Daffy's Stitchy Friends

Monday, April 14, 2014

Let's Play Frisbee!

Miss Molly has been on a diet/exercise program. Being stuck inside all winter because of nasty weather and two clueless owners refilling a dog dish whenever it was empty...little miss Molly was becoming a bit of a sausage dog! When her collar got tight, I started measuring out her kibble and reducing the amount. Now that the weather is (mostly) cooperating we have been going out several times a day to play fetch. Molly loves to fetch! She will play until she is exhausted but I try to limit our time to a heavy, happy pant. She will dash back to the house if I ask if she wants to go get a drink. Once inside she will collapse in a blissful heap on the cool floor, or if it was particularly hot, in front of the fan. Five seconds after cooling off, she is pestering me to go out again.


A quick video so you can see how slim she is getting. Her muscles are hard as rocks. Apologies, it's hard to throw a Frisbee and hold the phone at the same time...and it was windy so the video is noisy and the floppy, rubber disk we play with is hard to aim when it's windy! And neveryoumind my accent.

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xox

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Another Totally Useless Post

This mystery project is making my ORT jar fill up with some of the prettiest colors! And no one has even come close to figuring it out! Here is an updated photo for your guessing pleasure:



Tomorrow is our 2nd New Moon in March. Do you have your ORT jar shined up for a Totally Useless Stitch A Long photo?

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We want to see your ORTs! Leave a comment on this post with a link to your March 30th TUSAL post so we can come visit! If I hold a Totally Useless giveaway your comment will earn you an extra entry.

Wondering what a TUSAL is and why all these people are posting pictures of rubbish? Click here to learn more and join the fun!

Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Little Black Cat

I'm finally getting around to posting a snappy of my finish. It's been done, we have just been crazy busy. It's also been a horribly sad time for us. Dash's oldest brother passed away and we've been out of town last week with family. Between planning home stuff and work stuff in order to to be away, I found comfort in stitching...a few stolen moments.

Design ~ Sneak Peek "Halloween"
Designer ~ The Trilogy
Fabric ~ 28 count Lugana, tea-stained
Fiber ~ DMC

Molly was boarded at the vet's office where she got giant frozen beef bones to pass the time. She came home "blowing coat" (seasonal shedding) and there are drifts of hair piled in every corner. Surely, it MUST be spring, right? 

A funny to amuse you...the receptionist at the vet's left a message today asking me to confirm Molly's boarding appointment this week. I returned the call saying that appointment was LAST week. Okay...so I get the feeling when I showed up with Molly last week, they had no idea why I was there, but happily took her in anyway. Have I mentioned how awesome our vet is?


I've now begun another project. The colors are scrumptious. Here's what I've got so far. The title? The Designer? I'm keeping it a secret from you. You will have to guess!

I'm a shameless tease.

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xox

Sunday, March 2, 2014

A Totally Useless Birthday Post

So sorry for the late ORT report...my computer would not cooperate with me yesterday and I ran out of good humor to deal with it! The ORTs in my jar are piling up. You can see the big load of black threads from my Trilogy Sneak Peek and for those of you that guessed I was stitching the cat? You know me so well ~ lol!


Today is my birthday as you can see by my post title. I've had a great time even if it is snowing/sleeting/freezing rain on my special day. 

Yesterday, Dash took me to the jewelry store because I told him I'd like more earring post wires. He had gotten me the Pandora posts (they are wires but the site calls them posts) last year and I've had loads of fun finding pretty charms to hang on them. The ones I already had have the London Underground logo on them in the picture. The new ones are at the bottom with some silver plated ladybugs. Pretty cute, aren't they? 

I've included a couple of the charms I have for examples. The posts are inexpensive and the charms are really, really inexpensive. Most of the charms I find at craft stores for next to nothing ~ since they are so cheap, I bet I have 50 pairs! I love them.


Since we were at the jewelry store I HAD to check out the Pandora charms too. I bought the little scissors one in the middle. My bracelet is filling up! 

While we were shopping, I told told Dash I loved the comedy/tragedy charm and if he wanted to get me a present to get that one next.


When we got home, I got out my bracelet to add my new charm and take a photo of it for you. Dash asked if I was going to take a photo and when I told him I was he handed me a little box and said I'd better have my birthday present early then.

I opened the box to find the comedy/tragedy charm and burst into tears!

Dash said the saleslady "looked" at him when I told him which charm I wanted next. Because she had helped him buy it a few days ago. Awwwww! I think I blubbered for at least an hour after unwrapping my gift.

