Saturday, July 15, 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness July and Giveaway winner!

Well, here we are in July.  Where has the time gone?  I can't believe 2017 is half gone already!  Well....only a few more weeks and time will slow down I hope.  

It's time for Gifted Gorgeousness again!  Thanks to Jo over at Serentipitious Stitching, we have a little challenge going on.  If you would like to join in, you can register at any time over on her blog...here.  If you would like to see what others are doing for the challenge, you can check us out here.  I'll be leaving for NY today, so I scheduled this to post on the 15th.  That's the day we show what we have stitched from patterns that were given to us, or with fabric or floss that was given to us, or things we are stitching for others.  I don't have much stitching but here is what I have been doing.

My friend, the lovely Ms. D, came to visit for a couple of weeks.  She brought with her a kit that she had bid for in an auction.  She asked me to stitch it for her ( *GASP* She is not a stitcher....and didn't even want to learn with this kit...oh the horrors!!!) so I gladly answered her request.  It only took a few hours and was so easy to assemble.  I hope she enjoys it this Christmas!


I've not had much time, but did devote yesterday (one of my free days this week....alas, there won't be another for at least another week) to getting started on the July intallment of the Linens and Threads Mystery SAL.  This is being stitched on 28 count black over one linen thread using some floss I bought a while back at a flea market.  It is vintage Bucilla floss, and I really wish they hadn't gone out of business.  This floss is the best I've ever stitched with.  Hopefully I'll find time some time this month to finish up July, I hate to get behind in a SAL, I can never seem to catch up!  Wish me luck!!  Someone asked for close up pictures, I think if you click on the picture it will enlarge, then you can use adjustments on your computer to enlarge it even more.  I just don't have time right now, but maybe in a future post.


Oh, and I almost forgot!  My partner for the ornament exchange "Christmas in July" has received her package....so now I'm able to show you pictures of the ornament I stitched and finished for her.  This is one of the four Christmas Baskets designed by Drawn Thread.  It was so much fun to stitch, and thanks to some help from a friend, I think the finishing turned out quite nice.  Through texts she offered a few little finishing touches that made it look quite nice.  Here are a few pictures of the finished product!  So glad Julie liked it....I'm thinking I might like one myself!  




Oh, and before I forget, Linda is the only one who indicated they would like the chart from the giveaway post....so, Linda, it's yours!  Please send me an email with your address and as soon as the dust settles, I'll get it right in the mail!  I'll try to have another giveaway soon.  So....keep checking back!

Katie is still in the hospital, so if you are so inclined, would you please offer a prayer for her.  They originally thought she would be home on Friday, but that doesn't seem likely to happen now.  On the other hand, when I called to check on my Mom, she neither had an appointment nor had surgery.  She has insisted for weeks now that "something" was happening on Thursday, but nothing did.  Strange how the mind works.  However her foot is still in considerable pain.  I will find out for sure when I see her (I'm traveling to see her today).

And that is all that's fit to print.  I hope you are having a lovely day!  I'll check back to see how the other Gifted Gorgeousness Stitchers are doing soon.  Till then, happy stitching!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Life ...

Well, it's been a wild and crazy summer so far.   I don't even know where to begin.  It's been full of fun, heartache, and scary moments so far.   Sadly, no stitching to report...but hopefully this week I'll get a few stitches in and I'll have something to report for the Gifted Gorgeousness in a few days.

More than three weeks ago, I drove to NY to visit my Mom and celebrated her 80th birthday with her.


I picked up my friend, the lovely Miss D.  She and I have been friends for 50 years.  She's the type of person you may not see or talk to for a few years, but when we see each other we pick up where we left off.  It's good to have friends who you have known for so long we are practically family.  We have had a few adventures in the past couple of weeks.  

We attended a paint night...


We've been to the beach...




We saw the ponies on Assateague...



We've been to Mount Vernon to see where George Washington once lived...


We went back in time to Medieval Times and watched a joust...





We've been to the aquarium in Baltimore....



And walked a bit at the Inner Harbor...



We visited one Smithsonian (The American History Museum) before the rain chased us away...




We revisited Washington, DC for the 4th of July...




We visited Gettysburg as a side trip on the way back to NY.   Took a few tours, and hugged a witness tree (same one President Lincoln had his picture taken by....supposed to be good luck)




All in all it was a lovely trip, full of laughter (no body gets our humor like we do...LOL) and history, and all around good fun!  I hope she had as much fun as I did!

