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I made some masks for a few family and friends.  It was a collaborative effort.  I had a sewing machine but no good fabric or elastic.  My sister had fabric and my daughter had elastic.  They dropped it off with me and I made what I could with what i had.    My daughter is a much better sewer than me, but she's busy with 4 kids and full-time job.  I won't post any photos - most of them are gone anyway 🙂  I kept 2 here at the house with a little more elastic to make 2-3 more if necessary.  Since only one person is going out at a time I think two is fine for now.

Other than that I haven't done any crafting since before Christmas.   I finally sat at my loom earlier this week.  After about 10 mins I realized I was not happy.. just blah.  So I walked away.  Kind of made me sad, but I think it's a by-product of this season in our lives.  Is anyone else having trouble getting their mojo going?

But, I got the soap making bug after a 2 yr hiatus (and a need for more soap!! LOL).   I made some with a new mold on Sunday and now they're curing..   Oh, and I went back to my loom today.  I definitely had to force myself to do it, but this time I'm glad I did it.  I felt more at peace doing it and was happy with my progress.  Here's two photos from my work.

 

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I spent some time today on customizing masks (the goal is to have enough to not have to do extra laundry just for masks, and be able to grab one each time someone leaves the house.) 

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5 hours ago, PrincessMommy said:

I made some masks for a few family and friends.  It was a collaborative effort.  I had a sewing machine but no good fabric or elastic.  My sister had fabric and my daughter had elastic.  They dropped it off with me and I made what I could with what i had.    My daughter is a much better sewer than me, but she's busy with 4 kids and full-time job.  I won't post any photos - most of them are gone anyway 🙂  I kept 2 here at the house with a little more elastic to make 2-3 more if necessary.  Since only one person is going out at a time I think two is fine for now.

Other than that I haven't done any crafting since before Christmas.   I finally sat at my loom earlier this week.  After about 10 mins I realized I was not happy.. just blah.  So I walked away.  Kind of made me sad, but I think it's a by-product of this season in our lives.  Is anyone else having trouble getting their mojo going?

But, I got the soap making bug after a 2 yr hiatus (and a need for more soap!! LOL).   I made some with a new mold on Sunday and now they're curing..   Oh, and I went back to my loom today.  I definitely had to force myself to do it, but this time I'm glad I did it.  I felt more at peace doing it and was happy with my progress.  Here's two photos from my work.

 

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Those soaps are so cute!  What loom do you have?  I love weaving but haven’t ever plopped any down for a floor loom and love ogling them ☺️

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55 minutes ago, dmmetler said:

I spent some time today on customizing masks (the goal is to have enough to not have to do extra laundry just for masks, and be able to grab one each time someone leaves the house.) 

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Awe those are so cute!

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I decided to bump this thread back up and hopefully see what everyone has been doing for the past month plus!
 

I have a stack of animal blocks that I made for what is now a UFO that I decided to repurpose into smaller quilted objects.  I have quite a bit of the blue background which I feel guilty using in other projects while the blocks sit in a zip lock bag so this is me being productive and using what I have up.  My first is a table runner using the hedgehog and rabbit.

 

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My son and his wife are moving into their first home (one they purchased and not rented) today. We live in Florida where my parents and I all have orange trees in our yards. So for a housewarming gift, I bought them the same variety orange tree we have and then made them this bird house gift box. When we give them the tree, I am going to hang the box in the tree and place some cash and gift cards inside.

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More masks. Sent another 200 to the ship.

Fabric is purchased and cut out--dish towels for kids for Christmas. I hope I have at least one leftover flour sack towel for dd--she has a new cattle brand, and I made them all towels last year. So, she needs a new one with the NEW brand!

Fabric is still sitting there for a dress

Still need to finish piecing one more tree skirt, and then quilt 4 of them. 

PM--you have LOVELY selvedges!

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I haven't done a whole lot.  I have gotten way too busy.

But my new goal is to use my scanner to digitize all of my slides.  It will be a year or two before they are all done, and I may get fed up and ship them off to be done by someone else, but I will give it my best shot.

I have done 10 slides so far.  I have around 2,000 and my dad just moved here and I have no idea how many he has, it will be somewhere in the 10k range.  I would actually like to get a projector and look at them on the big screen first to see what I even want digitized.  But we will see about that.

