Thank you all for the sweet birthday wishes. It was a great weekend, and of course I am tired today! I lucked out and was able to take half a day off on Friday to go home and do a whole lotta nothing, which was so nice. Eric came home with these gorgeous roses called Latin Lady. The outsides of them are almost silvery. After dinner we had champagne and cheesecake, which was lovely.
So much to show you! First of all, Friday night I finished stitching Road Trip for my Red Thread piece. This one actually went pretty quickly, and now I just need to finish July and August’s blocks by the end of the month.
I was also able to finish sewing the binding on my quilt over the weekend. I attempted to embroider a label for it, but I seem to be having a problem with the embroidery function on my machine. So, I’ll be visiting the shop this weekend and see if I can get it taken care of. Then, once my label is embroidered and stitched on, the quilt will be done! Woohoo! The Kimono quilt is heading to the quilter this weekend as well. I’ll be meeting with her on Sunday afternoon.
In between all this progress I was making with my projects, I also went out and had some fun. Eric, my friend Melinda, and I went to the local Balloon Fest on Saturday.
We had a great time, and it was fun seeing the balloons being inflated. Unfortunately, there was too much wind for the balloons to lift off, so we basically watched them inflate and deflate. Apparently, if it is too windy, it can cause the balloon to catch on fire…so that would be a bad thing.
We had shaved ice and mojitos in a can (well, that’s what I had – they had beer). But of course, no fair or festival in Texas is complete without this…
It was a great evening, even with the disappointment of the balloons.
Sunday, I met up with my friend Sherri to celebrate my upcoming birthday. She took me to see Mamma Mia and then out to dinner for some excellent Mexican food (my favorite!). But, you have to just take a look at what Sherri gave me…
Book two in the Stephanie Meyer’s series and a gorgeous bookmark that she stitched over one!
How amazing is that?! Thank you thank you thank you, Sherri!! I love it! And of course I can’t wait to make use of it with THAT BOOK! Woohoo!! What a fun night. I really enjoyed Mamma Mia as well, and was so glad that Sherri took me to see it.
That’s it for me today. I just ordered the next books for my bookclub at the museum. We’ll be reading Johanna: A Novel of the Van Gogh Family in September, then Stealing Athena in November and finally The God of Small Things in January. I’m looking forward to these. Now, I just have to get busy so I can read my new book (and finish what I’m currently reading). In stitching news, I’ve made a small start on the July Red Thread block, Picnic. I have a feeling this weekend is going to be busy. My birthday is Friday, and although I was hoping to take the day off from work, I just got an invite for my third meeting that day. Ugh! But, Saturday we’re going to my parents house for dinner (and LEMON MERINGUE PIE!!) and Sunday night we’re going to dinner at Eric’s parents’ house.
Have a great rest of the week!
I am grateful for sweet friends.
Thank you all so much for your sweet compliments on Barnabee. I am so thrilled to finally have him finished. I haven’t had a chance to stitch at all since finishing him until last night, so you can imagine what a treat that was! Last week was such a whirlwind! I finished Barnabee, finished reading The Masterpiece, took my vendor certification exam for Microsoft Excel 2007 (which I passed!) and rounded all of that up before heading off to Virginia for the weekend. Eric and I had a lovely, although short trip to Virginia and just returned Monday night. While I was gone I started and finished a new book, Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. Loved it! Can’t wait to get the next one. I’ve started a new book now (reading the 4th Chiaverini book) and am loving it!
So, yesterday coming back to work was crazy, as you can well imagine after having been out for a couple of days. But, all was rewarded last night when I attended the monthly gathering of the Tudor Rose Sampler Guild. My new good friend and loyal blog reader, Barbie, convinced me to go after showing me photos of an upcoming Jane Timmons workshop they will be having. This is the Madeira Sampler Tin Project. Isn’t it lovely? This is just a peek, but I am hooked! I met Barbie for the first time last night and she brought me a gorgeous gift….
Barbie, I hope you don’t mind me borrowing your photos of this beauty! She stitched (over one no less) this beautiful Queen of the Needle tin topper for me and the coordinating fob! Barbie, you are such a jewel! I can’t thank you enough!!!
The Guild was having its annual stash sale last night, but I was a good girl and didn’t bring anything home. I brought Barnabee with me to share as a recent finish though! As the program for last night’s meeting was the stash sale, I was able to stitch a little and visit. I started working on my June block (Road Trip) for my Red Thread. I managed to get my block outline completely finished even while talking. So, that was a treat. I joined the Guild and am looking forward to next month’s meeting. And since I did join the Guild (although not EGA) I am counting this as fulfilling this item on my 101 Things List.
Not too much else going on around here. I am looking forward to the weekend, and getting a little more stitching done. Anna and I are reinstating our Mermaid SAL on Sunday, so look for an update on my Mermaids of the Deep Blue. My last update was in March. And of course, I intend to get my Red Thread back on track as well.
And, I cannot forget to mention that Jenna and Katrina both awarded me the Kreativ Blogger Award. Thank you both for the sweet compliment. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate it, especially as I’ve been feeling the creativity is few and far between here lately! Now, I am supposed to nominate a few others for this award in return, but as I have been so remiss in visiting blogs lately and since there are so many wonderful stitchers blogging, I will award it to each of you who visit me! Enjoy!!!
I am grateful for new friends and a dear friend’s husband who is on the road to recovery and good health!