Miracle and Pu-erh

I am not sure what I did right today… a miracle happened and both my girls are napping at the same time (2years-10months and 3months old). They’ve mastered sleeping overnight in the same room… now with a bit of luck nap time is heading that way too.

The husband and dog are out on a bike ride. That means some rare quiet time for me!

I am taking the time to enjoy a cup of pu-erh tea, a slice of banana bread and a read of 1001 ways to relax (thanks Bonnie!). Pu-ehr is Sherlock Holmes tea of choice. I like to think that its named after the sound people make when they first try it… its like the Guinness beer of teas.

After I finish my cup of tea… I’ll be stitching on one of my long ignored WIPs:

This is the one I picked up as my WIP Wednesday UFO. I am ashamed to say that I had to clean out the spiderwebs before I could actually work on it… The piece is Summer in My Garden by Mirabilia.

Quality time with my WIPs

Having finished the 2 pieces from the previous posts, I am now enjoying some quality time with my WIPs. That is, if & when I get a chance. Most evenings I am far too tired… either from work, little_monkey or running. Its a wonder I find the time and energy to even look at a needle.

Blackwork SAL: This is a blackwork sampler that was released in 7 parts in the magazine The Gift of Stitching. I am up to part 7. I wanted to finish it in 2009… it didn’t happen. I work on it on weeknights. It gets maybe 10 to 20minutes action each night.

Game Board Sampler: Every year I stitch a sampler by The Drawn Thread. For 2010, I selected a simple one… only cross stitch. Lets see if I finish it. At the moment I work on this one only on weekends and public holidays.

I also have 3 other WIPs, which have not been touched since before my last WIP list in November 2009:

4 Agreements Bookmark: A mix of an online goddess freebie pattern and wording/alphabet by me. This is my traveling project. Although we have actually traveled quite a bit, I’ve worked on a few other small projects instead (bibs for my daughter) so it has seen very little progress. I did put a few stitches in it while I was in labour, way back in January of 2009. I’ll take it along for the next trip. Shouldn’t be hard to finish.

Summer in My Garden: By Mirabilia, I am still very happy with how the face turned out, even after a year. I did start working on the tree leaves. Not much progress though… I am starting to feel inspired to restart on this one again. But it will have to wait until I am done with the Blackwork Sampler SAL.

Medieval Town Mandala: By Ch√Ętelaine Designs. This project was stained with wood varnish due to negligence on my part some years ago. I rescued it by bleaching the stains off and then tea staining it to hide the bleached spots. I am holding on to it to see how the fabric survives the treatment. Last time I checked it looked OK. I may still decide to frame the part thats done and not take any chances. Anyway, I’ll decide what to do with it once Summer in My Garden is done. So I have plenty of time before I need to make a decision.