Thursday, April 30, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
My SAL piece with Annemarie has become a point of disappointment also. Once again in my quest to be frugal the fabric is too small. I am too ashamed to even post a photo here, but you will have to deal with it tomorrow when I update for the Thursday SAL posting. I will have to make some sort of calico "cuff" along the top to feebly disguise the fact that the top two rows of letters and a star are missing. Luckily, the quilt I am working on is of the same color scheme, so I have plenty of scraps that will nicely coordinate with the stocking.
Worked a bit more on my French Sampler. Just the very boring borders to finish up now. This piece doesn't see much action. I usually take it on my annual Summer trip to visit my parents. Since I didn't go this August it has sat in the WIP cabinet for quite a while. A little more done of the duck and ducklings square of Prairie Schooler's "Welcome Spring", but not enough to merit a photo.
Last Sunday(26th) was the Perennial Exchange Party of my friend Sharee's sister-in-law, Annette. She has a beautiful home with equally beautiful landscaping and gardens. Her Rembrandt Tulips were gorgeous! There were 26 ladies there and each of us brought a selection of plants from our own gardens to trade with the other party-goers. Here's mine and Sharee's table. There was also a marvelous tent with all sorts of goodies and snacks. Annette's very cute little dog enjoyed the party and all the attention he got.
"Mystery Cat" has been with us for nearly two weeks now so it is only fitting that he gets a name. Introducing Morris. He is so friendly with all the other animals, including Bud the dog and is tremendously comfortable living here, as you can see.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
You see, everything is turning such a lovely green and all of my little plants are sprouting. The kittens, Roy and Carmella, spend most of the daylight hours outside. Although here they are lurking to pounce on the next innocent victim who goes up the stairs.Tomorrow it is supposed to get up to the 70sF and the 80sF over the weekend. Great timing! It has been so cold this week that the cats huddled near the wood-burning stove. This is Coal with Roy.When it got too warm there, they moved to the rocking chair.Not a lot of stitchy things to show today. My "uber-cheapness" has gotten the best of me with "A Mon Ami Pierre" freebie. I cut the fabric too small. I think I can only fit the top half of the sampler on it. I'm so mad at myself. Now I search eBay for large pieces of linen at a reasonable price. I think this piece, when finished (so-to-speak) will be displayed as a pseudo-antique "sampler remnant". Is there no end to the length I will go to cover up a mistake!? Pseudo what??????? Sounds like one of those million dollar art pieces that was created by a 3 year-old finger painting with Jello.
oooooooh Jello, now I'm hungry. Gotta go.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Then, here it is, the work of all works (drum roll please), my very first SAL. Thanks to Annemarie and her low pressure, kinder, gentler approach I have decided to dive into this adventure. I dutifully post, on the correct day mind you, my work so far on Carriage House Samplings "Primitive Stocking".
A few pet snaps. The first is really not a pet, but when have I been one to turn away an animal. This is "mystery cat". He was sitting in one of my wicker chairs outside the kitchen window yesterday afternoon. He seemed very much at home. When I approached him I was very surprised to find that he didn't scare and run away, but came right up to me and rubbed his lovely orange fur all over my black pants. He is extremely friendly and followed me around for about an hour. He even tried to get into the house. He seems to get along with the other cats. Against my(or maybe it was Joe's) better judgement I gave him some food and he has spent the night in the cabinet on the porch with our other outside friend, Mocha. Everyone is right now frolicking in the yard in the sun. Yes, sun. The big golden ball in the sky that we haven't seen in nearly a week. It is also warm enough to open the windows and air out some of the testosterone build-up from Easter weekend. Joe's friends love to come here. One even spent two nights on the spare bed. But they leave such a trail of destruction and ewwwww, the smell. OK, OK I have a litter box so I should be pretty "stink-proof", but there is just something about wool socks and work boots and rainy weather that just puts such a funky smell into everything. Of course the gallons of beer and mountains of cigarettes didn't help either. So the whole place is getting a thorough cleaning. But this will take me away from stitching! It also took me away from my original train of thought....PETS!
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Lost another very promising gymnasts last week. The littlest girl in the center of the photo, Karenna, has left us for another gym. She has chosen Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy, which is known world-wide for it's elite and international champions. Hopefully they will be able to take her further then we could. She is a lovely girl, but missed so many practices that it was hard for her to make the progress that her talent allowed.
My last stitching project of the weekend were some alterations on a prom dress. This is Jill's daughter's dress for her Junior Prom. Yes, Jill!! The former co-worker who made my coaching life such a mess over the past several years. She just called me out-of-the-blue and I couldn't turn her down. Work is work and hopefully she'll recommend me to other people.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
I made the little Easter treat bags for my Junior group of gymnasts. I gave them out last Thursday, as many of the girls said they would not be here this week. There's another thing I am looking forward to. A smaller group of gymnasts all week long means more time to chat with them and to discuss the finer points of certain skills and movements. The hard training is good sometimes, but I think a good chat helps them a lot too. And, as many of you poor unfortunates know, I can chat on and on about gymnastics.
A bit of stitching going on too. Work continues on the quilt, with the help of Coal and Roy.
Try not to notice the basket of laundry being ignored in the background. I am still stitching on Prairie Schooler's "Welcome Spring". Should have them all done soon. Here's a new set of Valdani floss from eBay. This is the "Muddy Monet" collection.
I close this post with two lovely pet snaps. Roy and Carmella under the flowering Quince bush. They just love being outside. The chase every fly, leaf, blade of grass, moth. It's so funny to watch. They make some valiant attempts at stalking birds, but they are not too subtle. I hope your weekend was as enjoyable as mine.