So, we spent the rest of the afternoon moving everything from here...
Monday, May 26, 2008
So, we spent the rest of the afternoon moving everything from here...
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Ok good news first...I got the job I have been interviewing for! My drug screen and background check were cleared yesterday and I start on Tuesday the 27th! Hurrah!!! I am so happy! (also a little nervous, but that's ok) I will be continuing with school too, so next week will be interesting. The other great news is that Eric received his diploma for his second Masters (MBA). I am so proud of him and am looking forward to seeing him walk across that stage for graduation. So, lots of celebrating going on here!!! As you can imagine though, my schedule is going to continue to be (and even more so) packed. I intend to keep up with blogging, but my blog reading has taken a serious turn for the worse. I am trying to get around to visit everyone in short bursts, but I'm not making a big dent in it. I thank each and everyone of you for continuing to check in on me and cheer me on, even when I can't return the favor.
Monday, May 19, 2008
As you can see I worked all weekend on finishing my block for Carol's Neighborhood RR. I just got so behind with starting school and everything. I hated to be late mailing this out, but I wanted it to be perfect and didn't want to cut any corners. I filled in the door, rather than have the lady standing in it, because Carol didn't want any people in her RR. Also, this is stitched with one thread over two, as it is 36ct.
I love the way Carol's RR is coming along. I think my house is a good compliment to the other red house, and also is a good balance to the one in the right hand corner with the tree. Carol, I hope you like it!
It is on its way to Judith's as soon as I get over to the post office. I have one other errand to run this morning, and then post office it is! And speaking of the mail, I had an unexpected surprise in mine last week.
Lauren sent back my RR. I can hardly believe it, but she finally sent it back. There was no note or anything in the package, but she did send back my RR, as well as the thread and charts I'd included. I am so glad to have it back, but now I don't know what to do with it. Since I've already started another RR, and it is making its way around, after all of us having to do some shuffling, I have no idea what to do with this one. As you can see Toni did finish her block, which I'd never seen a photo of, and it appears Lauren stitched a block too. I'm not sure why she bothered, but maybe she stitched it back before she decided to hold on to it? Who knows. I am contemplating picking out the stitching and reusing the fabric for something else, but I'm not sure yet...so I'll just leave it as is for now. I am so glad to have it back, regardless of what went on.
School/training is going well. I've taken two tests and did well (I missed 1/2 a question on my second test). I am spending the majority of my days there though, so it leaves little time for anything else. On the job front, things are looking really really good - but I'll keep you posted!
No Just Nan again this weekend, which I am disappointed about, especially since I was making such good progress on it. I may try to pick it up during the week, if I have any stitching time. Hope you all have a fabulous week! Keep stitching!!
I am grateful for those little sideways birds - they make me smile!
Monday, May 12, 2008
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
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!
Monday, May 05, 2008
Hello, all and Happy Monday! Today is Cinco de Mayo, which is a big thing down here in Texas. I probably won't be doing any margarita drinking, but I will see if I can fit some stitching in!
It was another busy weekend, so there wasn't much time for stitching. I did manage to get a little time in on Barnabee's Quest for Just Nan Sundays. I finished up my row of little ducks, which means I am past all of the over one stitching, I think!!! Those ducks are cute, and it's amazing how adding their little eyes gives them so much personality. Not much more to go on this.
I also stitched a little more on my Red Thread border. Thankfully, after ripping the whole thing out and restitching it correctly, I have had no more problems with it. It actually goes rather fast when you can sit down and have some uninterrupted time with it. I'd like to continue on with the border to get it up to the May block, but I have a couple of other committments that need to take priority.
First, I am going to spend some time finishing up the stitching on my Prairie Schooler bookmark for my mom. Secondly, I need to get started on Carol's Neighborhood RR. I've decided what I'm stitching, I just need to pull the threads for it and get started.
Not too much else going on here. We had a great weekend, which included going to Scarborough Faire (the local Renaissance fair) on Saturday. I'll have photos to share soon. Since finishing my book for my book club, I've gone back to reading The Other Boleyn Girl. I am so enjoying it, I think I just got a little sidetracked from it. I'm about halfway through though.
**Gayle B. - please leave me a comment with your contact info, and the fabric is yours! Thank you!**
I am grateful for good news!
Thursday, May 01, 2008
I was able to finish up my April Red Thread block, except for the ladybugs. I am still waiting on that Lancaster Red thread to come in. So, after finishing what I could, I went back to the border last night. Unfortunately, I had made a mistake in the border, so it had to be ripped out and restarted.
I did also finish reading my book for book club (which isn't for another three weeks or so). Now I'm back to reading The Other Boleyn Girl. I'm pretty impressed with the fact that I started and finished four books this month. Yippee!
So, first things first. In an effort to clean out my stash, I've listed some things here for sale (there's actually a couple of free things too). I hope you can all help to take these goodies off my hands!
I've also discontinued my Silkweaver Fabric of the Month shipments. I've decided that I'm just going to use that money to kit up some things I really want to stitch. It seems I mostly stitch on neutral fabrics anyway, so now I can invest in what I will actually use.
Now, let's see how I did on my April goals:
Finish wedding quilt for anniversary Yes!
Start new job Not yet
Binding & label on $5 quilt No
Label for Pigwidgeon No
Mail Barbara's Gift Yes!!
Carol's RR No
Stitch 2 ornaments Stitched one, started a second
Keep up with SALs: Red Thread, Barnabee, Mermaids Yes, yes, no
Make Shepherd's Bush wallhanging started
Stitch on Mystery 9 - Finish Artichokes nope
Stitch one motif on Cuisine d'ete nope
Not so good in April. Sigh. I'm going to try to keep it simple for May, with WIP reduction in mind.
I've broken down my current WIPs into five categories: SALs, Smalls/ornaments/freebies, Just Nans, Chatelaines and Med/Lg pieces. The SALs are ongoing, so all three of those will be focus pieces as needed. For the other four categories, I will focus on one piece until it is finished, and then move on to another WIP in that category. We'll see how that goes.
So, for May...
Stitch Red Thread block for SAL
Stitch and mail Carol's RR by the 15th
Stitch and finish PS Bookmark for Mother's Day
Continue with Barnabee's Quest for Just Nan Sundays
Finish one block on Tesori
Stitch on Mystery 9
I'd also like to continue with getting some reading in as well. I've really been enjoying it!
I am grateful for finishing a book!