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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Last Night's HD

Last night just before midnight I finished up my August ornament! I was just too tired (also Miss Cranky Pants too) to post last night.

1992 Santa
c1992 Pam Brunke - The Prarie Schooler Inc.
Stitched On : 25ct Potato Lugana, over one
Stitched With : DMC cotton

I also finally picked up some buttons to finish off Hallowscornu, and here it is 100% finished!

Finally, it was too late tonight to really go digging around and get a start on one of my two Neighbourhood RR's that I currently have. So I pulled an old project out of the WIP basket. This is Jeannette Douglas's Pomegranates and Pears, a class I took last October at the Cross Stitch Cupboard's Retreat. Since I'll be going again this fall (with Kathy!), I figure I should come back with the project finished... right?

The long weekend is coming up here in North America, and I'm really looking forward to it! Kathy is hosting a stitching weekend at her place on beautiful Lake Ontario! A number of stitching bloggers will be in attendance as the weekend progresses! I'll be heading down with Christin and on our way we'll be picking up Judy at the train station. We'll be staying at Kathy's and I'm sure on Friday night we'll also see Beatrice since they're best friends! On Saturday I know I'll also be seeing : Ann and Lynn. I'm hoping on Sunday Rebbecca will be able to make it for the day! Of course I will get to see a lot of the wonderful Brighton Ladies who don't blog. Now besides the dishes I wonder what I should work on for the weekend?

Oh yes, I almost forgot to tell you that at last night's Weigh In I only lost 0.5 lbs. I know a loss is a loss and each one is to be celebrated, but I was hoping for a little more as I ran three times last week and I was very good with my foods and points. There's always next WI.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Awards Galore!

Once again it seems to be award time in blogland and I have received this latest award twice! Thank you to :

Lindsay of Caring Stitcher and Artystitches for this latest award!

1. The winner can put the logo on their Blog.
2. Link the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other Blogs.
4. Put the links to those Blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the Blogs of those you've nominated.

I'm going to bow out of passing this one along as its going to go to the same bloggers I sent awards to last time! My fantastic stitching/blogging friends! Also there are just so many fantastic blogs out there!

Here's my progress on the next little piece I'm focusing on to finish! I picked it up yesterday afternoon after I finished the stitching on my biscornu. Today I had a lot of time to work on it as well, its the Pararie Schooler 1992 Santa (he's for Todd) stitched over one on 25ct Lugana. It won't be too much longer before he's finished and I can move onto my Neighbourhood RR's!

Its a Cute HD!!!

Its been a few days since I've blogged ... again. I've been busy at work getting ready for the new school year which starts on September 2nd. When I've not been at work, I've been stitching. Yesterday while I was out stitching with Rebbecca and Lynn at Cathy (of no blog...who we all got to meet for the first time) I finished the stitching on my latest start Hallowscornu. When I got home I did the finishing on it, minus the button which I'll need to go out and buy.

c2008 Barbara Ana Designs
Stitched on : 28ct Blueberry Joblean by Wichelt
Stitched with : DMC cotton & DMC Colour Variations

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Just Call Me... Beatrice

My dear friend Beatrice loves new starts and does so frequently, of course she's retired so has a lot more stitching time than I do!

Well it seems I'm taking a page out of Beatrice's book lately, I've got another new start for you! I just fell in love with Hallowscornu by Barbara Ana Designs! So of course I bought it and started it! I'm stitching it on Wichelt's 28ct Blueberry Joblean hand dyed fabric. Here's my progress since Sunday evening's start.

I had a great weigh in yesterday at Weight Watchers! I'm down another 3lbs which makes up for my 1.5lbs gain last week plus some. Unfortunately this most likely isn't enough to make my goal of 40lbs total for the first day of school as I'm now sitting at 35.5 lbs total. I've got one more WI before school starts. Of course it could be totally possible that I will make that 40lbs on the first day of school, since I have a WI that night.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Knowledge & Needles Retreat 2008 - The Report

Greetings Blog Readers! I'm back home (again) and rested enough that I feel ready to blog. I had a wonderful weekend, and I'm sure that fact that I just wanted to lie down for a nap when I got home was testament to that.

Christin at Retreat
Friday after work Christin and I headed to our first stop for the weekend, Kingston. Christin was going to spend the night with her family and I was invited to Beth's house for the night. This is what we used to do several years ago and I missed my sleep over at Beth's. It was nice, and as usual she cooked up a wonderful dinner!

