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Sunday, January 08, 2012

Crazy Challenge Day 7 or The Day I Conquered The Frogs!


First of all I'd like to retract a previous statement I may have made, that griding was a waste of perfectly good stitching time.  Well in my opinion it always was, I mean if you count and count carefully, double check yourself against your other stitches technically you don't need to grid.  Boy did the outlines on the Ink Circles Seasonal Mandalas taught me otherwise!  I had frogs so many times that I finally gave in and pull out the thread I bought for griding years ago (and never used) and started griding.  Honestly that griding saved my life, saved my sanity!  The last two seasons went off without a hitch once I had my grids in place.


So here we are!  All four seasons, outlined!!!  Once this Crazy Challenge is done and I've finished Enchantment of Winter (which has had no love for a week now!) this will be my next focus piece starting with Winter.

Last night when I wrapped up my outline, it wasn't quite bedtime yet so I whipped out Eat, Sleep, Stitch and gave it a little more love, got a few more letters done.  I think I may take the time to wrap this one up today before I start my day 8 project.


Yesterday, late in the afternoon I went into the kitchen, and looked out into my backyard.  The weather had been a mixed bag, a little bit of rain, overcast, moments of sunshine, etc.  It seemed almost magical when I looked outside and saw the sunshine touching only the willow tree and nothing else.

On March 20, 2010 the PhotoHunt theme was "three"

Three stitching ladies with three new stitching bags... we all match and if you look closely we're in alphabetical order!

18 comments:

Gattina said...

I have no patience for stiching !
Your wheeping willow tree picture is beautiful !

Sally said...

Wahoooo for conquering the frogs! Your mandalas are looking good. I'm looking forward to seeing your progress on these.

Love Eat Sleep Stitch!

The photo of the willow tree is beautiful.

Brigitte said...

Oh great, you are also stitching 15 Crazies. It will be fun to follow you on this trip. So far you are doing great with some beautiful choices.

Bonnie Brown said...

Love he pic of the willow tree
Your Mandalas are coming along nicely!

Ruth said...

Wayy heyyy to the frog being gone and all of the seasons look so good together...I love how they are all a little different, I'm really going to enjoy seeing your progress with them. Love the photo, I didn't notice you were all in alphabetical order as I was to busy looking at the bags thinking they are a great bag !

cucki said...

aww i love the picture of the willow tree..
beautiful stitching xx

mollycaff said...

Thank goodness those frogs are gone! Great progress on your challenge projects, I look forward to seeing them all progress.

Lisa said...

Great news that you got the final mandala started with no problems.
Eat Sleep Stitch is coming along wonderfully now, you'll have it done in no time.

Rachael G said...

I love how you are doing your Mandalas!!

Bette said...

Love the picture! makes me a little homesick for Pennsylvania.

Jules said...

Beautiful photo!

Lesleyanne said...

So pleased you conquered the frogs. Love the photo hunt picture and the willow one.

Dee said...

Pretty picture of the willow tree.

You mentioned using a different thread for gridding. Is there a special thread just for that?

Lynn said...

Gorgeous pic Dani! You time that just right!
Glad the gridding has worked magic for you. To date I haven't ever found a need to grid. Hopefully I won't ever have to, I hate prep work!

staci said...

Congrats on conquering the frogs!!!

You guys look great...and those bags look like they could hold a lot of stash!!!

geeky Heather said...

Oh, and here I thought you were doing the seasons 2x2...the 4x1 configuration will be really pretty!

Suzanne said...

Yeah on conquering the frogs! Love the ornate borders on the mandalas.

Patches said...

Love those borders. So glad you had no more frog visits.