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This is where the stitching was left off at the beginning of May.
It’s been a difficult month. There was intense ups and downs within myself and with my clients. I concentrated on finishing my yoga teacher training. And now trying to work on managing this stress hovering around me.
I stitched a lot but just didn’t have the energy to put it in a blog post.
So here are some photos of the progress on Derby.
I get amazed at the different amounts of thread colors in one section. It has taken a long time to finish some of the cross stitch blocks because of the amount of colors. It’s worth the time and effort.
And then there’s the tea
Today I am working from home and will have the morning and evening to stitch.
This morning I’m starting my day off with green tea.
It’s a blooming flower called Soothing Star. It has a nice smooth flavor. Comfortable on my throat.
Look how pretty it is:
Well I’m going to enjoy my tea and stitch before I have to sign in to work.
I did not stitch as much as I wanted to today. However, it’s coming along.
The stitches on this column had numerous amounts of colors. For one block of stitching it had about 20 different colors to stitch! That is why this took me a long time to complete. The changing of colors and going back and forth from stitching to threading the needle took up time. Plus I had to look at the copied page and the original page many times. I use a copy the pattern and mark off the symbols I stitch, however it did not copy clearly.
Anyway here’s how the progress went:
A few more columns to cross stitch for the top row!
The tea of choice for today was:
By Simple Loose Leaf: Misty Morning Tea
It is a green tea that has a smokey flavor. According to the Simple Loose Leaf brochure it is “similar to Yunnan black teas.”
Tea of choice for Friday is Spiced Oolong. It is from Simple Loose Leaf
It has a nuttiness of cinnamon and ginger. When I opened it, instantly I smelled the nuttiness.
This is a wonderful tea. Normally spiced tea is not appealing to me as I find it sometimes overly spicy. However this one I definitely on my list to buy again.
I had a craving for nutella. This was my Friday evening snack reward for getting through a long week (even though I have clients scheduled for Saturday)
It just seems like it is taking a long time to finish the top row, nevertheless it is coming along.
I am loving the various colors especially when the stitch is not just blue tones.
No stitching on Saturday. When I got home from work a little later than expected, I decided that my eyes and mind were just to tired to read a cross stitch pattern. I decided to do grocery shopping after I walked my dog. Then took time for myself relaxing watching TV. Have you seen Victoria on PBS? It is on Amazon Prime, and I get hooked on movies and shows about the British Royalty. I just could only imagine what it was like for Queen Victoria. Amazing woman.
Tea of choice is Green Harmony from Simple Loose Leaf
Green teas have such a gentle taste. It has a mix of Jasmine green, Houjika and Sencha with citrus. Houjika is a twig tea, that gives this type of tea an earthier taste.
I decorated for Easter last week.
Then I ran into a slight problem, my cat sat on my cross stitch pattern book. The look she gave me when I made her get off of it. Don’t worry she is all about me, she can’t be mad at me for too long!
I was able to stitch on Sunday without a headache. It seems the last few Sunday’s I was unable to function. It is surprising because the weather is warming up after a few days of snow, which causes a headache/migraine for me.
Don’t you love how the more colors are showing up!
My eyes are grateful for colors other than the blue tones.
If you would see this in person, the blending of colors is fascinating, especially when it walk further away from it to view it.
Here it is:
Page 6:3 columns to complete. Then page 7 has only 2 more columns to complete.
Almost done with the top row!
I am so grateful for everyone who is following this blog. It really encourages me to complete this cross stitch in a timely manner.