Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Another reason to celebrate

It was another busy weekend. Rory and I were at dog shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Monday was trying to get caught up on things like laundry and grocery shopping. Yesterday was spent trying to read lots of emails and blogs. I feel like I will just never get caught up. Sigh.

The shows this weekend are the reason for celebrating. Rory brought home not one, not two but ELEVEN ribbons to add to the collection! And two of those ribbons (the blue and white ones) also meant he won his first points towards his championship! WOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOO Two points and 13 more to go!
(This side is almost full. Time to start filling up the front.)

What thrilled me the most was that I handled him to those points. You see showing a dog is really a team effort. You can have the worlds most perfect dog but if you can't get him to stand right or if you run him too fast or slow around the ring you will loose. You have to know a little bit about what you are doing so you can show your dog to his advantage. Quite often I don't stand Rory correctly. I tend to hold his head too far forward. I'm learning and Rory, bless his heart, is getting better at listening in the ring. It is definitely a learning process for us both. And getting those first two points means so much to me. The beginning of realizing a dream I have had since I can't remember when. To own and show a champion Irish setter. The dream is slowly coming true!

So you see another reason to celebrate! WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOO

I don't have much stitching to show. I have finished a couple of things but they haven't arrived at their new home yet. So no photos yet. I do have one that made it to its new home. My early Christmas ornament exchange on HoE/HoEII. This is the ornament I stitched and finished for Sharlotte. It is one of the small patterns from PS Winter Wind on a mystery linen using the called for DMC. (Thank you Shalotte for letting me use a copy your photo.)

Speaking of celebrations don't forget to sign up for my now multiple celebration giveaways. There are two. One is for a 25 $ gift certificate from Down Sunshine Lane and the other is for a pin pillow stitched by me. :) Your comment to enter MUST be on the this post ONLY. (click on this post to go to the correct one) Or go to the posting for May 13th. Come help me celebrate my Birthday among other things.

Again I must say thank you to all of you who leave me comments. They always make me smile and brighten up my day. You warm my heart and touch my soul.

Until next time............
Love and stitches
and licks from Rory too
Listening for his nemesis--the ice cream truck.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Exchanges and ribbons

Lots of photos today.
It was another busy dog show weekend. Rory had a wonderful time and won his class each time. That meant another four ribbons to add to the collection. And guess what? We have three more shows this weekend. Best thing about them is that they are close to home. I have to finally admit that he is a horrible traveler. He has fun once we get there and loves the attention but He HATES riding in the car. Screams and carries on something awful. Sigh. I do make sure I have plenty of Excedrin on hand.
He looks great to me. But then again I am a bit prejudiced. But a few more months and a bit more coat and maturity and maybe then he'll start winning those points he needs. I hope.

In this photo I was handling Rory because Shelly (in the Red top) was showing Rory's cousin and the woman in beige was showing Rory's sister. All three had won their class and were in for best puppy. Oh, the puppy that Shelly had won Best of Opposite sex.
Being silly.
And getting groomed before the show.
This past week also brought some fabulous stitchy mail. Two exchanges and a "make a wish" gift from Angela. I'll start with that.
Angela of Hoooked on Stitches held a "Make a wish" Rak giveaway earlier this year and my name was chosen. She knew that LHN is one of my favorite designers and that I had admired her box finishes so that became my wish. She finished and sent it out earlier this month and all I cam say is WOW!! It is absolutely beautiful. The stitching is perfect. The finishing is fantastic. Even the inside of the box is gorgeous! Isn't it beautiful?
Angela, I can't tell you how much I really love this. Thank you so much.
Next up, is my exchange from the Lizzie Kate exchange blog. Lisa D was my partner and she stitched LK's Live Simply pattern and finished as a pin keep. She did a beautiful job on it. I love the colors and the sentiment. Thank you so much Lisa.
And finally in yesterday mail I received my HoE too early Christmas ornament exchange. This time my partner was Becky K in OK. She stitched and finished not one but TWO ornaments! She picked an older PS Christmas alpha block pattern and stitched up the K (for Kathy) and the R (for Rory). Aren't they just the cutest? I adore them and can't wait to hang them on my tree this year. My only problem (and I have 7 months to solve it) is which tree to hang the R ornament. The stitchy tree or the dog tree?
I have been able to get some stitching done. My HoE ornament is on its way to its new home. And I am still working on a birthday gift and some more exchanges.
Before I go I do want to say thank you to all of you for the wonderful comments you all have been leaving on my last post. Heck, on all my posts. I am overwhelmed and deeply touched with how many have commented on my upcoming giveaways.
Oh, and I just saw that I have over 200 followers!!! WOW. That is so awesome. You all make me feel so special. Heck, I'm blushing. And if I weren't already having a giveaway I would have to do one just for that. But since I am already holding a giveaway, actually two at once, we will add this fabulous milestone to the celebration! Now don't forget to leave me a comment on the "Almost time to Celebrate" posting ONLY if you want a chance to win a gift certificate to Down Sunshine Lane or a pin pillow stitched and finished by me.
Until next time..................
Love and stitches
and licks from Rory too

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Almost time to celebrate!

Watching and waiting.
That means it is time for a giveaway or two.

What giveaway you ask?

Well, my Birthday is on June 1. And I thought it would be nice to hold a "Happy Birthday to me" giveaway. Since I really hate my birthday (well the gifts part is fun but the getting older part sucks) I decided I wanted to do something to make it special. I love to give as much as receive so I am holding a giveaway in my honor. My birthday gift to to one of you.
And the second reason for a giveaway is that one year ago on May 24th my little boy, Rory, came home.
May 24th, 2009

The first giveaway is for a 25 dollar gift certificate to my one of my favorite ONS, Down Sunshine Lane.
The second is for a pin pillow stitched and finished by me. This is the second finish I mentioned in my previous post. Well, the pin pillow will be finished using this finish. As soon as I know who this is going to I will add their initials and finish it off.
The rules are simple.
One comment equals one chance. And those comments are this post only.

If you choose to enter for both the pin pillow and the gc you much comment twice.

One comment for each prize.
You MUST state in your comment which giveaway you are entering.
International and no blog entries are fine as long as I can get in touch with by email.

Rory and I will choose a winner on May 31st and announce the winner on June 2.
This is my way of saying Thank you to all of you who have been following my journey with my Rory for the past year. Thank you for your comments. Thank you for being there.
Until next time...................
Love and stitches
and licks from Rory too.
Edited for A quick PS
Rory's birthday was in March. The celebration part of the giveaway that concerns him is the first anniversary of his adoption as my little boy. :) The birthday part of the celebration is mine only. I hope that clears up any confusion.

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


and licks from Rory too.

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.