying, and the left is the original.  You may not even see the change.  I could do another dip but why push it?  I like the color, just wanted to warm and tone a little. 

If my ankle wasn't killing me, I would do a happy dance.  But the way I've been flashing tonight, give me a few minutes.  I may change my mind.

EDIT - I did.  So I dipped again!  A little more toning and it's perfect.  It's a beautiful midnight blue sky now.  Whew.  I may order another piece now that I know I can adjust it.  But then again, who knows if it will come in the same shade?


Sep 16, 2016

A Santa start

Hi hi hi.  Hope all is well with you.  It's the 16th and we've passed the center mark of September.  Has anyone checked to see if the earth is rotating a little faster?
I was going to start a small hornbook sampler chart but still have Santa on my mind.  I've been disappointed many times when ordering overdyed online so will substitute for the WDW threads.  I have Needle Necessities skeins in red and decided to dip them in the brown dye jar and then the gray.  The red is toned down now and looks pretty good. I stuck the red Wildflowers in too.
Not many changes except for leaving out parts of the design.  It has an arched border charted but isn't stitched in the model.  I don't plan on adding it and may even leave the side greenery off too.  I thought a dark background was necessary to show the DMC 612 base and his beard, thought a night sky would be nice with those stars. 

The Gunmetal is not a color I care for but I think it will work well for this Santa. 
If I stitch the side branches I'll use a lighter gray green, but I may just do the Santa area.  I thought about trying a dye dip to change the linen a little but I have no idea which way to go, so I'll leave it alone.
I took down a few ferns to water them and take a look.  This table is 36".  These guys are amazing and would take up way too much space inside.
Almost took Carole to the hospital again yesterday, but this time because of what she ate.  Mussels.  She loves them but it's the second time she had to send unopened ones back and ended up deathly ill eight hours later.  She's never had a problem before, but now said she will never order them again.  I am allergic to shellfish but I don't think I could handle crabs and lobsters boiled alive and taking minutes to die.  Can't they knock them out first?  I understand that bacteria forms very quickly after death so they must be alive right up to cooking but there has to be a more humane way to quickly end it.  She's doing OK today and got a few hours sleep. 
Not sure if I want an iced coffee or a (lots of) chocolate Coke.  I tried Diet Pepsi because it doesn't use Nutrasweet and it wasn't as good so it's back to regular Coke.
Bud said he hopes you enjoy the weekend.

Sep 15, 2016

Does size really matter?

Our first year growing Marconi frying peppers and oh my.  They are sweet, heavy fleshed, and delicious raw.  Did I mention size?
If we personally knew the horses that contributed the truckload of manure, we would bring them lots of carrots and goodies. 
Our pepper plants are shoulder height to me and although staked, the heavy rains and weight of their bounty have created a tangled web of plants. 
The hot peppers we tried this year, Golden Dagger, were as large as this Marconi.  We've canned and canned and the only left on the plants are these youngsters.  The Hungarian Wax grew no larger than prior years so I'm assuming these two varieties are just monsters.  Definitely plant again next year.
I've decided to forget Etsy and just offer what little I have on the blog page, soon.  Will let you know several days in advance.  The printer, same one that did this times before, has stopped printing in black again.  We've taken all the steps we followed previously to get it working properly again, and I won't know for a few days if I can continue.  The new printer I purchased the last time this happened, was a waste of money.  The printers seem to focus on multi tasking and speed rather than clarity and I followed the salesgirl's advice, big mistake.  So the items will be limited. 
After all the trouble I've been having, starting over with color management and such with a new one is just not in me right now.  I went to several places trying to copy the test labels but they looked like hell.  So if things work out and there is enough interest, I can make more when I find the suitable remedy.  Right now, the finish I use is curing, they are satin and semi gloss because (hopefully) the hornie and squares will be handled and used.
No stitching yet.  Yesterday was another day running Carole around, her new bridgework has broken four times since spring.  Mark took her this time, I had appointments and consults about getting back on anti-coagulants.  Haven't decided what to do, for a number of reasons.  She and Mark conspired during the trip to ask for haircuts, so they each got clipped after.  I think I cut hers a little too short but it grows so fast she'll be fine with it. 
Zucchini pizzarelles, pancakes, whatever you call them, frying right now. 
Have a great weekend - stay safe.

Sep 13, 2016

The bags are filled

with rejects, misprints, too pink, too green.  Ran out of paper, ink, and patience.
The finalists of the fricking set of three.  Now if I can get them attached without gluing my fingers together AND remember to punch the holes in first.  A few days ago, they were complete.  ????  Mark asked me why there were no holes for the ring.  Started over X 3.
Have a good day folks.  Thanks for your kind words about sis.

Uh-oh.  There may be four fricking sets.

For sure I'm finished now.


Sep 12, 2016

My mind

is preoccupied, creating problems with what should be simple tasks.  Everyday ordinary.  Not requiring much thought.  But lately I need to double check everything I am doing.

