Sunday, September 5, 2010

It's My Two Year Blogoversary!!!! And an Oldie Framed!


Wow!!! I can't believe that two years have gone by since I first started my blog.  Time certainly does fly when you're having fun!  I have had such a great time blogging, reading other people's blogs (although I've been hopelessly lax with that lately) and making so many friends and having so many wonderful email conversations with people that I've met.  Well, a blogoversary should have a giveaway, right?  Right!  But I'm going to hold off on that for a month because......well, I just don't have time for one.  See, one of the reasons is that life's spinning out of control lately with what I call crazy August, and getting the kids ready for school, etc.  And then I've been so fortunate to make so many wonderful friendships through blogging that I'm actually going to be meeting up with a good many of them in Utah in a few weeks at the Shepherd's Bush retreat (no, I'm not going to the actual retreat, just going out to chill), so I have lots to get ready!  Be still my heart!  JoleneLoraine, Cathy, Cari, along with Terri and Julie, and and who knows who else.  If you're going to be there, let me know!!!  I would love to meet you.  This will be my first real get away with the girls to stitch, gab and shop since before I got married!!!!  Can you tell I'm excited?  Besides myself!!!  So, I'll have a giveaway in about one month!!  Maybe I'll pick up some goodies for the giveaway, so stay tuned!!!

Because August blew by at such a rapid pace, I don't have much to show.  Crafting and stitching has been nil!!!  Absolutely nil. Do you know how much I'm missing it?  It's making my skin itch just thinking about it.  But the kids go to school on Tuesday, so maybe, just maybe, I'll be able to get some stitching and sewing done!!  But you know, I have to show some pictures, so I'll show you a piece I recently got framed, but I'm bowing my head in shame because it's been hanging in the closet for twelve years.  Such a slacker I am!!  But with the great framing sales at Joanne's, it time to get them out of the closet!!

Meet Me At the Field
Sheepish Designs
Mystery fabric (how can I remember after 12 years?) and DMC threads

But I haven't been completely idle on the crafty front.  If you can't do anything, my motto is to accumulate more!  Good motto, huh?  LOL  So that's what I did.  While my sister was here and we were in the quilt store picking out a quilt for me to make for her, I saw one made out of these fabrics:

Can you say LOVE?????  These fabrics are just not my normal faire, but there was something about them, and the quilt that was made from them, that I just HAD to have those fabrics.  The fabric that the folded pieces are sitting on is the backing.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!   It's going to be a relatively easy quilt - kind of like a Yellow Brick Road quilt if you're familiar with that.  I can't wait to get the rotary cutter out!!!  Did I say LOVE???????????


Then I just had to pick up these because Green Fairy Quilts was having a sale - buy one layer cake, get the charm pack free - can't shake a stick at that, so............they had to be mine, and don't they have a nice fall feel to them???  Speaking of fall - it arrived here!  Wow, from 90's to 60's in what seemed like second's flat!  But it feels so good!!  Tomorrow will be in the 80's again though. But anyway, I thought that these would be great for making some of those Schibble quilts that I'm seeing all over.  They've started growing on me big time!!

Now, before you think that I've abandoned stitching forever, that's not the case.  I also picked up these just because I've seen them on blogs and had to have them.  I didn't like them so much until I actually saw them finished:


And then I heard that some Jean Hilton's needlepoint pieces were being re-released (again, another dear blogger alerted me to that fact).  So, I had to order this too - it was originally a teaching piece, but now that Jean has passed away, it's on the market again:

I've had an itching for needlepoint so this will fit the bill nicely, although I have another one of her pieces in progress, so I should probably finish that up, don't you think?  Naw, maybe not!!  I did another one of her pieces years ago - Gleneagle:

Her pieces are so wonderful to work on - intricate, but fun.  This one I did back in 1995.  I still wonder how I got it done - I was working then and my son was two!!

So that's about it for me for now.   Thank you so much for all the wonderful comments you left me on my last post, especially about Bailey.  He's doing great, although it's definitely like having another baby in the house.  He's been part of the reason I haven't had much crafty love lately.  I haven't wanted introduced him to the craft room until he's potty trained, and since my room is in the basement and a long way from the back door to carry a heavy, dribbling puppy, he hasn't been allowed down there, but I think that we're on the home stretch.  No messes if quite a few days now.  He's a terror on four paws, but such a love:


How can you not love this precious thing (sleeping with his gift from his Aunt Cindy)?

