Since this is supposed to be a blog primarily about stitching, I figured I'd chat about that first. That way, if none of the other rambling thoughts I have appeal to you, you can just move on! I'm all about saving your precious time! First up is my Prairie Schooler Year SAL with Julie. As you'll recall, we're stitching one square a month and an empty May basket tells you, I'm not quite up to speed. My goal, originally, was to do each block at the first of the month. Unfortunately for the last two months, I've barely finished by months end. I will finish this before the end of May but just barely. It is being stitched over one on 30 count R&R Iced Cappuccino linen with DMC. I know I will love this when it's done but I can't say it's the most fun thing I've ever stitched. Luckily, one block a month is doable..... but barely! What do you think? I threw the nickel and my needle in there so you'd have a point of reference as to size. Really, that's about all I've worked on for the last couple of weeks. I am not sure where in the world my time has gone but it hasn't gone to stitching.
The exciting news for me is that a very sweet person (you know who you are!) sent me the BOAF Friendship chart I mentioned in my last post! Whoo Hoo and thank you, thank you, thank you! I can not wait to stitch this chart that I've been on the hunt for since I first saw it. I have to order some linen and fibers for it and I'll be on my way. Isn't this stitching community a wonderful place? I never imagined that I would meet, and become friends with, so many wonderful people when I first began perusing stitching sites or started this blog.
Okay, that's pretty much it for stitchy news.... Forge ahead at your own risk!
Up next is the cabinet I got a few weeks back from my frame shop that went out of business? Remember, it was the Yankee Candle display I got for all of $25!? Do you remember what it looked like before? Here's the original:
Here's how it looks now:
You know, I can remember when my mom used to refinish furniture ~ back in the day when you'd buy an antique and strip it and then "antique" it. I can hear the wizards on Antiques Roadshow now...."Yes, it is a beautifully constructed blanket chest and had you not "antiqued" it this lovely avacodo color, it would be worth $25,000. As it is, it is only worth $25." Of course, I'm not saying that about this cabinet - just re-doing it made me remember......
This is the planted tree I got for Mother's Day. As you can see, the neighbors patio sits up quite a bit from our lawn and they can peer right into our yard - why bother with a privacy fence? They put that up, not us..... Anyway, as you can see the little tree has a way to grow to give me the shielding I really desire but it's a start. I'm sure they were thrilled when they saw it as it will also give them a shield from my prying eyes! I love the chicken I found at DAWN's SHOP checking out the flowers at the trees base. You may have to click on the pic for a better look.
I can't, for the life of me, remember who recommended this book on their blog - but I got it, listened to it and LOVED it and highly recommend you read or listen to it as well. If you recommended this on your blog, please send me a note so I can thank you and let you know how much I loved it. I loved listening to it on cd because all the characters are british and what beautiful accents they have! I would not have "heard" it properly in my brain had I read it. This really should go on your reading list! Really, a must read!!
Finally, I will leave you with some pictures from the Relay for Life we participated in with our Boy Scout Troop a couple of weekends ago. Our tent was amazing and they used glow sticks to light up the whole thing at night - it was AWESOME. We bought 4 luminaries for folks we know that have either had and survived some form of cancer or are currently battling cancer. Tyler walked and worked at this the whole day - Rob and I were there for a good chunk of the day and night but it really was amazing. The entire High School track was lined, on both sides of the track, with luminaries. My pics don't do it justice but it was a really amazing night. To those two that are battling, know that you are in our thoughts and prayers and that we continue to lift you up and pray for your well-being and full recovery. To those that have survived, you can't know how glad we are that you are still in our lives! Be well, all of you and all of you that are fighting, have fought or will fight this awful disease (Doris,I am thinking of your mother as I write this) keep the faith.