Apr 29, 2011

The Wish Book is here!

Remember when you were a kid and the Sear Christmas catalog or "Wish Book" would come to your house?  Remember how you'd spend hours looking at all the toys and "wishing"?  Well, the adult version arrived at our house yesterday.  DH got his Cabela's Archery catalog in the mail.  He spent the evening looking through it, dog-earring pages, and drooling.  And bowhunting season doesn't start until October.  I'm just sayin'.

Here's where I am on "Photobooth Snowmen" - I hope to have it finished by this weekend.  I have no earthly idea what I'm going to do with it when I get it finished, but it was just too darn cute not to stitch and it appealed to my quirky sense of humor. 


Apr 28, 2011

Look what I got!

Today was Emma's day for going to the vet for her yearly check up.  She passed with flying colors, although she did leave a lot of her hair everywhere; Jack Russell terriers shed a lot.  I picked up a supply of flea/tick drops for her.  In the past, if you bought six doses you got two free.  Now they are giving away dog toys instead.  Emma liked the toy, but her human would rather have had the free doses!


Apr 25, 2011

A tailess finish

I mostly finished "Bunny Buns" this weekend.  Mostly.  I bought some Rainbow Gallery Wisper floss to use to stitch the bunny tail.  I tried one ply.  I tried two plies.  I tried fluffing the floss with a toothbrush after I stitched the tail.  No joy.  The Wisper floss made my bunny look as if he had a mangy tail, so I frogged it all and decided that the next time I go to Hobby Lobby, I'll look for a nice fluffy pompom to use for the tail.  As I'm finishing the bunny as a no-sew cube, it shouldn't be a problem and will add dimension to the design.  Here's the untailed bunny stitched on mint green Jubilee with DMC floss (DMC Flower Thread was used for the grass).

I didn't want to go back to stitching on "Homespun Hollow" just yet, so I pulled out "Photobooth Snowmen" by Bent Creek and started stitching on it.  It's a kit that included the pattern, a good-sized piece of nice linen, and beads that I ordered from ABC Stitch.  The designers used WDW and GAST floss, but kindly provided a DMC conversion chart; I'm stitching it in DMC.  It's a fun stitch and I'll post pictures another day.


Apr 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

"Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures; and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures...And if Christ be not raised, your faith is in vain; ye are yet in your sins."
I Corinthians 15; 3-4, 17

Apr 19, 2011


I know, I know.  I haven't been posting a lot lately.   We've had a lot going on, much of which has not been very blog worthy.  I'll try to do better, but I ain't promising anything.

This past Saturday was our monthly I35 Stitchtogether.  Georgia and I went and had a great time.  Georgia won the door prize, a really pretty scissor fob with blue twisted glass beads made by a second timer.  Brenna came last month and we didn't scare her off so she was back this month.

Jennifer was gloating over finally being able to complete her Polly Wog Designs Toads collection.  She had all of them but two and found them on the Internet recently and had them in her hands at last.

There was a lot of stitching, eating, and storying going on.  Mrs. Wanda told her tale of getting married by elopement (she's been married 72 years!).  I liked to have fallen out of my chair laughing so hard over a story Marilyn told about car repair, but it would lose something in translation if I retold it here.

I'm making progress on "Tribal Seahorse."  It's amazing how much stitching you can do when you have floss.  Last month, I ran out of floss and ended up sitting at the table enjoying everyone's company, but not stitching.

And I put "Homespun Hollow" down for awhile to stitch on "Bunny Buns" as I was in a silly spring mood and it fit the bill.  No bunny yet, but his pot and most of the Easter eggs are stitched.


Apr 9, 2011

DIY update

No stitching this week as I've been reading a lot.  

DH worked hard on our current house project last weekend.  As always, he didn't get as much done as he wanted and ended up working on something unplanned.  But progress is progress.

One wall of my kitchen is in shambles.  In fact, the wall itself is gone as DH is rebuilding it, moving the door, and installing a pocket door.  DH removed all the cabinets from the wall and stacked them in the den by the sofa.  *sigh*  Progress has its price - chaos!



Apr 1, 2011

Happy April Fool's Day

April Fool's Day always makes me think of two things: 1) the silly "April Fool's Day" song I learned in elementary school - it gets stuck in my head on this day every year, and 2) the practical jokes and pranks my friends and I played on each other in college.  We were quite creative!  Our only rules were that nothing could be damaged during the course of the prank and the victim could not be overly embarrassed or humiliated.

My two favorite pranks include one I pulled on a non-mechanically inclined friend, and one several friends played together on me and another friend.

My non-mechanically inclined friend was very, very bright, but couldn't identify a screwdriver if it was the only tool in the toolbox.  I jacked her car up and set the axles on cinder blocks where the tires were about a half-inch off the pavement.  (She was always running late, too.)  She came barreling out of the dorm, jumped in her car, started it up, stomped on the gas, and was completely shocked when the car didn't move.  I let her suffer through about ten minutes of panic before I admitted my prank and "fixed" her car for her.  By then, she was really late and it didn't help that the rest of our friends were standing around howling with laughter.

The dual prank involved me and another friend who had an early morning chemistry lecture class together.  Both of us had a stuffed animal on our bed in college.  My friend's was her teddy bear from childhood.  Mine was a mouse I'd made in sewing class in eighth grade that matched the bedspread on my dorm room bed.  (I have a dearly beloved stuffed animal from childhood, but I wasn't dumb enough to bring it to college with me - my mama didn't raise a fool.)  

Our friends convinced each of us that "stealing" and smuggling the other's stuffed animal into class and leaving it on the teacher's desk would be funny.  We each thought that we were pranking the other.  We came up with elaborate plans for the "stealing" and smuggling of said stuffed animal that involved getting up early, borrowing backpacks, and hiding in trees.  (Don't ask.)  When I walked into class with my friend's stuffed bear and saw my mouse sitting on Dr. Felder's desk, I looked over at my friend and said, "We've been had!"  All our other friends were standing in the back of the room laughing their heads off.

I got in a little stitching yesterday.  This design has several scenes within the entire pattern, so I thought I'd just post the scene I'm currently stitching on.

As I finish a scene I'll post a picture of the whole WIP.