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Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Joined a crochet along, started another project :)

I know I was just grousing about crocheting, and not being able to stitch. Well, I guess that's because I was under a self-imposed deadline with NO stitching allowed, because I'm all excited about my new project and the crochet-along that goes with it!

I went and picked out my yarn last night, and even started and finished the 1st square! I've put up a page for it in my crochet section. See my 63 Squares afghan project

Fear not - for I haven't given up on stitching. I am still working on the Dragonflies (just started the yellow flower), and Teresa Wentzler's Myrtle Beach project. I'm just trying to figure out now what my new "rotation" will be.

Tuesday, March 30, 2004

The Stitcher's Five

1. When did you first start stitching?
In 8th grade, as one of my 6-weeks projects for Home Ec class. We had to choose a craft project. Some chose candlewicking, others chose latch-hook rugs. I had already started a couple of latch hooks that I never finished, so Mom and I went to KMart, I believe, and found a cute (and not-too-difficult) cross stitch kit.
2. How long have you been stitching?
Well, 8th grade... ack! I've been stitching for about 22 years now. :)
3. Did someone teach you or did you teach yourself?
Self-taught, from the kit. I can't remember if I had any questions about the actual stitching, but I wasn't sure about the finishing part.
4. Describe your first project (if you can remember!).
Heck, I can do one better - I still have the little ones hanging in my home - and here's a photo of them. Not too bad - stitched on 18 ct. white aida.
5. When did you first realise that stitching was for you?
Right after finishing the first one - the Welcome To Our Home design. I liked it so much, that I did the second design that was with the kit - the Home Sweet Home design. From there, I asked Mom to help me find another kit to do, and we found two (that are still hanging in her house) - a Raccoon and a Chipmunk.

Monday, March 29, 2004

New progress on Aurora and Avatar

This weekend was wonderful. We had beautiful weather and a very relaxing weekend. I got to stitch nearly the entire time - what bliss!

Both Aurora and Avatar have been screaming at me for a couple of weeks, so I finally got to settle each of them down with a few stitches.



So now starts another work week. I think I'm going to work on both Legends of the Dragons and Dragonflies this week, and maybe put a few more stitches into Nova. I'll eventually get around to feeling like quilting again, and then I can finish up my cottage garden bullseye quilt. The AQS Quilt Show in Paducah is coming up in April, so that will probably get my quilting creative juices flowing again. :)

Sunday, March 28, 2004

You GO! Kenny!!!

Yes!!! It was a really good race at Bristol, and Ken Schrader finished 6th!!!!

Back to stitching... a couple of progress scans hopefully tomorrow - I've been working a little on Avatar and Aurora this weekend.

Friday, March 26, 2004

There's just something about the feel of certain fabrics

Specifically, certain linens... shhh... don't tell anyone, but I'm having a love affair with a particular piece of cream Cashel linen right now. Just the feel of it in my hands as I work floss into fabric - the softness, the "creaminess" (is that a word?) - is so pleasing, relaxing. I think one of the reasons I dislike aida so much now is the coarseness of it, the stiffness. If I find a piece of aida that feels more like this, I don't mind so much working it (as long as the pattern uses full or half stitches only - no quarter stitches please!!!). Is damask aida soft? I made a breadcloth for my mother a long time ago using a very soft, and sort of shimmery, aida fabric, but I can't for the life of me remember what it was exactly. The design was "Dogwood" from the March/April 1989 issue of Cross Stitch and Country Crafts (see the design in Taneya's Cross Stitch Magazine Database). I remember it looked SO pretty on that fabric.

Anyway, Teresa Wentzler's Castles by the Sea came with a wonderful piece of cream Cashel linen (in case you were wondering), and I have been very slowly working on the border, trying to at least get that part "framed in". Last night I also worked some more on Magic - I finished his head, and started on his wings. I haven't done any of the backstitching yet, or the over-one name. Even CC last night commented that he's working up REALLY fast. I don't anticipate the same quickness with TW's Wisdom when I get around to it.

