Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Stash, Glorious Stash!!

After the rough month we've had, AND finally finishing the wedding sampler (I'll post another pic of it when it's finished being framed!), I decided to treat myself to a bit of stashing. What a wonderful time I had!!! :) The hardest part was in deciding just how much (or how little), I could afford to stimulate the economy.
I settled on just a few "must-haves" - but I am SO happy with my choices. I got "Home of a Needleworker", "Bless This Home", Lizzie Kate's new "tea" designs, (I'm a shoe-in for anything tea!) and a cute Heinzit "Flip Flop" pattern that will be perfect in one of our powder rooms that has a "beach" theme. Unfortunately, I had to place an order for three other designs that were "out of stock" and some specialty flosses that I need - but hey, that will give me an excuse to go back and fondle some more when I pick up that order, right? Life is good!! :) :) :)
My needle is itching to stitch - so I'll keep this short! Thanks for the comments - I really appreciate your time and kindness! Also, keep up the lovely works on your blogs - I love visiting!!!!

Happy Stashing and Stitching!


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

A Finish! (Almost!)

I can't even begin to say how happy I am that I almost have this project finished! I have no idea why this little sampler was such a "chore" for me. I love the colors and I'm happy with the way it's turned out - I just felt like this was turning into a "forever" project almost from the beginning. Maybe it was because I've been so tired w/ the anemia and then struggling w/ Ian being so sick...whatever the cause, I'm happy that it only needs a few little personalizing details, a good ironing and a few beads and I'm on to something new!!! I placed an order for a wee bit of stash that I'll be picking up tomorrow. First on my list is a project that I've wanted to do for a LONG time...Country Garden's "Home of a Needleworker". i just feel so free knowing that now I have some time for some personal stitching that's just for "fun" with no deadline. Mainly, I'm just looking forward to some serious "stash fondling" w/o a time constraint over my head!

The second couple that we know that are getting married this year DOESN''T want a stitched wedding gift. They aren't "in" to "artsy-craftsy" things and wanted to let me know before I put time and effort into making a gift for them. Their entire home is going to be decorated in a very stark, modern, sleek black and white - so something "homemade" just wouldn't fit. I was so grateful for their honesty. It'll be SO much easier to buy something off the "Bed, Bath and Beyond" wish list! :)

Ian is easing his way back to health. He's still very sore and hasn't been cleared for tennis yet (bummer!), but I do see improvement everyday. I am so very thankful that my sweet little fellow is healing!

We're back into our normal homeschool routine. We're right in the middle of the "middle" ages. He now knows that the One hundred Years' War didn't really last "100" years, and that "The War of the Roses" wasn't really fought over flowers. :)
We also just ended a science study of machines and motion. He thinks the laws of motion are really cool. He did make the comment that gas prices are breaking the first principle law of motion. I asked what he meant and he said, "what goes up, must come down. Gas prices just keep going up and up and up!" Ha ha ha! :)

I've so been enjoying visiting everyone's blogs and keeping up w/ the talents that each of you share. Keep up the good work!!

Have a wonder-filled Wednesday!