I only stitch on days that end in "y".

Friday, July 15, 2016

My Hawaii Adventure

My brother and sister and their families live in HI and we've been there to visit a couple of times.  Earlier this year my sister offered to fly me out there if I'd help her out with some day care so she wouldn't have to enroll her kids in camps and classes all summer.  What a sacrifice for me!  ;-)  I just got back yesterday from almost 3 weeks there.  When I was "off the clock" I got to:

 Go horseback riding which was fun until I fell off from a poor attempt at a triple flip dismount.  (In reality, the cinch wasn't tight enough and the saddle slid sideways while we were trotting/galloping but my story sounds a whole lot better.)  One good thing about falling off the horse is that I was so sore in other places that I didn't feel the saddle soreness  I most likely had.

Go kayaking for the first time.  We saw turtles in beautiful Kaneohe Bay.

Go sailing 3 times on my brother's sailboat.  His yacht club has a race every Thursday evening and I got to ride during one of the races.  The night before my return home we took another more leisurely ride and he taught me a little about "crewing".

Go walking on some beautiful beaches.

Go swimming.

Go hiking.

...and for an unexpected highlight of the trip, a friend of one of my sons took my BIL and me on a ride on a Cessna (my first time on a small plane) up the coast of Oahu and down through the center of the island.  I was happy that I'd been to some of the landmarks we flew over so that I could ID them myself.  We also flew near both my sister's and brother's houses.

I did very little stitching but I taught my 11 yo niece how to stitch.

We all had such a great time that we're already talking about doing this again next year...minus falling off the horse, I hope.

Now that I'm home I'll start stitching a new model today.  I loved it the minute the graph arrived.

Aloha and Happy stitching!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Stitching Progress

Here's my current progress on Jane Plews Sampler.  The designer just updated us with additional parts which is good because I'm almost ready for it.  I'm really enjoying this sampler.  It "just" uses good ole DMC but aren't the colors beautiful together?

I felt like I needed to stitch something patriotic but instead of starting something new, I found BBD's In Full Glory still kitted up (minus the fabric) from when I stitched part of it for an exchange block.  So that's my patriotic project for this year.

Happy stitching!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe Drawing

Nancy from Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is hosting a drawing for some of her patriotic goodies.

Read all about it here:

Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

Good luck and Happy Stitching!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Back home from CA....again

My husband was attending a conference in San Diego and since I loved it there the last time we went, I decided to go along with him again.  We were staying in the East Village right up the street from the baseball stadium...and very close to the Gaslamp Quarter where there are a lot of things to do within walking distance.  I loved walking to the other side of the convention center to the harbor area to walk around, watch the boats, and people watch.  This time I walked over to Seaport Village (I think that's the proper name or at least close to it) and browse in the shops there.  We also took the ferry over to Coronado Island and walked around there too.

A friend and her husband were also there (he was also attending meetings) and she and I took a day to drive up the coast just a bit to walk on several beaches, hike at Torrey Pines, and stop in at La Jolla to see the seals at the cove there.  We also stopped for lunch at a little local Mexican place in one of the little towns in the area.  What a fun day!!  (I have the sunburn to prove it.)  I'd definitely go back again, given the chance.

I finished the model and sent it off to the designer before we left for CA and the designer received it.  (I always feel good to know it arrived safely.)  Now I'm working some more on Jane Plews sampler.  Here's my present progress:

Happy stitching!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Wedding Piece finished and framed!

I'll have to check with the Guinness world records people but I think we may have set some kind of record for stitching and framing a piece of cross stitch.  I say "we" because my husband, I, and my framer all had a hand in it.

DH suggested a week+ ago that I stitch something for our neighbors/friends' 50th wedding celebration.  (Their kids are throwing them a party next weekend.)  I quickly stitched something from LK Make it Personal, finished on Friday afternoon, and took it to my framer.  I told him the situation, he helped select the moulding, and he finished framing before his shop closed that afternoon.  (I love him!  He has a great eye in choosing the right mouldings, does wonderful and fast work, and is very reasonably priced.)

