Monday, April 26, 2010

Cat in a Bag, Flowers, Flowers, Flowers and Stitching

This is the back half and tail of Lucky, the kitten we rescued from the shelter in October 2009.  You can read his story here.  DH stopped at McDonald's the other night after work.  Guess the empty sack just smelled too enticing; Lucky did his best to get his entire body inside the paper bag.  Maybe DH should have asked for the bag to be 'super-sized' as well as his beverage! 


I am so excited.  While our Colorado spring weather has included warm days, windy days, rainy days, and even some snowy days; spring is definitely my favorite season.  When we redid our backyard a couple of years ago, we planted a lot of tulips and daffodils.  Last year, just as they were getting to the point of blooming, we had a really nasty storm that annialated flowers to speak of.  I was so bummed!  This year, they have been blooming like crazy!  Here's a bunch of photos for your enjoyment.

There was a story in our local newspaper last week about a woman who lives just a few blocks from us.  She has planted over 5,000 tulips in her yard!  She was welcoming people to come this past weekend to see them in full bloom.  I would have loved to see that, but one thing led to another and we never made it there.


I don't have a huge amount of stitching to show this time.  I found myself with very good intentions, but little time spent with the needle in my hand.  If everyone would stop talking so much on the lists and stop writing and posting such wonderful things on their blogs, I'd get a lot more stitching accomplished!


I'm very late in posting my TUSAL for the month.  Ooops!  It looks like there is some green floss trying to escape from the jar. 


Here's my stitching on this new project as of April 18.  This photo is kind of dark.  Sorry.  Believe it or not, the red on the left will be a cat.  Once again, I used artistic license with my choice of floss colors.


I finished April on Sunday, but not before doing a bit of ripping!  I was stitching along and before I knew it, I'd put a leg on the 'P' and made it an 'R' so had to take that out.  The month of May should be a really quick stitch.

Bride's Tree SAL - April Stitching Finished

The stitching is finished, but I still need to get the ornament put together.  The background is the fabric I'm using for the back.  I got the pins as a freebie in 'Cross Stitcher' magazine, Issue 224 that I picked up at Borders bookstore recently.  The ribbon is from Michael's.  I'll post another photo once it's all finished. 

Wiehenburg Spring Quaker SAL

I simply couldn't resist this SAL!  Her quaker designs are just lovely.  I decided to go a bit outside the box with my fabric and stitching.  The border all around is shown stitched in green.  I simply could NOT bring myself to stitch the tulips in one of the motifs in green; so my tulips are pink.  I'm using DMC floss and Silkweaver 28 ct Cashel Linen called Serenade.  


This is what the sampler will look like when it's finished. 

Counted Blessings - A New Project!!

Check out my new blog, Counted Blessings.  I started this blog to record my progress on a project count my blessings.  This will be done by stitching 100 - 1" squares.  Each square will signify and illustrate one of the blessings in my life.  It's not too late to join in this new endeavor.  Check out Amy's Blog, Counting My Blessings to learn more about this project. 

I'm still in the beginning stages of planning my project.  I think I'm going to use a 28 ct Lugana from Enchanted Fabrics.  It is called Mystique Bubblegum, a very nice, lightly marbled pink.  It's my intention to use a variety of threads, buttons, beads, and other embellishments on this project.  It will be quite a challenge to stitch 100 different blocks that are only 1" in size!  Besides that, I've done very little embroidery, so that will definitely be a stretch for me.  But, I hope I'm up for the challenge.  

There are lots of other things I could share with you, but I think I'll call it quits for this entry.  If you've read this far, I commend you, and appreciate you, as well as your comments, very very much! 

I'll leave you with a couple photos of my 'stitching kitty' - Oreo Cookie.  She is always wherever I am in the house, 'helping' me with my stitching every chance she gets.  Unfortunately, her idea of helping is grabbing the floss and eating it.  

Happy Stitching!

