Monday, March 29, 2010

Awards, Stitching and Spring Weather


We are having typical Spring weather. Warm one day, cool the next with lots of wind. Today and tomorrow we are under a High Wind Watch or Warning but today the temp was up to 82 degrees with the winds currently blowing at 32 mph. By Thursday the temp is going to drop 32 degrees and snow is predicted for the mountains. Not time to put away the winter clothes yet I guess.


I received both these awards from several bloggers and want to say THANK YOU for reading my blog. I'm not going to pass them on since everyone who takes the time to keep us updated on their stitching and life deserve the award and it would be impossible to pick just a few. Since most of you know all there is to know about me (I'm such a blabber mouth LOL) I will try to come up with 10 things you may not know.
1. I'm very shy around people I don't know
2. I have live in only 3 states, Calif., Arkansas and Nevada
3. I have never been East of Memphis TN
4. I'm a BIG Elvis fan
5. If my eyes are open you'll probable find me stitching
6. I was a docent at the Little Rock Zoo where I did tours, taught classes for children, took part in the Birds of Prey program and worked with the Great Apes.
7. I grew up on the coast of Calif and still miss the ocean after all these years of being away.
8. I hate wind (makes me grumpy) but love fog (which we never get here in So Nevada)
9.I hate to go to the doctor
10. I no longer drive but take the bus wherever I need to go
New WIP....
With the finish of "Home" I needed a new project to add to the rotation. I guess I could have added one of my many WIP's but to keep my title of "Queen of the Serial Starters" I chose to start "Winter Wingding" by Blue Ribbon Designs.

Sorry about the quality of the picture. The blues just wouldn't come out as hard as I tried. This is the squares and border done. In the close up below the color is closer and you can see some of the squares with the alphabet done.

I have finished the alphabet now and will have the numbers done before the night is over and my pillow calls my name. I'm making a few changes to the threads called for but will go into that when I have more to show.
Finished Finishes....
Last week I finished a couple of the Easter designs by Lizzie Kate into No Sew Cube and since the Happy Easter one reached it's new home safely I can share them with you.

Now This is Spring....

I'll stop rambling now and leave you with a pic of Maddie out in the sun waiting for the Easter Bunny to bring the candy and eggs.
Until Next Time....Have a great stitching week

Thursday, March 18, 2010

ILCS St Paddy Day Exchange

This was in the package I received from Shelley in the St Paddy Day exchange.
A adorable St Patrick's Day card she made. "Frog Wisdom" book loaded with some great charts I can't wait to stitch. A package of Red Vines, my favorite candy to eat while stitching (no mess to get on project). A spool of ribbon with shamrocks on it. Carrie's Creation threads I need for my "Winter Wingding" project. And last but not least the "I Don't Do Frogging" scissor slide with scissors. I had this on my wish list and Shelley stitched it for me. Boy was I spoiled.

Carrie's Creation Threads

"I Don't Do Frogging" Front

"I Don't Do Frogging" Back
THANK YOU so much Shelley. You really made my day and it will take a long time before the smile leaves my face.

Until Next Time....Happy Stitching

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

WOO HOO A Finish

This will be a short update but just had to share my finish.

"Home of a Needleworker (too)" by Little House Needleworks
stitched on 28 ct Bone Joblean with suggested Crescent Colours threads
It will be going to the framers next week when we have our monthly date night. Not sure what kind of frame I want but am sure the framers will have some good ideas since the owner is a stitcher and they do the framing for all the models at the LNS.
Almost time for our St Paddy's dinner of Corned Beef, boiled potatoes, carrots and cabbage. Next to the Christmas Turkey this is my favorite holiday meal of the year.
Until Next Time.....Happy St Paddy's Day and may the luck of the Irish be with you

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Weekend Update

All those little Easter finishes really worked at getting me in the mood to get back to my 3 WIP's.

Home is a little over half done now. I think I'll probably continue to work on it until finished so I can take it to the framer when I go to the LNS next week.

