Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I am thankful...

  • for God's saving grace
  • for my family
  • that both mine and my husband's parents are healthy and with us
  • for our brothers and their families
  • that we are in good health
  • that we have a roof over our heads, food on the table, basic needs met
  • for friends
  • for hobbies
  • for music
  • for sunshine
  • for a pleasant afternoon at home and a long weekend ahead
  • for simple pleasures
  • for the Christmas season that is right around the corner
Hoping you and yours have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Stitching, thank you, New Moon

I haven't gotten to stitch a whole lot lately. The evenings and weekends have been busy, and it has really cut into my stitching time. And as for blogging and reading/commenting on blogs, my husband has taken over my computer a lot of evenings and that has cut into my computer/blog time. Mind you, he has his own laptop. I just have a newer, faster Mac that we both love. It appears that if mine sits idle for very long, it automatically springs into his lap for the evening. However, I have worked on a few things...

I started Block 1 of Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow. I couldn't stand it any longer. As soon as my threads came in the mail, I put in some stitches. (excuse my wrinkly pictures...I didn't take time to iron today).

I also started Jenny Bean Christmas. Not a lot of progress to show yet on this one.

I also put some stitches in Quakers and Quilts.

And I want to say a big public thank you to Jolene for the prize I won in one of her recent giveaways! I was thrilled!! I later told her that I was secretly hoping this would be the one of four prizes that would show up in my mailbox. I am hoping to stitch that gorgeous cardinal design in this one soon.
In non-stitching news, (and for my fellow Twilighters) I went with a group of twelve girlfriends to see New Moon Friday night. Oh. My. Goodness. I loved it! I loved the first one too, but thought this one was even better. New Moon was my least favorite of all the books, but I just thought the movie was spectacular. I have always been "Team Edward" but I am starting to see the appeal of the Jacob followers. LOL! I will be going back to the theater again to see this soon. I wanted to stay and see it again as soon as our showing ended, and I think I could have talked the eleven others into staying if there was a ticket left to be had in the tri-state area! Good times!

That's it for me...I am off to stitch and catch up on my DVR.
Have a good one.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Christmas Finish!

I just put in the last stitches and attached the buttons to All in a Sleigh by Miss Crescent's Crowne.

I am thinking I will either frame this in a shiny red frame that I saw at Michael's recently or maybe make it into a pinkeep. It is a lot smaller than I thought it would be. I am leaning more toward framing. I think it will fit into a standard 5x7 easily.

I am not sure which one I will pick up next. Maybe my Yule mangy cow. LOL! Good night of TV to stitch with...Survivor, Fast Forward, The Office, Grey's Anatomy, and Private Practice (which I will record for later).... I love Thursday night TV.

Happy Weekend ahead!!!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Christmas Stitching Galore

The Christmas spirit hit me about 10 minutes after Halloween ended. And I know that here in the U.S., Thanksgiving is the next holiday, and I am in Thanksgiving mode as well (hence the new blog layout), but the two holidays seem to kind of blend together for me. (I think this is because my Christmas crazy MIL treats Thanksgiving as a prelude to Christmas...but I digress).

I love holiday stitching. So I promptly pulled out all of my Christmas WIPs, kitted Christmas projects, and Christmas charts and began organizing them in a Christmas tote. I also filled almost every project bag I own with Christmas stitching.

And then the craziness began.... and my stitching ADD kicked in....

I finished stitching Eloquent Christmas but still need to add beads (this one may go to my sister-in-law who has been eyeing it the minute I put needle to thread, but I will have to stitch another one for me because I absolutely love this design)....

I started Ewe and Eye and Friends' Yule.... (yes it looks like a bunch of crazy geometric shapes gone wild or a funky cow with mange, but it will eventually turn into a cute reindeer, I promise)

I started Lizzie Kate's ABC Christmas....

I started Prairie Schooler's Christmas Eve...

I started Shepherd's Bush's Glad Tidings...

And I put a few stitches in Paradise Lost (you didn't think it was going to be all Christmas, did you? LOL!)

And the sad thing is, I am wildly eyeing Miss Crescent's Crown's All in a Sleigh and Shakepeare's Peddler's Jenny Bean Christmas, wanting to grab them and start them as well. Not to mention Christmas at Hawk Run Hollow which is begging to put in an appearance but I don't have all the NPIs I need yet. (And then there is Vonna's ornament SAL that I need to get working on...)

Sick, I tell ya...

And yes, I do plan to finish some of them. Some of them are going to be really quick stitches (I think).

I have a feeling we will be decking the halls and trimming the tree a lot earlier this year. I usually wait until the weekend after Thanksgiving day, but the last couple of years we have been so busy with family functions (which I love... not complaining a bit!), that I have ended up decorating the first week of December, which is just not enough time for me to enjoy it all. So this year, I am going to get a jump start and make the season and joy last as long as possible.

In other news, hubby's varsity team won their first round of playoffs last night and will advance to the next round on Friday. Go Hawks! And Jake's little league flag football team won their playoff game this afternoon and will play in the Little League Super Bowl tomorrow afternoon. Go Vikings! All kinds of football fun going on around here. :)

And I want to say a big Thank You to everyone who left a comment on my last post. I had 19 wonderful comments (the most ever!) and I loved each and every one of them and have read them several times. You all sure know how to make a girl feel good. :)

Hope you are having a happy, stitchy, fun day in your neck of the woods (that's southern for "where you live" LOL!). I am thinking I may make a cup of hot chocolate and turn on the Christmas carols for my afternoon of stitching. :)