Autumn break…soon

My Autumn scene 2020

What is your idea of any interesting things to do when you have a 2 weeks vacation but cannot go anywhere? I made myself a to do list, which includes: cooking, baking, sewing, stitching, blogging and repeat again. I omit reading because it will definitely spoil everything. But I will add something else. I thought about doing something else for others. I WILL STAY HOME. And I’ll be doing something that can make a special friend happy. Its not on my list, but it will surely be a perfect distraction if not an inspiration. Who’s not gonna love it?

next on my stitching agenda

Keep safe everyone!

Life happens… Like the season

Life happens weather we expected it or not with successes and downfall alongside the constantly changing season. There is no doubt about it, but a pandemic is something that nobody can foreseen, even the experts. Although we (people) may have had contributed for making it worse from bad. We all know that the covid19 virus doesn’t walk nor fly as it is and yet it spreads and affects our life weather we like it or not. The whole country is almost in code red.

There was a lot going on in the country (Belgium) for the last 20 days. We have a new federal government coalition 494 days after the national election. We have a new prime minister and minister of health who are doing their best to address the current situation together with the rest of our political theater. We have a new princess 🙂 it was also something new. After 7 years of legal battle an illegitimate daughter of our former king was finally acknowledge by the state. Our hospitals are in full preparation of an inevitable 2nd peak of corona virus patients.

Life at home is nevertheless as usual and normal as always, though we particularly avoid a long shopping spree and other events. The best thing is that I accomplished a lot than normal. Go to work, do household chores, Stitch, sleep eat in between and repeat.

Autmn scene wips
Furry tales from November TWOCS

I been a busy rat and I do mind what is happening around me. I thank God for the grace of good health and the sound mind. I wish every one the same.

Less motivated but moving on

Halfway to the finish line

Where else can we find inspirations in times like this? I have been asking myself a lot. The feeling of waiting for something we don’t know when it is coming is unnerving. I been so used to having a stippled plans and now I’m having a hard time adjusting to a day to day surprises. May the coming seasons change brought hopes as much as the falling leaves.

Block Editor versus Classic

Finally getting the tricks in this new system which I guess a lot features than the classic one, though I’d rather use the old one for its simplicity.

Since the biggest mistake I made by ditching my old creaddiction blog and starting this current home blog. I been more patient on how to do things correctly. This is what really happened. I had an issue on how to to point the domain I bought to my old blog, so I asked help from wordpress, but then I still didn’t get it right. So I just started a new one which I shouldn’t have done in the first place. I have learned a lesson on how to be patient and study new features. Its kind of entertaining in itself if we have time to do all these.

I hope to be able to use at least some of this features in a right way. Its kind of a challenge for a non tech specialist like me. Its not the same as counting stitches and choosing the right colours. 🙂

Finding joy in what you do

The art of creating things from a single dot or from the first cross until it shows even a vague image of anything is a joyful moment especially when we love what we do. Crazy cross stitcher’s like me will always find time to finish one piece and start another 🙂 Oh yes we do love starting a new one. There is always that joyous feeling whenever we start creating a new motif. But the feeling of relief and pride is indescribable whenever we have a finished work.

Fawn designed by Lesley Teare

Starting a new project and creating an image gradually into a detailed subject is not only fun but also enjoyable especially when we derived inspiration in real life. Who would have thought that one of our best riders could bag two stages already on the first week of tour de France. Very timely indeed.

cycling man designed by Durene Jones

I wish everyone a good reason to be in a positive mood for what ever reason there is. Happy weekend

Falling early in Autumn

Rounding up a little bit to have a graceful summer exit into the fall, where it can be sunny or rainy any time of the day. My favourite season in normal circumstances. Even if things is different than any other year. No exciting preparation for a a winter escape or going down south. Instead making a bucket list of things to do half hoping life happens while I make other plans just like what John Lennon had in mind once long long time ago.

Current WIPS

The weather has nothing to do with a lot people including me wanting to end this summer as soon as possible. Its merely an hypothetical suppositions that what we are going through will come to an end when the season changes. As a matter of fact there is a higher probability that it could get worse whether we like it or not.

Making a bucket list makes us focused for awhile, whether we accomplished it or not is another matter. 🙂 who doesn’t need an inspiration in time like this? I do. I could use a lot of distraction too. And colours, lots and lots of colours. For the meantime yellow and gold is my favourite.

