Thursday, May 31, 2007

Kimono'ver Here



I finished another kimono block. I have two more to make, and I am almost finished with one of those two. This is really coming along now. I hope to be cutting out the fabric for my sashing and border soon! Thanks for all your compliments on my blocks.

I think I've finally made it over my migraine, but I am feeling really down lately. I just can't seem to find the energy for much of anything. I've been trying to make myself work on all these projects I've had in the works, in order to finish some of them and narrow down my list. The problem with stitching though, is that I am just not wanting to stitch on any of the stuff I have in progress...so in order to avoid it, I am just not stitching. Has anybody else had this problem? I've spent several nights just staring at the TV, with no needle in hand. So, last night, with Eric's encouragement, I decided to start something new.



I started Blackbird Designs Their Song. I just love this piece, and have been wanting to start it for awhile. It is a nice relaxing stitch. I did a couple hours on it last night while watching The Sopranos. Hopefully, it will help me get back in the swing of stitching. I'd really like to get some things crossed off my WIP list. But, in the meantime, until I feel more like myself, I will stitch on blackbirds. I hope that the listlessness and anxiety disippate soon. I hate feeling like this, I am usually such a positive and happy person. And nothing is "wrong" really, I just am out of whack. Eric will be out this evening, so I am thinking I will sew some more on my kimonos until he gets home, then we can settle in and I'll see about stitching some more on Their Song. Thank you all for your continued support and patience with me...I so appreciate everyone that checks in, even if you don't comment!

I am grateful for understanding.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The Star Wars Scarf

Hi, all! We had a great, relaxing weekend and I did not get on the computer once (which was a nice break), so please bear with me as I am behind on blog reading. I didn't do any stitching this weekend either, as I still had my migraine for a portion of the weekend. It has been raining off and on here since last week, so I am sure it is the weather that is getting to me. Eric brought me some flowers on Sunday though, to perk me up.



I did end up sewing a little bit on my Kimono quilt this weekend. I had hoped to finish up the last five kimonos I have left to sew, but I only got two finished. But that is two closer to being finished! I also took two of my quilt tops (that were finished in 2002) to a local quilter to discuss having them quilted for me. As soon as I get the backs pieced, I'll be dropping those off to her. I will be so glad to have them quilted finally! They are just going to have all-over patterns quilted on them, nothing too fancy.


And finally, the main accomplishment of the weekend. Eric and I decided to spend the weekend watching all six of the Star Wars movies, in honor of the thirtieth anniversary. We've never watched all six together, so it was really an experience. Even as many times as I have seen Episodes 4, 5 and 6, they now take on such different meanings with Episodes 1, 2 and 3 before them. I was looking at the relationships between the characters in a different light, which was sort of mind-blowing after thirty years! While watching the movies, I practiced my knitting by working on my garter-stitch scarf. And it is finished! Well, almost finished. I haven't learned how to end my yarn, etc. so it is finished except for that. Hurrah! I love it. Beginning next Tuesday, I am taking a four-week beginning knitting class. They only offer it during the day, so I'll be working half days, and taking half a vacation day in order to go to the class. I am so excited! And once I learn how to finish off my scarf, I can cross that off my 101 Things list.

My fabric for Tesori finally came in as well, so in the next week or so I will probably be starting on it and on my Neighborhood RR. In the mean time, I'm hoping to get caught back up my stitching. Happy Tuesday!!


I am grateful for knitting and Star Wars.


Thursday, May 24, 2007

Halloween and Christmas

Eek!
Lizzie Kate freebie
DMC & GAST on 28ct Boo! by Silkweaver
Sterling Spider Charm


It's been an interesting week. I've been down with a migraine, so no stitching. I did finish reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire though. Only two more to read before the release of the last one. I am so loving re-reading these. Earlier in the week I did finish stitching my latest travel project. I think I may finish this into a pinkeep to try my hand at one.






I had some good mail this week too. My fabric for the Neighborhood RR finally arrived. It is 36ct Meadow Rue by Lakeside Linens. I don't think I've ever stitched anything on their fabric, so I thought I'd give it a try. I love the color! The theme for my neighborhood is going to be Halloween/Fall. I plan to stitch the graveyard from Village of Hawk Run Hollow in my block. What fun! I also found Prairie Schooler's New World Sampler, which I have been wanting forever. I saw a model of this in my LNS several years ago, but it was already out of print at that time. So, I've been watching ebay for it at a good price. And now, it's mine!



