Stitch Therapy

Discovering me … one stitch at a time

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The Power of Meow

Today is rainy, but it is supposed to go up to 60 degrees! In February!

Did you have a nice weekend?

Biggest celebrated his 12th(!!!) birthday with a party with friends. It is hard to believe that we have an official tween in our midst.

We recently bought a new investment property. It is always a bit of a surprise when we actually get the official paperwork and can enter the house. You never know what you’ll find.

This weekend, we went to the new place and I found this…

Hee! I cleaned it up and brought it home with me. I love old cross stitches and the stories that they tell. We also found 7 guitars and an organ but this isn’t a musical instrument blog. It’s not much of a cross stitch blog anymore either, but meh… that’s neither here nor there.

Do any of you like Eckhart Tolle? Tom bought me a copy of “The New Earth” maybe two years ago and I just could not get through it. I picked it up again a few weeks ago and, this time, it totally made sense! I liked it so much that I went out and bought “The Power of Now” too. I am having difficulty with that one so far, but maybe in 2 years, I’ll totally get it.

But, anyhoo, I think I’ve been driving everyone crazy talking about my “pain body” and quoting ET (pet name for Eckhart Tolle) a gajillion times a day.

ET knows what he’s talking about!

Happy Tuesday, Friends!

Shopping Adventures!

Hi Blog!

What?! Monday again?!

On Friday, Tom and I went to dinner and a comedy show with some friends. We saw those guys from that old improv TV show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” It was hilarious.

Stephanie and I went shopping on Saturday and I bought this old blanket chest. I love it.

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I guess I never finished telling you about our cross stitching adventures in Paris. I looked up some stitching shops to visit before the trip, but we didn’t manage to go to any of them!

One day though, we were out strolling near the hotel and spotted what looked like a fabric store. We stopped in and, lo and behold, it turned out to be a fabric, knitting, and CROSS STITCH store!!! Quelle surprise! They had a whole floor dedicated to cross stitch stuff! In a terrible moment of irony, my phone battery chose that exact time to die. Luckily, Tom was there to snap some photos.

I almost couldn’t focus. There was so much to see!

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Evenweave and linen in every color…

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They had a ton of pre-finished items just ready to be embellished with some cross stitching. Cute pouches of every shape and size!

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And pretty kitchen towels!

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There were soft stitchable bath towels in lovely colors…

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And a whole wall full of embroidery books!

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I had never seen the Rico design books in the US before and promptly fell in love. It was reaaaaallly heard to pick just a few items to buy.

I ended up getting two books, filled with the most gorgeous designs.

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So tasteful…

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And modern…

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Le sigh…

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I also bought a pre-finished runner and a tablecloth that was made specifically for stitching some of the designs from the books. I love the pretty texture on the tan one and … swooooon… white swiss dots! Who doesn’t love swiss dots?!!

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Can you tell how excited I was to find this store?

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The rest of the trip, I carried my stitching stuff around Paris in hopes of working on it during any down time. There ended up not being any until our final day at the Luxembourg Gardens.

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There were a lot of people milling about reading and sketching and relaxing. Can you imagine a dreamier place to stitch?

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I worked on last year’s 12 Days of Christmas stitch-a-long because it is small and portable and not too confusing, especially amidst so many distractions.

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Oh… is someone selling baguettes? Oh… do I smell crepes? Oh… should we walk over there for a quick Cafe au Lait? You know, distractions.

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I also stitched on the flight home and managed to complete Days 1-6. Quick aside, can I say what a treat it is to sit on your butt for 7 hours while watching movies (of your choice) and cross stitching while people bring you booze and food? Other people think that flying is a pain, but this tired working mama says “Bring it on!”

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I think I’m calling this project done for now and try to do a little finish work so that they are ready for Christmas. It only took two years to complete 6 days. I guess I’m not so good at stitch-a-longs.

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Anyhoo, that wraps up the Paris recaps. You’re probably tired of reading about the trip by now, so this week I’ll move onto more exciting things like Soccer practice and Chili making. Haha. Until then!

Monday Bluuuuues

Hello Monday. I am not happy to see you again.

I got new bangs.

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Tom and I went on a date night, where we ate a delicious dinner, strolled some shops, got psychic readings, and drank a wee bit too much.

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I rescued this cute embroidery from a thrift store.

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And cross stitched sloooooowly.

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What did you do this weekend?

Home!

Did you miss me?! That was a really long break.

Our trip was fun, but action-packed. After 9 days away, it feels great to be back in our cozy house. Sign me up for Homebodies Anonymous.

