Sunday, 20 May 2012

TUSAL, Travelling Pattern and other things

Good morning everyone. This is my TUSAL post. You should see my poor frog. He is overflowing and you can tell by the way he holds his hands he is ready to explode. I have stitched a great deal this past moon phase and he is FULL! He was very happy to be emptied today.

Along with my other stitches this past month I did this little stitch - Malcolm the Moose for my son who is the biggest Dale Earnhardt fan. I think I will make a cube of this one.

I stitched on my latest Twenty-Twelve RR. Elena has chosen the zodiac and since I am a Leo married to Leo I thought he would be a perfect match. I like how he turned out.

In my stash was this little piece - Twas the Night Before Christmas. Lots of special stitches in those trees. I love the silver house.

I received a lovely giveaway in the mail. Nancy from Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe sent me these beautiful hand dyed threads. There is 20 yards on a skein - WOW. She has some wonderful charts and threads. Check them out when you can.

I received in the mail this wonderful chart from Sharon of It's Daffycat. She also included this sweet piece of fabric.
This is a travelling pattern. If you are interested, please leave a comment on this post and when I have stitched it I will draw a name and send it on.

NOTE: Stitched, name drawn - Mangogirl - ready for mailing to new home.

Life has been interesting here. We unpacked our house and then headed to spend a week with our handsome grandsons. While there I got laryngitis, a cold and a horrible cough.I still had it when we came back home.
 That cough kept me awake at night for over two weeks. I was just miserable. As well, the doctor has doubled my blood pressure meds and so I am very tired and dragging my butt around. Thank goodness I can still stitch even though tired.

This past week has been spent renovating our master bathroom. We had professionals install the bathtub/shower unit and flooring. The rest has been done by my DH and I. We installed a new highboy tiolet, new vanity, new plumbing, new granite countertop, new taps, new lighting, new mirror, new wainscoting and all the trim. It is looking good. I will post some photos once I get the holes patched and ceiling and walls painted.

It is the May long weekend and Leo's brother and wife are here for a visit. Time to kick back and relax.

 I hope your days are frog free. I had an infestation of them this past week while stitching on my Desert Mandala - oops forgot to take a photo - next time! Thankfully, they have hopped off.


Anonymous said...

how I love your frog..!!
I NEED to find one too, it's adorable!!
please enter me for the traveling pattern, I like this chart so much!
as well as the Twas The Night.. straight into the wishlist!!
happy xxx,

Daffycat said...

That frog is STUFFED! Lovely stitching today. Those trees in the Christmas piece are so nice.

I SO WANT to win a Victorian Motto giveaway. I could just pull your hair!

Kate said...

I bet your frog is breathing a sigh of relief since you emptied him!
You've certainly been busy with your needle, I love the silver house on your Night Before Christmas piece. Lovely giveaway from Nancy?
Look forward to seeing your decorating pictures, it sounds fabulous.
I'd love to be included for the travelling pattern.
Hope you're feeling much better.

blue star stitcher said...

Wow, you did A LOT of the work on the bathroom yourself! I hope it looks beautiful now, can't wait to see pictures.

dulcinella said...

Your jar is definitively beyond full:-) lovely pictures of your much stitching done and at the same rtime all that work on the bathroom. You're an admirable woman! Enjoy your visitors and the long weekend.

JillMN said...

You have been quite busy! I would love for that travelling pattern come to my house! Here's hoping the frogs stay away!

Katrina said...

Gorgeous projects!!!! Hope you are feeling much better, summer colds are the worst!!!

Lesleyanne said...

Hope you feel better soon. Your frog looks great in need of an empty though lol. Your stitching is gorgeous.

Barbi said...

I love your frog! Hopefully not too many of those orts are from frogging! Please enter me for a chance at the travelling pattern.

Myra said...

LOL Mr. Frog looks like his brain exploded! Lovely stitching and oh aren't Nancy's flosses divine?

Ranae said...

Your overflowing frog makes me smile, cute snap
Your stitching is fabulous, lovely pieces
The threads are soooo beautiful, lucky you
Yes! relax

Deb said...

That frog does look stuffed! As long as he's stuffed and you didn't have to do a lot of frogging!!

lynda said...

Love your frog! And I would also love a chance at he traveling pattern...thanks!m

Veronica said...

LOL! The expression your frog has on his face is just precious ^.^

Beautiful stitching. Love the RR. The silver house looks cool.

!!! Please enter my name for the SB traveling pattern. I love SB that design is so pretty.

I hope your cough and cold is gone now? Please take care!


Bette said...

You have been a busy lady. And a lucky one too. Loves the threads you received. Lovely stitching as usual.

Would love a chance to receive the traveling pattern.

Take care and hope you are doing well.

Minnie said...

That frog can't hold another thread. I love the Leo you stitched for the RR, it has beautiful colors and detail. Good job on the Night before Christmas love the trees and those thread from Victorian Motto are really beautiful.You are a very lucky lady.

Stitching Noni said...

Good to see a frog getting a hard time for a change!! Wow you have been busy. Love the Leo and the moose. Sorry to hear that you haven't been well - not what you need with everything happening. Look forward to seeing the reno photos and the desert mandala. Take care

Bonnie Brown said...

Great Orts! and I still absolutely love the foggy ;)

Carolien said...

Hi Kathy,

I hope your cold and cough have left you by now! And my, you worked hard despite that cold etc., wow!
Your stitches are great, that moose is my favourite of course ;)
Thanks for your mail. I didn't answer it till now because my 'energy level' was a little low due to my silly falling of a bike :) Working costs me all the erergy I have ... but it's getting better now. So I can say now: yes, we are all okay!
Take care, dear Kathy, don't work too hard and happy stitching!
Love, Carolien

Carol said...

Wow! That is one full frog!! I'm so sorry to hear you've been sick, Kathy. That cough sounds miserable and not getting enough sleep just slows down the healing process. I sure hope you're back to normal very soon. Love your little Christmas finish with the silver house and your WIPs are looking great.

Please take extra good care of yourself now--sending a get well hug!!

Anonymous said...

You are such a busy gal. I honestly don't know how you fit it all in. Your finishes are baeautiful. I especially like the Twenty Twelve RR. Looks very nice.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Oooh that frog is ready to BURST!!!

Great job on Malcolm and the Zodiac RR.

I'd love to be considered for the travelling pattern!

Judy S. said...

Wow, I got tired just reading about all you've been doing. Love your Leo stitching!

Mangogirl said...

gorgeous stitching :)

Margaret said...

Your frog must have a headache Kathy!!

Love all your lovely stitching. You sure have been busy.

Leaving for a 7-day Alaskan cruise tomorrow. Will write when we get back.


Lynn said...

That is one overstuffed frog! It's lovely to catch up with you and see what you've been stitching. You've got some great finishes. I love that moose!
Saw your bathroom pics on FB and it looks awesome! I love the colour scheme you chose for it.
Hope I get a chance to see you over the course of the summer.