Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Tortoise and the Hare is Done, Plus Some Framing News!

Woohoo! I've finished the second Fables & Tales! Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you The Tortoise and the Hare:

I finally finished stitching the banner above and all the flowers underneath it. This was such a lovely, easy piece to stitch - I'm really enjoying this whole series. Now I just have to figure out which one I'm going to stitch next!

More happy news: I had two pieces framed!

I finished stitching Down by the Bay last December, and Falling Star this past May. I put them both aside and basically forgot all about them until I did a bit of stash organization last month. Off to the framer's they went, and I got them back yesterday.

I'm so happy with them! Very glad I picked the colors I did. I wanted them to look similar but not identical, so the frames are the same width but not the same color. We have no empty wall space left in our apartment, but it doesn't matter because I really really really REALLY hope we'll be moving soon and then I'll have all the wall space I could possibly ask for!

Big hugs,

Sunday, November 16, 2014

SAL Update 11

SAL update time again! This is the Sheep Virtues SAL I'm doing with Lija, Kaye, and Anne.

I super quickly took these pictures this morning before I ran off to work. I wanted there to still be light and I knew I was going to be coming home late. I didn't anticipate there being a major accident and my getting stuck in a traffic jam, so I ended up five minutes late for my first class. Eek!

So here are the pictures that started it all today:

This is what Hope looks like after 1100 stitches (what?! how can there be this many stitches? how am I still not done with the border?!)

The weather's beautiful right now. This weekend was the second in a row that we were invited to a BBQ. It still hasn't rained yet, and I'm praying for that first rain of the season. Yep, it's November and it still hasn't rained. Welcome to Dubai!

Happy xxx's,

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Trotting Along

The birds are chirping, the weather is so nice and crisp it's got me thinking about sweaters again, and I don't have any classes scheduled! Today is a very good day indeed.

Stitching has been slow going. I'm preparing for an exchange, so I've been doing a lot of secret stitching, nothing I can show yet. But here's my progress on The Tortoise and the Hare:

I've started the banner along the top and have stitched about half the blue flowers above the rabbit. Another week should do it, and then I'll be done with this little guy!

Hope you're all having a lovely day!

Lots of love,

Sunday, November 9, 2014

SAL Update 10

The cold still has me in its grip, despite my best efforts. I don't have that feverish, dizzy feeling anymore, which is great, but the coughing and sneezing haven't stopped. Oh well - at least the weather is finally getting better! There's a lovely breeze, and the temperatures are in the twenties now (C, that is, which is like the 80s F). We were actually able to hang out in a park this weekend, at a BBQ some of my husband's colleagues invited us to.

Anyway, on to some stitching. I've been forging ahead with the Sheep Virtues SAL I'm doing with Lija, Anne, and Kaye.

We're trying to do 100 stitches a week, and as it's week 10, this is what Hope looks like after 1000 stitches.

The border is taking absolutely forever! I keep thinking, okay, this week it'll finally be done, but nope! Dare I hope that next week will do it?

Big hugs,

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Cough, Cough, Sneeze, Sneeze

Urgh - I seem to have come down with the worst cold! My husband came back from his business trip last week and very kindly handed his cold off to me. I'm fighting the good fight, but there are some moments when my head is too heavy to focus on anything.

There has been some stitching going on, never fear! I've made a little more progress on The Tortoise and the Hare:

I've stitched the word "Hare" and so finished stitching the banner along the bottom, with all the grass too, and backstitched the word "finish" on the side.

So now I just have to stitch the banner and flowers along the top. Almost there! I just need to stop sneezing long enough to do it!

Happy xxx's,

Sunday, November 2, 2014

SAL Update 9

Hi everyone! How's your weekend going? Today's the beginning of the work week for us, but I'm on a quick lunch break at home and thought I'd post my SAL update. This is the Sheep Virtues SAL I'm doing with Lija, Anne, and Kaye.

So the point of this SAL is to stitch 100 stitches every week. This is what Hope looks like after 900 stitches. I finished the border along the left and have started the border along the top.

Now I've got enough time to do a quick load of laundry, eat some laundry, and go back to work for my afternoon class. Hope you're all having a great day!

Lots of love,

Friday, October 31, 2014

Back to the Race

Lots of posts from me this week! First the SAL update, then the Around the World Blog Hop, then the Halloween Exchange, and now this! I haven't been this present in the blogosphere in a while.

So here's my update on The Tortoise and the Hare:

I've started stitching the banner along the bottom. So far it just says "and the." Very exciting stuff. I also stitched the grass and the little flower on the bottom while I was at it.

That's all! Just a quick little update. Gotta make a run to the grocery store now - I'm making a big lunch for my mother- and sisters-in-law today. It'll be my special chicken and spinach casserole, rice, salad, and a side of either black-eyed peas or stuffing. And something for dessert, I suppose. Need to make a list...

Big hugs,