Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Two finishes and Five ribbons.

My Mom's snowball bush in bloom.

All bathed, dried and ready to go!

This is my second attempt at posting today. I have no idea what happened to the first one. Oh well.

My first weekend of dog shows and traveling is now behind me. Rory had a blast and so did I. Except for the cold weather and crazy winds of up to 30 miles per hour, thunderstorms and two hours of bumper to bumper traffic.

The first show we attended was an Irish Setter specialty. That means the show was for setters only and there were 45 of them.

While I have been taking Rory in the ring up till now I thought that for these types of shows where there are more dogs and a chance for more points towards his championship that his breeder, who is also a professional handler, would take Rory in to the ring. I will take him in if needed and at smaller shows. Like the one we went to on Sunday. On Saturday both Rory and Shelly's dog won their classes which meant they had to go in again with all the other male winners to see who wins the points for that show. So I took Rory in then. Rory didn't win the points (Shelly's dog did.) and that's fine. He is young and having fun. That's all that matters. Rory still came home with five more ribbons and a new toy. Me? I came home tired and with a banged up knee. At the Saturday show when I took Rory in I slipped on the wet grass and went down on my knee on the way out of the ring. The knee is okay. Just hurts when I bend it.

Mommy where are you?

Two more specialties coming up this weekend. This time we will be in Connecticut.

I have been stitching. Though all of it has been for exchanges and gifts. I do have one of the two finishes that I can show you.

This finish was for the Lizzie Kate exchange blog round four exchange. What a surprise and a pleasure to see that my partner was someone I consider a very dear friend, Mare. I met Mare a number of years ago through the I Love Cross Stitch Yahoo group. We were in an exchange then and found out that we worked a few blocks from each other. Many lunches and phones calls have passed. Mare no longer works so close but she does drive past my house when she goes to visit her mother. I have had the pleasure of her visiting me at home and even spending the weekend with me. When I saw who I had for this LK exchange I knew which patterned I would do. It was the perfect fit. I also like how the finishing on this turned out.

The second finish is, well, a surprise. You'll just have to wait and see.

Until next time.......................

Love and stitches

Kathy

and licks from Rory too.

33 comments:

Maggie said...

Congratulations to Rory!
And i love your Lizzie Kate finish! what did you use for the edging? it's so funky!

Theresa said...

Adorable finish!!!! That fringe edge is sooo cute!!!

Love the Rory photos!!! The one on the couch made me laugh!!! I hope your knee will heal up soon!!!

Diane Williams said...

Love the photos of Rory in his "show pose". Kathy I think it's awesome that you are showing and traveling with him!!

Marjorie said...

Rory certainly has become a big boy! I love the picture of him on the couch. The finished piece is great, especially the fringe--I have a hard time finding trim that isn't, well, boring!

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

Congrats to Rory!

What a wonderful piece you did... I just love the finished look!

Berit said...

Gosh, but his coat's pretty!

What a sweet finish for your friend. I'm sure she loves it!

Mylene said...

Congrats to both of you on all the ribbons! Looks like Rory was having a great time.

Love the Lk pillow you made for Mare. It looks lovely!

Carolyn NC said...

Wow, Kathy, Rory is looking so beautiful! Look at him go! And then to bring reality back, look at him on the couch - love it! How did your finish for your pillow - it's adorable! And I bet I know who your special surprise is for!!!

Carolyn NC said...

PS - hope your knee feel better soon!

Mel said...

I feel like Rory suddenly got bigger in these photos. Maybe it's just his posing. ;)

What a neat finish. I love the idea!

Margaret said...

I love seeing Rory doing his thing! It must be exciting to take part in such shows with him. He's such a beautiful dog. Congrats on the ribbons! I hope your knee gets better -- I've banged my knees before and boy, does it hurt! Nice stitchy piece too!

EvalinaMaria said...

When I saw first picture of Rory, when he was a young pup, I already saw a champion! Congrats to him, his mom and his breader! And I love your stitching, congrats on all finishes.

Lana said...

A big round of Applause to Rory!! He did great! sorry about your knee, hope it's soon feeling better...guess that means you need to sit with ice on it and just stitch the day away, afterall you don't want to hurt it worse!! He he! =) I, too love how you finished the pillow! I love the trim! Such a neat, and pretty idea!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing the photos of Rory, and hope your knees continues to get better.

Love your flowers. Cute finish on Mare's exchange.

Marl

VinGirl said...

Your stitching is gorgeous, as always, Kathy! Congratulations to you and Rory on his new ribbons...I hope your knee heals up quickly! :)

*hugs*
Michelle

Katrien said...

Rory looks fantastic :)
Lovely finish!

Katri said...

Congrats to Rory on his success!

Wow, the LK pillow is just beautiful. How did you finish the edging? It looks great!

Vonna said...

Rory is not only a winner, but he'll be a show stopper soon ;0)

LOVE your L*K pillow!

Shelley said...

Beautiful L*K finish!! Love the fringe finish.

Congrats to Rory and I hope your knee feels better soon.

Kathy said...
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Sharyn said...

LOve the pics of Rory! So neat that you are taking him to shows and he's enjoying it all too. Your LK is darling, and I adore your finishes. Who designed the previous one, about not counting the day complete....
Hope your knee gets to feeling better!
Sharyn :-)

MaryT said...

congratulations to Rory:0) also love your finish

Colleen said...

Rory, congrats on your showing. You are an awesome young man; so glad you could relax after the shows, on your favorite place, the sofa!!
Kathy, how wonderful for you. Hope the knee heals soon. Love Rory and your stitching projects. I love your blog; always is a highlight.
Thank you!
ColleenB.

too_busy_to_stitch said...

Hope your knee is better - love Rory as always - glad to see he has rights on the couch, lol!

JOLENE said...

LOVE THAT FRINGE!!! IT IS AWESOME AND UNIQUE. SMILES....

Andrea said...

Well done Rory! Is he really comfortable in that position!? Beautiful finishes.

Judith said...

Hi Kathy,
I love your Rory pix. He is gorgeous and looks like you are having so much fun with him.
Please enter me in your giveaway!
Thank you!
Judy
Asheville

Nancy M said...

I thought I had commented, maybe I just read it and was going to comment later! Rory is such a ham! Love the finish you did for Mare too!

Lynn B said...

Congratulations to Rory, such a beautiful dog!

Alice said...

Well done with your showing and all your pretty ribbons. I do like your finishes. Good luck with your coming shows. Rory seems to really enjoy all the attention.
Alice

The Paper Princess said...

Hi Kathy,

You and Rory have won an award - check out my May 16th post at Create With Joy!

Hugs
Ramona
http://create-with-joy.blogspot.com

Suzanne said...

Congratulations to both you and Rory, well done!

Love your finish, that finging looks great.

Mare said...

I absolutely love my new pin pillow! It must have about a dozen pins in it. I use a lot of pins when finishing something and it makes me smile and think of you. You even backed it with cute heart themed fabric :)

I will treasure using it!