Monday, February 20, 2012

TUSAL and February Update

Happy Family Day to my fellow Canadians!!  And Happy President's Day to my American neighbours to the south!  And Happy Whatever to the rest of the world!  (My calender only listed the two holidays, so if I missed anything, I apologize!)  This Canadian holiday is not very old, only a couple of years or so.  Basically the kids get a day off from school, and govenrnent offices are closed.  February needed some sort of holiday, and it's a great excuse for a three-day weekend!  My DD is very happy, to say the least!  lol

This will be quite a lengthy update, so please grab a beverage of your choice!

Here is my February TUSAL update!  I did quite a lot of stitching, if I do say so myself.
 February TUSAL
 This is the jar that I empty out the previous month's orts! (Mentioned this last month, so here is the picture!)   I just wanted a way to keep track for my own personal amusement.  I'm weird that way!
I am really liking that I have to post every month for the TUSAL as it forces me to post to my blog as well!  And this way I kill two birds with one stone.  

Now on to the stitching!
 This is where I was previously on Mirabilia's Cinderella.
 And here is where I am at now, as of February 20, 2012.  She is coming along beautifully!  I am having so much fun stitching her!  But that darn Nora Corbett has come out with a new design, "Silver Moon Tea"!!  Why must she do that?!?!  It's a beautiful lady holding a steaming cup of Earl Grey tea in the silvery moon!!  That's my favourite tea!!  So you see why I must stitch this?!?!  Stay tuned for an update.  Sigh.  (I can justify anything!!  lol)

I have a couple small starts to share this month.
 First off is a Needle Fob Challenge for TGOS magazine Yahoo group.  Basically we choose a needle fob chart and stitch it and finish it by March 2.  I chose the Ladybug needle fob from TGOS April 2011 issue.  And as it's a challenge and not an exchange, I am making it for my sister's birthday in May, once again killing two birds, one stone!
 This is what I have done so far!  Yes, I know, not much is done, but I have been doing it only during DD's rowing practices, and sometimes I get yapping with other parents.  I'll try to do better from now on!

This is my second start of the month!
 It's a freebie called "Heart of My Heart" from Abi Gurden of The Stitch Specialist's Yahoo group.  But you have to be a member to get it!  I used some raspberry coloured fabric from my stash and ecru DMC floss and perle cotton.  I am having a ball with all the specialty stitches and can't wait to use my new-found Hardanger prowess to cut!

Now on to some exchanges!!
 I sent this out to Theoria in South Africa for TSS Birthday Threads exchange.  She finally recieved it, so I can now post it!

The second one is from The Friendly Stitchers Yahoo group!  A Spring Biscornu exchange!  My partner was Sara from Ireland, and she stitched me this lovely one on tea-dyed fabric that she dyed herself!  Thank you so much again, Sara!  It has a place of honor with all my other biscornus!

 This is the one I sent to Sara.  And between you and me, if it had been finished when my mom first saw it, it would have went home with her!  She really liked it. I may have to make this one again. 

 My DD has been stitching up a storm lately!  She has stitched three Dragon Dreams freebies in the last month, with a fourth one very close to being finished!  She is going a marvelous job on these!
 Dragon of Hope 2005
 Dragon Love
 My Treasure

And I have done a wee bit of shopping in the last month too!  Nordic Needle had a few things on sale and Hubby paid for part of my order for Valentine's Day, as well as the 2011 Back Issue Bundle from The Gift of Stitching magazine.
 I have been eyeing up these scissor since I saw them, and being the patriotic Canadian I am, well, they found their way into my cart!
 I bought this one to continue my Hardanger journey.
 And this one needed to join my library so I can learn and practice new stitches!

This is the card I made for Hubby!  His Aunt Bev and I started this at her house, and I finished it up in time for Valentine's Day.  It folds out, and I wrote a lovely sentiment inside.
 Here is DD at the Canadian Indoor Rowing Championships (CIRC) on February 5, 2012.
 She did really well for her first time, placing 4th in her division out of 9 competitors.  Her best friend Kaylee, placed 1st, beating the previous record!  The girls had fun and represented the club well!  Their coach was very pleased!

Now on to my bird pictures!
 This one was taken at the farm where my parents live.  There is a bird sanctuary close to their place, and the swans often fly across the road to the field to feed.  
 This one is one of the Blue Jays that often come to my feeder.
And this one is my favourite!  An Eastern Blue Bird!  It is very rare to see one in Ontario in the winter, but I think that because it's been so mild here this winter, they are still here!  I emailed my dad this picture and he and I both got our bird books out to discuss over the phone what it could be! I was very excited to get this picture!!

I may be late with my update next month, as Hubby, DD and I are going on vacation over the March Break!  We have rented a house down in Florida for a week, near Disney World and Universal!  We are so excited to be getting away!  It has been a few years, 7 to be exact, since we have had a real family vacation.  We are driving down and back, so if any one knows of any good LNS, please feel free to let me know!  We will be going down I-75 and then back up the Eastern Seaboard, and I hope to hit a couple needlework places as Hubby said he would stop if we knew of any!

Well, need to get going to put a roast beef in the oven with carrots and potatoes, so supper will be easy today.  Then DD and I can spend the afternoon stitching and watching movies!  What a nice way to spend Family Day!  Thanks for sticking with me!
Chat soon!