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Monday, February 23, 2009

Back Among the Living - Almost

HI! I am sorta back with you! After a weekend where I spent most of it on the sofa attached to a box of Kleenex, I seem to be on the mend. Not 100% but maybe 80%. This thing that I had/have is truly yucky. It's the worst cold/viral thing that I've had in a long time. I took my last sick day today so unless I want to go to the doctor, pay for the visit, and lose a days' pay, I'll be back to work tomorrow. At least I won't be sneezing and blowing my nose a gazillion times a minute. And maybe my co-workers would like that a lot. If I had my druthers, I would stay home another day, just so my fellow workers wouldn't grumble about the "Walking Sick" as we like to call those who come into work ill, spreading cheer and germs to anyone within a cubicle range. But I'll be at work tomorrow. Somewhat bright and somewhat early.

BUT my dear friends, ALL was not lost while I was snuffling and wheezing about the last few days. I stitched when I felt like I could. I even have pictures to prove it! See?

This is my progress on True Virtues. It's a slow stitch for me. I don't know why. But I am plugging a long Connie!

This is Bea on January 30th.

And this is MORE of Bea as of yesterday!

Only 11 more motifs to stitch! But, there is a snag. I am running out of AVAS 4216. There is just enough silk to stitch the sampler without a lot of waste . And I am very wasteful when it comes to thread. I use long leads when I start to stitch and end with long tails so that I can weave them back into the stitches. So now I am short. I purchased some thread today along with a ton of other things, gosh I was very bad and I am blaming my badness on this cold thingie, so I'll be back in business soon. I have enough thread to stitch a few more motifs so I won't have to completely put Bea away. I bought new Blackbird Designs and Plum Street Samplers, Love Notes, and all the patterns from Primitive Traditions to stitch Ann Colby's, Quaker Nantucket Basket. I shouldn't have but I am telling myself that my brain was foggy because my head was filled to the brim with snot.
I know that you are wondering why I am stitching Bea like the house is on fire. Well, I have this quirk. When a project gets about 3/4 of the way finished I really get motivated to finish it off. I get obsessed to get'r done. At the expense of all other stitching. And another reason to finish off Bea is that come March, all the WIPs are going into hiding, as well as, all the patterns that I want to start. The Wedding Sampler will take all of my attention if I want to finish it before July in time for the Bridal Shower. If Bea is around then I will be tempted to stitch on her and not on the Wedding sampler.
And now that I've brought up the Wedding sampler, I have mixed feelings about stitching it. I really want to stitch something spectacular for the Cadet and the lovely Jenna but I am not sure that it will be appreciated. I know that the Cadet will like it and he'll know that I put a lot of effort into it because he knows that needlework is my absolute passion but will Jenna feel the same way? Should I care? It will break my heart if they shove it into a closet to hang *someday*. What if she doesn't *get* it and sorta passes it off with a nod to "that's nice"? Part of me wants to stitch it for me to hang next to my wedding sampler. But part of me wants them to have something that I made specifically for them and because I want to commemorate their special day. I think that I feel this way because she is so very shy around me and I have a hard time reading her reactions. She never tells me if she likes or dislikes anything so I am left guessing.
So, what do you all think?
Well, other than Bea (which is about 3 weeks of work) and TV which is a Sunday's worth of work, I've also stitched my piece for the Prairie Schooler Exchange. Can't show you yet but it's really cute!
And there you have it! I want to thank all of you who left me comments wishing me to get better. I really appreciated them cause it made me feel loved. THANKS!

And to all who drop by, thanks to you too! I am glad that you care enough to read my thoughts. I wish all of you a wonderful evening filled with stitching!


Miss 376 said...

Good to see you have made the most of the time off work. I'm the same as you when I can see the end of a project, I want to get it done.

Anonymous said...

Wow, you've made excellent progress on Bea! I get the same way with projects - I get to a certain point and just have to get them done.

samplerlover said...

Hi Joanie, I'm sorry to hear that you have been ill. I hope you will be feeling a lot better soon.
Bea is looking bautiful. I know what you mean when you get half way. I have days where I think that I should sit down and finish it, but I am concentrating on the one that I am doing at the moment.
I know what you mean about not knowing whether DIL"s or future DIL's appreciate our work. My son has a couple of my samplers that used to be in his bedroom before he moved out. They are hanging in their unit, but they are ones that I have done many years ago. I have offered them a couple of times one of my latest creations and always get the same response. So now I think to myself "Oh stuff it, I'll keep it myself" LOL. - Sandra.

Brigitte said...

It's good to read that you slowly feel better. I hope you will soon get completely rid of that virus.
Your progress pictures are great! Beatrix will be done soon, what a wonderful project.
I don't know what I'd do with this wedding sampler. I think I'd stitch it knowing that my son loves and appreciates these things.

Siobhan said...

Joanie, I'm glad to hear that you're feeling better. I hope you continue to improve & are 100% soon. :)

Your WIPs look great! Bea looks wonderful--you're nearly there! YGG!

As to the wedding sampler... hmmmm. I can understand your predicament. Yes, you want something incredible for your son. But, your time and effort are important, too. Maybe pick something that YOU really like, so that you enjoy the process and, if it ends up in the closet, you can stealthfully take it back or just chalk it up to a good time spent stitching. Maybe ask Jenna to choose what she would like? Even if she's painfully shy, give her the option of choosing. If she doesn't pick something, let that be your hint to not bother. Let us know what you decide!

Von said...

Glad that you're feeling better and were able to get lots of stitching done while recovering!

As for your wedding sampler dilemma, I think Siobhan may have a good idea with asking the lovely Jenna what her preferences are. :)

Jennifer said...

I also agree that it might be best to ask for Jenna's input on the sampler. Perhaps this is something you two can bond over? Whenever I stitch for a gift, espeically a larger piece, I try to take the recipient's tastes and decor into account. I also try to match it to their wedding colors or theme, just to make it extra special. The last piece I stitched for a wedding gift was so well received I was just thrilled. It's so much fun to have someone excited and oohing and aahing over your work.

Karoline said...

Bea is looking stunning, great progress

Lee said...

Your Bea is looking great!

As for the wedding sampler, everyone here has such good ideas. I'm wondering, do you have time to stitch something small right now for your DIL-to-be? Then you could give it to her, and if she really likes it, you'll know that the larger wedding sampler will probably be loved, too.

connie said...

Hi Joanie..Bea is looking good and so is your progress on True Virtue..As for the wedding sampler I would do what Siobhan said..Then if Jenna doesn't pick and I still wanted to stitch them a wedding sampler..I would stitch what I liked.I don't think Jenna realizes what a wonderful love gift that you are wanting to stitch for her and the cadet.Like Siobhan said let us know what you decide to do..

Sherry said...

I hope you feel all better very soon! I think about everyone has had something this winter! No fun! Bea is looking wonderful!

Shelleen said...

You are making great progress. Hope you feel better soon.

Casa Pearl said...

Great stitching progress Joanie! I'm still holding onto my willpower (just barely) on not buying any of the new stash but I do love the new BBD stuff so I'm not sure how long it will last.