Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bed Skirt

Is anybody there?  Yes?  Great!  I'm relieved.

I know it's been nearly three weeks since I last posted anything.  I had a nasty cold, and although most of the symptoms went away after about a week, I was very tired (and had trouble sleeping) for some time.  Just before I came down with the cold, my doctor told me that what I had thought was fibromyalgia pain was most likely tendinitis.  Since it's in my right shoulder (and I'm right handed), my crafting has been slowed down.

One project that I have been wanted to do since I purchased a new comforter set over two years ago was to take apart my old homemade bed skirt and use the fabric to lengthen the one that came with the comforter.  It took me quite a while to take that old bed skirt apart, carefully hem it, then attach it to the new one.  Here's the result.

It turns out my measurements weren't exactly right, so it's a bit too long, so I simply tucked it under the mattress for now.  Not the best solution, but with the weight of the mattress, it's easier to do that than to take it off the bed and make it shorter.  Besides, it hides all the things we store UNDER the bed all that much better!

I'm continuing to work on the gift I've mentioned, and it's going well, despite the pain in my shoulder.  I hope I'll have it done in the next couple of weeks - and I hope that's a generous estimate!  Once I finish it, I need to stitch a small gift for my mother-in-law's birthday.  She is turning 90 at the end of April, and there will be a party in mid-May.  Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend because I'll be recovering from one of my knee injections. 

We have had lovely summer-like weather this week.  It has been wonderful to have the windows open!  My hyacinths have spread and are nearly in full bloom, and the tulips are budding.  Earlier tonight, my husband and I cut back the Rose of Sharon and Russian Sage, but I'm afraid I didn't do my shoulder any favors.  Back to resting it for sure.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Another Ornament

It's been a while since I've turned a cross stitched piece from one of my aunt's card into an ornament or pinkeep, but when I decided to work on some finish finishing this week, this piece was in the pile.

I'll be adding this one to my 3 foot tree of handmade ornaments - a new addition to our home that has yet to find a permanent place.  (I plan to leave it out all year round.)