Sunday, June 08, 2008

A busy and productive weekend

The organization bug hit this weekend. Friday afternoon to be exact. We had a day at work celebrating the Founder's Day for our company (started in 1922!!). The company treated all the employees in the building (around 1,000) to lunch and an afternoon of games and fun. On my way home from work suddenly I felt the bug hit....I wanted to do some finishing of projects in the worst way! I got home and started pulling out projects and frames and fabric, and discovered that the wide tape I use for framing had somehow sprouted legs and walked off. No one in the house knew where said tape was, so I am sure that it had a mind of it's own and decided to go for a long walk. It must have gotten lost on it's way home. So it sort of put a halt to my projects for the evening. Saturday, yesterday, I did about 20 errands, but I was able to get quite a few things done that had been on my to-do list for much too long. I felt really good about that. While I was out, I bought weed killer for the lawn and sprayed it on when I got home. I also picked up some new tape, and was able to frame two projects, as seen here:
This first one is a sampler I stitched when I was pregnant with my first baby, Amy Sue, 27 years ago. It had been sitting in my closet waiting for something to be done with it since I had cleaned it up a couple years ago. My granddaughter, Alana, learned all her ABC's in about a week's time last week, and when I brought out the unframed sampler she absolutely loved it. Amy encouraged me to frame it for her. I found an old matted poster in a closet, and it was just the perfect size. I didn't like the light brown mat board with the stitching, so I sponge painted it in matching colors. I'm very happy with the way it turned out.

This one is Summer Spot by The Drawn Thread that I stitched a couple years ago I think. I found this great square wood frame at the dollar store a couple months back and brought it home...great price and I figured there would be something I could frame in it!

I also sewed together a needle case that I had finished stitching quite some time ago by Lorri Birmingham, and had never gotten around to sewing together. I forgot to take a picture, but it is nice!

This morning I woke up early to the baby (Gracie) crying, and then heard Amy in the bathroom battling either a stomach virus or food poisoning, so John and I have been babysitting the kids all day. Even with all that, I still managed to clean my closet (oh so pretty and organized!), clean out and wash my purse, do three loads of laundry, 2 loads of dishes, and I even have a loaf of banana bread in the oven. I don't have as much done as I would have liked, but hopefully the mood will continue for a few more days and I can finish up what I would have done otherwise today.

A flock of Cedar Waxwings visited us this afternoon, and they absolutely loved my Red Hot Poker plants. Here are a couple pictures of them sitting on top of the pokers. At the same time a hummingbird was flitting around trying to get in on the was quite entertaining. The waxwings are still around in the yard and it's been a couple hours now. It will be fun to see how long they hang around.

Well, it's about time to take the banana bread out of the oven. This is a new recipe to me, so I let you know if we like it any better than our old family recipe. This was someone else's old family recipe from over 100 years ago...hope it's good!!!