Tuesday, July 31, 2007


I've got a few pics to share with y'all, so lets get to it. First the vacation!
This is a picture of Jekyl Island taken from down by the village on St. Simon's Island.

As I said, the place is beautiful, even when it's getting ready for a t'storm.This is the lighthouse on St. Simon's. I have not yet gone to the top, but maybe on my next trip.

DH and I trying to look pretty:)

While there, we visited the Jacksonville Zoo. Unfortunately we did not bring our camera (all these pics were taken using DH's phone.) So we only got one pic while at the zoo - a giraffe:) Cute little guy, sticking his head up to get fed. The baby was cuter, but I couldn't get a pic of him.

As I mentioned in my last post, I did add a little to my stash while away on hols - some needles and three little bent creek patterns. I'm hoping mom can get the fourth one for me. The lady in the store said they would order it on their next order. Like I need more patterns:) But I think they're cute.

There wasn't a whole lot of time for stitching, but I got a tiny bit done on the sampler.

I think it's coming along nicely - might actually be done by the time the baby arrives! lol

I received some bad news today. One of my dear friends, and the best Speech Therapist I have ever worked with, Amy, just found out she has metastatized breast cancer in stage 4. She already battled and beat breast cancer a few years ago, but what she thought was a cold, and when she went to the Dr. was thought to be walking pneumonia, was actually cancer. It has spread to her lungs, liver and spine. I talked with her today, and she was in good spirits. She truly is a remarkable woman. So positive is she, that her comment was that I'd have to work with a bald SLP this school year! Send thoughts, prayers and good wishes her way whenever you can. I know I will be.


Quote of the Day

Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. Colin Powell

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Good evening all! I am back from vaction and am absolutely wiped out! I think I need another vacation to recover from the one I just had. LOL Regardless, I had a wonderful time in GA. My folks live down on St. Simon's Island, and what a beauty that place is. I could definately get used to island living, given the opportunity. The area is gorgeous. It has a little village with shops and restaurants, and a pier to fish off. Lots of places to walk, and of course the beaches. I also found a little stitching shop and had a wander around it a couple of times. As some of you may realize, if you don't have a LNS, anytime you wander by one is a great time to add to your stash. Recently I had been on the search for new needles and my DH got some for me, and my mom bought me some little Bent Creek patterns I liked. So now we're home, tired out, but with fond recollections of a great vacation.
I'm going to spend the rest of this evening catching up on correspondence, and will post some pics of stitching and vacation tomorrow.


Homerism for the Day:
"As far as anyone knows, we're a nice normal family."

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Friday, July 20, 2007

It's update pic time!! Now don't anyone giggle at how little I've done since last I showed it. Let's just say I'm very easily distracted! lol

I probably won't get a whole lot done on it this week. Pat and I are headed down to GA to visit my parents and brother and sister-in-law. It'll be a great week, but I don't forsee a whole lot of stitching going on. Today has been filled with packing and cleaning up the house - (I don't want the lady who's puppy sitting for us to think we're total slobs, so we're sweeping the visible dirt under the carpet:) And of course tonight is Harry Potter night!!!! Exciting stuff:) A midnight party at the local Books-a-million should be a hoot, and then on the road as early as possible tomorrow. I will continue to blog from lovely GA, hopefully with some pics of the area.


Quote Of The Day:
It's not true that I had nothing on. I had the radio on.Marilyn Monroe

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Good evening all!
I have decided to change the look of my blog, repeatedly! I'm not sure why this has become such a big deal for me, but I feel like the graphics on my blog have to represent either me or the title. So far I've found very little for either category!! I shall, however, continue to diligently search. One day soon...

Now to answer a question. Gail R asked how big the daydreams beach was. The actual stitching is only 3.5 inches square. When matted the whole thing is 8 inches square. It really is a pretty little piece.

I'm working slowly on the baby sampler. I'll have another update pic by the weekend. It's coming along slowly but surely:) I'm actually enjoying stitching it, even if the border is a little boring, and it is on 14 ct aida. At least I can see the holes:)


Quote of the Day:
I am a deeply superficial person.

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Happy Dance Time!!

Friday, July 13, 2007

Yes folks, it is time for a Happy Dance! I have finished the Daydreams Beach Scene. It's so pretty, and I already have it set up on my desk. Ahhh, it just makes me want to go on vacation to the beach.

Tonight I attended my first ever Mary Kay party. My neighbor Jen was hostess, and there were 5 of us altogether. I really had fun. I don't wear alot of anything on my face, and wasn't really sure if I would enjoy myself, but it was a hoot. And their product seemed great too! I may end up getting the moisturizer when DH is working again (because it is definately a little more pricey than what I usually get in Walmart!)

Quote Of The Day

The way my luck is running, if I was a politician I would be honest.


