Friday, August 29, 2008

Part 8 Finally

Finally put the last stitches on part 8 of FoS. I am really loving this piece more and more. I finally got to put in something besides blue or green in. The next page will show the face. I can't wait!

On the stash front, I bought a Linda Ravenscroft from ABC and it came in the mail today. It's great that HAED gets to chart them again, but they don't get to sell them directly because LR won't let them and has them distributed through Colray. So, you have to buy a hard copy from an LNS or ONS. I miss getting the pattern in pdf form. I got Moonstones. You can see it here.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Still Here

I can't believe it's been over a week since I last posted. We went to Pennsylvania last Friday to see my folks. My mom's 85th birthday is today and my middle sister and I went up to help her celebrate. It was quiet because my dad, who is also 85, fell a couple weeks ago outside and hurt his ribs. He was in the hospital for a couple days and then they moved him to a rehab center. They wanted him to stay there for six weeks. Well, my mom went in and sprung him after two. He was doing everything for himself in there. The doctor only saw him in person once, the day he was admitted. He only saw a nurse once in the morning and once at night. The rest of the time he was on him own. He had very little pain by that time; they were giving him Tylenol! So my mom decided since she signed him in, she could sign him out. I went with her Saturday and picked him up. He was dressed and ready to go at 9 am. The home health therapist came today and said she didn't need to come any more at all. After one visit! And they wanted him to stay six weeks?! I think someone was out for the money.

On the stitching front, I'm still working on FoS and will hopefully finish page 8 tonight or tomorrow. I will post a picture when I get there. I did work on LHNs Night & Day while in PA. Here is a pic of what I got done this weekend. I'm going to keep it in my bag as a travel piece. Unless I get a wild hair and decide to finish it sometime sooner.

I've added another blog. It is Michiko's. It is in Japanese, but her stitching is fabulous. It is well worth visiting just to see the pictures.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Gift for Mommy

Here I was this afternoon, stitching away on FoS, when my furbaby Gray called for my attention. He had a gift for me. A little mouse. Well, imagine my surprise! I praised him appropriately, telling him what a good cat and hunter he is (all the while trying to move him away from said mouse). I got the dustpan and broom and scooped Mr. Mousie in to the pan, only to find he was not quite all the way gone yet. I took him out the back door and flung him as far away as I could. In the meantime, Gray is sniffing the spot he left his gift and can't find it. He lays down right on that spot and starts pouting because his toy is gone. What a crazy cat! I had to call my DH and tell him and while talking to him I figured something out. If Gray is the Gray Mouser, than that makes DH Fafhrd the Barbarian (DH is blonde, Germanic, large, etc.)!

(I believe the artwork is by Michael Whelan)

Friday, August 15, 2008

Still Working ..

On FoS. I'm about halfway through page 8. I can't seem to stop working on this. I know I should stitch on some other projects, but they are not calling to me like this one is. I'll keep going until I get tired of it I guess.

I'm taking my sister Lynn to Scarlet Thread tomorrow. She has never been there, so it should be fun. They are having their red bag recycling sale. Their bags are red and for every one you bring back in, up to ten, you get 2% off you total. I only have three, but hey, that's better than nothing. If they have the new Nora Corbett Athena, I know what I'm buying!

Monday, August 11, 2008

FoS Page 7

I finished page 7 during the HAED SAL and I've already started page 8. I'm really enjoying this again. I don't want to stitch on anything else right now.

Now onto the weather. As anyone in this area knows, the Washington D.C. metro area is usually sweltering by this time with temps in the mid to high 90s and the humidity just as high. Today, it was a nice 77 degrees. What the heck?! Not that I'm complaining. I love it, but it is a little weird. It's suppose to be nice like this all week. Tomorrow, I'm going to work on my plants outside. Have to take advantage of it while it's so nice out.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Watch the Birdie

I just downloaded some pictures from my camera that I took last weekend and thought I would share it here. This is an American Goldfinch. He was sitting on some thistle, which they enjoy eating, and I was able to sneak up and grab this. It is not enlarged at all. I took this at Lake Cook in Alexandria, VA.

Zipping Along

I've been stitching on this as part of the HAED SAL and I'm really zipping right along on it. I set a half year goal on the HAED BB to finish pages 7, 8, and 9 by the end of this year. I've almost finished page 7. I hope to finish this page during the SAL. Then I'll have to pull out MXI and do part 8. I need to make myself stay up to date with it and not get behind. I am really enjoying this this weekend and my DH has been very supportive and hasn't bugged me about stitching too much :-)

Thanks everyone for your comments last post. This is what I love about the stitching community.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Out of Slump

I'm out of my slump! I stitched on FoS and almost finished another two columns. You can see the other mermaid taking shape.

On the stash front, I ordered the three new Nora Corbett Alphabet Fairies - D, E, & F, from Stitching Bits & Bobs. I think they are cuter than the first three. I don't know if I will do all of them, but with my initials being JEB, then my sisters' LSS & DFA, I think I have most of the ones I need. Of course there are my nieces, TMF & KRF. Hmmm, maybe I will be getting them all. :-)

Sunday, August 3, 2008


Ever since I went away last weekend, I've been having trouble getting back to my stitching. I want to work of FoS some more and I also have part 8 of MXI to work on. Plus, Sam bought me a new laptop yesterday (the old one's case had broken and was falling apart!) so of course I want to play with it. And let's not even talk about chores. I don't have enough time for everything!