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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Thank you, finishes and a scare!

Thanks everyone for weighing in on the chart arrangement. We will be grouping them by designer, alphabetically, with some designers pulled out on their own displays and rotated around a bit every now and again. I've got it started but am waiting on an order of hookers. Hookers are notoriously unpredictable you know. You pay good money for them and then they never quite deliver the way they are supposed to. But eventually they will come and I'll get the job finished and everyone will be happy!

Not much has happened in the last week. I did finish The Three Wisemen though. Well, the stitching anyway. I still need to go get my cording and finish the finish.

Then in spite of the fact that Amy has been bugging me about Golden Ice, I decided to start something small and quick and somewhat easy on the old eyes. BBD's Bluebird. Very quick and fun stitch. Still need to finish the finish though. I stitched it on 30 ct R& R Creek Bed Brown linen using GA's Blackboard floss.

At this point, I should have picked up Golden Ice but once again I procrastinated and instead, I started The Prairie Schooler's Winter ornament from the 2006 JCS ornament issue.

I started stitching it using the DMC colors called for. Part of what drew me to this piece was the colors so I was a bit disappointed when I started stitching and it looked nothing like the picture on the cover. So I ripped it out and started over using colors that more closely resembled those in the picture, which if anyone is interested are Sullivans(on the right) 45339 or DMC 3328 and Sullivans 45072 or DMC 347. The DMC colors called for (on the left) are not showing as rust as what they really are.

Here's what I have done so far:

I'm liking it much better now.

I'm still tweaking the family room. I have the new curtain rods hung and the curtains steamed and hung. I found the neatest sheers at Walmart, almost a cheesecloth type fabric and I love them. I went shopping last week and picked up some accessories for the wall using the money I got back from the pricey lamp I told you about. Bought a shade for the Walmart lamp that I really like and I'm still digging through closets and boxes for other items I know I have but can't quite remember where I put em. So since you all have been so patient, I thought I would give you a sneak peek at my stitching corner. Keep in mind I am still tweaking but so far I am liking it. What do you think?

We have had 4 days of rain now, most of them with thunderstorms at night and I have to admit I am tired. I am not afraid of storms but one of my bed mates is and once panic sets in there is no calming her down or sleeping. Tonight we have another round of severe storms predicted. I so cannot wait.

Have you ever received a phone call after midnight that you weren't expecting? Gets the old adrenaline pumping at the first ring doesn't it. Well we got one of those calls Saturday night. Abby went downtown to the College World Series that night. She was wearing her brand spanking new Cowboy boots and a cute little dress.

When the phone rang, I knew it had to be her. Perhaps she needed a ride because their DD decided to drink, or she was ready to come home and the rest of her group wasn't. I did not expect to hear.......

Do you know where Abby is?? Is Abby okay? Is she there??? That's all this person kept saying. I'd ask who it was and they would just repeat themselves. I had a suspicion it was her friend Kim which did not make me feel any better because I thought they were supposed to be at the CWS together. I couldn't get the girl to confirm or deny being Kim, I couldn't get her to say anything other than those 3 questions. Finally she disconnected. By this time I'm thinking, okay, Abby must have gotten separated from the group, or someone dragged her off....you know, all the things that go through your head at 1:00 in the morning. I quickly dialed Abby's number praying she would answer and after 5 very looooong rings she did. I cannot tell you the relief I felt at that moment. I asked her if she was okay, she said yes, they were waiting for the DD to show up and then they were going to one of her friends apt. to sleep, that she would be home in the morning for Sunday breakfast and why was I calling(all said in one long sentence/breath cuz she talks very fast when she's a bit tipsy)? I explained the phone call and read off the number that had made the call, (thank the lord for caller ID), Abby confirmed that was Kim's number but she said they hadn't been together all evening as Kim did not wait for them and had been at the CWS since 2 that afternoon, most likely drinking the entire time. I thanked Abs for answering her phone, told her to be careful and hung up. But by then it was too late. The adrenaline was flowing and I was wide awake. Which as it turns out was okay since shortly after another round of storms rolled through. I think Kim and I will be having us a little chat next time I see her though. I'm too old for this s**t and I have enough gray hair already thank you very much!

I think I've rattled on enough for one post so I'm gonna close the computer down and go stitch or maybe read. I'm in the middle of a great book and I want to see what's going to happen.

Have a great rest of the week everyone and thanks for stopping in and double thanks for commenting!

Take care!

Julie

8 comments:

Kim B said...

I cannot imagine getting a call like that! It makes my heart race just thinking about it and my kids are 1 and 4 and fast asleep upstairs in their rooms!

Cari said...

Calls after 9 p.m. scare me, let alone 1 in the morning! Yes, I'd have a quick chat with Kim too! Love your stitching and selection of floss. The 2 Wisemen is beautiful. Good stitching. And your stitching corner looks quite comfortable and inviting. Have a great week!! Hugs

Hazel said...

Stunning finishes. Kids just don't get us do they?? Glad she was okay though. x

Margaret said...

Oh my! A phone call like that! A mother's nightmare for sure. Thank goodness Abby was ok1! Geez! I don't blame you for wanting to have a talk with Kim! lol! I love your finishes! Wow! Gorgeous! And your Prairie Schooler piece. I don't know if I can get Sullivans anywhere around here. I'm like you - I love the colors you're using, not the DMC actual colors. Hmmmm. Anyway, great going on the colors and the start on the PS! And no more late night wake up calls! lol!

Cindy said...

Usually a phone call that late is not good. I'm glad that everything turned out okay :)

Love the finish!!

Siobhan said...

OH MY GOSH!!! My heart was in my throat as I was reading about the phone call. I'd have a few words with Kim, too--after I strangled her. With older parents living in two different countries and a college age daughter, my kids AND their friends--and MY friends--know how freaked I get when the phone rings later than 11 pm. Phew. I'm so glad that Abby is okay.

Congrats on the finishes, and love the stitchy WIP!

Sherry said...

your chair looks very comfy. I am just starting this child out - mine is 16 so it's a bit different still but I know my days are coming. Glad Abby is okay...and answered his phone.

Carol said...

Your Three Wisemen piece is amazing, Julie--so realistic looking! Almost looks like a painting.

Only another mother could know what you felt like when you got that late night phone call. Having raised three sons (almost--the youngest is almost 22), I've had my share of them and, although all turned out okay in the end, it surely gave me more gray hairs with each call!!