Friday, November 30, 2007

Please help me...

Will somebody PUHLEEZE come over here and explain to my otherwise-intelligent husband that lights on a Christmas tree should go round and round the tree and should NOT vertically draped from top to bottom?? And that light wires are colored green so that they can be hidden in the tree, as opposed to hanging all over the outside of the tree.

And finally, please tell him that the little metallic tags and white tickets and little bags of extra bulbs are not decorations in and of themselves, but they are actually meant to be removed from the strand of lights. Scissors will do this quite nicely.

Every single Christmas for 25 years, we fuss over this.

It's a good thing he buys me nice jewelry.

So - no finishes today. Dave was home all day yesterday, and bothered me endlessly looking for whatever little thing he has misplaced over the past year. Then we spent last night decorating our large tree (pre-lit, thank god), and putting up the smaller pencil tree (needed new lights - hence the rant). I'm up to three trees now. Funny how they seem to multiply over time.

But anyway, I worked a little on a Mill Hill Buttons and Beads kit I bought at that little store in Meadville. Folks, I'm not a good beader. I've studiously avoided beads for most of my stitching life. If anyone has any hints about this, I'd be so grateful to learn them. Here's where I am so far.

Finally, it looks like some of you all(like Annemarie)are posting true confessions about the number of WIP's you've got going and UFO's you have hiding away. Seriously? I mean, I'll fess up as long as we all agree that it's just for fun and amusement and that I don't have to stitch on anything I don't want to and as long as you don't tell my husband. At least not while I'm alive.


  1. I used to hate beading too. I've become less adamant in my hate.

    My tricks:

    A shallow and wide lid to contain the beads (like the top of a mayonnaise jar). This keeps them contained, away from the kitties, and easily accessible.

    A good beading needle, with a good needle threader for pulling the way-too-thick-thread through that impossibly-small eye.

    Instead of stitching Xs to hold the beads on I stitch two parallel stitches ||, which ends up looking like )( when the bead is on. This holds them in place better, I find.

    Good luck!

  2. Your husband is wrong. Martha says.

    Also, I love my Tacky Bob for holding beads. I put mine on with one stitch, just the first leg of my regular stitch. Lazy, but it works for me!

  3. I agree with Anna. If Martha says it, it's true. Although, I don't know of any good way to get him to do the lights the right way. For some reason, discussing christmas lights with a man is like waving a HUGE RED FLAG in front of a bull. LOL Good luck!

    Check out the Reader's Digest Big Book of Cross Stitch Designs. They seem to have some good technique tutorials, including some on beading. I borrowed a copy from my library, so check with your local library before you go out and invest in it.

  4. Because my children & DH read my blog [I swear I never realized they did that until Thanksgiving Day] I decided to skip confession time : )

    I have no idea why men/boyz cannot decorate a tree. I think they mess up on purpose b/c they didn't want to do it in the first place --

    Which is why decorations get post poned around here until around December 23rd or so ... nothing says ho-ho-ho like decorating on Christmas Eve.

  5. I use a size 26 tapestry needle it fits through most Mill Hill beads. This way no tiny eye to deal with and you stitch the beads on as you go. Through the bead on the first leg of X and then laying your floss over the bead one strand on each side to support the bead on the second leg of the X. Each bead will sit diagonally in the space.
    Have fun with the UFO's and the husband.