I Can’t Believe I Forgot!

Cat-Day

AlleyCat and Sylvester will never forgive me for missing World Cat Day! Even though I believe that everyday should be spent celebrating cats…

This is so AlleyCat! she doesn’t like to be held, let alone kiss her. OMG what are you thinking Mom? this is so her, pushing away from me with her paws. But she is very loveable in her own way!

This makes me think of AlleyCat and thanks to Palma for sending this to me! as I was saying to her “make up your mind! are you coming in or not?”

Tomorrow a large group of us are spending the day together stitching away in a class with Laura Taylor.

My to-do list getting shorter, but so much to do and only 14 days till I leave for Chicago!

and until next time…keep on stitching

 

Did You Know?

“Today is National Lighthouse Day! On this day in 1789, the United States Congress approved an Act “for the establishment and support of lighthouses, beacons, buoys, and public piers.” This piece of legislation commissioned the first Federal lighthouse, which was constructed at the entrance of Chesapeake Bay. Two hundred years later, Congress designated August 7th as National Lighthouse Day to commemorate this important moment in history and to celebrate these beautiful structures.

For centuries, lighthouses have served as beacons of light, guiding ships safely to harbor through storms, fog, or dark of night. To celebrate National Lighthouse Day, visit a local lighthouse near you or donate to a lighthouse preservation society.”

There are so many wonderful canvases out there with lighthouses and here’s just a few!

Lighthouse-Point Loma

Point Loma Lighthouse in San Diego, canvas by Danji Designs…

Port Elizabeth Lighthouse, canvas by DJ Designs…

Port Vincent, also by DJ Designs…

There are so many more lighthouse canvases out there… just go a looking!

I am happy to report that my package of stitching that will be seen in not one, but two upcoming issues of Needlepoint Now finally arrived to its intended destination. Whew!

Okay that’s one deadline down. I finished my next piece that was a cute little and fun stitch that Raymond Crawford will be selling at the American Needlepoint Guild Seminar Expo Night in Chicago. It’s screaming with Raymond’s style and is so Chicago and will come with a special surprise! Okay that’s the second deadline down.

Next one is a little piece that I am stitching and ooh so close…I just need to tweak 1 or 2 of the thread colors and then write the stitch guide. Okay that’s the third deadline. Then its right onto a trio of small canvases that are about 88% finished. That will be the 4th one. Followed up by Mrs. Cat.

So when you don’t see me on my normal blogging schedule…that’s why! and in 15 days I leave for Chicago.

I always have 1 or 2 of these boxes on the floor under the coffee table and I can usually find one of the cats snoozing in them. Sylvester is wondering why I am taking his picture!

and until next time…keep on stitching

 

Do You Know What Today Is?

Today is national watermelon day! It is my absolute favorite fruit and has been ever since I was a little girl… nothing’s changed and I usually have some cut up in the fridge for that refreshing summertime snack and pick me up.

This is a Charlie Haper canvas called “Watermelon Moon” Is this not the cutest? I really do love Charlie Harper pieces and there probably isn’t one that I wouldn’t stitch! How about you?

Do you know that there are over 300 varities of watermelon? Red, pink, white and yellow in a variety of shapes and sizes. It is great as is, in savory salads, cook it on the grill, blend it into margaritas…

Doesn’t that look great?

or make it into ice cream!

How about this beautiful John Johannsen artwork for Melissa Shirley designs? now that is allot of watermelon!

Even Mooch wants to celebrate National Watermelon Day!

Except these days you really don’t need to worry about the seeds. I find the best ones are the personal sized ones that I get in Costco… always sweet!

I see something! I hear something! says AlleyCat.

and until next time…keep on stitching

Dear Mailman…

Can you tell me where my package is please?

are you on vacation and that’s why my packaged hasn’t been delivered?

no tracking information updated for 2 days now?

tell me how a package can be delivered from California to Boston in 2 days… but Cailfornia to Oregon? it is now 5 days and counting? Last time I had a problem like this you sent my package to Hawaii!

you are messing with my deadlines and there are let me count them 1, 2, 3, 4, stitched pieces in that box waiting to be delivered to The Studios of Needlepoint Now.

