Friday, April 21, 2017

Take a Stand.......

Yes, by all means, take that kind of stand, but this post is all about the hoop stand.

I am, indeed, a hoop-er. I've tried hoopless, but my stitches are hopeless when I do. I've been on the hunt for something, anything, that could help me be hands-free for things like french knots and a few of the fancier stitches.

This is my current batch. All wonderful in their own special way. All pretty easy on the ol' checkbook (debt card) depending on where you purchase them and if you are lucky enough to have a coupon. I'm afraid I paid a bit too much for the lap stand. It did come with three hoops and I did shop local. I was so excited after I tried it out that I had to have it...right then, right there. If I had shopped around, I could've saved myself $30.00 bucks...maybe a little less.

My new baby. I just got it today from Michael's. Yes, I had a coupon. yes, they have better coupons every now and then, but I am not super patient.
I've seen this one on the WWW and it had really good reviews. The pros and price far outweighed the cons. $39.99 before any discounts and/tax.
That is a 14" hoop in there. Feels quite sturdy. Adjustable like crazy and even 360ยบ turning.
I can't wait to try it out tonight.

 My Elbesee lap and table stands.
The lap stand (fanny frame) came with three hoops on a stick. 6-8-10.5"
They will work in the table clamp (barrel clamp) as well. I also have the universal hoop holder on a stick for when I want to change things up or use a funky size. 
I love them and they've worked quite well for the few months I've had them.
They are quite portable

Get yourself one of these little tools. It's for turning wingnuts. 
Three words....
fab  u  lous

The box
The instructions are tiny and a little hard to make out, but it took me about 30 minutes or so and a few adjustments to get things in the right place. I put the plastic knobs where I thought I would use them the most. I am going to purchase a few metal washers to protect the wood from over tightening...that should cost a whole $1.00.

I give all of these items a big thumbs up. Especially the wing nut tool...seriously...I can't say enough good things about it.

There are more hoop stands out there. I've seen them as high as $250.00usd plus shipping. Most of them seem to be in the low 100's. Yes, they have a few more bells and whistles and some are metal and you can buy accessories to make your stitching life easier. (lights, chart holder, etc.) but if you are watching your pennies and don't mind having a little table nearby, this is a great choice.
yes, I did look at the other stands, saw one in was for the hoops on a stick. Lucky for me, they didn't have them yet or I would've over paid in my enthusiastic state. LOL I actually think this is going to work out better...more versatile, less money, not as cute, holds bigger/different hoops. yep, I think I made a frugal and wise purchase.

What kind of tools and/or gadgets do you use when you hoop up?
Do you even hoop?
Inquiring minds want to know. Until recently, I had no idea any of this even existed and I have been sewing for a long dang time. I learned from people sharing.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

week 15

Can You believe we are already 15 weeks into 2017? My how time flies!!

This past Sunday, we celebrated the rebirthday of Jesus.

The granddot in her Easter finery

Week 15 hoop view
Lots of new little things

Celebrated 29 years of wedded bliss

Started organizing my floss from clothespins to little flat spool thingies
It's a slow process but it will be worth it in the end.

The have a wall of anchor brand floss. How fun is that?!

Saw this dress on 'Masterpiece' about the Bronte sisters.
Love, love, love the details. I need to make this but I have never smocked. I have had a few peeps mention they would help me, I just may beg them. LOL

Once again. I am a bed burrito in between the pets. OY

That's my week in a nutshell.  Also spent some time in the city where my dot gave me a facial. She's going to Cinta Aveda esthetician school. yes, my whole family are guinea pigs for here. LOL

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Week 14ish

 Boy, time flies when you are livin' life. I am glad I have this stitchy little project so I do a little something every day.

Well, Day 100 of stitching happened this past week on April 10th.
I know it's a cliche, but I did a 100 to mark the occasion.

 Treated myself to some new needles.
I plan on using larger perle and all six strands of floss and I am queen of the tiny chenille needles. My favorite is Pony size 25. Love.

