Thursday, February 25, 2010

What Have I Been Up To??

Wow!! Can you believe that we are a few days away from March?? I can't! Especially since we are supposed to get yet ANOTHER winter storm. We have already had the snowiest February on record here in western PA. Now we are supposed to have another 6-12" at least. UGH!! I have had enough already!

Ahhh.....I think that I am done with my little rant there. Just had to get that off my chest. LOL!! So the last time that I posted, I promised that I would show you the rest of my sewing room with the counter top in place. So here it is. I am so pleased with it! I absolutely love it!!
The color is a little off, but it really does look fabulous. The dark brown of the counter just looks spectacular against the creamy walls. And really pops against the white cabinets.

So there you go! There is my whole sewing room! I am so pleased with it. I just love spending time in there and my kids do too. They love to come in and see what I am doing.

So what have I been working on? Well, now that my room is all done, LOTS!! And I have been loving it!! I have been doing some hand stitching, but I have also been using my sewing and embroidery machine. The first thing that I have to show you is the adorable bag and blanket for my DD's American Girl Doll, Emily.

I loved making this and my DD is in love with it. We can't go anywhere now without Emily and her bag and blanket. Tonight she asked me if I could make a matching pillow for Emily. So I guess that I will be making one of those soon.

As you can see on the picture above, Emily has her name embroidered on her blanket. I have been working on the embroidery machine and learning new things about it every time that I try it. I am in love. So DH asked if I could embroider shirts for him for the summer for our business. So here are a couple of shirts that I did for him. I don't think they turned out too badly for the first ones that I have done.

So this is just a taste of what I have been doing. But it is late and I am really tired and have an early morning tomorrow.

So until next time (and I promise that it won't be so long next time!).....Happy Stitching!!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

My "New" Room

I am back home from my trip to Baltimore to work at the Phi Sigma Sigma headquarters office and trying to catch up from the couple of days out. So I wanted to FINALLY show you what my "new" and almost done sewing room looks like. I say almost done because we have ordered the countertop for my one set of cabinets, but of course, it is backordered. They told us that it was scheduled to be in this Friday so keep your fingers crossed for me. And what I have found is that I REALLY miss having this extra counter space for cutting and such.

So take a look. Here is the front of my room that looks out onto our front yard, notice all the "lovely" snow. 13 straight days of snow here in Western PA.

This is looking in from our kitchen to the side that you can see in the picture above. The cabinet on the wall is FULL of all my fabrics.

Here is the cabinet that I am waiting for the counter top for. It is 6' long. Lots of room for cutting and piecing. I may even use the wall for my piecing board. We will have to see. I would like to keep everything as clean as possible. My craft room before just felt too cluttered. This feels much better.

And here is the opposite wall looking into my kitchen. My ironing board isn't going to stay there, but it just happened to be on that wall. The picture in the left of the picture was the birth sampler my grandmother made for me.

So there you have it. It's my "new" and almost done sewing room. Hope you liked my little tour!

Until next time, Happy Stitching!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!!!

I wanted to take just a minute to wish all of my online blogging friends a Happy New Year!! May this year be filled with love and happiness and good fortune for you and yours, and of course lots of stitching time!!

Happy New Year!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Where Does The Time Go?

I don't know about the rest of you, but I am not sure where the time has gone? There is always so much to do and never enough time. Do we do this to ourselves? I would say that I do. I don't know about the rest of you. I personally can't wait until tonight. Everything has to be done. And then I am taking a few days off. But I have to run already this morning......more to do of course. Tomorrow its me and my stitching and my comfy chair!!

I hope that everyone takes a little time to slow down and relax. Enjoy the season and the people in your life. There never seems to be enough time just for that.

