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Stitching a Different Stitch

It is too difficult to take my cross stitch with me to work. I have a job that is extremely flexible with my work hours and if I am not seeing a client I don’t have to “look busy.” Sometimes I will have 2 hours to wait until my next client comes in. I usually watch something on Netflix on my laptop maybe I have to finish some documentation, other times, I am caught up and need something to do. I could read, but reading was never an interest.

I have been working on a crochet blanket for probably 3 years. This is the year I claim will be the year I finish some projects. This is one that is on the top of my list. I don’t love crochet, in fact I find it incredibly boring. Most likely I won’t start another one for a long time, if I even decide to. I prefer the cross stitching needle between my fingers than the crochet needle.

Below is the blanket I am crocheting. This blanket will be long and wide enough to wrap up in on a cold night. It is about half-way finished.

detail of the stitch

I hope you enjoyed looking at my other stitching. I definitely plan to get back to my cross stitch soon.

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Thursday’s Stitching

Today I was able to work on the Derby Cross stitch. It is unusual for me to have time during the week. I did not have to get to work until later in the day, which allowed me to relax for most of the day. Even though tiredness came over me, I knew sleep was not going happen. Below is the current photo of Derby.

I am getting towards the end of the first row. I am on page 7, 4th column. The sky color is getting darker at this point. It is nice to see another blue color!

That was a good amount stitched for today. I also was walking my dog, finishing laundry and made lunch in between the stitches.

I made myself tea.

Here is the tea from Simple Loose Leaf: Namring Estate Darjeeling

From the brochure to describe this tea:

The description is Darjeeling tea is from Darjeeling district in West Bengal India. This tea is a black tea. It has a slight spiciness. The brochure from Simple Loose leaf wrote: “that the spiciness is described as Muscatel. “

It was a nice tea to drink. This is on my favorite list.

Until this weekend, which I hope I can find a solid time of stitching and this time, without a headache as last few weekends had.

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Stitching Slowly

I really have not been doing too much on this cross stitch lately. The reasons:

  • Been exhausted
  • Been seeing a lot of clients within the last few weeks-more than usual
  • cleaning my house, shopping, cooking
  • walking my dog-since the weather is unusually warm for an area that should have snow constantly.
  • doing yoga
  • headaches! yikes!
  • today, not feeling the greatest

I hope those are realistic and understandable reasons why I just did not get much stitched.

For the tea, I opted for Peppermint Tea-in a bag. I just did not feel like brewing loose tea today, since I did not think the flavors would settle right in my stomach.

Below is a picture of outside of my window-(beautiful blue sky) weird normally this time of the year it would be snowing/possibly a snowstorm that keeps you nestled inside with hot tea.

About the Cross stitch:

So here is what I accomplished. It looks like the same as the prior post, but seriously please trust me, it is just another column of almost the same colors! I am getting closer to finishing the top row.

It is really looking sharp. I am proud of myself. I just wonder when I get to start the second row?! Guess I need to stop having excuses of not stitching and get myself back on track! (no pun intended-get it Derby track)-okay that was a long shot. Humor is dry.

Until next time I stitch….

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Crown in a Doodle

This is the most current doodle I have completed. It began with a doodle using a black gel pen. After I felt the doodle scribble was completed, I began coloring in shapes with markers and colored gel pens.

I worked on this drawing for over a week. Most of the evening, prior to sleep, I will draw or color. I usually spend about 30 mins to 1 hour on the coloring, or when I am too tired to stay awake. It is relaxing and calming to do after a day of work.

This is the completed Crown in a doodle drawing. I kept the negative spaces in this drawing, which makes it look unique.

Crown in a Doodle, by Caroline 2020
do not copy.

Close up photos of Crown in the doodle drawing:

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Abstract Doodle

Below are examples of my abstract drawings. I used colored pencils for these. It began with a scribble then I colored in the shapes and added details.

Hiding By Caroline 2015

Pea Pod By Caroline 2015

Flying Flowers By Caroline 2015

Organs By Caroline 2015

Drawing these self-made coloring pages are extremely fun and calming.

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Peacock Doodle

Colorful Peacock 2016 by Caroline

This is a doodle drawing of a peacock. A few years ago I would take an animal shape and create doodles on them. Peacocks has always fascinated me by their feathers and colors.

This drawing took me a week to complete. I used gel pens and finely thin pens. I took my time and was focused on creating tiny details in the doodle.

