Note: This post was actually written and posted on Saturday January 13th. I had begun this post last Sunday, January 7th by uploading the pictures below in preparation for posting, and didn't get back to finish this until the 13th. Sorry for the confusion I may have caused!!
I've been waiting all week to post these pictures, but didn't want to until I was able to give this gift in person to my daughter Amy...she's been sick all week, and I haven't seen her, and didn't want to spoil the surprize by having this pictures here. I saw this little pattern and really wanted to stitch it up for my granddaughter Alana. The wording says "To my Granddaughter, a sweet blessing, a joy and delight, with love, Grandma". It was perfect, because she is such a blessing, joy and delight in our lives. I went to the local Joannes store to find a frame, and found this one with a different picture in it...at 75% off the original price. It was perfect for the design, and looks so wonderful in person. Our Joanne's store is closing, hence the rock bottom price. At least there is another Super Joannes on the other side of town. This local one was practically next door to Michael's and I am assuming the competition was too great. Too bad, because if I couldn't find something at one of the stores, it was easy to go check at the other one. Now I will have to make a special trip. Oh well.
This week has been another bad one weather wise for us. Wind, again, then snow that froze. It's still only in the low 20's here. COLD!! and the roads were treacherous for a few days. I am so tired of this winter weather!
I am so proud of myself that my goals list for January is quickly being finished up, and I may even be ahead of myself by the end of the month in many things. Though, one of my written down goals was to do a once a week post here on the blog, which I was doing regularly anyway, and then I purposely skipped a week because of the above pictures. So I guess I should try and do two posts this week? But truly it has been very satisfying to get so much done, and it's only the middle of the month! I have even started and almost finished the smocking on the next dress for Alana...I'll post a picture in a day or two! Amy wanted white thread on white fabric and it is looking quite elegant. I am very pleased with it.
I've nearly completed charting "My Child's Heart" (Alana's birth sampler) with my new Easy Grapher Professional program. I sat down and installed the program and did about 85% of the chart in two hours last Monday night. I was so excited at how quickly and easily it went together for me! The rest of the job is to chart the ribbon embroidery, with it's free form embroidery, its a little more tricky to get into the chart. (see this old post for a picture) I feel like a child playing again...I love becoming immersed in something so fun that I lose track of time!!