I left the day after I dropped her off, picked up a college buddy of mine and her husband, and made the return trip with them.  They were headed to Williamsburg, Virginia so I drove them down through the crazy cities on the way (I'm used to crazy city drivers, and they are not, so I offered to drive them down.)  With all the traveling, I figure I drove about 2, 400 miles so far this summer.

I had only been home one day when Ben's fiance' fell ill.  She was rushed to the hospital around midnight Sunday night so Ben and I traveled to the hospital where we spent the night in the ER.  When they finally admitted her the sun was coming up, so we came home to sleep for a couple of hours.  She had emergency surgery on Monday afternoon and has been in the ICU since then.  If you would like to, we would appreciate your prayers.  Katie has Cystic Fibrosis and though we have been through this a couple of times, this was far worse than what we have seen before.  My heart breaks for her parents, but even more so for my son who loves her dearly.  Here she is with my husband and his Father's day gift from her.


My Mom is to see a specialist this week about trouble she is having with her leg and foot.  I am torn between two loved ones, and this is a difficult position for me to be in.  I cannot be there for her at the moment, but hopefully by the time my college friend and her husband are ready to travel back to NY on Saturday, Katie will be a little more stable and I'll be able to go and spend a little time with my Mom.  I'll be adding another 1,000 miles to my travels this summer.  I must say, I'm getting a little "saddle sore" from all the driving!!  LOL

So now you see why I haven't had much time to stitch, but hopefully I'll get a little in this week.  Wish me luck....and hopefully I'll see you back here in a few days.  Happy Stitching!!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

June Gifted Gorgeousness and a little extra!

Hi folks!  Just dropping in to show you what I've been doing for the gifted gorgeousness.  If you are unfamiliar with Gifted Gorgeousness, then you should go see Jo over at Serendipitous Stitching and check out her challenge.  You can find the sign up page here.  And if you are interested in seeing what others have been doing, you can check out her page here.  Jo has lots of interesting things going on all the time, things to challenge us and things to just have fun.  I really enjoy this challenge, it's one of the few things that keeps me blogging!!

Ok, so here's what I've been up to.  I have been participating in the Linen & Threads SAL which is a freebie and you can find the patterns here.  I have been using vintage Bucilla threads.  These threads are no longer being manufactured and so far I haven't found a conversion chart.  I found these in a flea market and thought I would have enough to finish out this sampler....so far so good.  I sincerely hope I don't run out!!  I'm stitching this on 28 count black over one.  Yes, a challenge, but I really like how it's turning out!


I am stitching this for my Mom.  This was a Dimensions kit called Sweet Nectar.  I started it more than a  year ago, but it's stitched on 36ct over 2 with 2 or 3 threads....I have trouble getting my threads to lay right so I get tired of this quick.  I've been working on it lately though, I really need to get it finished.  


Now for the little extra!  I'm going to have giveaways when I blog.  I have quite a few so I'll add a new one each time, that way I'll know which ones you are interested in and you don't get something you don't want.  First up is a chart I stitched a Looooooong time ago.  Yes, it's framed and hanging in my house!!  (One of the few BAPs I did frame! I love it that much) So it's time to let go of this pattern.  This is Lighthouses of America by Cstitch.  It has a diagram in the pattern to tell you which lighthouse it is.  If you would like this chart, please write a comment that indicates you would like it.  I'll be away from home for a week and when I get back, I'll randomly pick a person.   


And that's all the time I have for today.  I hope you are all enjoying the weather (whatever that might be wherever you are!)  We are having a heatwave here right now so I've been sticking close to the air conditioning....and still spring cleaning (hence the giveaways!).  Happy Stitching everyone!

Monday, June 12, 2017

I'm going crazy....wanna come?


In a land, far away, lived a couple of kids who were madly in love.  One day the boy asked the girl to marry him....and all H E double hockey stitcks broke loose.  I honestly don't remember this much trouble when I was getting married.  My Mom and I have discussed this many times over the past couple of months.  I mean...sure there were a couple of hiccups, like the minister backing out two weeks before the wedding, and oh yeah, there was a bat dive bombing the guests before the ceremony took place.  But those were minor, right?  (Funny now that we can look back at them, but a little hair raising at the time...)

Well....hopefully the "hiccups" that have been happening are finally corralled and we are finally making headway.  The two churches (one for the ceremony and one for the reception located 1/2 mile apart) have been researched, reconnoitered, and reserved!  The wedding dress has been ordered, and flowers sorted.  Oh yeah, and we have a date!  April 28, 2018.  I think those are the big things and most necessary...on to the details.  Which I'm pretty sure I'm not going to be a part of.  I kinda like being the mother of the groom.  LOL  

I've decided to let the Bride-to-be have a breather before I ask her about stitching a wedding sampler.  I'm pretty sure that's low on the totem pole at the moment.  Which is ok, it can be a first anniversary gift, right?  She surprised me with this lovely mug for Mother's Day.  I think I'm going to like being a Mother-in-Law to such a sweet lady!!


