100 Day Project: Days 1-10

So, recall my plans for the 100 Day Project. I’ve been adding the title and a quick critique on each one. These are unimportant really as it’s just to force me to think about my technique. Anywho, here is week one, days 1-10.

1. I read every night before sleep. I always always always have a book in one of my book covers and a glass of tea. Another happy part is that my lamp dims and has a built in tray for my rings and chapstick!

2. I really get pleasure out of figuring out handstitching projects. Well, okay, any project. As you know, I was super excited to complete my name tag!

3. You also know that I made a rose out of my gramma’s fabric. It is sure to become something special for me. I enjoyed the challenge of drawing the fabric designs, though I didn’t finish it.

4. This one is very exciting for me. In part of my 2018 Get Creative scheme, I was tossing around the notion of getting a dedicated notebook for doodling and ideas. But, truth be told, with all the schooling that I have under my belt, I have so many half used notebooks and such that I couldn’t justify buying a new one. Boy has a cold and I made a quick trip to Walgreens for some meds, so I perused their stationary section just ever so briefly anyway. I fell madly in love with a well built, many-paged (and serrated!), hardcover, fully bound notebook covered in gnomes. But, alas, I was not there for me and I had no such need. With only one left in stock, I knew I would never see it again. That is, until I lamented over and over about my “gnomebook” that Boy later surprised me with it! Weeeeeeeee!!!!! It is working like a charm, also. My ideas are becoming less dream-like and more concrete. It is an interesting exercise to really think about what your personal creative-ness is.

5. Though I am abundantly disappointed with Nintendo because of our Switch failure and loss of all saved data (did I ever mention that?), Nintendo is still Nintendo. They have my heart. Boy brought in the miniSNES from the game room so he could play while I stitched.

6. I don’t usually patron coffee shops (I don’t drink caffeine, first of all!), but my SIL and I enjoy hanging out at a local place when she’s got tantalizing questions to discuss (she’s getting a masters in communication). Unfortunately, it was packed so we moved to Starbucks. The Teavana Passion decaf tea wasn’t bad, but the good part was simply hanging out.

7. We got a new candy at the shop – red licorice dogs. They have such amazing flavor! MmmMmMmMMmmm!

8. I am ever so grateful to have such a powerhouse computer. I really like the reflection! So tiny, though. It was too difficult to be accurate.

9. On the day I thought I was losing the battle with my cold (spoiler – I WON!), I couldn’t get into any craft. Instead, I decided to read about one that I ordered a while back. It sounded daunting, which wasn’t good because my MIL and SIL also ordered kits and they aren’t as advanced as me. When I started feeling a wee better, I decided to at least get the pattern drawn up (that’s why it is sketched here rather than looking as nice as that wood – holy cow!). You’ll see more of the actual project on Wip-TAST-ic Wednesday;)

10. Sasha is as predictable as she isn’t. My craft chair is one of her favorite perches and Boy often has to fight her off every time he is using it to work while I craft. She just always looks like she owns it, you know? But she moved, a lot, as I predicted. So, I couldn’t spend too much time on this one.

What goodies will the next days bring? :D

Acrylic paint workshop

My sister-in-law and I signed up for a super cheap 2-hour acrylic paint workshop at the local library today. We weren’t sure what to expect other than the theme was a winter scene. The artist, Tom, was super nice. As we waited for our layers to dry, he showed us images of some of his work and wow, I can say I’ve now met one of those people who make colored pencil drawings look like legit photographs. I am quite tempted to sign up for one of his more lengthy classes (free through the library, what!). Anyway, this is what our goal was:

And mine, below, didn’t come out too shabby. Though, I do wish these type of courses allowed some extra time at the end for those of us who want to keep exploring. I didn’t quite get mine “just right” and felt a wee rushed. 20 more minutes woulda been great. But at 5$ I am definitely not complaining!!

TAST: detached chain stitch

You’ve read about my idea for this here, right? Ok! See all completed TAST posts here.

Front only as I again forgot to snap one of the back. Oi!

I had trouble planning much creativity with this one. I blame the fact that I am working overtime fending off the colds and flu of everyone I know. So far I am winning, but the symptoms are seeming to be more irritating as each day draws on. Wish me luck! Same to you, all ye sickos or soon-to-be sickos out there.

To compensate, I used a color set I found quite pleasant. Most of the ideas are from Sharon herself, either online or in her book. Mary gave me the brilliant idea of “tipping” the detached chains in a different color. To do this is a bit of a cheat – her easier method involves using straight stitches (so I had also made cross stitches). Because I cheated a wee bit here, I cheated elsewhere too, but only with straight stitches, I swear!

I do need to give a shout out to Wild Olive’s easy stitch watermelon hoop art that I discovered when looking for ideas for a different project.

The dandelion idea I am sure isn’t my own. However, when I thought about doing it with the TAST: fly stitch, I came across a beautiful black and white photo of a dandelion and sort of mimicked that. I also experimented with a butterfly, fly, and dragonfly. And, of course, had to fit the requisite lazy daisy on there somewhere!

The title, obviously. The example stitches are horrendous. I will probably change them before I sew this up into a pennant. I switched to a split stitch rather than stem, but the curves still aren’t working. I guess next time I will make it bolder with two threads and see how that helps. But, alas, I want to go tuck myself in to bed so I’m calling this one done and will ignore that not all the markings are even gone.

Looking forward to next week’s stitch (and not losing this fight with germs!).