Thursday, August 30, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. Ours can't seem to make up it's mind. It rains one minute, then it's sunny, warm and humid the next. We desperately need rain. Our well is dry and we have no hope of it filling up until we get some substantial rain.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Dani also brought me a birthday gift. I have never owned any hand dyed fabrics and was thrilled to receive some pieces. She included a skein of silk thread from Australia, a Caron Waterlilies and a package of Piecemaker needles.The birthday card has the most beautiful photo of a swan. We have swans who swim into our bay at times and there are 80 breeding pairs in the area where I live, so the card was very appropriate. What a lovely gift! I am so lucky to have such a wonderful friend.My heartfelt thanks go to Ann and her husband Dan at Knowledge and Needles. They took this large, noisy group of stitchers into their home and treated us all like family. Dan and Ann fed me Friday evening, as I tried to get a jump start on the weekend. Dan made the most wonderful breakfast for all the stitchers who stayed overnightSaturday and included myself and my guests, Dani and Chrisanne. The kindness and graciousness they both showed are above and beyond any LNS I have ever encountered. Thanks again Dan and Ann.
Friday, August 17, 2007
This is my other WIP. This is Dimensions Santa and the Ark Stocking. It has been in and out of my stitching bag for a few years. It is on 18 count navy and I have trouble seeing the holes and working on such a small count. I use a magnifier some days. Other days I can see with no difficulties. Somedays it goes along smoothly and other days not so well. I am determined to stick with this one until it is finished. This is #5 in a series of Christmas stockings for my nieces, nephews and grandchildren. I don't think it will be done for this Christmas but maybe next? I hope by stitching on it only once a week I will not toss it to the bottom of the pile again. Yesterday was stitching at Ann's. Spent a great deal of time chatting and catching up on everyone's work since I had been away for three weeks. I did get a few stitches in Annemarie's RR but not enough to photograph yet. I am looking forward to the retreat at Ann's this weekend. I think Dani and Christin are planning to spend the night with me since Ann's place will be full. These girls stitch until 1 a.m. or later. I can't last that long but I always try.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
The rest of the day I spent cranky and out of sorts. I am a basket case when it comes to the dentist. I had to go today and get 5 little pinpoint fillings. I was a mess and it put me off my game most of the day. Dear Beatrice came over, put a fresh color on my hair and generally dealt with my less than stellar self. I did manage to find my pattern, gather my threads and put the first few stitches in Annemarie's Neighborhood Round Robin piece. It is not ready for showing yet.
Monday, August 13, 2007
Just in case you thought I sat in the sun and did nothing while I was at the cottage, here are a few more of my finishes. On the left is Jodi's Instant Gratification RR. I did the purple lazy daisy flowers and the green, peach and yellow quilt blocks. It was sent home to her at the end of July.
The snowflake on the left is from Cross Stitch Christmas 2002. I forgot the beads at home so I finished it this morning. On the right is Silver Thaw #3 completing that set.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
I will try to photo some of my work if blogger co-operates tonight.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
I did get some stitching done. I finished Jodi's Instant RR piece, finished my Sweetheart Tree RR piece except for the beads that I forgot to bring, finished 4 snowflakes and one not quite finished because I forgot the beads! I worked on my Dimensions Circle of Love, my Dimensions Santa and the Ark stocking and looked at my Christmas tree from the November 2004 Stitcher's World magazine and put it back in the package again. I had started this piece once and done about a third when I realized I was out by 1/2 stitch. It took me hours to take it apart and I had marked the pattern with a marker. I just can't seem to find the heart to try it again.
I did manage to load one photo - DS, spare DS, DH and myself after a successful fishing trip. (Spare DS is best friend to DS and he has become like a member of the family so we have two DS and a spare!