Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Finishes, Gifts, & Thrifty Finds

Hi Everyone! It's been quite a week and it's only Wednesday. I am running on about 10 hours of sleep over the last two days. Lots of project due as we near the end of the semester. Oh how I love to say that 'end of the semester', whoohoo! No one should ever attempt to take nine classes during one semester - it's been insane. But, I also have to say I am grateful to have all these classes completed.

The series Bones has been entertaining me as I have been working on homework. I just love this show! I started with Season 1 a few weeks ago and am now watching Season 5. I have read several of the books (Kathy Reichs) so it's fun to see the characters come to life.
Staci asked about my scissors in the last post. I found them on ebay. The handles are made of the old Bakelite material. The cream side is showing and the opposite side is a gold opaque color - they are really cool.

I have been very fortunate to win a couple of drawings. The first is a from a new blog I discovered recently. I was so surprised and delighted to win - look at all the wonderful goodies! And, yep, that is a Starbucks gift certificate. Thanks so much Nancy.

candle holders, deco bird, deco tag, pretty notepads, Starbucks gc, and a cute tote bag.
The second item came from the Online Needlework Show. M Designs had a drawing and I WON!!! I had the opportunity to choose my favorite chart - hard decision. I chose this one - I really like the alternate color scheme shown in the corner.

I helped my friend Tiffany (no blog) with her yard sale last weekend and I got some wonderful pieces from her sale though she wouldn't let me pay (love you Tiffany!)

These baskets are so pretty - I've never seen these before.

I love this pitcher. It doesn't have any markings, but it doesn't appear to be old either.

I love milk glass and have several pieces scattered about. Tiffany gave me two lovely pieces. This gorgeous vase and another sweet little hobnob piece.

The little hobnob piece now resides a top the mantel in the dining room. When I first looked at our home, a piano sat in the dining room. When I moved in (and the piano was gone) we were tickled to find a fireplace hearth with the beautiful tiles in tact. But sadly, no mantel. A few months after moving in, I found this gorgeous fireplace mantel in the attic. I stripped it and re-painted it. I have been searching for the missing tiles, to no avail. It's been 10 years, way past time to just settle for finding some different tiles so that we can affix this baby to the wall. It currently just leans against the wall with the top portion just sitting on the bottom, unattached. It's definitely an accident waiting to happen.

And, this came last Saturday as well.....

I am so tickled to own one of these Barnett & Jaffey cases, I love it. And, I owe it all to my friend Terri, "the enabler." Now I just have to find time to fill it up.

My friend Lisa (no blog) gave me these really cool shoes - they didn't fit her. They are JCrew jelly shoes - they don't look like jellies and they are so comfy! She also gave me this can of Vernor's. For those that don't know, this is a Michigan pop and in Virginia, it is extinct. Lisa is from Michigan and goes home often to visit family and she gratefully brings me back a piece of my home state. I am saving it for a movie nite. Vernors and popcorn go together perfectly.

Now to my big news. I FINALLY finished the Yellow House. Another A&E, I am so very happy.

Yellow HouseSheepish DesignsLakeside Linen Light Exampler & DMC threads

Also, here is my April Ornament. Lois, Siobhan, and I are doing an ornament SAL and we have made it thru FOUR months - hooray!

Just Nan Freebie
Unidentified Fabric & recommended threads.
I have started Jean Rattray (another A&E) by but don't have enough to show right now.
Anybody still with me? Sorry for prattling on for so long! Well, back to my homework...
Have a great week and happy stitching.
p.s. Check out Paulette and Marsha's new blog and they are having a giveaway! I went out at lunch and purchased some fresh blackberries so I can make their blackberry and vanilla muffins - they look yummy!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Finding time to breathe!

Do you ever have one of those days where you have so much going on that you barely have time to take a breath let a lone a bathroom break? Well, my whole week has been that way.