Vicki in CO

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Scissor Lovers---Run, Don't Walk!

Wonderful giveaway at Jennifer's blog...

Wouldn't you love to own these?!  Sign up by midnight on Mother's Day. 

Happy Stitching!

Vicki in CO

Monday, April 12, 2010

Great Birthday Giveaway

My Internet friend, Vicky L, has a wonderful birthday giveaway on her blog.  Head on over and help her celebrate a special birthday! 

Happy Birthday Vicky!

Vicki in CO

Saturday, April 10, 2010

A Surprise, Blog Awards, Stitching Finishes and a New SAL


 Thursday afternoon at work (April 1st), a florist delivered an absolutely gorgeous bouquet to me.  The card says, "Happy Spring. Your Secret Pal."  It was printed by the florist, so no handwriting to analyze.  After asking all the prime suspects...DH, DS, co-workers, my staff, even my boss...I'm still at a loss as to who sent the flowers.  I'd sure love to thank them.

Take a look...
Aren't they spectacular?  You can't see the roses on the other side of the vase, but there are a bunch of them. 

I took these photos a few days ago, of a few of the flowers blooming in our backyard.  I'm so ready for warm weather every day and no more snow!

LHN Fa-La-La Finished

Well, the stitching is finished at least.  I still need to put the ornament together.  I'm trying to decide what to use for the hanging cord.  The background fabric in the photo will be on the back of the ornament. 

LHN Pear Tree Finished

I started Pear Tree last weekend and just kept stitching on it until the next thing I knew, it was finished!  This was the first time I've put on more than just a couple beads...I asked for some beading tips from my ILCS friends.  
I still need to choose fabric for the back and get it finished into an ornament.  (It is not framed, the gold frame is just a picture frame I added in my photo editing software). 

I have not stitched on anything else, not even Everyone Needs Their Own Space, for a while now.  Horrors!  I am trying to decide which bunny design to use for the my April Bride's Tree SAL design.  I thnk I have it narrowed down to two choices...Bunnies Galore from Brittercup Designs or Funny Bunny from Calico Crossroads. 
Yep, I've joined yet another SAL...SYHO (Stitch Your Heart Out).  Of course, I'm a couple months behind, since it started in February.  You can join anytime and you don't have to purchase kits, you can get just the charts.  They also have a Yahoo group (info on the SAL blog).
I decided on kits so I'm not chasing down assorted threads, etc.  Right now, I'm waiting for the first three kits to arrive (ordered from The Stitcher's Hideaway).  When I stumbled onto this site, I just couldn't resist joining in. 
The cool thing about this SAL is each month the design is from a different designer.  The designers are:

Glendon Place
CherryWood Design Studio
Blue Ribbon Designs
Designs By Lisa
Homespun Elegance
Rosewood Manor
Ink Circles
Country Garden Stitchery
Myrtle Grace Motifs
Trail Creek Farm
You need to stitch all of the designs on the same count fabridc; the kits all come with 32 count linen (in various colors).  At the end, you will create a stitched Designer Encyclopedia from the designs.  How cool is that?  The designs are all 50 x 50, so quick stitches each month.
ILCS members have been discussing their collections of scissors recently.  I decided to try to round up my various scissors and take a photo of the whole bunch together.  So, here it is:

The two-colored Little Gems in the bottom right came with the new Spring Fab Fob kit from Lizzie Kate (not stitched yet!).  My only good, expensive pair is my treasured Gingher cloisonné pair in the center (purchased with a coupon at JoAnn's a few years ago).  The others are inexpensive ones picked up here and there over the years.  I really had no idea I had so many scissors until I gathered them up to put them in this photo!
Here is my new frog scissor fob from My Big Toe Designs:  I just think he is so darn cute!

