Wednesday, September 29, 2010

My return and a giveaway

Wow, has it really been almost four weeks since I posted? Yes, I guess it has. I'm sorry to heave been away so long but work was absolutely nuts. (Deadline is over until next time.) And not having a computer at home meant I couldn't even catch up on the weekend. But that is going to change. After this Monday I should be up and running due to the generosity of my Texas cousins for the new laptop (well, new to me!) and to Optimum coming to install the new Internet line. WOOOOO HOOOOOOOOO!

One good thing about not having a computer is I had more time to stitch. And stitch I did. I am signed up for four exchanges between now and early November. All but one is stitched. So that means three finishes that I can't show you yet. I can show you the last one I sent out. This was my floss keeper for Exchanging with BeckySC blog. The pattern is by Stitcherhood. I call it a stitchers companion since you can use it to hold your floss, needles and scissors. Or even a small pattern. My partner loved it. (So did I and really didn't want to send it away! Guess I will have to make one for myself one day.)

And this is the one I received from CJ. (her blog.) Isn't it cute?

Other stitching. I finished stitching another LHN ornament, Peppermint. I just love this one. And actually like it without the little charm/button that came with the pattern. I started and am almost finished with Peace, another LHN ornament. I am really making progress on my BBD Moonlit Garden. Sorry but the photo I took just doesn't want to post here. Weird, I can't figure out why. Oh well, I include a better one next time.

Next up is the darling Halloween biscornu I won from Barbara, To Stitch or not to Stitch. It is just adorable. I love her finishing. And she is having another giveaway right now!

You may have noticed the photo at the beginning of this entry. Well, in stitching a Halloween design for an exchange I stitched up a couple of extra things. Since October 27th marks my second year of blogging I thought I would hold a couple of giveaways to celebrate. This is the first giveaway.

The rules are simple. Leave a comment on this post saying you would like to be included in the giveaway for my little Halloween pillow ornament. Make sure your email is either in your comment or part of your profile so I can email you if you win.
That's it. No special things to do except let me know you are interested.

And of course it wouldn't be a complete blog post without some photos of Rory. By way of explanation of his "new toy." I used to have an old laundry basket on the deck outside to collect and keep his outside toys in. Notice I said used to. The basket had been sitting there for months and all of a sudden Rory decided it was more fun to play with the basket rather than the toys. He dumped the toys and proceeded to throw the basket and chew it to pieces. Thank goodness he didn't want to eat any of the pieces. Watching him chew off pieces and spit them out was a hoot. And the basket sure kept him busy. These pictures are from a couple of weeks ago. The basket is now completely flat and heading for the garbage. Now to figure out something else to keep his toys in.

This weekend should be a fun one. After two months of work and deadlines and staying home Rory and I are back on the dog show road. The three this weekend are close to home. Hope we have some more good news next after the weekend. Wish us luck.

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

Love and stitches
and licks from Rory too.

PS Silly me. I forgot to put a date on the giveaway. Entries close on October 10. I will draw a winner on October 11. Don't forget to let me know in your comment that you want to be entered.


Mel said...

Wow, Rory sure knows how to rip up a basket. :) Too cute.

Love all the stitching.

And a Halloween giveaway!! You know I cannot resist that. I'd love to be entered.

anne-isis said...

I like the biscornu

and laught to see your dog !

Carin said...

Glad you're back !! I like your finishings, they are beautiful and I love the photo's of Rory.
Your give away ornament is just so cute !!!!

Meari said...

Nice to catch up with your goin's on, Kathy. LOL, that poor laundry basket!

Wonderful stitching as always. Congrats on your win. I'll sit out your current giveaway as I'm not much into Halloween designs. It turned out nice, though. Good luck to those who enter.

Sunshine said...

Lots of nice finishes.
Rory sure looks like he's having fun. Good luck at the Shows. i look forward to your update.
happy stitching.

Janaina said...

I totally hear you! I used to xxx more when I didnt have a computer! Lol.

Emily said...

Some beautiful stitching. Man Rory really had it out with the laundry basket.

Terry's Crafty Fingers said...