Luckily we had the weekend to decompress before going back to work and school. We ate SO MUCH delicious food while away, that Tom and I agreed to do a bit of a cleanse when we returned. I spent the weekend making bone broth and prepping fruits and veggies for juicing this week.

After reading some horrific articles about the gross stuff on produce, I decided that we need to be more thorough about cleaning ours. Ick. It was weirdly satisfying to give our groceries a scrub down. I spent a few hours (seriously) on Saturday doing this. Clearly I have issues.

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I know that I should probably post vacation pics after a trip instead of vegetable washing pics, but I am preoccupied that way today.

Look at this mess! Embarrassing, but I’m showing it like it is. You can see my secret shame (Chik-fil-A iced tea) and my obsession with wooden spoons.

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A pot of bone broth getting started on the stove. Do you love simmering stuff? Giving it a stir every so often makes me feel so productive!

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I had a bit of a melt down the evening before we left for Florida. It had been a very busy week at work and home so everything was feeling very last minute. I had really wanted to pick out a new cross stitch project for the trip, something gorgeous and monumental for a next project, but alas, it never happened.

So there I was scrambling and fretting about what to bring, because, can you EVEN IMAGINE going on a trip without a cross stitch project?! No! I can’t either!

I finally decided on 2 little patterns from the Internet and packed them along with fabric scraps and floss from my collection. It wasn’t exactly the monumental next project I wanted.

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On the left is a Minecraft Creeper bookmark for Biggest. I don’t like it because the greens are too dark, so you can’t really make out his black features. Yes, I am being picky about a silly Minecraft bookmark. Must. Do. Over.

On the right is a little freebie I downloaded from Craftsy. It will eventually have bees on it and a cute little saying. I don’t love the colors or fabric, but that’s what you get for 9pm on a Wednesday. Sigh.

Lesson learned : Pack cross stitch projects before anything else!

Hope you all had a great week! {Vacation photos tomorrow… maybe…}

In search of…

Hi Blog!

The other night we sat down to watch TV and I felt NAKED without a cross stitch project to work on. Seriously, I didn’t know what to do with my hands. I organized my floss boxes a little, but they were already organized. So then I pulled out this old embroidery that I had abandoned.

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I quickly remembered why it was abandoned. The fabric was too thin and see-through and french knots are the devil. Back into the reject pile for you!

I’m on the search for a new project but can’t quite commit to anything yet. These things take up months and months of my life so I want to LOVE it! There are so many choices!

In the meantime, I’m going to stitch up some little projects for the boys.

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If you don’t live with an elementary aged kid, you might not recognize that this is Pikachu! He is super fast and surprisingly fun to stitch. The colors come next. Any suggestions on what I should do with him? Maybe turn him into a pouch or something?

Today I am thankful for:

FRIDAY!

My friends

New makeup

These two lovebirds…
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And especially the health of my family!

Have a great weekend!

Diary of a Crazy Cat Lady

Spring has sprung here in Pennsylvania! It’s hard not to feel cheery when the snow is melting and the sun is shining.

We can actually play in the driveway again! Hooray!

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In addition to the beautiful weather, this was a pretty stellar weekend. There was not just one, but THREE(!!!) cross stitch finishes! I didn’t have time to take nice photos or even iron them yet, but here they are in their fresh-off-the-hoop wrinkly glory.

Finish #1…

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I LOVED LOVED LOVED working on this. This project definitely falls into the category of “stitch therapy,” because I don’t know how many mindless, meditative hours I spent on it (I started it last JULY on the cruise!). Need a relaxing project? Go here… I love Modern Folk designs. He is currently offering a free pattern that is super cute for Mother’s Day.

Finish #2

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The boys got me this for my birthday last year. In a house full of boys, I need all of the Girl Power that I can get.

Finish #3

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This one is from the (one & only) embroidery club meeting that I attended. Maybe I’ll make an ornament out of it but that’s something to think about on another day.

In other news…

In a continued effort to be a crazy cat lady, I discovered #catsofinstagram.

HAHA! This photo cracks me up! I’m looking at cats and Charlie is looking at me!

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I am so glad that Charlie came to live with us. He entertains me to no end. Here he is squeezing himself onto a pile of napkins when there is a whole empty table to sit on.

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And here he is giving me the stare down while I’m trying to relax.

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I just love him so much.

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Happy Tuesday!

I am a disco guy.

I have had a really frustrating day.

First, I went to the hospital to get an ultrasound of a lump in my axilla (ARMPIT!). Hopefully it is nothing, but a harmless lump.

Then, I had beaucoup drama about Cub Scouts. Seriously… Cub Scouts. It is very frustrating to put so much time towards something and then have people pissed off at you. I am slowly learning that you can’t please everyone, but it’s a very hard lesson for me, because I am a total people pleaser.
Deeeeep breath.

