Sunny Sunday

August 10, 2008 at 12:06 pm | Posted in cross stitch | 6 Comments

Sorry that I haven’t blogged all week, but as mentioned in my last post, I knew I was going to have a very busy week.  Not as busy as intended however, because my brother cancelled this weekend and instead is coming next weekend.  That didn’t stop me from taking Thursday and Friday off, lol, so I got a bunch of reading and stitching done.  I spent a lot of time on the deck as the weather is just beautiful and cool enough to leave off the AC.  My kind of weather!  I finished Sacrifice by SJ Bolton and might start the Historian next.  Wanted to keep that for next week for my post op reading, but the dang thing is 600+ pages so I think I’ll have more than enough to keep me occupied through then. 

I finished block 4 on Sweet Treats and even pressed it for your viewing pleasure!  Pie is the next block, then Cake which should come this week from Mary Kathryn.  Still undecided on how I’m going to frame – with or without mats.  I think pink/green mats would look wonderful as would green/tan. 

 

I also started and finished Be A Witch by Shepherd’s Bush.  Ever since I saw Vonna’s finished pillow, I’ve been obsessed with this piece as I love Halloween decorating.  I’m normally a one-project-at-a-time gal, but this one broke my resolve.  It was a quick stitch too, took me less than two days.  I only used two of the Crescent Colors and substituted DMC for the rest.   It’s pictured with the fabric I purchased to make the pillow and I still need to get some black organdy ribbon and fiberfill.

Only seven more work days before my surgery!  Can’t wait to be off for two months, though I don’t think it’s going to be nice and quiet around here.  The contractor is pouring concrete hopefully tomorrow so by next week they’ll be in the thick of things, hammering and banging away.  Don’t think I’ll be sleeping in till 10:00 AM every day!  It will be nice, though, to sit on the deck and watch the progress.  I’ll have to take pics.

Damn TV cable is screwed up – has been for four days cause they were booked and can’t come till today.  I don’t get anything beyond channel 99 except for their freaking One Moment Please message box.  Excuse me – how about Four Days and Counting Please?  For $200.00 a month which is what I’m paying for internet, cable, and phone, I’m pretty pissed.  And nobody has mentioned a credit yet either which will be discussed with them tomorrow.  Supposed to be here between 12 PM and 4 PM and it’s 1 PM and no phone call that they’re coming yet.  Can you tell I’m impatient!

Oh Say

August 3, 2008 at 4:27 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Somebody hurry up and take my temperature!  On top of everything that I did yesterday I got up today and cleaned the oven.  What’s gotten into me, lol???  I normally keep everything pretty clean, but this is getting out of hand.  I’m thinking that maybe I’m being so anal because of the upcoming surgery.   Who knows?  Anyway, I have a clean house, clean fridge, clean oven, two freshly painted rooms and life is good, lol. 

I also framed Shepherd Bush’s Oh Say today. 

 

Shepherd Bush's Oh Say

Shepherd Bush's Oh Say

Jill’s mats are just too awesome.   It’s been hung on the wall in the dining room and looks very very cute.  I’m sorely tempted to get the rest of the tiny sheep, but we’ll see.  I have so much on my stitching plate already.  Big score today!  I won LHN Heart of America kit on ebay including the R&R Creek Bed Brown Linen for $28.00!!  The kit retails for $40 and the fabbie would have been somewhere around $15.00 – $20.00.  The kit includes 11 skeins of Crescent Colors floss and the JABC buttons.  I already have a place picked out for the finished piece!  After Sweet Treats, of course.  I am a “one project at a time” girl, unfortunately, and I can’t be swayed otherwise, so don’t even try, lol.

I’m almost done reading “The Tenth Gift” by Jane Johnson and I must say that it has been a wonderful journey.  I saw it mentioned on someone’s blog and I’m so glad that I ordered it from the library.  Next up is Sacrifice by S J Bolton.

Tomorrow after work I have a dentist appointment, then I need to stop at the bakery to get a birthday cake for my friend at work.  Wednesday I need to pick the son and his girlfriend up at the airport, and my brother is coming for the weekend.  Don’t know how much blogging will get done, but I’ll try my best.

I’ve been using different siggies lately on my posts.  I have a whole folder full!  Below is one of my favorites.

