Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Happy New Year 2019

At this time of new beginnings 
It's a joy to wish all of you the blessings
of Health, Peace, and Happiness
throughout the coming year. 

On the first day of a new year I reflect on both stitching and non- stitching goals. I actually spent quite a bit of time in December  thinking about and finalizing my stitching goals. My focus this year will be  to work on my WIPs. I currently have 41 WIPs.  I have identified 22 to stitch and complete. I have listed all my WIPs in the  column on the right and posted pictures on the page labeled 2019 WIPs. 

This does not mean that I will have no new starts. I have also identified 4 larger projects  and 6 Christmas ornaments that I can choose from when I feel I need a new start in my life. 

I have a number of  non-stitching goals but the most importantly I need to focus on how I want to lead my life in 2019. I came across the idea of selecting one word to describe the life I want to lead in 2019. My word for the year is 

This year I will EXERCISE 
Self Discipline
My Mind
and yes 
I will exercise my body as well.

The best to all my family and friends as we depart on this amazing journey of living life in 2019. 

Monday, May 7, 2018

The demise of WIP MAYnia

On Friday I only did a little stitching on LHN Holiday Hometown Schoolhouse.   

While moving through my busy day I decided WIP MAYnia is not for me. Starting Saturday I went back  to working on my Year of WIP (YOW) focus piece, Forest by Satsuma Street. I will work on this until I finish it and then move onto the next YOW project. Here is where I finished up at the end of the weekend. 
Forest by Satsuma Street
Last year, while working as a marshal at a golf tournament, I picked up a key ring from one of the sponsor's (Toyota) booth. I thought it would make a great scissor fob and it has as you can see below. 
I thought the guitar was cute but never realized until my husband commented that it was also a bottle opener. Not being a beer drinker it never occurred to me. However, since then I have acquired other key chains to use as scissor fobs which i will share on another day. 

Thursday, May 3, 2018

2018 WIP MAYnia May 3rd

Today I will working on the WIP I started for Friday Off the Grid High Tea, LHN's Hometown Holiday Schoolhouse. Tonight I will post progress pictures for day 1, 2, and 3.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

2018 WIPMaynia May 2nd

The May 2nd WIP is a counted canvas design I started at the end of March called Summer Skies by Nancy's Needle. It is stitched on 18 count mono canvas with a mix of metallic threads and DMC #5 Perle Cottons. 
Here is my starting point. When I post my Day 3 WIP I will post my progress on Day 2

2018 WIPMAYnia

There is a FaceBook group that hosts an event called Stitch MAYnia where stitchers start a new project everyday the first 18 days of May or for some every day of the month. I am no longer a member of this group but some of us in the Friday Off the Grid FB group are doing WIP MAYnia instead. This is stitching on a different WIP everyday for the first 18 days of May. Since my goal this year is to finish a dozen WIPs this is a great way to make progress towards that goal. My May 1st WIP was Forest by Satsuma Street.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Getting To Know your Needleworker Tag

It's been a long time since I've posted here. Life is busy for all of us and we need to make time for those things that are important. It comes down to priorities and I was focused on other things. I saw an article posted on Facebook today which said it is easier to put in a 100% effort than 99%  because when you give a task focused and consistent effort it results in an accomplishment versus agonizing about not getting it done. Here is a toast to finishing this tag.  

Question 7 - What is my favorite TV show?
 I tend to love hospital dramas best but my favorite show is "This is Us". I love the premise of the show and its ability to focus on many of the important social questions of the day. 

Question 8 - What is my favorite book? 

This is a very tough question since I like to read. I read fiction predominantly. I read a wide range of genres but I like mysteries best. I recently read The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (AKA J.K Rowling) and I intend to read the rest of the series.  I am reading one now  called The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney and it is very intriguing so far. The answer to a  question like this should be about a book that had a great impact on me. Most of what I read has little lasting impact. It is purely entertainment. A book that had impact would be Malcom Gladwell's "Outliers". This book looks at the parameters that generate success. Often it is not what we think. You walk away from this book understanding that timing in combination with hard work and circumstance work together to generate success. Malcom Gladwell is a great storyteller in the non- fiction category. His books illuminate and enlighten us.  

Question 9 - What is your favorite music? 
This is also difficult in that I love all kinds of music but if you put my feet to the fire to select a certain type over all others it would be classical in the era of Beethoven, Mozart, and Handel. My son's second grade teacher use to call this brain music and play it for her class while they worked on their reading and math. I play classical music in my office while I work and also when I stitch. It relaxes me and helps me to focus and concentrate on what I am doing. As much as I love classical I also love Motown, Yanni's music, and my newest favorite is the soundtrack to Hamilton. 

Question 10 - What one word best describes you. 
No one is one dimensional but one word that could be used to describe me throughout my life is persistent. What ever I put my mind to accomplish I persist no matter how difficult the task. I find it interesting that of all the words that describe aspects of me that this is the one I choose to best represent who I am. I think it would be more telling to ask others to pick a single word that describes you to understand what others see as your strongest traits. I wonder how many of us would pick a negative word to describe ourselves? While we might not others might. So while I believe persistence to be my biggest strength my biggest weakness is procrastination. 