Beth at Retreat

Saturday morning we got back in the car, picked up Christin and it was time to head off to Brighton for the Knowledge and Needles retreat! Ann has hosted this retreat for 8 or 9 years now, she started it before she opened her store. This retreat is only for the day, and it has a great price tag, food for the potluck lunch and dinner... and your gas to get there. We were told that we could show up around noon, well we showed up 15 minutes early and I have to say... there were a lot of stitchers already there and settled in!

A new feature of the retreat this year was a display of stitcher's work. In past years it was more of a show and tell to those sitting in the room you were in. If you were in the room when someone pulled out their finishes and WIPs you were lucky to see them, if not you might of missed something pretty cool. So this year Ann and Dan set up racks in the garage (thanks for painting the floor Dan, it looked great!) for us to display our pieces on. It was a great exhibit!

The day was great, it was seeing faces you haven't seen in a year. Stitching, talking, and eating. There are no official events to the day, its just a great big get-together! I think I'll let some of the pictures do the talking.
Clare - who I have e-mailed back and forth with from time to time, so it was wonderful to finally meet her!
Ann & Barb looking at Christin's "Book"
Marie Paul
Marg, Colleen & Carmen
Isolde & Marjorie
The Gang - Again about 22 stitchers in attendance.
And ... Me! Since I had my tripod out I figured it was about time to take a picture of myself.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Knowledge & Needles Retreat 2008

I'll have a full report for you later... but here's the gang!!!!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Pre-Retreat Progress

Just a quick blog entry to show you where I am with Blackstone Fantasy Garden before I head off for Ann's Retrat on Saturday. I'll be heading to Kingston after work tomorrow with Christin, where I'll spend the night at Beth's and she'll visit her parents. On Saturday morning we'll all meet up again and drive down to Ann's. While at Ann's I plan to fill in all those outlines so I don't have to do any frogging when I get back home!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Fair & Square Round 8 From Suzanne

I had a pleasant surprise in the mail today from Suzanne! It was the gorgeous squares she stitched me for round 8 of Fair & Square.

Aren't they beautiful???

I have been stitching the last few days, but not a lot its been a busy few days. Also I have been battling migraines yet again. I have done a little work on my Prarie Schooler Santa also I've been working on the outlines on Balckstone Fantasy Garden. This may sound very boring, but there's a method to my madness! On Saturday I'm off to Ann's one day retreat (there's an invite on her blog if you're anywhere near Brighton, Ontario), she's held it for about 8 years now. Its a great day, there's no cost, just your gas to get there and a contribution to the potluck! I think we're expecting about 30 stitchers on Saturday and with that many ladies around talking I know I won't be able to focus on intricate counting or colour changes. So my plan is to do the filling in between the outlines of the big Celtic knot. I will pack a number of other projects as well in case I feel I need a challenge. So if you're going to Ann's retreat... I'll see you on Saturday!

Well I didn't have a good night at Weight Watchers last night. Despite the jeans I had bought almost three weeks ago starting to be loose, I had a gain. Argh I'm now up 1.5 lbs! I know, I have no one else to blame but myself. I wasn't as vigilant with my foods, and I didn't earn one single activity point! I do think we need these hiccups every once and awhile to whip us back into shape, and out of complacency.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

SBQ : August 7th

Q :What do you do to your thread clippings? Do you just scrap them or do you use them in something else?

A : I put them into a big mason jar. On January 1st of each year I empty that jar into the garbage and start fresh!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

August Goals and New Starts

I know its been a few days since I posted! After I finished Moonlight Guardian I decided to go ahead and start a new project. Well, lets say I fell in love! I just couldn't put down my new start... or my latest book "Twilight" by Stephenie Myer. So I kinda fell off of the face of cyber space for awhile! Ooops!

Unfortunately we all have to come back to reality eventually. In the case of my book, I finished reading it last night (and will be picking up the next book New Moon tomorrow). When it comes to stitching... well vacations unfortunately always have an end and I must go to work in the morning. I really don't want to go back to work at all! There's so much to do and I'm not sure if I'm going to get it all done before the start of the new school year!

I'm very late in setting my goals for August!

July Re-cap :

Finish Double Flip-Its - YES
Finish Fair & Square rd. 8 -YES
Stitch an ornament - YES
Finish Moonlight Guardian (being ambitious) - Almost!!!

August Goals :

Finish Moonlight Guardian
Stitch an ornament
Work on Blackstone Fantasy Garden
Work on Paradigm Lost

Here are my two new starts, on Thursday after finishing Moonlight Guardian I started Blackstone Fantasy Garden by Ink Circles. I'm stitching it on 28ct Opalescent Lugana using Carrie's Threads (called for in the design).

