Friday, December 17, 2010

Since I am working at home and the sun is shinning, I am able to get a pretty good picture of Safari. I finished the Cheetah spots and cream and gray woven area. Last night I started filling in a couple of the purple diamonds in the woven area. I think I am making some pretty good progress on this project.

I just had The Beauty Girl, Nicole, in to go through my make-up. I basically found out about some new products and I am not off base with the products I use. Now I am going buy some of the products she suggested when I get to Florida next week. It was cool to have her in and suggest ways to fix problem areas. She also shared tricks to make your face brighter. She suggested products from the high end department stores to your local drug store. Most things could be bought at a Sephora.

We only have one Christmas party this weekend. I do need to do a little bit of Christmas shopping over the weekend. I have not really worked myself up over Christmas this year. No one needs anything so I am not getting them much. It is almost an exchange of cash which seems a little ridiculous. Mom likes to see presents so I guess we will go on wrapping gift certificates.

Hope everyone has a great weekend. Happy Stitching.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Stitchers are so kind

All these ornaments are being sent to a family that lost their home to a gas explosion last December 23rd. The Windy City Chapter of The EGA donated all these ornaments. They are spectacular! I am sure the family will enjoy these ornaments for many years to come. They currently living with family so hopefully, by next year they can be in a new home of their own.

Thank you, ladies of the Guild for all your hard work!!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Lucy is Done

Lucy was finished last weekend. Even though I only seemed to have a little bit of work left on her, it took me several hours to finish the background. I think I will have her made into a Spring Pillow. The instructions said she was finished with pink with white polka dot material.

This is the Santacicle canvas I took at ANG. My stand made a hole in the canvas so I ordered a new canvas and I am taking this as a class through the Shinning Needle Society. I am not sure I like the red sparkly stuff I am putting in his hat. That is why I stopped on this project until I could see it in the light of day. With the petite very velvet it looks crowded. I may skip this stuff and just add the beads.

You may not be able to see my progress because it was only a few hours of work. I put in four lengths of thread around the brown spots. I put in a couple more lengths of sea grass in the area below the spots. I need to get in the sea grass so I can tell where to put in my spots. This piece is my challenge piece for my local guild. I think it could be possible to finish this piece by the second week in January. This piece is too big to travel with but I am off of work and home 8 days at the end of the month. I may travel with Santacicles. (Yet another opportunity to trash this canvas) :)

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This weekend is the big party weekend. Both parties should be fun. I am blowing off my Guild Meeting tomorrow morning because I am afraid there could be a fine line between the party tonight and Saturday morning. The EGA party is also in a far away suburb and the weather could be icy tomorrow morning.

I hope everyone has a warm and stitchy weekend.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Happy Easter

I know wrong month and wrong holiday but look how close I am to being done with Lucy. I wanted to finish her today but work was busy and I did not have time. I will finish her this weekend and post a final picture. The background was great to work on while visiting my parents over the Thanksgiving break.

Over Thanksgiving I did get to go to Needlepoint in Paradise. I bought a few threads for Fred and Ginger and a nice big project bag. I also drove up north to Port Charlotte and visited The Golden Needle. I had never been to this shop. It is mainly cross stitch. The store had a good selection of patterns and tons of beautiful linen. The owner told me that she was providing the store at EGA next summer. I did not buy much at this store just because I did not need anything.

Like the holiday background? This is about the extent of my holiday decorating this year. We decided not to put up the tree. It is just a pain in the a$$ with no real good reason to put it up. We are going to parties on the weekends leading up to Christmas, we are not having a Christmas party, I will be traveling between Christmas and New Year's, and I don't have many presents up north. Most of my shopping was done in Naples and I left them there. I am not being a bah-hum-bug, I just really do not get all that fired up about decorating. I will hang some of my needlepoint ornaments around and I put two Christmas tree cross stitch pictures up in place of the Halloween pictures that were still sitting around.

It is supposed to snow this weekend so it will be a good time to stitch. I may go shopping with a friend tomorrow and DH's cousins are coming over tonight for drinks.

Happy stitching.