Saturday, June 16, 2018

TUSAL for June 2018

I'm a few days late for my June TUSAL post ....ooops.

What is TUSAL? can find out more about it at Daffycat's blog here.

Here is my friend Ratso and my ORT  jar.

The new moon for June is called The Strawberry Moon so I thought with Ratso being pink he'd be a perfect presenter. I think he's doing a great job:)

Take care.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

It's the May new moon and so it's TUSAL time

So what is can find out more about it at Daffycat's blog here

Here is my ORTS jar. Not much embroidery or cross stitching stitching done as I was busy doing something else. My friend Eeyore looks a bit worried but then he always does:)

The stitcher’s definition of “ORT” is an acronym meaning “Old Raggedy Threads.”

TUSAL is scheduled based on the the new moon. In May the new moon is known as the Flower Moon. Other names include the Corn Planting Moon and the Milk Moon.

In our household the month of May is when we transplant seedlings into the garden. Normally we do this on or around the 21st of May. There have been years when frost has happened but usually by this time of year we hope for better weather. Actually they aren't exactly seedlings. They are usually well established plants as our growing season is relatively short. If the tomatoes aren't getting red by the end of August then they probably won't ever be red :(

I mentioned above that I was doing something else. I was finishing a doll that I started last May 2017. You read correctly...2017. Even worse. The last doll I made before that was in September 2015!!!

She is from an online class I took with Angela Jarecki called "Song of Hope". I had a lot of problems making her but now she is finally finished.

Happy Ides of May. Take care :)

Sunday, April 15, 2018

It's the April new moon and so it's TUSAL time......

 What is TUSAL......

To find out more please visit Daffycat:)

The full moon of April is called the Pink Moon.

The name Pink Moon comes from  “moss pink,” or wild ground phlox—one of the first spring flowers. Other names for this full moon are Sprouting Grass Moon, Fish Moon, Hare Moon, Egg Moon, and Paschal Moon.

According the the Farmer's Almanac a full moon in April brings frost. However, if the full moon rises pale, expect rain. I bet you really wanted to know that...right?

It did rain but it was freezing rain that turned to snow. We have winter back again. Sigh.
View from the back porch. 
Take care:) 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

TUSAL for March!.......

It's that time again. My TUSAL jar. I've decided to start a new one for 2018 as the old one was a bit full.

What is TUSAL?

You can read all about it at Daffycat's

TUSAL is scheduled based on the new moons. I was curious so I went on line to inquire about new moons and discovered that....."The Full Moon in March is the Worm Moon. It is also called Lenten Moon, Crow Moon, Crust Moon, Chaste Moon, Sugar Moon, and Sap Moon. It's the last Full Moon before the vernal equinox." You can go here and read more about why it's named after worms:) Who knew?

So where do some of those TUSAL threads come from? Well.....

I have been very good at keeping up with my TAST stitches. The latest stitch we had to do was the couching stitch. I just realized that it looks sorta wormy right? LOL

I tried to use the stitch on my doodle embroidery project. I took some cord and some chenille fiber and used them for the center of a flower. A bit boring but it worked.
I like to use the couching stitch when I do crazy quilting as it's a simple way of attaching fibers, trims and laces. Here is a sample of a piece of chunky chenille fiber that I used when I took a CQ online class with Kathy Shaw.
In this case it was a bit fiddly following the curves of the letter but I can see all kinds of lovely uses for this type of stitching.

That's it from me for TUSAL until the next new moon.

Take care:) 

Friday, March 2, 2018


I had started doing some doodling using all the bits of thread left over from various projects. To what end I don't know but I thought it would be interesting to see what happened.

This was how it looked the last time I posted about it.....

It evolved into this.....

Isn't that strange? I took out one bit then added another bit and voila I have something totally and completely different. Actually it's a good way to try out ideas and stitches.

I have also being doing TAST again just for the heck of it. Using cross stitch fabric is a real challenge and limiting but it keeps it nice and neat.

We were having such nice weather. I had such high hopes for the month of March. Then it snowed again last night. Drat!! But, it is nice to be making dinner in daylight now rather than pitch dark.

Take care:)


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