Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Great news in my family tonight! My eldest niece Caitlin, age 18 - high school senior, received her letter of acceptance into the New England Institute of Art in Brookline, Massachusetts for next fall! Caitlin, like her grandmother and her father, is very artistic. I am thrilled for her. I am sad to have to admit that I had no idea what Cait was going to do after high school. She gave no real indication of what she wanted to do with her adult life, except for continuing with her ballet. I was so happy to get this call today! She seems to have found a good track!
Happy Birthday Gig! My kitty Gig is six years old today - no photo, he is up in bed with Mike right now - maybe I will get one from his "birthday week" soon :-)
Stitched on today: Finished a gift, and Bordeaux Sampler
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Thanks for the sweet words regarding Angus. He is sitting here staring at me now. I loved the comment from someone suggesting that he was winking at his blogging friends :-)
Stitched on today: Stitched on a gift, and Paradigm Lost
Monday, February 26, 2007
Sunday, February 25, 2007
After I finished my ornament, I figured I should work on Rachael's Neighborhood Round Robin... but, I didn't feel like working on a big draping cloth, so I chose to get a bit more done on 18th Century Band Sampler (aka Long Dog Mystery Sampler) instead :-) It's been a while since I have had a chance to work on it, so I am glad that I did.
Stitched on today: Merry Christmas ornament, 18th Century Band Sampler, started a gift
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
Today was Jenn's birthday - I figure she has opened her gifts by now. I haven't heard from her, but I know she received my package a few days ago. I sent her a pretty pair of Gingher Amanda Designer Scissors, a chart with embellishments off of her wishlist, and my first ever needlebook (which I am pretty proud of - it gave me its share of stress while putting it together, though that was just my self doubts). I know Jenn likes Irish things, so I chose this design:
Thursday, February 22, 2007
I got a nice email from Judith today, letting me know that her birthday gift has arrived safely! Another one that literally shot across the Atlantic Ocean in absolute record time (under a week, once again - go USPS!!). I think I must have been in the mood for spring when I pulled the colors for this wee fob! Fortunately, Judith says she likes the colors. I almost wanted to keep this one for myself, to be quite honest - LOL!
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
It is finally time to start thinking about Celebration of Needlework, which happens in early May. Registration finally opened today for the NH event. I checked the internet a few times today and managed to get there just as registration opened at 2 PM - I faxed my registration form over by 2:05 PM :-) Of course, no worries, it is usually pretty easy to get into classes there, as long as you don't wait absolutely forever. I am so excited that several blogging pals are coming along this year!
Thank you all for the lovely comments on my two-tone biscornu! It turns out that credit goes to Jo (aka Kiwi Jo) - she made a two tone one a while back that Tessa discovered, that Karen V discovered, that I now discovered, and that many others are now planning to do. Thanks Jo!
I received a truly beautiful gift from Karin today! I will try to get a good photo or scan of it tomorrow to share with you! Thanks again Karin! I adore the colors!
Stitched on today: Paradigm Lost
Monday, February 19, 2007
I did manage to snap a photo of the little Thanks A Bunch! biscornu that I finished up yesterday - now you can see that the top is stitched on Natural Belfast linen, while I used Olive Green Belfast linen for the bottom - it matches the DMC 522 in the daisy leaves almost perfectly. I cannot take any credit for this idea - I pinched it from Karen V's blog a few days ago, and I think she said she also pinched the wonderful idea of using two colors of linen from another blog as well.... so, I don't know who to thank - will choose to thank Karen V for passing the idea along :-) Thanks Karen! Now the wee biscornu is packaged up and ready to be shipped to someone in need of support and cheer - I hope this helps her a tiny bit!
Sunday, February 18, 2007
I started a get well gift for someone yesterday and managed to finish it today - I can show it now, because she does not read my blog - the photo fails to show that the linen I used on the bottom of this biscornu is olive green, while the top is natural... I will try to get a better photo showing that before I pack it up to send it away....
Then, I started Rachael's Neighborhood Round Robin... this one is a seaside neighborhood. I decided to start with the lighthouse and keeper's house from Liz Turner Diehl's Light House Summer Garden. I hope it looks like it is set back as it is quite smaller than I thought it would be, and looks miniscule next to the house to its left. I will do a lot of landscaping to this - including at least one beeskep, per Rachaels' request - but I have a funny feeling I will be asking you, my dear blogging pals, for some fill in suggestions as this progresses along!
