Saturday, February 27, 2010

Time to show

Someone was not patient and decided to divorce me yesterday. I want to thank the remaining followers for their patience. I'm glad you're still here and I appreciate all your comments.

So what did I choose? A new Lanarte? A beautiful Dimensions? Nope. I fell in love with one of the latest Margaret Sherry: stitch in time ( a kit by Anchor). You can't blame me, right?
How could I resist such cuteness? But I learned my lesson from my other M sherry design: not only there are lots of backstitches ( but I doesn't bother me too much), there are also lots of half stitches. I had to find a solution to not get crazy. So what did I do? I simply changed the fabric and switched for a hand dye solo by Silweaver. I will get the same effect in the middle and won't bore you with my endless whines about my half cross stitches nightmare !!! Aren't you lucky?

Here is a picture of the fabric ( click to enlarge !!!)
And here is a close-up:
The back stitches are again hard to stitch so I'm using both charts when I stitch to see if I should make stitches or quarter stitches. It does help to make a more realistic design !!!

Thanks for the compliments about my summer fruits finish. I don't feel I'm such a fast stitcher but I'm a regular stitcher so that helps ( and also I don't start a new project until the last one is finished ... well, most of the time ).

Have a great week end.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Wanna dance ????

It's raining outside so it's time to get some actions in that boring dark day. So get your disco ball out of your stitching closet and get ready to dance for my second finish of the year !!!! ( click to enlarge to see the true beauty of this piece) .
Started on january 11th 2010
Finished on febuary 22 nd 2010
Stitched on the fabric from the kit.

I really really enjoyed stitching it. As always Lanarte charts are so nice and easy to follow. I wish all the designers will make these kind of charts. I should have stitched it earlier because it's truly a beautiful piece . So what's next? You'll have to wait and come back tomorrow (yes, I'm hoping to go back to daily blogging one day ... ). I can only tell you I'm stitching it on a Silkweaver fabric.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A lovely gift

Sometimes when life is just plain routine, a little sunshine is what you need to brighten the whole day and make you see life in a different angle. You know lately life has been a little on the down road: Chuy still has his up and down moments. Sometimes I feel powerless even though I try to support him the best than I can ... So yesterday when I went to check my mailbox and saw a yellow envelope, I immediatly thought : I didn't order anything or did I ? ( thinking am I getting insane? ) So I opened it and found the loveliest card from Sharon and a beautiful gift !!! I was speechless and very moved by such a lovely gesture from Sharon. I really want to thank you Sharon. It made me so happy. It's very nice of you to have thought of me in such a difficult time. Thank you very much.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Still here !

First, I want to thank you for all your kind words about the loss of my father in law. Chuy is not doing great, mainly because he still feels guilty to not have been able to attend the funeral. He talked a lot with one of his sister and it helped a little. Anyway, grieving is a slow process so he's going to have ups and downs. I really appreciate your support .

We got an unexpected snow on thursday. This time, the wind was blowing very hard and it seems we got more snow than last time. We got 8 inches. The kids didn't go to school. I don't know why but I always feel guilty when I don't send them to school ; even though last time, I realized that lots of kids didn't go when we had our last snow. Today, it's melting so driving was easier !!!
Yesterday, the kids went to play in the snow. Chuy went with them so I gave him the camera to shoot some pictures of them playing in the snow. Seeing that Steb had snow until his knees, I asked him to take a picture of Steb boots and this is what he came back with:
Yes, that puzzled me too especially when you know that he took only TWO pictures and none of the kids ... ( he didn't even told me he didn't take any ... ) Then it was time to shovel and father and son teamed up to do the job ! We need to invest in a snow shovel for next year as this garden shovel is quite heavy.
I keep stitching my basket. I'm having a lot of fun stitching that piece. It really look like a painting. Colors are really great. The problem is that I'm leaving lots of 1/1 for the end ( yes, like always ... ) . I do try to stitch some everyday but I really hate that. I'm stitching an apple right now, then I'll have another one and some leaves. If you have this basket in your stash, stitch it! I'm sure you'll have as much fun as I have !!!
And don't forget that today is your last day to enter my giveaway : here !!!

Thursday, February 11, 2010


You have until tomorrow to enter my blogoversary giveaway: drawing on saturday !!! Click here !

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Sad day

Today, I saw this cute Norman Rockwell google logo celebrating his birthday. You may not know it but I love his drawings/paintings. And by looking at my stitching tastes, I'm sure you are not surprised I love his art. I was going to tell you I have this same design on cross stitch and I even own a chart by Nimue with the same king of design.

But everyhting changed when I came back from my taxi duties this afternoon and checked our answering machine. We had a message from one of Chuy's brother letting us know that my father in law passed away this morning ( their time / central time) You may remember he was an old man with a weak health but still, it's a schock to learn such a news over the phone. I'm very sad for Chuy who couldn't tell him good bye, I'm sad for my children who will never get to meet their grand father ... We don't know if Chuy could go to the burial as they may not wait for him to arrive. For me it's hard to understand but I guess it's not the same over there.

And here is my latest picture:
I was supposed to do the giveaway on friday but I'll do it next week so you have more time to enter.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Monday and febuary !

Remember you have until thursday to enter my blogoversary giveaway !!! it's ---- > here !

I guess I was not the only one that was not ready for monday as my alarm clock didn't go off this morning. Pierre woke me up at 7.30 : mom is time to get up !!! ( understand, it's time to make our breakfast ... Don't assume he can't make his own but he's a messy breakfast maker ( he wastes the cereals by sharing them with the table, pours too much milk ) . Febuary is here already ... Didn't really see january passing by but let's be positive: days are getting longer: now it gets dark around 6 pm.

My basket is progressing well despite those dark colors. I did stitch the two apples to take a break from the basket. You may notice I didn't stitch anything on the left side of the basket but that's because I didn't make my working copy yet !!! I need to do because it looks a little weird like that ! I'm really having a lot of fun stitching this project.
My computer is acting up so it's very hard to write anything ....