Sunday, February 26, 2012

I WON! New Goodies and Progress.....

Good Sunny Sunday to you!  My kitchen warms up quickly when the sun is out and it's proving to be quite useful today.  I have a bowl of bread dough (rye) rising in a sunny, toasty spot right now.


  I will probably need to get up here in a minute to punch it down. 


I won a wonderful giveaway a little while back and have just gotten around to taking pictures.  Heather offered this on her blog and I was SO VERY EXCITED when I found out I was the lucky one!


Heather sent SIX charts and an adorable little gingerbread man pillow!  Isn't he sweet? Heather even included some of the threads for one of them!   I have never been much of a seasonal stitcher so this has really inspired me to get moving on some Christmas goodies.  Thank you so much Heather!  You are so generous to have offered such a lovely giveaway. 


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Marly from Santas and Samplers crafted some very useful (and very prim-gorgeous) boxes and I knew I had to purchase a few to hold some of my stitchy goodness. 


I have them on top of one of my stash cupboards right now but I think I will take that basket out from under them and put it somewhere else. The larger oval one will be perfect to keep some of my threads in!  Thank you Marly for holding them until I returned home from Georgia.  I love them!


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Well now that I have jumped on the WIP wagon I needed another basket to put them all in!  I once had to drive 1 1/2 hours to the nearest Hobby Lobby but not now.  I have been giddy with anticipation ever since I found out one was opening up right close to where I do my grocery shopping!  I tell you I must have spent close to two hours just walking through that place yesterday!  It was so crowded.  I used a 40% off coupon to get this new WIP basket...


I like the size of it and the handles.  It will be full of zippered bags holding WIP's very soon! 

Here is one of them...


 
I couldn't decide which one to put up.  It's amazing how lighting can really change the look of one piece!  The first one probably best shows the true colors.  


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Carmen over at Primcats  named 7 little known things about her on her blog and challenged her readers to do the same.  I'm going to do it too.....on my next post.  I think this post has kept you long enough and if you are still with me I thank you so very much!  

I have punched my dough down and I think it's about time to put it in a pan to rise once again.  
Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate the time (and word verification headaches) you take to comment.  

Hope the remainder of your Sunday is sunny too!

~~Peggy Lee

Friday, February 24, 2012

Seems like forever.....

....since I posted here last!  With all our traveling I really haven't had a moment to put together a post.  I also haven't read or commented on ANY of your blogs.  I feel awful about that!  I wanted to play catch-up the other day but when I saw how many new posts there are I started to feel faint.

Since arriving home on Tuesday I have been unpacking and packing.  Yes, you read that right.  It's a job I detest every time we have to go away to work.  Not only do I have to unpack from our time in Georgia but I have to start gathering what we will be taking to New Jersey in a few weeks when we go there for the Spring outage.  It makes my head spin so I don't really have any mental fortitude left to read/comment/post.  I'm finally caught up on the laundry and I have rooted through the "outage" bin so I'm seizing the moment!

We heard that Winter was to arrive in our neck of the woods so instead of driving back home when we were finished in Georgia, we pointed the car south and headed to Florida.  Ft. Walton Beach to be exact.


I took my shoes off long enough to dip my tootsies in the water and put them right back on.  It was cold at first but really not too bad.  The sun was so warm.  I actually left there with a little bit of sunburn on my neck!

We walked out to the end of a fishing pier....


....then we walked to The Crab Trap for dinner....

The calamari was delicious!





I don't really have much to show for progress on anything stitch related.  I worked on Guardian a little bit on the way home from Florida but didn't get too far.  I can't stitch when the roads are the least bit rough and I usually end up sleeping a good portion on the way home.  I am just like a baby....when you put me in the car I go to sleep quick!  Here's the scary part: it doesn't matter if I'm the driver or the passenger!  Needless to say, Masterchief does ALL the driving when we travel.

I promise to do some serious blog browsing in the next couple days.  It won't be long before I will be absent from blogland while I am working.  That is always a hard time when I'm away like that but all my bloggy friends have always been very understanding about it.  You're THE BESTEST!!  

I hope to have some progress to show next time.

Thanks for stopping by and thank you all so much for your comments.  I love reading them....now I must get busy and leave some comments for YOU!

So glad to be home,
~~Peggy Lee

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Weekend is Over

Happy Monday Friends!  I am so glad Masterchief had the weekends off on this job.  That is not always the case.  It gives us a chance to do a little sight seeing here in Atlanta.

On Saturday we went to the Coca-Cola Museum.  



When I go to a museum I usually prefer to roam around at my own pace but this one started out with a guide.  At first we weren't too keen on it but it turned out we had a very nice visit.  At the end we tasted Coke drinks from all over the world.  Our favorite was one I think they only make for South Africa.  I can't remember the name of it but it tasted like pineapple and coconut.  Very good!!  
We got to choose our own bottle of Coke from an assembly line.  

