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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Annual Stitching Goals and Review

Well I've dragged out my stitching goals from 2006 and boy did I get WAYYY off track this year. There's what you think you'd like to do/get done and then there's what gets done.

2006 Goal Review :

Finish Noah’s Submarine - Almost got 1/2 done
Finish Celtic Banner - YES!
Stitch Santa Fly Fishing Stocking for Todd - Didn't even start it
Bug collector - YES!
Enchantment of Winter For Dad - Didn't even start it

2007 Goals :

Finish Noah’s Submarine
Finish Tour Des Marques
Finish The Castle
Stitch Santa Fly Fishing Stocking for Todd

This past year, I did manage to stitch 21 ornaments and finished 29 other assorted projects. Not too many big ones this year.

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Mini Cottages Happy Dance!!!

Wahootie I finished it!!! Its done! Last night while visiting with Ann and Dan I finished Mini Cottages 4. I finished the actual cross stitch on Thursday night and got a start on the backstitch. I figured the backstitch wouldn't take long on Friday... boy I was wrong! It took me until after dinner to finish Mini Cottages 4! Holy crap!

So without further ado :
Mini Cottages IV
Michael Powell Cross Stitch Art c2002
Stitched on : 14ct Aida using Anchor Cotton

And here's Mini Cottages 1-4 (click for bigger piccy)

Anyhow I have to thank Ann and Dan for a lovely couple of days out in Brighton! Before I could start my journey on Thursday I went and saw my Sport's Medicine Doctor to get the cortisone shot in the bottom of my heel. Oh my gosh I've gotten a lot of needles over the years, that one was painful! Then I could finally hit the road.

When I arrived an Ann's I was greeted by "the girls" Patty, Molly, and their visitor Maddie (all dogs). It didn't take Ann and I long to settle in to stitch. Shortly after my arrival, Ann's regular stitching ladies showed up. Ann and a good sized group of local stitchers get together every Thursday afternoon to stitch. (this is why I timed my visit for Thursday) We all got a wonderful surprise when Kathy showed up! Kathy and I have become very good friends in the last two years, and she's been down in Arizona for the winter. She's up to visit family over the holidays, it was so good to see Kathy! She wants me to fly down for a visit during March Break in 2007. We had a lovely afternoon of stitching and shopping in Ann's shop, Knowledge and Needles, I also came out of there a few bucks lighter. I bought Michael Powell's Mini Cottages 5 which is one of the Spanish Cottages and a couple of skeins of the new DMC overdyed cottons. Once everyone left Ann and I stitched into the evening.

Friday morning Dan treated Ann and I to breakfast out. Mmmm one of my favourite meals to eat out (not that I do very often). By mid-morning Ann and I were back at it again, stitching away, Marj drove out to stitch with us for the day. I was hoping she would stay to have dinner with us but she couldn't. Dan was a sweetie that afternoon, and washed my car and vacuumed the inside. He also vacuumed Marj's car! Then he made dinner, "Dan's Chicken" for Ann and I, it was awesome! What more could a girl ask for? Stitching, good food and a clean car! I stayed one more night, as usual I always hate coming back home.

So now I'm hoping to finish Moon Dragon by Dragon Dreams before the New Year starts... hmmm can I do it?

Tomorrow I'm back on the road again, off to Cornwall this time to stitch in the New Year with Chrisanne (this has become our tradition). We'll both be putting in our first stitches on The Castle at midnight!

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Ready For The Castle SAL??? And Progress

Well, I'm ready for The Castle (by Teresa Wentzler) SAL starting on January 1st, 2007 are you??? After January 1st we'll be working on it every Saturday. Many of us will be sharing our progress and experiences at my Bulletin Board, Needle and Thread in the Teresa Wentzler form. So if you're going to join in the SAL be sure to stop on by!

Yesterday I bought the last of the floss needed, and packaged it all in floss-a-way bags. I'm quite excited now!

After a nice day out with a massage, lunch, and a little shopping I settled in with some DVD's in the evening and continued to work on Mini Cottages 4. Not long now before I can declare this puppy done!

Today I'm off to go stitch with my friend Ann... after I get a cortisone injection in my foot. I'm afraid of how much this is going to hurt. I mean there's really not much tissue in the bottom of your feet is there? Hopefully this will give me some relief from the constant pain I'm experiencing with plantar fascists.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Mini Cottages Progress

Its late, I should be in bed... of course I'm not going to work tomorrow so does it really matter?

