22 hours ago
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
New finish.....means another start....oh my!
New day-more stitching, and also more skatepark duty so I'm not getting as much stitching done as I thought I should....but still I'm stitching so it's all good here. I was done with the stitching on the Chessie & Me Club piece, and as you can see I got the carrier finished and the scissor fob, but couldn't get the needlebook done because I just felt it was missing something. So I've been making up extra pieces to stitch to the inside of the needlebook and while they are completely done, as of last night, I still have to put it together. Hopefully that will take place today. But I love the carrier and fob. We carry the carrier's in the shop and I'm going to try using some of the Blue Ribbon Design charts, like "Autumn Sampler to make another set. This is one of the designs which can be stitched whole as a sampler or you can take the design apart to be used for needlebooks, fobs, etc. I'm excited once I latch onto an idea and I've used her designs before for things similar to this so I know I can do it. YEAH!!!! The other picture shows a present that showed up on my door last week. It was a complete surprise and I feel remiss that I haven't shown it before, but between 7 hours a day at the skate park and Izi-sitting...well, I'm usually home and ready to do something around 8:45pm and by then I'm done, a couple of stitches and then napping. But Solomon and Izi are in school next week so I won't have to do as much park sitting or Izi sitting, but I have taken on another job which will require quite a bit of my time, but I'll probably talk about it later. Back to my new strawberry. It was sent to me by Greg McCord as a birthday gift I just love it and have added it to my collection of strawberries (so far I have 2..that's still a collection isn't it?) It was beautifully made, stuffed well, and I love the little lace topper. Thanks so much Greg....I love it. And Greg, we miss you down here. I ask for you whenever I see the girls so they sometimes give me info and other times haven't seen you so perhaps you can give us updates through e-mail or facebook. Anyway, the summer is coming to an end which always brings mixed emotions down here. While we're excited to have cooler temperatures (not snow, but fall temps in the low 70's and 60's), and no more night hours, we do miss the excitement of summer. Fall and winter are so laid back down here. I told you in the last blog that I started the over one by Blackberry Designs...haven't worked on it since. And had the nerve to start a new series...."Frosty Forest" by Country Cottage....there are 12 designs total and the entire series can be stitched as one piece which Sara liked a lot, so of course I had her cut the fabric and then I hunted for the fibers in my bins and I started it last night in between the final nun stitches on the Gathering Sheep piece. Since that stitching is done, I needed another over 2 start. It's easier to stitch at the skateboard park. Anyway, as you all know the industry just had a market in St. Charles (I think). We can't leave the businesses in the summer so we didn't get to go....darn it! But of course the new charts and needlework accessories are arriving in the shop daily....this is the most fun of all...opening boxes and discovering the treasures. And, of course, there is always something in those boxes I have to have. I'm trying to choose wisely, but you know how that goes. It's a good thing I only work a couple of days a week or I'd bring home everything, but as it is I tend to forget to check all the nooks and crannies and don't see everything when I'm there. Jenn Ryan has been in a couple of times and she showed me a picture of the new Lone Elm Halloween piece which has the skeleton walking the dog which is also just a skeleton....so funny..you know I'll have to have that. Sara is gearing up for the Jackie DuPlessis class happening in about a week...or a little more than a week. Thank God there was no pre-stitch or I'd be further behind on my stitching than I am now. And many have reported in on the Jamboree pre-stitch. Things are going well for many of the stitchers and their pre-stitch is finished in plenty of time. For those of you who haven't finished....just keep plugging along you still have a little over a month to keep stitching. I've got to end here to finish my Gathering Sheep needlebook. Hope I have it to show tomorrow. Have a great day.