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Friday, October 17, 2014

Mega-Mini Month Madness Part 3

Lots of stitching this week!  It feels so good to say that as it means I am sitting up more than I am lying down now.  Yea me!  Recuperation is still going very well, as a matter of fact, except for the weird numb/hypersensitive skin right around the incision, I really don't feel as though I had major surgery. A HUGE part of this is due to a big mental shift that happened when I got a phone call offering me a new job!!!  I don't talk about it here (much) but I had reached a point where I hated going to work - not the work itself I think it is a great program nor my immediate co-workers as they are awesome people or even the crazy, ridiculous commute, but the management people leave a lot to be desired.  Read any article on what defines a bad boss and it could be written for the two I work for.  To give you an idea of the six people in my office with the same job I have, six of them are looking for new jobs.  Anyway, effective Sunday (our pay periods run from Sunday to Saturday for some reason) I am going to a different division.  Will it be any better?  I know all the people in the division and they're all great, I know the middle management folks and they are great and I know the upper management folks and they are good (can't say great as I really have only had minimal interactions with them, but everyone that works with them likes them), so I think it will.  The important thing is the minute I got the call with the job offer, I felt a huge weight lift from my shoulders and I have felt better, mentally, than I have in years, so "yes" I think it will be better.  Anyway, you didn't click over here to read about these issues, but to read about my stitching, so here you go....

Mega-Mini Month Madness is being hosted at Pull the Other Thread and just asks us to stitch on a small and post about it each week in October.  Last week I moaned about the lack of progress on The Nutmeg Company's Fondant Icing, but I can't do that this week.  Last week I was here:

And right now, I am here:


I finished the roof and one of the two side walls and am almost done with the second one.  Once these are done I have to do the fiddly bit of fitting the end walls on the fabric and then all the beading.  Oh yes, the wall closest to you is upside down - it is just easier for me to stitch it from the top down so I flip the fabric around to accommodate my stitching style.

The other piece I worked on this week was Mirabilia's Santa's Magic.  When I put him on the frame last Friday, he was here:

Yes, he's still sideways...
And right now, he's here:


Lots of metallic in the section I worked on if you have this pattern and are planning to stitch him on 32-count, I recommend switching the #8 Kreinik (if it still calls for it) to #4 or even Petite Treasure Braid (if you can do the conversion) - I'm using #4 and can't imagine trying to pull #8 through this fabric .  I hope to finish the moon and the blue streamers there in the lower right corner before I put him away.

As this is International Hermit and Stitch Weekend and I am still on semi-light activity restrictions, I think it will be a very productive stitching weekend.

9 comments:

CJ said...

Congrats on your new job!! Enjoy your weekend of stitching.

CJ

Linda said...

So glad to hear that your feeling better Susan. Congrats on the new job. Nice progress on both pieces. I do love the santa.

Linda

Preeti said...

Lovely stitching on your pieces!! Nice to know that you are recovering .
Hope your office things get resolved soon. I had a real bad boss too but my second boss was very nice and cooperative.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Yay for the job news!! I think bad management are the worst thing for workers. I too love my job and my colleagues but the senior management drive us crazy! Silly little annoyances like ignoring people's preferences for days off and randomly moving things around in the shop then moving them back again a week later when we said it wouldn't work in the first place!

Anyway, you have made so much progress on your two projects. I can't wait to see the little cottage all stitched up now.

Robin said...

Super progress on your cottage and your Santa! Congratulations and best wishes to you on your new job, Susan!

Robin in Virginia

Mii Stitch said...

Lovely progress and sweet little crosses! Congrats on your new job too ;)

Thoeria said...

Both pieces are looking lovely! And congrats on the new job :)

Suz said...

huzzah for the job news! I totally get where you are coming from, as I've been there (and remember the relief at getting a job offer somewhere else).

Your pieces are looking great!

Jacki said...

Great news about your job!! Must be a great feeling :-)

LOVE your Santa. I'm telling you - every time I see your WIPs of him, I tell myself to go get the graph and start stitching him....he's still in my stash waiting to be started....