Sunday, 23 January 2011

I have a confession

Dear Fellow Stitchers
It has been two weeks since my last confession and I have been shopping. I was ill with that stupid cough most of the time I was home for Christmas and so mall shopping was not an option. But, oh, my fingers did their work via the internet. And so I am the proud owner of some new stash - check these out.

First up, I saw this Christmas pattern  - on Anne's blog and had to have it! and I needed a new Mirabilia fairy while I was at it. I can't order just one pattern now can I.

                                                          Prairie Moon - Merry Xmas 
                                                        Mirabilia - The Woodland Fairie

And of course, Merry Xmas needed some fabric and so I was off to Picture This Plus to order this delicious fabric - 32 count Lugana - "Haunted". This was my first time ordering from their website. The fabric is fantastic and their service was very quick.

Then, I received an email that Silkweaver had a sale on their grab bags. Well, I couldn't order just one and besides Beatrice might like some of these for her stash. Look at all these wonderful colors.

Next up I had an email at Christmas  from our Not So Secret Santa - Judy M. Judy is a personal friend of mine and such a wonderful person. She often encourages me when I think about not blogging. She always makes me feel that I have something to contribute and I so appreciate it and her. She gifted me with a certificate to Mary Kathyrn's shop and so I purchased these!

                                                          Country House Needleworks
                                                                  Snowflake Serenade
                                                                      English Garden
                                                                     The Nutcracker

                                                                Long Dog Samplers
                                                                       The Token

Mary Kathryn kindly included the 2 Prairie Schooler designs.

In my mailbox the other day came the most special gift from my BFF Beatrice. She made me a project bag.

Isn't it wonderful. But the best part, was the card inside that said "Because I miss you". Well, Beatrice I miss you a great deal too. I will be seeing you soon here in AZ. I can hardly wait.

And I've been stitching. I did a little work on Long Dog's Bagatelle. It is easy to stitch with just one color. I love how it is coming out and the fabric is a delight to work on.

I am determined to finish up this stocking before the end of March and so here is my latest progress. I finished the first two pages and backstitched it. I love how his face just came alive as I added those stitches. You will probably be seeing lots of this one as I work to get it completed. I hope you don't mind.

Well, that's it for this post folks. Thanks for stopping by and being patient with me when I go off the radar sometimes. It is not that I am not stitching or checking out your blogs, I'm just crazy busy and loving life in general.

I hope you all have a wonderful week and keep those beautiful stitches crossed.

Monday, 10 January 2011

ABC's of me and some stitching progress

What do you do when you have a cold and cough that just don't quit. You stitch! and so I did. The coughing is still really bad. I finally went to the hospital and they gave me some "knock you on your keister" cough medicine. Well, I'm still standing (grumpy!) and coughing. My throat is so sore from coughing.

Here is my progress on Hockey Santa - there are lots of quarter stitches in this one! I will stitch on this for one more day and then it is time to give Bagatelle some attention.

And I finished my grid for my Mirabilia RR. I have chosen fairies this time and so it says "On the Wings of a Mirabilia Fairy 2011.

 I have seen this quiz out there and thought I would try it.  I'm not sure you really want to know all this about me but here it goes.
 A - Age: 58
B - Bed size: Queen
C - Chore you hate: doing dishes - I'd rather scrub a toilet
D - Dog's name: Had a Sheltie named Snuggles - devastated when he died so no more for me.
E - Essential start of the day item: French Vanilla cappucino
F - Favorite color: red
G - Gold or Silver: gold
H - Height: 5'6"
I - Instruments you play: Not a chance
J - Job: retired and enjoying life
K - Kids: two grown sons, two DIL's , one granddaughter and two grandsons
L - Living arrangements: house in town, cottage up north for summer, park model in Arizona for winter
M - Music you love: Country - anything Alan Jackson
N - Nicknames: Kat or Kath
O - Overnight hospital stay at hospital: too many - appendix, tonsils, hysterectomy, big toe fusion both feet
P - Pet Peeve: People picking at food while I'm cooking.
Q - Quote from a movie: Life is like a box of chocolates-----
R - Right handed or left: left
S - Siblings: two sisters
T - Time you wake up: 7:00 am
U - Underwear: for years I wore what my sisters called floss, now granny undies
V - Vegetable you dislike: brussle sprouts
W - Workout Style: from couch with stitching in hand, to computer to check what is up to sewing machine to couch
X - X-rays you've had: too many
Y - Yummy food you make: weiner schnitzel, homemade spaetzle and rosti
Z - The best place to visit: anywhere I am welcome! Love to travel

The TUSAL has attracted some new people to my blog. Welcome! I love having you visit me and I have stopped by and checked out all your beautiful work! What a talented bunch we stitchers are. Look forward to getting to know you.
Till next time, keep those needles smoking - especially those who joined the 15 day Crazy Challenge. I admire you all.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

TUSAL and January 1 Start

I signed up for the TUSAL (Totally Useless Stitch Along) on Daffycat's blog this year.
And so here is my sad collection of orts. They are indeed in a shotglass. I have picked up a cold and sore throat and have spent most of my time reading instead of stitching.

 The colored orts are from my Seasonal Exchange that I can't show you.The wrapper (DMC B5200) and the white threads are from my January 1st start. Beatrice talked me into this one. It's not that I don't have several BAP's now, so we will just add another ROFL. - Long Dog Sampler - Bagatelle. The fabric is a gorgeous 32 count evenweave from Silkweaver called Slate Blue.

 Pretty sad start isn't it.

Until next time, fellow stitchers, keep those needles singing.