Sunday, February 21, 2010

Hi there!! Well, here we are again. This is most
definitely not going to be anther epic post this week
(okay, who just let out a sigh of relief out there????)
but there is stitching progress, a few new stash goodies,
and feline cuteness, so stick around and we'll get started.

Not a huge amount of stitching going on this week, but
some basic stuff was done that will allow me to concentrate
on the prettier colors and parts of the design this week.

I finished the verse and extended the border to enclose
that area of the sampler. At the bottom of the third
line of the verse is the halfway point for this design. At
this point I had to adjust the fabric on my Q-snaps to
allow me to continue with the stitching comfortably so
the bottom of the design will not be visible in future
progress photos.

This is the rest of the weeks progress, mostly done this
weekend. That wavy border gave me some grief as the
frogs came home to roost, and I had to pick out several
mistakes made when I either miscounted or just ignored
the chart altogether and stitched the pattern as it was
imagined in my brain. The scene inside the square will
be solid stitching so I'm thinking that it's going to take a
bit of time to accomplish. We'll see how much time I
have to stitch this week.

I don't usually collect the pretty little accessories that
can be a fun sideline for stitchers. I have a couple of
magnetic needle minders, a lovely scissor fob made
and given to me by Kathy last summer (my camera
steadfastly refuses to take any kind of a half way
decent picture of it, unfortunately) and a couple of
pairs of scissors. The scissors are one pair in the shape
of a rooster and a pair of the ubiquitous stork scissors
that everyone in the world has.

Then I saw the Kelmscott Designs Tudor Rose
scissors when they came out last year. Oh Boy!!!
I loved them the moment that I laid eyes on them.
When I placed my order with Mary Kathryn at
EHandcrafts for the newest LHN designs I also
ordered those gorgeous scissors, and they arrived
this week. Love 'em, love 'em, love 'em!!!

The chart is another Ebay win and I love this so
much. A wonderful Quaker design, in beautiful
colors, with a verse taken from the bible that was
also used in that classic song from the 60's sung
by The Byrds and written by Pete Seeger called
Turn Turn Turn. Come on now... you all know it
I'm sure. You're probably humming it to yourself
right now.


Weigh in at Weight Watchers this week had me
caught in a dilemma as I worried that I'd put on
too much weight because of my indulgences of
my holiday week, and then fretted that I'd not
put on enough to finally get off of maintenance
and on lifetime.

I'm relieved and delighted to tell you that I
was only up by one pound, and that was enough
to allow me to become a lifetime member of
Weight Watchers!!! Woo Hoo!!!

What a relief, let me tell you. So now I only have
to go in to meeting once a month for weighing in,
and as long as I stay within two pounds of my
goal (above) I don't have to pay any more money
to Weight Watchers. I plan to attend two meetings
a month, to keep up with the friends that I've made
there, to continue to learn how to handle my food
issues, and to pick up the boxes of snacks and things
that are only available at the meetings here.


Yesterday I was at the hairdressers by eight thirty
in the morning for a trim and a color/rinse. This
is the third time I've been in to have my hair colored
and each time I go I have it darkened a bit more
to see how I'll like it. I've always wanted brown or
auburn colored hair with red highlights so that is
what we're striving for. I've also invested in a hair
straightening thingy to use at home to help smooth
my uneven, frizzy hair. I'm getting quite fashionable
these days with new clothes and new hair style and
color. I hardly recognize myself. :)

We have had some nice, warmer weather in the past
week, with temperatures around +1 or +2 Celsius, which
is all the encouragement we need to have us dreaming
of Spring and shedding a few layers of Winter wear.
Unfortunately tomorrow we're suppose to get about
10 cm of snow and it looks like the weatherfolks are
calling for snow all week long. Nuts!!!

No book review this week I'm afraid. I've been
reading the biography of Beatrix Potter and it's quite
interesting, but it's also a slow read for me. Lots of
information and lots of names to process and remember.
And it's one heck of a big book.

It always seems like I'm featuring funny or cute pictures
of Rupert here, and if I do have a picture of Phoebe she's
usually with Rupert and not solo. So today I'm posting
two pictures that feature Phoebe alone! Above shows
her sitting, with one paw daintily raised, on ... er .... the
kitchen counter. Um... No, we do not encourage this
behavior in our cats. I guess there were birds on the deck
and she was looking out the back door from the higher
vantage point of the counter. She got down as soon as
the photo shoot was over.

And this picture does show Phoebe and Rupert but
since all you can see of Rupert is his back legs and
feet Phoebe is the queen of the shot. They're sleeping
in a spot of sun light in the living room, side by side
but with heads at opposite ends.

I'm thinking that I've covered all the topics that I had
to write about this week so we'll finish off this weekend's
blog post by wishing you all a wonderful work week,
with lots of time to stitch and read. Take care and
thanks for visiting.



Siobhan said...

Congratulations on becoming a life time member of WW!! Woohoo! I'm so happy for you, and proud of you. :) Congrats.

Your progress on your PS looks great. Love the new stash, too, and the kitties are adorable.