Oh, and the dental appointment went well yesterday - I asked for and received the gas, which always helps. My gum was numb when he injected the anesthetic, and he didn't hit a nerve this time. They had to remove and replace an old silver filling and fill a little in the tooth next to it also. It's amazing how far dentistry has evolved in the time since I started getting fillings (alas, when I was in elementary school). Now they match the filling color to your teeth - I honestly can't tell where the filling and tooth meet just by looking.

Thursday, March 25, 2004

A little draggie belly


Just a little draggie belly for ya! I got quite a bit done yesterday while I was in the waiting room at my allergist's, and then last night at home while the guys were playing Madden NFL football.

I go to have some dental work this afternoon after work, so I'm not sure how up-to-stitching I'll be feeling, but hopefully it won't be too bad, and I can give him a face. :)

Wednesday, March 24, 2004

A mermaid description

It's gonna be SO pretty! I went and picked out my framing last night. My LNS is having a sale through Saturday, if you pre-pay for framing, and they have the mats in stock, your mats are free! So, okay, a description of Mermaid Magic... where should I begin? The border is a scalloped edge created with blended threads and bargello. The top part of the design contains a verse related to mermaids, magic, and memories. A friend that I made at the retreat, Cathy, actually came up with her own version of the verse, and I charted it out and stitched it instead - I really liked her version!

Anyway, below the verse, there is a sandcastle to the left of the design, and the mermaid is on the right, facing left, kind of lying in the water/on the beach. It almost looks as if she is blowing the grains of sands into the sandcastle. The mermaid has hair the same color as the sand, and her body is a mixture of teals and purples. The water is a mixture of teals and greens. She has two starfish charms - one in her hair and one on the beach. There are gold and rainbow beads throughout the design.

So when I went to pick out my frame, I had the idea that a gold frame (to play off the gold beads) with some form of teal mat might be a starting point. We played around with a couple of frames, and came up with a gold one that has a sort-of wave pattern in it. Kind of delicate, not overpowering, not too wide but not too narrow either. We started with a lighter teal mat on top. It's actually a more medium shade than light, and just under that we put a tiny sliver of bright gold mat. The third mat, closest to the stitching is a darker teal, and we're setting that about one-half inch out from the design. It's going to be so pretty - if nothing else, I'll take a picture of part of the framing when I get it so you can at least see that. I can't wait to get it back and hang it on my wall.

Last night I started putting a belly on the middle dragon while we watched Stargate. I thought that one of the episodes we watched was quite timely because it was directly related to this season's finale, shown last week. That's just one of the reasons I love that show - there is continuity, and they constantly find new ways to tie in old storylines. Farscape was that way too, before its untimely end. I agree with NachoCat (Stray Thoughts blog) - I'm still fuming about that one. I read an article a couple of days ago about the state of genre tv - very sad right now for those of us who don't watch reality tv. Read the article

At least I have my DVDs. And CC said he thinks The West Wing is new tonight.

Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Legends border changes

Yes indeed - I was inspired by all of the changes made by others in their borders (I've seen golds, greys/blues, purples, even Taneya did hers in pinks!), and I found two skeins of Needle Necessities overdyed floss that I really liked -

146 Fall Foliage for the outside border

and 1831 Carnival Glass for the inside border

I'll post a bit of a description of the mermaid in the morning - I stopped by my LNS tonight to pick out a frame and mats!

Of dragons and dragonflies

I have now finished Majesty, the left-most dragon in Legends of the Dragons. I just started Magic, and I think he'll actually go pretty quick if I can focus on him for a couple of days.


I also updated a scan of Dragonflies, even though I haven't worked on it since my Myrtle Beach trip - the blue flower is almost finished!


Is it time to go home yet? I want to stitch!

