Stitch-a-long Update, a Finish, and Some New Books

I haven’t gotten much done on my Queen of the Needle this month. The little verse here is stitched using ONE thread at a time, not the usual one whole stitch. I have to be careful when working this. I am also working on my bookmark for the Secret Stitcher Bookmark Exchange so I’m not going to say anything about that right now.

I do have a small finish. This is a Shepherd’s Bush, and I framed it myself as you can see. I need to redo it though, the crooked is driving me crazy! And this picture makes it look wrinkled, which it isn’t. I have no idea how that came to be! So I will show it again at some point looking better I hope.

Although I never mentioned this, I have a slight, very slight heart problem. It stems from a heart murmur and for the most part, there is nothing to it. However, once in a while it rears its ugly head and my blood pressure skyrockets, I have chest pains, dizzy spells, and the ensuing panic that a heart attack is imminent.  Yes, this was the month for heart fun. So I didn’t go down to L.A. as planned for the Festival of Books and I missed some school as well. Sigh.

A real bummer. But last Saturday Jim and I went to B&N and came home with a few books to make up for the loss. I’ve already read and reviewed The Dud Avocado and a couple of those ghost stories as well.  Among the authors of The Virago Book of Ghost Stories are Charlotte Bronte, Elizabeth Gaskell, May Sinclair, and Edith Wharton. I enjoyed The Old Nurse’s Story by Elizabeth Gaskell and will be reviewing it soon. 

I don’t know anything about The Birthday Present by Barbara Vine (Ruth Rendell) but anything by Vine is so hard to find that I just grabbed it when I saw it.  The top book is Someone at a Distance by Dorothy Whipple, and is about a good marriage being destroyed when a young woman arrives on the scene.  These should keep me busy for a while. Hopefully I will fully recover soon and get on with my life.

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Cross Stitch Update

So this is what I got done last weekend. It doesn’t look like much but actually took alot of time because there are so many different colors. The colors had to be changed after just a few stitches. I like the way it looks but my word, the tedius work involved! The part I’m working on now requires fewer colors so hopefully next weekend there will be more to show.

April Stitch-a-long

I joined a stitch-a-long group on Facebook for cross stitch. For one month you choose one WIP or a UFO to work on and post what you stitch on the weekends. I have all next week off so I can get some hours in on mine. I decided to work on Queen of the Needle by Just Nan. I love the colors! I started it last summer but put it down for some reason.  Hopefully I will make some progress this month.

I will update my work here as well as fb. Alot of pictures, including mine,  keep disappearing off the group site so there must be a problem. I hope they get it fixed because I love to see other people’s progress too.