Happy 4th of July!
|My only patriotic finishes. I need to work on that!|
A stitcher's journey through life
Posted by Julie M at 7:48 PM
No time for a full post today but I wanted everyone to know the following asap.
I am a failure. I promised myself no more starts until I finished Tuscan Rose and what do I do???? I start 3 new pieces and am hankering to start more! Please. Send. Help.
Take care till next time!
Posted by Julie M at 5:07 PM
Hello and Happy Halloween!
It's going to be a chilly one in my neck of the woods but I hear other parts of the country will be colder and wetter so I guess I best not complain too much. I wouldn't complain at all if I was planning to stay inside where it's nice and warm but I've been told that is not the plan for the evening. Our neighbors have invited us over to sit in their driveway around the fire pit, cook dinner over the open flame and hand out candy. Maybe it's just me but that sounds an awful lot like camping. I realize it doesn't include sleeping on the hard ground and having bugs crawl all over me but it's still in the realm of camping and in case you didn't know it...I AM NOT A CAMPER! Dan however told me to suck it up and enjoy it so I guess I'll bundle myself up, grab the marshmallows and some kind of alcoholic beverage, get tipsy and scare all the little trick or treaters! Gotta be some reward for roughing it...right? I hope you all have a safe and fun Halloween!
Last January, I set a goal for myself which at the time I thought was pretty reasonable but with the whole neck thing happening I have to admit to feeling this summer that perhaps I would not be able to meet that goal. What goal was that you ask? It was a finishing goal. Not a finished finish goal, just a finish the stitching goal. I have a few, okay a lot of unfinished objects (UFO's) wandering aimlessly around the house in various stages of being finished which I am sure everyone out there in blogland can relate to. So waaay back at the first of the year I quietly, yes I said quietly, (cuz the last thing I wanted to do was announce it to all of blogdom only to have to fess up that I was unable to follow through), set a goal of finishing 2 of my languishing UFO's before the end of the year. I chose Tuscan Rose by Sampler Cove and Midnight Watch by Blackbird Designs to be the two pieces that I would attempt to finish. As you have probably guessed, I am thrilled to report that I was able to finish up Midnight Watch just before retreat! I can't wait to get it framed and hung, probably at the shop so I can see it everyday.
|stitched on 40 ct Silkweaver's Moondust|
Posted by Julie M at 7:14 PM
Happy Last Week of October!
My this month has flown by! The weather has been so beautiful here in Nebraska that it is hard to believe November is just a few short days away. Before I know it Amy will be home for Thanksgiving and then Christmas! YIKES!!
Retreat was last weekend. I was asked in the comments of my last blog post what retreat was so bear with me if this is old news to you. The shop I work at has two retreats a year. A spring "frills" retreat and a fall "no frills" retreat. Spring retreat includes an exclusive design, swag bags, door prizes, massages, sometimes a trunk show, a make it and take it, swap table, brag table and shop night plus the most important thing...4 days of stitching. I blogged about our last spring retreat a couple of posts back. Fall Retreat is no frills. It's 4 days of stitching, an ornament exchange and brag table. Period. We may re-think the massages though and add those in for next year. Our ornament exchange this year was Christmas themed. Last year it was Halloween themed. I didn't take too many pictures this year but did manage to snap a few of the finishes that happened and of course the brag table and ornaments. This fall we had a total of 28 retreaters that were able to attend. I believe, judging from all the laughter, everyone had a good time, I know I did!
I believe Linda was the first to finish something at retreat this year. But I have to call her out on it. Having only 3 stitches to put in, while technically a finish, is IMHO Cheating!!! But we clapped for her anyway and I took the dirty little cheaters picture too!
Posted by Julie M at 12:22 PM
Happy October Everyone!
The weather in Nebraska turned chilly Friday so I have been starting my days with some hot chocolate in my favorite mug! I have to say I love everything about this mug. The weight of it, the color, the way the handle fits in my hand, the size and lets not forget the saying! It's perfect!
|this will be a gift for a friend of Dans|
|L- Jeanette Douglas, R - Blackbird Designs|
|hard to find a pic where one or both of them|
aren't making a silly face! Sorry Joe!
|Amy is on the far right|
Posted by Julie M at 11:07 AM
|Family room before|
|all the many holes that needed to be filled.|
|north wall looking towards the kitchen|
|west wall/sw corner|
|sw wall again|
|se corner. we removed the top of the entertainment center|
|new laminate floor|
Posted by Julie M at 1:55 PM