Monday, March 22, 2004

The Stitcher's Five

1. Where do you stitch? - describe your stitching area.
Most of the time, I stitch in the living room. My space is the right side of the sofa. Okay, sometimes it takes over the whole sofa. :) I have a table beside me (to my right) where I can place boxes of floss, tools, whatever. I also have a coffee table in front of me, where supplies go sometimes. Just behind the end table is my ott-lite which I swing down over my right shoulder. If I am stitching in my bedroom, I have a chair with a light/table combination - basically same configuration with supplies to my right.
2. What time of the day do you usually stitch?
Usually in the evenings during the week, anytime on weekends! Occasionally I'll get in a few stitches at work during my lunch hour.
3. Do you stitch by yourself or with someone else?
Mostly by myself, although Rudy and Candy love to help out. Occasionally some of the local stitchers will get together and have a stitch day, but DH doesn't stitch, so he'll either play video games or watch tv while I stitch.
4. How long do you usually stitch for?
Weeknights, I try for a couple of hours, even though it doesn't usually work out for that long. Weekends - I devote as much time as I can possibly spare, barring all other obligations. :D
5. Do you listen to music or watch TV/DVDs when stitching or do you prefer quiet?
I definitely need some background noise of some sort. I'd say the majority of the time, we watch tv/dvds, and occasionally I'll listen to an unabridged book on tape - wonderful for stitching because I get to read and stitch at the same time (not very easy to do if you don't have a book on tape).

Sunday, March 21, 2004

Mermaid Magic is finished!!!

I really wish I could share a photo with you, but I'll just have to wait... I finished Mermaid Magic by Karen Weaver of Black Swan Designs today. The colors are just so lovely, and the beads and charms really add to the design.

Lots of projects are screaming at me right now, but Legends of the Dragons was heard just above the din of the others, so Majesty is getting some backstitching and an over-one name stitched today.

I'm going to take several projects with me tomorrow when I take the car to get the brakes replaced, because I'm not sure which one I'll be wanting to work on - Legends, Aurora, Avatar, Dragon Heart, Dragonflies, TW's Myrtle Beach piece... the possibilities are endless... :) I'm just really glad to have another day off to stitch to my heart's content.

Thank you all so much for the wonderful comments on the afghan. I was really pleased with how it turned out, and it kinda has me in the mood to crochet a bit more (despite my recent comments) - just not at the pace I was having to do this time! A little crochet, a little quilting, a lot of stitching! :D

Oh, and Rudy Poo asked me to say hi for her - she's been helping me type this post so I have to give her the credit she's due, of course! Meow!

Saturday, March 20, 2004

Happy dancing!!

It is done! Last night I finished up the crocheting, and this morning I finished weaving in all the ends. Now I can go stitch without any guilt whatsoever! :) Woohoo!!!!!

Friday, March 19, 2004

3 bands to go!

We had a great time at Sit n Stitch last night - some were cross stitching, quite a few were knitting, and I worked on my crochet afghan. I have tried knitting, several times actually. The only time I actually had the hang of it was the very first time when my friend Carey and her mom lived here in Tennessee, and they got me started. But they moved out to Colorado, and then Washington (state), and even though I've tried several times, I just can't seem to get it right. My tension is either extremely tight or extremely loose. I am pretty sure that one of my problems is caused by the way I hold the yarn in my hands when I crochet - from what I can tell, you don't hold the yarn that way when you knit.

So, I finished the blue and the green bands last night, and I just started the yellow band. The plan is to work on it tonight and some tomorrow - but we're having a TWBB get-together at momstitches' (Cheryl's) house tomorrow afternoon, and I'm definitely taking some stitching for that. I want to finish up the afghan so that Sunday afternoon/evening I can bring it up here to work (all wrapped up) and place the package in my brother-in-law's cubicle/chair so that he'll get it Monday when he gets back to work. I'll be taking Monday off so I can get the brakes replaced on the Sentra, and I'm looking forward to the CROSS STITCHING time that I'll have!!! I've got several projects screaming at me now (besides the mermaid), so expect me to post some new scans over the next few weeks of Dragon Heart, Dragonflies, Nova, Aurora, Avatar, and Legends of the Dragons (yes - those are all screaming quite loudly, I must say).