Stitched on today: Thanks A Bunch! Biscornu, and Rachael's Neighborhood RR
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Friday, February 16, 2007
Let the weekend begin! Let's try to melt some snow now!
Stitched on today: Finished a gift, Barnabee's Quest
Thursday, February 15, 2007
I think Dawn is starting to look a bit like Venus de Milo right now... she needs arms! But, she did grow most of her hair and some floral hair accessories tonight... will look less spooky with arms :-)
I heard from Karen today that she received her birthday package from me - to see everything I sent, visit her blog. I will show you what I stitched - I know Karen loves quaker designs and loves redwork...so I combined both into one gift:
Thank you everyone for your lovely comments on the biscornu I made for Becky - it was my first, and your sweet words boosted my confidence level! I love my friends!
Stitched on today: Started a gift, and Dawn, Fairy Spirit of Grace
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
I heard from Becky today that she received my birthday gifts for her - yay! I sent her quite a few gifts, as I am her Birthday/Christmas Club exchange person. I didn't photograph all of her gifts, but they can be seen in her blog. I did, however, take a photo of the biscornu that I stitched for her. It was my very first biscornu and I loved every minute of making it. What a fun item to make! I am glad Becky likes her gifts - she deserves them for all that she does for all of us!
It appears that we did get about 8-9" of snow today, although it took a bit of time to actually get going today. Tomorrow's commute promises to be a bit slippery, so I will time my commute according to the weather. The good news is that a milder weather pattern is now forecasted for the middle of next week - yes!
***************Jen, (ollie1976)- if you see this, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org about the fabric you want - you didn't leave an email address for me - thanks!
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
I am so excited - I am going to be in my first biscornu exchange on the Friends Gather Exchange Bulletin Board! I have so many fun ideas, I am anxious to see whose name I draw and see what her tastes are ;-) Thanks Becky!!!
Thank you to everyone who left such kind comments about the tin topper I made for Anne - I was nervous about that one, but feel so much more confident with all of your support! I picked up three more of these tin topper charts by Samplers and Such on sale on ebay... I figure they were worth the investment to make pretty gifts!
I have a few more of my hand dyed fabrics still available. There is a photo and a list in yesterday's entry. Any fabric not crossed off is still available. There are some pretty ones still there :-)
OK... we are bracing ourselves for the snow... should be here any time now! I am already called off for the day, so will enjoy (hopefully) finishing off a birthday gift and watching DVDs with Mike tomorrow while the snow falls. One snowy day per winter is good, more than one... yuck!
Stitched on today: Paradigm Lost
Monday, February 12, 2007
I have more hand-dyed fabrics for sale again - Angus' bills are coming due again... the big bill is on a credit card, and guess what statement is due to arrive any day now?! So... if you want any of these, let me know! PayPal is preferred, and if you are not in the US, then PayPal is required. Shipping is by your choice - first class, priority, air mail, global priority, however you like it, we can calculate it from there.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
And, speaking of Long Dog Samplers... have you all seen this new beauty just being released now?
I believe this one is called St. Reatham. Oh my gosh, it is a huge one, but it may well be a must stitch! I even love the burgundy color used for the model. I can tell this one will take a long time to stitch (I think it's 380 x 293), but I don't think I will be able to help myself with resisting this one! I have already decided this will be on my wish list, and someday when I get to go stash shopping again, it will be a priority.
In the interim, there is another group of hand dyed fabrics that I will be posting for sale again in the next day or two - Angus' bills are coming due again :-) If there is anything I would give up stash buying for, it would be one of my loved ones, be it family, friend or cat :-)
Sincerest apologies are due to a friend today... she knows who she is. I love you :-)
Hey, we might have a big snow storm coming in on Valentine's Day! Might being the operative word, but I get the feeling we will be getting something at last!
Stitched on today: Started a gift, and 18th Century Band Sampler
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Friday, February 09, 2007
****Neighborhood Round Robin Group 3: I will be organizing this one this weekend! It was a hectic work week, and now that the weekend is finally here, I will make time to do the headcount and email all of you with some details - thanks for your patience!
