Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Weird happenings in TX and some stitching too!

I am still a little bent out of shape over what happened a last weekend.  Maybe if I post it to the world it will get out of my head like some bad song you can't seem to stop singing.  Anyway, it was rainy here but we were out of groceries, so off to the local store I go with DD in tow to supposedly help me.  What teenager is ever helpful?  but that isn't the point of the story.  I have a long list in hand, plus my favorite umbrella because I know we will have another downpour just as I open my trunk to load things up.

So we happily finish perusing the produce and baked goods and are about 1/3 of the way done with shopping.  In goes the biggest turkey breast they have for dinner that day - YUM!  Sweet potatoes to go with it - YUM!.  DD wanders away at this point since she is vegetarian the meat aisle grosses her out.  See - Helpful!  So I stop by the chicken breast that are on sale and pick up a few packages.  Turn back around and my half full cart of groceries is gone!  GONE!!!  Who takes someone else's buggy that is half full of groceries? I even moved it to the opporsite side of the aisle against a display case so it was out of the way. I start wandering down the aisles and can not find anyone with my cart.  Boy are they lucky.  So I go up to customer service to have a look see and no cart there.  So now I have to start my shopping all over again and am out my grocery list and my umbrella.  UGH!  Let me just say the person who took my buggy is lucky because I would have let loose a little Jersey justice on them for being so inconsiderate!

Oh well - said daughter is no longer my shopping buddy since she abandoned my buggy in my time of need.

Well, despite the trials and tribulations at the grocery store, I have managed to stitch a little in the past few days.  I signed up for a class from Amy Mitten.  You can see the project here.  There were three different options and I chose the Vierlande style.  I have never stitched a motif sampler and am enjoying the project so far.  I am such a slow stitcher but that is ok, I am looking forward to learning some new techniques that will be included in the finishing.  The braided edge and pinballs are things I have never done and will be a new skill.  Here is a snap of my progress so far

I am about half way done with the largest piece, so good progress for me.  One of my goals this year was to take a class and I am doing pretty well with my goals.  Margaret has her whole Quaker Winder stitched and it is really wonderful.  Go take a look at her wonderful work.

I enjoy the stitching but not finishing so much.  I decided that I should enjoy some of my pieces and have hired someone to finish some of my favorite ornaments.  Over the years I have stitched 7 of the 8 Sheperds Bush Christmas ornaments that appear in the JCS Ornament issue.  Here is what they looked like before being sent away.

I will let you know how they turn out.  I am so excited to have something finished and I am sure they will be fabulous.  Well, it is lunch time here and I really need to hit up the corner Starbucks so I can last the rest of the day and get the kids to games after work.  Hope you have a wonderful stitching day!


Overdue Thanks!

This post is so long overdue that I am embarrased how long it has sat in my draft folder.  But I am so thankful for such a wonderful friend.  I received a wonderful gift from my friend  Sylvia.  She had a drawing on her blog some  time ago and I can't believe all the treats she sent.  Here is a photo before the family got their sticky paws on my treats. 
Wonderful Truffles and chocolates
Two wonderful Frenchmagazines and some lovely linen to try

There was some wonderful coffee roasted in Heidelberg.  Two packages of the most delicious truffles and two packages of spices.  But the best part were these two wonderful French magazines.  I wish there was a way to get these in the US. There are some really wonderful projects in these issues.  I think the first is a  wonderful  snowflake pillow that this linen will be perfect for.  I can't wait to try out this linen.  Now if I could only find a few more hours in the day.

Thanks you so much Sylvia - you really made my day!