Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Tiny Needle Tuesday 9/29/20

 Good Morning!

How are you?  I am sleepy after yet another night of tossing and turning in the middle of the night.  But, I'm home today, so I can always sneak in a nap if I need to.  It is also grey and damp out - not raining, but you can feel the moisture in the air, and that is not making it any easier for me to feel wakeful.

I spent yesterday morning in the office.  Tom from IT was able to figure out what was happening with my laptop.  Skype for Business - which we don't use, so I'm not sure why it was loaded onto my laptop in March - was screwing things up.  We kind of disabled it and now everything is fine.  Tom was the only person I saw until just about the time I was leaving at Noon when Sally from HR rounded the corner from her office.  I managed to get a lot of things done - printing in color and on what we call "big boy" paper!  It's ledger paper (11x17) and perfect for really large spreadsheets, etc.  And I shipped off a big package to Kevin.  The UPS guy has a key to get into our office, so he is still delivering each day and picking up packages each afternoon.

By a little after Noon I had finished everything I wanted to do at the office, so headed out.  I stopped at Joann's for some DMC floss and then stopped in at Trader Joe's.  We were in the mood for salmon for dinner, but there was none at home.  I got that and a few veggies and headed home.  The afternoon wasn't terribly busy work-wise and I was able to shoot another few rounds of archery.  I can feel it in my arms today!

Well, it is the last Tiny Needle Tuesday (TNT) in September!  Not sure how that happened so quickly, but tomorrow is the last day of September.  I'm happy to say that Dona Dorothea is finished!  I can't remember when I started stitching this (I don't keep records of that), but I know it had been "put away" for several (or more than several) years.  Most likely it was around 2013 or 2014.

This really is a pretty sampler and I really am happy to have finished it (LOL).  Here's a close up of the final section:

I like the way the Greek key motif looks.  And, a close up of my favorite creature in this - the checkerboard deer!

The flower (carnation?) in his/her mouth cracks me up.

I have chosen my next piece to stitch, but I have not yet started it (hopefully today).  It is a Quaker style sampler - more about it next week.

Meanwhile, I will leave you (I need to get busy with work) with shots of two different trees I saw as I drove down the long driveway to my office building.  Stunning!  

It never fails to move me when I see Fall foliage like this.  Simply glorious.

Hope your week is going well.


  1. Your sampler looks amazing! I love samplers, but don't know if I would *ever* finish one ...

    Oh those trees - perfection!

  2. May we never, ever cease to be awed by trees like those!

  3. Your sampler is gorgeous, I also love the checkerboard deer! Those trees are also beautiful and a welcome sight. I haven't seen any foliage change during my walks in MD; it's mostly just green, brown, or dried up. I hope the trees in NJ look more like yours!

  4. Your sampler is a masterpiece!
    I just heard someone say on YouTube that they are obsessed with checkerboard deer. I had no idea it was a thing. Now I'll have to go looking for them.

  5. gorgeous fall foliage!!! I have been having sleepless nights but it's from family drama stress. One day it will go away :)

  6. Congrats on finishing the sampler! That deer is quite sassy and entertaining!

  7. Congrats on the finish! It's very pretty!
    We are just starting the see the colour really come out around here.

  8. Wow, the trees are stunning! Bravo for finishing the sampler. It is a beauty with the fun variety of motifs. It’s been fun watching it progress.

  9. Wow, fall really burst out by you! Your day sounds busy but good.
    PS--love the stitching
    PPS--that photo on my blog was a huge hunk of kelp that washed up. There were stacks of them all over the beach on Saturday.

  10. My goodness those trees are stunning. Ours are more muted right now but with the cold nights we've been having I think the leaves will begin falling soon.
    I love that sampler. The deer is a hoot and I like the dog next to it too. For some reason it reminds me of my Chloe girl.

  11. My gosh, gorgeous stitching Vera! Bravo!! It is awesome! :)

  12. Bravissimo on the stitchery finish! I got a kick out of that one. Very unique. I look forward to seeing the next one. Have a super week. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  13. Oh that stitching is so amazing. !!! Lots of you , (Kim, Stephanie, Deb) are making amazing things in hoops!!! I enjoy seeing them. Fall trees are amazing here. I love them but when they start to fall, I feel I want to paste them back on . Winter is so long here. But as the colors emerge I am amazed and entranced every year. When they are all on the ground, I still find them beautiful.

  14. Hello Vera,
    Congrats on finishing you sampler. It is beautiful I like the checkered deer too. The trees are colorful and beautiful, a lovely sight. We are seeing a little colors here and there.
    Take care, enjoy your day!

  15. Oh! Those trees! I do love the color in the fall. And your sampler is just gorgeous. I love all fun detail work -- and the colors, too. Just lovely. (You find the most interesting sampler designs.) XO

  16. Glad the laptop is back to form--always an irritation when they act up! The sampler is an amazing finish; I bet it feels really good to have it completed! The trees are stunning-thanks for the posting; it might be a routine sight to you but not to me so I enjoyed it a lot!

  17. I'm going to miss seeing that glorious checkerboard deer!! :)