Friday, August 24, 2012

Meet Fred

Hi everyone,

I just couldn't resist!  Did you see the Peekaboo Kitty finished on Vicky's blog?

Here's my daughter's cat, Fred.

Now what canvas do you think I need to do next?

Happy weekend,


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Grateful Dead Update

Just in case you thought I left my mind back in the early 70s...I do know how to spell the Grateful Dead.  And Love Ben and Jerry's Cherry Garcia ice cream!

Back to the flower power piece,


Back to School

Mod Heart

Hi everyone,

Just a short post to show you the progress I'm making in Heart class.  I'm trying to do about an hour of homework every night while Emily watches through the gate.  She has never been in my stitching room, but there is a see through baby gate!

This project will be for my youngest daughter who swears she was born in the wrong decade and is bewildered by the fact that I do not know all the lyrics to every song from the 60s!  When she was in  middle school we went to a lot of concerts with aging rockers...and their fans who thought they were still in high school.  That was troubling!  So I have seen Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, The Greatful Dead, Simon and Garfunkel, the Monkees and many other bands twice!  Some bands I have seen three times!!  I even have an album where I kept the ticket stubs...I apparently went to a Three Dog Night concert on November 1, 1969.  Guess what it cost?  $6 per ticket.  Well, that dates me for sure.  I'm not sure Molly knows what a ticket stub actually is.

Heart closeup

So back to school I go every night.  At least there's no traffic!

Keep stitching,


Friday, August 17, 2012

Spontaneous Combustion

Hi everyone,

It is so hot here that if you spend more than 20 minutes outside you think you will just burst into flames!  We are spending most of our time IN the water or riding ON the water or looking AT the water or DRINKING water.

Even Emily is in on the act.

Emily on the boat
Emily doing beach cleanup
Since my last post I have received Halloween finishing...

Halloween monster
Salamander candy
Candy dish

I have my UFO assignment for 2013...Here were my 3 choices

Boat Buddies was a HAVE TO HAVE canvas that I have not started yet, but has tons of ribbon flowers

Boat Buddies

My David McCaskill Firecracker which I need a cattle prod to finish

Firecracker base

Check out the bunting

And last but not least the chapter favorite and my project to finish... Rebecca.  Good thing they chose this one, I have 4 more to go!

Have a great weekend.  Stay cool!


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Christmas Crackers

Hi everyone,

I have finished the first of the Melissa Shirley Christmas Crackers.  Talk about instant gratification!  It probably took a total of 6 hours of stitching.  With all the complicated projects that I have going on that require such THINKING,  this was a relief!  And a great way to support your LNS.

I did pick up a few tips during my 6 hours of stitching the cracker.  I now love Elegance thread - this was the first time I used it - SO much better than Trebizond.  The elegance "kept its twist" the whole way through and I didn't have to use short lengths.

The second thing I learned was to use a beading mat.  It's a lot faster than trying to dig the beads out of the tacky bobs.  Although the bobs are great for storing the beads so it's a trade off.

Tonight is our ANG meeting where we choose our big project to finish for 2012-2013.  Will keep you posted!

Happy Stitching,


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Olympic Stitching

Hi everyone,

I have really enjoyed watching the first week of competition.  Swim, swim, swim...paddle, paddle, paddle.  I can actually watch the swimming live (well, taped delayed) without knowing the results, but the gymnastics is another story.  I just finished watching the ladies (girls) team final and wasn't it nice to know ahead of time that we WON.  I cried anyway.  I felt SO bad for those little Russian girls - that is worse than the agony of defeat!

Here at home we are working on our doggie paddle event.  Emily is a great swimmer, but we have a boat so it's best that everyone have a life vest.

Emily trying on her life jacket
And here she is trying it out in the pool

Emily retrieving her octopus in the pool

We cut the tag off after that -  she is not Minnie Pearl!

And here is my Olympic stitching - I was behind but Ruth has given us 3 weeks to catch up...
Bottom right corner
Good thing needlepoint is not an Olympic event.  I would have a hard time finishing and getting a medal!

Enjoy the rest of the games,