So now that the BIG news is out of the way....on to the stitchy stuff.  As you can imagine wedding details and spring cleaning my house have taken priority.  So that leaves little time for stitching.  It makes the time I do spend in my happy place that much more meaningful.  I finished another of Erica Michael's 12 Berries of Christmas, Three French Hens.  And here they are in all their glory!


I am also working on a new SAL called Corner of the Earth.  I have finished the first two parts and waiting for part three (which is supposed to come out this week).  I'm enjoying this piece...stitched on 40 ct over two.  This is a Tempting Tangles SAL.


I have attempted to work on Sweet Nectar for my Mom, and have made a little headway.  This pattern is so detailed...but you know what the hardest part of stitching this is?  I'm stitching on 36 ct over two using two strands of thread.  I'm so used to stitching with one thread that I'm having problems getting two threads to lie evenly next to each other.  UGH!!  It's slowing me down, BUT...the effect of seeing the flowers appear with all the shading and 3D appearance has me addicted.  I like looking at it after I've stitched for a while.  The next headache is going to be all that outlining...ok enough complaining and back to stitching!!  Here is my progress on Sweet Nectar so far.


Other news....we've been spending some time with the kids, and having a little fun.  We went to a comedy club called McGoobies Joke House to see Tom Cotter (who came in second to a dog act on America's Got Talent a few years back).  We laughed til it hurt...he's pretty funny.    We went to see The Beauty and the Beast at Toby's dinner theater last week.  It was such a great performance!  And I especially loved the signature drink called "The Grey Stuff" (they sing about it in the song "Be Our Guest").  It's cookies and cream with a red rose on top!!  I love it that you get to take the glass home with you!



So...I'll be back in three days for the Gifted Gorgeousness post.  I'll see you back then...and I have a couple giveaways planned so stay tuned!  

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Running with scissors...

Do you ever have those moments when you feel like you can't get things done quick enough...and that one misstep will cost you dearly?  Welcome to my life right now!  LOL  Where there is too much going on that I can't stop, yet crazy things keep happening and my schedule changes almost hourly...

I had three appointments scheduled this week when Monday started.  Two have been cancelled but three have been added...and it's only Wednesday!!  I HAD Thursday free...so hoped to see my friend Astrid.  Two appointments were made and THEN....Astrid invited me to stay over night along with our "play date".  Heaven help me, and I say this with all sincerity.....I NEED A CLONE!!!

Well yesterday turned out to be a very productive day....thankfully!!  I found Christmas backing material for an ornament I have to make, and got two pictures framed that I will be donating to a charity for auction to support soldiers with PTSD.  Is anyone interested in attending the fundraiser?  Bill Johnson was a cousin of mine.  Here is some information for you!


And here are the pictures I'm sending in for the auction.



While chatting with the lady who was just putting backing and a wire on my framed piece....she saw how I had framed my pieces and asked if I was interested in a part time job.  Um.....I sure miss framing.....but do I want to work week nights and Saturdays?  I took the application and said I would have to think about it.  After all I'm going to NY in a couple of weeks and bringing my best friend since I was 7 years old back for a holiday.  AND...I have a wedding to help plan!!!!!  There's a discount on framing though.....decisions, decisions...

I was undecided what I wanted to take as my ornament for our St. Michaels weekend, I stitched and framed this little piece, but decided it was not what most of the ladies liked....here is EEEK by Sanman Originals...all framed up!


As if I haven't got enough stuff to do....I started another SAL.  This one is being offered by Tempting Tangles....the name intrigued me so I just had to join.  Here is the first portion of  Corner of the Earth.


I also determined I wanted to make some "strawberries" this year....you know the ones that Erica Michaels has been designing?  She created some called "The 12 Berries of Christmas" and so far I have finished stitching two of them.    The partridge in a pear tree....


And two turtle doves.


I have the patterns for the first 9, and once they are done I'm hoping to get them together and display them in a basket when Christmas rolls around (provided I can finish them in time).  Wish me luck!!

Off to get my ornament put together, I have to have it sent to Australia by the 15th of July...and when my partner has received it, I'll post a picture of it here.  

I've been cleaning out my room, sorting through my cross stitch stuff, and hope to have some give aways soon....so watch this space!  Till then....happy stitching!!