Friday, December 30, 2005

Finished all those gold swirls!!

OK, I did about, what??... I'd say 95% of the gold stitching on Celtic Winter now... there is a little bit left to do on the right side border, but no big deal. Should be able to get that done on Wednesday. Wow, this lady is really starting to grow now! I won't be able to take many more pics of her in the Q-Snap, as once I stitch the bottom of the hem of her dress, it will no longer fit :-) I see many of the ladies in this SAL are making gorgeous progress now too - I just love watching everyone's work!
I have been having quite a bit of help while stitching this afternoon. Here my Beau has found just the perfect spot to scrutinize and double check my stitching on Celtic Winter! He seems to really like being under my Ott-Light! Anyhow, here is my new stitching area in the newly finished off basement... note my very comfy leather rocker/recliner, my new Ott-Light floor lamp (with "mocha pearl" finish), and my end table with TV remote, low carb chocolates, and all other such necessities... and one of the surround sound speakers too...do you think my clients would notice if I don't show for work any longer and just sit here and stitch? Also... please don't notice that I did not at all bother to put on any cosmetics today LOL!

Glenna has asked how I hold my chart when I am stitching... well, I don't care much at all for chart holders, so I just have it lying across the upper section of the Q-Snap and am holding it down with my thumb - nothing technical LOL!!!!! I also generally stitch in a bit of a cross legged position, until my legs cramp up. We all know that story, don't we?

And, Jo, yes indeed - it is a wonderful Ott-Light - it is very cool to know you have the same one! I liked the brushed pewter too, but in the end Mike and I selected this one, figuring it went with our new furniture better...

Gosh, it was another day of little tasks to be done to get this new basement set up - carrying down our big copy machine, dragging down one of my three HUGE DVD racks and then up and down the stairs bringing all the DVDs down and getting them into the rack... two more of those still to go... and as my way of keeping track of my DVDs, I got one in the mail from ebay today: Unleashed..

OK, time for bed - it is almost New Year's Eve now - and I get to start another new project tomorrow!!

****Oh, before I forget! Do you like the cockatiels at the top of my blog now? That photo was taken by my friend Karen Kirk in Leura, NSW Australia - those little guys were lined up like that eating seed off of her porch railing! So cute!! I don't get exotic birds like that here - we have blue jays, finches, goldfinches, wrens, robins, cardinals, woodpeckers, mourning doves, nuthatches and the like here... little tiny things :-)


Stitched on today: Celtic Winter

18 comments:

Kiwi Jo said...

My Nicky does that too, including flicking her tail in my face every now and then to make sure I know she's there! I have exactly the same Ott-Lite - you have good taste LOL! I hope you enjoyed your afternoon of stitching. My in-laws turned up this afternoon and interrupted mine grrrrr

Glenna said...

I'm curious about how you support/hold your chart while you stitch. I sit cross-legged on the bed under the Ott, chart in front of me while holding my smaller Q-snap; can you describe how you do it?

Bastet said...

You've got a lovely stitching area! Maybe Beau likes the heat. I don't have an Ott-Light to verifiy, but I know my Angel will try to squeeze her rotund self under the stand-up radiators when they go off. I guess you could call it and artifical sunlight effect. Sunlight hits a cat they fall down....

tkdchick said...

Carol what a perfect stitching nook!

Barbara said...

I've got a thing for birds and I love your new cockatiel header. They're so cute!

I sit sort of on my legs while I stitch - it is so comfortable - but then when I try to get up, they've gone numb!

Your Ott light is wonderful. Wish I could get one here.

Have a wonderful New Year's Eve!!

bunnyhead said...

I am so jealous of your stitching corner--- especially that light! I'm going to really enjoy watching you stitch Christmas Spirit. I love that piece!

Little Grey Cat said...

What a lovely stitching area. You look so comfy!

Margo's Musings said...

Hi, Carol, your CW is looking gorgeous! I am way behind - too many projects, not enough time.

Your stitching area looks ideal - right down to your helper on the back of your chair!

Happy New Year! Margaret in Maryland

~Harsha~ said...

a perfect stitching corner! you're making great progress on the Celtic lady :)

Kathy said...

Wwo what a great stitching area and to have someone keep an eye on your too lol. CW is looking fab with all her gold swirls, I am going through mine at the moment and boy it is taking me ages lol.

I love cockatiels the are lovely birds.

Hugs xxxxxx

Jenn said...

Beau looks very happy watching you and under your new light. You'd just better hope that he doesn't tell all the other cats about it *grin* Paul was reading your blog over my shoulder today and he likes your light. CW is looking great. I may try and pull mine out for a while today.

Karoline said...

Great progress on Celtic Winter, I have one of thoes stitching companions as well LOL

Bea said...

Carol, thanks for sharing the pictures, your stitching area is lovely and you're a lovely stitcher as well. Congrats for your beautiful start! Happy New Year!

karensff said...

Wow, I can't believe how much you have done in such a short space. She is looking fantastic.

Ulla said...

What a wonderful lady you are stitching.


HAPPY NEW YEAR


ULLA IN THE NORTH OF SWEDEN

BeckySC said...

Hi Carol!
WOW, you made excellent progress on CW! You are going to finish way ahead of me. It's looking so good!
Congrats :)

Love your new space :)

Happy New Years to you too, my friend :)
You are a very dear friend to me as well :)
Big hugs :)

Stitchie Kiwi said...

You sit a lot like I do ... not sure whether you need a tip or not ;) ... but I use a hair clip ("claw like thing") to clip my chart on to the top of my q-snaps, or I actually clip it into my q-snaps so it sits there, means I can see it easily (I usually use a working A4 copy so I can fold it to fit where I can see it, but it doesn't cover my stitching.

CW looks awesome - now those gold swirls are done you will motor along with the rest!

Bine said...

Celtic Winter looks great :-) I was impressed to see you're big Q-Snap. I've never seen such a big one. Is it a 17"x17"? It's a good thing for taking progress pics, isn't it?