Stitching and Life in the Company of Pets

Thursday, July 23, 2009

It's Done :)

Yup, it's finally done. I almost posted my progress this past weekend, but I was soooo close I decided to wait. While I didn't make the end of May I thought at one point I would, I finished quite a bit before Oct., my original target. I'll have plenty of time to get it framed up for Halloween this year. The coloring is a little washed out here, my prior post was a truer picture of the subtle shading in the fabric and its normal color.
Six Bats and a Witches Hat by Blue Ribbon Designs
Using DMC, and I think Lentil by Lakeside Linens

Not much else going on, I did manage to catch the sneak that's been getting into my bird feeder though, here's a couple of pictures of my little masked burglar.

No one sees me sneaking up to the feeder, I'll act like I'm innocently passing by

Just need to stretch a little more, almost there

What, all that work and no treats inside? I need to complain to the management!

Quite the cutie, huh. However, I do with he'd (she'd?) not knock down the feeder, it makes such a mess normally, which is probably his intention. However, as you can see in this case he was a little early and I hadn't refilled the feeder yet.

Friday, July 03, 2009

And then there were - none :)

Well, no squares left that is. I've gotten all the squares done on Six bats and a Witch's Hat and just have the border left. So, here's how Six Bats looks now. The border is so repetitive, really no counting involved. Hopefully with just this little bit left I can stay focused on it and get it done. If I finish by the end of July, I'll have time to do the actual finishing and be able to have it for this coming Halloween. Although the end of July is a bit later than I thought a while ago that I'd get it done by, I had thought maybe the end of May, it is still earlier than the October timeline I'd originally targeted for this one.

I loved doing all the little squares, they were quite like individual finishes and completing each was a fun quick sense of accomplishment. However, with everything that started to happen at work, even the little bit of counting that entailed recently seemed to much for my mind to handle at the end of the day. While work is still crazy, with the way the border is designed, I'll be able to work on that even when I am brain dead in the evening. They finally decided what they were going to do with our office. I'd mentioned earlier the plant attached to our building was closing, but as we had other plants, they weren't sure what they'd do with our office, so the uncertainty has been fairly hard on the nerves. In addition, as people were let go, or decided to leave, the work load kept shifting, causing some issues there as well. Well they decided to move the office to another state, which for a variety of reasons is not possible for me. the near future I'll be job hunting. I'll have a bit of time as they still need to train new people and transition the work our office does, but the end is in sight. Hopefully I can find something fairly quickly, but the job statistics that came out for June sure weren't promising, and Michigan seems to be fairing worse than a lot of other states employment wise to begin with.

Now, onto something a little more positive. Yesterday I spent a wonderful day with my DSIL Kim. We went shopping in the morning at Stitching Bits and Bobs and then spent all afternoon stitching. While I've been to SBB's website, we'd never actually been able to visit the store. We had a lovely time looking around, and I bought myself some early birthday stash as they were having a 20% off sale. Here are the goodies I got. The first two I picked up were Waxing Moon Designs, Hocus Pocus and Simply Halloween

I loved the layout of these two, with the little motifs mixed in. Add in the fact they were Halloween themes and I couldn't resist.

The other design I couldn't resist was Bless My Garden by Val's Stuff

The little rabbit had such a cheeky grin as he was stealing the flower and holding it in his mouth. Almost like he was saying Hee Hee Hee, look what I got. This was also done as a shop model, which was even cuter done up. I also got the supplies to do this little guy.Aren't the colors wonderful? The fabric is 28 ct. linen in Water Cress so will be easy on my eyes. While not Halloween, I loved the bright fun colors and am really looking forward to working on this.

Finally I got two lovely items in the mail too. First off, Dee earlier finished Summer Foursome by Pine Mountain. I love Pine Mountain tuck designs, and this was so cute. She was offering the pattern as she was done with it, and I was the lucky recipient. So I'll have that to work on. Also,Blue Ribbon Designs recently had a contest and I was one of six winners of one of her lovely designs. We got to chose which design we'd like, and I chose Postcard from Paradise. This will be a very fun summery piece to do. Well I think that's about all for now, so now I'm off to try and catch up on what all you've been doing.