Thursday, 13 December 2012

TUSAL, WIPocalypse, Sorry I'm late - Check-in

Well, really late but here. This is a busy, busy post.

First here is my TUSAL martini glass. It is very full. My fingers have been flying.

My very late Wipocalypse post is included here.

I finished LHN's Travelling Stitcher and Prairie Moon's Merry Xmas. This WIPocalypse has been a good thing for me. It has helped me to concentrate on some long overdue projects and I have knocked off at least half of my list. I see that it is being offered next year and I am seriously considering signing up. It keeps me motivated.

My stitches over the past two weeks.

Jo sent me this lovely pattern for my birthday and he is stitched and hanging above my computer. He makes me smile every time I see him.

I stitched bands from Butternut Roads - Celtic Banner on Laura's Band Sampler RR. I stitched the entire Celtic Banner a few years ago - it was my first blog post!

I stitched Dragon Dream's - "Christmas Morning" for Andrea's 2012 Facebook RR. She is going to make a series of ornaments from the contributions to her round robin.

Some of my friends are going to Mexico in March to help with an orphanage. They went last year and found it heartbreaking and yet rewarding. This year, they are going with boxes of supplies to help them out. Several of the women have been making aprons for the children. Me - I'm making bibs. Or rather, my friend Roberta and I are. As fast as I could cut them out, Bobbie was taking them home and sewing them together. We hope to make more before March but this what we have made so far.

My dear sweet friend Christin made me cry. Look what I received in the mail yesterday.
The ornament is so beautiful and the way she has fastened the ribbon is so very cool.
One of the chocolates seems to be empty??? It makes me miss home and my wonderful stitchy friends there.

And then, I have this friend - Debbie. Now Debbie emails me and says she is tidying up her cross stitch magazines and would I be interested in a few. I replied "Hell YA". I need to supplement my AZ supply cause all my magazines are home in Canada. Well, look at the "FEW" magazines she sent me. She must have given the mail man a hernia. Me - I'm thrilled. Leo my DH - not so much. I didn't come up for air for a few days ROFL.

My Mirabilia RR has come home since I last blogged. - Isn't it beautiful. I think I am going to stitch a reindeer in one block, do some writing in the center block and icicle- snowflake the top.

I have a few purchases to show you.

From Silkweaver - on Facebook - this book. I had to have it.

From Stitch and Frog - the 2012 Santa's Village series from CCN. I have done a preorder of the entire 12 months. Marty is a sweetheart and will get in touch with me each month to know whether to ship to Arizona or my Canadian home. And this cute nutcracker (Erik Shipley) just jumped into the shopping cart.

From Leslie of Under the Sea Fabric I ordered this gorgeous piece of 32 count - Ice Princess - that I am going to stitch "Santa's Village" on. You can also find her on Facebook.

You know Facebook is a wonderful thing - First Erik Shipley of Ships Manor Designs, then Silkweaver, then Under the Sea Fabrics, then Stitch and Frog I have come to know.

I have had a few issues with blood pressure over the past few months. I was finally diagnosed as having "medication resistant" high blood pressure. After much trial and error, my doctors have come up with a combination of medications that work. Unfortunately, extreme tiredness is one of the side effects. Therefore, you don't see me posting to my blog, commenting on your blogs and chatting on Facebook as much. I'm tired, sometimes very, very tired. It will get better.

 Until next time - I will let my frog comment this post be my new friend Marty at Stitch and Frog - a very nice accommodating person who is okay with my mailing to me with my transient life and will make sure I still have wonderful things to stitch.

If I don't post again due to the Christmas rush - I want to wish you all the joys and blessing of Christmas. You have enriched my life and I appreciate each and every one of you.



Bianca said...

Lucky you on all the cross stitch mags. You must have had a great time going through them all! The RR is beautiful!

OctoberLace said...

What a lovely bunch of eye candy and some nice stitching, too. Thanks for sharing!

Erik D Shipley said...

Thanks for the mention. Love all your stash. Glad to know the docs finally found some medicine that works!

Bonnie Brown said...

Great post!
Hope your tiredness goes away sooner then later !!
Your stitching looks great and so does your Orts :)

Patti-Rocky Mtn Stitcher said...

OMG you have been busy! What wonderful work you've done. hard to turn loose of some of them I am sure.

ariadne said...

I hope your blood pressure gets better, hubby has the same problem and changed his medication many a time till he finds something to make it better! Lovely finishes. I haven't stitched much as so many bad things have been happening here.What a great huge generous pile of magazines!