Here's today's progress on Mini Cottages 4

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Boxing Day Snow!

Lookie what I woke up to this morning! White stuff, I guess we didn't get it in time for Christmas but it showed up for Boxing Day. But I don't think its going to last too long.

For a fair part of Christmas Day I worked on Tour Des Marques. Its not so blob like now, and you can see a little "structure". I actually wanted to keep working on it today. However, I'd like to get a couple of things finished before December is over.

Today started out with a little elbow grease, getting my craft room back in order. Honestly, it was a disaster zone! You couldn't move around in there without tripping and killing yourself! Now, its clean, organized and ready for a finishing frenzy if the urge hits me! This afternoon we've settled in with DVD's and me with Michael Powell's Mini Cottages 4.

Monday, December 25, 2006

I'm Dreaming of a Brown Christmas

Merry Christmas Everyone! I survived!

Well for the first time in my memory of Christmases in Canada, there's no snow!

Dinner with both families is over, the presents are unwrapped and chillaxing here on the couch with my laptop and the TV on.

Last night went really well, and now I understand all the talk about how tiring it is to put on a meal for a large group and how when its time to eat you're not hungry. My first guests arrived early... a bit of a surprise as I was just finishing my flight of the bumblebee and still in my pyjamas. Once all of my family was here (I had them coming over a little earlier than Todd's family) we exchanged gifts. My favourite gift is the one from my Mum she got me a chainmaille book I've been wanting called Chains By Becky I'm looking forward to making some of the projects from that. My Mum was also a sweetie and got me a bunch of silver rings!

About an hour later Todd's family arrived, we'll be exchanging gifts with them this Saturday as Todd's Dad works during the statutory holidays. Dinner went very well, and of course there was too much food! I made a huge lasagna and I guess it was good because there's only three small pieces left! I have lots of munchies to snack on for the next two weeks though. Once almost everyone was gone, except for my parents I was just wasted! I mean exhausted not drunk! I laid down on the couch with my pillows and quilt and just chatted with my Mum. I was in bed before midnight!

This morning Todd and I exchanged presents. I got him a lot of different and small things, Ferrari stuff, DVD's, he liked everything. Santa surprised me by stuffing my stocking for the first time! Santa has been stuffing Todd's for years! Santa go me a cute little USB mouse for my laptop! I'm already liking it! The cats got me a canister of caramel popcorn from the Boy Scouts. Best of all Todd got me the Digital PVR-Receiver I've been asking for! Yay no more missed shows when life is super busy!

So I didn't get any stitchy gifts... but that's okay you'd know that if you saw my craft room that is currently a disaster zone. I'll be cleaning that sometime real soon!!!

Today is Tour De Marques SAL day so guess what I've got all day to stitch on????

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Last Of The 2006 Ornaments

Merry Christmas!

Well I finally have the time and the energy to blog! Its been a long week with few free moments in between. Lack of free moments, and that I've been practically falling asleep where I stand at times. Its taken so much to get ready for today, Christmas Eve. For the first time ever I'm having my family and Todd's family over at the same time! Everyone is coming over for dinner tonight! Ack! Its taken a lot of shopping and preparing... and ick... cleaning!

While we're in the spirit and all that I'd like to thank all of you for visiting my blog and reading my nonsense! I would of stopped long ago if no one read what I put here. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and gets in lots of stitching... and if not lots of stitching lots of new stash!

Also there's been some last minute ornament scrambling as I realized I didn't have as many as I needed to give as gifts! This year's final ornament tally is : 21!

So here's the final ornaments and ornament finishing!
Portrait of A Cat - Freebie
Brittercup Designs

Gift of Hearts -Freebie
c2001 At River's End
Stitched on Mystery Fabric
Using GAST Cherrywine and Dried Thyme

Wevryn Christmyth Ornament - Freebie
c2006 Dragon Dreams

c2006 Prarie Schooler
JCS 2006 Ornament Issue

Intermediate White Work Ornament - Freebie
Teresa Wentzler
Stitched on 30ct Macaroon Linen
Using DMC Ecru

Shimmering Showflake - Freebie
c1999 Ursula Michael Desings
Stitched on Pweter Lugana
Using Vicki Clayton Midnight and Royal Blue

Since I'm now on holidays until January 8th I'm sure I'll be blogging much more frequently... and catching up on all that stitching!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

I've Been Tagged

I got tagged by Loretta tonight with this meme : 5 things you don't likely know about me.

1. Deep down in my heart... I'm a Trekkie I once had my picture taken with George Takei (Sulu) at a Star Trek convention.

