First of all, thanks to all of you fabulous blog friends who left me such sweet comments about my daughter's pictures! I know that I've gone on and on about my kids in this blog, and perhaps that wasn't why you visited originally, but you've all been so very wonderful with your advice and compliments and Jeez...Surely you all know that the quickest way to a mother's heart is to say nice things about her children. So I'll tell you now that I'll love you all forevah and evah.
Well, I finally finished the top row of large alphabet letters in Tree of Life. Now I can work my way down the left side of the sampler. I can feel it....It's going to be finished this year! I'd like to take a break, but I'm worried about leaving it on the scroll rods for very long.
Here's why - I opened my last large skein of dark red silk, and it had stained the plastic thread drop in the package. So I'm a little worried that this silk may bleed onto anything it comes into contact with if it's touching it for too long - including its own self in this sampler. What do you think? Am I right to worry about that? Or am I being paranoid?
Oh, and here's another question. The very first stitches that I put into this design were in the top, light red, border. I used my usual anchoring technique when I finished each thread. Nothing special. Just ran it under a few stitches and cut it fairly short. WELL. Now those stitches are fuzzy and starting to come out. I don't know what to do except to pick them out and re-stitch the areas. Grrr. It's frustrating. Do any of you use any special techniques for ending your silk threads?
OK, now I'll stop griping and show you a picture of its hugeness. Those are my stork scissors in the middle, to give you an idea of its gigantorness:
So - in other things around the O'Neil house, Dave and I went to another Mountain Stage taping this Wednesday. It was a special program because Neko Case was going to play, and although she's not my favorite singer, Dave really likes her music, so we went. It was in Charleston WV, at their Civic Center. Neko Case was...well, she was okay. She was acting kind of weird, though. Started one song three times and still couldn't get it right, so she just gave up. And she re-sang another song that she had done earlier, because she said it was too slow the first time. Truthfully, it sounded exactly the same as when she sang it the first time.
But here's what bothered me more than anything else. We've been to lots of Mountain Stage tapings, and I have to say that every single performer has been pretty great. Famous or not-so-famous, they come to Mountain Stage and they seem happy to be there and appreciative of the live audience. Neko Case was neither of those things. In fact, they (she and her accompanying singer) kept doing this little curtsy move and saying that they felt like they were in a 5th grade talent show. It was insulting to both the audience and the radio show.
Maybe she was on drugs or something. People act strangely when they're on drugs. Even very gifted and talented people.
Ahhh, but as usual, Mountain Stage always gives us a surprise musical act that makes you sit back in your seat and say, "Wow, that was incredible!" Wednesday night's WOW moment was a group from Southern California called Sonos, an all-vocal group that was fabulous. High energy, amazing talent. They only have an Itunes EP available right now, but I sure hope they produce more. So watch these!
Now I'm going to end this too long post, but remind me to ask you next time about Leashes for Little Kids.