Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A Finish, A King, and a New Start

What can I say, it's been a while! March is always a crazy month! Between the weather and my DD, it's always nuts! This cute little ornament has been done for a while now. It is from Novalee
and I used a small piece of 28 ct that I dyed myself. Had some over-dyed floss and beads left over from some other projects. I think I will give it to my Mom after I stitch it into an ornament.

The Wednesday before March Break, the family that I lived next to where I grew up experienced a tragedy. My family has been very close to the Andersons, since we moved there the summer I turned 9. Actually, we became part of each other's families. As a matter of fact, she was like another grandmother to me and my sister. Gladys Anderson was 85. She was always a quiet, funny, creative lady. She will be greatly missed by her daughter and her four grandchildren who I have the great pleasure to call my family. I get tears in my eyes just typing this out. My sister and I had the honour of spending the Friday night before she was laid to rest with our brother and sisters (her grandchildren) where we remembered her by telling stories and memories, laughing and crying with each other. It was one of the nicest times I can remember in a long while, and I would like to believe that we helped them just a little bit with their grieving. I know that it helped me. She will be greatly missed!

On Monday, March 15th, my mother picked up my DD and I to go into Toronto to see the King Tut exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario. WOW! What riches! It was amazing! To see the bed he slept on perfectly preserved! And listening to Harrison Ford's voice during the audio tour wasn't bad either. They wouldn't let us take photos, so that's why I don't have any to show you! But it sure was interesting! My DD was a little disappointed that the remains of King Tut weren't there, but I don't think they take him out of Eygpt. The jewellery, the artifacts, and statues were wonderful, and again, I am in awe of what remains intact!

After, that we journeyed up to Peterborough to spend some time with my sister. We stayed until Thursday. We shopped, visited and just hung out. It was a lovely mini-vaca! I even found a little chair for my dressing table. I have been looking for two years! Thanks again Bananie!!

This is my latest start and obsession! Teresa Wentzler's Spring Carousel Horse! I have had this pattern for about 8 years and was always afraid to start it because of all the half and three quarter stitches. Now I know better! It was started Friday February 26. I didn't get much done during March Break (see above), but she is coming along great guns now! Working on the tail, then will move on to front quarter and head!

Will have an update soon on CITA and HDYGG and the Christmas Tree as soon as I can bear to tear myself away from my horse!


Janaina said...

Thats such a sweet finish! Well done! =)

DJ said...

*Hugs* I'm sorry to hear of your loss, I'll keep you and those in "your family" in my prayers. Lovely stitching! I saw the King Tut exhibit in Philadelphia, it was wonderful! Thanks for sharing! *Hugs*

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

Awesome stitching!
My sympathies to all who knew her. May you all find peace and comfort.

Carolyn NC said...

Wow - your new start has lots of great progress - and I love your finish. Sorry to hear about your wonderful neighbor - but I'm glad you had the chance to share with the family.

Rebecca (AKA - Rebel In Ontario) said...

Lovely stitching (as usual) and I may just have to take a day off work to go to TO to see the exhibit, I've heard nothing but great things about it.

Bev said...

sorry for the loss... hugs
your stitching is glad to see it.. makes if fun to check up with you even if online...hugs Bev

Lynn said...

My sympathies to you on the loss of your friend and neighbour.
Oh wow, the King Tut exhibit! I wish these things would come to Ottawa.
Love your new TW start. Which carousel horse is it? I think she has more than one. I know I have one of them in my stash somewhere.

thiacourt19320 said...

Hi Melissa! Your stitching is wonderful! I am also an avid cross-stitcher...

My name is Terry Joyes and I bet we're related! My grandfather was Arnold F Joyes and my father was Robert A Joyes! I grew up in the Buffalo area and live in South Carolina now!