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I'm getting geared up to teach this fall, and so are the friends from the piano books I use for preschoolers and primary 🙂. (the elephant and pig got face shields-their noses are not mask compliant 🙂 ). 

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5 hours ago, DawnM said:

But my new goal is to use my scanner to digitize all of my slides.  It will be a year or two before they are all done, and I may get fed up and ship them off to be done by someone else, but I will give it my best shot.

I have done 10 slides so far.  I have around 2,000 and my dad just moved here and I have no idea how many he has, it will be somewhere in the 10k range.  I would actually like to get a projector and look at them on the big screen first to see what I even want digitized.  But we will see about that.

Just sending some encouragement your way!
Yes, it's a big project, but it's very, very rewarding, esp. if you can watch them with your Dad & make notes re: people/history.

I ended up selecting 100 slides out of 4 suitcases (4K!) & sent them to ScanCafe.com.
They are mailed to Indiana, scanned there, then digitally edited (to improve color) overseas.  Your slides never leave Indiana.
IMO, the color was very faded in our slides & the editing process was required.
It really worked well for us (esp. after I broke the slide scanner my cousin loaned me . . . . ).

I've also scanned photos (4 at a time) on our flat bed scanner & have LOVED being able to see/share them now with the family.
It's really a very rewarding project.

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Ok, I had a thought on the slides.

Instead of scanning them all up front, I think I will see if I can get a used slide projector and then dad and I can watch them together and he can help me label them.  That would give us hours and hours of time together and something to do for him.

That will also allow me to find the slides we definitely want to get digitized, etc....

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1 hour ago, DawnM said:

Ok, I had a thought on the slides.

Instead of scanning them all up front, I think I will see if I can get a used slide projector and then dad and I can watch them together and he can help me label them.  That would give us hours and hours of time together and something to do for him.

That will also allow me to find the slides we definitely want to get digitized, etc....

This is a wonderful idea!  My dad passed away a few years ago, and left dozens of carousels of slides going back 60+ years.  My sibs, my mom, and I got together and looked at many of the slides -- and couldn't identify numerous people and places.  Wish we'd thought to either go through the slides with Dad, or ask him to label them. 

Same thing happened to dh. Some of the slides he and his sibs inherited are marked with year, but nothing else.  

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My energy has gone into gardening. It’s not really crafting, but I did instal hooks and hang five hanging baskets yesterday. I planted them from seed and timed them so they’d be red(magenta) white, and blue in time for the 4th. My seed packet lied and my petunias are more purple than magenta. 🤣

Since I’m going full Plant Lady, I may learn to make some plant hangers . . . kind of a lighter, more modern version of the 70s macrame ones. 
 

I wish I had the talent and inclination to do miniatures because now that I know Book Nooks are a thing I’m OBSESSED and really want one (or five) on my bookshelves.

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I finished, but need to frame, a cross-stitch project, and I have almost kept up with my SAL from Peppermint Purple (blackwork boxes in a big sampler). She threw in a DECISION border--words?, no words?, which words?--and that is where I stopped. I can triple check my counting and skip it for later, but I just haven't yet. I always stitch from behind anyway (do several boxes at a time), so it shouldn't be hard to catch up.

One of the blackwork groups I joined on FB had a free pattern that I am attempting to turn into a biscornu--never made one before. 

We're mostly gardening and doing household projects at the moment, but I sometimes like to sit in front of the TV with some sewing.

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58 minutes ago, kbutton said:

One of the blackwork groups I joined on FB had a free pattern that I am attempting to turn into a biscornu--never made one before

I had to look up what a biscornu is........please show us when you are done!  

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2 hours ago, kbutton said:

I finished, but need to frame, a cross-stitch project, and I have almost kept up with my SAL from Peppermint Purple (blackwork boxes in a big sampler). She threw in a DECISION border--words?, no words?, which words?--and that is where I stopped. I can triple check my counting and skip it for later, but I just haven't yet. I always stitch from behind anyway (do several boxes at a time), so it shouldn't be hard to catch up.

One of the blackwork groups I joined on FB had a free pattern that I am attempting to turn into a biscornu--never made one before. 

We're mostly gardening and doing household projects at the moment, but I sometimes like to sit in front of the TV with some sewing.

I just googled that SAL - it looks REALLY fun!  Part of me really wants to join, and the other part says who am I kidding, where would I find the time for that.  But, if I did the SAL instead of reading covid news online obsessively, I would have PLENTY of time for the SAL...

