Eye Candy Friday...

...and I'm so ready for the weekend!

As I mentioned in an earlier post, my camera and I took a walk last Sunday to test out its features. Here are some of the photos I took.

To test the distance capabilities, I took some cloud photos. Here's my favorite:

Morning sky 9/17/17

To test close-up photos, I took lots of flower photos. I likes these zinnias although they are not quite as close as I wanted:

PInk and yellow zinnias

These cornflowers turned out very well:

Cornflowers

I've always had trouble photographing lantanas. There are composes of so many little flowers that it is hard to get the right focus. My attempts with the new camera were much better:

Multi-color lantana

Up this weekend: Lots of little chores. My floors need some attention and I really should spend some time getting my studio in order. There are just too many things laying around.

Of course, once one of my projects sucks me in, it will be hard to concentrate on anything else!
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WIP-it Wednesday...

...and a finished object.

Here is the completed Peek a Boo pillow:

Peek a Boo pillow

Specs:
Started 7/30/17
Finished 9/17/17
Pillow kit from Pine Mountain Designs

This is the Blue on Blue hat in progress. It get very little play, but I haven't yet put it into hibernation.

Blue on Blue hat, in progress

And finally a progress photo of Mermaid of the Pearls:

Mermaid of the Pearls, as of 9/17/17

WIPs Roll Call

Worked On:
  • Attic Windows quilt for me (quilting)
    I cut out a couple of squares
  • Blue on Blue (formerly Unnamed) hat (knitting) [Ravelry]
    Still working on the main portion of the hat
  • Mermaid of the Pearls (cross stitch)
    Finished page 1 stitching and started page 2
Works In Progress, Did Not Work On This Week:
  1. 4-shaft sampler (weaving) [Ravelry]
  2. Charred Teal Shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  3. Mother of Dragons shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  4. Phat Fiber box, Indian Wedding (spinning) [Ravelry
  5. Rosewood Wrap (weaving) [Ravelry]
  6. St. Charles (needlepoint)
  7. Valley of the Heart's Delight sampler design (cross stitch)
UFOs/Hibernation:
  1. All That Glitters Christmas quilt (quilting)
  2. Be My Baby for My Baby (knitting) [Ravelry]
  3. Bear Paw pottery (needlepoint)
  4. Canto de Sirena shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  5. Celaeno Shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  6. Finishing work
  7. Peacock Pomatomus socks (knitting) [Ravelry]
  8. Peacock Majesty by Just Nan (cross stitch)
  9. Tucson Twilight (needlepoint)

Top-of-the-Waves Tuesday...

...and the weekend report.

In a nutshell: A little of this, a little of that, and a lot of cross stitching.
  • Did the laundry and a few chores.
  • Finished reading White Trash Zombie Unchained.
  • Worked on the latest hat for an hour.
  • Didn't touch the shawl or the needlepoint piece.
  • Pressed the Peek a Boo cross stitch insert, added the button, and put the pillow together. I declare it Done!
  • Choose the next small cross stitch piece to start and pressed its fabric.
  • Cut out a couple of squares for the Attic Windows quilt.
  • Took my new camera for a walk on Sunday. I did my normal 2-mile loop and tested the features of the camera. It became quickly apparent that I have to change my behavior when taking macro photos. With the point-and-shoot camera, I get very close to the subject and take the photo. With the new camera, it won't take photos at all if I'm too close. I need to learn how far back to stand to get the photo I want.

    I took about 200 photos . Because I was testing various settings, there were a lot that didn't turn out. I threw away a lot of failed photos, but that's the beauty of digital, right?
  • I finally finished the first page of the Mermaid of the Pearls pattern. It's the largest of the two pages (of course). I got tired of stitching the never-ending foam on this piece, so I switched back over to her tail. As with the first page, I'm doing all of the floss stitches first before attacking the metallic stitches.
My plan is to take photos of the mermaid, the completed project, and the latest hat for tomorrow's post. We'll see if I have enough time in the morning.
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Eye Candy Friday...

...blog and run.

The Daughter bought my birthday present in Iceland. She brought me 2 skeins of yarn, a hat kit, and two lovely silver Christmas ornaments.

Birthday gift

Ans the garden is still winding down. I did find this allium hiding by the pomegranate tree:

White allium

I took this photo with the new camera. I need to spend more time with it, but I'm happy with it so far.

Up this weekend: fortunately, no plans! I can work on whatever crafts I like...Yay!
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WIP-it Wednesday...

...and a nearly-complete project.

