Sunday, July 30, 2006

Progress on Veronica's RR and a Harbor Cruise

With the month winding down now, I figured it would be best to work on Veronica's Neighborhood RR today... the tea room is almost finished now, there is just one more portion of roof still to be stitched... then I will add the tree and the park bench. After that I need to fill in the block a bit more and follow her instructions to create a pathway from the building towards the bottom of the block... I have some ideas to use from one of Little House Needleworks' charts, which should work well with this. Blogger appears to maybe have a daily entry photo limit, as I was able to upload it just now to the RR Blog, but not to this edited entry... Anyhow, I just love the colors in this design. They compliment the rest of Veronica's RR so far - I will show her piece in its entirety when I finish my block.

Last night, after our long and fun day at ABC Stitch Therapy with Barbara, Patti and Sara, Mike took me on a dinner cruise of Boston Harbor on the Spirit of Boston as part of my birthday. It was a nice evening of prime rib, cocktails and dancing... and people watching :-) The couple behind us got engaged during the dinner... and there was even a small wedding reception on our deck! It was a very hot, humid night, so being on the ship was actually a very good thing! It was a bit interesting driving home from Boston as we encountered a tunnel shut down that is part of the huge "Big Dig" debaucle (a woman died two weeks ago when a huge cement ceiling tile fell on her car while driving to Logan Airport - now most of the tunnels in Boston are shut down for investigation and repairs)....

As promised, here is my stash from yesterday's get together... I got Mirabilia's new Autumn in my Garden, Just Nan's Jolly Old Elf and The Workbasket's Mermaids Singing (to be adopted out to Patti when I finish this - and I think my LNS has this Liberty Street Limelight linen in stock...hmmm...)... I also got three stunning FQ's of hand dyed fabric - one is a Kiwi Customs called Southern Star. There was a model of Stargazer stitched on this fabric at the shop - oh my! And, I got Air belfast by Sugar Maple Fabrics which is amazing, as well as Ametrine opalescent lugana by Silkweaver.... I have this in belfast for Titania and it is very brown... on the lugana it is violet and rose and pale green... and wonderful! And, I got a spool of the discontinued Kreinik 043 for Mermaid Heart in case anyone needed it... and it is being adopted out to Katrina on Monday :-)

Oh gosh, more wonderful birthday gifts! Barbara gave me this wonderful Silkweaver Solo and some pretty overdyed threads... and a box of belgian chocolates (for Mikey - I pass on sugar - lucky Mikey!! - But, I am so embarrassed that I forgot to open my gifts while I was with Barbara!! Duh!!).... And, from Nikki, a pretty scissor fob and stitch counter that she made herself! Nice, thanks Nikki!! And, from Jenn, these lovely Blackbird Designs and HAED charts too! Plus, a super sweet birthay card from Dianne arrived yesterday too :-) I do so love my friends - thank you all!!

Stitched on today: The Tea Room on Veronica's Neighborhood Round Robin

21 comments:

Isabelle said...

This all sounds great, Carol! And wow, you got the new Mirabilia - I don't know exactly why, but this one really appeals to me. Is it the colours, the patchwork skirt, the simplicity?

That's a great picture of you and Mike, what a classy couple :)

zoeandcooper said...

Wow, sounds like you had a wonderful day! I love all the stash you got. I am heading out to pick the new Mira sometime this week. I think one of the gardens will be my next Mira start when I finish WF.

Kathy said...

Wowo what lovely stash you have got Carol.

Watch out for postie next week, apologies for it not being on time for your birthday.

Hugs xxxxxx

Dianne said...

Glad you liked your card. I think that is a wonderful photo of you and Mike! : ) Excellent memory of your birthday.

Bea said...

Dear Carol, I'm late, as always. Happy birthday!
I was so busy during these days that my wishes will arrive after my holidays.

I really like your new blog.

Glenna said...

Pretty dress! You both look elegant. Sounds like a great birthday overall!

Nicki said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! It's your birthday over here already :) (It is the 31st, right?) It sounds as if you're having a lovely time (I'm rather jealous of that dinner cruise!) and I hope it continues. :)

Lovely stash and gifts. How did I miss that Mirabilia? I've been waiting for it for ages - I think they might look nice all together on a higher count. What do you think?

catandturtle said...

I love the picture of all of you in front of ABC Stitch Therapy. I have been there before and it is so much fun, especially all their fabrics. The pic of you and Mike is beautiful and the stash is very cool. I hope you have a great birthday tomorrow. Ann.

Joyce said...

Happy Birthday, Carol! It's great to see your new stash, and I've enjoyed seeing your new look to the blog. And your trip to ABC Stitch Therapy yesterday sounds like so much fun! I was a few miles north, but couldn't stop in, but one of these days I'll get to shop there.

Jenn said...

It sounds like you had a wonderful day yesterday between the shopping trip to ABC and the night out with Mike.

You got some great things for your birthday. Hope you have a great day tomorrow.

Sharon said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time! Nice picture of you guys.

Gill said...

Happy birthday Carol, have a wonderful day:)

Isabelle said...

Happy Birthday Carol!! Hope you'll have a wonderful day :) :) Love ya! (((hugs)))

Kip said...

I am so envious of all that stash! Thanks for stopping over and solving my question!

Patti said...

Happy Birthday Birthday Girl! That cruise sounds fabulous - and you were dreading the surprise! LOL You guys look lovely and great dress!

Nicole said...

happy birthday!!!

looks like you had a great weekend!

Susimac said...

Happy Birthday Carol, there is a surprise on its way, but I am so behind with everything as usual.
Hugs Su

Michelle said...

Love the new blog look and Happy Birthday. There is a belated gift in the mail to you. You've got some beautiful stash. Thanks for the heads up one the discontinued Kreinik - I'd better lay my hands on some so that I can stitch Mermaid Heart too!

AnneS said...

Sounds like you're having a wonderful birthday weekend ... for some reason I thought I still had a week left before your birthday, so I'll pass on my sincere apologies for being late ... and my sincere "Happy Birthday" to an awesome lady - it's a pleasure having you as a friend :D {{hugs}}

Mary said...

Happy Birthday Carol! I tried to send you an e-card but it got bounced back. Gotta love spam blockers. Anyways, Happy Birthday! You are a wonderful person and I'm glad you had a wonderful day. The weather was amazing for a cruise in Boston Harbor!!!

Jenna said...

Happy birthday, dear Carol! I'm glad to read that you had such a lovely weekend. It is well-deserved. :) I will try to remember your birthday next year! LOL.