Monday, February 21, 2011

One Day at a Time

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Not a lot of stitching going on lately. Despite the time I've had to stitch, it's been difficult to focus for any stretch of time. But, I am making some progress on my Valentine Rose house, nonetheless. The bricks are done, the roof is on, and the windows are mostly outlined. And don't you just love those little eyelet stitches in the roof? So fun to do.

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I love that Alma includes a specialty stitch here or there to add to the texture and interest on a piece. So fun. I'm looking forward to the basket and the flowers for just that reason.

Last night, after taking these photos, I did get the rest of my window outlined and the door. I've started filling in those windows and should have them completed shortly. I have to tell you that working on this piece is so much fun, especially because last night I was stitching on it while watching Who Do You Think You Are. If you haven't seen that show yet, you need to. I love genealogy, and since these Anniversary of the Heart pieces really get you thinking about your family and significant dates, etc. it just hits home when you see that show. With the help of my dad, I've decided who I'm going to honor with this block, so I'm looking forward to putting those final touches in when the time comes. But in the meantime, more windows!

I'm also enjoying seeing all the new Market releases. I'm anxious to see the last of the Anniversaries of the Heart series from BBD, which is due out after Market. I'm also very curious about the new incarnation of the Loose Feathers pieces too. But, in the meantime I'm just loving their new book they've released and can you believe how many Reward of Merit pieces they released too? I especially love Wild Lilies. Such creative women. But I'm having fun seeing all the reports come in from Market today.

And thank you to those of you who have asked about Othello and sent along your prayers and good wishes for his recovery. He has been home for a week, after having been very sick. He had to stay at the vet another few days after the first time we brought him home, so I'm glad to have had him home for good this time. He seems to be doing rather well, and his follow up visit with the vet this morning confirms that.

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This is his "I refuse to look at you" pose. I think he does it rather well, don't you? Since he's been home, he's been needing a lot of attention (and I have also needed a lot of Othello attention), so it makes it difficult to stitch. But, I'm not complaining one bit.

I am grateful for both of my guys being home.

23 comments:

Siobhan said...

Awww, what a great pic of Othello! I'm so glad to hear that he's doing well.

Your Valentine Rose block looks GREAT! I think this is my favorite block. I can't wait to see who you've decided to honor in your block.

Who Do You Think You Are... love love LOVE that show! I've watched the UK, Irish & US versions and love them all--even when I haven't a clue who the celebrities are. My kids always want to see if we're related to royalty after watching the shows... I tell them that the closest we'd get is Mistress of the Chamberpot! LOL

Jackie said...

I thought that was his "I'm too sexy for this photo shoot" look! He's quite handsome and regal looking. As I'm owned by pets too, I can understand why you'd want to devote a great deal of attention to Othello.

I had no idea there was eyelet stitches in the roof on Valentine Rose! Thank you for the close up pick - it looks really good. I'm going to start AotH at some point in the next month or so. Waiting on a fabric order and then I have a final selection to make.

Margaret said...

I was just wondering how Othello's vet visit went today. I'm so glad it hear he's doing better and the vet says so! Yay! He's a cutie -- that's a great pic!

Love your Valentine Rose block too. What great closeup pics! Love the eyelets!

mainely stitching said...

Arden is helping me blog tonight, and he says Othello is very pretty. :)

Wonderful stitching!

Vonna said...

Yay Othello...what a handsome chap he is :)
Your AofH is great! I'm anxious too to see the last of them and the reincarnation of Loose Feathers...I can tell you I'll be buying everyone and saving money 10 years form now, right? :)
that's what I tell the husband....LOL!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Othello, I am so happy to hear that you're doing so much better. You are a handsome fella!
Your Valentine Rose block looks super.

Nancy said...

Othello is a beauty, and I'm glad to here he is doing better!

Your Anniversaries of the Heart stitching looks beautiful! I really enjoyed stitching the first two - need to do the rest - but I'm stitching them separately. Don't you love the Rewards of Merit designs that were just released? The Lilies design caught my eye too!

Littlebit said...

Aww, your little Othello is so handsome. I'm glad he is home now.
Your Valentine piece is lovely, and i love eyelet stitches.

GrannySue said...

Your work is amazing. I'm glad Othello is doing well. What inspiring photos you have posted. And, yes, I love those stitches on the roof of the house. I can't wait to learn to do that. I'm gonna keep my eye out for it.

valerie said...

So glad to hear that Othello is doing much better! Your Valentine Rose is really coming along! It's looking great!

I love Who Do You Think You Are but I've missed all the episodes this season. I need to program it in my Tivo so I stop missing it!

merumo said...

Your brick house is coming along very nice. I always enjoy stitching BBD's pieces, too :) Othello is a cute boy!

Sylvia said...

Your Valentine Rose looks wonderful, and you are correct - the roof is great with those eyelet stitches. That is quite the regal pose Othello is striking for the photo.... I am so glad he is back where he belongs.

KarenV said...

So glad Romeo is back home with you and feeling better Michelle! :) That's a gorgeous picture of him - give him a cuddle from me :)

You're making great progress on Valentine Rose, it's looking wonderful. The eyelet stitches in the roof really add a nice texture!

KarenV said...

Michelle, I'm so sorry! I meant Othello, of course. Ack! Please forgive my stupid mistake :(

Katrina said...

Othello is so sweet and I am so, so glad he's feeling better!!! Cuddles from me :-).

Love your AotH piece, you know it's my favorite, LOL.

Sally said...

I loev your Valentine Rose Michelle. I don't know what I was doing when I was stitching the window frames on Saturday evening but I kept having to frog them!!! Lol!

I love the new BBD Wild Lilies too. It's my favourite of the charts they've released at market. The new booklet A Stitcher's Journey is on it's way across the pond to me and I can't wait to see it!

Othello is so cute. SO glad to hear he's doing well.

Natalia said...

AoTH is looking great !! I agree that Alma and Barb are so talented. They are definitely my favorite designers... I look forward to getting my goodies from market too !!
So glad to hear that Othello is doing so much better...

Nicole said...

Beautiful progress on Valentine Rose Michelle. I think it's my favorite of the AotH blocks so far! :)

woolwoman said...

wonderful progress on V rose - so pretty - great photo to see details - so glad your boy is doing better and yep - I love that "lilies" BBD piece - so many from them I want to get. Enjoy! Mel

Giovanna said...

Lovely work on the BBD! I just received the 10th one yesterday (the one with the pumpkin) and I was blown away by the pretty thread colours. You're right, those two ladies design some wonderful stuff.

Berit said...

Ooh; Anniv. is looking so very good, and glad to hear that things are wel with Othello, too! :)

Dona said...

Othello at home - exactly where he should be!

Those little eyelet stitches on the roof really do add to the piece! Pretty brick work, Michelle!

Sherry said...

Your BBD house is looking wonderful. I have thought of starting this series but I have so many other things waiting in my stash!

Yes, I love to watch Who Do You Think You Are but often forget when it comes on. I love family history and find this show fun and interesting!