Thursday, December 18, 2008
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Sunday, December 14, 2008
the holiday season. I hope it has biten each of you, lifting your spirits and making your days a little sweeter. Nothing new going on, just enjoying the holiday season and having my family close to home.
DD is home from college, as she said - I'm yours for the next month. It's supposed to be icy and cold tomorrow but I think we are going out for some girl shopping. We need to hit the new Ulta makeup store and of course as it's next door to Target, we'll need to have a run through there too. Then we'll take our business to Best Buy; she needs new Ipod earbuds and heaven forbid they aren't the Apple brand. Then a nice stop at Books-A-Million, that's always good for an hour or so. By then I'll be pooped and ready to come home. She might could entice me into a pit-stop at Hobby Lobby. I'm sure of it, especially if we grab a Starbucks on the way. Man, I'm really looking forward to tomorrow, LOL.
Be proud of me, after 2 years in the local Embroidery Guild I finally stitched a beautiful name badge for myself. Of course I changed the intended thread colors and the beads too. I'll post a picture tomorrow or the next day.
Thanks for visiting, have a wonderful week and carve out a little relaxing stitching time.
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Thursday, December 11, 2008
has come and gone. Where do the days go? I hope everyone had a relaxing holiday with family and good friends. We love Thanksgiving around our house, it's the kick-off to the holiday season. Too much food, too much shopping and staying up late at night with friends, and too little sleep.
Our daughter will be home from college tomorrow and the ecomony and personal finances are starting to sink in with her a little. She is upset that her roommate will not be coming back in January - her parents just can't afford it. There are so many kids who aren't returning, it's sad. DD is going to the housing office in the morning to sign the papers to stay in her room, as a private room. This means she will get priority and be moved to the END of the line for new housing so anyone new who moves into the dorms in January will go to another room and she will get to keep her room by herself. This also means we don't have to pay for a private room - unless they run out of housing then they will give her the option of going ahead and paying to keep it private or having a roommate. She said there are many kids that she knows who won't be back in Jan. so it will probably work out okay. She took her last final this morning and has 4 A's and 1 B for the semester. My hard earned money at work - YAY!
So in stitching news, here's my newest little Love Quilt square. I call him Wacky Cat, isn't he just adorable? He's a freebie from http://pagesperso-orange.fr/anne-les-petites-croix/
I've been reading The Immortals book series; I'm up to book 3. They have a good story line and are easy to get into. And lots of hubba-hubba..........LOL
I've been trying to read a couple of hours every day as I've got book 4 of the Twillight series ready to start so I think I'll go pick up that book........
Hope everyone has a relaxing and joyful holiday. It's hard to do when so many things that we can't control are dragging everyone down and making everyone on edge, etc. But it's the only thing we can do; it's the days of our lives and we do have control over how much we smile (it's contagious you know) and whether we go to bed at night satisfied and happy with our lives.
God Bless you and your stitching mojo........
Posted by Giggles rule! at 3:03 PM
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
First my stitching news. Of course I forgot to get pictures of the finished products before packaging and mailing; but, I stitched 3 little house/winter scenes and made into flat-folds and one reindeer ornament.
Oh -then we had rescheduled our Gulf Shores getaway cause Hurricane Ike brought in a pounding surf that deposited snowdrift like mounds of sand (truly looks like snow) so that the neighborhood where we rented a house was literally closed to traffic and evacuated. Well, we rescheduled for the end of Oct. and had a really good vacation - except our daughter called on our second night to tell us (before we saw it on CNN) that there had been a shooting in the parking lot at her dorm and 2 people were killed. While we were horrified for the families who lost their child - we were worried about the safety of our daughter. I think it was a blessing that we were away as we couldn't drive the normal 2 hours to be with her and make sure things were okay. The police stayed in the hallway of her dorm all night and the next day until they had a handle on why the shooting occurred and had made arrest. I feel so guilty for worrying about my daughter when two other families lost their innocent sons. They were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. So tragic.
On a brighter note.......here's a picture of Don and I in Gulf Shores. The sun was so bright and most of the time the wind wasn't too bad. And the water - it was warm enough to walk in and so clear it sparkled.
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Friday, September 19, 2008
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Monday, September 08, 2008
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Wednesday, September 03, 2008
I've been wanting to start a Mirabilia chart for ages and have had the hardest time deciding which one. I finally settled on Fairy Flora and here's the first WIP. Of course, I changed the beads to delicas (they are so dainty and perfect) and I changed the recommended colors too. As this piece has such a bright background around her pale dress and wings, I decided on a plain fabric to compliment the colors and how they blend. She's stitched over 1 so finished size wil be 4/12" wide by 10" in length.
We've had rain (from Gustav) since around 8am yesterday. It's been a good steady rain and much needed in this area. It's helped cool the temps. off a little but it sure is wrecking havoc on my walking routine. I'll have to try and make it up this weekend.