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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Harry Potter was GREAT!!!Thumbs Up Good film, fantastic special effects. It even sorta followed the book:) I thoroughly enjoyed it. After the movie DH and I went to Red Lobster and enjoyed a seafood feast while discussing the finer points of the movie. I'm now home, full of fried shrimp and frankly a little sleepySleepy So much for stitching this evening, however, since I have the next two days off, I aim to get alot done. I'm also trying to keep in mind my other goals for this month, and am going to work on the Daydreams beach scene tomorrow (I sense an HD in the near future!)
All that being said, I'm heading off to lay my weary head.


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Sunday, July 8, 2007

Well folks, here it is! My progress on the baby sampler!! Woohoo:) I worked on it about 3 hours today while I watched Harry Potter on the TV. (Great movie - can't wait for the new one coming out this Wednesday)

As you can see, I'm working on the border. Gotta love the 5*5 squares:) I did get bored with doing only blue, so I did a little pink to spruce things up. I'll keep y'all up to date on the mounds of progress! lol
Speaking of progress, Dani told me that I'm supposed to list stitching goals at the beginning of each month. I know I'm a few days late, but here they are.
Work on the baby sampler
Finish the beach chairs
At least pretend to work on Noah's Ark
That's it for now. (I'm trying to set goals I think I can reach:)
I'll be off to see the new Harry Potter movie on Wednesday. Officially it will be shown at 12:01am Tuesday night, but as I work on Wednesday morning, and feel dreadfully old if I don't get enough sleep, I'm going to wait until Wednesday evening to see it. It looks like it's going to be a great movie, so I'm really looking forward to it. Anyone else out there a Potter fan?
Stitch, love and laugh.

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Thursday, July 5, 2007

Good Evening all!
I'm not sure if any of you play MMORPG's or not, but let me tell you all about it. First off, for those who don't know what it means, Massive Multi-player Online Role Playing Game. My DH and I play one called Everquest, and it is loads of fun!! Love it:) Today they did a patch or update for the game. Took them just over 10 hours to do it. Everyone knew about it, but man, all the complaining in the forums was unreal!! Someone was actually asking what on earth to do with Everquest being down this long! Were I not totally against talking to pathetic weirdos online, (nevermind how I met my hubby) I would have suggested he pick up a book and entertain himself for a minute. Just my 2 cents worth.

I hope that everyone had a delightful 4th. I managed to squeeze in a tiny bit of everything I enjoy. A little stitching, a little hiking, a little lounging in the sun, a little frolick in the lake, and a little Everquest. What a great day! Even the puppies had a blast, especially with the swimming part! They both looked like drowned rats:)

Now for the SBQ, and I like this one: Do you consider yourself a "floss miser?" I don't think I am a floss miser. I don't really have alot of different flosses. I do have most of the DMC colors, and when I can't find one I do tend to just go buy another one rather than hunt through my MANY other projects lying unloved. I do have a few unusual ones, specific things that I have bought in years gone by for certain projects never done. Other than that...nope, I just can't cop to being a miser!!

Well, I'm off to work on the sampler a little before bed. I do plan on having a progress pic to show you by the weekend.


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Monday, July 2, 2007

Hello everyone!

Yes I have finally dragged my lazy butt back to the screen! Here I am with a new post, and a pic or two to accompany it. Also, on Dani's advice, I'm going to begin to feature the SBQ.

So here goes. I took some pics of my WIP's, aka my UFO's. (Poor Dani will be appalled at how little has been done on some of them!) Since I am by nature a very poor photographer, the pictures are not great, but they'll do for now. Hopefully I'll do better on my web.
This is the sampler I chose for my new niece or nephew. My SIL LOVES Winnie the Pooh, so I think this will be great for them. I was so excited to get it home and open it, then I saw how huge the fabbie was! This could take me a minute:) The kid'll be 10 before I'm done!!

Next is my main pride and joy which I hardly ever seem to work on. TW's Noah's Ark. It's going to be awesome IF I ever finish it. I've even picked a bible verse to replace the alphabet and charted it and everything! One day..... This piece is absolutely fantastic. As you can see I'm over half way done the animals (over 1 of course). I've just got to keep plodding I suppose.

I've almost finished this little daydreams beach scene. I really like how these ones look when they're finished. I think this one will sit on my desk to keep me cheery:)

The last pic for tonight is an "about to be WIP" (like I need anymore!) This is one of my parent's church down in St. Simon's Island GA. My mom & dad bought me the pattern with the hope that I would stitch it for them, so I really do have to get going on it.

As I said, my photography skills are subpar, and I do apologize, but at least you can get a glimpse of what I'm working on. I did count last night when I took pics - I have 8 WIP's, 1 wanna-be WIP, and 2 UFO's. Hmmm, is that a problem?

And now for the SBQ of the week: When you start a new work do you look for something small, do you look for another huge project or do you consider your UFOs? I always consider my UFO's, and try to pick one of them. Once I've done the noble think, and pulled out something I should be working on, I spend a night going through my stash and kitting up a new random project that I really want to start and do it too. That's why I have so many darn WIP's!!

Stitch lots, enjoy the sun and drink much wine.


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