Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Tortoise Joins the Hare

Engagement party update: sister-in-law has given us all lists of instructions to do before Friday. In-laws have started to fly in. I had to pick up my mother-in-law at the airport at 6 am yesterday morning, coming in from Spain. My father-in-law is coming in from Tokyo tomorrow morning, also 6 am. My grandparents-in-law are coming in tonight from Yemen. The groom's family have already flown over from London. It's turning into a crazy international affair!

Stitching update: despite the insanity shown above, I've had a lot of time on my hands. My husband's in Saudi and Qatar on business trips this week, so it's been quiet at home. Here's where I am on The Tortoise and the Hare:


As you can see, I've stitched the tortoise. I really like how he turned out - he looks like quite a happy guy, doesn't he?


That's all I've had time for! I'll try to find stitching time during the next few days, but the insanity around here may only get worse. I know someone's going to have to stay here in our apartment, but I'm not sure who yet. Anyway, wish us luck!

Happy xxx's,

Sunday, October 19, 2014

SAL Update 7

Hi everyone! I hope you're all doing all right. It's been a crazy whirlwind of apartment viewings and extended family pouring in for my sister-in-law's engagement party next Friday. They're going to keep coming in throughout the week, too, so I might as well become best buddies with airport security, huh?

So it's Sunday, which means it's time to report on the Sheep Virtues SAL I'm doing with Lija, Kaye, and Anne:


This is what Hope looks like after 700 stitches. I finished the border along the bottom and started the one along the left side - not very exciting, I know.


Sharp eyes will have noticed that I still haven't stitched the sheep. I'm leaving it for last, because I think I have an idea to make it special. We'll just have to wait and see!

Lots of love,

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

My Next Prairie Schooler

Hi everyone! How's it going? It's pretty quiet around here, but I feel like it's the calm before the storm - everything's gone back to normal now that the Eid holidays are over, but one of my sisters-in-law (my husband's the oldest child, he's got three sisters, and so she's the oldest girl) is getting engaged and the party is in a week and a half. She's been pretty good at getting everything ready - the venue, the food, the music, the decorations - but it feels like she's been simmering and she's about to boil over the closer we get to the party. Family members are going to be coming in from abroad, too. My husband's family is Yemeni/Spanish, and she's marrying a Pakistani/British boy she went to university with, so it should be an interesting mix of people!

Anyway, on to some stitching news. Since finishing The Three Bears last week, I've started another Prairie Schooler Fables & Tales. Here's my start on The Tortoise and the Hare:


All I've done so far is stitch the hare. I was worried about the red eyes at first (does it make him seem a little possessed?) but the rest of the colors go together really nicely.


Yep, that's all for now! No classes today, so I'll be cleaning the house and trying to think of engagement presents.

Big hugs,

Sunday, October 12, 2014

SAL Update 6

Hey everyone! Well, life has finally gone back to normal here. Eid week is over, so my sisters-in-law have gone back to the university dorms. My husband and I are both juggling work and apartment viewings - we're really hoping to move before the end of the year. And I've been stitching!

Here's my update for the Sheep Virtues SAL I'm doing with Lija:


This is what Hope looks like after 600 stitches. I've finished the word "Hope" and started the border along the bottom.


It's really hard to believe this is a 100 stitches a week, isn't it? I have to double-check every time I put up the pictures, even though I keep track while I'm stitching. It doesn't look like much!

Happy xxx's!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The Three Bears is Done!

The first of the Prairie Schooler Fables & Tales is done! I managed to squeeze in a couple of minutes here and there to stitch on The Three Bears - my sisters-in-law are still with us and I've gone back to work, so between shuttling them around to different malls and teaching my students, I haven't had much time on my hands.


All I had left to stitch was the line of leaves and flowers along the top. And I've ironed it, finally! Woohoo! I need to decide which Fable I'm going to stitch next...


Lots of love,

Sunday, October 5, 2014

SAL Update 5

Super quick update! It's still Eid here and my sisters-in-law are staying over at our place (4 people in a small one-bedroom - it's bedlam!), so I don't have a lot of time. I just wanted to post my update on the Sheep Virtues SAL I'm doing with Lija.


This is what my little Hope project looks like after 500 stitches. I finished the snow along the bottom and started "Hope."


That's about all the time I've got right now. Things are going to calm down in a couple of days, I hope. See you guys then!

Big hugs,

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Just Right

More progress made on The Three Bears!


I've finished the banner along the bottom by stitching "Bears," and the I backstitched the word "Right" on the top. Now I've only got the flowers along the top to stitch.


My husband's away on a business trip to Bahrain, just for the day. And it's my day off work. I wish I could say I had something fun planned, but it's just cleaning, cleaning, cleaning for me! Saturday is our Eid al Adha (to celebrate the end of our pilgrimage season - literally means the day of sacrifice). Since our families are scattered around the globe at the moment, we've decided to take it easy and have a little stay-cation.

Happy xxx's!