This site is about my life in the art studio. It includes drawings, paintings, knitting and cross stitch and fun art techniques. I will also include recipes and yoga and book reviews. This is a lifestyle blog with intentional and simple living ideas.
This is the latest I have been working on. The reason I started embroidery was because I needed something simple and fun to do while I have been extremely busy with work and I needed a break from the Paris Rue cross stitch.
I am working on another one and will post when it is finished.
Rue Paris is coming along. First page has been completed.
Setting up for another page. I’m working the center out.
I’m eager to get more stitching time. My work schedule has been busy. I feel like it’s going to get busier in a few weeks with the stress of the world. I’m still keeping my Saturday and Sunday as my stitching days.
Today I worked for a few hours, then went home and took a nap. I have been exhausted. My profession is mental health counseling and I have been busy. Next week even more booked than this week. So having a few hours to stitch has been nice.
Rue Paris Cross Stitch
I have one more column to stitch and the first page will be completed. Definitely have many more to go.
This pattern has tons of color changes. It will certainly keep me busy for a long period of time.
Below is a close up of the many colors for this pattern.
I made goals at the beginning of this year. The goal is to complete what was started! Let’s see what has been done. And read the books I have. Plus no additional shopping, use what I have with my arts and crafts.
There are 2 knitting projects, one a scarf and the other is a wrap.
The scarf is knitted with seed stitch. The wrap is knitted in hurdle stitch. It has 4 rows which is row one: knit stitch, row two: knit stitch, row three: knit, purl, row four: knit purl
The scarf is getting close to being completed. I may be able to wear this scarf before the winter ends!
Below is purl stitch. Garter stitch is the edge.
The wrap has much more to finish. I just added the other skein of yarn a few days ago. I also have to stop knitting it at a certain length, so I can knit pockets for it. (being a little adventurous)!
Below is close up of hurdle knit stitch.
I am not a fan of reading. I prefer to write, but I know my writing is not professional.
The Bible study is going well, every night I listen to the study and make notes. I have been learning a lot.
The other books-well they make it out of the bin, but then onto a table. I just can’t get myself interested. The goal was to read, not to complete the entire bin. Maybe I have revisit this goal.
I Bent the Rules
I was going to finish another cross stitch before I began Rue Paris. But I just wanted so badly to start it. So I am now focused on Rue Paris. I am ok with that. I think I will alternate between the one I need to finish and Rue Paris.
Below is how much I have accomplished on the stitching. I’ll stitch Rue Paris on Sunday.
It was a day that became unfamiliar. First my electricity went out for an hour. The house got cold again. I was in the middle of cleaning and going through art work and supplies and reorganizing my room with all my art in it.
Christmas is Rescheduled
Then my sister called and cancelled Christmas dinner. Might try to have it on New Years Day. My brother was exposed to Covid and two of his coworkers were tested positive.
So I Decided to Return to my PJS
So I decided to return to my PJs, finish the cleaning. And started to put gesso on the canvases I want to reuse. Then you guessed it, I stitched winter gathering and watched Netflix for the rest of the day.
Photos of winter Gathering
Today will be another day of being in PJS and stitching with Netflix or Hulu.
Hope your Christmas was wonderful
I closed my Etsy shop. It was too much work with my career. I might return later when I feel more confident and ready to dedicate more time on it. In the meantime, art will be made…stay tuned.
I have been stitching today. It’s been a rainy cold day. Sometimes the rain looked like snow.
This is winter gathering by Dimensions.
(I made a few mistakes, but it’s still looking ok).
Etsy Shop is closed
I closed my Etsy shop. For several reasons, but mostly it was stressing me and I just couldn’t make art that anyone wanted to buy. Plus I don’t have time to paint daily because of my job, and my chronic fatigue and edema. I got likes on my knitting and some on my paintings. I am ok with this decision. It will allow me to not feel pressured when I want to be in my studio. And it will allow me time to get back to some of my training for my profession.
As much as I wanted to make art more and earn a profit, I don’t think it works for me.
New Years List
I made a list of things I want to work on and complete for the new year.
Finished winter gathering
Start new cross stitch of a scene in Paris
Finish my shawl-knitting
Start knit blanket-I have a pattern to follow
Finish the book I started- by Joyce Meyer, Healing the Soul of a Woman
Organize the books I want to read. Start reading them
Do Bible study daily
Do yoga more often
Spend time painting
Finish my continuing education credits
Begin and finish training as trauma specialist- untouched for 4 years!
Finish yoga training classes
Stop drinking Coke/Pepsi
Make more gluten free dinners and learn to make gluten free bread from scratch
Don’t buy on Amazon
Improve saving money
Reorganize my closets
Donate items, toss out
Listen to music
RELAX!!!!! And SLEEP!!!!!
Ok. So my list looks super long and maybe it’s impossible, but I’m going to try to get most done.
What’s on your list? It’s crazy how this year is nearly finished. It wasn’t a good year. Very stressful. My body is tired.
At 8:00pm Friday Dec 3, 2021, Derby was completed.
After tons of visits to Joann stores for DMC threads, countless times of loosing then finding my favorite needle, and endless Netflix and Hulu shows. And mostly patience, this cross stitch finally got it’s last stitch.
I’ll miss it. It has been my dear friend for 3 years and 6 months. I felt a sense of sadness but eagerness to cross the final thread.
But I am ready to work on another pattern.
I think I’ll work on winter birds. This one is extremely smaller, easier pattern to read and less amounts of DMC colors. It will be gifted to my sister when complete.