Saturday, April 15, 2017

April Gifted Gorgeousness

Long time, no see...LOL  Yes, I know I just did a blog update yesterday, but this time I get to show you all the things I've been stitching for the gifted gorgeousness. (And then some!)  If you don't know what the Gifted Gorgeousness is, stop over to see Jo at Serendipitous Stitching.  She organizes us all each month on the 15th to show things we are stitching that pertains to a gift.  Either a chart, fabric or floss that was given to us, or something we are stitching for someone else.  It's been a great way for me to bring myself to accountability.  You can read about her "rules" here if you would like to join in the fun.  And you can see what others are stitching by visiting her blog.

First off is the Linen and Threads Mystery SAL that I'm participating in.  You can find the patterns here.  They are still available so it's never too late to join in.  There is a facebook page where you can see all the beautiful colors people have chosen, and there are already 4000 members.  Here is my progress...

I'm still working on Leave a Light On which was a Birthday gift from my husband last year.  I'm not making a lot of progress, but every little bit helps, right?

I'm going to mention this here...I have finished an exchange piece I stitched for our annual St. Michaels retreat.  I can't show all of it because a few of the ladies visit my blog occasionally and I want it to be a surprise.  Here is a little snippet...I still need to finish it off, but by next month I'll be able to show the whole picture.

I've been a bit preoccupied lately with life in general.  The most exciting thing that has happened lately is that my son proposed to his girlfriend.  They are the cutest couple (and I am in no way impartial...LOL) and we couldn't be happier to welcome her into our little family.  No date has been set, but things are already being discussed.  I can't wait for the happy day!

Friday, April 14, 2017

It's the Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop 2017!

Hi Everybody...

I'm thrilled to be taking part in the Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop 2017!  Thanks to Jo over at Serendipitous Stitching, who is an amazing stitcher, and plans the most fun adventures.  If you have a chance later, why not take a stroll over to her blog and have a look around.

Now....on to the blog hop.  I've been given the letter...

We celebrate Easter at our house and here are a few stitched pieces I have displayed to remind us what the holiday is all about.  The book mark was a kit that my husband gave me as a gift...

This egg was a SAL I participated in at of the first finishes I ever did...and have learned a lot since then...LOL

And this egg was a gift from a fellow believer and stitcher friend.  

Sorry for the terrible photos, the sunlight wouldn't cooperate!  LOL

The next blog in the hop is It's Geek to Me.  Good luck in your journey!  Have a Wonder-full Easter!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

The good, the bad and the (hopefully) not ugly...

Let's start with the good, shall we?  Thanks to the lovely Ms. Jo over at Serendipitous Stitching, I was named blogger of the week!  I had been asked to answer a few questions, but figured it would be a while before I was mentioned.  I'm thrilled and honored to have been asked, and even more thrilled and surprised to have her post mine so soon.  You can head over to Jo's blog to see her fascinating site here.  You can visit the Blogger of the Month blog here.  Thank you so much for kindly selecting my blog, and for all those who left such kind comments, I'm flattered...thank you so much!!  I will try to answer your comments very soon.

It's been a busy week.  Seems everything happens at once, doesn't it?  Not only did our computer go belly up, but then Ben's car decided to take a nose dive as well.  That leads to lots of time on the road and in car lots shopping.  That, in turn, leads to little stitching, and well you know the drill.  So much goes into getting a new what to do with the old car.  He decided to sell it to the car lot we bought the new one from....but could we find the title and lien release?  NOoooooo.  I stitched while the guys tore the house apart.  We did find it, and they are there now getting the job done.  There was more that happened this week, but I'll leave that until another day.

I was hoping to finish Renouveau in the month of March, but I'll take the first day of April!  Thankfully I was left alone for a little while today to finish.  Here she is in all her glory!  This was stitched on 32 count over one on Meadow Rue using the recommended DMC floss.  I started stitching this on January 6, 5 years in the making.  So glad it's finished!!  

I forgot to show pictures of the Stitcher's Day exchange I received last week.  My partner, Christine, sent this lovely piece and a pattern for violets.  Anyone who knows me, knows I like violets.  My Grandmother's name was Violet and I was almost named for her.  She is one of the most influential people who got me started stitching.  Here's a picture of what Christine sent.  Thank you so much Christine, it's beautiful and I absolutely LOVE it!!

Tomorrow is opening day for the Orioles, so I'll be watching the game!  It's become a tradition in our family, I think our 11th year.  The rest of the week promises to be busy as who knows when I'll get to put another stitch in?  Wish me luck won't you?

