Saturday, March 31, 2007
Hope everyone is enjoying their weather. It is warming up just enough around here to give the hint of spring.... and the Boston Red Sox and the rest of the MLB will start their 2007 season on Monday - this is a good thing! I hope everyone is having a great weekend!
Thanks for all the nice words about Mermaid Heaven. I am happy to have that one going again too! It has been far too long - know what I mean? Sometimes you just appreciate a project more after it has been away for a while.
Stitched on today: Stitched on a gift, and And A Forest Grew
Friday, March 30, 2007
Stitched on today: Started a gift, and Mermaid Heaven
Thursday, March 29, 2007
I have a three day weekend - yay! I finished up an exchange project tonight as well, so tomorrow I can start putting together my package for my recipient :-)
Stitched on today: Finished an exchange project, and Dawn, Fairy Spirit of Grace
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Someone mentioned in my blog comments today... Andrea, I think?... that animals often get white spots in their fur at the site of an injury. You are right - I think! I noticed the greying/white spot pattern on Angus is around his neck (where he wore that Elizabethan collar for so long, and his underside/butt where he was shaved and surgery was performed) - well done you - I believe you solved it for me! Thank you!
Stitched on today: Stitched a gift (start to finish), and Bordeaux Sampler
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
I heard from Dani today that she received my birthday gift for her - and on her real birthday too! The post from here to Canada is quite slow... slower than to Australia... so it was just a guess at when to get this in the post. I know how much Dani loves fantasy designs, but all of the ones I liked were by Jennifer Aikman-Smith, and of course, Dani has stitched all of those - LOL! But then I came across this little Celtic Knot and it made me think of our SAL we did with Katrina a year or two ago - we did Celtic Band Sampler - and thus, I stitched this - I am so glad Dani likes it!
Stitched on today: Paradigm Lost
Monday, March 26, 2007
I am continuing to do my best to devote my Monday evenings to Houses of Hawk Run Hollow, and tonight I finished up House Block 2, and started House Block 1. Now I need to print out another page of graph paper off of the internet and graph out the personalization that goes on the next line. My name is much longer than the name on the chart, plus 2007 (or 2008 or even 2009) will be wider than 1831, the date on the chart. So I will need to leave room for the wider year as well.
I heard from Cindy today that a wee little birthday gift that I made for her arrived - you're welcome Cindy, I loved stitching this fancy little C for you:
Stitched on today: Barnabee's Quest, Houses of Hawk Run Hollow, and stitched on an exchange project
Sunday, March 25, 2007
And... I finished up the stitching on Barnabee's Quest tonight. As I recently mentioned, I really want to finish so I can start a new SAL (although, that feels like it is up in the air right now, we'll see...).... I just have the beading and charms to add, and I will probably do that tomorrow.
I am so far behind in reading blogs right now - I am so sorry if I have not commented in your blog lately - I will catch up :-)
Stitched on today: ABC Santa, and Barnabee's Quest
Saturday, March 24, 2007
I also recently decided to sign up for the FOTM with Shakespeare's Peddler. I have very few indulgences right now, but decided this one was worth it, as the prices are perfect. In the photo you can see my first installment as it arrived today - Lakeside Linens 40 ct Vintage Magnolia... a buttery yellow. It is far more yellow than I expected it to be.... but still gorgeous! It is almost April and I can't wait to see what fabric we will be getting (Theresa lets you know ahead of time, which is really great).
Stitched on today: Finished a gift, and And A Forest Grew
Friday, March 23, 2007
I forgot to mention yesterday that I received my confirmation from Celebration for the Catherine Strickler class and for my membership for this year. Good to have that finalized now :-)
Stitched on today: Stitched on an exchange project, and Barnabee's Quest
Thursday, March 22, 2007
barbeeque4: Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org about the Sugar Maple Fabric - you left a comment expressing interest in it, but you did not leave any way for me to get in touch with you. If you are in the US, a MO is just fine!
Stitched on today: Finished a gift, started a gift and Dawn, Fairy Spirit of Grace
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
I still have some hand-dyed fabrics left, so before I either put them on ebay or tuck them aside for a while, I figured I would show them again - PayPal preferred (if out of the US, PayPal required) - postage is low, we can work that out once you contact me :-)
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
I have the nicest friends! And, here is another stellar example. Karen (wow, love your new blog template!!!) has just sent me the most unbelievable RAK!!! She hit my wish list really hard - and then some! I forgot to take a photo and it is late, so words will have to suffice. Now, it has been forever (since Angus fell ill) since I have had a good stash acquisition report. Karen took care of that for me in a huge way!! She sent me: Alyssum Scissor Pocket by The Cat's Whiskers, all of the Dinky Dyes silks needed for the Virginia Creeper purse by The Cat's Whiskers, a whole pile of new Just Nans: Daffodil Run, Making Friends, Queen's Heart, and Pansies Please. She also sent the new Quaker Mouse and Quaker Cat by The Workbasket... and.... Long Dog Samplers' St. Reatham!! I am utterly spoiled!! A bit speechless, to say the least!!
I owe a ton of replies to emails right now, and fell behind on reading blogs... Mike and I bought Eragon today and put it in rather late. It finally ended and I watched the weather and the sports... and now it is bedtime, so I guess I will try to send some replies from work tomorrow instead :-)
Stitched on today: Paradigm Lost
Monday, March 19, 2007
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Thank you all for the lovely comments on Rachael's RR! You have no idea how much they mean to me - I am not terribly confident about the whole thing!!
