Sunday, May 15, 2016

Christmas Challenge Update

This month, I did get some more Christmas stitching done.  I finished my Santa Jingles from Mill Hill!

I have also started another Mill Hill kit:  St. Nicholas.  I've finished all the stitching and beading on his hat but haven't trimmed it up yet.  I've also got most of the stitching done on his face.  No photos of him yet, 'cause my camera died and I'm too lazy to get my hubby's.  ;-)

Happy Stitching!


Thursday, May 12, 2016

La Belle Dame...progress update (revised)

Last night, I finished another page on my La Belle Dame...!  That makes 21 pages done!

Here's the photo:

It took me a couple of days, but I finally remembered to update the progress bar at the right.

Next up in my rotation:  Floral Finesse!

Happy Stitching!


Sunday, May 1, 2016

FIU Challenge Update

I did make some progress on my list this past month!  The one that I got to cross off really warms my heart!

  1. Bind my 4-patch quilt (poor thing's been waiting for over 2years)  finished on 21 Feb 2016
  2. Remove last of carpet in sewing room  finished on 10 April 2016
  3. Finish my "Merry Christmas" framed set
  4. Tidy up all my quilting scraps
  5. Frame my Mother's Tree.
  6. Clean off my scrapbooking desk so I can actually scrapbook!  clean enough to work on 15 Jan 2016
  7. Finish the Disneyland scrapbook for my sister
  8.  List the rest of the items I have set aside to sell on Etsy.  finished on 7 Jan 2016
  9. Re-starch/shape the rest of my crocheted snowflakes.  finished on 29 Feb 2016 
Here is a photo after I'd removed 2 layers of carpet:

That ugly brown felt was the hardest bit to remove.  Oh, it came up okay but it was nailed down about every 4" and the nails stayed put.  Pulling them out was the toughest part.

Here's a picture of the layers I was dealing with:

The hideous green was laid on top of the beige.  The green was also held down with tack strips.  The beige was just lying there - no nails, tack strips, nothing.  The felt was nailed down.  It was also put down in odd sized strips.  You can see a seam in it in the first photo.  Every seam had many, many nails.  My hands ached from pulling the nails.

Here is a photo of all the carpeting gone!!!

Okay, okay, the carpeting still exists...under the bookcases.  Until I get or make a cabinet to replace them, that bit of carpet stays.  Thankfully, it's not big and will come out quickly.

I did put down a lovely area rug but I'll wait to post a photo of that.  I've been cleaning and organizing the entire room in small stages.  I'm going to share photos of my entire room once I've finished.  It might be awhile, because until I get rid of the bookcases, I won't consider it finished.

UPDATE:  Lenore asked, "Why was the carpet there in the first place?"  I honestly don't know. It was there when we bought the house back in 1997.  It might have been there just as a way to keep the room warmer.  It's the only room upstairs and the house wasn't all!

Oh,  I did attempt to make progress on my Merry Christmas set.  The first frame that I picked up had broken glass!  (sigh)  I will need to keep one of them undone so that I can get a new piece of glass cut.  I may work on the other letters in the meantime.

Happy Stitching!