Last Friday we were out of school for a snow day, it was also the perfect birthday present. I had been wanting to visit the SCAD Museum of Fashion in Atlanta, there was a special exhibit covering 200 years of fashion. It was fascinating. I have read a lot about fashion through the ages and have always been fascinated by all of the different layers that women have had to wear. I have also been fascinated by the "undergarments" that women had to wear. I can't image the whalebone stays that women had to wear to make their waist appear smaller, that had to be just too painful. My favorite period is the 1920's. Women were finally able to dress to suit themselves, no more painful stays, no layers of undergarments, and they could finally show a little bit of "leg". If you are in the Atlanta area you should definitely check it out.
Love this new BOM from 1894 Cottonwood House. I have mine all prepped and ready to go. As soon as I am able I am going to start on this one. 1894 Cottonwood House is only offering the pattern, not a wool kit. I am offering the pattern and a wool kit for 32.99 a month. There is also an additional Valdani thread kit. There are 12 blocks, each block features the cabin as it counts It's Blessings throughout the year. This is a mystery quilt, so we don't know exactly what it will look like. If you are interested check it out Pig in a Blanket Wools.
Still have my hand in a splint, at least 4 more weeks. I had no idea that it would bother me so much not to be able to sew or do any kind of hand work. The one positive is that I have been doing a lot of reading. I just started Glory Over Everything, this is the sequel to The Kitchen House. I loved The Kitchen House and asked for this book for Christmas, so far it is not a disappointment, very good.
After drawing off and coloring my Crabapple Hill blocks I went on to prepping another project, Merry Christmas from Heart to Hand. I have all of the wool pieces draw off and the flannel cut for the background blocks, wish I could get started. At least I will have several projects prepped and ready to go.
I finally found something that I can do. I have been wanting to get started on Snow Parade by Crabapple Hill for a while. This afternoon I decided I could probably trace off one of the sections and start coloring in shapes. I finished tracing one panel and starting coloring it in. Hope to finish this section tomorrow and get started on another one. Hopefully, I can have all three sections done by the time my splint comes off and I can start doing the stitchery.
No, I am not talking about Star Wars, but my own Christmas tree star. The first year DH and I were married we bought the antique tree topper you see on the right. It is metal, very old, and very heavy, and it has been on the top of our tree for the last 19 years. This year was no different, I had just put the star on top;decided to put the skirt under the tree before cleaning up and calling it a night, it was almost 9:00. While putting the skirt under the tree, the star fell off and landed on my left hand. The main point went almost all the way through my hand and was stuck in my hand. I have to say it didn't hurt until I pulled it out. That is when I screamed, although I don't know if it was so much from the pain or the blood that was squirting everywhere. The point went into a vein. The scream brought DH running. We wrapped the skirt around my hand and ran to the kitchen. DH then frantically went to look for the first aid kit, meanwhile I had passed out on the kitchen floor. He came back got me taped up and in the car heading to the emergency room. There are some strange people at the emergency room at night!! They stitched me up and put a splint on it, told me if I had any problems to see my doctor. After taking the splint off three days later I realized I didn't have any feeling in my thumb and two fingers. Went to my doctor on a Thursday, he said the star had probably nicked a nerve and I needed to have surgery. The last day he was doing surgery for the year was the next day. I went home in panic mode trying to get all of my presents wrapped and some baking done. Had surgery on the 19th, he found three pieces of metal embedded in the nerve. Went home bandaged from finger tip to elbow and in a sling. Not fun. Finally got the huge bandage off and it has been replaced with a huge brace that I have to wear for 8 weeks. Luckily I am able to take it off to shower and do my hand exercises. This has seriously cut into my nightly stitching and knitting. I don't know what to do with myself. I am getting in a lot of reading. And no, the star is never going back on top of the tree!!!!