Monday, May 30, 2011

Hopefully Blogger will actually let me post this time...

The last two and half weeks have flown by and I can't believe it's been that long since my last post.  I tried to post a couple of times, but Blogger was not being my friend and I gave up each time.  Thank you all for your prayers, concerns and good wishes for my MIL.  Her surgery went well and she is recovering nicely.  So far she has the all clear, but still has a couple of tests to go before they can deem her cancer free.  So, we are staying positive! :)

I haven't done much at all on the stitching front and am really hoping to get back into the swing of things very soon.  Here is a pic of the Creation Sampler from Shakespears Peddler that I have started.  I am really enjoying stitching it so far. 

I know, it doesn't look like much yet...hopefully I'll have something more significant to show you soon!

I have been working on a project with my friend Laurie over the last month or so and it is taking up a lot of time also.  I'm really excited about it and look forward to sharing it with you all once we've achieve our goal. 

Another thing I have been neglecting is my garden.  Although, I must say it looks great considering I haven't actually done anything to it yet!  The perennials are all coming up fabulously thanks to all the rain we have been getting here.  The pots are still empty though and that's what I'll need to be doing this weekend.  I also spotted a few weeds out there as well, so I'll have to head out there tonite and do some weeding.  It's going to be really hot and humid tomorrow, so that should keep me inside and stitching tomorrow night...hehehe! 

Happy Memorial Day to all my friends in the USA!!! 

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Too many balls in the air this past week!

Well, I signed up for the Friday Night Sew/Stitch In that Heidi from Handmade by Heidi co-hosts.  It's my first time and I'm really looking forward to it.  It's being held on the 20th and you can follow this link if you want to join in!  I really enjoy following her blog as she is always making something cool!

This past week has been exhausting with lots of things going on and I feel like a juggler with too many balls in the air.  So, I haven't got much stitching done, although I did start on my Creation Sampler from Shakespeare's Peddler a couple of days ago as I needed a stress outlet and none of my WIP's were calling my name.  The thing I love best about stitching is the calming effect is has on the soul. 

One thing that is weighing heavy on my mind is that my MIL has been diagnosed with breast cancer...again...and is having her other breast and lymph nodes removed tomorrow.  We are praying that they get it all and that it has not spread further.  She also suffers from Bipolar Disorder and this has made things much the point that it is a struggle to get her out of bed.  We visited them on the weekend and she did get up and get dressed to visit with us which was positive.  It is very hard on my FIL as well and we are hoping for some good news after the surgery. 

One the creative front, I have no stitching progress worthy of pictures.  I did however manage to pop back over the antique store I discovered with my friend Laurie the other day.  I picked up some flower frogs, some glass candies and a pinwheel crystal glass.  Here is the decorative scissor holder that I've constructed with them:

Well, that's all I have for today.  I hope to have a stitching update for you very soon!

Take care everyone!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A few finishes and I've named the puppy!

Firstly, last night was a big election night here in Canada and it turned out to be a historic one.  The Conservatives won a majority government, the Liberals and Bloc Quebecois got stomped (badly) and the New Democrats are the official opposition for the first time in their 50 year history.  This was the first time that the Liberals finished in third place and it was a distant third at that.  Both the Liberal and Bloc Quebecois leaders failed to win their seats and are both stepping down as party leaders.  The Green Party won their first seat ever in the House of Commons.  Anyways, I won't bore you with further details, but I feel positive that good things will happen!

I had such a great weekend this past weekend!  My friend Laurie and I spent the afternoon driving around and stopping wherever we felt inspired to stop.  First, we went to the Hobby Horse for fabric and other sewing stuff.  Second stop was at the Williams Mill Visual Arts Centre.  There are so many wonderful artists there!   We strolled through the studios of glass blowers, painters, wood carvers, sculptors, jewellery makers, etc.  It was a wonderful time!

My friend Laurie...had to buy something, of course! :)
Was such a lovely sunny day!

 Then it was on to the Copper Kettle Pub for a refreshment.  Our next stop was Beaumont Mill Antiques & Collectibles.  Wow, this place was huge!  You seemed to go from room to room forever.  We ended up kind of having to rush through it a little, you could easily spend 2 hours there if you wanted to see everything.  We will definitely be heading back there sometime soon!

Okay, onto some stitching finishes!  I framed my bunny from The he is:

Another reason my friend Laurie came down that day for was to give me another sewing lesson.  She is a GREAT teacher!!  She walked me through finishing my first pillow step by step and then I finished the second one by myself after she left.  I am really happy with how they turned out and think I did pretty good for a newbie.  Since the sewing machine and I are now friends, I have "named the puppy" and it will now affectionately be called Ginny...after Ginny Weasley from Harry Potter, of course!  *** Editted as Mouse was too right that it is Ginny and not Jenny...serious brain burp there on my part! ***  Here are my pillows:

I had so much fun finishing these...I never thought sewing could be that much fun!  Now I have even more projects in mind...eek! :)

My apologies for things being a little out of alignment on this post...Blogger is giving me hard time today!  Oh well, you get the idea, right?!?! :o)   Have an awesome week everyone!!!