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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Monday, October 20, 2008

MawMaw's Quilt

My latest update on Maw Maw's Quilt....again, a patience tester, but fun to stitch!!! LOL

It was a busy weekend - stitching get together on Saturday morning with some of the So Cal Stitchers (met a couple of new folks, which is always nice, and got to check out another stitching store - good thing it's not closer to my house!). I did pick up a couple of patterns (Don't Get Your Tinsel in a Tangle, Every Person Who Enters This House Brings Joy - Some When They Enter, Some When They Leave, and a cute snowman pattern), along with the threads for my housewarming gift for my friends Jodi and David. Then went to go check out Jodi and David's new place.

Sunday was football (of course) and then errands. I didn't stitch on Monopoly yesterday, I wanted to get cranking on Jodi and David's gift. It's a cute Lizzie Kate that you personalize with the family name and the date they "Established" their new home. I'm going to make one change to it - it calls for a blue star with a beige star on each side of it, but my fabric is too close to the color of the beige, so I think I'm going to do one dark blue with a light blue on either side.

And now - it's Monday night football!!!
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Sunday, October 12, 2008

BoInk Update

Here is this week's progress report on Book of Ink Circles. I was actually pretty happy with my progress this week. I not only finished the most recently released part (the right-hand cross), but I got all the blocks outlined for the rest of the project! I still have two sections to finish to be caught up on blocks, but I'm okay with that. And obviously, still have lots of border to do, and filling in the border, but at least now as I finish blocks I don't have to worry about outlining the next block, it will already be done.

This week is MawMaw's Quilt, so this will get put away for a couple of weeks.

Thanks for checking out my progress!
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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Next Part of BoInk Completed

Well, I woke up this morning with a major headache, so I decided to take a sick day. I fell back to sleep after Mike left for work, and didn't wake up again until 11:30 or so (so obviously, I was right to stay home!). But then I got in quite a bit of stitching (I also skipped bowling).

I finished the current part of BoInk..still not fully caught up, but now I'll work on some more border and maybe one of the previously released sections. I think I'll probably take this with me to Girls' Night Out on Friday too, so it should be a week full of progress!!
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Monday, October 6, 2008

Monopoly Board - 10/05/08

Here's my latest update on the Monopoly Board - using railroads as landmarks, here's the third one more railroad to go (and one and a half sides!). This one is fun - nice and easy to stitch!
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Sunday, October 5, 2008

Angel of Cross Stitch Update

Here's my progress after another week on Angel of Cross Stitch. I don't feel like I got a lot done (and this picture sure seems like it's at a weird angle!). BUT that bowl of fruit is a truckload of confetti stitches!!! (That's the part I finished this week). I did one day on the border at the bottom, and then the rest of the time was the silly fruit bowl and a little bit on the stack of books or whatever it is between that little chest with the drawers in it and the angel's skirt.

Slowly but surely, I am making progress. Now it's back to Monopoly for today, then my week's project is BoInk. The section for this week is fairly small, so I'm hoping to get that block done and then maybe either another one I haven't done, or get some more border done.

Thanks for checking out my blog!

A small finish

I finised "It's 5:00 Somewhere" For those of you who are feeling a strange sense of deja vu, you aren't going nuts. I have stitched this one twice, once each for two friends. It was my work project, and I finished it up during the week. The pattern calls for charms at the bottom of each glass, kind of like the little rings you can get for stemware to distinguish one person's glass from another. I bought charms, but even though I tried to buy small ones, they were still too big. I was at Joann's yesterday, and went poking around in the jewelry making department, and I found a package of small stars that are all different colors, so I MAY try attaching those and seeing how they look.
I think it's fine without them, but I'll still check it out.

Show us your backside!

Sigh...on one of my Yahoo groups, our weekly question was to show the back of one of our pieces. It just happened that this past week my project was Angel of Cross Stitch. It has a TON of confetti stitches, and I'm not a stitcher who is very concerned about the backs of my projects (as long as the threads don't show through on the front, I'm good!). But, I did take a picture of it, in all of its glory...and decided to post it here as well!