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A Stitching Faery's Ramblings...
May you always be blessed with walls for the wind and a roof for the rain
and drinks beside the fire ~ Laughter to cheer you and those you love near you ~
and all that your heart may desire...

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

A Visit from the Stash Faery... and the Adventures of the 'Rose' Flame 'Hared' Lady...


I don't know where the last week and a half has gone... seems like it's just flown by and I couldn't tell you what I've done... Seems like there was something I had to do every day and I didn't have nearly as much time to sit back and stitch as I wanted to... And as much as I would like to find a way... *Time* stands still for no woman... ;-) I was back at work on Monday and Tuesday... today and tomorrow are my only days off this week... I have finished wee Jamie's Nurses piece... And I have started the one for his dgf, Paige. I am going to wait and show a piccy of the finishes when I post a blog entry about his graduation... probably in the next couple of days... { I don't know why I stated in my previous post he graduated on the 11th of May... it was the 12th... I guess I'm losing my mind along with everything else!} lol Anyway, he graduated on Saturday, 12th May and Paige's parents had a Barbecue at 4:00 that afternoon... We had a lot of fun and you know I took loads of piccys to share with you all... :-)

Now where to start? I have started this entry several times since last Thursday... yet for one reason or another I kept having to stop and save it as a draft and then when I thought I'd have time to post I had to rewrite and add only to save as draft yet again... So, here I am beginning my ramblings once again... I suppose my adventures at the Beauty Salon is as good a place as any to start... So, this past Friday, I got my hair coloured... my silver roots were all a'glow and I had been putting it off because, like the doc's office ... it usually takes all afternoon... So, I spent from 10:30 Friday morning until 4:00 that afternoon at the Beauty Salon... Talk about driving someone crazy! I was soooooo ready to get out of there! lol I am not one to sit idly and all the sitting and the gossip was starting to drive me bonkers... If you've ever seen the movie Steel Magnolias... then you sort of get the picture... I guess for someone who didn't feel like they had tons of things they needed to do, it would have been a brilliant day, however, my impatience was beginning to get the better of me and I was ready to run screaming, foil in my hair and all! lol Oh, and have you ever seen the film *Signs* with Mel Gibson? You know when they make the aluminum foil hats and sit around wearing them so the Aliens can't read their thoughts??? Well, I can't help but think of that whilst my hair is being foiled... you see the many dangerous paths my mind wanders when left idle too long... lol Anyway, there I sit hair foiled out about a foot all around my head... talk about scary! If Aliens passed by, never mind trying to read my thoughts... the sight alone would drive them back to their home planet! ;-) So, back to the story... my hair stylist always uses 4 or 5 different shades of red... so there we sit with five bowls or red hair dye and she is trying all new colours from a new colour company this time... and one of the ones she picked for me was Rose Flame... so there I sit, thinking of Aliens... and the darn bowl with the Rose Flame in it starts looking very pink! I mean sort of a dark Bubble Gum pink... and I'm beginning to panic... Anyway, I keep telling myself, I am not going to have pink hair... I'm not... it's just the colour in the bowl and you know it always looks different in the bowl... once on your hair and it's actually *set* it won't be pink at all... Well, when we're finally done and she's washed it and I'm sitting in front of the mirror all Mr Magoo like 'cause I don't have my glasses on and I can't see a blooming thing... she swears it's not pink... and once I put my specs on, it doesn't look pink to me either... And once she had dried it and styled it... I had her to do spiral curls with the curling iron... I thought it looked quite nice... So, despite five and a half hours of nightmarish thoughts of bubble gum pink hair and Aliens... when I left I was pleased with the colour. However, I had to run by a couple of shoppes afterwards, and when checking out at the grocery store, this little guy who knows my daughter and it seems like I always get in his line... well he said... "Did you just get your hair done?" And I replied... "Yes..." And then he said... "Well, it's pink!" ..... Oh, I know my mouth must have dropped.... I told him... "No, it's not pink... that's Rose Flame!" And then he said.... "Well, some of it is dark red but yes, it does have *Rose Pink* streaks in it... a lot of them!" Well, of course I just laughed and told him he must be colour blind! lol Anyway, my dear sons, swore it didn't look pink when I got home... However, I have had a few others tell me it does have *Rose Flame Pinkish* streaks in it... So we shall see what we shall see... If I get up enough courage, I'll show you a piccy when I post Jamie's Graduation entry and you all can tell me what you think of my Rose Flame hair! lol Though I still don't think it looks *pink* at all... maybe a wee bit burgundy... but surely not Pink! I do wonder, however if it had anything at all to do with those Ewe & Eye & Friends *Rose Hare* charts I ordered... ;-) Hmmmm.... Curiouser and Curiouser...

