Tuesday, June 30, 2015

My Latest Treasure

Now I know the word treasure conjures up different things to different people But I love finding things that are beautiful as well as useful and most importantly I love a good bargain.  Let me further say that I love purses the some women love shoes.  I have so many bags and totes I could open my own shop (haven't we all said that about our stashes?)  So imagine my delight when I discovered a Vera Bradley factory outlet only about 20 minutes away from my house.  I hadn't really thought much about her bags because I thought they were too expensive but the outlet prices make it so easy to have several (okay, I admit it, I have more than several) of them.  What's even more fun is they have a clearance corner where items are marked down by as much as 85%!  So when my daughter was here at the beginning of the month, we went to the outlet center and I dragged her into the Vera Bradley store.  We had so much fun.  I was looking for a larger tote to carry my scroll frame in when I go to stitch with a friend.  Look what I stumbled upon!

My Vera Bradley Treasure
It's a weekend duffle bag and it's huge!  I have room for my scroll frame, my lapstand, my projects and even a small light.  And the best part is I only paid $25.00 for it.  I would have had to spend 5 times as much as that if I had paid retail.  My kitty loves it as well.  Several times I've found her laying in it when I had it open on the floor.  

I'm thrilled that we have the outlet mall so close but I need to stay away from it as well.  I could get in real trouble there.  Know what I mean?

Monday, June 29, 2015

A Alittle Late Update

I promised myself at the beginning of the year that I would do a much better job of keeping up with my blog this year.  Well, I was doing well until this month.  Somehow with the kids visiting and working I find it's June 29 and I haven't blogged once this month.  So I thought I'd better get this going again or I'll miss June all together.  Here's an update on the wonderful design I had started earlier.
Winter Fun
As you can see, I've made quite a bit of progress on this one.  I've decided to do the backstitching as I go simply to give the little critters their personality.  I love backstitching and don't mind if I wait till the end to stitch it but I did want to see these little guys come alive as I stitch.  I want to get as much done as possible because this one is waiting in the wings.
1 Corinthians 13
This is the wedding sampler I'm going to stitch for my daughter.  She picked it out and I promised her I would have it done by her wedding.  I would have started it already but I'm waiting for the fabric and the rest of the thread to come in.  I'm stitching it in the colors it calls for (I offered to change the colors to her wedding colors, coral and mint but she preferred the original colors) on (hopefully) 25 count white/opalescent lugana over one.  I think it will be a more manageable size and thus less expensive to frame.  I'll be extending the border and adding their names and the date and maybe the location.  I'll be concentrating all my time on this one so as to have it finished by the wedding.  Wish me luck!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Spring in Colorado

I know I've posted several times about how I really dislike the winter weather we have here in Colorado.  I am SO a hot weather gal.  But I have to admit spring in Colorado is gorgeous.

Yesterday Dave and I decided to take a hike up the highest point in Highlands Ranch.  Now I haven't done any kind of exercise since I hurt my back in December.  For a while I could barely walk.  But I have become a big advocate for acupuncture and am finally in a position to start exercising again.  I actually made it up the hill with only a few stops to rest and the view made it all worth it.  We were more than 6000 feet up and could see in all directions.  
A view from the top
This is one of several 14,000 peaks we could see from the top of the hill. I don't recall what the name of this one is but we could see Pike's Peak from there as well.
Colorado Wildflowers
What I really loved was all the wildflowers we saw on our way up the hill.  It was such fun to see them peeking out along the side of the road.  I don't know all their names yet but they sure were pretty.

So I have to say Colorado certainly lives up to its reputation as a really gorgeous state.  I still don't like winter and love the desert but I could get used to this.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day Greetings

I want to wish everyone a very happy Memorial Day!  I also want to thank all of the men and women who fought for our freedom.  You will always be remembered with much gratitude.  Thank you , Daddy (WW2 veteran, Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient).

Saturday, May 23, 2015

A Progress Report

I've made some more progress on my Purrfect Pals chart.  Except for the backstitching, the kitty is done.  I think I'm going to backstitch as I go along.  That will make the furbabies come alive as I'm stitching them.  I've also started on the snowman (well, an arm is started).

I did do one thing that I hadn't anticipated.  I was using both DMC and Anchor floss since I couldn't locate all my colors after the move.  So I used an DMC and an Anchor color in the sky.  Little did I realize that they are substitutes for each other!  Agghh! Guess what?  I'm leaving it in.  The real colors are so close to each other that it's not worth my time to frog it.

I'm having such fun stitching this.  And I'm so glad my mojo has come back.  I've missed not stitching!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Another Throwback Thursday

Snowflakes by Art-Stitch
Welcome to another Throwback Thursday!  This is one of my favorite recently stitched pieces. Actually it's not cross stitch.  It's needlepoint.  When I worked for Needler's Nest, I was the Inventory Manager in charge of making sure all the inventory was entered into the computer.  So everything that was ordered crossed my desk.  I felt like the luckiest person in the world.  I got to see all the new stuff first. This is actually a cross stitch chart from Art-Stitch called Snowflakes. I really liked this pattern  when we ordered it, so I got an extra copy for myself.  I thought it might be a little boring to cross stitch (I know, sacrilege) but wondered how it would be in needlepoint.  I converted all the colors to perle cotton and set to work.  It was a really quick stitch.  I think it only took me a month to stitch it.  The backstitching was a little rough but I like the way if finally turned out. I had so much fun with this that I actually converted another piece as well.  That might be another Throwback Thursday post.  Anyway It's fun to think outside the box sometimes.  You never know what masterpiece you might come up with.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Very Happy Day!

The happy couple!
 I just have to share my news with everyone. Wednesday was a very happy day in our family.  Our beautiful daughter Sherrie celebrated her birthday in a most wonderful way.  She became engaged to her boyfriend Eric.  As you can see by their expressions, they are both thrilled with this momentous step in their lives.  We have been praying that she would find a godly man to spend her life with and God surely answers prayers.  No date has been set for the wedding but they are thinking about June of 2016.  Sherrie is a teacher and would like to get married during a school break and December is just too soon to get things planned.