My second start, which I started this evening is the 1992 Prarie Schooler Santa stitched over one on 25ct Potato Lugana using DMC cotton.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Presenting... Indigo!!!



Shake your booty!!!!

Yup ladies and gents, I am happy dancing here in Brighton today! I tried my best to finish Moonlight Guardian (aka : Indigo) last night. But my poor eyes got the best of me and I had to stop for the night just after completing the backstitching. However I prevailed today and finished up the beading during Ann's Thursday Stitching Group! It was wonderful to share my happy dance with about 13 other stitchers in the room! So often we celebrate our happy dances alone, at home.

Moonlight Guardian (Indigo)
c Dragon Dreams
Stitched on 28ct Blue Spruce Linen
Stitched using DMC Rayon & Cotton, Krenik #4 Braid, Caron Waterlillies, and Mill Hill Beads

Also what better day to celebrate a HD than on a good friend's Birthday! Happy 60th Birthday Beatrice! We celebrated with cake and tea during stitching today.

I also wanted to share a picture with you of Adriana, Beatrice's Mom who at almost 92 (next week) is still stitching... on evenweave! Here she is showing two of her latest finishes and getting ready to start a third in the same series!

While stitching at Ann's I've been quite entertained by this nest of baby robins whose parents made their nest in Dan's ladder. Poor Dan, he needed it at one point but just couldn't disturb the nest!

Last weekend I took a picture of the view off of the deck where I stitch when I'm at the cottage. Isn't this just a heavenly place to stitch?

Last but not least... this wouldn't be a genuine post from Ann's without a picture of one of the girlie dogs. Here's Paddy all pooped after this afternoon's company!

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Almost There...

Greetings readers! Its been far too many days once again! Friday morning Todd came home from work several hours earlier than I expected and we were packed and off to the cottage for the long weekend! Unfortunately there's no Internet access that I can hook into (can you say unprotected wireless signal?) at the lake. Of course there rarely are any crazy adventures at the cottage. I pretty much spend my day going for walks, having a meal of some sort, stitching on the deck, and maybe a little fishing with Todd (and getting a sunburn whenever I go in the boat!).

I've been home for a day and I'm about to head out again tomorrow morning (ahhh long live the Road Warrior!). I'll be zipping off to Brighton in my trusty car (good car, car!) to visit with Ann for a few days. Thursday I'll get to hang with her Thursday stitching group where we'll be celebrating Beatrice's 60th Birthday! (mmmm cake!) Then there's Ann's smaller Friday stitching group. Can you guess what I'll be doing at Ann's?

Indigo (Moonlight Guardian) has been getting a lot of my attention whenever I've been able to spare it. I have to say she's almost there! I've got a little bit of cross stitching left, backstitching, beads and she'll be done! So watch this space for a Happy Dance!!!

I've already got my stitching packed to go to Ann's and I'm not sure what I'm going to work on next once Moonlight Guardian is done! I could treat myself to a new start... and if I do feel generous I've got Ink Circles Blackstone Fantasy Garden kitted up. I could start this month's ornament which is also kitted up, a prairie schooler Santa I plan to stitch over one. I could finally give Paradigm Lost a little love. Also I've been thinking the last few days I should really get working on Jeannette Douglas's Pomegranates and Pears. I took the class at last October's Gananoque Inn Retreat (hosted by Knit One, Stitch Too ... formerly the Cross Stitch Cupboard) and since I'll be going again this year I should really have it completed for the stitcher's gallery. Decisions... decisions.

I guess you'll just have to stay tuned to see what I decide!

On the Weight Watchers front... I'm happy to report a loss of 2.5 lbs this week! Yay! I wasn't sure what to expect when I stepped on the scale tonight as being at the cottage I am at the mercy of my MIL's excellent cooking. I guess I was very good and went for enough walks! This now puts me at a total of 34 lbs lost! Hopefully this means I'll be able to meet my goal of being down a total of 40lbs by the first week of school in September. On Saturday evening I got a great reaction from Todd's Dad when I got changed to go play Euchre with him and Todd at a nearby church. I had changed into my new jeans and a top I had bought form American Eagle in the US last week (its nice to finally be a size where I can shop pretty much anywhere, not just the plus sized stores). He was a little surprised to see just how much I had lost. I have to admit its hard to tell when you're wearing your old clothes that are too big. I just don't have the heart to put too much money into my wardrobe when I still have a long way to go.

Well I must get to bed I've got a 3 hour drive ahead of me tomorrow!