Monday, January 5, 2009

A finish for me and a gift from Mom

Here is a quick finish I stitched up while we were traveling. It is "Snowflakes" by Pine Mountain Designs. I turned the pillow so that the stitching is in the upper left corner instead of the bottom right as it was shown in their stock photo. I also decided against using the large white felt snowflake cut-out that should be in the dark blue square. It just didn't look right to me and seemed to be rather gawdy. Yuck. Life's too short to display ugly snowflakes. LOL! ;-) So anyway, the pattern is being forward to one of my blog readers. Enjoy the pattern and happy stitching, Heather!

This is an adorable needle roll that my dear stitching friend Carolyn gave to my mother in a RAK package (Random Act of Kindness). My mother, in turn, altered a cat design and stitched this up for me. I love it for two reasons -- my mother did the stitching and it was formerly owned by Carolyn. Every time I see this piece in my home, I think of both of them. Thank you, Mom and Carolyn.

Today did allow me some, even if just a little, stitching time on "O Beautiful". I'm just a few stitches away from getting back to the bands and specialty work. The more progress I make on this piece, the more anxious I get about finishing it and having it framed. *big, huge grins*

With today being the one year anniversary of when I quit smoking, I decided to remove the little counter that shows how long I have been a non-smoker. So for those of you who followed my counter, don't panic -- I didn't start smoking again. LOL! Today I was able to call my insurance agent and let him know that I now qualify for the non-smoker's rate for my life insurance. *goofy lil' happy dance*

I also edited my list of Recent Finishes over on the right. It's now set to show only the last ten finishes. There wasn't an apparent reason to have a list of items that made the page longer than it had to be which surely slowed the page's loading for those who don't have high speed. (I used to suffer through dial-up so you folks who are now doing the same have my sympathy.)

The evening is still young so I think I'll go snack and then stitch some more. Stay warm and happy stitching!


Robin said...

Congrats on the 1year anniversary!!!! Doing my own happy dance for you. :)

Heather said...

I would love the pattern if available

Rachel S said...

Congratulations on the anniversary. That is awesome. I am so proud of you!

The finishes you showed are adorable! I love that pillow.

Connie B said...

Love the needle roll and the pillow!!

Erynne said...

I love the pillow that you made for your mom! It gave me an idea of what I can use all that fabric for that I've somehow (guilty smile) managed to accumulate.

Congrats on your anniversary!

Cindy F. said...

Yay!! Congrats on your 1 yr. non-smoking anniversary:) I'm truly proud of you!!
Your pillow is sooo pretty and so is the needleroll!

Lori's page said...

I have enjoyed reading your post, and I must say the two projects are so nice. I must make myself a little needle roll, it's so cute, is it little? The photo can be slightly deceptive, and it is a novelty to me, I've never seen a real one as yet, but in your photo. Congrats on your 1st year of non-smoking, great achievement! I know it's hard, my husband tried and lasted a while, now he's still smoking but much less, 4 a day compared with a packet a day. I will be happiest when there will be none a day!! LOL, he's sweet really. x:-)

Barb said...

Those pillow are cute. Great job on them