Tuesday, August 30, 2016

It's about time to post an update. We had extremely hot weather, I was stitching but had no energy to do anything else. I put on the side my Honest, Kind and Good  and, to keep me little cooler, I decided to work on one of those past January Crazy Starts. I was working on one of the Woodland Santas by The Prairie Schooler.

That's where I left it off in February 2015

and this is where I'm now.

Santa did not help much with lowering the heat so I jumped in the card and went north to Telegraph Cove. It was lovely cold there, just 16 degrees Celsius (where in Port Alberni was 35 degrees). It was so chilly that I needed a jacket. And I got the most beautiful sunset there:


This week is much cooler and I should go back to Honest, Kind and Good but I think I will finish this little project and then will go back.

So long my friends,
Evalina

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Couple days ago I mentioned being a part of Jane Austen festival in Port Alberni. Here is a little more about it and you can see me here and there all dressed up. It was the first JA festival held in Canada, next year we are planning to break Guinness world record for attendees in regency costumes.


So long my friends,
Evalina

an hour a day

Yesterday I came across Emily's Cupboard who joined Meredithe in a "1 hour a day" challenge.
It's easy:
  • you can use your time for any crafting project; knitting, sewing, quilting, whatever you want
  • the “1 hour” is a minimum! You can stitch/knit/sew to your heart’s content, all day if you choose, or until your fingers wear out!
  • this is not a competition; it’s a challenge with yourself to get a minimum of an hour’s work done on whatever project/s you choose
Why not to join? Of course I'm in! Below is my progress of the second day (yesterdays stitching I'm counting as a day one).

Monday, July 18, 2016

I have survived Jane Austen festival and my birthday. Both occasions were a lot of fun and all went well. There was time when I celebrated my birthday much longer (twelve days to be exact) but now with my mother-in-law around I'd lost desire to do long celebrations. It looks like only stitching helps me to stay sane and, oh gosh, sometimes I feel so ready just to spread my wings and fly somewhere far away from my current situation. When I was younger I had so many dreams - some of them came true but so many did not...but, after all, I do not feel that all is lost. I strongly believe that I can still dream and, who knows, some of my dreams maybe will come true.

I was faithfully working exclusively on Honest, Kind and Good. Here is the progress:

 
So long my friends,
Evalina

Monday, July 4, 2016

Half a year gone

So it is time to evaluate our year so far with our goals and objectives (never mind the new year’s resolutions which likely didn’t last until February…) and to take action to get back on track if necessary. It’s a great opportunity to do some hard thinking over our finances, our diet, our career and other aspects of our life that we might want to improve. Let's make the second half of the year count!

 I start to walk more and I'm trying to make 10,000 steps a day starting this month. So far it happen only once but every day I do around 8,000. I think when I get more fit it will be easier. Frosty loves our longer walks!

On the stitching front I was working on Kind, Honest and Good. Here is my progress:


So long my friends,
Evalina

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Surprise in the mail!

I've got a lovely surprise in the mail:


Kim from Wisdom with needle and thread is celebrating her 60th birthday this year by sending out 60 RAKs (Random Act of Kindness). I absolutely adore this little pouch and gorgeous pin keep and a little sampler. She even included some floss to go with the sampler. Thank  you so much dear Kim. I'm smiling from one ear to another. Have a fantastic birthday!

So long my friends,
Evalina


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

New adventure

Back in January during my 30-day minimalism challenge I was planning to discover one hiking trail a month. I completely forgot about it but Universe did not. Just recently I met a new friend who loves taking her dog on long walks through the nature. I was going with Frosty Girl to the doggie park until Frosty got sick. Nobody knows what happen, even vet doesn't know what caused the sickness. Frosty had fever and very sore behind. After vet shaved her she looked like a baboon (sorry, no pictures). Now (well, after $400 vet bill) she is perfectly fine and (just in case) I'm not going to the doggie park again. Instead we are going hiking and discovering new trails. Krystyna, my new friend  (she is Polish too!) knows most of them but for me they are new. The last three days we spent hiking Rogers Creek Nature Trail. Here is a little video of our doggies playing in the creek yesterday. It was a very hot day, over 30 degrees Celsius (or 90°F ), but surely they had fun.


Today we went to same spot and our doggies met some friends:


On the way back Frosty disappeard from my eye sight and I panicked. All of the sudden I had gloomy pictures in my head, something like a cougar attack or an accident. I almost had a heart attack and she just was waiting for us by the car.

So long my friends,
Evalina

Monday, June 6, 2016

I found color of kindness

I was thinking for a while what the color of kindness might be... I received many suggestions from you, thank you kindly. Then I had a moment of enlightenment - who was the kindest person I have ever known? My paternal Grandmother of course!  She was beautiful, kind and loving, my thoughts started drifting towards memories...

I took forty skeins of floss and tossed them to the pot. Then I added some tea bags, some herbs, a few drops of food coloring and some vanilla. I boiled the mixture for a few minutes


and voilà! I fund the color of kindness:



I loved the look of wet floss, after I dried it it became much lighter but it looks beautiful in my project.

I frogged all black floss and started all over again. This is my progress so far, a loong way to go...


I decided to make a few changes since my project I'm dedicating to my Grandma.


There are two letters: D and O, I will replace those with Grandma's initials M and Z (for Michalina Zamana). I will also change the dates. Under M will be her year of birth (1891) and under Z 1990 (year of her passing). On the bottom in the middle I will stitch my name and the year of finishing this project.

The second week of Kindness Challenge was about observing kindness. To tell you the truth I was impressed discovering how much kindness is all around us. I'm not watching much TV lately and since I'm not bombarded by all the horrible things happening around the world I'm noticing more smiles, kind words and little acts of kindness, like letting someone in into the traffic or stopping for a jaywalker, or holding the door for someone. Life is good around me.

So long my friends,
Evalina

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Color of Kindness

What color is kindness? Since I'm in the kindness challenge I decided to stitch Honest Kind and Good. The model is done in black on white


Last year during our Super Duper Challenge I started this project on a lovely 36ct Smoky White linen with Antique Black silk.


And I'm not impressed with the result at all! I would like to change colors just have no idea what to choose... It's all about kindness... What do you think? What color is kindness?

So long my friends,
Evalina

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Kindness challenge - week one

Last week (my first week in the challenge) my focus was on being kind and mindful to myself. To my surprise it went very well. Not even once I was angry with myself. Every morning I spent a few minutes meditating and stretching my muscles. I paid attention to feeding my body with enjoyment and taking care of it. I went for a short road trip. I even stitch some! Look, I have finished Santa #4 and #5, right now I'm working on Santa #6.

 

And this is the whole project with four Santas done.


It looks like I will work on Santa's 12 days of Christmas for some time (until it is done!) and then I think I will go back to another lovely project that I started during Super Duper Crazy Challenge 2015
called Honest, kind and good. It will fit well with my kindness challenge.

So long my friends,
Evalina