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2006 Stitching Tally

  • Posted on December 31, 2006 at 8:55 pm
  1. SBEBB Valentine’s Exchange Gift(s) — Finished January 1, 2006
  2. Model — Finished January 13, 2006
  3. World Trade Center Quilt Panel — Finished January 26, 2006
  4. Twisted Oaks Designs – Hearts and Flowers Hardanger Collection — Finished February 5, 2006
  5. FGBB February 24 Hour Challenge / Broaden Your Stitching Horizons — Finished February 12, 2006
  6. World Trade Center Quilt Panel (Flag) — Finished March 19, 2006
  7. Titania Cameo Square for Laura’s Quilt — Finished April 13, 2006
  8. Alchemy Stitchcraft – Mystery Sampler SAL — Finished April 30, 2006
  9. SBEBB Melanie’s Exchange — Finished May 7, 2006
  10. SBEBB Eight Sided Pincushion (Biscornu) Exchange — Finished May 9, 2006
  11. My Round Robin — Finished June 13, 2006
  12. Model — Finished June 23, 2006
  13. VSCyberstitchers July Exchange Gift — Finished July 16, 2006
  14. Model — Finished July 31, 2006
  15. Sylvie’s RR — Finished August 6, 2006
  16. Flight 93 Quilt Panel — Finished August 20, 2006
  17. Blackwork Square #1 — Finished August 22, 2006
  18. Blackwork Square #2 — Finished August 22, 2006
  19. Blackwork Square #3 — Finished August 22, 2006
  20. Blackwork Square #4 — Finished August 22, 2006
  21. Blackwork Square #5 — Finished August 22, 2006
  22. Blackwork Square #6 — Finished August 24, 2006
  23. Leisure Arts Quick Christmas Keepsakes – Blue Santa — Finished August 25, 2006
  24. Shepherd’s Bush – Happy Wishes Scissors Fob Back — Finished August 26, 2006
  25. Shepherd’s Bush – Happy Wishes Scissors Fob Back — Finished August 26, 2006
  26. Candamar Designs – Peace and Comfort Banner #1 — Finished September 5, 2006
  27. The Sweetheart Tree – Enchantment — Finished September 17, 2006
  28. Just Nan – Be Witchy — Finished October 6, 2006
  29. Secret Surprise RR — Finished October 20, 2006
  30. Catherine-Michele’s RR — Finished October 22, 2006
  31. Robin’s Nest Scissors Fob Exchange — Finished October 25, 2006
  32. The Sweetheart Tree – Enchantment (back) — Finished: October 27, 2006
  33. The Victoria Sampler – Celeste Angel — Finished: October 28, 2006
  34. The Victoria Sampler – Grace Angel — Finished: October 29, 2006
  35. The Victoria Sampler – Praying Angel — Finished: October 30, 2006
  36. The Victoria Sampler – Flower Angel — Finished: October 30, 2006
  37. Jenna Magee – XBox Logo (SOLAK Square) — Finished: November 8, 2006
  38. Linda Chacewater – Christmas Biscornu — Finished: November 18, 2006
  39. Cathy’s RR — Finished: November 30, 2006
  40. Jenna Magee – Megaman Head (SOLAK Square) — Finished: December 5, 2006
  41. Just Nan – Angel Melody (WhimZi) — Finished: December 20, 2006
  42. The Sweetheart Tree – Vintner’s Sampler — Finished: December 30, 2006

Non-Photo Finish

  • Posted on December 31, 2006 at 12:54 pm

My holiday vacation time indulgence this year was the limited edition kit Vintner’s Sampler by The Sweetheart Tree. I started it a few days before Christmas, but it just sat on the stand while we had company. All in all, it took less than a week to stitch and I put the beads and other embellishments on late last night, with my initials and the year going on this morning.

We’re visiting Terry’s dad and his fiancee for a couple of days over New Year’s, so you are just going to have to wait until we get home for a photo. Maybe Tuesday. πŸ™‚

Unfortunately, I’m still sick. It’s really lingering and has been nearly two weeks now, so I think it’s going to be a visit to the doctor for me after the new year. I’m hoping that it’s something simple, since it’s not terrible, just a sore throat and cough continuining off and on, plus the seeming need for more sleep. We’ll see what they have to say about it if I’m not better by the time I’m supposed to go back to work on Wednesday.

