May 2019 Wrap Up

NEEDLEWORK PROJECTS:

2019 Calendar Panel by September House — I finished it! … and it only took me until May ;-).

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I used 3 strands of each of DMC 414, 597, 744, 906, 907, 3706, and 3801. The stitches I used were back stitch, satin stitch, and a few straight stitches and french knots.

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For finishing, I wrapped a piece of white Kona cotton around a piece of 11×14 sticky board, then wrapped the calendar panel on top of the Kona cotton. On the backside of the sticky board, I used low-tack painter’s tape to tape down both pieces of folded-over fabric. Using low-tack tape will allow me to easily remove the calendar panel after the end of this year, and I can use the Kona-covered sticky board with the 2020 calendar panel.

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The frame is an 11×14 frame from Hobby Lobby.

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I thoroughly enjoyed stitching this panel, and am hoping Corinne will design panels for 2020. If she does, I’ll be sure to buy one early enough this year to allow me to have it completed by the start of 2020.

 

I’m Sorry, Did My Eyes Roll Out Loud? by Amy Bruecken Designs — This chart and the 14-ct. silver perforated paper were already in my stash. I made this to keep for myself, so used my own choice of DMC floss colors: 3 strands each of 208, 600, 740, 973, and 3844; I love these colors! I framed it in a bright 4×6 frame from Hobby Lobby, and it lives in our spare room/home office on the end table with my Mother’s Day orchid (photo is later in this post).

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BOOKS READ:

Ghosted (Rosie Walsh) — There were several twists and turns, which made this an interesting read to me.

Winter in Paradise (Elin Hilderbrand) — Elin Hilderbrand is one of my go-to authors, in that I’ve liked everything I’ve read of hers. I didn’t realize when I started this book it is apparently the first in a trilogy; otherwise I would’ve waited to read it until all books had been published because this book did end on a cliffhanger.

The Mother-in-Law (Sally Hepworth) — This was a slow burn for me, but I ended up enjoying it much more than I initially thought I would. I liked how the author revealed more back-story about each main character as the story went along; it made the characters more dimensional.

Flowers & Foul Play: A Magic Garden Mystery (Amanda Flower) — This is a cozy mystery set in Scotland, and is the first book in the Garden Mystery series. It was okay for pre-bedtime reading, but, oy!, this book could’ve used much better editing and the writing oftentimes felt formulaic and simple. Having said that, I’ll probably read the next book; if it, too, feels formulaic and simple then I’ll not continue the series.

 

TV SERIES & MOVIES:

A Discovery of Witches (currently-airing S1) — Abandoned. I liked the storylines, but didn’t feel like there was the kind of chemistry between the two main characters that there should’ve been based on the direction the plot was headed. So I abandoned the tv series and instead have the first book in the series on hold at the library.

Dead to Me (S1) — I liked this a lot and will definitely watch S2. There is a lot of cursing, so this may be a “skip it” for you if you find cursing offensive.

Imposters (S1 & S2) — I enjoyed this series, although I found the 3 exes far more interesting than the main character. The end of S2 is set up to where a S3 could happen, but I don’t see a S3 on IMDB or on the actors’ filmography.

About Time (movie) — I love everything about this movie. The cast is top-notch. The relationship between the father and son is so beautiful, loving, and supportive; I wish there were more father-son depictions like this on the big and small screen. The relationships among all family members and friends were postive and uplifting. This is a movie I’ll enjoy watching multiple times.

 

FAVORITE PHOTOS THIS MONTH:

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