Fall is in the air and after loosing two - three days this week to a fever and sinus infection it felt good to get outside yesterday. I felt so crummy I didn't even stitch or read so you know I was down for the count. I slept on the couch for two and a half days! Still have some sinus pressure but hope my doses of Alka Seltzer Cold & Sinus will knock it out. I really hate being laid up with a cold or similar.....such a waste of valuable time!
So what have I been stitching......first is the new start from my retreat. This is the Elizabeth Pusey sampler from Chester County, PA. All I can tell you is that this child must have just learned the eyelet stitch.....this design is overrun with them. I thought about changing some to mosaic but decided to hold as true to the pattern as is humanly possible for me. You can see I grow tired of the eyelet and have worked downward in order to get in some variety of stitching. I am also finding that lighting is more important that magnification for this and any project.
My other current WIP has taken a back seat since retreat. Here is my progress on my current Pat Thode/Heartstrings Santa. I have another arm, a beard, and surface stitching to do to complete him. If I only put my mind to this one, I could wrap it up this week. Starting with a breakfast with a girlfriend this morning, dinners out on Monday and Tuesday, nails on Wednesday, hair appt. and Stitching Group on Thursday (you know how you gab so much you sometime end up taking out anything you accomplished so stitching group = no progress! LOL).....I don't see much stitching time in my future. And just how is a girl to loose weight with all this eating out! Geez!
I did a little Halloween decorating....
And I got Grace Mason back from the framer and on the wall. I really like the frame I choose and I am very happy with this finish. My goodness! In retirement I think I need to take up framing! It can really be expensive but some pieces, like Grace, deserve professional framing.
Things Unseen. I am so excited! The first mailing is at the beginning of November. I always catch on to one of these mystery stitch-alongs well after it has started and then I don't sign up. This one - by some weird aligning of the planets - I knew about ahead of time. It has been fun to follow the progress of the design, gathering of floss, buttons, etc., on the L*K blog.
So that's where I am this week. More enjoyment of the crisp fall air and the rustle of leaves; bringing my deck plants inside to winter over; hoping to get back into that treadmill routine (so easy to get out of ;-| ); a 6 a.m. airport run this week; planning to be a better co-worker after having words with a fellow employee this week (She deserved it! but it is not my style and I blame it on the medicine head I had); catching up on my other blog and two websites with some much needed updates; and saying prayers for a dear friend in Charleston, SC who underwent surgery for a brain tumor this week. (I think a road trip south to make a visit may be in order!)