I’m really happy to have one more finish before the end of the year, though. It turned out beautifully and I’ll be stitching it again sometime for Terry’s dad because he really liked it. I just need to buy more paillettes and another charm for it. Plus, I would like to do a few things in between so that I can enjoy stitching the design again.

We’ll be going out for dinner tonight and then to friends of Terry’s dad. I wish each of you safe and sober New Year’s celebrations! I’ll see you in the 2007!

The ABCs of Me

  • Posted on December 29, 2006 at 10:52 pm

Tagged by Outi

A – Available or single?:
Married, so neither

B – Best Friend?:

C – Cake or pie?:
Cake; it’s easier to make

D – Drink of choice?:

E – Essential item I use every day:
My brain (hopefully). πŸ™‚

F – Favorite color?:

G – Gummy Bears or Gummy Worms?:
Gummy worms, no doubt. They are fun to slurp.

H – Hometown?:
Hollidaysburg, PA

I – Indulgence?:
A luxurious, hot bubble bath, from time to time.

J – January or February?:
January, the start of a new year.

K – Kids and names?:

M – Marriage date?:
September 25, 1999

N – Number of siblings?:
One by blood, two by adoption.

O – Oranges or apples:
Depends. Oranges are like spheres of sunshine and apples are wonderful in many ways.

P – Phobias or fears?:
Heights, spiders.

Q – Favorite quote:
This changes as I come across new ones.

R – Reasons to smile:
Too many to list. πŸ™‚

S – Season:
Autumn, please.

T – Tag 3 or 4 people:
Anyone who reads this and wants to try it.

U – Unknown fact about me:
Done that already. No more. πŸ™‚

V – Vegetable you don’t like?:
Brussels sprouts, though I’ve never actually tried them.

W – Worst habit:
Overanalyzing things, not being able to let go.

X – X-Rays?:
I’ve had several, what about it?

Y – Your favorite food?:
Shellfish (shrimp, crab, lobster)

Z – Zodiac sign?:
Libra/Scorpio cusp

January Stitching Goals

  • Posted on December 27, 2006 at 9:00 am

January’s goals are simple:

  • Finish Cathy’s RR
  • Finish The Sweetheart Tree – Vintner’s Sampler

December Stitching Goals in Review

  • Posted on December 27, 2006 at 8:00 am
  • :mrgreen: Finish My Piece of Cathy’s RR
  • :mrgreen: Finish Biscornu #1 for Christmas Gift for Mom
  • πŸ™ Finish Christmas gift for Terry
  • :mrgreen: Finish current SOLAK square in progress
  • Start and Finish SOLAK square for Mary

Hahah! Not too bad for holiday time. πŸ˜€

Merry Christmas!

  • Posted on December 25, 2006 at 12:00 pm

It’s 12:00 PM on Christmas Day. The witching hour. πŸ™‚ But all is well in the bustling Magee household. Mom is upstairs taking a comfortable mid-day nap, probably with her tiny Maltese named Celeste nestled with her on the bed. Dad is sitting in the reading room with his planner, doubtless thinking about work. And Terry and I have been in the kitchen for the last hour and a half.

The turkey thawed just in time and is now residing in the oven. 3 batches of stuffing balls (one with no onions, one with the standard family recipe and one with a Magee experimental twist) are ready and that’s half of the battle right there.

All of the presents are unwrapped. And with no little kids in the household, my merriment was derived primary from playing with the turkey as we were working with it. Sing it with me now: “T – U – R – K – E – Y… Turkey… Dance!” At which point, I started flapping its wings. “I can dance if I want to. You can stuff my fat behind….” Oh well. Such is the way of life when you’re mildly sleep deprived and still sick. Right, that’s the excuse. πŸ˜‰

Terry’s dad will be here shortly and I am lingering downstairs as the welcome committee while Terry takes his shower. Then it will be my turn to go upstairs and I’ll try to sleep for a little bit and then shower, as well.

After that, it’s time to get busy again, as we prepare the broccoli casserole and Terry cuts and ties up his leg of lamb and chucks it in the oven with the turkey. Sit on our hands for another hour or so, then the turkey and lamb come out, the casserole and stuffing balls go in and Terry starts in on the potatoes.

It’s funny how much work goes into this Christmas dinner thing. We haven’t even managed to clear the dining room table yet. πŸ˜† As for me, I am off like Sleeping Beauty to take my nap.

Merry Christmas to All and to All a GREAT DAY!

Holiday Greetings!

