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!