Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day 2010

Parris Island, SC
May 2010

Monday, May 24, 2010

Home from Georgia

I am back home from my Savannah trip. It was a sight-filled trip with many great memories created. My photos are downloaded and ready to be cropped and identified. As soon as I get them organized I will post some. Meanwhile, I will leave you with this photo of the Vulcan statue in Birmingham.

Vulcan is the largest cast iron statue in the world. The park he's in is beautiful, and if you ride or walk up to the base of the statue you get a fantastic panoramic view of Birmingham. BTW. I rode up to the base. I have photos of from the base, however it was raining, so they are not very clear.

No stitching on this trip. Much to tired at night. I hit the bed when we reached the hotels!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Seasonal Exchange from Marjorie

Stacy Nash Primitives design
Made my way to the Post Office this morning to mail my HoE exchange and get this beauty in return. Marjorie did a fantastic job on this piece. I really love it. Thank you Marjorie. She e-mailed me yesterday concerned since I had not received it because she popped in the mail on April 30th. I've had exchanges that go to California take a while. I'm just glad that it finally arrived so Marjorie can breath a sigh of relief.
It is storming here this morning. I woke up really early because of the thunder and lightening. No sleeping through this one. So, I've been busy packing, running errands, and taking my mom to and from the beauty shop. I'm ready for a morning nap. No can do though. I have to finish packing and then straighten up a bit. I have been really stressed trying to keep the house in a fairly neat state. My nature is extremely cluttered, as is my mind, so keeping my junk picked up is a chore in itself! Oh well, discipline is good for the soul.
Think I'll have a cup of coffee and relax a minute. Now, that I can do extremely well.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Despina received her Round 4 Lizzie Kate exchange

Despina finally received her Round 4 from me. I have wanted to do this pattern for quite a while, so Despina seem like a perfect recipient. One day I want to do it for me also. A combination of DMC and overdyed thread were used to stitch it. I believe I used a 28ct luguana for the fabric. Despina assures me that she is pleased with my choice, I'm pleased too.

Enjoy the rest of your day. Looks like storms are brewing around Okmulgee again. One passed through during the evening time. Tree limbs were down in the city. Me? I slept through the whole thing!!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

It Started So Innocently

I have an exchange I must get in the mail this week before I leave on my bus trip. My stitching mojo is still missing, but I managed to get my piece stitched. Now for the finishing. Oh boy, talk about a snowball effect. The stash room was a total mess. I had to make a way for Lynn to get in there. She is taking care of my Tobiecat while I'm gone. My work table was stacked with fabric and thread that needed to be put away. I could not finish the stitched piece until I straightened up and then put away the fabric and the threads. Talk about multiplying! The more I straightened the more threads I found. Six, count them six, skeins of DMC 3371! What was I thinking? So now, the table is clear, the fabric and thread put up, and I am pooped! I'll have to work on that finishing tomorrow.

Before I tackled the stash room I went to Silver Sneakers. Then took my mother to get her groceries for the week and I picked up a few items to tide me over till Saturday. There went another hour. It always takes us an hour. Why is that?

Tomorrow is trash day. What started out as merely emptying my week's worth ended up major. How much trash can one person and cat produce? More snowballing, when I opened the fridge and decided it needed to be cleaned out. The trash is gone. Yea.

What's on my to do list after the stitching piece? The carpet has to be vacuumed. I have to pack for the trip. I'm gonna be tired before I even get on the bus.

Have a great Wednesday everyone.

HoE Early Christmas Ornament from Lisa S.

BarnYard Christmas Leaflet
Prairie Schooler
DMC Threads
I received this little beauty from Lisa S. for the HoE Early Christmas Ornament Exchange. Isn't is just wonderful. It looks like my Tobiecat keeping an eyeful watch on the birds outside. I just love it. Thank you so much Lisa. We have exchanged stitching two times now. I told Lisa she could stitch for me anytime!

Rosalie Received Her May Ornament

I heard from Rosalie that she received the May ornament for the Christmas Ornament Swap exchange. I chose to stitch the Prairie Schooler ornament from the 2009 JCS ornament issue. It was a fun stitch. Rosalie loves PS and so do I so it was a fun stitch for me to do for her. She said she loved it. That makes the stitching worth it! The photo isn't very good. I think my camera batteries were getting low.

A sleepless night for me after a round of heavy storms passed through OK. A funnel, not a tornado, was sighted on the northwest side of Okmulgee. No damage was done.

Since I couldn't sleep, I tackled my stash room. I have too much for such a small area. It doesn't look good, but my friend Lynn can at least get in there while I'm on vacation. She has volunteered to feed and water my Tobie while I'm gone. Good friends are hard to come by, so I'll keep her! We enjoy many of the same things so I'm lucky to have her as a friend.

I received a wonderful ornament from Lisa S. today. I'll post a photo of it tomorrow or should I say later today since it is early morning.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Ornament from Roberta

The mailman brought me a great Christmas Ornament from Roberta on Saturday. Goodie, goodie, I have another reindeer ornie to add to my collection. I absolutely love it and the way she attached the stitching to the pillow. Thank you so much Roberta!
Speaking of reindeer, I am so far behind on my monthly stitching. My tree may not have many 2010 ornaments if I don't get in gear. Somewhere between January and May I lost my stitching mojo. Sure do hope I get it back soon.

I have one exchange to complete and get in the mail this week. The mailing deadline is while I am on the Savannah trip with the bank group. I also need to pack and tidy up the duplex this week. Tidying and I are just like oil and water. We don't mix! I sure don't want to return home to a mess. Busy busy, this week.
Hope your week is a good one.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Spring Exchange for Conny

I heard from Conny that she received my Spring package for the Seasonal Exchange Group. She said it brightened her day since she was suffering from the flu. I chose to stitch Glory Bee's freebie, "Spring Tulips" using the DMC recommended threads and a 28ct fabric from my stash. I finished it using my new favorite method, whip stitching the backing fabric to the linen and filling it with crushed walnut shells. I fogot to take a snap of the fabric.

Another busy day for me. My sister and brother-in-law are coming to spend the day with my mom, so I'll be over at her house.

Here's wishing all the Mothers a Happy Mother's Day!!

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