Sunday, November 25, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
I can't believe summer is nearly over. School starts next Wednesday, and I almost can't take it. But, I will continue to plug along. I enjoyed my summer too much. Didn't accomplish nearly as much as I'd like, but really enjoyed the restful break that I made myself take (when I was away from work at least).
Monday, August 06, 2007
1. Where is your Cellphone? - desk
2. Relationship? - dog
3. Your Hair? - easy
4. Work? - busy
5. Your sister(s)? - opposites
6. Your favorite thing? - stitching
7. Your dream last night? - none
8. Your favorite drink? - water
9. Your dream car? - beetle
10. The room you’re in? - office/den
11. Your shoes? - Nike's
12. Your fears? - few
13. What do you want to be in 10 years? - fitter
14. Who did you hang out with this weekend? - family
15. What are you not good at? - tolerance (for stupid people)
16. Muffin? - banana nut
17. One of your wish list items? - time
18. Where you grew up? - SoCal / Utah
19. Last thing you did? - eMail
20. What are you wearing? - workout stuff
21. What aren’t you wearing? - glasses
22. Your pet? - dog & cat
23. Your computer? - speedy
24. Your life? - abundant
25. Your mood? - content
26. Missing? - pondering time
27. What are you thinking about right now? - yardwork
28. Your car? - Camry
29. Your kitchen? - outdated
30. Your summer? - short
31. Your favorite color? - blue
32. Last time you laughed? - today
33. Last time you cried? - joy cry, abt week ago
34. School? - nearly finished
35. Love? - family
Of course, some are more than one word answers, and I was sorely tempted on a few to explain myself further.
I spent the last several days with my aunt who was visiting. It was nice to see her, but I have a lot of catching up to do at home and at work. And I really wanted her to teach me how to knit (again...) so that someday I can knit socks. But we never got around to it. Saw Harry Potter 5 on the IMAX with 3D. Saw "Hairspray" - completely hilarious. And she found the most gorgeous quilt kit, only one was left, at Pine Needles at Gardner Village. It is the pattern "Chocolat Stars", but uses the Blackbird Designs "Chelsea Boutique" fabric line. Which, by the way, is not being produced anymore. I'm really jealous, and secretly glad they didn't have TWO kits left. I didn't need to spend $300. And, I don't quilt! Yet...
It was bad enough that I saw the Crabapple Hill patterns and the finished quilt of Winter Wonderland, hanging at the shop. As I said, I'm not a quilter yet. I'm waiting until I finish school before I do a big one. But, I just might have to order those pears and maybe the acorn or the vintage strawberry set.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Well, gotta go take Chloe for a walk. Have a great week!
Friday, June 22, 2007
I've also had my aunt and a couple of cousins visit me recently, and we took time to drive up to Ogden to Shepherd's Bush. I had already been there twice in May, but my visitors had never been, and they drive past it on I-15 all the time! So, after a brief visit to the BYU Museum of Art for their exhibits on Impressionism and another on Christ, we high-tailed it up to Ogden for a couple of hours of shopping at the Bush.
I've made a couple of converts to the Bent Creek Snappervilles. My cousin got the supplies for the Summer Snapperville, including some really cute buttons. My aunt picked up the Winter Snapperville supplies. I already have the charts and supplies for the original "town" Snapperville, the autumn and the spring as well. We'll be swapping charts...
And, my aunt picked up "O, Beautiful" and a few other things. Then, Tina talked her into her first set of scroll rods. I'm not sure my aunt will forgive me for that shopping trip, but it was really fun. And, it was fun to have both Tina and Teri at the shop. They were so accomodating, as they always are. Teri even took the time to convert the DMC colors in the Little House pattern "Nature's Beauty". I wanted some overdyed cottons, especially Crescent Colours. So, she pulled lots of choices and we made a decision, and now I'll be stitching that next! I think the conversion will make it fit my family room more as well.
Then, we met my mom, sisters, and a niece at the Mandarin Restaurant in Bountiful... best Chinese food around. We were loud and had a good time, although I'm not sure the rest of the customers appreciated us! We tried to tone it down, but found we were laughing so hard we cried several times during the evening.
And, my sister asked about her "Marriage of the Minds"... so I guess I'd better get hopping on that one. But, I have really enjoyed the EE&F piece. It will be fun to frame and I think it will go quite nicely on my wall! I'll post pics later...
Saturday, May 19, 2007
And, when I was in Salt Lake last week, I picked up a new Drawn Thread release from the Craft Center. I believe this was something Cynthia taught through Elegant Stitch at one point. It's the Box of Stitches. I also picked up the chart for these little stocking ornaments by Hands to Work. I didn't like the drab needlepoint silk colors, so I converted them to some new Crescent Colours, while I was at the Stitchin Station.
I also picked up the Autumn Snapper charts by Bent Creek, because I'm enjoying the other snappers so much and I love the phrase on the chart that groups them all together. And, I picked up a chart and fabric for my friend for Mother's Day.