2. The first car I bought on my own was "Raspberry" aka pink!

3. I don't want to have kids.

4. Back in high school I asked Todd out... that was 15 years ago now. But I'm damned if I'll ask him to marry me. That one is up to him.

5. In middle school I was in the play Little Women, I played the role of Jo. I'm the only one who sounded like someone from the north where the play is set. (We were living in Texas at the time).

I'm going to tag...


Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Finding Time For It All

What a week! And its only Tuesday! Stitching time has been at a premium lately and not much of that has been happening. I've not had a full evening at home yet this week and it might not happen for a few more days. I didn't get to stitch on Tour De Marques on Monday.

Between all the pre-Christmas events, and getting ready to have company on Christmas Eve I have managed to stitch one last minute ornament and found a little time for Noah's Sub.

This ornament I started at 4pm on Sunday when I realized I had to get a gift for the "Warm Fuzzy" exchange at work. Its a year long exchange of sorts at work where you pick a name and through out the year you give them little pick me up gifts. Since my Warm Fuzzy is someone new on staff and we don't really interact too much I can feel safe giving her a stitched ornament without giving away my identity. So tonight at my Guild meeting I finished up the stitching on the ornament and ornamentified it when I got home.

O Holy Night
c2005 Indigo Rose
JCS 2005 Ornament Issue
Mystery Fabric, DMC 310 & GAST Cherry Wine

Friday, December 15, 2006


Q : Do you have any good Internet links to tutorials for your favorite finishing techniques that you would like to share?

A : Yeah... my webpage!!! I've got a number of tutorials!
Photo : Hunter enjoying the sunshine on a fluffy blankie.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Ornament #2 for December

Remember I said after I finished my last ornament that I'd pick Noah's Sub back up? Well I lied... I gave into my impulse and stitched up the Dragon Dreams Christmyth ornament for 2006, a Wevryn holding a steaming cup of hot chocolate! I'll finish him up for my nephew.

However I was a good girl... I did work on Noah's Sub for a couple of hours tonight.

Tomorrow is going to be busy... a full day at work, grocery shopping, and wrapping up my Christmas shopping! Oh my!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Happy 6th Birthday Emma!

Today is my niece's 6th Birthday! Boy she's growing up fast! Saturday after I taught 3 classes at TKD my Mum and I took Emma out for a special Birthday Day. We first went to McDonalds for lunch and some time at Playland. Next it was off to Build-A-Bear! Oh Emma was just over the moon! Once she took a look at all of the animals her choice was simple... a Husky Dog. We let her know that she could pick out an outfit for her dog. But according to Emma "Dogs don't wear clothes", she was very adamant about that! So 45 minutes later we left with Husky, a baby Husky, a leash and a dog bed. On our way out of the mall there was a group of massage therapy students giving 10 minute massages for donations to the Food Bank, so we got Emma her very first massage. We were quite amazed that she laid still the whole time, she really enjoyed it! Then it was time to go back home! I was pooped!

Sunday I had a blast! It was the Teen's Christmas Party at TKD. I had suggested that perhaps we go to Lazer Quest back when the idea of doing something for the teens came up. So that's what we did, 26 of us got to play two games of Laser Tag, eat pizza and donuts. What fun! I have to say I didn't too bad for a 30 year old! One game I came in 6th and the second game 10th... I got ambushed by the boys!
Prarie Schooler

Winter c2006

32ct Mushroom Lugana & DMC floss

Earlier this evening I finished that Prarie Schooler ornament I started on Friday. Its quite lovely. I'll have to think about how I want to finish this one. Then I started a new Stitch-A-Long. Christin, Beth and I will be working on "Tour De Marques" from The Silver Lining. I'm stitching mine over one on 28ct Bluebell Joblean from Wichelt. Its in that blob-like phase right now. We'll be working on this project on Mondays.

Tomorrow its back to the Sub.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Finish It Friday

Well, last night around 9:30PM I got the finishing bug! So I went with it and pulled out Sweetheart Tree's "Don't But Me (while I'm stitching)" to finally turn into something I can hang on the wall in my stitching area. I'm very pleased with it. I thought the stretching might be tricky since the piece is on linen. However, I must be getting good at lacing/stretching because with some minor adjustments it looked perfect! I guess my tip to you, if you're getting frustrated with stretching is just keep doing it, it does get easier!

