Monday, May 11, 2009

The Faster I Go, The Behinder I Get

Happy Mother's Day (albeit late) to everyone! Hope that everyone had a great day with their kids, grandkids, and families. I had a wonderful day. My DH bought me roses (pic is before I arranged them a little better)

and also the pair of trellises and clematis I wanted for the garden. And that's all I wanted. He thought that it was kind of a weird gift (you know, it's for the house, not me personally), so he bought me a trip to the spa too. This has kind of turned into an annual thing though. It started a few years ago when I had gone through kind a rough time with some things and my kids gave DH the idea. Since then, it's morphed into an every year kind of thing. Am I complaining - DEFINITELY NOT! I love having the whole nine yards done - the backrub, the facial, the lunch and manicure and pedicure. I always save it for when the kids go back to school because sometimes our summers can be daunting and exhausting with all their activities. Thank you guys - I love you all so much!

The past week has been an absolute blur. I have been flying around with my pants on fire trying to get things done, but I don't seem to be making as much progress as I would like. Almost like I'm going backwards, not forwards. But maybe that happens when you're trying to get things done. You think you're going to clean things out and make more of a mess than you started with. So my week has been a lot of spinning my wheels and not a lot accomplished. I got very little stitching done this week:

I got a little bit more done on the A&E sampler. I goofed up the basket - it's suppose to have dark brown in it. The symbols are small and difficult to read. When I realized my mistake, I just kept going with what color I picked and I think I like it better. I also got a few more motifs done and at least Adam is pretty much done except for his eye (a little french knot). Oh, I also got the snake in. I was going to stop working on this Thursday, but really didn't get much stitching done up to that point, so I'll just keep going until it's time to pull Shores out again (around the 15th). I did get a little bit of stitching done on my To Thy Self be True LHN piece while I was sitting through two recitals with my DD this weekend. Being a backstage mom when the girls are older does have its advantages. Actually I only sat backstage for one show - I watched the other one from the audience with DH and son. She was wonderful, by the way!!

Friday night, I did meet up with Terri and her friend, Julie, for Girls Night Out in Holly. It's a fun little town with antique malls, and prim shops.

That's Julie, Dawn (the owner of Holly Hills Primitives) and Terri. It was a fun time. Dawn's shop is so cute. She has so many things that will tempt you (and believe me I've been tempted)! I really didn't buy much that night, but I did come across a flower frog in one of the antique malls that I thought was a little different.

At first I couldn't figure out what it was because all the flower frogs I've seen have been made of glass. This looks like an artichoke. But I love it because it's deep enough to accomodate a variety of sizes of scissors. Obviously, I need to put a few more in here, but didn't want to shift through the mess in the craft room to get them out of the drawers. I think it's a great height too because the scissor fobs can dangle from the sides. I need to put scissor fobs on the ever growing list of things to stitch.

I also found this sock shaper (in Dawn's shop) that will look cute in my craft room, although I'm going to paint it when I reach the point of putting my room together. I've had a monkey wrench thrown into that though. But a good monkey wrench. The room I'm in is a great room, but there is also another bedroom in our basement which is larger. I gave it to the kids to do their thing in because there is a large L-Shaped table in there that is a monster to move (actually was an old secretarial workstation from my old job), but made for a great craft table when the kids wanted to paint or when DS was in his car model stage. Anyway, while I was down there cleaning out my room, my DH ventured in (something he never does) and mentioned that if I wanted he would move the monster table out and I could take over the larger room! Do you think I was doing a happy dance or what! So, the gears in my head take over. The room of my dreams. I proceeded to run to the book store for plans for a cutting table! And this is what I came up with:

Not the best picture (my FIL has the better one), but it's the cutting/craft table of my dreams. Actually it's the cutting table from Bunny Hills craft room (she has a blog). She was featured in this month's American Patchwork and Quilting. I gave my FIL the good picture and the plans yesterday, along with plans for a lower unit to sit on the adjacent wall. He said, "No problem", bless his soul. He's going to be 83 and goes like the Eveready Bunny! Anyway, it's going to be bigger than the one in the picture - about six feet long. As my kids used to say when they were excited - I'm Excidedly! Now I really have to ramp up my attack of the room and get the painting done!
This week in my adventures of cleaning out the craft room, I came across this sampler that I started eons ago, Sheepish Designs, The Sarah Pope Sampler.