  • Posted on December 23, 2006 at 10:14 am

It’s not yet Christmas Eve, but my parents will be arriving today and the madness will begin, so I doubt that I will have much time to post over the next few days.

I just wanted to take a minute to wish every one of my readers a very happy holiday season, whatever you may celebrate – Hanukkah, Christmas, Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa or something else.

For those of you who took the time to send me personal greetings, be it via snail mail or email, thank you very much! I’m sorry that I cannot write to each of you to thank you personally, but I am still sick and trying desperately to rest up enough to feel well for baking blitz day tomorrow and Christmas the day after.

I had planned to make up a custom holiday greetings graphic as a little gift from me to you, but uh… refer to the above statement. The best laid plans of mice and men…. πŸ˜‰

Happy Holidays to you all! I’ll be back online in a few days.

5 Things You Might Not Know About Me

  • Posted on December 23, 2006 at 9:10 am

Blame it all on Christine

5 Things You Might Not Know About Me:

1. When I am feeling well, happy and truly hungry, I can pack away more food than you would think possible for someone my size.

2. I am not good about cleaning my house. I just don’t have a lot of free time and when I do, I’d much rather be stitching.

3. I am so terrified of drowning that I was unable to watch the scene in the movie Castaway where the plane crashes into the water without breaking into hysterical sobbing.

4. When I can find the time and motivation, I can bake like a pro.

5. I wish I had a large, gourmet kitchen with multiple wall stoves, tons of counter space and plenty of professional utensils and tools at hand. Oh, and more time. πŸ˜‰

If you read this and you haven’t already done this meme, consider yourself tagged, if you are so inclined.

Angel Melody is Stitched

  • Posted on December 21, 2006 at 8:51 am

I’ve been on my behind for two days with a terrible… something or other. Apparently, ’tis the season to be sick. It started as a little bit of a cough on Monday, but when I woke up on Tuesday morning – BAM! Couldn’t even contemplate getting out of bed. I’ve done nothing for two days except sleep, read and watch TV. Boring! Except for the reading part.

Last night, though, I was finally able to pick up a needle and stitch for a little while. And in that time, I was able to finish my WhimZi for Christmas. Just in time to not be able to decorate my cubicle before January. Oh well! She’ll be ready for next year, at least. So, here is Angel Melody, a limited edition WhimZi design by Just Nan, created to celebrate last year’s 25th anniversary of Needlecraft Corner:

Angel Melody (Stitched)

Next season’s WhimZi design of choice, Snow Faces, has just finally arrived today, totally mangled courtesy of the US Postal Service (thanks guys and Happy Holidays right back at ya!). I’m seeing if I can’t get the chart flattened out a little bit between some books and then I will probably stitch that one up over the holidays so it’s ready to go back to work with me on January 3rd.

Thirty Lines to Make You Smile

  • Posted on December 20, 2006 at 8:32 pm
  1. My husband and I divorced over religious differences. He thought he was God and I didn’t.
  2. I don’t suffer from insanity; I enjoy every minute of it.
  3. I Work Hard Because Millions On Welfare Depend on Me!
  4. Some people are alive only because it’s illegal to kill them.
  5. I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.
  6. Don’t take life too seriously; No one gets out alive.
  7. You’re just jealous because the voices only talk to me
  8. Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.
  9. Earth is the insane asylum for the universe.
  10. I’m not a complete idiot — Some parts are missing.
  11. Out of my mind. Back in five minutes.
  12. NyQuil, the stuffy, sneezy, why-the-heck-is-the-room-spinning medicine.
  13. God must love stupid people; He made so many.
  14. The gene pool could use a little chlorine.
  15. Consciousness: That annoying time between naps.
  16. Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?
  17. Being “over the hill” is much better than being under it!
  18. Wrinkled Was Not One of the Things I Wanted to Be When I Grew up.
  19. Procrastinate Now!
  20. I Have a Degree in Liberal Arts; Do You Want Fries With That?
  21. A hangover is the wrath of grapes.
  22. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a cash advance
  23. Stupidity is not a handicap. Park elsewhere!
  24. They call it PMS because MadCow Disease was already taken.
  25. He who dies with the most toys is nonetheless dead.
  26. A picture is worth a thousand words, but it uses up three thousand times the memory.
  27. Ham and eggs. A day’s work for a chicken, a lifetime commitment for a pig.
  28. The trouble with life is there’s no background music.
  29. The original point and click interface was a Smith and Wesson.
  30. I smile! because I don’t know what the hell is going on.

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