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We want to see your ORTs! Leave a comment on this post with a link to your March 1st TUSAL post so we can come visit! If I hold a Totally Useless giveaway your comment will earn you an extra entry.

Wondering what a TUSAL is and why all these people are posting pictures of rubbish? Click here to learn more and join the fun!

Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Sneak Peek

I've been working on a new project! It is a cutie...but I only have the border finished so this is a fairly boring snap to show you:


This is The Trilogy's Sneak Peek "Halloween" with the border modified to make just one of the scenes. You can see the entire project on this page, about half way down. Any guesses which block I'm going to stitch?

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Lead Foot or stuff you really wanted to know about me:
90% of the time I am driving I will have the cruise control on. This is because I have a lead foot and if I'm not very careful I will find myself speeding. 

I discovered this problem as the cheerful holder of a learner's permit at 16. I remember driving on the highway with my father (a completely unflappable man) who peered at my speedometer and said mildly,"Going a hair fast there, Sharon." 

The speed limit was 55 MPH. I was going like 90.

You'd think someone with no sense of how fast she is traveling in a car would have a file full of speeding tickets, right? Nope, not a single one! I've only ever been pulled over once, and that WAS for speeding but the officer just gave me a warning.

I'm careful. I know my flaws.


However, I DID get a ticket the time I hit a boat. With my car. At a stop light.


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xox

Thursday, January 30, 2014

A Totally Useless January

Woot! We are already on our second New Moon of 2014! How is your ORT collecting going? My ORTs are adding up. I decided not to dump my little jar into my big jar each month but see how much I can stuff into it for the whole year. I hope it starts overflowing!


I have a nice rainbow of colors from the pumpkins and the 4th of July projects. Shown here with a mini-stitch à la Blackbird Designs. This is just a tiny portion of one of their bigger designs. I'm going to make a needle minder with it.

February's TUSAL
I've had many emails and comments asking why I'm skipping February this year. I'm not. We post on the NEW MOON, following the LUNAR CYCLE. I am not the one choosing when the moon goes dark, people ~ LOL! Alas, I am not that powerful.

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We want to see your ORTs! Leave a comment on this post with a link to your January 30th TUSAL post so we can come visit! If I hold a Totally Useless giveaway your comment will earn you an extra entry.

Just a reminder...please WAIT to post the links to your ORT reports until I have made my post. Don't post the link on the last post I've made or on another TUSAL post or it can't be added for the giveaway! Sometimes I will not get to the computer until late in the day (I work full time) and lots of you are hours & hours ahead of my time zone! Give me time to get it posted!

Wondering what a TUSAL is and why all these people are posting pictures of rubbish? Click here to learn more and join the fun!

Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox

Monday, January 27, 2014

That's A Wrap!

Finally! This one took long enough. Admittedly, I dawdled. I blame the holidays. Work. Nice weather. Bad weather. Home. Boredom. Too much excitement. Laziness. 

Actually...I have no excuse. I just felt like dawdling.

But, it's done:

Design ~ Secret Pumpkin Patch
Designer ~ The Trilogy
Fabric ~ 28 count tea-dyed Lugana
Fiber ~ DMC

When I finally finished that one I pulled out a UFO from last summer and went back to work on it. This one was fun but I had trouble with the white. I used 712 in the hat...it was fine, banded with red it showed up great but when I started the sparkles they blended in with the fabric! Whoops! So I frogged the bit of fireworks I had done and went with bright-white B5200. This still needs buttons added. It comes with a teeny Liberty Bell charm but I think I will use some star-shaped buttons instead.

Design ~ 4th of July
Designer ~ Lizzie*Kate
Fabric ~ 28 count tea-dyed Lugana
Fiber ~ DMC
Both of these are destined to become holiday decorations, either pillows or ornaments. What am I'm starting next? Perhaps a Blackbird Designs pinpillow. I have it kitted up but I feel like dawdling. *sigh*

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Naked Bananas or stuff you really wanted to know about me:
I have a "thing" about banana peels. Yes, banana peels. 

They creep me out.

I'm not talking about peels in the trash or prank-left-on-the-floor-to-slip-on peels but touching the peel while I'm eating a banana. Peel it down a few inches and munch away? Not me. 

I. Can. Not. 

I have to peel the entire banana, being careful not to touch the inside, set the edible part down on a napkin, toss the peel, wash my hands, then I can eat the banana. I eat only naked bananas.

