I really can't believe how quickly the time has gone by, two weeks from today I will be back in the office (assuming the doctor gives me the go ahead). The total lack of work stress has been amazing, not only physically but mentally too. I knew I was stressed and heading for burn-out, but really didn't realize how close I was. I did have all intentions of teleworking during my recuperation and had planned to be almost back to full time work this week and next, but there was a change to our mobile access software that can only be installed when the computer is connected directly to the system, which given the number of people that are remote employees makes absolutely no sense, so I am unable to connect to the work network and therefore, no work at all. Fortunately, my new boss understands and told me she wasn't sure why I was so worried about it as I was supposed to be getting better. I was so shocked as that attitude is so different than what I have been working with the last seven years - so my question of whether the new division will be better? Yeah, I'm pretty sure it will.
Anyway, I have two SALs to check-in for today. Before I do that, have you seen the new SAL that By the Bay Needleart is hosting next year? I haven't stitched many of her designs but do have a bunch in my stash. I really like her style and color choices. You can see the new piece here and here is a little bit of information from her blog:
"If you remember I mentioned long ago that I have been designing a 36 inch tall cross stitch scene.
I have been working on this design for a few years. Always making changes.
Well I finally finished it and will be offering it as a year long project.
If you choose to participate you will be emailed a 3 inch by 11 inch section once a month to stitch.
There will be a blog that you will be invited to publish on and share your photos.
I still have to think of cute names and create the blog, the design is finished as a chart but of course I have not stitched it myself. We can do this project together.
The cost will be $7.00 per month. You must sign up for the 12 months to complete this project and at the end I will be sending out to you a special thank you kit made just for this class."
No connection, etc., etc., just a very tempting piece.
Back to my SALS. Pull the Other Thread hosted Mega-Mini Month Madness. Stitch on small(s) and post photos of your progress each week of October. I didn't stitch solely on smalls but I did manage to finish two.
First an update of The Nutmeg Company's Fondant Icing. I took an afternoon and evening off from stitching and finished all the little pieces I showed in my last post into this:
|Front and side|
|Back and the other side|
I was also able to finish She Tends from Shepherd's Bush's She Tends leaflet.
Heather at Stitching Lotus is hosting the Smalls SAL. A fun SAL that focuses on smalls of all types. Fortunately, actually finish-finishing them is not a requirement. There was a definite cross over of the Smalls and MMMM SALS so the above two pieces are doing double duty this month. I will be continuing with the Shepherd's Bush leaflet so there should be three more pieces coming in the next few months. I have some finishing ideas rolling around in my head but will have to see what other ideas I come up with.
I also worked on Lizzie*Kate's Holly and Hearts Sampler this week. It looked like this the last time I showed it:
and today it looks like this:
Just Nan's Spring in the Air is on the frame and after a couple more episodes of Inspector Morse (apparently the only place more deadly than Midsomer is Oxford) I should have the over-1 pansies finished but that progress picture will have to wait for the Just Nan SAL check-in.