Anyway, thank you again for all your wonderful comments and friendships.  I truly cherish them.  I know that I've been hopelessly remiss in reading blogs, but bear with me - I'm trying!!!   And I hope that you're enjoying this long holiday weekend with your family and getting some stitchy time in!! 

55 comments:

Jackie said...

Happy September and Happy 2nd Blogiversary!

Bailey is just adorable! I'm hoping that you keep posting regular photos of him so we can watch him grow up!

LOVE the fabric you picked up at the quilt shop. What line is it?

I've not had too much in the way of progress on any of my projects. A bit here, a bit there but overall not much. I think it's the time of year where everyone gets busy. Enjoy your Labor Day weekend.

Brynwood Needleworks said...

H Deb:
Love your fabric purchases, your new xs kits AND adorable Bailey! Hope you have a restful and creative weekend.
xoxo
Donna

Kim said...

Now how can you NOT get right down there on the floor and cuddle up with that cutie patootey!!! Adorable!!! OMGosh I'm so jealous of your Utah getaway!!! Have a blast!

Pam said...

Happy 2nd Blogiversary!! Can I tell you that I love love love those fabrics that you bought! They are so pretty. I can't wait to see what you make with them. And I know exactly what you mean about getting the kids off to school. We start on Tuesday, too, and I can't wait! Them? Well, not so much.

Melissa said...

Happy 2 years in Blogland, Deb! I always enjoy visiting your blog.

How wonderful that you will be getting together with the gals for getaway! Lucky you!

I laughed when I read about your motto. I'm the same way or at least I want to me. If you can't do, then hoard! ha ha. Love the stash!

Lastly, Bailey looks like a bundle of L-O-V-E! Have fun!

Gayle said...

Hey! I live about 15 minutes away from Shepherd's Bush - enjoy your visit to Utah!

Denise said...

Happy Anniversary! Wow - how the time flew.

Love the fabric - great buy! And the quilt fabric for sis -- yummy!
Stitching and framing -- see you are getting something accomplished!

And I'm loving this weather too - I'm in Ohio. I wish all summer had been like this weekend.

Smiles - Denise (oh, and Bailey is adorable)

Cindy's Stitching said...

2 years congrats. The dog is so cute.

Stephanie said...

Deb, congrats on the 2 years! I haven't been around for a year yet but getting close. You're doing a great job and you alot of friends now and that is what makes it so much fun. Love your doggie too.

I must say I love the pinks too! Do you know the designer so I can get some of them? It is just gorgeous. Steph

Patti said...

Happy happy 2nd Blogaversary Deb. I just know you are going to have a GREAT time meeting up with the girls. I so wish I could be joining you but this isn't an option right now. I will be thinking about you all bigtime but I shall be in Israel so what am I complaining about. I have never been there in my whole life.

Have a great time.
Love
Patti xxx

MyLifesAStitch said...

Happy blogiversary gf!!! :)

You got some seriously great stash while your sis was there. I LOVE that pink/ green/ white quilt fabric, too!!! LOVE it!

Have a blast in Utah! Can't wait to hear all about it!

And Bailey... whata cutie. :)

valerie said...

Happy 2nd Blogiversary!! It flies by doesn't it?!

Love your Sheepish designs framed...I've never seen it before. Love the hot air balloon!

Fun stash too. I didn't like BOAF until I saw them stitched and now I can't get enough.

I'll be at retreat! Maybe we can meet...that would be great fun! :)

Myra said...

Happy Blog Anniversary! Those are some gorgeous fabrics you selected and I can't wait to see the quilts. Hopefully life will slow down a bit and you can get in some stitch therapy. :o)

Missy Ann said...

Oh I adore that first grouping of fabrics. I would not have been able to resist either!

And if you're out of wall space for that sampler, let me know. My mother would LOVE it. ;)

Annie said...

Congrats on the blogging milestone! A great occasion for stash acquisition and you've acquired some good stuff!

Love your finishes and the cute photo of Bailey.

Have fun at your meet-up!

Pauline said...

