Monday, January 31, 2011

Weekly update

I made a little more progress on B is for Blackbird by Prairie Schooler but spent most of my stitching time working on a new model for LHN.

It was a busy week at work dealing with the post-move issues of the group but I managed to take the day off on Friday and had a great time with my husband exploring the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco.
More photos at:

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Quote of the week

"Never let what you cannot do stop you from doing what you CAN do!"
-- Stephen Pierce

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Second UFO now a WIP

After finishing Sailing, Sailing by LHN, I dug through my pile and decided to tackle B is for Blackbird by Prairie Schooler. This is the second design of the three in leaflet #98 entitled A*B*C. I'm stitching all three on one piece of fabric and will probably have it finished into a pillow.
I'll be taking a short break from my WIPs to concentrate on my new model stitching piece for Little House Needleworks. Ohhhh, it's nice! (I'm such a tease!)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Quote of the week

I have a dream that one day this nation rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.
-- Martin Luther King (excerpt from his I Have A Dream Speech)

Sunday, January 16, 2011

A mini finish

Before tackling the next WIP on my list I decided to finish one of my ornaments. Here is Consumed by Gifts by Brittercup Designs. Feels good to have my stitching mojo back! LOL!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

New from CCN

Sheep in the Meadow
by Country Cottage Needleworks

I was lucky enough to stitch the model for this new release by Country Cottage Needleworks. I so enjoy stitching this one, just love the sheep.

One WIP no more!

I completed Sailing, Sailing by Little House Needleworks. Now to pick a frame and find a spot on the wall. What to pick next? Hmmm...

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Quote of the week

"The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It's as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer."
-- Nolan Bushnell: Founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese's

Monday, January 10, 2011

Weekly update

I concentrated most of my stitching time this week on one of my long neglected WIPs. In searching through my notes I realized my last update on this piece was back in June of 2010. Once I picked it up this week I made quite a bit of progress and I hope to finish it in the next day or two.
Sailing, Sailing by Little House Needleworks
Last update June 20, 2010
Progress as of January 10, 2011

Monday, January 3, 2011

Books Read in 2010

My stitching takes most of my free time but with the traveling I did last year and my surgery it gave me time again to concentrate on my reading again. In 2010 I read the following:

Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
Steps to the Altar by Earlene Fowler
Therapy by Jonathan Kellerman
The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
Next Victim by Michael Prescott
Lake News by Barbara Delinsky
The Bolelyn Inheritance by Phillipa Gregory
The Other Bolelyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory
No Second Chance by Harlan Coben
Seven Sisters by Earlene Fowler
Duma Key by Stephen King
Second Opinion by Michael Palmer
House of Reckoning by John Saul
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
The Saddlemaker's Wife by Earlene Fowler
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Last stitches of 2010

Here are my last two stitched pieces of 2010, one of which I finished just an hour before the new year arrived.
Windows of Faith, Hope, and Peace
by Primrose Needleworks
JCS 2010 Ornament Issue
14 ct. moss green aida / DMC 319 & 498
'Tis Red (yeah, mine is blue)
by La-D-DA
JCS 2010 Ornament Issue
28 ct. blue monaco w/Presidential Blue by GAST

Happy New Year!

Looking back at 2010 it was a year of challenges, stresses, and pain but also one of happy, wonderful moments.

It was the year my daughter returned to live in California as well as the year my grandson Izaiah was born. We made various trips to Arizona, visited our son and family in San Antonio, TX, spent time in some of our favorite California spots like Monterey and Lake Tahoe. We attended two weddings, one in Las Vegas and the other in Folsom, CA. In 2010 two of my nieces became engaged.

Patrick participated in the Tour de Cure and raised over $1000 dollars towards a cure for diabetes. We had the exterior of our house repainted and I became the proud owner of an iPad. I attended my first spring training game when I flew to Arizona and saw the Oakland A's play the San Francisco Giants. And attended my first game ever at PacBell park...GO GIANTS.

I meet Sara M. from Italy on her trip to the United States and we had a great time chatting and shopping at Needle In A Haystack in Alameda, CA.

Here's to many more new adventures in 2011.