Good day, friends! It has been forever since I've update my corner of the world wide web and I thought it was high time to do so, a month ago, and then two weeks ago, and yesterday... So! Without further ado, allow me to apologize for myself. I have several excuses. Select whichever one you like best.
#1) I retired at the end of February. Yes, like I am no longer in the work force and loving every minute of it. But, like so many of you know, one doesn't just dive headfirst into the stash pile upon retirement. No. "Things" must be done like major housecleaning, closet purging, trip taking, establishing a new routine. Yes, these things I felt had to come first - so that was my March.
#2) Stepson 1 AND Stepson 2 got married (March and May). I was asked to photograph the May wedding, hence the photography class in March-April. Taking the wedding pictures was an honor and a pleasure but one that put me into a state of panic, for a couple of months. Let me state it clearly for the record, I am not a professional photographer. I am just an avid shutterbug, doing the best I can.
#3) I accepted a regional position with the EGA and had to learn a whole new raft of things in preparation for the regional meeting in June in Knoxville. My stitching pals and I had a great time in Tennessee and didn't make any new enemies - always a plus!!!
#4) SISTERS TRIP to Cincinnati to see the Princess Di exhibit. If you are close enough to go see it and haven't yet, go now before it returns home to England (closing Aug 17th). Not only are the contents of the exhibit extraordinary, the museum must be credited with putting it all together beautifully. Truly, one of the best exhibits I've ever seen - and I'm a museum hound. Oh, did I mention that the hotel valet service in Cincinnati lost my car? Yeah. Long story.
#5) June - the month of wine and roses. Multiple major family events in June. I can write off the month of June every year due to back-to-back-to-back celebrations for my baby sister (birthday), husband (birthday) and father (father's day), and my wedding anniversary. Whew...
Then, hubby retired at the very end of June.
Now, throw in three funerals between #1 and #5.
Which brings us to JULY and can you believe I actually have an actual FINISH to share?!?!?! Yes, a stitching finish...
A couple of my sweetest stitchy pals gifted me this kit when I retired. How sweet is that?!?
Additionally, I am totally chuffed to show you this near-finished Little House piece:
But wait, there's more! After carefully reading Mary Corbett's recent tutorials about her Tudor Rose project, I could not wait another minute to start my luggage tag, which has had me mystified for over a year.. (I know - it's not rocket science, but needlepoint is new to me). Mine isn't supposed to be like hers, she just inspired me to find my round 'tuit'. Working with the Neon Rays and Very Velvet and Planet Earth silks has been a ton o' fun. The Gumnut wool french knots were just the thing for the center, I thought..
I'll leave you with this last pic of my soon to be complete wedding sampler WIP called "The Wedding" by My Big Toe Designs. S2's wedding was in lavender, purple, grey and white so the ground fabric is a platinum linen. The threads are two shades of GAST overdyed purple (lavender potpourri and hyacinth). The center section is designed to read "two shall be as one", but I think I will chart their married monogram and stitch it in the center instead (as inserted with photoshop below):
Me thinks this is plenty for today. Tune in next time when I tell you all about my super terrific Charley Harper canvas called "And One To Grow On".