Friday, August 31, 2007

Fabrics have arrived!

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! My order from Silkweaver's Fabrics has arrived! I took advantage of their back-to-school offer on three fabrics and added another three. They are all 18X26 cuts of fabric and they all arrived today. I'm so excited! Here's the picture of all six:

The colors and counts on the top row from left to right are Azure Sky (32ct Belfast Linen), French Vanilla Swirl (32ct Belfast Linen), and Buttercream (32ct Belfast Linen). The colors and counts of the bottom row from left to right are Hint of Heather (40ct Newcastle Linen), Rock Quarry (36ct Edinburgh Linen), and Chocolate-Vanilla Swirl (32ct Jobelan).

I'm very pleased with Silkweavers Fabrics. I'm also a member of their Fabric-of-the-Month club (FOTM) and that package is on its way, too. Yep, I'm a fabric junkie but ain't it great?!?!? LOL!

Haven't had much stitching time lately, blogging time, or time for much of anything really. School is in full swing. Between my college schedule, the boys' schedules, work, and everything else life throws our way...well, we've just been getting done what we have to, ya' know? Meanwhile, I did get a 97.7 on my first Radiology test so the hard work is paying off so far. :)

This is a long holiday weekend and I'm going to stitch a LOT. To whoever is reading this, be sure to take some time for yourself as well. Stitching is so therapeutic (except when the damn frog comes around!) and we all deserve a break. Besides, Christmas and shopping for presents is just around the corner, you know. *evil laugh*

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Two pictures...

First, here is a picture of my stash haul. Sorry for the horrible quality of the picture but it's too late to take another picture now because the stuff is all put away. :) There are a few other things in the photo not mentioned because we stopped at another cross-stitch shop. *big huge grin*

Last but not least, here is the first picture ever of my oldest son at his debut high school baseball game. He didn't get to play so he's clean. LOL! I tried to get him to smile but he informed me that it's just "not right" to smile in baseball pics. *sigh* Go figure. ;-)

Sorry to cut this so short but I have to run. Today was the first day of school for the boys and I promised I'd pick them up. :)
Thanks for reading and please feel free to comment. I do have comments set that I have to approve them before they appear but this is due to me receiving comments that have nothing to do with stitching and are basically ads for whatever they are selling and promoting a website/blog for. (Dang, was that a run-on sentence?)
Take care and bye for now! I hope to post at least one new finish in the next couple of days. :)

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Stash shopping! Woo hoo!

Brad and I drove to Kansas today. On the way, we went through Oklahoma City and HAD to stop at Cross Stitch Haven. (I swear I have the best husband in the world!) We also shopped at Hobby Lobby even though they've downsized the cross stitch so much that it's depressing. But anyway, I got 22 skeins of DMC at Hobby Lobby and several frames. The DMC were 5 for $1.00 and the frames were half off. Can't beat that!

Here's my list from Cross Stitch Haven:
1. 32 skeins of Anchor floss
2. 3 spools of Kreinik
3. 1 DMC metallic
4. 2 DMC Perle Cottons
5. A Debbie Mumm needle magnet shaped like a heart. (I've become a magnet junkie on top of being a fabric junkie and a scissor ho', too.) LMAO!
6. Jobelan 28 count hand-dyed "Summer Sky" 18X7 (perfect for my beloved snowmen!)
7. Misty Blue Cashel for Just Nan's "Icy Hill" (already own the pattern -- hee hee)
8. A little snowman Mill Hill kit. It's supposed to be a pin but I will use it as an ornament.
9. JBW Designs chart "A Very Merry Christmas"
10. Redbird Designs ornament pattern with a brown cowboy hat -- dunno why but I loved it.
11. 2 package of John James petites, size 26
12. Just Nan chart "Making Friends" (I will stitch this on blue fabric, not sand like the model)
13. Just Nan chart " Needle In A Garden"

That's it! Wowee, I am soooooo happy! On top of that, tonight we were looking through the local phone book of the hotel we're in and we found several stitching shops nearby. We will most likely end up at least one of them tomorrow. (Er, later today.) See? I have the best husband in the world!

Oh!!! I almost forgot! Brad made a really funny stitching joke today. Well, funny to me. LOL! We were in the LNS and their DMC was priced at 60 cents per skein - the same as Anchor! Geez! So he turns to me and quietly says, "Gosh! At that price, the floss should come installed!" BAHhahahahaha!

Another funny thing happened at the LNS...most of us know that saying: "She who dies with the most stash wins." Well, the owner of the LNS and her sister said, "She who dies with the most stash didn't stitch fast enough." I know it could be a tasteless joke under certain circumstances but I was in quite the silly mood today (as usual) so it was hilarious to me.

I came back to edit this post because I forgot to say that I've been approved for the RingSurf group "Stitching Bloggers". It's just a ring of stitchers who blog but I think it's cool that you can surf from blog to blog of mostly stitching stuff. The link is at the bottom of this page if anyone else is interested in applying and submitting their blog for approval.

