Friday, April 10, 2009

Tooth Aches, A Finish and a Road Trip

Happy Friday everyone! I'm glad it's Friday. It's been a good week and a bad week!

First off, I have to thank Karen for posting her finish of the La-D-Da Tiny Sampler a week or so ago. She made it into a little tin pin finish. She was gracious to offer the pattern to people who wanted it. Well, any freebie is my freebie and I printed it off and worked on it this week. It's in a 1-1/2 inch tin pin.
The reason I can't thank her enough is that this little sampler saved my stitching self this week. Last weekend I started to get a toothache. Monday morning I woke up and it seemed like it was going away. NOT! By the late afternoon, my tooth was screaming (of course, too late to get to the dentist). If I walked it screamed, if I bent my head to stitch it screamed. It was awful. So I medicated myself with some high strength Motrin and got through until the next day. I was going to take some Vicodin left over from my son's wisdom teeth extractions, but he had told me he saw pink elephants in his sleep while taking that so I decided not to go that route! But I wanted to stitch! This little sampler saved the day because I put the fabric into some baby Q-Snaps and could hold my head up and stitch right in front of my face (putting my face down caused more throbbing even though the piercing pain had subsided). A trip to the dentist solved the problem (flushing and antibiotics) and I hope that's over with. Although the Dr. thinks I cracked a root. That will be seen next week! So thank you, thank you Karen for saving me this week!!

By Wednesday, my pity party was over. Toothache gone and normal stitching could begin. I finished up the Tiny Sampler that night and then I started Cape Cod Girls yesterday.
The colors are a little washed out in this pic, but it's such a fun stitch. I'm stitching this along with Siobhan. I think she's a bit further along than I am. I'll probably work on this for today and then put it aside to work on the City Stitcher A&E for the weekend.

Wednesday I was feeling so good I went on a road trip. We have a town near us called Holly and the town is full of antique and prim stores. I shouldn't have gone. I kind of went nuts. I probably felt I deserved a reward for battling all that tooth pain (any excuse is a good one, don't you think?). Plus I usually do some kind of road trip every month. Sometimes I come back with goodies. Sometimes I just have a good drive - looking at the scenery and singing to the songs on the radio. In the fall, I load up on donuts and cider and drive around and look at all the colors. With the weather the way it's been around here this winter though, I've pretty much just holed myself up in the house. So, yes I guess I went a little nuts, but I had to catch up.

This was my first find. A clock cabinet minus the clock. Someone had tacked a quilt square into the opening. Well, my first thought was to get that quilt block out of there and have a piece of glass inserted and then a piece of needlework. A sampler perhaps? Yes, a sampler and I think I have the perfect one in mind. Maybe Ellen Birdseye? May require some tweaking, but I think it would be perfect. The cabinet has two small shelves behind the door that will be perfect for smalls. But I'm going to use this as a side table in my family room. My FIL is very handy with woodworking and I'm going to have him extend the base and the top (as the depth of this is rather narrow) and VOILA, a decorative side table.

My second find was this key case. You can't see the key holders as they're hidden by the cross bar. I was going to hang this by the back door because DH is always losing his keys, but I think it would look better in my craft room. Besides, my DH is never known to put anything where it's suppose to go, so putting it by the back door for his use would be futile! LOL So it will probably end up in my craft room. I think I'm going to give the inside of this a paint job though.

Then I found this Angel plate. I love Angel stuff. I was originally looking around for Red Transferware (didn't find anything), but I fell in love with this.

And I just had to have this Angel! Isn't she sweet? I believe the owner of the shop - Dawn (who also has a blog - http://hollyhillsprimitives.blogspot.com/) makes these dolls. I just couldn't pass her up. By the way, Dawn's prices are very, very reasonable, otherwise I wouldn't have bought half this stuff. Check out her blog. She is happy to mail things!Then I found this punched tin bowl. I think it will look great with some candles in it lit up for the holidays (or anytime I think). I loved the hearts cut into the sides.

Then I found this picture frame. Couldn't pass it up. Don't know what I'll use it for, but I'm sure that I'll find some small sampler to put into it. That was another thing I wanted to look around for was old picture frames. Our community is having a picture framing classes and I think it's about time I learned how to do this. I don't frame half my stuff just because of the expense.


I also found this old carpenter's tool box. It's good sized - about 2 feet across. I was originally going to put this out on my porch with some potted plants, but I'm thinking that I've got better uses for it in my craft room. Time will tell after I do my craft room over!

