Friday, August 10, 2007

Out of hiding?

I haven't really been "hiding" exactly, but I have been remiss in posting any online updates. I'm working from home most of the time now. You'd think that would mean more time for regular updates, but it has had quite the opposite effect. I tend to go on and off line during the course of the day, depending on the workload at any given time. This means that I'm usually online only when there's lots of work to do, and there isn't as much down time to do other things online. If that doesn't make a good case for employers allowing staff to telecommute, I don't know what does.

I'm still working on my soap formulations. I've got a few recipes that I absolutely love and am *THIS CLOSE* to being able to sell. The trouble with making soap from scratch is that it isn't ready to use when it comes out of the mold. It has to cure for 4 - 6 weeks first. So, whatever I make has to sit around, then I can have friends test it out for me. Then, if it's a successful batch/scent, I can make more and wait another 4 - 6 weeks before it is ready to sell. I think it will go pretty smoothly once I get the recipes and scents worked out, though.

I did quite a bit of stitching last month, mostly on TW's Tradewinds. A friend gave this to me last year when she was clearing out her stash. She had the kit for a while and decided she'd probably never stitch it. I'm absolutely loving this project-- it's a real pleasure to stitch. It's funny that I enjoy TW's so much, because ordinarily I don't like projects with lots of backstitching. I'm not crazy about stitching with blended threads either, for that matter. And yet there is nothing I enjoy stitching more than a TW design. Go figure.

Here's the project as of July 7:

And my progress as of July 29:

Later today, or maybe the first of next week, I am going to make a point to catch up on some of my blog reading. I miss seeing what you've all been up to! Of course, you all are a bad influence-- every time I go off and check the blogs, I end up finding 10 more projects that I simply MUST stitch.


Dawn said...

Great job on Tradewinds! It looks wonderful.

Have a good weekend.

Cathy said...

Wow you made alot of progress. Looks great.

Aussie Stitcher said...

WOW that is some great progress, looking forward to seeing some more.


Jenn said...

Wow you got a lot done. It looks great.

Red said...

Glad to see you are still around...I know exactly what you mean about spending all your computer time on work's a drag for sure! Tradewinds looks great!

Singular Stitches said...

I was happy to see your blog listed on Bloglines!! Welcome back! :o)

Yes, if only employers trusted us more (we're only allowed to telecommute if there's some issue, like really bad weather), they'd find out that we actually get more done at home!

Tradewinds is beautiful, and I look forward to seeing more updates!!

ollie1976 said...

You have been making some great progress.

Michelle said...

You made a lot of progress! I love that chart and so wish I had it too. It looks beautiful fo far!

Gina E. said...

OMG, how on EARTH did you stitch so much in a couple of weeks?? That would take me at least a year! Beautiful project - looking forward to seeing the progress.