Saturday, February 7, 2015

I Do Believe I Have Lost My Mind!

  Once again, my life is interfering with my stitching time!  There are just way too many things going on that have to be attended to that take the needle from my hand.  The most recent of which is our EGA chapter newsletter.  I have been trying to get to it for almost a week.  Other interruptions, board meetings, house hunting, etc. have kept me from the newsletter so I have spent the majority of the last couple of days working on it and all of the various other parts that go with it.
  I took it over in January and even though I had this job a few years ago, I am having a bit of a problem getting back up to speed.  Add to that my bright idea of making it monthly and all of a sudden it seems to be taking over my life!!  I got it out this afternoon though so I am once again free to pick up my needle and stitch to my heart's content.  After I get this posted, of course!
   So on to the stitching! That is after all what we all want to see when we visit someone's blog!!  Well,  after my last post, I continued working on Elizabeth Shepard and I am happy to say I got to see all of the colors at play in the first little section.

It may be hard to see, but there is a dark green, the predominate color,  a brown, and a funky pink all in this corner.
   Then, and this is the 'lost my mind' part, I decided I needed to start another BAP.  Keep in mind that this piece is on no list that I have going for this year.  It's not a SAL or a birthday present and as a new start, it's not even on the EGA Challenge list either.  And it is huge!!!  341 x 341 to be exact.  See, I have truly lost my mind!!  Also,  on 45 ct. linen because we all know I don't have enough projects stitched on 45 ct. going right now!!!
   So this is Rhapsody in Red Ribbon Sampler by Sampler Cove.  I have this entire series which consists of the sampler, a bunch of smalls and a box to carry them all in. I've had them all in my stash since they came out many moons ago and I came across them recently while crawling through my massive stash looking for something else.

The top border is at the half-way point

I started it on a Friday night and only allowed myself through Saturday to work on it.  I am stitching it with the combination of Hand Dyed Fibers that were used in Spanish Rouge and the contrast is just wonderful!  I love this and need to somehow keep it in the rotation.

Pic of the chart.  A large, lovely, red sampler.  How could I go wrong??!!

   The Sunday of this weekend was February 1st and I thought that would be a fine time to get back to something that is close to being finished.  I have several large SAL pieces I carried over from last year and Ann Bowers is the one I felt was closest to a finish.  This is what she looked like when I worked on her last.  From the date on the picture, it was September of last year that she last saw the light of day.  So sad!

This is what she looks like now.  I have been working diligently on nothing but her since the 1st! Interesting how much you have to show when you concentrate you time on one piece!!

I am determined to work on just this piece until it is finished!!  Hopefully, that will be soon.  I am aiming for the end of the month, or sooner if I can keep the distractions down to a minimum!!
  So that's all I have for now.  Thanks for stopping by to visit and hope you're all enjoying your stitching as much as I am!!  Laura


  1. Love your 'crawling through your stash' ... and enjoyed seeing your Ann Bowers... I had no plans on working on that sampler but decided to start her earlier in January ... it is a fun one to stitch isn't it?

  2. What a beautiful red start! Ann Bowers is looking good. Here cheering you on to a finish of Ann!

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    Robin in Virginia

  3. I love your stitching, and I have fallen in love with Rhapsody in Red Ribbon Sampler, I will hunting it down on the internet soon.

  4. Love the new Red Project! It's going to be gorgeous!! I look forward to seeing Ann Bowers finished by the end of the month! You do some beautiful work! Hugs!

  5. Putting together a newsletter for any organization is a big endeavor! I hope you settle into a rhythm soon. I love the touch of pink in the ES design. But that Rhapsody in Red sampler is amazing, big and beautiful!

  6. I'll be cheering you on for a finish for Ann Bowers--and stash-diving can be dangerous! Looking forward to seeing your progress on Big Red.

  7. You have some amazing projects going on. They are all big and beautiful!! I do wish you more stitching time!

  8. I can so well understand you on the starting-a-new-BAP part. I love that as well and do it all the time although I know that it's crazy because I already have so many of them.
    Nice progress on your WIPs and great new start!

  9. Wonderful stitching. I like your new start.

    Greetings, Manuela (I'm your new follower.)

  10. It sounds like you have a very busy life right now--hopefully working on that beautiful stitching of yours will help with the stress :) I so love that gorgeous red WIP!

  11. Hi Laura, I can so relate to having my life getting in the way of stitching! All we can do is get in those stitches when we can! lol Great work on Elizabeth Shephard! That Rhapsody in Red will be a stunner!!!


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