Saturday, June 30, 2012

June - heading into July... My, how time flies

Well hello there! I've been keeping up with the blogs, but obviously not posting much myself. Sometimes I like to let things build up, but mostly just didn't have much to say. Now for those who know me well, you can pick yourself up off the floor....I know, I know... I AlWaYs have SOMEthing to say.

All kinds of fun and busy things going on; DIY projects, yard and garden work, business dinner for the husband's work, S-n-B weekend with my GF, my birthday, talking and FB with the family,chatting to the Navy Girl and Olympic trials.


On to stitching news and happenings. I have received a boat load of inquiries on the Goddess of the Dead needle minder (I think they liked it). Many folks have asked if my GF was selling or willing to sell these; at this time she wants to keep these limited, which makes them all the more special. She is not making these to sell but has offered to share one again for a future give away.'ll have a chance to receive one via a give-a-away at Porcupine Needle in the future. Thank you again Karri for providing that little goodie!


I have done a smidge of stitching on my PS Village and HRH Christmas, nothing worth showing yet. My GF is kicking my behind in our stitch-a-long. I took a couple of pictures of her progress while visiting for our S-n-B weekend.

I did not even touch HRH while I was there. First off, we had a Bucket 'O Frozen Margaritas for our beverage of choice, another reason I love my GF. Just what I needed after an interesting and eventful week at work. Did NOT, I repeat did not want to even think about stitching over one under the influence of that slushy goodness; two has me cross-eyed.

So instead I worked on a simple piece to send to the Navy Girl. This is a complimentary chart from Plum Street Samplers. Sums it up! I MISS YOU....Punky! I plan on adding a little heart done over one, just below YOU.


I will share a snapshot of my finish, as I attempt to make this a little pillow. I am on the hunt for balsam, to fill it. I want to find a green,black and white plaid or a green or black check for the backing. I really like the chenille trim I see a lot of folks using on their finishes. I can see it in my minds eye and know it won't come out near as NEAT. See mom, another reason you should live close by, you can be my finisher; I'd pay you!!!!


While on our S-n-B weekend my GF took me to the local Rug Hooking shop, Wool-n-Ewe so I could try to match up wool for my found ship project. Allen was of great help and entertainment. We enjoy a good sense of humor, we LOVE a saucy sense of humor. As I have been identified as a virgin hooker, I received some great suggestions and good advice during our visit. I only consider myself having made it to first base with the framed blueberries project. I am jumping into some serious hooking with #2 fine cut wool on an almost completed project, worked by "OS". I joked and said wonder if this was worked by Olympia Snowe(OS), U.S. Senator for Maine. I can picture her working on a hooked rug to clear her mind or mull over in deep thought an important issue. YOU NEVER KNOW!

Wool for Ship project

Well rug hooking stash is just like stitching stash, as a lot of you know.... yep I picked up two new patterns and some wool to start my collection. My GF found the first pattern and said you gotta do this one. Well I love it! It is called Moose by Moonlight. I could have spent another two hours picking my wool, but limited to getting a good start on a variety of blues and grey for the midnight sky. I can see little dots of silver grey for stars, may need to get creative with how those stay in. Picked up a few more scraps of browns for the antlers and the cattails.

My GF's favorite part of this piece is the dead tree. The designer did a great job capturing the feel of a moose bog. She has ordered one for herself, it will be fascinating to see how different our projects will turn out. On my way home I stopped by to look for a thinner hook, as I have an awl shaped hook and want to try something different. Did not have what I was looking for but I did pick up the snowman pattern, JACK, that I had been admiring the day before. So I have two new patterns and a rescue project that should keep me a happy hooker for a while. Now the fun part, picking out the rest of the wool! We said we will never look at wool clothes at Goodwill the same. Most of the scraps I picked up were from blazers, skirts or pants; which I think is awesome. We were advised to wash anything we pick up from the thrift stores so we don't get bugs and who knows what else......

Got up at 5:30 watched the day wake up, enjoying my coffee. It's almost 7:30 now. I want to head out to the flower beds to do some weeding in the cool of the morning, as I have a sneaking suspicion it is gonna be MUGGY today. After all the rain we've had and now the heat it feels like a sauna by mid day. Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend.

Keep on stitching!


Deborah said...

I am going to look forward to seeing your wool projects. Collecting wool does sound addicting.

Katherine said...

Since you live in Maine, you might also want to check out the Dorr Mill Store (google it) in New Hampshire where you can buy wool by the yard. Lovly rug patterns!

Catherine said...

Your weekend sounds fun! Looking forward to seeing your projects!
I guess I'll just have to keep my fingers crossed for your next giveaway. Being that my graduate studies were in Forensic Osteology, I'd love that needleminder! Your friend is very talented.
Love your stitches too ~ the piece for your daughter is so sweet!