After finishing page 2 of "AQC" I decided to go back to the left side and get the bottom done before moving on to page 3. Page 4 is a little over half done and most of the motifs left run on to page 5. I have become totally hooked on Quaker designs and think I'll have to get the Quaker Halloween to do soon.

"Spring Crazy - Happy Easter" by Lizzie Kate
Stitched on 28 ct Opalescent Lugana "Precious Metals" by Silkweaver
with Various Overdyed threads
This is the last of the Easter stitching for now. It was so much fun to do and I had a great time going through all my threads, picking colors for it. I plan on a really fun finish but won't be able to share that until it arrives at it's new home.
Nothing else new here. You can tell Spring is coming since we are getting sunny skies with lots of wind. Since I lost so much weight Tracy said he was going to have to put bricks in my pockets so I don't get blown away.
Until Next Time....Have a great week with lots of stitching time.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Some Little Finishes

I have been quiet but very busy stitching. My WIP's were starting to stress me out so figured I needed some quick finishes LOL. This is what I've been working on for the past several days....

These are from the LK "Spring Crazy" chart. Each design is really small and will be finished in different ways. The "Bunny" and "Chick" will be done as eggs to hang on my April Seasonal Shelf. The "Egg" and "Carrot" will just get a backing and will hang on my Monthly Tree. The "Butterfly" will be a Knob Knocker and sent out as a RAK. The "Lilly" is going to be a No Sew Cube. I'm now stitching 3 of the designs together for another No Sew Cube but no picture of that until it gets to someone as a gift. I think as much fun as the stitching was going through my fabric and threads to pick colors for each one was even more fun. I have used lots of different overdyed threads none of which were called for on the chart.
Now for a smile here is a new picture of my sweet DGD Maddie.....

She finally is getting some hair LOL and just look at all those teeth.
Until Next Time....Happy Stitching
Rene la Frog

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Goodbye Feb - Hello March

Goodbye February.....

February was a great month for sports fans (and I am one) starting with the Superbowl and ending with the Olympics with NASCAR starting in between. You know I had my butt parked in front of the TV for all the excitement. I will say our neighbors to the North did a fantastic job with the Olympics and should be very proud.

Hello March....

March Seasonal Shelf
Growing up in rural N Calif March was one of our favorite months. It meant Spring was just around the corner and it was time to bring out the kites. Also the grass was turning green and we could get some cardboard boxes and make slides on the hills. I wonder if kids still do these things.
A Date....
Tracy and I had our usual "Date" last Thursday and we had a great time. Went to the LNS, the Conservatory at the Belliago, saw the NASCAR car hauler parade and out to a yummy dinner at Outback. We also got lucky at the slots and came home with some extra pennies in our pockets. We were both worn out by the time we got home and slept in really late on Friday.
Year of the Tiger

Some of the hundreds of Orchids

Horse made of mirrors and gold in Lobby

Display behind Check-In counter

I really didn't get as much stitching as usual done in February but should get back on track in March. I now have pages 1 & 2 finished on AQC and am working on getting pages 4&5 done before moving on to pages 3&6. I'll have a updated picture later this week as I get another page finished.
"Home of a Needleworker (too)"
I finally finished the House and am about half done with this one. I didn't think I was ever going to finish the windows and door but was easy to stitch while watching the Olympics.

A Finish....
"All Dolled Up-Snowman" by Little House Needleworks
Stitched on 28count Pear Gray Cashel
with Crescent Colours, DMC and Mill Hill Beads
This little guy kept calling to me and since I got the CC thread needed I had to answer the call over the weekend. I had promised myself I would start anything new until I had a finish but I just couldn't resist any longer. I have the charts and fabric for the first two ornaments in the series but still need to pull the threads for them.
That's about it for me for now and I'm sure I have rambled on enough so....
Until Next Time....Have a great week with lot of Stitching time