Stitching and Life in the Company of Pets

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Good Bye Sasha

Good Bye Sasha

You were an amazing dog and you and your wonderful doggy smile and outlook on life will be greatly missed.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Strawberries, Peaches, and Garfield

I've gotten a little more done on Strawberries this week and am now about half way done. Just have the bunnies (my favorite part) and the bottom box with the word Strawberries in it to do. These are such fun pieces. The pictures on the chart just don't do them justice. The Little House Needleworks board is doing a SAL starting Oct. 1. With the little stitching I've been doing lately I don't know if Strawberries will be done or not (probably not), but my plan is to finish it soon after the SAL starts and then start Acorns (love the squirrels).

I've also gotten a tiny bit of Garfield done. Just when this little guy looks like he's going to become a permanent UFO he seems to hop out and get some work on him done. All he has left is the backstitch, which I hate, which is why he's taking forever. However, as with my other projects, little by little he's getting there.

Finally, here is my finished and framed Peaches piece. I normally go with a med. to darker regular wood look frame, however, this time I went with the off white distressed look. I really like how it turned out, as it seems to blend well with the soft greens of the mats.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Little bit of this and that

Wow, I can't believe I've gone so long between posts. I've been so busy time has just flown by. I was lucky enough to see my DD twice this last weekend. The circus came to Grand Rapids, so was only a little over an hour away. I left work early on Friday and my parents and I drove there to visit and see the show. We got there about 3 hours before she had to go to work, so had a good amount of time to catch up on things and visit. We were able to drop off some of the stuff that she had left at home when she flew out to join them that she wanted, got to see the train yard where the train stays and have a tour of the train she lives on, and got a wonderful behind the scenes tour of the set up of the circus. She was able to transfer out of the one department that she didn't enjoy the work in and is now in props. She absolutely loves it. She gets to paint, fix things, solder, set up and take down, run around in the arena with the different prop changes and such. It is not a job I'd like, and the small living space and always moving around would drive me nuts, but it seems perfect to her. For example, the other day I got a text message saying that she had elephant slobber in her hair, bruises all over her shins, and that wasn't her job awesome, it just rocked. Hmmmm guess that means she's happy. I could really see it in her face when I was there as well, she just glowed. I made a second trip there on Sun. morning to drop off a little more of her stuff and to visit a bit more before they moved on again. She's off running around Indiana now, but it was great to see her.

As to stitching, I've gotten so little done I can't believe it. Unless things settle down a little bit there is no way I'll make my goal of getting at least one more project done this year than last. I have done a couple of larger pieces for a change, which was the second part of my goal for this year, but getting the number of projects done is beginning to look like it won't happen. Oh well, one day at a time and one stitch at a time, at least I have gotten a tiny bit done. I'm still loving this piece, the colors are such fun to work with. I can't wait to start the little bunnies as well. However, as you can see my headway has been incredibly small. The other stitching picture I'll have to post next time is my framed Peaches. I think it turned out great, but I haven't taken a picture of it yet so that will have to wait.

Thank you all for your kind wishes and prayers for Sasha. While she doesn't seem to be any worse, she isn't any better yet either. The vet changed her meds again and she's been on the new ones about a week. Unfortunately they haven't helped as much as we'd hoped. I've bought a pet ramp for her, and that should help with her going up the stairs when she has to go in and out. Going down she no longer does the side stairs due to a sharp turn at the bottom which makes her pivot on her bad leg, she now uses the front where there aren't any turns needed. At almost 12, she really is getting old for a dog with Newfoundland in her. It is just hard as other than the arthritis and related pain in the hips and leg, she's perfectly healthy. One good thing in a way though is due to her personality and breed she's never had a high energy level, so laying around and just watching makes her happy. Give her some fun chewies, or especially some of the special doggy ice cream they make, and she's a very happy dog. I've got a call into the vet today to see what else we can try. Hopefully there are some other meds that, either alone or in combination, the vet can think of that we can try. If you can continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers I would sure appreciate it.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007


I finally decided what I wanted to start as my small project to have to pick up and work on when I just had a short time to stitch, which unfortunately seems to be the norm lately. I chose Strawberries byLittle House Needleworks. I love her thread packs, all I need to do is pick my material and I'm ready to stitch. The thread pack comes with the five crescent colours I need to do the project, but since each is a full skein I could actually do it several times over. Getting the thread pack designs has been a fun way to expand my specialty fibers in addition to having a fun design to stitch (Peaches was a thread pack as well).

When I'm all done Strawberries will look like this. Isn't it cute? I love the little bunnies. I'm doing it on 32 ct. Belfast linen of some color. I had bought the piece earlier when I found it in a remnant basket. At that time it was labled with the count and type of fabric, but no color. The piece was large enough, and the strawberries pattern small enough since finished will only about 4 in. x 4 in., that I could cut it into two pieces. I have enough left to do Acorns on it as well, I love the little squirrel on that one.

Sasha is having difficulties again, so I've had to up her pain meds. Any warm wishes and prayers you can send her way would be appreciated. I know she's getting up there in years, but since healthwise the only problem she has is her arthritis and her one back leg getting weaker, I'm hoping we can find a combination of meds that can keep her comfortable (which is the big issue) and with me for a while. Not much else has been going on. Work has been busy, so very little extra time to stitch or bloq. I've missed visiting you all, so know I'll have quite a bit to catch up on when I get a chance to see what all of you have been doing. Hopefully I'll get out to visit you all this weekend.