I hope you all had a nice Christmas and pleasant time with family and friends. Patrick and I spent Christmas Eve with our daughter and we had a great time and lots of fun opening presents together. The closes I could get to my son and his family was via Skype but how wonderful that modern technology "almost" takes us there.
We had a quiet Christmas Day just the two of us and it was nice to relax and enjoy our time just reading, watching movies, and doing a little stitching. We did venture out yesterday for breakfast and did some grocery shopping while the rest of the world braved the malls. NO WAY!
Feels good to have some finishes to show for my first days of vacation so here goes. I hope to get a couple more done before the end of the year.
There has been talk in one of my groups about starting 15 new projects in the first 15 days of January, 2011 and then finishing the 15 projects before the end of the year. Rather than committing to such an undertaking I thought I would list all my current WIPs and UFOs and commit to getting these completed before the end of 2011. Hopefully this will give me some "wiggle room" for my model stitching and ornaments I like to get done.
Well guess I have to backtrack a little to fill you all in on what I been up to lately. On Friday, December 3rd we drove up to Folsom, CA for the wedding of my niece Lisa. We stayed at the gorgeous Lake Natoma Inn which was walking distance to the Folsom Historic District . We had a nice dinner on Friday evening and set out early on Saturday to enjoy the Arts and Crafts Festival in downtown. We also took a tour of Pioneer Village where volunteers lead demonstrations in blacksmithing, and panning for gold. It's also home of the oldest freight station still in existence in the West.
We went back to the hotel late in the afternoon to dress and shower for the wedding which was to start at 6PM. It was held in the Pavilion room at the Inn and was a very quaint and intimate setting. Reception was immediately after the ceremony and we had a great time catching up with family and friends. I hadn't seen my (step)brother in years so it was wonderful to see him and get caught up. I wish my niece Lisa and her husband Michael many happy years to come. Here is the lovely couple.
Michael & Lisa Gross
December 4, 2010
During the week I finished my model for Country Cottage Needleworks and took a sigh of relief to put it in the mail just two days past my deadline. Thanks to Nikki for being so patient and forgiving. I know it has arrived safely in her hands and I'm sure her fans will just fall in love with this piece.
In between crazy days at the office I managed to get our Christmas tree decorated and it's great to have the holidays to look forward to. We've had so many activities to keep up with but enjoying it all. This weekend my daughter had a total baking blowout and had bowls, plates, and trays full of brownies, cookies, candies, as far as the eye could see. She provided bags and tins and each guest was able to fill one with goodies. A total YUM fest!!
Almost forgot...I did find time to finish my Little House Needleworks, Joy to the World ornament in a stand up which now sits with my other holiday decorations.
And no week is complete without a photo of my grandson Izaiah. Have a good week!
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It was wonderful having the week off and though hubby had to work I got plenty of things accomplished. It was nice having the time to read, stitch, watch movies, and get some holiday shopping done. Been eons since I spent the better part of a day wandering in the mall and looking around and not worrying about the clock. I got a wonderful pair of UGG boots and a dress for my niece's wedding. I'm enjoying The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown and I highly recommend this book. My stitching was mostly confined to putting the finishing touches on a model so I hope to be working on my own projects soon.
We spent Thanksgiving with my daughter who cooked an awesome dinner. Plenty of food, fun, and friends to enjoy with it. After dinner my daughter and I braved a visit to Michael's for their earlybird sale at 5PM and we both got some awesome goodies, at great prices, and the lines weren't bad at all.
One of my cyber-stitching friends Sara M. came to the USA from Italy for a visit and I was able to met up with her at Needle In A Haystack in Alameda and we had a great visit just chatting and stashing. What better way for stitchers to bond! LOL! My bag was full of plenty of goodies, mostly Lizzie Kate charts.
Milly D. & Sara M.
Needle in a Haystack
November 27, 2010
Lizzie Kate Green Flips
(missing one - currently on order)
Lizzie Kate Santa 2010
Wee Santa 2010 by HIH
Let Freedom Ring by HIH
I finished off my vacation by getting out the Christmas decorations and started putting things out in preparation for the holidays. Hope to find a "real" tree I like so I can decorate it before I head out of town for my niece's wedding. Already December is looking to be a very busy month.
Gee lately it seems I have fallen behind in so many things including keeping up with my blog. I haven't done as much stitching as I've done in the past but I sure can't seem to account for all my time either. It all began back in July when my daughter moved back to California from Arizona and moved in with me for two months. I spent more time with her, the weather was nice and the summer days just slipped by. We managed a week in Lake Tahoe, a visit to San Antonio to visit our new grandson, a trip to Las Vegas for a wedding, and I even had foot surgery. Of course there was my full time job which has kept me very busy in the past few months.
With the arrival of Fall, my daughter settled into her new home, and just one more wedding things are almost "back to normal" and I am craving more stitching time. I'm in the middle of stitching another model for Country Cottage Needleworks and decided this weekend to give myself a treat and find something I could start and finish in a short time. I decided on this great ornament by Little House Needleworks.
"Joy to the World" Ornament
by Little House Needleworks
20 ct lugana Abracadabra by Silkweaver
I started The Family Sampler by Little House Needleworks and have very little to show for it but decided to post what I have (progress as of 11/14/10).
It was our first weekend home in 2 weeks so we just decided to take it easy. We ran a few errands on Saturday morning starting off with breakfast at our favorite restaurant. We spent the afternoon and early evening with my daughter who cooked us a wonderful dinner. Her dad anchored (earthquake proofed) her bookcases to the walls and helped her slightly rearrange the furniture.