Well, it's time to get some sleep. We plan on being Kansas City tourists tomorrow and then the Pat Green/Sugarland/Kenny Chesney concert starts at 7 PM. It's gonna be a long day. Extremely fun, but long. :)

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

More stitching pictures!

Hi everyone! As promised, here are a few pictures.

Here is the Heart in Hand Wee One "Birds" that I stitched for my mother. (This is what I called "funny" when it was a WIP because it made me laugh to see those little birds all over the place.) I bought some fabric and plan on making it into a tuck pillow or tuck banner...eventually. ;-) I stitched it over 2 on 28 count linen. It was a scrap piece so I don't recall who the manufacturer is, nor do I recall the color name...but it's what I would call a light tan / khaki. It appears that the linen is "gauzy" in the upper right of the linen but it really isn't. It's very solid as it appears in the lower left of the picture.

Next is the quilt square I did for a 123 Member's grandson. It is not my design -- it's just what the boy wanted on his quilt and another stitcher e-mailed me this pattern. :) It was stitched on 14 count white aida and is 12X12 inches square in the picture.

Now here is the WIP of my Lizzie Kate stamps on one piece of fabric. This is the fabric I referred to a while back as "mystery fabric". Another stitcher has since told me the name. I'm sure I'll butcher the name but it is "Tattersol" or something like that. Just January and February are done for now but it's a very fun and pretty quick stitch! The "true" color and appearance of the fabric is as it appears in the upper left. I don't know why my camera screws up the photos sometimes. I'm sure it's not the user. ;-)

Well, that's it for now! We're heading out of town tomorrow to Kansas to see Pat Green, Sugarland, and Kenny Chesney! WOO HOO! The concert is Thursday, August 9th, so listen for my screaming. *hee hee*
I will get a ton of stiching done on the 960 mile round trip -- yeah, buddy! Happy stitching, everyone! :)

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Ramblings from my stitching mind...

Well, I've added another project to the ones I kitted up and set aside not too long ago. I now have The Drawn Thread's "Sampler Gameboard" all kitted up and ready to go. Since there aren't that many colors involved, I even put the DMC in there so I can just take it with me on trips should my little heart so desire. :)

Mother's Bluebonnets are almost done. YAY! I am soooooooo tired of that project. I am stitching it on white 14 count aida. I chose the aida because that's how the cover model was stitched and that's how my mother fell in love with it. There are gazillions of fractional stitches which are a major PITA on aida. *grrrrrr* Plus, I had to make a working copy and mark out stitches as I go because of the numerous color changes. I can stitch Noah's Sub with the original booklet and magnets to keep my place, but I had to make a working copy for the bluebonnets. Go figure. ;-)

When the bluebonnets are done, I must start the Tall Guys and/or the Gameboard Sampler. It's a major battle to not start one of them now but hey, the day is still young. LOL! Seriously, I really really really want to try to get Mom's picture done first. What is the big deal about starting new projects? Who knows but I sure have been bitten by the "New Start" bug...bitten hard, too. *sigh* There would probably be 50 WIPs in my pile if it wasn't for the teeny bit of willpower I manage to have most of the time.

School starts in two weeks. While I am greatly looking forward to starting the two years left on my Associate's in Applied Science Degree (specializing in Radiology), I am somewhat hesitant, too. This summer has spoiled me with lots of stitching time and that time will be greatly reduced. True confessions from an addict. There is no hope for me. *hee hee* My schedule is now 12 hours - which is regular full-time college - as opposed to the massive schedule I had the last two semesters which totaled 38 hours (if memory serves me correctly).

I'm semi-active on the boards again and that, too, will suffer when school starts. It'll all be worth it once I get a paying job. *ka-ching!* More stash shopping! *evil laugh*

Speaking of shopping...I need to buy a few things to kit up a couple more projects. Of course some are snowmen. *big grin* I'm waiting until later in the month when perhaps there's a new release I just can't live without. Drema at Needlecraft Corner is having a 25% off almost anything sale all month long so I'm betting my order will be with her.

Oh, before I of the things calling to me is something I have not set aside...yet. LOL! I have some 40 count fabric that's calling my name for an over one project. Stay tuned -- it'll end up as a WIP soon. Mark my word.

Last thing...Brad and I are going to Kansas next week for 3 days to see Pat Green, Sugarland, and Kenny Chesney in concert! WOO HOO! We are leaving Wednesday morning so I hope to get a few more pictures posted by then. I also hope to have my mother's bluebonnets finished, too. (Shhhhh Mom, I can hear you screaming from here!) LOL!

To everyone who reads my ramblings, I hope life is treating you good. Now that my minor but aggravating health issues and horrendous computer problems seem to have passed, you won't hear me complaining.

Happy stitching to all and may the frog park somewhere other than our stitching!