Monday, January 12, 2015

Tammy 4 all Seasons







 
My most sincere apologies . . .
I am finding myself incapable of completing these exquisite patterns by Brooke Nolan and Cori Blunt in this wonderful hop of Mdm Samm and Mary.
 
Working on the winter vintage pattern, I grabbed some white 14ct Aida, and used tea to stain my fabric...I'm about 1/2 way through the dress, and I added pearls to the stole. I have some beautiful angora floss to fancy it up...but I am having difficulty working on it...or anything else for that matter.
 



 
 
I'll be stepping away from hops and other ...a-longs till I get my bearings. I'm finding my boat tossing among the waves; which without a doubt means that I am not taking care of business.
 
Please accept my apologies. Thank you

42 comments:

  1. Sweet Shari, I so understand. Sometimes you just have to "get the ox out of the ditch". If we could all be as organized as Madame Samm. Just know that we are here for you no matter what!! You get your bearings SLOW DOWN and hop when you can but enjoy visiting other's when you can't. You always have such delightful projects and you will again. You just need some "Shari" time.
    Happiest of New Years and the Best for 2015!
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

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  2. So sorry to hear you are having difficulties! I hope your boat will reach calmer waters soon. Love what you did with the pattern so far! Take care and be well.

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  3. Your stitching looks great - I'm sure you'll be back in the swing on things soon. Take care & wishing you all the best!

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  4. I'm sure once the waves calm down you will enjoy finishing this project. Take care.

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  5. I'm saying a prayer for you this morning that whatever you are going through, you will find strength and calm.
    I love the idea of tea dying the Aida cloth.

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  6. but you showed up....and that is something else...so whatever is happening..may the sun shine again for you....

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  7. Shari I love the tea stain and am so sorry you were unable to finish. I know you'll love it when you do. I am lifting you up in prayer this morning asking God to calm the waves and to ride in that boat with you! blessings, marlene

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  8. Prayers that your boat reaches those calm waters, my friend...your start on the project is beautiful. Take care of yourself and your family!

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  9. Shari, I love the tea stained aida! I have done that for an applique on a quilt, but would not have thought of it for cross-stitch. The work you have completed is lovely and it will be beautiful when it is completed. Hugs and prayers.

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  10. I hope that you will soon recover and your Tammy will be lovely when you get the calm to finish it. A warm hug from me in Sweden.

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  11. Life sometimes throws us curves, but we manage to muddle through. Keep calm and everything will fall in place.

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  12. A nice start on your cross stitch and I like the tea stained cloth. I have tea stained fabric but never though to do the Aida. I hope hints settle for you soon and you can enjoy your stitching again. I know how much fun I get from stitching.

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  13. It is looking wonderful so far! Hats off to you, because I think this is the hardest pattern of them all! Looks so difficult to me, because I am just a beginner. Take your time, and enjoy the process. It will make it so worth while when you finish. It is pretty refreshing to see your honesty, and I admire you for posting, even though it is still in progress. Seems to me some have dropped out for this reason, so it is nice to see that you are hanging in there, stitching away. It is all about the stopping to enjoy the process, and I hope life grants you time to do so. I will keep posted in hopes to see your beautiful idea come to life on that pretty tea stained Aida! Hugs, ~Cori

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  14. Waoh, this is nice idea with the tea dying, perhaps I should try it also, even if I already finished the Spring stitchery. I first thought of using Curry leaves, but with the tea as you did it, it just look wonderful!
    And I fully understand you, I nearly put everything into my bin some weeks ago, I was really frustrated but then I just wanted to finish and step by step it went.
    The idea with the pearls is brilliant!

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  15. I had a very hard time too. It is funny how "life" can Change one's sense of direction. We will miss you and I wish you all the luck. (Wish I could go on those waves with you) Have Fun!!!

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  16. Keep calm and paddle on. :) Your stitchery so far is very pretty. I hope you will find time to enjoy your hobbies again soon. Take care. Thanks for sharing. Hugs

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  17. What you did do towards getting this project this far is wonderful. I hope your life settles back down, Best wishes to that end.

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  18. The design you were working on was the hardest one for me and it almost ended up in the trash can a few times. It's missing a few stars and such, but I just couldn't face the struggle I was having with it. Sometimes life and the addition of just one more thing is hard for all of us. Take a break and focus on you...that's all that matters! I'll be thinking of you!

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  19. I hope the turmoil in your life clears up soon. What you finished so far is great and I love the idea of tea dying the aida cloth.

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  20. (((Shari))) Reaching out to you with a kind thought and a hug. I'm so sorry to hear you're out of sorts these days. I love what you stitched so far. I hope you're headed for smooth sailing very soon. Love, Brooke ; )

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  21. It is looking lovely and you will be so pleased when you have finished it. Life honestly gets in the way sometimes. x

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  22. You have a beautiful start...sending you best wishes for calm soon!

