Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Missing in Action

Hi folks!

Sorry I've been away for so long, I don't know what is happening, life is on full speed ahead and I'm jogging to keep up.  Not an easy task for someone like me!  

Not a lot of stitching going on around here, but here's a shot of a few things I've been working on...

This little owl was fun to work on, but seemed to take ages to finish.

 This is a Christmas ornament, from the back, blurred so the recipient can't really tell what it is.  LOL  Yep...just had to show that I actually stitched something!!  It's also so you can see that I finished two "Christmas" pieces this month, the other was "In the Meadow".

I've also been working on another SAL, but don't have any pictures to show just yet.

Lots going on here, and I've been away from home a lot, unexpectedly.  Not all of it bad...in fact I was invited to a cousin's wedding in Pennsylvania a couple of weekends ago.  What a lovely time we had, reconnecting with family we haven't seen in a while.  

Preparing for the wedding, I found a little album they could later fill with pictures, but I found wedding quotes and filled it with some unexpected "bonuses".  It took me days to complete this little "gem", but I hope they find it useful...and truly it was fun putting it together.

We met up with my Mom and Sister a couple of days before...

 This little duck awaited us on the bath tub of the place we stayed....all the comforts of home!!  LOL

Then met up with a few of my cousins on the day of the wedding.  The Bride ...

And her family...

The view from the chapel, the ceremony was held at Hickory Run State Park.  Lovely scenery!!

It was a fun day...I have a quirky family who likes to ham it up...

Oh sorry...I didn't mean lunch...

Here are are before...

and here we are behind...

My cousin Judy and I get together more frequently than the rest of my family.  She sent me Marsha, so of course, Purple Dottie and Marsha had to have pictures taken together.

Just hanging with  my peeps...LOL...

What I loved about their reception, is a friend of their's had an ice cream truck.  They drove it to the property, parked it, and offered all kinds of lovely concoctions for dessert.  Marsha had a Sundae, with hot fudge and peanuts.  YUM!!

Their back yard is pure heaven...serenity at it's finest.  I leave you with a parting show of the pond ... where kids were swimming and catching fish during the reception.  It was a perfect day! 

Have I mentioned that the Orioles are on a hot winning streak?  My son decided to celebrate the latest win by doing this...a w for a win...

It stayed on long enough to get a picture...then he shaved the rest off.  LOL!!

I nearly forgot we celebrated our Anniversary two days later...we got a flat tire on a very busy highway on Sunday and after calling AAA to change the flat, then driving to Walmart to get a new tire, the whole day was eaten up...not to mention all that waiting put us hours behind schedule, so we decided to stay the night near Lancaster.  What a way to mark our 30 years (yes...I said THIRTY years!!  You know he has to be a saint to put up with me THAT long!!  LOL) of marriage.  So I say, here's to thirty more, honey!!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Better late than ever...TUSAL

Seems lately I'm on a dead run to catch up!  LOL  But I guess it's better to be late than not to post at all...

So here is my picture of my ort collection this month.  Yep...I did get a lot of stitching done!  Yay me!!  LOL

I got a little more done on Royal Garden...just a tad...but it takes so long to do so little, that my brain needs a break in between!

I decided I wanted to work on something with big holes, something fun and easy to do, so pulled out this buttons and beads kit and started working on this owl.  Isn't it fun??

I finally finished this Little House Needleworks In the Meadow pattern.  I just love this, and I think I'll count it toward my "Christmas stitching" for next month!

The latest pattern from Maryse just popped into my inbox, so I've been stitching on that today.  I love keeping ahead of my SAL's!!  Hopefully I'll finish either tonight or tomorrow.

Over the weekend the Orioles had a blood drive at Oriole park.  We showed up a bit early and had lunch at Dempsey's.  I love this restaurant, not only is the food great, but the atmosphere is so much fun!  We ate near the beer taps, so I just had to take a picture.  I think it's hilarious that the taps have Dempsey's head on the beer that is brewed for his restaurant.  I haven't had any, so can't tell you if they are good or not, but I will say this is a popular spot, so something must be done right!

Ben signed me up for this blood drive.  I gave a double red.  I guess you could call it fortunate that I'm the right blood type to give a double red.  They separate twice as many red blood cells out, then pump the serum back into you.  So...yes, you are a bit anemic when you are finished, but you aren't as dehydrated, so in a way you feel better.  You just have to take it easy for a few days afterward.    I do feel privileged to give, as DH cannot, he was in Europe during the mad cow outbreak and they won't allow him to donate.  But after signing me up, then Ben couldn't donate as he was sick last week.  Somehow this just doesn't seem right!!  Oh well, I have two Orioles tickets and a t-shirt to show for my troubles.  Anyone want to join me for a game??

And on that note, I'm off to get some stitching done.  Happy Stitching!!


Friday, July 18, 2014

Royal Fever...

I have been working hard to catch up on all my "must stitch" projects so I could treat myself to a little Royal Garden stitching.  If you click on the first picture it will become larger so you can see it closer.  

I absolutely LOVE this piece.  However, it is painstakingly slow...and tests my patience...and stretches my abilities...and teaches me...and is slowly driving me mad.  But I still LOVE it!!  I thought maybe you would like to see some of the stitches close up...and understand why I can only work on this a little at a time.  I think after today...after working with fibers 90 inches long...and working out kinks in flat fibers, while untying knots, and swearing after finding I've been ONE canvas thread off trying to count little tiny specialty stitches...it will be neatly put away for a day or two.  Seriously...my arms ache trying to hold the canvas and draw 90 inches of thread through the canvas!!  But I know in the end it will be worth it.  Now mind you, I didn't work on all these stitches today, just the woven teardrop, the crescent with a tail, and a couple of the sword Amadeus stitches, a few oblong rhodes and square rhodes.  

But honestly, isn't that enough for one day?  I'm off to find something that's a little less "cerebral" to stitch on for the remainder of the day.