Happy blogoversary Deb! Two years- woohoo!

Your stitching is gorgeous, I have a couple of BOAF's in my stash to do too.

Hmm, that fabric looks familiar, I think I've looked at it a few times on the net, what is it?

And have a fabulous time at the retreat!!!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Have a fabulous time on your all girls Utah getaway.
Bailey is a real cutie...even if he is a terror on four paws.

Margaret said...

Happy blogiversary! Love that framed Sheepish design -- it's on my to do list and yours is wonderful! Love the fabric you picked for your sister's quilt too. I've been finding recently that all of a sudden I'm into the modern fabrics. :D Great stuff you're into these days -- somehow the needlepoint doesn't appeal to me, but a friend of mine was saying the same thing about Jean Hilton. Your little terror is like my little terror. lol! It's hard to craft with little fur babies around. But Mia is getting better!

Sue-Anne said...

Congratulations on two years! Your cross stitch is beautiful and I love your new fabric purchases, especially the first lot, so fresh and pretty.

Bailey is such a treasure, you are going to have many years of fun with him and he will definately be your best friend.

Hope things become less hectic for you so you can get back to stitching.

woolwoman said...

Oh Deb - be still my heart - your Gleneagle is SO wonderful and that Scott Lee has been on my wish list. I almost signed up for the class on SNS that incorporates a lot of Jean type stitches. Love your quilt fabric - reminded me of a modernistic pomegranate design. Can't wait to see what you do with all the lovely stuff. Your new baby is soooo cute and congrats on your blog anniversary - what fast friends we've all made from blogging. Enjoy that trip to Utah - I can't wait to see all those posts from the girls who are going - lucky dogs every one of you! Cheers Mel

Angela P said...

Happy 2nd Blogoversary :) Our temps took a sudden nosedive into Autumn too but it's so refreshing i'm not gonna complain too loudly! Love your fabrics, your framed pieces (past and present) and your puppy is too cute! I'm waaaay behind on blog reading too :)

SilkLover said...

Happy Blogoversary, Deb! I loved Scott Lee by Jean Hilton so much that I just contacted them to order it. Beautiful piece. Thanks for the enabling!

lynda said...

Happy blogoversary! Enjoy the retreat....I can't wait to read all about it!

mbroider said...

Now you can call yourself thread gatherer and fabric collector!! Love the blue fabric, it is yummmy.

The Gleneagle piece is beautiful.

cynthialeedesigns said...

Congrats on your 2 year blogiversary!!
Love the fabrics that you got to make the quilts out of!!
~Cindy~

Siobhan said...

Happy blogiversary!! Or however you spell it! ;) Woot! YGG! Love the framed sampler, and your new stash! I love that new fabric, too! Luna Notte is more my speed, but I'm laughing because your out of your comfort zone fabric is very similar to MY out of my comfort zone fabric that I just fell in love with, too. (Riley Blake's Summer something or other.) I'm looking around my house, thinking the quilt won't really 'work' anywhere, but I just had to get the fabrics. I can't wait to see what you do with yours!

Siobhan said...

PS--Bailey is too adorable!

D@isy said...

Congratulations on your second blog anniversary, beautiful your new purchases ..

Regards

Lori said...

Happy Blogiversary!! How fun to get to meet so many woman! I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time.
Great purchases!!

Sherry said...

Happy 2 year!! I can't believe I am at 6 mo, almost - so two years seems like a long time....and I totally agree- I have already made blog friends and have those I think about what they're working on, or how the hurricane is hitting them, or what they are up to with their "other interests - than stitching/quilting, that is". Are you going to K.S. next week? Utah - I am so, so jealous! I would love to do that retreat (I know, you're not doing the retreat, but...) Fall is here, isn't it, cool and wonderful the past day or two! I love the new fabric you have picked out - wonderful! Enjoy your Labor Day - and tomorrow after the kiddos are at school...

Katrina said...

Happy blogaversary!!!! Your puppy is so sweet. Love that age, they play hard and crash hard too, LOL.

Fun stitching and quilting projects too.

Vinniey said...

