Thursday, August 30, 2007

Hot off the Q Snaps!

I just got done with Shepherd's Bush "Fright." I stitched most of it on the train and the specialty stitches I did at home yesterday and today. I didn't expect it to be so small but it is. The plan is to get it framed the same way it's framed on the chart. The bottom of the picture is a bit blurry, I don't know why but once I get it back from the framer's I'll share a better picture. I also want to take Trick or Treat and another SB Halloween pattern I stitched a few years ago to get framed, but we all know that framing one piece alone is pricey - imagine 3 of them.

The following finish I finished last week and it's Brightneedle's Hatz Bootique, I love this little witch. I thought of giving it away and restitching it again on pink for myself but I haven't really decided 100% on it. If I do stitch it on the pink that I have here I'd have to change the colors of the bag and french knots on the tree.

Don't know what I'm stitching on next. I wanted to do so many things today (go to the quilting store to get some fabric) but ended up staying home in bed all day. I was just so tired that I couldn't get up and now it's too late. I have next week off (courtesy of taking my emergency day) so I'm pretty sure I'll have some time to go then. Until next time! Thanks for stopping by :-) TTFN

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Some stitchy gift pics, a finish, and an almost finish

I don't know why but it's felt like all I've been doing is working and I know that's not the case because I've just been doing my regular nights, anyway I have some pictures I want to share. There's a lot of them so sorry if I slow down your computer!

In my CSF Yahoo Group I joined the Summer Secret Sister round, it was fun. My SS sent me lots of nursing paraphernalia which I loved! The ones that I'm going to share on my blog are the two angels she sent me. The one in the box is my favorite. I have the suncatcher one by my desktop on my bulletin board.

Kathy was my SS and she makes Snip-It Jars. I loved her packages because she titled them "Pretty In Pink" packages and the last one in which she revealed herself she sent me one of her Snip-It Jars in a pretty pink. Here's a picture of my jar :-) For those that don't know what a Snip-It jar is used for it's for the small snips of thread that you have left over. Ana was my Snip-It dog since I just use to throw them on her (it made her look pretty but she hated it - she would shake them off and get them all over the place) but now I have a nice little jar to throw them in.

I've been doing a pleasing amount of stitching. I finished Amitie - it looks so NICE! I'm thinking of stitching some companion pieces by taking little motifs from the pattern and making a pin keep and scissor fob. I haven't decided if I'm going to give it away, most likely I am. The way I want to finish it I have no space for to display in my house and the person I want to give it to would appreciate it, which is important since we've all had the horror of stitching something for someone only to never see or hear about it again. My next topic was going to be my almost finish *but* I have another stitchy gift to share, so here's Amitie done 2 over 2 on 28ct Silver Ice linen with Vintage Violets by Silk n Colours.

Now when I graduated from Nursing School many moons ago (4 years to be exact hehe) I received the nicest gift. This gift, I know, was a real labor of love because I've tried to stitch these before and every time they've become UFOs, I must of had like 3 of them LOL. Well the following pictures are of this quilt that my stitchy friends made for me. Every once in a while I take it out and look at it. I don't like to keep it out because of Ana and I don't want it to get dirty. I never posted any pictures of it because when I first received it I didn't have a camera, but now I do and it's long overdue that I share pictures of it!

As I've mentioned before I'm a Halloween fanatic so I've started my Halloween stitching already. Next year I'm going to join my friend Petra on a Halloween Stitching EXTRAVAGANZA aka Halloween Stitching Marathon :) We're going to stitch Halloween pieces exclusively for 2008, I have lots in my stash but recently bought some more to make sure I have enough. She's not the only one stitching, I believe it's a group thing but it should be fun and enabling! Here's my new WIP :)

It's Hatz Bootique by Brightneedle. If I BS'd less and stitched more it would have been done by now but alas it's not. It's very close to being done though, just have to stitch her little coat and the floor and it's done! I like this witch, she looks like she has a snooty 'tude. I believe she's suppose to be Ezmeralda (it's a companion piece to Ezmeralda's House) but I think I'm going to rename her Bettina LOL.

They opened a new stitchy store around here, well not around here but close enough that I can drive to. Barb told me about it (Thanks Barb!) and it's called The Lazy Daisy Stitchery. It's about 30 minutes away from me by car and the area is nice. Afterwards we went to eat lunch at this Mexican restaurant across the street and peaked into this paint your own ceramics store which we plan on going to sometime in the near future. My heart still belongs to WVAS because that's where my friends are at, but this place is close enough that if I need something quick I can get it there. She had a few Halloween displays that I went crazy over and I picked up a few goodies (pic down below!) I went to WVAS this past Tuesday for a stitchy date and of course had fun. I really don't know how I ever survived without them. I think this was our 3rd date and I'm so glad that we have them! I was so stressed that I felt like I was going to suffocate before the day came LOL. Well I think that's all, my cousin is over and later on a few more are coming over so I'm going to try to get some stitching in before I can't. TTFN and thanks for reading this far down! Here's my new stash!