TGIF!!!!!

Thursday, March 18, 2004

5 "bands" to go

I've started the home stretch on the afghan - the last 5 sections are really the last 5 bands of color - blue, green, yellow, peach, and pink. It shouldn't be quite as tedious working on those as it has been working on the bands of white in the previous part of the afghan.

I'm aching to stitch. There is nothing like being denied (or denying yourself) something to really make you crave it, in my opinion. It happened just a couple of weeks ago with water - I was having some blood drawn, and they told me I couldn't have any water past 1:00 in the afternoon. I drank some up until 1:00. At 1:10 you would have thought I was completely dehydrated, I was so thirsty. Stitching at lunch helps a little bit, but not as much as you might think... I just want to continue stitching the rest of the afternoon, sigh.

Tonight at our weekly Sit n Stitch, we're having a sendoff / birthday celebration for Lana, who is moving out of state. It's always sad to see friends go, but we know it's often for the best for them. Our group is very dynamic - it changes week to week, and you never know who's going to show up. I don't get to go as often as I would like, but I do so enjoy it when I'm there.

And yes, I'll be taking the afghan with me tonight...

Wednesday, March 17, 2004

6½ sections to go

Okay, okay... there seems to be no physical way I am going to finish up this afghan by Friday afternoon, unless I take off the rest of the week. Maybe I can get it done by Monday instead. I was really hoping to get it finished up before the weekend, but timing just hasn't worked out. Of course, had I been working on it consistently from the time I started it, it would have been finished long before now... sigh.

On a brighter note, I was able to put a few more stitches into the mermaid at lunch today (the afghan is just too bulky to bring in and work on here at work during lunch). I have almost all of her hair done, and the sand and sea, but none of her face or arms yet. She won't take very long to finish up, though, once I get through with the afghan. Okay, I've got to get up and walk around now - I have to keep reminding myself to do that so that my RSIs don't get any worse...

I WILL FOCUS ON THE AFGHAN TONIGHT... I WILL FOCUS ON THE AFGHAN TONIGHT... I WILL FOCUS ON THE AFGHAN TONIGHT... I WILL FOCUS ON THE AFGHAN TONIGHT...

Can you tell I'm so ready for it to be done? :)

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Stitchers Five - Fabric

1. What is your favourite fabric to use? (e.g. aida, evenweave, linen etc)
I would have to say evenweave (jobelan and lugana), followed VERY closely by belfast or cashel linen.

2. What is your favourite count (e.g. 14, 28, 32 etc)
28 count is my favorite - when there is beadwork in a design, it seems that it fits better on the 28 ct than 32. It's also a little less tiring on the eyes. :)

3. Do you collect fabric "just to have" or do you buy it with a design in mind?
Well, I have collected fabric "just to have", but I'm trying not to do quite so much of that now, especially with all of the beautiful hand-dyed fabrics they keep inventing!

4. What is your favourite colour for fabric?
It depends on the design, but one of my current favorites is mushroom (as in mushroom lugana).

5. If you were heading for a desert island, and you only had one choice of fabric to take with you, what would you take?
Sigh - if I could only take one, I'd probably take 28 ct. antique white jobelan. I love the feel of jobelan, and antique white goes with ALMOST everything.

7 sections to go...

I noticed that I've been erroneously been titling them "rows" but there are actually 4 rows to a section, and there are now 7 sections to go, plus the edging on the top and bottom. I can't wait to have this afghan done - it's going to be pretty, but I'm ready to be stitching again. In fact, last night, once I finished up the last section I was working on, I pulled out my mermaid for about an hour, and gave her some more hair.