Here are the sets for the three bags I'm going to make. Mine, my friend's, and my mom's, in that order:
My mom didn't like the fabric at the far left in her set (pink set just above), because it's for the bottom of her bag, and she want's something darker. So, I'll be looking for something else for that.Thanks for all of your comments! To answer your question about the Ellen Chester class Deb, it was really fun! I don't get the opportunity to take many classes, because I'm usually so busy with work and other things that I don't get away. I also received my Friends in Stitches kit and I love it! The colors are a bit more muted than I thought they would be from the picture, but I like colors that are more muted anyway, so this will work out just fantastic. I won't be starting it for a while though. I have a ton to do first! For now, I'm off to wash the dog (Chloe the wonder mini-schnauzer), clean house and sew today. Have a great weekend!
Monday, May 14, 2007
1) I lived in Southern California until I was 14 and although I love the mountains, I still miss the ocean very much.
2) I built my garage by framing in my carport, with lots of help from friends.
3) I have only taken two stitching related classes: one by Cynthia Zitell of the Drawn Thread, and the other just recently with Ellen Chester of With My Needle.
4) I have four nieces and two nephews, and they're all close enough that I can spoil them.
5) I won the camp mermaid award at summer camp when I was 13. I spent a ton of time in the lake which was very cold!
6) I have been a camp director for over 200 girls, 12-18 years old. Of course, there were a lot of wonderful helpers that I worked with.
7) I enjoy cooking, and I'm pretty good at it, but not cleaning up! I can't bake very well though.
8) I have more power tools than most of my neighbors... the guys borrow from me all the time. I guess those elective classes I had to take in Junior High had something to do with it. I chose electronics, wood working, and drafting to go along with sewing and cooking class.
I think that most of the people I know that have blogs have already been tagged! So, I'm going to pass on the tagging part of this. I'm not much of a chain letter person either :). I'm really not a grinch... I promise.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
In total, I have added 19 new charts, two skeins of Gloriana silk (Schoolhouse Red and Cranberry), the Spanish Wine silk pack and Lakeside Linen, 13 small skeins of AVAS for the Sampler Sweet Bag, a cut of linen for the sweet bag and two odd skeins of overdyed cotton I needed. Whoa!
And, next Saturday I'll pick up my two kits by Ellen Chester at the May Swan meeting. I'm taking Ellen's "A Needleworker's Sampler Huswif" class, and have also ordered her "Friendship in Stitches" kit.
Methinks I need to go through my old stash and have a cleanout! Maybe? Maybe not. I sure am going to enjoy my summer.
Oh, and I added a new pic to the top of my blog. It's a wonderful lilac I have in my yard. I have four varieties of lilacs, and they're all blooming. I love spring too!
Friday, April 06, 2007
Here's hoping I can get it all accomplished, or at least make huge headway. I am probably going to attend the Swan Stitchers meeting in SLC tomorrow though. I need a break, and I rarely get to attend. I've decided I need to make more time to be there. I'm signed up for the Ellen Chester class in May, I'll probably be there in June as well. I think the "regular" swans will be shocked!
Monday, April 02, 2007
And, for those of you who heard your grandmothers telling you that every stitch you put into a piece of cloth on the Sabbath will mean that you have to frog it with your nose in the afterlife... well, all I can say is I hope I have a hooked nose in the next life. I'm going to be busy!
I have a ton of homework to do tonight, while I keep one eye on the NCAA championship game. I really didn't want Florida in the final... that Noah guy is just a little too cocky for me. So, even though I don't love Ohio either, I'll be rooting for them. The good news is that I'm making more progress on tasks at work. I'll catch up with everything someday!
Friday, March 02, 2007
Deb placed photos of her "blog spot" on her blog: http://lavenroseramblings.blogspot.com/. I thought I'd add a photo of mine, impromptu of course. That's why the desk is such a mess. This is my desk in all of it's messy glory. Well, not all of it. I didn't dare show the entire thing. The piles all around me are growing. I'm reading blogs and trying to get motivated to spend a weekend on programming assignments and other computer such stuff. Thank goodness I have stitching to keep me sane. That, and Ben and Jerry's Cherry Garcia in the freezer.
Oh, and I thought I'd show a pic of the view I see out of my office window. Well, not exactly. I went out the door to get a "widescreen" view. But, this was the view from campus today. Beautiful.
Have a great weekend everyone. I'm going to try to bury my nose in books
Saturday, February 24, 2007
My Bee Safe chart by It's Fine-ally Finished
Fabric/Thread/Silk pack for My Bee Safe
Peacock Stitching Chair chart by Cat's Whisker's Designs
Pearl Grey belfast for Peacock Chair
Silk n' Colors "Royalty" for Peacock Chair
Silk Ribbon by Dinky Dyes for Peacock Chair
Whitman's Vintage Sewing Tin chart by Fancy Works with the tin
Christmas House chart by Brightneedle
I want to start them all NOW. If I can hold out, I'll finish the Carnation Sampler by Needle's Prayse, and then I think I'll start the Whitman tin set. I can't decide whether to do the Christmas House on 40 count, or over one on 28...
