Saturday, January 14, 2017

What a treat! a facial!

 My parents were divorced when I was 6 years old and I was raised with 6 brothers and 2 sisters.  However, since I was older,  it was me and the boys.  No manicures, no pedicures, no make-up.

Last summer (Monday, 8/22/16)  I went to have a "deep facial".  I was chuckling to myself, because when I made my appointment, they advised me to bring the products I currently use.  Duh!  No problem.  That would be nada.  A friend warned me that they would be determined to sell me "product".  I must compliment my aesthetician (I think that's the word); she offered several complimentary options, but all of them I declined (which I could tell she expected).  It was a wonderful facial with perhaps more black heads removed than I expected, but who can see all of those suckers?  All in all, it was a soothing experience.  Maybe I'll do it in another 6 months or year!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

graciela Boulanger prints in an endodontist's office

Last week in the medical travails of Mary Agnes, I had an upper molar extracted.  As it happens, the same endodontist pulled the identical molar on the opposite upper side of my mouth 20 years ago.  That isn't why I'm telling you about him (although about a minute after he told me I'd feel pressure, I knew he had pulled the tooth though I felt nothing--I have a high pain threshold), but because in his waiting room he had 3 16x20 prints (I assume) of Graciela Boulanger.  I just love her puckish humor.  Lee's Needle had some in their line about 30 years ago, but they were small--perhaps 5x7.  I am selling people riding bulls on the Needlepoint Nation Stash Exchange.  Anyway, I wanted to ask my dentist about them, but it's hard to talk when you have wads of cotton in your mouth!  Maybe I'll try to talk with him about them when I go for my post-op exam.

EDIT:  I put Boulanger's correct first name on this.  For years I have mistakenly called her Nadia.  Ah, well!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Adapting the layout of a website and blog to its ultimate for a mobile phoneI

Needle Nicely has hired a company to adapt the existing website and blog so they will be formatted to be read more easily on a mobile phone.  I'm letting them do what they do best without much input from me, but when I saw the stock banner photograph they had placed over threads and things (I don't remember the exact title), I had to step in.  Their photograph was of thread, sharp needles, a tape measure and more--all things related to sewing.  I told them I would email a photograph that would be more appropriate.
This is the cropped photograph that I sent them.  I also sent the same image uncropped.  I feel much happuer with the image this will convey of Needle Nicely.

I must add that Stuart was there for the "shot" and he insisted on running to KMart to get a pristine piece of poster board.  My wrinkled sheet of newsprint just didn't cut it with him!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A Study in Nobuko

I've been noticing some of the different ways stitchers utilize the nobuko.  Anne Stradal ( was the first person I saw turning the nobuko on its side.  It changes your perspective and looks totally different.  I decided to stitch a nobuko sampler showing as many variations as I could locate.  So far, I only have 5.  They are nobuko, double nobuko, alternating nobuko, double alternating nobuko, and nobuko variation 1,3,5.
I'm still in search of variations.  If you know of some, please contact me so I can add to this.  I'm going to try to stitch the variations on their sides to show how the look changes.

Another note, the world's best mathematician --me, HA!--set out to do 20x20 stitch squares.  Notice the medium blue is 18x20.  That kept waving at me, so I'm making the hot pink rectangle 18x20.  I guess you might say that I'm accustomed to screwing up and figuring out ways to make things look good!

On another topic:  This afternoon Needle Nicely was visited by the 3rd and 4th generations of a stitching family who have been customers of the shop since 1981 when we opened in Vero Beach.  Clarice totally fell in love with Gunther when she saw him and walked him all around the shop.  I'm sorry that I missed the many loving looks she gave him.  And she gave him back with no reluctance or tears.  I can foresee more visits in her future!!  (And her mother is now planning on stitching her own 30" Gunther!)

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Be Merry, 14

I feel very close to the end of Be Merry.  Of course, I try to remind myself that the slowest stitching always occurs on the last 10% of a canvas.  I assume the anticipation of finishing is what makes things move at a snail's pace.
Once I finish this, I need to finish the Noel ornament pillow canvas and then the spool angel ornament.  My stitching eyes always seem to be larger than my stitching time!

In the meantime, I'm trying to think of what items will be next in my stitching rotation.  Hmmm!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Finishes for 2011, 2012, 2013--AND a 60% off sale on Rug Canvases

Feeling more like myself, I took advantage of the 3-day weekend over Christmas to go through previous blog posts to locate photographs of my finished projects for 2011, 2012, 2013.  Somehow, when I updated my computer, the photo files were lost before mid -2014.  Hence, the tedious ritual of going post by post.  When I found a photo of a finished item, I clicked on it and saved it to a jpeg.  Then I could post it on the appropriate year's page.  But it is done now--you might want to check the entries out.  I was amazed at how many ornaments I stitched in, I think, 2012.  Phenomenal!

SALE beginning January 2, 2017.  60% off all rug canvases.  This weekend I will be going through the listings and entering the sale price (60% off).  I've been ignoring my rug inventory, but it is now time to make a concerted effort to sell them.

Years ago, Alice Peterson had Stitch 'n Zip full-size Christmas stockings.  They have now added 5 stockings to their kit line, though without the zipper and backing.  They are 11x18 1/2" on 14-mesh interlock canvas and are kitted in embroidery floss.  I sell many hand-painted Christmas stockings, but have looking for several years for inexpensive kits.  Hooray!

Looking at the individual designs, there are so many opportunities for using pattern-stitches.  Kathy has offered a nice variety of subjects.  Now, to keep adding to them (says Ms Greedy Guts!).

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Some Surprise Canvases for Christmas

After the Dallas market in September, I ordered some canvases from Melissa Shirley.  They were for the shop, not customers.  I totally forgot about them.  It was a pleasant surprise when they appeared Wednesday.  I was just thinking that we needed something new to spark up the place!

This egret is part of Melissa's series of large canvases (18x18 or 20x20--in that ball park).  The center design is also available as an 8x8 on 13m or 5x5 on 18m.
 This Bewitched banner has such detail in the letters, while the background allows for large pattern stitches.
 I like to name images in canvases like this witch bicycling with her familiar.
 What a nice combination of shells, flowers, and fruits.
Titled "Tea by the Sea"; it definitely isn't in Florida, but I find it so restful to look at.
For a future blog entry, I am working on variations of the Nobuko stitch.  Friday, I was just congratulating myself for completing a square of the double Nobuko; when I noticed that a third of the way through, I switched to the alternating double Nobuko.  That is what I was doing on the square below this one.  Brain dead, that's what I am!  I picked it out and managed to restitch it before leaving for the holiday.