Sunday, January 16, 2011

Some Progress on Quaker Friendship Sampler

I didn't stitch for a couple of days this past week, but I did manage to get a bit of stitching in on QFS. I really like this project, but it's so tedious to me. I really have to pay attention while stitching! This particular medallion is really take a l-o-n-g (!!!!!) time to stitch, too! This is where I stopped last night.

I plan on stitching on it some more today, so I'll take it out of the snaps this evening or tomorrow and post a proper pic of it next week some time.

I've also spent a bit of time working on my LK piece, Do Not Open 'til Christmas. This is the one I started back in December, before my life went to pot. I don't think I've shared any picture of it. I stitched the border on it on Thursday while we were driving to check out trucks. A total bust, too, by the way. We're still looking for a truck. *Sigh*

In other news, my potatoes arrived this week. On the coldest day of the year! LOL They've been appropriately inspected and are now sitting on my counter trying to start growing. We'll plant them on Valentine's Day, so they need to get growin'! I ordered 10 lbs of potatoes in 3 different varieties, 5 lbs of Rio Grande Russets, 3 lbs of Purple Vikings, and 2 lbs of Red Norland.

The quality control agents were on the job, checking everything out.

Tumbles thought he'd scored a big new toy!

I'm ready for Mr. Sunshine to come back for awhile and bring some warmer temps with him. My feet have been cold for the past week and my disposition needs the sun!! LOL

Until next time, happy stitching!

Sunday, January 09, 2011

January Stitching & Other Mindless Meanderings

I started the new year off with stitching! I chose LHN's "He's a Flake" for my January 1st piece. I'm really enjoying it! I'm stitching him on 28 ct. Mercedes linen from Picture This Plus. I tried to find something in 32 ct. in my stash, but couldn't find a single color that I liked! Then, I changed the scarf color to CC's Ribbon Red and the tree color to CC's Steamed Broccoli. I think I'm going to stitch two 'berries' on the snowman's hat rather than use beads as in the model.

Today, I'm pulling out my Quaker Friendship Sampler. This will be my project for this week. This is the last pic I have of this on my computer. I think I've done more, but you get a general idea of where I am on it. Guess I probably should pull it out of its bag and check on it, huh? LOL

The weather has turned frightful outside. We have been hit by a blast of polar air. It started raining overnight and then turned to snow late this morning. Thankfully, it didn't really stick and it's already melted now that the snow has stopped. The wet stuff has moved off to the east and now all we have to worry about is the roads getting icy with the temperatures dropping below freezing. Here are a few pics when it started snowing. It did come down a whole lot heavier throughout the morning/early afternoon, but I didn't feel like journeying outside to take more pics!

In other news, the husband has been searching high and low for a new truck for me (us). He has narrowed down his "ideal" truck. Now we just need to find it! LOL Last night, I banned him from talking about trucks, though. Funny, he didn't have much to say to me! Here's the favorite of the 3 finalists right now. You can see more pics, if you're interested here.

It's a 1997 GMC truck, extended cab, short bed with a 350 engine, 8 cylinder, 5.7L engine. That's the same engine we had in our truck that was stolen, but this one has a bit of an upgrade on it. It's also got extremely low mileage for a 97 at only 93K!! I think it must've been someone's go to town truck! LOL I'm hoping that the weather is okay tomorrow or Tuesday for Mark to be able to drive up to see it. It's located halfway to Oklahoma from where we live!

Our household is still adjusting to Callie being gone. Hannah had to go to the vet this week for an overnight stay because we thought she might have a urinary tract infection. We didn't intend for her to stay overnight, so we didn't take her any food. When she came home, she didn't have a urinary tract infection, but she did throw up probably everything she ate the previous 24 hours! So she went on the baby food diet and ate small meals every 2-3 hours until she kept everything down. She's now back to her normal self, as you can see from the above picture which isn't really all that good!

Tumbles and Hannah are working out the hierarchy in the cat population. It's stressful for me, but something that must happen. Hannah is not a fan of Tumbles' and all Tumbles wants to do is play, play, and romp. Hannah doesn't do stress very well either. It can cause her to have a flare up of her herpes which then ends up in an upper respiratory infection. So the lucky little girl has been getting lots of extra love and attention from both me and the husband. She came and snuggled with me under the covers this morning, which she only does when it's cold and she feels like it. I got lots of purrs from her!

The other night, I got a video of feeding time at our house. It's just about the only time Tumbles voices his opinion on things. If you'd like, you can check out the video on my Photobucket page.

One thing Tumbles has mastered in the last few weeks is lap sitting, but only in Mark's lap and only in the chair! LOL Silly boy loves Mark and loves to spend his evening in Mark's lap.

Total sweetness in that picture if you ask me. I remember when Mark really didn't want anything to do with cats!

That's my week in a nutshell! Hope you all are having a relaxing weekend!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Quaker Acorn--Last Finish of 2010

I put the final stitches in Quaker Acorn last night while watching the New Year's Eve shows on TV. This was a really fun stitch!

Quaker Acorn

The Workbasket

Stitched on 32 ct. Toasted Pumpkin linen from R&R

Fiber used: Mudpie--Crescent Colours' Belle Soie Silk

I want to thank all of you who posted on the passing of my Callie-girl. It's been a rough week, but I have peace knowing that she's no longer in pain or suffering. I know that many of you have walked this road and struggled with the same decision I struggled with. I still shed a tear every now and then, but I didn't cry myself to sleep last night, which is an improvement. Thank you for your care and concern.

Here's to a great 2011!!