Monday, November 24, 2014

WooHoo! Christmas stitching is DONE!

Thank goodness!  Here are my finished ornaments for this year.  All I have to say is ... it's a good thing I stitched all those hardanger angels earlier in the year.  And you'll notice that the last one doesn't look very Christmas-y because I still don't feel very Christmas-y.  It was the only one I just stitched (finished it last week) and I'm still feeling like Autumn.  Luckily the friend I made it for is an Autumn kind of gal.

 And my favorite one this post .... 

sums up my Christmas spirit.  I love this little gingerbread-style house under attack from the spiders.  Cracks me up!  It's for the Halloween Ornie SAL.  Our subject for November ... BUGS!  Can you tell?  I'm still in a Halloween-kind of mood  ;-)

I love the Bad Neighborhood series from Ink Circles.  They make me giggle.  I need to stitch the Upstairs Downstairs one for my brother ... he's a drummer.  I probably should make one for my dad, too.  My brother loved to practice when he was growing up.  Hmmm, maybe I should make one  for each of our old neighbors.

The spider is from one of the Halloween issues of JCS.  And in case you didn't notice, there's a sleeping beauty on the back of the couch totally oblivious to my photo taking session.  This is my old lady beagle Willow.  She's 12 now and does lots of sleeping.  Her hearing isn't what it used to be so she sleeps through almost everything now.  Unless it smells like food.  That generally gets her attention.

I hope everyone has a nice Thanksgiving on Thursday and safe travels for those going home for the holiday.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Symmetry with a little postal rant

Symmetry is mostly finished .... woohoo! 

The only thing left to do is the border and, unfortunately, I have to stop here so I can get my Christmas stitching done.  I think I'm going to change my name to Scrooge this year.  I really just do not feel like stitching Christmas.  Hopefully, with Symmetry calling to me to finish it, I'll get going.  Well, after I stitch this month's EGA friendship sampler, that is.  Which I started last night and should be able to finish tonight or tomorrow .... so that won't hold me up.  I'm having lots of fun with that project but can't show any pictures 'cuz it's a surprise. 

I also really enjoy exchange stitching and have been blessed with some lovely stitching partners.  I've been very lucky with the postal service until a couple months ago.  I recently joined the Facebook phenomenon, not because I'm particularly enamored with it but because a friend of mine became sick earlier this year.  And to keep in touch with her recovery, for better or worse, I joined.  And since I was there, I may as well 'enjoy' the whole experience, so I signed up to some group pages.  After the whole initial sensory overload subsided, I decided to participate in a card exchange and (dammit!) didn't my card get 'lost' (probably destroyed by those wonderful automatic postal machines) by the postal service on it's way to England.  After a month and a half of waiting for it to get there, I decided to stitch another and send it out again (this time registered mail .... ka-ching!).  And I'm happy to report it got there.  (I bet you never thought I would get to the point, did you?)

While I received this back in early September, because going from England to my house was more successful.  Check it out ... a PINK butterfly and a tiny biscornu.  Love it!

Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of the first card but it was my favorite butterfly in autumn colors.  Now probably on it's way to the dead letter office for destruction .... grrrr!  And, because of this, I'm done with mailing cards. 
Later ..... and, you Americans, don't forget to get out there and vote today, I did.