Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A Sampler Of My Own

There's nothing better to do on a cold Winter's day than to sit in your most comfortable spot, in your most comfortable clothes, with your favorite cup of tea and stitch the day away.  I feel bad for those who have to go out in this frigid weather.  As I'm sure it is the same where some of you live here in the U.S. ~ Kentucky has seen record breaking lows this Winter.  The homeless shelters are not turning anyone away even if they are filled beyond capacity.  I usually go a bit stir crazy when I'm house bound for longer than just a couple days but in this case I am glad to stay at home where it is warm.

Have any of you ever sat down and just started stitching on a piece of linen using no chart or pattern?  Just winging it as you go along?  I've always wanted to do that and I had a piece of linen that I had stained up set aside for that in mind.  I know what I like...primitive style, old historic samplers, muted colors...etc.  I have several books with alphabets and sampler motifs in them that I have browsed through.  I'll pick an alphabet or a border design, stitch it up and then go looking for the next thing to stitch on it.  Here is what I've come up with so far......

I can't promise that each design will be perfectly centered or that there won't be any mistakes in it but that is what I'm going for.  You might be able to see "2014" stitched there after the row of numbers if you click on the picture to see it bigger.  I'm thinking maybe I should outline it....or something????  Any suggestions?  It will be a band sampler I suppose.  I have the linen rolled up at the bottom, unrolling some as I need to.  I am looking for any suggestions that you  might have as to what to include in my sampler.  Sometimes (OK most times) I lack in the creativity area but if I am given a suggestion I think I can run with it to make it more personal.  I am anxious to see what you all come up with!

I have also been working on ABC Tapestry a bit.  I have finished the K block and have gone down to the fourth row to work it backwards.  The O block is finished and I'm working on the N block now.  That darn K block seemed to take absolutely forever to finish!

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I have been doing my physical therapy exercises at home quite faithfully.  I hardly ever miss a day.  I love my Leslie Sansone DVD's to exercise with in the garage.  Too much marching and jumping around to do in the house so Masterchief has hooked up a TV and DVD player out there so I can let'er fly to my little heart's content!  I like her DVD's because I can modify the workouts to suit my abilities.  For example, I can jump around a bit, and I can do arm movements, but I can't do both at the same time. There isn't a sports bra in the land made to help me there.  So, if I choose to do the "mild jogging" as she calls it, I must have my hands and arms free to keep 'the girls' in check, or I can choose to do the arm movements while mildly stepping in place.  Sorry if that's TMI but I know there are a few of you out there who can sympathize!!

Do whatever it is that keeps you cozy and warm! I'm on my way to my chair, my blankie and my stitching.

~~Peggy Lee