Wednesday, February 06, 2008

A Wednesday


I am feeling a little down today. I had a rough weekend, with what I think may have been food poisoning. I am sore from my workouts Monday and yesterday, and still waiting to hear back from the company I interviewed with on Friday. I think it went well, and I expect to hear from them this week - hopefully with good news. There is something else going on stitching-wise that really has me down, and I am not sure what else to do about the situation. Sigh. So that is what is happening with me.

Romeo's dosage of insulin had to be adjusted again, but he seems to be doing ok with it so far. I am still keeping a close eye on him, but he is feeling well enough to be getting into trouble. So, I guess that's a good sign.


As you can see above, I finished up my second artichoke (minus the specialty stitches and beads) on Mystery 9. I was really enjoying stitching on this. I figured it would be easiest to do all the specialty stitches and beading for the four corners once I had them all stitched. So, two more to go.


After I finished my artichoke, I restarted my Red Thread piece. I really cannot tell you how thankful I am that they replaced my fabric for no charge. And, it does appear that this fabric is the correct count. I counted my stitches as soon as I had stitched an inch, and found that I was getting 16 to the inch. Also, my box tops are now coming in at 2 1/2 inches instead of 2 3/4. You can see the difference between the old and new fabric in the photo. I am pulling out my stitching on the old fabric a little at a time, and I seem to be having no problem reusing the thread. That is also something I am grateful for, because I used up half a skein of my Weeks Cocoa stitching those box tops on the wrong fabric. My friend, Sherri, has already finished her February block and is working on the border. I am so far behind. The past week and a half I have only had thirty to forty minutes at most to stitch in the evenings, so everything is slow going.


During the day though, I was able to finish another block on Tesori between applying for jobs and running errands. This is the Trentino Alto Adige region of Italy, and the motifs here are for the coat of arms for the City of Trento (the eagle), apples from the Val di Non, snowflakes and mountain landscapes. I really enjoyed this block (maybe it was all the snowflakes). So, now I am finished with my blocks for last week, and still have my two blocks for this week to stitch. See - behind here also!


Here's all of Tesori so far, this may be the last full photo I'll show for awhile. I moved the piece from my 17" q-snap over to a scroll frame in order to try to deal with this huge piece of fabric. But, since it will be rolled up, you won't get a complete photo for awhile.


And since it is February (albeit the 6th already), I thought I would post some goals I'd like to complete for this month.

Get caught up on Red Thread SAL
Get caught up on Tesori
Stitch on Mermaids for the SAL with Anna
Stitch Carol's RR
Restart my RR once new fabric received
Complete 250th post prize for Barbara
Finish For You if possible for Valentine's Day
If time, stitch another artichoke on M9
Try to stay sane

A huge list of things to do this month, but really the majority of those really need to be done. I'd also like to fit in some writing time too, if that can be managed. Not sure when I can fit it in though, since I'm barely blogging and don't have time to read blogs at all right now (sorry!!!). Ok, time to excuse myself since I am feeling so down.

Here are some more photos of New York, for your viewing pleasure!


This was a fabulous Italian restaurant we went to. The photo is a little blurry, but I loved the look of the colors and the Christmas tree - so cozy!
We walked through Central Park,

and saw the statue of Hans Christian Anderson


and the statue of Alice in Wonderland.


Central Park was really wonderful to wander through.



We went to Radio City to see the Rockettes in their 75th annual Christmas Spectacular.


Before the show, we sat on the edge of this fountain and had hot dogs from a street vendor. Mmm!


After our show, we stopped at Grand Central to take some photos of the inside. You can't see it in the photos, but the ceiling is painted with constellations - so pretty!




I am grateful for the kindness of friends.

27 comments:

Anna van Schurman said...

I hope you get a nice surprise that leaves you feeling "up!" soon. Maybe it'll be the job...

Linen Stitcher said...

Michelle, I'm so sorry to hear that things aren't going well at the moment. Hang in there, especially as you wait to hear back on the job interview. It always seems to take longer than you'd think, so be patient!! Your projects all look lovely!

Katrina said...

I hope our stitching dilemma is solved soon, I am still hanging on to hope :-). Best wishes for the job interview. Stomach bugs are the worst.

Love all the pics.

A said...

