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Stitching in Overdrive

  • Posted on April 30, 2007 at 3:01 pm

Hmmm… as I was typing that title, I just thought to myself, “I should make sure that I don’t overdo it just because I’m feeling better.” Wise thought, self!

I hit the ground running today at work, which feels good to be busy, but… well, I don’t know what the “but” is for. I’m being pulled in so many directions that it’s not often a matter of having nothing to do, it’s a matter of not knowing which task to tackle next. But, I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I would rather be busy than bored.

So, let’s see. I started another PIF gift yesterday for my travel project and am halfway through that. By the end of the week, I expect to finish one or both of the PIF gifts that I started this weekend. I needed the change of pace to get me back into the groove, I think.

My primary focus, though, from tonight on, is going to be the model that I’m working on. I put in over 6 hours on it Saturday afternoon/evening/night, so it’s at least at the 50% mark, if not further. If I can finish that and have it in the mail by Wednesday morning, I’ll be happy. And so will the designer, I bet. 🙂 Sandie (Vanosdall, The Sweetheart Tree) has been fun to work with and since I love her designs, it’s a pleasure stitching for her. I think I’m going to have to switch away from stash payments this time, though. I have such a stack of her designs already that I should work through some of them before I get more. Well, maybe next time. That lets me get just a couple more things. 😉

I just found out that a friend is getting married in October. I want to stitch something for them, so am looking through wedding designs now. I have a huge list of Sweetheart Tree designs that could be used. I’m going to compile a list of links and have him send them to his bride. That way, I don’t have to choose and worry about whether they will like it or not. No fun surprise in the end, but with a larger project, it’s much better to know that it will be liked than to surprise them.

I just hope that I’m not producing cursed wedding samplers. The last time I stitched a wedding sampler, I did an elaborate (gorgeous, in my opinion!) one with lots of ribbon embroidery for my best friend from high school. Her marriage ended up breaking up. Eeep! Maybe I should stitch something for Terry and me first? Make sure we break up any bad mumbo jumbo. 😆

So, if anyone has any suggestions, feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I’m looking for traditional designs and not too huge. I guess I will have an excuse for a new start in my future, won’t I? 😀

May Stitching Goals

  • Posted on April 30, 2007 at 11:24 am

Let’s see how well I can do this month!

  • Stitch and return model
  • Stitch Summer Dragon for Round Robin
  • Work on Just Nan – Barnabee’s Quest
  • Work on Alma Lynne – Computer Wizard
  • Work on Dimensions – Bonsai and Buddha

April Stitching Goals in Review

  • Posted on April 30, 2007 at 11:23 am
  • :mrgreen: Stitch Spring Dragon and send out for Round Robin
  • Start and complete one Christmas ornament
  • Work on Just Nan – Barnabee’s Quest
  • Work on Alma Lynne – Computer Wizard
  • Work on Dimensions – Bonsai and Buddha

It doesn’t look like I accomplished much, but I did a lot of PIF gift work and a lot of sleeping this month. I’ll try again in May. 🙂

No Pics

  • Posted on April 28, 2007 at 5:04 pm

Sorry, but I don’t think I’ll have any stitching pictures for a few days or more.

I started yet another PIF gift last night and am 1/3 done already.

I also started a new model project today that I will be spending all weekend focusing on. It’s a rush job, so I would really like to be able to get it into the mail on Monday.

My Dragon RR fabric will also go out on Monday to Leslie. All I had to do was put together a journal to go out with it, but I didn’t get to that until yesterday.

Monday will also be a heavy mail day because I will be sending out the prize packages for the winners of the Designer Treasure Hunt.

Tomorrow, we will be traveling up to have a late lunch with my Dad before he leaves to go back down to Florida this week. He has been in the state all month, taking apart a historic barn with one of his brothers and trying to sell off the timbers. He actually has a shorter chestnut beam for us to take a look at. He said that the beams are just beautiful and I can’t wait to take one home with us. We will consider using it to replace the basic box mantle currently attached to our fireplace. Either way, I’m excited to see it.

Maybe I’ll have a few photos to share tomorrow.

The Winners Are Up!

  • Posted on April 27, 2007 at 10:13 pm

Terry helped me by randomly picking the 5 winners of the Designer Treasure Hunt.

Check out the homepage of One Star’s Light Needlework Supplies to see the list of winners. 😀

Visit the Needlework Show! [links fixed]

  • Posted on April 26, 2007 at 3:39 pm

The Needlework Show starts today at 1 PM EDT. And guess who is a registered buyer for this show? Yes, indeed, that would be One Star’s Light Needlework Supplies!