And last but not least, I thought I'd take a picture of this door molding that I found on a previous roadtrip. I loved it when I saw this with the stars and glass door handles attached. A cute idea. Again, designated for my made-over craft room when I finally get my butt in gear and tackle that beast!
As I write this, Terri is probably on her way up to Holly Hill. There is a funny story behind this. She was going to call me to go up with her today, not knowing that I had already gone up there. We must have been on the same wavelength this week! When I got home that day and started going through the blogs I follow, I found out she was planning a visit to HHP on Friday! I called her and told her I felt like I was going through a Twilight Zone moment. It would have been fun to go up with her, but maybe the next time! I was tempted - Dawn said she was getting more stuff in last night, but I think I've done enough damage for this week. I'm anxious to see what finds Terri came across there!
Well, that's about it. My kids are off today and all of next week. Should be an interesting week. I'll be able to stitch in the mornings and listen to the two of them go at each other in the afternoons. You know how those teens and 'tweens are! Do love them to death though!
Thanks again for all your comments! I love reading them. I feel like I've made a lot of friends all over the world! I hope that each one of you has a safe, peaceful and happy Easter!

35 comments:

Margaret said...

Nice finish, Deb! I got this chart from Karen too. And nice CCG, and all your finds! I collect angels too! My kid had this week off, so it's back to school for him next week. The college girl will come home for the weekend. :D Hope your tooth stays better and that you didn't crack a root!

Patti said...

Love the finish Deb and you did so good girl with all the stuff you bought or should I say acquired! So glad you got to the Dentist. Your stitching and finishing is always superb! Love Patti xxx

Sheila said...

What a great shopping trip you had and lovely finish for this little freebie - I haven´t even started mine yet (thanks to KarenV too).

doris said...

Wonderful little sampler and fabulous finds! I need to go shopping with you.

KarenV said...

Great finish Deb :) I'm glad I was able to help you out. Sorry about the tooth though - ouch!

Your shopping finds are all fantastic, I'm so jealous!

Sally said...

What a lovely finish Deb:) I got this freebie from Karen too and have it printed out but not started it yet!

Hope the tooth is OK and you're free from pain now.

Brigitte said...

A wonderful finish, Deb. Whenever you look at it you will remember the fact that it made you feel better. Good to know that your toothache was taken care of (toothache can be so nerve-wrecking) and that you feel fine today.
Nice finds at the antique store. I love that tool box.

Kajsa said...

What a cute finish! I'm happy to hear that your tooth ache got better. Hopefully it's not a broken root.

Great finds!!

Kathy said...

Cute finish, Deb! Your road trip sounds like great fun and you found some wonderful things.
Glad your tooth is feeling better. There is nothing worse.

Jan said...

OH my goodness, Debbie!! What finds, I am so envious! Would even be hard to pick a favorite, I would take all of those items and find a great place for them in my abode! You did good, girl!!

I am so sorry about that nasty tooth giving you fits! I have always said there is no worse pain, then an ear or toothache ( my daughter might be saying right now that kidney stones fit in this category). So sorry you missed out on some good feel good time. I love that little tin, I just might have to have that one!!

Enjoy your stitching, Debbie, you deserve it after all of that creative shopping!

Holly Hills Primitives said...

Debbie, thanks so much for the TWO visits to the shop! Terri did come today and we had a great time. She'll have to fill you in on her finds. Maybe one day you can both come and we could all have lunch! Hope to see you soon and have a great Easter, Dawn

Siobhan said...

Okay, one day I am going to come to Michigan so you & Terri can take me to that shop!! Wow. I am drooling with envy. You picked up some fabulous finds!!

Your finish is adorable--and I am so glad that you're feeling better! Love your CCG--I'm nearly done mine. Talk about an addictive stitch!!

dianemi said...

Oh my goodness. You picked up some beautiful things from HHP. The clock cabinet, key holder, angel, frame and plate... major drooling going on over here! Your Tiny Sampler is sooo cute. I gotta see it IRL and the Cape Cod Girls, too. Glad your tooth is feeling better!! Happy Easter Deb.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Congrats on your finish Deb. It's very sweet. I enjoyed seeing all the snaps of your lovely purchases. Thanks for including a link to Dawn's blog... I really enjoyed browsing/reading/viewing all her lovelies.

The Scarlett House said...

Very nice finish, Deb. Sorry to hear about your tooth. Not much fun. I thought it was so like us stitchers that you found a way to stitch despite the pain.
Wonderful finds, too. I can picture Ellen Birdseye in that cabinet.

Jennifer said...

