Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A start and a finish


Hey, I am so sorry for ignoring my blog for the last week. It's been a busy one and I just haven't had any time. I'm still working on the pictures from retreat, trying to get pictures from another gal to add to the ones I took. I should have them in my hot little hands this afternoon and then I can get them ready and post but I didn't want to leave ya'll hanging for another day so I will show you what I started while at retreat. I should have stitched on one of my wip's but everyone voted and said I should start this one since it is for fall. Not too much done on it though because I needed to finish another project but I will talk about that one later....

My new start is from an old issue of For The Love Of Cross Stitch, November 1994 to be exact. I have always wanted to stitch it and just haven't gotten around to it. When I was going through all my stuff to organize the craft room I ran across it again and said to myself, I really need to stitch this. Then myself answered back "Well what the heck ya waiting for? " That's all it took. No arm twisting involved whatsoever! My plan for this new piece is to put it on top of my hutch in the kitchen in the fall. Probably not this fall at the rate I'm going though. Usually this picture sits on top of the hutch:

This is the new project:

Just the stitching:

I think it will work just fine for up there in the fall. I'll have to find one similar with a Christmas theme next!

The other project I stitched on while at retreat has been in the works for about a year now. A friend of mine saw a chart I designed for our stitching group and wanted to know if I could design her family crest from a picture and then stitch it for her. I told her I would give it a shot but wasn't going to make any promises. She said she would like to have it for a gift for her father this year for Christmas. Seeing as how it's getting close to the holidays, I thought perhaps I oughta get 'er done. I finished it up last night and I think it turned out pretty good. Debi seems to be pleased with it anyway and I guess that's what counts!

Oh! I ordered a couple of new things this week. I don't know why I keep doing that! I have plenty to work on and no hope of ever finishing most of it. It's a sickness I tell ya. A sickness.

I had Last Saturday Stitching at my house this past Saturday. It was fun and I think most had a good time. I'm a little torqued at myself though. I dumped a crock pot of weenies and barbeque sauce all over the carpet. I now have a nice pink stain on my floor down there. Stupid of me.

Amy, Dan and I traveled to Des Moines last Friday for a college visit. This was our first college visit ever. I have 2 older kids but they went to school here in town. Amy isn't planning on doing that. She has worked very hard to have the grades to win large scholarships so she can go where ever she wants to. We toured Drake University. She wants to go into journalism, specifically magazines. Meredith publishing is in Des Moines so they have a wonderful program for magazine journalism. She fell in love with the campus and was impressed with everything. That's just fine and dandy in my book except for the fact that a year there is in the neighborhood of $33,000.00! That's a lot of scholarship!! Did I mention I have recently lost my job? Not sure how this will work out, I hate that she might not get to go where she wants after all her hard work. But maybe, with a lot of prayer and tons of applications for scholarships it will work out. I hope so.

And that folks is about all I have today. Thank you all so much for stopping by and leaving comments. I'm so happy that I have inspired people with my craft room. Now I just need to find the time to go down there and enjoy it!

Have a great day! See ya soon!


Deb said...

Those pieces from the older issues look great. Isn't amazing that with all the new things that are out there to tempt us, we still have pieces from long ago that we still want to stitch?

Julie M said...

I actually found more from the old magazines that I liked than what I have found that is new and current. That scares me a bit. It means I've gotten old and out of touch I think.

Cindy F. said...

Love your new start! I've kept mags for years too and every once in a while, I have to stitch one. The old mags were so good!