On Sunday we went to the Georgia Aquarium.  I have NEVER been to one before and I was thrilled that my first aquarium experience was at the largest one in the world!  


We took alot of pictures but I won't go nuts here.  

After my visit to The Stitch Store on Saturday we went to a Krispy Kreme just down the road.  Again....I have never been to a Krispy Kreme before (I led a sheltered life).  Now I want to know, how did I ever get this far in life without visiting a Krispy Kreme?  If we had one close to where we live it would be so very dangerous.  I had a few bites and left the rest to Masterchief.  He was more than happy to be of assistance.







This morning I exercised till my toenails hurt to work off those few bites.  I tried to eat healthy after that....

Steamed veggies and rice


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Here is a quick pic of the two versions of the MBT design.......
 Not the best picture but you can get a feel for the size difference.  The top one is on 35 ct. over two.  The bottom one is on 28ct. over one.  Here is where I am at with it right now....


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Now before I forget again here is what I picked up at The Stitch Store on Saturday....






I know it doesn't look like alot but those silks really made Masterchief's credit card sizzle.  I also ordered a few.  I really like these little thread keepers.  I put my thread on them and then put them all on a ring for each chart.

If I'm going to get any stitching, blog reading/commenting done today I better do it now.

Thanks for visiting with me today....
~~Peggy Lee

Saturday, February 11, 2012

New Friends!

I am still all giggly from such an exciting day!
Let me share it with you......

I was pointed in the direction of The Stitch Store in Buford Georgia by Terri at Dixie Sampler and I was growing more and more excited all week just waiting for Saturday to come.  Masterchief asked me on the way there if I would mind terribly if he dropped me off at the store and left me there while he drives around looking for a car wash.  
Are you kidding?
Do I MIND??
Silly man!

:o) 

I walked in to see a group of ladies all seated around a table chatting and stitching.  I walked around the table to see what everyone was working on.  I must say they all are incredibly talented and I marveled at each of their WIP's. 

That's Jeanne at this end of the table and Terri, the shop owner sits at the far end.


Then Jeanne presented me with a gift from all of the ladies...


Well I was flabbergasted to say the least!  They all had been warned that I was coming to visit. 


I couldn't have guessed what it was but I knew once I opened it that someone has been following my blog!


Peanut butter Cheerios!  
I didn't make it very far down the road before I got in to them.  What am I going to do if they ever stop making these?  I don't want to think about it. Thank you ladies!

Jeanne helped me pick out some silks that I needed for a couple charts.  She was so nice to help me choose just the right colors and I am so grateful for her input.  Hold on to your knickers friends....I picked different threads than what the chart suggested!  I'm getting braver by the stitch. 

After that, Jeanne showed me where everything was in the shop and then left me on my own to drool on browse through everything. 




Well you can tell who was behind the camera because I'm in EVERY picture he took.  

Masterchief arrived back at the shop just in time...

I love the look on his face when he hands Jeanne his credit card!

I made myself comfortable while Masterchief recovered....


Jeanne and Terri and all the girls were so very sweet and made me feel like one of the gang.

Thank you girls!  I am so happy to have met you and hope to cross paths with you again sometime soon.




After we left the shop we went to the Coca-Cola museum.  Tomorrow we go to the aquarium.  
That's another post.

Well aren't I the goof!  I just realized that I didn't show you a single picture of what I bought there.  I picked up a couple charts and LOTS of Belle Soie silks.  That really drove the bill up....you know how expensive they are, but oh so worth it!  I'll take a couple pictures of the new stash and post them soon. 

Hope you all are having a very stitchy weekend!
~~Peggy Lee  {still giggling}

I was RIGHT!

After all these years, now I KNOW I am pronouncing it right!




:o)

Friday, February 10, 2012

Do You Trust Your Gut?

Hey there friends.  Thanks to all of you who commented on my last post about my Eliza finish and the MBT start.  I don't know about you but it makes me smile on the inside AND the outside when I read comments like that.  It's like you all are my very own little cheer leading squad!


Seriously, it warms my heart and I want you to know I appreciate that.

Now...here is my latest dilemma.  In my younger years as a stitcher I never wavered from what a pattern called for, being linen, threads or anything else.  I am slowly learning (and being coached by a very dear bloggy friend) that I really can do that!  I am learning to trust that gut feeling I get when I look at a pattern and think, hey that would look nice if I did it on a different sort of linen or a different color thread.  I most recently came across this feeling when I received the linen for Great Is Thy Faithfulness by My Big Toe Designs.  The picture on the front of the chart shows two different versions and I wanted to stitch it in the monochromatic version it showed.  I ordered the exact linen that was recommended but when I received it, it looked very green.  I posted a picture of it in my last blog post.  The more I stitched on it the more it wasn't growing on me.  So this brings me to today........