I also purchased a Prairie Schooler chart from Missy. This is such a cute wintry scene, I can't wait to stitch it up. Melissa kindly sent along some PS freebies for me too. Thanks so much!!


I am really looking forward to the three-day weekend coming up, since Memorial Day is Monday. I plan to do a little sewing on my Kimonos quilt on Monday. I can't wait! I've been doing a little reading and a little knitting this week, but as I said no stitching to speak of. I hope that I am back up to par tomorrow. I'll take it easy again tonight. Thanks for all of your sweet comments on my Mermaid box and our San Antonio photos, I appreciate it!



I am grateful for shopping at the office supply store, I love pens!

Monday, May 21, 2007

Incommunicado


I intended to show you a couple of photos from our last day of our San Antonio trip on Friday, but alas, our internet connection was intermittent all weekend. The guy came to look at it yesterday afternoon, so now we are back up and running again. So, here are the photos finally. These are both from the Natural Bridge Caverns. We had intended to spend Sunday morning at the botanical gardens, but the Japanese Tea Garden we mainly wanted to see was closed for renovation, the train that goes around the whole park was closed because of the weather, and so we just headed out of town. We decided instead to go to the Natural Bridge Caverns, which was a lot of fun.


And that was our trip to San Antonio. We won't be going to New York this summer, but just to Philadelphia. Although Eric is hinting around about another trip near Christmas - so we'll see what he has up his sleeve.



I received my Silkweaver Fabric of the Month on Friday, and the colors are Jamaica Sunset and Smoky Blue. Both great colors. I'm thinking the Smoky Blue might be good for some ornaments or something.


I spent some time this weekend also stitching on my Mermaid Treasure Box. I finished all the cross-stitching in this part and started on the specialty stitches. I finished all the Rhodes Stitches in the border, and moved on to the Algerian Eyelets in the four corner motifs. Martina suggested on the eyelets to use either the Water Moccasin, which was used for the Rhodes Stitches or to use a pink, which I think is Fairy Rose. I opted to go with the pink, as I thought the corners could use something a little different. So far, I like them.


I had my book club on Friday night and we discussed The Music Lesson by Katherine Weber. This is an excellent book if you ever get the opportunity to read it. I love Vermeer's paintings, so it was wonderful to be able to discuss them in context with this book. On Saturday, we watched An American in Paris as our next Academy Award winner. Hopefully we are back on schedule to watching one a week. I really enjoyed this movie, and it was a pleasant change from the recent films on our list.

I have picked out all the over one stitching in the goldfish pond on Baby Garden, so I should be able to get it started again within the next couple of days. Wish me luck!

I am grateful for smaller sizes.




Thursday, May 17, 2007

Part 1 and Day 2


More photos from San Antonio. These are from our second day there. Remember I said it was like 30-something degrees out and rainy and windy. Well, we did most of the things we had intended to do that day, but a few of them (walking in the historic homes district, the open air market, etc) got pushed by the wayside. It was still a very full day. We started off at the Alamo. It is hard to believe that I have lived in Texas for almost twenty years and have never been to the Alamo. Now I have!


After the Alamo, we walked over to the Tower of the Americas, and Eric took a few photos from the observation deck - brave soul that he is. This photo is of the Alamo from above, just so you can get an idea that it is smack in the middle of downtown. It's the cross-shaped building surrounded by trees.



From there we went over to The Market, which is the enclosed (meaning warm and dry) shopping area. It has shop after shop of trinkets and goodies. We ate lunch there and then continued on to San Fernando Cathedral. There were some beautiful stained glass windows, as you can see. I love stained glass.

Another window

After San Fernando Cathedral, we went over to the Spanish Governor's Palace. The doors contain symbols that tell a story.


Inside I found some interesting crafty things, like this Crazy Quilt.


And these samplers, which were unfortunately really difficult to photograph.


Eric had made us dinner reservations at a fabulous Italian restaurant on the Riverwalk, in honor of our honeymoon in Rome. There was a wedding reception next to us, so it was cool to see a couple getting married the day before our anniversary. And there was a couple next to us that also were celebrating their one-year anniversary. And the food was to die for! After dinner, Eric had booked us on a riverboat cruise, but unfortunately the company had decided to close down the cruises due to the weather. So, we walked along the Riverwalk and then over to the Alamo again. It looks pretty cool at night, even with the rain.


