World AIDS Day, observed December 1 each year, is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection. AIDS has killed more than 25 million people and an estimated 33 million worldwide live with HIV today.
I got those gorgeous squares in an exchange from my partner, Lynda A. from Oregon. She obviously knows I'm a big fan of Little House Needleworks and these are just perfect for my collection. Peace is from the chart "Lucy Fairchild" from LHN's Dear Diary series. Thanks Lynda.
I want to take this moment to wish my daughter Sarai a very happy 30th birthday. Little did I know how that little girl who arrived to this world on Friday, November 9, 1979 would affect my life. These lyrics* say it all...
I started this mystery SAL by Periphaeria Designs back in April of 2008. Every other month a piece was released and I tried to wait patiently for each new installment. So thrilled to finally have this done and I'm so happy with the way it turned out. Now to select some really special fabric to have it finished into a pillow.
With a new finish behind I went back to working on Colonial Women by LHN. It's a little slow going since I am working this piece over one on 28 count evenweave but so far I'm loving the results.
After seeing this stitched I just had to stitch it for myself. This is one of the three snowman which is part of Stitchy Kitty's design, Snowman Trio. Of course I had to start with Milly first. Hope to do Willy and Chilly soon.
This piece I stitched for my partner Linda B. as part of the Fair & Square Exchange. It's a complimentary design from the Gift of Stitching Magazine which I've had in my stash for a while. I used DMC Variations 4200.
I finished this cute reindeer by The Workbasket which was offered in "Christmas Tree Ornaments" the proceeds of which will benefit UNICEF. In addition to this design there is a chart by Diane Williams of Little House Needleworks and by Sof from Swappons. For more information check out blog de gigi .
Joy in the Journey (Diane Williams)
by Leisure Arts
I did this piece for a LHN exchange which I finished into a pinkeep. Now that my partner Mary Jo has received I can share it with you. Love how it turned out.
Wow, it's been a bit more than two weeks since I last posted an update and sure wish I could say it was because I was having fun. I did have a bit of relaxation since my husband and I did spend a week at a resort in Las Vegas. The weather was wonderful and we had fun doing our usual explorations of the various casinos, shopping, sight seeing and taking photographs. We even squeezed in a visit to the Ethel M Factory and I shopped at Stitcher's Paradise. Unfortunately on day 6 of our 12 days off I came down with the flu and spent the last three days of our Vegas visit in bed. It wasn't pleasant flying home on Friday and I immediately went to bed and didn't leave the house till Thursday when I returned to work.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I'm sure we all know of someone who has lived and/or died of this dreaded disease. I lost two special ladies to breast cancer and this year I've had a cousin diagnosed as well the sister of a dear friend. According to reports an estimated 192,000 people in the US will be diagnosed this year. Early detection is a key factor. So if you have a history in your family get tested. While mammograms are uncomfortable, it can save your life. Check out these sites for more information.
Yet again I'm a little behind in posting my weekly update. Where do the days go?!?! I've been working on some exchange pieces so at the moment I have only one small finish that I can share. This is from the current Just Cross Stitch Ornament issue. I still need to make a list of the ornaments I'd like to get done from this magazine and hope to work on that while I'm on vacation next week.
by The Workbasket
I also did a little stash enhancement and got the latest designs from Little House Needleworks, Country Cottage Needlework as well as two from Lizzie Kate.
My son and DIL are expecting their first baby in May of 2010. To say that I am excited is an understatement. I've waited a long time for this moment considering my first grandchild will be 13 in January. Now to plan my stitching and crocheting accordingly. Wooohooo!!!
WHAT ARE GRANDMAS FOR?
Grandmas are for stories about things of long ago.
Grandmas are for caring about all the thing you know...
Grandmas are for rocking you and singing you to sleep.
Grandmas are for giving you nice memories to keep...
Grandmas are for knowing all things things your dreaming of...
But, most importantly of all, Grandmas are for love.