Monday 30 January 2012

High School Pals & Stitching Gals = Great Times

Well, I had quite the girls weekend!  On Saturday night, I had some "old" school friends over - six of them all the way back from elementary school.  We're trying to do this more often and are having a blast getting together.  I don't think I got to bed until after 1am, and that's after having several a couple glasses of skinny margaritas, yum!!

Which leads me to Sunday morning...
 I was actually able to get up, make banana/choc chip bread, figure out what stitchy stuff I wanted to work on, head over to DJ's to pick her up and then head over to Denise's for a stitching afternoon - maybe the margaritas helped because we were 50 minutes early - oops!
I totally forgot to take some pictures while we were stitching, but did get a photo before we left.  We had a wonderful afternoon and had some fine eating in between stitching - thanks so much Denise for a fantastic time!  We need to set up our next stitching date, hopefully at my house... that gives me a great reason to clean up when I have friends over!
Here's the stitching gals - DJ, Me with Shadow, Joann, DanielleJill, and Denise. 

These two cuties are Mia & Moxie, Denise's babies!  They were saying goodbye to DJ and I as we were leaving.

 And here we have Nathan's finished Woody, he was so excited to see it when I came home.  DJ framed it for me when I went to visit with her last week.  Another great job, I love the frame she found!


Wednesday 25 January 2012

Has it Been a Year Already?!

One year ago today, DJ and I got together for our first stitching date.  We met through one of the Yahoo groups online and clicked!  We found out we both lived in the same state of confusion?, in Maryland, so we just had to meet!  It's been a great year, spending our stitchy time together and talking, talking, talking!  This has been wonderful for me because the last cross stitch friend I had was when I was working... years ago, before having the boys.  I feel as though I'm in a new world, with something other than DMC and Aida.  And I'm very excited that this weekend, we have a stitch date with some new friends - the more the merrier!
 Even though DJ had to work today, I was able to stop by so we could spend some time together.  We got our frozen treats at Starbucks and I got to watch her run around the frame shop - no wonder she's tired at the end of the day!  

I had bought a frame for my mermaids, but once I pinned it and added the mat, the back wouldn't fit.  So, DJ took it and finished it for me.  Doesn't it look great?  It's supposed to be for my sister-in-law, but until I see her, it's going to be hanging on MY wall!
 Did you ever make something for someone else and then decide to keep it for yourself, or wish you had?!

Tuesday 24 January 2012

January TUSAL & Hermitting Away

I know it doesn't look like much, but it's a start!  Since I didn't bring my glass with me to the lake when we had snow/ice, I had to improvise at home.   
Check out the TUSAL info here if you don't know what the heck I'm talking about!
Does anyone else use up as much floss as possible before cutting and putting it in the jar?  Not like I can't get more, but I guess old habits die hard!

So for my first IHSW, I worked on One Nation.  This is the SAL DJ & I are working on together.  I need to finish this by July in order to give it to my DH for his birthday.  This is in addition to working on all the other goodies I'd like to stitch... I think I need another IHSW, soon!

 We were at the lake for the long weekend with friends and got snowed/iced in on Saturday. 
The trees were encased in ice and sounded like frozen chimes blowing in the breeze... just beautiful.

The kids had a blast sledding down the hill, over the road and onto the other side - only a few screams of fear thinking they were going to meet the trees!  Shana, if you're reading this - we can't wait until the next time we all get together!  Cabins, camping or caboose, whatever!

Saturday 21 January 2012

Woody's Roundup & Doing the Hermit!

Woody: What chance does a toy like me have against a Buzz Lightyear action figure?

Well, in our house he gets to snuggle with Nathan and go wherever he goes!  
I finished Woody yesterday afternoon while in the car, with Nathan pestering asking me, "Is he done yet?!"  So yes, I am done and we're all happy.  Now he just needs a frame and I have a feeling he'll be on the wall right next to Nathan's bed.

I decided to join in on the fun at the IHSW since I'll be snowed/sleeted in at the lake this weekend with friends and family.  I'm thinking that I should be able to handle at least one day every month!

Crossing over the partially frozen lake, waiting on more snow!