Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Lots of catching up to do.

Rory says
Happy Independence Day!
Two weeks! Wow, sorry to have been away for so long. I have been busy, busy, busy. Since I last posted Rory and I went to one more show. He won his class but nothing big. That's okay. It does seem that he has finally figured out what he is supposed to be doing when we are at the dog show. And behaves so much better. But we shall see if he remembers since we have three more show weekends starting this Friday.
One reason I hadn't posted was my camera died so I had no photos. First my new camera died and then my old backup digital camera died. And last but not least my computer at home died. I guess at almost 11 years old it decided it needed a permanent rest.
So I returned the newer camera to Canon since it was only 8 months old. And guess what? They fixed it free and I got it back 10 days after I sent it to them!! I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the email telling me it was on the way back to me all fixed! Great service.
So now I can take photos. I can't use my photoshop program to edit them so I apologize ahead of time if they are dark or the image is too small. It will probably be a while until I can get a new computer. But I can at least download the photos as is to a disk at work and post them here.
Little House Needleworks Dog Sampler
The complete exchange sent to Edgar for the HoE alpha exchange. I included my second ever made beaded fob as a RAK. Oh, and a small toy for his pups. And if you would like to see some photos of his pups with their giftie click HERE.
(Photos above courtesy of Edgar M.)
I had finished and mailed out two exchanges over the last two weeks but only have photos for one. (Thank you Edgar for letting me use your photos.) And another is wandering its way somewhere on planet earth to its new home. I also received three exchanges. And now have photos of those to post.
Below is the exchange I received from Sandra for the HoE alpha exchange. Isn't the pin pillow gorgeous!
Thank you Sandra. I love the pillow! It is perfect!
The Lizzie Kate Liberty for all pillow is the 4th of July exchange. Stitched by Ellen S (no blog) as part of the Holiday Exchange.
The love scissor case was from April in the Exchanging with BeckySC scissor keep exchange.
This past weekend was spent relaxing and stitching. Well, part of it was spent that way.
I had planned a nice relaxing stitchy weekend with my dear friend Mare. Unfortunately she had major car problems and by the time she arrived it was 9 PM Saturday evening instead of the 9 AM we had originally planned. All we managed to do before dragging our hot and weary butts to bed was share some stitchy goodies, have dinner, drink a couple if glasses of wine and chat a bit. Sunday morning was spent arranging the tow truck to take Mare and her poor car back to her home in New Jersey. Not the fun stitched filled weekend we had hoped for. Oh well. Mare we will just have to try again.
Below are the gifts that Mare gave me for my Birthday. I just love, love, love the pillows and the Hinzit frame, pattern and charms. And isn't that piece of cake adorable? Almost good enough to eat!
For Mare. I made her a beaded fob with the cutest kitty charm. And I made her an ort jar. These jars are from candles that were too pretty to throw out. I took the lid and created a cushion on top and a band around the lid. Cute, huh?
I do have a couple of new starts to share. One is a pattern that I received for my birthday and the other is one that I needed to get stitching on and return. So without further ado here is my progress on Dog lessons for People by Lizzie Kate and Hearts Left Behind by Hesters Needle.
This beaded fob I made for myself.
The next three weekends will be busy ones. Three dog shows in Massachusetts this weekend. Those mean another ferry ride which Rory just loved! Then next weekend, the 9th, 10th and 11th, I will be in Rochester, NY. Three more dog shows and a visit with my brother and sister-in-law who live in Rochester. Then finally on July 16th and 17th we have two more shows. These are about half an hour from me. I think I will collapse after that.
Unfortunately I may not get to keep up with everyones blogs. With no computer access at home and being away I will probably spend most of August playing catch up.
So until next time...................
Love and Stitches
Kathy
licks from Rory too
and purrs from Rosie on one of her many lofty perches. (This one, the kitchen table, is just the right height to smack Rory on the head when he comes near.)

26 comments:

Diane Williams said...

Rory you're ready to celebrate the 4th! Be safe and have a wonderful time with your mom Kathy!

Shelley said...

All of your exchanges and stitchy things look wonderful. Rosie looks so content. Happy 4th of July to you and Rory!!

Barbeeque4 said...

I am just loving the Rory and Rosie snaps!!!! And a smack on the head is good - sometimes!! Keeps them honest! :)

Anstasia said...