I'll share photos from our last day there next post. Hope you're enjoying these. San Antonio was a fun place to visit and only about a five hour drive for us, since we're a little north of Dallas. I'd love to go back, when the weather is better!


And I finished up Part 1 of my Mystery Sampler last night, plus the motifs that overlap into parts 2 and 3. I'll be focusing on Baby Garden and Barnabee now in order to get my goals met for them this month...at least that's the plan!!

I am grateful for getting out of my comfort zone and doing new things.







Wednesday, May 16, 2007

As Promised


Finally some photos from our San Antonio trip that was for our first anniversary. I can't believe I haven't had time until now to sit down and sort through these. I've picked quite a few to share, so I will have to break them up over a couple of posts. These are photos from our first day. We went to the four of the five Spanish missions (the Alamo is considered the fifth). The first, above, is Mission Concepcion. As it was Good Friday, all of the missions were having services, so we did a lot of our looking outside.


After Mission Concepcion, we drove over to Mission San Jose and then to San Juan Capistrano. Here is a photo of San Juan - it is beautiful. You can still see a lot of the painting on the inside and outside of the buildings. Below is a photo of the Rose Window.


And here is a photo from one of the buildings surrounding the church itself. These were whole communities and included granaries, etc.



The last mission we visited on Friday was San Francisco de la Espada. What an amazing day. That evening, Eric took me to dinner at a little place called Azuca, which means "sweetie". It was a fabulous dinner and afterwards we went next door to their mojito bar and had really fantastic mojitos. This is a photo of one of the chandeliers in the restaurant - made by the glass-blowers next door. It reminds me of Chihuly's chandeliers.


And finally, Eric surprised me with a horse and carriage ride through the city, which he had already arranged. What fun - I've never been on one before! The weather blew in though that night, so the rest of the weekend was cold, wet and rainy. It was like 80-something degrees on Friday, and then 38 degrees Saturday morning. But, I'll show you more photos next time!


Before I end the post, though - here are promised photos of the knitting I am practicing on. Not perfect, but not bad for a beginner. I noticed I have a hole though, I may have to see if I can rip it back a couple of rows to fix it.


And finally, progress as of last night on my Mystery Sampler (can you believe the difference a new camera makes!!). Once I finish the green motif in the bottom left corner, I will be done with part 1. Oh, and please go take a look at Carol's blog today, she finished stitching the block on my RR that she is helping me out with. It looks beautiful! She'll be sending it off to Jenna next! I did do the nine-block layout because I liked the look of it, even though there were only seven stitchers in my RR. Thus, the two extra!


I am grateful for Carol!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The Best Laid Plans...

Well, I had intended to show you photos of the knitting I worked on this weekend and the progress I've made on my Sampler Mystery...but alas, I am scatterbrained and the camera is not cooperating with me. It is not long for this world. Luckily I am married to someone who has a plethora of cameras. So, knitting and stitching photos coming soon (oh yeah, and you'd probably like to see San Antonio photos that I've been promising for a month too). I do have some lovely things to show you though...

I commissioned these earrings (hand made beads and all) from Karin. She did such a lovely job on them, and they are exactly what I wanted. Thank you, Karin, I love them!



I also received my Mirabilia Mermaid of Atlantis and the new Blackbird Designs Loose Feathers piece. The colors in this are so much prettier in person. When I saw the photo of the chart online, I wasn't super excited. If I wasn't on automatic for these, I probably woudn't have purchased this one. Which would have been a shame, because it's really nice. I am still waiting on my fabric for my Neighborhood RR. I ordered it at least a couple of weeks ago and still no sign. If it doesn't come by June 1, I'll be ordering something else. I had decided to give a Lakeside Linen fabric a try, but apparently they may be backed up due to the weather or something. I also have ordered my fabric to start Tesori d'Italia. I intend to stitch this for Eric for our second anniversary (the cotton anniversary). Wish me luck - it's HUGE!

