Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Sapphire


Thanks for the well-wishes for tomorrow. I am sure it will all go ok. I am also sure that you are probably tired of seeing my slower than molasses progress on my current projects. Not a whole lot of stitching done on Monday night, because of the whole afternoon fiasco. Last night, I was back to class...so no stitching last night. But, I managed to work on tree number 2 a little bit, and finish off tree number 1. I did finish reading Snow Country, by Yasunari Kawabata, for my book club that is on March 9th. It was good. It is about a geisha, and is going to be tied in with the Ukiyo-e exhibit that they have going on at the museum right now. I am looking forward to the discussion. I can't believe how far in advance I finished this. Usually, I am rushing to get my books read. I've started reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, because I want to re-read all six books before the last one comes out. That is actually one of the items on my 101 Things list.
I finished up my travel project today also, so I can get started on my biscornu exchange piece for the Friends Gather Bulletin Board. I'll be sure to post a photo of my finish tomorrow. But, for now...I received one of my bonus check goodies in the mail today.
This is fabric from Heaven Lee Creations for the Nativity. The color is called Sapphire. I have been wanting this fabric for a couple of years now, so I am glad to finally have it! It really is gorgeous in person.
I am grateful for finishing things.

Monday, February 26, 2007

The End of the Triangles

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend. I managed to finish up Part 7 of Mystery 9. I am so happy to be done with those triangles! Next weekend I will start the four artichoke beds that go on the outside of the triangles. I am looking so forward to stitching something different. Here's the part I finished.
And here is the whole thing so far. I am past the half way mark now. Hurrah!
I am back to working on Baby Garden tonight. I should be able to get some more done on my trees. I had kind of a rough afternoon though, so I may spend some time pampering myself. I had to go for a CT scan, for which they have to run an IV. Unfortunately, after several traumatic tries, they were still unable to get the IV started. So, I have to try it again on Thursday, which means more fasting, drinking more of this radioactive dye and then we try the IV again. I hope it goes better on Thursday. I am worn out, and feel like a pincushion.
Walk to Rivendell: No walk tonight.


I am grateful for being able to look in my husband's eyes for comfort.


Saturday, February 24, 2007

Trees and Snails

I have actually gotten a little bit of stitching done during the day today, which is unusual. I'm working on Mystery 9. My brain may not be working though. I've had two instances today where I miscounted somewhere and couldn't see where, so I had to get Eric to look at it. Luckily they did not involve much ripping out. Maybe after dinner I will have better luck. We ran some errands this afternoon, but nothing too exciting. Eric is building me a new computer, so he's been at that all day (which left me time to stitch!). Last night I worked on Barnabee, but did not get a lot done. I only stitched for about an hour. I did manage to get the row of snails stitched, though. They are kinda cute.



I've also made a little more progress on my Baby Garden. I almost have a tree.



I think once I get this top large band stitched, the smaller bands underneath it should go much faster. Here's hoping.


Not too much else going on here. I ordered my goodies with the part of my bonus I get to play with this morning. I can hardly wait!!! Now, if I could just get my husband to move all the computer parts from in front of my craft closet door, I could actually get to some of my stuff that I need. Hope you are all having a great weekend!


Walk to Rivendell: Total Miles Walked (33.5)



I am grateful for cappuccino.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

QuickStitch Wednesday



As part of the QuickStitch Wednesday SAL on the HAED BB, I worked on my Water ACEO again last night. For some reason it seems like it's been awhile since I worked on this, but I guess it's only been a week. I managed to get another little 10 x 10 square done. I am close to being halfway across the top. I am enjoying stitching on it though, especially now that I have my thread on bobbins. My 2007 goal that I posted on the HAED BB is to start and finish this within the year. Here's hoping!




I had to place an order with Amazon for a book for my next class, which starts next Tuesday. It was so nice having off this week! And since there's no reason to skip that free shipping, I ordered this too. This Blackbird Designs book has patterns for several quilts (one of which was used as the background on the Fleamarket Sampler) and a couple of hooked rugs. A fun book.

