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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Honestly I Just Went In For Some White Floss

Well, ready or not, Christmas is coming.  I did the last of my shopping today for both gifts and food.  Boy what a full day it was!  I was up and running for about 10 hours today!  Now mind you there was a trip to the Chiropractor and the gym in there, a nice sit down lunch, and I counted in the time I spent making a huge double batch of chili for my family's annual Christmas Eve dinner.

Though I've been off of work this week, its been far from lazy stitchy days for this girl!  I vowed to spend these next two weeks taking care of myself.  I've been eating properly, and making the best choices the 3 times I've eaten out this week.  I have exercised every day even if I didn't want too.  All to try and keep away the extra couple of pounds we all put on at this time of year.  Let's just say I 'm trying to darnedest to break even this season.

I even finally put my tree up (yesterday)!  I'm very pleased with how all came together this year!  I also did everything all by myself, no getting Todd to move furniture (did that myself) or getting everything up from the basement.  As usual though I did have help of the 4-footed variety.

I have found time to stitch here and there.  I've actually been working on two projects this week.

Art Deco Spirits has of course been my main focus, I don't think I'll be able to finish this block as I had hoped this month.  For some reason the focus/drive isn't there for this project.  I don't know if its because I'm either stitching in white, or some shade of grey, or it could be the lack of complexity.  I always seem happiest when I'm working on something HARD!

The Accolade before I picked it back up this week

The Accolade as of this blog entry

The other project that has been getting some of my attention is The Accolade, this one is a BAP for sure!  Its about 12 pages and I'm not even 1/2 way through the first page.  I've changed my plan of attack on this piece, I've been focusing on grids of 10x10 stitches and its working really well.  I've been sitting down and getting my 10x10 section done before picking Art Deco Spirits up for the day/evening.

So the white floss thing, what's that all about you're wondering?  Well as part of today's gallivanting about the city Christin and I stopped in to check out the brand new Michale's in our end of town!  Yes I got my floss, but then I saw all this Christmas ribbon, braids and trims already marked down 60%.  We hadn't gone into the store with a hand basket but I made Christin go find one!  Boy did I load up!  Then I got a great surprise at the cash... an additional 20% off my entire purchase!  So these wonderful goodies were essentially 80% off!  What a bargain!  I'll have lots to choose from when onramentifying next year!  I now realize one of my spools of ribbon is missing in the above picture, it has cute Christmas Trees on it!

Oh yes, on the weekend, Hunter (of course) was being super cute!  We found him curled up between a quit and the comforter on the bed.  Poor guy must of been cold!


MommaInStitches said...

Lovely stitching a such and adorable kitty! Happy Holidays!

Cindy's Stitching said...

You did a lot. The cat is so pretty. I like your tree. Have a merry christmas

Clare - Aimetu said...

Wow you have been busy; Christmas stuff, cooking, exercising, stitching and stash shopping. You need a good rest this Christmas. I love the ribbon, what a find :)

Merry Christmas to you and your family x

Christine said...

Great stitching and a fabulous haul of bargain ribbons.
I love the photo of Hunter hiding in the Christmas tree

Christine said...

Forgot to say
Have a Very Merry Christmas

Bette said...

What a great haul on the ribbons! Have a Merry Christmas!

Dee said... all the sparkly trims! I may have to check our Michaels on Sunday.

Hunter is adorable. Hope he stays out of the tree now that it is decorated though. THAT could be a MESS!

Andrea said...

Lovely tree and all of that lovely ribbon and cording.

Have a very Happy Christmas!

Ma Teakettle said...

LOL, I have BTDT so many times that I can't even tell fact the staff at Michaels sigh audibly when they see me head into the DMC aisle!

Your tree is gorgeous and that life like cat! Just kidding I know he's real ;)

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a most blessed New Year, dear stitchy friend.


Wendy said...

wauw, lovely ribbons !

your tree looks wonderfull, I´m sure you must feel like wonderwoman right now !

happy holidays !

Karen said...

That's awesome you were able to get the tree and everything out by yourself!

What an awesome deal you got at Micheal's! I stocked up on ribbon from there a couple of years ago, and I think I have enough to last me the rest of my life! lol

Merry Christmas!

Karen said...

Lovely tree...hope you have a great Christmas and break.

Kudos on such a great deal on the ribbon!

Kathy A. said...

Morning Dani. Hang in there with Art Deco - you are nearing the end! It will be so lovely done.
I look forward to seeing you over the holidays. Sending hugs and Christmas wishes my friend.

Giovanna said...

Merry Christmas, Dani!

Jeanne said...

Looks like you're all set now to relax and enjoy the rest of your holiday. Great score at Michaels...I should head over and stock up myself. Merry Christmas Dani and thanks for all the inspiration you give us all year long!

Erna said...

Merry Christmas Dani

Daffycat said...

That Hunter is a very funny cat! I love his photos!

Merry Christmas, Dani!

claudia said...

Ew! All those pretty ribbons. I can see how much fun you are going to have!
My BAP...the "Clock" I have been doing that in 10 x10 blocks. I haven't even finished the first page...only 29 to go! Want to race?!?
I hope your Christmas and the rest of your vacation is WONDERFUL!

Lynn said...

Love the pictures of Hunter!
Your stitching is looking great. You have a great plan of attack for Accolade. I got some of those lovelies at Michael's as well. Soon I won't have to go far for them. They're building a Michael's in Cornwall. Yeah!!
Merry Christmas to you Dani!

Alice said...

Isn't Hunter gorgeous? Especially in the tree!! What a great deal you got at Michaels... gotta love 80% off!

Michelle said...

Love the photo of your "helper" in the tree. Great deal on all the Christmas ribbon and trim. Happy New Year!