It's a shame that I put this one down because it's so pretty, but there was a good reason. There is a lot of queen stitch in this sampler and at the time, I absolutely hated queen stitch. Since that time I've had more experience, through doing needlepoint and Chatelaines, with different stitches and they don't seem so bad anymore, so this is definitely one that I think that I need to finish up.
Well, that's about it! I've got to run and catch up on blogs. I don't think that I've had much time to catch up everyone else's lives since probably last Tuesday or Wednesday. Hope that everyone has a great week and thank you, again, for all your great comments!


Vonna said...

Are you kidding me? A new room at that table? Oh, I'm jealous...I can't wait to see pictures after the whole thing is completed!

Coni said...

Oh, I'm excidedly for you! There's nothing like a big table on which to ply one's trade! Aunt Chrissy and I have one that's bigger than my first apartment and we've spent many happy hours there. And I agree with Miss Vonna...make sure to share pics!

Doris said...

happy mother day to you too.

lovely stitching!.

Pam said...

That room sounds like it's going to be great. I'm frog green with envy! I'm excitedly for you, too! I can't wait to see pictures of it when it's done.

doris said...

Oh, my gosh! You've really hit the jackpot this week. You deserve every bit of it. That new room will be an amazing place to work.

Sarah Pope looks like loads of fun. I'm a queen stitch freak ... it's my favorite stitch. I haven't done them in ages, but they must be like riding a bike, right?

Karen said...

I like the Adam & Eve sampler. You must have a whole collection of samplers.

Alice said...

The Roses are so beautiful I can almost smell them. I get this "sniff in" feeling looking at them. Just gorgeous. I am surprised you got any stitching done with such a busy schedule. I am looking forward seeing progress on your Sarah Pope. I have never stitched queen stitch and now I am a bit edgy stitching my Sarah Pope. Love the craftroom you have in mind.

Tammy said...

I'm anxious to see your room! Glad you had a nice Mom's Day--your gang did good! Your WIPS look great!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

Whooo Hoooo! That table looks amazing and will make the perfect crafting table. We all want to see pics when it's done!!! Love your scissors frog and your progress on the A&E sampler looks pretty amazing to me! Also, love the Sarah Pope sampler; get busy on that one - I'd love to see it all finished. So glad you had a great Mother's Day ~ you deserve a great day!

Margaret said...

Love your A&E! And your WIPs. Sarah Pope is lovely - I hope you get back to it. That whatever it's called for your scissors really is unusual! Great find! Sorry you're feeling like you're running around a lot. I know that feeling.

Love to Stitch said...

WOW! You have been busy, you A& E is moving along so fast!! I just love it! Sarah Pope is a favorite, and I guess there is no better time then now to 'start' liking queen stitches :). Your new craft table is going to be UN-BELIEVABLE!!!! I wonder when you will get to move in to it!! OUTSTANDING! Think of how organized you are going to be!! I love it!!! Cant wait to see more!

Cyn said...

Hi Debbie,

Love the title for this post as that's how I usually feel. Especially at this time of year with all of the spring and early summer school activities! LOL!!!

Love the table ideas for your craft room! I'm slowly getting mine together as I'm still in the stages of "The Great Sort"! :-)

The roses are gorgeous!

Love the flower frog and what a cute idea to use it to store scissors. :-)

I enjoyed seeing your progress on your projects.

Windy Meadow

MyLifesAStitch said...