And, I've decided to sign up for Ellen Chester's class (http://www.withmyneedle.com/teaching.html) with the Swan Guild next May. I'll be there on Saturday to work on "A Needleworker's Sampler Huswif". I'm also ordering the extra kit available to all Swan members, "Friends in Stitches". I won't be ordering the scrimshaw pieces. I just can't justify the cost, especially when I have a woodshop where I can take a really nice piece of walnut or cherry and make a ruler or threadwinder. Who knows. I haven't even decided if I'll do the huswif or use the kit to just frame a sampler. I am thinking of changing the wording though. It's all a bit expensive, but I am so sick of school, and I figure that by May, I will want a day of stitching on something new!
Friday, February 16, 2007
I also was able to get an older Needle's Prayse chart this past week. I think it's out of print. I really like it though, and it was a bargain. Of course, I think the person I purchased it from made a killing, since it looks like they picked it up from a bargain bin for 99 cents. It's the Honeysuckle Sampler. I'm tempted to start it, but I am on the plan to finish items in 2007!
Saturday, February 10, 2007
So, for all of you... ha! There's so few of you that read this... if you're interested, I will send a PIF item to the first five people that comment on this. I'm on the new blogger, so I hope you don't have trouble commenting. If you are on Legacy board, you can send me a message there. Anyway, first five people. The rule stands though. If you sign up for an item from me, you need to pay it forward by offering the same thing on your blog. It needs to be a crafted item though.
1) The Cat's Whiskers Design Studio: "The Peacock Stitching Chair"
2) Crescent Colours: Some yummy new silks
3) Guilia Punti Antichi: "Queen Sofia's Sewing Bag and Chatelaine"
4) It's Fine-ally Finished: "My Bee Safe"
5) It's Fine-ally Finished: "Pineapple Fob"
6) It's Fine-ally Finished: "Ella's Slipper"
7) Little House Needleworks/Crescent Colours/Kelmscott Designs collaboration piece
These are just what I've heard about so far... Sheesh. Some of these have limited availability either on the chart/package, or on some of the supplies to finish them, so I guess I'll have to jump on those if I want them. I haven't listed these in any particular order, but I must say, I have to have the peacock chair. I will have it, I will have it, I WILL have it!
And, I am sorely tempted by the pieces that Ellen Chester will be bringing to the Swan Sampler Guild in May. Of course, I'm hoping that braces/gloves and medication will keep the pain in my hands at bay.
Monday, January 29, 2007
And, I haven't stitched much in the past week. I watched the second half of Jane Eyre on Masterpiece Theatre (PBS) last night. This was a really good adaptation. I love Jane Eyre, and I knew I wouldn't even be able to concentrate on stitching, so I didn't even pick it up. That's amazing really. I did get some more homework done on the weekend too, but have a lot to do yet to be totally caught up. And it's only the beginning of the semester.
Monday, January 22, 2007
I did manage to stitch a bit on TMOM, and took a snapshot. The colors aren't quite right in this pic, but oh well. I'm not sure I'll get this one finished by my goal, since it's so huge. And, since I needed a diversion, I started SB's "Be Smart". I don't have a good pic of that one, so I'll post one later.
La-D-Da, 2006 JCS Ornament - Christmas Cardinal COMPLETE
Country Cottage Needlework, 2006 JCS Ornament - House COMPLETE
Hands to Work, 2006 JCS Ornament - Rejoice COMPLETE
Merry Cox, A Lady's Sewing Roll (finish) COMPLETE
Just Another Button Company, Manger Scene COMPLETE
With My Needle, Tokens of Friendship and Love COMPLETE
Drawn Thread, Treasure Box Accessories COMPLETE
SANQ, Tree of Life Workbox (finish) COMPLETE
Sheepish Designs, Betsy
Needle's Prayse, The Carnation Sampler
Prairie Schooler, Planting Kindness Sampler
SANQ, Judah Hayle Pinpillow
Chessie and Me, Liberty House Sampler
Told in a Garden, Strawberries Forever
Needle's Prayse, The Dogwood Sampler
Paula Vaughan, Wedding Ring quilt
Mary Garry's Sewing Cabin, Kreinik Remember the Ladies Needlecase
Shepherd's Bush, Be Smart COMPLETE
Theresa Wentzler, English Cottage Sampler
Better Homes & Gardens, Noah's Ark
Mirabilia, Angels Dwell Here
Elizabeth Designs, Climbing Rose Cottage
Country Cottage Needlework, Ladybugs and Bumblebees
Better Homes & Gardens, The Rose Garden
Drawn Thread, Garden Recipe
From the Heart, Needlecase
Accomplishments Shop, November Pansy Needlecase
Blackbird Designs, Summer House
Indigo Rose, Winter
Drawn Thread, Souvenir Sampler
Cross-Eyed Cricket, Halloween Pumpkin
Brightneedle, Pretty in Pink
Long Dog Designs, Mouline Rouge
Au Fil de Reves, Blue Flower Pinkeep
Shepherd's Bush, Cotswold Sampler
Drawn Thread, Holiday Tree
Drawn Thread, Marriage of Minds
Victoria Sampler, Utah Heart
Victoria Sampler, Christmas Village
Drawn Thread, The Good Neighbor
Monday, January 15, 2007
Here's my progress so far. I had about 80% of the tree done when I picked it up again January 1. I better pick up some speed.