Sunday, May 10, 2020

YOP Week #45

This was not a productive week but I sure tried!  Everything I tried failed but never fear.  I learn from my failures so it is never a total loss but I sure don't have much to show for all my efforts.  Stitch Maynia is definitely the focus this month along with gardening and mowing and all the outdoor chores that have been added now that Spring has sprung.
I won't go over each Maynia day.  If you want to see each one you can go back and visit my daily posts.  I don't post on Saturday so here is Saturday's Maynia project for Day #9...........it's also a gift....
 I think it is my tiniest Maynia project and I don't think I will have any trouble finishing this one!
  It will be a pin cushion when I'm done...............this was a pattern I bought from my friend, Helen Phillips, over in the UK.  She has lovely items in her Etsy shop.  You should see all the cute patterns she has.
TOday's project for Day #10 is a big project..............I just worked on it a little this morning but I will get more done before the day is over...............
here' s my little start with my new needle minder............
I did work on my lattice squares and had one almost finished when I ran out of the yarn on the last round! I started another but didn't get very far.  Yesterday I spent the day dyeing fabric for cross stitch but that did not turn out as planned either.  I followed The Real Housewives of Cross Stitch video tutorial but they dyed way more material in their batch than I did so mine turned out too dark.  I learned that you should base your dyes on the amount of material you are dyeing. 
This was the color I was going for and that is what their tutorial was for..........yeah....not even close!
So then I turned my attention to making a cross-stitch project bag with a vinyl window.  I had material and vinyl and so I thought I was set but after watching the Fat Quarter Shop tutorial, I felt like I needed to invest another $40 just to ensure it came out right.  I researched the 'equipment' all evening and came no closer to a finished or even a started cross-stitch project bag.  So this morning I found a more reasonable video tutorial but it is a smaller bag.  I still need equipment so I guess I will be ordering some more 'stuff'.  I wouldn't but I want to make multiples so it will be worth it in the end.  I also realized that the fabric I ordered for my Carolyn Manning Jane's Joy cross stitch is not going to work.  I actually spoke to her and she said the reason she picked the background fabric she did was so it would highlight the cross stitch and not blend in with it.  I'm glad I talked to her.  I had a feeling she had a good reason for her color choice.  So, now I'll need to order more fabric for 2 projects that I thought I was ready for.  Oh well, it could be worse!
  Today, I was going to have my first cookout of the season!  Beer brats with potato salad, a regular salad or some beets (I love beets) plus a dessert.  So I went out to prep the grill (just a little cheapy from Walmart) and it fell apart....literally!  It had rusted.  I guess I should have put it in the garage.  Oh well, I have a grill built in on the porch and also one on my stove or I could just cook them on my stove without grilling.  I wonder what my horoscope was this week?
I do have good news!  My next-door neighbor had hail damage to her car and her roof......me nada!  I am blessed!  My contractor came over yesterday and checked out my roof and said there were a few little spots but nothing serious at all and my car has not one ding on it.  PTL! 
Also, my cousin sent me some pictures of my relatives that I had never seen.  What a great Mother's Day present that was!  The following is a tribute to all the 'mothers' who raised me and loved me and were so patient and good to me..................my mother, the youngest in her family (the blond in the picture)...........
My Aunt Alice and Aunt Edna............
and my Aunt Bernice who really did physically raise me until I was 5 years old and then I lived with her and my Uncle Homer every summer until I went to college............she and my Uncle Homer owned and ran a butcher shop and grocery store.  My uncle Homer was famous for his homemade bologna.  It was wonderful!  This was a newspaper photo to that effect.  I loved my uncles too but today is Mother's Day...I'll honor them come Father's Day.
I hope you are having a wonderful Mother's Day and hats off to all the wonderful Moms out there!!!
Happy Trails!!!





21 comments:

  1. Oh my, you did have a trying week. Is there a way you could take the dyed fabric and bleach it to lighten it? Just a thought. Love the pin cushion pattern. So sweet. You really have been going all in for stitch Maynia. Is the object to start a new project daily or just to work on a project daily?

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    1. Great minds think alike! I did bleach it a bit and then coffee/tea dyed it and it looks a bit better. I haven't decided if I will use it or not. Stitch Maynia can really be whatever you want it to be. I am starting a new project each day so far but we'll see if I do 20 for 2020 or 31 for all the days in May.