Ohhhh..... wow! I want that table! I went to that blog and looked at her pics of her studio, and, really, I want that! Your roses look beautiful, and so does your progress. Please do share photos of your new room when it's done. I can't wait to see it!

Von said...

I rushed right over to find pics of her studio and set to drooling and dreaming! Love those cutting tables, they're ideal for so many activities. :D Can't wait to see yours installed in your dream craft room.

cynthialeedesigns said...

Yeah!! A new larger craft room with a new wonderful table!! Oh you lucky girl! Can't wait to see it finished.

VALIE said...

Oh, I love the flower frog - I have 3 domed glass ones to accomodate my scissors, and want some more...
Seems you are busy - aren't we all ? :-) And you are not too late for Mother's Day, because here in France, it is on June 7th !!!

dianemi said...

Wow oh wow Deb, where do I start? That close-up pic of the rose. The basket in A&E (love the color sub). Lovin' that flower frog and oh my goodness that craft table! As for the Sarah Pope sampler... Gor-ge-ous!!!

Isabelle said...

Happy Mother to you Debbie :-))
I hope you will be very happy with you new room : please share pics with us !
Thank you for this beautiful rose photo :-)
Have a nice week ,

Loraine said...

Hey Deb,

Love the room, the roses, the spa (ahhh), and all the fun news. I'm in a huge hurry, but will comment more later. Have a great week! Take Care.

Giovanna said...

Ooooh, I'm so envious of your room! Sounds like stitchy heaven... Everything you're stitching is gorgeous, and I hope you continue that lovely sampler.

woolwoman said...

Such an exciting blog post Deb - your WIP's are wonderful - LOVE the Adam - Sarah Pope is wonderful too - hope you get back to it one day soon. How wonderful that your dear FIL can do this fabulous cutting table for you - WHHHHEEEEEE - and a new bigger play room for you - sounds like a very nice mother day weekend! Mel

Ranae said...

The roses are beautiful.
The stitching is looking great as always.
That's so nice you have a handy FIL to make that table.

Brigitte said...

Oh my, a new room, a larger room, doesn't that sound very promising? I'm looking forward to seeing pictures.
You've done some very nice stitching lately. I love your progress pictures.

Sally said...

Lovely WIPs Deb!

Oooh a new room! That will be wonderful!

Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

What a neat table and room you are going to have. How exciting. Youf FIL sounds amazing!!

Your samplers are eye candy to this colonial loving gal!!

Siobhan said...

Oh my GOSH!!! What a lucky dog, getting such a fabulous room! And a FIL who is a talented wood worker. I can't wait to see your room as it comes together & the finished product, too, of course! Love your WIPs. I'm glad you had a good Mother's Day!

Holly Hills Primitives said...

Hi Deb! Hoping to have more goodies during the next two weeks and I'd love you to come back up. I'll keep you updated when things get here! Have a great weekend, Dawn

Pam said...

I love that craft table! I wish I knew someone talented enough to make me one!

dany said...

Merci pour ces jolies roses partagées !
Je t'embrasse Debbie et te souhaite un beau weekend

Natasha said...

Wow I will be envious from afar of that craft table. I look forward to having a craft room again...I always admire the pictures that bloggers post of their lovely retreats.

All of your wip's are looking great. I especially love the SD design very pretty. I am just starting to learn Queens stitch.

I plan on stitching Lo the Rose in June. Do have this pattern? If so we can doa SAL if you are up to it. No time frame of course. I am a slow stitcher who likes to rebel against commiments LOL
Take Care

Kim said...

OMG I WANT that flower frog!! WOW! GREAT find!!!!

Glenna said...

Wow--as always, your post is so chock full of things! I'd love to have that craft table to. And definitely, definitely finish Sarah Pope! A&E is coming along beautifully too. You have such wonderful taste.

Carol R said...

Can't wait to see your new room - the table is great!
Love your flower/scissor frog!

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