Friday, May 22, 2009

Thank you Veterans

As we enter into Memorial Day Weekend, remember our soldiers, past and present. I stumbled upon the following on YouTube and thought I'd post it here. It's John Wayne talking about the history of Taps.

I'll be playing with the Raleigh Concert Band for a Memorial Day Ceremony at Raleigh's National Cemetery on Sunday afternoon. Other than that, I have very little scheduled for the weekend and hope to get plenty of stitching done. May you and your families have a very enjoyable Memorial Day weekend.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Have you seen the new Nora Corbett designs

I don't have any stitching projects to share. I did finish the stitching on a Christmas ornament for Karen, but can't show you photos until it's finished, mailed and received. I'll finish it by this weekend and have it on its way to Arizona by first of next week. My needlewrap is further along than it was from my previous progress pic, hopefully I'll have the stitching finished on it by the end of the week.

Now, for those that like the Nora Corbett "flower" designs, have you seen the latest two new ones that will soon be finding their way to your LNS. They are:


Sweet Pea

You can see details on them on Wichelt's New Products/Books page.

I think both of these are adorable, especially Pansy. Although when I get around to stitching Pansy, I'm going to call it "Bearded Iris", not Pansy, because I think it looks exactly like a Bearded Iris (I hope Nora doesn't mind). There are a few of these I adore and have in my stitching-to-do pile: Tiger Lily, Lily of the Valley, Lilac, Poppy, Holly, and now Pansy (aka - Bearded Iris) and Sweet Pea.

I hope everyone is having a great week so far and your stitching needles are flying.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A finish and a WIP.

Howdy everyone. Hope everyone had a great weekend. For all my cross stitching buddies out there that are Mothers, I hope you had a very Happy Mother's Day. I had a very enjoyable Sunday afternoon.... stitching, stitching, and stitching. I did get up a few times getting laundry done and to heat up something for supper, but mostly I stitched while watching a season review/marathon of this season's ANTM (America's Next Top Model). I almost finished Little House Needleworks "Schoolgirl Lessons" Sunday night before realizing the time and going to bed. I did finish it last night while stitching at Monday night stitch night at my LNS. Here's a photo:

I also spent time last week and Monday night continuing to work on a needlewrap project for my upcoming trip to England. Here are a couple of photos.

Here's the entire needlewrap:

And a close up of the top half:

The verse is stitched over 1, I finished it last night. The needlewrap was designed by Susan Greening Davis (it's her London trip / stitching adventure I'm going on next month). From her design, above the bottom motif are the words "England Tour", "June 2009" and a line for your name, with a vertically flipped motif over the words. A couple of ladies and I are extending the trip a few days, and going on short side trips to Belgium, Paris, and Scotland, so I want to change that section to include England, Belgium, France, and Scotland. I need to sit with the graphing software and get that plotted out. The inside of the needlewrap gets a lining of black felt and a small zipper pouch Susan included, plus some crocheted holders. Hopefully, I'll have completed photos by end of next week.

I'm off to dixieland band rehearsal soon, need to put on some shoes. Ta for now.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Another contest you can enter.

Head over to Steph's blog and check out her contest. To celebrate 10,000 hits on her blog, she is giving away $100 gift card to a lucky winner. Drawing will be May 9th, so hurry on over.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Want to enter a contest drawing?

Edgar is celebrating his second blogaversary and is having a drawing for a surprise gift. If you haven't visited his blog before, you should. Congratulations on the blogaversary Edgar.

For me, it's been a busy week. I have gotten a little stitching done. I'm at work now, so cannot share any progress pictures at the moment, but promise to do so later tonight or tomorrow.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Couple of finishes to post...

I finally added the charms to Lizzie Kate 2002 FlipIts. Here is finished project:

This was a round robin project from 2007/2008. I stitched the final 2 squares (April and May) this past Christmas. I attached all of the charms this past week.

I also finished Blackbird Designs Petites Lettres Rouges this past Thursday.

I really enjoyed stitching this one and it worked up quickly. I dropped both of these off for framing this past Thursday.

No stitching this weekend. I did start Little House Needleworks "Schoolgirl Lessons" this past Thursday night. Nicole sent this to me in February, goodies in my Ho Ho Ho Oranament Exchange package. I started it at a Tune Swinger's Orchestra dance this past Thursday night (I'm a member). I'm more of a helper. Basically, I run the sound board during the dances and I help out percussion in the Latin songs, playing either Maracas or Claves. And will sub for the piano player in rehearsals when needed. Since I'm only playing during the Latin songs, I'm sitting at the sound equipment and have plenty of time to kill, so I took stitching with me. The light isn't great, but I can see enough to stitch (carefully). No stitching Friday night, I worked late and ended up vegging in front of the TV for a bit while getting laundry done, then went to bed. Saturday, I helped out at my LNS (Lazy Daizy) till noon (Sarah was having a sidewalk sale), then had 2 concerts. First concert was the Raleigh Concert Band at 2pm. I'm in the percussion section and have been playing with the band since 1999. Second concert was the Blue Notes Dixieland Jazz Band, playing a wedding rehearsal party (an outdoor pig picking). I'm the banjo player and one of the singers. Yesterday was way too busy. Today is a little more relaxing. I will be going out a little later for a bit. Hopefully later this evening, I'll be home and can put my feet up and stitch.

I hope everyone has had a great weekend. Hugs and Happy Stitching.