Friday, April 17, 2009

Spring Break

It's spring break week here for the kids, almost over now. I haven't gotten a single thing done! I love my babies being home, but my house needs cleaning and I need to do some stitching. I did manage to get the girls to clean up their room and helped them rearrange it. It very well might be the cleanest room in the house right now!

We also have had two of their friends sleep over twice this week, it's amazing what 4 little girls can do to a place in such a short amount of time! And boy can they eat! We went to a pond here on Fort Stewart, I took the camera and got some really nice shots of them. I'll see if I can get enough time to sit down and upload them, I still need to get our Easter photos uploaded as well. Hopefully tonight they'll give me a few minutes, I don't know, they've been talking about the drive in all week!

Ah, I hear the little sweeties coming in from the playground, I better go fix them a little snack before dinner. Tonight we're making homemade french bread pizza!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

More stitching finishes

First is a quilt square that I stitched for my friend and fellow stitcher Barb in Alabama. Several of us stitchers came together and each stitched a square in an Amish or country theme, and then Linda Z of Cole's Quilts assembled it and sent it to her.

The finished quilt, isn't it gorgeous? Everyone did such wonderful work.

Next is some Valentine's Day things I did. First is a free design from The Chocolate Cat called Love Letters. I did this for my dear hubby. It's on white linen with silk threads in Dragon Blood, both from Vikki Clayton's HDF.

These hearts are from Frimousse's blog, my plan was to finish them into little ornaments for my three children. I had a little trouble with the first one, I didn't leave enough selvage for assembling. I'm going to have to get creative to finish them.

This next design is the Enchanted Needle's Breathe, also stitched for my DH. The fabric is fiddler's lite and the threads are HDF in Indigo Ocean for the words, and Deep Ocean, Paua Abalone, Undertow and Caribbean Reef for the swirlies.

Those are my finishes so far this year. I have several works in progress that I'll post soon. Thanks for looking!

Christmas stitching

Since I haven't posted since October, I figured I'd update my stitching. I haven't gotten much done, I have several projects going and a bunch lined up, I just don't take the time to sit down and work on them. Shame on me!

These are ornaments I did for two exchanges for Christmas, the first was for RoseMary. It's one of Midnight Stitching's quaker snowmen. I stitched it on white opalescent evenweave with DMC and the blue is HDF silk in a variegated Sapphire. The border fabric is also sparkly, it was so pretty all finished up.

This is the ornament that RoseMary sent to me. I love the gold metallic border. I'm a fan of blackwork so I especially liked it.

The next ornament was for someone who shall remain unnamed. In other words, I got burned in this exchange. I stitched this one on white opalescent evenweave with a DMC variations and a metallic silver. I made the cording and tassel from the same threads. I used Patsy's tutorial to finish it, this was a first for me of this type of ornament.

Speaking of Patsy, she sent me this beautiful ornament in place of the one I didn't get from my exchange partner. Patsy is a wonderful person and her ornaments are gorgeous. Thanks Patsy!

This next one I actually finished stitching in March of 2008. It was supposed to be a birthday gift for my mom. Well guess what she got for Christmas? LOL I wanted to give it to her in person, and since we live 700 miles apart, I had to wait until we could make the trip. I bought the frame from AC Moore and painted it a sequin black. This is Dragon Dreams' Blackwork Princess. It was stitched on Sugar Maple Fabric's wyvernwing lugana with HDF silks in Dragon Hoard and one of the Ultra Violets.

So that's it for my Christmas stitching, for now. I have an ornament that is 95% complete, I just have one or two things left to do on it and then send it on it's merry way. I hope the recipients don't mind getting a Christmas ornament mid-year!!

Monday, April 6, 2009

New Year, new try at blogging

Okay, so four months into the new year! It's been so long since I posted anything! Not that I didn't have anything to post about, it's non-stop around here. I'm really gonna give this another try though......really, I am!!

First things first, We had unofficial orders to move to Kansas in September. None of us were very happy about it at all. I love the south, I love the coast....Kansas is smack-dab in the middle of the United States, no low country, no ocean. We told some of our family and friends, most of them didn't like that idea either. Then one day, no more orders. I guess we're staying here for now. That's Army life for you!

Speaking of the Army....Rusty is now SGT and squad leader. I have some photos of his promotion ceremony, I'll have to post them. He's so busy all the time, works long days and even when he is home his phone seems to ring non-stop. He is very good at his job, I'm very proud of him. I just wish it wasn't so stressful for him. I'm not sure I would make it as a soldier in the Army. I think I could be a drill SGT though. LOL Uh, that's a no-go there sarge!! ROFL

Easter is coming!! We're going to a friend's house on Friday to color eggs and make cupcakes. It's gonna be fun! I love baking, and who doesn't like to color Easter eggs? Don't ask me how, but last year we all totally forgot about dyeing eggs. Saturday night came and the kids started talking about Easter bunny and hunting for eggs. Oooops!! It was all good though, Abby had gotten a basket full of plastic eggs from a hunt at school, so we set those out for the bunny to hide.

I guess that's all for tonight. I have some updating to do on other things, my stitching, new pets, etc. I might need a poke in the ribs as a reminder though. :)