As I had hoped I would, I finished The Orchard at work today. This was a fun stitch, and I cannot believe how long I had this chart in my stash (about 12 years!), and now it is finally stitched up! I apologize for the blurry pic - I am not a good photographer. I would have loved to have been able to use my scanner for this, but this fabric (Desert Sky Expressions Belfast by Silkweaver) is very subtly dyed and the scanner picks up the dyes and darkens them - makes it look freaky, and not at all as the project truly appears. Yay, this is only my second finish of the year, so I am really happy about it!
I also have a new progress picture of Earth Angel tonight - I opted to work on her this evening.... got a bit more of the earth stitched up.... :-) I have not yet seen Jenn's progress on this, and I hope she will post a pic soon :-)
If anyone who might come across this post is interested in stitching a Passione Ricamo project as a SAL, I would like to invite you to join us over at the Passione Ricamo Forum on the Needle & Thread Bulletin Board. We have one starting this weekend! I will be starting my Miracle Butterfly - hope others will join in too!!
I received Moonlit Orchid and A Secret Garden, both by Patricia-Ann Designs, from Stitching Bits & Bobs today - they are both so gorgeous! I can't wait to do them! Oh, and I received a gift certificate to Stitching Bits & Bobs today as my prize for having won the Bingo game over at New England Cross Stitchers earlier this month - thanks Jennie! I will make certain to put it to very good use - ROFL!!!!!!!!!
I am about to embark on another SAL, since I have figured out how to rotate my projects (although not in a traditional or formal way as many of you do) - I will be stitching Legends of the Dragons with Nikki - we will start after her fabric and Waterlilies come in. We have both decided to stitch this on Dragon Myst lugana by The Blended Needle, using Storm Clouds Waterlilies for the border....
Can anyone REALLY believe this - there is potential for quite a snow storm tomorrow night?? What??? All reports indicate that I actually live just a little too far north to really feel the impact of this, but nonetheless.... is this the Ice Age or Global Warming... or what??? Today was almost 60 F!!!
New DVD release day - Mike dutifully picked up Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (I am very excited to watch this one soon), and Fat Albert (stupid? Probably! But, I grew up watching this cartoon and for nostalgic reasons alone, I wanted this one...)
And, today I also signed up for a home study course for Continuing Education Units for my counseling license. I opted to sign up for A Systematic Treatment of Bulimia Nervosa since eating disorders are one of my areas of clinical specialty, and honestly, I have not pursued any new CEU's in eating disorders since 2001... I am not sure how novel this one will be, since I picked it up in the sale section of the site - LOL! But, I am sure I will still get something out of it (and get 6 CEU's in the process, plus a book that may be a good resource on the office bookshelf... patients seem to like having those types of books to borrow). Ah, it is that time of year again when tending to the license is important and "therapy school" has to happen here and there...
Stitched on today: The Orchard (complete with Happy Dance!) and Earth Angel