Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Stitching Updates

I had lunch with Nicole (Carolina Dreams) last Thursday in Port Charlotte. We had such a great visit, and I left crying because I miss her so much. Nicole is a sweet and gentle person who always has a smile. With three active little boys, that alone is hard to imagine! Her needlework is just impeccable, too. I think she's the best! I really cherish our friendship...and miss her at our stitching times and the lunch visits we used to carve out for ourselves. The quote on the above Workbasket chart is "A stitch in time saves my mind." :] Love the little rabbits on the bowl... This is one of the new charts I got at Golden Needle when I went up to meet Nicole. Also was able to stock up on some Crescent Colors and a couple of Homespun Elegance charts..."Stitching Necessaire" and "Joyful Autumn."

I've been making more necklaces in preparation for Fall arts weekends in Naples. I've sold several this Summer, and I'm hoping to get some in local high-end shops for our "season," and to get a booth at the arts festivals. Once I get some more made...I'll post some pics.

That's my life, other than reading and grandbaby visiting! Kellan is now 10 lbs. and growing fast! Marie P. has been so dear to send darling knit caps and some bibs for Kellan. Thanks so much, Marie! And, thank you, too, for all of your emails and comments with congratulations and well wishes!

I'd like to give a wave to my son, Jon, who often reads my blog but doesn't always comment. We were delighted to have a brief visit with him when he was in Naples last week on a business trip. I'm so proud of him. He works for Scholastics, and lives in NYC near my other son, Frank, and granddaughters Amelia and Ella. I love you, Jon!!


Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th! and some stitching updates

I'm nearly finished with my block (upper middle section) of Carol S.'s piece in our Neighborhood RR. Carol's starting pic is the one in the 2nd row in the middle with the crows~ so I need to add lots of creatures to my block!

Here's a stitching update on my Cirque des C. In real life it's much more interesting than it appears in this picture. I'm beginning to really be happy with it. Can't wait to spend more time working on it. It's a very enjoyable piece to work, but mine is taking "think time" as well as stitching time with all the blended metallics and varigated threads.
Did I tell you I'm in the middle of reading this book? I've finished "Brethren" by Robyn Young. It was very interesting and I was simply entranced by the storyline and the characters. A very good book for those who enjoy historical fiction with a light love story included.

Anyway, "Skeletons at the Feast" has been sitting on my Kindle "Stella," waiting for me to finish it for nearly 3 weeks. It's a great book, but I've been stolen away on the kidnapped children and Knights Templar track...don't know why.... This book by Chris Bohjalian is actually better written than his "Midwives..." book of some fame, written years ago.

Closing with a new picture of our group miracle baby, Kellan! That's a little crab on his onesie....:] Joy to the world~ Deb