I don’t want anymore sleepless nights… please deliver as you promise.

 

Is this You too?

Yes exactly where did the last 31 days of my life go to?

I really do keep very busy, working pretty much ever day lately and sometimes starting as early as 6am. yes I am an early riser, which makes the cats very happy!

I am pleased to say that the deadline of the last 4 canvases to be seen and sticth guided in Needlepoint Now were completed ahead of schedule. They are winging their way to the magazine Studios as we speak!

The last finishing touch that I added to this grouping was an all day afair. I Googled the look that I was trying to achieve and tried that way first… well that didn’t work. Then I tried about 6 more variations of beads, crystals, bugles and more and none were working. I was getting very, very frustrated. I just went back to the basics and that was it!

That was last Saturday and haven’t done too much stitching since… but I plan on making up for that over this weekend. Tomorrow I head out to points north to spend a day with Brenda Hart and my stitching buddies at A Stitch in Time. Then I plan on stitching the weekend away as I have 5 more canvases with deadlines that are looming!

So the blog will still be hit and miss for a few more weeks I’m sorry to say..

AlleyCat was thinking… do I want to get in this bag?

but Sylvester didn’t need to think about it!

Well I better run as Sylvester is MEOWING at me… as if he’s saying “well what are you waiting for?” as he likes the water turned on in the tub for his morning drink.

and until next time… keep on stitching

 

Cowboy Up!

According to the urban dictionary, Cowboy Up means…when things are getting tough you have to get back up, dust yourself off and keep on trying! I remember that Cowboy Up was the Boston Red Sox’s mantra that year that they made the improbable comeback against the Yankees to win the World Series that year…when was it? 2004?

Sometimes that is so appropriate in our stitching. When the stitching gets tough, we try and try again, it is necessary to get back up and keep trying till you get it just right.

This is a canvas by What’s the Point? and makes into these darling little bags for the holidays or anytime for that matter. I have made several of these with a few more to work on one of these days.

So you are thinking…and yes I can hear you. You are saying to yourself, what has she lost her mind or what? What’s the deal about Cowboy Up and cowboy boots? Yes she has really gone off the deep end now.

Well don’t you know? today is National Day of the Cowboy! A way to preserve the rich heritage and culture of the American cowboy. So of course I think about cowboy boots, John Wayne, cowboy coffee and all things cowboy.

A Linda Carter Holman for Melissa Shirley and speaking of Cowboy Coffee, this is called Chuck Wagon Coffee.

A cowboy boot stocking by Boots Bailey. I know someone who is working on this canvas! God rest your soul Boots, you were taken from us all too soon and you are missed.

Kelly Clark

or a cowboy boot by Kelly Clark!

So join in the spirit of the National Day of the American Cowboy…

Or if your like me, you just Cowboy Up! So that’s me these days as I stitch away and I am almost there and I can taste it. I will admit that I am a little burnt out on stitching… but nothing that breakfast at The Cottage and a little retail therapy won’t cure!

and so if you don’y hear from me daily, you know that I am buried in threads and stitching.

Sylvester727

Sylvester is not a cowboy, but he is looking pretty cute as he is doing what cats do. Hanging out in the box as he waits for me to take his picture!

and until next time…keep on stitching

Today Is!

“Picture this: it’s mid-July, the sun shines and you rest on a hammock, completely relaxed. This is the essence of Hammock Day.

Today’s reason to celebrate reminds us to slow down, breathe easy and enjoy these beautiful summer months. Though its exact origins are unknown, it is said that hammocks originated hundreds of years ago in South America. Allegedly, the journals of Christopher Columbus provide the first documentation of the hammock. However, some sources attribute this invention to the Ancient Greeks. One thing is for sure—hammocks have always been symbols of leisure.

Today, take a few minutes to sit back and unwind on a hammock. Don’t have one? No problem! Just grab some sturdy fabric and rope—you can make yourself one in no time. Happy Hammock Day!”

This wonderful canvas is a Sandra Gilmore canvas and it is really a picture of leisure!

I knew if I looked enough in my Mutts collection… I would find Mooch in a hammock!

