Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Abruzzo


I finished another block on Tesori. This is the Abruzzo region, which was the second block I needed to stitch for last week. I am hoping that when I get to the center map, I can get caught back up. The motifs for the Abruzzo region are: the coat of arms from the City of L'Aquila (the eagle), red deer and mountains for the Abruzzo National Park, the ancient fountain of Sulmona, and honey. I enjoyed stitching this one, it seemed to go pretty fast too, once I got started.


Here's the whole thing so far. The piece is going to be four blocks across, so I have one more to go on that top row. It is also going to be six blocks down, so I have four more rows after I finish these two I'm working on. This week's blocks are going to be the one next to Lazio and the one next to Abruzzo. Wish me luck and speedy fingers!

In other news, I think my Red Thread fabric issue has been resolved. Thanks so much for reassuring me that I am not the only one who doesn't check my fabric count. I received my replacement fabric from the ONS and it does not appear that they charged me for it. I am so grateful for that!! I will definitely be checking my fabric in the future though! So, this weekend I will pull my thread out of the other piece of fabric in the hopes that I can salvage the thread as well as that fabric (it would be good for ornaments!). Then I'll get started again on my new piece. I'm only a month behind now. I received Carol's Neighborhood RR in the mail yesterday as well, so I'll need to make a start on it.

I had my four-month fitness evaluation on Monday at the gym. I am feeling very proud of myself. My strength has vastly increased, my endurance has increased, my heart rate is lower. I've lost an inch in my chest, two inches in my waist, four inches in my hips, and an inch and a half in each thigh! Pretty good, huh? I've lost six pounds on the scale, which is great since I'd been hovering at the same weight for awhile. My total loss to date is 38 pounds!! Woohoo!!

I only stitched for about 45 minutes last night. My computer has really been acting up lately, so Eric spent a lot of time trying to figure out the problem last night. I may have a drive that's failing, which is causing problems. He should be able to replace the drive with no problem though - and everything should be backed up. I did use my 45 minutes to stitch a little more on Mystery 9, though not enough progress worth showing. So, I'll share some more New York photos instead.

On Tuesday of our stay, we went to see The Cloisters. It was all medieval pieces, and in such a beautiful setting. The whole building was decorated for the holiday, but in keeping with the surroundings.





Beautiful, isn't it? I just loved all the stone and stained glass, just lovely. Until next time, stay warm!

I am grateful for a great resolution to my fabric issue.

19 comments:

Chiloe said...

Congratulation for your weight loss !!! You must feel SO good and SO proud of yourself !!! I wish I have your will power but I can't afford the gym and at home , it's hard to find the motivation ... + my upper back hurts ... Hope I'll get back the motivation ;-)

Anna van Schurman said...

10 inches! Woohoo! I see how far you walk and how much you've shrunk in 4 months and wish I weren't so lazy. Good luck with your anniversary project. I think you're going to have to ask Eric to move out for a while to get it finished. ;)

Vonna said...

Your Italian Sampler is looking SUPER! And I'm glad the fabric got all figured out without cost to you! (always a good thing right?! )
Lovely pictures from your weekend!

Barbara said...

Your stitching is lovely, the church pictures are awesome - and I'm so thrilled for your weight/size loss!!!!

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Beautiful stitching! And way to go on the weight loss!

Juls said...

Lovely stitching....just beautiful!!!! And Congrats on the healthy weight loss!!! So glad your fabric issue got resolved!!!!

Laura said...

Tesori d'Italia is looking wonderful! And your pictures of The Cloisters are beautiful too! Congrats also on the fitness benchmarks.

Michele said...

another block done! wtg Michelle :)

and congrats on your weight loss and inches lost .. it's wonderful isn't!

I always enjoy your pictures :)

Sally said...

Congratulations on your weight and inch loss. I wish I could do that but I have no willpower to keep up dieting and excersise.

Your latest blog on Tesori is beautiful.

Wawanna said...

Tesori is looking awesome. You are doing wonderfully with your weigh-loss/fitness goals, congratulations. So glad your fabric worked out well, hopefully you will be able to catch up quickly. Best Wishes on your continuing projects. It's always nice to visit your blog and catch up on what you are doing! Happy sitiching.

Crazee4books said...

Hi Michelle,

Your progress on Tesori is impressive and I hope that you can make your deadline. I think that Lazio is my favourite of all the squares that you've done so far.

I've read all of Anne Rice's Vampire books, as well as the Witches of Mayfair series, and enjoyed some more then others. The movie made of Interview With the Vampire was pretty good but my own pet peeve with it was Antonio Banderas playing Armand. Armand is sixteen when he is turned. Antonio was quite a bit older then that when the movie was made. I dunno...it just bugged the heck out of me.

What a pain the problem with the fabric for the Red Thread project turned out to be for you. Like everyone else, I have never even thought to check the stated fabric count to the fabric itself. Hope that you can salvage the fabric for use elsewhere. It would be a shame to see it wasted.

The second day of Christmas ornament by TW turned out beautifully and looks wonderful alongside of the first ornament. This is going to be a gorgeous set when it's all done.

Of all your pictures of New York I think that I love the ones of the Cloisters most. The pillars, and the stone carvings, the stained glass windows, the arches and the stone work. It all looks so wonderfully medieval. When visiting England one of the things that I loved to do most was touring as many of the Cathedrals as I could.
I couldn't get enough of them.

Congratulations on your excellent four month assessment and the weight loss. It's good to know that all your hard work is paying off.

Cheers!!

Ruth Rachel Vendsel said...

Hi Michelle, Congratulations on your weight loss - wow! Great progress on your projects and I continue to enjoy the NY photos. I have always wanted to go to the cloisters.

Sharon said...

You are really moving on Tesori! Keep it up! Congrats on your weight loss! The Cloister's is simply gorgeous too.

Garden Girl said...

Congratulations on your weight loss ~ that is quite an accomplishment and is very inspiring! As is the Tesori ~ it really is beautiful. And The Cloisters photos are my favorite NY pictures so far. Thank you for sharing them. And unless I can tell by just looking at a fabric, I never check the thread count. Yikes! I probably will from here on out. :~)

Leslie aka zoeandcooper said...

Congrats on finishing another block! Keep up the good work.

Carol said...

Congratulations on your eval! Yay! Your sampler is getting much closer now - love it!

monique said...

Beautiful photos! I'm really enjoying this series of pics.. I feel as though I went to NY with you :)

Glad to hear you got your fabric replaced. What a bummer, but at least you weren't TOO far along in your stitching.

tkdchick said...

Beautiful photos!!!!

Congrats on your weight loss!

Dianne said...

I'm loving your Tesori! It's so much prettier in person rather than those computer generated charts.