Friday, October 30, 2009

I keep forgetting...

I am the featured stitcher on my LNS' website, Dyeing to Stitch , on the Home of a Needleworker page. So, if you wanted to see what my stash looks like, and what supplies I use for finishing, where I stitch, etc... go on over for a visit. Hugs.

Two Finishes and a New Start

First is the piece for the 'purple' granddaughter for Christmas. I filled it with crushed walnut shells... It's kinda cute, huh? Second, is an October Breast Cancer Awareness piece that I stitch for myself... It is a freebie from By the Bay Needleart, on 36-count cream linen using DMC threads. I plan to make it into a small wall hanging real soon. And the new start is a 2nd go-round piece by Bent Creek called Happy Christmas Row. I am using overdyeds as called for, on 32-count Dirty Linen by R&R, and making it for some very dear neighbors. Last year (?) I made it for my sister, only on 16-count aida... I have 'grown' !!
I am also working on an ornament for SOMEONE's exchange... haven't yet decided whom!

Friday Fancy for 10-30-09

This is exactly how I feel today/tonight.... Not a good mammo today. First, they did 6 pics... that's two extra on the BC side. THEN, I usually dress and wait till the radiologist checks the pictures... takes a minute or two. Well, today it was 45 minutes! It scared me! It was deja vu from 2006 when they found the cancer! But--she said only that I could go now, not that they saw anything... so I have to wait till Wednesday when I go to the Onco to know what that was all about, IF ANYTHING but them being slow.... I cannot get the asthma to go away, am so disturbed. Plus a little sore still....

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Words about yesterday's WW

I always giggle when I see this road sign on our way to family in western Maryland. This is actually for a really small town named Accident. For all the times I have been through it, you can only go 25 mph, so I wonder about the history of the naming of the town... Guess some research is in order! Pics of finishes coming this afternoon... Hugs.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Friday, October 23, 2009

FRIDAY FANCY for 10-23-09

Two men were walking home after a party and decided to take a shortcut through the cemetery just for laughs. Right in the middle of the cemetery they were startled by a tap-tap-tapping noise coming from the misty shadows. Trembling with fear, they found an old man with a hammer and a chisel, chipping away at one of the headstones. 'Holy cow, Mister," one of them said after catching his breath. "You scared us half to death -- we thought you were a ghost! What are you doing working here so late at night?' "Those fools!" the old man grumbled. "They mis-spelled my name!"

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Castle where my ancestors lived in Carcasonne, France

A fellow stitcher, Edgar, mentioned he had visited the town of Carcasonne, and I thought I would post my pictures of the town and castle and also a map of the street named for my ancestors, Rue Chartran (down at the middle bottom). Looks like a great place to visit!

Word about yesterday's WW

That was a picture from a book (1912) about San Francisco, California, called "Care Free San Francisco" by Allan Dunn. I transcribed it for the SF GenWeb site many moons ago, before it disintegrated before my eyes ( I inherited it). You can read it online at: I haven't been there in quite a few years, and wonder what is still left there? I know the Fun House at Ocean Beach was taken down, years ago. The 'Record' that spun you around was the most fun... As for my picture of the view from the Fairmont in the early 1900's versus now... visit and scroll through the rooms... Especially interesting is the skyline view from the penthouse! What a change! Hugs.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sunday, October 18, 2009

A Few Finishes to show

I got one of my pieces back from the framer this week. It is the "If I Can't Stitch" piece. Isn't it cute? I must find an appropriate, public place to hang this in my house! Next is the last project for my oldest GD. A freebie from My Big Toe Designs. I am still deciding how to finish it... And, lastly, my 2nd Autumn exchange has been received by Gaby in Germany, so I can show it here. It is by Ewe & I and Friends, done on a scrap of R&R linen, probably 32-count, with DMC colors. I found the perfect backing fabric, at a nearby quilting shop. Back to laundry.... Hugs.