I am unaware of when this phobia started but since it doesn't really affect any part of my life (except needing a sink when I eat long yellow fruit) it's just become one of those things I find rather funny about myself.

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xox

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A Totally Useless New Year

Well...not really! But it is our first Totally Useless Stitch A Long of 2014. How awesome the New Moon  falls on the first day of the year!

Welcome! Welcome 2014 and a new year of stitchy fun! Have you signed up for 2014 yet?  See the link at the end of this post if you want to join in the fun.

My ORTs are mostly browns, oranges and greens since I'm still plugging away on Trilogy's Secret Pumpkin Patch. Yes, still...that's four months now, folks.


I cannot decide if I want to dump my ORTs each month or stuff the jar and see how much I can accumulate during the year. I have been dumping each month into my ginormous ORT jar for a couple of years and one year I tried to save each month in a separate jar with intentions to label each jar with the month's name. Which is a really cool idea but the months don't line up with the freakin' lunar cycle at all...hence our 2 gatherings in January & March while completely skipping February this year.

We want to see your ORTs! Leave a comment on this post with a link to your January 1st TUSAL post so we can come visit! If I hold a Totally Useless giveaway your comment will earn you an extra entry.

Wondering what a TUSAL is and why all these people are posting pictures of rubbish? Click here to learn more and join the fun!

Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Ho Ho Ho



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Dash,
Daffycat
and
Miss Molly
wish you all a
Merry Christmas!
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xox

Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Totally Useless Stitch A Long 2014


The 2014 TUSAL is launched! 

Save those ORTs!

What is an ORT? ORT or ort ~ Capitalized, it stands for Old Ratty Threads. These are the cast-off thread ends a needleworker cuts away. These ends are often saved in clear jars as a decorative object. The word, "ort" does appear in the dictionary, meaning: a bit of something left over; usually concerning food. 

Why would you save ORTs and why on earth post a picture on your blog? Not everyone saves them. Some stitchers just toss them in the trash or let them decorate the sofa and floor. Sometimes this inadvertent decorating draws ire from those living with us. Saving these clippings in one place creates a random tangle of lovely colored thread. Posting a photo of this pile is "progress" of a sort and thus, the Totally Useless Stitch A Long was born. 

If you would like to join the Stitch-A-Long:

1. Comment on this post.

2. Get a glass jar or other container and save your thread clippings. Some stitchers include fabric trimmings, thread bands or any other stitching cast-offs they gather. You may continue filling this jar throughout the year OR you may empty the jar and start over each month ~ no firm rules here!

3. On (or about) each New Moon take a picture of the ORTs in your jar and post it to your blog. This is a blog game so YES, you MUST have a blog to be included.

4. Yes, you can use your current ORT jar or jars. This is no contest...the stitcher with the most ORTs doesn't win!

5. You should post a picture each New Moon, even if there has been no "progress" to show. We are aiming for "once a month" here...no whippings for being late, early or absent!

6. When you have posted the picture of your ORTs visit my blog and comment on my ORT report for that month's TUSAL. If I have a Totally Useless Giveaway these comments give you an extra entry. Make sure you comment on the right post, a few comments seem to sneak onto other posts!

The New Moon dates for 2014 are:

January 1
January 30
March 1
March 30
April 29
May 28
June 27
July 26
August 25
September 24
October 23
November 22
December 22

In years past, I have made up a "guest list" by adding a blog link list for everyone that joined ~however~ this year I probably will not do that. It takes hours and hours and hours of visiting blogs, editing the post, checking links, editing the post, correcting mistakes, editing the post. I'd much rather be stitching or visiting your blog on a recreational basis. Therefore, consider your comment to be your entry. Make sure either your profile is set to "open" so people can visit your blog or leave a link to your blog in your comment.

A request: I notice there are a lot of bloggers completely in the dark about your Totally Useless posts. They see lots of people posting pictures of ORT jars but they have NO IDEA why. They might want to join in the fun too! Please put a LINK to THIS sign-up page when you make your TUSAL posts. A link in your sidebar is great but ONLY if your readers SEE it and realize what it is.  

If you want to add the TUSAL link gadget to your sidebar (in Blogger): right click on it and save the photo to your computer, go to your blog's layout and choose "add a photo" and put the address to this 2014 TUSAL post in the link option. Upload the photo and save.

A shout-out on your blog to let other stitchers know about the Totally Useless Stitch-A-Long would be greatly appreciated! Plus, please change the links in your sidebar to this new post!


Thank you for visiting my blog today!
xox