Thursday, March 21, 2019

Happy (Belated) Spring!

Hi, stitching friends!

Yesterday was apparently the first day of spring. I missed it. I've had it in my head that spring is some far off fantasy time of year that only exists in my dreams. I have ventured outside in the wee hours of dawn a few times in recent weeks, scarf wrapped tightly around my neck, to walk the poor dog, who has been cooped up for months. Yesterday I did some spring decor shopping at Michael's, thinking I was well ahead of the game (so forward-thinking of me!), some bra shopping (yuck) and shopping with the boy for some new Levis.

It was a lovely mid-60s kind of day, and I had every intention of going to Costco, too, but then the winds picked up, like a March lion, angry and fierce, and suddenly my eyes were dry and itchy and I just felt wiped out. I scurried home to the warmth and comfort of my craft room. It got so windy that Thomas complained he couldn't play basketball outside because the wind kept blowing his shots away from the hoop.

When Mr. Wonderful came home from work, he mentioned in passing that it was the first day of spring. I had to check the calendar because I didn't believe him.

Halloween at Hawk Run Hollow Update

I'm making good progress on Halloween at Hawk Run Hollow. I finished block four last month and am working on block five. I love the effect of the long, straight stitches on the bats' wings.

Block five is almost fully covered in stitches, so it is taking a bit longer than the others, but this block is my favorite of them all. I have been looking forward to it. I think the details stand out better when I stitch the background first and then fill in the objects above; otherwise, if I stitch the smaller objects first, they get "buried" by the background stitches and I lose detail. (Does that make sense?) Plus, it's fun to guess what's coming by the silhouettes in the background.

Adobe Creative Cloud is my new best friend

Last time I posted, I was agonizing over losing Photoshop and trying to decide if an app called "Acorn" would work in its place.

While it did work, I couldn't get used to it. I decided to download the free trial of Adobe Creative Cloud's subscription-based Photoshop CC 2019. I love it. I get access to the entire line of Adobe fonts as well, and I'm a font junkie. So this makes me really happy. The new Photoshop is waaaaay cooler than the version I had, and whenever they update the program, I get instant access to the new updates as well.

So I've been doing a little digital scrapbooking on the side, something I used to do a lot of and I miss. Most of the time I tend to scrapbook baby photos, but I have been trying to use current photos more often in my layouts. But who am I kidding? I just love those baby photos! Here's a layout of my nephew holding Thomas when Thomas was four months old:

So. Much. Fun! My nephew has a temporary tattoo on his forehead, in case you're wondering what that red blob is. My sister-in-law is standing behind them in the photo.

Special Thanks

Sending a shout-out to Carol of Stitching Dreams for helping me with a cording question. She sent me a step-by-step, photo-intensive tutorial that she created, and it has helped me immensely. I am actually looking forward to finishing some ornaments thanks to Carol, and that's really saying something. I usually think of "finishing" as a four-letter word.

Carol will be posting her tutorial soon on her blog, so watch for it. It's awesome!

Another very special thanks to Robin in Virginia for sending me the Summer Schoolhouse series charts. I'm doing a SAL with RJ and Mary of Stitching Friends Forever and I'm loving every minute. Watch this space for updates.

Until next time, dear friends. I hope you are seeing beautiful signs of spring. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. I have enjoyed getting to know you through your comments and emails.


  1. Spring.....such a lovely time of year....we are still getting cold nights down into the 30's so we are still awash in browns and leafless limbs...but soon we live in hopes of buds to sprout and warmer days full of sunshine. Love your stitching...such perfect stitches, always. Too cute with the scrapbooking...glad you found a photo thing that you like. Looking forward to seeing updates of your SAL. Wishing you a day filled with much joy. :)

  2. Oh...looking forward to Carol's tutorial....I am not on board with cording yet. My friend, Sandy, has mastered it! Sorry spring is coming in like a lion. It has been chilly here as well but as long as the sun is shining I am going to keep my mouth shut!!:) I have complained about rain WAY too long. I went by my LNS to pick up the fabric and flosses for a piece I have been looking forward to stitching. It is by Abby Rose...the Christmas Village. Some ladies at my LNS were stitching it and I fell in love with the fabric they were using. I think it was Relic with a bit of glitter. Now I am not usually a glittery fabric person but it works on this piece. Looking forward to seeing the SAL pieces. I think Sandy at I Majored in Home Economics is doing that as well. Happy Stitching.