Barbara said...

Wow, Judy, that's such a wonderful achievement! Congratulations on making your WW goal and becoming a lifetime member! :D

Your PS project progress looks good to me. And your kitties are just so snuggly. :D

mainely stitching said...

(That Barbara was me. I was still signed in under my other (email) account. Sorry.)

Maggie said...

Congratulations on reaching your goal 7 becoming a LL member of WW, what an acheivement!!

Great progress on your PS and i just love that new stash!

The kitties it goes without saying are just beautiful :-) and how cute does Pheobe look? she is gorgous.

Have a great week x

BrendaS said...

Nice progress on your PS piece. I really like how it's turning out.

Congratulations on becoming a lifetime member in WW. What a goal to have achieved.

Wonderful cat pictures. They looks so cozy! I could curl up right next to them.

Have a great week!

Judy S. said...

Those photos of Phoebe look like 2 different cats! She looks a bit like our Mocha. You're making great progress on Winter Wind. Don't you just hate ripping? Although a pair of good scissors does help. Your new ones are lovely, BTW. I see The Tea Roase on your book list. I loved that and its sequel and can't wait for the new one which is due out soon....

Jennifer said...

Hey Judy,
thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such nice comments. I love how your PS piece is coming along. You certainly have two beautiful cats.Maybe we can meet in person sometime as we live close by. We could meet half way or something . Email me and we will see what we can come up with.congrats on WW!!

Carolien said...

Hello Judy,

Phoebe is a cutie ...
The stitches and the new kit look gorgeous.
Congratulations on your WW result, great!

Have a nice weekend & greetings,
BTW Long posts can be bery nice and yours are!

staci said...

Everytime I see your progress updates, I have that urge to get out my copy and kit it up!

Lovely new stash. And congrats on your fantastic WW achievement, woohoo!!!

Carolien said...

Hello Judy,

Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. It made me laugh: I have the same attitude concerning cleaning the barn. When I smell the manure of cows I always have sweet memories! I always tell the children I LOVE cow's manure when we smell it somewhere ... they can't follow me anymore then, I don't know why ;)

Have a nice weekend! Bye, Carolien

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wooo hoo on finally making lifetime!!! Dosen't it feel great? I still try to go weekly if I can but if I can't I don't worry about it. I'm a little worried about March's WI. I'm hoping to make my weight this upcoming week, if not hitting my 2lb window may be a challenge the rest of the month as I've got too many good things going on!

Beatrice said...

Yippee I'm so happy to hear that you've joined us in the lifers at WW.


P/s blogger wants to comment today..hmmm strange how it works but I keep trying!
Your stitching progress is wonderful and the Lovely cats look stunning as usual.

I'm excited to see the new hairdo, now with the new cloths and body you will be even more Gorgeous!
Have a great week.

Kathy A. said...

Nice progress on your PS there girl.
Love the kittie pictures.
Wow, a new hair color to go with the new you. Look forward to seeing it.
Congrats on getting your LIFETIME!!!! I am so very proud of you.

Brigitte said...

Very nice progress on your PS sampler. I'm curious to see what little piece you will insert into the case. If I remember right there's a choice of 4 different patterns.
My congratulations on becoming a lifetime meber at Weight Watcher's What a success for you.
I'm looking forward to reading your book review of the Beatrix Potter biography.

Lynn said...

Why is it that the frogs come to set up residence when we're stitching such simple things as borders? I think that maybe because this stitching is so boring my mind wanders and I end up not paying enough attention to what I'm doing.
I love that MBT quaker! The colours are really lovely. I'm really becoming a lot more interested in the quaker designs now. Funny how your tastes change.
Love the pictures of Phoebe! That one of the two of them snuggling is particularily nice.
Congrats on your WW goal!

samplerlover said...

Hi Judy, I am slowly catching up with my blog reading.

Congratulations on becoming a life time member of WW. There is always a sense of achievement when we realise our goals.

Your progress on PS is looking good and I look forward to seeing more of them. - Sandra.

samplerlover said...

Hi Judy, I am slowly catching up with my blog reading.

Congratulations on becoming a life time member of WW. There is always a sense of achievement when we realise our goals.

Your progress on PS is looking good and I look forward to seeing more of them. - Sandra.

Pumpkin said...

Great progress on your PS! And I have to agree, those scissors are A MUST!!!!

WOW! Congratulations to you! I'd say that you should go out to a nice meal and celebrate but you want to keep within that range ;o) You sound very happy and that makes me happy.

As always, I love seeing pictures of the kitties :o) They are so lovely and sweet.

To answer your questions, I got the bone charm from a friend so I have no idea where she got it. There was only one too, otherwise I would have been more than happy to send you one.

As for my veil, it was very simple. I had VERY short hair when I got married so had to go with a headband. It was covered with little fabric roses. If I remember correctly, I think my veil was outlined. I'll have to dig it out now! LOL!

Hope you and your DH are doing well. I bet you are getting excited for spring so you can break out the car and go for a drive :o)

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