Monday, May 3, 2010

I'm baaaaaaaaack

Good gracious I have really missed you all. It seems like forever since I have posted or been able to read your blogs. Where have I been? Here, there and no.where. All I can say is that I am sure glad that April is OVER!
The month started off pretty good. The first weekend of the month was the first of three family weddings for 2010. My nephew and his sweet now bride were married at an early evening wedding on the beach! And the beach is on Long Island. Okay it was a bit chilly (about 45 degrees) with a light (HA!) breeze off the water. (Do you here my teeth chattering!) The wedding was absolutely gorgeous! And it was so much fun since many of my siblings, other nieces and nephews all made the trip to celebrate with the new Mr. and Mrs.

Monday to Friday all four weeks of April were just crazy at work. no, I am not in the tax or accounting profession. I am an editor for a small publication and usually my "summer issue" deadline is the end of May. But due to very frustrating (to me) problems not in my control the deadline was pushed to the end of April. After 28 years in this business you would think I were used to this. Never does a deadline come and go without some kind of drama. (Huge sigh.) And this one was no different. Just different kinds of drama.

The second weekend of the month I was pretty sick and pretty much did not much of nothing. The next two weekends were spent working at home. Lots and lots of proof reading. And that sums up April. Exciting? Nope.

Now bring on May. The merry month of May. And the weekend calender is full! This coming weekend is a three day (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) dos show weekend. Then Sunday the 16th is another dog show. Followed by three more the following weekend. Whew! The finally it's Memorial day weekend. I think I get to relax a little. Maybe.

As for stitching. I have been getting some done. Most of my stitching for the past month has been for exchanges and a very special birthday gift. I can show you one exchange which reached it home early last month. I love the way it turned out and will definitely be stitching this pattern again. As well as the finishing.

I also managed to finish and frame Little House Needlework's He is Risen. While I didn't get it done for Easter this year I did finished and it will hang on the wall all year as soon as I decide where.

And I started one of the patterns I showed you in the last posting. Stitchers Prayer by Carriage House Samplings. I have the verse done and started the border. With luck I will finish up my exchange stitching and get back to this one.

So now that I have rambled on and on about not much of anything I thought I would mention to those who have lasted this long that I am announcing a special giveaway next week. As soon as I figure out what I want to give away. Any suggestions?
Oh, any special reason for the giveaway? Why yes. Two special reasons and I will also let you know what those are next week. Now I do hope you come back to find out what and why.
It has taken me long enough to finish this post so I'm off to start catching up on what you all have been up too.
Until next time............
Love and stitches

licks from Rory

and Rosie is adding her purrs to this posting.


KarenV said...

You have been busy! The wedded couple look very happy and Rory (and Rosie) are gorgeous as always :) Hope May is a bit calmer for you.

Maggie said...

Sounds like a busy time!
The happy couple look beautiful, i haven't been to a wedding for ages, sounds like you had a great time.

Hope you have a less stressful May & love the photos of the 'children'

Catherine said...

What a busy girl you have been! Hopefully you had time to stop and smell the flowers!

Natasha said...

What a happy couple :) Glad you enjoy the wedding even though it was chilly. He has risen looks fantastic, I love the mat, did you fram it yourself?

Your exchnage piece looks great, wonderful choice of floss.

Rory and rosie look cute together. I have been seeing an Irish Setter at the dog park the last few Sundays he is always on the hunt for birds even though none are around he is pretty comical.

Hope you have an uneventful week and get time rest.
Take Care


Jennifer said...

Rory looks handsome as always and your stitching projects are perfect. I just love, love that blue one. Is that Blackbird Design? So pretty and the color is too!


Margaret said...

My, you have been busy! Looks like a lovely place for a wedding -- too bad it was a bit chilly! Love your exchange piece, and your framed LHN piece -- wonderful! That CHS piece is looking good too! Good luck at all the dog shows! I love that pic of Rory with his head tilted. :D

Daffycat said...

Awww, I missed Rosie! Well, I missed you too but it's been forever since I've seen the cat!

Wow, and I thought I was busy in April. Plus it sounds like you are booked solid the next month!

Donna said...

Missed you! You have been quite busy and I am really glad to hear you are feeling better.
I will have to check back in with you to see your surpise!

Marjorie said...

Ah, I wondered where you were! Beautiful finishes and I love the picture of your "kids" together.

Carolyn NC said...

So glad to see you back and feeling good. Love, love the stitching - what thread is this - so pretty! Your little sweetie is adorable as always - love the quizzical cocked head look! Have fun at the dog shows. :)

Barb said...

I was beginning to get withdrawal symptoms here no Rory fix! So pleased to hear you are ok , just busy busy busy. I wish you l luck with your dog shows this month. Ollie would never sit next to a cat like that!! Rosie is gorgeous too.
Love the finishes what thread did you do the cannot count my day complete in.
Take care and try and get some me time in.

Mylene said...

Lovely picture of the couple!

Beautiful finishes and the Stitchers Prayer is coming along well.
Great pictures of Rory!

Sandy In Montana said...

Lovely stitching Kathy, I just adore the pillow. Great pictures of Rory, such a handsome boy.

Take Care & Happy Stitching - Sandy

Shelley said...

Sounds like you had an exhausting April and an already pretty booked up May. Don't forget to take time for yourself every once in awhile.

Your stitching all looks lovely.

Hugs to your adorable furbabies...

Nancy M said...

I feel the same way, although I've been busy with things not associated with work! Your stitching looks pretty! Hope you have a good time at the dog shows. I am trying to conquer sit, stay and then the leash pulling!

Anonymous said...

Love your finishes & great floss choice on the pom pom pillow. Thant is such a fun finish! And your photo of your fur babies is wonderful.

Alice said...

Glad you can find a bit of calm again Kathy. Three weddings in one month is quite something. Nice finish on LHN. Have a great weekend with Rory.

Siobhan said...

Don't you hate it when life gets in the way of your stitching and relaxing?! ;) Love the pics of Rosie & Rory! Congratulations to your nephew & his new Mrs. :) Love the stitchy pics! I like your Stitcher's Prayer.

Diane Williams said...

Ron had just asked me how Rory was so I had to pop in to see. He looks as gorgeous as ever! And isn't he a gentleman sitting with kitty like that rather than chasing her!

I love your framing of He is Risen. You did a beautiful job Kathy!

Meari said...

What a busy time you've been having! Gorgeous wedding photos (even though it could've been warmer, lol). Cute photos of the pup and kitty. Great stitching, too!

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Welcome back! You've been busier than... so take a minute to relax. Pretty stitching, too! Wishing you and Rory luck.

Suzanne said...

Good to see a post from you! What a busy April you have had. I hope this month is very quiet. Love your stitching!