I stayed home sick yesterday, with the cold I told you about earlier in the week. During my waking hours (when I wasn't sleeping!) I started the Prarie Schooler ornament from the JCS 06 Ornament Issue. This is my choice for an Ornament RR so I figured get it stitched up instead of procrastinating. I didn't finish it yesterday but I did make descent progress.

Its Saturday now since it was pretty late when I finished my finishing, that's why I didn't post it last night. I'm getting ready to head out of the house (sitting here eating a quick breakfast) to teach three classes at TKD. Then my Mum and I will be picking up my niece, Emma and taking her out for lunch (she's turning 6 on the 11th) and to Build-A-Bear for an early b-day gift. I've had a cold all week and ended up taking off a couple of days from work. I'm feeling better this morning, but I hope I have the energy to do all of this!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Ornament Exchnages!

Over the last few weeks I've received three lovely ornaments through the mail. Two of them were from the Teresa Wentzler Ornament Exchange and one through the Needle and Thread Ornament Exchange. The last one arrived yesterday so here they all are for you to see.

TWOE, Non-TW Exchange from Anu

TWOE, TW Exchange from Paula

NTOE from Shannon

Also its time to share another progress picture with you, this time of Moon Dragon from Dragon Dreams. This piece is a SWIP (Slow Work In Progress), since I'm not allowing myself to go all out on stitching this one (or it would of been done over a week ago!). I'm working on this piece on 32ct Natural Linen, one half will be the Moon Dragon the other half Teresa Wentzler's Sun Dragon. I'm only letting myself work on it one thread length at a time. Otherwise I think Noah's Sub would never get done. As much as I think Noah's Sub is adorable its a chore to stitch. But its coming along!

Oh yeah, I also made up two fobs today. One is a custom order through Knowledge and Needles and the second one (the dolphin) will be for sale at the shop.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Noah's Sub Progress

Well its been slow but sure work on Noah's Sub this past week. I'm still putting in the lower half of the sub. I feel like I'll be doing this forever!

I've got a bit of a cough, I hope this doesn't develop into a full blown cold!

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Its About Time... Framing!

Back in December of 2003 I finished Peacock Tapestry by Teresa Wentzler. Its one of those pieces, that's truly a labour of love because its such a pain in the ass to stitch! It has a million blends, quarter stitches, and lots of confetti! I was determined to stitch it for my new (at the time) house. So I did.

I had a good idea it would cost me two arms and a leg to have it stitched... so it sat in my bag of finished un-finished projects. And it sat, and it sat. Until this year! Christin was a real sweetie and as an early Christmas present she had PT stretched for me at our LNS. Then again, it sat and it sat. Waiting for me go get some molding and frame it.

Saturday we both had to go out to my supplier to get some stuff framed up before Christmas (actually my stuff were for people at work, not anything I had made). Christin had a couple of Christmas pressies. While I was there I finally picked out something for PT. I had decided that the piece was ornate enough that it really didn't need mats or a fancy frame. Most of the PT's that I've seen framed over the years have been "over done" with a million mats and ornate gold frames. I knew I wanted a simple line in a nice dark wood. The first corner sample I pulled off of the wall was what I came home with.

Today I put the frame together... it did give me a little grief... actually I had a bit of a hissy fit... put everything away and went and took a shower. But its done now and it looks fantastic hanging above my bed! I am so happy I went simple!

Peacock Tapestry is a perfect example of how expensive custom framing can be. A couple of years ago I took it to a framing shop and had them put together an estimate for me to get this framed... I was looking at about $450.00 to get my poor PT framed. What did this weekend's framing adventure cost me??? Well the stretching was a gift.. and even if I had paid for it, the stretching was only $60.00. The 9ft length of molding that I bought... that cost $20.25! So in total to frame my PT that cost $80.25! It leads me to ask why the markup is so high if you go to a professional custom framer?

I haven't really had time to stitch this weekend, but I will shortly...

Thursday, November 30, 2006

December Goals and SBQ

Its that time again... another month has passed, and another is starting!

November - Recap

Stitch last TWRR - Done
Finish Celestial Fob - Done
Finish Dragon Needlecase class from TW - Done
Finish Mini Autumn Sampler class from TW - Done
Stitch Sweetheart Tree RR - Done
Stitch an ornament for exchange - Did two!
Noah's Sub... if there's time - Yup!

December Goals

Stitch an Ornament
Stitch a Freebie
Finish a Page on Noah's Sub
Finish Mini Cottages 4

Wow! This is why I love setting manageable goals each month... it really helps you to realize what you've accomplished. Sometimes you think you get nothing done... then you look back at those goals and voila! You've actually accomplished something! Because I was feeling like I had gotten very little done in November. I hope my goals for December are modest and achievable. With time off for Christmas... they should be.