I have started stitching it on a piece of R&R 28 ct. dark cappuccino, over one.  It's not as hard as I thought it was going to be...stitching it over one, I mean.  I'm using only two colors: Examplar Black Iris Bud 'N Bloom and Mermaid Blue.  I love this silk floss.  Do you know if it's sold any more?  I haven't seen it in shops in a long time.
I am really enjoying stitching it this way!  I'll keep you posted.



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I picked these two frames up at a Michael's just up the road from the hotel.  I'm not crazy about what is in them although it is cute, I really want to use them to frame something stitchy.  They are really a cute size. 



I also got these buttons...



Thanks for visiting today.  I really appreciate your comments and encouraging words.
I think I am going to visit a different cross stitch shop in Marietta, GA tomorrow.  I am so excited!

Have a great weekend....
~~Peggy Lee

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

One Finish...One Start



One Finish
Eliza Evans 1831 A Quaker Sampler
Reproduced by Darlene Lara
Linen: 40 ct. Navy Bean - Lakeside Linens
Thread: WDW Molasses




One Start
Great Is Thy Faithfulness
My Big Toe Designs
Linen: 35 ct. Tin Roof
Thread: WDW Charcoal


Well that's the short and sweet of it.  Thanks for stopping by.  More updates soon.

~~Peggy Lee

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Stitches from Georgia

Oh my goodness....
have I missed you!!

The internet here at the hotel we are staying in has been on the fritz.  Just when I think I am ready to do a blog post..kapoweee!  NO INTERNET!!  I think they finally have it fixed to where I don't have to worry about it going out mid post.

This has also meant that I have not been able to keep up with your blogs.  It would take me almost forever to catch up again so I think I will be starting fresh from today.  I'm so sorry if I missed something on your blogs and I will try to catch up.  

I have lots of pictures (because I haven't been able to post in a while) so here goes....


We ordered Chinese delivery on our first night here and this was my fortune.....

 Masterchief's fortune was something weird, as they usually are.  I don't know if traveling south has brought me unexpected happiness or not.  I wasn't unhappy to begin with. 

I have been doing some stitching while sitting here in the hotel room during the day.  I could take Masterchief to work and use the car but I'm still trying to scrape my chin up off the floor.  You wouldn't believe how people drive here!  No...I mean...REALLY.  My friend I do NOT exaggerate!  Not only do they whip in and out of traffic, cut you off, blow their horn when you get in their way,etc...but they are on their phone or texting while doing it!  I will never understand why people get in such a hurry.  I will also never understand why they text while driving. That scares me half to death. 

Here are a few pictures of what I've been up to.....

I saw this one on a blog and knew right away I had to stitch it.  I started on it right away and finished it just a day or so ago.  I don't know how I will finish it.  Instead of putting one of those diamond shapes in the very middle like the chart called for I put my initials in there. 


I am very close to finishing Eliza Evans.  I just have to finish the border.  Her name and year were stitched over one and let me tell you, that was difficult!  


I have also started Great Is Thy Faithfulness by My Big Toe Designs but don't have a picture of it handy right now. 

I found one of the cross stitch shops some of you recommended and last Friday Masterchief drove me there after he got back from work.  I didn't call first.  It was Friday after all. What cross stitch shop isn't open on Friday, right?  Wrong.  We fought through this maddening Georgia traffic (even worse on a Friday afternoon)  finally arriving where our navigator told us to go.  
I was so excited!  Masterchief stayed back by the car and took a picture of me heading for the store.

I stood by the door for this one.....
.....ready to open the door......but it wouldn't open!  Then I saw that little sign that was taped up on the door saying they are not open on Friday's right now.  Oh how frustrating!  So we went back the next day and I enhanced my stash of threads quite a bit.
All of these are WDW threads except for three Belle Soie silks.  I knew silks were more expensive but OH MY!!  They are over $7 each!  

The next day we went in search of WIP bags.  I had purchased two of them while in TN at Target so we found two Target's here but couldn't find the bags. Finally someone suggested we visit The Container Store.  I have never been to one of these before so I was skeptical at first but I found them and they were very reasonable.  
I bought several of them so now I can have several WIP's in my basket!  

We found the local mall here.  It was mostly high-end stores.  Way too expensive for my taste but I managed to find a couple things.

These are linen napkins but I think I will probably stitch something on them.  

This hotel puts out a very nice breakfast every morning and also offers dinner three nights a week.  Every morning I do my exercises either in the room (Leslie Sansone DVD's) or I go down to the fitness room and use the machines.  Then I take some of this up to my room to enjoy....
 I could get used to this! 



 

We don't see buildings like this at home.....

They are so beautiful when the sun is shining on them and the sky is so blue. 

Masterchief  grabbed the camera while I was stitching on Eliza the other night.  That over one on 40 count was making me cross eyed!

Here you see my recent addiction: almond M&M's.   

Well I must get going.  I think I will take a walk today.  The weather here has been very nice but it is to be cooler this week.  I don't think I have ever seen Azalea's in February before!  



Thanks for visiting with me and I do hope to get caught up on my blog reading today!

~~Peggy Lee