The Goode Huswife
Another fun stitch and it should have been done much sooner, but I was kind of going through that darned stitching slump. Next project up will be another Adam and Eve, of course. And I've got a few to pick from. I get to those in a minute.
During the course of the week, the mailman has been working overtime when he comes to my house. He scowls every time he can't leave something just in the box at the road instead of having to come to the door. He actually told me one time that I did too much online shopping! LOL Poor man! Well, not really - he needs to get out of that truck and get some exercise, don't you think? I caught him with a donut box in his truck one day. Anyway, this is what appeared at my door this week.
From sweet Loraine, she sent me the most wonderful ironing board cover and pincushion for my birthday made by her own two hands:
Isn't it wonderful.? Sampler fabric!!!! Be still my heart! And then along with that she sent a matching pincushion:
I just love them. Loraine let me in on a little secret that the base of the pincushion is made up of CD's. Now whoever would have thunk! But I think that it's just wonderful and too pretty to use, but I will. Thank you so much Loraine. And Loraine - I am getting up the nerve to try those Dear Jane blocks (I think.....LOL).
Then a very sweet friend who reads my blog, but doesn't have one of their own sent me this A&E chart:
I just love it and it's one that I don't have, but had on my list. I'm so happy that it's definitely going to have to go on the scroll rods soon. Thank you so much Kevin!!
Then in today's mail I received a birthday package from Cari:
Cari and I have had multiple discussion about A&E's - the ones we don't have and the ones we want! Well, she must have known my list pretty well because I didn't have either one of these and they were on my wish list! Thank you so much Cari and I think that we should do a SAL on one of these. What do you think?
Then to top it all off, I won a giveaway from Amy and received this chart:
Thank you so much Amy for picking my name. This will be a fun one to stitch I think. I'm been getting into smaller lately - probably because of the warmer weather so this will definitely work
On the crafty front, not much has gone on really with that. I've been weeding in the craft room - a long process - when I've had time. But I've managed to put a little work into my red, black and white quilt:
This quilt starts from the center and works its way out which is a real foreign thing for me. I had a dose of paper piecing for the sawtooth section and that was a real experience. I kept slicing and dicing all the wrong things. It took a little bit of time to get my piecing chops back - it's been a few years since I've done any paper piecing at all, and about four hours to just get two sides of the sawtooth border done. I was about pulling out my hair, but I wasn't leaving the room until I got it finished up! I'm sure that there were a few expletives spoken during this time (well, in fact there definitely were!!!). Then I cut out the next section:
I love, love, love these fabrics. I can't wait get to the next section. But I've got to be fully awake for this because it involves some things I've never done before.
Then I cut out next blocks for the Farmer's Wife Quilt:
Oops, missing one set - there are seven this month. But do you see that pink and brown - ymmmm! I love me some pink and brown! These little blocks take up a lot of time to cut out though - a lot of template cutting involved - not one of my favorite methods, but so worth it when you think of the end result!
Then the next installment of Women's Voices. I like piecing these blocks because the pieces are large (even though they don't look like it), and they go fast.
Then I was going to cut this out:
Fig Tree Cottons' Jelly Parfait quilt with Fresh Cottons Fabrics! These aren't normally my colors, but I figured it was time to break out of the box. But I didn't get there - I crashed and burned. The sleep issue got to the point where I didn't trust myself with a rotary cutter and scissors any longer, so I didn't get to them.
For two weeks, I've barely gotten three hours of sleep each night. Walking zombie to say the least. The night before last, I finally got a full night's sleep. Oh, it felt so good. So much so that yesterday morning my poor daughter woke me up totally dressed to go to her Summer Music Theater rehearsals. It was 8:50 and she had to be there at 9:00. I flew up so fast, I almost fell over, ran down the stairs and out to the car - in my pj's no less - and got her there just in time with my hair flying all over the place! The sleep felt so good.
After I got myself back home and poured myself a cup of coffee, I looked out the kitchen window and saw this sweet creature:
He/She was all alone. No parents around which is very unusual. Occasionally we will have a family come through, but never a little one all by itself. The poor little thing took off when it saw me in the window and I hope that it finds it's family. We have a very high car/deer accident rate around here so I hope that didn't happen to it's parents.
That's what I've been up to this week. My appliances did come, but I'm not taking pictures - I think that I've put enough pictures in this post. Let me just say that they are visions of loveliness and cook like a dream. DD is making cookies as I write this. It's a wonderful thing to have working appliances again. So anyway, not a lot accomplished, but I guess enough! I have to thank Loraine, Cari, Kevin and Amy for the wonderful surprises in the mail. I still am in awe of all the wonderful people that I have met through blogging and their thoughtfulness. It really touches my heart.
I see that I got my 299th follower today, so I'm going to be having a giveaway much sooner than I thought - those new followers kind of crept up on me - but I'm so happy that you're here. Now I better get my rear in gear and work out the giveaway details. Anyway, whether you just look at the pictures or comment, I'm so glad that you stopped by. Blogging friends are truly the best.
Hope that everyone has a wonderful 4th of July!!