We had a quiet Sunday catching up on some of our favorite TV shows that seem to pile up on the DVR faster than we can keep up with it. I was finally able to start The Family Sampler by Little House Needleworks and while I don't have much progress yet, it felt good to get back to my cross stitching. I will post a progress pic soon.
Here's a photo of my grandson Izaiah celebrating his first Halloween. Who can be scared of that little spider!?!
Hubby and I got back from Las Vegas yesterday where we had the most FABULOUS time! Our main reason for going was to attend a wedding which was held on Friday evening at Caesar's Palace in their Juno Garden. It was a beautiful ceremony, the bride gorgeous, the groom handsome and plenty of friends and family to share in the occasion. A reception followed right after so there was plenty of chatter, laughter, pictures, dancing, hor-dourves and champagne. LOL!
We strolled up and down the strip, visited a few casinos and even did a little shopping. My husband surprised me with tickets to see Donny & Marie on Saturday night and the show was AWESOME! "I'm a little bit Rock-n-Roll!!" I sang, clapped, danced, and screamed...hehehe. Ohhh, that Donny still has it. He actually brought me to tears when he sang Puppy Love.
As if that wasn't enough we decided as a family to seek out another show and chose Le Reve, playing at Wynn Las Vegas. There really aren't enough words to describe this show. It had aerial acrobat, dancing, and stunts that were out of this world and most of it in water.
My funniest experience was going to Dick's Last Resort with my daughter. We walked up to the bar and the bartender threw napkins at us. They wanted to see IDs before serving drinks. I said but I'm obviously old enough to drink and he said EVERYONE had to show an ID and the folks at the bar are yelling, ID! ID! ID! So I hand over my ID, he looks it over and then proceeds to yell out my age to everyone in the restaurant. It was hilarious!!!!! (For those of you not familiar with Dicks, they are known for their intentional employment of an obnoxious staff. I knew the risk walking in there.)
I'm on the road to mending and had my stitches removed from my toe on Friday. Not quite sure I'm ready for shoes yet but it's nice to be free of the "wooden boot."
It felt good to get back to my stitching after such a long break between vacation and surgery. I worked on Mildred's Garden House by Blackbird Designs and have made some good progress. Hopefully this week I can finally start The Family Sampler by Little House Needleworks.
I participated in the Fair & Square Exchange and got these lovely squares from Kathryn D. Thanks so much Kathryn, you obviously know of my love of cows and this Lizzie Kate is one of my favorites.
We returned from Texas on September 25th and barely had time to unpack before returning to work that Monday. I had foot surgery on September 29th and have been home since. I plan to return to work tomorrow and will work as much as I can manage without taking the Vicodin, which makes me very drowsy. Doctor says he will remove the stitches on Friday, October 8th and I hope I'm healed enough to at least wear flats to Lorriane's wedding which is on the 22nd.
No trip is complete without a bit of stash enhancement and I was lucky enough to visit both Cross Stitch Plus and Stitches From the Heart (thanks Cindy for the recommendation). I bought a few San Antonio and Texas related pieces. I got the Mission San Jose kit while visiting the Mission San Josè y San Miguel de Aguayo which is one of five missions which are part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.
Wow, has it really been over two weeks since I was last in contact? It's but a blur but I'll try to fill you in on what's been going on in my life.
Hubby and left for San Antonio, TX on September 18th to visit our new grandson Izaiah who is now four months old. To say I fell in love at first sight is an understatement (truth is that love was growing from the moment we learned Julie was expecting a baby). Izaiah is a very happy baby, well loved and taken care of and it was a joy spending time with him. I was so moved by how my son has taken to fatherhood and now I can't imagine him any other way. At the moment he is a SAHD and just loving it but plans to go to the police academy in January. Julie is back to work as a registered nurse and we're just so proud of her. Our granddaughter Victoria is such a beautiful young lady and a junior in high school and I was tickled pink that she wanted to spend time with this old gal...LOL! So here are a few fun pictures.
Wow, my poor blog has been so neglected of late. Most of my stitching has been a model I did for Country Cottage Needleworks and a few little projects of goodies I've made for my grandson Izaiah. With our trip to Texas around the corner I've been busy coordinating things for our visit and trying to spend some quality time with my family. Just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day for it all. Things should settle down once we return from San Antonio and my daughter moves into her new apartment. With the cooler weather upon us I'll be spending more time at home and hence my stitching should increase. Heck, I'm optimistic...LOL!
Having four days off was just delightful! Hubby took the day off on Friday with me and we spent my birthday together. We had breakfast out, did some shopping and basically enjoyed our time together. That evening my family took me out to dinner to one of my favorite restaurants, Habana Cuba in San Jose. I received a beautiful torquoise necklace from my daughter and she also plotted with her brother to have a formal photo taken of me with my grandson while I'm in San Antonio later this month. Patrick really took me by surprise by getting me an iPad which I been longing for since it was first released by Apple.
I had a complete day of shopping with my daughter on Saturday which was so much fun. While we do have different styles it's uncanny how well we know each other's taste. Oh boy can she spot a bargain! LOL!
The rest of the weekend was quiet with time to indulge in some reading and stitching (which I can't share since it was a model). A very nice birthday weekend indeed.
I'm working on a few large projects at the moment and just needed a little something quick to stitch and finish. Once I saw this little freebie from CEC I knew it was the right project for that quick fix.
The BC_HIH_Trilogy Yahoo Group is having a SAL and we chose "Friendship" by The Trilogy. Once I started on it I couldn't put it down and finished it in no time. Now to add the buttons and figure how to finish it.