Tonight after work, we went over to our wedding photographer to have our one year anniversary photos done (even though our anniversary isn't until April...they are gearing up for wedding season). So, hopefully I will be able to get a little stitching in on Baby Garden before the night is over. Tomorrow is back to Barnabee. Has anyone else attempted to order the pullware or tassel for this piece? I've tried to order them from a couple of different shops, but since they are discontinued pieces, I don't have high hopes for finding anyone that just happens to have them in stock. Off to stitch!

Walk to Rivendell: Road ahead runs fairly straight and level. Behind them it curves slightly. BLACK RIDER. Sam and Pippin hide in a hollow. Frodo behind tree by road. (Total Miles walked: 32)


I am grateful for anniversary photos with my sweet husband.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

The Postman Always Rings Twice

...and that's because he's loaded down with stash for me! It was an especially good mail day. First, I received the new Limited Edition Just Nan WhimZi, Cherub Garden. I love the frame for this one.



Next, I got my Superbowl Sale order from Silver Needle. They sent a note stating that because of the time it took to receive my order (which was still faster than SB&B on a normal day), they had included three of the GAST Limited Edition threads. The colors are Zinnia, Aquamarine and Deadwood. Gorgeous...and unexpected! I purchased Three Little Words, Flower Shop and Bakery.




And finally, from Elegant Stitch, I received my Limited Edition Thread Gathering piece. I just love the thread holder.



And since I was finally able to get back to stitching...here is what I've done on Baby Garden. It is coming out so cute. I just love it so far.



I've finished my March Woolly Tyme blanket, so I will have that all ready to show you next week. I also finished reading Eragon, which was fantastic. I had hoped to be able to move right into re-reading the Harry Potter books when I was finished, but my next book club is on March 9th, so I figured I'd better start reading Snow Country for it.

I am grateful for prosperity.



Monday, February 19, 2007

Just Nan RR Round 4

Yesterday began the Chinese New Year and this year is the year of the Boar or Pig. There are twelve animals that make up the Chinese zodiac, and also four elements associated with each animal. Every sixty years, you will have a specific animal and a specific element represented. For example, my grandmother was born in the year of the Metal Boar, as was I. This year marks the beginning of a Fire Boar year. You can read more about Boars and their (my) attributes here, if you're interested.


I am off to a good start for the New Year, as I have finished stitching on Allie's RR. She asked us to stitch smalls that will sit on her great great grandmother's table she inherited. So, I chose to stitch the needlebook. I stitched motifs from Nan's Garden. I just love the little lattice-work archway, and the little over one bees. I really hope Allie likes it.



The fabric Allie chose is a beautiful soft sage green, not grey like it looks here.




Here is the card case that will be housing the cards Allie asked each of us to write a little something on.



It will be beautiful when all the pieces are finished and assembled. I hope that Allie shares a pic when she's done! With my Just Nan RR piece finished, I am back to my rotation. So tonight I will be stitching on Baby Garden. I only got one night of stitching in on this before the situation with Hamlet came to a head. So, I am glad to get back to working on it. I hope to have a worthwhile progress pic to show soon. I got my annual review at work today, and did very well. I will be receiving my bonus on Friday, so I have big plans for the portion of it that I get to play with. Think cold nights, Faberge and Catherine the Great.... I can hardly wait!


Walk to Rivendell: Still going down the hill. (Total Miles Walked: 30.5)

I am grateful for a job well done.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Valentines Part Deux


For the second half of our Valentine's Day celebration, I took Eric to see Cirque du Soleil's Corteo. It was fabulous. If you have never had the opportunity to go see them perform, try to do so. Every show I have been to (this was my fourth) has been amazing. In fact, I think I might even say this show was my favorite. I have seen Dralion, Alegria, Varekai and now Corteo. It was a wonderful afternoon. And Eric bought me a program as a souvenir.

Last night I stitched on Barnabee's Quest for our SAL. I just love this piece.