Now catching up on those SBQ's again!

Q : Do you stitch Christmas ornaments? If so, how many do you stitch each year and for whom? If not, why not?

A : Yay an easy one to answer... if you know me then you know my answer is "well duh!" Of course I do! Some would say I stitch a lot of them. I think this year I'm up to 15 ornaments. Now where do they all go? Every year I give one to each of the secretaries and my co-worker, then there's the ornament exchanges I sign up for. There are ornaments for friends and family. I think they make fantastic and thoughtful gifts.

Q : How do you secure your thread when you begin a new one? Specifically,do you or have you ever used a waste knot?

A : I don't use a waste knot when I stitch... that would be a waste of time... then I'd have to go back and secure that thread. My stitching friends know I like to get stitching, and not waste time on silly things like tucking threads in later, gridding fabric or the like! When I start a new thread I leave a bit of a tail on the back of the fabric with one finger I hold that thread off to the direction I'm stitching in and catch it with my stitches... voila its secured with minimal stitching time wasted. Life is all about maximizing stitching time.

Well lately I've had a serious case of want-to-start-it-itis!!! Sunday evening before bed I got Tour Des Marques by The Silver Lining all kitted up. This is a piece that Beth, Christin and I have been intending to stitch as a SAL for the last two years. I think we're finally getting to a stage where we might actually start! Both Beth and I are ready to go, Christin is waiting for her fabric to arrive. We haven't sorted out when we'll be working on this piece. Seems like 2007 will be the year of the Stitch-A-Long between Tour and The Castle. I am happy to say we've corrupted another stitching friend into joining Chrisitn, Chrisanne and I (and many of you online) to stitch The Castle on Saturdays in 2007! Yes, Beatrice (you've seen her photo in many of my "Brighton" stitching activities) is going to join us, and I think this will be her first TW how exciting! My fabric has arrived for the Castle, and soon I'll have to start putting floss together, for that New Year's start! Chrisanne... are we going to stitch in the New Year again???

Since the weekend I've been working on Noah's Sub when I have time... always wishing I was working on something else! LOL I do like this project but can't get obsessed with the piece like I do others. Well, I was also bad... I did make a small start this week... I couldn't help myself! I started Jennifer Aikman-Smith's Moon Dragon a pattern Jennifer gave to us during her Celestial Fob workshop. I plan to put Teresa Wentzler's Sun Dragon on the other half of the fabric! But I'm only letting myself work on it a wee bit at a time so that Noah's Sub doesn't take a back seat... again... and again... and again!

Off to stitch!
Photo : Siberian Iris from my gardens.

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Yes! Its Done!!!

Thank you for sticking with me through my stitching marathon this weekend. I continued to work on Mini Autumn Sampler by Teresa Wentzler (a class from the Creativ Festival this year) all day and... I finished it!

The drawn thread in the border were a new challenge for me, I've managed to avoid it for quite a few years. In the end it really wasn't as daunting as I thought it would be... except when you have to cut. Why is the first cut always the scariest???

Mini Autumn Sampler

Teresa Wentzler

Back to Noah's Sub (can you tell I tend to avoid this project???)

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Another Marathon

Now that the groceries are done... and I got to play coffee fairy at Todd's work this morning (a Timmie's run for the guys since there isn't one nearby and they're working Saturday) its a chance for me to settle in and stitch!

This weekend its an Indiana Jones Marathon! Before starting the first movie I started ormentifying an ornament I stitched a couple of months ago (I just haven't had much time for finishing lately!). While the glue dried I started up Raiders of the Lost Ark and pulled out Mini Autumn Sampler, first I snapped a before picture.

I think I made descent progress during the first movie, working on the grapes and another pear.

After Raiders I completed the finishing on Blackwork Noel a freebie from Glory Bee. I'm very happy with how it turned out. Then it was a quick sandwich ... stitching can make a girl hungry you know!

Now onto Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom...

Here's my Temple of Doom progress! The grapes are done.. what a practice in patience it was all confetti stitching!!!

Onto Indian Jones and the Last Crusade... my favourite!

We actually ended up taking a bit of a movie break and watched 2 shows on TV before getting back to the marathon, so this image shows about 4 hours of progress... I'm getting there!

Now to contiune on my my Harrison Ford theme, I've moved onto Star Wars IV : A New Hope.