I feel so good that this is finished on time!  We'll be unable to attend the party so I told a mutual friend about it, asking if she could make sure they get it.  Not only will they get it, but this friend is helping decorate for the party and she says she'll use it as party of the decorations.

Now I'm working on a model which I'm really enjoying.  I hope to finish it soon and then I'll probably get back to the sampler I showed last time.  I'm really behind on some sal blogs too so I'll need to get going again on those.  So much to stitch--so little time! 

Happy stitching!

A Drawing at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

Nancy's at it away a favorite red roses boxed floss set.

See her blog for how to enter.

Favorite Red Roses boxed set drawing

Good luck and Happy Stitching!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

I'm Still Here!

Between things getting a little busy around here and a short "stitching slump", I've neglected my blog for a while again.

Our grandbaby is doing very well and we can't wait to see her again.

DH's job is going well except that he's doing more driving back and forth than he ever has before.  So far the work from home deal hasn't materialized except for Fridays.  We're hoping soon that Mondays will also be a work from home day too.  He enjoys the work and the people there so it's all good.

Our DS who's currently living in Denmark was visiting "The States" last month.  He first went to meet his new neice in CA and then came here to TX for a visit.  While he was here, both he and I flew up to OH to visit with my parents.

This summer will be unusual for me. Before becoming an empty nester, I was pretty much tethered to our kids' activities so couldn't plan trips except for family visits and trips with the marching band.  Things have sure changed!   In addition to another trip to visit our little sweetie pie, I'll also travel with DH on one of his work trips to San Diego.  Then later in the summer I'll be going to HI to help my sister with summer child care.  (She recently went back to work and wanted some unscheduled home time for her kids who are in second and 4th grade.)  My brother also lives there (Oahu) and he has a nice sailboat.  I'm hoping we can talk him into taking us sailing at least once while I'm there.  Knowing him, I won't have to do much arm-twisting.

My frugality has caught up with me.  My smart phone is at least 6 years old and I was hoping to stretch it out a little longer before replacing it after buying new phones for other family members...and a car for our youngest son so he can drive back and forth to his summer internship.  I stretched it out a little too long.  My battery is pretty much dead and won't take/keep a charge.  Fortunately I was able to plug it into the computer to retrieve my videos/pictures and contacts.  UNfortunately,  nobody around here has the phone I want in stock and even ordering it has a "waiting time" before it will be shipped.  (Fortunately I checked all the colors and was able to shorten that time by choosing a less popular color.)  In the meantime, I'm using an old "dumb phone" we use for our home phone number.  Isn't it AMAZING how dependent we've become on our smart phones?!  I keep reminding myself of all the years I functioned perfectly well without even a cell phone.

I mentioned a stitching slump.  Instead of stitching, I was doing some reading but now I'm back to stitching and reading.  I'm behind on most of my sal groups and my Calendar Girls but I'll eventually catch up.

Here's a little small by PS.  I have an idea of how to "finish" it but haven't followed through yet.

Next up is Beach Blessings by Erica Michaels.  It's supposed to be stitched on gauze but I used 32 count linen (over 2).  Instead of solidly stitching the sand, I used a piece of fabric that looked to me like sand.

Here's another PS.  I think I'd like to try to "finish" this into a needlebook.

I'm a member of the FB group Sampler Heart which is a group of repro sampler lovers.  One of our members (Inguana Krastina) reproduced an antique sampler and is giving it (in installments) to members of our group as a stitch-along.  Here's my progress so far on that one:

DH suggested that I stitch a small wedding piece for some friends who are celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2 weeks.  I'll have to get moving on that if I want to get something done in time!

I also just received another model to stitch that I'll be starting today/tonight.

I guess the slump is over!

Happy stitching!