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    2. I have been married with my wife for 6 years and recently she broke up with me and it hurt me deeply when she told me to leave her alone and that she does not love me anymore when i was always faithful and honest to her. I tried all the ways to get her back buying her what she wants like i always did and she still left me heart broken and she even has a new boyfriend which destroyed me even more until a friend of mine from high school directed me to Dr Emu. This man changed my life completely. I followed everything he told me to do and my wife came back. I was stunned everything happened exactly like he told me. I had faith in everything he told me and everything was true. You can contact him via email: Emutemple@gmail.com He will help you in anything you need and quick to answer once you contact him through his whats-app number: +2347012841542 Website: http://emutemple.website2.me/

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  2. Love the family photographs. Happy Mother's Day to you - thinking of you on this day for sure. Your cross stitch are all so impressive. I have to admit, and I hope you won't be offended, but when I saw the F of your cross stitch I subconsciously finished with 3 more letters. Sigh. It has been that kind of week here what with headaches and blood tests, and well, headaches. Here is to a better week for me healthwise and for you project wise.

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    1. Well, you were right there were 3 more letters but they spelled FREE! LOL!
      Yes, a better week for both of us but mostly you! I was amazed how well I got through yesterday but I did so I must have had some help from above!

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  3. Happy Mother's Day Sam! Oh my you had a bad week...hope this week is better! :)

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  4. I have been reading your daily posts and you have been starting such fun projects everyday. In the UK Mother’s Day was week’s ago, but it’s lovely reading about the mothers and mother figures others had. My other mother figure is my host mother in Michigan who I au paired for. We had miniature hail and snow today, sounds like your hail was way bigger and you were lucky to have no damage.

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    1. Winter is really hanging on! It is really cold here for Spring too but no snow but we did have the hail! Is an au pair like a nanny? What an adventure that must have been for you!

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  5. Gosh, what wonderful photos!!! I think you accomplish so much everyday. I don't see any failures, just learning experiences.

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    1. Thank you, Miss Merry but I don't have any little ones running around and even then my house looks a mess!

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  6. What a week! I sure do look forward to seeing your project bags when you get the materials you need for them. I realize the dyed fabric may look different in person than it does on my computer screen, but I thought I'd say... it really doesn't look that different or much darker than the fabric pictured on the pattern. Regardless, though, I hope you can use it with this pattern or something else. I'm also very glad to hear you're happy with the report on your roof. For some, a hail damaged room is a gift. We considered it so a few years back when we had it. I wasn't quite sure (until today) which way you were leaning in your previous posts. So glad you're relieved.

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    1. I mean a hail damaged roof! Ack - a hail damaged ROOM would be terrible!!!

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    2. There are a lot of people putting in claims but my roof is only about 7 or 10 years old? I can't remember but my contractor is very honest and he said if it was his he wouldn't as there is nothing bad so I trust him and I'm not one to take advantage of a situation. I'm sure there are many in town who are as the insurance gal said that with COVID they're not sending people out as much and they are swamped. It would be an easy thing to do but that's not me. I took it as a blessing. How my neighbors car got so beat up and mine didn't is truly a mystery as they are only about 20 feet apart!
      As for the material; I coffee/tea dyed it later and dried it outside and I might use it...we'll see....stay tuned for further developments! LOL!

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  7. Happy Mother's Day Sam! You did have some good news this week with your roof and car. None or minimal damage is always good news. I love Helen Phillips patterns. She has beautiful things. We are happily at the lake where I used the washer for the first time today and promptly flooded the "garage" underneath. Something is definitely wrong with the washer so now I have to call the warranty company. It's always something isn't it?
    Take care and have fun stitching!
    Blessings and hugs,
    Betsy

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  8. Being a homeowner can be a lot of work and expense and you have 2 homes! I'm so sorry for your flooding! I hope things didn't get ruined. So happy you got to spend Mother's Day at your favorite place!

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  9. With all of last week's challenges, this week should be a breeze. I'm happy that your roof and car did not get damaged during the hail storm. That could be very expensive! I'm in awe that you can keep Maynia going. I'm afraid to create that many WIPs.

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    1. Thank you Jeanna. I was glad too as there would be a deductible plus they would probably raise my rates to cover it. At my age, having a lot of WIP's give me a reason to get up every morning! LOL!

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  10. I have been married with my wife for 6 years and recently she broke up with me and it hurt me deeply when she told me to leave her alone and that she does not love me anymore when i was always faithful and honest to her. I tried all the ways to get her back buying her what she wants like i always did and she still left me heart broken and she even has a new boyfriend which destroyed me even more until a friend of mine from high school directed me to Dr Emu. This man changed my life completely. I followed everything he told me to do and my wife came back. I was stunned everything happened exactly like he told me. I had faith in everything he told me and everything was true. You can contact him via email: Emutemple@gmail.com He will help you in anything you need and quick to answer once you contact him through his whats-app number: +2347012841542 Website: http://emutemple.website2.me/

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