Oh most definitely off...off the chain, off the hook, off the wagon...off my rocker for sure!! And I'm blaming it on Gillie!!! LOL
This has been the most amazing week...full of nice surprises, wonderful visits, a little stash enhancement, and with Friday came the CRASH!! I'm pouring out buckets trying to prevent the burn...
Where do I start?
Well, let's back up to St Michaels. I forgot to post pictures of the tiny round robin I organized for our fearless leader. Each year Debbie organizes our retreat down by the river. We look forward to it so much each year (I'm already counting the days till next year!!) Four of us chose to participate, so after New Years it began it's trek around the friends. It's hard to see the final piece all together, but here it is finished. It ended with me and I ran around at the 11th hour finding bits and bobs to make it stand out from most humbugs. I thought it came out really cute!! Thanks again, Debbie, for a wonderful retreat!!
Two weeks ago I decided to organize a raffle to raise funds for a team from our church who will be traveling to a village in Kenya to dig a well so children there won't have to walk 2 hours one way to get water. They are spending so much time walking for water, they aren't able to attend school. Our church will be partnering with the village for 5 years, providing the well, and buildings until they are able to sustain themselves. I am not physically able to go, and those going have been asking for donations. Since I'm not working, I decided to cross stitch two items, frame them, and offer them up for donations to be raffled. I went to the frame shop I used to work in and they generously donated the frames. I'm thrilled to be able to support the team! Here are (REALLY BAD) pictures of the items that are being raffled.
Gillie was in the area this week and very kindly made room in her schedule to visit with me. Of course we had to have lunch at our now favorite lunch spot...Peace a Pizza! Marsha made an appearance, naughty bunny, and covered up my (not so lovely) face! Astrid accused me of snorting the bunny...but HONESTLY Girlfriend...I don't swing that way!! LOL And before Gillie snitches on me, I have a confession to make...My name is DJ, and I run yellow lights. *Hanging head in shame*
Since we were in the area of my LNS, The Stitching Post, of course Gillie twisted my arm to drop in for a quick trip around the store. As I was wandering around, I found a pattern that I have been eying for quite some time. I saw it on Facebook first, pinned it on Pinterest, and have been thinking about it for a while now. As I was wondering, it jumped off the rack into my hands. Leafing through the booklet....yes, it has a BOOKLET!!...I wondered about my ability to stitch this needlepoint...and of course Debbie (remember her from the humbug above???) stroked my ego and encouraged me saying of course I could stitch it. There was a sale going on...and so...before I knew it I fell off the stash diet wagon and bought half the materials to make it. I'm just waiting for a few seconds to get materials together and get started on it. It's all Gillie's fault...she dragged me, kicking and screaming I might add, in there!!
While I was standing at the check out, I happened to notice some models on the wall behind the desk. NOOOOOOOOOOO...well I don't feel quite so bad, as Gillie bought the same ones! LOL!! Yes...I guess it was a mutual BIF (bad influence friend) moment. Here is the scene of the crime.....
and the booklet that started it all...
Have I been getting any stitching done? Nope... Why? Because I was insanely trying to get those two raffle pieces stitched, and then learned there were Baptisms being planned (I crochet crosses as gifts to those being Baptized) so I have been crocheting these crosses...all 24 of them!!! I'll have to show you pictures next time, my computer won't read the card at the moment!!
So....today is Friday, the day I hoped to just relax and stitch and just contemplate my navel. That did not happen...my phone has been ringing off the wall...and none of the news is good. So...with my brain full of trying to get things ready for the raffle tomorrow, and people near and dear in need of prayer, I thought I would update my blog and rest my brain for a bit. Hopefully tomorrow I can get some stitching done. Wish me luck!! And for those of you who are on my mind and in my heart, I just want you to know you are being prayed for and healing thoughts are being sent your way. I love you dearly!!
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