Saturday, September 17, 2011

I Can See (almost!)..........

I have been stitching - FINALLY!  I went to the eye doc (again & again) and this past Thursday he put a contact in my left (and "new") eye for me to see close up!  NOW I can see to stitch, sew, and anything else close up.  The only issue is then that I can't see a thing past 5 or 6 feet.  Oh well, I'm not going to complain about that - it's much better to be able to see the computer screen, my stitching & sewing, my food, etc. than seeing the TV or a car driving by! ;-)  All I have to do is take the contact out & then I can see at a distance.  Amazing how ridiculous all of this has been really.....  but I'm happy at the moment, so we'll leave it at that for now. 

I have been stitching and sewing a little - this is parts 1 & 2 of the MSAL going on from dear Carol at iStitch - she's so talented & I love so many of her samplers.  I have parts 3 & 4 done now too - will update with a new picture later.  :-)  Thank you again Carol, can't wait to get the rest of it! :-)


While I couldn't really *see* to stitch, I did manage to do this Pine Mtn. kit since it's on aida (16 or 18 ct?).  I think it's cute - and some of you will see it again....  ;-)


And I have been working on getting things ready for the retreat in Myrtle Beach in October... but I really can't show much of that - but here is one thing I can share.....
I'm SO ready for 4 very long days of stitching & fun with friends in that wonderful-fantastic-amazing ocean front conference center!!  I just wish I had ANYTHING ready - personal or otherwise, but I don't.  Oh well...  fingers are crossed that it all gets done, wish me luck!  You'd think with this being year #14, it would be "easy" by now, but it's NOT, it's WORK!  It's a lot of fun though, so I guess it's worth it.  :-)

And I have been in a "Halloween" mood lately - here are a few sneak peeks - - -



Hmmm, wonder what these could be - and yes, they are "something" other than fabric...

And so is this.....

And this is my progress (FINALLY) on Blackberry Lane's "Goblins on Parade".  I just love this and it will be so darn cute when it's finished into the little "ort bucket" - what a clever idea Marie had!  Now one thing to keep in mind - the q-snaps are the 6" size - it's over 1 on 28 ct. The fabric is an orange by Sharon (Crescent Colours) from years ago when she was still dyeing fabric...  cute huh!?
 I'm getting there... as I keep saying, finally - now that I can see again! :-)

Oh and before I forget, I got a new die from AccuQuilt last Friday evening, the new Halloween "Cat & Bat" (which you can see a sneak peek of above) and let me tell you, the new "two tone foam" is wonderful!  I wish they were all like this!

Here's a note from AccuQuilt about it:

Two Tone Foam – An AccuQuilt Innovation
The efficient and accurate way to cut fabric with GO! Fabric Cutters just got even easier! In response to customer feedback, the Tried & True die collection features two-tone foam, an AccuQuilt innovation, which makes it easy to see where shapes are on the die board. No more need to mark your dies—dies are ready to use right out of the package. The shapes are easy to see making it easier to layer fabric over just the shapes you need to help you minimize fabric waste. For more information, on the new Tried & True die collection, click on the below link. In addition, download 22 Free Patterns simply by signing up for AccuQuilt emails.   You’ll also gain access to numerous patterns for all skill levels, ability to earn AccuQuilt Rewards Points, and the opportunity to participate in fun and inspirational sweepstakes and giveaways!




And that will do it for today! If you're still reading, thanks for stopping by.  Have a great weekend & happy stitching and sewing! :-)

13 comments:

natalyK said...

Love your goblins on parade. The fabric is perfect for it.

Fiona said...

Glad to see that you can stitch again. All the stitching looks great and I am intrigued as to what the fabric is other than fabric.

Carol said...

I'm so glad you can see better and stitch again. I love that silhouette Halloween cross stitch design! How cool that you got the Cat and Bat GO Die, fun.

secondhandrose said...

Some lovely work there. I love the Goblins on Parade!

Myra said...

I am so glad you can see to stitch again Amy. I know you are relieved. Lovely Halloween stitches and those Halloween fabrics are just wonderful.

Mindi said...

Its nice to know you have found a solution to being able to see well enough to stitch. Your mystery SAL is looking gorgeous. Carol did a great job with this one.

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Woo Hoo! So happy you can see to stitch again. That must have been a terrible feeling! Great stitching you've gotten done. Spend the rest of the weekend stitching up a storm!

Nicole said...

That's great about the contact lens! Wow, what a relief for you!! We just found out that Jake needs glasses. He never told me that he was having trouble seeing until we went to the Dr. and he couldn't read all of the eye chart!! Kids! :)

I'm so looking forward to Myrtle Beach too!! I can't wait!! :)

Karen said...

So glad you can at least see to sew! Love the halloween design for the ort bucket....it is just too cute! Hope you have a great stitched filled afternoon!

Sherry :o) said...

Love the spooky fabric - Halloween is one of my favs!

Glad you are stitching.

Toni said...

I adore your goblins on parade!

Shelleen said...

Glad to see you stitching again and I am going to miss all of you at the retreat :=(

Nan said...

Welcome back to the stitching world. I know you've been through alot with your eyes. Can't wait to see you!