I did finally find out where the beautiful flowers came from.  I work with a company located in Texas (they are the managing underwriter for our student health insurance program at the university where I work).  For the past several years, I've played some very ornery April Fool's jokes on the accountant there (he is the brother of the company president).  He tried to retaliate one year, but it backfired on him and he hasn't tried since.
This year, I sent him a cute April Fool's Day t-shirt.  On April 1, he sent me a couple photos his wife took that morning before he left for work (he wore the t-shirt to work that day).  Of course, he was one of the first people I 'accused' of sending the wonderful flowers.  He totally denied it, saying, 'I did not send you flowers.  I don't even send my wife flowers.'  It wasn't until the next day, that he e-mailed me, confessing they were from him.  Altho, he said he really did not 'send' them, since the his brother's secretary actually ordered them.  The stinker!
A couple days ago, the company president called to say something like 'he heard there had been some April Fool's pranks going on again.'  I told him I'd be sending a thank you card soon, warning his brother that now he's set the bar, and I'd be expecting an even more wonderful bouquet next year!  He admitted he was in on the prank as well, and said he'd been sitting there laughing when I was accusing his brother of sending the flowers.  But, what a wonderful 'prank' it was!  :)

Cleaning closets, switching fall/winter clothes for spring/summer. I started on this task when I got home from work yesterday.  Pretty much finished it up this morning.  It's always a nice surprise to see my clothes from the other seasons; kind of like seeing old friends after you haven't seen them in a while.
Now I have a pile of items to donate.  I always photograph them, write down a short description of each item, then pack them up to drop off at a ARC Thrift Store.  Each year, I burn a CD with the photos and keep it, along with the written description sheets with our tax records.

Some of my stitching/blogging friends were so kind recently; three of them awarded me the Beautiful Blogger Award!  Thank you so very much for thinking of me my dear Evalina, Mare, and Shelley! It is wonderfully motivating to know that others are reading and, I hope, enjoying my ramblings.

The rules of Beautiful Blogger Award are simple:
  • Accept the award  
  • Thank the person who gave you the award
  • Add a link to the person who gave you the award
  • Put the award on your blog
  • Write 10 things about yourself others might not know about you
  • Pass the award on to 10 others
  1. I lived in Guam in 1974-1975
  2. I used to fly airplanes (yes, I used to be a private pilot)
  3. I had 5th row seats for an Elvis Presley concert in Denver in 1969 (LOVE Elvis!)
  4. My favorite flowers are Peace roses
  5. In 8th grade, I won a typing award for 90 wpm with no errors on a manual typewriter
  6. One of my favorite movies is Independence Day
  7. I wear size 11 narrow shoes
  8. I used to work at a nuclear generating station
  9. I was first chair saxophone in band from middle school through high school
  10. I am strangely fascinated by Adam Lambert, of American Idol fame 
Try as I might, I totally fail at the last requirement, passing this award onto others.  I read and appreciate such a vast array of blogs, I simply can't narrow it down to 10.  Many of the blogs I would choose have received this award recently, and others I would not want to disappoint by having them think I overlooked them.  So, I've decided not to pass the award on.  If I could, I'd send the award to everyone whose blogs I are ALL winners in my book!

One last thing for this VERY LONG post...


I recently posted about a giveaway Jennifer was hosting on her blog, Feathers in the Nest.  She was giving away this great Waxing Moon chart, complete with threads and fabric.  One of the best parts about this giveaway was the reason....her son, Brandon, was returning home from deployment safe and sound! 

And, guess who won?!  Little ole' ME!!!  I'm so surprised and excited; can't wait for it to arrive!  Many thanks for this great giveaway Jennifer.  If you haven't already, you should take time to check out her blog.  It's wonderful!

OK, I think that's it for now.  Whew!  Until next time...

Happy Stitching!!

Vicki in CO

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Surprise Giveaway!

Riet is hosting a surprise giveaway on her blog.  If you haven't visited her blog, she posts the most wonderful photos of flowers, family, and scenery in the Netherlands. 

Happy Stitching!

Vicki in CO