Last night I couldn't really be bothered to update but here's my progress at the end of Star Wars IV

My next movie was The Empire Strikes Back... about half way through that I finished the over one row... and went to bed. This morning I'm back at it again.

I imagine I'll be able to get started on the cutwork areas today... I think.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Progress Pictures and a Little TWRR

I think its about time I tease you with some progress pictures... don't you think?

For the first time since Monday I've been able to sit down and work on Teresa Wentzler's Mini Autumn Sampler. Its coming along beautifully, but slowly. I've now got four pieces of fruit stitched up in that over one section. Next I'll tackling some grapes!

Since I haven't had the time or been in good lighting situations I've been able to also put some time in on Michael Powell's Mini Cottages 4! Boy is it really coming together now. I just want to focus on it... but I shouldn't also being that its on aida its a great travel project.

Finally like I promised Noah's Sub! Which I worked on last weekend at the retreat.

Oh and a little treat for you! My Teresa Wentzler Round Robin has come home! There is still room left on it, so I'm going to baste more squares and its going to go around to some of my good stitching friends... Christin, Beth, Ann, Beatrice, Adriana, and Kathy. Hopefully I have enough room for everyone!!! Then I'll have to figure out what kind of border to put around all the blocks!

This and That

I haven't really given you a good update in awhile of what I've been up to! So much I think I'm running myself down!

Last Friday Christin and I went and saw Guns N' Roses in concert. Every once in awhile someone may ask you... where's the oddest place you've stitched? Well I can now say I've stitched waiting for a concert to start! I had heard rumors that G n' R was going to run late... so of course I brought along my stitching! Christin was kind enough to get a quick pic. of the momentous event!

What a late night that was!!! The show didn't end until 2:15am! By the time I got Christin home and got back to my place... it was after 3am! Oh boy what a long day, I had worked all day Friday as well! Unfortunately for my poor sleep deprived self, I didn't have the luxury of a nice lie in on Saturday. I was up at 9am and hitting the road shortly after 10am. On my way to pick up my friend Beth who had a lovely home made soup and sandwiches waiting for me. From Beth's place it was off to the Butler Creek B&B in Brighton for the Knowledge and Needles Retreat.

We were first to arrive so we got to stake out prime stitching spots in the living room! This year was Beth's first year at the retreat and she just loved the B&B, I told her it was beautifully decorated and so relaxing. This year it was a smaller group, about 7 of us. I wasn't surprised when by 4pm I had to go take a nap before dinner... I was pooped! Shortly before midnight Beth had a happy dance! She finished The Silver Lining's Poinsettia over one! Its just stunning!

I didn't take a lot of pictures that weekend... I was trying to stitch! I think I was too unsettled all weekend to get tonnes done but I did make visible progress on Noah's Sub. I did get this one of everyone settling into a delicious breakfast! Our choices were eggs Benedict or apple pancakes. This year I tried the pancakes they were awesome! By 11:30 we were all packing up, as usual I was sad it was ending! I probably would of headed back to Ann's place for a few more hours of stitching before going back home, as I prefer to make it a leisurely trip.

But I had to get back home to make a cake! My sister had decided we would be celebrating my Nephew's 12 birthday Sunday night. So I had to drive back home 3 hours, bake a cake, clean up, start the laundry and be at my sister's for 6pm. Of course the cake was still warm by the time we got there so it had to sit outside for about an hour and a half before I could decorate it... with the help of my 5 year old niece. As you know little kids like to put on lots of candy all over the place!

Nick had a friend over for his birthday and as a joke his friend got him a lovely tiara with pink fluff! Totally hilarious. The minute I snapped a photo of him Nick said this is going to haunt me for life isn't it? Well what else are aunt's for. From the moment Nick unwrapped it I could see Emma eyeing that tiara. Boy did she want it! As usual little girls get their way!

This week has been a lot of running around and a little stitching... well not much. Today in the mail (technically yesterday now I suppose) Ruth's Sweetheart Tree RR arrived. Well I was a good girl and actually managed to get it stitched tonight! Its so pretty too! My selection is the square on the right.

Sweetheart Tree Round Robin - Ruth's

Blooming Hearts c2003

Using : DMC cotton and perle, mill hill beads, flowers and paillettes

I also received in the mail today my frist ornament of the season. This one is stitched by Anu for the annual TWOE its so pretty! It'll be a lovely addition to my tree.

Well I should go to bed! Perhaps tomorrow I'll provide you with progress pictures!