Monday, April 26, 2010

Finally! A Creative Update!!!

I feel as though I've been lagging in the creativity department.  I can't believe that May is already right around the corner!  What does May bring?  My birthday month!!!  Yep, a whole month to celebrate me!!!  I'm just picking!!!  One week is good enough for me!!! :)  LOL

Work has kept me pretty busy.  Lots of conventions, meetings, and such.  In fact, today I spent 8.5 hours straight making, printing, and laminating badges for a disaster boot camp.  Yeah, I do some very interesting things for my job!!! But it hasn't quite stopped me from stitching and reading. Not completely!

On to the creative stuff:

A Finish!
I am proud to post that I do have my first finish for 2010!  It is one that I've been working on for my Mom.  She actually requested it "if I had time."  So here it is, Mill Hill's Olive Oil:

I ordered the Mill Hill frame this weekend to finish it off.  As soon as I receive it I will post a "final" picture.

Mary Engelbreight Baby Quilt
As much as I loathe stamped cross stitch, I have been working on the baby quilt.  You would think that stamped cross stitch would go so much quicker than counted, but it doesn't!!  At least not for me. 

Here's what I've completed to date:

Close up of the two different scenes:

Cow Jumped Over the Moon

Humpty Dumpty Fell Off the Wall

As aggravating as the stamped cross stitch is to me, this piece is actually very cute and the colors are the only things that keep me motivated on it!!  In addition, to the cutey patooty 1 year old girl I am making it for!!!

The first few months of the year I was buying books constantly!! I kept adding to my pile of books to be read.  I finally put a stop to it!!!  Made a "promise" to myself to not buy anymore books until I've read at least some of what I have!!!

I recently finished Peter and the StarCatchers.  This is actually a child's book but it was very interesting.  It is a "prequel" to Peter Pan.  I put prequel in quotes because the book is written by different authors than the original.  I have to say that while it took me a while to get into the book, once you did it started rolling right along.  As you got near the end, you started to see things in the story that tied it to the original Peter Pan.  It was very interesting.  I might consider reading the other books in this series.

I have had A Lion Amon Men on my nightstand for well over a year now.  This is one of my books in the pile that I aim to finish reading.  I recently picked this book back up to read.  (It had been sitting so long, that I am ashamed to admit, it was covered in dust.) I've made some progress on this book and am less than 100 pages from the end!!!  Woo hoo!!!!  This is the 3rd book in the "Wicked" series.  I've heard that there are supposed to be a book on the Tin Man and the Scarecrow also planned but I'm not sure if I will read them.  I adored Wicked.  Son of Wicked took me a while to get through and this book, well, its dusty cover can tell you what I think of it!!!

I must finish reading what I have as there are many books by favorite authors about to be released over the next few months.  Now that it is summer (spring always skips right past us) I see much time at the pool reading a good book!!!!

I hope everyone is well!!!  I look forward to hearing your comments!


Meari said...

Your olive finish is pretty. Great job on the quilt so far. Be sure to tell us what day your Bday is so we can wish you a happy day!!

Emily said...

I loved Wicked as well, and the second one was good too. Have been meaning to get this one. The Mill Hill piece is great, I love their stuff.

Vicki in CO said...

Love your finish!

Carolyn NC said...

Love your MH finish - looks great! And the baby quilt is darling. :)

Billie said...

I love your Mill Hill finish. I stitched five different designs from them so far. I just love them!

Kay said...

The quilt is coming along beautifully! Your newest finish is beautiful!

Katrien said...

The quilt is beautiful. Nice finish, your mom will love it.

Kelly said...

I love your olive finish! The quilt is looking really good!

Nancy M said...

Cute stitching, love the Mill Hill kits though!

Graceann said...

I love the colours in Olive Oil, and I agree with you about how slow stamped cross stitch can be (that may be why I don't do it anymore LOL).

Anonymous said...

Lovely finish and love the quilt.