Monday, September 26, 2011

Still Plugging Away

Thank you for the comments to my last post.  It's coming slow but sure.   I did take a few days off to work on a baby elephant for Bryan and Chrissy's 8 month ol;d son, but I made a bad error in the beginning and didn't notice it until it was over half done so it went into the garbage.   I am completely convinced that I cannot do baby pieces.   I've made so many attempts and they've ended in the garbage.  It must be a mental block or something.   Out of 16 great nieces and nephews 2 of them have pieces and a 3rd one will get one when her grandma makes it into a pillow.  I've decided maybe by the time the kids are teenagers they'll have a piece maybe, just not a baby piece.  The picture doesn't show it well but the bells are done with metallic threads and also the blue ribbon has metalic thread with the pink in it.     I am still enjoying this piece..   It's over half done now.

We had our second week of KIA Club last night  (Kids in Action).   We had 15 the first week 14 last night.  Down one but had several new ones and those that weren't there last night we knew they were out of town at least most of them.   We use to have 70-100 kids in Adventure Club several years ago but  when we changed leaders although the format was the same the kids stopped coming then we tried a new program for a couple of years that failed miserably.   So now we have something really good again and it's just going to take time to build

We are starting to get our fall colors.  I thought it was a little early but the middle of October is jsut a couple of weeks away and that's when they are suppose to peak.   I love seeing the fall colors.   I just don't like the season that follows.  I use to love winter but the older I get the less I like it.

Well, until next time....Happy Stitching!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Progress on Wedding Bells

Hello everyone!    Hope you had a great week.
I did get quite a bit done on Wedding Bells.   I'm glad I started it all over as it looks like it will come out right now.   I think I am going to take out Christiana's and Bryan's names and move it over a notch.   I didn't think I would have enough room to get booth their names on it but I had more room than I thought.  Do the letters B and C look alright.   I had to sort of wing it as I couldn't find those two letters anywhere in the book.   And of course they didn't have an alphabet guide.

It's been sort of a busy week.  I haven't been home much and today Whiskers is soaking up all the attention he can get.  I try to do something and he meows wants me to sit down  in the chair so he can get on my lap.   Right now he just jumped onto the computer desk and is rubbing me to get me off.  At almost 19 he pretty much gets what he wants.   He's been so good about letting me brush him lately.  It use to be he wouldn't let me and he got a few mats.   Slowly but surely they are coming out.

Earlier this week we went to Ludington State Park where my sister and brother in law were camping.   I can't believe the fall colors were really starting to show on our way up there and back.   It was a nice day cold but nice. 

I am going to be honest here.   I can't decide to keep blogging or not.  I enjoy it.   People do seem to read it but I get so few comments I'm thinking no one likes my pieces.   Only problem with that is if you will notice, the pieces I do always go to other people or to Love Quilts so I go with their tasttes and wants, not always what I would choose to do if I were stitching for myself.     I know I don't have a way with words like a lot of you do. Some of you are so gifted in writing.   I don't know, I'm just started to get discouraged.  The main thing is the receivers seem to like my pieces.

Our Food Pantry is growing in staff.   We now have 7 people working in it and another one started training today and another person may start training soon.   Plus a couple of people take me shopping and like being involved in the food pantry that way as they can't commit to one day a week.   We also like so many other food pantries are getting more people needing food and  having a hard time keeping the stock for it.   Fortunately next month we are having a food drive and the church usually comes through in a big way on them.  We've only had 2 other ones in the whole time we've been open which is about 4 years now.

Well.....until next time Happy Stitching and thanks for reading my blogs.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Twin Towers

Shortly after 9-11 my brother asked me to do a Twin Towers piece.   I found this one by Mystic Stitch and really did ennjoy stitching it.   Today it hangs on his walls.

Like everyone else I remember where I was and what I was doing the moment I found out.   Tim had called me and said a plane hit the Twin Towers.  So I turned on the news and shortly after saw the second plane hit.  I knew it was an act of terrorism that second plane didn't even try to miss the tower it headed right for it.   Like everyone I was almost glued to the TV.   I called our church office told the secretary so she turned on her radio.     After the other two planes sturck I wondered  what would become of us.

A few days later we found out a man in his 30's that had gone to our church mostly in the summer and was on the softball team was  working in Windows in the Twin Towers.   He did not get out.   I had seen him and his wife and daughter a few times but did not know them personally

My nephew was shot in Kuwait training for Iraq.   He lost complete use of his left hand.   He saw the bullet coming and ducked, putting his hand above his head.   At least it hit his hand not his head.  

Anyone alive that day will never forget and it changed America forever.  

Well until next time Happy Stitching.

Friday, September 09, 2011

Started all Over

I made a serious error on the original piece so I had to start this all over.  I was so mad!  But it was easier to start over than to frog it.   It's going good now.   A lot of what I had done on the first piece is done here only I took a little different approach for the right side as it's so much easier to work down then up.  I see the picture is a little crooked and I think I'll use my other scanner as it shows the piece clearer as the colors in this piece are so light.   It is a pretty piece.  I hope Bryan and Chrissy like it.

I have a dumb question   Can you make Meatloaf with eggs.   I ate my last two eggs this morning and I should have saved them for the meatloaf I had planned to make tonight.  I have to do something with the   hamburg I unthawed and I had wanted meat loaf.  

I won Last DMC Standing game at ESC a couple of weeks ago and received my package today.   A lot of floss!   It was nice.  I love that game but this was the first time I won it.

Well until next time Happy Stitching.   Have to figure out what I'm going to do with the Hamburg. 

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Wedding Bells Started

Hello!   I hope everyone is having a good and safe Labor Day Weekend.   I can't believe the summer is over!   Usually I am looking forward to fall but not this year I so enjoyed the summer I hate to see it end.  Although I do like the fall colors and we can already see the trees starting to turn.  A large group from our church went up to Center Lake (our church camp) for Family Retreat.   Friday was nice but not sure about yesterday.   We had some big storms in our area then it cooled doown a lot and tomorrow is suppose to be cooler.   Hopefully the storms didn't hit them up there.   And as far as tomorrow, they probably won't swim anyway as they go home that day.

I promised my nephew and his wife a Wedding piece 3 years ago.   They were married in Feb. 09 and now have an 8 month old son so it's about time I got this done for them.   I started one for them three years ago but it just didn't take off, I kept making mistakes, didn't like the material I chose and the pattern just didn't click with me.   This is much different.  Though very detailed and tedious it is clicking with me and going okay.  But I love Stoney Creek patterns.  It isn't a large piece though so hopefully I can have it done by the end of the month get it to the framers and then hopefully give it to them at Christmas.   They live out of state and I'm hoping we'll see them at Christmas.   If not I'll give it to my sister and she can give it to them when she sees them.

Well until next time  Happy Stitching and have a Safe Weekend!