Michelle,
all of your stitching is wonderful, as always. And I love your pictures from your trip to NYC. We want to go there someday...I've been once but didn't have a chance to explore anything and my DH wasn't with me. Maybe I need to get some tips from you about your trip before we plan ours, if you're willing of course! Don't forget, I'm your neighbor :)
Hope you get good news soon and that your stitching dilemma is worked out soon too....
sending hugs your way!

Christine said...

You've made lovely progress on all of your pieces, Michelle!! We stopped in at Grand Central Station when we were in NY and we thought it was awesome, too.

I hope that you're feeling better soon!

tkdchick said...

I know just how frustrating it is to be unemployed. I was once for three monhts, that's when I "re-discovered" stitching. At least you have that to help fill your days between applying for jobs and getting the errands done!

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Your stitching is very lovely! I will keep praying for you in your job hunt and for dear little Romeo!

Jeanne said...

Good luck on the job Michelle and sorry you are having a few down days. Hope things start to look up soon. Your Tesori and mystery projects are looking great. I loved all the NYC pictures.

KarenV said...

Sorry you're not feeling so good at the minute Michelle. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that you get some good news about the job very soon and that your stitching issue is resolved as well. Take care!

Sally said...

Sorry to hear you're not doing too well Michelle. I hope you're feeling much brighter soon.

Your Tesori piece is coming along wonderfully and I'm pleased that you've restarted your Red Thread piece again and you didn't get charged for the fabric.

Nicki said...

I'm sorry you're feeling a bit low. Hope you hear from the interview soon and that things pick up for you. Very glad you got the fabric sorted and can restart Red Thread - such a lovely piece!

Sorry I've not commented on your blog lately either - things have been busy! :)

Barbara said...

I'm laughing at 'try to stay sane' on your list of goals. That's a good one!

I hope you'll be feeling fully fit soon. Also wishing you the best on the job front.

Take care!!

Vonna said...

I'm so sorry your feeling low...perhaps there will be a break in the issue....I'm hoping for you....

I love the pictures of New York :)

Tesori looks lovely and geez...look at the difference in that Red Thread Fabric...that's amazing....the difference.

Have a great rest of the week and my fingers are crossed for you on the job interview...

Wendy said...

Sorry you're feeling down, but its no wonder with all you have been dealing with recently. Sending good thoughts that you will hear about your interview very soon!

Karoline said...

Good luck with the job, I hope you get good news soon.

All your wips are looking lovely

Leslie aka zoeandcooper said...

Everything looks great! I love your progress on M9. One day one of us may actually finish it. I don't know what my block is on that one:)

Svenja said...

Great progress on M9 and Tesori!

I hope you are feeling better soon!

Michele said...

((((((((michelle)))))))))) if you lived a little closer we could have a pity party together .. it's soo much more fun with friends! I do hope things turn around soon for you :)

Deanne J said...

Sorry you're feeling down. Your stitching looks great and I'm glad the new fabric is working out.

Deb-VA said...

Thanks for sharing your pics & Mystery 9 looks great.

Mindi said...

I'm so glad you got the fabric straightened out for Red Threads. Don't get too down, just remember cross stitch is for enjoyment, and isn't a race for who gets done first.

brdstitcher said...

Michelle,
I love your blog - it is always so interesting to read! I check in frequently to see your latest posts and pics. I was sorry to hear that you are down and hope things turn around for you immediately! I have become aware of some sweet little needleminders that you make and would like to know if they are kits, how I can buy one or if they are not, how I can get instructions. They are wonderful (especially the beaded trim) and you do beautiful work! Thanks, Barbie (brdstitcher@gmail.com)

Hazel said...

I hope you are feeling better soon and that your stitch dilemma sorts itself out. Wow is all I can say about your mystery! Pics of New York look fantastic. I will go there one day.

Garden Girl said...

I hope this finds you feeling better and with good news on the job front. It's tough handling all this stuff when you are feeing crummy to boot! But your stitching is as lovely as ever!

Annemarie said...

Sorry to hear you're feeling so down, Michelle, but so inderstandable. Please, no worries on the stitching front. All will be well, we'll take care of that!
Your Italian sampler is looking gorgeous, as is the Chatelaine! I don't think I could ever stitch something like that, but it's such a joy admiring yours!

Dianne said...

I'm so glad that your new fabric is going to work! I'm working on Red Thread right now too and I'm loving it! I'm wondering if I should check my fabric though... :)

monique said...

I hope you are feeling better today!