Friday, October 26, 2012

Square # 10 & a week in California

Over the past week my husband & I were in California for my cousins Wedding.   Except for our kids, due to midterms, the entire family attended.  We arrived in Modesto the day before the Wedding; we did a bit of shopping in the morning and relaxed by the pool in the afternoon.  For Friday evening my Uncle arranged a family dinner for everyone staying at the hotel.  It was alot of fun catching up with everyone.  After the dinner, my mother & I presented the bride with one of our gifts to her for her Wedding.  It is Sweetheart Tree's Wedding Sampler with a few tweeks.  I extended the centre area, as both their names are too long to fit on the same row, and I converted the colours to reflect the colours of her bridesmaids' dresses and flowers.  She absolutely loved it.
Saturday morning my Mom, my niece and I went to a Salon to have out hair done.  I would recommend this to everyone; we felt quite pampered.  And I could never get my hair to look like this.

My cousin's dress was stunning and she made an absolutely beautiful bride.  The groom looked pretty good too!                                                                                                                       

Here are David and myself at the reception.  We partied until after midnight.  

Sunday morning, after all the final good-byes we headed off to San Francisco for a few days......   I'll save this portion of our trip for next week.

10. Mock Faggot  

I had managed to complete this stitch before we left for California, but then ran out of time and could not post.  

Now that we're back home I should slowly get back on track.  I had taken my 15 sided Pulled Thread biscornu with me, but I only managed to stitch a little bit at the airport on our trip home.


                     Click here for the stitch instructions 
                     and stitch diagrams for Square #10.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Thanksgiving Weekend & Square #9

Last weekend we celebrated Thanksgiving up North.  The weather forcast had promised rain for most of Saturday, so my mom and I packed our stitching as well as 12 stitched ornaments we needed to finish. 

We worked on them all day Saturday and a bit each day on Sunday and Monday.  Here is the fruit of our labour,

We completed 7 Halloween ornaments (all from the 2012 Just Cross Stitch Special Collector's Issue: Halloween).

The 5 Christmas Ornaments are from the 2012 JCS Special Christmas Christmas and from Mill Hill  (Oli Elf, Paisley Tree, and Pear Tree Partridge).We always stitch these adorable Mill Hill kits on fabric rather than the perforated paper and then finish them with foam, to give them more of a presence.

On Sunday the weather was exceptional for a fall day.  It was chilly, but the sun shone all day.  My dad and I took this opportunity to head into the woods and go on (what has become an annual event)  a mushroom hunt.  This year we found a large variety of mushrooms, but as we are novices, we only harvest the Honey Mushroom.

Then on Monday, as we were preparing to head home we had a little visitor drop by to see us off.  We shared some of our left overs with him.  His colour was beautiful and his tail looked so full and soft.

In the evenings I did manage to stitch a little and work on my next few Pulled thread patterns.

Here is the 9th pattern.

9. Star Eyelet

Click here for the stitch instructions and stitch diagrams for Square #9.