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Saturday, April 03, 2010

A Sunshine Award!!!

Lookie!! TWO posts in ONE day!  Can you stand it?!!

I got this great award from Julie at Julie's Creations a week or so ago.  I've been meaning to post it but life gets in the way.  So Julie, THANKS A BUNCH!

It came at a good time too...I really needed a lift and it did make my day.
I know I try to keep the blog to stitching related things and some family stuff and I really don't want to bore you with personal things.  But I will share with you what was going on the day that Jule's awarded me this lovely bit of Sunshine.
1. Crazy person at work who, whenever I have to interact with the person, makes me want to slit my wrists.
2.  Extra bill that we didn't plan on (damn New York State taxes).  Sucked a bunch of cash out of the meager savings.
3. BIG stress about the DH's job or lack of one come September.  NO teaching jobs out there.  It's gonna be tight, folks, and I'm worried about how we are going to get through.
4. A not so good doctor's report.  (High cholesterol and pre-diabeties on top of the hypertension I've had for the last 10 years)

So. When Julie's little award popped into my reader, I got all smiley!  And I realized that in spite of the day gone wrong,  life's pretty dang good.

SO...I know that the rules say to pass this on but I'm going to nominate everyone who comes by to visit.  Thanks Julie and thanks to all of you, who be-friended me and my little corner of the world.  :-)

Saturday - Pictures and Everything!

HI everyone!
First of all, I want to wish everyone a blessed Easter! How wonderful is our God!
Alleluia! HE IS RISEN!!!

I have pictures! See patience IS a virtue!
I finished Blackbird Designs, Summer Basket, a few weeks ago.  I stretched it and now I am saving pennies to frame it.  I'll probably go to Michaels and with my trusty coupon, I'll  let them mount it.

 
I stitched my Mom's initials (NK) in the sampler because the sampler just reminded me of her.

The entire sampler:

The alphabet:
I stitched it with the recommended GAST on Weeks Dye Works linen.  The jury is still out about the linen.  I found that it was very soft and very stretchy.  Maybe it was my cut. 

Here's a close up of City Stitcher's, Lucy Minton and the whole sampler.  I'm getting closer to finishing Lucy, only the algerian-eye alphabet band and the button hole flowers to go!


Lucy's stitched on 32ct Flax linen with the recommended DMC.

Lately, I've been drawn to primitive patterns and Schoolgirl samplers. These samplers were the type of stitching that drew me to cross stitch initially. I've dabbled in many styles of samplers but I seem to return to this style.  And another return to my roots is that I am enjoying being a "One at a Time" stitcher.  I've vaguely felt uneasy stitching on more than one project.  I couldn't put my finger on why though.  Then I realized that I get anxious because I have so many Wips (like 30) so I made a decision to concentrate on one of those (Summer Basket) and then if I wanted, I could start a smaller project (Lucy).  So far, it's working and I'm enjoying my stitching so much more!  My current project is Lucy and when she's done, I'll return to Hand To Work's, This is the Day.  I can't work on it for a long time, I get bored with the solid stitching.

I've been debating on what I am going to stitch next.  I am not in the mood for another hugh project.  I want to stitch another sampler.  I've been bad with ordering patterns, I ordered a slew of Goode Huswife and kitted up the samplers in BBD's new book.  Then I go blog hopping and see the cute little pillows and tags and pinkeeps and I want to stitch a gazillion of them cause they are so sweet scattered about.  But before I chose a brandy-new project, I'll rummage through the Basket of Incomplete Projects.

I was messing around with the camera (the kids got me a new one for Christmas).  I'm not familiar with it but I have to say I love it.  It's 12 megapixels and I'm finding that the quality is quite good for a little point and shoot!

Obligatory cute kitty pics:  :-)

Frankie

Olivia

So in closing,  I wish all of you a blessed and joyous Easter!  I hope that you will be spending it with family and friends.  The DH and I are by ourselves (we'd better get used to it) and I'm planning on a nice dinner with pinapple upside down cake for desert.

Happy Easter!!!!  Happy Spring!