Friday, March 30, 2007

Progress on Sulphurs

This piece slowed down quite a bit. It took 3 days to get that small butterfly in as I kept having to frog. I finally led the frogs to their own pond I guess as they finally left and the piece is going better now. This is progress after about 24 hours of stitching. It will go to a little girl that chose butterflies and flowers for her quilt. I love this book. It's called "On Butterfly Wings" by Stoney Creek. I have done so many pieces from it and will do more.

I found this week's question to be interesting. I don't remember all of it but it was about filing free CS graphs. If I see one I like I do download it then. I print it off and put it in my file. I have a file cabinet and have the files labeled by subject. Confession, I really don't look in it too often though.

Our Adventure Club program is starting to wind down for the year. We have our parents program next Wed. night and then we have 3 weeks to go after that. The last Wed, Apr. 25 is the carnival. Our two directors have had surgery the last 2 weeks. One had her gull bladder taken out, took things up to fast. (You have to know Mary, she's very energetic and hard to keep down. She came to Adventure club two weeks ago, hurting but was okay, but you knew she had to slow down. Thursday she had a heart attack in the church parking lot. They almost lost her, she had to be revived several times. She is back now but knows she has to slow down, and her husband is making sure of that. Darrin had knee surgery this past Monday. Last night we just practiced for the program. We really should practice more right now it will be controlled chaos. I'm a little nervous about it but I'm sure it'll go fine.

My parents received an offer on their house which they have accepted. Things are just beginning now. They are apartment hunting. They found one my mom and brother like but dad feels is expensive. Personally I think he'll find it's still cheaper than the house. But they need to figure that out.

Today my brother is having sinus surgery. Our family seems to have a lot of sinus problems, our parents have both had the surgery.

Well that's it for now until next time Happy Stitching!

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Sulphur Butterflies

Actually the butterflies are not in yet. This is my progress after 15 hours of stitching and it's going fairly fast I think. This will go to a little girl at Love Quilts who wanted Butterflies and flowers for her quilt.

The Sedar Dinner (Passover Dinner) was really interesting last night. We went throught the Jewish Rituals and also had a good dinner. There were close to 200 people there last night. We invited some other churches.

Earlier in the evening we went to my brothers for my niece's birthday. Baby John is growing so much. We was smiling, cooing, and just so cute. He is really strong for 3 1/2 months. He's going to take off walking. Last night I half expected him to crawl as he was trying to get up on all his knees and hands, just couldn't quite do it yet.

I didn't get to see the Figure Skating Championships last night I saw some Friday night. I'm hoping they replay them and I can see them. Today is the exhibition skate but there again I won't be home for it. Oh well....

Well until next time....Happy Stitching!

Friday, March 23, 2007

Home from my sister's

Quite some time ago I made this piece, and thought I was going to keep it for myself. But instead I had my sister make it into an apron for our white elephant exchange at Christmas. I had talked about it then and said I would post a picture. I didn't get a picture until I was at my sister's this past week. It's not the best picture but you get the idea what it looked like.

We didn't do a whole lot at my sister's this time, just played games (Push Rummey and Mexican Dominoes) and talked. We did go see the movie Wild Hogs. It wasn't my type of movie but I liked it alright.

Our weather is so much better now. It's turning into spring! I love it but have to be careful of the allergies.

Tomorrow we have a get together at my brother's for my niece's 26th birthday. And we have a Pass Over Supper at church. Both about 2 hours apart. We're going to eat light at my brother's. I've never been to a Passover Dinner so it will be interesting. We are having some people come from Jews For Jesus to be the Hosts of it and explain it. Should be interesting. I am looking forward to it.

I had planned to get out My Security Blanket to get back to stitching to but I lost part of the pattern. I know it's here, next week I'll have time to look for it. So I am doing a Butterfly and flower piece for Love Quilts. It's so pretty outside I wanted to do something spring like I guess. I'll post a picture early next week.

Well until next time....Happy Stitching!

Monday, March 19, 2007

Erika's Garden

I finished this at noon today. I didn't get it done in time to give it to my cousin on Sat. but I'll get it to her.

We had a nice lunch with our aunt and cousins and mom. I don't know when the last time was I saw my aunt and one cousin.

Tomorrow I'm going to my sister's for a couple of days. I'll miss Whiskers, and he is already mopping and trying to make me feel guilty by his attitude. Really he's planning his coop. He took notes from Cooper when Leslie left. Only he is an only cat so he has no one to blame things on. We are taking my brother's dog. She loves to play with my sister's dog, Maverick. Plus Maverick has a big yard to run in that Autumn doesn't. Autumn tries hard to keep up with Maverick, but he ends up taking short cuts. Autumn is a Llapso, Maverick is an Australian Shepherd. A size difference there.

My sister works 3rd shift tonight so tomorrow we'll stay around the house, play games, watch a DVD or two, and bake cookies. Wed. we'll shop and Thursday come home.

When I get home I'll go back to My Security Blanket. While at my sister's I'll do an easy piece that I don't have to concentrate so hard on. I can pick up and leave easily.

Well until next time. Happy Stitching!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Start #19

I started Erika's Garden yesterday. I was hoping to have it done by Sat. but it doesn't look like it will make it. If I was staying home tomorrow I'd probably get it done but I'm dong a bunch of things tomorrow. I need to go to Jo Ann's pick up some material and maybe patterns for someone in the Birthday Club who has a birthday this month. I've tried to figure out what she likes from her blog but I don't know. I wish she would have sent a wish list. Here I sent a large wish list. Not because I expected so much, I just wanted them to have a lot to choose from so it wouldn't be difficult for them. My birthday isn't until August so they don't have to worry about it until then.

