MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

A blog about my interests, which include fabric landscapes and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Monday, August 30, 2021

16, 17 and a new start

 Do you see the number counting up to 24?  That means I'm nearing the end of this particular cross stitch marathon.  I will have to stop at 23 though - at least until I know what the baby's name will be and I can do her initial.  



I have started a new sweater to replace the previous debacle and so far so good.  I've made this particular pattern before so I don't foresee any issues.  Never say never though!!!

Over the weekend we decided that we would bite the proverbial bullet (or bank account!) and order a new mattress.  Not at all sure about the mattress-in-a-box thing but we'll see.  Right now we're simply not comfortable going and doing the in-person thing in stores so this is the next best that's available.  Oddly, when I did a 'google' and researched the best mattresses for side sleepers the various sites didn't so much as mention the old standbys and instead, to a one, they recommended those that come in a box.  That came as a bit of a surprise. The deciding factor was that we found one that's made in Canada.  Now I suppose I should do the smart thing and get a new pillow too.  I've been using the same water pillow for well over ten years and I know it's probably overdue to spring a leak and it wouldn't be nice if that were to happen on the brand new mattress.  Next up in the process will be trying to figure how to man/woman-handle the old heavy unwieldy mattress out for pick up.  I'm all for throwing it over the balcony but Resident Chef is afraid that would be the very moment somebody would choose to walk beneath.  Would give a whole new meaning to the sky is falling I'm sure!  

- There's an interesting article HERE with some tips about using beads in your designs. 

- Do you suppose I should transfer my current obsession with cross stitching with needle and thread to THIS?  And just in case you want to know how it's done, go HERE.  

- Have a look through the gallery of THIS talented artist!

- and THIS one too.

Today's quote is from Lisa Hickman..."In a society that has you counting money, pounds, calories, and steps, be a rebel and count your blessings instead"


22 comments:

  1. Two lovelies!! ;)))
    That poinsettia is simply luscious--nice work hugs, Julierose

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    1. Thank you! I switched out the colours on the patterns to suit the colour scheme I'm using.

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  2. I just can't help thinking of the comic material in the throwing of the mattress. Passer by looking up and saying, hey, that's supposed to be a piano!

    Lots of luck with the maneuvering. Is there a freight elevator?? Too much to ask?

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    1. No freight elevator. Only one elevator in our building that's used for everything. Resident Chef will manhandle it down the stairs I expect. And yes, the mental picture of the falling mattress....gives a whole new meaning to the sky is falling!

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  3. Happy New Mattress!
    I've read others say that the in a box was easy to deal with.

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    1. Fingers crossed we've made a good decision!

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  4. Still amazed at how quickly you've worked through all these little designs. I love the poinsettia, and the teddy bear is so cute. Clicking on the link I didn't realize I wasn't looking at something like needlepoint or cross stitch. I was actually confused at the second link. At first. It's another WOWee! People do such fun and amazing things.

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    1. I can't imagine bringing myself to actually EAT one of those amazing cookies or cakes! I would, but I'd have to admire it a whole lot first.

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  5. I'm loving all these wonderful little cross stitch creations. If I were younger I would give those cross stitched cakes and cookies a try.

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    1. There was a time I would have tried making them too!

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  6. Yes, best not to turf the mattress over the balcony, as I fear Murphy's Law would result. Mattresses can be tricky and heavy to turn on the bed frame, so moving it out to the kerb for pickup will be a challenge. More sweet little girly pretties. This Advent Calendar is going to be so sweet. LOVE the blessings quote; so very true♡

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    1. No, it won't be turfed over the balcony but it's going to be fun getting that beast down the stairs.
      I'm hoping the new advent will be feminine in look!

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    2. Love the Cross stitches. The cookies had me puzzled for a second. Maybe you could stand below the balcony, with loud hailer, warning people the Resident Chef is tossing the mattress down. LOL

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    3. I think we'll wait til the cover of darkness and then haul it down the stairs.

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  7. That poinsettia looks velvety smooth. Makes me want to reach out and stroke it.

    God bless.

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  8. Of course you will need another project to fill the void when all the cross-stitched pieces are finished. Numbers 16 and 17 may be my favorites! I look forward to seeing the new sweater. Good luck with switching out the mattresses. The last time we moved one, I said "Never again."

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    1. Oh, there's never a lack of projects waiting in the wings so never fear there will be something happening here that you'll hear all about. I actually have a couple of other little cross stitch projects I might do, just to get them out of the way.
      Not relishing the mattress 'thing' but it won't be happening for awhile because the new one hasn't even shipped yet.

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  9. Your stitching creations are great! We bought a new mattress when we moved into our house here in NS. Now I need a small step stool to get up on it.

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    1. Still no sign of the mattress being shipped....hopefully soon, because now we're all geared up to try it out.

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  10. Still loving these small stitcheries you're doing, especially the poinsettia. It's so pretty and the detail is wonderful - I am partial to stitched poinsettias. The story/saga of the shelves and mattress etc. etc. sounds just like how things go in our house. You have a very entertaining way of writing about it!

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    1. Oddly I like stitched poinsettias more than the real things. I love them until about the middle of January and then I'm over them but can't bring myself to throw out a living plant.

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