I'll leave you with this little chubby character.  Looks like he was sitting pretty for the winter, doesn't he?  Thomas has a new "friend" as this little guy comes to our back deck daily to sit outside the sliding glass door and taunt him.  Thankfully Thomas can't get to him, or he'd be in trouble!  You should see Thomas prance on this side of the door...LOL

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

New beginnings...

It's been a wild ride lately!  I've had to get a new computer, and it has taken me a while to get used to it.  Unfortunately many of the programs I enjoyed using on my old computer couldn't be transferred to my new one so sadly I can't do some of the same things I could before.  It's going to take some getting used to!  LOL  There are some things that are better, so I guess it's 50/50.  It's hard for this old dog to get used to new tricks!

I'm finally feeling better, thank you to all of you who expressed their concern.  I missed going to Virginia to see the needlework exhibit with some other stitchers, but I would have only slowed them down.  Between being sick and having my computer die I wasn't able to answer many emails, so I apologize to those who left comments.  Thank you for understanding!

I did get a bit of stitching done.  I finished Red White & Blue by the Cricket Collection.  I love this pattern and looked for it for quite a while before I found it on sale somewhere.  I made it to frame and donate to an auction for Equines for Freedom.  This is a program for service men and women suffering from PTSD.  There will be a fundraiser in August for this program.  It took a while to find all the pieces for framing, but I finally gathered it all together so check back soon, I hope to get it framed in the very near future.

I also worked on this pattern that I have had sitting around for a few years.  This is Bunnies Galore by Brittercup Designs.  I also picked up a frame for this the other night too.  I'll show it again once it's framed.

Next time I hope to show pictures of all the Market Day things I gathered.  Hopefully the framing will be done, and I'll have more stitched on my Wednesday projects (WIP Wednesday).  I hope everyone is enjoying some spring weather.  Our spring flowers all fainted under the snow and cold weather we had...but there are still some signs of life out there in the garden.  Let's hope our hyacinths come up ok, I just love the way they smell!  Off to get some stitching done....right after I enjoy some Rita's ice cream....I sure did miss them while they were closed for the winter!


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

WIP Gifted Gorgeousness we are, another week has gone by, and quite honestly, I don't have much to show for it.  Hm...I don't know whether to blame the weather, germs, or the frogs who seem to keep making appearances.  But I'll explain that later...for now...on with the show!

Thanks to Jo, over at Serendipitous Stitching, we have a lovely challenge going on called Gifted Gorgeousness.  If you would like to participate, it's never to late to sign up.  You can find the rules here.  And if you would like to see what others have been posting, you can see our link-ups here.  Thank you, Jo, for all your hard work, and for making the internet such a fun place to be.

First up....the Linens and Threads SAL.  You can find these lovely patterns here.  I have enjoyed ever stitch, and finding the freedom to chose my own fabric and floss fun.  It's interesting to see other people's interpretation, which you can see if you join their facebook group.  

Next is Leave a Light On which was a Birthday gift from my husband, which included pattern, fabric and thread.  (Yes, I know I'm spoiled!)  I try to spend a little time each month on this, so I can finish it up before the year is over.  Wish me luck because it's been sadly neglected for a few weeks now.

I finished this piece quite some time ago, but it was for an exchange.  I can say it has arrived and I think she liked it.  The day I assembled this piece, was a tough day for me.  She is graciously overlooking the finishing I think...LOL.  At least it looks good from the front anyway.  This is a Sue Hillis pattern from Stitches for the Needleworker Vol 3. finished into a flat fold.

This is not a Gifted Gorgeousness...though I do plan to gift the pattern when it's finished.  This is my WIP Wednesday piece though...I have enjoyed stitching on this piece, and have already promised it to someone who has expressed a liking for it.  It has spurred me on, so this is a good thing, as it's one of my wipocalypse pieces, one I really wanted to finish this year!  Here is Renouveau, and I can honestly say it is just a wee bit over half done!  It should move quickly now that most of the solid stitching is done.  I have to admit, I've struggled with this one lately...and very nearly shelved it for a bit.  The frogs have descended in droves while working on this....which is particularly difficult since it's 28 ct. stitched over one thread!!   Here are before and after pictures so you can see my progress.

