More in the Haunted Neighborhood

Hello, all! It’s been pretty busy around our house with Eric’s birthday celebrations, a Halloween party, the State Fair, etc. So, not a lot of stitching has been done. I wanted to share photos though of how my Neighborhood RR is looking right now. Annemarie stitched the Just Nan piece that you see on there, and then sent it on to Kathy. Kathy chose a great design – she said it is from an old Prairie Schooler chart called Trick or Treat! I borrowed Kathy’s photos from the group blog to show you – I hope she doesn’t mind! I just love the way my piece is turning out…and I am so glad that I chose a Halloween neighborhood theme! Katrina is now in possession of the piece, and then it will go back to AnneMarie for her to finish up her stitching. Then, it comes home to me! Woohoo!
I received Judith‘s piece in the mail on Saturday, so I’ll need to get busy on it. It’s due to be mailed out November 15th and then that is the last of the RRs I have to stitch on.
I haven’t done any more planning on my Me, Myself and I RR. I need to figure out the stitched size of each of the charts in order to do a final layout and determine what size fabric I need.
Hope you are all doing well, and enjoying your stitching!!
I am grateful for time for an update.


Erin’s Neighborhood
Neighborhood Round Robin – Round 7
Prairie Schooler and Homespun Samplar
DMC on some gorgeous fabric
Finished 9/15/08

Last week I finished my block on Erin‘s RR. I just love it! Erin requested a wilderness feel to her neighborhood with cozy cottages, rustic cabins and wildlife. I chose to stitch Prairie Schooler’s Log Cabin at Running Deer Farm from the JCS 2004 ornament issue. I added the trees from a Homespun Samplar freebie. The foxes were a must. I just love foxes, so when I received the new Prairie Schooler leaflet, November, I just had to add the foxes to Erin’s piece. I decided to echo the stars from the block on the bottom left corner, just for balance. I love how it turned out, and I think Erin’s neighborhood is one of the cutest I’ve seen!

I believe I only have one more RR to stitch on, Judith’s, and then this RR is done. I’m anxious to see how mine is coming along.

Speaking of foxes, it’s making me want to pull out this one to stitch!

Anyway… I went back to stitching on my Red Thread after finishing up the RR, and I am close to being finished with the August block. I have a bird and a crab to stitch and that’s it. Not sure I’ll get that September block stitched before the end of the month, but I’ll give it a go.

Last week I had my certification exam for PowerPoint and I scored a 960 (out of 1000). Not too shabby! Another course done! I’m moving on to Microsoft Outlook and now I’m learning how to email (lol!).

Last week and this week have been crazy busy at work and I am quite frankly exhausted. Last night I came home after class and just sat on Eric’s lap for awhile just to be near him and tell him about my day. It was so nice to just come home and get to see him. Of course, then Romeo felt he needed to be on my lap while I was on Eric’s lap, so that didn’t last long!

A couple of people asked about hurricane Ike and if we were affected by it. We did get a bit of rain, but nothing like people were preparing for. A lot of people were cancelling their plans and hunkering down at home, but we are NO WHERE near the coast, so that was probably a little excessive. But then again, you never know in Texas. So, a little rain in the late afternoon and that was it.

Oh, and thanks to Vonna’s suggestion, I do think I have a winner for the layout of my Town Square. This is really blurry, but you get the idea. I think this might work. I am going to try to figure out actual placements and such so that I can figure out how big a piece of fabric I need, but I think this one is a winner! Thanks for all your suggestions!

Oh and I do have some lamp posts, benches, flower pots, and a bicycle that I can use to populate the town (which is what those little tiny pieces are). Fun!

Ok, I think that’s it for me today. Thanks for stopping by – I appreciate you so much!

I am grateful for a little time to myself.

Am I Crazy or What?

So, if you’d like to take a look at my curtains I made (that I talked about in my last post), you can take a look here. I’ve been making some other changes around the house, which I hope to have photos of soon. With regard to school, I took my final for PowerPoint on Thursday and am scheduled to take my certification exam this Thursday – yay!

In stitching news, I’ve been working on August’s Red Thread block, Ocean Voyage. I’ve got almost all the water stitched, but still a little ways to go on this one.

I’ve also been stitching away on Erin’s Neighborhood RR. This photo was taken earlier in the weekend. I’ll post details when I show you the finished product.

And finally, I’ve decided to jump in and join Vonna’s Me, Myself and I RR. I love the idea of this being more of a SAL than an RR as I won’t be sending anything around for anyone else to stitch on (since we all know what luck I’ve had with that!). So, when I was looking around Vonna’s blogs she’s set up for this, I decided that back in 2006 (I think), I got all those Town Square freebies that were offered at one of the markets. I really wanted to stitch those all together somehow, and even proceeded to purchase some of the charms and embellishments for some of the designs, but it never got farther than that. I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to work on that piece. The RR has a start date of December 31st, so I better get busy planning so that I can order fabric, etc.

So, this is where you come in…I need help planning a layout. When I originally saw the designs, I thought I would lay them out like a town square…

But, that leaves a whole lot of blank space, and I don’t know if I like the side buildings being sideways, if you know what I mean.

So, here are some other options…

Still keeping that town square feel, while losing some of the blank space and turning the side buildings to orient up and down rather than sideways.

Randomly spaced, with less of a town square feel.

Laying them out in rows, more or less.

Any thoughts? I think I like the less blank space town square and also the random one.

Here’s a close up of some of the designs, if you’re curious. They are not to scale, most of them are pretty close to the same size although my “cut outs” don’t reflect that.

And here are some of my charms and embellishments that I already have on hand.

I appreciate any input you have on these. Also, here are a few of these stitched up.

Anyway, it looks to be the start of another busy week here, but I should be mailing out Erin’s RR today or tomorrow if I can make it out to the post office, and then I’ll be getting back to Ocean Voyage!

I am grateful for a good friend, and being over food poisoning…blech!