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

Looks like a great two weeks.
What wonderful stitching and stitching gifts.

We have to see about figuring out a meeting while you are still in AZ. Although, even when you are in AZ, you are still a ways a way from me. LOL
You are closer to my friend Sandy who is a stitching sweetheart.

Minnie said...

All of the stitching is wonderful and I'm glad you have the correct meds for your high blood pressure, that is nothing to play with. Merry Christmas to you too.

Andrea said...

Love all of the stash. Guess you have some reading to do!

Have a very Happy Christmas and take care.

Anonymous said...

Hello Kathy,
Your TUSAL in the martini glass looks full. Good Job.

What a cute nutcracker from Jo!

Those RR's look great.

I love those bibs for the orphanage they are perfect. Nicely done!

Christin's Ornament is gorgeous and I see another Nutcracker!

I bet you had fun reading all those magazines. Cross Stitch friends truly are the best!

Your RR is so pretty and everyone did a great job.

Have fun with all your purchased goodies.

I hope your issue with the BP pills gets resolved soon. I have high blood pressure and have been very lucky for the past 8 years taking the same pill.

Merry Christmas and Hugs!

Lianne said...

I hope you get feeling better soon! I sent you off your ornie from Retreat, I am sorry to say that I did not make it, so Thanks to Claire. I hope you like my little surprise... ;-)))

Margaret said...

Oh my goodness Kathy - what a wonderful post. You have been sooo busy with all kinds of beautiful things - yes your purchases too. Love the fact that you and your friend are making bibs for Mexico. What a great idea.

Linda said...

Wow Kathy. Great stash. Great stitching. I love that Dragon Dream ornament you stitched. It is just adorable. Went looking for it, but could't find. Great RR pieces. Cute nutcracker.


Brigitte said...

Kathy, you show soem great stitching here. That nutcracker looks so cute and the two RRs are wonderful. I never get tired to see pictures of the various Mirabilia RRs that are out there. And each time I see one I say to myself: it's time to stitch one of these wonderful Mirabilia projects. One day it will happen ...
Enjoy your gifts and all your new stash. And hopeully you will soon feel a lot better.
Have a great Christmas time.

Judy S. said...

Love all your projects, Kathy. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

I'm not surprised you're tired, I am too after reading all that!!

I#m so pleased that you stitched up the nutcracker I sent, he looks great :-)

Everything else is amazing too, especially the Round Robins. Laura is going to love her's. It's come together so well.

Cheryl said...

Merry Christmas to you too Kathy x

Stitching Noni said...

Wow, you have been busy! Great gifts as well.
The bibs are a wonderful idea :)
Hope the new medication works - know how hard it is to get these things right sometimes.
All the best for Christmas & the new year xx

Aussie Stitcher said...

There are some lovely new goodies there for you. I love the bibs, and the RR looks amazing. Hope that the medication settles your blood pressure and that you are less tired in time. Seasons Greetings to you and your family Kathy.

Lynn said...

Wow, considering how tired you've been you've made some amazing progress in the last few weeks!
That nutcracker design is adorable! And Christin's ornament is beautiful!! What a sweet gift.
I'm in love with your Mirabilia RR. It turned out beautifully and your planned additions to it will finish it off quite nicely!
Cute bibs too.
I hope you can work through some of the fatigue. I went through that whole thing and they suspect the same diagnosis with me.
I hope you have a very Merry Christmas with your family!

Anonymous said...

You have been busy! No wonder you are tired! Ha! All of your projects are lovely and all of the gifties are fun! I hope that the tiredness side effect diminishes soon so that you can stitch twice as much as you have. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Hugs.

Dani - tkdchick said...

All so wonderful Kathy!!!

Meari said...

Beautiful stitching! I can tell you're enjoying your goodies.

Hope you're feeling up to par soon.

Merry Christmas!

Hazel said...

Kathy so much wonderful stitching in this post! Sorry to hear you have been unwell. I pray complete healing for you. I have been super busy too hence why I have not posted commented much. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Xxx

Anne said...

Wow Kathy! You've stitched a lot!! Beautiful gifts you received and those mags...oooh what fun to read them all! Love that Christmas book. I think I saw that when I was really young somewhere. It brings back some memories...s.trange! How wonderful that those children will be receiving hand made blankets and bibs. They will appreciate them!

Suzanne said...

What a great stitching post! Lots of lovely stitching and stash!