Baseball, What Else?

Even Mooch is thinking baseball! If you’ve been following my blog for any time now, you might have figured out by now that I love, love, love baseball. I can’t tell you when I started to fall in love, but it was most definitely in my corporate life. I worked in man’s world when present at meetings, 99% of the time I was the only woman. Many times for team building and morale boosting, we would go to a baseball game and then another and yet another. Over time it sorta grew on me and I started to learn the game and the players so I could talk baseball with the guys. Then I used to buy a bunch of $5 tickets for opening day and did my own team building for opening day…and the rest is history.

Opening day, well if you like baseball even a bit, there is nothing like it! and it was a picture perfect day.

The sold out crowds, everybody in their Padres gear and hope springs eternal since it is the beginning of the season as you think, well maybe this is the year!

The Navy Leap Froggers who helped get this party started!

The 300 sailors who unfurl this special flag…this never ever gets old for me!

To Trevor Hoffman who fired up the crowd as they introduced this new videoboard that is huge! WOW!

Off to the game again tonight and tomorrow I promise its back to stitching…and its Saturday morning.

and until next time…keep on stitching

 

It Never Rains in Southern California!

Really it never does! and that’s why we are in such severe drought conditions… but seriously you’re messing with my baseball. It was only a 30 minute delay, so it wasn’t too bad. I kept myself busy till first pitch stitching away.

I shared this picture on Facebook the other day and someone commented that it was a St. Louis Cardinal! I really have been stitching up a storm lately as I really can do some of my best stitching to the crack of the bat, but I must admit that I am getting a little burned out. But on the other hand I am happy to report that this piece is finished! and soon to make its public debut, I just need some pictures of the entire canvas.

Adelaide’s, my florist of choice in La Jolla, has these local lilacs taking over. I bought a bunch the other day and I may need to head down there to get some more. They smell so wonderful!

AlleyCat408

I open the front door and you-know-who has to get out, no matter what I say to her. She heads right for this spot of sun.

and until next time…keep on stitching

 

Play Ball!

The best two words…Play ball! as the baseball season opens. Today should be a national holiday so everyone that wants to can go to opening day! My San Diego Padres opens on the road today, but will be back home to play on Thursday and I can’t wait. I am like a little kid at Christmas waiting, waiting and waiting. Between all the new players that we have and all the upgrades that they did to the ballpark…it should be a very exciting season.

Today’s blog  is short and sweet as I have an early morning breakfast meeting. I hope everyone had a very happy Easter and Passover!

I did as I stitched lots and puttered around with my orchids and plants. Of course someone needed to get right in the middle of it all. I would expect nothing less from her!

and until next time…keep on stitching

 

Behold the Incredible Egg!

Ukranians have for centuries have created these incredible, inedible eggs called pysankydrawing intricate designs on eggs utilizing a stylus and wax. Such detail! Aren’t they amazingly beautiful?

Or from my egg collection? one of my favorites…and ooh my goodness, I just remembered that I haven’t added to my collection this year. I will try to stop in this wonderful shop that has these tomorrow to see what or if they have any left!

Or how about some baking with that incredible, edible egg? My sister is making all my Easter favorites today.

Or how about some stitching with Kreinik’s Easter Grass?

Easter

Of course Mooch and Earl need to stop by to wish you Happy Easter and Happy Pesach! We will all see you next week.

and until next time…keep on stitching

Guess What Day it Is?

AprilFools

A day of pranks and frivolities! I Googled the origins of the day, which seems to be uncertain… anyway, I was and still am not into being mischevious as Mooch is here.

Cats401

Not too often do I see these kids curled up together. Actually Sylvester was sleeping in their favorite corner of the couch first, when AlleyCat decided in was time to get close.

Cats4011

It was very sweet to see them together, when all of a sudden she realized oh no you’re touching me! and she chased him off. Now you know who is the boss around here! or maybe she was pulling her April Fools’ a few days early?

and until next time…keep on touching

 

Eventually…

All good things must come to an end. As I have said before I have taken this class with the The Embellishment Squad more times than I can count and if I could, I would follow them across the US to make sure that I don’t miss one…they are that special together!

Suzanne was working her magic today!

Judy and Pat must have gotten the memo to wear leopard print! They were kind enough to pose for us.

BTW this was Pat’s canvas. Makes me want to go out and order this canvas from my LNS so I could stitch this. The ball of cotton is my fav!

I believe Tony was demonstrating repoussé to Carol, while Anne was watching.

Jeanene would sneak off for some retail therapy and come back with these amazing feathers! The girls were very happy with them.