Hope you enjoy this one.

I am working on a doodle drawing, have not been able to get to it this week. I have been exhausted with my job. I plan to work on it some tonight.

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Sipping Tea, Trying to Stitch

Finding the time to stitch this weekend was difficult. I was too exhausted on Friday to stitch. Saturday I did some stitching, but became too tired and mentally exhausted. Sunday I had to clean my house which took too much time away from my stitching. Then I got a headache that never seized. I was able to stitch but I was not focused on it.

So here’s what it now looks like.

Here’s the whole image of what is stitched so far.

Here’s the tea of my choice for yesterday….

I started out with Wild Berry by Simple Loose Leaf.

It is a green tea with blueberries and raspberries. (I read somewhere that raspberries can cause headaches for some people.) Perhaps that’s why I got a headache? Or the combination of mentally exhausted and being fatigue and having raspberries.

Later in the day I made myself some chamomile tea, by Bigelow. I wasn’t feeling the greatest so I spent more time sipping my tea and having some crackers than stitching.

Not a very productive stitching weekend. But there’s a weekend coming up very soon.

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Mindful Doodle Drawing

Lately, I have not been drawing as much as I would like. It has been a long week, and I have colored a little on this doodle drawing.

The choice of materials are:

  • gel pens
  • markers
  • metallic pens and markers

Below is a close up of the coloring

What mindful coloring can do for you:

  • increase focus
  • increase breathing
  • increase observation
  • it is a form of meditation

What is mindfulness:

  • alert awareness from being focused on the present moment.
  • Reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression and stress
  • regulate behavior, and cognitive emotional and interpersonal functioning
  • encourages creativity
  • reduce fear of judgment

I will give you an update on this drawing as I get it completed…

“Quiet the mind and the soul will speak”

Buddha

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Valentine of Love and Hearts

Stitches with Love and Hearts, a little history

I still have some of my Christmas decorations on display. I love angels and old time Santa Clauses. Therefore why put them away quickly if I enjoy them?!

As I write this post the tea of choice is called Dark Lagoon Herbal, by Simple Loose Leaf. I

Having tea writing this post.
this tea is called Dark Lagoon Herbal from Simple Loose Leaf
it is sweet and rich rose from berries and other fruits. It is a deep red brew and a tart flavor.

Cross Stitch Facts

stitched this when I was young about 9 yrs old

I thought to give a lesson about cross stitching for this post.

  • Cross stitch existed before the Middle Ages. It has been found in China, India and then Europe as trade increased as well as migrations and invasions. In Egypt a sampler was found around the 6th century. Even cloth dating from 3000-5000 BC had traces of cross stitch on it.
  • Cross stitching became an upper-class hobby during the middle ages. It actually began in the rural areas first. Cross stitch ornaments was a sign of wealth and social status.
  • Cross stitch pattern books have been around since the 17th century. The choice of colors was left to the stitcher as the pattern had black dots indicating areas to stitch.
  • Samplers were used by school aged children to learn the Bible verse and moral values and to learn the alphabet.
  • In the 1960’s was when the modern day cross stitching began with the mass production of patterns.

Sampler designed by my mom, Stitched by me.

Sampler that was designed by my mom, stitched this when I was 10 years old.

That’s my little lesson about cross stitch…back to making time in my current busy schedule to cross stitch Derby. Hoping I won’t be so tired tomorrow after work to work on it.

Happy Valentine’s Day…

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The weekend stitching

Saturday stitching

I finally had time to stitch on Saturday evening after a day of work.

I had the determination to complete the first column of page 7.

It was a success! My previous post showed I had some of the column stitched…

Let me remind you:

And with my determination it now looks like this:

Column 1 of page 7 completed

Here’s a close up of it

So many different floss colors. Many times reading the pattern and finding the correct placement.

It’s all starting to be worth it.

Then came Sunday

I finally sat down to work on the cross stitch by noon. Some stitching was done, but I became awfully tired.

I decided to take a nap, for an hour! I hardly nap. But needed it so much

Back to stitching….then I made dinner…then stitched until 9pm.

Hopefully you can tell, there’s a darker area of blue. This is not a mistake…this means I’m nearing the end of the sky.

Closer view of the darker part of the sky.

As planned I was able to stitch all weekend and got in a wonderful long overdue nap.

Not sure when I’ll stitch again, most likely next weekend.

Until then…