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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

This and That


I think everyone in blogland stitched this little sampler for Blackbird Designs first contest. I thought it was cute and decided to stitch like a maniac and put my name in the hat too. I didn't win the prizes but I did win by getting a lovely pattern and finished sampler. I plan to frame this in a dark colored frame and hang it on the wall by my fireplace.
Woody went to a new home last Friday. (gosh I am behind with my blogging) His new "parents" just love him and think he is the best. I am so happy for him and I am glad I could give him some of my love for a short time. Of course, I got lots of love and kisses from him too. :o) He will never again have to worry about having a full stomach, a soft place to sleep, or a place to get warm and that makes me feel wonderful.
We are still missing our dear Bogey. His ashes were returned yesterday and I had another little cry. I wrapped the container in the little quilt I made for him shortly after he came to live with us and placed it in a nice wooden box my son and I purchased. You could almost always find him sleeping on that quilt at some point during the day so I decided it should retire with him. I find myself looking for him when I get up in the morning or when I come home from work.
I am still stitching on Bushel and will post another progress picture soon.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Fostering



I have a new Boxer I am fostering for Four Seasons Boxer Rescue. He is approximately 2 years old and is a real sweetie. He is happy go lucky about anything as long as you love and pet him. He has had 5 or 6 names in the short time he has been with the rescue - I am calling him Woody.

I really didn't know if it would work out or not but Lola is tolerating him very well. (She is a bulldog after all) She even tried to play with him yesterday but the poor thing doesn't seem to know how to play. He will run after a ball for a short distance but doesn't try to pick it up, he just comes back to my side.

He was an owner surrender at a high kill shelter and was very fortunate to have a friend at the shelter who called the rescue. He is heartworm positive and will be undergoing heartworm treatment in the next couple of weeks. I just can't understand how someone could dump such a handsome, lovable pup. You can tell he is worried about being abandoned again as he takes every step I take - into the bathroom, back and forth to the laundry room, LOL he is always watching me and by my side. He is very thin so will stay here throughout his treatment and until he is adopted so we can fatten him up and give him all the love he can stand. :o)
Sharing a secret with his new sister.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Progress

I want to thank everyone who left me a comment or sent me an email about the passing of my dear Bogey. I miss him terribly but I know that he couldn't live forever. Your kind words and comments were very appreciated.

Here is a progress pic of Bushel. I haven't had a lot of stitching time this week but this is turning out to be a fun project.

I am looking forward to tomorrow because our Floss Tag Exchange partners will be assigned for the Tiny Treasures Exchange and I can get started planning and stitching on that.

Have a great week everyone!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Rest In Peace

Bogey 3/15/1993 - 4/18/2009

I awoke this morning to find that my 16 year old cat had died in his sleep. He was a Christmas present for my boys when they were 6 years old. Bogey was a dear friend for 16 years and has left a huge void in this household. May he rest in peace.


Sunday, April 12, 2009

Finishing


I hope you and your family had a wonderful Easter. My son came home from college and it was great having him at home. He ate, and ate, and ate, and then ate some more. He said he doesn't normally eat so much but it just tasted sooooo good. LOL Comments like that make all the prep and cleanup seem minor.
I did the finishing on the Just Nan "Snow!" tin and needle mitten today. I was really nervous about the finishing on these because I didn't want to mess them up. I followed the directions step by step and am happy to say they turned out very pretty. I know it is funny to see the wintry scene on the green grass but I wanted to take an outside picture so the colors would show better.
I am stitching away on "Bushel and a Peck" and will post a progress picture tomorrow.
Have a great week!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Just Wrong

This is just wrong in every way.
Look closer.

Will I ever get used to having an outside cat?!

Monday, April 6, 2009

My next project



I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this pattern. My mother used to sing this song to me when I was a little girl and I also sang it to my boys when they were babies. The minute I saw it I knew I had to have it.

Now, this had me wondering - Was this really a song? I only knew it as my mother sang it and thought she just made it up. With the wonders of the internet and Google I discovered that it is an old Doris Day song. Mom's version was shorter of course as I am sure it was sang to meet the attention span of young Myra. LOL

La-D-Da has another pattern Mares Eat Oats and my mother sang that song to me too! I Googled it and found it to be a bonafide childrens song. Check it out here. You will be tapping your toes and singing along just as sure as I will be stitching this design in the near future as well.

Memories....aren't they great?!

"I love you a bushel and a peck, a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck. A hug around the neck and a bushel and a peck. I. Love. You!" (This is how my mom sang it to me)

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Puppy Love

'Nuff said.

Feels like spring!


It is starting to feel like spring here. I worked outside in the yard all day yesterday and can hardly move today. The first big clean after the winter months is a lot of work! I have these growing all over my backyard - does anyone know what they are? Wild violets perhaps? I know they are probably some sort of weed as we don't have a good stand of grass in the back yet. They are pretty though.

Last week I experimented with coffee/tea dying. I had this piece of cream Belfast linen and needed something a little darker. So, I brewed some coffee and some tea, poured it into a big bowl and dunked my fabric right into the concoction. I let it sit for 4 hours or so, rinsed and had a lovely shade of brown. Here is the before/after pic.

This is the reason I needed a brown piece of fabric. :o) I had wanted to stitch this piece since I saw it in the JCS Halloween 2008 issue. It is "Batty" by Monster Bubbles. I changed the colors a bit as I wanted my bat to be a little darker. I plan to finish it as a flat ornament as pictured in the magazine and am looking forward to displaying it this Halloween. (I know it is a long way off but I am trying to plan ahead for a change!)
I will leave you with an action shot of Lola playing with her basketball. See the purple flowers in the foreground? I have more leaves to rake today - no rest for the weary when it comes to yard work. LOL