  3. I am watching for Spring here too. I can't wait to see Carol's tutorial. I have stayed away from cording all these years. I have a feeling she is going to require a tool though?

  4. Meg, Happy Spring, according to the calendar, though I feel it will be a bit more time until it truly feels like spring. Your Halloween piece is moving along nicely; I'm intrigued by how you stitch the background first. I'll be on the lookout for Carol's tutorial and your SAL progress. Take care!

  5. Spring arrived in our neck of the woods this week and we've had warm enough temperatures to sit outdoors in a sweater until the wind gets up - it's been wonderful. I like these 2 blocks and look forward to seeing the finished project - looks like a lot of work. It was nice to read your opinion of Adobe Creative Cloud.

  6. You are making good progress on your Halloween stitch. Your scrapbooking page looks super. I am happy that you found and are happy with Adobe Creative Cloud. I look forward to seeing your SAL progress. Today, it has been raining and quite heavy at times. Today's temp is about 10 to 12 degrees below what is normal for this time of year.

  7. PS Meant to say I like your cheerful spring background!

  8. I hope it feels springy soon for you. The sun is shining. It is still a bit chilly for us here, but I am just glad the sun is shining.
    It took me forever and lots of practice to figure the cording thing out. I can make it, but still have a little trouble at the end figuring out to stop when putting it on, so I can't wait for Carol's tutorial. My two favorite finishers out there are Carol and Faye of Carolina Stitcher. Those girls have it going on. I would pay money to view them on Flosstube:)

  9. Great post , a nice Spring look to it.
    Here we are lucky Spring is all around us this year.
    Birds are nesting and singing their beautiful songs and if feels so good. Carol's finishing is always so wonderful .
    Hope it gets warmer for you soon .

  10. Wonderful progress on your stitching.
    I'm looking forward to Carols tutorial. She made so beautiful little ornaments, pillows. She has inspired me with her finishes to give it a try.
    Happy Weekend an enjoy the Spring Time.
    Hugs, Manuela

  11. Halloween at HRH is looking fantastic! I really love this one. I'm working on Autumn though and can't imagine having 2 HRH projects as WIPs.

    Carol is so sweet!

    Hoping you have more spring days soon without all the wind/pollen/allergy stuff with it!

  12. HaHRH is looking great. That design is on my wanna stitch list. Spring has sprung here where I am at. I hate the windy season and while I don't really suffer from allergies, that wind just blows up my head and plugs my nose up. Cording has been the bane of my existence! Carol once sent me an email explaining how to cord and I still couldn't get it. Maybe the step by step tutorial will help. I've watched Vonna's video on cording and I still flunk it! Have a good Tuesday.

  13. Yes, finally spring weather and a flower blooming here and there!
    But I'm always ready for fall and Halloween and Hawk Run Hollow looks great. I really like "We are afraid".
    Such a sweet scrapbook page, those are fun to put together.
    How nice of Carol and Robin to share their knowledge AND charts, gotta love the stitching world!

  14. I'm finally getting around to reading blogs after visiting my mom, Meg! I so love your progress on Halloween at HRH--the details in this one are such fun! And I DO get what you are saying about filling in the background first. I always do that when I am stitching lettering.

    So glad I could help with your tutorial--yikes, the pressure is on now. I think people are expecting me to teach them how to make cording, not how to attach it. Oh well... I'll just have to hope they are satisfied with what I sent you :)

    Oh, my! What a generous gift from Robin--she is such a sweet and thoughtful stitching friend! Like so many in our little community :)

    Hope you are having a good week, Meg, and hope you don't have to go bra shopping for a good long while--ha ha! I just bought a couple, too--hate to tell you how long it had been :(

  15. Hi Meg! I'm loving how great your Halloween piece is coming along. I know it is alot of work but you are making it look easy. Great job. I look forward to Carol's tutorial too. I would love to learn how to make cording. Robin is a such a wonderful and most generous lady. She was so kind to send you such a lovely gift. I'll be in touch with you about the SAL. It's a neat one...right? RJ

  16. I love your Hawk Run Hollow blocks, one is more fun that the next! Are you going to subscribe for the monthly photoshop? I have been considering it, if I spend the money it will force me to learn photoshop. I have Elements and it is totally overwhelming.


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