What beautiful work!!! I love everything you done and your dogs are beaautiful too!
You have inspired me on a few projects...I will keep you posted on them!

Parsley said...

All kinds of goodies created and cute animals to boot! Thanks for sharing.

Margaret said...

Wow! Lots of eye candy! Great exchanges and gifts! Good luck at the shows. Happy Independence Day!

Barbara said...

Rosie's relaxed & ready to smack Rory look gave me a good laugh. Gotta keep those big dogs in line. LOL Rory looks so handsome in his 4th of July gear. Love all your projects and you got some great exchange & gift items.
Barb in TX

Tracey said...

Great gifts sent and rec'd! I love the pics of Rory- what a patient boy he is. lol And your kitty is beautiful!

Robin said...

I love this catch up post!!! :-) I love looking at the pics of Rory and love all the new stash you stitched and received. The ORT jar is my absolute favorite!!! I would love to make one of those......thanks for sharing. I'm way way way behind on blog reading and I haven't posted anything to my blog in so long. Maybe soon I'll get caught up!!! have fun at the dog shows...good luck Rory!!!

Shari said...

everything looks wonderful Kathy, but Rory steals the show again in his 4th of July garb!!!!! Take care & drop in when you have time!

Donna said...

Rory is just too much! I just love his face and with all his patriotic glory!
Quite the stitchy pictures! Your fobs are fabbie!

htimcj said...

I just LOVE your pets! Your stitching and exchanges are great too :)
Heidi-ILCS

Barb said...

Great post there Kathy and Rory ,but it was a first for me you have a Rosie too. I bet she wouldnt let you dress her up for a photo shoot.Shame about your computer, they are fine while they are fine but you dont half miss em when they are broke.
Good luck with the shows ,BIG hugs to Rory and gentle strokes to Rosie, the stitching btw is lovely as always. Hugs to u from me.

staci said...

Wow, look at all those awesome exchanges!

I love, love, love that ort jar! I hope you don't mind if I 'borrow' that idea sometime...whenever I get around to stitching again, lol ;)

Terri said...

Wow! Love everything about this post, but especially the little dog sampler pillow and the ort jar. And Rory looks so handsome!

Carolyn NC said...

Kathy,first -Rory is as cute and photogenic as ever! Your exchanges given and received are fabulous! And your stitching is wonderful. Hope next time you and Mare have more time. Sorry to hear of all the technical woes, especially your computer. Hope it's all sorted out soon. :)

Carol said...

Gosh, you and Rory sure have been busy, Kathy--hope he shines in his next dog shows. He looks mighty spiffy in his patriotic garb :)

Trecie said...

Was wonderful reading your blog and seeing all the picture of Rory, your stitching, gifts and Rosey Have a Good holiday. Hugs from Rosey's fan club to everyone

Sherry said...

Rory looks so handsome all gussied up for the holidays! All the stitching goodies are wonderful! I am glad you were able to get the camera fixed for free!

Pam said...

You have been a very busy woman! Did you go to sit and stitch in June? I will be there in July so I should see you then if you are there. Rory looks great! I hope he does well in the upcoming shows.

DJ said...

Happy 4th!! I can't believe all the stitching you get done, not to mention all the shows with Rory! You must not sleep at night! LOL Incredible stitching, btw!! Sorry to hear about all the electronic failures, blame it on sun spots! LOL Hope you get your issues fixed soon. Good luck at the shows! *Hugs*

Theresa said...

You've been very busy Kathie and all of your stitching and beading is beautiful, I especially like the LHN Dog Sampler :D Rory is looking very handsome and ready to party in his 4th July outfit - hope you have a lovely celebration.

Berit said...

Wow; lots of good stuff to see in this one! :D Love your new starts and good luck to you and Rory in this new "Compete-a-thon" you're doing this month! Sorry to hear about your computer, but what great service from Canon! :D

Siobhan said...

Wonderful gifts sent and received! Lucky you. Love the pup and kitty pics, too. :) Have a great 4th!

Suzanne said...

Great items you sent and received. Good luck with the upcoming shows.

Nancy M said...

Hope you both survived the shows and did well!!! As you can see I am playing catch up too. So sorry that Mare's trip ended up so badly. I know that must have been a bummer! Your exchanges received and given are awesome! Enjoy the rest of your dog shows this month and hopefully you'll get yourself a new computer at home soon!