It was nice to have yesterday to recover - we got up at 5:15 (central time) Sunday morning to make the drive to Atlanta, took the first race traffic exit, and sat in a WHOLE lot more race traffic than we were used to (we usually take the 2nd exit and just bop on in to the track - lesson learned for next year, let me tell ya!). We got our parking spot and barely made it to the grandstands in time for the National Anthem and the flyover. It was a good race, even if our boys didn't pull off anything stellar. Then we made the trek back home, and arrived around 8:30 (cst). Not bad, but I had only enough energy to feed the kitties and scoop their boxes before heading to bed. We had already planned for vacation time for Monday, thank goodness.

Dad came over yesterday and jacked up and reinforced our deck, which was leaning precariously, in my opinion, out from the house. When the deck was originally built, it was done pretty cheaply - with just 2 posts holding the outer edges. You can actually see in the photo below how it is starting to lean because the right post was sinking into the ground.

back of the house, with deck

Well, it had gotten quite a bit worse, to where I felt unsafe when I went out on it, especially that side. Dad jacked up the right side, put another post between the outside two, and reinforced the middle of the deck with a piece of wood along the length and braces/brackets. It doesn't bounce when you walk on it now!

Well, I'm back at work today, so I've got some catching up to do. Happy Tuesday!

Saturday, March 13, 2004

12 rows to go...

So I've done 2 more rows so far - and I just had to pick up my mermaid again for a few stitches. I watched Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets today while crocheting and stitching (watched the first movie a couple of nights ago), and while C was playing video games with a friend. After we have dinner, I'm going to get back on the afghan while we watch some Stargate DVDs. I'm also going to take it with me to Atlanta, because I know I can work on it in the car without getting sick.

Today was indeed beautiful here - I've got my fingers crossed that tomorrow will be the same (or better).

I'm so glad to hear that Nic (my friend Phyllis' kitty) is doing so well!! He certainly deserves a break after all he's been through lately. Ah, sunbeams - good medicine too. :)

I got to talk to my longtime friend Allison last night (we were inseparable in the 4th grade). She now lives a couple of hours away, but we're going to try to get together sometime in the near future. Schedules just didn't work out this time that she came to town. But it's always fun to talk on the phone, catch up, and skip down memory lane. I really did have a wonderful childhood. I grew up with some truly good friends, a wonderful family, and while I didn't get everything I wanted (what kid does?), I sure thought I had a lot of stuff. Nothing compared to what I see kids get today, but it was enough. Because in the end, it's not really about the stuff, it's about the love that's shared among family and friends. Now everything wasn't always perfect, but I remember much more the good things that happened than the bad.

Okay, I really went off on a tangent there, huh? :) Going to go get some dinner, then work on the afghan some more.

Friday, March 12, 2004

14 rows to go

Well, I was only able to get one section done last night on the afghan, but I'm hoping to make some good progress this weekend. It is actually about half-way finished.

I'm so ready for this weekend. My poor little fingers are tired of typing, and I'm just so drained of energy. Thankfully it's not long before I get to make the commute home.

Happy stitching everyone!

Thursday, March 11, 2004

Farewell, Paul Winfield

Reuters article

This may be old news for some, but a sad farewell to Paul Winfield who died Sunday of a heart attack. For me, his most memorable roles were Dathon in an episode (Darmok, my favorite) of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Dr. Franklin's father (the General) in Babylon 5, and Terrell, a character in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn.

Shaka, when the walls fell.

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Update on my friend's kitty

He did get to go home this afternoon around 4 and so far seems to be doing well (though understandably groggy!). I'm still sending great get well quickly wishes his way!

Crocheting again

I'm going to be spending the next week or so working very hard to finish up an afghan I started late last year (a baby gift). I put it up and away when we had the big blow-up with family, and just haven't had the energy or desire to finish it. Well, the baby is here, and I've decided that family dispute or not, I'm going to finish it and give it to them. There's no reason to punish the child for the dispute. I did 2 sections last night, and have about 17 remaining. C's brother has taken off all of next week, so I'm hoping that I can get it finished and wrapped and put in his cubicle (we work in the same building - awkward, no?) before he returns to work.