But for me there is not much relaxing… I have one little canvas of my set left to stitch for the magazine deadline. Today is a busy day so no stitching for me till Wednesday when I will make a date with the stitchy chair and a baseball game or 2.

 

and until next time…keep on stitching

 

I Scream! You Scream! We all Scream!

Ice Cream

For Ice Cream! Even AlleyCat screams for ice cream…and yes she sure does. She can be asleep for hours, I haven’t seen hide nor hair of her furever or heard the pitter patter of her little paws…but just let me set an ice cream container on the counter, she is right there to lick the bowl, lick the spoon, well you get the idea. She meows loudly until she gets a taste too!

So why all the deal about ice cream? Well its hot these days and there’s nothing better than cooling off by diving into a dish or cone of wonderful, flavorful ice cream. Plus It’s national ice cream month! Today is the actual National Ice Cream Day, but why just today? Ice cream is great any time…

Pepita

or you could stitch some ice cream treats. How about this canvas by Pepita?

Ice Cream1

or create this amazing treat that I found on Martha Stewart’s page? I love ice cream and I love watermelon, so what could be better than this?

Ice Cream2

well maybe Tiramisu Ice Cream Cake? did I say ice cream and chocolate?

Jody

How stitching this cute little ice cream cone from Jody?

This has been my new favorite flavor. They have started packing this flavor in a quart size now. I think that I have tried all the flavors, but I keep coming back to the Sea Salt Gelato. I think it’s AlleyCat’s favorite too!

IceCream

Speaking of favorites, this is one of mine from Mutts… and actually this is framed and hangs on my wall.

AlleyCat714

Some certain someone decided that she needed to check out these threads…

and until next time…keep on stitching

Can you Have TOO many Books?

Books

well can you?

never! ever!

These are 3 books that were added to my stash over the last few weeks.

I have been so busy that I haven’t even had a chance to really look at them!

Threads, A needle necessity can be found at your LNS… local needlepoint shop.

The silk ribbon book was ordered after reading about it on Mary Corbett’s blog and the beading book that is in Japanese, is yes #1 in Japanese and #2 out of print.

This weekend I am heading up to A Stitch in Time to see my sistah in black cats… Meredith! shhhh… its her birthday weekend too! So I might not be around all weekend. And oh BTW I am narrowing in on my first deadline even though I do have a few more right behind it. But at least I won’t keep the magazine from hitting the presses!

This was me last night… and it was the not best stitching night as I didn’t have the crack of the bat to keep me company! and the cats were no where to be found either. Well today is another day.

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AlleyCat was keeping herself warm in the sun.

and until next time… keep on stitching

 

Are You Going?

To Chicago? To the American Needlepoint Guild Seminar in Chicago? well yes I am! It is the highlight of my year going to seminar. My first one was 1996 in Memphis at The Peabody Hotel with the ducks and the duckmaster… but the ducks have since been retired.

Once you attend seminar, you fall in love and it becomes a must do. I have gone to almost everyone since, except for when life events and work get in the way of it all.

So I have worked the 2 loves of my life into this trip… needlepoint and baseball!

This is my class that I will be taking, Bejewled Christmas Trees by Libby Sturdy. I have known Libby forever, but this is the first time that I have ever taken a class from her. The word is that she is a wonderful teacher so I am really looking forward to it! The best part of it all is that I am in class with Elizabeth, Joanne, Kristin and Pat…sorry Libby, but I promise to behave. Really I do!

I’m flying in on Friday before my class so that I can go to a Cubs game on Saturday with a few other baseball loving stitching friends. Doing that ’cause in case it rains and the game is put on hold or something like that, I can go on Sunday! I can do some sightseeing, visit Designers Desk and so much more! Class starts on Monday for 3 glorious days, come home and then the following week it’s off to Dallas for Destination Dallas market.

I still need to get the pictures from my phone that I took in our Japanese beading class to my laptop… but for now I am headed out for some thread shopping to finish up my Needlepoint Now stitching project. OMG 2 weeks and counting till D-day… I think I can, I think I can, I know I can!

AlleyCat has parked herself ontop of one of my Sundance bead containers. I was looking for that purr~fect color the other night…which I am happy to say that I was successful!

and until next time… keep on stitching