Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A little finish

It's been a while since I've posted in here....I finished this up last night, it's a gift for my friends Jodi and David who just moved into their first house. I'm happy with the way it turned out - I think I'm going to get it framed. I debated making a no sew cube out of it, but I think it's something they'll make kind of "permanent" so framing is a little nicer finish.

It's a Lizzie Kate design - I stitched with Gentle Arts Sampler Threads. I did make one change to it. The two light blue stars were supposed to be a light tan color, but they weren't going to show up at all against the cream color fabric I used.

It's been a busy couple of weeks - lots of crazy stuff. Last Wednesday I misplaced my keys at work. I didn't realize I was missing them until it was time to leave work and go to our last night of bowling for the season. When I thought about it, I realized I had probably left them in the ladies' room. We need a key fob to get into the ladies' room (mine wasn't on the key ring I had misplaced) so I went to look. They weren't there, much to my dismay. Looked all over my office, all over ALL of our the trash can in the rest room, in the office trash cans, everywhere I could think to look. When I bought my car (used) I only got one key and one remote, so I was pretty much stranded. And...of course...they're the keys that only a dealer can make because there's some magic in the head of the key that makes the ignition work. AND it was 6:00.....

So - had to call Triple A, and get towed to the nearest Ford dealer (fortunately, it was only about 13 miles away, so I only had to pay for about 6 miles of towing beyond what AAA covers). Then my Dad picked me up, and let me use his car until the next morning when I had to back to the dealership, prove I was me, and wait an hour for the keys and the programming. I used that hour to go pick my dad up so he could have his car back!

When I got to work on Thursday we put signs up about the keys, and got no the mystery deepened.

Friday morning we left for Vegas...about an hour out, I got a phone call from my office. Some one in another office had turned my keys in!!! She had found them (in the ladies' room) and for some unknown reason took them HOME with her - and she only works Monday, Wednesday, and Friday!!! I was SO aggravated! I mean....yes, it was my fault for leaving them. But there are only five offices on our floor, so why not just walk around and ask about them. And if that doesn't work, put a sign up in the restroom that you found keys and the owner should come claim them. I guess she said she thought they were hers (which, of course, makes perfect sense - since they had a key chain from the M&M store in Vegas that says "Welcome to Vegas KATHY" and has the M&M characters on it - and her name is BARBARA!). Today would have been my first opportunity to thank her, and I just couldn't do it....I mean, while I appreciate her returning them (and it did save me having to get a new house key and a new mailbox key) the fact that she kept them cost me over $200!!!!!

Had a good time in Vegas (thought about trying to set up a "meet and greet" with Rene from my ILCS group, but was going with other people besides just Mike, so wasn't sure I could commit to anything). I bowled really well - averaged about 30 pins over my usual average, so came in 2nd out of the women. Earned myself $154.50! Gambling was okay - didn't win overall, but I did have some winning streaks. Nothing on slot machines, but okay at blackjack.

I did go check out Stitchers Paradise, a nice stitching store. They have a TON of specialty threads (which will be good to know for future trips - if I plan better, I can shop when I go twice a year). I did pick up two Las Vegas patterns - one is an M Designs word tree that was designed exclusively for them (it says Las Vegas, of course) and the other is the famous Las Vegas sign. I also got some light blue opalescent fabric for some snowmen I want to stich, some green tinsel type thread for the otter ornament that's in the ornament issue of Just Cross Stitch, a new set of Q-Snaps, and....oh yeah, two emery boards! LOL

So...that was my weekend! Now back to reality - and Halloween on Friday!
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Rene la Frog said...

Congrats on the finish...I know your friends will love it and display it proudly.

Too bad about your keys and that the lady didn't turn them in right away.

I would have loved to meet you while you were in Vegas even if it would have been for a visit at the LNS. Next time you are here we'll have to meet up for lunch, shopping or just a cup of something.

Miss 376 said...

I am sure your friends will love this, will look fabulous framed

Meari said...

Congrats on your finish. So.. did you pay to have *another* set of keys made? LOL It was nice of your coworker to turn the keys in.

Gabi said...

Beautiful finish. Your friends will be delighted with this gift.
What a bad luck with your keys, but thank god you had a fun weekend in Vegas.

Kendra said...

What an odd situation with your keys...I'm scratching my head about why she would have thought they were hers...???

Even though it cost you $$, at least you have a 2nd set of keys now.

Carolyn said...

Love the finish - I know your friends will appreciate it! Sorry about the keys, but now at least you have another set - that's one good thing out of the whole ordeal!

Laura-Leigh said...

What a beautiful gift for your friends. I'm sure they will love it.

Cindy F. said...

What a beautiful and wonderful gift! I love it! I'm sure they will proudly hang it in there home!
Hate to hear about your key know, I let a lot of things roll...unless they cost me money! Honestly, I don't think I could have thanked her either! JEEZ!! How could she think they were hers? At least you didn't let it ruin your Vegas trip.

Nancy said...

Nice finish and sorry about the keys! Some people just don't think about how what they do will effect someone else!