My dd Brandy and her dbf, Nick got back from their Cruise to The Caymans and Cozumel Saturday night... They had a lovely time... I'll share some Cruise piccys in a later post as well...

I finally had a wee bit of time to take piccys of my latest stash therapy last week... it all came week before last and I'm just itching to start something else... Alas, my *to stitch ASAP* stash keeps growing and growing... I'm beginning to think I'm going to need a couple more Dragons to guard my treasures... ;-)


La-D-Da Briar Rabbit
NPI Silks and R&R 18th Century Rook Cashel Linen

La-D-Da ... Love Is Patient and My Sunshine...

La-D-Da - The Blessing...
Shepherd's Bush - April...

Homespun Elegance
The Stitcher and The Stitcher II

Glory Bee - Stitching with GAST Threads...
Homespun Elegance - Spring Fling...

Ewe & Eye & Friends...
Garden Patch Rabbit... Brown Bunny...
Rose Hare Sampler... Rose Hare...

The Victoria Sampler - Loving Free...
GAST and WDW Threads...
Autumn Blush Belfast Linen
{The Silks and Old Willow Stitchery
Threads are on back order}

The Prairie Schooler...
Just Hatched and Farm Fresh...

The Prairie Schooler...
Friends and P*Q*R ...

Praiseworthy Stitches... One Red Flower
and the recommended GAST Threads ...

Lizzie*Kate - Coffee Crazy...
Sheepish Designs - Come Fly Away...
Little by Little - Caught In The Garden...

Lizzie*Kate - Summer Crazy...
GAST and WDW Threads...
Watermelon Banner...
Antique Ivory Cashel and Raspberry Jobelan

Carriage House Samplings - Westwinds...
Belfast Vintage Autumn Fields...
Fat Half R&R Belfast Iced Cappuccino...



On another note... my Doctor's office called me last Tuesday and wanted me to come in on Thursday because my doctor wanted to go over the test results with me from the week before... Needless to say, I worried about it for two days... the Nurse couldn't tell me a thing as my Doc had my chart in his office and she couldn't get to it. Anyway, seems like I have Lyme Disease and it's in the chronic stages and that's what caused my RA and Fibro and who knows what else... So, he put me on Antibiotics until I go back to him on the 4th of June and then the Rheumatologist on the 5th of June. I suppose I have had it for a few years and was not aware what was causing all the problems... He didn't tell me anything else about it at all... I suppose he's going to let the Rheumatologist deal with it... who knows... I am not going to worry about it... I'm going to spend the next couple of days stitching and resting...

Oh, and on a stitching note... I joined up for a Mail Art exchange a couple of weeks ago... and I am beginning to panic... I need Help!!! lol Barbara, I have read your wonderful tutorial over at the Focus on Finishing blog... and several other tutorials as well... and spent hours looking at loads of piccys of Mail Art on various blogs here and there... and I am still somewhat clueless about the finishing... I do think I have a general idea... I just don't know if I can sew it all together and not make a muck of it... I think that's my biggest worry... Ruining it! Sewing is not my strong point... I haven't really done much of it at all and just the thought scares me! I am more of a hands on *watch and learn* learning person rather than a follow the directions learning person... Well, I am going to try anyway and I'll be keeping everything crossed that it turns out as it should... It's due to mail out the first week in June... And I would be most appreciative of any tips or luck you all may have to share... ;-)

Well, I've rambled long enough... I'm away to catch up on some blogging and emails and stitching...

My heartfelt thanks to all of you for stopping by... as always your loving, thoughtful and inspiring wishes and comments are ever rays of sunshine dancing through the mist...


Until next time... Love in Stitches...



I am thankful for precious moments... precious love... my children, my friends and stitching time...

