Sunday, May 3, 2020

Day 3 of Maynia 2020

Today was a relaxed day. My husband sat in his car in a long line to buy me my coveted Latte from Starbucks. It is the first one I have had in at least three weeks and I treasured every sip. I watched a great many flosstube episodes and did very little stitiching.

However I celebrated the day with a new start; Noel by Michelle Bendy.  While using the called for DMC floss I am rearranging the design a bit and modifying the year from 19 to 2020 . I will use the letters for Noel as Michelle designed them but they will all be across the top instead of two letters on either side of the cup. The fabric I am using is a 6" X 6 " square of 28 count Permin Linen in Silver Blue. This picture reflects the actual color very well. I purchased this fabric years ago from Silkweavers before Needleworkers Delight bought the company. Silkweavers would sell what they called ornament cuts. They would sell  correctly sized fabrics required for the designs in the annual Just Cross Stitch Ornament magazine. This was one I never used.
Here is my progress.


Saturday, May 2, 2020

Maynia 2, 2020

Just a quick post to record my progress on the Ring Bearer Pillow. I am doing a alternating scotch stitch border using NPI silks around the smyrna crosses done in perl cotton which form a square.


I workied a bit on LHN ABC Sampler as well today. Stitched on 32 count Belfast linen from Silkweaver in French Vanila Swirl with called for CC floss.


Friday, May 1, 2020




Happy May 1st the begining of 31 days of MAYnia!!

For many stitchers this is an exciting time  of sarting one or many new projects , finishing one or many WIPs or a mixture of both. 


May you all have a joyful stitching journey this month
May all your stitches lay well and 
May the frog never visit your home. 


I have been reflecting on my stitching in order to set realistic goals. I currently have 23 WIPs and my goal is to finish all projects started prior to 2020 in the next five years.  To assist me in creating a plan I put together a plannning list for the next five years and listed which WIPs I would stitch and complete each year. 
So for 2020 my paln is to complete 
With The same MO# 2 by Amy Mitten - Completed
Believe a painted canvas by Kathy Schenkel - Completed 
LHN's ABC Sampler
Ravenclaw Crest 
Evil Queen by HAED
Garden of Babylon by Jane ZImmerman


This does not mean that I will have no new starts.  Far  from it. I have chosen a range of projects to start and complete this year. They include
Peace Rose by BBD  - Completed
Jane Cheesbrough a reproduction sampler
Ring Bearer Pillow design by The French Knot 
Mexican Tile EGA Class with Margret Bendig
Fraktur Bird 1 by Lila's Studio
Step one of the EGA Master Craftsman Certification

During Maynia 2020 my goal is to stitch everyday on the Ring Bearer Pillow and complete it in May. Here is how far I am after stitching today:


In adddition  on days whan I have more stitching time I woll work on the ABC Sampler as well. I am working on the UVW block and here is where I am on May 1st. 


So as the 1st of May eases into the 2nd Let us remember to 
EXERCISE  

Kindness
Compassion
Love
Simplicity
Self Discipline
Collegiality
Organization
Minimalism
Timeliness
Effectiveness
 Our Minds
and yes 
Our bodies  as well. 



Who knew at the beginning os 2020 that the world  would be held hostage to a teeny tiny but powerful organism. So please be stay home and stay safe. However, if you have to go out where your mask and gloves and most of all keep your distance.

To  first responders and all others working on the front line taking care of the rest of us either by delivering health care, food, mail and other essential services.















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 
EXERCISE.   

This year I will EXERCISE 
Kindness
Compassion
Love
Simplicity
Self Discipline
Collegiality
Organization
Minimalism
Timeliness
Effectiveness
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.