 

Ambitious Saturday

August 2, 2008 at 3:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 8 Comments

I popped out of bed this morning rarin’ to go.  I cleaned the entire house except for the bathroom, did two loads of laundry, hung the living room curtains that I neglected to hang last weekend after washing the windows, and finished CCN’s Bless Our Home as a pillow.  The pillow design is loosely based on Shepherd Bush’s Be Attitudes pillow.

Country Cottage Needleworks "Bless Our Home"

Country Cottage Needleworks "Bless Our Home"

 

I’m very happy with the way it turned out and it was great practice for Be A Witch by Shepherd’s Bush that I plan to finish true to the pattern. 

My brother is coming home next weekend.  We haven’t seen him for over a year.  He is back from Egypt where he’s lived for the past 10 years and is currently living in York Pa.  It will be soooo good to see him.

I also think the contractor is starting on the addition on Monday.  It appears that my surgery will fall right in the midst of construction so I hope it isn’t too noisy, lol.  I’ll be glad when this thing is done and dad’s settled in!

My son is in Arizona with his girlfriend visiting her parents.  He’s been calling every day (such a momma’s boy, lol) and is having a great time despite the temps being 110 degrees.  I can’t even imagine it that hot.  I’m thinking about going with them next year so maybe I’ll find out.  I’ve always wanted to see the Grand Canyon  and seeing as how I’ll only have to pay for plane fare and treat everyone to a couple of meals, I can’t pass up the opportunity.

Have a super weekend everyone!

Over The Hump Day

July 30, 2008 at 6:24 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Yay! It’s Wednesday! Only two more early wakeups left this week.

Look at what I received from one of my suppliers today.

I work in Accounts Payable and I was able to get payment to him for 30 past due invoices that we had no record of ever receiving. Do ya think he was grateful, lol? They are beautiful, though hubby says that he should have bought me a car seein as how I got him a payment of over $385,000. I think I agree, but I’ll enjoy the flowers for now and won’t hold my breath on the car.  I noticed that I captured my glass piece in this picture – the blue woven piece to the left of the bouquet.    It’s woven strips of glass that I fused in my kiln a month or two ago.  I love this piece!

I made some cold process soap over the weekend, now cut and curing in the dining room. Lime Sugar Supreme – smells glorious!  I’ve been making my own soap for about 9 years now.  The only time I bought soap was for the night before my knee surgery – they now tell you to wash with antibacterial soap.


And a little more progress on Sweet Treats. I have the third block almost done and will soon be starting on the fourth block – Ice Cream.


Been reading some too. Finished Dyer Consequences by Maggie Sefton and started The Tenth Gift by Jane Johnson which is very enjoyable – needleworkers will love it.   Synopsis:

In an entertaining if uneven debut novel from a U.K. publishing executive, dual story lines feature spirited English heroines—a 17th-century country girl and a modern-day craft shop owner—both with a gift for embroidery. As a farewell gift from her married lover, Julia Lovat receives a book published in 1625 and filled with a variety of sewing patterns. Inside the manual, Julia discovers the words, scribbled in pencil over the pages, of Cat Ann Tregenna, a 19-year-old British servant kidnapped by Muslim raiders and taken to Morocco to be sold into slavery. En route, the pirate leader, Al-Andalusi, is wounded in a battle, and Cat and her needlepoint skills are called on to stitch up the man’s wounds, an encounter that leads to a tangled interfaith rivalry. As Julia struggles to shake off the dregs of her affair, she finds inspiration in Cat’s makeshift diary and travels to Morocco to track down proof that Cat really existed; in the process, she discovers a new life of her own.

 

Happy Stitching!

 

A Little Bit of Progress

July 26, 2008 at 6:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

All I have to say is that since I went back to work on Monday, I am really ticked about not having enough time to stitch!!  I’ve been on the hubby’s back to make more moolah so I can quit.  Wishful thinking is all I have to go on these days, lol, cause there’s very little chance of him making more than his regular yearly increases, which BTW as I’m sure we all know, don’t even cover the increase in gas and goods this year.

I did manage to put a few stitches into Sweet Treats this week and should finish this block before the end of the weekend.  I also managed to finish reading “Back to Blossom Street” by Debbie Macomber and start “Dyer Consequences” by Maggie Sefton.

