Thursday, August 6, 2009

Summer House, Sail Away and a couple of questions....

Thank you all for the kind comments about Chris and Mo's accident. I had some emails about it so I will try and answer them.... The lane they where in is a turning lane for both cars and trolleys. There is no way to drive from behind once stopped here as you are boxed in on the left by a high curb and the right side by the load and unload platform for the trolleys. The car was sitting waiting for the light to change, it was completely the orange trolley drivers lack of attention that brought about the wreck. I have used this turn lane frequently as Noe Street goes up over the hill and drops down into Noe Valley where I live - and every time I get stuck at that light I have thought how trapped like a rat I am. The past few weeks have seen the MUNI system in quite a few major accidents. I wonder at what point something will be done?????

Now on to more pleasant things.... I saw on the HOE Blog that Nicola had received the Summer House exchange piece I made for her. Here is a snap -

The padded top is from LHN called Natures Beauty. I used a 36ct Sugar Maple linen and most of the recommended DMC floss colours. I am so glad she likes this as I really enjoyed making.

Yesterday also started our Sail Away SAL. We got home a little later than usual so my start is much less than I had hoped for.... here is a snap of what I got done....

I am loving this piece already - I have some more to finish up for this weeks stitching. it will be very hard to not stitch ahead, but I have other pieces to get moving on....

I didn't answer any of the questions yesterday so today I'll get two more done...

Question 3 - If you're only option for cross stitch supplies and patterns happened to be the major chain craft stores would you just walk away from the little X? Kiss is goodbye? I think that if my only option were the local craft stores (none in SF at all, I have to go to So SF to even get to any) I would not be doing x-stitch and I would find some other crafty thing to do or do my own thing (see question 4). The only two options are a Michael's' - which caters to the scrapbook an artificial flower crowds and a Joanne's - they both have very small selections of xstitching stuff, only DMC and some prepackaged Aida - I don't care to stitch on Aida since I found out how nice linen is and DMC is very good for some things but not everything - IMHO.

Question 4 - Also are you passionate about xstitch that if indeed your only option was the major chain craft stores, would that inspire you to create your own xstitch pieces because you have to stitch and you've stitched your way through the whole of Dimensions catalog -- because you must stitch and the thought of life without a relationship with the little X leaves you feeling empty? I think that if push came to shove I would start to make my own designs - because I figure that those stitchers that came before could do it then why not me!!

There you go for today!! Thanks for stopping by and the great comments!!!!

Take care,


  1. Driving in SF is a scary undertaking! I guess it would take some getting use to.
    I love you Sail away start! Looks perfect.
    I'm really loving these questions. They are fun to read!

  2. Good start on Sail Away. Keith, my husband, was very impressed with the box you sent me, and I really love it. I do hope you got the private e-mail that I sent you about it.

  3. I've never driven in SF, but I remember it being crazy when DH did it a few years ago! Love that box you made for the exchange! Your finishing is lovely. And your SAL start is great. The colors in this piece are so beautiful!

  4. they are so lucky they walked away from that crash. yikes!

    great exchange sent! and great start on Sail Away!

  5. Love your exchange piece, and also the Sail Away start. I haven't even sorted my threads yet. Sigh. As for that accident, I'm still freaked out by it! I bet it was another case of texting while driving. That's happening all over, and it's just too scary for words.

  6. Beautiful finish and great questions! It is really a shame how so many craft chains are cutting back on cross stitch. :(

  7. The Nature's Beauty you stitched and finished is just lovely, how clever. CJ ok;-)

  8. your finish is beautiful,lovely.
    the color in the Sail are gorgeous. love it.

    i am glad that your friends are safe.

  9. So glad to hear that your friends are okay in their "smush" accident. That is not fun at all.

    I love the new starts and pieces from the last few weeks. Sorry I am just catching up on posting!

  10. We were involved in a similar (though much less severe--car still drivable) accident this past weekend in Canada (we drove up to visit darling's parents, who live there.

    At any rate, one minute we were sitting at the line with a red light, and the next minute the 18-wheeler that had been sitting next to us was now implanted in our front left headlight/bumper. In case you were wondering, the light was still red. Now dealing with insurance woes.

    I'm so glad your dear friends are okay, and I also love seeing that summer house HOE and your beautiful sail away start. I checked out the SAL site yesterday, and it looks like a good time will be had by all!

  11. I really like the way you finished the box and that is one of my favorite designs.
    i like your Sail Away also. Looking forward to seeing more.

  12. I love "sail away. I have to stitch it for my little boy. I like to read your blog.French Hugs. Natacha

  13. Hi Edgar
    I'm also like so much your Sail Away. It looks very nice!

    "I would start to make my own designs"
    Of course why not, with this idea, I wish you all the best!

    Maria del Valle