Saturday, August 21, 2010

New Stash and Baby Sampler Update

I like to get away a for a few days, but I love coming home. It always means doing a pile of laundry, tidying up again, and putting away luggage, but I get to sleep in my own bed! I am a creature of habit, and I love my bed!! It is a four-poster, three-inch foam masterpiece I call my "Happy Place"! What does this have to do with stitching, you ask? Not much, except as a place to display some stitched cushions. Oh, and if I sleep well, I can more stitching done!

DD and I went up to Hubby's grandma's cottage on the lake last weekend. It is always a fun place to visit. And cottage does not do it justice! It has two floors with four bedrooms, one and half bathrooms, livingroom and kitchen! Plus satellite TV! And the lake is about 75 feet away! This is my idea of roughing it!! LOL! I don't do well camping, obviously!! Anyways, we got up there about noon on Saturday, after stopping at a local corner store run by the Amish (this store has everything from cheese and deli meats to hardware and fabric and china and books and toys). Then we stopped at local produce place and bought all kinds of farm fresh fruits and veggies. Yum! DD swam and went for boat rides and stayed up late! The Sunday we were there was hot and muggy and grey, really kind of dismal. So Gram and I stitched the afternoon away, watching movies! She does needle point! We oohh'ed and aahh'ed at each other's work. A friend of hers, named Evelyn had some fabric that she wanted to get rid of as she can't see well enough any more to stitch, and she asked Gram if she could use it. Gram said no, but that she knew of someone who could, ME!! So I got some lovely new Aida, waste canvas and a little hardanger! Aren't I the lucky one! Thanks for thinking of me, Gram!
On Monday afternoon, after swimming, DD and I packed up and stopped Hubby's Aunt Bev's for a little visit. Now she always spoils us! DD got a new purse and after seeing what DD has been stitching, Auntie Bev gifted her with a small stamped cross-stitch kit and a fairly large needlepoint kit! DD is loving the needlepoint! She says that it goes much faster that cross stitch as she only has to do half the stitch! LOL! But she will have to put it down for a week as she goes to horse-back riding camp! I will post more on at a later date!
As for me, I got a bunch of scrabooking supplies! Some paper packs, chipboard accents and a new circle cutter! Yessiree, I was spoiled!! Thanks Bev! And if you get a chance, stop by her blog and see what she is creating! She does such beautiful scrapping!

I have been working exclusively on the Told In A Garden baby sampler. Here is my progress picture. It is coming along quite nicely! But I didn't work on it much last night as I watched a movie "The Young Victoria". It had ladies stitching in it, so someone was stitching! I thoroughly enjoyed that movie, but then I like period movies. And as it had a couple subtitles, I needed to pay attention!

I am a little nervous as the face and hands are done over one thread, and I have never done that. I think I will save that for last. My mother told me that she was giving me a challenge! Thanks. Hopefully, I can work on it more next week while DD is at camp. But Hubby is due home today, after almost two weeks on the road! He was stuck out in California last weekend while we were away. This has been a long trip for him, so I hope he is home for a little while. We have really missed him!
Hope everyone has enjoyed the update! Be well and enjoy the last of the summer!


GoldenAngelsWorks said...

great stash.

Awesome stitching.

Don't let one over one scare you.... it is easier than it seems!

Stephanie (Joie de Bayou) said...

What a wonderful weekend!

Congrats on your stash enhancement.

Your "Told in a Garden" is beautiful. I look forward to watching your progress.

Lynn said...

What lovely goodies you were gifted with! Sounds like you had a great weekend.
Your TIAG is really lovely. I've tried the over 1 now and it's not nearly as bad as I thought. You'll be just fine.

jayne@~an eye for threads~ said...

Always something special about a trip to Grandmas house, and it looks like Gram likes you best. Nice progress on the Told in a Garden.
Be always in stitches.

Cythia Harris ~ said...

Great stash you were given. I love your TIAG. I have a new grandbaby coming and have been searching for a baby sampler. I'll have to go check this one out. Sounds like you had a very nice time. Enjoy your hubby time!

Bea said...

Melissa, the TIAG is coming along beautifully. Don't let the 'over 1' scare you - it's easier than it first appears.

Beaupippin said...

Great stashing!
Stitching is coming on really well, I use a magnifier fopr over 1 and it makes it soo easy!

DJ said...

I love your baby sampler, I made one just like this for my son when he was born. Don't be scared, just take it one stitch at a time, you'll find it's not as bad as you think! Good luck! *Hugs*