Saturday, February 14, 2015

This Week's Progress

I've continued to work on April needleroll design by Victoria Sampler and just have two more bands to stitch before it's finished! The white linen and spring flowers have gone a long way to improve my mood - as has the wonderful sunshine that has settled in here in E. Washington.

On the sides of the heart, I've personalized it by stitching in the names of my April babies.

Tomorrow afternoon my daughter and I will be winging our way to Arizona for a few days of warmth and sun and fun. Woo hoo!!

Sunday, February 08, 2015

A Bit of Time Away

Last Wednesday, my husband and I took a little jaunt up to Spokane so he could attend a business meeting on Thursday morning. It would be easy to just run up for the day, but now and then it's nice to take a little time out of the schedule for something different!

We left town mid-afternoon, making a stop in Cheney to have dinner with son Kevin and his fiance, Sarah. Having him in school so close to Spokane has made it convenient to drop in on them for a quick visit when we're over that way - a bonus for making the trip! There's a great Mexican restaurant, El Rodeo, that we like and Kevin fills his tank. The boy can eat! After dinner, Gary and I drove on to Spokane and our hotel by the Spokane River.

Leaving the Tri-Cities behind didn't mean we left the gray skies. No, the entire state was getting rain that day. But by mid-morning on Thursday, the rain stopped for awhile and I got out for a nice walk along the river.

After checking out, I drove around town a little, finding a nice spot with a view to spend some time stitching while waiting for Gary's meeting and lunch to be done. Other times, I've done some shopping, but this trip I enjoyed the quiet and the needle and thread.

This trip made me eager for spring and the opportunity to get away with the trailer once again!

Saturday, February 07, 2015

Pineapple Express

Woohoo! The wind started blowing in some warm air from Hawaii way, whisking away the clouds and rain, leaving us with a brightly shining sun! What a lift the sun brings to my spirit.

While the gray skies were oppressing us, I did get a little bit of stitching done. Convent Garden was set aside and the Victorian Purse came out to play. I was able to finish up the bargello band.

Now I need to go back to stitch the silk ribbon flowers. But instead of going to them right away, I pulled out a little Victoria Sampler kit from the Birthday Needleroll series - April. The color scheme is lighter and brighter and just seemed to be what I needed at the moment.


Tonight my daughter is going to the Sadie Hawkins dance including dinner at a friend's house with the group that are going together. The kids wanted fettuccine alfredo so I'll make up a batch for them. I hope I remember how as it's been a very long time since I've made a pasta dish, lol! I think it will be a chicken and mushroom dish for me and DH.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Super Bowl Post

The big game just got started and I have a lot of nervous energy, so I'll put out a quick post.

Go Hawks!!

I have finished the garden area of Convent Garden and thought I'd share a few pics with you. I had a little problem reading the pattern - the deficiency is mine, as I kept the V of the rapid stitch garden border pointing down on the vertical portions instead of pointing to the inside of the garden. Oh well, I got to practice the rapid stitch some more as well as some reverse stitching.

Isn't that a pretty little section?

It's still gray and in fact drizzling rain here today. I'm hoping this Seattle-like weather is a good omen!

I hope you are having a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Inversion Returns

Winter inversions hold the fog and clouds low, making the days gray and gloomy for us in the lower elevations. Sometimes January is one long inversion, but we got a bit of a break this year over the MLK holiday. For the last week, the grayness is back, and I've been using my happy light in addition to my Ott stitching light in an attempt to hold the SAD at bay.

I guess it's better than nothing.

The other day in an attempt to brighten my spirits, I booked a couple of airline tickets to Arizona for me and DD Kirsten for the middle of February. Hope the sun cooperates with my plans to soak in some Vitamin D!

Stitching has continued on Convent Garden. I had to do a little reverse stitching when I realized I'd done the vertical rapid stitches wrong. The bottom of the V is supposed to face into the little garden. Ugh!

But each little garden has been very enjoyable.

See how the V on the right side faces down? It's fixed now.

And this is where I left off my stitching this afternoon. Just two more little plots to fill in and then I think I'll set CG aside and pull a different project out of my bag.