I have the border of Part 1 all done (except the beads), the Summer Sunrise band, Bee Skep Lane and the Field of Lavender. I recently stitched the lavender fields on one of my Just Nan RR pieces. Such dainty little flowers. I am really enjoying stitching on this and taking my time with it. Tomorrow I am back to the RR, and Barnabee will wait until Friday again.
That's about all the news that's fit to print, so I'll be off now. I definitely needed a wonderful afternoon like we enjoyed today. I feel much more relaxed!

Walk to Rivendell: no walking yesterday because my knees were bothering me....just weights.


I am grateful for Paris and the inspiration it provides.


Friday, February 16, 2007

Travelling Circus

First of all, let me say "Hi" to all my new commenters! I appreciate everyone who stops in to read my blog. Secondly, let me say thank you so much for all the wonderful compliments on my Heart Tree. I have some egg ornaments, that originally hung on my Christmas tree, but I think I will use them on my new wire tree for Easter. I thought I'd post the photo above of my bouquet that I used for my bridal portraits. It was a little worse for wear after the session, but I still love this pic I managed to take last February.

And in the interest of showing you evidence that I am actually stitching a little bit, I thought I'd show you my travel projects. This is my Shepherd's Bush ornament from the 2000 Years Ago series.

It is the third one in the series. And here is my March Woolly Tyme blanket. I am just loving the Emerald Weeks thread. So pretty!

And finally, this is not currently a travel project, but it was at one time. Last June I stitched up this Essie's Friends piece, Flower of Courage by Wild Heart Designs. I just need to finish it into a needle minder.


I'll be stitching on my Barnabee tonight. Eric and I have several of our shows to catch up on, since we missed just about everything this week. I am so glad it is Friday. Everyone have a great weekend, and thanks again for checking in!

I am grateful for That 70s Show, it makes me laugh...and I needed a good laugh.


Thursday, February 15, 2007

Baby, It's Cold Outside

I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day yesterday. My sweetie sent roses to me at work and this little bear. I've never had flowers delivered to me at work, so it was a big surprise! He also sent flowers to my mom and his mom. He never ceases to amaze me. We had a wonderful dinner last night when I got home from working out. The situation with Hamlet has not gotten any better, and last night was another rough night. I've talked to my vet though, who has been seeing Hamlet for about ten years, and he has given me something to try. I am hopeful that it will help and all will be right with our little family again. I am hoping that this weekend, I can pamper myself a little, maybe take a long bubble bath...I could sure use it.

I don't have any stitching to show you today, unfortunately. I am busily working away on my RR, and hope to have it finished up soon. I haven't gotten any stitching in the last two nights though, due to the situation with Hamlet and just general exhaustion. Hopefully I can get a little in tonight. I plan to work on Barnabee for our weekly SAL tomorrow night, and then I will probably go back to the RR. I do apologize to everyone that I am so out of sorts of late, I just seem to be having too many things heaped on me at once. But, I am trying to remember to breathe and remember that all is exactly as it should be. I got my Fabric of the Month package from Silkweaver and received two beautiful pieces, yet again. The purple is a Limited Edition Belfast, and the other is like blue sky with clouds (not green, like it looks here) called Castle View in Lugana. Both gorgeous. I am so glad that I signed up for this Fabric of the Month club, even though I have only used one of the pretty fabrics I've received so far.

I am thinking of joining the Biscornu exchange on the Friends Gather Bulletin Board. I've never stitched a Biscornu, so I thought it might be fun. And speaking of exchanges, take a look at Gill's cow quilt. Remember the Texas Cow I stitched for her over the summer? What a fun idea!
Well, that's it for me today. Eric and I are off to Best Buy to pick up some DVDs. I am planning on getting Marie Antoinette. It looks fabulous. I'm curious to see what Pam Garrison is creating, that is Marie Antoinette inspired?

Walk to Rivendell: Road zig-zags to top of a steep bank and goes down for the last time. Can see across Woody End to the River. They stop to rest, eat, and rest more. Sun was "beginning to get low" as they went down the hill. (Total Miles walked: 29)



I am grateful for possibilities.


Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Queen of Hearts

Happy Valentine's Day! Here is my little Valentine project that I had been working on. All that beautiful red fabric became little heart ornaments. It makes me happy every time I see it.