Next in line
Autumn scene designed by Lesley Teare

When I get my eyes tired and opted to something pastel and pale, I’ll be working on one of the designs below plus a lot more little cuddly and sweet giveaways. When months ending with ber begins, I always had this feeling that Christmas is just around the corner. But first, let us survive the fall! I hope you all have something to look forward too.

Fan of the men and women in yellow jersey

The most anticipated summer sports event around here. The quest for the yellow jersey in Tour De France.

Better late than never, shall we say 🙂 After all the speculation that it cannot be organised this year, Tour De France is going to begin this Saturday. The most awaited sports event every summer in Belgium as well as by our neighbouring countries. Its going to be different this year and probably less spectacular than any other year due to Corona rules and regulations. Nevertheless it is still full of excitement and anticipation. Who is going to fall? who is going to give up, who is going to make a name and outshine? I always bet against my husband in favour of anyone other than the European favourites. But of course, we are on the same boat if one of our Belgian riders wins a stage especially if its a long climb. The popularity of cycling competition in our region dates back way before the world wars. Not a very crazy idea to out source my inspiration for my next project about the men and women in a yellow jersey designed by Durene Jones for the July 2017 issue of Cross Stitch Crazy. I’m looking forward to whatever distractions while on Stay cation and an added inspiration is more than welcome. May the best one shines!

Make beautiful memories at home

Throwback from a beautiful summer 8 years ago. One of the many reasons I only upload non compromising photos to my drive. Most of our memorable times happened at home and even during this days when a stay at home mandate is being observed, lets make the most out of it. Have yourself some nice colourful snapshots to relive your quarantine time years from now. 🙂

I hope to survive another 8 years to show what I have done yesterday and today.

Sew Lovely sampler for myself

Sew Lovely sampler designed by Emma Congdon

My first finish in August 🙂 a sew sampler I thought will look good for my sewing machine cover. And a cute little mouse which I have yet to decide later.

free from DMC

When I’m on a day off and all my housework are done or can be put off for another day which is more likely the scenario. I always find time to stalk stitching and crafty blogs just to amuse myself on every progress they make. It is a hobby in itself and I been doing it for years. I myself isn’t one who takes photos and share every works in progress I have. I always have some little things apart or sometimes commissioned work which I seldom show off. Partly because I don’t feel it right to be taxed on what little income we have for a long hours of work. Secondly most designers prohibits stitcher’s to sell what they make which I do understand. So when someone ask me to do something for them, I told them to buy the kit and I will do it at my own time. If it a mass reproduction of something with intellectual property rights, I do agree its should be forbidden. But a friend who ask me to make a special present for somebody else I am more than happy to oblige. What I do is usually by means of a barter. Its like I’m doing it for her, she got to buy two kits, one is for me. Most of the time the excess threads which is of no use to them is enough to cover my charges. Sometimes I got a box of chocolates. One time I got a Bongo box ( 2 nights accommodation with breakfast for two) in a hotel by the sea. I worked on that project for 6 weeks on a real fast and perfect pace but its worth it. They were happy with the result. Nowadays I am getting more and more interested on cute little things that I actually can use or give away. I’ll be on a finishing touches modus for the rest of this boring summer plus an early fall concept to brighten up my moods. Wish you all a good one too!

Blanco Agenda

Who is keeping a Bujo (bullet journal)? What to write when there is nothing special to take note these days. My August planner is as good as blank, September is totally blank yet. what about yours?

“Life is what happens while we are busy making other plans” according to JL . But how do you make plans these days? I normally have a half full agenda every summer 15 days before another month started. Today August 15 is a national holiday in Belgium. There is supposed to be a celebration here in there. Its very silent everywhere around here. It is summer sale all over the country, but how can anyone enjoy fun shopping when there is a 30 minutes limitation imposed in every shops. We only have an allowable bubbles of 5 persons to see or visit until further announcement from the government. Its really a bizarre situation. Pray, sleep, wake up, eat, go to work and repeat. I bet some of you have a house that was never been so clean and de-cluttered as ever before. I claim to be a homebody all the time and yet I was never so eager to go anywhere else than these days. I’m waiting for a magic wand to spin around my planner and write down that Spain is COVID free when September comes. I am not losing hope yet. I’m a believer and yet I love to check on my horoscopes and read about those wonderful lies. It really makes me smile 🙂 can’t help it. When I’m back from being silly to reality, I can only hope and pray for a magic called vaccin. Until it is finally found and proven to be effective all my bujo’s and agenda is more likely to remain blanco. I do hope yours is another story. Keep safe!