I am a sucker for Halloween designs, so yesterday I ordered Murky Manor by Glendon Place from Stitching Bits and Bobs, who is having a sale, BTW.   I ordered everything to complete it including the Picture This Plus fabbie called Dawn, and the specialty fibers and beads.  SB & B didn’t have one of the beads so I’ll have to pick them up elsewhere.   I’d like to have Sweet Treats done in the next couple of weeks so that I can start Murky and get it framed by October 1st.

 

Dad stopped over today because the contractor was coming to give us the estimate for the addition which will be his room.  The estimate was just a little over our budget, so we’re proceeding and I’m kind of excited to get it started.  Construction should start within the next two weeks or so, therefore it will be going on while I’m recuperating from my knee surgery.  Hope they don’t make too much noise, lol.  The addition will be 14 X 18 and include a powder room.  It will sit up next to the deck on the back of the house – in fact, they’ll be relocating the steps that go from the deck to the driveway.  Dad will have a door that exits onto the deck, in addition to being able to enter the room from inside the house.  I think he’s very lonely in his apartment and very much looking forward to moving in with us and our chaos.  With his dog, we’ll have four animals running around.  Two dogs total and two kitties.

Well, after cleaning, doing laundry, meeting with the contractor, making dinner, and doing the dishes, I need a rest, lol.  I’m off to stitch!

Kreativ Blogger Award

July 23, 2008 at 6:58 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

My lovely new stitching friend, Veronica, has made me very happy by nominating me for a Kreativ Blogger Award.  I just starting stitching and blogging again after a long hiatus and Veronica was one of the first stitchers to extend me her friendship and therefore she will always be special to me.  We’re SALing on CCN’s Sweet Treats right now! 

 

Here are the rules for this award:

1.  The winner may put the logo on her blog.
2.  Put a link to the person you got the award from.
3.  Nominate 5 blogs.
4.  Put links to the blogs.
5.  Leave a message for your nominees

Now my nominees – they have all inspired me:
1. Nicole of Carolina Dreams – her stitching is exquisite!

2.  Susan of Afford Your Passions – she may not know it but I’ve read her blog for a long time!

3.  Anne of Feather Stitching – we were blogging friends before my hiatus.  I know she forgives me, lol, for abandoning cross stitch for a year!

4.  Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher, whose finishing is incredible!

5.  Milly of Stitching Obsession II, the wonderful moderator of the CCN/LHN yahoo group.

Carol

Progress is Being Made

July 22, 2008 at 6:31 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Even though I started back to work yesterday since my medical leave is over, I made some stitching progress last night.  Not as much as I’m used to getting, but progresss nonetheless.  I believe stitching may have saved me since work, especially after being off for 2 1/2 months, did not go well.  Seems like things have gotten even worse since I left which is hard to believe.  Anyhow, here’s my lifesaver – Sweet Treats along with a new Craft Needle Separator that arrived today.  Her little bead, the one attached to her wing, was broken, but since I definitely DO NOT have a shortage of beads, I put her to rights ASAP.

 

Excuse the little bit of glare on the angel – it’s dusky here and I had to use the Ott light .

I’m discombobulated from being back to work.  Not only is the atmosphere there awful, but the work is stressful, and I’m just out of the routine I established when I was off.  I feel the stress at work and then the stress at home to accomplish those things that I could just take my time doing.  In addition, getting up at 5:30 is not as nice as rolling out of bed at 9:30, lol.  Next surgery is August 20th and I’m looking forward to getting rid of this knee pain and being off for a little stretch again.

Been doing a little reading.  “Back on Blossom Street” by Debbie Macomber which is the third installment in a set of books about a woman (cancer survivor) who opens a yarn store on Blossom Street.  Not heavy reading by any means, but light and happy which is what I’m in the mood for.  A friend at work noticed the book on my desk and mentioned that she’s reading “The Historian” by Elizabeth Kostova which she’s loving.  From Amazon.com:

If your pulse flutters at the thought of castle ruins and descents into crypts by moonlight, you will savor every creepy page of Elizabeth Kostova’s long but beautifully structured thriller The Historian. The story opens in Amsterdam in 1972, when a teenage girl discovers a medieval book and a cache of yellowed letters in her diplomat father’s library. The pages of the book are empty except for a woodcut of a dragon. The letters are addressed to: “My dear and unfortunate successor.” When the girl confronts her father, he reluctantly confesses an unsettling story: his involvement, twenty years earlier, in a search for his graduate school mentor, who disappeared from his office only moments after confiding to Paul his certainty that Dracula–Vlad the Impaler, an inventively cruel ruler of Wallachia in the mid-15th century–was still alive. The story turns out to concern our narrator directly because Paul’s collaborator in the search was a fellow student named Helen Rossi (the unacknowledged daughter of his mentor) and our narrator’s long-dead mother, about whom she knows almost nothing. And then her father, leaving just a note, disappears also.

