Thursday, 15 October 2009


I'm not indecisive, I just can't make up my mind! I'm ready for a new start and I just can't seem to settle on which piece I want to do next. I've even gone so far as to actually start one and then wish I'd started something else. Am I the only one like this?
At this Tuesday's SAL there was a new start in the form of Blackbird's Designs Blessings Be Thine. I've admired this one for some time now. The plan was to start LHN Home of a Needleworker but the fabric which I thought I still had in my stash wasn't anywhere to be found and until I find something suitable it's been put on hold. Hence, the backup plan, Blessings. The fabric is a WDW 30 ct linen and I'm finding it's a looser weave than I care to stitch on. Sometimes that's all it takes to turn me off of a project and then I'm searching for the next start. Add to that the fact that I'm already going to have to frog out the star and replace it with another choice of floss colour. The white just isn't standing out enough.

My order of the new releases from St. Charles' Market arrived this week and that's calling to me. I fell in love with BD Midnight Watch! I know, I know, I said no more Halloween stitching but you should see it! Then of course there were all the new little Halloween quickies from Val's Stitchin' Stuff. Too cute. On top of that, with a recent online order I received an Ink Circles freebie called Spotted Owls. The owls are hidden within the design. Now I'm thinking, "What floss should I use for this and I wonder if I can find fabric for this one in my stash?" And how could I possibly forget the fact that I finally found a copy of JCS Christmas ornament issue at my local pharmacy. I can't count the number that I want to stitch from this year's issue. Help! So what have I done so far? Nothing. It's like my mind has shut down and now I don't feel like picking up anything. It's merely on overload and once I've calmed down my hand will reach for that needle again and I'll be alright. Everything will fall into place and I'll know exactly what I'm doing. I think!

Before the mind got too carried away, I did manage a little progress on Nantucket.

The camera came with me to SAL this past week and I snapped a few pics of my fellow stitchers . There didn't seem to be as much stitching this week. Instead there was a lot of talk of the upcoming retreat and much poring over the latest Herrschner's catalogs. Although I'm not able to make the retreat this year, I will be joining some of our fellow bloggers at Rebecca's for a weekend of fun, laughter, eating and oh yeah, stitching. Can't wait!

From left: Sylvia, Barb and Maria

Sylvia, Maria and Sally

Looks like a floss toss to me!

Roseanne et moi having some fun while Sue checks out the latest Herrschner's catalog.

Sally admiring Louise's latest stash purchase

Chantal and Leslie checking out the catalog.

For all you book lovers out there, Diana Gabaldon was in town this week for a reading from her latest release, An Echo In The Bone. I've been to one of Diana's book readings in the past and really enjoyed it. I'm a big fan of her Outlander series and can't wait to read this, the 7th in the series. I would have loved to gone to this reading but driving into Ottawa for three nights in a row after working in Cornwall all day is just too much commuting for me. Especially when I have to work the upcoming weekend. As it is I bailed out of my choir practice tonight after a particularily rotten day at work. The old gray mare she ain't what she used to be!

Kitchen renovations are slated to begin next Wednesday so keep your fingers crossed. While I was cleaning out the existing cupboards I found that I had a lot more selections of tea than I realized. A couple of my girl friends prefer tea to coffee especially the herbal decaf varieties. This led me back to drinking tea which in the past I'd limited to when I was ill. I have a love for all types of chai - regular, white chai, holiday chai, green tea chai, chocolate chai but this week I found a new tea which I'm equally hooked on. It's one of Tetley's teas and is called Warmth - Cinnamon Spice with Orange Blossom (decaffinated). I've managed to get my son Dan hooked too. So excuse me now while I go pour myself a cup and think of new starts. See you next week!


  1. Can't wait to see you next weekend! It has been WAY TOO LONG.

    And I'm a HUGE fan of Diana's as well, I'm about 100 pages into the new book - I went and bought it the day it was released, I was getting worried that Jamie and Claire had forgotten all about me

  2. I gobbled down Echo in less than a week! Sure wish DG would come to podunk Oklahoma some day!

    The SAL looks like loads of fun!

    Nantucket is wonderful.

    I haven't seen the spotted owls design you mentioned but I'll look it up now!

  3. Looking forward to seeing you next weekend.
    I have the "Echo" but am saving it for my car ride to Arizona.
    With all those new choices no wonder you can't pick one.

  4. I have so been there, the inability to decide can be awful. Glad you were able to get a liitle done on Nantucket it looks great. Looks like lots of fun with your friends whether stitching or not. CJ ok;-)

  5. I haven't read any of her books, but I'm planning too. I keep hearing people say how good they are, and my daughter has said I'd love the Outlander series a number of times. The new tea you found, Warmth, sounds yummy. I'll have to look and see if we carry it around here. Going into winter, I start to drink a lot more of it.

  6. I love Blessings Be Thine. I have it all kitted up ready to go when I have some time.

  7. Hi Lynn,

    I'm always itching to start a
    new project. Never mind that I
    don't have time to stitch on the
    few projects that I have on the
    go already. Home of a Needle-
    worker is one of those I want to
    stitch someday, along with every
    other LHN design that's ever been
    published. I've been doing quite
    a few monochromatic projects lately
    and now I'm ready to stitch some=
    thing with more color and detail.

    Haven't ordered anything from St.
    Charles' Market, but do have my
    eye on a few things, as always.
    Midnight Watch is definitely one
    of those that caught my eye. I'm
    still looking for the JCS Xmas
    ornament issue but it hasn't shown
    up around here yet.

    So many charts/
    little time to stitch.

    Nantucket is look fabulous. Love
    those palm trees, and the little
    sailing ship. This is a really
    pretty design.

    Is there anything more perfect
    then gathering with other stitchers
    for a SAL in a bookstore??? Books
    and for me.

    Wish I could have journeyed down
    to Rebecca's for her stitching
    weekend. It sounds like it'll
    be a ton of fun.

    I met Diana Gabaldon two years
    ago during another book tour
    and it was fabulous! I love
    her books and have all of them
    in hardcover. My first edition
    hard cover of Outlander is one
    of my prized possessions, and
    she signed it for me that day.
    I have the new book but haven't
    started it yet.

    Not enough hours in the day
    for reading either.

    Well, good luck with the kitchen
    renovations. Hope things all go
    quickly and smoothly. Just'll be worth all the
    fuss and bother and take out food
    when it's done. Pass the Kentucky
    Duck please.

    Congrats on finishing the Cricket
    freebie, which looks terrific and
    is very cute. Love the expression
    on the pumpkin ghost's face, and
    his/her little black hat.

    I'm glad to see that you're
    working on Secret Snowdrift again.
    I really love this design and
    yours is looking wonderful. I
    must remember to order this some

    Cinnamon Spice with Orange Blossom
    tea sounds delicious. Gotta write
    that down and see if we can get it

    Have a great weekend!! Cheers!

  8. Oh yes, I know that feeling, too. But my solution is very simple - I start the other piece as well, lol.
    I alos prefer stitching on a denser fabric, that's why I only stitch on Zweigart fabrics which seem to be perfect for me.
    Nantucket looks gorgeous. I think I'll have to have that pattern too.