 Hoop view

My friend Karen, of Sewmuch2luv fame, sent me these little beauties.
Soooo unexpected and soooooooo awesome. That pig!!!!

One little closeup of my burned thumb and Jayne's goatee

Traced this lovely design using Saral wax free tracing paper. 
The tracing worked great. the fabric.....yukko. It must be some kind of poly blend and my hands hurt like the dickens after such a short line of stitching. I am sooooo ditching this and getting a better fabric. So.

 Celebrated 29 years of wedding bliss
This is our cake topper and our current anniversary card.

Bed hogs extraordinaire

Easter skirt

Favorite embroidery scissors.

Do you have a favorite pair of embroidery scissors? A they more cute than practical or more practical than cute. I am both kinds, but this pair is fab and functional.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Week 12 of 2017 and update

Can you believe we are 12 weeks into 2017 already? Time does fly.

First the update:  My sister didn't have cancer!!!! Wooooo and hooooooo Can I get an amen?

Hoop view. 
New this week: TP,; Bunny; dollar sign; kitty outline.

 My granddot drew the bunny and picked out the colors. She loved it when she saw it finished.
The toilet paper's original intent was to represent the fact that I am the only person in my household the replaces the spent rolls. Seriously...hellooooooo. The day I was to stitch it, a second meaning came to light.....crappy people.

The hate these people have, the the entitlement they feel to bash anyone who thinks differently than they do, or even has the appearance of not fully supporting their agenda, astounds me no end. How dare anyone have their own thoughts...oy. And people think it's the conservatives taking away freedom....eeennnnnhhhhh...wrong answer.  Getting down off my soap box.....for now.

My MIL wanted to paint with celery with my grand(her great grand) so we finally did.
Everybody got involved.....4 generations got busy with some celery and paints.
Turned out better than I thought and a good time was had by all. Then we ate too much food. LOL 

Nap buddies and couch hogs

Looking ahead to week 13:

Started this to highlight my week of dealing with opinionated internet trolls. There is a way to have a conversation with someone that doesn't put them in defense mode. It would be nice if they treated people like they think they do and how they want to be treated.

What ever happened to: 
Passionate, yet civil, discussion?
Letting other people have differing opinions?
Not going bat crap crazy when figuring out other people don't think like you and you aren't the center of the intellectual universe?
Soap boxing without grandstanding?
Being factual instead of emotional?
Acknowledging that there is real evil in the world and wasting your energy calling out trivial stuff helps evil win?

I did say "for now" with the soap boxing. LOL

What is good in your life right now? No matter how small, no matter how big, let's spread some joy!

And yes, if you need that joy right now, just ask for a little sunshine from me and I will try and make it happen. I must warn you, my dot thinks that I make things worse when I try to be comforting. It could just be our dynamic, but you have be warned.  LOL

Friday, March 24, 2017

Week 11

My week 11 Hoop view

Some close ups of my recent additions....Fancy F, My granddots pink bunny and the back of my cat.
My favorites are peach pi and Jayne's hat and Bella's bunny.

 Funness!!! I got a little feature on   How wild is that?

Two of my morning bed hogs. I can't actually move. Crazy critters.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Spring has sprung....and Week 10

The back yard is a buzz with blooms and bees

The critters are not so helpful with paperwork.

Week 10 hoop progress

A little gif fun

Using a hobonichi weeks to keep track of my hoop do's

Treated my self to some stitchy goodness.
Variegated perle, silk perle and ribbons, floche, needles, threader...ahhhhhh

Although the weather is getting warmer, I felt the need for a batch of cinnamon rolls.
They were fab and disappeared super fast.

My granddot loves getting facial from her momo (auntie)

I really want to sew but I have a few things in the boring, regular world to get done first....then I am freeeeeeeeeeee!
My #1yearonstitches hoop will have to suffice for now.

What's on your spring to-do list?