Thursday, August 6, 2009

Finishes, weekend plans and TGIF

I'll start with the last. TGIF. Yup, it is Friday for me. Tomorrow is a company holiday. A bonus day off called the company Birthday holiday. Nice, huh? I know I will be very busy getting normal Saturday chores done. Things like grocery shopping and other errands. I am also planning a mega laundry day. You see I am running out of towels. Why, you ask? Well, I don't have a clothes dryer and I hate line dried towels. So that means taking them to the laundromat to dry. And I usually put that chore off as long as possible. Like once a month. So that's tomorrows big deal.

Last weekend I sent off two exchanges that are now at their new homes so I can show you photos of them. I am really pleased with the way they turned out.
The first is my Lizzie Kate Exchange that I sent to Susan. I stitched Good Things over one on 25 count using a combination of DMC and Weeks Dye. I finished it as a scissor fob.

The second one is an ornament for the July Ornament exchange on the BBI yahoo group. This one went to Louise D. (I don't think she has a blog.) This pattern is by Homespun Elegance. Sttiched on 28 ct linen using DMC, Fuzzy Stuff and Weeks Dye.
The rest of my weekend plans involve Rory. Of course. Saturday I need to groom him and give him his first full bath. Why? Sunday is his first dog show!! Now don't get too excited. It is only a puppy match show and there are no points involved. But it is his first show and I hope the experience will be a good one for us both.
Showing a dog is a team effort and I hope I don't trip and fall or otherwise make Rory look bad. I am a little excited and a lot nervous. (I have to make sure I don't let Rory know that.) It has been a while since I have been in a show ring. A number of years ago (like 20 something!) I did do some showing with another setter of mine, Kara. (She never won much and really didn't like it. But I loved her anyway.) My next setter, Maggie, was supposed to be a show dog also but that didn't work out. She did do some therapy work instead. And now it is Rory's turn. It has long been a dream of mine to show Irish Setters. So if you think of it could you send good thoughts our way on Sunday around 12:30 PM eastern time? I would be in your debt.

Other weekend plans? Well, in between the above and other yucky stuff like cleaning house. I hope to find a few moments to stitch.

So until next time have a wonderful weekend and wish us luck.
Love and stitches
and licks from Rory too.

PS. Rosie is feeling much, much better. So she sends meows to you all also. And will go back to the table top to get away from that pest Rory.


Rene la Frog said...

You are going to be'll need that extra day.

The stitching looks fantastic!

Will send good vibes to you and Rory on Sunday. If they gave a prize for cuteness he cetainly would win.

Celtic Shamrock said...

Your finishes are wonderful!
I love both of them,especially the Homespun Elegance ornie, I love their charts and you finished it very well! Finger crossed for you and Rory!

Aunt Kat Stitches said...


Nice Finishes! I wish today was my Friday...BUT I am taking Monday and Tuesday off instead! Also I am leaving in about 45 minutes as I am going to our favorite LNS for a class...tonight is punch needle!

Have a good weekend. I am going to try to start organizing my crafts and stitching...that just might be a lost cause!

Karen K in NY

Meari said...

Nice finishes. I'm sure the new owners love them much. Good luck with Rory's first show, and glad to hear Rosie is doing much better.

Dawn said...

I love the colors. You did wonderful job on it. Your dog is so cute. ~ Dawn ~

Alice said...

Very pretty exchanges you finished there Kathy. Don't we love housework and errands!! Euh!!
Hope you have a great time showing Rory. Just getting out there will be good for you both. I keep my thumbs crossed that all goes smoothly.

Carolyn NC said...

How exciting! Can't wait to hear all about how he does. Your exchanges are fantastic - great finishing jobs!

htimcj said...

I love your exchanges. They look fabulous.Good luck with Rory this weekend!

Karen said...

I really your LK exchange...nice job on both finishes.

Ranae said...

I love both the finishes, they are superb.
Good Luck in the show ring

Daffycat said...

I don't like line-dried anything...too much pollen and sandpaper-stiff laundry ~ yuck!

Good luck with Rory this weekend!

Donna said...

Lovely stitching. Good luck to both you and Rory!

Libbie said...

Go Rory, now remember, step off slowly, before going into gait, and most importantly for any baby puppy, and this is the easy bit... look adorable and wag that tail, and Kathy don't stress :D Cause baby puppies can make even the most experienced handler look good or not so... you two will blitz it

Anonymous said...

Your finishes are both lovely and wish you and Rory all the best for Sunday.


Deborah said...

Finishes are fantastic!!

Best wishes and good vibes will be with both you and Rory on Sunday!!

And, I will be stuck in Iowa, with mid 90's heat with 1-3" downpour expected before noon collecting the money at Eunice's garage sale!!
Can you get electricuted in Hoveround in down pour........well, upside I will never need another perm in my hair!!

Love and Hugs!!

5 Foot Runt said...

Your finishes for the exchanges are wonderfully done. They must be delighted. I'm hoping thrid times the charm for you and Rory. He kind of looks as if he would enjoy something like that, so good luck there!

Katri said...

Lovely finishes!

Good luck with Rory on Sunday!

Nancy said...

Great exchange gifts as always! Rory looks so studious sitting there, hopefully he will become a great student for you in the show ring too! Good luck to you both!

Tracey said...

Beautiful finishes! That Santa is adorable!!! And best of luck to Rory in his show! He really knows how to pose for a picture doesn't he? ;)

Trecie said...

Will keep you and Roy in my thoughts on saturday. Wishing you the best of luck. Rosie's Fan Club sends there love to her. They said to tell her it was all mommies fault they are so late, she hasn't been keeping up with the blogs. Coors said they are not allowed to use the computer anymore without supervision. Too many computer glitches when little paws stomp the wrong buttons LOL.

Pam said...

I have that LK chart in my stash somewhere. I think I have to pull it out. Good luck to Rory on Sunday. I'll be thinking about him, and you!

kimstitch3 said...

I love your blog and your new finishes.Kimberly

Jennifer said...

Got to love that extra day! Our company gives us a Birthday Holiday too. I'm taking mine in a few weeks.

Your finishes look great, congrats!

Ok attention and do your very best. Just watch and listen to Mommy!

Pat Speaks said...

Did you change the colors? Or just the fabric and that's what make the colors look so different? Very cute. Good luck at your dog show.

Katrien (ILCS) said...

Great finishes.

Debra said...

your stitching is great. Good luck at the show.

Charlene said...

Great stitching and lucky recipients! Good luck hugs and licks from Pixie and me!!

Shelley - ILCS said...

Love your LK fob! Cute ornie! Rory and a bath...sounds like you need a video camera for that one, lol!!