Love the stitching and would love to be included in the giveaway please. Love the pics of Rory and the basket. Good Luck to you both this weekend at the dog shows.

Deborah said...

Love the pictures of Rory. They made me smile. I would love to be entered in your giveaway. All the pieces you showed are beautiful.

htimcj said...

I love your stitching. So cute. I am glad that you get a chance to breath at work. And of course, I LOVE your dog.

Margaret said...

Lots of great eye candy! lol about Rory and the basket for his toys! He really did a job on it! I'd love to be included in your giveaway! Thank you!

Pat said...

Please enter me in your giveaway. Rory is absolutely beautiful. I had two Irish Setters years ago, both females, Sadie and Mollie. They were great companions. I'd also like to stitch Hearts Left Behind someday, I lost my husband earlier this year at age 57.
Pat in VA

Vicky said...

Love all your stitching and I thought my dogs where the only ones that ate plastic baskets LOL

Oh and I would love to be entered in your drawing.

Lisa V said...

I love your finishes especially that gorgeous needle companion you made.
I would love to be included in the draw for your Halloween pillow please.

Anonymous said...

I love the pumpkin biscornu. Your stitching is beautiful. I would love to be entered in the
drawing for your giveaway.
Rory is so cute with the laundry basket. You could try a milk crate for his toys.
Pam in PA

Kathy A. said...

LOL - Rory sure did a number on that basket!
Love all your Halloween stitching Kathy. Your little buddy at the beginning is just priceless.
Please enter me in your giveaway!

Anne Sans Tete said...

Rory is hilarious!! I love the needle holder/ stitching companion. Please enter me in the giveaway- it's so cute!

- Lisa N.

Vicky L said...

Oh my, Rory sure destroyed that basket. I just love hearing stories of Rory.

Your stitching is very lovely. Please enter me in your giveaway. I love Halloween and will be honor to have one of your pieces.

Anita deR said...

Kathy, you make beautiful things. Want you enter me in your giveaway, thank you very much.
I was laughing about your dog, he is very mischievous ( I hope this the correct word, I saw it in the dictonary)
Greetings from the Netherlands

Siobhan said...

Isn't it funny how pups will decide that something OTHER than their toys is more amusing than the toys themselves?? Duffy does that with paper and cardboard.

Love the stitching that you've been doing! The exchanges are fabulous! Great job on everything.

I'd love to be included in your giveaway!

blueladie said...

Great finishes Kathy and I always LOVE the pictures of Rory. No, I don't want to be entered, Just wanted to post how much I like your stitching AND Rory!!! :D Cathryn

Barb said...

Hi there Kathy and Rory,hope Rory has his specs on so he can join in reading all these comments HE has been getting lol.
Please may I enter your giveaway , I shall be having one which I will post about next week as my anniversary is on the same day as yours but mine will be a first year one.
The stitching is lovely and love and I am looking forward to more posts now when you get fixed up.
I missed you.
Take care you both and Rosie of course, and a big big hug for that wonderful creature of yours.

Anonymous said...

I always enjoy reading about Rory and his antics. You stitching finishes are beautiful. And of course, I'd like to be entered in your giveaway.
Good luck at the shows with Rory.
Nan Davis -

SimplyStitchingintheGarden said...

Always love to see what Rory is up to!! Love the laundry basket, no need to buy toys!!

Love the biscornu, what a great way to finish it.

Your stitching pieces are great.

Would love to be included in your anniversary giveaway.


Pike said...

Rory is such a cutie - even when doing damage :)

Please enter me for this great ornie. Hugs!

Pirjo from Finland

Blu said...

Wow! Rory was really determined to defeat that basket!

Great finishes all round.
Please enter me in your giveaway~

omashee aka Barb said...

Kathy, have missed you & the "Rory Stories". Glad you're back. Gotta love that dog!!!

I'd love to be included in your giveaway.
omashee at msn dot com

dq said...

count me in on the give away!


Kat said...

I would love to be included in your giveaway. Thanks!


Alice said...

