Sunday, March 29, 2009

My weekend

Well, I didn't get much stitching done this weekend. I had a brief trip to the ER this week and had to stay off my feet some this weekend.
Our donor center is doing a promotion for the next two weeks called "What's in your egg?". Every donor can chose an egg and see what is in it. Chi-Fil-A generously donated coupons for free food (sandwiches, breakfast stuff, nuggets, kid's meals). And we have some movie passes and Baylor Baseball tickets.
My job was to stuff the eggs for the promotion. Here is what a basket of eggs look like:

Here is what 240 eggs look like:

Some of the eggs have "popped" open to reveal the coupons. The clerical assistant at the donor center will have to tape them closed.
I don't ever want to see another plastic Easter egg again. Until next year.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Finally some stitching

Well, my vacation is over. And I have a cold or severe allergies to prove it. This inside girl spent most of the week outside in the most pollenated time of the year. Enjoying all those lilacs, bluebonnets, red bud trees, etc. has made me have a cough and lose my voice (my husband is delighted at the latter).
But I did do some stitching while I was on vacation. Actually a lot of stitching. I finished my Big Girl Panties by Lizzie Kate. Here is a pic:

Don't you love my cha-cha trim?
I have spent most of my time stitching ornaments for my Stitching For A Cure project. I have done more stitching since starting this project than I have done in years. But I was at the point of either burning out or becoming so obsessed with the project that by the time November came I wouldn't care if the tree sold or not.
So I decided to take time out and stitch something I really wanted to stitch. This pattern I fought over on E-Bay to get because I didn't get it before it sold out. And I couldn't wait to start it when I got it. But I got misdirected and had slacked off on it. It feels really good to have it finished.
Now I have a confession to make. Mary, get ready to get the cattle prod out. I have decided to let one of my EGA members finish the biscornu for me. I have stitched most of the top of it and she will stitch the bottom part and put it together.
Before you cast judgement on me, let me explain. I know I can do this. I have the skills to do it. But I simply don't want to. It was taking all the joy out of stitching for me. I don't know why. I suspect it is because I "had to" do it for the class and Lord knows I hate to "have to" do anything. NO ONE forced me into the project. I did it to myself.
I had gotten to the point that I would do anything rather than stitch on the biscornu. So my friend Lenna stepped in and took the project and will do a fine job for me.
Don't be surprised though if you see a biscornu in the near future on this blog or my Stitching For A Cure blog that has been stitched by me. I think once I take the pressure off of myself, I will probably do one for the fun of it.
Ok Mary, I am ready...

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

My past two days

My grandsons and daughter are visiting. Yesterday was a park day with flowers and kites. Even I helped fly a kite. Here are some pics from yesterday.

Today my husband, daughter and grandsons went to a special mall about 2 hours from our house. It was my grandson Craig's 5th birthday. Quite the trip but worth it. We went to the Rainforest Cafe. The boys were amazed at everything. This mall had a special Thomas the Tank Engine store and playground with a real Thomas train. Since Craig LOVES Thomas, this seemed like the perfect place to go. We played there for several hours.

Plans have been made to go back for my grandson Trent's 7th birthday. We want to do the Rainforest again, but he wants to go to the indoor skateboarding park and the Lunar Golf, which is like putt putt played in the dark with blacklights. Looked like way too much fun for today.
I have gotten a little stitching done this week. I will show a post of that later this week. As you can tell, I am really enjoying myself.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

We have a winner!

My grandson Trent thought and thought and picked number 44 for my drawing. Debbie Jo was the 44th person to respond to my offer for 5 Carrie's Threads!
So, Debbie Jo, if you will e-mail me at in the next 7 days and give me your mailing addy I will send you 5 of these luscious threads!. If I don't hear from Debbie Jo in the next 7 days, I will pick another winner.
Thanks for all of your comments. I had more participation in this drawing than any others I have had.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Look what the mailman brought

I ordered 27 premium, thicker threads from Carrie's Threads last Thursday and today they came in. What can I say? These are so pretty, so different, so wild! They are just slightly thinner than WIldFlower thread by Caron.

I can't wait to stitch with them. I am sure I will use some for my Stitching For A Cure ornaments, but I may just have to make something fantabulous (like my new word?) with them!

Don't you just want to hold them, stitch with them? Well, leave me a msg. on this post and I will draw a name next Saturday and send the lucky winner 5 of them (my choice of colors). After all, a girl just has to share with her friends!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

My beautiful day (or rather days)

I love redbud trees. They just make me smile. Unfortunately they are only red (or really fushia) for a little while and then they turn green just like other trees. But for a time at the end of February until mid-March I just love spotting these beautiful trees.
Today, my DH took me to breakfast and then out for a drive. We saw several really pretty redbud trees while we were out.

We passed by this funky little place called the Style Station. It is an old gas station that sells vintage clothes.
This picture is of the mannequin they have dressed and sitting on the tailgate of an old car. From the highway it looks real.

Here is a picture of a cow that just caught my eye. It looks like he has a mask on his face.
My DH and I picked out some new herbs for my garden and some vegetable seeds. He planted everything for me. I will show pictures later as they grow.
Yesterday I drove to a small town where my EGA was having their annual retreat. My mom's health prevented me from staying overnight, but I did go for the day. I helped some members with their floss tag rings that we are finishing up at the next meeting with the EGA.
I showed them the biscornu's that Mary gave me for examples. It helped for them to see the actual end product. They thought they were very beautiful.
And I ACTUALLY stitched some on my biscornu! Put away the cattle prod Mary!

I will leave you with this picture of the remaining daffodils at the Arboretum. I took this picture on my way to the retreat. They are dying out and so it will be another year before I see them again. So enjoy the bright sunshiny color while you can.
All in all a great weekend!