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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Finished Finishes

Happy Tuesday!

Not much new around here. The weather finally calmed down which I am so thankful for. I really thought poor little Kallie was going to stroke out if we had one more night of storms! Now we just have the fireworks to deal with. Luckily, if I turn the TV up loud enough and turn the ceiling fan on high, then the floor fan on high, it mostly drowns out the sound of the little ones. Not much I can do with the big booms but thankfully there aren't a lot of those.

Not much new with the kids, Adam will be home on Thursday night. I am very excited about that. He can't wait either he says. I think I have my meals planned out and will go grocery shopping tomorrow on my day off.

So what are all of you doing for the 4th? Now that we no longer have the shack, we will be home for the 2nd time in all my 50 years. The only other time we stayed home everyone was miserable and it looks like this time will be no different. I have invited all the family over for the 4th but it's going to be a lot different than we are used to. In Stuart, where I have spent most of my 4ths, we would get up, get dressed and by the time we ate breakfast and did the dishes it was time to head up town for the parade at 10:30. You know, before the hottest part of the day. Then everyone (anywhere from 25-100 family members) would head to my aunts house and get lunch going, hot dogs, hamburgers, yada yada, yada. In the afternoon we'd play games or go to the park for volleyball, some to the rodeo and others would go golfing, or to the duck race. Everyone would meet back at the aunts around 5 for supper and then those that wanted to go would head for the stock car races followed by the fireworks put on by the town and finally back to the aunts for our own fireworks. It was a fun filled day! Around here, what passes for a parade starts at 1:00 in the afternoon. It lasts for a couple of hours. The hottest part of the day. How dumb is that?? It's mostly firetrucks, rescue squads and bands. No decorated floats. No horses. No polka dotted tractors that shoot water out at the crowd, no candy thrown from the floats and no scary smoking clown. It's a bit of a let down. My neices play in the band so my idea to have lunch at noon is not going to happen. My other sister puts her youngest down for a nap around 1. Guess we will eat around 4. No one will hang around for long after eating, they will all head on home. Kind of a let down. Like I said, it's going to be different. Abby is abandoning us to go to the lake with friends so even she won't be here to liven things up. Oh well, life is all about change and I hope we all learn to make it a fun time, just in a different way.

In stitchy news, we had Last Saturday Stitching this past Saturday. It was a smaller than normal group at first but people staggered in one by one and eventually it was it's usual rocking good time!! We did miss a few of our regulars though. Hope they can make it next time!

We took the Rosewood Manor trunk show down yesterday and shipped it off to the next stop and tomorrow Mary Ann will box up the charts and ship them back to Karen. I'm sad to see all the beautiful pieces leave. It was so nice to have such wonderful eye candy on the wall all this time.

I finished finished my ornament. I think it turned out pretty darn good and I can't wait for the second in the series. I hope it's as gorgeous as the first one is!

I also finished finished my pin cushion. I omitted the suggested rick rack and buttons as I really didn't think it needed them. What do you think?

Progress is also being made on Winter. Just have to fill in the snow at the bottom and then she will be done. So happy I changed the colors on this one. I love it!

Now, I should go back to Golden Ice. Really, that is what I should do. Amy will blow a gasket if I don't. But a little voice inside my head is calling calling calling out the name of a different chart. One I have had kitted up for years. I pray I am strong enough to ignore the voice, at least for a while so I can make some progress on G.I. but the dang voice gets louder the more I try to block it out!!!!!

Well, it's that time again.

Have a Great Holiday everyone, stay safe!

Julie

14 comments:

Margaret said...

That ornament is stunning. You did a beautiful finishing job with it! Love the little camel. I agree on your BBD pillow -- no need for ric rac and buttons, it's gorgeous as is. Love your PS piece too -- your colors are perfect!

natalyK said...

What a gorgeous finish! Your pincushion is great. I love blackbird designs.

Meari said...

Beautiful Ornament and pillow! Nice stitching on the WIP.

Have a great 4th! I don't know what I'm doing.

Jan said...

The ornament is beautiful! The camel charm is just perfect.

Sherry said...

Love all your pieces...by far, the ornament is my fav...who is it by, again? Try to enjoy your 4th. Sometimes the let down of my own expectations is too much so I stitch, read or just bury myself in something I really enjoy. I love our parade - and I agree, a.m. is the best time for that!

Cari said...

Your ornament is beautiful. Excellent stitching and finishing Julie. I'm lovin' your winter house too. Have a great 4th of July! I'm having my family over for a cookout in the late afternoon...actually it's a cookOUT and eat IN. Too hot and humid in Florida. So after everyone leaves I'll be setting my butt in the stitch chair and enjoy a wonderful evening!! Hugs

Vonna said...

Oh crap....you did have to show me that finished ornament. I want it so bad....I guess its going on the list....
IT is STUNNING....absolutely gorgeous!

staci said...

STUNNING ornament Julie!!! All of your stitching looks wonderful!

Have a Happy 4th!!!

Carol said...

That is one amazing ornament--just perfect. We'll be home for the 4th, too. I have to work on the 5th so we couldn't leave town for our family picnic in NY :(

Blu said...

Gorgeous ornament! Looks more like a picture than cross stitch!

Rachel S said...

Gorgeous finishes.

Maybe this will be the year the parade gets good!

Siobhan said...

Your finishes are stunning with your finishing! You go girl! Love your Winter, too!

I hope you have a good 4th. I miss being in the US for it!

Carolyn McNeil said...

I LOVE the ornament! Eventually I hope to have my entire Christmas tree filled with handmade ornaments! Happy Stitchin'...
Carolyn
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Terri said...

Your stitching is beautiful :) I love your finishing :)