I'll take the mermaid to work, so if I get the chance during lunches, I can still get a few stitches in and the finish won't be too long delayed.

My thoughts are with a friend and her dear kitty boy who is having some surgery today to remove a small tumor. I hope everything goes well and that he's ready to come home early this afternoon!!!

Monday, March 08, 2004

The Stitcher's Five, courtesy of Stitchy Jen

1. Who is your favourite designer (just one sorry!).
Just one?!?!? Sigh - it's really hard to pick just one, but I would have to say Teresa Wentzler

2. How many of their designs have you stitched?
Well, I've actually *finished* three (one stitched twice), but I have 10 others in progress at the moment.

3. What makes them your favourite designer?
The beauty of the designs - the way she can blend colors of floss and make a really intricate fantasy design, with specialty stitches. That, and she's really super nice! :)

4. What would you like to see them next design?
Hmmm.... good question... I think I'd love to see an Atlantis design. And of course, a fantasy Olde Worlde Map! :)

5. Would you collect all their patterns just to have them all?
I don't think so, because there are a few that just don't appeal to me, and I'm trying to get out of the habit of "collecting" things that I won't ever use, just to have a complete set. But I have quite a few that I'm looking forward to stitching some day!

A little happy dance

The Black Cat by Bent Creek

I started this little fella on my flight to Charlotte (then ultimately on to Myrtle Beach) for the Stitching at the Beach retreat. He didn't take very long to finish up yesterday after I made those two fuzzy beads in my last entry. Then I worked on the mermaid a bit more. I decided to go ahead and start adding some of the beads, since I am working completely in hand and don't have to worry about q-snaps breaking or smushing them.

Sunday, March 07, 2004

Fuzzy beads

I got this pattern and the beads at Blue Bear Beads (Murrells Inlet, SC) during our Stitching at the Beach retreat. I was overcome today with the urge to try out the pattern and see if I could make some of my own.


Not bad, although it takes a while to make one and when you get really close to the end, it gets harder to find the ring of beads that makes up the center. I'm looking forward to making some more so I can create a necklace with them. They really are soft to the touch and cool-looking. Also, the photo shows them a little larger than they actually are.

Saturday, March 06, 2004

What a wonderful Saturday

It's not over yet, but it has been really nice. I've been stitching on the mermaid - finished the sandcastle, and started working on the mermaid's body. I did a little housekeeping (not too much though!), made some jasmine rice (love my new Lifetime cookware - the rice cooked *perfectly*), watched the Busch race and some quilting shows on public television, but mostly I've stitched to my little heart's content. :)

Looking forward to much of the same tomorrow!

Friday, March 05, 2004

Learned something new

Several months ago, I was really involved in the Autumn Mystery Sampler by Pamela Kellogg. They had some initial trouble with the PDF files. I read some of the explanations and comments posted on her BB, and filed the idea away in the back of my mind about figuring out how to better compress and optimize PDF files. Filed quite far back behind lots of other things :) - as I just now got around to looking at some of the documentation...

In the course of my job, I often have to create PDF files for downloading from our web site. These files can be quite large, even though some only consist of a page or two. Well, I actually HAD the time this morning to play around a bit. And I took a file (consisting of 3 scanned pages) which was 8.5 MB, optimized it, and now it 721 KB. That is a little over a 10-fold reduction in size! I printed both out on the same printer, and I can't tell any difference in quality (there are no photos in these documents - I'll have to try another one with photos, just to see if there is any difference in quality there). Woohoo - and it was pretty easy too. So I'm going to start optimizing our PDF files - a project which might take a little while...