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
I heard from Julie today that she received my birthday gift for her. Julie has been so good to me, and is such a lovely woman. Her birthday is early next week, and I am so happy she likes this wee tiny little fob - which counts as freebie #3 for the Freebie Challenge on the FGBB as well:
Stitched on today: Finished a gift, and Barnabee's Quest
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Yay, a three day weekend for me! Good planning, as we will get a forecasted 6" or so of snow during the day tomorrow. It was 76F when I was driving home from work yesterday. I hope this is the end of the snow for the season, but in New England, you cannot be sure in mid-March! I hope to get a FAQ on how the Neighborhood RR works out to my groups while I have this time off - I do I hope I can get that done!
Stitched on today: Stitched on a gift, and Dawn, Fairy Spirit of Grace
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Other than that, nothing is new! There are several gorgeous hand dyed fabrics still for sale - see Saturday's blog entry (March10) for photo, descriptions and prices - Silkweaver, Kiwi Illusions, Stitches and Spice, Sugar Maple Fabric... nice!!
Stitched on today: Paradigm Lost, and started a gift
Monday, March 12, 2007
Sunday, March 11, 2007
There are still several gorgeous hand dyed fabrics for sale... if you are interested, please scroll down to Saturday's entry - lots of blues and greys available - great, useable fabrics at good prices!
I heard from Missy today that she received her birthday gift in time and that she is enjoying it! I dug around for a bit, and then came across this freebie from The Sampler Girl that seemed to say "perfect for a Treehugger's Wife"!! Sorry my photo is blurry. I didn't catch that until the fob was already sealed up in its package for Missy.
Stitched on today: Finished a gift, and Rachael's Neighborhood Round Robin
Saturday, March 10, 2007
Tomorrow morning after I get up and make my coffee, I am heading straight into my room of stash and pull charts to get some serious work in on Rachael's Neighborhood Round Robin - thanks to all of the wonderful ideas you lovely ladies have given me!! I think this is really going to come together now! You'll see... ;-)
And, well, the monthly installment will come due soon on Angus' surgery and hospital bill (Angus' 6th birthday is Monday, by the way - he is very chipper lately too). So..... I will let go of even more fabrics yet again this month. Let me know if you want any of these. PayPal is preferred, and if you are outside of the US, then PayPal is the only payment that works for me. Shipping is low - we will chat about that when you contact me - I hope you see something you like! Thanks!
Stitches and Spice Unknown Color 32 ct Lugana, 18” x 26”, $18
Friday, March 09, 2007
Thank you for all of the nice comments on the biscornu yesterday - I agree, its lacy, not "old ladyish" :-)
Ah, finally the weekend and finally some warmer temps are due in here starting tomorrow! This has been quite a week of arctic temps around here. And, can you believe Daylight Savings Time actually starts on Sunday here??
I hope all of my friends are feeling well ;-) I am thinking of you!
Stitched on today: Stitched on a gift, and Barnabee's Quest
Thursday, March 08, 2007
And, now that Vonna has received her PIF gift from me, I can share it. I was going for the antique lace look, but when I showed this to Mike before I posted it off to Vonna, he said it looks "old ladyish." OK, he's a guy, what does he know, right?? This biscornu is the first of the four freebies I hope to stitch this month as part of the Freebie Challenge over on the Friends Gather Bulletin Board.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Thank you so much to everyone who left a comment or emailed me with a suggestion for what to add next on Rachael's Neighborhood Round Robin! I am so glad I posted the plea last night! I received the greatest ideas - each and every one was fantastic! Some ideas have already gelled together for when I stitch on it next! Thank you! The whale tails from Brightneedle's Nantucket Sampler are definitely happening!
I am getting a little worried. Some of the gifts I recently stitched and posted off may not have reached their destinations yet. I feel a bit impatient :-)
Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr... it is so cold here! It barely broke 20F here today, and tomorrow should be about the same!
Stitched on today: Bordeaux Sampler
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Monday, March 05, 2007
Thank you for all the nice comments on Rachael's RR - I was especially happy that Rachael commented that she likes it already - there will be another update tomorrow, as Jo and I won't be doing the Paradigm Lost SAL this week. She is travelling in the southwest for business right now and we decided to let the SAL go for the week. That will give me a chance to work on the RR tomorrow instead.
Some good news - Mike finally sold the Chrysler 300 SRT8! Good bye huge car payment! The buyer is, of all things, in Iceland! Wow, the logistics now to get the car picked up, driven to NYC and put on a plane - glad that is the buyer's issue and not ours!
Blech! It is going to be a cold week around here. The chipmunks are already awake and running all over the place. I think they might be happier if they go back underground until Saturday!
Stitched on today: The Mermaid and the Sea, started a gift, and Houses of Hawk Run Hollow
**********I am searching for an older Prairie Schooler freebie of a porcupine, and beneath him it says "stick it here" - does anyone have this? I would love to negotiate with you! Thanks!!
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Stitched on today: Finished a gift, Rachael's Neighborhood Round Robin, and 18th Century Band Sampler
Saturday, March 03, 2007
And then.... I got an email from Stitcher's Hideaway about this! This is Jeannette Douglas' teaching piece for the Sturbridge, Massachusetts retreat this summer! Born in Massachusetts and my family still lives there, this is also a must stitch for me! Jeannette really incorporated all that she could about the state! The zig zag line down the middle is the Freedom Trail and the Mohawk Trail, with Boston Common joining them. I cannot afford to go on this retreat. But, I will anxiously await its release to the public. Jeannette only waits about a year before she releases her teaching pieces. I will start saving up for this now - I imagine the embellishment and floss pack for it will be pricey.