Nice to read you Kathy. : ) Love all the photos. Oh yes, when you don't have a computer at home you have lots of stitching time. That is about to change for you which is not a bad thing as you will be more in contact with everybody. Don't work so hard! Oh yes, it is not the expensive toys that amuse our animals. A simple thing like a plastic bottle or a cardboard box is often more amusing. Rory did to that plastic basket what my dogs love doing to a cardboard box. Good luck for your next show.

Kristin said...

I'd love to win that adorable pillow!

I bet Rory would love one of those orange traffic cones to play with. When I use to train horses, we had a young stud who loved to bang around a traffic cone.

Katri said...

Rory must have had so much fun with the basket! My dogs have chewed some plastic baskets as well, but the current dog likes to rip cardboard, he does it like Rory did with the basket (he rips and spits, rips and spits...)

The halloween biscornu is sooo cute! And the floss keeper you made is truly lovely!

Oh, and please enter me in the giveaway!

DJ said...

Rory is so much like my cat Thomas, he would rather play with the container the toys come in than the toys themselves. I've written about him and I being boxaholics too....pets can be so much fun! Love your stitching, Kathy, you have some beautiful projects there! Love the biscornu you won, what a treasure! Happy to see your post and that you'll be getting a new laptop! Looking forward to posts more often now! *Hugs*

Mylene said...

Looks like Rory had lots of fun with the basket.

Happy weekend!

Katrien said...

great finishes.

Daffycat said...

Wow, Rory did a number on his toy basket. How funny!

Really beautiful stitching and the gifts you've received are lovely too. I can't resist the giveaway...enter me please!

Carolyn NC said...

Love, love all the stitching and exchanges! I'm especially coveting that wonderful floss keeper - beautiful job! I know what you mean about the computer time. Mine is still running (slowly), but finding the time to get on it much is the hard thing now! Rory is adorable as always!
Great job on your giveaway piece, too. Pls. enter me. :)

Vonna said...

Everything is just as pretty as a picture Kathy! I love, love, love that biscornu you won... the netting adds a certain PIZZAZ! Doesn't it?! Look at Rory doing his thing there...LOL! Reminds me of my kids...all rolled into one!

Nancy M said...

Glad you are getting a new laptop to keep you connected!! All the stitching you can show is cute and exchanges nice. Hope you didn't get washed away with the rain. I was out of the country but got the news from NYC. I'd love to be entered in the giveaway, but since I have already won, one of your lovely gifts, I will pass so someone else has the pleasure. Rory is a hoot!

Becky K in OK said...

Rory is all dog. Love his photos.

Please include me in your blogaversary drawing.

LoriU said...

OMG Rory is TOOO darn cute! Just love him!

I would love to be included in your contest!

stitchpro at hotmail dot com

Sadie said...

Rory sure does keep you on your toes :-)
Lovely stitching, both sent and received.
Please count me in for your giveaway x

Marjorie said...

All your stitching looks great! I'll have to get my dogs a laundry basket lol. They go through the little toys too quickly. Please include me for your giveaway!

GoldenAngelsWorks said...

Rory is so cute.

Please include me in your giveaway.
Thank you.

Enjoy your new laptop!

~*Shar*~ said...

That poor laundry basket. LOL Please include me in your give a way hun. I know your having fun w/your new laptop..

Hugs, Sharlene

April Mechelle said...

Rory is so cute!! No chance for that basket!!! Please neter me in your giveaway!!! Happy Stitching!

Anonymous said...

oh my Rory really did get stuck into that basket, I thought my Ben was bad chewing holes in blankets and towels
I love all your exchanges and would love to win your halloween pillow it is really lovely, please enter me into your draw, thank you

Kathy said...

Rory sure had fun with that basket! Our dog used to do that with boxes. Wonderful stitching. I'd love to be entered in your give away.

Quiltsmiles said...

Kathy welcome back, hope your new laptop and Service Provider will be good to you. Love your blog and stop by to see what you are up to. Love the RIP stitching too. Count me in! Jane

Pike said...

Yes please: I just love the little pillow. Please count me in!

jennilynn said...

I love reading about Rory and looking at your stitching. I would love to be included in your drawing.

Jennifer Blake

Jennifer said...

Pick me!!!!! Would love to join in!!!