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I didn't lie intentionally

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 Yesterday I posted about not starting any more mandalas until I finish some.  Well, that was a mistake.  I signed up to participate in the San Fransisco School of Needlework challenge 'Purple Reign'.  I signed up a few weeks ago and had no idea what I would do.    I was pretty certain I would be doing a purple mandala but I wasn't clear about anything else.  Well, yesterday the idea came to me and I had to get started on it.  The mandala stencils I purchased a while back had yet to be used.  I was sure one of them would be reminiscent of a crown.  I used purple Lumiere Paint to stencil it onto some fabric.  The shimmer is there but a bit tough to see in the photo.  Now to add beads and stitch.

Work in Progress Wednesday

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 This mandala is finished.  After painting the tatted doily not a lot needed to be added.  That alone was pretty.  Still, no beads just didn't seem right.  Buttons, beads and faux gemstones were added.  All of which made me happy.  Whittling down the WIP feels good.  I am always eager to start something new but having too many projects on the go doesn't feel good either.  I must exert a little self-discipline. I usually am pretty decent at that.  However, there are times when it goes right out the window.  There will be no new starts until I finish a couple of more WIP.

Slow Stitching Sunday

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 We have had a glorious week of warmth and sunshine.  I have taken every opportunity to sit outside and stitch.  Listening to the birds sing while I stitch is idyllic.  Simple pleasures are not lost on me!  This mandala feels slow or maybe even plodding.  I think the problem is that I allowed myself to have too many pieces on the go at one time.  There are seven in the works at the moment.  Usually, I work on  1 or 2, possibly 3 at a time.  That works better for me.  I will not start any new projects until I get some of these mandalas finished.  This one definitely needs some sparkle added to it! I am linking to https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/   

May Journal Page

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It is mid-May and I am only just getting to my word for the month.  Original was my choice.  The message to be me, true to myself has been repeatedly coming to me over the last few weeks.  I actually thought that I was pretty good at it.  I suppose that one can always improve upon things.  Maybe I need to go from accepting myself to celebrating myself.   So here is my journal page with the word original.  The fabric was printed with a gelli plate.  It sure has a lot of action to it.  Just stitching some letter beads onto it feels a bit like cheating, like maybe I should have done more.  But does it really need more? I am linking to http://ninamariesayre.blogspot.com/  

Work in Progress Wednesday

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 The weather this week has been glorious.  Taking my stitching outside to enjoy is an absolute delight.  I hope to head out there again shortly.  I am trying to stay concentrated on finishing some mandalas as I have quite a few on the go right now.  This one is inching ever closer to the finishing line and it shouldn't take much more to finish it.

Little Collages

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I have been having fun creating little mandala collages.  Layering pieces of cut paper is quite therapeutic.  Glueing it all together can be a bit fiddly but I am liking the result.  I haven't quite decided where these mandalas will go.  Do they get a book all to themselves?  Do they get added to an existing mandala journal?  Does it really matter?  Do they just get stacked up for now?    

Slow Stitching Sunday

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 I had a bit of a rough week.  I managed to pick up a flu bug from my granddaughter.  Thankfully we are both on the mend now.  My energy is still a bit low but I was able to get a bit of stitching added to this piece.  It is a cheery piece to work on.  I add stitches to it with whatever thread is remaining in the needle from another project.  It is a great way to use up the last few inches of thread.  I would love to walk in this countryside!   I am linking to https://kathysquilts.blogspot.com/