Feb 8, 2010


Do you have any projects in your basket that are the stitchy equivalent of a Valium?

I'm happy to report that for me it's turning out to be Shepherd's Bush Thoughtful Heart. Every time I pick this up, I feel like I'm sinking into a warm bubble bath and that the world has just fallen away. The house is clean, the clothes are washed, the dog is perfectly behaved, and I'm a petite blonde supermodel triathlete who has just won the PowerBall. (Oh, and my boyfriend Jeffrey Dean Morgan is standing by in a tuxedo waiting to take me to dinner. In Paris.)

We had stitchy weekend here at Chez Spinster, but I'm sure Stewey would tell you that the highlight of it all was his Saturday morning excursion to PetSmart with his new BFF. Aunt Chrissy decided that she and Stewey would have a little "together" time, so she picked him up bright and early and then spoiled him rotten with some new toys and treats.

The first thing on their shopping list was a new ball for Zhu Zhu, since the one that came with Zhu Zhu has a propensity for breaking open during play, thus resulting in Mommie having to run screaming through the house "DROP IT! DROP IT! DROP IT RIGHT NOW!". Unfortunately, the new hamster ball bit the dust after about 20 minutes of Evil Stewey bashing it about the floorboards.

(Evil Stewey is a little monster that appears every now and then to terrorize us. He is especially vicious when it comes to hard plastic balls, and he gnashes at them and chases them into walls until Tylenol and bloodshed show up.)

(Everyday Stewey thinks he is quite the barbarian, and although bears a striking resemblance, is in no way related to him.)

I've wanted to try wool applique for quite some time now, so Saturday I tried my hand at this:

I know it's just a beginner kit, but it was exactly what I wanted to see if more of this type of thing will be in my future. I think it will, but I need to learn to relax a bit and not try to make the stitches PERFECT. By the time I had spent an hour or so on that buttonhole stitch my shoulders were in my ears and my teeth were sore from all of the clenching.

Not much else to report today, other than the fact that we had a damn good pot roast for Sunday Dinner last night. I wish I could take all of the credit for it, but alas, I cannot. My only contribution to the meal was the roasted sweet potatoes with brussel sprouts and garlic and a bunch of boo hoo hoos when they showed the soldiers watching the Super Bowl. (What can I say? I get very emotional when it comes to heroes in uniform.)

Looks like I better get to it...I sense a disturbance in the force that will probably involve some laundry and housecleaning today. Happy Monday!


  1. Whatever keeps the stitchy mojo going is terrific, but like they said in 'When Harry Met Sally', I'll have what she is having! Valium project indeed. Sounds more like a hallucination to me. Where can I get me some of that? Alas, cleaning and laundry in my immediate future too.

  2. Lovely progress on Thoughtful Heart. The wool applique looks nice too.

    Have a great Monday (even if it includes housework and laundry!)


  3. Thoughtful Heart is coming along splendidly! I am thinking maybe I need to stitch a Shepherd's Bush again. I was on a kick for a long while with all of their sheep and I really, really loved them. I have been feeling discombobulated with my stitching for a long time now. this may be the ticket.

  4. I did that project a while ago and loved it. I think the wool project is really cute as well. I want to thy that and also a needle punch but then I have so much stash now I am afraid to try anything else in case my sewing threatens to take over the house.
    I enjoy your pics and tales and of Stewey the dog.

  5. I love your progress on the Shepherd's Bush project. It looks wonderful! The wool applique looks great too! (by the way, your stitches do look perfect).

  6. zen like "OHM!!!!"for your sb sampler
    and a whoo hoo to your wool applique mat.....nice stuff

  7. The Shepard's Bush is lovely. Someday I will actually start the ones I have in my stash. Your applique is also lovely. Someday I will finish the applique blanket I started for my nephew's new son. Hopefully before the baby enters college.

  8. Is there NOTHING you cannot do??? I mean you needlepoint, cross stitch, write stories like you are Gods gift to articulitism and now wool applique~~!! AND you happen to live with the Stew-myster! Thank the Lord I found your blog back when I did b/c it is the total highlight of my day!~~ Seriously...Your stitchies are awesome and your prescense in blog-world is so well recieved!~

  9. As usual, your work is beautiful and your stories (blog entries) are TERRIFIC. Bless you and Stewey for helping to make my day!

  10. Thoughtful Heart is beautiful! The wool applique is very pretty!

    Have a great week!

  11. I love the little mat you have made. I have always had a hankering to make a penny rug style mat and a kit like yours with everything already cut out for me, would be just the ticket.

  12. Thoughtful Heart looks gorgeous - I love that design. I stitched it a couple of years ago, but now it just reminds me of the morning sickness I was starting to feel at the time. And I've even framed it so badly that I really need to take it apart and do it again!

    Now you're putting me in the mood to dig out my felt stash again!

  13. Thoughtful Heart is looking beautiful Coni! Your wool project is beautiful too - can't wait to see more! :)

  14. I laughed when I read your comments about how stitching the Shepherd Bush. Isn't it nice having an addiction that won't put you in jail?

  15. Thoughtful Heart is looking so pretty. I think that might be in my stash. How awful is it that I can't remember?

    Love your trial wool applique project. You did a truly lovely job.