October 25, 2006

Does this finish count?

Saturday I hosted a stitch in at my house and Sandy, her friend Lisa and Nancy were able to come. It was a lovely day and I really enjoyed the chance to meet Lisa and to get together again with Nancy and Sandy.

I was able to finish this little house which will be sent off to become part of a quilt that will be raffled off within my Yahoo group. The picture makes it look like the thread coverage is bad but it's really not.

This was not one of the projects I had listed on my 25 Projects Challenge - do you think it should coun't anyway?

October 14, 2006

10/25/50 Project Challenge

I have decided to join the 10/25/50 projects challenge.

The Rules:

  • Have fun reducing your pattern stash.
  • There is no time limit- people have different size projects they would like to work on.
  • Thou shall not purchase any new patterns until 10, 25, or 50 projects have been stitched.
  • Pattern size does not matter.
  • This challenge can also apply to knitting, beading, sewing and crocheting patterns.
  • You can make some exemptions. My exceptions are that I am allowed to buy stash for inclusion in exchange packages and I can buy supplies needed to complete projects on my list as long as I absolutely can't substitute something using my existing stash.
  • Gifts, gift cards, trades, RAKs (stash sent by others randomly) and patterns bought with gift money are not a violation of this challenge.
  • Freebies count as part of your total and you can aquire them at any point.
  • You do not have to declare the projects you intend to work on. (If listing would make you feel better please do so)
  • The offical start date of this challenge for me was October 1, 2006.

    Here is my list (30 not 25) in no particular order. I actually have a list of 50 items but I am committing to stitching and completing 25 of the projects listed before buying any new stash for myself.

    1. CHS Dainty Housewren - started in June 2006
    2. BOAF Spring Garden
    3. BOAF Summer Garden
    4. Blue Ribbon Heart of Gold
    5. M Designs Floral Sampler
    6. Maggie Bonanomi Live Each Season
    7. BOAF Kindness Sampler
    8. Jeanette Douglass One GOod Urn Deserves Another
    9. Goode Huswife In Her House
    10. Goode Huswife With My Needle
    11. PS Autumn Winds - Started 10.10.06
    12. HIH Halloween Medley
    13. HIH Winter Medley
    14. HIH 2005 Collectors Heart
    15. Stitch Every Day - Cure
    16. Stitch Every Day - Partridge In A Pear Tree
    17. Stitch Every Day - Bring It On
    18. Stitch Every Day - Oh Holy Night
    19. Stitch Every Day - Jingle All The Way
    20. SamSarah - Light In the Window
    21. Sweetheart Tree - Rhodes Butterfly Fob
    22. Trilogy Family
    23. LK Winter Snippet
    24. Le ChenE Dore - Automne
    25. CHS Rejoice
    26. Goode Huswife - Pumpkins and Peacocks
    27. Trilogy Bountiful
    28. Sweetheart Tree - Welcome
    29. This Too Shall Pass Scissor Keep
    30. This Too Shall Pass Pin keeper

    I plan to make a list for knitting as well.

October 13, 2006

Halloween Goodies Galore

Tonight I received my Halloween exchange from Rachel who is part of my yahoo group. She put together the most fabulous package including the incredibly stitched Trix or Treats from Blackbird Designs. I absolutely love this design and had been thinking of stitching it for myself. But I know I could not have done as wonderful a job as Rachel did. I'm just so thrilled and I have it displayed prominently on my TV armoire. It's just fantastic! I also received two skeins of Carries Threads in Harvest Moon and Halloween which I'm eager to try. I now have a new pair of Halloween socks and some yarn to make a quick scarf with plus lots of yummy candy as well.

And she thoughtfully included a Halloween squeaky toy that Cowboy had a lot of fun with tonight. I took it away as I wanted it to last more than one night. He had it squeaking up a storm and had quite a lot of fun chasing it around the house.

Thank you Rachel - it's the perfect end to a long week! Especially on Friday the 13th.

October 11, 2006

PS Autumn Winds SAL

Here is my progress on PS Autumn Winds. Pretty minimal looking considering its over 100 stitches but I'm happy with it all the same. I was so tired last night thtI wasn't able to accomplish much. I did put a few stitches in this morning before work to get it to the point of this photo. It's hard to put down!

