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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Oh the countdown begins!

We are just under a month away from the nuptials...OMGosh, I can't believe in less than a month my Cadet will be a Mr. & Mrs.!!!! The invitations are mailed. Details are getting finalized. Of course, we do have a glitch, the florist decided they couldn't do the wedding so now we have to come up with another one - IN 3 WEEKS! There's so much to finish and do!

The wedding sampler is 1/3 complete. Being who I am, of course I changed it to suit me and I struggled with some bands and the personalization. I am through those parts now so it's just follow the patterns and get her stitched. I am shooting for getting it to the framer by the end of next week to take measurements so the frame can be ordered. Then my needles will be flying to finish it to give the framer time to do her thing and have it done the Wednesday before the wedding. I also have to finish making the money box and the scrapbook. The scrapbook and the sampler will be given to Jenna at the bridal shower her sister is giving her on the Thursday before the wedding. I just realized I am on a short runway! EEE-EEK!!

Anyway life is busy here at Chez Disorganization. Between work, insomnia, work, wedding stuff, work and more work, housework, wedding stuff, my head is going to explode. Add the stress of my DH's upcoming retirement and lack of a new job to fill in the gap between what his retirement will bring in and our monthly expenses, it's a wonder I've not been deemed certifiably insane and committed to the Psych Ward at our local hospital.

But anyway, time marches on.

Stitching...I've picked back up Blackbird Designs, Where My Heart Blooms. It was my car project because I can actually see the holes in the 30 count linen with my cheater glasses. But I wasn't feeling the love for this piece so it went into the UFO pile. This week, I just wanted mindless stitching. So out it came. And I fell back in love with it. I realized that I didn't like how my car stitching looked...mainly cause the tension was all wonky. And that's why I disliked the piece so much. Plus the linen is like cheesecloth so the stitches were either to loose or too tight. So out went that stitching to be replaced by even tensioned little Xs. And I am back in love with the piece. I stitched on it over the week and I am working on the house now.

Then I decided that I will be working on the Wedding Sampler exclusively from now until it's FINISHED. I have to reserve the hardanger for the weekends though just so I do it when I am not bone tired. I did some hemstitching last night late and guess what! It's got to be frogged. First of all, I misread the directions (and they aren't written that well either) and cut the wrong threads. Then when I started the hemstitching I totally missed wrapping a few of the vertical threads. I am chocking it up to fatigue. Learned my lesson.

SO that's life in Upstate NY..hope you are doing well in your corner of the world. Oh, before I leave you...check out Threadhead's Unite! A lovely French General give-away is happening! Tell 'em I sent you!


Barb said...

Wow...can't believe you're stitching at all! Hang in there, this too shall pass :)

Karoline said...

{{{Joanie}}} I'm sure it will all go swimmingly.

Nina said...

Hi Joanie,

I've sent some emails about the SWAP, please read and reply me, thanks!


venus said...

Thank you SO MUCH for this post. I loved it. Thank you for having the courage to be real....Good one ...

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samplerlover said...

Hi Joanie,
Just to let you know that I will be thinking of you on the 12th. I hope you all have a lovely day and that the weather is fine.
Looking forward to seeing the photos. Take care - Sandra.