Jul 3, 2013

A Little This and A Little That

Where the heck did June go???!

Even though I've been doing quite a few little tasks around The Homestead, I don't have a whole lot to blog about. Here's the latest "news"...

WEATHER
The deluge of rain has stopped for a bit, but before doing so my Craftsman 6gal 2HP wet/dry vac died. Ya'll know that when it rains and rains and rains, I get water in my basement and the shopvac has been my saving grace in getting the water up off the floor quickly. I finally had time to "shop" for a new wet/dry vac on Saturday. I really wanted to get another Craftsman, but the Sears store in town only had 3 models that could hold 4 gallons or less. At Menards, they had the ShopVac brand. The 8gal vacs were on sale for $10 less than the 6gal ones so I ended up with and 8gal 4HP vac. Bring on the rain! On second thought, I could do without rain for a while.

STITCHY STUFF
Last week, I started a new project that I stitch during my lunch hour at work. Here's a progress photo after a week's worth of stitching:


It doesn't look like much right now, but it's been going pretty fast since all the stitches in the sky are half stitches.

Finally, I was able to finish The Black Cat into an ornament! As you may have noticed, I really enjoy doing flat padded ornaments.

 
Designer: Bent Creek
Fabric:  25ct Hand-Dyed Linen
Fibers: DMC, GAST, Anchor
Embellishments: Runched Ribbon

Lastly, I hope all my U.S. bloggy buddies have a safe 4th of July!


Until next time,

24 comments:

Vickie said...

ooOoo! I really like the colors in the sky Meari. So pretty. The kitty is sweet.
We will go to our parade and fireworks tonight. Happy Fourth!

Berly said...

Great progress! That's going to be pretty. Black Cat looks beautiful! Great shopping on the shop vac.

Faith... said...

Good start for a week's worth of stitching. Love how you finished the black cat too.

NO MORE RAIN please!

Fay and Charlette said...

That's good progress for lunch time. We only get 1/2 hour so I don't bother stitching during lunch. Happy 4th of July!

CatsnCorgis said...

The vacuum may not be as interesting as new stash, but it is a "can't do without".
I loved the colors in the ballon glow. I can't wait to watch it grow. You do such fantastic stitching!
I hope you have a great 4th. My DH and I will be hermitting and refinishing the wood deck. Quite frankly, I'd rather be stitching! Sally

cucki said...

Aww super sweet finishes...cutie kitty...
Big hugs x

Mary said...

Your ornament is just adorable. Your WIP looks pretty and I look forward to seeing more updates. Hope you have a Happy 4th of July.

Dani - tkdchick said...

That's a great new start and your black kitty ornament turned out great!

Sue said...

Hi honey; I am in Baltimore, but still reading your blog!! I am happy you were able to get a new shop-vac so you can get the water out of your basement.

Your new project is going to be lovely! I can tell by the colors. Also, I love your cat ornie....soooooooooo cute!!!!

I hope you and BF have a wonderful and safe 4th. I am heading home tomorrow; will take my time. Be glad to get back to Butch and Peanut; miss them terribly.

Love,
Sue, your SM

Carol said...

You're off to a wonderful start on your new lunch time project, Meari--it still amazes me that you can stitch with your coworkers in the lunchroom chattering away. I could do fill in stuff, but nothing where I had to count. Your kitty ornament is adorable--I always love a ruched ribbon finish :)

Let's hope that shop vac isn't needed for a while--you deserve a break from the rains. Enjoy your holiday tomorrow!

Anonymous said...

Glad you were able to get a new shop vac. Your ornament is so cute and love the start you have on your new project.

Marl

Kay said...

Love the Black cat by Bent creek! Your new start is very colorful, I look forward to seeing the finished results! Have a happy holiday today!

Pam in IL said...

Another adorable finish and a great start on your new lunchtime project! Glad you found a new shop vac at a reasonable price too.

Rhia Reynolds said...

I love the cat ornament. Very cute.

I would love having the rain here. I'm in Northern California, where we just had a heat wave. I'm ready for Summer to end, and fall to come and bring the rain with it.

Enjoy the rain!

Anonymous said...

Meari,

Your Black Cat turned out really cute! That is a lot of lunchtime stitching on your Glowning Balloons.

I hope that you get that hole in the basement fixed.

Tara

Sandra said...

Hi Meari!!! Love your new vac. I've been repairing electric stuff around the house, like the dryer, washer, hair dryer, glue gun... And now my heat gun is dead :( I'll take it to repair, but it's most likely I'll have to get a new one.

The cat is gorgeus!!! Cute finish.

Happy Independence day! We celebrated ours on the 5th.

Vicky L said...

Black Cat came out cute! Great progress on your lunch project.

Kelly Smith said...

Balloons looks really pretty already!
Cute finish Meari.

Sharon said...

Love your black cat ornament! Very pretty.

Akila said...

Pretty colors in your new project. Love your finish. The ribbon is very cute

Anne said...

I'm with you on the where did June go?!?! It totally slipped me by as well. Great progress on your WIP. That's great you are stitching it during your lunch break. Cute little black cat finish too!

Deb said...

Hope your basement is under control by now. LOVE your black cat ornament and your finish ! Absolute beautiful fabric, too. New start colors are gorgeous!

stitcherw said...

Black cat turned out wonderful, what a cute ornament. I've not tried to make any of my finishes into ornaments yet, one of these days. Hope you haven't had to use your shopvac again since you got it, we got a ton of rain around here too and I had to borrow one, still couldn't keep ahead of the water. Been dry for a bit now, so hopefully that's the last of the really wet weather for the season.
Sue

glenda said...

Love the cat!