Monday, May 12, 2008

Long Time, No See

Four Flowers in Urn Bookmark
Prairie Schooler
DMC on 32ct Buttercream by Silkweaver
Finished 5/9/08

It's been a little crazy here the past week. I started school, well training actually, last week. One of the things that is offered through the Workforce (Unemployment) Commission, is additional training, if you qualify for it. Well, they are paying for me to get some software certifications, and Project Management training, and my classes started last week. I hit the ground running, and am trying to keep up with it all. I think once I get the hang of the way the school itself works, I will be fine. It's just a big adjustment. Also, Romeo had to have some minor surgery a week ago as well. He had developed some cysts that are related to his diabetes, so we had them removed. He is doing great and got his stitches out this morning. He had two on his shoulders, and one on his little front left toe. So, his shoulders and his little toe are shaved, but they healed nicely. So, as you can imagine, I have been a bit busy! I did manage to finish two things though, even though I've had very little stitching time.

First, I finished up the Prairie Schooler bookmark that I had been stitching on for my mom for Mother's Day. I really enjoyed stitching it, and I think it's the first PS design I've ever stitched in its entirety. I finished it in a similar manner to the finishing on my sheep blankets, with the fringed ends and felt on the back. My mom loved it, and was really excited when I gave it to her, although she says it's too pretty to use.

Red Thread: Smell the Flowers

Bent Creek
Weeks & GAST on 32ct Light Mocha
Finished 5/11/08

I also finally got my Lancaster Red thread for my April block for the Red Thread series. It just took a little while to come in. I stitched up those two ladybugs in no time, and now it is finished. Ta da!!

I worked a little more on the border too, which is coming right along. I did, however, discover that the embellishments that I was sent for the border is short one. I really hope I don't discover anything else with the stuff I was sent that is wrong or incomplete. I guess I am going to have to email them to see if it's possible to get one more star button.

I feel pretty good about getting these two things completed. I'm focusing on Carol's Neighborhood RR right now, and hope to get it out by the end of the week. I'm having such fun stitching on it though. I didn't get a chance to stitch on Barnabee this Sunday, but hopefully by next Sunday he will be back. I picked up the Kreinik I need for the gazing ball in the next band, so I'm all set to go now.

Well, that's all the news that's fit to print today. I took my first test at school today, and only missed 1. I hope that you are all doing well, and having a great beginning to your week!

I am grateful for Romeo's stitches coming out!


karenv said...

Your bookmark's really pretty Michelle! Congratulations on getting the Red Thread block done too :)

Good luck with the training, I hope it all works out and is useful for you. And I hope Romeo is doing OK too :)

Paisley said...

What a pretty bookmark! And your Red Thread piece is coming along nicely.

Barbara said...

I hope you get a lot out of the training! :D

Kim B said...

Good luck with your training! Your two pieces finished up great!

Garden Girl said...

Lovely stitching, as usual, Michelle.

Hope Romeo continues to do do well(Marguerite sends her best) and good for you for getting additional training!

Michele said...

Love the bookmark! What a pretty bunch of flowers :)

RT is looking great!

and I glad to here Romeo is doing well .. poor little guy :(

hope school continues to go well for you!

Garden Girl said...

Okay, I just got a look at my typo and that doesn't read too well! lol I need to stop drinking coffee ~ NOW! Anyway, what I meant to say is I hope Romeo continues to improve!

staci said...

Fabulous stitchy stuff ;)

monique said...

Gee, your Red Thread seems almost jinxed, doesn't it? LOL Good luck in your classes! And YAY that sweet Romeo is doing well again :)

valerie said...

Hi Michele...lovely progress on your Red Thread. I love the bookmark too.

I noticed you are in Texas...not sure what part. I am heading to Coppell to visit my sister next week. Do you know of a good cross stitch shop near Fort Worth/Irving/Coppell/Plano worth visiting? If so, please email me.

Good luck with the training!


Kathy A. said...

Nice stitching girl - your bookmark is very nice and I LOVE your Red Thread piece. I loved your day in pictures - that was very cool

Marie-P said...

I have never made a bookmark, yours is beautiful. I love all of the PS designs, this one is so pretty.
Your Red Thread design is looking good!
You certainly are a busy person, best of luck in your school training.
Also, I am impressed with you weight loss as seen on the "ticker" ~ congrats on that!

Sally said...

Your bookmark is gorgeous, Michelle, and I love how your Red Thread is coming along.

I hope Romeo is doing better.

Juanita - aka flosslady said...

These pieces are just lovely. I'm sure your mom will treasure the bookmark that you stitched for her.

Jenn said...

What a pretty bookmark. I love the colors in your April block. I didn't realize till I saw the pic of all the squares together that they are linked. Very cool!

Jenna said...

I think that your bookmark turned out beautifully (including the finishing) and so did your April Red Thread block. I'm glad that you are getting some additional training; always looks good on a resume. Enjoy!