I'll think about it while I sew some masks today.

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6 minutes ago, TrixieB said:

I just googled that SAL - it looks REALLY fun!  Part of me really wants to join, and the other part says who am I kidding, where would I find the time for that.  But, if I did the SAL instead of reading covid news online obsessively, I would have PLENTY of time for the SAL...

I'll think about it while I sew some masks today.

And this is why I wanted to bump this thread and give myself another non Covid social outlet!   I really want to talk about crafting a bit most days! Maybe that will motivate me to craft.......Sad but true I am spending way too much time obsessing over something I can’t do anything about beyond what I am already doing.  While I live in a new hotspot........

I did manage to buy craft supplies a couple of weeks ago and my first ever purchased quilt kit arrived yesterday.  Everything in a box which oddly reminded me of Sonlight box days when my kids were little.  They even sent thread.❤️  I have a different one coming in about two weeks too!

 

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3 hours ago, KungFuPanda said:

My energy has gone into gardening. It’s not really crafting, but I did instal hooks and hang five hanging baskets yesterday. I planted them from seed and timed them so they’d be red(magenta) white, and blue in time for the 4th. My seed packet lied and my petunias are more purple than magenta. 🤣

Since I’m going full Plant Lady, I may learn to make some plant hangers . . . kind of a lighter, more modern version of the 70s macrame ones. 
 

I wish I had the talent and inclination to do miniatures because now that I know Book Nooks are a thing I’m OBSESSED and really want one (or five) on my bookshelves.

edited to add the photo because who WOUKDN’T want one of these???

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I love that photo.......I definitely would love a book nook!

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1 hour ago, TrixieB said:

I just googled that SAL - it looks REALLY fun!  Part of me really wants to join, and the other part says who am I kidding, where would I find the time for that.  But, if I did the SAL instead of reading covid news online obsessively, I would have PLENTY of time for the SAL...

I'll think about it while I sew some masks today.

I find that blackwork (mostly all backstitching) goes a lot faster for me than regular cross-stitch, but YMMV. Some people get really fancy and use multiple colors per block, which would slow me down. I am doing each block and its outline in one color, and it goes quite quickly. 

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1 hour ago, kbutton said:

I find that blackwork (mostly all backstitching) goes a lot faster for me than regular cross-stitch, but YMMV. Some people get really fancy and use multiple colors per block, which would slow me down. I am doing each block and its outline in one color, and it goes quite quickly. 

I didn't think about that -- it does seem that it would be a lot faster than regular cross-stitch.

Do you mean that you are using a different color for each block and its outline (meaning, one block/outline is yellow, and the next is purple, and so on)?  If this is what you're doing, how did you decide on the colors?

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2 hours ago, TrixieB said:

I didn't think about that -- it does seem that it would be a lot faster than regular cross-stitch.

Do you mean that you are using a different color for each block and its outline (meaning, one block/outline is yellow, and the next is purple, and so on)?  If this is what you're doing, how did you decide on the colors?

Yes, this is how I do it.

I was planning on doing a variegated thread and then using single colors from the variegated thread for the other blocks, but I chose a fabric that was just a wee bit too dark as I do my blackwork in single thread. When that didn't work out, I just chose several colors I liked. My color choices are not particularly remarkable, and I wasn't sure I would like them, but my mom, DH, and kids all really like it.

The pattern does come with color suggestions.

My background fabric is a light cocoa color, and I have brown, dark blue-ish green, aqua, navy blue, dark blue, and some kind of peachy color all in there. I reuse the colors in the same order each time. 

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11 hours ago, kbutton said:

Yes, this is how I do it.

I was planning on doing a variegated thread and then using single colors from the variegated thread for the other blocks, but I chose a fabric that was just a wee bit too dark as I do my blackwork in single thread. When that didn't work out, I just chose several colors I liked. My color choices are not particularly remarkable, and I wasn't sure I would like them, but my mom, DH, and kids all really like it.

The pattern does come with color suggestions.

My background fabric is a light cocoa color, and I have brown, dark blue-ish green, aqua, navy blue, dark blue, and some kind of peachy color all in there. I reuse the colors in the same order each time. 

I am doing PP's SAL too and another paid SAL that is cross-stitch and blackwork.  I love doing the blackwork - very relaxing!