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  23. It is good to have a project you can use to help with stress. Sometimes we have to just deal with "life". Take your time. The waves will eventually lead to calm seas. Hugs and good thoughts coming your way.

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  24. Shari I hope everything comes together for you, I love how your stitching is looking so far! And how is Miss Ginger?
    ~Brandy

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  25. No worries Shari, praise God in all things and He will direct your path. Bless you sweet lady !

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  26. Take care of yourself Shari....sometimes we are faced with some pretty big hiccups that disrupt our lives!! Take the time you need and when you are ready we will meet in blogland again. I too have been pretty quiet...my plate is full and I have had to do less too!! Have a great week, hoping your life calm and your heart sings again soon!! hugs, Pauline

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  27. Oh, Shari - please take care. I hope your troubled waters calm soon.
    Best wishes from a stitchy, bloggy friend
    xxx

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  28. What a great start you have made,love the tea dyed Adia! May your seas calm soon and bring smooth sailing.

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  29. Despite your set back, your project is off to a great start. Best wishes for calmer waters!

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  30. I'm sorry to hear that you are experiencing difficulties. I do hope that you find relief from whatever struggles you are encountering. Meanwhile, your stitching is looking wonderful. I started the hop a whole month after most participants, so I am not much further along than you are. In fact, I am also doing the winter cross stitch and am not as far as you are with that. Please take care of yourself, and we will be glad to see your project when you finish.

    Leslie S. in MN

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  31. Oh I know how you feel. I am in a slump too. I have been trying but I do not believe I will be finished by Friday which is my day. I do love your tea staining and great work so far.

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  32. Shari, I am so sorry life is difficult right now. Here's hoping that things will improve with time.

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  33. Shari ... your work in progress is beautiful. Just take it one stitch and a time.
    {{{{{{{{{hugs and prayers}}}}}}}}} ... <3 Pat

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  34. You are making great progress. I understand how life can carry us away from sewing and projects. You are always sunshine in my eyes. Keep on keeping on girl. You'll get caught up.

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  35. The tea dye looks great. Take your time. Enjoy the stitches. Take care.

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  36. Shari.. sending love and hugs your way. Life has a way of reaching out and grabbing all of us at one time or another during our lives. Just breathe and it will all come back together soon... Life would not be as great if we didn't have to ride those waves occasionally.. The waves allow us to appreciate the good times that much more... Your stitchery is going to be lovely when you can finish it.

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  37. Sending you encouragement Shari as we are meant to share each others burdens. I am reading currently "Pursue the Intentional Life" by Jean Fleming this morning. She is talking about our desire to soar in the midst of life. She writes "if soaring conjures up pictures of living above life's circumstances, untouched by grief, discouragement, fear, and pain, then I've romanticized-and perverted-God's intention." "God doesn't censor the soul-raw moments of His best men." In reference to David (Psalm 55:4-8) she says, "Though David sometimes stumbled and slobbered along, he soared too. Perhaps the distance between stumbling and soaring is not so great after all." (I love that thought :) such hope!) " Ironically to soar I must taste my weakness and need. In the turbulence of life, I reach out to God. Surely hurricane gales would carry me off if God's firm grip failed. But His love will not let me go. I find refuge in Him, and I soar. I soar in the growing knowledge and experience of God Himself. He reveals Himself in Word as faithful, compassionate, loving and able. The Lord meets me in my "squall." Life's storms and stresses draw me closer to Him. I soar in the shadow of HIS wings." Psalm 91: 1-2,4. All I have read this morning has touched my heart and I have found such encouragement I hope the same for you. Jean's prayer for us who are caught in the stumble .... " When hard times come-confusing times, faltering times- encircle me with your protecting, sustaining care. Remember my intended wing and catch me up again in the strong currents of your mercy and grace- your faithfulness, not mine, Your life in me. You know my weak humanity, and it is not a problem to You. You prefer me weak and trusting so that your grace might be unfettered. Praise upon praise to your Holy Name." I am blessed by Jean's insight.
    Your threads of life may appear tangled at the moment but beauty in you will be the reward when it is finished. Take Care. Janita

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  38. Your stitching is looking wonderful , I love your extra details and your project will be beautiful when finished . Life gives us all rough waters at times and one thing I try when things are not so great is to repeat this quote to myself " this too shall pass" take care and hope things settle for you real soon . Hugs Sheila

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  39. I love the start to your project and the way which you have documented it. Tea staining the background is a fabulous idea which I shall steal, er, borrow from you! I hope life starts calming down. I'm sending you virtual hugs.

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  40. What you have completed is just lovely. Here is to smoother waters. It is never easy when life's boat is being tossed in every which matter. Take care of yourself.
    Hugs,
    Amy

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  41. I'm so sorry for all your rough waters lately and hope that you find some smooth sailing soon.

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  42. Just one stitch at a time, right? Your stitching is coming along beautifully. One little stitch, one little step at a time. Hope things are getting better each day.

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