Sunday, July 13, 2008
Sunday, July 13th, 2008
Have you noticed that the first week that you start
and work on a new project you seem to get a ton of
stitching done on it, and then slow down after that
as the novelty and newness and excitement wear
I have been working on City Gardens every spare
minute that I have had this week, and it's been
so cool to see the blobs of colour turn into an
actual, recognizable street scape. Or perhaps
it would be more appropriate to call it an
I have got to get to a Michael's soon though
because in all my stash I have no DMC black,
and I'm gonna need it for the gate in the
centre of this scene soon.
The business that DH works for is in the
midst of moving to a new location and so he
had to work most of yesterday. And he's
been working an hour or so here and there
during the week after his regular hours.
It'll take about three weeks or more to move
everything, and get set up in the new
So there has been no free time to drive me to
Michael's. And with gas prices being so nasty
we prefer to make such "luxury" errands to be
included in trips we're making for other things
This week I received my monthly bit's from Stitching
Bit's n Bobs, and I've used my scanner, to see how they
show up vs when I take a picture of them with my
camera. Sharper picture, but the white background
doesn't show off the colours to their advantage. At
least not the softer colours. I'll keep experimenting
with it to see what can be done.
And a package of Lizzie Kate charts arrived from the
Ebay dealer that I won them off of a few weeks ago.
These little charts are cute, but when I stitch them I
am going to have to take them in to work and blow
them up on the photocopier to make things easier
on my eyes.
Same package: the charts in these packages are much
easier on the eyes so won't need "blowing up". I've
been browsing through these and picking out the
designs that I want to stitch first.
And these are the second part of another bid that also
arrived this week. Three more M Designs. I really love
the snowman sampler and the houses sampler. Very
pretty.My newest book start is another C.J. Sansom mystery
featuring Matthew Shardlake, which take place during
the reign of Henry VIII. Shardlake is a lawyer whose
patron is one Thomas Cromwell and it is at Cromwell's
behest that Shardlake undertakes an investigation into
the murder of another of Cromwell's men at a Benedictine
monastery. Shardlake's sharp mind and quick, dry wit
are coupled with a compassionate nature honed in part
due to his own physical condition, for he is a hunchback.
This is actually Sansom's first book featuring this
character. I read the second book in the series last year
after getting it on sale and enjoyed it's well researched
story and the author's ability to bring that period of
England's history vividly to life, in all it's corrupt,
filthy, colourful and terrifying detail.
Note: the cover on this edition of the book is pretty
hideous. How did they expect to attract readers
with such a dull, forbidding exterior?? I know,
we're not suppose to judge a book by it's cover...
but we often do anyways.
We continue to have mixed weather, with frequent
bouts of heavy rain and thunderstorms, which is
keeping the grass nice and green and lush even
though we're in the midst of summer. Usually by
this time much of the front lawn is a nice shade of
beige, and looking very sad.
Had a wonderful encounter with a tiny humming-
bird on Friday night while sitting out front stitching.
She was flitting around one of the hanging baskets
we have on a wrought iron pole in the front garden,
and taking nourishment from a bunch of Fuscia
coloured mini petunias. I was able to stand about
a foot away from her as she buzzed from flower to
flower. I could have easily reached out and touched
her. It was amazing. It lasted about five minutes,
and then she flew off, pretty much oblivious to my
presence. The only hummingbirds that we get here
are the Ruby Throated hummingbird. Wish I'd had
my camera with me at the time.
Saw this, loved this, ordered this....it'll look wonderful paired
with the Tea Room. Love the frames LHN and CCN use to
frame their designs too, but I suspect they'd cost a small
fortune to ship up here. Duty and all that stuff, you know.
My friend won tickets to the premier of Mama Mia here last
week. She says it was wonderful. It opens officially next
weekend and she and I plan to go as soon as we can. It has a
marvelous cast (hello: Meryl Streep!!) and the scenery is
spectacular! We saw the live show here a few years ago and it
was fantastic. I love ABBA and saw them in concert once many
many years ago. It was incredible, and something I'll never
Well, guess I'd best get on with my day. Hope you all have
a wonderful week, with lots of stitching and lots of sunshine.