First let me say, I’m sorry; I’m sorry that I have been MIA for so long. It’s been a hot minute since I posted anything, in fact my last post was a brief one about World Cross Stitch Day back in August. Then I just fell off the blogosphere. No real reason, just a lot of little things all happening at once, including work changes and health issues. Things right now seem to be settling and for the moment I can return to a some what normal routine. That of course includes blogging and I have several drafts waiting to be finished and scheduled for posting, so there should be a steady stream from me for a while. Now that we’re back together, let’s take a look at what I’ve been up too!
What I’m Stitching
As I type this I have two active WIPs, but I am about to put one away and rotate. The first WIP is my Stormtrooper Sugar Skull, by Stitch Line on Etsy. I purchased this pattern sometime last year, then kinda of forgot about it, but for my birthday I wanted to start something fun and just for me, enter Stormtrooper. Because purple is my favorite color, I decided to stitch this piece on 14 count Aida, hand dyed purple, that I picked up at Stitch By Stitch in Cape May. Here are a few progress pictures:
Additionally, I am working on my Spring Quilt, from the Five Seasons Of Quilts by Leisure Arts. While I enjoy this piece while I am stitching it, for some reasons it seems to require an effort on my part to pick it up. Maybe I’m just not in a Springtime state of mind. Whatever the reason, I plan on finishing the section I am currently on then I’m going to switch the Spring Quilt out for Happily Ever After. I really would like to finish Happily Ever After this year and need to get caught up with the SAL. Here are a few pictures of Spring Quilt:
What I’m Reading
Despite being well under my 2017 Reading Challenge goal, I still have a pretty good reading bug in my system. This past Thursday was my monthly Mystery Book Club meeting, where we discussed Below the Belt, by Stuart Woods. Check out my review here.
More recently, I finished reading The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, by Phaedra Patrick. A review is forthcoming, (click here for my review) but I will say that this was such an enjoyable book. The story is bittersweet in all the right ways, and the main character, Arthur Pepper, is one I fell in love with and was sorry to say goodbye to when the book was over.
What I’m Watching
Actually, I haven’t been watching that much television lately, instead I’ve been reading, listening to music, or watching YouTube. However, I do have a current favorite show: The Good Place.
This is the second season and it is just a really great sitcom. Season 1 was fantastic, and the reveal in the last episode was shocking. Season 2 takes that revelation to a whole new place and makes for some fabulous comedy.
This Week’s Highlights
This week has been fairly uneventful, however, I still working my way through the Konmari method, from The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. Although, I do have to adjust some tasks and techniques to accommodate for my back, I am slowing make my way through the categories. Currently, I am “tidying” my crafts and I am really trying to thin down the amount of supplies that I keep on hand, only keeping those that “spark joy”. If you are interested in this process, there are loads of bloggers and Youtubers who have done reviews and step by step break downs of the process, I am not planning on taking that on right now. But, here is a before shot of my craft area, which will hopefully look much better by next weekend.