And remember that big tree that was uprooted by the storms a couple of weeks ago. Well, the saga continues. You would think it would be a simple thing. The storm that got the tree was on a Wednesday night, that night we sent an email to our property manager, as we rent our house. We got a response email the next morning stating it would be dealt with within 5 days. The following Thursday, still nothing. The tree was laying partly on our neighbor's lawn too, and they had already been by to complain, since their property manager was having a fit about it. We also received in the mail on Thursday a letter from the City indicating that if we didn't get rid of the "unsightly debris", we would be fined $250 plus whatever the cost of chopping it up and hauling it away, if it wasn't gone by the 16th. So, we followed up with our property people and they sent a guy out on Saturday while we were gone. He cut up the tree, but left the stump. So, the stump is in the front yard, the rest of the tree has been hauled to the back and is laying in two huge piles one on either side of the driveway. Well, the garbage men wouldn't take it. Tomorrow is the 16th. Ugh. I am so ready for the tree to be gone. So, hopefully the whole thing will be resolved soon - before we have any problems with the City. Sorry about the rant, but this whole tree situation has put me really on edge the past couple of weeks.


So, on to other things. I received in the mail yesterday my new Harmony Kingdom membership piece. This is called Wildlife Warriors and is a tribute to Steve Irwin. It shows crocodiles and snakes, etc. mourning for him. A very nice piece and I am glad to have it. Inside on the bottom is carved "Crikey". Love that.


And, I almost forgot...Missy tagged me.

8 Random Things - The Rules
1. Each player starts with 8 random facts/habits about themselves2. People who are tagged write a blog post about their own 8 random things and post these rules3. At the end of your blog you need to tag 8 people and post their names4. Don’t forget to leave them a comment and tell them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.


1. I had apple pie for the first time in September. (loved it)
2. I write poetry and have been a featured reader at a local poetry event and have been published.
3. My minor in college was in Anthropology (my major was a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History). I actually started out as a duel Archaeology/Anthropology major.
4. I have two tattoos – both Egyptian
5. I used to teach ballet and tap to little ones
6. I was on drillteam in High School, the year we won Best in Texas and performed in the rotunda of the capital building in Austin
7. As soon as I finish reading a book, I immediately choose my next book to read – this is one of my favorite things to do – perusing the shelf of possibilities.
8. I would like to go back to school for Interior Design, write a book, and travel the world.

Consider yourself tagged, if you haven’t already done this and would like to!

I am grateful for learning new things.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

A New Collection


Inspired by all the beautiful Prairie Schooler pieces on Nicole's blog, I decided that perhaps I would start collecting PS charts. I only had two in my stash before making this decision (A Prairie Year and Starry Night), so you can see I have a long way to go. So, on a recent trip to my LNS, I decided to pick up a few PS charts - as you can see, I got Rain, Rain, Go Away, Winter Wind and Summer Breeze. I've also realized I'm lacking in the PS freebies too, but hopefully I will be able to get a hold of some of those as well. Any must-stitch PS charts I should get? I've been wanting the New World Sampler for a long time, ever since I saw a model (of course that was after it had already gone out of print). Everytime I see it on eBay, it is going for outrageous amounts (as a lot of PS charts do).


Anyway, I attempted to stitch on Baby Garden Monday night. I got about halfway through my over one goldfish pond and noticed two mistakes. I was so frustrated I couldn't even figure out where I'd gotten off-count. So I put it down and didn't stitch the rest of the night. I've just been stitching on my Mystery Sampler again. My May goal for this is to finish part 1. There are four motifs in part 1 that are continued over into parts 2 and 3. With the variegated thread, I don't want to stitch half a motif, so I've gone ahead and stitched the peacock and am stitching the wreath above it. Once I get those four motifs finished, I will consider part 1 done. I'll probably end up stitching on this a little more tonight, and then maybe Barnabee tomorrow. Have I mentioned how much I love stitching on this? When I stitched the peacock last night, I kept thinking about the peacock bead that goes on Just Nan's Peacock Cypher, which Cathy is stitching on currently. I just love that piece! Sorry for the dark photo here...we are still having crazy thunderstorms, etc.



And finally, my next block for the Leanne's House block of the month came. It will be so fun when I can actually sew these up! I love applique and embroidery on quilts, so this will be a fun way to do that for the first time (the embroidery, that is). Hope you're all having a great week!


Walk to Rivendell: Wood ends. The land steadily becomes more tame. Sun is shining brightly. (Total Miles Walked: 55.5)

I am grateful for being the crafty girl that I am!


Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Treasures


Eric suggested recently that I pull something out to stitch on that hasn't seen the light of day in awhile. So, I decided to stitch on Mermaid Treasure Box (Chatelaine Designs). I bought this chart as a birthday present for myself in 2005, and began stitching it in late September of 2005 in between parts of Midi Mystery I (my first Chatelaine). With the move and the wedding and everything, it just got packed away in the closet and not touched since January of 2006. Above you can see how it looked last January.

