Monday, September 29, 2008

Remember The Caretaker?

While waiting for the Valdini Thread to arrive I have picked The Caretaker back up. (Makes my brother happy anyway). Seriously I am enjoying working on the piece. I have almost 5 pages completely done. I really can't wait to get more of the elk in but it's going to be quite awhile yet before I get him done.

I just go back from walking my brother's dog. I try to walk her almost every day, (although it's been a few days). She made up for it though. We walked for over an hour so that was good. The last time I walked her one of the neighbor ladies had her come in and gave her some chicken to eat. So today we went by her apartment and what Autumn stops on the side and starts whining. I finally go up to the door thinking something was wrong and Autumn was sensing it. No, she wanted more chicken but she didn't get it I wouldn't let her. She did get to see the lady though. The lady is 90 years old and lives alone in a town house. She doesn't show her age. She also does Cross Stitch though not as much as she use to. I hope I'm stitching at 90!

I also have Stealing Oats on the side that I am stitching. It's barely started, so maybe later in the week I'll show that.

Well until next time, Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Decisions, Decisions

Here is the Bethlehem Pattern. I need help. Which of the three threads shown would look best with with? I'm leaning towards the Midnight Blue (darker of the three). But I think the Cornflower and the Lavender Potpori would be pretty too. It will be done on Oppascent material just like Winter Silhouette. Thanks for your opinions.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Out of Thread

I ran out of thread to finish this. I got quite aways so end of next week I'll get the thread (hopefully it'll come then), and I can finish it off. I am not happy about running out of thread, but at least it is coming. Now I'll pick up The Caretaker back up. See how far I can get on that.

This Thursday I am going up to Center Lake for a 1 day retreat. I can't wait. I grew up going to Center Lake Bible Camp every year and loved it. I've been up there off and on as an adult, but it's been about 4 or 5 years now.

Well, until next time Happy Stitching!

Friday, September 19, 2008

More Progress

Thank you so much for all your comments to this piece so far. I am overwhelmed and really appreciate them. I know the picture is a little dark I should have waited a few hours to take the picture I think. I do think you might see the glisten of the material better though. I am almost half done. I have gone through over one skein of the floss so I did order some the other day. It won't be here for a couple of weeks so I'll have to lay it down next week when I run out of this floss. I'm just happy to have found the floss without having to pay $12.00 like the original place was going to charge me.

Some of us at ESC (Every Stitch Counts) are going to do Bethlehem which is a companion piece, as a SAL at Christmas Time. So I need to order the material and floss for that. This piece makes me want to use Specialty floss a lot of love the shades. I'm trying to decide if I want to do Bethlehem in lavender which I love or the blue which I also love. So I think I'll order more threads. I also found another piece I love that is a harvest piece I want to get and do up. That one I'll do in Burnt Orange Shades. I'm hoping to find the Opascent Material to do Bethlehem on. I think it would be so pretty.

Okay-Confession time! Forget the 25 challenge! I just ordered several patterns from 123 stitch. Some are for gifts but not all of them. I discovered I didn't have Bethlehem like I thought. But could I stop at Bethlehem, the material and the
Gentle Arts Thread for that. Of course NOT! I ordered about 5 or 6 other patterns and about 20 Skeins of Gentle Arts Thread! Well I'm not buying anything else for the rest of the year! And have to start all over with the 25 challenge, at least I wasn't very far!

Well so much on my future stitching. Actually when this is done I'm going back to the piece I started last year for my brother. I'm anxious to get more done on that.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Winter Silhoutte

Wow! Three days in a row I'm posting. But I'm so excited about this piece I wanted to post a picture of the progress. I'm real happy with the progress on it tjos this is after stitching only 8 hours. I just love it! I just hope I have enough floss. Grrr...Not going there. Well my sister is on her way to town and I'm going to my parents in about an hour so until next time Happy Stitching!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

My new project and a question

I have just started Winter Silhouette by Imaginating. I am using Specialty thread. My question is do I work the top row all the way across first then 2nd row so on so forth or can I do each individual picture? I have started the church. I love this piece. I saw it in purple at the LNS and it was beautiful but they didn't have the purple thread so went with blue. I am doing it on white opescent material, (14 count). It'll be beautfiul when done! Until next time Happy Stitching!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Double Flip It's is finished

I just finished this a little over an hour ago. I had planned for it to go to a friend going through radiation treatments. Than I thought she might like another piece better. I'll let one of her best friends decide between the two pieces tomorrow. This will otherwise go as an exchange gift at Christmas. Now to kit up my next project. I had planned to do Piglet for Johhnny, and Grrrrrr, I can't find the book! I had it a few days ago. It'll show up. So am doing a Bashful bunny piece for a quilt.

