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Friday, October 25, 2013

Needlecraft Reboot

Hello friends and happy Friday.

I have not done embroidery in twenty years but have started again.
 I enjoyed this needlecraft from age fifteen until age thirty. 
Having a premature baby and working as an R.N. did not leave me creative time.
You can read about my outlandish embroidery, for my aunt, here 
in the Hold Everything Lightly Series.

This is the finished runner, blurry though it is, thanks to my assistant Gremmie. 
I found several embroidery kits for three dollars. 
The same kits sell for twenty dollars online.
Now I am working a white runner with a rose on each end. 
My stitching is improving with each piece (yay).

In Olive Out news I am doing embroidery again to relax because
 I seem unable to get myself together these days.
 I adore blogging and miss all of you. 
The connecting with you part of blogging is what I miss most. 
 I will blog when I can.
 Perhaps once to twice a week. 

I continue to have an issue with my ear.
 I had a minor surgical procedure on it about four weeks ago and it has not healed.
The bone is exposed which puts that area of the ear canal at risk for infection.
 If it does not heal I may require a surgical graft in the operating room. 

I am busy pricing Christmas items for our antiques booths.
 Christmas decor is bursting forth all over our dining room.
I'll photograph the open house for y'all. 

joy and peace


  1. I am so sorry to hear that you are having ear problems! That has to be miserable.
    Your embroidery makes me wonder if I should do a little of that during our long winter. I'm sure it's better to embroider rather than eat chocolate while watching a DVD mystery. Also need to get back into knitting!

    Hope you are feeling better soon!

  2. Olive, Your embroidery is very good. I have done very little. of that...but in the 4th grade I wished with all my might that I could do it and have some nice threads....cause the girls in my class where doing it at recess. I am very sad to hear you are having ear problems. I have a sister going through surgeries for her ear drums. I will keep you in my prayers. xoxo,Susie

  3. Oh, I hope the ear heals soon without further surgery. And I used to embroider so much, for decades. I wonder why I stopped? It was very satisfying. Maybe it stopped when computers came into my life. I'm thinking I better dig out that Christmas embroidery project I put aside years ago. I think it's still in my closet.

    So she's a very curious kitty, or just likes to help?

  4. Thanks for stopping by to visit me! I seem to have trouble making time for posts.
    Found my embroidery stuff in the basement the other day. Sounds like a good thing to take back up.
    Take care of that ear..ouch!

  5. I sure hope your ear is well very soon. That sounds rather painful.

    I used to do embroidery and needlepoint too. It's been years though.

  6. Yes, the ear needs to get better.
    You seem to be very occupied, between the booths and the 'broidery.
    My sister's needlework is beautiful, as was our mother's. I'm just too impatient.

  7. I used to do a lot of embroidering and cross stitch, but it seems it fell out of vogue and is just now becoming popular again. I forgot how relaxing it is to work on small pieces when I'm watching TV. Your ginko leaf runner is a pretty piece, as well as the rose. I hope your recovery is quick and you don't require further surgery!

  8. Hi Olive,
    Your embroidery is beautiful and it's lovely that you have picked that skill up again.
    I'm so sorry that you are having problems with your ear ..... I hope that you sort it out very soon.
    ..... and many thanks for your comment today ....... you must have known it was Wear It Pink Day here in the UK when you put that pink shirt on !!!!
    Have a lovely weekend Olive. XXXX

  9. I am glad to see the finished project. It is lovely. I am not sure if I could pick embroidery back up, but I remember loving to do it. Hope the ear heals.

  10. Sending prayers of healing for you, Olive. Selling, and blogging is very demanding. Blog when you can, and take care of yourself. Love the embroidery, btw.

  11. I did a few things last year and it was fun to get back to needlework. I Hope to do more this winter. So sorry about your ear. I will say a little prayer for you. That has to be miserable. Sorry you are not feeling well. I have been having little panic attacks and I just hate that. Sometimes it just comes on out of no where. (((((HUGS))))

  12. Sorry to hear about your ear problem, Olive. I will say a little prayer that heals without you having to have surgery. Enjoy your embroidering and blog when you feel like it. Take care of yourself. Hugs, Barb

  13. Olive, I love your embroidery.The ginkgo leaf is one of my favorite make me want to pick up my embroidery far, I am letting my sewing machine do it for me. :-) Get well girlfriend..
    Love, Mona

  14. Bless your heart - and your ear too! I'll be praying for a good healing to take place. Embroidery is relaxing. So is wine.

  15. And P.S. I thought at first the title of this post was Needlecraft "Robot." I couldn't wait to see what futuristic robot you were creating! Hahahaha!

  16. Love your embroidery . . . hope your ear heals and that you won't have to have surgery! I'll be caring about you . . .

  17. Dear Olive - I have been away and did not realise that you have been having trouble with your ear. It sounds very unpleasant - I do hope that it begins to heal properly for you soon.
    I used to do embroidery too, it will be very satisfying for you when you have completed it. I really like the Ginkgo leaves. Did you know that the Ginkgo is a unique species of tree with no close relatives. It is considered a living fossil as it is recognisably similar to fossils dating back 270 million years ago when Dinosaurs roamed the earth.

  18. I'm sorry you are having such a problem with your ear. That can't be fun. I think it is good you are taking it easy and picking up something you loved doing. They both look great. I used to do cross-stitch, but since having to get reading glasses several years ago stopped. I should pick it up again because I always enjoyed it.

  19. Your embroidery is lovely! I've always wanted to learn, but am not a patient person, and I think that craft requires patience. I am so sorry you are having such a problem with your ear...I will keep you in my thoughts! Enjoy your weekend, ;)

  20. Hey Olive, I love embroidery too, it was the first craft I learned. So sorry hear you are having issues with your ear, I hope it heals so you can avoid another surgery. Will be thinking so you, Laura

  21. please take care of yourself, sweet friend. relax and enjoy your down time! xoxo

  22. Hi Olive. So sorry that you are having that problem with your ear. That doesn't sound like much fun at all. I was wondering where you were! I pray
    That it will be healed soon. You are doing well with your embroidery. I used to do
    Tapestry pictures with silk , and I
    Have several, all framed, that my mum did. Take care.

  23. Olive, I do hope your ear is better soon - sounds really painful. (PS) Your embroidery is way better than mine. The embroidery kits were a real bargain.

  24. Your embroidery is beautiful, Olive. I used to do some BB. Before Babies. Actually, that should probably say BPC. Before personal computers. You and Gremmie have done a very nice job.

    Sorry to hear about your ear - not meant as a pun, honest! That sounds like it must be a tad painful as it's such a fragile area. I hope they come up with a solution and that you will be infection free until they do. Take care of yourself. Ann

  25. I bet it feels good to start doing embroidering again. I'm so sorry that you're having ear problems again. My son just got over an ear infection that required oral antibiotics and ear drops since his eardrum burst. He is better now. We've all been fighting congestion. Seems to take forever to go away! The cold weather hasn't helped either. Hope you don't have to have another surgery on your ear.

  26. Your embroidery is gorgeous - a lost art, I think! I can't sit and do any kind of needlework at all; never have been able to do that...way too antsy. It has the opposite effect on me (makes me more hyper instead of calming). So, I greatly admire those who sew, do embroidery, knit, crochet, cross-stitch, etc. I am so sorry you are having problems with your ear. Is it painful? I hope not.

  27. I think needlework is a great way to relax and you need quiet time to let your body heal itself.

  28. Love the Gingko leaves - I am so sorry you are having a tough time...take care of yourself.


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