Thanks for stoping by and have a wonderful week
Posted by Giggles rule! at 3:04 PM
Thursday, August 28, 2008
isn't she stunning? She is charted from the original artwork of Ian Daniels by Tammy at Stab and Stash. She has released a lot of beautiful new charts recently - why or why aren't there more hours in the day?
Anyway, Dreamsleep has been such a joy to stitch on, there are lots of rosie browns and pinks and golds in with all that brown. It's very nice watching the different sections take shape.
Melanie has been off at college for 2 weeks now and we are all settling into a nice routine. I try not to call her very much and she has surprised me by calling almost every day. Sometimes more than once in a day. She's doing great and loving dorm life so keep your fingers crossed everything continues in this smooth pattern.
We're taking a little mini-vacation in a couple of weeks and starting to get sicced up about it! We've rented a house on the beach in Gulf Shores, AL. My sister, my brother (and their spouses) are coming, along with my Mom and Stepdad (they rented their own house for more privacy) so I'm sure we'll have lots of laughs. We are all looking forward to just hanging out, visiting lots, eating seafood for dinner, going for walks on the beach and whatever else we decide we just have to try.
Then, 2 weeks after the 5-day vacation to Gulf Shores we are flying to Orlando, FL for a business conference. We look forward to this trip every year as it's always nice weather and you can stroll through the conference at your leisure. We always have such a good time!
Posted by Giggles rule! at 2:17 PM
Sunday, June 29, 2008
This has been a crazy summer. We've been so laid back it seems wrong to say it's flying by, but it sure seems that way. I can't believe we're at the end of June. It's my special month, my birthday and anniversary month. 46 years old and married 25 years. Now that doesn't seem possible either.
I've not been stitching as much lately but I think it's because the house just has more activity during the summer. There are kids coming and going at all hours. We've been walking just about every evening (after the sun goes down and it cools off a bit).........and I have the first tomatoes in my garden.
I've been happy and occupied - and that's a good combination!
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Thursday, May 29, 2008
May update WIP of Taj Mahal. This is still such a fun piece to work on. The over 2 stitching is a nice break from all the over 1 stuff and the silks just glide through the fabric, so smooth and easy. If I ever win the lottery I'll have to start my own hand dyed silk floss company with prices so affordable that every project could be done in silks.
I've hit a slump where I just don't want to stitch on anything. Nothing sounds appealing; except a new start of course.....hehe Truly, I think it's just the busy transition of spring into summer. Melanie graduates from High School tomorrow evening and we have tons of company coming; we have birthdays and an anniversary next week plus making a trip to Tulsa (about 2 hours away) to take my Mom for a Drs. checkup (everything's fine, just checking) so all in all I've just had a lot going on.
But I'm dying to start Evening in the Park and/or PIG..............and you know, a girls just gotta be able to stitch so if it takes a new start, well......LOL
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Tuesday, May 13, 2008
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Sunday, April 20, 2008
Lucy is now 7 months old and we had puppy spa day at our house this afternoon. She didn't like the clippers very much, and really didn't like it when you get close to her face but she was very, very good and doesn't she look like a nice doggie with her 'big girl' cut?
She's a Miniature Schnauzer but we call her our Greyhound on account of she has the longest legs. She's starting to grow into them and doesn't look that awkward anymore.
Gracie is getting a bath and shave tomorrow - I just couldn't face trying to do them both in one day.
Posted by Giggles rule! at 3:17 PM
Friday, April 18, 2008
I just finished Part 4 of Papillon Creations 2008 Mystery 'How Does Your Garden Grow'. If you click on the picture to enlarge it you'll notice I downloaded the wrong file option for part3....so no specialty stitches but that's okay, I still think it's lovely.
This is a mystery in 13 parts; 1 each month. You can access the download section by signing up for their newsletter at the above link.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Wow, 2 post in a single day. I decided to just pick something and work on it. This is Truth Storykeep by Sara Butcher. I finished the stitching last year and it's been laying around while I decided what finishing technique to use.
I decided to lay it on top of a stack of dinner plates in the hutch in the formal dining room.
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This is today's update of my Taj Mahal. If you look really close at the bottom left corner, you'll notice the first 10 or so beads. I just couldn't resist starting the beading!
I'm going through a 'funk' right now. You ever have those days or weeks when everything is okay but your just anxious and unfocused? I pick up a book (a good one too) and I start reading and find myself reading 2 or 3 pages and not digesting what I'm reading - or I want to stitch and find myself staring at the bags of projects and can't decide which one to work on. I've always multi-tasked well and I'm really bothered by this. I have a ton of stuff I would like to do; new projects to start, redesign this blog site, upload all my finishes to the new finishing blog Fantastic Finishes ; and alot of spring projects around the house (fun ones too) but I just don't want to start any of these. I told my husband maybe I'm a little depressed and just don't know it? Maybe I need to find a part-time job, just anything that gets me out of the house for a few days a week; nicely dressed with makeup, etc. Something to do that is concrete then maybe I'll use my 'free' time better. Right now it's like - it's all free time so I can do anything at any time I want; so I find myself sitting there and not doing any of it. Am I making any sense at all?