It's been a great week and I wouldn't change any of it, but I am so grateful for a Sunday afternoon with nothing to do but relax, catch up on blogging, and spend some quality time with my needle and thread.

I have had lots of homework, social obligations, fun times with friends, homework, physical therapy and regular work - it's been quite a whirlwind.

Saturday I helped my friend Tiffany with her yard sale - I got some wonderful goodies - pictures later. We had a fun day and she got rid of a lot of stuff - which was her goal.

I was quite honored to receive an award from Jolene. Thanks so much dear friend - what a delightful surprise this was.

Now, I am supposed to list 10 things that make me happy and pass this on to ten people.

Things that bring me happiness:

1. My family and my sweet, sweet, Smokie

2. Long talks on the phone with my brother, Shawn.

3. Spending time with my nieces & nephew - Matthew, Ana, Abby

4. The time I spend with my friends - I love girltime.

5. My good health

6. Long walks with a good book playing on my Zune

7. Road trips - to anywhere!

8. Cross stitching

9. The wonderful friendships I have formed thru my blog

10. Antiquing, meandering thru thrift stores, estate sales, etc.

This is always the hardest part as there are so many wonderful people & wonderful blogs - I decided to pass this on to 10 new blogs I have just recently discovered in the past two weeks – hopefully you will stop by and visit them as well…

1. Margaret - A Sampler of Stitches

2. Robin - My Life's A Stitch

3. Edgar - Black Sheep's Bit of the Web

4. Susan - Afford Your Passion

5. Nancy - Nancy's Tidbits

6. Andrea - The Craft Room

7. Carol - Stitching Dreams

8. Staci - Snippets & Stash

9. Corinna - Cup of Stitches

10. Valerie - A Shenandoah Sampler

I also received a wonderful award from Melissa awhile ago but failed to put it on my blog - Melissa you are such a dear friend - thanks for the award! The award rules are to list seven interesting things about yourself and to pass this award on to seven people. Well, I have already done this once and won’t bore you all again but feel free to go here 7 & 7 - Melissa, I hope you don't mind.

Andrea (Deep Fried Cupcakes) won Terri’s giveaway and generously offered one of the charts she received as a giveaway. I was the lucky winner (happy dance) - I was so excited to receive this fabulous chart. Andrea, thanks again for sharing your win - I am most grateful!

I also received a wonderful surprise package from my friend, Deb - thanks so much Deb!

And, I was able to nab one of Tanya's wonderful, wonderful handpainted sets - isn't it just lovely!

Tanya, it is even more amazing in person than on screen.

Stop by and visit with Edgar of Blacksheep's Bit of the Web and wish him a happy blogiversary and congratulate him on his 700th post. He is having a giveaway in celebration of this momentous occasion.

I hope you have a wonderful week! Thanks so much for stopping by and for leaving such wonderful comments - I am truly grateful.

Have a wonderful week and happy stitching!


Thursday, April 1, 2010

Spring is in full bloom

and what a wonderful, glorious sight it is. Our long winter has given me a better appreciation for Spring.
I know this picture is blurry, but I was driving and just had to snap a picture of this gorgeous stormy sky framed by the cherry blossom trees.

I apologize for my absenteeism - school is keeping me very busy. I am excited to be on the downhill side of things. I currently have six classes and only six weeks of school left, whoohoo!

I have managed to do a little stitching here and there. I did finish my March Ornament - actually two of them, one to keep and one to give as a gift.

Trail Creek Farms
WDW & unknown fabric

And here is my progress on "The Yellow House Sampler"

Yellow House Sampler
Sheepish Designs
DMC & 40 ct fabric

My one Easter purchase was this cute little beaded bracelet - I just love the spring colors.

Smokie with her new toy. She loves playing in it but keeps rolling it into the tv and scaring herself, it's hilarious.

Well, that's about all I know. Life is kinda boring in my little corner of the world.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving me wonderful comments. I am so grateful for all the wonderful people I have met thru my little blog.

Happy Stitching!