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21 minutes ago, mlktwins said:

I am doing PP's SAL too and another paid SAL that is cross-stitch and blackwork.  I love doing the blackwork - very relaxing!

If you mentioned PP's SAL somewhere on the boards, that might be where I heard about it. I know someone on here introduced me to the idea. I love the entire concept of the SAL, and I love seeing people's work on the Facebook group.

I need to choose a border and get on that...

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17 minutes ago, kbutton said:

If you mentioned PP's SAL somewhere on the boards, that might be where I heard about it. I know someone on here introduced me to the idea. I love the entire concept of the SAL, and I love seeing people's work on the Facebook group.

I need to choose a border and get on that...

Yes, I think it was me.  So much fun.  And...she is a doing a complimentary piece (same size) for next year.  I am a few weeks behind because I was catching up on a different SAL, but I love PP.  

I am waiting until the end for the border -- LOL.  I just keep saving the ones I love in FB :-).

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On 6/28/2020 at 2:07 PM, KungFuPanda said:

My energy has gone into gardening. It’s not really crafting, but I did instal hooks and hang five hanging baskets yesterday. I planted them from seed and timed them so they’d be red(magenta) white, and blue in time for the 4th. My seed packet lied and my petunias are more purple than magenta. 🤣

Since I’m going full Plant Lady, I may learn to make some plant hangers . . . kind of a lighter, more modern version of the 70s macrame ones. 
 

I wish I had the talent and inclination to do miniatures because now that I know Book Nooks are a thing I’m OBSESSED and really want one (or five) on my bookshelves.

edited to add the photo because who WOUKDN’T want one of these???

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Yes, I definitely want one of these. That's just amazing! Also, are you following a tutorial for the macrame? I've been interested in making those lately too. I'm even thinking about making bigger ones for hanging cat beds.

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I figured I would post some progress pictures.  I started stitching again last fall and it is my therapy at the moment 😁.  Very relaxing and keeps my mind off other things.

The 1st pic is from a year long SAL (stitch along) where a new part of the pattern is released every month.  I didn't start this one until late so trying to do at least 2 a month to be finished in December.  This is a paid SAL by Lesley Teare called Birds and Blackwork.

The 2nd pic is the free year long SAL by Peppermint Purple.  A block of the pattern is released each week.  I am a few weeks behind on this one, but you get the idea.

The 3rd pic is a free year long Quaker sampler SAL by Linen and Threads.  July’s pattern is coming out tomorrow I think.

The nice thing about these SALs is that it gives me something to look forward to every week or month.

I thought cross-stitch was a dying craft, but there are a ton of cross-stitch FB groups out there that are very busy - especially since March.

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2 hours ago, stephanier.1765 said:

Yes, I definitely want one of these. That's just amazing! Also, are you following a tutorial for the macrame? I've been interested in making those lately too. I'm even thinking about making bigger ones for hanging cat beds.

I haven’t gotten that far. I remember making one in an art class in a middle school in the mid 80s and it wasn’t that hard. My daughter got me a book that showed you how to make terrariums and yarn/bead hangers so I did one of those. I just need to get these plants off surfaces. They’re summering outside now, but I’ll have to find space again this fall so I’m looking up. 😬

This looks like what I made:

 

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1 hour ago, KungFuPanda said:

I haven’t gotten that far. I remember making one in an art class in a middle school in the mid 80s and it wasn’t that hard. My daughter got me a book that showed you how to make terrariums and yarn/bead hangers so I did one of those. I just need to get these plants off surfaces. They’re summering outside now, but I’ll have to find space again this fall so I’m looking up. 😬

This looks like what I made:

 

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Beautiful!

 

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3 hours ago, KungFuPanda said:

I haven’t gotten that far. I remember making one in an art class in a middle school in the mid 80s and it wasn’t that hard. My daughter got me a book that showed you how to make terrariums and yarn/bead hangers so I did one of those. I just need to get these plants off surfaces. They’re summering outside now, but I’ll have to find space again this fall so I’m looking up. 😬

This looks like what I made:

Where do you get rings to start your project? I think my mom said she's having trouble getting them.

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Not a crafter, but I love these threads so much. You all make such beautiful things!!!!

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5 hours ago, mlktwins said:

I figured I would post some progress pictures.  I started stithcing again last fall and it is my therapy at the moment 😁.  Very relaxing and keeps my mind other things.

