Thursday, May 28, 2009

My thrift store discovery

On Wednesday my DD and DGD went to a local thrift store that has only been open for about 2 months. The first time we stopped there the store had just opened and they really didn't have many things there. When we stopped again I was over whelmed. There were so many things in there that I had to stop and make a plan to make sure that I saw everything. I had to take each area at a time and not look around the store too much. I was having a ball then I went to the back aisle of the store and HIT THE JACKPOT!!!! There was a whole lot of craft stuff back there and on the bottom shelf was a whole plastic bin of linen and evenweave scraps in every color imaginable. (I have never tried using linen or evenweave and was affraid to purchase a large piece only to find I didn't like it so this was great.) I think I spent 45 minutes digging through the bin. I could have bought alot more but I chose 5 pieces. One piece is mauve in color and is only 7"x16", another is a small 9"x8" of white, a 13"x8" of hand dyed blue, a 18"x6" baby pink and a 24"x 10" piece of lt sage green. These are all in 32 ct and I got all five pieces for $1.00. I am so excited to try a piece but have to finish at least one of the 6 projects I am working on. I will make sure to take pictures of whatever I decide to do with my find.

Here in WI we are experiencing the late spring rains and it has been cloudy and drizzly for about 3 days. I an hoping today the weather will improve as I have some painting to do outside and really want to get to it. I hate to take away from the stitching but I have to take advantage of any nice weather I might get.

So, happy stitching to everyone and have a great weekend.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

An update

Sorry it has been so long since I've updated here. My family is finally healthy again. My DS is fully recovered from his bout with pnemonia and is back to being himself. My DD still has her hacky-wacky-barky cough but is getting much better. My DGD did get slightly sick but only for about 3 days. She is her happy, playful self again. I doubled up on my vitamin C and was able to avoid any sickness. (knocking on wood) So far so good.

We had a great weekend here in Wisconsin. Saturday was sort of blustery with the wind but Sunday was GORGEOUS!!! I spent the morning with DD and DGD then we went to visit my sister and BIL. We had dinner with them and talked for hours. My sister is a very good cook so we were excited to see what she had come up with. She made a yummy pasta salad with crab meat, baked beans, corn on the cob (frozen from last year, it was very tasty), watermelon and BIL grilled burgers and hot dogs. Everything was terrific. Dessert was a cherry pie filling, whipped cream and angel food cake. So yummy. My sister didn't disappoint us. We were so full when we left. All in all it was a great day.

Yesterday, Monday, I took my mom and her dog down to my sister's house in Madison. My mom had an eye doctor appointment today, Tuesday, and my sister drives her. Mom always goes down the day before and stays for a few days. I had a good visit and lunch with my sister before returning home. My sister gave me my first piece of 18 ct linen and a piece of 18 ct evenweave. I am looking forward to trying these out. In exchange I gave her a 1 yd piece of Vietnamese silk in a beautiful iridesent(spelling) orange that in the right light changes to red. My sister quilts and wants to make a quilt with koy fish on it. The silk I gave her is perfect for that. I still have another yard of the silk. I found the 2 yard piece in an old army trunk. I have had it for years and never knew what to do with it. I'm glad my sister can now put it to good use.

Today, Tuesday, my SIL and BIL are coming to make an oriental supper for us so when I am done here I will have to get to work cleaning. Just the basic cleaning, vacuuming, sweeping, dishes, that kind of stuff. I am hoping to get it all done and still have time to stitch a while before they come.

So, ta-ta for now and happy stitching to all.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

My Mothers Day is going to be a quiet one as DD Amber is still very much under the weather. I did make pancakes for breakfast and I am making baked chicken with rice for supper. I am also making homemade dinner rolls. I know it is my Mother's Day but it is also Amber's Mother's Day. I know that once she is healthy again she will make it up to me.

My DS and his girlfriend brought these flowers over last night for Amber and I to share. I thought that was so sweet.

I also tried my hand at a "stitch picker" today.

What do you think of my first attempt?
I hope everyone has a great Mother's Day!!!!

Monday, May 4, 2009

My early Mother's Day gift

Sawyer Paul Brinkman
Born December 22, 2008
At 4 months I finally got to meet my newest grandchild. He and his parents surprised me this weekend with a visit from IA. I got to spend the whole weekend with them. We went to a water park and he loved the feel of the water on his toes. My daughter Amber and granddaughter Gabbie and I got to babysit him while his parents went out for their 1st wedding anniversary. He was a little fussing but he just missed his parents. He really is a good baby. They left on Sunday morning after many tears and promises to come back in September. I am already looking forward to that visit.
Gabbie had a bit of a problem with all the attention Sawyer was getting but after alittle explaining she understood. Gabbie loved having a little "cousin" to play with even though he didn't do alot of playing she still had fun with him.
So after a very busy but rewarding weekend things are back to normal and I can now get back to my stitching. Of course I will now have to put something into my WIP basket for Sawyer.