Stitching and Life in the Company of Pets

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Britty Kitty and weekend plans

Well I did it again, I couldn't resist starting something new. Actually I had a two part reason for this new one. First, I love the pattern, Brittercup patterns are so cute, and I really like the Britty Kitty ones. Second, since I've been hopping around so much on projects I feel like nothing is getting done, and I really wanted to be able to have a finish is what I finished last night.

This little guy was so cute, and he'll be so much fun peeking out from my bookshelf. This was a present earlier from my sister-in-law. She kitted it up for me, including making me the adorable little tuck pillow to put him in when I was finished. Tuck pillow projects are great, the finishing is so easy, tuck it in and you're done, can't beat that.

I'm getting really excited about the stitching getaway I'm going to this weekend. My local LNS (about an hour from me) is hosting a stitching weekend and so I'm going to hang out at the hotel and the shop from Fri. till Sun. morning and do nothing but stitch, chat, stitch, shop, stitch, munch, stitch, admire what everyone else is doing, and more stitching. I can't wait. The best part is my favorite stitching buddy, my sister-in-law, is going to be there too. I can't believe how lucky I am to have her, and they just moved even closer. Before they were about 5 hours away in Ohio (but at least that was closer than when they lived in Georgia or Calif.) but they just moved over to near Grand Rapids, only about an hour from me now. I'll get to see Kim, and my nephews and brother so much more. My folks (who live very close to me) are incredibly happy to be closer to them now as well. Hopefully Kim will be able to stay awake to stitch, since they have been so busy getting ready to move. In fact, the moving van loaded up yesterday and tomorrow will be at their new house at 8 am to unload. She'll spend the day unpacking, and then Fri. take off for our getaway (leaving my brother and nephews to work on the rest of the unpacking, how's that for timing?).

So far I haven't been able to decide what all I want to take with me to work on at the stitching retreat, but I still have tomorrow to decide on that. Actually, considering all the goodies I usually find at the shop, I could easily take no projects as I'm sure I'll pick up several new ones that I'd like to have and start while I'm there. At this point I'm leaning towards taking Snow Ho Ho and my little Santa Teddy Bear to work on, but we'll see.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Christmas is coming

Well I don't have any stitching updates for today, but I do have a new project that I'm adding to my to do list. The Cross Stitcher is the only US cross stitch magazine I get anymore. I now get a couple of the cross stitching magazines from the UK instead, as I seem to like their selection of patterns more. Also, I love the sections where people write in and talk about their latest project or show pictures of their work. It is so much fun to hear why people pick different patterns, and to see the different ways that they change the pattern to make it their own.

Anyway, the US Cross Stitcher for December just came out and it has several patterns I really like. Two I think are especially cute. The first is called Snowman Tree Pillow and is by Ursula Michael's. I really like all the snowmen, although it does remind me a lot of an older Stoney Creek pattern BRRR-muda Triangle.

The second pattern I like, and the one I really fell in love with, is Happy Holidays, also by Ursula Michael's. The little gingerbread people are adorable. This is shown framed, but I think done up in a pillow or as a flatfold standup would be great too. At the moment, I'm leaning toward doing as a pillow for the back of my couch.

Since it is the Christmas season now at many stores, I think I need to go shopping for some fun fabric to use for the pillow. With my other WIP's at the moment, it won't get done for this Christmas. However, if I get the material now, I'll have it for when I do get it done.

So, what all projects have other people seen lately that they want to add to their to do list?