Tuesday, March 31, 2009

These are the two patterns that I have finally narrowed my search to for the fabric that I purchased at Fabric.com. I am leaning toward the one on the left. I like the bodice more.

No stitching has been done since the last entry, but my 3 days off begin at 4:30 this afternoon and I will enjoy some stitching and Netflix movies on my "weekend".

The snow we got this past weekend is gone, except for where the plows piled it up. The Bradford pear trees appear to be a bit ragged but pretty none the less.

I am officially at great great aunt as of yesterday morning. Our family was blessed with a healthy baby girl Rose Lynn Ann. She and her Mama are doing great and her Daddy, my great nephew, is very much in love with his girl! I look forward to seeing, holding and getting a picture of our new angel.

Have a blessed day as we will here in the Lilac Thicket.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Snow and Stitchy Finish

Yes, March is full of surprises here in the Midwest. It started off as rain for a few hours and as the temperature dropped it turned to sleet and then lo and behold the snow started maybe about 4pm and then when I woke this morning, this is what I saw. Most of the snow is gone off my car and the streets.
This is my San Man Originals finish. I took another photo because the fabric looked greenish and actually it is Ray of Light, a light yellow. I wanted to make an Easter card but the laser cut card I have in my stash had a round 2½" opening and the design just didn't fit in the opening. Darn it all. Now I think a tuck pillow. I have some pretty yellow printed cotton that would work well I believe and I have tons of buttons and charms which would look cute in the 4 corners.

I am working on the name plate for my supervisor. She is a Mickey Mouse fan and so on purple evenweave with HDF (Vicki Clayton silks) I stitched her name in a rosy peach color. I purchased 2 kits from Stitch! 1-2-3, a Minnie Mouse and a Mickey which are to be stitched at the beginning and end of her name. I saw some fabric at Hobby Lobby that I liked for the back. I have some peach ribbon to make the handle to hang on a door knob. It is turning out rather nicely. I will post a pic when complete.

No new stash. Money has been tight and so stash is the last thing I should be spending money on. I have enough to keep me busy for many lifetimes! LOL!!

Just a note for myself here to remind me that my ex called Tuesday the 25th. I remained strong and steadfast even though it was difficult not to get sucked back into the drama of his life. I leave everything in God's hands and let him lead me to where I need to be and go!

I watched the mini series Lost in Austen on the Ovation Channel today. A very different and imaginative twist on the Jane Austen book "Pride and Prejudice". I'm not sure how well I liked it. It did hold my attention though.

That is all I have from the snow capped Lilac Thicket. May all your days be stitchy and nice!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

A photo from an chain e-mail I received. Yes it makes me thankful I just have dogs to clean up after and seldom does a mess they make splatter onto the sofa, end table, television and various odds and ends. This photo makes me wonder what Mom and Dad were up to and how the paint was not stored properly to keep pets and small children out of. Um-m-m-m, if this had been my siblings or I, my parents first thought would not have been to get a camera and if it had, we wouldn't be smiling, we would have been wailing from beat down we received. Now tell me again what is the matter with our parenting skills in this culture. I see nothing except a lot of work for the negligent parents in this picture. I can hear many, oh lighten up! Damaging an expensive flat screen television, a leather couch and a hard word floor, well I see a lot of money involved. I don't know about you but I don't work as hard as I do to repurchase hard earned household items I have. To me this is another thank God moment, that I don't have human children.

I don't have much to say. I haven't stitched or purchased stash. I was going to post a pic of my fabric I purchased from Fabric.com, but I have already done that. I have "oppity" left to stitch on my Easter piece. I am thinking perhaps a cute Easter card for my mom. I have some of those cards with the laser cut edges. Well, after my parenting rant here in the Lilac Thicket I shall close.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Lovely Fabric

I have been receiving Fabric dot com's deal of the day ads for some time. I have been tempted several times to orderd fabric but didn't. I want nice cotton dresses for the summer. They had this 45" wide 100% cotton fabric on sale for 3.29/yard and I got 5 yards of each. I ordered them Saturday and UPS delivered them today. The brown floral is really lighter and has a nice pink hue. I want to wash these before I cut out the pattern. Now the fun part to figure out which pattern I want to use. Lord knows I have lots to choose from.

I got my kitchen cleaned up and went up to grocery and got ground beef for 1.49/lb. I've been stitching and enjoying a sunshiny day here at the Lilac Thicket. God Bless!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Yes, it has been a while. You start out with these blogs with all the enthusiasm and best intentions to stay with it. I suppose I am no different than thousands of other bloggers.

I went home last night and stitched a bit. I am working on a SanMan free design that came in the last newsletter. I am stitching it on Ray of Light with DMC. It is a little apricot colored bunny with carrots and I forgot the saying.

I have really fallen in love with Vicki Clayton hand dyed silks. I have received a couple of the monthly shipments plus ordered the silk pack for Drawn Threads "Moonlight Garden", which I don't have the chart for YET! I also ordered the silks to stitch Casey Buonaugurio's "Hot Cocoa". I have brought a few patterns to work to work up the DMC to HDF conversion and perhaps place another order.

C.C. & Co. has some stash for me that I ordered. Quite frankly, I don't remember what I ordered. Sylvia told me they were unable to get the Just Nan 15 sided biscornu. There are a couple of charts that I am tempted to purchase at Stitch! 1-2-3, one being a EMS floral cross.

I love the message board at Vicki Clayton's site. It is filled with just stitchy stuff. I am disgusted with the message board at Stitch! 1-2-3. Most of the posts are not stitch related and I am so sick of the crabby, intolerant, ignorant attitudes of many of the posters. Legacy Embroidery which is on Yuku is great but I can't read it at work, the filters won't let me.

The photo is a framed finish for me. The colors are not true but it gives you an idea of what it looks like and YES it IS a finish!

Isn't this the cutest blog background? Now there are 2 sites I have found that offer free blog backgrounds, "Cutest Blog on the Block" and "Izzy Grace Blogs". I think it is very generous of these designers to offer their creations free to the blogisphere!

Well considering how long it has been since a post, who knows how long it will be before I post again. So until fingers meet the keyboard once more....Toodles from the Lilac Thicket