Also, thank you to the 4 ladies who signed up for my PIF :-) There is one more opening if anyone wants it, or I will just RAK some unsuspecting person instead :-)
Stitched on today: Stitched on a gift, and Barnabee's Quest
Thursday, February 08, 2007
No takers for PIF? It's not too late, but if folks don't want to join, I will choose my own folks to RAK instead... that is, after I finish the ones from the first round!
My fabric arrived from Silkweaver today for the Neighborhood Round Robin (Group 1) - it is gorgeous - 40 ct Sandcastle, just what I wanted!
Stitched on today: Stitched on a gift, and Dawn, Fairy Spirit of Grace
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
I got an email from Natty tonight, letting me know that my birthday package for her has arrived! I am Natty's birthday/Christmas exchange partner in the StitchingBloggersBirthday/ChristmasClub - this was fun, because I didn't really know Natty except in "passing," so to speak! I had some difficulty with catching the essence of her favorite stitching style and designers, so I went with something all stitchers can appreciate - "never enough stash" - and I also sent her several items from her wish list - a chart by The Drawn Thread, a Monica Ferris novel, some Yankee Candle tarts... as well as other goodies I thought she might enjoy :-) She says she loves it all, so I am relieved that the package arrived safely and is warmly accepted :-)
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
I heard from Kathy today that she received the little gift that I made for her birthday. It arrived in the UK quite quickly, but I told her to please go ahead and open it up even though it is not her birthday yet. I am so happy she was thrilled with it!
Monday, February 05, 2007
Other than that, life is pretty quiet here - very, very cold and Angus is playful today... that is good!
Stitched on today: finished a gift, and Houses of Hawk Run Hollow
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Not much to say at all today... but did spend some time working on the Long Dog Mystery Sampler (18th Century Band Sampler) - and halfway through the row of carnations now... looking forward to Part 2. I like the personalization that goes on Part 2.
Angus update: He is holding his own, but is a bit depressed that he cannot have any dry food. He knows the others are getting some still, as we are trying to wean them off. But, he is doing a good job with his wet food and Mike thinks Angus is gaining weight now (I am not so sure). Thanks again for the continued emails asking about him! I regret that I cannot get to them all personally :-)
And, congratulations to all of the winners of the Silkweaver Showcase - well done, each and every one of you :-)
Stitched on today: Stitched on a gift, and 18th Century Band Sampler
Saturday, February 03, 2007
I have read in several sources today that prayers are needed right now for Betsy Stinner, designer of Earth Threads. Betsy is a cancer survivor, and has been cancer free for a few years now. Unfortunately, she learned very recently that her cancer is back. She will be having aggressive chemotherapy now, and prayers are needed for her. She won her first battle, and we can all help her to win her second battle. I have been fortunate enough, as have many of you, to have taken several classes with Betsy in the past. She is an amazing woman. God bless her in this time of need.
Stitched on today: Started a gift, and And A Forest Grew
Friday, February 02, 2007
Thursday, February 01, 2007
Goal Review Time:
1. Work on And A Forest Grew -yes
2. Start Long Dog Mystery Sampler -yes
3. Work on Houses of Hawk Run Hollow -yes
4. Stitch some gifts -yes, stitched five
5. Work on Paradigm Lost SAL with Jo -yes
6. Work on Bordeaux Sampler SAL with Anne and Leslie -yes
7. Stitch and post Dianne's Neighborhood RR -yes, it is safe with Annemarie now
***I also worked on The Mermaid and the Sea, resurrected Gathering Eggs and stitched an ornament for the new Christmas Ornament SAL***
1. Start Barnabee's Quest SAL
2. Start Dawn, Fairy Spirit of Grace SAL
3. Work on And A Forest Grew
4. Work on 18th Century Band Sampler
5. Work on Houses of Hawk Run Hollow
6. Stitch some gifts
7. Work on Paradigm Lost SAL
8. Work on Bordeaux Sampler SAL
9. Work on Rachael's Neighborhood RR
10. Stitch an ornament for the Ornament SAL
11. Work on The Mermaid and the Sea
12. Work on Gathering Eggs
Stitched on today: The Mermaid and the Sea, Barnabee's Quest