I also went to my LNS's Market Night last night between work and class to see some of the new goodies. They didn't have a whole ton of things that piqued my interest, but there were a few. And I did try to not go completely overboard. I ended up purchasing what you see below...



I bought the Blackbird Designs book, which has like 11 or so charts in it. They are all very cute. They have a couple of pincushion charts, a box top (sort of like the Secret Garden box), and several others. Fun! I also bought this cute French Country rooster. I couldn't resist him for $3. I picked up a couple of skeins of Weeks that I was getting low on too, while I was there. It was fun. They had a drawing for a goodie bag (I didn't win). And I got to hear the story from my LNS owner about how she was trapped in an elevator at her hotel with Frank from Mosey n Me and two other people. I didn't see LHN's Thread Gathering piece there, so I have ordered it from another shop. It just seems such a cute piece. Oh, and speaking of cuteness...have you seen Just Nan's new Lady Scarlet piece??? I've reserved one for myself. Guess now I will have to stitch Lady Scarlet's Journey too, huh?

I have made a start on the Just Nan RR that I have right now. The group is wanting to push the mailing date up, which I find highly ironic. But, I will work to get this one finished as quickly as possible, so that we can move on.

I am still sort of emotionally off-kilter today and I didn't really sleep last night. We are having a behavioral problem with Hamlet, and I don't have any idea what to do about it. I am going to call our vet today to see if he can offer any suggestions. Any loving energy you can send our way would be appreciated.

And so far, other than the spacing thing, I am really liking the new blogger. It seems to load everything faster. I like the labels for my posts too. Although, everytime I label one now I keep thinking I should really write a post that includes the topics "scooters, vacation, fall" just for a laugh. (Those are the examples they give you for labels.)

I am grateful for the love of my life.

Monday, February 12, 2007

To Market, To Market

Not a whole lot to say tonight. I have to get a move on my Just Nan RR, so that I can send it on. Jenny has just finished stitching on mine, and she posted a pic of the whole thing on her blog. I so appreciate her doing that because I haven't seen it nor heard any word of it in awhile. So, I am glad to see how pretty it looks.

I took a look at the Hoffman website to see what some of the new Market releases are. Here are a few of the ones that I immediately liked.



La-D-Da's Mocking Bird.



Raise the Roof's Off the Deep End.



And the new Mirabilia Fairy, Miss New Year's Fairy.

My LNS is having a member's only Market Night tomorrow evening. So, I might see if I can make it there after work and before class to see what they've got.

Well, that's about all the conversation I have in me tonight. I'm feeling drained and maybe even a little depressed. Here's hoping it passes. And blogger is doing some crazy stuff with my posts now...it is ticking me off!

Walk to Rivendell: Road rolls up and down (Total miles walked: 27.5)

I am grateful for a husband who cooks, and cooks really well!

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Two Finishes

February Woolly Tyme
Homespun Elegance
Weeks & Crescent Colors on 28ct Overdyed Linen
Brass Heart Charm
1/15/07 - 2/10/07

I did the finishing on my sheep blanket yesterday, and now my sheep is happy. Once I finally got my threads in that I needed, this finished up really quickly. I was missing the color for the hearts and the color for the bird. The little cream colored dots are French knots. They sort of look like Baby's Breath to me. I ordered my thread for the March blanket at the same time I ordered February's, so I will probably go ahead and start on that one this week. From what I understand, they will be sending April, May and June's blankets at one time, and that will finish up the year. It's been fun stitching these and keeping up with them (mostly).



I also finished up Part 6 of Mystery 9 last night. All I lacked was the specialty stitches. But, since I didn't stitch at all last weekend (migraine), I didn't finish it up last weekend as I had anticipated. So, a quick finish.



Next, I am on to the last set of the dreaded triangles. I am so glad this is moving along now. I'll be happier when the triangles are done though. They look awesome, but I am worn out on them.


