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Friday, February 22, 2008

Seasonal Exchange Received!

I got my seasonal exchange today! Sonya did a marvelous job! She did two small peices because they were smaller than the 50 x 50 to 70 x 70 requirements for the exchange. She did a really good job and I am so so so happy to have them! She did a Spring and an Autumn one for me. I know she was nervous as this was her first exchange and I hope she enjoyed doing it, nervousness and all. I know I certainly enjoyed receiving them and will enjoy them as soon as I get them finished. I think I will make little pillow ornaments out of them to hang on the other hook in my picture window. The Christmas ornament exchange that I received from Jacque is already hanging on one of the hooks and I think the two from Sonya will look fantastic hanging from the other one! (They are hangers for hanging plants but the plants weren't happy there so I moved them and left the scrolled metal hangers on the window frame.)

Here are pictures of the peices Sonya did and the beautiful card she enclosed as well! Thank you again Sonya, I really like them!

Monday, February 18, 2008

SBQ and Feb Stitchathon

This week was the February stitchathon for Cross Stitch Crazy. With the challenge I joined in, I am keeping track of my time:

  • January 2008: 1,531 minutes
  • February 2008: 1941 minutes
I might just make it to my prediction which should be interesting LOL

SBQ for February 13th is:

This week's SBQ was suggested by Loretta and is:
Do you have any projects that you have scrapped and started over? What
made you start over from scratch?

Yes. I have one. I did this teddy bear on a china cabinet design for my biological mother. It was my first ever counted cross stitch and I kept messing up. A couple of times I just frogged and restitched but after I got halfway through and found yet another mistake in the teddy bear's belly I decided to scrap it and start over, this time starting with the teddy bear. Basically repeated errors in counting for the teddy bear (that could not be fudged as it set entire design off) made me scrap it and start over. The picture isn't that great as it was taken with an instant camera and then scanned into the computer and as the peice is buried with my biological mother I can't get a better picture of it.

I finished the seasonal exchange peice and forgot to take a picture of it. I feel real dumb! Sonictomb (Sonya) who is my partner said she would take a picture of it when she gets it. I really appreciate that too!

I got approved to do a square for Love Quilts. They do quilts out of cross stitch squares for ill children. Each quilt is tailored to the child's interests so that it is more meaningful for them. I applied to do a square for a little girl named Cecilia who loves Precious Moments and angels. So I chose a Precious Moments design that is a girl angel holding up a little boy. I have most of the little boy's head and shirt done and am really enjoying stitching this.

Left picture shows with top on right

spot. The picture on the right is a bit of a closeup to show detail and that it is a face, shirt and hair (almost). I really hope Cecilia likes it when it is done. Stitching for charity is a lot different than stitching for someone else, at least it feels different to me. The entire time I'm stitching on this I think of Cecilia and hope that she is doing well. I guess this goes with how the history books say that when women did cross stitch they said a small prayer as they formed each cross. I know when I stitch for a friend or relative I think of them while I stitch, but this feels a bit different, maybe its because it is for a child who is ill and it is for someone I do not know. I just know that I am enjoying stitching this peice a great deal and I hope to do more squares for other children as well.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Seasonal Exchange and SBQ

SQB February 6, 2008

Are there other crafts that you have tried and abandoned? Why do you like stitching better?

I have tried knitting and scrapbooking. I don't know why I can crochet but not knit and my scrapbook pages just did not look good at all so I stopped. I like stitching better simply because I can do a good job at it, even with difficult charts. lol

Seasonal Exchange

My piece for the seasonal exchange on CSC is done. It took me a bit longer than I thought it would because that "cold" I posted about on Jan 21st turned into pneumonia and I stayed sick for three weeks. It took two antibiotics to get rid of it. I was unable to do the piece I wrote about earlier, the garden with a bench as it was too big for the 70 x 70 maximum dimensions and I tried to rechart to make it fit, but it just didn't look right. So I chose a new pattern. This one is from and old magazine I had,: "Cross Stitch For All Seasons". I won't describe it or put a picture of it up until after my pal receives it, I don't want to spoil the surprise. I just hope she likes it!

I've been really enjoying having a baby in the house again! Bridgette seems to be loving it here as well as does her Mom, Stephanie. Bridgette has learned how to roll over and is working on scooting around and sitting up on her own. She has learned to blow kisses and to blow raspberries (stick tongue out and blow) which is hilarious! She did get sick when I did, but thankfully she was only sick for a few days and then got better. She got a cold that had a bit of a runny nose and some sneezing and that was it. I'm glad because I would have felt horrible if I had gotten her really sick.

Well I have to get ready to go out to dinner!