Saturday, March 11, 2006

Gardener's Cottage Happy Dance!

And, here it is.... my Neighborhood RR is ready to post off to Annemarie in Holland - I made it before the deadline!! Yay!! I still need a day or two to put together my letter to the stitchers that will go in the packet, as well as gather some little cat and dog charts for them to use if they need them :-) Now, originally I had not planned to put any charms on this design. The chart calls for them, but I am not fond of them and also feel this design is plenty busy enough without them. But after stitching the blue splotch of sky at the top, I have begun to think that when this comes home to me (in about two years, hopefully less) I might attach the Mill Hill Treasure bird to that area. It does seem to need something there....

Q. Do you have an organizational system for your patterns? If so, how do you organize them? If not, have you considered organizing them?

A. I keep forgetting to answer this one this week... because...no, my patterns are not at all organized. Not even close - they are all just piled up in a spare bedroom, some are down in the den on my computer desk... others are, well, in other places! I have a good reason why, you see - I much prefer to spend my free time stitching than organizing my stash!!


Earlier today I decided to take the "Coffee Cup Challenge," or so it appears to be called in a few blogs here - I thought this looked fun. The general idea seems to be to reveal your coffee mug. OK, I will reveal three - when I am home I use the big black mug (which some call a soup bowl!) and refill it at least once. On workdays I fill two of the big blue plastic Dunkin' Donuts travel mugs - I drink the better part of one on my 45 minute commute to work, and work on the second one in my office throughout the morning. When I am lucky, as I was today, I get a big cup of Dunkin' Donuts coffee - today was very spring like, so I got the large iced coffee - when it is cold out, I get the "Great One" hot coffee - I take my coffee drinking very seriously - LOL! How do you take yours? I pass the challenge along to you now!

Erin and I had some fun today while she is visiting. Although XBOX 360, Sims 2 and cleaning/organizing my kitchen (honestly!!) seem to be her favorite activities of the day, we also made a ride out to Colonial Needleworks - I wanted to check out her 36 and 40 ct linens, planning ahead to stitch Floralie, which I have on order. I did get a nice cut of 40 ct Cream Newcastle for it. We didn't stay and chat with Sue for long today. Poor Sue has a terrible chest cold. Her voice is just about 100% gone right now. Then I took Erin to Quiznos for lunch - they don't have a Quiznos in the Haverhill, Massachusetts area, so this was a first for her. (I love Quiznos - they have those lovely "craveable" salads there - the Roadhouse Ranch one is my favorite - roast beef, cheddar, bacon and BBQ sauce atop a salad - excellent! They claim it is 0 net carbs, but I know it does have a few from the BBQ sauce and the veggies... but oh, I could stop and get one of those anytime!)

The weather was again oh so nice here!!! I will be so unhappy around Wednesday when we are looking at 40 degree temps again :-(


Stitched on today: Gardener's Cottage - Happy Dance!! (oh yay! I just realized - this means I can start Part 6 of Medieval Town Mandala tomorrow!!)

***Ooops! Almost forgot - note to self - (I update my DVD Collection List by checking my blog - strange, but most reliable!!) - Mike picked up Jarhead and The 40 Year Old Virgin sometime this week...

22 comments:

BeckySC said...

It's perfect! Congratulations, Carol, you did a great job! LOVE IT! :)

hugs :)

Samantha said...

I really like that. It is very cute. In my spare time I like to cross stich its relaxing in a weird way. A couple of month's ago I ran accross this book... http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/157990680X/sr=8-1/qid=1142143328/ref=pd_bbs_1/103-0444112-2498222?%5Fencoding=UTF8. If you can cross stich you can do that. I love how pretty everything turns out in crewling.

Samantha said...

Ok well it didnt let me post the link so the book is called The New Crewel : Exquisite Designs in Contemporary Embroidery. Amazon has it.

Annemarie said...

Oh wow, Carol! Stunning! Just a few more days...
I like your assortment of coffee mugs, and I'm quite jealous that over there, you can just go out and buy take-away coffee. WHEN are they going to introduce that in The Netherlands??? Shall I open up a cross stitch/coffee shop?

RĂ³sa said...

Wow! So beautiful. I really like this design and the cats you placed there :-D It's all gorgeous! Congratulations on your beautiful happy dance.

KarenV said...

Congratulations Carol - Gardener's Cottage looks wonderful! Can't wait to see the rest of your RR :)

karensff said...

Congrats on your finish. It really looks lovely. I'm sure the person who receives it will love it.

Heather said...

It's beautiful Carol :)

Svenja said...

Gardener's Cottage is beautiful! I'm looking forward to see the completed RR :)

cathymk said...

Congratulations, Carol - your gardener's cottage looks fantastic!

Mel in Dubai said...

Oh Carol! Your Gardener's Cottage is lovely!! Congratulations on the finish :)

Jenn said...

Gardener's Cottage came out so nice Carol and those little kitties look right at home there. :)

You and Erin sound like you had a nice time together and the weather was just perfect for a nice day out like that yesterday. :)

Kathy said...

Wow it has come out lovely well done Carol.

Lol everything is fine my end hun, you know what computers can be like. My beads for CA are arriving tomorrow so by tomorrow evening I will hopefully have a HD.

hugs xxxxx

Christine Doyle said...

Very cute, Carol! Congratulations!

deletethisaccount said...

AWESOME job on the cottage!!! wow! that is just too lovely! I'm running to order the pattern and supplies right now *grin*

Julie said...

Congratulations on the Gardener's Cottage. It turned out great! Enjoy the nice weather this weekend!

Bine said...

Gardener's Cottage is wonderful, I really love it and of course, I would love to stitch on your neighborhood RR. Still not sure if I should start one as well.....

Gill said...

Congratulations on your Gardeners Cottage finish - I love the variety of stitches you used.

Carol said...

Very pretty! What's your next project? Since you prompted, I posted my coffee mugs in my blog. As for organizing my needlework and fibers, etc., everything goes into a large Rubbermaid crate. There's plenty of room for all my projects and my DMC floss as well as the new silks I'm now just getting into. I like the crate because I know where everything is and my items stay dust free.

Bastet said...

Congrats Carol! Gardeners cottage looks wonderful. Can't wait to see the progress as it goes from stitcher to stitcher.

Jenna said...

Gardener's Cottage looks fabulous, Carol! I really, really like it. You did such a wonderful job! Congrats on the finish. :)

tkdchick said...

Carol, congratulations on finishing your RR square it looks wonderful! Love the kitties!