My sister is in town for a couple of days so I'll see her in the morning. We'll do some shopping, play games with our mom, and watch a DVD or two. I'll be back Sat. afternoon. Then go to my sister's on Tuesday and come back Thurs.

Well until next time Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Rhapsody In Blue is Finished

After a year and 210 hours of stitching this piece is done. It is not the type of piece I usually pick but I did enjoy it. I am happy to have it done though. This is project no. 18 towards the 50 challenge.

My next piece is going to be a quick one. I'm hoping to have it done by Sat. so I can give it to my cousin then. It is Erika's Garden which was a part of a series of 4 Janice has the other 3.

Well, I better get to stitching on it. Until next time....Happy Stitching!

Monday, March 12, 2007

One Last update before it's finished

This is after 200 hours of stitching Rhapsody in Blue. I hope to have it done on Wed. We'll see.

Well, they showed the Video of me drinking the coffee in church yesterday. Of course everyone laughed and had a lot of fun picking on me about all the sugar. I can't wait until next Sunday when someone else is the "victim". Oh well....what's life if we can't have a little fun or be teased a little.

Our snow is slowly melting away. We actually see patches of grass here and there and even the roofs are almost snow free. Spring is in the Air!

Thursday my sister is coming in from out of town. She'll take our mom back with her Sat. or Sun. My brother and I will go to my sister's Tuesday and stay until Thursday. It'll be nice. We'll take little Autumn and she will have fun with Maverick. Last time they became fast friends and they missed each other for days after Autumn left. Plus Autumn missed my sister's huge yard too.

Well until next time Happy Stitching!

Friday, March 09, 2007

Update on Rhapsody in Blue

I got quite a bit further on this piece this past week. I'll work on it through Sunday then go back to My Security Blanket. It's moving fairly fast. Hopefully with working on it Sun. and Wed. through March I can finish it up the first week of April. That's my goal we'll see if I make it.
Our weather is so much better now. We have the sun and is going to be in 40's later today. It's suppose to rain tonight. That will get rid of some of the snow anyway. Maybe off the roof anyway and get rid of the icicles, although as I said earlier I get a thrill out of watching them melt and get a kick off of seeing the snow on roof recede off the apartments across from me.
Tomorrow I am going to Grand Rapids for a Church Ministries Conferance. They have them once a year, and every year about 20-25 of us go from our church. They are usually very good.
I can't believe I did this but I let myself be talked into doing a small video for our Common Grounds Ministry that's starting in April. It'll be one Sat. evening a month and it'll be a Contempoary Worship Service with a Coffee House Setting. So Pastor Nate volunteered me to do this video and I got caught in the moment consented and there was no backing out. So we taped it yesterday. I don't drink coffee. So he had me open up 10 packs of sugar and yes 10! put them all in the cup and then put it up to my mouth pretending to drink it and say "Ahhhhh. good coffee." The second taping I say "Nothing like a good cup of coffee". I don't know which one he'll use, I'll find out Sunday when it's shown to the church, and they have to figure out what is being promoted. Most of them will figure it out. I'll hide my head after that I think.
Well, I'm going to read some blogs, then do some more stitching on this piece. Until next time....Happy Stitching!

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Rhapsody in Blue

I laid down My Security Blanket until Thursday. It's coming slow but sure. This is UFO week at Cross Stitch Pals and I got this to do through Wed. It's not my typical kind of piece but I really like this piece. I just have to stitch on it when I'm in the mood to.

Our weather is much better today than what it has been. It's still cold but at least the sun is shining. Usually I knock the icicles down, but since this week is going to be a warmer week, I'll just let nature take care of them. I'm wierd but I'm getting a thrill out of watching the icicles melt.

Well until next time Happy Stitching!

Friday, March 02, 2007

A Picture of Whiskers

I thought I would post a picture of Whiskers. He was being so cute just prior to this picture then he caught me! He likes to lay by the furnace at night time. It's funny he's got a routine, he is like clockwork. Mornings and early afternoon he's right in my sight, rather on my lap, or on the arm or back of the chair I stitch in, or at my feet. Then he goes to the closet, jumps on a shelf and sleeps in there a few hours, then at night, he's in the bedroom a few hours, then he goes by the furnace. Oh he goes to the window and tries to catch the snow and believe me this past month or so there's been plenty. In this weather I haven't seen much of my family. Since I don't drive they have to pick me up, and that's hard for them since they live on opposite side of town as me. I feel bad about that. Spring is coming.

We had another winterstorm yesterday and today was almost worse than yesterday. After tomorrow it's suppose to get better. At least we aren't getting the tornadoes they are in the south. For the second month in a row our Board Meetings were cancelled at church. We are going to have a lot of catching up to do next month!

Jenn sent me a really nice Cherished Teddy Book for me to do for my quilt squares. Thank you so much Jenn. I sent you an e mail but thought I would do it publicly too. Sorry I didn't do it publicly yesterday.

On the stitching front I am making very slow progress on My Security Blanket. It is coming though. I also am doing an easier piece to stitch on the side.

I don't know if I fell off the wagon or not. I ordered 3 leaflets featuring the Britter Pets earlier this week and I got them today. I thought I would use them for quilt squares which will be allowed in. So far though a quilt has been named featuring them either at Cross Stitch Addicts, Love Quilts, or Cross Stitching for Charity, but I do expect one to open up we keep talking about it.

Well....I've chatted enough. Until next time Happy Stitching!