Tonight I should work on my CHS alphabet piece but I'm so tired I'm afraid to pick it up and have to frog everything. Instead I will lay on the couch with Cowboy and read my book group book. We're reading Catch-22 by Joseph Heller this month. It's a weird book and I'm not sure whether I like it or not. Has anyone else ever read it? I'd love to hear what you thought.

October 10, 2006

Scarry Wabbit

I am lucky enough to be on the receiving end of another wonderful exchange piece from Susi. She made me the adorable SD's Scarry Wabbit and her finishing is just incredible. She sued some of the glow in the dark floss which I plan to test out myself since she sent me a skein along with some lovely hand dyed fabric appropriately named "Boo" and some wonderful buttons too.
Thank you Susi for a wonderful exchange piece. Your finishing skills are just fantastic. I must learn to finish better, I MUST!

I've hung it on the door to my bedroom. Once Halloween is over, I will find a place to add it to my heart wall!

Tonight I plan to start stitching on my PS Autumn Winds piece. I've been up since 3:30 this morning so I probably won't last long but at least I'll get to put those first marvelous stitches in. I will post my progress tomorrow!

October 9, 2006

Weekend Stitching Progress

We had a glorious weekend weatherwise but in between raking leaves and taking long walks with Cowboy, I managed to get a little bit of stitching done. As of today I'm going back to a rotation but here's what I worked on over the weekend.

The left is obviously CHS Dainty House Wren and I'm almost done the bottom half. I just need to complete the green outside border and I can move on to the top half. The project to the right is a house from the Trilogy's Trilogy Square chart which I've had for ages. It will become part of a quilt of houses created by members of the yahoo group I belong to. Everyone who contributes a square will have a chance to win the quilt. Pretty neat huh? Sorry the photo is so lousy but it's coming along nicely. I hope to finish it up this week and get it in the mail finally!

As I mentioned, I'm going back to a rotation in order to keep myself organized. I'm hoping it will keep me motivated to be successful at the 10/25/50 project challenge that is buzzing around the stitching blog world. I will be committing to completing 25 projects before buying any new stash with the exceptions of buying fabric or threads I just can't find in my own stash to complete a project (hard to imagine) and buying something for an exchange partner. I've got a list of 50 projects made already so I will chose 25 and list them here later this week.

So far my weekly rotation looks like this:

  1. Monday - Exchange stitching (this includes my yahoo group house for now)
  2. Tuesday - PS Autumn Winds SAL with Cathy and Joanie
  3. Wednesday - CHS Alphabet Series
  4. Thursday - CHS Dainty House Wren
  5. Friday - Scrapbooking or exchange stitching
  6. Saturday - Sock Knitting and stitching anything on my current rotation
  7. Sunday - HAED The Storey Keeper

I'm off to stitch on my house!

October 6, 2006

Dog Days of Autumn

This evening after work, Cowboy and I took our usual walk and I finally remembered to bring my camera. The fall leaves are changing quickly and I wanted to try and get some pictures of the leaves and Cowboy outside. We went to our usual haunt, St. Ignatius' Cemetery. It really is a gorgeous place to walk and one of my favorite places in town.

Don't I have the handsomest pup in the world?

Cowboy has had a bit of a transformation over the last two weeks. Right before I took him to be boarded, I'd been working a lot on basic obedience. I took him to a different kennel while I was in Hershey and I think they did quite a bit of work with him as well. Last night we went to a drop in obedience class and there were two other dogs in the class. I was so proud of how well he did. He was much less aggressive and agitated and did very well remembering all his commands. And tonight when we walked, I took him out without using the Gentle Leader collar and he was quite good. I think he's finally coming around to trust me and is even now seeking me out for attention. But of course he's no angel - tonight I came home to find he'd chewed off the cover of one of my rental books which of course I now own courtesy of Cowboy! LOL Can't get to comfortable can I?

October 5, 2006

Stitching Progress at CATS

I brought three projects to work on in Hershey, this CHS piece, the CHS alphabet and a new project, Heart of Gold by Blue Ribbon Designs. But once I picked up Dainty House Wren, I didn't want to stop working on it. I've put some more stitches in since I've been home so the verse is complete and I'm working on another small quilt star motif at the bottom. It would be great if I could finish this in time for show and tell at my stitch in on the 21st but I'm not sure I'll have enough time between now and then. We shall see!