If you take time to give more than a superficial answer to these questions it does reveal a lot about you. 

Have a wonderful day doing what you love. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Getting to Know Your Stitcher Tag

Life has slowed down now that the school year is over and I can return to my goal of answering Stitcher's tags.

Question 5. What other hobbies do I have besides cross stitch?
My hobbies beside cross stitch include:

  • Counted canvas needlepoint
  • Painted Canvas needlepoint
  • Knitting
  • Sewing
  • Reading 
Question 6. What is my favorite movie? 
This is a hard question as I love movies. I love adventure movies like the Indiana Jones , Star Wars and Star Trek movies. I also like romantic movies, classic movies  and old movies. But naming a favorite is very difficult and I might give a different answer on a different day. My favorite movie is "It's a Wonderful Life"  with Jimmy Stewart. This is my favorite because it is a story that demonstrates the impact each of us has on everyone we touch and even indirectly to those we don't.  Everyone, every life has value.  

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Getting to Know Your Needle Worker and Fancy Works Retreat

Getting to Know Your Needle Worker

3. Do you have any children? Grandchildren? 

I have three children boy, girl, boy) who have all been launched into the adult world.  Raising them was a wonderful time in my life but interacting with them as adults is absolutely delightful. It is so much fun to find you have interests in common and to have conversations about books, politics, current events, travel, sports, and most fun of all child rearing. The oldest is already discussing retirement planning and his dad and I are not yet retired.  They are accomplished adults who have each taken unique paths into adulthood. 

The oldest has always been in love with technology.  We bought him his first computer before he was five and by fourteen he was building networks in his room and learning all he could about Macs. He is a wonderful self motivated learner. Because of that college was not his cup of tea when he was 18. Now in his mid 30's having built a career in IT he is pursuing his undergraduate degree online while working and raising his two sons with his wonderful wife. 

The middle child is our artist with a type A personality. From the time she could hold a crayon she has communicated in pictures. She would often leave her dad and I pictures expressing her discontent or joy  at that time. True to form she pursued music as well as art and we have had the joy of listening to her beautiful voice as well as hanging her art in our home. She minored in English and received a BFA in Art. Her real passion and what she she received her MFA in is animation. She is a Disney fan and did two internships at Disney during her college years. While she has made and participated in a few short animated films she has a practical streak and works for a health insurance company. She is now a mother of a wonderful  little boy, nicked name by my husband as The Little One. 

So do we have Grandchildren ? Yes three wonderful grandsons aged 16, 10 and 1. 

So what about child number three you might ask?  We call him our California child because he is so laid back. He is the kind, gentle, and an advocate for the underdog child. He is a renaissance man in that he was a heavy weight wrestler, a member of the chess team, and a member of the competition chorus( a baritone I believe)  in high school.  He longed to be a big brother and became one for one of his friend's younger siblings when she went off to college since he attended college close to home. He too is a techie but unlike his brother his  focus is on the software side if technology.  While he has a significant other they are taking their time about marriage as they are in their mid twenties. 

My three children are blessed with talent, intelligence, and wonderful partners in life. 

Now the question that does not get asked directly is am I married? The answer is a resounding yes. I have been blessed to have married my perfect match. We have been married for 33 years and have weathered a few bad times and enjoyed the many good ones we have been blessed with together. 

4. Do you have any pets? 

At this time we do not have any pets. Over the course of our marriage we have had a salt and pepper miniature schnauzer named Chivas and when he passed away at 15 we went to the animal shelter and adopted a wonderful kitten who we named Nala. Nala left us a little over a year ago at the age of 18. 
While my husband and I loved having the pets in our life we are in the phase of our life where it's nice to just pick up and go without having to plan for children and pets. So for now we have decided no more pets. 

Fancy Works Retreat

What is a retreat all about?  One dictionary definition is " the act of withdrawing, as into safety or privacy; retirement; seclusion. ... a place of refuge, seclusion, or privacy" .  While I have been to religious retreats that fit this definition precisely  a stitching retreat is slightly different. I agree that I withdrew from my normal everyday life and I did go to a place that was secluded and safe. However, a stitching retreat is about sharing and stitching with other stitchers.  At the end of March the Fancy Works Needlework shop in Indiana hosted a retreat for about 60 stitchers at the Canyon Inn in McCormick State Park in Spencer, Indiana.  We stitched, talked, took finishing classes from the Twisted Stitcher, Vonna, and had the opportunity to shop at Fancy Works with a gift certificate that was included in our registration. The retreat was an overwhelming success. We were treated royally with gifts appearing at our stitching spot multiple times a day. Most meals were included and the Inn prepared wonderful food. The best part is that by the last day I was relaxed  and felt so much better than when I arrived. After all isn't that the purpose of a retreat ? To allow you time and space to relax, reflect and rejuvenate? I think so and I look forward to attending again next year. If you are interested in considering this retreat the web site with all the information is located at

Below I are a few pictures I took. 
Arriving at the Airport
The McCormick Inn 

My very comfortable bed.

The main stitching room

Fancy Works Needlework Shop

The Product of the Flat Fold  Class

The reading and game room of the Inn
The product of the ornament finishing class.