Posted by Giggles rule! at 9:55 AM
Sunday, April 06, 2008
I keep forgetting to post this new update picture. It looks a little distorted in the picture - but it's not. It was a dark, yucky day so I draped it over the dining room chair (by the window) to see all of the natural sunlight that I could. The colors are gorgeous in this one!
Dreamsleep by Ian Daniels, Charted by Stab n' Stash.
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Monday, March 17, 2008
I'm on a roll........finished the stitching on this one last month but I'm just now getting around to completing it into an ornament. Based on my sloppy work, I'm gonna beg - yes, beg our local Embroidery Guild to have some classes on ornament finishing techniques. This will be mine to keep. Once I learn how to do a neater finishing job, I would love to stitch this pretty snowflake again. It's from the Stoney Creek Magazine, Feb. 2008 issue - Snowflake Ornament #1 in a new series.
I used Caron Wildflowers thread in Carribean, 1x2 on 28 ct.
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I finished this today. It's the Friendship Tree by The Victoria Sampler (Thea Dueck). It was my first time at any type of hardanger stitch and I was surprised at how easy it is. Lots of fun too!
I love the finishing instructions for this piece and I think I'll pull out my Sara Butcher Truth piece (HAED storykeep) and finish it off this way, minus the fringe.
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Wednesday, March 05, 2008
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Friday, February 29, 2008
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Tuesday, February 26, 2008
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Thursday, February 07, 2008
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Tuesday, February 05, 2008
that's the name of the book I'm currently reading. It's fantastic and not to be missed. It shows you the darkest part of the human spirit as it makes you think and reassess your thoughts and beliefs, it will change your soul. Here's a link http://mapage.noos.fr/tatianaderosnay/sarahken2.htm
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Monday, February 04, 2008
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Wednesday, January 30, 2008
It's a big teaser! Only around 1800 stitches left so next time I pick her up will be a finish. It's Morning Rose (artwork by Linda Ravenscroft, the cross stitch chart is no longer available).
I have a new project I just can't wait to get started on so off to plan
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Saturday, January 26, 2008
I don't know where this originated as my Mother emailed it to me last week, but I want to share it with you. There are times in our lives when hardships and trials eat at us and make us doubt our selves. If your not a believer, don't worry it's a nice fable. I especially like the last sentence and will always be remindful of this.
QUILT OF HOLES
As I faced my Maker at the last judgment, I knelt before the Lord along with all the other souls.Before each of us laid our lives like the squares of a quilt in many piles; an angel sat before each of us sewing our quilt squares together into a tapestry that is our life.
But as my angel took each piece of cloth off the pile, I noticed how ragged and empty each of my squares was. They were filled with giant holes. Each square was labeled with a part of my life that had been difficult, the challenges and temptations I was faced with in every day life. I saw hardships that I endured, which were the largest holes of all. I glanced around me. Nobody else had such squares. Other than a tiny hole here and there, the other tapestries were filled with rich color and the brig ht hues of worldly fortune. I gazed upon my own life and was disheartened.
My angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth together, threadbare and empty, like binding air. Finally the time came when each life was to be displayed, held up to the light, the scrutiny of truth. The others rose; each in turn, holding up their tapestries. So filled their lives had been. My angel looked upon me, and nodded for me to rise.
My gaze dropped to the ground in shame. I hadn't had all the earthly fortunes. I had love in my life, and laughter. But there had also been trials of illness, and wealth, and false accusations that took from me my world, as I knew it. I had to start over many times. I often struggled with the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the strength to pick up and begin again. I spent many nights on my knees in prayer, asking for help and guidance in my life. I had often been held up to ridicule, which I endured painfully, each time offering it up to the Father in hopes that I would not melt within my skin beneath the judgmental gaze of those who unfairly judged me.
And now, I had to face the truth. My life was what it was, and I had to accept it for what it was. I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my life to the light.An awe-filled gasp filled the air. I gazed around at the others who stared at me with wide eyes.
Then, I looked upon the tapestry before me. Light flooded the many holes, creating an image, the face of Christ. Then our Lord stood before me, with warmth and love in His eyes. He said, 'Every time you gave over your life to Me, it became My life, My hardships, and My struggles. Each point of light in your life is when you stepped aside and let Me shine through, until there was more of Me than there was of you.'
May all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing Christ to shine through!
God determines who walks into your life....it's up to you to decide who you let walk away, who you let stay, and who you refuse to let go.'
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Thursday, January 24, 2008
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Wednesday, January 23, 2008
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