Friday, May 19, 2006

Please meet EMMITT!!!


Emmitt will be joining our household on Thursday evening and I am just GIDDY with excitement! A new BAAAAABY!!!! Is he just not THE cutest thing you have ever seen!?!?!? He is a mini-schnoodle....his momma is a lovely salt-n-pepper miniature schnauzer...weighing in around 9 lbs and standing 10" to her shoulder. Dad is a 6 lb black little poodle standing 8" to his shoulder, so Emmitt's gonna be quite the little tyke!! I am just so excited to be adding him to the family!! I hope the cat likes him.....

Sunday, May 14, 2006

A productive weekend!


That's what I'd call this weekend! My other project is complete and all is well in my world! It was a fabulous Mother's Day....and I hope if the sentiment applies, that you, as well, had a marvelous day!

I had some quiet time and so completed my first Shepherds Bush project...Baby Bug Ball. Here's a pic! The vibrancy of the colors isn't showing up in this picture, but you get the idea!

Now on to the next new "small" project, which will be The Bear and the Bees by Prairie Schooler....sure to be a quick stitch! And also, here's to spending some time with a few of my WIPs---namely Frances Eden (for now)!

Until next time....................

Saturday, May 13, 2006

One weekend goal down...


and one more to go! I've finished my K&K Windmill quilt...made using those yummy Kaffe Fassett fabrics!!!! LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE it! And obviously Ellie the Cat does too. Silly girl...she always seems to gravitate to the dead center of whatever quilt I'm working on or have finished. When she's not basking in the glory of being at the center of attention...she's terrorizing the sewing room...waiting patiently until I have all my blocks laid out on the floor...then TEARING through the sewing room sending the blocks flying in every direction! This time, she waited for the finished project.

Now I'm off to try and finish up weekend goal #2...to finish my first Shepherds Bush stitch....Baby Bug Ball. I'm not a soft, sweet, pastel type of gal! Okay...I can be sweet....but not pastel-y! So I've been putting my own spin on this one....substituting some darker silks for the light ones and I'm not going to use the clay buttons and beads. I just loved the quirkiness of this whimsical little piece!

Okay--off I go to thread a needle...stay tuned for pics of the finished Baby Bug Ball!

Monday, May 01, 2006

Reality struck.....

and knocked me flat...but I got right back up! Stash reality, that is! Now I know all of you die-hard threadheads no of what I'm about to speak!

Last night...I had the "BRILLIANT" idea of going downstairs and emptying out my basket of lovely sampler charts....then I took my pile of linens....and matched linens to samplers, cut out the proper size of linen and slipped it ever so gently into the sampler chart packs. Now, this seemed like a brilliant idea, because now all's I have to do is pull threads and I'm ready to stitch!

The PROBLEM arose when I decided to actually COUNT..yes, I said COUNT...the number of now kitted or mostly kitted samplers waiting to be stitched! I stopped counting at thirty-eight. THIRTY EIGHT! EGADS! 38!!! 3-8! I didn't want to go any further because then I would most certainly become despondent....worrying that I'll never stitch them all! And these are just samplers that I have the linen cut and matched up with. This doesn't even take into account all of the other charts I didn't even pull out! Good thing I ran out of linen stash...otherwise I would be in deep despair if I added MORE to the "Definitely Waiting To Be Stitched" pile!

Oh, but alas....all's it took was a phone call from my dear friend, Bev, who's a young 71 if there ever was a young 71!!! She's such a funky spunky lady! A quilter, extremely accomplished knitter, furniture reupholsterer, occassional needlepointer and avid petit-point stitcher! You gotta love Bev! Anyhooo....Bev called whilst I was amid the charts and linens, etc and I started rambling off to her all the samplers I have to stitch....and the lovely linens I was going to use, etc and then mentioned the new P Buckley Moss acquisitions from my weekend eBay foray! She laughed and said "My...you certainly have a LOT you want to stitch don't you?" and then she very quickly followed it with "but you're still young....you have all KINDS of time to stitch those and then some!" Yep---you gotta love Bev!

Sooo...the reality is that I'm up to my hair follicles in kitted projects and am ecstatic about it! I'm not going to feel guilty about it....I'm going to REVEL in the fact that I'm going to have so many fabulous samplers to admire when I'm funky and 71! Maybe by then, I'll have become an accomplished knitter too!!! Oh...so many projects...so many thread-related hobbies!!! Ain't life grand!? :o)