Hey Deb! I love all those things you got on your road trip. I'm jealous :)
I'm glad you got that tooth problem fixed because that is very painful!
I really liked the frame you bought. I can think of alot of samplers to put in that one!!!
Twilight Zone is a good way to describe my Easter weekend.......
Jennifer

Heidi said...

What a sweet finish! Take care of yourself. I have a fractured tooth that needs to be surgically removed but have to put if off while I await some improvement with my breathing. It is not fun. I have an abscess that has been there for two years.

Wishing you a very happy Easter Deb! Thanks for all your sweet comments on my blog.

Hugs ~
Heidi

Doris said...

beautiful finish.

Bine said...

That is such a wonderful finish. It looks gorgeous. And a nice start on the Cape Cod Girls...can't wait to see more.
So glad to here you finally got rid of your toothpain and I hope you won't have any more trouble with that tooth. You deserved a shopping spree after all the pain, I am sure :) And I love the wonderful things you brought home. Thanks for sharing the pics!!!

Loraine said...

Hi there! What a fun week, (all except the toothache, of course!) Glad you are feeling better, and that you were at least able to stitch during the ordeal!
We will have to go to HHP when I come and visit. Looks like a fun place!
I like the tiny sampler. I've never stitched "jewelry" before, but I think I would wear something like that a lot. It is very cute!

I love that the Cape Cod Girls sampler!!!! I have to do that one sometime. The colors are so cute! Siobhan went ahead and finished hers. She is the fastest stitcher! It's hard to stay on a rotation with her! LOL!

I hope you have a great week! Camping was, you know, camping! Without my hot shower and stitching chair, I tend to get a little ansi. I did get quite a lot of stitching done, however, and we watched a lot of movies in my parents trailer, so that was fun!
Talk to you soon!

anniebeez said...

Love your little tin pin-so cute!! I really want to stitch Cape Cod Girls too-I love that chart! Nice angel as well! :)

Holly Hills Primitives said...

Hi Debbie, Easter was wonderful and relaxing and I so enjoyed spending time with my kids, folks and granddaughter (Hubby too). It WAS real treat to only have to fix a couple dishes to take with me - the first time in about 30 years! Hope to see you again soon, Dawn

dany said...

J'aime la première petite broderie !Je t'embrasse et te souhaite une très bonne journée

Virginia said...

You could put some pinkeeps , pillows and other accessories in the tool box and hang your threads in the key-case. I love the primitiv angel-doll !

JulieJ said...

Deb, I love your pin! I also love all your great finds. The shop was really cute. You, Terri, and I will have to pick a shopping day when the weather warms up a bit more. Hope to see you Sunday at the KSSG meeting.

Holly Hills Primitives said...

Deb, that little cast iron rooster is adorable. It looks really old, but I'm not sure of the age. If you decide you want it, just give me a call. We'll have to plan our lunch with you and Terri one of these days. Dawn

Giovanna said...

Congrats on the lovely little finish, and great finds on the road trip!

MyLifesAStitch said...

Oooh... Love the lil' finish, and that shop looks like it needs my moolah, yes, it certainly does. I think we may be headed that way when I come up for Memorial Day. Your haul is awesome!!! Glad your mouth is feeling better, Deb! Amazing how such a "small" thing can make us so miserable, isn't it? TTFN!

samplerlover said...

Lovely finish. What an amazing lot of things you got on your trip. I think the carpenters box would look lovely in a needle room.
So glad that you ended up at the Dentist. It's always horrible when teeth start acting up.

Annemiek said...

Poor you Debbie, I hate toothaches, any form, any shape, any place in my mouth. Hope this will stay well.
I love your finish, I had seen it on Karen's blog and it's darling.
Your other finds are lovely.

BeckySC said...

You are a busy bee :) I love your finish and it looks like you found some great items. One of my favorite things to do is treasure hunting in out of the way places and finding those great items...What fun!!
Have a most lovely weekend!

Annemarie said...

Holy moly, what a post! Fist of all, I'm so sorry about the tooth ache. I had one a couple of years ago. It took a week before I finally had the guts to admit it was a toothache and not a headache/earache/neck ache (dentists scare me silly).

I adore all of your finds, although the angelic items are my favourite :o)

Hazel said...

Beautiful tin pin finish! Where did you get your tin pin from? Lovely other stuff too. x

Michelle said...

Now I'm gonna HAVE to stitch that freebie - it really is too cute. Glad it got you through your tooth pain. You got such great stuff on your road trip - how fun!

Gayle said...

I was never able to get the chart for that stitching freebie from Karen. Could you please forward it on to me? It's delightful! I'd sure appreciate it!
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