We watched Hamlet yesterday afternoon, the next movie in the Academy Award list. I had never seen this one (1948). It was really good. I have seen the Mel Gibson version and the Kenneth Branagh version. While the Branagh is still my favorite, this one was excellent. Next up is All The King's Men, which when I read the DVD case isn't what I thought it was...so it will be interesting to see. I don't actually think I've read Hamlet. I read Henry V in school and Romeo and Juliet, but not Hamlet. A few years ago, I decided to spend some time reading some "classics", and put myself on a reading program. I read Macbeth and really enjoyed it. Having not read a lot of Shakespeare can someone tell me if birds seem to be a common theme in his writing? In Macbeth it seemed there were birds all throughout that piece, enough so that it struck me. Funny, that all three of my cats have Shakespearean names, isn't it?

Last night we went out to celebrate Valentine's Day, and Eric's new job. He has been working as a contractor, and was recently hired on. Definitely a reason to celebrate. And since Valentine's Day is in the middle of the week, we decided to break it up into two separate evenings. So, last night we went to a place called Sambuca, which is a Mediterranean restaurant and Jazz club. We went for drinks and dessert and to listen to the band. It was excellent. We shared a chocolate toffee tort, which was so decadent! We also had their specialty martinis. I had a Wedding Cake martini and then a Key Lime martini. I could not tell you what was in them, but they were delicious! The band was fabulous, and we had a lovely time. Next Saturday, we have tickets to see Cirque de Soleil's Corteo. We have seen Cirque three times, I think, and are really looking forward to seeing this new show.

Well, that's it for me. Enjoy the last of your weekend! (and if somebody can tell my why Blogger thinks I no longer need spacing between my paragraphs, I'd love to hear it.) [Edited: HA! I think I fixed it...not that Blogger was any freakin' help.]

I am grateful for chocolate.


Friday, February 09, 2007

Purple Blooms


Yesterday Eric and I celebrated our ten month anniversary. He brought me these beautiful purple flowers. They are so much lovelier than my poor photography skills show. Tonight we had homemade pizza and wine. Mmmmm. It was a good end to a crazy week. I have switched over to the new Blogger, so hopefully all will be well when I publish this post. Here's hoping!

Thanks for all the suggestions on the wedding sampler. I am still looking around for possibilities. It is too bad that Victoria Sampler's Crimson Fire has been discontinued, because it looked promising. I'll let you know what we decide on. Dani, I am not sure what I will do with the TW sampler. I will probably just hang on to it for now. Maybe I'll end up stitching it for someone else?

I went ahead and stitched on Barnabee last night, but I've let Carol know that I will be switching to Fridays starting next week so that we can stitch together. Jenna, how about you? I am loving seeing everyone's progress on this piece. I loved getting to stitch on the bee skep last night. I also loved the rice stitches, they just look so cool when they're finished. I think the first time I did them was in Midi Mystery 2.


I've finished up the stitching on my February sheep blanket, and just have to fringe and finish it. I'll probably sit down tonight and do some hand sewing, since it's already 9:30 and I am worn out. Everyone have a great weekend!

Walk to Rivendell: Road rolls up and down. (Total Miles Walked: 26)

I am grateful for the internet, a never-ending source of crafty inspiration!

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Second Thoughts


A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away...oh wait...no just in this galaxy...I started stitching Teresa Wentzler's Wedding Sampler for Eric and I. I love this design and have had it in my stash for a long time, just waiting. I started stitching on it, and something just kept me doubting it was the right choice for us. My friend, Sherri, just finished stitching this for herself and seeing it finished in person was amazing. It is such a beautiful piece. But, she said something about it that made me pause. She said she loved it because it was exactly her wedding colors, very soft and Victorian-looking. That's when it hit me...I realized that although I love this sampler, it in no way reflects mine and Eric's wedding, or us. Our wedding was mainly done in reds. My bridesmaids wore red, and I carried red roses. The bridesmaids carried beautiful sort of "apple green/kiwi green" flowers. My dress was embroidered with gold. Our wedding was what I would think of as "elegant European" if I had to put a name on it. Very grand. While I love the TW sampler, it in no way reflects the feel of our wedding. So, I am on the hunt for a new wedding sampler, or something that can be converted to a wedding sampler. So, here is where I ask for your help. I would appreciate any suggestions that you can think of for an appropriate wedding piece. I've done some looking around, and found a few things...but nothing that floats Eric's boat. So, I am sort of at a loss.

