Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Monday, February 26, 2007
I am grateful for being able to look in my husband's eyes for comfort.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
I am grateful for cappuccino.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
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
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.
Monday, February 19, 2007
The fabric Allie chose is a beautiful soft sage green, not grey like it looks here.
Saturday, February 17, 2007
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 am grateful for Paris and the inspiration it provides.
Friday, February 16, 2007
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!
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!
Thursday, February 15, 2007
I am grateful for possibilities.
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
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
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
Friday, February 09, 2007
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.