 

Right up my alley.  I checked out the library online but they didn’t have the book, only the audio, so I checked ebay and got a copy for $5.50 shipping included!  Just what I need for when I’m recuperating from the August surgery.

Happy Stitching!

Carol

No More Tangles

July 18, 2008 at 12:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

No, I’m not talking about hair conditioner.  I’m talking about a new product made by Puffin & Co.  It’s called a Craft Strand Separator and is my new favorite toy.  I just received it in the mail today and it works like a charm. 

Sweet Treats and Puffin & Co. Craft Strand Separater

Sweet Treats and Puffin & Co. Craft Strand Separater

 

I bought mine directly from Puffin & Co. because the shipping was only $1.30, however Nordic Needle has these and I saw some yesterday on etsy.  They also have the cutest designs – the moon above, an angel, a heart, kitties, a dragonfly, a cross, a butterfly and a couple of others.  This has been one of my better purchases, let me tell ya.  And no, I’m not affiliated, just very pleased with my new toy!  I might need another – I think the angel is calling to me!  And the heart!

An Ending Followed by A Beginning

July 16, 2008 at 9:19 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Now that’s a little bass-ackwards now, isn’t it, lol?  Here’s the ending:

Completed Bless Our Home by Country Cottage Needleworks

Completed Bless Our Home by Country Cottage Needleworks

 

And here’s a beginning:

Sweet Treats - Country Cottage Needleworks

Sweet Treats - Country Cottage Needleworks

 

And here’s my interested audience:

Colby and Toby

Colby and Toby

 

I’m off to the ortho doc tomorrow morning and the evil man will probably send me back to work on Monday.  My two month vacation recuperation comes to an end, however my other knee surgery is already scheduled for August 20th so my next vacation recuperation period starts then.

The contractor for the addition was here with the plans and the plumber.  No estimate yet, however the two feet I added onto the length will definitely not make it cheaper.

Back to (hopefully) a decent movie and some stitching after a nice long shower.  Guess I’ll have to shave my legs since the doc will be looking at my knees tomorrow, huh?  Of course, I could just wear shorts and knee socks and just shave my knees. 

Carol

Three Bags Full

July 15, 2008 at 5:18 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Three bags full – that’s just about how much wool I have leftover from my rug hooking days. I could give Weeks Dye Works wool a run for their money, lol.

Three bags full of wool!

Three bags full of wool!

Noooo, I’m not taking rug hooking back up again, lol. This is what motivated me to get it out.

Snowflake Punchneedle by With Needle and Thread

 

I finished this and as I’m sitting pondering what I’m going to do with it, I realize that it’s the perfect size for the front of a scissor pocket.  My initial intention was to use it as a focal point on a pillow, but I like the scissor pocket idea better.  BTW, I’ve never made a scissor pocket but they don’t look too hard.  Vonna, you got a tutorial for one, lol??

Now you’d think with all this wool, that I would have lots of choices, right?  No such luck.  I managed to find this one piece of wool (just one) in the perfect shade of red.  Now to find that tutorial!!!

 

Red Wool for Scissor Pocket

Red Wool for Scissor Pocket

I received my Vintage Light Exemplar from Wyndham Needleworks finally and let me tell you, I am in LOVE with this fabric.  It’s my new favorite and will be perfect for Little House Neighborhood.  Also notice the wonderful scissor fob that I bought from Mary Kathryn.  Isn’t the teapot the cutest thing?
Teapot scissor fob and Vintage Light Exemplar

Teapot scissor fob and Vintage Light Exemplar

I made a small purchase today from Puffin & Co.  A new “must-have” tool.  I’ll post piccies when it arrives.  Also paid for CCN’s Needlework Shop to Mary Kathryn so it should be coming soon too.  I just love stitchy mail!
Carol 
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