Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Lots of stitching going on

This past weekend was the first in while that there were no dog show, no traveling and only a few errands to run. That meant I could finally spend the weekend doing almost nothing except stitch, stitch and stitch some more. Well, okay, I also did the laundry, vacuumed the house, changed the bedding and played with Rory. But I still had time for some serious stitching time and a sore butt from sitting to long.
But all that lovely quiet time produced a finish. Except for recent exchanges I haven't had a finish for me in ages! So here it is in all it's glory!
Lizzie Kate's Dog Lessons for People
stitched on 28 ct Linen (not sure which one)
used the recommended Weeks Dye and GAST
I also spent a bit of time on Hearts Left Behind and am on the home stretch with this one. With luck and another quiet weekend coming up I just may finish this too! So here are some photos of my progress on this one. I just love the colors of this one.
And of course I have to leave you with a couple of photos of Rory. He has recently found more of poor Rosie, the kitty's toys. (She no longer has any that he hasn't chewed on!) He stole this one from the closet where it was because Rosie didn't play with it anymore. Well, he has gotten the little yellow ball out. (It is now in the trash!)
Until next time..........
Love and stitches
and licks from Rory too.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

It had been a while.........

Wow. I can't believe it has been a month since I last posted. I apologize for being away so long. I guess the summer blahs had me there for a while. Match show on August 1st. Rory got a Sporting group 2nd place!

Oh, I have been busy. Six more dog shows, visits with family and a wedding in the past month. I still don't have a computer at home and won't for the foreseeable future. I just can't afford one right now. Work is keeping busy as well. I have a major deadline at the end of September so that limits my personal web time to lunch hour. I have been trying to catch a few blog posts here and there. I definitely miss reading about every one's ups and downs, trials and triumphs, starts and finishes. I am so looking forward to October. Less of this awful heat and humidity. (Am I the only one who thinks this summer has just been way too long?!!) And October means work slows up and I can read more blogs.

Rory meets my sister-in-law and her family.

Another show. Another ribbon. And another point making a total of 5 towards his championship!

And then there is Rory. He keeps me going. Between his show weekends and his antics at home. No matter how down in the dumps I feel he is there to make me smile at some silliness of his. His latest is to steal a sock every morning when I am brushing my teeth. Then he has to prance around the room with it! Where he is getting the socks from where I have no idea. I swear he has a stash under the bed! So then I have to spend 10 minutes or so chasing him around for my socks! I can just picture the first cold day when I need to wear shoes instead of sandals and I can't find any matching socks to wear!! Either that or they all have holes in them!!

On our trip last weekend to DC and Virginia. Rory gets to visit with his "Dogfather".

I have been stitching. A lot actually. I have really surprised myself with how much I have gotten accomplished. Especially with all those busy weekends. I finished and mailed out two exchanges. Finished the stitching on a third. Just need to finish the finishing. I am also two thirds of the way finished Hearts Left Behind and Lizzie Kate's Dog Lessons. (no picture of HLB this time. I forgot to take a photo of them this morning.) I also received two exchanges. One from the Hooked on Exchanging and one from the Lizzie Kate exchange. They are both just perfect!

Finally finished my giveaway pin pillow that was won by Nancy. Sorry that it took so long. But better late than never.

My "For the Birds" HoE exchange that I sent to Ina.

And I received this gorgeous ornament from Cindy. Thank you so much Cindy I just LOVE my new ornament.

Above is the pin pillow I stitched for Pirjo for the Lizzie Kate exchange and below is the fabulous exchange I received from Marion. She outdid herself and included an adorable toy for Rory as well as a card the plays "Who let the dogs out." Two more fabulous ornaments for my stitchy tree this Christmas. Thank you so much Marion. I love it all and Rory just loves his new toy.

Rory says Thank you Marion!

Isn't she a beautiful bride?

Last weekend was a lovely one for a wedding. Rory and I went from Long Island, NY, to Virginia to visit with some of my brothers and sisters and go to my nieces wedding. A number of late nights chatting and partying and a long, long drive but it was worth it. It was great seeing everyone. Below are a couple of photos from the wedding.

The flower girl and ring bearer, my great niece and great nephew.

Below: My sister and brother-in-law and their two children.

Some of the Kiley clan.

Rory had a great time playing with my sisters pups and meeting his little "cousins". Actually Rory really impressed me. He really doesn't have that much experience with children and he was such a gentleman with the girls.

I am so looking forward to this weekend. No dog shows. No traveling. I am hoping for lots of stitching time. And lots of nap time. While I love going to the dog shows they are tiring. And I really need some rest. Okay. I know Rory doesn't think so but.............

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

Love and stitches


and licks from Rory too