The 1st pic is from a year long SAL (stitch along) where a new part of the pattern is released every month.  I didn't start this one until late so trying to do at least 2 a month to be finished in December.  This is a paid SAL by Lesley Teare called Birds and Blackwork.

The 2nd pic is the free year long SAL by Peppermint Purple.  A block of the pattern is released each week.  I am a few weeks behind on this one, but you get the idea.

The 3rd pic is a free year long Quaker sampler SAL by Linen and Threads.  July’s pattern is coming out tomorrow I think.

The nice thing about these SALs is that it gives me something to look forward to every week or month.

I thought cross-stitch was a dying craft, but there a ton of cross-stitch FB groups out there that are very busy - especially since March.

 

Your projects are beautiful!  I'm picking up curbside orders so I can get started in the next couple of days.

One question for you and anyone else who stitches: what do you use for hoop/frame while working?  I think I have some stretcher bars in the basement somewhere but not sure if they're the right size.

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1 hour ago, kbutton said:

Where do you get rings to start your project? I think my mom said she's having trouble getting them.

I got it from amazon. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B072KGDBTZ/ref=ppx_yo_mob_b_inactive_ship_o0_img?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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22 minutes ago, KungFuPanda said:

I got it from amazon. https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B072KGDBTZ/ref=ppx_yo_mob_b_inactive_ship_o0_img?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Ah, maybe package size is problem for her, but thanks! 

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42 minutes ago, TrixieB said:

Your projects are beautiful!  I'm picking up curbside orders so I can get started in the next couple of days.

One question for you and anyone else who stitches: what do you use for hoop/frame while working?  I think I have some stretcher bars in the basement somewhere but not sure if they're the right size.

Thank you :-)!!!

What fun!  What are you going to get started on?

I use a Q-Snap https://www.123stitch.com/item/Q-Snap-11x11-Qsnap/123-2506 .  They come in different sizes.  I have a 6 x 6 and and 8 x 8.  I use my 11 x 11 the most (for the bottom 2 pics posted above) and I have the 1st pic on an 11 x 17.  From being on various FB groups since the fall, people seem to stitch in hand, use hoops, have big Lowery Stands (or another brand).  But...a lot of people use the Q-Snaps.  I don't recommend the cheaper brands at Hobby Lobby and Michaels.  Get the Q-Snap brand.  And...if you find they get loose on you, put pieces of felt, leftover fabric, or white papers towels under the snaps to keep the tension tighter.  You should not need to do this with new ones though :-).

Also, things got crazy with stitchers during the Pandemic.  I mean, you would have thought fabric, floss, Q-snaps, etc. were essential -- LOL.  Actually they really were because they do tend help people with anxiety and depression.  So interesting.  It is for sure a stress reliever for me.

Anyway, the store I listed above is great for on-line supplies and shipping is only $3.49 for any order amount.  A lot of fabric, DMC (price is the same as at Michael's), etc. was out of stock at a lot of places for a while.  The DMC facility in New Jersey was shut down for at least a month.  Things are just now gearing back up and stock is getting better.  Just wanted you to know it isn't normally like that if you encounter problems finding what you want.

Happy Stitching!

ETA:  If you are doing PP or L&T SALS, they have FB groups where you can post your work and see everyone's color/fabric variations.  Nice, low drama (usually groups).  Both groups are very active.

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2 hours ago, mlktwins said:

Thank you :-)!!!

What fun!  What are you going to get started on?

I use a Q-Snap https://www.123stitch.com/item/Q-Snap-11x11-Qsnap/123-2506 .  They come in different sizes.  I have a 6 x 6 and and 8 x 8.  I use my 11 x 11 the most (for the bottom 2 pics posted above) and I have the 1st pic on an 11 x 17.  From being on various FB groups since the fall, people seem to stitch in hand, use hoops, have big Lowery Stands (or another brand).  But...a lot of people use the Q-Snaps.  I don't recommend the cheaper brands at Hobby Lobby and Michaels.  Get the Q-Snap brand.  And...if you find they get loose on you, put pieces of felt, leftover fabric, or white papers towels under the snaps to keep the tension tighter.  You should not need to do this with new ones though :-).

