Monday, May 29, 2006

quite a productive weekend....

I am so proud of myself! I finished a project, Alana's Birth sampler. AND....ta da! I pulled out every single one of the pieces that I had ever stitched and never done anything with, except to sit in a drawer, and finished EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM!!!! They have all been framed, stuffed, boxed or made into a bell pull. Here is a picture of all them except for one bell pull I forgot to pull off the wall. So lets see, 26 pieces in all. Now I just have to figure out where to put them all!!! Lots of them will hang in my stitching room, a couple in the living room, and a couple are for Christmas, so will go back in the drawer for a few months. Believe it or not, this is part of many years worth of work...the pillow in the background was stitched in 1988!!! The whole weekend I kept asking myself, why didn't I do this sooner. Because I hate to finish items, that's why. But except for a couple of pieces I have designed and am not sure what to do with yet, I am all caught up in the finishing department.
Here are some closeups:

Here is a bit of an update on Alana from Amy's blog...

Thank you all so much for your prayers, both now and when she was not yet born! The EEG showed no urgent spikes in electrical activity, so far so good. We have to wait to find out if she has too many brain waves for her size though. We'll see... if her EEG comes back normal it probably means more tests. Also, I have another request, my husband's cousin, who he grew up with, just had a brain aneurism, it looks like he will pull through though! The hits just keep coming..

Thank you everyone for your concern and prayers!

This is Memorial Day in the USA today...John worked a side job, but we were both off of our normal jobs. The weather all weekend was lousy, rainy and cool, so I'm glad we stayed home. I have a chicken on the rotisserie and a macaroni salad in the frig, so dinner will be little like a picnic, even if we eat it inside!!!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Prayer Request, please!

My dearest grandaughter has been having seizures this week! Here is the post from Amy's blog, for all the details. I would also ask for your prayers, this has been very hard on all of us....

Alana started having seizures on Monday. I came home from work and took her to the doctors, and he said it's going to have to be an elimination process to figure out why she is having them. She was supposed to have her EEG today, but their machine broke, so we have to Seattle tomorrow. I am so thankful my company lets me use sick leave for things like this! This is really hard on us. Unfortunately my husband's brother has a brain tumor, and he had to go through all the testing when he was little. We also have a family history of epilepsy. Please pray that we will have the strength to get through this, and that everything will turn out okay for Alana. Thank you.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Gemini Gift Received!!!

I received my birthday gift in the mail this weekend from Barbara in the Netherlands!!! What fun to receive a package from so far away!!! She sent me a Just Nan pattern with charm called My Fair Ladybug, a large piece of Silk Weaver hand dyed 28ct Jobelan (light blue), a lucious piece of burnt rust colored silk that has a watermark type design in it...I think it will be lovely on the outside cover of a small book...and some overdyed silks such as I have never seen before...two skeins of Vickie Clayton's silks, one in pink, one in light blue, and two cards of silk from The Natural Dye Studio, one called Green Rainbow and one called Barb, how did you know I was partial to blue!! LOL! Thank you so much for everything! I can hardly wait to try these silks!!!

Sunday, May 14, 2006

A lovely Mother's Day

It was really a lovely day today...the weather was absolutely perfect, 75 degrees, not a cloud in the sky, the family together, lots of love and laughter. After church we all met up at my parent's house for turkey dinner and celebrated Mother's Day AND Alli's (DD#2) birthday. We had a great time...

We took a four generation picture, which I have posted here....My mother is a first born daughter, I am a first born daughter, Amy (DD#1) is my first born daughter, and Alana is Amy's first born...4 generations of first born daughters....quite incredible if you ask me!

My family showered me with gifts this year...John got me a beautiful heart necklace with three diamonds inset (for my 3 daughters); Alli and Chris got me a little book and a wonderful teapot, Lizzie and Amy and Max all brought me flowers...I feel quite spoiled! This evening after we came home, John mowed the lawn and I sat and stitched on Alana's birth sampler while watching a movie on TV, Must Love Dogs. Very cute movie! It was a wonderful day!

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Saturday Musings..

Amy brought Alana over last night dressed up in the bishops dress I had smocked for her. It looks so sweet on her, I am glad I didn't wait any longer to get it finished, or it would not have fit!!! Here is a picture of my grandbaby in her dress.

I'm glad it is Saturday. I am planning on working on my birth sampler design and getting my nails done, zapping some weeds in the yard with Roundup, and little else. My office co-workers have recommended a movie called Office Space that they say is a must see, so I think I will run by the video store while I am out...which brings up the "videos" are being phased out, do you suppose we will keep calling it the video store, or start calling it the DVD store??? LOL!!

Happy Saturday all...

Thursday, May 04, 2006

A Sweet Finish

I finished smocking a dress for my granddaughter last night!! I can hardly wait to see her in it!