When I list these few (and getting fewer) items, they will probably be the last.  It's fun when it goes well, but nothing has been.  You wouldn't believe the files I lost (several times) from hitting Revert instead of Save. 

Carole has been having difficulties with her breathing for about a month.  She almost ended up in the ER two nights ago.  The thought of submitting to another catheterizaton after what she has been through, was not even a consideration for her.  Now, she finally agrees with me and is willing to go to the Clinic.  Her cardiologist that got her through these past years, is also mine, and she is devastated from the news of his prognosis.  It's hard for her to trust anyone else.  Several doctors in his same practice were there for her "events", and even caused the most life threatening.  Maybe nothing can be done, the new valve has not had the results expected, and the CHF will continue to worsen.  She felt a little better yesterday, but anxiety and fear make everything worse.  I'm back to barely sleeping, waiting for those mid-night phone calls of desperation once again. This morning it rang at 7am, but was my own doctor.  As you've all experienced, those early calls shake you for a while.  But my coffee cup that reads "stitch happy" is calm and steady right now!
Carole's new bridgework has broken four times and my new crown (in the front) is quite a bit darker than my teeth.  I can have it ground off and order a lighter shade, but of course, at my expense.

For the next few days I will go through my linens and charts and look for a little project that I can't screw up.  That would be a reproduction, my favorite type of project that hides errors of all sorts.  But Santa is calling to me.  We'll see.  I need to step back and recharge, hoping to break this pattern of distraction. 
Have a good start to your week.

Sep 9, 2016

When will I learn

There is no reason to size and color labels all afternoon when I only have 12 corner measure sets to sell.  Why do I continue to make more work for myself, and cause my head to spin with decisions?  Just offer two sets and that's it!  But no, I like this one better.  But what about this one?  And how could I leave this one out?  My head hurts.
While Bud lounges beneath the flower filled wagon, Missy chooses the wash tub.
To give you an idea of how large my Limelight Hydrangea bush flowers are, compare them to my man hands.

Second weekend in September.  Christmas decorations are out!  Damn.
Enjoy your weekend.

Sep 8, 2016

Ohio Treasure Sampler x 3

Threadwork Primitives Ohio Treasure Worke #4

From the designer's blog HERE .......
on Havana linen

From Sharon at Moosecraft ......
on R&R Café Kona linen
From me on dark brown dyed at home.....

Sep 7, 2016

It's all over but the border

 which I will put off as long as I can.


Sep 6, 2016

Snark and you shall receive

Blogging buds are wonderful generous people.  I thought Release the Snark would be great on a t-shirt, never imagined it could be so cool on the wrist.  Thank you Lauren.

Because of my fat wrists that match my fat ankles, I added the leather band to make it fit.  Breaking that wrist a few years ago and then spraining both ankles certainly made them worse.  But my family's Polish women are the real culprits.
Haven't decided if the leather will stay, or to add a short piece of sterling chain with a clasp.  Decisions decisions.  Either way, LOVE it! 
Bud was whining about it being hot again today and stayed in the shade under the wagon.
Went to New Wilmington to talk to the lumber yard that supplies many of the Amish, they can get cedar in random lengths, not all short pieces.   I almost fell off the stool when I heard the cost.  Without labor.  Without painting.  I will see who shows up from the names they gave us and hear their suggestions.
Have a good one!

Sep 5, 2016

Beside myself, besiding myself

Non-stitching post, something that has bugged me for a few years.
Crunch time.  Fall is here and contractors take months to show up.  What should I do? 

Replacing the siding with cedar would cost a fortune and after checking sources, found that it comes in 6 foot length bundles with 3 and 4 foot pieces.  No.  Unacceptable.  What are our choices?   Trying to replace the bad with good ones from elsewhere on the house, would be very time consuming.  Sanding each lap smooth, caulking cracks, priming and painting would be also, but the cedar would be saved.  Would anyone do it?  No.  Not one contractor or painter is interested. 
I love the look of our weathered house, but I don't think we have a choice but to replace with cement board laps, and paint.  The entire back (facing north) is fine and it only needs stained or painted.  The east and south facing sides have some good boards, but most are alligatored, dry and brittle, and paint would be sucked in creating a mottled blotchy house.  Not to mention that the warped and brittle laps would still be there.  I can remove that crackled wood between the grain lines with my nail so how long would paint last anyway.
I need expert advice, not the contractor's easiest solution.  Wish me luck.  It's something I've put off for a long time.  The Andersen windows need replaced too.  They were Terratone which faded in the sun to pink, were painted, and now are warped with delaminated vinyl. 
This was taken two years ago and from the street, it looks like a weathered house. 
But seeing it closer, it's terrible.  I considered using the good boards from that middle section (replacing them with stone) but again, no one will attempt it.  If they don't want to do it, I wouldn't trust them to be careful enough to not break the laps during the process. 
By the end of this week, I will have a decision made (come hell or hot flash) and will stick to it until I find a restoration company or a conscientious contractor.  Vinyl is the only material these workers have installed.  Many Amish around here but which one?  They install wood siding on their homes but without phones or ads, how do we know who to trust?  How do we contact them for estimates?  And how do we keep in touch for work status?  We stopped at a flooring shop in Volant and placed our order for the wood, never heard from them, drove out to talk to them and no one was ever in the shop, can't leave a note for them to call because there are no phones!  After several months we got the wood through a lumber mill.
You know I'm not good at all with decision making, and not only is this a big one, my preferred solution to replace with cedar laps is not an option.
Sampler is almost finished except for the #*%* border.  I hate stitching borders.
Have a good week.
Thanks for visiting.