Oh, Because I fell off the wagon I have to start over this time going for only 25 not 50. This piece is counting as 6 towards it because it actually would be 12 if done individually, since the borders are left off I am making it 6 so 6 pieces towards 25. Off to a great start!

I've been thinking and praying for the people in the path of of Hurricane Ike. It's a good thing it wasn't a 3 or 4, 2seems to have done enough destruction. I know there are several of you out there, here's hoping you are all safe and don't have too much destruction in your homes.

Well, until next time Happy Stitching!

Friday, September 12, 2008

One-in-a-half words to go

It's getting there. It should be done by Monday if not Sat. I really am enjoying this piece. Some words took longer than others but other than that it's really a fun stitch.

Does anyone have any ideas as to how a church can have a Missionary Memorial? What did you do for it? I finally am getting a memorial set up for the very first missionary our church sent out. Catch is I'm going to have to include the other missionaries that we sent that died too, so far that's 3 possibly 4 then another one has end stage cancer so she'll be included when she dies. I had really wanted a missionary corner to promote missions but that fell through. A compromise is a missionary hutch and still get to feature a missionary every couple of months. I have contacted the families of the 3 missionaries and they are all excited about something being done. We'll do something after the first of the year right now we have 3 other major things we are working on coming up in Oct. and Nov. Just curious as to what if other churches did. I finally took it upon myself to upgrade our map as we had one missionary listed as being in Peru who for the last year or transferred to Mexico as the work he set out to do in Peru ended. Took down a retired missionary and have to get pictures of two other families to put up.

Yesterday there was a fire at the elementary school my little great nephew, Ashton, goes to. Can you believe a little second grader started the fire. Not much is being said on the news about it. My guess is he wanted to see what would happen if he started a fire with the bathroom tissue and didn't fully understand what he was doing. What a young child is doing with a match or lighter I don't know. Fortunately no one was injured, they sent the children all home and they are off until Monday so they can clean up the mess and get some of the smoke smell out. Ashton is in Kindergarten so was not in the area of the fire.

Well, guess I'll go back to stitching. Until next time Happy Stitching!

Friday, September 05, 2008

I Fell off the Wagon (again)!

Well........I went to a LNS the other day. I rarely get to one as we don't have any in our city but this one was only about a half hour away. And I bought 3 different patterns. I have taken a picture of the culprits and the Lizzie Kate pieces. This doesn't include all the floss or material I bought. I spent money thanks to my Stimulous check I finally received. The Lizzie Kate's I am doing as a gift. But I'm thinking Winter Silhouette, Believe, and Stealing Oats will be mine and I want to do one of them so bad! I'll go back to square one but will only go for 25 instead of 50. Also the Lizzie Kate piece will count as 3 projects toward it.

I am also showing a picture of my progress on the Double Flip It's. I have 6 done, y6 more to go.

Until next time.....Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Four Words Down, Eight to Go

Here are two more words to the Double Flip It Series. I didn't have much time to work on it over the weekend but did make progress. I really am enjoying this piece.

How was everyone's weekend? Sat. and Sun. were so busy for me they flew. So yesterday I just relaxed and stitched. Sat. my brother and sister-in-law arrived in from MO. Later that afternoon we all went to a Mexican Restaurant that was so good and it was so nice in there. We all enjoyed it. Johnny who is now 20 months, and an energetic bundle of fun and joy stole the show. He talks pretty good for being so young and does put small words together. If you remember, my mom lost part of her leg a few months ago, and now has a prosthesis. Johnny is so fascinated by that, he made sure everyone knew about it, by saying "See her leg? Where is it?" Then the owner of the restaurant came up and talked to us and in end thanked us for coming and Johnny turns around and says to him "Thank You" It was so cute. Not long after that, he came back with a big stuffed fish for Johnny.

Sunday afternoon more family members were able to join us at our niece Melissa's house. Johnny made sure he greeted everyone and hammed it up again. Another niece and her husband had their baby, Addie there. Addie is 4 months old now. Johnny loved her but he has this thing about biting. Fortunately he got caught and stopped as he just was about to bite her. He's getting better but still....He gave Addie his pillow to lay on and tried to share some of his toys with her. So cute. Ashton who is 5 and started school today was running around outside with his Uncle Andrew. We hardly saw Ashton. He did ask his mother for a baby brother or sister as he loves babies. He was so gentle with Addie holding her very carefully. I may be prejudiced but even Kenn and Denise said it, for their young ages, Ashton, Johnny, and Addie are all very smart. Ashton is in Advanced Kindergarten as he was too advanced for regular kindergarten so he goes to school all day 5 days a week. That sounds like a lot to me. Well enough of my boasting about our 3 little ones.
It was such a fun weekend, busy, and altogether too short.

Well, I need to run a couple of errands and then go back to stitching. Until next time Happy Stitching!