Friday, May 25, 2012

How Now Red Cow

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As you can see I've been working on Isabella some more. I finally got the cow all filled in and went back to do some more leaves. She's really coming along. 

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I really am absolutely in love with this sampler. I'm not sure what it is that's keeping my attention with her right now, but she truly is so much fun. And especially that I'm on to the fun stuff at the bottom, I'm looking forward to adding in some other colors - like that blue! 

The other day, I got a text from a friend. She says to me "what are your two favorite colors that are complimentary?" Well, I'm sure she thought this was a simple question and would require only a second for me to respond. But I was stumped. I thought and thought and thought and then had to respond and say "I'm sorry, I take color very seriously. My answer would depend on what you're talking about. Are you talking about colors to wear, colors to decorate with, colors to stitch with? I need more info." I'm sure about this point she wanted to throw her phone across the room. So, she finally came out with it and said she wanted to send me some thread to stitch one of the Jeannette Douglas Quaker Pincushions with. You would think at that point I could have named two colors and we'd be off to the races. But no...the poor woman finally had to send me a photo of some thread and say "PICK TWO!" So I picked two. Actually, I picked three, but she finagled two out of me. 

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I ended up with Tanzanite and Dark Shadows. OMG so in love with the Tanzanite. Can it get any lovelier than that? So, thank you my sweet friend, and I apologize for being an enormous pain in the ass. (I just hope she doesn't send me a text that says "what's your favorite movie?")

Anyway, aside from annoying the living daylights out of my friends, I have also been stitching on And They Sinned.  I'm almost done with the fruit basket and then will move on to the two peacocks on either side of it.  Can't wait.  

Hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  I am planning on visiting the National Cemetery on Monday to go and see my dad.  His headstone should be there now, so I'll get to see it for the first time.  

I am grateful for time with friends.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Cow Tipping

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Thanks so much for all of your kind words about Othello.  We've sure been missing him.  I've spent the week trying to get sort of readjusted to having an "empty nest" so to speak.  And I've tried to get back to my stitching as well.  One thing that has been brightening my days is my new project bag out of Tula Pink fabric, thanks to Sylvia.  I'm absolutely in love with the button she found for this and although Sylvia said she made this one big enough to carry around Dutch Beauty in, Isabella's been enjoying being in there for now!

And speaking of Isabella...I am way overdue for my May WIPocalypse update.
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 I've finished off all the letters and numbers at the top and you can see the very tippy top of the cow that I've started.  I'm so excited to get to the cow!  
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I've been working along on my leaves too, a length of thread at a time.  That seems to be working well for keeping me from getting overwhelmed at all the leaves.  She's been such a fun stitch so far, and I have really needed something to take my mind off everything.

Hope you're all having a Happy Mother's Day, whether you're spending it with your mother, your children or your furry ones.

I am grateful for good memories.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

The Last of Three

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Othello was the second of my three boys to come into my life, although he was the oldest.  He loved completely and unconditionally and allowed both Hamlet and Romeo to be the center of attention, always.  When we lost Romeo, for the first time Othello allowed himself his time in the sun.  He took every bit of attention we lavished on him and gave it back tenfold.  

Last February, we nearly lost Othello.  We were given another year with this sweet boy and treasured every moment of it.  
 
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On Friday, I lost the last of my boys.   My home and my heart will never be the same without him.

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One more, one more. 
Be thus when thou art dead, and I will kill thee 
And love thee after. One more, and that's the last. 
So sweet was ne'er so fatal. I must weep, 
But they are cruel tears. This sorrow's heavenly, 
It strikes where it doth love.

Othello, Act 5, Scene 2