Please feel free to browse the show online anytime while it is open (through the end of the day on April 30th) and let me know if you would like me to order anything for you. 😀

Some of my personal favorites are:

– the new May Box from Cherished Stitches
– F is for Friends and Flowers from The Sweetheart Tree
– The Anniversary Collection from JBW Designs
– Hannah’s Hummingbird Knot Garden from Liz Turner Diehl
– the Curious Cat needle minder from Kelmscott Designs
– and the newest colors available from Olde Willow Stitchery Threads.

Go ahead, I dare ya! Take a look because I’d like to order some things myself. 😉

Oh, Come ON!

  • Posted on April 26, 2007 at 3:25 pm

Are you kidding me? This just has to stop! I was back in to the doctor today, two weeks to the day from my last visit. Yet another round of antibiotics. Not just because the sinus infection doesn’t seem to want to totally vacate my body, but mainly for something else this time.

Yesterday, I had the pleasure (NOT!) of getting my first urinary tract infection. Hard core. Blood, tissue, pain, pressure, the works. The doctor said that while it was the simplest form to treat (infection is only in the bladder and down), it is a really bad infection. It took less than 6 hours to go from mildly feeling like I had to go to the bathroom all of the time to the full-blown, pink in the bowl and howling pain. Despite having chugged approximately a gallon and a half of liquids during that time, plus cranberry tablets and an over-the-counter analgesic/anti-bacterial combo. I ended up sleeping on the couch downstairs so that I didn’t keep Terry awake with my visits to the bathroom every 15 minutes.

Oh, and did I mention the migraine? Yeah, I had a migraine on top of it. I thought that I was going to go out of my mind last night as I was packing up orders for Terry to mail out in the morning. Fortunately, I was able to finally get some sleep this morning while Terry went to work. Then I called the doctor and went in.

Now, I’m home with more prescriptions. Will this ever end? I hope so. The technician who checked my stats at the doctor’s said that they have had a run of UTIs this week. 3 so far today and 4 yesterday. That strikes me as being really odd, but at least I’m not alone!

I think my immune system is just too beaten down at this point to be truly effective. Ever since the first, really bad sinus infection in December, I’ve been catching everything that comes along. I just hope that it ends soon, because I’m tired of missing work. I start to get paranoid about losing my job when I’m out too much. Not like it’s my fault or my choice.

Anyway, I have some good stitching news. I finished my current traveling piece last night. It’s Assisi Spring from Tor Rhuann Designs, which I will finish into a bookmark:

That brings me up to 37 projects finished in my was 50, now 73 Project Challenge. I’ve actually managed to pass the halfway mark! Woohoo! 😀

Only 1 and 1/2 Hours Left

  • Posted on April 25, 2007 at 10:30 am

And then the Designer Treasure Hunt will be over! The contest ends at noon (Eastern Daylight Time) today, so if you haven’t entered yet, THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE!

Five lucky winners will receive an exclusive design from Periphaeria Designs, 3 skeins of floss (2 cotton and 1 SILK!) chosen by the Lady herself, plus a small cut of fabric.

Remember, no purchase is necessary to enter, so go and check it out!

Only 24 Hours Left!

  • Posted on April 24, 2007 at 12:00 pm

And then the Designer Treasure Hunt will be over! The contest ends at noon (Eastern Daylight Time) tomorrow, April 25th, so if you haven’t entered yet, don’t wait too long. 😉

Five lucky winners will receive an exclusive design from Periphaeria Designs, 3 skeins of floss (2 cotton and 1 SILK!) chosen by the Lady herself, plus a small cut of fabric.

Remember, no purchase is necessary to enter, so go and check it out!

One to Share, Two to Not

  • Posted on April 22, 2007 at 9:33 pm

At long last, I have some stitching to share. And more to not. 😛 I finished up my Spring Dragon for the seasonal dragons RR on Friday and he looks SO handsome!

I also finished up my first model for The Sweetheart Tree this week and finished stitching a PIF gift. I even finish-finished two PIF gifts that will go together as a set.

I know it’s been quiet around here. I’m finally starting to feel more energetic and have Java training this week at work, so I have to go in. I worry about my job when I’m sick for any extended periods of time, so it will be nice to get my face back in my cubicle for a while.

I hope to work on Barnabee a little bit this week, before my next model arrives. If so, I will share my progress, but just in case I don’t, I will leave you with my old progress picture from last month when I finished part 1 of the Barnabee’s Quest.

Have a great week!

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