I've been working on a Pine Mountain pillow kit off and on. I finally finished the stitching:

Peek a Boo pillow insert

I just need to press it and put it in the pillow.

I still haven't had much time to play with my camera, but I did take the photo above and this one of Tica:

Tica

WIPs Roll Call

Worked On:
  • Mermaid of the Pearls (cross stitch)
    Finished the hair and the foam.
  • Blue on Blue (formerly Unnamed) hat (knitting) [Ravelry]
    Finished the ribbing; working on the main portion of the hat
Works In Progress, Did Not Work On This Week:
  1. 4-shaft sampler (weaving) [Ravelry]
  2. Attic Windows quilt for me (quilting) 
  3. Charred Teal Shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  4. Mother of Dragons shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  5. Phat Fiber box, Indian Wedding (spinning) [Ravelry
  6. Rosewood Wrap (weaving) [Ravelry]
  7. St. Charles (needlepoint)
  8. Valley of the Heart's Delight sampler design (cross stitch)
UFOs/Hibernation:
  1. All That Glitters Christmas quilt (quilting)
  2. Be My Baby for My Baby (knitting) [Ravelry]
  3. Bear Paw pottery (needlepoint)
  4. Canto de Sirena shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  5. Celaeno Shawl (knitting) [Ravelry]
  6. Finishing work
  7. Peacock Pomatomus socks (knitting) [Ravelry]
  8. Peacock Majesty by Just Nan (cross stitch)
  9. Tucson Twilight (needlepoint)

Top-of-the-Waves Tuesday...

...and the weekend report.

In a nutshell: the weekend was not exactly what I envisioned.

On my half-day Friday, I was fighting a headache all day. Excedrin wasn't touching it. All I wanted to do was go home and veg. I stopped at the store on the way home to buy brownie mix because I needed to make something for Spin-In on Saturday.

When I got home, I changed out of my work clothes, popped some more Excedrin, and got ready to settle down with my lunch. The doorbell rang--it was my mother and my Aunt Rachel. They dropped in unannounced. I knew they were going to be in the area, but my mother was supposed to call me the day before to let me know when they were arriving so I could meet them somewhere else...not my house. Sigh...

After a short visit, during which I tried to eat a little something, they left. I still had the headache and was feeling off. I ended up not having much for dinner either and dozed on the couch. Of course, I had insomnia when I finally went to bed.

When I woke up on Saturday morning, the headache was finally gone. Hooray!  I baked the brownies and did the laundry until I left for Spin-In.

I had a great time at Spin-In. I hadn't spun anything since July so it took a bit to get back into the swing of things. My wheel behaved itself and did not come apart. Maybe the last fix actually worked!

On Sunday, we decided that a regular grocery run was not necessary. I gained a couple of hours as a result. We were meeting the Daughter for an early dinner, so I read and worked on the mermaid until it was time to go.

We were celebrating my birthday (late) with the Daughter. Her present was 3 skeins of Icelandic wool and 2 metal Christmas ornaments that she brought back from her trip to Iceland. Very cool!

The mermaid is progressing. I'm still working on the foam...it's taking forever! And a lot of it is white floss. Anyone who has read my cross stitch posts knows that I hate stitching white floss. Ugh! And there's still a lot more to stitch.

I've been looking to upgrade to a DSLR camera, but the cost has been more that I wanted to spend. For some reason, my Mom decided to give me money for my birthday. It helped purchase a new DSLR camera. This is my new Canon EOS Rebel SL2 camera that arrived yesterday:

New Canon EOS Rebel SL2 camera

I haven't had a chance to do much with it yet, but I'm looking forward to learning its features. I'm not getting rid of my point-and-shoot camera yet because I like its macro features. Eventually, I'd like to get a macro lens for the DSLR, but I may wait a bit.
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Eye Candy Friday...

...first one for September.

Things are winding down in the garden. Our cherry tomato plant is in peak production mode.

Cherry tomatoes

The abutilon is still going strong:

Lucky Lantern Red Abutilon

and some pink cyclamen are popping up:

Pink cyclamen

Up this weekend: Spin In on Saturday! I'm ready to get back to spinning after a month off. I hope that my wheel does not act up on me. And we plan on meeting up with the Daughter this weekend.

In between, there's laundry to do, chores, and errands. The mermaid is still capturing most of my craft time.
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Eye Candy Friday...

...and I'm so ready for the weekend! As I mentioned in an earlier post, my camera and I took a walk last Sunday to test out its featur...