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Monday, July 31, 2006

Oh the joy...

The joy of being a woman! The list is endless...and lucky me, I've moved on to the next on the list. Menopause. Pause is right as I am STUCK in HOT! I sweat when I sleep, when I get out of bed, if I touch any one, when I'm standing in front of the fan with the ac so low that there is a sheen of frost on the windows, and even when I'm cold! Today it's to get to ONE HUNDRED and ONE degrees. If the power goes out then I think I will melt away into nothing!
Just whining......

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Chloe and Howard

Chloe, my great dane grand dog, came for a visit yesterday and had fun playing with one of my new bunnies. She just about sniffed the fur off of Howard! Courtney had fun holding Howard but his brother Norman preferred to stay in the hutch. They are so much fun! And are doing a great job producing bunny pellets for my garden. Our grass is just about dried up with the heat we have been having. Chuck is happy as he doesn't have to mow!
I've had some questions about my zippered bags that will be at the Charlotte market. I will post a picture as soon as I can. Carmen is working very hard to get lots made. But at least she can stay in with the air conditioning!
Off to stitch....

Friday, July 28, 2006


The first picture is called Liberty and is stitched on 35 count 18th Century Rook by R&R using The Gentle Art overdyed threads.
The second pic is called A Big Red House. It's stitched on 36 count Autumn Gold by Lakeside Linens using Needlepoint Silk. My favorite part is the "blooming B" as Liz Mathews called it.
As soon as I get the others in their frames I will put more pictures up for you to see!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

well gee whiz!

Here are the two web site addresses that I tried to include in the last post. To view The Big Picture where I am taking my online class, go to: www.thebigpicturescrapbooking.com. For a wonderful online scrabook store, visit Mary Beth at www.scrapbooksupplystore.com.

Catching up...

Wow, a lot has happened since I last posted. It always suprises me how much time has passed since my last entry. And to think that I promised to do better!
I was a lucky girl and able to go to Liberty Gathering in Liberty MO and Primitives of the Midwest in Lee's Summit MO. Both events were fantastic! Well put together, great teachers and fun details that made it special to be a part of. I traveled with three great friends, one of which made her very first airplane ride. This was the first time we had done anything like this and we managed perfectly! Lots of laughing and LOTS of spending!!! I took a class from the primitive goddess Maggie Bonanomi and the quilt goddesses Barb Adams and Alma Allen of Blackbird Designs. Wonderfully fun!
One of the classes that Barb and Alma taught was journaling. I am not a scrapbooker, never wanted to be. It always seemed to cutsey and strict for me. Well, B&A have completely changed my mind. I'm in a scrapbook frenzy. Well, more journaling than scrapbooking...but fun! I've even signed up for an online class with Donna Downey. Here is the info about it....can't wait to get started: Then I found many great online shops since we don't have a scrap store in this area. Mary Beth Lemley is the owner of and her customer service can't be beat! Okay, enough about another addiction!
So I have been behind all summer because I traveled more than usual. And was in the hot weather slump. I had planned on having a design out in June but only got it back from the framer today. So it's going to market with me next month. But I will tempt you with a picture...it's called The Big Red House and is stitched on 36 count Autumn Gold by Lakeside Linens using Needlepoint Silk. The other piece that I picked up today is called Liberty. It's a design on 35 ct 18th Century Rook by R&R using The Gentle Art overdyed threads. Mary Jo Hays graciously agreed to stitch both for me. I'm waiting on a frame for my third piece called Spring Violets using 40 count Ink Spot Black by R&R and Needlepoint Silks including two of their overdyed colors. Yummy! Thanks to Joanne Ambrose for her stitching! A punch needle design is almost done and another tiny sampler. Pictures to follow in next post.
I just talked to Carmen Sutton and she is working on more Hands To Work zippered bags for market. I can't wait to see them. She is the most amazing finisher.
I need to get stitching again. Time is quickly running away! Watch for more news about my releases.