Friday, August 17, 2007

No Title

I want to start off by writing about Kelly...what I'll say I don't really know but I feel that I need to write about him. I met him 8 years ago while I was with another guy. I actually ignored him the first day we met since I was preoccupied with some problems I was having with the other guy. The next time we met I was sort of single and he ignored me! He totally denies it but I know the truth LOL. Kelly's a great guy, I think I'm lucky to have him although sometimes he drives me insane! Yesterday he registered for college, he hasn't been to school since high school. He doesn't really know what he wants to do (I'm pushing him to do Nursing.) He's scared but I think he'll do ok once he gets use to the busy-ness of it all. I'm excited for him and proud of him, I'm already thinking of graduation and what an accomplishment it will be for him. He sometimes reads my blog so Good Luck Kelly! I'll be here for you when you need me :-)

Now onto some stitching news! I haven't been stitching much. That Lizzie Kate really put me into a funk. First, I hated the border. Then, once I got into the border I saw that I miscounted somewhere (probably while on the train because I was off by a thread!) and my border doesn't match up. I could frog it but I hate to frog and well I just didn't feel like stitching it anymore so I declared it a UFO. Then, I had a bad case of startitis. I wanted to start everything in my stash - I didn't but did find something that would satisfy me. It's taking longer than I thought it would and it has a border *ugh* but I love it so much that the border doesn't bother me too much. Hopefully by next week it will be done! Here's a WIP picture: It's an ex-freebie that I just fell in love with. I wanted to stitch it in green but didn't have a nice green in my stash. Then I remembered that I bought this beautiful purple silk floss the last time I went my LNS and thought it would be PERFECT for it! The fabric is something I had in my stash. I packed everything away when I stopped stitching but on Saturday I unpacked my fabric stash and this one complimented the floss so well that I had to use it. It hurt to cut it since the company who dyed it is now out of business but I just had to use it. Now here are the details: the floss is Vintage Violets by Thread Gatherer Silk n' Colors and the fabric is 28ct Cashel Linen Thunder Sky (or something like that) by Dyeing 4 U. It's really sad that they went out of business, I think they had the BEST fabric, BEST FOTM, and BEST TOTM. I'm going to start my Halloween stitching after I'm done with this - I CAN NOT WAIT! I already have 2 Halloween trees to decorate, one won't be ready this year since I don't think I can stitch and finish 8 ornaments and a tree skirt and gravestones, but there's a 6 month Halloween SAL starting next year in my yahoo groups so by next year it should be done!

I'm going to sleep now. I don't want to, lately I've been having a REALLY hard time staying up at work since I've been going to bed so early and waking up even earlier but I just can't take it anymore and need to sleep. I'll just deal with it tomorrow at work. TTFN!

Monday, August 06, 2007

Some pictures

Don't have much time to write, I've conned my father into coming with me to BJ's to buy water. Kelly can't come with me and I need someone to carry it for me so I'm at my father's mercy LOL. I would go by myself but my back is getting worse :( It's getting to the point where I think I may need to go see the doctor. I can walk and lay down and it won't hurt but if I bend or sit it kills me to the point where I have to stand or lay down. I just think I need to become more active or lose weight =-O

The pictures below are 1. my latest finish. It's Brightneedle's Petite Seasons (Autumn) stitched for my Fair and Square Exchange. 2. A close up of it and 3. Blackbird Design's Bluebird Message framed. If you can click on it you may be able to see the red specks in the frame which are really nice and compliment the framed piece nicely. TTFN!

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Me Again :)

I woke up in a better mood but with a backache *ugh* it's always something with me isn't it? LOL
Well I'm here because I have pictures to post! I managed to make a flat fold last night. I'm so proud of my motivation to do these things, they aren't as hard as they seem *if* you have the right tutorial to follow and thanks to the many people of the internet/blog world I've been able to find the right tutorials. I don't know what I'll try to make next, I'll search the internet to find something. Well without futher ado here's my flat fold!

I've noticed some new visitors have been coming to my blog - welcome and thanks for coming! Also thanks for the comments that everyone has been leaving...they are EXTREMELY appreciated :-) TTFN