Showing posts with label Chessie and Me. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chessie and Me. Show all posts

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Happy Bastille Day!

I figure I totally missed the American holiday, so I might as well celebrate the French version.  There's been a lot going on, so I'll just try to sum it up and not bore you.

Dad is recovery well from the last surgery, thank you for your kind words and thoughts.

A friend came down to visit the end of June, and I got to play tourist in San Diego.  It was fun, but the friend was annoying, and I was reminded of why I stopped dating him.  I just can't handle people that sleep until 10:30 am, and sit there while the man that just had surgery 5 days prior helps clear the table.  Anyway, we went to Sea World (which I now sort of respect, its not as rinky-dink as it used to be 15 or 20 years ago), San Diego Zoo, and the San Diego County Fair, along with a beer festival that was at the fair that weekend. I had more planned, but time got cut short due to excessive laziness.

The 4th of July was pretty low-key here.  Mom hadn't been feeling well (she was sick with the "crud" for 2 weeks, and got taken to the ER once, and the hospital another time).  We just grilled some food, watched TV, and then went out to look down on fireworks when they started.  Please excuse the blurry photos, I still don't have a tripod to use for night time shots.



Lots of Wimbledon watching took place, and I actually did get some patriotic stitching done!

Chessie and Me "Old Glory"

I finished it as a topper on a hand painted and distressed box, which I lined with some scrapbooking paper.  I think it actually took longer to finish the box than to do the stitching, since there were so many steps involved (sanding, multiple coats of paint, more sanding, yet more sanding, dry time (between 6 coats of paint) and finally furniture wax to protect and give a patina.

I'll leave you with a few photos from the zoo.  Unfortunately I couldn't get any good pictures of the jaguar cubs, but momma must have found her maternal instinct this time, all of them are doing great!



The zoo is having a night time celebration all summer long, and these
dancers are part of it.


The smallest baby is 2 weeks old in this picture, and one of
the other females was about to give birth any day.



I almost forgot, I actually finished my first class for my MBA!  Lots more to go, and I'm still horribly behind where I wanted to be, but it felt great to read the email this morning saying my final project for Human Resources passed and it was one class I could cross off the list.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Seasonal Stitching

I've been in a fall mood for at least a month now.  In just one day, my wish comes true, and fall will actually be here, and for probably the first time ever I actually have stitching done in time to enjoy during the season.  Well, ok, I still have to do some finish-finishing.  Anyhoo, this is just a quick post, since I'm actually supposed to be walking out the door and getting to work right now.

Before the pics, I want to share a really positive shopping experience.  Over the weekend I placed an order with Wendy, from Pineberry Lane.  She designed a super cute sampler influenced by the Samplermakers Autumn Challenge, and I was drawn to the alphabet on its side.  While I was looking around on her site, I found a few more things.  What really impressed me was the speed.  The pattern was emailed to me promptly, despite the disclaimer on her site that it could take up to 48 hours (and it was a weekend to boot, I expect people to enjoy their weekends and not totally cater to my whims).  But what really blew me away was having a package in my mailbox on Wednesday with the other little goodies, and the packaging.  Lots of bubblewrap to protect items, cardstock tip protectors on the scissors, and the cutest tissue paper and sprig of dried flowers, tied with twine, wrapping the scissors.

Timing was perfect, since one of the items I had ordered was some walnut crystals, and I only had a few more stitches to put into Chessie & Me's Pumpkin Row.
And here's the result after the walnut experiment.  I scanned both of these so the lighting conditions would be exactly the same.

The other seasonal stitching piece I finished was a freebie.  Remember that gingham fabric I really wanted, and then coffee dyed?  Here it is.  And those cute little scissors, those came from Pineberry Lane.

Last quick pic, then I really need to get out the door.  I finished Part 4 of the iStitch SAL.  Not a huge accomplishment, since the part was so small, almost annoyingly small.  Once I go to the effort of getting a project out, onto the Q-snaps, and me stationed in my stitching chair with the project in the frame, I'd at least like to do a fair amount of stitching, not 10 min worth.  Oh well, at least I'll get Part 5 on time.  Seeing those cute little scissors again gets me back in a better mood.