Monday, March 24, 2008

Following in recent footsteps....

My dear friend Ruth has posted recently how she has stayed up very late into the morning stitching, or reading, or watching TV. I have done this tonight. I was awake and making great stitching progress and kept stitching. I finished RR piece I was working on and then got out Bent Creek Monthly Snappers and continued working on February. I recently finished March Snapper for a Society RR rotation, but stitching on this for the RR made me decide to go ahead and get my Monthly Snappers patterns out and stitch them for me also. I started with February (I'm doing 4 rows of 3 and February is center of top row). I've finished everything except filling in the middle of the heart. Hopefully will finish it tomorrow night and will post a picture.

Ok, it's a little after 2:45am. I have to go to work in about 4 1/2 hours...guess I should get some sleep. Good night all.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter to everyone

I hope everyone has had a nice Easter weekend. I have had a quiet weekend. I had no musical obligations for Easter this year. I stayed up late Friday night stitching so I slept in Saturday morning. I did stitch a few hours Saturday, inbetween getting laundry done. Today, Sunday, I've been cleaning and straightening up in the kitchen and will soon start making a cheesecake (cream cheese is sitting out currently). I'm also watching The Ten Commandments on DVD. Yes, it was on TV last night on network television, but I do not have the patience to sit through it with commercial interruption. I picked up a copy on DVD several years ago and usually watch it every Easter weekend. Watching it is an Easter tradition for me.

For stitching, I'm almost finished with a RR piece. Should finish it tonight and get it mailed tomorrow. I need to go through my stash and pick out a snowman for another RR piece which I'll start soon. I also want to get back to the beach projects from my stitching retreat last weekend at Myrtle Beach. One project was finished at the beach (I owe you a picture). Another small project I should be able to finish in the next few days. That leaves the larger project that will take more time. I'll take some pictures and share in the next day or so.

Ah, The Ten Commandments got to the "intermission" (end of DVD disc 1). Time to put in disc 2 and wander back to the kitchen to start making the cheesecake. The cheesecake I'm making is "Guinness® Chocolate Cheesecake" (recipe from One of the guys in my department at work found the recipe and requested it for his birthday. His birthday was a few weeks ago, but I told him I would make the cheesecake eventually. So, off to start melting chocolate and beating cream cheese. (Anyone want to come over for a taste test?)

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Wow, it's been a while since I've posted...

It's been over a month since I've posted...shame on me. Life has been busy as usual. Work is always busy. And rehearsals continue and I've had a few concerts in the last few months.

I have been stitching some, not as much as I would have liked. Here are some photos of some recent finishes.

First, here's a Christmas Tree ornament (first ornament stitched for 2008). This was from a class at my LNS. The design is by my LNS owner. The tree is made up of various rows of specialty stitches.

Next are the squares I stitched for Fair and Square round 5. It's Valerie Pfeiffer's "Christmas Chick". The backstitched cardinals on my signature square are from a Jeanette Crews Designs book titled "Winged Things".

Next is Bent Creek "March Blows" Snapper. This is square I stitched for the "Society of Friends" Round Robin I'm in.

And, finally, a couple of pictures from my trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina this past weekend. The trip was for a stitching retreat my LNS owner does each March. There's a shot from the balcony of the room I was in, and another shot from outside the conference room area:

I need to take pictures of the stitching projects from the stitching retreat, 1 project is done and the other 2 are in progress.

I hope everyone is having a great week so far.