Monday, March 29, 2010

It's been too long!

Good day fellow needleworkers!

It is cloudy, cold and drizzling here in the Shenandoah.  However, I am tickled pink to finally be back here on the blogs with my fellow needleworkers.  It has been a crazy couple of weeks and I greatly appreciate your kind words and positive thoughts.  I have missed being here more than you know.  I promise to get caught up on my emails and comments soon! 

While I am still working two jobs, I am really trying to carve out more "ME" time.  I came to the conclusion that I am not 21 anymore and cannot run on a few hours of sleep a night anymore.  I took my Social Studies Praxis, so that is out of the way and I only have five weeks left of class for my teaching licensure.  The end is in sight and I could not be happier!  I am posting this before I go to bed but I will be back in the morning ready to catch up on all of the wonderful progress that everyone has certainly been making.  Eventhough I am still new to the blogging world, I can honestly say that not commenting or blogging was like being away from a really good friend for too long.  I am glad to be lurking and blogging again!

I did get some stitching done over the past few weeks and I thought that I would share with you.  Again, I used my scanner and if you click on the picture you can get a close up of the stitches.

 I was able to get the flower pots and the flowers stitched as well as a bit more of the border.  The flower pots are queen stitches but the handles are rice stitch with two different colors of silk.  I am not sold on how they look but the directions said to cross over the four crosses in ecru with one large cross in the blue.  This week I will have a bit more free time and hope to have another picture soon!  Like I told my husband, money is nice but now more than ever I need to keep my sanity and my needlework is my therapy!  A girl has gotta have her priorities!



With all the craziness lately, I did get to my LNS a couple of weeks ago.  Many of the things that she bought at market were still coming in so I did not get to see all of the new pretties.  However, I did purchase a wonderful new needlework organizer.  At first I was not sold on it but Teri, the owner swore that I would love it.  Boy, was she right!  It folds up so I can take my needlework with me and there is even a handy dandy strap so I can throw it on my shoulder and go!  There are eight different outside pockets for various tools and threads and the inside is large enough for several projects and patterns.  What I love about my new organizer is that I can get everything out and put everything away by just folding the organzier.  It is so nice not to leave things out to get lost, stepped on or...well if you have animals, you know what other accidents can happen!  It is called the "Handy Caddy" and they have a website http://www.handycaddy.com/. Oh, and another plus is that it is clear...so I can see what I have or haven't got!

I also purchased a new hoop.  Now, it has been years since I used a hoop and as some of you may remember, I have been obsessed with stitching in hand lately.  I was discussing my queen stitches with Terri, the owner of my LNS, and she recommended that I use a new type of hoop.  She said that I would fly through queen stitches with it.  Well, honestly I was not sold on using a hoop but she was so adamant and I've had several of the good folks here on blogger also suggest that I try hoops again....so I agreed to try it.  Thank you to all of you who persuaded me...I can now say that I love my new hoop!  It called the Morgan No-Slip Hoop.  It has a patented tongue and groove that keeps the fabric from slipping so it stays taut all of the time and I do not get a sore wrist like when I was constantly tightening my q-snap.  Because the fabric is nice and taut, I can fly through those queen stitches!  The only way that I got as much done on Richmond Sampler over the past few weeks has been because of my new hoop and organizer. 

Well everyone...I am heading off to bed.  I will be back tomorrow and I cannot wait!  I am looking forward to "seeing" everyone again and catching up on all of the stitching that has been going on!  Till next time...

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Just checking in...

Good day my fellow needlewomen/men,

The weather has been glorious here in the Shenandoah.  I, however, have been mired in assignments for my teaching license, substitute teaching, student teaching, studying for my Social Studies Praxis and bartending.  Yes, bartending.  I hated to take on another job, but with the bad weather over the past few months, substituting has been far and few between.  So, I am back at my old, old job of bartending.  This is not an ideal situation but, at least it is a profitable one.  Of course, once I took on another job, the schools started calling again and time came to complete my student teaching.  When it rains, it pours! 

Richmond Sampler has taken a back seat for the time being, but I miss her so much!  I wish that I had pictures but I am writing this from the keyboarding class at the middle school where I am subbing.  Sorry!  But I at least wanted to check in with everybody and say hello.  I am woefully behind on my blog reading, so if you have not heard from me, I promise to get caught up and write soon!  The comments that you all have left on my blog mean the world to me.  My stitching friends have really brought rays of sunshine to my otherwise overly busy, stressed world.  Thank you so much! 

I hope that everyone's projects are coming along and your needles are flying!  I am looking forward to seeing all of the pretties!  Again, thank you so much for visiting...your comments brighten my day!  Till next time...which I hope is sooner rather than later...