Sep 4, 2016

Leaning left

Hiya folks.  It's September isn't it.  You have no idea how crabby I am.
In fact, for the last batch of peppers we canned yesterday, I refused to put that month on the lid, chose to stay in August.  Mark took my pen and did the last three properly but what's proper for him isn't proper for me.
Does anyone end up sideways when intently stitching?  I find myself leaning so far left I am almost lying on the sofa.  The more I struggle to see an error or the longer I sit and stitch, my body tilts to a 45.  Weird.  Get up!  So here's where I am on the sampler, and when I manipulated the photo to place red where the ABC will go, I think it's the right choice.  The bottom bird will be red also and I wanted it on the left to balance because I am, well.... you know.  That word we don't like to use. 

Having two brights on one side and two lights on the other didn't appeal to my idiocy either.  The dark brown was the color I planned to stitch originally and seeing it in this photo, there would have been more frogging.  Using this photo trick is a great help to me.
This is Threadwork Primitives' Worke #4
Ohio Treasure Sampler.
I should have a piece of this linen left, enough for a small Santa, but I will also try to recreate the color.  Unless I use the same linen to start with, it doesn't dye the same so I don't make notes of the formula.  Most dyebaths are kept in jars in the basement and I stick a piece of fabric in and shake, easier than starting another mess.
The flowers are drying and fading, the boys are sticking around more, the evening light is shorter.  How did it fly by so quickly?  My procrastination notebook I vowed to follow (and have not been able to find since I created it) has not had one project checked off and summer has passed.
My ferns are enormous and have created a cozy area. When they are gone, it will take a while to get used to the openness.
The brats are all medicated and hopefully flea free.  Next is the worm pill for the two killers, Missy and Nit.  My brother came over to give the pill the last time, and he had not one scratch.  These cats run from people so it was amazing to watch.  He is feeding another groundhog family, by hand, and the neighbor calls him Noah on land.  She hates animals of any type and has traps everywhere.  When your backyard adjoins a very large wooded area, you see critters.  Go live in a field.
I hope you are enjoying this long weekend.  Stay safe.   Thanks for visiting.

Sep 1, 2016

Those little bastardos

AUGH!!!  Such a little item and if it wasn't me tripping and having them fly off the plywood, or sudden rain drops while out back, or a stupid swarm of tiny bugs, or floating cat hair, there was always something messing up or sticking to the little bastards while I was spraying the final sealer.  Use a thinner to smooth the finish, lift the paint, ruin the label, sand it down, start all over!  I will never make these again.  But don't quote me.  Today is the last day I am wasting, and I mean wasting, on them.  For the hours put in they should be $40!  Haven't decided for sure on price but it will certainly be under $10.  This has put a real damper on continuing with the boxes too.
I do have progress to show on the sampler.  Starting on the birds and bottom motifs now, holding off on the eyelet ABC (after the last z) until I see the entire piece.  Maybe those three large letters in red would be perfect, maybe not.  I'm not following the chart's color placement and decided to use only three neutrals in the center area so as not to compete with the bright birds in the bottom.  Once the bottom is completed the sampler will tell me which color will work best.  I've had quite enough of stitch removal these last weeks. 
It's September, it's cooled off, I'm crabby as hell.  Hope to be done with canning by tomorrow so I can put that behind me also.  Someone gave us a jar of hot pepper rings last year and we loved the recipe so asked if she would mind sharing.  Not at all, her sister in law's friend's mother's neighbor's daughter's boyfriend gave it to her.  God bless her for being able to remember the source.  I would have said..... uh..... I can't remember where I got it.  So we spent a day cutting and seeding a half bushel of hot peppers and immersing overnight in the brine, as directed.  Good grief you never saw such twisted faces after testing a pepper.  We had to throw them all out.  Yes, that's the way things have been going.  Frustrating but that's life.  One good thing - I picked up Nitzy, set him on the swing, and the entire vial of flea med was used before my blood was drawn.  He was a good boy.
Hoping your September is a good month.
Thanks for visiting.
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