I hope by the end of the 4-day class, they really don’t want to strangle each other! or us for that matter. Again Tony, Suzanne and Meredith thanks for another great class and see you again soon…

I have been stitching away these days, and not not on the Zecca canvas that I took with The Embellishment Squad! I finished my first magazine deadline which you will see in Needlepoint Now in the July/August issue and it was a fun! fun! fun! stitch. My next deadline is almost done and these 2 are no small canvases, each coming in at about 10″ x 10″ design area, then I have 2 small canvases to finish up and then 1 more for the magazine. Whew!

cats330

my kids…

and until next time…keep on stitching

 

More Stitching!

Day Two and Tony was our fearless leader at The Embellishment Squad Class at In Stitches in Atlanta. He was working on a Point de Tresse stitch which was creating one of her bangle bracelets.

Tony is offering some words of wisdom…

Now he is working on a stitch for Nancy’s canvas, and she sat on the other side of me. I had the best group I could have hoped for at my table… while making some wonderful new friends and building more sisters in stitching. I will get to see most of them in August when they travel west and so looking forward to it!

Here’s a closer shot of Nancy’s happy piece, another canvas by Zecca! Note the colors of her needle minder and her canvas…

In case you forgot, this is my Zecca canvas and I am stitching one of my flowers. I am sad to say that I have not had time to work on this since I came back as my stitching time is being used on other must do pieces.

Class was over and Jeanene decorated in the spirit of Chinese New Year. A delicious spread of munchies and more. As we needed to build up our strength for what was ahead!

Origami or the art of paper folding as we made Ort containers. A fun night!

I texted this picture to Elizabeth at The Needlepoint Now Studios the other day and told her that if I was running a little behind (no pun intended) that it wasn’t my fault.

AlleyCat3291

In case some of you wonder why I have a laptop sitting in front of a big monitor… that gets used when I am working on stitch charts, as you see here. Luckily there was no supurr~visor in the way!

and until next time…keep on stitching

 

 

And the Beat Goes On!

Last I left you and we were talking about REAL stitching, we were in Atlanta talking about the amazing class at In Stitches with the Embellishment Squad…

I thought that I would go back to the first day. This beautiful canvas by Colors of Praise was being stitched by the Niedra (and excuse me if the spelling is not correct!) who was sitting next to me. Now notice…as I did, how the personalized magnets that they made for us just blend into the canvas. This first day Meredith was at our fearless leader and she was helping her create these beautiful earrings! A special stitch was created to follow the turn of her sleeve.

Another amazing stitch that was just dreamed up for this Zecca canvas by The Embellishment Squad that was being stitched by Linda.

Note the perfectly matched frameweight designed by Carol Eix that was holding down Elizabeth Hurd’s canvas!

Look at that most amazing mushroom that Meredith demonstrated in an Elizabeth Trellis Stitch and ruched Sparkle Rays!

We had a visit from Lou, Tony’s husband, as he came by to teach how to make some  amazing ribbon roses. I was so thrilled to meet Lou as all these years I have known Tony and heard him talke about Louis, I had never I met him. Lou you need to come to the West Coast when Tony is out here teaching!

Look at those beautiful roses!

Okay I am off at 0dark30 Saturday morning to visit with Brenda at A Stitch in Time…no class, just sit and stitch and visit with everybody, so I will see you in a few days. I am going to keep on this thread about The Embellishment Squad until all the pictures that I took are shared with you!

Cats327

My kids…

and until next time…keep on stitching

 

You’ve Got Mail!

Padres

We no, not you, but me! As much as I love getting email… there is nothing like coming home and finding a letter, a card or a package waiting in your mailbox.

Yesterday was twice as nice for me as I had not one, but two packages delivered! First were my baseball tickets…not a full season of tickets, but a mini package. I had season tickets for 17 years previously and fell off the wagon last year. But now I am back and my first game is just 2 weeks away. I can’t wait!

ACCanvas

and she’s here too! AlleyCat on canvas, by Labors of Love. I will be bringing this next month to my sistah in black cats, Meredith when she teaches at A Stitch in Time. To help me pull colors and I am sure, no I know that she will come up with some amazing ideas for those geometric patterns.

AlleyCat323

Speaking of AlleyCat, my silly girl, she was still having a great time with that piece of paper!

and until next time…keep on stitching

 

Do You?

Meow

Speak Meow? It is spoken to me all the time! I have read where the meows are saved for humans as the kitties are trying to tell you something. Do you get it?

I was feeling pretty good about where I was with my deadlines and it was such a beautiful day that I didn’t want to just stay home and work all day long…so I took a little trip downtown to The Cat Cafe. Where I could speak lots of meow!

A place where local roasted coffee is served while you are making friends with said felines.

The trouble is I want to take them all home with me! Cat Cafes started in Japan where feline residents in apartments are not allowed, so it was a way to get your feline fix. So now we have one in San Diego!

So famous already that they had a visit by the Cat Channel!

They work in conjunction with the San Diego Human Society…

and these cats find their furever homes! Isn’t that wonderful?

and this canvas is finding it’s furever home! AlleyCat on canvas by Labors of Love.

and until next time…keep on stitching