Thursday, December 1, 2016

A Small TUSAL post

 FINALLY!  I have something to show for the Smalls SAL check-in. The Smalls SAL is hosted by Heather at Stitching Lotus and is a wonderful low-stress SAL.  All you have to do is stitch a small, you define what is small, and post on the last Thursday of the month. As last Thursday was Thanksgiving in the US, Heather was a wonderful host and thought some of us would be a bit too busy to post and so pushed it off a week.  I can usually keep up with this SAL, so I can count on 12 finishes a year, but this year has not been a good small year.  I have not finished a small since March.  Pitiful!  But I have two finishes, Tenth and Eleventh Day, and good progress on a third block, Twelfth Day for this month.

Stitched on 40-count Vintage Autumn Gold with Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe threads

This photo is the closest to the actual fabric color of any of my previous photos.  Now that I have the cards and all the other paper-crafting items for Christmas finished, I should be able to sit down and work on this.  I am aiming for a finish in the next couple of weeks.  Heather has said she is going to continue the SAL for 2017 and will have sign-up information sometime around the 5th of December.  I have a bunch of smalls lined up for next year, so I was very happy to read that she will be continuing the SAL.

The next SAL is TUSAL.  TUSAL is hosted by It's Daffycat.  It doesn't help you finish anything or stitch a piece, or work through a problem, but it does give you a SAL that is super easy to participate in and if you stitch, quilt, sew or do anything that requires trimming, you have all the materials you need.  Save all those little bits of thread that you would normally have sticking to your clothes, rug or pet throw away and put them in a container of some sort - clear is preferable as you want to see all the pretty colors - and post a picture on the new moon.  Here's an example:

Most people are a bit more artistic with their photos, but I'm just so thrilled to be almost on time with my post that I took a picture in my jar's natural setting.

And one last picture.  We had a weather front roll through a week or so ago and it got very cloudy and dark; however, there was a brief moment when the sun poked through the clouds and I snapped this:

We live in a bit of a gully, so the setting sun only hit the tops of the trees, but against the dark cloud backdrop they glowed.  No filters or retouching - just right place at the right time.   I did about break my leg tripping over the cats trying to get outside to take the picture, but I am so glad I did as just a few minutes later and the clouds closed up and it was dark again.


Terri said...

WOW! That is an awesome picture!!

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

Great work on the 12 Days Sampler. It will count as one per month when you're done!
The tree photo is stunning. We have some beautiful sunsets here but my camera never seem to capture them quite right.

Robin in Virginia said...

Your tree photo is incredible. I love how the sun is hitting the top. Great progress on the 12 Days piece. Enjoy your weekend!

Bea said...

Gorgeous photo of the sun on the trees. That colour is incredible!

12 Days is looking good and I just know you'll be doing a happy dance before the end of December.

deb said...

Absolutely glorious picture!

Congrats on 10th and 11th days, and I like your ort jar.

Leonore Winterer said...

Nice progress and what an amazing picture! I showed it to Felix earlier, and he immediatly set it as his desktop background because he liked it so much.

Heather said...

Beautiful progress!