Friday, July 07, 2006

MTM 1, Carol 0

MTM won a battle tonight. I was motoring along (although not as quickly as I had hoped I would) and had almost every last bit of the gold stitched in the third corner... then noticed I was off somewhere by two threads. The corner did not line up properly with the appropriate building on the bottom of the mandala. So, time to rip all of the gold out, because it is all off by those two threads. I started pulling the gold out, and then figured that I could just do that while I watch baseball tomorrow afternoon. I won't let MTM bring me down. I am surprised and pleased that I am not getting upset about this setback. Instead, I picked up Harvest Moon and finished the row of pumpkins and the satin stitch band below it - and voila! I felt a little bit productive despite my need to frog.... so, no pic of MTM tonight, since there is no progress to show.
I visited with one of my dear friends today, and she RAK'd me! I was stunned (I still am stunned!!). This RAK was sooo generous! She gave me the custom cut of Lakeside Linens 40 ct Sand Dune for Village of Hawk Run Hollow! See why I am speechless? Oh, I cannot thank her enough for this generosity!! And, today I also picked up the just released Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornaments 10th Anniversary Collection book - good day for me, eh? I am dying to sit down with this book now and really enjoy its contents! I have only flipped through it a little so far, and I am already loving it! I also picked up my very, very large cut of 40 ct cream linen for The Old Aviary Sampler... I hope to get started on this one with Michelle and Margaret... sooner than later!

Here is my first weekly update of Sampler Cove's Bordeaux Mystery Sampler! Anne and I are doing this as a SAL, and are doing it on different schedules. Since I stitch mine when I can at work, and she stitches it when she can find time, we have agreed to try to post weekly update pics... so, here is mine! Since I have not posted this in a while, I will give the facts on it again - mine is on Silkweaver 40 ct Atlantic Storm linen. The fibers are by Vikki Clayton and the chart was only available earlier this year as a 7 part mystery download.... we have all 7 parts now, so it isn't a mystery anymore LOL!! But, it is sooo stunning. I am thrilled with this one! I love the tiny little rhodes stitch grape clusters on the 40 ct :-)
And, since it is summer, I just cannot let too many days pass without some garden pics! I selected two out of about 60 that Mike has taken in recent days... one of my pink asiatic lilies and one of the many flower clusters off of my hydrangea.... now, back to stitching!! One of my friends told me today that while garden pics are cool, try to make sure there is more stitching than gardening pics! I am sure she meant that in a good way - LOL!!!!!!!!!!!

Stitched on today: Bordeaux Mystery Sampler, Medieval Town Mandala (I'll count it, even though it is getting pulled out tomorrow) and Harvest Moon

19 comments:

Heather said...

Oh that JCS book looks great. I wonder when I'll get my invoice to pay for my copy.
Your flowers look lovely, my hydrangea hasn't started to flower yet, normally it has by this time of year. Yours looks lovely.

zoeandcooper said...

So sweet of your friend to give you that beautiful fabbie! It is such a great color. Your wine Mystery looks supurb!

RĂ³sa said...

I just ordered that JCS anniversary book and am so looking forward to getting it and looking through it. I'm glad to hear it's good :-D

And what a nice thing your friend did, giving you that fabric :-)

Tannia said...

I loev to see pictures of your garden Carol...you're irises especially - one of my favourite flowers. The asiatic lily is gorgeous too - you must get so much enjoyment from your surroundings when everything is blooming.

Von said...

Carol, people love doing things for you, because you're always giving to others!
Personally, the flower pictures and stitching pics rate the same - love them all!
Do something fun this weekend!

~Harsha~ said...

what a wonderful RAK! You're one lucky lady :) love your garden picures too...

Rowyn said...

Oh no! Isn't it an awful feeling when you're stitching doesn't meet up as it should? Don't let it beat you, MTM is looking stunning. I love the flower photos - gorgeous!

Barbara said...

You had a VERY productive stitching day, despite the MTM setback! And the RAK is indeed something to leave one speechless. You'll have to let me know about the ornament mag - I'm still debating over whether or not to order it.

Have a GREAT weekend!

AnneS said...

Woohoo, Bordeaux is looking good - so is Harvest Moon :) It'll be a few days before I pick up Bordeaux again due to that darned racing car block oops! I didn't realise they were actual NASCAR cars, so that's buzzy knowing they're based on real ones :) Sorry to hear about MTM ... but glad to hear your sanity is in tact after it ;) Good luck frogging ... not much more to go :D Great RAK, by the way! Awesome gifts for an awesome lady :D

Red said...

You said...
"...then figured that I could just do that while I watch baseball tomorrow afternoon. I won't let MTM bring me down. I am surprised and pleased that I am not getting upset about this setback"
Good for you for diverting your attention elsewhere...I think you dodged a bullet on getting totally burned out on MTM seeing you've been teetering on disappointment with the piece already. It will be gorgeous as a completed piece.

Missy said...

Harvest Moon is looking good!

Can't wait to hear what your thoughts about the JCS book are. I am eagerly looking forward to getting my hands on my copy when it comes in.

:)

Sue said...

Ouch, about MTM. You know I can sympathize. Harvest Moon is looking great. Have a great weekend even if it includes a lot of frogging.

Leah said...

How nice to be given such a generous cut of gorgeous fabric, Carol! So when are you going to give us a review of the book? ;)

Christine Doyle said...

Ooo! What a fantastic RAK! Can't wait to see what you create with it!

Sorry about the setback with MTM. I guess law of averages it had to happen some time - it shows us all that you, the stitching goddess, is infact human! ;) I am sure you will recover this error quickly. Hugs, my friend!

tkdchick said...

Sorry to hear your Medieval Village got the best of you I think I wsould of throng it across the room!

Susimac said...

Wonderful pics of your flowers - and nice stash too, that was nice to receive your fabric you wanted.

Jenna said...

what a wonderful RAK! That is a beautiful piece of fabric. :) Your not-so-mysterious mystery is looking really good. I didn't realize that the grapes were clusters of Rhodes stitches - how fun! And I personally look forward to this time of year so that I can see all of your flower pictures. Maybe you could start a separate blog for those pictures, for those who would prefer to keep the subjects separate?

KarenV said...

How kind and generous of your friend - you deserve it though, you're always very generous to others!

Harvest Moon is coming along nicely :)

Michelle said...

I'm so sorry you had a setback with MTM - there are days when that happens to me - often on Chatelaines. Glad you are not letting it get you down. I am waiting on my JCS book to come in - glad it looks good upon first inspection! Your Harvest Moon is looking so pretty, what cute little pumpkins! Let me know when I need to start gathering my thread for Old Aviary!