Monday, May 7, 2007

Still lost in Wonderland...


and can't seem to find my timepiece... ;-)

I'm sorry to have been away so long yet again... I still haven't been feeling well... and I needed to sort out a few things in my life... Thankfully, everything seems to be working out for the best and the sun is shinning once again... As far as the physical ailments... the pain is, at times, a constant companion... however, with love and faith, all things are possible and I will get through this with the help of those who love me... and I am starting to feel a wee bit better... :-)

Thank you, Dear Friends, for your lovely thoughts and wishes and emails... I can't express how much your love, thoughtfulness and encouragement means to me... Your friendship is a blessing... and it is such a comfort to know you all are here and thinking of me... :-)

I don't have a lot to report as far as stitching goes... which saddens me as I had hoped to have some Snoopy Happy Dances to share with you all by now... Nonetheless, I am hoping to remedy that this week!!! And I'm itching to start some of my new stash... ;-)

We got a new addition to the family last week... My eldest son, Elisha got a new puppy and she is adorable and sweet as can be! Her name is Sasha and she is a Brindle Tiger Stripe Pit Bull... I must say, though, my cats don't know quite what to make of her... ;-) She is determined to *play* with them and they aren't the least bit interested... poor baby...


Sasha

Elisha and Sasha
Elisha does not like
having his picture taken...
so I just snapped this one
real quick when he wasn't looking... ;-)

I have stitched a wee bit more on Country Cottage Needleworks, Geranium House... though not nearly as much as I had hoped... I think I am going to leave the house CC's Rosy Glow for the time being... :-) Thanks for all your input on colour choices! :-)


Country Cottage Needleworks - Geranium House...
Stitched on R & R 30ct Iced Cappuccino with GAST, CC and DMC Threads ...

And I started a wee project for my youngest son, wee Jamie, who will be graduating with his LPN degree on the 11th of May... They have a clinical class to finish in June, so he won't have his pinning ceremony until sometime in July - the date escapes me at the moment... I'm also stitching the same design for his girlfriend, Paige... she's graduating as well... I knew I didn't have time to finish them both and have them framed by the 11th of May... so I'll wait and present them with the stitched gifts on the day of the pinning ceremony! Oh, yes, the design is Nurses by Kirsten Edwards and it's from the August Issue of The Gift of Stitching ... I'm stitching them on different colour fabrics and using different colour threads... Hopefully, they will like them! I've scanned my working copy of the photo of the design so you can see what it looks like... :-) The saying on the design is: "Nurses have healing hands that touch hearts..."


Nurses by Kirsten Edwards...
from The Gift of Stitching...

Nurses by Kirsten Edwards... WIP
Stitched on Meditation PTP Cashel Linen
with GAST and WDW Threads...

Wee Jamie and his dgf, Paige...


Oh, and my dd, Brandy and her dbf, Nick left for Florida yesterday... and they leave Tampa this afternoon on their Cruise to The Cayman Islands and Cozumel... she has been over the moon about the cruise for ages now and I know they are going to have a wonderful time! I'll post piccys for you all when they get back home... :-)



Nick and Brandy...

My appt at the Doctor's office on Thursday went okay... the wait wasn't quite as long, so that was nice! I have an appointment with the Rheumatologist on the 5th June... so we shall see what we shall see and hopefully, he will tell me something helpful and positive... And hopefully, I'll be feeling better by then! :-)

I decided to take some much needed time off from work this week... so as of yesterday, I'm off until next Monday! Wooo Hoooo! :-) I want to catch up with my stitching and blogging... gosh, but I am so behind I don't know what any of you are working on or what's going on with you all and I feel so *out of touch*... and so I'm going to sit back and de-stress and visit your blogs and stitch and watch films until my heart's content! :-)

Oh, and Hazel, I'm so glad all your Silks finally arrived for A Most Nobel Pursuit... When I spoke with Drema last week, she said my Lakeside Linens Vintage Examplar has arrived so I went ahead and ordered the NPI Silks for the first square... I'll just order the others later... as I had some other goodies screaming my name... and I had a few gifts to order as well... Oh, and I got some new stash last week... so I'll be posting a piccy of all my new treasures for you all in a day or two... ;-)

My deepest, heartfelt thanks to all of you for visiting... your lovely wishes, thoughts and encouragement continues to inspire me and your friendship is akin to sweet blossoms in the springtime... :-)

Until next time... Love in Stitches...


I am thankful for precious moments... blessed friends... days off... my children and my sunshine...
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