Weekend before last I pulled this out again and began stitching on it. I've stitched on it the past two weekends and I am just loving it. I never fell out of love with it, it just somehow got packed away. I intend to keep stitching on it for a little while, and have included it in my May goals. I think I can easily finish up part 1 this month. I have a little more to do on those bottom corners, and then the rest is specialty stitches which go very fast. I'm going to save the beading until I finish the whole box top. Here's what the finished piece will look like. And this is my progress as of Sunday night on it.


If only there were a way to really capture how silks glow in person. I've never been able to do this with my camera. Anyway, over the weekend I also picked up a little bit of stash - BBD's Flea Market Sampler, LHN's Home of a Needleworker and some threads for my June sheep blanket. Perhaps once the sheep has all his blankets I will have to take him on tour and photograph him in different places like Yarn Harlot does with her sock.



I've been thinking about how to possibly work in some of my other crafting with my stitching. I want to bead, quilt, knit, paint. Oh, and did I mention I write poetry too? I'm thinking I may see if I can work something in on the weekends. I really need to practice my knitting if I ever hope to learn how to do anything other than a basic knit stitch. This weekend we are going to Austin to see my great aunt and visit with my sister and parents too. We'll go on Saturday and come back Sunday, so perhaps I can work on something in the car again.

Oh and one last thing, take a look at this beautiful marquoir. Anne-Valerie is charting a sampler her stepmother's great-grandmother stitched and releasing the parts of the pattern every couple of weeks as a freebie on her blog. I think it would be gorgeous stitched in muted silks. Part 1 is available, and Part 2 is scheduled to be posted on May 19th.

I am grateful for visions of the life I want and gratitude for the life I have.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Someday Quilts

Thanks for the compliments on Spring Spell - it was a fun, quick stitch. On a completely different note, a couple of people have asked to see photos of the quilts I am working on. Well, we'll use the term "working on" loosely. First, is my block of the month from my local quilt shop. These are all batik fabrics. I pick up a block each month and I get the fabrics and instructions included. I think I have two more that I need to sew up to be up to date.






These are my kimonos. I will be making a total of nine of these. These are paper-pieced. I took a class to learn how to do the paper-piecing for this quilt. I love these. Someday, the quilt will be hanging in our dining room to go with Eric's swords.






And finally, this is a quilt called Pansy Park by Thimbleberries. These were a block of the month also several years ago. I think this will have a total of twelve blocks. I love the colors in it.

So, there you have it - all of my quilting WIPs.





And, since I promised an progress photo of Barnabee's Quest after stitching on him on Friday, here it is. I am working on part 2.



I am grateful for learning how to quilt.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Spring Spell

Spring Spell
Just Nan
Limited Edition WhimZi
DMC on 28ct. Graziano Lt. Blue Milan Linen
Finished 5/4/07


I started and finished the latest Just Nan WhimZi this week. It is much cuter in person than it looks in her photos, or even probably in this photo. The blue fabric is beautiful with the threads, and the over one duck is my favorite part. I don't know that this design is a favorite of mine though. I'm interested to see what the other three seasonal "spells" will look like. Not too bad for a couple of days stitching. I did stitch on Barnabee's Quest last night as my regular SAL night - although I think only Jenna and I haven't finished him yet. I did forget to take a photo though, so I'll post one next time. I got up early this morning, and spent some time sorting and organizing my thread, or as Eric calls it, fondling my thread. I had skeins of DMC in so many different projects and places, that it seems like I am always running to the store for more because I can't find what I need. So, I wound some bobbins and made myself a list of which DMCs I have and which project they are in. I think the next time Michael's has a sale on DMC, I might buy some of the colors I don't have, just to try to fill in some of the gaps. I have so many duplicates too now...you wouldn't believe how many skeins of 524 I have floating around!

So, remember way back in March when I got my bonus from work and ordered goodies with part of it? Well, one of the things I ordered was the kit for White Nights in St. Petersburg (Chatelaine Designs) from European Cross-stitch. They've been out of my fabric all this time, so I just received my kit. It is stunning - and this design has got to be huge based on how big my fabric is - wow! I think it's like 411 x 411 stitches. And you wouldn't believe all the Treasure Braid. Wow - sparkly! Well, anyway, it finally came...