October 3, 2006

CATS Part Two

Saturday Nancy and I met up with Joanie for breakfast. Since Joanie had a 1:00pm class, we decided to hit Chocolate World early so we could be back in time. I'm really glad we took the time to go - it was interesting to see how they make the chocolate and shop afterwards in the gift area. Boy were there a lot of things chocolate! After we finished shopping, we headed back to the Lodge and basically stitched the day away. Joanie's class ran the full time and she joined us in the Stitchers Lounge afterwards. A lot of stitchers left on Saturday I think because it was less crowded. Pete had gone to a model show earlier in the day and was watching football but we dragged him out to dinner at Applebee's and then Nancy, Jo and I found a comfy stitching spot and just stitched away.

We had breakfast with Joanie on Sunday and then we all headed for home. I spent the night at my sister's again and drove back to Maine on Monday morning. Cowboy seemed to survive his boarding experience at the new kennel and we are slowly getting back into our usual routine.

Here's a photo of my stash acquisitions - not that much compared to what I bought last year.
I bought two large pieces of R & R fabric - 28 ct in Country French Cappucino and Lambswool, a hand dyed piece of greenish 28ct Quaker's Cloth from Dinky Dyes as well as two skeins of their silk, one called Wild Lavender and one called Eungella. It's for The Cat's Whisker's Feed My Soul. Joanie and I are going to do an SAL with this as she bought some lovely lavender fabric and similar threads for this project from Dinky Dyes too. I also bought two Prairie Schooler charts, Autumn Winds which I had to have before I left CATS and Birdsong I which I got for 50% off. I also bought the coolest "candle bracelet" kit made by Liz Turner Diehl. It's a packet of beads that you string to go around the neck of a jar candle. My kit was hearts of course and I'm not sure I will use if for a candle or make a bracelet or use the charms for stitching pieces. It was a really clever idea either way and relatively inexpensive.

Cathy, Joanie and I are planning to do a SAL with the PS Autumn Winds. If you have the chart, feel free to join us!

October 2, 2006

Back to Real Life (aka Post CATS)

Well, I finally arrived back home this afternoon from CATS. I had a wonderful weekend and from reading other blogs very quickly, I see I'm not the only one that enjoyed the weekend. It was a lovely chance to see Jo and Cathy again and catch up on a years worth of life and to meet Joanie, Jenna, Leslie and Sue in person as well as stitch again with Nancy. Since I moved to Maine, life has gotten busy for both of us so it's really wonderful when we have extended time to stitch together.

I think I will post my CATS report in at least two parts as I still have stuff to catch up on before work tomorrow. I drove down to my sister's in NH on Wednesday evening and then drove to pick up Nancy in MA on Thursday morning. We left her house around 9:15am or so and headed south to PA. After a stop at Cracker Barrel for lunch and a bit of shopping, we got to Hershey about 5:30. Joanie called and we headed down to the hotel cafe to meet her and have a cup of coffee. By that time the shopping mart had opened up to the public so the three of us headed over there. It was packed. You couldn't get near the Picture This Plus booth because it was swamped. I think they sold about 2/3rds of their fabric that evening! We browsed around and each bought something. I was very restrained - I will show you my stash tomorrow. I think we stitched a bit after a late dinner and then went to bed, agreeing to meet for breakfast in the hotel at 10:00am.

On Friday, we met Carol and Mike for breakfast and then they headed off to adventure around Hershey and we headed to the shopping mart area to browse some more and stitch. Cathy arrived around noon and we slowly met Jenna and Leslie and Sue. It was so wonderful to meet so many bloggers - it's just like you're meeting old friends. No awkwardness or anything and it is such fun to see what everyone is working on. It's so awe inspiring to see the incredible stitched pieces. Jo and Pete arrived later that evening and we all met up in the stitcher's lounge to get some serious chatting and stitching done.

Here are some photos taken on Friday.

This is Cathy and Leslie (on the left), Jenna and Jo stitching in the Stitcher's Lounge on Friday evening. And that's Joanie on the left and Nancy on the right. Disregard the date because the time stamp was wrong on my camera.

More tomorrow!