Happy 2nd blogaversary, Deb! Love to read your blog always. :) I can't wait to tell you... Bailey is too cute sleeping with the bear! Your framed sampler is gorgeous, love the colors. Beautiful fabrics and nice chart from Birds of a Feather. I'm thinking to stitch "A Very Fine Sampler" from this designer too. Hope you can get back to stitching soon.

CalamityJr said...

Happy Blogoversary!
We have a 4-year-old golden doodle, and I know what a wonderful time you had ahead of you. Bailey will fill your home with love, activity, and the occasional aggravation! You'll love almost every minute, I can promise you that!

Bekca said...

Happy Blogoversary! I eagerly await your giveaway and love your sweet picture of Bailey. I hope you get more time for stitching and quilting soon :)

zoomcity said...

Happy Blogoversary! I love Meet Me at the Field. Lovely framing. :o)

Catherine said...

Love all your goodies - new and old!

Your puppy is adorable!

Natalia said...

Congratulations on your anniversary !!! I love your framed piece and the fabric you got.

BrendaS said...

Happy Bloganniversary!

I love your framing even if it is an oldie but good. It sure turned out great.

The fabric is very pretty too.

I'm glad to hear Bailey is doing well. Aren't pups a handful but then they look so sweet when they are sleeping!

tina said...

Happy Blogoversary!!! Very nice Meet Me At the Field !!
Tina

Sally said...
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Sally said...

Happy Blogoversary!

Bailey is so cute!

Carol said...

Happy 2nd Blogoversary, Deb!! Time sure does fly by, doesn't it? I hope you have a wonderful time at the SB retreat--how could you not, right?

12 years in the closet!! Wow--that is so nice that you finally got it framed! It looks lovely as does the sleeping Bailey :)

Berit said...

LOVE that tasty stash! Those fabrics are beautiful and Very Fine Sampler is definitely on my list! :D

Alice said...

Happy Blogoversary! Love the stash

Lois said...

Happy 2nd anniversary Deb! Bailey is so cute! Looks like he's just crashed out on the floor! Glad the potty training is going well!! Love your SD framed piece. What nice additions to your fabric stash and have fun at the retreat! You lucky thing!!!!

Kathy said...

Happy Second Blogaversary.

Love the photo of Baily. :) Keep them coming.

Alo love the fabrics you picked up. Fabulous colors.

Enjoy the SB retreat!

Alice said...

Happy Blogoversary Deb. Where DOES the time go. Oooh, you are going to have so much fun meeting all the girls at the Shepherd's Bush retreat. Don't forget your camera. Ok, I absolutely must stitch "Meet me at the Field". Maybe I can still fit it on the last set of rods I have left. Seeing it framed just balled me over again. All that new fabric looks so yummy. Makes me think of cupcakes and summer. Now who can pass up sale items. Lovely warm shades. Nice new stash too. You will not get bored during the long winter ahead and with that cute puppy around, you will most certainly not have a dull moment. : )
Alice
xxx

Suzanne said...

Happy Blogaversary! I have enjoyed reading your blog. The SHeepish Design piece is beautiful and looks lovely all framed up. I love the gorgeous fabrics.

Elaine said...

Happy Blogoversary Deb! Your SD framed piece is so pretty and I just love all that yummy new fabric. Look forward to seeing your new BOAF;s all stitched up.
Bailey is just soooo adorable. I want a cuddle...
Have a wonderful time at your retreat. Hugs!

Daffycat said...

Happy 2nd blogoversary, Deb! Wishing you the best!

Le blog de marylin said...

Happy birthday and long life!!! Your embroidery is wonderful, your adorable bitch! Full of kisses of France!
Receive my marylin friendship

Solstitches said...

Congrats. on your 2yrs blogging.
What yummy, yummy fabrics you have been stashing. Will look forward to seeing what you do with those.
Your framed piece looks great and your little dog is just so cute :)
Margaret

Kajsa said...

Happy anniversery! Your framed pieces are fantastic.

Nancy M said...

I'm so far behind you might already be at the SB retreat! Have a great time if you haven't left yet. Glad you finally let someone out of the closet. That needlepoint pattern looks awesome. I hope you decide to work on it so I can see it better! Your puppy is so cute and I'm sure he keeps you on your toes!

Jennifer said...

I've been out of town last week....but just catching up on reading......Abbie sends her love to Bailey ;)

Jennifer