The fabric I chose was the Blue Spruce. I like the solid colored fabrics for Martina's designs - I think they're so intricate on their own that hand-dyeds or opalescents don't lend themselves to the designs. Although I have seen a few that are very pretty on hand-dyeds.

I've actually been able to stitch most of today which was really nice. I've done some laundry too, so it's been productive. It is so rare that Eric and I have a day here at the house. I'll be sure to post a progress photo of what I've been stitching on soon. Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend!

I am grateful for a day of rest.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Water, Water Everywhere


The past few weeks have been really crazy with all the storms/tornados/hail/high winds/flooding we've been having. Take a look at what last night's adventures in weather brought. This tree was ripped up by the wind in our front yard. It is a pretty good size tree too. I will miss it. I could see the top of the branches from our bedroom window, and every morning for the past year it has been the first thing I look at when I wake up while I'm still in bed. Just a couple of months ago it was filled with white blossoms. Like so many trees around here, it looked like a big puffball for a few weeks. Ah well, it didn't hit the house or our neighbor's car...so the only damage was to the poor tree itself.



Last night I went back to participating in the Wednesday Quick Stitch SAL on the HAED BB. I stitched almost another 10 x 10 block on Water ACEO last night, but still have a few little spots to fill in. I stitched a little differently than I have been and didn't go line by line like I normally would. The last time I stitched on this was back in March. Several people inquired then about how I am stitching this, and why I have all the loose threads hanging there. I am parking my threads, and for an excellent explanation of this - go to Nicki's blog here. This is the first HAED I've stitched and I love it, but it is time consuming. I usually get a 10 x 10 block done each week on Wednesday. It is stitched 1 over 1 on 28ct.

Thanks for the compliments on Michelle's RR, which is now in the mail to her, and on my Mystery Sampler. For those who asked, the Mystery Sampler is by Papillon Creations and was featured in the Gift of Stitching magazine - beginning with the first issue, I think? I will probably stitch some more on it tonight.
Hope you're all having a wonderful week!

Walk to Rivendell: Still in the trees, they stop for lunch (ca. 2:00 p.m.). Their singing is cut by the cry of a Black Rider, and they leave (ca. 3:00 p.m.). (Total Miles Walked: 54)

I am grateful for getting my groove back.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Last Just Nan RR

Michelles RR 050207

I finished stitching Michelle's RR last night. This is the last Just Nan RR I had to stitch on...so the RR is now complete! I looked forward to stitching on Michelle's the whole time we've been doing the RR. It just looked so colorful and fun. I stitched Days 1 and 10. Above you can see Day 1, which I finished last night. And even though I know partridges do not have purple tails, and even though Michelle very thoughtfully wrote the correction next to that block, I still stitched it as charted - purple tail and all. I decided to check the Just Nan website to check the photo, and that's when I realized there was an error in the chart...I just didn't register it when I saw Michelle's note. So, the purple came out, and now the partridge is appropriately colored.

Here's Day 10 again, just so you can see this all together.

Michelles RR 042407

And here is the whole piece. Michelle is going to be finishing this into a bellpull, and as you can see she had us stitch Just Nan's Twelve Days of Christmas WhimZis. So cute!!!

Just Nan RR Round 6 050207

And, since I finished that up in record time last night, I stitched a little bit on my Mystery Sampler. Here's how it's looking.



I just love the colors on this and it is such a joy to stitch on everytime I pick it up. I'm stitching with Vikki Clayton threads on Silkweaver's SandCastle - 32ct, I think.

I haven't been sleeping well lately, and it may have to do with everything going on - just general busy-ness. We've been invited to another wedding in New York, two weeks before the Philadelphia wedding. So, we're pricing flights to see if it's reasonable to go. My great aunt is coming into town - well to Austin - this weekend, so we may be driving down to Austin at the last minute to visit with her either this weekend or next weekend. My neice has her very first loose tooth - so that is big news in our world right now. And Eric started back to school yesterday - he is almost finished with his second Masters degree, and only has a couple of classes left. With his illness last year and our wedding, these had to be postponed - but I am so glad he will be finished with them soon! We're also altering my workouts again, to add in some more strength-training, and changing my walks as well. So tonight will be the first of the new workouts - wish me luck!

I am grateful for participating in and finishing an amazing Round Robin and all the wonderful stitchers I met doing it. My very first RR!