And in other stitching news, I stitched on my HAED piece last night for the Wednesday SAL on the HAED BB. I finished up the 10 x 10 block that I had started on Friday, and got almost half of another done. I am getting very close to hitting the edge of my page across the top of my chart. How exciting it will be to start on the second row of 10 x 10s! Here's my progress as of last night when the Sopranos ended on A&E.


Here's a link to what the finished piece will look like. Go to Quick Stitches, then Sara Butcher, then scroll down to Water ACEO. I just love this piece. I have the other three elements in my stash to do as well: air, earth and fire. I may do fire next since I am a fire sign. Oh, and my box of bobbins worked really well for sorting my thread for this piece. I am so glad I decided to do that...the plastic Ziplock bags were a nightmare!

I am looking forward to stitching some more on Barnabee tonight. Hopefully I can make more progress than last week. We'll see! Hope you're all having a great week. I am hoping to get my February sheep blanket finished by this weekend as well as my Valentine's project.

Walk to Rivendell: Road rolls up and down. (Total Miles Walked: 24)

I am grateful for my silky long hair.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Under the Rug


A couple of years ago, at the Dallas Quilt Show, I purchased these two rug hooking kits. They are done with strips of wool on monks cloth. I had sort of forgotten about them until I made my 101 Things in 1001 Days list. And so, on that list I included completing both of these rugs. I love both of them, they are so primitive and folk-like. Love them. As the crafter that I am, I did not take into consideration that I have no idea how to do this kind of rug hooking. So, recently, when I ordered my next three books for my book club, I also ordered this...


This book looks really comprehensive. It talks about how to dye your own wool, how to cut it, how to transfer patterns, how to hook, and how to finish off your piece. It even has some patterns and projects in it. I am really excited to learn how to do this kind of rug hooking, and finally bring my little rugs to life.


Back in the day, I did latch-hooking. You know, where you buy the kit that includes the pre-cut yarn pieces, etc. I completed this wall-hanging, which I still think is pretty cool looking ( and HUGE). Not really my kind of thing anymore. But I really enjoyed the process of hooking the rug. So, I'll let you know how this goes, when I finally get around to it. At least now, I have DIRECTIONS! That's me, always thinkin'.

I am grateful for working with my hands.

Monday, February 05, 2007

Another New Start


Tonight I will be starting another Just Nan piece. I will be stitching Baby Garden for my Goddaughter. I have my threads, my fabric and my 3" square. I think this is a great invention! It is just a 3" square of mat board, and you line it up with the corner of your fabric to figure out where to start stitching, if you're starting in a corner rather than in the middle. I am notorious for "eyeballing" it wrong. So, I have out my handy dandy square to help me.

My migraine is mostly gone, so I'll be glad to get back to stitching since I did none over the weekend. It was a good mail day too! I finally got my SB&B order in. This is the rest of the threads for my February and March sheep blankets. This time they have chosen a Crescent Colors thread too, usually they just use Weeks and GAST. As you can see, I also succumbed to the LHN Watermelon. This was just too cute to continue to resist. And also, two mermaids to keep my mermaid stash happy!


And finally, I thought I would try to post a better photo of the fabric I used for my First Snow hanging. I don't think my migraine related fog allowed me to make much sense in my post yesterday, much less post good photos. Hope you can see it a little better here.


My boss is on vacation this week, so it's been kind of a crazy day today. I'll be glad to sit down and stitch, I think.

Walk to Rivendell: Road rolls up and down. (Total miles walked: 22).

I am grateful for opening my chakras.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Valentines

Still have my migraine, so this will be a short post. I managed to do a little February decorating yesterday. The pillow is chenille. A friend of mine made it for me many Valentine's Days ago. The vase is a wedding gift from two wonderful friends, and it just seems perfect for tulips.