October TUSAL

You can see the proliferation of Weeks Crepe Myrtle orts in the jar this month. Like I said, I had to tear out Ribbon Topiary THREE times before I decided to put it aside for a few months! All that stitching was done when I was sick, so apparently I cannot stitch well when I am sick... (at least it SOUNDS good...)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Words about yesterday's WW

It was a picture of a 'step-down' in front of the house my ancestors lived in on Meeting Street in Charleston, SC. Way back when there were no cars, when people arrived in carriages, it was a big step down (like in an SUV!!) so they built these little steps to make it an easier exit. Here is a picture of the house. It was being restored to it's original shape in 2001, but... I never heard that project got finished. I was allowed to tour it while in construction by the new owner... what a thrill!

The house is on the Historic Preservation list, and the sign can be seen by the front door. It is huge, and has so many beautiful features! Next door to the right, was the Carriage House which has been made into another beautiful residence.

Am feeling somewhat better. Strep turned to bronchitis, which I am fighting off now... As for stitching, I had to put away Ribbon Topiary because I took it apart 3 times and could no longer stand to work on it!! Maybe in the spring... Back to working on commitment stitching... no pics...


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Friday, October 9, 2009


I have strep! Where the heck it came from is anyone's guess, but I am forced to take two days off from work to get over it...Yesterday I spent too much time for the doctor appt and trying to get my prescription filled (had to come back twice!), but today--I am going to spend as much time as I can stitching!!! Am just about halfway through on The Ribbon Topiary for BCA month. But, alas, I cannot judge how much thread I need and am not going to have enough... so I will switch projects probably tonight. Maybe I will work on a BAP! Or finish an Autumn ornie I was making for myself. Or maybe I will begin a new project. So many choices!! Hugs.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Description of WW for 10-7-09

Went to a car show while visiting colleges years ago with my son, and couldn't resist a shot of this beautiful PINK Thunderbird! Since it is Breast Cancer Awareness month, thought it an excellent choice for WW!

I am not feeling at all well this morning. Had a tiny scratchy throat last night when I went to bed, but this morning my tonsils are so swollen, it spread to that wiggly thing in the back of my throat and that is almost swollen to where I cannot breathe! Of course, today is the day I have to sub for my boss lady... If it is slow, I am going to see about the former person taking it today... the one we had to let go cause she was so slow... And I am making an appointment with my FP, to get on antibiotics asap!(there goes my overtime...) This is the start of some uncomfortable times... unfortunately... But I may get in some extra stitching time!! That could be good!


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Picture of one exchange piece

I sent out two exchange pieces, and can show one, as it has been received by Sheril, from Stitching Exchanging. It is Autumn, from the Automnology chart by Trilogy. I used DMC colors, on a random piece of R&R linen.

On Saturdays, I usually go stitch at my LNS, Dyeing to Stitch, for the day. Since this weekend is their Harvest of Friendship Retreat, we had visitors from out of town come in during a break. I enjoyed talking with a few of them. One girl from Iowa City (Hi Trisha!) was intrigued by the piece I was working on--I had just started The Ribbon Topiary by Knotted Tree Designs. And her buddy, Margaret (Hi Margaret!) needed to know where she could get some trim like in a piece in the newly released Blackbird 'Joyeus Noel' book, so I sent them to Hancock's since it was fairly close and easy to find from the shop. Tina from Shepherd's Bush, Charland and her daughter, Sydney, also dropped by. I mentioned that Thursday night, I met two designers. One was Alma from Blackbird Designs, and the other was Charland. Here is a picture I had taken with them, from left to right: Charland, her daughter Sydney, me and Alma. As you can see, I usually do NOT like my pictures that are taken... I am so lucky to have a graphics program!! hehehehe....

I must go now... I got Pride and Prejudice today from the library and hopefully will be able to watch some of it tonight, unless I fall asleep. I did a LOT today and am very very tired. Still am doing laundry...


Friday, October 2, 2009

Friday Fancy 10-2-09

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the tradewinds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

----Samuel Clemens

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Words about WW from 9-30-09

That is a picture of one of my daughters, beachcombing along the Pacific Ocean, many moons ago! Thanks to Edgar for invoking my good memories of when I used to go to the beach every Saturday with my Dad and all the kids in the neighborhood, to find 'treasures.' It is something I still love to do, and that I showed my daughters how to do when we lived in California. Now I live on the East Coast, where there IS a beach but it is WARM! My feet do not turn blue the instant they hit the water! Nice!

Tonight I got to meet two designers... I had a picture taken with them, which I MAY post. But it is late, so more tomorrow...