I fell off the bandwagon and visited my LNS for market day, coming home with (ahem) a few items in my shopping basket.  I can't help myself, they just jumped in while I wasn't looking! top that off...I signed up for the Mystery SAL over at Passione Ricamo (just in case you are wanting to check it out you can click here)...and since I already had my special bank account at my fingertips, I went ahead and ordered fabric and specialty threads and beads...oh my!!  (All I need now are a bazillion DMC skeins).  I have taken my card (specifically set aside for my addictions...a little is set aside each month for emergencies of the needlework kind) and frozen it least for a little while now. feels good to have that confession off my chest.  Save the 50 lashes, you never know when I'll take another tumble. stitching time has been limited.  Poor Ben ended up taking 4 days off work.   But that meant that I had to be the nursemaid and entertainer.  So...thank heavens for his fire stick and Amazon prime!  We did watch a few good movies including Hacksaw Ridge which turned out to be a surprisingly good movie!  I love those true to life movies that show courage, heroism, and good old fashioned love for your fellow man.  What more could you ask for?   Then...the weekend, when the dreaded (whateveritis) struck down Mike.  Between taking care of him and spending a lot of time getting ready for what forecasters were calling "The Big Kahuna"....which turned out to be 1 and 1/2 days off for my guys which turned out to be a blessing in disguise which gave Mike time to recover and ended up being only a little inconvenient iciness.  We were lucky, we dodged a bullet!!  Folks north of us were hit really hard with over 2 feet of snow.  Never-the-less...I was busy entertaining my guys.  So...that's my story and I'm sticking to it.  Wish me better luck for the rest of this week!!  The only sad part about that, is that my daffodils wilted, and the blossoms were covered with ice...I hope it doesn't affect the Cherry Blossoms in DC...but I have a baaaaad feeling about that.  I'll let you know, they are supposed to be at their peek this weekend.  I'll leave you with a few ice pictures...and lots of warm happy stitchy wishes!

BTW...I caught it...whatever it was...yesterday...UGH!!  AND, my computer started acting weird...methinks it's time for a new model.  Hm...I meant the computer, but it could also apply to me!  LOL

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

WIP it Wednesday

It's WIP here is my progress on Renouveau from A Mon Ami Pierre.



It always amazes me how different pictures look in different light.  The bottom picture, taken after it got dark outside and under florescent light, is probably more true to the real colors.  This is stitched on WDW Meadow Rue 32 ct. over one.

Probably not as much progress as I would have liked, but having another day playing nursemaid to poor Ben, whose cough has gotten really awful.  He had to get up at 6 AM to call out of work.  The guy who answered just said..."I got  you."  before he said anything after Hi.  He NEVER calls out of work, so they know when he does, he's really sick.  So many "bugs" going around right now, I just hope it doesn't turn into something more nasty than what it is. (I also hope I don't get it!!!)

I'm hoping the rest of you had a productive WIP Wednesday!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Some of this...more of that!!

So...It seems we've been crazy busy since the plane touched down on the tarmac.  It's 3 hours different in Las Vegas and I guess we were there long enough to have the jet lag affect us.  Silly me made plans for almost every day after we arrived home.  Even this weekend we went to a quarter auction, which was my first.  It was such a fun evening with Mike, Ben, the lovely Miss K, and some friends of Ben's from work.  Our table won a few prizes, much to the disdain of other folks in the hall...I won a fun mug, and a gift card.  Ben won some taffy, popcorn, and  a few other things, everyone won at the table except Mike.  And he even brought Winston!  Guess his luck is only good in Vegas!  I sent Ben over to get my prize...and this is what he picked out.  Not sure if I should laugh....or???  

 I haven't had much time to stitch...but I was able to stitch a few letters on Renouveau...

And most of the next installment from Linens and Things Mystery Sampler.  It doesn't look like it should take much time to stitch these bands, but when it's over one on black, it does take a big chunk!!  I've been catching up on When Calls the Heart series on Netflix while I far I've watched 5 episodes...but I'm nearly done now!

The next question, is what will I stitch on next?  I've promised the Renouveau pattern to someone, but she graciously gave me 10 years to finish...LOL  Good thing as it just  might take me that long!  Seems the letters are faster to stitch, it's the people in the pattern who take the longest...but as of last week, I consider myself 1/4 of the way done!  

I don't remember if I posted that I won a drawing for participating in the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL.  Jo over at Serendipitous Stitching has been hosting this and I've enjoyed participating, it's gotten me motivated to finish up some UFO's and BAP's that have been hanging around for far too long.  Anyway, while I was gone, she sent me my prize.  She said she perused my blog and found out who my favorite designers are, then chose a pattern for me.  I have to say, I've had my eye on this pattern for a while.  Thanks so much Jo!!   It was such a thoughtful thing to do, and I really appreciate it so much!

Last, I forgot to show what my guys were up to in Vegas.  There's a new hockey team being formed out there (the Vegas Golden Knights), and they have built a new arena, T-Mobile, so of course we had to go take a look.  It's to typically Vegas!!  Lots of lights and glitter.  They were dying to go inside, but Mike checked all the doors...none were open.  Here he is trying to find his way in...I stayed far away, you case they needed bail money or something.  LOL