What I really need to do is spend some time with my guys… in my house… relaxing. Just thinking about that makes me feel better. Ommmm… happy place.

Other things that make me feel better are:

I went to the gym twice this week so far. Baby steps.

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I worked on this project from Embroidery Club.

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I started Farmer Boy, which is actually one of my fave Little House books. Love that Almanzo!

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Littlest’s Turkey in Disguise project totally cracks me up.

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I am not a turkey. I am a disco guy. My body is a disco ball and hunters can’t see me. I have gold shoes and they are uncomfortable. I am wearing sunglasses so that you do not know who I am. 

I have a pair of gold shoes and they are uncomfortable too. Smart Turkey!

Reflections.

Hello Stitchy Friends.

I just found out that there is going to be an 18th and 19th Century Needlework exhibit close by and I am beyond excited. Can you say “Needlework Nerd”? I’m scheming now about who I can talk into going with me.

Tom and I have not been sleeping well this week. Me- because of sniffling and coughing. Him- because of my sniffling and coughing. Not sleeping well SUCKS! It makes me cranky all day long. You can ask anyone at my office because it’s true.

I have been getting a lot done on my Modern Folk heart pillow though. I’m being slow and methodical and trying not to feel like I have to rush through it. That’s hard for me because I can be very results oriented. I have to constantly remind myself that cross stitching is as much about the process as it is about the result.

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Yesterday I stopped at the library during lunch and picked up a book on the zen of everyday things. The author talks a lot about doing laundry which is probably one of my least zen activities, but I totally get what she means. I feel that way when I wash dishes by hand, or chop veggies, or bake bread, or stir broth, or cross stitch. I suppose you’ve got to find it wherever you can.

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Down by the river.

My office is next to a river. I found that if I squeeze through a gap in the overgrown bushes in just the right spot, there is a tiny beach.

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It’s not much to look at and is, unfortunately, strewn with trash, but I like to go there at lunch time. It’s a good place to take a breath and decompress. I suppose people know it’s there, but I like to think of it as my secret beach. I like to hear the waves crashing or just watch them ripple softly, depending on the day. I like listening to the leaves rustle overhead and the birds chirping. I like feeling the wind on my face. It even smells beachy. If I close my eyes, I can pretend that I’m at the ocean instead of just standing behind the bushes outside of an office building.

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Sometimes I go for a little walk. Lately, I’ve been trying to notice how the plants and trees are changing through the seasons and work on identifying them. For instance, this week I noticed that all of the Honeysuckle is gone and has been replaced by bunches and bunches of Queen Anne’s Lace. I guess it’s technically a weed, but I’ve always been a fan.

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Did you know that Queen Anne’s Lace is also called a wild carrot? I pulled one up to look at the root and it did indeed resemble a white carrot and it smelled like one too.

Did you also know that there are a few tiny purple blossoms on each flower? They almost look like a squished bug in this picture.

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Those purple blossoms are one way to tell the difference between Queen Anne’s Lace and Hemlock (which is poisonous!). The other is that Queen Anne’s Lace has hairy stems. See the things you can learn by taking a lunchtime walk?

Last night, I went to my first ever stitching group meeting! The ladies were so welcoming and I really enjoyed it.

We learned some specialty stitches and worked on Christmas ornaments. Here’s where I got with mine.

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I tried to use nontraditional Christmas colors. We are supposed to complete stitching by the next meeting so that we can work on finishing techniques. So fun! I think I will enjoy being a part of this group.

It’s Friday Eve.

Oh Boy. I am sooooo tired. Some work weeks are super easy and some are not. This one is not. I was so happy to sit in my office today and not travel anywhere.

I’ve been making a real effort to cook every night which means I breeze in the door, say hi to the boys who are doing homework with their sitter, throw on my apron and hit the stove. We have to eat right away in order to make it on time to various evening activities so it helps when I prep or cook on the weekend. Monday: Spaghetti with homemade sauce and salad (mmm…) Tuesday: Tofu Pad Thai (a little too spicy, but MMMMM!) Wednesday: Veggie Massaman Curry with rice (mmmm… It’s Thai week!) Thursday: I’m tired, leftovers anyone? Friday: Reallllly tired, Pizza? As you can see, my week starts off ambitious.

Last night, Tom took Littlest to karate which was soooo great because Biggest and I spent some quality time together. He’s really quiet. So am I, so we had a nice quiet night sharing the couch, chatting, cuddling, stitching, and Minecrafting. It was much needed.

You can’t tell in this picture, but there’s a lot of backstitching in that border. You’ll just have to take my word for it.

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Hurry up and get here, Weekend!

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