Saturday, October 9, 2010

Simply Saturday

This morning I woke from a 13 hour sleep, uninterrupted without any night mares. It was great! I was so tired when I came home, I just fell over in the bed with the same clothes I had on from work. I woke up at 8am this morning.

Unfortunately because of several life stressers right now that are a little beyond normal, my stitching has slowed. I am functioning in "survival mode". I've been at this particular place before and didn't want to revisit it but seems that I have to and it's going to take some time, this time, to cope.

The ear infection is almost back to normal now with a week of antibiotics.Fever went down a degree every day and now I don't have the fever. The "rest" part I was not able to adhere to this week, but I hope it doesn't come back. I think Ragweed is peaking right now and my allergies are connected to all of this fluid in the ear thing.  I still feel a bit drained.

I'm kinda gettin'-the-hang of my new IPHONE and love it! I just have to remember to dock it to charge every day because I use the music part of it so much that it's zapping the energy out of it. My Kindle is charged but haven't had the time to play with it yet. This is on my list of things to do. I hope to find a book that I can use the Read-To-Me feature so I can get some stitching done. And cheap or free books at that as my job is getting cut down through Christmas.

I've taken all kinds of routes to work this week, and total, driven 8 or 9 hours of commute, so I'm pretty much pooped out by the end of the week. The smaller trees on the scenic route seem to be changing colors already and I bet very soon we will see the most beautiful colors surrounding here in North Georgia.

Fall is my favorite time of year and it used to be that I took off a week in October to come up to the mountains before I moved here. Now, even though we live here, I don't enjoy it as much as when I vacationed here before because of so many distractions that are necessary to survive this world and people seem to be either too busy or don't want to spend the time enjoying it with me.

So, here we are~~~~ another weekend.

Hope you get to enjoy it as you should~ you all deserve it!

Till later,
Jennifer

Thursday, October 7, 2010

My first start on Forever Hope 1819

This week has been quite a challenge as I'm fighting a bad ear infection and have been febrile until last night and this morning. Have to go see a specialist this morning so my post is short. I haven't had an ear infection since age 10 so  don't know what triggered it but I do know it's something that has been lingering for 3 months and then finally with fever and feeling like the flu, I had it checked. I know people in the medical field are the worst patients and wait till we are about dead to get checked but........I digress.

Last night I started Forever Hope 1819, a sampler designed by me for rememberance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. My needlebag is FULL of purple colors. You can watch me along the way because this will be the model piece. I've already picked out a frame but haven't bought it yet. I'm framing this piece in black when finished. I really have a deadline to meet quite fast so I have to get moving on it.

The top border last night finished  using Finley Gold, Argyle Socks, and The Old Oak Tree, in CC. The blend did turn out well interwoven together. 

  I'm stitching this on 32 count Lakeside Linen Attic Lace. It's a very pretty off white color.

Then down to the CC Silk, Empress.  Butta stitching!

 Now this is the most beautiful purple in my stitching bag!



Here is my newest stitch bag I got last Sunday at The Stitch Store. I wish I could have gotten both sizes but trying to budget a bit.


There were several bags with different sampler type cotton trimmings but I picked this one out first. Of course, I loved them all ;)



It inspires me to make this sampler beautiful and really holds more than I thought it would.



This also inspires me and holds more than I thought she would. She is sulking here. I took a shot of her while I was on the sofa stitching. She just watched Fox news with me.

She really has a hard life here.

She is Forever Hoping too. Forever Hoping for one of us to play with her or just hold her because she is truly a lap dog.



So, here I am and where I'll start again on my return from the ear doc today. The bag will be traveling with me to the waiting room, where I'll get to be on the other side of life for a while.

Till later,
Jennifer

Monday, October 4, 2010

October Breast Cancer Give-a-way is HERE!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness as many of you know here in the USA. Last year I started a yearly give-a-way of a pair of Kelmscott Pink Snips scissors with a sampler. This year I am trying to keep in tradition as a portion of this purchase will go to Breast Cancer Research (the scissors only).

Included in this giveaway are one brand new pair of Kelmscott Pink Snips!!!! These are very lovely, all gold metal with the handles coated with a beautiful pink.


and this sampler is on order here, pic is from 1-2-3 online webstore at: http://www.123stitch.com/



  Jane Baxter 1824 sampler

designed by Primitive Traditions

The verse says, "Lord, grant me the courage to proceed in what I have begun. All my desire and delight is in thy ways to run. My God, permit me not to be a stranger to myself and Thee; may I obey thy Voice Divine and All Inferior Joys Resign"

stitch count is 259 x 397

I thought this verse was most fitting for any woman facing a crisis whether it be breast cancer or any other challenge daily.

The Give-a-way begins now and will go through October 30th (promise)

On Halloween I will select a name from the random number generator so to increase your chances to win these beautiful items

1) post as a follower, or become one! I'm always glad to connect with new people all over the world and with blogger friends that have stuck with me through thick and thin ;0

2) for a second entry, you may post on your blog in some way (if you have one)


3) for another chance, post the approximate number of friends (no names please for privacy)  you know personally that have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Statistics show 1 out of 8 women will be affected in her lifetime. Research to help find a cure is always a goal I want to see in my lifetime.

International accepted but please post in English


Because this will be a computer generated random drawing, you will need to post a different posting for each try. Thanks so much!!!!  Good luck. This give-a-way is always close to my heart as I work in Women's Health.
I wish I could buy everyone on this blog a pair of those scissors but not able to.

I promise you will LOVE THEM!!!!

So, something for me to look forward to on Halloween and for you too!

Let the fun begin in October 2010!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

My new critter at the house

Just want to introduce my new critter. It has helped me alot!  Helped me figure that I got fabric cuts a bit right on the target!

I love it though, but haven't named it yet. I'm always trying to find my hubbie's work tape measure and it's just too big and bulky for me so when I saw this at The Stitch Store this afternoon (finally made it there!), I thought it would definitely be both useful and easy to find in my bag of stash.

Here she/he is:


The tail has been busy tonight fretting over fabric cuts. Don't you think it is cute????

I turned it over and I think though it might be a she.



Yep, it's a girl!

Break out the pink cigars!  ;)

'Cause girls get the job done!  Honest fact, we all know it. Yep.

They multitask, even if they are slow sometimes, like me on this project.

Whoever made this did a great job and what a great idea too!!!!!

I'll show you a bit more goodies tomorrow night from my shopping trip. But tonight I finally decided, measured, measured twice, checked the design, figured it on paper, figured it on calculator, I think I have every thread I need in order to frame afterwards.

So, names for turtles are popping through my mind as I get ready to sleep........

~~~~ Turtilisa ( helping stitchers measure precious threads, one at a time)  :o

Turtilisa's tail has got to be sore by now. I've measured alot tonight. Maybe even a bit OCD. But have fabric, have threads, have design and ready to rumble.........I did have fun looking through more purples, pinks, mauves, and grays and more today.

Have a great Monday tomorrow. I'll be bahk to show you some more stitchy things tomorrow.

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