Sunday, September 14, 2014
Sunday, September 07, 2014
Sunday, August 24, 2014
After finishing the little "Forget Me Not" sampler, I decided it was time to sign up for another exchange. I should have a Halloween ornament to share in a week or 2. And as I was looking for a Halloweeny pattern to stitch, I decided that spooky little house designs are just adorable! Now I have a whole list of haunted houses I want for myself.
Monday, August 18, 2014
Also, 2 weeks ago Small One and I spent a few days at my parents' house. My mom has been having some back problems, so while my husband was away for some work training, we went to help out and make Mom smile before her back surgery (it was last week, and she is feeling much better already). I like to take small pieces to work on when I'm at their place, so I pulled The Drawn Thread's "Forget Me Not Sampler" out of my stash. I was also crazy enough to stitch it over-one!
Finally, I think I hate satin stitches. >:(
Saturday, August 02, 2014
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
First, I bought the Just Cross Stitch Halloween special. I wasn't convinced it was great, but the OCD collector in me just had to have it... (Maybe I should write a review, like Anna's annual reviews of the ornament issue!)
And then....well, at Celebrations I *almost* bought the embellishment pack for Jeannette Douglas' "Once Upon a Tree." It was going to be my one "big" purchase - but wouldn't you know it, she was sold out! I did sign up to get an email when she had some available, and I got a message from her last month. However, I hemmed and hawed a bit longer...and then today I saw an ONS that was having a big sale, and it included Jeannette's embellishment packs. Click, into the cart it went!
Finally, last fall when I went to Cape Cod with DH (and Muriel!), I really loved visiting the old Burial Hill cemetery in Plymouth. The old tombstones are fascinating! And since then, I've been a little bit obsessed with The Primitive Needle's "Tombstone Spots." Of course, the designer has passed away, the design is out of print, and it always goes for a ridiculously high price on eBay. Well, wouldn't you know, that same ONS had it listed in a closeout/clearance section! So I added that too.
I suppose overall I didn't do TOO badly - but I think I need to do more stitching and less shopping. Ah well - it is my retirement plan, right?
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
I took an impromptu vacation day today, mostly because it was ungodly hot and my office isn't air conditioned. I spent the morning pulling up some old carpet (translated: I spent a lot of time kneeling on the floor and swearing at staples and tack strips), then I took a little nap and did some stitching. Here's a pic of my Joan Walsh Anglund "A," almost ready for me to add the baby's name and birthdate.