Also, things got crazy with stitchers during the Pandemic.  I mean, you would have thought fabric, floss, Q-snaps, etc. were essential -- LOL.  Actually they really were because they do tend help people with anxiety and depression.  So interesting.  It is for sure a stress reliever for me.

Anyway, the store I listed above is great for on-line supplies and shipping is only $3.49 for any order amount.  A lot of fabric, DMC (price is the same as at Michael's), etc. was out of stock at a lot of places for a while.  The DMC facility in New Jersey was shut down for at least a month.  Things are just now gearing back up and stock is getting better.  Just wanted you to know it isn't normally like that if you encounter problems finding what you want.

Happy Stitching!

ETA:  If you are doing PP or L&T SALS, they have FB groups where you can post your work and see everyone's color/fabric variations.  Nice, low drama (usually groups).  Both groups are very active.

Thank you so much for all the info!  I am going to do the PP SAL.

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I love all the stitching, but ever since my fourth kid my eyesight isn’t what it used to be and I can’t see well enough to stitch on linen.  Boo! Here is my lockdown project...when the schools shut down first we made a run on the library the afternoon it closed and the next day I made an emergency trip to the yarn store.  I have never attached a picture to a post so I hope it works.

 

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LOL, I saw this and thought the Coronavirus craft thread might be the place to put it... 😂

Reminds me of the one time I let the kids use glitter at home...  Never.Again.

Image may contain: text that says 'Corona Virus explained in craft terms. You and 9 friends are crafting. 1 is using glitter. How many projects have glitter?'

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On 6/27/2020 at 3:46 PM, dmmetler said:

I'm getting geared up to teach this fall, and so are the friends from the piano books I use for preschoolers and primary 🙂. (the elephant and pig got face shields-their noses are not mask compliant 🙂 ). 

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I thought of all these masked friends when I saw this pattern for knitting face masks https://knitlife.tistory.com/category/pattern.  I love how they all have face masks!  A local knit shop has apparently masked their mascot stuffed bear using this knitted pattern and thought I would share here. 

 

 

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On 6/30/2020 at 12:47 AM, TrixieB said:

Thank you so much for all the info!  I am going to do the PP SAL.

Did you get started on your SAL?  Would love to see how you are doing - if you want to share :-)!!!  

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54 minutes ago, mlktwins said:

Did you get started on your SAL?  Would love to see how you are doing - if you want to share :-)!!!  

I did get started, thanks for asking!

I decided to use 16 ct Aida and I outlined a couple blocks and started filling in two blocks and realized two things.  16 ct Aida is just too small for my old eyes and it gave me a terrible headache.  And some of the colors I chose were too light.

So I started over with 14 ct Aida which is so much easier to see, even though you'd think there wouldn't be much difference between 16 and 14 ct.  I'm planning to work on my SAL more today, and I'll try to post a picture by the end of the weekend.

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2 minutes ago, TrixieB said:

I did get started, thanks for asking!

I decided to use 16 ct Aida and I outlined a couple blocks and started filling in two blocks and realized two things.  16 ct Aida is just too small for my old eyes and it gave me a terrible headache.  And some of the colors I chose were too light.

So I started over with 14 ct Aida which is so much easier to see, even though you'd think there wouldn't be much difference between 16 and 14 ct.  I'm planning to work on my SAL more today, and I'll try to post a picture by the end of the weekend.

Yes, I have old eyes too!  I'm doing 14 count for my PP, 16 count for the Birds and Blackwork SAL, and 20 count (LOL) for my Linen & Threads SAL.  Can tell a definite difference when stitching.  I use a booklight around my neck to see better.  And...there are magnifiers, etc., but I'm not ready for those yet.

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I finished cleaning and organizing my craft room, does that count?? I share the room with the sugar gliders, so absolutely everything has to be in a closed container, lol. 

We've been decluttering the whole house, so I wound up with a bit more space. I'm designating a big box to hold ongoing projects - mostly scrapbooking pages and other paper crafts, so they can mostly fit into those 12x12-ish plastic envelopes. I like to have a few things going but I can't leave it all out. I'm going to make myself start something . . . 

On 6/28/2020 at 7:33 AM, DawnM said:

Instead of scanning them all up front, I think I will see if I can get a used slide projector 

If you don't need or want to view the slides on the wall, you can get slide viewers for about thirty bucks. Not quite as fun as a projector, but much smaller and easier to move around if you have space issues. 

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