Until next time, Happy Stitching.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Thanksgiving Trip To Disney World

We had the most wonderful time at Walt Disney World over Thanksgiving. We flew out on the Tuesday night before Thanksgiving. Wednesday it rained most of the day in Orlando. So we spent the day running from shop to shop in Downtown Disney and we went to the mall. But the rest of the time was beautiful! It was a little chilly on some of the days, but for the most part it was great!!
I thought that I would share a few of the photos of our trip. Here is DD and I at Minnie's house in the Magic Kingdom. I love this snap.
This is the kids at Epcot Center. They love to have their faces painted.
Here is DD at the Bibbibi Bobbidi Boutique at Downtown Disney. They did her hair, makeup and nails. She loves to have her "spa" days!! But then again what girl doesn't?
And her is our favorite ride......The Magic Tea Cups! Too bad Daddy doesn't like spinny rides! The kids and I think that they are the best!!
It truly is the happiest place on earth! It is one of our favorite places!!

I will post some more tomorrow! I will have snaps to share of my sewing room.

Until next time, Happy Stitching!!


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

How A Month Can Fly

Wow! I can hardly believe that it has been a month since I have posted here!! I have been following my favorites, but haven't had a chance to post. So over the next couple of days, I will post all the news of the last month and pictures of what has been happening. And there has been quite a lot, however, not nearly as much stitching as I would like.

There have been several large things going on in our life right now. I had posted last month regarding my sewing room and the catastrophe with the radiators leaking down the wall. It is now ALMOST done. I have to hang up a few more things. And I have to get the counter top on my long cabinet, but it just isn't in yet. I am going to post pictures of that later today. I waited too long to take the pics, but it was too dark and I just couldn't get the color to come out right. So I will take them tomorrow and then post. All I can say is that it was a VERY long process, but I think it was well worth the wait! I am EXTREMELY happy with the outcome for my sewing room. It is so different.

I have been doing a great deal of training for corrections officers around our state and it has been keeping my very busy. I was supposed to have one tomorrow, however they wanted to reschedule for January and I was never so excited!! I just need a break and this was VERY welcome.

We have most of the Christmas decorations up. I have a couple more things to put up and I am going to do that tomorrow. I have been doing Christmas shopping and am just about finished. I have a couple of small things to get and then to wrap them up. This is the latest it has been in a long time for me to get things wrapped up. Usually I am done at Thanksgiving with my gift list.

I was lucky enough to take a stitching class back in the middle of November. I took a silk gauze class. I have never worked on silk gauze, but I absolutely LOVE it!! Even though I have to put on those darn little reading glasses. Just a little too small for me to see easily.

And of course I can't forget that we fit a week long visit to Disney World in there. We took the kids over Thanksgiving and had the best time!! We spent 3 days in the Magic Kingdom, one day in Hollywood Studios and one day in Epcot Center. I will post those pictures this week for you all to see. It was great!

So as you can see, it has just been crazy here. But that is how life is. So I will show you what it looks like and the little bit of stitching that I have been doing.

So until next time, Happy Stitching!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Busy Week.....not much stitching :(

Unfortunately this has been a very busy week and I have not had much time to do stitching. Right now my sewing room is completely empty and the wall paper is all off the walls. About 6 weeks ago, the furnace guy came to do our yearly service and forgot to tighten up the radiator in my DD's bedroom upstairs. By the time that we discovered it, the radiator had ran for 24+ hours and water was running down the wall in my sewing room and all over my hardwood floor.

Needless to say, the furnace guy came back and realized what he had done and immediately called the restoration people to come and start to work. Now it seems as if they are doing a good job, but lord are they slow. So yesterday, I decided that I had had enough. I called him three times and finally he answered the phone. I politely asked when he would be coming to finish my room. He replied that he had several jobs that he was working on. I politely informed him that we would be going to Disney for Thanksgiving and it needed to be done before then. He is coming back on Monday morning to continue his work. I think that I am going to have to stay on top of him to get this done. I really hate to seem like a pain in the butt, however, I WANT MY SEWING ROOM BACK!!!!

Today, I am going to take a class at my LNS. We are working on a small scissor fob that will be done on 40 count linen. I have never worked on this, so we will see how it goes. I don't really think that I need to take a class on this, but it is fun to stitch with others sometimes. I will post tomorrow night about this.

Tomorrow, I am taking my mom and DD to see the Radio City Rockettes. My DD is very excited about that. And I am too. I have never seen them before.

Well, if I am going to get everything done that needs to be before my class, I better get a move on it.

Until next time, Happy Stitching!