Jack-o-lantern

Jack-o-lantern

I tried to stitch it out today. I’m soooo frustrated. My machine’s tension is off. It’s not something I can fix because it’s automatic tension adjustment. Sewing machine shop is closed on Mondays, so tomorrow I’ll find out how long it’s going to take to get it’s annual checkup. I’m uploading the design anyway. If you download it, it NEEDS to be test sewn. That’s because, just maybe, my digitizing program has a problem instead of my machine (or maybe…

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SAD, But Not Sad

SAD, But Not Sad

SAD, But Not Sad Drizzle away. That’s what time does in autumn. For me anyway. It is a major struggle to get anything done. Last year was easier. I got through the whole of fall and winter without meds. This year I’m going to need the help. And that makes me sort of angry, but not really. It’s a physical thing. Something about lack of light decreases the function of serotonin and no matter how positive I try to be,…

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Solar Powered

Solar Powered

3 p.m. I love being solar powered in the late spring and summer. It’s a bit more difficult as the cloudy, rainy weather of autumn and winter settle in. I think I could almost literally hibernate. I really love Oregon for all its greenness, but I remember Colorado living up to “sunshine 360 days of the year.” We lived in Colorado for only two years, but I can’t remember a dreary day. It usually rained every day at about three…

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Good Reads

Good Reads

I’ve been reading a lot of e-books lately. As a bibliophile, I generally prefer print on paper books, but since I’m a bibliophile for the stories, not the containers, I find it hard to pass up free e-books or really cheap ones. Something I’m learning is that there are a lot of self published e-books and that means writing quality ranges from “very good” to “really bad.” Books that have gone through an editor and publisher rarely get lower than…

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Finally!

Finally!

I’ve been planning to offer free machine designs for more than a year. I’m often playing with the digitizing program, and am almost constantly downloading licensed or copyright free graphics (for digitizing and journaling). I’ve also been constantly distracted or having to put it lower on the priority list. Last night I finally got to organizing my Airy Nothing Designs folder. And, typically ADD, I didn’t get very far, but . . . it was because I immediately found a…

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Flowers

Flowers

A large part of the last two weeks has been spent on filing. Oh so FUN! Actually, I don’t mind and I think I’m finally getting the machine embroidery files organized. Although I keep finding unzipped files and duplicate–lately in folders I thought I’d completed. Being a free design junkie and having gone crazy when I first got my embroidery machine, I have way more designs than I’ll ever get to. It’s taking forever and while I don’t mind, it…

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Little Blue Box

Little Blue Box

So. . . this is one of the things I’ve been working on. (Video=2+ minutes of boring. Actual stitching was a few hours!) Watching this makes me appreciate the machine embroiderers who aren’t digital. I have a couple of free motion embroidery projects and, well, you can tell I do not have the necessary practice to complete a finely finished product. I modified the design from here. It came out better, but I’m still not completely happy with it. I…

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Lost Again

Lost Again

If I don’t fall into the Black Hole of Facebook, something else manages to distract me. Today it was making the new header to match the new background. Last night (and a bit this morning) it was playing on GIMP. I guess that’s me. However, it was fun to make. The sea is many layers of a background that started as a geometric flower or star. I used a bunch of G’Mic filters to get the waves. Used another one…

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Windows Journal

Windows Journal

Not the most exciting post. After working in my garden planting and transplanting, I thought I’d check out the Journal that comes with Windows 10. I read it had been disabled in some versions of Windows 10, but I still have it. I’m thinking it might be easier than opening Notepad or WordPad every time I want to make a note. I have sticky notes, but they’re really a pain because they’re either all opened or all closed. Besides, all…

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I Have Been Adopted

I Have Been Adopted

At first he didn’t want his picture taken. Then he kept moving around. Really! He was there when I aimed the camera! And moving. Finally he sat down to groom. And moved to a more comfortable place. He’s a friendly boy (well, I’m 99% sure it’s a boy,). . . friendly . . . as long as I don’t try to verify his gender, or don’t try to pick him up, or don’t stop petting when he’s done, or don’t…

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