I made a little progress on my Valentine project. It is going to require hand-sewing though, so it will be a good take along project for me. I got out my scissors from Jenna to use too!


I also finished up my First Snow piece into a wall hanging. The fabric is a dark green homespun-like fabric. The buttons are coconut. I love how this turned out. So rarely can I create what I envision in my head, but this was exactly it. I have a dowel rod that Eric is going to cut down for me so that I can hang this. I love love love it. My sister and my neice are in town today, so we are going to visit with them at my mom's house. I am looking forward to it. Hopefully, the migraine will pass soon.

I am grateful for ice packs.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Barnabee's Quest


We had snow again on Friday. It seems so odd to see snow here. It didn't last all day, but it was pretty for awhile. I've also had a migraine, so I apologize for not posting sooner. I was so excited to see everyone's progress on Barnabee. I am almost embarassed to show you how little I did on it. I stitched for about two hours on Thursday night, but this is all I can show for it. I feel like the slowest stitcher!


It is such a sweet piece though. Although I knew that it was going to be small, I never expected it to be quite this small. It is only 3 1/2 inches across. I love the little beeskep border. Too bad I didn't finish it. Oh well, there is always next week! And since I wasn't able to stitch on my HAED piece on Wednesday, I decided to pull it out and work on it last night. I didn't get a whole 10 x 10 block done, but it is still progress. Eric says he's going to retire before I finish this piece! And he's only 32.

I am trying to figure out a better way to organize my thread for this piece. I feel like I spend half my time searching for the thread I need, because there are so many colors in this. So, at Jo-Ann's today I purchased a platic box with cardboard bobbins that I can use to store all the threads for this piece. Hopefully it will make it easier to find each color, because they will be in the box in order. I also bought my thread for Baby Garden today, so I should be able to start that on Monday. I got an email from Stitching Bits & Bobs that my thread for my sheep blankets is FINALLY on its way. I'm anxious to finish up my February blanket, because the sheep is naken again. Not too much else going on around here...I intend to stitch on Mystery 9 this weekend, and hopefully get some sewing in. First though, I'm going to get rid of my migraine (here's hoping!). Everyone have a great weekend, and welcome to newcomers!

Walk to Rivendell: Road rolls up and down. (Total miles walked: 20.5)

I am grateful for snowflakes.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Lemon Meringue Sampler


Lemon Meringue Sampler
Casey Buonaugurio
28ct Ivory Linen
DMC, Mill Hill Beads
Begun 7/31/06 Finished 1/31/07


It's finished! I finished it up last night, just in time to reach my goal to finish it by the end of the month. I love this sampler so much! It is just yummy. I wish I could get a more accurate photo of the colors, so that you can see how truly bright and beautiful it really is in person. Here's a close-up of my favorite part.



I love the little star stitches above the meringue, I love the yellow cream beads too. Such a fun stitch. If you are wanting to stitch one of her samplers, definitely do it. It is so worth it. And she has a freebie on her website too, Chocolate Covered Cherries, just in time for Valentine's Day!

I will be starting on the Barnabee's Quest SAL tonight, and just finished ironing my fabric. Barnabee will be my Thursday piece in my rotation, and I am going to be starting Just Nan's Baby Garden to replace Lemon Meringue. I'm stitching this one for my Goddaughter. So, with my SAL, my RR and Baby Garden, I may be overloading on Just Nan pieces. But, I think they will move quickly, if my RR is any indication. Speaking of my RR, I just received the next piece to stitch on, so I'll have to take a look at that over the weekend and figure out a gameplan.

Well, I'm off to stitch. Can't wait to see what my SAL mates get stitched on their pieces! We had snow today, so it's a perfect night to sit inside and cozy up with a garden sampler.

Walk to Rivendell: Climb a steep slope. Pippin yawns "Nearly midnight". Camp - In a firwood just over top of the hill. Sleep by a large tree. Fox sees them. Eat at campsite. Water from a stream at the foot of the hill. A little fall where the water fell a few feet over an outcrop of grey stone. After 10:00 a.m. when leave. (Total Miles Walked: 18.5)

I am grateful for being sore after yoga.