Thursday, April 30, 2009

Thrift store find and update

Yesterday my DD and DGD went to the local thrift store and hit the jackpot. We would have walked out with alot more if our finances had been better. But we had so much fun and found so many neat things. I did find a few items to add to my stash, a asian style kit that I will make for my mom and a piece of 18 ct Aida in white. I have never worked with 18 ct so I was thrilled when I found it. We also found some baby items for the multiple babies coming our way this year. I found a Boyds graduation bear that will go to my niece with her graduation picture I am making. We also found things for ourselves. I am hoping my little green froggy friend will keep the other frogs away by showing them what happens to frogs that stay too long at my house. He is on spring that allows him to bounce up and down but not go anywhere. The green notebook was perfect for my DD. The front says: Some people work to live, others live to work. I work to expand my shoe collection and eatout. My DD has an extensive shoe collection (the ones you can wear). We trully had a great time.
Now for the update: I have been working on my ink circles lately. I put the Snad Castle away for awhile so I can do something with more color. The circles are coming along good. I am spending alot of time counting, then recounting, and recounting especially the border. I also have the graduation picture to finish and another to design and make. My DS GF asked if I would design and make a baby girl announcement for her sister. I am working on that too. Just not enough hours in the day, or evening. I have even started taking my cross stitch basket to bed with me to get a few extra hours. I put my music on and spend a few hours alone with my stitching. That is the time of day I cherish most.
I hope everyone has a great weekend and happy stitching.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Some updates and a special finish

Sisters are such special people. They know how to make you smile and cry all at the same time. My sister brought me a wonderful gifts this Easter. I had spent many months years ago (I think my daughter Amber was in 1st grade) making a set of the 12 days of Christmas. They were supposed to be made into a tree skirt but I never got around to making the skirt. I told my sister about them in 2007. I brought them for her to see at Thanksgiving and she took them, telling me she would finish them some how for me. I was excited but forgot about them til this year at Christmas. My sister had said she was trying to get it done for Christmas but wasn't able to. No problem. She finally gave me the finished piece on Easter Sunday.

She does all the quilting by hand and although it is hard to see the quilting on the dark green pieces between the red squares it is a golden row of rings. It is beautiful and to know that we each had a hand in the finished product is so great.

I was also able to get some progress on my Snad Castle. It is really looking great and I am getting excited to finish it. When I am done here I plan to stitch quite a while this afternoon.

I hope you all have a great week and get all the stitching done that you want.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

finally pictures

I finally took some pictures of my Snad Castle and Ink Circles progress. I have been feeling better after my gift left but just can't seem to get back in the swing of things. Am hoping this week will be better. I have a very busy Easter weekend coming so stitching will be put on the back burner. I sure do hope I get every thing I want done for Christmas this year.
HAPPY EASTER to everyone.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Not much stitching this week

Well Gabbie's gift turn out to be a big one. As the week went on it got worse and worse and I haven't been able to pick up my stitching as my eyes are so scratchy and watery. I hope this afternoon I will be able to work some on the Snad Castle. I have spent most of the last week in my chair trying not to snooze. Gabbie is at the age where she can get into something so quickly if I close my eyes for too long there is no telling what she would do. Her mama was home on Wednesday but I still didn't get any extra zzzz's because I was waitig for the mechanic to call. (Turns out he had to replace my front driver side axle and sway bar. $330 later I got my car back and feel better about letting Amber drive to work.) I hope to get a picture of my progress on the Snad Castle and the boink soon. Keep watching.

Have a great weekend!!!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Gabbie's Gift

My beautiful, loving and generous grand daughter, Gabbie, has decided to share a gift with me. She shared her "sickness" and gave her loving nana a full blown head cold. I hate being sick and really was hoping Gabbie would keep the gift for herself but she gave it away. I have been sneezing and blowing my nose all morning and when I sneeze my eyes water so I am having a problem focusing. I really wanted to stitch today but I think I will snooze in my chair instead. I can't really sleep as Gabbie is awake and is not ready for a nap but I usually snooze with one eye open.
I have put the boink away for a few days and got the snad castle out but have not felt up to working on it. I'll see how aI feel tonight. I will try to take a few pictures of the boink in the next few days.
In the meantime I will work at getting better and trying to stitch.