Monday, January 9, 2012

What a week!

Wow, this past week has been something else!!  Not only on the stitching front, but on various activities as well.  First, I will update Isabella for you and I am not as far as expected:

The algerian eye took forever, almost 2 nights worth.  It turned out fantastic and so delicate.  I modified the color as I previously mentioned so it is slightly lighter than the top alphabet.  I am anxious to start the next section-- the 2 trees and the center cow, but I have refrained, and put her down for a small bit.
What for you ask?  To start the over 1 on Rosina.
You see where it reads "and then"?  Well that is the 2nd time I stitched it.  HOLY **(@#))@!!  I couldnt believe my eyes when I read the chart and thought it was wrong, so immediately I ripped it out.  Then I re-read the pattern, and laid the 2 sheets next to each other and WOWZA.  It was RIGHT the first TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!! **((())!!!!))!)!))!)!)!%%%$&#(@+++===%.  Crap!
So, I restitched it, and it took almost all of my time to stitch it, rip it out (over 1 on 45ct--full cross) and then restitch it, and added a few other words.  I am not as scared as I was last week about stitching the over one-- something finally clicked and it isnt as hard as I thought.  I am actually looking forward to stitching it and getting her done!!!!!!!  Yeah!!!!
Onto the other fun stuff!!!!!  How many of you have ever been to an auction?  I mean, not at a large NY auction house, where things are through the roof and out of most of our pay grades?!!!!!  Well, we went to one and WOW was it sooo much fun.  The amount of things up for auction consisted of anywhere from furniture- all makes and models, tools, old toys, pictures, rugs, glassware, etc., etc., etc and things were CHEAP!  I picked up a few things, and 1 being a pair of old wooden spindles for 3 bucks.  3 bucks!!!!  I think that the most expensive item sold over the 5 hours was $280 bucks for a old display case-- including original rippled glass.  What a deal!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   We had so much fun, we are looking forward to another auction real soon :)
Looks good right?  Nothing like starting off the day with a naughty treat :)  We have been so good, and this past week has been soooooo bad!  I am ready to get back to routine asap.  But, what can you do but enjoy a good donut from Dunkin' Donuts.

A celebration was had this week, with my grandfather turning 90.  Unbelievable right?  I was thrilled to be able to go to the party and help with cake, cookies and almond treats.  See why this week has been sooooo naughty?!!!  LOL.  I got some great pics and video of my grandfather, cousins, aunts and uncles.  Grandma was telling us that she made 2 cakes the previous day, put them outside on the back porch and to her dismay, the squirrels had thought the party started early :(.  So she made 2 more!!!!  She most certainly doesnt need the practice, but I am sure she wasnt amused!!!!!

Looks like alot of progress has been made with the January WIPs and inspiration has been going strong.   Looking forward more updates this week!!!!!!!!


  1. What an enjoyable post to read. Algerian eye stitch adds a beautiful dimension to a sampler. Your poor Aunt, Blue whipped a chocolate cake off my kitchen work surface when he was a puppy.

    Happy Birthday to your grandad, 90 is a big milestone to reach, here's to his 100th birthday.

  2. Your border looks absolutely amazing. What perfect stitches. As for the 45 count over one, ripping out and re-doing, I'm impressed. I can't imagine taking stitches out of that count because I can't imagine putting them in! Stitch wimp I am. What a wonderful family celebration - happy birthday to him!

  3. Oh I feel for you with that ripping out. I can't tell you how many times I've done that, ripped out thinking it was wrong and it wasn't! Isabella looks fantastic too, I'm anxious to get back to mine. Sounds like you've had a lot of celebrating going on - enjoy!

  4. Your over one work is just amazing! I just did some over one work on 32ct and was impressed with myself.. HA! Shame you pulled out that work, but it looks great all the same. Happy Stitching!

  5. Looking good on Isabella! What a bummer about Rosina's over one! And on 45ct too. Ouch! Sounds like you've been busy with lots of fun things. Never been to an auction of any kind. And happy belated birthday to your grandfather! (Not fair showing Dunkin Donuts... Yum!)

  6. Isabella looks wonderful! Feel for you ripping out over one and not really needing to...major bummer as they say! Congratulations to your granddad on his 90th birthday day!

  7. Isabella is looking great :) I can't believe that you had the other right and ripped it out !@#@!
    The rest of the week sounds wonderful too.

  8. Don't you hate it when you rip and then it was right?! I miss DD...we have so few here in Arizona.....

  9. Sounds like you have been keeping very busy! Love the stitchy projects - bummer about ripping the over one! Ugh!

  10. ohhh well done on all those eyelets they look so pretty ... sorry re the frogging etc what a pain especially when right first time ... and Happy birthday to your Grandfather and love your Grandmother having to make some more cakes coz of the squirrels :) and wooo hooo re the over on too :) love mouse xxxxx

  11. Ohhh...I love every update with Rosina Payne. I SO love your color choices. If I only had the courage to try that too I would start her immediately too.
    Love Isabella as well.
    Lol at the squirrels. They surely enjoyed the birthday.

  12. Isabella and Rosina are both looking gorgeous! I can't imagine ripping out over 1 stitching on 45 ct, that must have been a beast! Glad you've gotten some mojo to get through the rest of the over 1 stitching.

    Mmmm, doughnuts! I broke my diet yesterday and had a glazed doughnut. I totally love them, and have been craving one for a month, so stopped by Vons and bought one. At least I was good the rest of the day.

  13. Yuck, the ripping out sounds absolutely painful. Over one on 45 count, shoot me in the heart, LOL. Love both your pieces, they are gorgeous!!! Your auction purchases sound wonderful too.

    Happy birthday to your grandfather, what a milestone :-).

  14. I can't stand ripping out anything over one but 45 count? OMG, I'd have to throw it all away, I think. Your progress is very impressive! Both of your WIPs are wonderful and like you, I loved working on Isabella - especially that cow!

    Happy Birthday to your grandfather! 90 years young; that's fantastic!

  15. Isabella and Rosina are gorgeous samplers! Love the algerian eye. What a pain to have to rip out the stitches on Rosina, but I'm glad you didn't give up. :)
    Oh no!! I could eat that whole box of doughnuts. :D I'm happy the squirrels could participate in your grandfather's special day. :) 90 WOW!


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