In stitching news, I went to our Sit n Stitch last night and got to see nearly everyone (just a few of the "regulars" didn't make it in). I even got to chat a bit with Taneya. Becca had been by the bank, so she had some Michigan quarters (the Philadelphia mint) which she shared with those of us who are collecting. We're still missing Denver mints of the last 2 for 2003 (Missouri and Arkansas). Anyway, I stitched some more on the mermaid, worked a little on the sandcastle, and can I just say I'm SO glad the weekend is nearly here!!! I'm not planning on going anywhere tonight except home to snuggle with DH, watch Stargate, and stitch! Hopefully the rest of the weekend will be much of the same. :)

Thursday, March 04, 2004

Of mermaids and frogs (not the prince variety)

We had a great visit last night. For some reason the coffee at Captain D's is always yummy, and we all sat around with some while we chatted after dinner. I got to "Show and Tell" my new projects and stash (I think I forgot to mention that I did buy a few new charts)!

I think I'm going to try to make it to our LNS's Sit n Stitch tonight. Guess which projects I'll be taking? I brought the mermaid in to work again with me, hoping to get a few stitches in at lunch today. I did have a little bit of a frogging session yesterday... I was just merrily stitching along when I realized that the border wasn't going to line up. It was obvious where my error was when I held the entire piece up and looked at it - one of the scallops in the bargello border was quite a bit shorter than all the rest. How on earth could I have missed that earlier????? So, that's fixed now, and hopefully the frogs will go back from whence they came.

Is it the weekend yet?

Wednesday, March 03, 2004

My apologies

I was horrified yesterday to learn that I had done something that we (of the Myrtle Beach classes) had been asked not to do. Apparently I was not paying attention when they asked us not to share pictures of our WIPs or the finished pieces from the classes. When I posted the photos from my trip, I included a photo of Jennifer and her class piece model as well as one of Teresa and her class piece model. Later yesterday I created WIP pages for each of the new projects on my site, with thumbnail photos of each.

I visited the TWBB yesterday evening, read some of the GCS forum, visited the GTG forum to read what else had been posted to the Myrtle Beach thread, and then decided to see if there was anything interesting in the Ask Teresa forum (I don't tend to go in there as frequently as some of the other forums). There was a thread about the MB piece, at the bottom of which was a note saying that we weren't supposed to share WIPs or Happy Dance pictures. Immediately, my face went red and I emailed Teresa, apologizing profusely. I took the photos off my web pages as quickly as I could. I couldn't believe I'd done something which we had been asked not to do. I just didn't hear it or wasn't paying close attention (something which has plagued me in classes all of my life ).

I just wanted to apologize publicly to everyone - the designers, my classmates, and everyone who reads my blog. Teresa was very quick and kind in her response to me, and I have not received any flak for what I did (I probably wouldn't even know had I not visited that forum!), but I feel really bad about it. I hope that my actions haven't harmed anyone.

On a brighter note, I did get to stitch a little on the mermaid last night. She is so pretty. I don't know if I'll get to stitch any tonight - a couple of friends and I are getting together for our semi-regular dinner at Captain D's, and I'm looking forward to sharing my trip stories and catch up on what's going on with them.

Tuesday, March 02, 2004

Work phooey, I want to STITCH!

Sigh - wish I'd taken the rest of this week off. Think I'm gonna try to stitch on the Mermaid tonight, though after we run to the grocery (which didn't happen yesterday). Just wanted to say HI!!! to all my new stitchin friends! This has been SUCH fun. And a big thank you to everyone who reads my blog, whether you comment or not - I feel really lucky to have such a circle of friends.

Monday, March 01, 2004

Whew, what a weekend!

Okay, I've got a load of laundry in the dryer, one in the washer, and a cup of coffee in hand. So now I can sit down at the computer and tell you a little about my weekend. It was an adventure and a half! I had a WONDERFUL time meeting everyone - stitchers, shopowners, designers - and making new friends.

I started 3, no wait, make that 5 new projects (4 from the actual classes, one on the plane). I made lots of new friends.

Instead of posting the entire story (and all of my photos) here, I've made a couple of pages for it. If you'd like to read and see all about it, then check out my Stitching at the Beach 2004 page.

I'll be posting progress scans and new stash photos later (yes, I couldn't help myself - MORE stash!!!). Now I'm off to stitch for a few before I have to do some more domestic work (bleah!).